Daily Archives: March 28, 2015

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28 Mar 15

Egypt’s president backs joint Arab military force
A joint military force should be created to defend Arab nations, Egypt’s president said Saturday. President Abdel Fattah Sisi made his comments at a summit of Arab leaders in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the escalating conflict in Yemen was top of the agenda.   

Israel to resume tax transfers to Palestinian Authority
Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “deteriorating situation in the Middle East” and rise of extremists required him to “act responsibly”. Israel’s military had reportedly warned that the policy was fuelling violence.   

Sleeping sickness traps Kazakh town in waking nightmare
For two years, the residents of the tiny Kazakh village of Kalachi have been living through a nightmare – literally. Whatever they are doing, whoever they are, and at anytime or day, a resident of this remote settlement on the central Asian steppe lives with the knowledge they may suddenly fall asleep – and remain unconscious for days.   

Syrian army turns to women on Damascus front lines
Damascus – Perched on a makeshift bench taking turns with a sniper rifle, the Syrian army’s top markswomen await their “prey” on the front line in east Damascus.   

Obama’s latest concession guts what’s left of the Iran nuclear deal
You don’t have to be an Israeli spy to know what’s going on at the nuclear talks between Iran and the West at Lausanne, Switzerland.   

Obama’s hypocrisy with Netanyahu
It took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel’s election day warning that Arab voters were “heading to the polls in droves.” On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: “I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel’s Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry.”   

Obama Admin Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.   

Stop Al-Quds Day!
Al-Quds Day” is an annual event created by the late Ayatollah Khomeni calling for the destruction of the Jewish State. The hateful nature of this event at Queen’s Park has been well documented since 2009 and there is no reason to believe this year will be any different.   

If There is Any Racism, It Has Been to Bend Back in Favor of Arabs!
The ironies have never been greater, as will be the representation of the Arabs in the new Israeli parliament now in formation. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been accused of racism upon trying to get out his base to vote by pointing out that the press was observing that Arabs were coming out in droves on Election Day. But what does this tell us?   

France, Israel, Iran and Obama
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in New York on Friday March 27th to lead a discussion at the United Nations Security Council on the subject of persecuted minorities in the Middle East. However, in comments he made to reporters, the focus was on ways to keep the search for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution alive and the prospects for an imminent nuclear deal with Iran.   

Obama installing Islam leaders while Michelle and Susan Rice provide cover?
The full-scale social engineering of President Barack Hussein Obama in the elections of countries where he has no business being seeks to install radical Islamists to power. Even though it’s s a provable deadly blueprint that’s putting the West at great risk, no one is calling him on it.   

Clearing Up the Middle East Situation
Recently my mom complained to me that she is confused by what is happening in the Middle East. I doubt she is alone in this, and for her benefit and those of you who share her confusion I have decided to clear things up. With that in mind, what follows is a brief summation of the situation in the Middle East—hopefully it will answer a number of questions you might have.  

29 Mar 15

Second western Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak
A second Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry and will lose 66,000 birds, state and federal officials said Friday.   

Earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude strikes in Moluccas, Indonesia
An undersea earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck in Moluccas, Indonesia on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.   

Real World Economics: On Asia bank, heed ‘Gambler’ wisdom
Defined by The Economist as a “World Bank” for Asia — is one of those issues that has drawn great attention from the international economic media but is entirely ignored by the average person in the United States. Are we correct to be so blase? The basic issue is that China is trying to set up a new international bank, somewhat like the World Bank…   

Iran nuclear talks: John Kerry cancels US return
US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled a planned return to the US to stay in Switzerland as the Iran nuclear talks approach their deadline. The State Department confirmed that Mr Kerry would be staying in Lausanne for more talks.   

Tunis Bardo Museum attack: Thousands join protest march
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Tunis for an anti-terror march. Chanting “Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!” they marched to the Bardo Museum, the scene of an attack in which 21 tourists and a Tunisian died. French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony at the museum.   

Putin to Arab League: Palestinians have right to state with capital in east Jerusalem
Moscow will support the Palestinians in their efforts to build an independent state with a capital in east Jerusalem, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday according to Israel Radio. Speaking at the 26th annual Arab League Summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik over the weekend, Putin said that “Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in east Jerusalem.”   

Arkansas follows Indiana into ‘religious freedom’ fight
Indiana was the focus of harsh news this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom” act and much of the business and political world erupted in criticism. Those opposed to the law, which allows businesses to refuse service to potential customers and clients on religious grounds, say it’s a clear shot at the LGBT community – in particular those advocating or wanting to participate in same-sex marriage.   

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead
Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.   

Czech tourists freed in Pakistan after two years
Two Czech women tourists who were kidnapped two years ago in Pakistan have been released and have returned home, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka says. Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka, both 26, were abducted while travelling on a bus in south-western Balochistan province in March 2013.   

Guinea declares Ebola ‘health emergency’ in five regions
Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola.   

Chilean president describes ‘bleak’ scene in flood-hit north
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet pointed to a “bleak” situation in the country’s flood-hit north Saturday, after deadly rains swept through the normally arid area last week. The president spent two days in the devastated Atacama region and in nearby Antofagasta, where floods left at least 10 dead, 19 missing and hundreds of people homeless. The death toll is expected to rise.   

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history.   

Eurozone can’t survive in current form, says PIMCO
The eurozone is “untenable” in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a “United States of Europe”, the manager of the world’s biggest bond fund has warned.  

The New ‘Radically Inclusive’ Mega-Church Says Bring Your Own God

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:54 PM PDT


“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” 1 John 2:3, 1 John 3:23 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we get deeper into the Laodicean church age, God is being replaced by many gods, with no one way or one path to truth. Jesus in Revelation 3 says that last church is “blind and naked”, spiritually confused and stumbling around in the dark and groping for answers which become more and more elusive. The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary is just one of many hundreds of contemporary mega-churches who have abandoned the clear teachings of the Bible.

People have always tried to increase the number of church members. Well, there is a new trend, and they are packing in people like never before! Here is the catch: They advertise that ALL beliefs are welcome. You just have to believe in something, and I suppose that means you can be an atheist too! They are calling themselves “Radically Inclusive” churches. They even have a slogan: BYOG. That stands for “Bring your own god.” If these churches stand for anything and everything, then what is their purpose? FULL REPORT

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Homeland chief likens Quran to ‘American values

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:51 PM PDT

Homeland chief likens Quran to 'American valuesAccording to a report from WND Jeh Johnson, the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, raised some eyebrows recently when he likened the Quran to American values and Martin Luther King. He made the inflammatory remarks during a ceremony by the Muslim Public Affairs Council to honor him for “his dedication to and personal investment in engagement with Muslim American communities across the United States,” Twitchy reported.  After receiving his award, he spoke fondly of the Quran, MPAC reported. In a tweet, MPAC quoted Johnson as saying: “‘The reading of the #Quran reminded me of 2 things that MLK said a lot, which are quintessentially American values’ @DHSgov Sec. Jeh Johnson.” A few minutes earlier, MPAC had tweeted: “‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.”  FULL REPORT

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People Flock to See Jesus’ Face on Hillside in Colombia

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:45 PM PDT

People Flock to See Jesus' Face on Hillside in ColombiaAccording to a report from ABC News Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally. Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus’ face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. The site is reportedly in southern Colombia, close to the border with Ecuador. The formation was discovered after a small landslide in the ravine. FULL REPORT

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Married lesbian couple become first to be jointly ordained in US ceremony

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:42 PM PDT

Married lesbian couple become first to be jointly ordained in US ceremonyA same-sex couple in the US have become the first lesbian pair to be jointly ordained ministers by the Presbyterian Church. Reverends Kaci and Holly Clarke-Porter attended their joint ordination ceremony at the First and Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon last week. The ceremony comes shortly after members of the national American church voted to expand the church’s definition of marriage, recognising it to be between two individuals rather than simply a man and a woman. The couple, who met at an Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2009 and married in 2011, hope that their spiritual connection will help them in their future lives and careers.  “I hope that we keep each other energetic and that we’ll continue to hold each other accountable to our ordinations and fight for social justice together,” Holly, 29 told The Huffington Post. Holly, who like her wife was born and raised in Texas, stepped into the breach after Kaci realised she was not suited for the role of associate pastor at First and Central. She’s now the church’s first openly gay clergy member. FULL REPORT

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Saudi Arabia says it won’t rule out building nuclear weapons

