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  • TBN: Televangelists Feuded Over Millions, Motor Home For Dogs [$50m Jet, $100,000 Dog Motor Home]

    03/22/2012 10:15:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 22, 2012
    TBN: Televangelists Feuded Over Millions, Motor Home For Dogs March 22, 2012 The Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Orange County-based televangelist ministry that bills itself as the world’s largest Christian network, is embroiled in a legal battle involving allegations of massive financial fraud and lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs. Brittany Koper, a former high-ranking TBN official and the granddaughter of its co-founder, Paul Crouch Sr., was fired by the network in September after discovering “illegal financial schemes” amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Orange...
  • Pastor Sentenced to Three Years in Bhutan Prison

    03/22/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Gospel For Asia ^ | March 17, 2012
    The Bhutan High Court sentenced Gospel for Asia-supported missionary *Ugyen Tashi to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest” for showing a film about Jesus. On May 21st, carrying a generator and a projector, Ugyen walked for two days into interior villages of Bhutan with a single purpose—to give people a chance to learn about Jesus. But when one of the village chiefs learned of the movie’s content, he informed the chief of his district, who then called the police to arrest Ugyen. Investigations and Questionings The days following the arrest were a whirlwind of investigations, questionings,...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/22/2012 2:08:36 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 22 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    The Word of the King March 22, 2012  "Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?" (Ecclesiastes 8:4)  Perhaps the archetype of absolute monarchs was Babylonia's King Nebuchadnezzar, of whom the prophet Daniel could say: "Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory" (Daniel 2:37). The word of this and every true king was with power, the king being answerable to no man but himself, for his authority came from God. "For there...
  • Missions Leader on Thousands of New Church Plants in Muslim Areas

    03/22/2012 1:22:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2012 | Michelle A. Vu
    Over 6,000 new churches were planted among Muslims in 18 different countries in Africa over the last seven years. And hundreds of former sheikhs and imams have become followers of Jesus Christ over that period. In just a few years, 45 different "unreached" Muslim-majority people groups in Africa now have access to God's word, with more than 3,000 news churches planted among them. These awe-inspiring statistics, mix with heart-warming narratives about former Muslims, flow out naturally as one talks to Jerry Trousdale, a former church planter among Muslims in West Africa and now head of a disciple-making movement among Muslim...
  • Romney’s challenge to sway evangelical voters

    03/22/2012 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2012 | E.J. Dionne, Jr.
    The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters. Where evangelicals cast a minority of the ballots, Mitt Romney has won. Where evangelical voters predominated, Romney has lost, in most cases to Rick Santorum. Romney’s victory Tuesday in Illinois fit snugly within this pattern. The result pointed to a continuing problem for Santorum: He has yet to break through in places where evangelicals...
  • He Must Increase,I Must Decrease...John 3 pt 20

    John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.(john 3:27-29)The Gospel of John chapter three is constructed in such a way as to make a specific theological point. There is a continuity of thought,...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/21/2012 12:56:01 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 21 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    By Any Means March 21, 2012  "And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west." (Acts 27:12)  This seemingly insignificant phrase "by any means" (Greek ei pos) is actually used to express the urgency of attaining some object sought, along with the means for its attainment. It occurs just four times in the New Testament, and it is interesting that these four...
  • Pastor’s Fiery Remarks at Santorum Rally Reverberate

    03/21/2012 5:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/19/12 | Katherine Q. Seelye
    Rick Santorum attended a revival-type church service on Sunday night in Louisiana, where the Rev. Dennis Terry, pastor of the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, offered some fire and brimstone in a videotaped sermon that on Monday was going viral because of his fiery comments. “I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation,” Mr. Terry said. “There’s only one God, and his name is Jesus,” he continued. “I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. I’m tired of people telling us as Christians...
  • Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

