Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 11/26/14 at 6:37 PM | Carolyn Henderson
Recently, at an online social media site, I saw a photo of a man, gruesomely disfigured, with the statement:
"Stop! Don't just ignore this! Pray for this man, and Share (1 Share equals 100 prayers)."
Various people had written prayers underneath until one person commented,
"This photo is a screen shot from an action movie."
By golly, he was right. My first thought was,
"I'm glad I didn't fall for this,"
and my second thought was, FULL POST
Posted 11/23/14 at 4:02 AM | Candice Lanier
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution denouncing the Iranian government for its horrendous human rights violations. But, there is disagreement over whether peripheral issues, such as human rights violations and Iran's support of terrorism should be included in the pending nuclear deal or not.
Some maintain that the inclusion of these additional issues will make it more difficult to get Iran to agree to any deal. But, it's not as if Iran has been amenable, to begin with. Through its deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, Iran has complained that no progress has been made, while at the same time toughening its stance. Araqchi has insisted that a deal won't be made unless the other side gives up its “illogical excessive demands.” What's more, even the U.S. and E.U. have been at odds with each other at times. FULL POST
Posted 11/22/14 at 11:06 AM | Carrie Stoelting
Of all years, 2014 proves uniquely challenging for troops, veterans, and their families. The Obama Administration has cut military and veterans' support, ignored problems at VA hospitals, and removed Christian symbols of hope where they are needed the most. (More information is available in an article by the FRC called A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military.)
At Christmas, we must help bring back the true meaning to our troops, veterans, and their families. Many families will not have loved ones -either because of serving abroad or the ultimate sacrifice of a loved one dying for our country.
Allow us to make remembering veterans, troops, and military families feel loved this Christmas.
1. Send Christmas care packages to our troops. (Please see details below.)
2. Reach out to our veterans this Christmas. Many veterans, especially WWII veterans, spend Christmas alone in nursing homes. Each American can do something to change that.
3. Military families sacrifice so much, too. If you know a family whose husband, wife, son, daughter, mom, or dad can't come home for Christmas, reach out to them. Give them a Christmas gift, gift card, cookies, or even a greeting card. Do something to acknowledge them and offer your thanks and prayers. FULL POST
Posted 11/21/14 at 3:27 PM | Michael Youssef
Whether it’s church liberals or political liberals, they have at least one thing in common—they often speak one way, but walk in the opposite direction.
A prime example of that character trait comes from “Gruber-gate,” namely the recent scandal about remarks of Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of Obamacare. Mr. Gruber has stated that the bill’s passage was contingent on exploiting the “stupidity” of the American voter.
As with Mr. Gruber, most liberals—whether they’re from mainline denominations or liberal evangelical churches, or from the political sphere—believe that the average American is stupid.
As they view their world through that prism, they naturally use words and proclamations that are designed to mislead and sucker the poor saps.
Let’s first take a look at the world of religion. FULL POST
Posted 11/21/14 at 2:48 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
In northern Syria near the Turkish border lies the relatively small, nondescript town of Dabiq, home to about 3,300 people. It came as somewhat of a surprise last August when ISIS suddenly targeted the city, which seemed to have little strategic importance.
But some may not have realized Dabiq figures prominently in Islamic eschatology – somewhat analogous to Armageddon in the Book of Revelation. It seems the ancient Hadith, which contains the teachings and deeds of Muhammad, prophesied that in the “last hours of history” the forces of Islam will face a horde of infidels at Dabiq in a decisive battle presaging the return of their Messiah.
The importance of this prophecy to ISIS was revealed in the recent video released November 16th announcing the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig.