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:36 PM PDT

Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weaponsLook who wants Nuclear Weapons now! According to a new report, Saudi Arabia will not rule out building or acquiring nuclear weapons, the country’s ambassador to the United States has indicated. Asked whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nuclear weapons in an interview with US news channel CNN, Adel Al-Jubeir said the subject was “not something we would discuss publicly”. Pressed later on the issue he said: “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.” The ambassador’s reticence to rule out a military nuclear programme may reignite concerns that the autocratic monarchy has its eye on a nuclear arsenal. Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010. FULL REPORT

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Why Putin’s Warplanes Are Penetrating European Airspace

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 07:56 AM PDT

Why Putin’s Warplanes Are Penetrating European AirspaceAs a U.S. Army Stryker convoy crossed from Lithuania to Poland on March 24 —within about 12 miles of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad—nearby NATO warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers and fighters over the Baltic Sea. While neither Washington nor Moscow has suggested the parallel timing of the Russian flyby with the U.S. convoy was anything more than a coincidence, the physical proximity of the two nearly simultaneous events highlights the back-and-forth posturing of Russian and NATO military forces in the region. On Tuesday, U.S. Army soldiers from Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment were on the fourth day of a 1,100-mile trek from Estonia to Germany called Operation Dragoon Ride. The convoy comprises U.S. Army units throughout the region and is meant to show NATO’s commitment to its eastern allies in the wake of the Ukraine conflict. FULL REPORT

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Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it’s not goodPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:43 AM PDT

Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it's not goodDespite experiencing a healthy pace of job growth, the US economy has largely disappointed economists’ expectations by delivering a series of weaker-than-expected economic reports. The unexpected plunges in retail sales and durable goods orders stand out as they reflect weakness in both consumers and businesses. On Wednesday, Bloomberg LP Chief Economist Michael McDonough tweeted a chart of the unprecedented divergence between job growth and retail sales growth. This is concerning as personal consumption accounts for roughly 70% of US GDP. It’s particularly concerning considering all of the extra spending money Americans supposedly have thanks to falling gas prices. “Recent US data have been disappointing,” Goldman Sachs Kris Dawsey said late Thursday. Dawsey thinks GDP growth could tumble to 1.4% in Q1 from 2.2% growth in Q4 of last year. Economists had previously expected GDP growth to accelerate in Q1 to around 3%. FULL REPORT

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Obama threatens allies for criticizing Iran nuke dealPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:36 AM PDT

Obama threatens allies for criticizing Iran nuke dealEfforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program. A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said. Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests. Western policy analysts who spoke to the Free Beacon, including some with close ties to the French political establishment, were dismayed over what they saw as the White House’s willingness to sacrifice its relationship with Paris as talks with Iran reach their final stages. FULL REPORT

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Air Force test-launches 2nd missile in week from CaliforniaPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:14 AM PDT

Air Force test-launches 2nd missile in week from CaliforniaThe Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile from California for the second time this week. The missile blasted off at 3:53 a.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles. The Air Force said the missile carried a test re-entry vehicle that hit a target area in the Pacific Ocean near Guam 40 minutes after liftoff. Col. Shane Clark, the 30th Space Wing vice commander, said in a statement that conducting two test-launches in less than a week demonstrated the capabilities of the intercontinental ballistic missile fleet and crews. The week’s first launch occurred early Monday. The test involved personnel from Vandenberg’s 576th Flight Test Squadron and the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. FOX NEWS

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Lifeway Pulls All ‘Heaven’ Books From Store ShelvesPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:15 PM PDT

Lifeway Pulls All 'Heaven' Books From Store ShelvesAdhering to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife,” officials at LifeWay Christian Resources have said that the organization will stop selling all “experiential testimonies books about heaven,” baptistpress.com has reported. LifeWay’s decision to do so is connected with an inquiry into the book titled, 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. The book details Piper’s supposed experiences in heaven after suffering an auto accident. The book sold 6.5 million copies. LifeWay spokesman Marty King told Baptist Press that the decision to pull the books from the shelves is part of LifeWay’s “new structure and direction” it is undertaking. “We decided these experiential testimonies about heaven would not be a part of our new direction, so we stopped re-ordering them for our stores last summer,” King told Baptist Press in written comments. “Now that we’ve begun implementing the new direction, the remaining heaven visitation items have been removed from our stores and website and will not be replenished.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s resolution, implemented last June, gave a staunch warning to believers about movies and books like 90 Minutes in Heaven, that those entities should not “become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife,”baptistpress.com reported. FULL REPORT

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USA Network Series Offering End Times ScenariosPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:11 PM PDT

USA Network Series Offering End Times ScenariosAccording to a report from Charisma the USA Network is the latest on board with “End Time” Content on their station as Fugitive cows, secret codes and end-of-the-world scenarios. The USA Network’s series “Dig” continues to weave a fictional action-conspiracy story around some very factual strands of Old Testament prophesy and biblical archaeology. But what’s up with the naked praying guy on the beach? Here’s a closer look at some of the strands of fact winding through this fanciful series, which airs Thursday nights at 10 EDT.  Key to the advancing of the already complicated “Dig” plot is something referred to as the “war tablet.” Supposedly written by the Essenes, the tablet is supposed to be stored at Jerusalem’s Israeli Museum and is said to contain a code that will reveal the hiding places of 12 precious stones. Quite a lot of this is actually based in fact. First, the Essenes were an ancient sect of apocalyptic Jews responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2,000-year-old manuscripts of, among other things, the Old Testament. And there really is a “war scroll” among their writings. Perhaps the producers of “Dig” went with a tablet instead of a scroll because it is less fragile? FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham: Obama, Holder leading us toward end timesPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:05 PM PDT

Franklin Graham: Obama, Holder leading us toward end times Is Obama and his Administration helping usher in the “End Times”? According to a new report from WND, Rev. Franklin Graham waded deep into Capitol Hill politics, pointing fingers right at President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder as prime examples of why the nation may very well be in its end times.  “One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality – which is really no morality at aall – jamming it down the throats of the American people,” he said, the Christian Post reported. Get the hottest, most important news stories on the Internet – delivered FREE to your inbox as soon as they break! Take just 30 seconds and sign up for WND’s Email News Alerts! Graham went on to say America has been “blessed by God” unlike any other country in the world – but it faces serious threats of degradation and destruction, mostly from within. “When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles,” he said, writing on his personal Facebook page. “We used to be ‘one nation under God.’ Now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.” The world known religious leader has spoken on previous occasions about the failures of the present political leadership to guide this country in accordance with God’s will, and warned of the consequences that could result. Just a few weeks ago, he raised the red flag on the potential for terrorists to hit hard on America’s soil, due largely because of what he described as a simultaneous anti-Christian, pro-Islam vein that’s coursing through Capitol Hill and in particular, the White House. FULL REPORT


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WW3 ALERT — Russia to Supply Mexico with Arms to Retake Southwest U.S. if Obama Sends Weapons to UkrainePosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:00 PM PDT

WW3 ALERT -- Russia to Supply Mexico with Arms to Retake Southwest U.S. if Obama Sends Weapons to UkraineRed Flag News is reporting some interesting developments regarding Russia, Mexico, Ukraine and the Mideast! World War 3 May have got ever so closer with a couple of developments that are big news. The first is that Saudi Arabia has now entered the Yemen Civil War on the side of the Government/ISIS bombing Houthi rebel positions. Which is big in and of itself except that this operation includes 10 other countries!!! Gulf States.

From WSJ: – “The attacks, which began at 2 a.m. local time on Thursday in Yemen, hit military aircraft at San’a’s international airport. The thud of explosions and the crack of heavy gunfire echoed across the city, residents said. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington, told reporters that the six Gulf countries and four other nations were participating in the military operation. The U.S. military wasn’t involved, he said.“ The implications are enormous. Who are the other 4 countries? All I know right now is that Egypt is one of them. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait are others. When World War 3 occurs in the Europe and Pacific, I guarantee the Middle East will also be a major front with Iran (Eurasian) and Saudi Arabia (Allies) being the primary leaders of the fight. FULL REPORT

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Colorado Does Not Consider Unborn Babies To Be Human

Colorado has twice rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide, refusing to join 38 other states and the federal government for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The undisputed facts in this case are that a mentally ill woman cut a living baby out of the womb of a pregnant mother, and in the process killed the baby. The woman is not being charged with murder. Since the killing of humans in all 50 states is considered to be a crime, Colorado must not be charging the woman with murder because they do not see unborn children as human beings. Planned Parenthood killed 327,653 babies in 2013, and no one charged them with murder, either.