    03/21/2012 12:16:40 AM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 47 replies ^ | 2012-03-20 | Mary Elizabeth Dallas
    WEDNESDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who say they've had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds. ...or conversely, those who had no religious affiliation, had more hippocampal shrinkage (or "atrophy") compared to people who identified themselves as Protestants, but not born-again. ...SOURCE: Duke University, news release, May 19, 2011
  • Mercy Ministries - Helping girls who have been sexually and emotionally abused (Evangelical Caucus)

    03/20/2012 7:10:42 PM PDT · by Country Gal · 5 replies
    Here is another incredible ministry showing that the love of Christ heals the broken. Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/20/2012 3:18:45 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 20 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Statement of Christ's Purpose March 20, 2012  "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." (John 13:15)  Schools, businesses, and institutions are all well-advised to develop and live by a "statement of purpose" if they are to be successful, evaluating each activity by its effectiveness in fulfilling that purpose.   As Christians, we should also have a well-defined purpose. Each individual's specific purpose will vary somewhat, depending on that person's giftedness, background, and circumstances; but since Christ is our example, each Christian's statement of purpose should reflect His priorities and...
  • Doing The Truth...John 3 pt 19

    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3:19-21)Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus, that there is a “new birth” ended on the related topic of the final judgment of all men at the throne of God. Being “born from above”is the only...
  • Santorum courts conservative Christians

    03/20/2012 3:00:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | March 19, 2012
    CENTRAL, La. — When a nationally influential evangelical leader gathered dozens of pastors at his home church to hear from a presidential candidate, he had a simple message: Rick Santorum is one of us, and your parishioners should vote for him. Nearly a hundred pastors from all over Louisiana and from as far away as Texas and Colorado accepted Family Research Council President Tony Perkins' invitation to hear a personal pitch Sunday from the former Pennsylvania senator, who met with them in a private briefing before he addressed the more than 1,400 faithful who crowded into the sanctuary at Greenwell...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/19/2012 10:34:48 AM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 19 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    The Terror of the Lord March 19, 2012  "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences." (2 Corinthians 5:11)  The use of the English word "terror" in this verse as a translation of the Greek phobos (from which we get our word "phobia") indicates that the frequent Old Testament phrase "fear of the Lord" means much more than implied in the modern euphemism "reverential trust." The only other New Testament use of this phrase is in Acts 9:31: "Then had...
  • THE Father Is the Covering over the church(body)in Jesus Christ !

    03/18/2012 4:45:54 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-18-12 | Jedediah
    THE FATHER IS THE COVERING OVER THE CHURCH (BODY) IN JESUS CHRIST Jordans are breaking wide open again , Where ever you go and they call you friend , For it is the love of The Father you carry with you , As my priest in the midst of the Jordans(resistant) I am sending to you , So know I am with you and and you are my ark , Now it is time for us to embark , For you shall be used to reveal the true and faithful way , As you release my words each day ,...
  • Evangelical leaders urged to mobilize against administration contraception policy

    03/17/2012 10:48:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN's Belief Blog ^ | March 16, 2012 | Jessica Yellin
    An influential Christian leader is calling for the evangelical community to match the Catholic church's efforts mobilizing against the Obama administration's policy on contraception coverage. "I'm asking evangelical churches to get as involved as the Catholic church has," said Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship and the Christian radio broadcast Breakpoint. "Catechize members. If it's from the pulpit, that's fine. If by pastoral letter, that's fine. If by announcements at Bible studies, that's fine. The church in America is a sleeping giant. On an issue like this, it will be aroused." Colson e-mailed more than 500,000 people of faith...
  • The Damned Reject the Light...John 3 pt 18

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3:18-20)The new birth that Jesus spoke of in his talk with Nicodemus, is good news. We can start all over again with God. We...
  • Should a Pastor Continue in Ministry If His Child Proves to Be an Unbeliever?

