Sunday, February 28, 2010

Forced Recantations of Faith Continue

I usually don't have any commentary to add to these stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters beyond a call to remember them in our prayers. The pain speaks for itself. But something about this brother (and countless others for sure) that are forced to recant and then brutally beaten anyway breaks my heart. What humility to these dear ones and what evil that exists in the hearts of those who hate God. Please pray for these and all of our persecuted bretheren.

New Christians in northwest violently compelled to return to ancestor worship.

A Vietnamese man violently forced to recant his fledgling Christian faith faces pressure from authorities and clansmen to prove his return to traditional Hmong belief by sacrificing to ancestors next month.

Sung Cua Po, who embraced Christianity in November, received some 70 blows to his head and back after local officials in northwest Vietnam’s Dien Bien Province arrested him on Dec. 1, 2009, according to documents obtained by Compass. His wife, Hang thi Va, was also beaten. They live in Ho Co village.

Dien Bien Dong District and Na Son Commune police and soldiers led by policeman Hang A Senh took the Christian couple to the Na Son Commune People’s Committee office after police earlier incited local residents to abuse and stone them and other Christian families. After Po and his wife were beaten at 1 a.m. that night, he was fined 8 million dong (US$430) and a pig of at least 16 kilos. His cell phone and motorbike were confiscated, according to the documents.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Muslim Groups Demand Closure of Large, Legal Church in Indonesia

Hundreds of demonstrators from outside area try to create image of local opposition.
Hundreds of Muslims from outside the area where a 600-member church meets in West Java staged a protest there to call for its closure this month in an attempt to portray local opposition.

Demonstrators from 16 Islamic organizations, including the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), gathered on Feb. 15 to demand a stop to all activities by the Galilea Protestant Church (GPIB) in the Galaxy area of Bekasi City.

The Rev. M. Tetelepta, pastor of the church, told Compass that the church has had the required consent of local residents and official permission to worship since its inception in 1992.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Always Fresh

Here's the message that never gets old. This is a great compilation of scriptures and commentary from David Wheaton over at The Christian World View.
What must I do to be saved?” This question was asked to one of the followers of Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years ago and is still just as important and relevant of a question for you today. Have you ever thought about this question? Do you know the answer to the question?

I would like you to seriously consider this question today because your response will determine how you will live your life and where you will spend eternity after you die. So please, read this column carefully in its entirety.

“What must I do to be saved?” Here is how the follower of Jesus answered the question: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

It is a simple response, but what exactly does it mean to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ”? And from what do you need to be “saved”? Let’s answer the latter question first.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Repentance and Forgiveness

Here's a good segment from Wretched Radio with Todd Friel. A caller dialed in with his question on the subject of repentance and forgiveness. You can listen to this and all programs by subscribing to the podcast from wretched's web site.

Listen Here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nonsense from Ed Young

Please Pastor Young. The world does it much better. What's the point....and who, by the way are "U" trying to be?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Not Quick on Your Feet?

by Greg Koukl

Maybe you don’t consider yourself fast enough on your feet to keep up with someone who’s quicker than you in an intense discussion. No problem. Don’t feel under pressure to immediately answer every question asked or every point made.

For tactical reasons you may want to adopt the posture of a neutral observer. Shift from argument mode to fact-finding mode.

Try this. Say something like, “Interesting point. I’d like to hear more. Let me ask some questions about your view and your reasons for it so I understand it. Then let me think about it. We can talk more later.” This shows you take the other person’s view seriously and also buys you valuable time.

Ask probing questions (Columbo tactic), but don’t try to win your case just then. Take notes if you need to. Make sure you understand the challenge or the objection clearly. Then do some work on your own when the pressure is off, on your own time, at your leisure—maybe even enlisting others in the process. Then come back prepared.

If your discussion was just part of a chance meeting, you may not be able to revisit the topic with the same person, but you’ll be prepared next time the issue comes up.

