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Articles Posted by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

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  • The Greatest Story Ever (Re)Told

    04/01/2018 8:09:03 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 1, 2018 | JP
    I was a junior high schooler growing up in the Bible Belt when I first heard the concept album “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of the Son of God Christ made a household name of the then-22 year old composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and – slightly lesser so – 26 year old lyricist Tim Rice. Tonight, NBC is presenting “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” This Easter production stars, among others, John Legend, the Academy Award winner and 10-time Grammy Award winner, as Jesus and Alice Cooper, the son of a Christian...
  • The Devil Showed up at a Florida School on Valentine’s Day

    02/18/2018 8:36:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 18, 2018 | JP
    The teen-age shooter heard voices in his head, which he described as demons, instructing him to kill everyone he saw before him at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That revelation by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, whose Valentine’s Day massacre left 17 dead and 15 injured, was underreported by much of the mainstream media. That’s because hardly any of those who reported the mass murder at Douglas High accept that the devil exists, and that his demonic forces are active and involved in the modern day affairs of humanity. Indeed, fewer than one in ten “mainstream” journalists attend church...
  • The Gate of the Year

    12/31/2017 8:17:12 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 31, 2017 | JP
    Minnie Louise Haskins was a professor at the London School of Economics. She taught there from the end of World War I to the near-end of World War II. Interestingly, Haskins is best known not for her scholarship – as distinguished as it may have been – but for dabbling in poetry. Her most noteworthy work, particularly fitting for the start of the New Year, is one of the most quoted poems of the past century: God Knows And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread...
  • First Lady Melania Trump Lets Her Light Shine Despite Her Detractors

    12/17/2017 12:00:17 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 17, 2017 | JP
    A Gallup Poll released this past Friday found that First Lady Melania Trump is viewed favorably by 54 percent of Americans. That amounts to a remarkable 17 percent improvement since January, which the pollster attributes to Mrs. Trump becoming “better known in her role as first lady.” But I think there’s another factor Gallup has completely overlooked – the grace with which the First Lady, a committed Christ follower, has evinced in the face of unrelenting attacks from haters, many of whom are members of the so-called Fourth Estate, who think no attack too vile or too petty. Indeed, at...
  • Are Parents of Newborn Children Automatically Blessed? No.

    11/26/2017 8:01:55 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 26, 2017 | JP
    The 31-year-old mother of four made an announcement to family and friends on Facebook: She and her husband of four and a half years were expecting a fifth child. “We’re blessed,” wrote she. Most Christ followers believe an automatic blessing awaits mothers- and fathers-to-be, no matter the circumstances under which their newborns are brought into the world. But the Bible does not say that the actions of expectant parents can displease God, yet the arrival of their newborn guarantees the Almighty’s blessing. In fact, it teaches us the opposite – that God does not reward parents-to-be whose actions run contrary...
  • Thanksgiving is a Holy-Day; ‘Friendsgving’ is Not

    11/23/2017 12:27:44 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 23, 2017 | JP
    A Google search for “family at Thanksgiving” yields disturbing results. An article authored by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker and posted on Psych Central’s web site offers “10 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving with the Dysfunctional Family.” Another article, written by TODAY contributor Gail Saltz and posted on the morning show’s site, is headlined “Thanksgiving stress: How to avoid holiday family conflict.” And still another article, keyboarded by writer-at-large Dave Holmes and posted on the magazine’s site, begs the question: “Is Thanksgiving Better With Family or Friends?” Hartwell-Walker advises lining up “some co-conspirators” before the family gathers for Thanksgiving. “Chances are you’re...
  • Pope Francis: Martin Luther Was Right, the Catholic Church Wrong

    10/31/2017 4:51:44 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 31, 2017 | JP
    Five hundred years ago today, the Augustinian monk Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the chapel door of Germany’s University of Wittenberg. And for much of the ensuing half-millennium, the man who begat the Protestant Reformation has been reviled by the Catholic Church. Indeed, the view of Luther among many if not most of today’s Catholics is informed by a polemic written by the not entirely objective Catholic clergyman Henry George Ganss. It was published in the Catholic Encyclopedia all the way back in 1910 and republished on the Internet in 1995. Ganss suggested that Luther was given...
  • HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Aren’t Ashamed of the Gospel

