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  • Joel Saw Recurring Desolations...Joel pt 2

    The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye...
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others—gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful—were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • What The Prophet Joel Saw...Joel pt 1

    The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.(Joel 1:1-4)The prophet Joel saw an actual locust invasion, and...
  • What Really Counts (Greg Laurie devotional)

    10/28/2014 2:51:46 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    Harvest.org ^ | 10/24/2014 | Pastor Greg Laurie
    "If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine!" — Matthew 5:15 How should I live my life on this earth? What purpose does God have in mind for me, now that I have received His Son, Jesus Christ, into my heart? These are questions every believer should ask, because if you have no goals or purpose, you can waste your life. As I have often said, if you aim at...
  • The Special Treatment Homosexuals Demand

    10/27/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 10-26-14 | Selwyn Duke
    There is one particular thing that illustrates better than anything else the unreasonableness — and some would say gall — of homosexuality activists. It’s not demanding that bakers, shirt printers, and wedding planners be party to events and expression deeply contrary to their principles, as offensive as that is. What I speak of is something even more fundamental, something again brought to light by the recent Vatican synod on the family. As many know, the synod made news with an unwisely released and widely misrepresented mid-term report containing language that the secular media interpreted as signaling church capitulation on the...
  • Methodist Pastor Who Performed Same-Sex Wedding Keeps Ordination

    10/27/2014 7:18:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    CBSNews ^ | October 27, 2014 | KAREN PULFER FOCHT
    October 27, 2014 Methodist Pastor Who Performed Same-Sex Wedding Keeps Ordination KAREN PULFER FOCHT NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the second-largest U.S. Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final. Reached by phone after...
  • Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights

    10/27/2014 6:42:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    Wall St . J ^ | October 27, 2014 | TAMARA AUDI
    Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights Conservatives Face Calls to Re-Examine Traditional Teaching on Homosexuality By TAMARA AUDI As advocates for same-sex marriage celebrate a series of legal victories and Pope Francis strikes a softer tone toward gays, the most-conservative quarters of the American evangelical Christian movement are wrestling with how to respond to a dramatically shifting legal and cultural landscape. Most evangelicals remain firmly opposed to homosexuality, and see the increased legalization of same-sex marriage as a threat to religious freedom and proof of the deterioration of Christian values in society. But some are advocating...
  • Christian right key to Republican performance in U.S. midterms

    10/27/2014 2:16:20 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Alistair Bell
    (Reuters) - If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms.
  • The Encroaching Darkness - Dr. Chuck Missler

    10/27/2014 2:04:22 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    khouse.org ^ | October 2014 | Dr. Chuck Missler
    As the centroid of geopolitical power on the Planet Earth continues its shift westward, you can also see a cloud of spiritual darkness emerging on our eastern horizon. We continue to see corruption everywhere: throughout the highest levels of government, in our entertainments, in our schools, and even in many of our churches. Many of those in the corridors of power should be incarcerated for treason—legislators that sign bills they haven’t read; executives who are allowed to ignore the laws; judges who reverse juries, amend laws, and indulge in social engineering; and, leaders who fail to exhibit the most elementary...
  • NO BIG BANG WITHOUT GOD, SAYS POPE FRANCIS

    10/27/2014 1:47:14 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 192 replies
    Brietbart ^ | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT
    The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.” The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly “from a supreme Principle of creative love,” he added. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation,...
  • How to react to Islamic terror - Dr. Robert Jeffress

    10/27/2014 1:42:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/24/2014 | Dr. Robert Jeffress
    Pastor Robert Jeffress reacts to Christians being persecuted by ISIS.
  • Altar Calls: Are They a Biblical Approach?