This is a wonderful way to completely take the pressure off you. It’s not a retreat, just a different type of engagement. It greatly reduces your anxiety level, strengthens your own confidence, and prepares you to be more effective next time around.

Suggested resources: Tactics in Defending the Faith DVD, mentoring tapes, and workbook.

Is Atheism a Crutch?

by Greg Koukl

ome say Christianity is just a crutch.
But let's turn the question on its edge for a moment. Is atheism an emotional crutch, wishful thinking? The ax cuts both ways.

Perhaps atheists are rejecting God because they've had a bad relationship with their father. Instead of inventing God, have atheists invented non-God? Have they invented atheism to escape some of the frightening implications of God's existence? Think about it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ya Know, Blasphemy Is Never Funny...

...Especially when a church does it.

I came across this on Tony Miano's blog. What it brings to mind is that there is so much in our world today that can easily qualify as blasphemy. Even a church sign. I'm sure it wasn't their intention to offend anyone, but anytime the name, an attribute or in this case His hanging on the cross, is made small or trite it is safe to say that it is blasphemy.

Let's be sensitive to anything at all that has to do with our Savior and hold it in the highest of honor and holiness.

My brother-in-law spent some time with me and Mahria this evening. The fellowship was good. The only bad moment of the evening came when Ian told us about the street sign in front of First Presbyterian Church of Newhall.

I had to see it with my own eyes; and I couldn't wait until tomorrow. So, I drove to the church in the rain to take this picture.

How sad that a church, any church, would try to appear "relevant" to its community by making light of the propitiation, the vicarious atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, this is what the person and work of Jesus Christ has become to many churches in the United States--a punch line to a cheap joke; a putred pun to lure the lost into the doors of the church; an effort to show a lost and dying world that hates Jesus that some churches don't take Jesus all that seriously either.

To First Presbyterian Church of Newhall: Ya know, blasphemy is never funny.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ethiopian Authorities Concoct New Charge against Christian

Holding convert from Islam without formal charges since May, police seek ‘terrorism’ evidence.

Prosecutors and police are trying to concoct a terrorism case against an Ethiopian convert from Islam who has been jailed since May without formal charges, Christian leaders said.

Bashir Musa Ahmed, a 39-year-old Ethiopian national, was arrested on May 23 when police found him in possession of eight Bibles in Jijiga, capital of Ethiopia’s Somali Region Zone Five, a predominantly Muslim area in eastern Ethiopia. Zonal police arrested him after he was accused of providing Muslims with the Somali-language Bibles, sources said, though Ethiopia’s constitution protects such activity.

A state official joined Christian leaders in stating that Islamist interests have kept Ahmed in jail in spite of the state’s failure to find any legitimate charge against him. Initially the Christian was arrested for “malicious” distribution of a version of the Bible that is widely available in Ethiopia and is commonly used by Somali Christians inside and outside of the country.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Persecution Around The World

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ready To Discriminate?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jesus is God.....Make No Doubt About It

This from our good friends at Wretched Radio.

Jesus is God Incarnate

• Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

• Matthew 1:23 [Speaking of Jesus]"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us).

• John 1:14 the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

• Zech. 12:10 [God says] I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

• 1 Tim. 3:16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

• Rev. 1:7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
Jesus is Eternal

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

JC Ryle's Advice To Young Men

Taken from, Thoughts For Young Men J. C. Ryle (1816 - 1900)

John Charles (J.C) Ryle (1816-1900) was an Anglican Bishop in Liverpool England. Educated at Oxford, Ryle was a strong advocate for Evangelical truths, so much so that he was known as the “Evangelical Bishop.” Bishop Ryle retired at age 83 and died the following year.

The following is a summary of his outstanding book, Thoughts for Young Men. Ryle’s gentle but straightforward style with an emphasis on Biblical truth is exactly what this generation of young men need.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Philippe, The Postmodern Evangelist

This bit of satire brought to us from our friends at Sacred Sandwhich. If only it weren't so true concerning much of what the emergent leaders have to say.

by Krista Graham, Special to The Sacred Sandwich

Once there was a man named Philippe. He was a spiritual guide in an emerging community. One day he decided to go on a journey. So, he did. As he was walking along the road, focusing on the journey and not the destination, he found himself alongside the chariot of an African official. The man in the chariot was reading from a parchment scroll. He was reading aloud, so Philippe was able to overhear what the man read.