The Colorado woman accused of cutting a seven-month-old fetus from the mother’s womb will not be charged with murder, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.


Dynel Lane, 34, who police said likely suffers from a mental illness, lured Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont, Colo. home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18 and instead attacked Wilkins.

Lane was arrested at Longmont United Hospital after bringing in the dead fetus, telling doctors she suffered a miscarriage, according to cops. Lane was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Boulder County DA spokeswoman Catherine Olguin told the Daily News late Thursday that prosecutors won’t charge Lane with murder in the baby’s death. Charges will be filed Friday. source


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Did The Great Battle For Control Of The Middle East Just Begin In Yemen?

The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss

Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The armies of Bahrain and the Gulf states include Pakistani soldiers. Pakistanis were among the dead in the first great battle against Iraqi troops in the 1991 Gulf War.

But already, the battle for Yemen is dividing other Arab countries. In Lebanon, the former Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Saad Hariri has praised the “brave and wise” decision of King Salman to attack. Mr Hariri is not only a Sunni – he is also a Saudi citizen. But the Shia Hezbollah, who oppose Saudi intervention, called the Saudi assault an “uncalculated adventure”. These words were chosen with care. They are exactly the words the Saudis used against Hezbollah after it captured three Israeli soldiers in 2006, a stupid political act which started the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon that year.


The Americans do not know what to do. They cannot give the Saudis direct military assistance – their nuclear talks with Iran are more important – and so their soft verbal support for King Salman is supposed to mollify their Sunni allies and avoid antagonising the Iranians. But the closer a nuclear deal comes between the US and Iran, the more forcefully their partners in the Arab world will push their cards. What provoked the Saudis into their extraordinary adventure in Yemen was not the approach of Houthis towards Aden but the approach of US-Iranian agreement at Lausanne.

Hezbollah may call the Saudi attacks a “Saudi-American conspiracy” – an overused phrase which contains some truth – but the reality, evident to every Arab, is that the Saudis, armed (or over-armed, as many might say) by the US, are clearly prepared to use their firepower against another Arab nation rather than the traditional enemy further north. Listening to the rhetoric of the Saudis, you might think that they were bombing Israel.

History may say that the attacks on Yemen are the start of a great civil war between Sunnis and Shia in the Middle East. This would satisfy the West – and Israel – in a belief that the Arabs are at war with themselves. But it may also be true that this is the last attempt by the Saudis to prove that they are a major military power. In 1990, faced with the arrival of Saddam’s legions in Kuwait, they asked infidel America to protect them (to the fury of Osama bin Laden). They are a Wahabi nation, loyal – officially, at least – to the same theology as the Taliban and Isis. Saudi provided 15 of the 19 hijackers of 9/11. They gave us Bin Laden, who – let us not forget – was also of Yemeni tribal origin. After Yemen supported Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, the Saudis threw tens of thousands of Yemenis out of the Kingdom. In revenge for their disloyalty. Do they expect Yemenis now to rally to their support?

The last time the Saudis involved themselves in Yemen, they fought Nasser’s Egyptian army. It was a disaster. Now they have the Egyptians on their side. Indeed, they even suggest the Egyptians may stage a landing in Yemen. But to do what? To ensure that Yemen remains a faithful Sunni nation? Will this assuage the Sunni militias battering the Egyptian army in Sinai?

More seriously, will it resolve the coming struggle within the royal family, whose princes do not all believe Yemen must be the cornerstone of Saudi power – nor that Wahabism must be the permanent sectional belief. And who gains from the new Yemen crisis? The oil producers, of course. And that means Saudi Arabia – and Iran. source

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Rabbi Eckstein, Jews Need Jesus Just As Much As Food And Clothing And So Do You!

With Passover fast approaching, we are all seeing the commercials from Rabbi Eckstein of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, asking for your money to support his cause.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The bible clearly says that without Jesus Christ, Jew or gentiles, we have no hope of Heaven. When Jesus Himself preached that message in Israel 2,000 years ago, it was met with the same reaction from Jews then that it is now. But be that as it may, that’s the way that the God of Abraham has decreed it to be. People like Rabbi Eckstein and John Hagee make tens of millions of dollars from Christians who love the Jewish people, but they don’t ever tell the Jews that without Jesus they are going to Hell. That is wrong, and it’s the reason for this article. Please pray for Rabbi Eckstein to receive Yeshua and be saved, thank you!

Years ago, I began getting emails and mail from IFCJ. At first I thought that this was wonderful. But I wanted to vet this man to make sure he was on the up and up.  His commercials show Jews in Israel – so hungry, that they are fighting each other to get the boxes of food. He says “Jews are so poor, they cannot even afford to buy matzo for Passover.”

I knew many Christian believers who gave money religiously to Rabbi Eckstein. They seemed to think this man could do no wrong, and wanted to be a partner in supporting the Jewish people.


I started reading about him. He was not a believer in Yeshua. As a matter of fact, he is an Orthodox Rabbi. I actually wrote to him several times, and told him of my belief in Yeshua.

A few years ago, I saw Rabbi Eckstein on a Christian TV station. He was singing Jewish songs, and talking about Judaism. It seemed to me that his purpose in doing this was perhaps to get his followers to become Jews. Now, with the Hebrew Roots cult abounding everywhere, I wonder how many of these folks were influenced by the Rabbi.

Before Moishe Rosen of Jews for Jesus went home to be with Yeshua, he wrote in “Moishe’s Musings” an article in which he spoke of Rabbi Eckstein. Here is an excerpt from his article:

“There is another kind of “lifestyle evangelism” that I can’t endorse. It’s the kind where people congratulate one another that actions speak louder than words, and that if others know they are a Christian, they need not say anything about Jesus so long as they live exemplary lives.

Ashamed of Jesus?

Isn’t it interesting that Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, an Orthodox Jew, promoted this kind of evangelism in his article “Witnessing vs. Proselytizing,” which was posted online at the Christianity Today website. Eckstein concludes, “If Christians want to share their faith with Jews, they should start by being good friends and neighbors, and wherever possible, ‘good Samaritans.’ Evangelicals call this style of witnessing ‘lifestyle evangelism,’ and it seems to me a self-evidently superior form of outreach.” [Before you take that ringing endorsement of how to witness to Jewish people, you need to know that] Eckstein is a man of great sensitivity and tact, but he is not a believer and his goal is not to see other Jews become believers. Helping people win Jews to Christ would make Eckstein anathema in the Jewish community. Yet some Christians regard him as an expert on how to successfully share their faith. Ecktstein claims to uphold the Christian mandate to witness, but eventually he discloses his opinion that it is arrogant for Christians to think that Jewish people need Jesus.

I think that Christians should be concerned that Rabbi Eckstein has gained quite a platform among evangelical Christians. As reasonable and affirming of the Christian religion as Eckstein might seem, his commitment as an Orthodox rabbi is still at odds with those of us committed to seeing all people, including Jewish people, find salvation in Jesus.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)

I’m afraid that some Christians have been so flattered by Eckstein’s approach that the utter lack of logic in using him as an authority on Jewish evangelism escapes them. In a way, I am glad that Eckstein speaks so highly of “lifestyle evangelism” because it affords thinking Christians the opportunity to reflect on how to fulfill the Great Commission. The kind of lifestyle evangelism Eckstein praises centers on how nice people can be, whereas the Bible centers on why the cross is so necessary.” [1] – source

And then there is the matter of his income. Oy vey – WHAT an income!!

As the head of a nonprofit that is almost entirely supported by donations, what makes Yechiel Eckstein’s compensation noteworthy is its proportion to his organization’s overall income compared to other ministries. While the salary and benefit package of the head of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (ICFJ) is at least five times higher than any other leader of an Israel-related ministry, clocking in at $1.2 million, Eckstein’s compensation is more than double what the president of World Vision—a ministry with a budget 10 times larger—earns.

World Vision’s Richard Stearns earned $456,718 in salary and benefits in 2011, according to the organization’s tax return. But World Vision has a $1 billion annual budget, whereas last year IFCJ’s budget was $113 million. Meanwhile, Billy Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), earned $228,448 in total compensation in 2011, and his son, Franklin Graham, president of BGEA, earned $115,307. The organization is similar in size to the IFCJ with $92 million in revenues in 2011.

Linda Lampkin, resource director for the Economic Research Institute office in Washington, D.C., calculated the average direct compensation for executive directors at similar-sized religious organizations and found Eckstein’s pay is well above the average, which is $276,807. The computer-generated comparison showed executive directors at organizations with similar-sized budgets—$100-$110 million—earned anywhere from $163,675 to $389,938 annually.

