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Posted 5/21/13 at 6:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Miracle man Survives Explosion and Fire that Burned 95% of His Body; Gives Glory to God

Billy Jack McDaniel, 2013

By Mark Ellis

Billy Jack McDaniel knew the risks of work on drilling rigs. Injuries and death in the oil field are common, mostly due to human error. But when a pressure seal on his rig failed, which allowed natural gas to escape, he came face-to-face with eternity in a horrific explosion and fire.

“It didn’t take much to ignite,” recalls McDaniel, who found himself 150 feet high on a maintenance platform when the rig exploded. “I watched the fire. It came and got me. There was nowhere to go, nowhere to run.”

His body ignited like a marshmallow too-close to an open flame. But this was no Boy Scout campfire. McDaniel found himself seared by 2,000-degree temperatures. Usually, people’s eyes melt at 1,200 degrees.

“The pain was intense, but there was no escaping it,” he says. “It was constant, like hell.”

As he watched his clothes quickly burn away, his skin bubble, and a sensitive body part catch fire “like a candle,” he panicked. “I wanted to fall and die when the fire went out. I welcomed death.” FULL POST

Posted 5/14/13 at 7:28 PM | Mark Ellis

The Rise of Antichrist

Willem Dafoe in the film, "Antichrist"

By Mark Ellis

Do you believe he is a real person? Could he be alive today? Some may doubt his existence, but the prophet Daniel, the Apostles Paul and John -- and Jesus Himself -- all taught about the coming of this dynamic, powerful, evil personality who will rule the world at the time of the end.

The Book of Daniel covers a giant sweep of history, from Daniel’s era, about 500 years before Jesus, all the way up to and beyond our present time, prophesying about things that will be coming to planet earth in the future, perhaps sooner than we expect.

Most of the events prophesied in Daniel were fulfilled within 300 years after Daniel wrote them. And the prophesies are so dead-on accurate that skeptics can’t believe it was really written by Daniel.

They insist somebody else must have written it, years later. But Jesus Himself believed Daniel wrote it, He quoted from Daniel, so the critics will have to take up their case with our Lord. FULL POST

Posted 5/13/13 at 4:27 PM | Mark Ellis

Identical Twin Studies Prove Homosexuality Is Not Genetic

By Mark Ellis

Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.

“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, then spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.

Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.

“Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%,” Dr. Whitehead notes. But the studies reveal something else. “If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.” FULL POST

Posted 5/10/13 at 3:17 PM | Mark Ellis

Putting the 'Happily' Into Your Ever After

Ed & Angie Wright

By Mark Ellis

Ed and Angie Wright founded a successful faith-based real estate company in Orange County, California. But their efforts to grow and sustain Christ-centered marriages through counseling programs they developed provides even deeper satisfaction for the couple.

“When we got involved in premarital counseling, our marriage became so much better,” says Ed Wright, who founded “Marriage by God Ministries” with Angie. In 2000, they volunteered to help with a new premarital couple-to-couple counseling program at Saddleback Church.

The first curriculum in use at Saddleback involved four or five hours of homework each week, something many newly engaged couples found daunting. They noticed most couples came to the sessions unprepared, which discouraged the Wrights.

“We have to do something about this curriculum,” Ed told Angie. Over the next year and a half they developed a new curriculum with two primary goals in mind. First, it had to be true to God’s Word. Second, it would contain homework that could be finished in an hour a week. FULL POST

Posted 5/9/13 at 5:58 PM | Mark Ellis

Woman Stumbles Over 'Demon' in Arabic Class

Learning Arabic

By Mark Ellis

In an unnamed Middle East country, Sue has been studying Arabic four days a week with one of her husband’s friends. A silly misspelling during one of her sessions launched a thought-provoking spiritual conversation.

As Sue practiced writing her name under her instructor’s watchful eye, she stopped when it became clear she made a mistake.

“Oh no!” her teacher said quickly. “That is djinn.” The teacher’s thumbs punched away at the dictionary in her mobile phone and up popped the word demon.

“Demon,” she said. “Do you believe demons, they are real?”

“Yes, of course,” Sue replied.

The instructor blinked. “All followers of Isa, they believe?” (Isa is the Arabic word for Jesus.)

“Yes—the Injeel (Bible) has stories of how Isa al-Masih cast three demons out of people. He has power over them.”

