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  • Chinese Theft of American Trade Secrets Is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy.

    12/17/2018 9:59:28 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies ^ | 13 December 2018
    Many experts are coming to see how serious China’s ongoing assault on the U.S. is. But there is something far more momentous about China’s theft of American intellectual property that very few onlookers recognize.
  • 27% Say Santa Should Get Sex Change [semi-satire]

    12/16/2018 7:56:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    A survey of 400 people conducted for the GraphicSprings company found 27 percent of respondents suggesting that Santa undergo a sex-change. As one respondent put it, “males have hogged this role for centuries why shouldn’t women get a chance to play this part?” An even more radical idea was offered by another respondent who suggested that “if we really want to keep up with trends, Santa should be transgender. Think of the inclusiveness this would communicate. By slicing off his scrotum, fashioning a vagina out of his penis, and plumping up his chest with implants we’d create a powerful spokesperson...
  • "The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope" (Sermon, Third Sunday in Advent, Luke 7:18-28)

    12/15/2018 1:19:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | December 16, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope” (Luke 7:18-28) What happens when something you’ve been hoping for, something you’ve been waiting for eagerly and expectantly, what happens when it finally arrives, and your life still doesn’t get any better? In fact, it may even get worse. What then? Well, it can be rather perplexing. You may ask yourself: “Is there any hope for me to hold on to? Has God forgotten about me? Why is he letting this happen?” If you’ve ever felt like that, then our message today is just for you. And so our theme: “The...
  • Christmastime Jihad

    12/13/2018 8:14:57 AM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/13/18 | Gerard Perry
    Some thoughts on the Strasbourg attack, and how we can prevent such incidents in the future.
  • A Scientific Look at Adam and Eve

    12/13/2018 7:15:24 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 2 replies
    "Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” —Joseph H Taylor Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993. This episode examines several recent scientific findings that provide confirmation of an ancient authority. (A powerful 25 minutes, but the most compelling part is from 1:00 to about 6:30).
  • "An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance" (Advent sermon on Judges 13:2-7 and Luke 1:26-38)

    12/12/2018 9:16:02 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance” (Judges 13:2-7; Luke 1:26-38) It was an impossible situation. For forty years, Israel had been suffering under the oppression of the Philistines. The Philistines were looting their cities and ravaging their countryside. It was a period of great distress. Israel was in a dark and hopeless time. Often, though, in God’s way of doing things, dark and hopeless times give birth to new hope and renewed faith. So the Lord heard the Israelites’ cries of distress and did for them what was humanly impossible: He delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. But...
  • Are There "Hills to Die On" for the Christian in the West?

    12/12/2018 9:00:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Denison Forum ^ | 12/11/2018
    Peter Vlaming teaches French at West Point High School in West Point, Virginia. He was fired by the school board last Thursday for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronoun. (The student was born as a biological female but wishes to use the pronouns “he” and “him.”)The school’s administration claims that Vlaming was told multiple times to refer to the student using male pronouns. “By failing to follow the directive, he was therefore discriminating and creating a hostile environment,” the superintendent told the board.The next day, students at the school coordinated a walkout in support of Vlaming. Several...
  • DNC Chair Blames Religion for Obstructing Socialism [semi-satire]

    12/10/2018 8:45:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez blamed religion for “poisoning peoples’ minds against the promise of socialism. No matter what we do through the media to try to advertise the benefits of socialism 24/7, the one hour a week people spend in church every Sunday is undermining our efforts.” “The priest or pastor who is telling the congregation that being good and being charitable is a matter of personal responsibility directly contradicts the message of the Democratic Party,” Perez complained. “The notion of doing something because it is what God wants you to do dilutes the authority we have...
  • Bible Prophecy for Everyone: An Interview with Todd Hampson

    12/09/2018 8:05:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | December 6, 2018 | Jonathan Petersen
    Do you tend to avoid studying books of the Bible like Revelation and Ezekiel? Does it feel like words such as rapture and apocalypse fly right over your head? It’s common to dismiss these and other topics related to Bible prophecy as irrelevant or too complicated.Bible Gateway interviewed Todd Hampson (@thampson) about his book, The Non-Prophet’s Guide™ to the End Times: Bible Prophecy for Everyone (Harvest House Publishers, 2018).Explain the title of the book and its format.Todd Hampson: The Non-Prophet’s Guide™ to the End Times features a comical character known as the Non-Prophet. He always gets prophecy wrong and doesn’t...
  • Paul Badde Brings Back the Holy Face of Jesus For All Yearning To See Him

    12/09/2018 9:58:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/09/18 | Judi McLeod
    The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of God Just one look—one glimpse—at the compelling Holy Face of Jesus imprinted on the Image of the Veil of Manoppello is enough to bring a pervading Peace flooding into the ever-yearning human soul. Best-selling journalist, author, historian Paul Badde, who lives in Rome and works for EWTN, wrote the book ‘The Face of God’: ‘The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus’ in 2010. He has returned to the subject in 2018 with more information in ‘The Human Face of God:’the Holy Veil of Manoppello’ whose many pictures once seen are...
  • School Bans Candy Canes [semi-satire]

