Welcome to the July ’13 Edition of the blog!
What part of the human psyche does the military not understand?
Perhaps you have been following the recent problems of sexual “assaults” in the military. The administration’s push to get women in the military’s fighting units has put them at serious risk, not only on the battlefield but from fellow soldiers as well.
What is frustrating is that both the brass and the bureaucrats seem to have no clue as to why these “attacks” of groping, touching, and in some cases, beyond that, are taking place. Thrusting women in among the male soldiers at every level of service can only result in increased instances of inappropriate conduct. Both the victim and the perpetrator can have their lives virtually ruined by such charges. Authorities are pretending they don’t know why, but you have to know that is not true. They are forced to be politically correct and parrot the line that soldiers should be eunuchs or exhibit absolutely no awareness of the opposite sex. Hellllloooooo! One wonders how many “attacks” by gays and lesbians have gone unreported.
Why does this administration feel compelled to have women fighting our wars on the battlefield, becoming a laughing stock to much of the world? When they are captured by some of these warring countries that treat women simply as objects, what will happen?
Removing all the boundaries that God established in favor of humanistic and unrealistic egalitarianism will further reduce America’s effectiveness in every category of national life.
In spite of the above, we pray for all those standing up for America, including our troops…
Freedom isn’t free. Keep the faith that someday this long nightmare of the current administration will end and we can walk back into the sunrise of a new day of freedom and liberty. On July 4, remember all those who have paid the price for that freedom.
Mantle, not ashes
A friend sent this quote:
Leonard Ravenhill, (at the risk of quoting a non-Apostolic) shortly before his death, was often asked by local Bible school students if they could come over to his home and if Ravenhill would lay hands on them and pass on his mantle. He said, “They all want my mantle, no one wants my sackcloth and ashes!”
Syria in prophecy
As the situation in Syria intensifies, the United Nations reports that 93,000 civilians have been killed since 2011. The United States is considering the extent of assistance to provide to the rebels. With the deadly drama continuing to progress, and considering Syria’s biblical and geographical significance, it is likely we will see end times prophesy unfolding.
To complicate matters, Vladimir Putin is insisting that Russian troops be positioned in the Golan area to “monitor” and “guard” the situation that has developed since Syria has crossed over into the Golan Heights area. Troops from other nations are pulling out. Russia intends to get a foot in the door—perhaps it will be “a hook in the jaw” (Ezekiel 38:4)—that will pull them into a final conflict described in the Book of Revelation. To further complicate the situation, our president is planning to arm the rebels who may ultimately depose the government and take over the country. Who will we have armed? How long before we get our bullets and bombs coming back this way?
So many situations that point to the end of this dispensation are rapidly developing. A tribulation is coming and the church needs to be ready to get out of here! It is not a time to compromise, to back away from gospel truth, or turn our eyes toward the things of the world. It won’t be long now. Hang on tight!
I would be open to hearing from those who have suggestions as to how the current events in the Middle East fit into Bible prophecy.
Ezekiel 16:49 seems to express the sins of Sodom as selfishness and pride rather than homosexuality. Which is correct?
Both are correct. The Sodomites were arrogant and selfish, not wishing to share their material prosperity with the poor and needy among them as the Ezekiel verse clearly states. But it is also true that there was gross sexual perversion prevalent among them (Genesis 19:8; Jude 7). A combination of all of these evidently contributed to God’s decision to destroy the city.
Since not all of Joel’s prophecy came to pass on the Day of Pentecost, was Peter mistaken when he quoted Joel in Acts 2:16-21?
Peter’s quotation of Joel 2:28-32 on Pentecost was accurate, but only as a partial or initial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. It seems to indicate that Peter viewed the events of Pentecost as inaugurating the “last days.” The signs and wonders mentioned would take place in the future “before the day of the Lord” (v. 20), during the final events of the last days.
Why was Paul forbidden to preach in Asia (Acts 16:6)? Was this a recantation of the Great Commission?
The denial for Paul and Timothy to go there was not a permanent command to “stand down,” so to speak, but God had other plans for them at the present time. Later the gospel would be preached in Asia both by Paul (Acts 19:10,22,26; 20:4,16,18; I Corinthians 16:19) and through those Paul had converted and mentored (I Thessalonians 1:6-8).
