PRAYER IS NEEDED

I received the following email from a dear friend and my spiritual mentor. It includes a powerful message. We need to pray for our country, its leaders and Christians throughout the world who are facing increasing persecution.

Dear ones,

I am retired and have more time than most of you for prayer, but the world is being overrun by evil so God’s people must be in prayer more! I start the day with prayer and end it at night with my Margaret. Lately, I have really been moved to help our brothers and sisters in regions under persecution. I know that a number of you receive THE VOICE OF MARTYRS, but many may not. So I am begging you to sign up for their bulletin and its short prayer list. If more of us would raise up our voices to God, I believe He will take action! Please excuse my presumption with this request! I am probably behind many of you, but if I can get one more praying, I feel it is worthwhile!

Second, I am truly concerned about our own country. Our government is doing all it can to undermine our historical Judeo-Christian culture. Our culture is hedonistic, atheistic, pushing to abort millions of babies, spending us into bankruptcy, now according to the news Houston’s Mayor has threatened a number of preachers with arrest because she did not like the tone of their lesson! We are being told to keep our faith in the church or home! It’s past time for us to appeal to our Father in heaven for help!

You each are loved and all those dear to you!!!!!

Brick

By Ben Folds

Song Meanings – On Ben Folds Live, Folds explained: “People ask me what this song’s about… I was asked about it a lot, and I didn’t really wanna make a big hairy deal out of it, because I just wanted the song to speak for itself. But the song is about when I was in high school, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and it was a very sad thing. And, I didn’t really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement. I just wanted to reflect what it feels like. So, anyone who’s gone through that before, then you’ll know what the song’s about.” Folds has also said that neither teen wanted their parents to know, so Ben ended up taking most of the presents he received that Christmas and selling them at a pawn shop so he and his girlfriend could afford the abortion.

Lyrics

Six am day after Christmas
I throw some clothes on in the dark
The smell of cold
Car seat is freezing
The world is sleeping
I am numb

Up the stairs to her apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down to Charlotte
They’re not home to find us out

And we drive
Now that I have found someone
I’m feeling more alone
Than I ever have before
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
They call her name at seven thirty
I pace around the parking lot
Then I walk down to buy her flowers
And sell some gifts that I got

Can’t you see
It’s not me you’re dying for
Now she’s feeling more alone
Then she ever has before
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly

As weeks went by
It showed that she was not fine
They told me son it’s time to tell the truth
She broke down and I broke down
‘Cause I was tired of lying
Driving home to her apartment
For the moment we’re alone
She’s alone
I’m alone
Now I know it

She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly

15 Questions for Evolutionists – Question 3

Question 3 in CMI’s ’15 Questions for Evolutionists’ flyer focuses on the inability of evolutionists to explain how the huge amount of complex coded information (the “blueprint”) to build living things could come about by mutation, a mechanism is observed to destroy and delete genetic information. In this episode Richard Fangrad and Calvin Smith discuss the question and the attempts to answer it.

ISIS Crucifies 17 Year Old Boy

Did you know that ISIS militants crucified a 17-year-old boy in Raqqa, Syria a few days ago?

If you follow a number of news sources, you probably read about it online. Or you may have seen the photo in your Facebook feed. But you probably didn’t see it on television news. It may have been reported on one of the news channels, but if it was, I never saw it.

I read about it in a Daily Mail article. The kid was taking photos of the Islamic State headquarters in Raqqa, and they caught him and crucified him for three days before he finally died.

I can’t imagine dying that way. I don’t even want to think about it.

The sign they placed around around his neck charged him with apostasy. I suppose any Muslim who doesn’t fall in line with the Islamic State’s extreme religious and political beliefs would be accused of the same.

Click HERE to read the rest of the article at Ministry Matters. Warning, photo at the Daily Mail is graphic.

Laminin

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Colossians 1:16

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

Creation Researchers Seek to Prove Genesis

Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people.

His theory is taught in virtually every science classroom in the world. It is used to demystify the complexity of life, translate the language of DNA, and make sense of geology, biology and paleontology.

Scientists call evolution a unifying theory, a weight-bearing wall that frames our understanding of the natural world.

But at the Institute for Creation Research in northwest Dallas, a group of nine Ph.Ds from places like Harvard and Los Alamos National Laboratory say all that molecules-to-man stuff is nonsense. And they’re out to prove it.

Click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Why Would God Punish America Before He Would Punish Hindu or Islamic Nations?