    12/09/2018 9:30:43 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    Another education bureaucracy abuse of power was demonstrated at the Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska where principal Jennifer Sinclair announced a ban on candy canes. According to her, “the letter ‘j’ shape of the candy cane is an insidious attempt to inject religion into the school environment. Everyone knows that the ‘j’ stands for Jesus. We simply cannot permit such an egregious insult to all the non-Christian students at our school.” Candy canes aren’t the only items on the Principal’s forbidden list. Other banned items and activities include: Santas, elves, Christmas music, Christmas books, making an ornament to hang...
  • "The Way of Repentance" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Luke 3:1-14)

    12/08/2018 9:10:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 9, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Way of Repentance” (Luke 3:1-14) In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the Baptist in the wilderness. And every year, in the month of December, during the season of Advent, the word of God comes to us through John here in church. Yes, every year at this time, on the second Sunday in Advent, we always have a Gospel reading in which John the Baptist preaches God’s word to us. And what is he preaching? Our text tells us: John went...
  • Please continue to pray for John Barlow

    12/08/2018 3:49:28 PM PST · by Catmom · 30 replies
    Many thanks to those on FR who responded to my prayer request from last week. As promised, here is an update. John has had serious heart issues for many years. He had a heart attack in his late 40s and has since had stents placed. Recently, he has experienced new chest pain. He underwent an elective heart cath last week which shows he needs a four way cardiac bypass. His surgery will be done either this weekend but no later than Monday. This means he has serious coronary artery disease but he is in one of the better medical centers...
  • Please pray for John Barlow

    12/06/2018 3:28:39 PM PST · by Catmom · 54 replies
    Please pray for John Barlow. He is one of the men's leaders in my church and underwent heart surgery today. While our whole church family is praying for him, of course, I wanted to bring the prayer power of Free Republic on board for him. He is a retired LEO and shares many of our values. Thank you and God bless you all.
  • "The Child Who Is Zechariah's Hope" (Advent sermon on Luke 1:5-25)

    12/05/2018 8:04:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 5, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope” (Luke 1:5-25) “What Child Is This?” That’s the theme of our midweek Advent series this year, picking up on the title of the hymn we sang. “What Child Is This?” Of course, the child we sing about in that hymn is the Christ child, Jesus, the Savior sent from heaven. But there is another child we consider first, one who prepares the way for Jesus, both later on in his ministry, but also even here in his birth. And that child is John, John the Baptist. And because our text today is about John...
  • Service Dog ‘Sully’ Proves That Love Conquers All

    12/05/2018 8:14:19 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/05/18 | Judi McLeod
    Thank You, God for creating Sully, Beau and all tail-wagging mutts in between, and for having seen bestowed upon them Your Name spelled backwards In the end, love—love of dogs in particular—-conquers all. It is the photo of sad-eyed ‘Sully, the yellow Labrador who nobly shepherded former President George H.W. Bush through the last six months of his life, helping him during the misery of his Parkinson Disease symptoms, that people will remember most. The photo of Sully lying by his late owner’s casket not only went viral over the weekend, it went straight to the human heart.
  • Philip Zodhiates Deserves Better - A Martyr Against Hedonism

    12/05/2018 12:28:51 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    12/05/2018 | Yomin Postelnik
    Phil Zodhiates has been a friend and mentor to many conservative non-profits throughout America. It was he who helped make Col. Allen West's election to Congress in 2010 possible, as was the case with many other conservative candidates. Phil saved a child from terrible abuse and gave a ride to the child's mother from Virginia to Buffalo, NY. For this he has been ordered to report to federal prison tomorrow, with a three year sentence. May G-d Almighty make a miracle for him and free him. The entire story is sickening. It is also a prime example of how hedonism...
  • Prayer Request

    12/03/2018 11:37:13 AM PST · by piytar · 14 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Dec. 3, 2018 | piytar
    This is a prayer request. One of my best friends (let's call him J) recently found out via CAT scan that his wife (let's call her A) has a nodule in her lung. J's mother is also suffering from COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, and possibly a degenerative muscle malady. Prayers would be appreciated.
  • School Bans Christmas Carols that Mention Jesus [semi-satire]

    12/02/2018 9:24:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    The Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia announced that any Christmas song that mentions Jesus will be prohibited from being sung or played during the holiday season. Principal Dr. Derek Wasnock explained that “since non-Christians might be offended by hearing Jesus’ name, the only way for us to be inclusive of all religions during the holiday season is to exclude any music that includes the words Jesus, Christ, savior, lord, or anything that we might have overlooked, but coulod be construed as offensive to non-christians.” The move was applauded by the school’s nine-member Students for a Muslim America Association. The...
  • "Advent: Receiving the Coming King" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Luke 19:28-40)

    12/01/2018 9:38:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 2, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Advent: Receiving the Coming King” (Luke 19:28-40) Well, it’s Advent. And you know what that means: We’re beginning the countdown to Christmas. Of course, the world has already been celebrating their Christmas for several weeks now, what with Hallmark Christmas movies, and Christmas TV specials and commercials, and radio stations playing songs about “Santa Baby” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” But that’s the world’s Christmas. In the church, though, we get to celebrate the real thing, the true Christmas. And Advent, which begins today, serves as the lead-up to it. But that’s not all Advent does. Oh,...