    10/27/2014 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/27/2014 | Shane Idleman
    The altar call is an appeal in which the speaker invites attendees to come forward as a way of acknowledging their decision to follow Christ. Many consider Charles Finney (1792-1875) to be the founder of the altar call even though early Methodist used a similar approach known as the "mourners bench." I have had the privilege of working on the field at large stadium events where altar calls have been given, and I have also offered many appeals to come forward as well, primarily in the early years of my ministry. Let me begin by saying that anytime we give...
  • Millennial Series: Part 19: Premillennialism and the Church

    10/26/2014 1:44:30 PM PDT · by wmfights · 28 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1954 | John F. Walvoord
    The doctrine of the church has always rightly been considered an important part of theology. Embraced within its revelation are the principal items of the present divine program as well as the ultimate purpose of God. According to Lewis Sperry Chafer, the truth concerning the church is one of the two major Pauline revelations given in the New Testament, the other being the gospel of salvation by faith. [1] Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, IV, 3-4. It is strange that more attention has not been paid to the relation of ecclesiology to premillennialism. Various views on the millennium have their...
  • A Sunday Encouragement

    10/26/2014 7:47:09 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.(John 11:43-44)Lazarus had died. He had been buried four days, embalmed and laid in the family grave. But now at the command of Jesus He stands at the door of the same tomb, fully alive. Everything around and behind him is death. He till wears the same rotting clothes he was buried in, and...
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

    10/24/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).
    Nina Pham after her release from care. Screenshot. Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said in a press conference Oct. 24. “I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and...
  • For Every Zach Wahls...

    10/23/2014 8:42:20 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    I am reprinting this article I ran in 2011, after reading this article; (This Lesbian’s Daughter Has Had Enough) written by the daughter of a “lesbian Marriage” which attempts to get behind the propaganda picture of pertfctly normal and Happy “gay” families.We live in the day of the Bibg Lie so we must speak the truth!Gay marriage has been rejected by every vote or referendum in every state of the union in which it has been proposed, including Iowa But it was foisted upon the state by Judicial fiat, over the objections of voters. Three of the Justices who imposed...
  • Idaho Couple Facing Fines, Jail Time for Not Hosting Gay Weddings May Be Saved by State Law

    10/23/2014 2:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    Idaho couple Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel of Coeur d'Alene, are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for refusing to host gay wedding ceremonies, which the city claims violates its anti-discrimination ordinance. The couple has since filed their business as a religious organization, which means they might be saved by an Idaho law that protects religious freedom. Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal organization, told The Christian Post that while Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance saying that under "public accommodation"...
  • When Catholics Are Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

    10/22/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/22/14 | Phil Lawler
    A new poll shows the Catholic "faithful" are far from itThe Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we don’t have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll provides results that are interesting in themselves, even if they don’t offer an accurate measure of authentic Catholic opinion. This survey from the Saint Leo College Polling Institute is one example. According to the Saint Leo poll, Catholic Americans believe, by a whopping 68-18%...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • Millennial Series: Part 18: The New Covenant with Israel

    10/19/2014 1:45:24 PM PDT · by wmfights · 9 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1953 | John F. Walvoord
    Among the Biblical covenants of the Old Testament, the new covenant with Israel takes its place in importance with the Abrahamic and the Davidic covenants as determining the course and destiny of the nation Israel. In the study of premillennialism it is another important evidence for a future millennial kingdom in which its promises can find literal fulfillment.The Promises of the New Covenant with Israel The promises of the new covenant with Israel are among the most specific of the Scriptures. The major passage is found in Jeremiah 31:31-34: “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will make a...
  • Pope Francis Manipulates Process to Include Rejected Paragraph's of Relatio

    10/18/2014 6:38:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | October 18, 2014 | TTC
    Good News - in fact great news: The dissident push to embracing adultery as a good and precious vocation of family life in the Church and sacrilegious Communion was officially squashed. Michael Voris states, and I agree, the shove to the push back seems to have had an effect. As it always does. The victory won't last long. Though the disturbing paragraphs were voted out of the Relatio, the Pope ordered the Relatio to be published as if the vote and removal never took place. Supposedly: as for the rejected paragraphs, they will still be sent out (!) as part...
  • The Meaning of Six hundred and Sixty Six (666)

    10/18/2014 8:14:08 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 144 replies
    666 has meaning behind it. John the Revelator was Hebrew. He would have known that each Hebrew letter of the alphabet (which is a number too) has a meaning and/or symbol to it. In the scripture it was written as six hundred and sixty six. Not 666. I find the meaning of this is to be "in the end times, a head will emerge, Satan (snake), and will hook people into sin(disbelief in my book). Allow me to show you how it works by viewing this: I believe that the letters used to write six hundred and sixty six would...
  • Why would anyone become Catholic?