    03/17/2012 10:27:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/17/2012 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Should a pastor continue in ministry if one of his sons, arriving at a mature age, proves to be an unbeliever? Well, as you know, that hits close to home. So maybe the best thing I can do is tell you the way the elders at Bethlehem managed this, because that's me. When that happened, I went to the elders and I said to them, "Here's the situation. I think my son needs to be pursued by the elders as far as you can, and then he needs to be excommunicated...
  • The "Inconvenient Tale" of the Original King James Bible

    03/17/2012 7:26:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 616 replies · 8+ views
    Handsonapologetics ^ | Gary Michuta
    The "Inconvenient Tale" of the Original King James BibleBy Gary Michuta King James I at the Hampton Court Conference"Dr. Reynolds...insisted boldly on various points ; but when he came to the demand for the disuse of the apocrypha in the church service James could bear it no longer. He called for a Bible, read a chapter out of Ecclesiasticus, and expounded it according to his own views ; then turning to the lords of his council, he said, " What trow ye makes these men so angry with Ecclesiasticus ? By my soul, I think Ecclesiasticus was a bishop,...
  • CHRISLAM: The Whore of Babylon in it's final appearance?

    03/17/2012 3:42:24 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 28 replies
    CHRISLAM ^ | 03/17/2012 | CHRISLAM
    "We are brothers, We are a family of God. Not one of us is better than the other in His eyes. He loves us both. The future can only be won against the "Evil one" by all of us standing strong together." Malcom X
  • Crystal Cathedral Downfall Offers Cautionary Tale

    03/16/2012 7:37:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3/15/12 | Adelle M. Banks
    (RNS) Last Sunday (March 11), Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman appeared for apparently the last time before some 800 people at the morning service of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. For members of the extended Schuller family who had built and shepherded the iconic megachurch into the spiritual home for 10,000 members, so much had changed: -- Faced with staggering debts and a bankruptcy filing, the glass building was recently sold to the local Catholic diocese, but can remain Protestant in the short term. -- The staff had dropped from 350 to 200, including the recent firings of Coleman's...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/16/2012 2:53:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 16 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    David's Army March 16, 2012  "David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men." (1 Samuel 22:1-2)  As David was fleeing for his life from King Saul, a rather pitiful and unpromising company began following him, and they became the nucleus...
  • Unbelievers Are Condemned Already...John 3 pt 17

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. ( John 3:18-20)In John chapter three, Jesus tells us that he didn’t come into the world to “condemn the world”. He didn’t have to, for...
  • Joni Eareckson Tada on Wilberforce Award, 'Better Off Dead Than Disabled' Mentality

    03/16/2012 9:24:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2012 | Eryn Sun
    A disturbing belief is spreading within the hearts of many around the world and within America: that a person is better off dead than disabled.But a leading advocate for people with disabilities is fighting that notion and looking to educate the world and the church about the precious lives and rights of "those who seem to be weaker."The Christian Post spoke to Joni Eareckson Tada on Thursday, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, about her countless achievements for the disabled community, unwavering faith in God, battle with breast cancer, and her latest recognition by Breakpoint...
  • Jesus Wasn't Sent To Condemn The World...John 3pt 16

    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18)We have been looking at the discussion between Jesus and Israel’s chief Rabbi, Nicodemus, on the subject of entry into the Kingdom of God. The only possibility, according to Jesus, is by the “new birth”, being “born from above”. Man is a sinner indeed and needs...
  • Knowing the 'real God' has come at a price

    03/15/2012 3:22:55 PM PDT · by wmfights · 20 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 14, 2012 | Don Graham
    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- His heart pounds as he presses his two young daughters tightly to his chest and darts into the freezing rain. His wife follows close behind, quietly making her way through the darkness to the taxi idling outside the family's home. Faruq and Jamilah* aren't safe here anymore; police have finally tracked them down. Faruq knows they will soon come to arrest him. The girls are in tears, frightened and shivering after being startled from a deep, warm sleep. Why are they leaving in the middle of the night, and in this weather, the driver asks, explaining...
  • Vanderbilt University has the Right to Despise Christianity