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”

Philippe caught up to the chariot and said, “You read that text beautifully. It made me feel significant and connected to ancient traditions to hear you read it.”

“I just wish I could understand it,” the man replied.

“Understand it? You don’t need to understand it. Just to experience it. Read it again, more slowly this time. I want to hear the poetic forms and imagine myself in the context of the ancient tradition,” said Philippe.

“Who is he talking about?” the man persisted. “Is the prophet writing about himself or about someone else?”

“I think he is writing about all of us,” said Philippe. “I think we are all a part of the larger story.”

“But what story?” asked the official. “It seems to me that the writer is talking about something in particular, and I sense that it is important. I just wish I knew what it was. What exactly does this mean?”

“What do YOU think it means?” asked Philippe.

“I don’t know. That is why I am asking YOU.”

“Well, it is true that I am a Christ-follower, and my tradition does impose certain meanings on this text. But I would not want to force my truth claims on you. Your truth claims would be equally valid. As you see, we are both on a journey; and we both find ourselves on the same road. So, it follows that our destination is also the same. So, let’s just enjoy this time of community and not divide ourselves by discussing meanings and dogma,” said Philippe.

After awhile, they came to a pool of water by the side of the road. There was also a fork in the road at this point, and the official chose the road to the right. Philippe planned to take the road to the left, but first he sat down by the edge of the pool to journal his experiences of the day. He was delighted that he had had an unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with a person of a culture so diverse from his own.

Meanwhile, the African official went on his way, still searching for the meaning of the text that could have brought him eternal life.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ambassador's Creed

Since the ministry verse of is 2 Corinthians 5:20, it only seemed befitting that I reprint this creed with permission from Stand To Reason Ministries. Greg Koukl and his bunch do a great job at equipping the saints and standing on God's truth.

Ambassador's Creed

An ambassador is…

§ Ready. An Ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.

§ Patient. An Ambassador won’t quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully engage those who disagree.

§ Reasonable. An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.

§ Tactical. An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.

§ Clear. An Ambassador is careful with language and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage by resorting to empty rhetoric.

§ Fair. An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards others and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.

§ Honest. An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent another’s view, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.

§ Humble. An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible. He will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.

§ Attractive. An Ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners. He will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.

§ Dependent. An Ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lao Officials Force Christians from Worship at Gunpoint

Church members marched to open field, deprived of homes.

About 100 local officials, police and villagers put guns to the heads of Christians during their Sunday morning service in a village in Laos last month, forcing them from their worship and homes, according to an advocacy organization.

Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported that in Katin village of Ta-Oyl district, Saravan Province, Lao authorities including the village chief, a religious affairs’ official, three district police and a 15-man volunteer unit joined 15 village police officers to force all 48 Christian adults and children of the church to an open field.

Afterward, the officials confiscated all personal belongings from 11 homes of Christians and destroyed six of the 11 homes. They also confiscated a pig – equal to six weeks’ salary to the villagers – that belonged to one of the members of the congregation, according to HRWLRF.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Moroccan Authorities Raid Bible Study, Arrest Christians

Order to detain 18 nationals, deport U.S. citizen apparently came from highest levels.

A large, military-led team of Moroccan authorities raided a Bible study in a small city southeast of Marrakech last week, arresting 18 Moroccans and deporting a U.S. citizen, area Christian leaders said.

Approximately 60 officers from the Moroccan security services on Thursday afternoon (Feb. 4) raided the home of a Christian in Amizmiz, a picturesque city of 10,000 mainly Berber people 56 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Marrakech. A church Bible study was in progress at the home with visitors from western and southern Morocco, the leaders said.

