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Assyrian MP Blasts US for Not Promoting Christianity At Schools, Praises Iran’s Freedom of Religion
From the Assyrian International News Agency:
“TEHRAN — A senior Assyrian lawmaker blasted the US human rights report on Iran, saying the US whose officials claim to be faithful Christians doesn’t allow children to become familiar with Gospel at school, while Christian children in Islamic Iran are taught Gospel.
“The behavior of the western rulers isn’t at all related to Christianity and I don’t assume them as Christians and I am ashamed that such inhumane acts are being conducted across the world under the name of Christianity,” Yonatan Betkelia told FNA on Monday.
He also rapped the US officials for preventing the teaching of the Gospel at schools while they introduce themselves as faithful Christians, and said this is while Christian children in Iran are taught Gospel at schools.”
I think he has a point except I would disagree with the PM when he claims US officials claim to be faithful Christians. If asked I think their position would be one based on secularism, not Christianity. They would deny the influence of Christianity or any other religion in the pursuit of international diplomacy.
Perhaps we should adopt the PM’s suggestion and allow our children to be taught the bible in school as the Assyrian PM suggests. That would begin to turn our country back to God.
You never know where you’ll find a nugget of truth!
Last year, scientists said a tiny bone discovered in 1989 in Israel showed how Neanderthals could talk like modern humans.
The report said:
“To many, the Neanderthal hyoid discovered was surprising because its shape was very different to that of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee and the bonobo,” Wroe said. “However, it was virtually indistinguishable from that of our own species. (emphasis added.) This led to some people arguing that this Neanderthal could speak.”
Previously, scientists had believed Neanderthals had the physical ability to speak, but lacked the cognitive capability to do so. It was thought the ability to speak evolved around 100,000 years ago.”
Building on their evidence, Professor Stephen Wroe, a zoologist and palaeontologist from UNE, together with an international team of scientists, said the Neanderthal hyoid bone was virtually identical to that found in a modern-day human.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s because the dating methods are wrong and the atheist dogma of long ages is contrived. Could this simply be the bones of a man seen dressed in a suit driving a tram.
I don’t know. Could have been.
Hey Tulsa area folk. Here’s something that might interest you.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road, will host a Josh McDowell Institute apologetics program 7-9 p.m. Thursday, February 27.
Speakers Abdu Murray and Stuart McAllister with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will address the topic: “Is Faith Just Wishful Thinking?”
The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer period will follow.
The Josh McDowell Institute is associated with Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville.
By Barret Vanlandingham Fort Faith
The recent debate between atheist Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and creationist Ken Ham is a very good reminder for Christians to know why we believe what we believe.
The apostle Peter said it best nearly 2,000 years ago: “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”
I was surprised to hear Nye’s statement regarding the Genesis account of the flood, especially since he is known as “The Science Guy.” He insists that the Biblical flood is not rooted in historical fact. I find that to be strange considering the vast amounts of evidence in favor of a worldwide flood.
For starters, every major culture around the world has reported a worldwide flood. Apologetics Press reports that most historians say there are at least 200 such legends. And evolutionary geologist Robert Schoch puts the number of “flood myths” much higher at 500, and says they are “the most widespread of all ancient myths and therefore can be considered among the oldest.”
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I saw an article on ZeroHedge this morning outlining how Americans are Angrier and More Frustrated Than Ever: 19 Furious Facts. As I read the article it quotes survey after survey how we are becoming increasingly unhappy and discontent with government, our jobs, society and lives in general. Some of these are shown below:
#1 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”. That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.
#6 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”. Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.
#12 Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way that Obama is handling the economy.
#13 60 percent of Americans believe that the “economic system in this country unfairly favors the wealthy”.
#14 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.
#15 Two-thirds of U.S. teens “admit to having anger attacks involving the destruction of property, threats of violence, or engaging in violence”.
#19 65 percent of Americans are either “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the direction of the country.
Americans are a dissatisfied and angry lot and the trend has been worsening for a number of years, if not decades.