    10/22/2017 7:43:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 22, 2017 | JP
    Chip and Joanna Gaines grace the cover of People magazine’s October 23, issue. The husband and wife costars of the home makeover show ‘Fixer Upper’ – the highest rated series in HGTV’s history – explained why they decided to walk away from their hit series after five successful seasons. I’ve had my suspicions about the Waco, Texas couple since I caught an episode in which Joanna placed several pieces of artwork on a wall. The piece that stood out to me proclaimed: “We walk by faith, not by sight.” I image that many, if not most, of the 46 million...
  • The Wicked Descend on the ‘City of Angels’ This Week for ‘Adultcon’

    09/17/2017 8:24:55 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 13 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 17, 2017 | JP
    The devil is a mimic. When God goes high, the evil one always goes low. For instance, SoCal Harvest was held last month in Anaheim, California. Hosted for the 28th year by Pastor Greg Laurie, more than 90,000 worshippers attended the three-day, spirit-filled event at Angels Stadium, during which more than 10,000 souls gave their lives to Christ. One month later, the wicked will gather in Los Angeles for “Adultcon,” which bills itself as a “weekend of sin and fun,” during which the unGodly can give themselves over to sexual depravity “without shame.” Marking its 16th year this upcoming weekend,...
  • Sept. 11, 2001: The Great and Terrible Day Radical Islam Reared Itself

    09/11/2017 4:55:25 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 11, 2017 | JP
    My wife joined me on a business trip to New York City in 2004. I took an afternoon off to give her tour of my old neighborhood – Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. It looked a lot different than I remembered. That’s because there was a giant crater across the West Side Highway from where I used to live and work. It was the 16-acre site where the World Trade Center once stood, before its twin towers were reduced to scrap metal and rubble by Islamic jihadists using fuel-laden jetliners as weapons of mass destruction. As I toured what...
  • Tried By Fire: Let a Husband Examine Himself

    07/30/2017 9:09:46 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 5 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 30, 2017 | JP
    This is the tale of two husbands – one who faithlessly abandoned his wife, leaving her to walk alone through the valley of the shadow of death; the other who was faithful to the vow he made before God and man to stand fast by his wife in sickness and in health. The first tale appeared in People magazine a fortnight ago. The second tale appeared in the book “Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery,” which was written in 1976 by Dr. Richard Selzer, a Christ follower who also happened to be a Yale-trained surgeon. People tells the...
  • Is it a Sin to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’?

    07/16/2017 8:24:11 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 50 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 16, 2017 | JP
    The sermon was titled “Fatal Attraction.” It was a cautionary message to those of us who were married members of the congregation to scrupulously observe the wedding vows we took according to God’s holy ordinance: To have and to hold each other from our wedding day forward. To forsake all others who might come between us. To love each other, comfort each other and keep each other, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, in health, until death do us part. But wait, said the junior pastor. He had an additional vow to suggest to Christ- following...
  • Christian Parents Cannot Assume Their Children Are in Safe Hands

    06/11/2017 1:00:02 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 11, 2017 | JP
    The devil has a special place in his black heart for children. He delights in stealing their innocence, using those under his demonic influence to commit the most unspeakable acts against the under-aged. So it was in the time of Moses that Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys be put to the sword to cull the growing Hebrew population. So it was in the time of Jesus that Herod the Great ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem two years old and younger so that he would not be supplanted as King of the Jews. And so it...
  • Dear London, You Will Never Be Safe. Sincerely, Jihadis

    06/04/2017 5:08:45 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 4, 2017 | JP
    “This is for Allah!” So shouted three Islamist jihadis as they drove a van across the London Bridge yesterday, mowing down pedestrians in their path. They then proceeded to the nearby Borough Market where they continued their rampage, stabbing some of those enjoying a night on the town and slashing the throats of others. By daybreak this morning in London, seven innocents had been killed and nearly 50 others injured in the Ramadan terror attack by the three devotees to the supposed “religion of peace.” British Prime Minister Theresa May stated today that there was no apparent connection between last...
  • Are Atheists Really a Persecuted Minority?