Five of the 18 people held for 14 hours were small children, two of them infants no more than 6 months old. The other small children ranged from 20 months to 4 years old, and also detained was the visiting 16-year-old nephew of one of the participants.

The Christian leaders said authorities interrogated participants in the Bible study for 14 hours. The authorities filmed the interrogations with digital video cameras and cell phones.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

You Do The Math

I like the logic in this.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One Man's Fall, Another's Warning

Here's a great quote to think on today from the "prince of preachers."

One man’s fall should be another’s warning. Do you see your brother’s foot trip against a stone? Then take care how you go along that way. Do you see him yield to temptation? Then mind that your ears are closed against that which fascinated him and turned him aside from the right path. Wherein you see that he failed in anything, set a double guard upon yourself just there—and ask God to give you Grace to keep you with special keeping in that particular point which was his weakness and which may, unknown to yourself, be also your own!”

—Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Biblical Model of Lay Ministry

Mark 10:44, 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

by Phil Johnson


Nehemiah is often regarded as an ideal role model for spiritual leadership—and he certainly is that. He had all the strengths of good leadership: he was decisive, well-organized, a wise overseer of other people, a good administrator, and a skilled project manager who knew how to get things done.

He likewise had all the biblical qualifications for spiritual leadership: godly character, a consistent testimony, a burning zeal for the Lord, a desire to serve, and a commitment to honor God in all that he did. Above all, his prayer life was exemplary. (Perhaps more than any other single character in the OT, Nehemiah teaches us what a vibrant prayer life ought to be like.)

Nehemiah also had all the masculine traits Scripture associates with men who are called to be shepherds and overseers among the people of God. He was passionate but not driven by his emotions; he was a hard-working man himself, but he also understood the importance of delegating tasks; and he loved people, but never compromised on matters of principle.

What’s often missed about Nehemiah is that he is primarily a model for lay leadership. Some of the key lessons of his life and work are as immediately applicable to laymen as they are to pastors and teachers in the church.

Nehemiah himself was not a priest, a scribe, an expert in the law, a theologian, or a teacher. As far as we can tell from Scripture, when Nehemiah began his ministry in Jerusalem, he had never been a leader of any kind. He apparently had no special training to do what he ultimately did. He was simply a model of hard work, practical ministry, and principled living.

He is the epitome of what every lay person in the church should aspire to be. And his leadership shows us what all spiritual leadership should be like.

When we meet Nehemiah on the pages of Scripture, he was a servant in the king’s palace in Shushan, in Persia—far from his homeland, which he had never even seen.

As servants go, he was an important one. But this special status among servants certainly gave him no particular renown in Jerusalem. He was still a servant, not anyone’s boss.

In fact, as far as the people of God in Jerusalem were concerned, Nehemiah was an outsider and a latecomer with direct ties to the ruling echelon of their former captors. That probably even made him somewhat suspect at first.

So he labored among them as a layman and a fellow-worker. And he earned their respect as a leader solely by serving them, and by being a flesh-and-blood example of what all the people of Israel ought to be.

So, as it turned out, his work as a servant was his training for his life’s work. After all, servitude is the best kind of training for spiritual leadership, because a servant is exactly what Jesus said every true leader ought to be (Mark 10:44).

Nehemiah is thus a reminder to us of how God uses the weak things of the world to accomplish His work (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

Next time you read Nehemiah, bear that in mind: this book is full of rich lessons for lay people who want their lives to count for the Lord.

As someone who has technically been a layman for most of my ministry, I love this aspect of Nehemiah’s life-message. He teaches us that whoever we are, whatever our background or training, and whatever our position in life—God has gifted us and called us to use our gifts as servants. If we’re willing to serve, He can use us in a mighty way.

HT: Grace To You Articles

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

No Complaints?

Does God hear when we grumble about the weather?

"The Lord hears your murmurings which you murmur against Him!" Exodus 16:8

This is startling! Does God really hear every discontented word we speak?

Does God hear when we grumble about the weather, about the hard winter, about the late spring, about the dry summer, about the wet harvest, about the high winds, about the storms?