“It is fair to say an executive director at a religious organization who makes nearly $500,000 annually in direct compensation and also has significant other compensation is paid well outside the mean ranges of executive directors at similar organizations with an approximate $100 million to $110 million in revenues,” Lampkin told Charisma.

How much are those in charge of these Israel-related ministries actually making?

It’s often implied that any leader of a nonprofit ministry or organization who earns more than Mother Teresa is somehow gouging the public. Obviously, that isn’t true. Running a large organization—whether a college, a hospital or a church—is complicated and requires hard work. By not paying market-rate salaries, the talent needed to run such organizations tends to go to where he or she can be compensated commensurate with his or her ability. Even Jesus said a laborer for Him is worthy of his wages:

“For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” 1 Timothy 5:18 (KJV)

Some organizations don’t like to reveal what their leaders make, however, because they fear donations would decrease if people knew. In the world of Christian ministries, that’s especially true—as proven by such examples as the short-lived “scandal” surrounding Franklin Graham’s compensation package as the head of both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

At the same time, in American culture there is a feeling that some financial matters should be out in the open. For example, it’s required by law that the public knows the salaries of elected officials. And those who run a publicly owned company must publicize the salaries of top management so investors can make investing decisions based on whether they feel those leaders are looking out for the investor or themselves.

Even the Bible says people do things differently in the light than in darkness. So in that spirit, Charisma inquired about the salaries of some of the ministries’ leaders.

We found ministry leaders’ pay ranged from zero to that of Eckstein. By comparison, leaders from three of the other largest Israel-related ministries earned substantially less: Jonathan Bernis earned $224,233 in total compensation (salary and benefits), Jews for Jesus Executive Director David Brickner earned $200,000 and Chosen People Ministries President Mitch Glaser earned $174,767. (The salary and benefit package of Christians United for Israel Executive Director David Brog could not be obtained.) Among the other ministries, no salary was above $90,500. And with Eckstein’s removed from the equation, the average salary of those leaders willing to disclose their compensation—and including those who take no salary—was $85,856.

How We Came Up With This Report

Given the magnitude and importance of the mission of Israel-related ministries—and in an effort to help promote financial transparency, integrity in fundraising efforts and the proper use of donations—Charisma requested financial information from 17 Israel-related ministries.

To begin its seven-month investigation into the financial stewardship of these ministries, Charisma requested financial information from each organization, along with an interview with its president or lead representative. We also obtained the 990 tax returns that some of the ministries voluntarily filed with GuideStar, which tracks the finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Under federal law, ministries are not required to publicly disclose tax returns, but some do so voluntarily to be financially transparent.

In its examination of ministry finances, Charisma also consulted with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which accredits various ministries, and Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit organization that evaluates American charities. Of the 17 ministries, the following seven are accredited by ECFA: Chosen People Ministries, Jews for Jesus, Christian Friends of Israel, Bridges for Peace, Maoz Israel, Jewish Voice Ministries International and the Messianic Jewish Israel Fund.

Having worked with many of the ministries in the past and seen their fruit up close through the years, Charisma’s intent was not to dig up any figurative buried skeletons, but instead to inform our readers as to the unique vision, purpose and scope of ministry for each organization. We believe financial stewardship goes hand in hand with this and, as a result, celebrate those Israel-related ministries that are taking every precaution to be faithful with what God has given them. [2] – source

Almost $500,000 a year?? That is absolutely sinful and wrong on so many levels. There is a word for a person like this in Yiddish – Goniff. It means a thief. I’m sorry to have to use this term, but what else can I call him? But what’s even worse is that he is refusing to tell lost Jewish people that they need Jesus to get to Heaven.

If you give to International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, you may want to find another organization to which to donate your money.

Do your homework! We have the Internet, and you can vet a person or organization very easily.

Please continue giving to the Jewish people. Some very good ministries help Jews in Europe to make Aliyah. Thank you for caring!

Shalom b’Yeshua

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Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies

A former Google officer is the president’s chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

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Top violator of women’s rights around the world? It’s Israel says UN

Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women.

At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

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Preacher Fined for ‘Emotional Harm’ Caused by Quoting Levitical Law Against Homosexuality

(CN) — A street preacher in the UK who was charged with making “homophobic” remarks has been declared guilty of breaking English law and must pay a fine for his speech, including to a man to whom he quoted Scripture from the book of Leviticus.

As previously reported, Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, was accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He was leveled with two charges of using threatening and abusive words, and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.

Minister Who Denies God’s Existence: I Don’t Appreciate Being Told I’m Not a Christian

(CN) — A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either—remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.“Someone quipped that my congregation is BYOG: Bring Your Own God. I use that and invite people to ‘bring their own God’—or none at all,” wrote John Shuck of Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church in a guest post for Patheos last week. “While the symbol ‘God’ is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking.”

‘I Ached Every Day for a Dad’: Woman Raised by Lesbians Speaks Out Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

(CN) — A woman who was raised by a lesbian mother and her partner after her parents divorced is speaking out against same-sex “marriage” and the affect that it can have on children such as herself.Heather Barwick, now 31, wrote an open letter this past week entitled “Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting,” in which she shared her own personal story of growing up without a father.

Obama Calls for American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran to Be Released for Persian New Year 

(CN) — Barack Obama issued a call on Friday for an American pastor imprisoned in Iran to be released for the Persian New Year, which began yesterday.As a tradition during the Iranian holiday Nowruz, some prisoners are set free or receive reduced sentences. Obama called upon the Iranian government on Friday to free Pastor Saeed Abedini during the observance, among other Americans who are also being held in the country.

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Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on

Citizens warned that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.

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What If You Had Eight Minutes To Meet Your Maker?

But what if you only had eight minutes?!? I cannot imagine the thoughts of those passengers who did not know Him. Were they consumed with terror over the loss of their life, without any sense of what would happen to them in the seconds after? Were their thoughts only of their own fear, their families, and what it would feel like to die? Were there any thoughts of their mortal souls or how they would spend eternity?

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The Blood of the Martyrs

Why is God allowing so many Christian to die? Jan Markell and her guest, Tom Doyle, discuss that and much more. Doyle also shares remarkably uplifting stories from the midst of the persecution of Christians in the Mideast. Doyle has a new book, “Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where it’s Not Safe to Believe.” Find it here. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith in many parts of the world. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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1st shoe drops for Washington florist under fire for faith

Fined for acting in accord with her Christian beliefs

The first shoe dropped Friday for Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, who has been convicted by the state in a case brought by the ACLU of discrimination for operating her business according to her Christian faith.

A judge in the state, Alex Ekstrom, announced the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, must pay $1,001 to the state prosecutors who charged her with discrimination for refusing to use her talents to promote same-sex “marriage.”

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Top violator of women’s rights around the world? It’s Israel says UN

Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women.

At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

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Easter story movie clips

As we go into Passion Week, here are some video clips from the Resurrection story for you. Each one is a snippet from events during the week.


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The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

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March 23 Quotes

First Overtures of the First American Presbytery

These first overtures of this small but soon to be active Presbytery stated clearly that the message of biblical Christianity was to propagated throughout the new world in obedience to the Word of God. At subsequent meetings of the Philadelphia Presbytery, it was noted that these first three overtures were being accomplished.

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The Effect of Singing

This can be of particular encouragement when a Christian comes to church after a particularly hard or discouraging week. We might feel so low and downcast that we have nothing to lift up before God and no ability to turn our attention to God with thanksgiving. Yet the singing of others and our own singing with them may serve to remind us of the spiritual realities of what God has done.

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You Are Dust, Not Divine

One of my favorite passages in the whole Bible is Psalm 103. I pray it often, and focus on these words: “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” These words tell us that even while we pray to the all-knowing and all-powerful God, we do so as created beings who were formed out of the dust of the ground. If we learn anything from our dusty origins, we learn that God did not intend for us to be superhuman and he did not intend for us to be God-like. He made us dust, not divine, and this was his good will. He made us weak.

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We Ask You To Abstain

Again, we might discuss and debate how “high” the fence is around the table, but it is biblical (see citations above) and wise to clearly tell unbelievers and unrepentant persons that they are not to take the Lord’s Supper. It might not sound politically correct or “nice,” but it is a biblical help in keeping Christ’s church pure, it does keep unbelievers from bringing further judgment upon themselves, and it does guard God’s people from trouble and hardship (cf. 1 Cor. 11).