    05/21/2017 3:44:58 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    Will Gervais and Maxine Najle are co-authors of a study suggesting that far more Americans are atheist than previously thought. The dubious claim by Gervais, director of the University of Kentucky’s Beliefs and Morality Lab (Bam! for short), and Najle, a grad student advised by Gervais, provided fodder for a fake news story posted this past week on the website FiveThirtyEight. “Attitudes about atheists are quickly changing, driven by the same powerful force that transformed opinion on gay rights,” wrote Daniel Cox, who hyped the study by Gervais and Najle. Dismissing recent studies in which no more than 3 percent...
  • Mother’s Day Blessings to Childless Women

    05/14/2017 7:30:45 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 14, 2017 | JP
    Mother’s Day is a joyous observance for most of the 85 percent of women who have borne a child by age 40. But not so much for women who have neither procreated nor adopted, who find Mother’s Day a painful reminder of their childlessness. Perhaps they squandered years on a relationship that resulted in neither marriage nor children. Perhaps they were so career-driven they had no room in their lives for a husband and offspring. Or perhaps they wed and tried to have children, but their wombs were barren. For women of faith despairing on this Mother’s Day that they...
  • Spiritual Warfare: 10 Sin-Sick U.S. Cities Under Demonic Influence

    04/30/2017 8:18:40 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 32 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 30, 2017 | JP
    During the reign of Cyrus the Great, king of all Persia, the prophet Daniel foresaw a great war that filled his heart with fear and trembling. So troubled was Daniel he spent three weeks, the Bible says, fasting and praying for divine intervention. God heard the prayers of his prophet and sent an angel to deliver a message. But the heavenly messenger was delayed, Daniel was told, because he was resisted for 21 days by the demonic spirit that laid claim to Persia. Such demonic spirits continue today to exert powerful influence over earthly jurisdictions to which they lay claim....
  • 3 Easter Parables: Why Those Who Abide in Christ Needn’t Fear Death

    04/16/2017 7:00:06 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2017 | JP
    Jesus often used parables to teach lessons. Well here are three modern-day parables concerning the lives and deaths of Wanda Dunn, Eddie Maintenance and Jack Shephard. Each parable reinforces the lesson of Easter: That the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wanda was a lonely old woman who dared not set foot outside of her one-room basement apartment for fear that death awaited her one the other side of her front door. One day there was a scuffle outside Wanda’s apartment during which a policeman was shot. When she peered through her window, Wanda saw...
  • 155th Anniversary of America’s Most God-Inspired Patriotic Song

    04/09/2017 7:41:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 32 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 9, 2017 | JP
    One hundred fifty-five years ago, the Atlantic Monthly published on its front cover the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which not only is one of this nation’s most well-known patriot songs, but also, arguably, its most spiritual. The melody was borrowed from a Civil War marching song, which paid tribute to the abolitionist John Brown, and which was popular with Union soldiers. The song’s lyrics – “poor old John Brown is dead, his body lies mouldering in the grave” – were inoffensive to soldiers marching into battle, but deemed too coarse to be sung by the general...
  • Social Media Has Become the Playground of the Devil

    04/02/2017 7:56:43 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 2, 2017 | JP
    A sexually explicit video of a high school girl in La Porte, Indiana was posted this past week on Facebook Live and other social media. Authorities suspect the underage girl was coerced into making the video in response to a “sextortion” threat. This is but the latest shocking example of social media’s role in coarsening our culture. It no longer is enough for the unredeemed to commit unspeakable acts; they also feel compelled – demonically so – to memorialize their grave sins against God on Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, and other such online platforms. That includes Derek Medina, a...