ZeroHedge goes on to ask the question, “So what is causing all of this anger and frustration?” They suggest poor economic performance over the last several years and corruption in Washington and in businesses. They end the article by asking what do you believe is causing this and what can be done to correct course. Of course their comment section will be overflowing but no real solutions will be advanced. Perhaps an overhaul in Washington or rule changes at the banks or in the workplace but these, in my opinion, are masking the underlying problem.
I’ve been reading a book in the hospital this week (while my wife undergoes her third neck surgery) which I believe has the answer. The answer not only to the problems with our economy, our government and our society but also to our underlying happiness or lack thereof. The book is called The Harbinger by Johnathan Cahn. It was written in 2011 and recommended to me by friends.
The book is a look at the fall of the Jewish Nation into Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C. It compares the fall of the Jewish state to that of America. The theme of the early portion of this book reflects upon Israel’s rejection of their God, the One who brought them out of Egyptian captivity and set them up in a land flowing with milk and honey. What was once thought to be moral and upright was eschewed as old fashioned and archaic. Worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was replaced with the god Molech and the gods of the surrounding peoples. God ordained morality was passe. Sexual morality was replaced by sexual immorality. They ended up even sacrificing their children to Molech even as we have done with abortion.
In America we have removed God from our schools and public places. Educational institutions openly mock God and support deviant sexual behavior. Just like Israel we too have replaced a society founded upon the principles of Christianity to a society based on faith in money, power, materialism, sexuality and pride. Along with this comes unease, unhappiness and discontentment. Our nation in general has walked away from the moral principles of Christianity. As this book and the Bible point out, God judges a nation that rejects Him.
God promises joy and contentment when we follow Him.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
The revival starts in the hearts and minds of men and women individually but it needs to start most of all in the leadership positions of government, businesses and institutions of our society. Return to God. Worship Him and Him alone. Reject pride and arrogance. Be ethical in business even to the detriment to your bottom line profits. Do not love money. Honor God. Keep your promises to others, your wife and children. Love one another. This will reduce anger, faith will be re-established in government and business and happiness restored to our personal lives. Give it a try, nothing else has worked.
There ZeroHedge. I have given my answer. Most will not like it. It is not what they want to hear. But it is the only answer that results in true change starting with the individual and working its way through society and the nation.
Before I get into five sure-fire ways to motivate your son to use pornography, let me establish two important points. First, no parents want their child to become involved in porn. We all can agree. The problem for many of us is we don’t understand the insidious allurement of pornography and how our behavior, though unintentional, can help shape a child to crave something that can lead him into a lifetime of slavery.
Second, porn for a man isn’t primarily about the physicality of a woman. A woman’s appearance is an external magnet for the eye to enjoy, but the greater problem for the man are his insatiable mental cravings. Porn is first and foremost about the theater of the mind, where the young male can enter into his virtual world and be king for a day—or, in this case, king for a few minutes—as he satiates his mind with the risk-free intrigue of the cyber conquest.
And in most cases, the porn addict’s allurement began in the theater of his mind while he was a child. This is a consistent pattern I’ve seen in counseling.
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“Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! “So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:17-42
Persecuted Church ICC Note: Anti-Christian violence continues to spread across India. Driven mostly by Hindu nationalism, Hindu extremists are behind this rising tread of violent incidents against Christians. Many Christian groups, both in …
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For the apostles, understanding the existence and wiles of Satan was essential to Christian living: ‘Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might … For we do …. In the great persecutions of the first three centuries, for example, Cyprian (c.
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Nabeel Qureshi, who converted to Christianity from Islam, says he wants to build bridges of understanding between Muslims and Christians. Qureshi will speak Feb. 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.
EDMOND — A former Muslim on a search for Allah said he found the Christian savior instead.
Nabeel Qureshi, Ph.D., said he put his life experiences and the events surrounding his conversion from Islam to Christianity in his book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.”
Qureshi, 30, of Atlanta, said he grew up in a devout Muslim family and had read the Quran in Arabic by the time he was 5. He said he was proud of his Islamic identity, but a close college friend presented Christianity to him, eventually leading to his conversion.
With his book set for release Feb. 11, Qureshi, who holds master’s degrees in Christian apologetics and religion, will share excerpts from his spiritual journey during a presentation set for Feb. 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. He is a member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team, traveling around the world to discuss his perspective of Islam and Christianity.