From Apologetics Press by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Essentially, this question was asked by the ancient Hebrew prophet Habakkuk. When he complained to God regarding the corruption of his nation and inquired how long God would tolerate it, God informed him that He was bringing the Chaldeans against the nation to punish them. But this divine response perplexed the prophet, causing him to make a second inquiry: “Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he?” (1:3). In other words, yes, Israel deserved punishment, but why inflict that punishment using a nation even more wicked than Israel—a polytheistic, pagan nation? God’s answer was that, in His own good time, He would ultimately deal with the more wicked nation as well.

What is unique about America is the fact that it was borne amid an almost unanimous desire to possess the favor of the God of the Bible in the establishment of the Republic. The Founders repeatedly expressed their concern that Christianity (what they repeatedly styled “true religion”) be maintained among the citizenry in order to retain divine assistance (Miller, 2010). This basic orientation was sustained as a national attitude for over 150 years. After World War II, sinister efforts were well underway to strip God and Christianity from civil, judicial, and educational institutions (Miller, 2008).

Unlike Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and polytheistic, pagan countries—which do not claim to be “Christian”—America has been recognized the world over as a “Christian nation.” We have been blessed accordingly—beyond all other nations in human history. America’s origins so positioned her among the nations of the Earth that, in effect, many would see God’s reputation as “on the line.” Do we think He would allow America to jettison Christian values, flaunt moral degradation, and defiantly boast to the world that America is “tolerant” of perversion and immorality—without calling her to account before the world? As prominent Founder George Mason, often called “The Father of the Bill of Rights,” stated at the Constitutional Convention: “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities” (as quoted in Madison, 1840, 3:1391, emp. added; of course, God’s timetable varies from human expectation, so any future retribution is unpredictable as to timing).

The Founders understood this principle emphatically. Take, for example, prominent Founding Father John Witherspoon. Serving as President of Princeton from 1768 to 1776, Witherspoon served on both the Provincial Congress of New Jersey as well as the Continental Congress (1776-1782) where he signed the Declaration of Independence. After the Revolutionary War, he was a member of the New Jersey State Assembly as well as a member of the State ratification convention for the federal Constitution. In a treatise titled “The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men,” written the same year the Founders declared their independence, this quintessential Founder insightfully observed:

It is the prerogative of God to do what he will with his own; but he often displays his justice itself, by throwing into the furnace those, who, though they may not be visibly worse than others, may yet have more to answer for, as having been favoured with more distinguished privileges, both civil and sacred (1776, emp. added).

America has been blessed with so many more privileges and blessings than other nations. But our moral decline seems to be proportional to those blessings. America has a lot to answer for. It’s only a question of time—unless a massive, nationwide, spiritual awakening is forthcoming. That is precisely what America most desperately needs—not a stronger economy, not more handouts, and not more concern for the environment. She needs to repent and fall before the God of Heaven and beg His forgiveness.

Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you (2 Chronicles 30:8).

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him (Psalm 2:12).

But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation (Jeremiah 10:10).

REFERENCES

Madison, James (1840), The Papers of James Madison, ed. Henry Gilpin (Washington, DC: Langtree & O’Sullivan).

Miller, Dave (2008), The Silencing of God: The Dismantling of America’s Christian Heritage (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press).

Miller, Dave (2010), Christ and the Continental Congress (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press).

Witherspoon, John (1776), “The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men” (Philadelphia, PA: Town & Country), http://goo.gl/nLihJK.

Whose Nihilism?

After the brutal execution of the American journalist James Foley, President Obama issued a statement decrying the brutality and viciousness of the so-called Islamic State.  “From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.”  Obama said, “There has to be a clear rejection of these kind (sic) of nihilistic ideologies.”  Nihilistic, you say?  That’s an interesting and unfortunate appellation, to say the very least.

Tellingly, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement the same day, also referring to the Islamic State as “nihilistic.”  Clearly, the administration has consciously chosen to attack the ideology behind the radical Islamism for its nihilism.  And lest you think that this is a partisan phenomenon, Republicans, too, have long bemoaned the nihilism of the Islamists.  Indeed, just after 9/11, the conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer charged al Qaeda with a “worship of death and destruction [that] is a nihilism of a ferocity unlike any since the Nazis….”

But is this really so?  And if it’s not, what does this fascination with Islamist “nihilism” say about the fight to stop the spread of this deadly ideology?

I highly recommend the rest of the article. It can be read HERE.