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Looking for a Good Fight

As a pastor you are an under-shepherd of Jesus Christ, but you must actively shepherd. We have to fear God more than sheep; if you live in fear of sheep, you don’t know your mission or calling. Some sheep have more “fleece” than others, as in wealthy tithers and donors. Some people have influence and they know it, and God help you if you make them angry. Loving sheep means you have to lead them through rough places to get them where they need to be, and they might not like it. For the sake of the flock, you have to be willing to lose some people, and you will lose some no matter what you do.

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Worship According to the Word

While all Christians affirm the necessity and reality of the experiential dimension of faith, the experience must be grounded in and accountable to the Word of God. This is of central importance to the question of worship, for, left to our own devices, we will be inclined to seek worship that meets our desire for a “meaningful” experience or matches our personal taste as a substitute for authentic worship regulated by Scripture and centered on God, rather than His people.

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On Naming Names

by Bill Muehlenberg

Another really unhelpful and even dangerous thing thrown around so often is this: you cannot name names. You cannot rebuke a believer in public. You cannot publicly challenge a fellow Christian. Um, just where in the world did they get this idea?

Do they actually read their Bibles? Or just mindlessly repeat whatever they hear? The truth is, the New Testament is full of examples where those pushing false doctrine or sinful living were publicly challenged and rebuked. As I have stated often before, the biblical principle here is pretty clear: public sin warrants public rebuke, while private sin warrants private rebuke.

The latter is of course spelled out rather clearly in Matthew 18:15-17. But when a very public figure is involved in very public sin, be it false teaching or immoral living, then public reproof is called for. Then we can and should name and shame. Then we must utilise public rebukes.

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In the Name of Grace

But the grace promoted today is a grace without backbone, an invertebrate, jellyfish-like grace. It is all warm and squishy, and sounds so Christian. It is touted as loving, embracing, affirming, tolerating. Such grace is accepting without being expecting. It makes no demands. It holds no expectations. It stamps sins “forgiven” and gives the green light for their further pursuit along the highway of life, without fear of being pulled over by the police officer of the Law.

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When the Church Refuses To Judge itself

by Bill Muehlenberg

This may be news to some believers, but the church is to be self-critical. It is to actually assess, discern and judge what is happening in its midst and in its name. We Christians are to be constantly tending to the condition of our own camp. Not to do so if to invite trouble.

But far too often we refuses to do this, instead letting the world turn the spotlight on the church’s many problem areas. While we expect the word to turn a critical eye on all that we do and say, regrettably if we had been doing a better job of housecleaning, much of this criticism would be nipped in the bud.

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New Obamacare Tax Law May Affect Churches

“The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) points out a viable option for churches affected by the rule, which is to increase employees’ overall taxable compensation without requiring that the additional income be used to purchase health coverage.”

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Marriage: The Modern Day Litmus Test For Inerrancy

“In other words, by the time a Church legitimizes “same sex marriage”, it has already ceased to be a Church. The shift on a biblical idea of God and his Word has already happened and the result is a people who have created God in their own image, and whom he has given over to themselves, so that they even approve of what is evil (Romans 1:32).”

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Let’s Stop Expecting Islam to be Christian

“There are indeed temperate, moderate followers of Islam. And we should hope their number increases in proportion to the number who are neither temperate nor moderate. But to claim that moderates alone are “real Muslims” is an act of historical and religious revisionism that is fooling no one—except, perhaps, us Westerners.”

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7 Celebrities Who Are Destined for Hell When They Die

“I realize that God could work in their lives at some point, bringing them to faith in Jesus Christ and repentance for the wickedness of sin in their lives, but as it stands now, all seven are not bound for the promised land.”

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Concerning The True Care Of Souls

“I’m struck by the fact that his definition of pastoral ministry is all about the people to whom we minister. The focus is not on administration (though I’m sure he did some of that), nor on programs (though I’m not against them), nor on meetings (though we all have them), but on the people that need our help.”

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What Pastoral Lessons Did I Learn Caring For a 106 Year Old Widow?

“If there is someone in our church that has been walking with the Lord long before we were born, they will probably have a thing or two to teach us about life. It may not be about the atonement, the active and passive obedience of Christ, or a complex breakdown of eschatology. There is, however, much they can teach us about marriage, child-rearing, walking with the Lord through suffering, and many other insights a long life brings.”

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7 Things I’ve Learned In 30+ Years Of Pastoral Ministry

“Even if someone’s criticism is completely off, there’s almost always something we can learn. James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Often when someone brings us negative criticism, our first reaction can be to defend ourselves or write them off. Someone’s critique may not be 100% correct, but I’ve found there’s almost always something I need to see or learn from it.”

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Notable Voices: March 28, 2015

5 Best Practices for Handling Other Ministry Income — Art Rainer

In this excerpt from his new book, Art shares the best practices for handling outside income as a minister.


25 Random Pieces of Advice for Leaders in Their 20s, 30s or 40s — Carey Nieuwhof

This advice is applicable whether you are involved in ministry or not. While they are all great advice, #20 really stands out.


10 Pointers for Untrained Preachers — Peter Mead

In this two part series, Peter shares tips for both trained and untrained preachers.


4 Foolproof Ways to Alienate Visitors to Your Website  — Rachel Blom

I’ve talked quite a bit about church websites. And while those continue to need improvement, pastor blogs, ministry sites, and other sites need work as well. Rachel shares four major areas that can drive people away form any site.


Four Problems With Church Planting — Darryl Dash

Before you think this article is slamming church planting, please note that it’s written by a planter. Who better to know the problematic areas than someone who has lived through them.


All the One Another Commands in the New Testament — Jeffrey Kranz


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The Consumerist, Market-Orientated Church

by Bill Muehlenberg

Sadly much of Western Christendom has fallen into two related traps: most Christians are just as consumeristic and materialistic as any non-Christian; and much of our church promotion centres on secular marketing methodology and a fixation on entertainment.

We are just as fixated on wealth, riches, goodies and material things as our non-Christian neighbours. And much of the way we do church and seek to bring in non-Christians is little more than mimicry of the boardroom, the marketplace, and Hollywood.

We live for wealth and mammon, we conduct our church business in terms of a modern corporation, and we even market a gospel appealing to greed and promoting get-rich schemes. We differ little from the world in other words.

The prosperity gospel is of course an all-too obvious and blatant example of all this. But the evangelical church as a whole has in many ways drunk deeply of this poisoned chalice as well. The demands of Christ have been replaced with the lust of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes, as aided and abetted by Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

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God of the Gaps Atheism

The militant atheist movement is built on the belief that there is no evidence for God. Of course, such atheists are entitled to their opinions on this matter, but because of their militancy, and the way it serves their agenda, they will not acknowledge their opinion is an opinion. Instead, they posture as if they have discovered some objective truth – There is no evidence for the existence of God. We’re all supposed to agree.

Yet if we are supposed to agree with this claim, we’d like to know exactly what it is we are supposed to agree with. So we ask the New Atheists what would actually count as evidence for the existence of God. Typically, the New Atheists will tap dance around that question, insisting there is no evidence without telling us what such evidence would look like. This is their Hide-The-Goalposts tactic.

However, if pressed, some New Atheists will spell it out, especially when they are trying to make themselves look open-minded about the issue. One example is Gnu activist Jerry Coyne who, in a blog post entitled, “What evidence would convince you that a god exists?, writes:

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Can Your Congregation Answer the Questions of a Post-Christian Society?

by Trevin Wax

Ever since I was a teenager, I have benefited from the work of thinkers like Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey. Their book How Now Shall We Live? forced me to examine assumptions and answer the question of why I believed Christianity to be true. Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth was also an important book in my spiritual development. It pointed me in the direction of Francis Schaeffer and led me to a deeper consideration of philosophy and worldview analysis.

Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and she has recently released a new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Today and tomorrow, she joins me on the blog for a conversation about evangelism, apologetics, and worldview training.

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Biblical Worldview: What It Is, and What It Is Not

By John Stonestreet

A worldview is the framework of basic beliefs that we hold, whether we realize it or not, that shapes our view of and for the world. Everyone has a worldview. The question is not whether one has a worldview, but which worldview one has.

There has been a recent proliferation of camps, conferences, books, and organizations promoting the idea of Biblical worldview. Whereas the word “worldview” would have in times past elicited a blank stare, many Christians today have at least some familiarity with the concept.