Does God hear when we complain about our circumstances, about the hardness of our lot, about our losses and disappointments?

If we could get into our hearts and keep there continually, the consciousness that every word we speak is heard in heaven, and falls upon God's ears before it falls upon any other ear--would we murmur as we now do?

"The Lord hears your murmurings which you murmur against Him!" Exodus 16:8

"And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak!" Matthew 12:36

HT: Grace Gems

Monday, February 8, 2010

Go To The Street Corners

Here's a really good video representation of what we do here in Arizona--and wherever we find ourselves really! Rob-roy Nelson produced this video. Well done!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Two Churches Forced to Close in Indonesia

Islamists pressure officials to stop Baptist services; Batak worshippers also told to cease.

Local governments have ordered the closure of two churches on Indonesia’s Java island.

Under pressure from Islamist groups, authorities ordered Christian Baptist Church in Sepatan, Tangerang district, Banten Province to cease services. In Pondok Timur, near Bekasi in West Java, officials abruptly closed the Huria Christian Protestant Batak Church (HKBP) after delaying a building permit for four years.

Tangerang district authorities issued a decree on Jan. 21 ordering all worship activities to cease at the Baptist church. At a meeting in the district offices, officials pressured church officials to sign a statement that they would stop all worship activities, but they refused.

The Rev. Bedali Hulu said that he received the government order on Jan. 26. In addition, a sign was placed on his church’s worship building saying, “Stop! This building violates government decree number 10 of 2006.”

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Right In Our Own Back Yard

Every weekend, we share stories of persecuted Christians from around the world in our Watchmen On The Wall series. This story comes right from our own backyard down in Florida. I posted another article about this same story yesterday, but I think it also has a place here.

Ordained as ministers last year, Stephen Ocean (23) and Tite Sufra (24) spent most of their time preaching to troubled youths in the streets before being gunned down Saturday night by an 18-year-old man named Jeriah Woody. According to police reports, the ministers had been preaching to Woody for about 15 minutes. Woody walked away, then inexplicably turned around and came running back to kill both men. Woody surrendered to Boynton Beach police this morning.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Holy Bowl?

Rob-roy wrote this article last year. He posted it on FB almost two weeks ago as a flashback and asked if this year would be any different than last...he got his answer. Nope. This year local churches are cancelling evening services again to "build relationships" with the lost while hosting or attending a Super Bowl party. That can be ...done without cancelling services right? But then some people would actually miss the game... and we can't have that. Solution? Once a year mass evangelism, church doors closed, everybody out and better be reaching the lost on big game Sunday. If only the gospel was highly esteemed and not given a mere tip of the hat or used as a vieled excuse.

Two men preaching religion shot to death in Boynton Beach

Usually I'm happy to get an email from Rob-roy Nelson. Not today. This is a sober reminder that the task at hand concerning on-the-street evangelism is serious business. Many of us can relate to what a great blessing it is to get together with friends, bring our favorite tracts and hit the crowds with the greatest message imaginable. Open air preaching and sharing the gospel one on one. I can't think of a task more important than telling a dying world about the Savior.

We can never, ever, ever forget to bathe all of our feeble efforts in prayer before, during and after every outing. Anything can happen. This story is all to evident of that. Eventually we will all die, and so will those we are trying to reach. Some will receive the message, but most won't. These two men ended up paying the ultimate price for their obedience.

by Eliot Kleinberg

Jeriah Woody executed two men who made the mistake of preaching religion to the 18-year-old, a witness has told police.

Woody, who turned himself in to Boynton Beach police Wednesday, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Saturday night deaths of Stephen Ocean, 23, and Tite Sufra, 24, near the Boynton Beach city library.

He was expected to be taken to the Palm Beach County Jail later today and have a bond hearing Thursday. Boynton Beach spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said this afternoon he was still being questioned and she would not immediately provide information about a motive.