    10/08/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3,536 replies
    https://www.indiegogo.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Indiegogo
    Why would intelligent, successful people give up their careers, alienate their friends, and cause havoc in their families...to become Catholic? Indeed, why would anyone become Catholic? As an evangelist and author who recently threw my own life into some turmoil by deciding to enter the Catholic Church, I've faced this question a lot lately. That is one reason I decided to make this documentary; it's part of my attempt to try to explain to those closest to me why I would do such a crazy thing. Convinced isn't just about me, though. The film is built around interviews with some...
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white...
  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and “gender equality” issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christ’s kingdom, and another from a...
  • Christian Boxer Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: I Pity Him, He Should Fear God

    10/17/2014 9:19:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Manny Pacquiao recently revealed that he pities professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and suggested that he should get to know God instead of flaunting his wealth as Mayweather is known to do. Pacquiao made the comment after Mayweather posted several photographs on his Instagram account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights with the caption, "Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day." "I'm not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways. He should fear God. 'For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world...
  • Psalm 83 anticipates Islam...the Bible and Islam

    Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.(Psalm 83:1-4)The Psalms of the Bible are usually considered to be inspired devotion, useful for prayer and worship, beautiful and uplifting poetry. This is true, but it is a...
  • Mark Driscoll, Top Megachurch Pastor, Resigns

    10/16/2014 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | October 16, 2014 | Daniel Burke
    Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high. His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team's top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson. But in a remarkably fast fall from grace, Driscoll resigned Tuesday as pastor of Mars Hill Church, a congregation he founded 18 years ago and turned into a force in the mostly secular Pacific Northwest. In a statement, Mars Hills' board of overseers said Driscoll hadn't committed any acts of "immorality, illegality or heresy" -- sins that have...
  • HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE - WILLIAM TYNDALE

    10/13/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 63 replies
    Way of Life ^ | 2007 | David Cloud
    The Tyndale New Testament of 1525 was the first English translation based on the Greek and the first English Bible to be printed. (The Wycliffe Bible was based on Latin and published only in hand-written manuscripts.) The King James Bible is an edition of Tyndale’s masterly translation. William Tyndale is therefore the most important one name in the history of the English Bible and one of most important names in history of the English people. TYNDALE’S TIMES Tyndale was born to a time of great change and turmoil. It was a time of international travel and discovery. When he was...
  • Thank God For Columbus!

    originally posted in Oct 2010Should we or shouldn’t we celebrate Columbus day? Every year the debate rages around this time whether the expansion of European civilization into the western hemisphere was a positive or negative development in human history. Of course Columbus himself was a complex figure, and there is much to love or hate about him depending on one’s point of view. The leftward side of the debate points out Columbus’s greed, ambition, pride and at times cruelty. And yet on the other side , one must admire the bravery, tenacity, and Columbus’ willingness to venture at great risk....
  • Millennial Series: Part 17: The Kingdom Promises to David

    10/12/2014 11:21:17 AM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1953 | John F. Walvoord
    Next in importance to the Abrahamic covenant in the Old Testament doctrine of premillennialism stands the Davidic covenant—the promises of God to David that his seed, throne, and kingdom would endure forever. This covenant has been obscured and ignored by most amillenarians and again and again statements are made that premillennialism rests solely upon the interpretation of Revelation 20. Louis Berkhof in his discussion of “the premillennial theory” states, “The only Scriptural basis for this theory is Rev 20:1-6, after an Old Testament content has been poured into it.”1 In other words it is expressly denied that the Old Testament...
  • The Story of Cain Anticipates ISlam...The Bible and Islam pt7

    The Book of Genesis is foundational to all of the Revelation of God to man. It is a succinct theological account of the earth and man’s beginnings. It is by no means exhaustive. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters, for example, but Genesis focuses on the story of Cain and Abel. Every account in Genesis was hand-picked by the Holy Spirit because it offers the fundamental understanding of some aspect of either the fall or the salvation of humanity. Ironically, though Genesis is an account of the beginnings, it is also full of eschatology, the beginning corresponds to...
  • 30,000 Protestant Denominations?