Are believers sanctified by the Spirit or by the truth?
The Bible does not contradict itself when accurately translated and properly understood. It does say that we are sanctified by the Spirit of God (I Peter 1:2), but also by “thy truth” (John 17:17). Additionally, we are sanctified “in the name of Jesus” (I Corinthians 6:11). Ephesians 5:26 suggests a sanctification that comes by the “washing of water of the word.” Hebrews 13:12 involves the “blood of Christ” in our sanctification. All of these elements play a role in setting one aside for God’s service and purpose. One verse is not usually comprehensive on any particular doctrine. Every reference need not give full details of every story, event, or doctrine. Some verses provide a particular fact and another verse may augment that story or doctrine with another fact. Examples abound. All are true.
Another reason we avoid television in our homes
Monogamy is unnatural
I have rarely visited the CNN website on my computer. I fear a virus at best and a complete hard drive crash at worst. It is popularly called the “Communist News Network.” However, someone alerted me to an article there that sounded so far out I had to check and see if someone was kidding. They weren’t.
An article posted on their site (6/24) was headlined “Monogamy is unnatural.” The author conveyed without hesitation that monogamy (one man/woman being faithful to a spouse) destroys marriage.
“Biologically, we humans are animals,” she stated flatly. “So it makes sense to look at the animal kingdom for clues as to what we are built for. Monogamy is a rarity among animals.” She provided a number of examples of animal behavior that seemed to her to prove her point. Most animals were “bed-hoppers” and had sex with more than one mate whenever the urge struck them. The article was accompanied by a video clip of two “swinging” couples being interviewed about their “polyamorousness” (a new word for me). Prophecy: soon straight couples will be tagged as odd, out-of-date, perhaps even “unnatural.”
Claptrap like this is becoming standard fare on television, I am told. Decadence is portrayed as acceptable in our current culture. Pentecostals should never become comfortable with television in the home. That may sound “out of the loop,” but I know that every committed Christian reading this knows in his/her heart that it is right.
A story someone sent that I had to include
THE OLD TELEPHONE ON THE WALL
When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood.. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.
Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone’s number and the correct time.
My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.
I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. “Information, please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.
A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. “Information.”
“I hurt my finger,” I wailed into the phone, the tears coming readily enough
now that I had an audience.
“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.
“Nobody’s home but me,” I blubbered.
“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.
“No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”
“Can you open the icebox?” she asked. I said I could.
“Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice.
After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. Another day I was on the telephone with “Information Please” asking, “How do I spell fix?”
She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before would eat fruit and nuts. Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called “Information Please,” and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to a family, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?”
She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, “Wayne , always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.” Somehow I felt better.
All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest . When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.
Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.
A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, “Information Please.”
Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. “Information.”
I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell fix?” There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your finger must have healed by now.”I laughed, “So it’s really you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?”
“I wonder,” she said, “if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.” I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. “Please do”, she said. “Just ask for Sally.”
Several months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, “Information.” I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.
“Yes, a very old friend,” I answered. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said, “but Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.”
Before I could hang up, she said, “Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?” “Yes.” I answered.
“Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.” The note said, “Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.” I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.
Never underestimate the impression you may make on others. Whose life have you touched today?
I know this has been long but I trust you have found it worth reading. Each of us touch lives in ways we may never know until we reach heaven.
If the Pope can see it…
The Vatican held a conference in June called, “The Child as a Person and as Patient: Therpeutic Approaches Compared.” They did this in order to bring professionals together to discuss the harmful consequences of psychiatric drugging of children and pregnant mothers. They hoped to prove that “psychosocial options” are better than “psychotropic care” (drugs). They focused on two main drug groups, antidepressants and psychotics.
Conference leaders called for “religious orders, Catholic schools, hospitals, medical associations, media and parishes to become informed and help children and families discover alternatives to psychiatric medications, as well as help them have real input when discussing the risks and benefits of such medications.”