The teacher hesitated. “Have you ever seen a demon?” FULL POST

Posted 5/3/13 at 7:20 PM | Mark Ellis

Amazon Indians Suffer ill-effects from Pollution

Shipibo woman

By Mark Ellis

The Shipibo people once lived in a pristine environment in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, with clean drinking water from fresh water streams, abundant fish in their rivers, and fertile soil for planting. But recently, mysterious ailments have been plaguing their people that may be related to environmental concerns.

“Oil pipelines in their territory have broken several times, so they have oil all around,” says Dr. Dale Kietzman, founder of Latin American Indian Ministries (LAIM). “There is also mercury in the rivers from gold mining.”

LAIM has been training pastors among the Shipibo, as well as responding to requests for practical assistance. Recently LAIM sent a professor to analyze their water and design a treatment system for the Shipibo.

“There is a sickness in their community, with young children dying and the villages suffering,” Dr. Kietzman says.

The pollution problem has intensified in the last decade. “Just in the last 4 years there have been seven oil spills in the indigenous territory of Canaan, from using old, rusted pipelines which destroy the water, land, health and vegetation of the area,” Dr. Kietzman notes. “The community now has to travel up to 3 hours to find non-contaminated sources of fish, and can no longer hunt or grow food on their now contaminated land.” FULL POST

Posted 5/2/13 at 12:58 PM | Mark Ellis

Mom loves her homosexual son, but disagrees on gay marriage

PFOX ad

She loves her homosexual son as much as her heterosexual children, yet she maintains a firm stand against redefining marriage.

“We love each other unconditionally,” says Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). “We have a very close relationship even though we don’t agree on gay marriage,” she says. “It is not easy, but as a responsible parent I must stand firm in my belief that marriage must remain between a man and a woman.”

Griggs recently spent three days visiting with her gay son, now grown and out of the house. To maintain family harmony, they avoid discussion of some subjects. “We can’t discuss politics, religion, or homosexuality,” she admits.

Parents must communicate to their children, “I can love you unconditionally and still disagree with you,” Griggs says.

While a compassionate response is important to her, the greater good of society is also important. “What I think is best for society may seem like lack of support for homosexual people. Not so,” she says. “We must look to what is best for the culture as a whole.” FULL POST

Posted 4/30/13 at 1:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Woman who fights sex trafficking makes shocking admission: ‘I have a favorite trafficker’

Annie & Jeff Dieselberg

By Mark Ellis

For the last 18 years, Annie Dieselberg and her husband Jeff have lived in the red light district in Bangkok, where they have inspired many with their efforts to rescue women and children exploited by the worldwide sex industry. So a few did a double take when Annie made a candid declaration recently.

“I have a scandalous confession: I have a favorite trafficker,” says Annie, founder and CEO of Nightlight Foundation. “You might ask, how someone who passionately fights to rescue victims of human trafficking could like a trafficker let alone have a favorite?” she asks.

Nothing diminishes her scorn for an industry that exploits and destroys millions of people in its greedy quest, with many innocents unwittingly caught in its tentacles. “Some of these people are victims and some are the exploiters,” Annie notes. “It would be easy to draw the line in the sand to clearly establish the acceptable and the unacceptable; the lovable and the despicable; those worthy of grace and those to condemn.” FULL POST

Posted 4/26/13 at 2:29 PM | Mark Ellis

Jackie Robinson: How God used two faith-filled believers to desegregate baseball

By Mark Ellis

Brooklyn Dodger infielder Jackie Robinson poses in May 1952. (AP)

The biographical film “42” depicts Jackie Robinson’s courageous battle to break the color barrier in major league baseball. At the same time, the film provides a glimpse of his religious faith, which afforded the strength he needed to overcome fierce opposition.

“It took two Christians to pull this off,” says Chris Lamb, the author of “Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training” (University of Nebraska, 2004). “Robinson was a Christian and Branch Rickey was a Christian,” he notes. “Sometimes we miss this.”

Lamb was blind to it himself until he researched Robinson’s life for his book. “I kept wondering all these years what kept Robinson together,” he says. “Finally I realized what I missed before – the core came from above.”

The film accurately depicts the role of Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey in advancing desegregation in baseball. Rickey, a devout Methodist, was sometimes known as “the deacon” due to his forthright convictions. FULL POST

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