    10/11/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 109 replies
    Just For Catholics ^ | Dr Joe Mizzi
    Question: If one thing is clear, it's that there is one, single, visible Church that Jesus founded. This multitude of competing, conflicting denominations is no sign of God's work; therefore, it must be the work of the Evil One. Somewhere in the midst of these 30,000 denominations, there is one true church, and the rest are in sin and rebellion. Answer: The "thousands-of-denominations" argument is very often employed to prove all sorts of things. Here are some citations from letters received from other Catholics: How can all these denominations claim to follow the Bible yet all come to different conclusions?...
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/10/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHC’s coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. pichealth54Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet (Obama's spiritual advisor)

    10/10/2014 3:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Religion News Service / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2014 | Lilly Fowler, The Post-Dispatch
    The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian magazine Sojourners and a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, will be one of the key speakers at an interfaith event related to Ferguson Sunday (Oct. 12) at St. Louis University. In the following Q&A — edited for clarity and length — Wallis talks about how faith plays a role in his decision to come to St. Louis and how his past involvement in the civil rights era compares to today. Q: Can you tell me how you became involved in Ferguson, and what you expect from your visit? A: It turns...
  • Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster

    10/08/2014 7:27:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    AOMin.org ^ | 10-8-14 | James White
    Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster Rome never satisfies. It can’t. All the pomp and circumstance, all the liturgical fanfare, can never truly answer to the true needs of man. Since Rome has abandoned the gospel of grace and replaced it with a synergistic man-centered sacramentalism, she will never be able to offer to men anything but distractions, never true answers, to his real need. I feel for those who, in their wandering through the various man-made religions, find themselves trudging over the Tiber. I know so many who have found their way out of Rome, some because they have been enlightened...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

    10/05/2014 6:02:28 PM PDT · by vabible · 80 replies
    Vabible.wordpress.com ^ | October 5, 2014 | Roland Peer
    I have heard much impassioned debate lately about the question of whether America was founded as a Christian nation, so let's set the record straight here. The concept of a Christian nation is not found in the Bible, because it is impossible to have a Christian nation in this day and age. Christianity is the way of freedom and liberty. To receive Jesus Christ's free offer of eternal life is a matter of personal choice and conscience, mysteriously wrought in the individual human heart, will, and soul as God's Spirit draws all men to Himself. Therefore, it is impossible to...
  • Michelle Duggar on Teaching Her Daughters About Modest Dress

    10/05/2014 1:39:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    19 Kids and Counting ^ | Michelle Duggar
    Question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan on Facebook: How have you taught your daughters about modesty My daughters are the second generation of modest dressing in this family. They've grown up being dressed modestly, and in clothes that are definitely more feminine apparel. ...
  • Millennial Series: Part 16: The Abrahamic Covenant and Premillennialism

    10/05/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Bilble.org ^ | 1953 | John F. Walvoord
    Will Israel Be Restored as a Nation?Most of the prophets of the Old Testament with enraptured gaze contemplated the glory of a millennial kingdom in which Israel would be restored and be head of all nations. In the darkest hours of Israel’s apostasy and sin, in the very hour of her captivity and disgrace, the prophets uttered their message of hope. Jeremiah’s word may be taken as typical: “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt...
  • Prayers for Eastern Christians Become Easier Sell for Evangelicals

    10/05/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 9/30/14 | Jeff Brumley and Ken Camp
    Globalization, the Internet and terrorism have awakened many American Christians to the history and contributions of Eastern forms of the faith, experts say.It’s hardly unusual to hear evangelicals and other Protestants praying for persecuted Eastern Christians these days, especially those fleeing terrorists forces in Syria and Iraq. But that wasn’t always the case. and if there had been such prayers in years past, they likely would have been for the salvation of Orthodox and other Eastern Christians. Many Protestants, and evangelicals in particular, “have grown up with biases against Catholics and Orthodox that have been based upon an assumption that...
  • 10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor

    10/04/2014 6:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Church Leaders ^ | 10/02/2014 | by Ron Edmondson
    I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they knew to be right, but it landed them in disaster. A pastor friend of mine said recently, “We need healthy churches and we need healthy pastors.” Amen. Agreed. We must stand guard. What are we guarding against? No single post would be perfect. Obviously sin, but I can’t address everything that gets in the way of a healthy pastor. I can only...
  • Protecting God’s Word From “Bible Christians”