Disorders keep multiplying
The American Psychiatric Association has published its Big Book of psychiatric “disorders,” the DSM-5. For information about some of the goofy additions in this already goofy book, go to:
Reporter Kelly OMeara wrote, “On June 3rd, during the White House National Conference on Mental Health, President Obama announced his administration would be taking a number of steps to expand the nation’s mental health services, saying that America needs to have a conversation to help remove the ‘stigma and embarrassment’ associated with a mental illness diagnosis. A seemingly noble sentiment, if not for the fact that it is psychiatry’s fraudulent diagnosing system—the DSM—that has recently become a true embarrassment for the mental health industry.”
CCHR International commented: “With all due respect to the President, in light of the recent national and international criticism lobbed at the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) diagnosing manual, the DSM-5, which includes the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) admission that psychiatric disorders lack scientific validity, the focus of his desired conversation is arguably misinformed and out of sync with the raging controversy surrounding the validity of accurately diagnosing any alleged mental disorder.”
PS: I will say again that it is becoming evident that the current administration is encouraging more psychiatric diagnoses and psy prescriptions to be written. In the future they might well use this information to remove guns from the home and deny purchasing of them.
Some believe this law forbids gun control legislation
Bumps in the road
Additionally, when describing the Benghazi incident on TV (5/13/2013), he called the focus on it “a political circus” and attempted to further trivialize it and remove himself and his cohorts from any criticism.
How sad when the Commander-in-Chief can refer to the deaths of Navy Seals and the American Ambassador as mere “bumps in the road.” How long must we tolerate such insensitive rhetoric?
The following poem was said to be anonymously written by a Marine Corps officer:
We’re the Battling Boys of Benghazi,
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
Defending the country we loved so well.
It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate,
Led them to safety and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcements, but all were denied,
So we fought and we fought, and we fought till we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn’t give a d––n.
Just two dead SEALS who carried the load,
No thanks to us, we were just “bumps in the road.”
The Jesuit Agenda
One sixth of the world’s population has a new pope—the first one to be a Jesuit. What will his agenda be? How will his administration affect the Evangelical/Protestant churches? Special report from Lighthouse Trails Research.
How to Know When the Emerging Church is Emerging into YOUR Church
If the Emerging Church movement continues unfolding at the present pace, mainstream evangelical Christianity will be reinvented and the gospel of Christ according to the Scriptures will be considered too narrow and too restrictive. The narrow way to heaven that Jesus proclaimed will eventually be abandoned for a wider way. Apostolics are not immune to this incursion. By Roger Oakland.
Does Israel still have a place in future events as the original people of God? Did the church replace them? What is replacement theology? A very important concept that relates to the future of all people. By Mike Oppenheimer.
5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Kids From Sexual Predators
We parents have to do whatever it takes to shield our children from those who would take advantage of them. What are some signs that your childmight be a target? What steps can you take? A safety check list is included. By Investigative Sergeant Patrick Crough.
Five Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer
What is “contemplative prayer”? How is it becoming a practice of many Christians today without them knowing of its origins and meaning? What are its connections with Catholic mysticism and Eastern religions? A must read! By Ray Yungen
Lectio Divina: What it is, What it is not, and Should Christians Practice it?
This term means “sacred reading.” Seems innocuous, but don’t be deceived. The Catholic mystics of another age developed it, but why are some of our Apostolic educational institutions using it, along with contemplative prayer? Do these practices contribute to real Bible spirituality? Special report by Lighthouse Trails.
Can Cultures Be Redeemed?
Here are some things we need to know about the “indigenous people’s movement.” Does God redeem individuals or cultures? This movement’s leaders hold that God redeems cultures and places in them a way for men to have a relationship with God outside of the Gospel. By Nanci Des Gerlaise.
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We feel your pain
The story is told that a news journalist heard about an old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a very long time. So she went to check it out, and there he was walking slowly up to the holy site. She stood back and watched him pray for about 45 minutes. When he turned to leave, she approached him and asked for an interview.
“Pardon me, sir. I am Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s your name?”
“Morris Feinberg,” he replied
“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?”
“About 45 years.”
“That’s amazing,” the journalist exclaimed. “What do you pray for?”
“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man. I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests..”
“How do you feel after doing this for 45 years?”
“Like I’m talking to a brick wall.”
“The God who made Himself of no reputation is under no obligation to protect your reputation.” – Kevin Prince, TX District Superintendent