    03/15/2012 3:10:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 03/14/2012 | Michael Stokes Paulsen
    Vanderbilt University has decided that campus student religious groups may not require that their leaders accept the core beliefs of the religious group they would lead. Ironically, Vanderbilt’s right to do so rests on the same freedom it denies to these groups—a group’s freedom to define what it stands for and the views it expresses. Vanderbilt University has decided that Christian student groups that hold traditional Christian religious views are not welcome on campus. They will no longer be recognized as valid student organizations. Vanderbilt’s reason is that such groups require that their leaders be Christian—that is, that their leaders...
  • Chris Matthews Says Evangelicals See Catholics (and Mormons) as Cultists. Is He Right or Wrong?

    03/15/2012 11:29:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was loaded for bear when I heard a clip (on the radio) of Chris Matthews saying, what sounded to me, that Catholics and Mormons were “cultists.” However, as I examined the clip further on my own, and heard it in context, I discovered that his comment, while still bigoted, had to be understood differently.In effect Mr. Matthews was saying that southern Evangelicals consider Catholics and Mormons to be cultists and, despite that, they are willing to hold their nose and vote for “cultists” since they dislike President Obama even more. Thus Mr. Matthews did in fact make a bigoted...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/14/2012 3:21:16 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 14 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    Stir Up March 14, 2012  "Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance." (2 Peter 1:13)  It is apparently rather easy, in this day of football games, rock concerts, and race riots, to get the emotions of a crowd all stirred up. The stirring of emotions can be either good or bad, of course, depending on the cause.   In our text, the apostle Peter says we need to be stirred up by our memories--that is, our remembrances of His "great and precious promises: that...
  • Eternal Life...John 3 pt 15

    03/13/2012 4:20:48 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.( John 3:16)The discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3, was about the need for a new birth. Jesus also talked about the fact that the New Birth is a work of the Holy Spirit of God, man cannot make it happen. Furthermore, being “born from above” would be the fulfillment of the promise given to Israel that God would give them a “new heart” having taken out of them the “heart of stone”, and...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/13/2012 2:15:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 13 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Lean Not March 13, 2012  "For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water." (Isaiah 3:1)  Isaiah lived and wrote during a time of spiritual poverty in the nations of Judah and Israel, as well as national decline. He foresaw and foretold in graphic detail the coming captivities of both nations, but was particularly concerned with the state and future of his homeland, Judah, and his hometown, Jerusalem.   The first several chapters of his book...
  • Broward pastor blasts Mitt Romney, Mormon religion

    03/12/2012 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | March 12, 2012 | Anthony Man
    ...Rev. O'Neal Dozier...sharply criticized the Mormon religion... SNIP ...if Romney's the nominee, "I could not find it in my heart to vote for him. And I certainly would not vote for [President Barack] Obama. There are many people out there who feel the way I feel." SNIP He quoted repeatedly from the Book of Mormon and from writings of the prophet Brigham Young to back up his assertions that the church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, is racist. He said the writings accuse "God of cursing African people and causing them to have...
  • Pro-Rick Santorum pastor slams Mitt Romney’s religion

    03/12/2012 10:28:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 106 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 11, 2012
    Reverend O’Neal Dozier, an African American Rick Santorum supporter from Florida, held a press conference Sunday calling upon Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to renounce his Mormon religion. Mr. Dozier’s request is regarding several racially motivated passages in the Book of Mormon, that have been called out by other African American leaders previously in the race. One verse in the Book of Mormon discusses the “cursing the black African people,” and Mr. Dozier also notes that their are prejudiced passages against Jews and Native Americans as well. “Romney’s nomination would cause the erroneous view that has long existed in the...
  • Lawless Christians

    03/11/2012 6:07:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-10-12 | Dan Popp
    Why do you call Me, "Lord, Lord"' and do not do what I say? — Jesus (Luke 6:46, NASB) In this series I've said that our lawless government is at least partly the fault of lawless churches — social clubs, really, that exercise no discernment, enforce no standards, and teach more pop psychology than timeless truth. Naturally, lawless churches are populated with lawless Christians, the greatest absurdity of them all. "What fellowship have righteousness and lawlessness?" asked Paul (1 Corinthians 6:14). How can I walk North and South at the same time? No, I'm not expecting "sinless perfection" of anyone....
  • Do They Still Make Millstones?

    Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.(Luke 17:1-2)There are times when, although you already know about a bad societal trend, an event occurs which crystallizes all that you sense was wrong about it. I had one of those moments when I opened a Saturday edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, our local newspaper, and read an...
  • “As man is God once was; as God is, man may become.” [Infamous couplet highlights Lds polytheism]

    03/10/2012 7:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mark Cares
    This Sunday, in Gospel Doctrine Class, the study is on 2 Nephi 31-33. One of the summary statements in the heading of chapter 31 says, “Eternal life comes to those who kept the commandments after baptism.” Since I posted about eternal life just a couple of months ago (see the post for 1-13-12) and there showed that the Bible says eternal life is the present possession of believers through faith, I thought I would, in this post, explore what Mormonism says about eternal life. I’m going to do that with quotes from the last chapter of their basic manual, Gospel...
  • Romney’s faith adds an extra obstacle in South: Anti-Mormon views stronger in the region

    03/10/2012 6:19:12 AM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 10, 2012 | Christopher Rowland
    JACKSON, Miss. - As one of 20,000 Mormons living in a state dominated by evangelical Christians, Van J. Bodin’s own life experience tells him what Mitt Romney is up against in the South. “People don’t understand us,’’ said Bodin... There are other strikes against Romney in the Deep South. He is a multimillionaire with strong Wall Street ties. He hails from Massachusetts, a liberal, Yankee state. His conservative credentials have gaps, given his change from supporting abortion rights to opposing them and his universal health care plan in Massachusetts. But his Mormon faith also exerts a drag on his candidacy...
  • Christian Pop Culture

    I've observed Christian pop culture for the last seven years. I say "observed" because I don't participate in or consume anything that could be considered Christian media. I just don't identify with the mindset behind it. One of the most alienating traits is the tendency to recreate the conversion experience. The moment of accepting Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Savior is the backbone of evangelical Christianity. Once saved, the convert has reached a critical threshold from which it is impossible to slip. While attending services at an evangelical mega church, I noticed that the messaging operated on a...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/09/2012 1:45:25 PM PST · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 09 | Henry Morris III, D.Min.
    Rejoice March 9, 2012  "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." (Philippians 4:4)  This encouraging command has been used in many generations of Sunday school teachings and sermons to challenge the saints. The apostle Paul uses nearly half of the 74 appearances of the word in the New Testament in his epistles.   This simple statement in Philippians 4:4 seems to summarize all of the other passages: "Rejoice |imperative command|--in the Lord |the qualifier, or the 'way' to rejoice|--always |in every circumstance and condition|." Joy is a godly thing.   Because of our sinful condition, we...
  • Shall Not Perish?...John 3 pt 14

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(John 3:16)Jesus said that the reason that God, the Father, sent His only begotten Son, (the monogenes) , is that we “might not perish, but have everlasting life“. As we pointed out earlier, the sheer familiarity of John 3:16 masks often blurs its true power and potency. Children are rightly taught to recite it in Sunday school, much like they are taught the Lord’s Prayer, or the apostles creed, in an almost rote fashion. What does...
  • Purim is Timeless...(Esther)

    03/08/2012 1:54:14 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    Blessed and Happy Purim to all of our Jewish friends, and to all who have a heart affinity with ‘Israel’, and Israel’s God. I read an amazing article on Purim this morning, by Daniel Greenfield,aka Sultan Knish, called “The Ages Of Purim”. I can’t recommend Sultan’s blog highly enough, he really sets the ‘gold standard ‘ for blogging, as far as I am concerned, and this insightful article is a prime example. In the article, Greenfield points out that three of the stories behind the Jewish holidays commemorate the Divine destruction of Israel’s enemies. The story of Passover ends with...
  • Pat Robertson Backs Legalizing Marijuana