“Here we are, burning the first American crusader in Dabiq, eagerly waiting for the remainder of your armies to arrive,” declares an ISIS fighter in the video. The militant condemns U.S. involvement in Iraq and pledges to defeat “this final and last crusade.” FULL POST
Posted 11/20/14 at 1:57 PM | Stephen Mansfield
It must have been the most horrifying experience of their lives. Though there were slightly more than a hundred people aboard The Mayflower, only 54 were from the band of Separatists who had lived in Holland the previous twelve years to escape persecution in England. They were farmers and sheepherders for the most part, though some might have been craftsmen of one trade or another. Yet never had they been on the high seas. So it must have seemed as though the very demons of hell were loosed upon them during that fall of 1620.
The storms of the north Atlantic were so fierce and the ship so tossed that the main mast often dipped into the waves. It was a disorienting, stomach-churning experience even for the experienced sailors among them. The small band of believers on board — men, women, an expectant mother and small children among them — were kept in the “tween deck” for fear of the buffeting storms. Many were sick. Some wailed their agonies endlessly through the terrifying nights. The icy winds wailed with them. It was a filthy, smelly, terrifying time of testing.
The elements were not the only opposition these Christians, who would soon be called “Pilgrims,” endured. There was one sailor who persisted in calling them “psalm-singing pukestockings,” which were the two things they spent most of their time doing. Though the Pilgrims forgave and prayed for the man's soul, he was, mysteriously, the only person to die during the voyage. FULL POST
Posted 11/19/14 at 3:00 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Stephen Padre
With the latest death of another Ebola patient in the United States this morning, we seem to be entering another round of media frenzy over the virus. Even though we've been through the frenzy before, the stigma around it, both here and abroad, hasn’t gone away.
The Gospel of Luke contains the story of Jesus’ encounter with ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19). In the story, Jesus commits a double social faux pas—he interacts with people with leprosy and people who were also Samaritans.
In biblical times, lepers were shunned and sent to live on the edge of town, away from everybody else. And Samaritans were those “other people,” despised by the Jews because of their heritage and practices. Both groups were to be avoided by “true” Jews. But Jesus delivered a double whammy and healed the lepers in the Samaritan neighborhood!
A similar thing has happened recently in the United States. As one example, health care workers who have traveled to West Africa to help treat patients with Ebola have come home and been stigmatized. Rather than viewing them as medical heroes, we have regarded them out of our fear of this disease. They have been portrayed as contaminated and careless, when clearly their intentions were to assist in places that do not have the means to adequately treat a deadly disease. FULL POST
Posted 11/18/14 at 9:27 AM | Damon Rambo
According to the reporters at DNAInfo, the Chicago public school system is including sodomy as part of its fifth grade curriculum (or maybe they just "mistakenly" created the currriculum, made dozens of copies, put them into binders for parents, and posted it on their websites, as they are now alleging). The curriculum, presented to a group of parents and teachers, included graphic "how to" pictures of the use of female condoms, for both anal and vaginal use. DNAInfo.com reports:
Parents at a Near West Side school say they are "shocked" and "horrified" after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate.
Sick. That is the only word I can use to describe it. It is just disgustingly, horribly immoral and perverted. Perhaps worse than the actual curriculum, though, was the response of the parents. One parent said she was appalled at the curriculum because, "It doesn't necessarily meet the kids where they are at,". The parents as a whole, though some were certainly shocked and angry, said they "had more questions about the curriculum," and wanted to know, "who would be teaching the information." FULL POST
Posted 11/18/14 at 6:32 AM | Michael Bresciani
On a day when Muslims spread their prayer rugs in America’s National Cathedral with their backs to the large cross of Christ hanging there, the famous cathedral was void of witnesses for Christ, church protestors and real Christians of any kind – except for one!
Is Christine Weick God’s prophetess or just a singular woman, a stone (Lk 19: 40) that cries out - because others will not?
In a video provided by WND, Christine is seen rebuking the Muslims in the National Cathedral for turning their backs against the large hanging cross. She also tells them that they should be holding their gathering in one of their own mosques.
Since we are now entering a full blown apostasy of the Christian church and many historic denominations and Catholicism have already dropped out of the biblically based faith we are not at all surprised by yet one more public display of the falling away. FULL POST