But familiarity can breed contempt. “Biblical worldview” is often thrown around today in a haphazard fashion, and it may no longer be clear what it actually means. Also, Biblical worldview may be in danger of dying the death of the “been there, tried that, and we’ve moved on” mentality that is prevalent in so many contemporary program-driven churches and denominations.

This would be tragic for two reasons. First, a Biblical worldview is not a means, like a curriculum or a program. It’s an end. Seeing God, others, the world, and ourselves as God sees them is a telos of the Christian life. Second, despite all the rhetoric of Biblical worldview, it is not necessarily a reality. According to recent studies produced by the Barna Group, only 20% of those claiming to be born again and less than 1% of young adults in America can answer a basic set of theological questions according to the biblical worldview.

Biblical Worldview: What It’s Not

Before looking at what a biblical worldview is, let’s consider what it is not.

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FROM THE SEMINARIES: Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern

“From the Seminaries” includes news releases of interest from Southern Baptist seminaries.

This Week in Calvinism – March 27, 2015

  • The reason Roger Olson believes that “Calvinism makes God morally monstrous” is that if God even passes over certain people when he could save them, “then God is not good in any meaningful sense.” As usual, Olson avoids explaining why his theology isn’t subject to the same criticism by saying he has written on this issue before. However, he does say regarding the reprobate that “[God’s] knowledge corresponds to their free choices.” Olson even quotes C. S. Lewis. And who are we to argue with a guy who can quote C. S. Lewis?
  • “Modified” Arminian James Goetz goes a step further. He believes in “restricted free will” and “conditional universalism,” saying “that God never ceases to reach out to humans regardless of death.” And he brings up a good point. If Arminians like Roger Olson believe that God “desires all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4), why should a minor inconvenience like physical death get in the way of that?
  • Kyle Dillon has created a “quick and easy” chart on two kingdoms theology and neo-Calvinism. What do you think of his comparisons?
  • In reviewing Nancy Pearcey’s book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, John Mark N. Reynolds writes, “Anyone who tells you that you do not have free will deserves being ignored.” He later qualifies that by saying, “Pearcey rightly notes that even Calvinism does not deny human free will, just free will in regard to salvation.”
  • We now know the reason why a new Calvinist tends to be so aggressive. It’s because when an Arminian comes along and uses the Bible to shoots holes in his theology, the “Calvinist has to choose between the Bible or their new found worldview.” Thankfully, most of us eventually learn to explain and rationalize our way around passages like John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, and Ezekiel 33:11.
  • If there is any “choice” in Calvinism, Rich Davis doesn’t see it.
  • Ian Clary responds.
  • Four lessons from a Calvinist slave.


This ‘n’ That

  • Interesting, but I’d say most Christians today see ‘worship’ as a weekend-only thing, and don’t understand the significance of our entire lives being lived out as worship to our King.
  • I hope you stayed off Driscoll’s mailing list.
  • Um…I don’t even know what to say. The guy has aspirations, you have to give him that.
  • Great deals going on for the entire (finally completed) MacArthur New Testament Commentary set.
  • Because I like to give you an occasional dose of Charisma crazy.
  • Links to the breakout seminars from the Inerrancy Summit.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Well, this is good news.
  • Sigh. John Hagee is setting dates. Can somebody please stop this guy?
  • The GTY blog is posting a series on the seven last sayings of Christ.
  • The purposes of God in our pursuit of godliness:


Some Here, Some There — March 27, 2015

by Dan PhillipsOnce again, start small, grows until noon TX time.

  • If you (like me) never wander to First Things, you probably missed Carl Trueman on the 20th anniversary mourning Evangelicals and Catholics Together. It’s informative and thought-provoking and a bit snarky (hel-lo! Trueman!), and has wonderful quotables. Such as:
  • “…stadium platform ecumenism is personality heavy and doctrine light. It has placed some very theologically inept people in positions of significant public influence based solely on their ability to pull a crowd. Not all of its senior leaders ultimately seemed particularly clear even on the nature and importance of the doctrine of the Trinity.”
  • “…can one really claim to agree on the Gospel of God without first agreeing on the God of the Gospel?”
  • “Before we start thanking the Lord that we are not like other men, we should ask ourselves whether our own alternative ecumenism, so often controlled by a few unaccountable powerbrokers and by big money, really possesses more integrity.”
  • Bam.
  • And this, from the What Could Go Wrong? department:
  • The Jolly Scott, Prof. David Murray, has a very helpful note on 1 Timothy 4:10. That’s one of those verses, like 1 John 2:2, that folks with a deficient view of God’s saving work plop down on the table, as if the mere citing of the verse is contraindicative to affirming God’s sovereign grace — blissfully unaware that the verses are at least as problematic for their own view.
  • Here’s a review of Logos 6 from Jason Helopoulos. My own is forthcoming.
  • This just gives me a chuckle. I’d shared that a poor pastor, given TWTG as a gift, found it “terribly disappointing.” I guess my readers have found his review “terribly disappointing,” as currently 167 have found it unhelpful, to 9 who found it helpful. And I’m not certain what those nine mean, because I know at least two whom the review “helped” decide to buy the book.
  • Here, BTW, is Olson’s article, subtitled Them Calvinists SO ‘TUPID! Olson is helped to his conclusion by failing to allude to, let alone deal with, as much as one verse of Scripture.
  • And here, BTW and more helpfully, is Doug Wilson’s first takedown thereof. (To be evenhanded, it is also without Scripture references; it is more of a very effective exercise in Proverbs 26:5.)
  • To me, Roger Olson is kind of the Bob Dylan of theology. In that every time I take a sample of actual product, I am baffled at the reputation.

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Why White People Don’t Want to Talk About Race, Barnabas Piper. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made an intriguing little splash this week with his Race Together campaign—an attempt to cultivate dialogue by having baristas write #racetogether on their cups. The brief initiative was widely panned from many sides (much of the criticism, in our estimation, correctly aimed). But discussion does matter. So why are white people seemingly allergic to discussing race?

What Is Your Exit Plan? Tim Challies. It used to be that only the most famous children had their lives on public display—the rich, the royal, the Kardashian. But with the prevalence of social media, most of us have begun to create an online portfolio of our children’s identity long before they know it. Challies isn’t asking us to pull the social media plug altogether. But he asks an insightful question: how are you going to make the switch, to stop creating the profile of your kids and allowing them to choose their online persona for themselves?

Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS…Or Their Conversion? Russell Moore. “Praying for the salvation of our enemies, even those committing the most horrific of crimes, is not a call to stop praying for justice against them. The cross, after all, is not forgiveness in a contemporary therapeutic sense—in which one is merely absolved of wrongdoing as though it were all a misunderstanding. … The gospel does not say, ‘Don’t worry about it; it’s okay.’ The gospel points us to the cross where sin is absorbed in a substitute.”

Millenials Will Change the Abortion Conversation, Charles C. Camosy, USA Today. We beat up on the millenials last week, implying that they were—broadly speaking—a generation predicated on the faulty principle of self-fulfillment (a.k.a. rampant selfishness). But not everything about these young guns is negative. For one, contrary to conventional wisdom, they tend to be more ardent defenders of the unborn than their parents.

Three Ways to Kill Your Sermon-Based Small Group, Ed Stetzer. Many churches (ours included) try to align their small-groups with weekly sermons. The benefits of alignment are legion: it reinforces church values; it keeps people focused; it can prevent rogue elements of suspect theology. But simply aligning small groups with the weekend sermon won’t make the group a success. It’s actually pretty easy to kill a group with some common mistakes.


Weekly Watchman

Grounding our youth in truth
Mar 27, 2015 08:13 am | Mike

We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth […]

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Steeped in “Tolerance” makes for a strange brew
Mar 26, 2015 11:25 am | A. S.

Did you hear the one about the university dean who said it’s no problem at all if students want to bring in a pro-ISIS speaker to train young people? (Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video.)  It’s one of many news stories we’re covering today as we watch the aftermath of the […]

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Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video
Mar 26, 2015 08:29 am | A. S.

“It would be just like bringing in a coach to train a sports team,” says Joseph Scaffido, Assistant Dean at Cornell University. He is captured on hidden camera advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus, how to obtain funding to send care packages to ISIS […]

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Watchmen’s full plate
Mar 25, 2015 03:04 pm | A. S.

Then there was the story of the “pastor” who doesn’t believe in God. But if you question his faith, he’ll get very offended and make you feel guilty: Lots of other news today, including, Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”, and LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books. Joining us on today’s program is someone who knows Mormonism […]

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What happens when you replace “Movie Title” with the breathed-out Word of God…
Mar 25, 2015 12:07 pm | A. S.