A woman who identified herself as Ocean's sister, but did not want to give her name, said the two men, best friends, were ministers who were ordained last year and had turned their lives around after run-ins with law enforcement. She did not want to identify the church with which they were aligned.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Unholy Trinity

This article found it's way into my inbox at just the right time. I've just finished watching the DVD from Justin Peters Ministries entitled A Call For Discernment. Click here to see a demo this teaching.
The Word Faith movement is dangerous and exploits the poor and sick in ways that grieve me deeply. Although I have never followed any of their teachings, I know people who have/do and I will never look at these "preachers" the same again. It is truly sickening.

by John MacArthur

I don't watch much television, and when I do I generally avoid the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). For many years TBN has been dominated by faith-healers, full-time fund-raisers, and self-proclaimed prophets spewing heresy. I wrote about the false gospel they proclaim and the phony miracles they pretend to do almost two decades ago in Charismatic Chaos (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992. See especially chapter 12). I had my fill of charismatic televangelism while researching that book, and I can hardly bear to watch it any more.

Recently, however, while recovering from knee-replacement surgery, I decided to sample some of the current fare on TBN. From a therapeutic point of view it seemed a good choice: something more excruciating than the pain in my leg might distract me from the physical suffering of post-surgical trauma. And I suppose on that basis the strategy was effective.

But it left me outraged and frustrated—and eager to challenge the misperceptions in the minds of millions of unbelievers who see these false teachers masquerading as ministers of Christ on TBN.

I'm outraged at the brazen way so many false teachers twist the message of Scripture in Jesus' name. And I'm frustrated because I'm certain that if these charlatans were not receiving a large proportion of their financial support from sincere believers (and silent acquiescence from Christian leaders who surely know better), they would have no platform for their shenanigans. They would soon lose their core constituency and fade from the scene.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This Is For Real--Estate

I was shopping at a local hardware store when this little item caught my eye. I remember a co-worker talking about this several years ago.

It's a little St. Joseph statue that you are supposed to bury in your yard when you're trying to sell your house. Apparently it's supposed to bring you good luck in your sale.

There's nothing cute or funny about this. Just a silly superstition, you ask? Read more here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Encouragement From Home Base

Today, Clarke and I were joined not only by his wife and kids, but by Pastor and Mrs. Remington (the two on the right!) What an encouragement it was to have them join us at the college.

We had several opportunities to share the Gospel with passing students as well as handing out many tracts. Please pray for the young men and women we encountered today.

Chandler/Gilbert Community College has proven to be an excellent fishing hole, however we had a close call today with almost being denied access to the campus. Thankfully, the folks in the student services office found the email confirming our time there. Whew-- Thank you Lord!

Please pray that God would continue to bless our efforts there and that we would stay focused in seeking to glorify Him alone.

Monday, February 1, 2010

English Bible History

Here's some information I found just browsing around. Enjoy!

Martin Luther
had a small head-start on Tyndale, as Luther declared his intolerance for the Roman Church’s corruption on Halloween in 1517, by nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the Wittenberg Church door. Luther, who would be exiled in the months following the Diet of Worms Council in 1521 that was designed to martyr him, would translate the New Testament into German for the first time from the 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus, and publish it in September of 1522. Luther also published a German Pentateuch in 1523, and another edition of the German New Testament in 1529. In the 1530’s he would go on to publish the entire Bible in German.

Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546) was a Christian theologian and Augustinian monk whose teachings inspired the Protestant Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines of Protestant and other Christian traditions. Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margaretha Luder on 10 November 1483 in Eisleben, Germany and was baptised the next day on the feast of St. Martin of Tours, after whom he was named. Luther’s call to the Church to return to the teachings of the Bible resulted in the formation of new traditions within Christianity and the Counter-Reformation in the Roman Catholic Church, culminating at the Council of Trent.

His translation of the Bible also helped to develop a standard version of the German language and added several principles to the art of translation. Luther's hymns sparked the development of congregational singing in Christianity. His marriage, on June 13, 1525, to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, began the tradition of clerical marriage within several Christian traditions.

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