    03/08/2012 8:30:25 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 277 replies
    Clem Britt/AP ^ | Jesse McKinley
    Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader - including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing - his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. "I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded."
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/08/2012 8:08:04 AM PST · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 08 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Sifted March 8, 2012  "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." (Luke 22:31-32)  In the evening just before His betrayal, capture, torture, and trial, Christ turned to Simon with these final words, encouraging him to remain strong. Of course, Peter boldly proclaimed that he would never deny Christ, but Christ knew better (vv. 33-34).   Actually, our text is quite forceful. Christ claimed that Satan has "begged...
  • Whosoever (continually) Believes in Him...John 3 pt 13

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)The third chapter of John allows us to overhear a conversation between Nicodemus, the chief rabbi of Israel, and Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was not trained in the recognized rabbinic schools, but approved of God by signs and wonders as well as by the irrefutable doctrine he taught. Nicodemus came to him, and spoke for other leading rabbis when he acknowledged that Jesus had come from God. The topic? The New Birth, as the...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/07/2012 1:11:15 PM PST · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 07 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    The Measure of Better March 7, 2012  "Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." (Proverbs 15:16-17)  There are many such comparisons as those in our text that have been incorporated in the book of Proverbs. We tend to think in financial terms, but the true measure of "worth" has nothing to do with money. In fact, one could almost develop an inverse law to the effect that the more money one has, the less happiness...
  • Tornadoes' Paths not Random, John Piper Says [Meteorology Caucus]

    03/07/2012 10:24:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 190 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/6/12 | Bob Allen
    MINNEAPOLIS (ABP) – An author and preacher popular in Calvinist circles says it is no accident that recent killer tornadoes followed paths that ravaged some communities while others were spared. “Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?” John Piper of Desiring God ministries wrote in a blog March 5. Piper, pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, said it is wrong to ascribe power capable of causing...
  • Harold Camping Admits Sin, Announces End to Doomsday Predictions

    03/07/2012 7:54:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/6/12 | Lillian Kwon
    After numerous failed doomsday predictions, Family Radio founder Harold Camping announced this month that he has no plans to predict ever again the day of God's Judgment. He also issued an apology to listeners, admitting that he was wrong. "We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God's hands and He will end time in His time, not ours!" a statement on Family Radio's website reads. "We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically." Camping,...
  • UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion

    03/06/2012 12:18:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Jay Schalin
    A 2010 Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, is beginning to wreak havoc with the accepted standard (and the First Amendment right to free assembly) that student organizations can restrict membership and leadership roles to those who accept their basic beliefs. Just a few weeks after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened a task force to explore eliminating the right to exclude non-believers, a second UNC school has started down that path. At UNC-Greensboro, the administration has determined that a Christian student club isn’t really religious and “therefore must allow students of other religions and...
  • Santorum Gets Prayer at Baptist church

    03/06/2012 11:27:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/5/12 | Bob Allen
    CORDOVA, Tenn. (ABP) – A Catholic presidential candidate received a prayer of blessing from a Southern Baptist mega-church during a campaign visit to Memphis. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., invited GOP hopeful Rick Santorum to the platform for prayer during the church’s 9:20 a.m. worship service March 4. “Lord, give us the president we need, but Lord we also know that our troubles as a nation are beyond what the White House alone can help us with,” Gaines prayed. He sought God’s forgiveness for sins including racism, abortion and “sins of immorality.”
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/06/2012 6:55:27 AM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 06 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    He Shall Never See Death March 6, 2012  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." (John 8:51)  This passage has been a difficult one for commentators. Most would interpret it to mean that a Christian will not experience spiritual death. While it is very true that a Christian--one who has been born twice (the second birth being a spiritual birth) will not experience spiritual death, in this passage Jesus seems to be talking about physical death. This is evidenced by the fact that the Jewish skeptics around Christ called...