Dumb question:  Why does the visible church think that it needs Hollywood movies to draw people to Jesus Christ? Why do so-called anointed pastors feel they need to use sermons designed by Christian mystics who dramatize a very different Jesus and a different gospel? The newest Easter fad is A.D., the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett-produced film […]

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Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”
Mar 25, 2015 08:57 am | A. S.

Why are so many preachers now talking about mantles? We hear them figuratively “bestowing a mantle on the next generation,” like Hillsong’s Christine Cain did at Passion 2015, or Saddleback’s Kenny Luck talking about how we have a mantle of leadership. or we see preachers like Chuck Pierce literally give a mantle in the form […]

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LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books
Mar 25, 2015 08:26 am | A. S.

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes […]

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Vanity, vanity
Mar 24, 2015 08:32 am | A. S.

Have you spent time in the book of Ecclesiastes lately? It not only tells the story of how King Solomon learned the meaninglessness of making himself his own god of sorts, but it leaves us with wise words from someone who threw his own God-given wisdom away. Joining us for today’s discussion is our friend […]

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Squashing Christians
Mar 23, 2015 09:10 am | A. S.

We have a lot of news to cover today. A little later, a Christian campus organization in California has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. It’s the kind of new normal we never thought we’d see a decade ago. […]

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College Ministry Kicked off Campus – for Requiring Leaders to Be Christian
Mar 23, 2015 08:51 am | A. S.

Via Garrett Haley over at ChristianNewsnet: TURLOCK, Calif. – A Christian campus organization has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. Chi Alpha is a national student ministry organization with a presence in over 300 college campuses across the United […]

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How the Gospel Changes Our Generosity

J.D. Greear: “Generosity is a peculiar topic. Whenever it comes up, especially in church, things get uncomfortable in a hurry. The question begins to crop up in our minds: ‘Am I giving enough? How do I know I’ve given enough?'”

Why We Can Trust Him

My friend, Trillia, has a new book coming out about fear and faith. As one who struggled with various fears, I know this topic will minister to me. How about you?

Why Are We So Unhappy?

David Murray tackles a topic that the world can’t figure out. Yet, as Christians, we know the secret is unveiled in Christ.

5 Best Books for Women

My friend, Lore, recommends several solid books for you to read.

13 Ways You Waste Your Money

Tim Challies: “About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend . . .”

Top 10 Gospel Books for Children

Here’s another post from David Murray that will help you sow the truth of God’s Word into your children.


Best Blogs

Every Pastor Needs a Theology Coach | The Christward Collective

10 Pointers for “Untrained” Preachers | Biblical Preaching

7 Things I’ve Learned In 30+ Years Of Pastoral Ministry | The Blazing Center

BibleX: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor: An Interview with Dr. Mark Yarbrough

10 Pointers for Seminary Trained Preachers | Biblical Preaching

Why Should I Fast? | Meet The Puritans

Rejoicing in Lament | Gentle Reformation

Think of Yourself Less | Desiring God

15 Proverbs for Social Media Users | The Blazing Center

The Privilege of the Pastor’s Wife | Challies Dot Com

PCRT Q/A: Dating a Non-Virgin – Reformation21 Blog

PCRT Q/A: Biblical Grounds for Divorce – Reformation21 Blog

PCRT Q&A: Why So Many Singles? – Reformation21 Blog

Should I start a relationship with a non-Christian? | Gentle Reformation

Reformed Pastor, President , and Professor: An Interview with W. Robert Godfrey by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Credo Magazine » Young, Reading, & Reformed (Fred G. Zaspel)

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much”? – Part 3 (Timothy Raymond)

A Free Ligonier Connect Course with John Piper by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

5 Free Classes on Ethics

Best Videos

C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

Q&A with Same-Sex Attracted Pastor, Sam Allberry


Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/20 – 03/27)

Is atheism a religion?
From Evidence to Faith
Top Notch Apologetics Course!
Credo Courses Has Launched
A Saturday With Tim McGrew
Street Epistemologists – On Guard 1
Apologetics isn’t always what it seems
Is the Moral Argument Unbelievable?
Invite Mary Jo Sharp to Speak at Your Event 
Real Science vs. Bill Nye the “Science” Guy
5 Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important
An appeal to ex-JW’s who are now atheists or agnostics
How To Break Free From Skepticism With One Simple Question
Article: Learning from an Apostle- Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas by Doug Groothuis


Paul Tripp Ministries

What Makes A Man [Article] – A lot of people have said a lot of things about manhood. Here are 8 of my own observations: Read the Article

Right Here, Right Now [Radio Broadcast] – I finished posting all 70 radio programs that I recorded back in 2006 and 2007: Listen to the Episodes

EASTER [Sermon Series] – The hope of the Christian faith is inextricably tied to the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are 3 sermons to remind us of that: Listen to the Sermons

The Daily Discovery (March 28-29, 2015)

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The Truth Behind the Religious Freedom Bill – “Gosh dang it you guys. I love Jesus so much, I love people so much, I love my family so much, I love my friends so much, and I love you all so much. I want to focus my time on loving people, but things like this get in the way, and I hate it.  Seriously you guys! I’m in my apartment sick with the flu, and I’m going crazy reading all of this stuff on Facebook! This is not a political post, and it’s not a religious post. It’s a post by an annoyed human who is tired of seeing his friends use Facebook as an abnormally large soapbox to share radically uninformed and divisive opinions. My mom saw a church sign the other day that said, “If you jump to conclusions, you may jump over facts.” And it seems to me that many of you are jumping over facts.”

Four Reasons I’m Not Concerned With the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage – “This article is not written as an attempt to justify homosexuality or to forcefully impose my Christian beliefs on non-believers. My purpose here is to give my perspective regarding the topic at hand. If you are deeply offended by my first point, move on to the second point (you’ll like that one a lot) and then read the first one last. My intent is not to offend anyone, but instead to give a fair assessment of two opposing viewpoints and to explain why I think my views are valid.”

Sorry gays, you don’t have the right to be free from discrimination – “I feel like I’m caught in a time warp where every day I wake up and it’s the same day all over again. Kind of like the Bill Murray movie, but with less enchantment, and with no groundhogs in sight, tragically. So this week Indiana passed a religious freedom bill that affirms a private individual’s business owner’s right to decide who they associate with and how they associate with them. This is partly a religious freedom thing, but it’s primarily just a matter of basic private property rights. It’s also terrain that’s already been rather explicitly covered in the First Amendment. It just shows you where we are in this country that states need to go back and write laws that basically say, ‘Hey, remember the First Amendment? Yeah, that’s still a thing.’”

Grounding Our Youth in Truth – “We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth focused on God as the College life tries to lure our children into the ways of the world?”

Ministers, not Masters – “Second Corinthians is a book about ministry. Many commentators call it the fourth pastoral epistle, adding it to First and Second Timothy and Titus, because it focuses so much on the true character of Christian ministry. And it teaches us the lessons that it does by looking at the life of the Apostle Paul, the archetype of the minister of the Gospel.”


Tim Conway – The Relationship of Love and Prayer


Pastor Emilio talking to Dean at UNT

Mike Gendron with RedGraceMedia

“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper



Equipping Eve–Christless Checklists And Holiness–Part 2

In this episode, we continue our discussion from J.C. Ryle’s book, Holiness, on growing in grace. What are some of the marks of growing in grace, as revealed to us in Scripture?

Are Soul Mates Biblical?


Q.  I would like to ask you about your opinion on Soul Mates. Is it a purely Romantic notion, or is it a God Ordained one?  I know we’re at the brink of the Rapture and the way the world is going you can tell that everything is coming to an end quickly. However I am still very young and wish to find someone I can cleave unto. Should I stop praying for love and focus on the Lord?

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 Pre Trib or Mid Trib?


Q.  In ll Thes. 2:7-8 it’s telling us that the restrainer is not taken out of the way until just before the antichrist is revealed when he stands in the temple and claims himself to be God. This is the middle of the tribulation. Can you shed some light on this?   Because I’m really looking forward to getting out of here!

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 A Question On Joel 2


Q.  My question has to do with the book of Joel and chapter two in particular.  The more that I study the bible the more I see a vast distinction between Israel and the Church.  Chapter two of Joel clearly is about Israel and it appears to me that it is about Israel after the rapture.  I have for my entire life been taught and believed that Joel 2:28 is primarily about the church with the Holy Spirit being poured out “on all people.”  But verse 28 begins with “and afterward” with the context about the “Day of the Lord.”  Verse 29 says “I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”  To me these scriptures talks about God pouring out His Spirit on all people during the tribulation days.