    10/03/2014 2:33:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,085 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 3, 2014 | RICHARD BECKER
    “Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” ~ St. Paul to the ThessaloniansA former student of mine is thinking of becoming a Catholic, and she had a question for me. “I don’t understand the deuterocanonical books,” she ventured. “If the Catholic faith is supposed to be a fulfillment of the Jewish faith, why do Catholics accept those books and the Jews don’t?” She’d done her homework, and was troubled that the seven books and other writings of the deuterocanon had been preserved only...
  • Inflamed by American Prophecy, Brazilian Evangelicals Want a Woman for Brazil Presidency

    10/02/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Inflamed by American Prophecy, Brazilian Evangelicals Want a Woman for Brazil Presidency By Julio Severo The most important events for Brazil in 2014 are the World Cup — where the Brazilian team suffered its worst and most shameful defeat in such football event — and the presidential election. Prophecy said Brazil would win the World Cup From a rational standpoint, the election will bring another shameful defeat, because the main contenders — incumbent Dilma Rousseff and Marina Silva and Aécio Neves — are socialists. This week, these three major candidates have, joined by homosexual activists and federal prosecutors, condemned...
  • Asperger’s Syndrome and Spirituality

    10/02/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    American Association of Christian Counselors ^ | 09/04/2012 | Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A.
    As I recall a time in my daughter’s life when she was not drawn toward the church or Christians, I wonder how others with Asperger’s Syndrome feel about the church, religion, and spirituality. I googled “Aspergers” and “Religion” to research Aspies’ thoughts about this matter. (Individuals with Asperger’s often refer to themselves as Aspies). To my surprise, there are hundreds of articles written about Aspies and religion. Psychology Today recently featured two articles on this very topic: Bullying, Hypocrisy, and Church: An Asperger Perspective on ReligionThe Pain of Isolation: Asperger’s and Suicide The reality of many Aspies’ experience with religious...
  • Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

    10/01/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Faith Street ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ann Memmott
    With 1 in 68 people on the autism spectrum, most churches will encounter a number of people of various ages and backgrounds who are autistic. I am autistic and a Christian, and my faith is a very important part of my life. As a child, I had little use of language and was very “typically autistic.” But as an adult, I learned to use language, and now I teach churches worldwide about autism. I work with leaders from the Church of England, and I wrote their national autism guidelines at the request of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend...
  • Ukraine Protestants Target of Russian Orthodox 'Jihad'?

    10/01/2014 3:04:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBN News Online ^ | September 30, 2014 | George Thomas
    SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Peter Dudnik is convinced that the masked gunmen swallowing up large swaths of eastern Ukraine are a serious threat to evangelical Christians. Dudnik is a senior leader of Good News Church in Slavyansk, Ukraine. In an exclusive interview, Dudnik told CBN News the pro-Russian rebels "didn't treat Christians well because they consider the Orthodox Church far superior than any other church." "They also believe that Protestant Christians are American spies and since America is the enemy, evangelical Christians are also the enemy," he explained. ***Snip*** Not only did the Orthodox priests take over his church for services,...
  • Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?

    09/30/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | May 12, 2010 | Tim Challies
    he other day I ate some rather extraordinary Thai food for lunch and, on my way out, grabbed a fortune cookie. I cracked it open and read a silly little proverb meant to inspire, I suppose. I wish it had said “Brisk uphill walk after all-you-can-eat Thai is a bad idea.” Never mind. As I waddled my way home, regretting that last bowl of curry (so delicious…), I thought “This fortune sounds like something Joel Osteen would say.” And then it struck me—there is very little difference between Joel and those fortune cookies (except that the cookies are delicious, of...
  • Faith-based movies go mainstream with Nicolas Cage in ‘Left Behind’

    09/30/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/30/2014 | Reed Tucker
    And on the eighth day, God created decent lighting and production values. After years of releasing shoddy products featuring has-beens like Kirk Cameron, the Christian film industry is upping its game in an attempt to win a crossover audience. Is faith-based cinema about to go truly mainstream? The year certainly has been good to believers. “Heaven Is for Real” with Greg Kinnear, a story about a boy who said he experienced the afterlife during surgery, raked in more than $100 million worldwide. “God’s Not Dead,” about a college student who debates his professor on the existence of a higher power,...