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Confused About Luke 21


Q. I am confused by Luke 21 and hope you can clarify it for me.  Does this chapter concern the Tribulation period?  If so, and if we believe the Rapture won’t happen until the ‘times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ then Luke 21:24 appears to mean the Rapture won’t be experienced until sometime during the Tribulation, and yet that seams to be contradicted in Luke 21:36.

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Did Jonah Die?


Q.  Recently we were having a bible study on the book of Jonah and as I read the book I believe it to say that Jonah was alive in the belly of the fish that swallowed him.  The instructor claimed that Jonah died in the fish & was essentially “buried” for three days, thus being a precursor to Christ.  I believe that he was alive for the three days & nights, how else could he have prayed to God out of the fish’s belly?

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The Larger Earth Theory


Q.  I was at a home Bible study the other night and the topic of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven came up. The leader of the study said the (new) Earth
will be many times larger than it is now in order to accommodate this vast structure. I had never considered that option and always thought at you do that the city will be more like a satellite in orbit. Later I happened to read an article that suggested the same thing. It seemed strange to have never heard of this and then hear it twice within a week. What are your thoughts on this “larger earth” theory?

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Passover and Palm Sunday


A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29,34).

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

Ready to start your new life with God?

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed

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5 Reasons Why People Doubt Their Salvation

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

doubt“I am confident of this: that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

The Bible teaches not only does Jesus save us, but He keeps us in the faith. It teaches God not only gives eternal life, but will preserve us in that life. It is not life until we sin again, it is not life until we feel differently, it is not life until times get tough and our faith grows weak, it is eternal life which will never end. Scripture is filled with the assurance that our salvation is secure. Many people, however, doubt their salvation. Here are five reasons why:

1. They have a faulty understanding of how they are saved.

If a person thinks he is saved by good works, then it stands to reason he would think his salvation…

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The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

The Reformed Reader

The Dawkins Letters I’m thoroughly enjoying David Robertson’s The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths.  This book is a chapter-by-chapter response to Richard Dawkins’ well known title, The God Delusion.  I’ll come back and write more on this later; for now, I want to point out the great counter argument Robertson gives to Dawkins’ Darwinian explanation of morality.

Dawkins defines goodness as altruism and says that humans tend to be altruistic towards people of our own kin – that’s how we’ve evolved genetically.  On top of this is a reciprocal aspect – that people are nice to each other so people are nice to them in return.  Dawkins also says that people are sometimes nice because they want to show off.  One other thing he writes is that kindness and sympathy are blessed Darwinian mistakes.

Robertson deconstructs this evolutionary view of morality:

1) First, it does not seem much of a morality

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March 28-29, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Daily Prayer – Saturday 28 March 2015

Continue to pray for Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother who has been on death row since November 2010.

Daily Prayer – Sunday 29 March 2015

Our Father in Heaven, we lift before you Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who has had his prison sentence extended by six years under the charges of “actions against the state” and “actions against national security”


The Man Who Talks to Boko Haram

ICC Note: Stephen Davis, the Australian who has engaged militant Islamist group Boko Haram to negotiate for release of the more than 200 Chibok girls kidnapped in April 2014 alleges local government sponsorship of Boko Haram.

Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under Modi, EFI Figures Show

ICC Note: According to reports, the number of incidents against Christians, including violence and harassment, has risen 55 percent since Prime Minister took power in May 2014.


 Religious freedom in Crimea

CRIMEA: Religious freedom survey, March 2015

ICC Note:

“One year after Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea…the forced imposition of Russian restrictions on religion has brought difficulties for those trying to exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief.


Little Lambs for Spring!

After suffering much persecution, which resulted in being ostracized from their town and no ability to find work, ICC purchased lambs for Peace and his wife, Happiness.

Two Christians Accused of Lahore Lynchings after Church Bombings

ICC Note: Shortly after the suicide bombings that took place outside two churches in Lahore, Pakistan nearly two weeks ago, mob violence broke out leading to the lynching of two suspects.

Eight Chinese Christians From Sanjiang Church Sentenced to Prison

Zhejiang court sentences 8 Christians from Sanjiang Church

ICC Note:

Eight Christians in China pled guilty to “illegal occupation of farmland” and “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” in their attempts to protect Sanjiang Church from illegal destruction by the hands of the government.

Christian School Wins Legal Battle Against Teachers Fired for Refusing to Affirm Their Faith

ICC Note: In 2012, the Christian church-owned Little Oaks Elementary School required that its teachers submit a form affirming their Christian faith as part of their contract renewal.

Nigerian Christians Brace for Increased Persecution On the Eve of Presidential Elections

By Troy Augustine

3/27/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Nigerians are preparing to vote for president tomorrow amid heightened tensions between Christians and Muslims in a race that currently stands too close to call.

Nigeria Election: Kano’s Christian Exodus

ICC Note: Thousands of Christians are fleeing Kano, majority-Muslim city in Nigeria’s north ahead of tomorrow’s presidential election, fearing attacks. Most Christians reside in a suburb of Kano called Sabon Gari, but are now headed south and east remembering that more than 800 people died and 700 churches were burned across the country during post-election violence in 2011.

 Pastor in South Sudan Jailed, Lashed After Radical Muslims Threaten Him

ICC Note: Adam Haron, a Sudanese pastor, is rejoicing after being considered worthy to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Haron is a convert from Islam and received more than 300 lashes with a tree branch because of his Christian faith and ministry.

The Unexpected Defenders

School of Christian Thought

Christianity Today's April Cover Photo Christianity Today’s April cover photo featuring HBU faculty

Christianity Today’s April issue focuses on women in apologetics, featuring the female faculty at Houston Baptist University. “The Unexpected Defenders: Meet Women Apologists” is a significant story for our time. While many other articles have shown the groundbreaking work of women in areas such as business leadership, law, and medicine, there has been a persistent, albeit fading, idea that the Christian intellectual life is only full of men and for men. Yet, there are many Christian women interested in the life of the mind and in how to take responsibility for understanding the faith they profess.

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Five: Saturday)


Day 34: Do we regard the resurrection narratives in the Gospels as historically credible?

Confession: Psalm 119:25–32

My soul clings to the dust;

revive me according to your word.

I told of my ways, and you answered me;

teach me your statutes.

Make me understand the way of your precepts,

that I may meditate on your wonderful things.

My soul weeps because of grief;

strengthen me according to your word.

Remove from me the deceptive way,

and graciously give me your law.

I have chosen the faithful way;

I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your testimonies;

O Yahweh, do not let me be put to shame.

I will run the way of your commands,

for you will enlarge my heart.

Reading: Mark 15:1–5

And as soon as morning came, after formulating a plan, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, tied up Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” And he answered him and said, “You say so.” And the chief priests began to accuse him of many things. So Pilate asked him again, saying, “Do you not answer anything? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” But Jesus did not answer anything further, so that Pilate was astonished.


He is the First-begotten, after a transcendent manner. He is the creator of man. He is all in all—patriarch among the patriarchs; law in the law; the priest among priests; among kings, prime Leader; the prophet among the prophets; the angel among angels; the man among men; son in the Father; God in God; king to all eternity. He was sold with Joseph, and He guided Abraham. He was bound along with Isaac and wandered with Jacob. With Moses, He was Leader, and, respecting the people, legislator. He preached in the prophets, was incarnate of a virgin, and born in Bethlehem. He was received by John and baptized in Jordan. He was tempted in the desert, and proved to be the Lord.

He gathered the apostles together and preached the kingdom of heaven. He gave light to the blind and raised the dead. He was seen in the temple, but was not held by the people as worthy of credit. He was arrested by the priests, conducted before Herod, and condemned in the presence of Pilate. He manifested Himself in the body, was suspended upon a beam of wood, and raised from the dead. He was shown to the apostles, and—having been carried up to heaven—sits on the right hand of the Father, and has been glorified by Him as the resurrection of the dead. Moreover, He is the salvation of the lost, the light to those dwelling in darkness, and redemption to those who have been born. He is the shepherd of the saved and the bridegroom of the Church. He is the charioteer of the cherubim, the leader of the angelic host. He is God of God—Jesus Christ our Saviour.

—Irenaeus of Lyons

Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus


Which of Jesus’ roles, listed by Irenaeus of Lyons above, is the most amazing to you? Why? Spend time praising Him in prayer and thanking Him for His roles and His work.[1]


[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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