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Prayer

09 October 2014 - 06:52 PM

There are some who believe God created everything and then basically headed out on an extended vacation, leaving us to go it alone.

 

There are others who hold to a partial view of this, in that they believe God doesn't deal directly with us but He's active in some things.

 

These views, and others, naturally effect our understanding of prayer.

 

Do you believe God hears your prayers and responds to your prayers?

 

Do you believe God "speaks" to you (not like walking with you in the garden chatting), through the Holy Ghost, that still small voice, the Word, preaching, others?

 

Some believe God doesn't respond to our prayers and anything we consider an answer to prayer is simply coincidence.

 

Some don't believe in coincidence.

 

Some believe God doesn't speak to anyone in any way these days.

 

Do you believe God does sometimes answer prayers for healing, wisdom, protection, etc.? There are some who reject that idea.

 

What are your beliefs regarding prayer and God's interaction, or lack thereof, in our lives?

Trying To Get On The Same Side As The World

07 October 2014 - 06:06 PM

Not much has changed in a hundred years.

 

 

TRYING TO GET ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE WORLD

 

The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God, give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!

 

--A.B. Simpson (December 15, 1843 - October 29, 1919, Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance)

 

 

How are things where you are?

Can America Fight A Thirty Years’ War?

07 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

Can America Fight a Thirty Years’ War?

 

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
 
"The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature."
 
With this citation from Madison, Cong. Walter Jones is calling for a debate and decision on whether America should go to war in Syria and Iraq, when Congress reconvenes after Nov. 4.
 
Last week's events make Jones' request a national imperative.
 
For former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says we are heading into a "30-year war" against the Islamic State and the emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere.
 
He faults Obama for not bombing Syria when Assad crossed his "red line" and used chemical weapons. U.S. credibility was damaged, says Panetta. "There's a little question mark to, is the United States going to stick this out?" This new war is the opportunity "to repair the damage."
 
Yet consider the man Panetta wants to lead the United States into a war to restore America's credibility.
 
The president's "most conspicuous weakness" is "a frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause," says Panetta. Too often, he "relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader." He "avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities."
 
But with Hamlet as your commander in chief, why would you start a war?
 
And consider our allies in this new war.
 
Joe Biden has been forced to apologize to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for saying at Harvard that both had been providing huge infusions of money and weapons to the ISIS terrorists who have beheaded Americans.
 
But what was Joe guilty of, other than blurting out the truth?
 
The terrorists of ISIS are today closing in on the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobani on the Turkish border, having overrun scores of villages. A hundred thousand Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey.
 
Yet though ISIS warriors are visible right across the border, and Turkey has the second largest army in NATO, with 3,500 tanks and 1,000 aircraft, the Turks are sitting on their hands, awaiting what may be a massacre.
 
Why? David Stockman quotes Turkish President Erdogan this weekend: "For us, ISIL and the (Kurdish) PKK are the same."
 
Erdogan is saying a plague on both their houses. To Istanbul, the PKK are terrorists, as are the ISIS fighters the PKK is trying to keep from overrunning Kobani.
 
The United States, too, designates both the Islamic State and the PKK as terrorist organizations.
 
Which terrorist organization do we want to win this battle?
 
Who do we want to win the war between ISIS and the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra front on one side, and Assad's regime, which Obama and John Kerry wanted to bomb in August of 2013?
 
Whose side are we on in Lebanon?
 
This weekend, al-Qaida's Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, lost 16 jihadists in an incursion into the Bekaa Valley. Who defended Lebanon and fought the terrorist intruders?
 
Hezbollah, which we have declared a terrorist organization.
 
Whose side are we on in the Hezbollah vs. al-Qaida war?
 
In Yemen last week, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, whom the United States has been attacking for years, sent a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car into a hospital used by Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital of Sanaa.
 
Are the Houthis America's allies?
 
Probably not, as they have plastered Sanaa with their slogans, "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, and victory to Islam."
 
The Houthis fighting al-Qaida, like Hezbollah fighting al-Qaida, are Shia, supported by Iran, which is on our side against ISIS in Syria and on our side against the Islamic State in Iraq.
 
But to Bibi Netanyahu, speaking at the U.N. last week, Iran is the great enemy: "[T]o defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war."
 
Hence, the neocon war drums have begun to beat for U.S. strikes on Iran if negotiations on Iran's nuclear program conclude Nov. 24, with no deal satisfactory to the United States.
 
But no matter how olfactory its regime, why start a war with an Iran that is a de facto, and perhaps indispensable, ally in preventing ISIS from establishing its caliphate in Damascus and Baghdad?
 
Since 1980, writes Andrew Bacevich, the United States has invaded, occupied or bombed 14 nations in the Greater Middle East -- Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen, Pakistan and now Syria.
 
The cost: Tens of thousands of U.S. dead and wounded, trillions of dollars lost, hundreds of thousands of Muslim dead and wounded, millions of refugees, Christians foremost among them. And for what?
 
Are we better off now than we were 30 years ago, with the Middle East today on fire with civil, sectarian, tribal and terrorist wars?
 
Congress should vote no on any new Thirty Years' War.
 
Privately, Barack Obama would probably be grateful.
 
 

Left Behind: Not A "christian Movie." Not Even Close.

03 October 2014 - 06:57 PM

Left Behind
Not a "Christian movie." Not even close.
Jackson Cuidon/ October 2, 2014
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Lea Thompson, Nicolas Cage, Nicky Whelan, Chad Michael Murray
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October 03, 2014 by eOne Entertainment

This is not the Left Behind movie anyone expected.

The last time the property was in the public eye—2005, with the release of the third movie installment, Left Behind: World At War—the movies had Kirk Cameron and spanned the first two books in the Left Behind series of novels. For those not participant in the 90s/00s evangelical zeitgeist, the Left Behind books were basically the handbook of American folk-Christian eschatology in the new millennium. The books covered—from the perspectives of pilot Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe Steele, and reporter Buck Williams—the End Times.

Left Behind, in a sense, tackled the apocalypse before it was cool.

And tackling the apocalypse is once again aggressively cool, as we’ve said here before. Since the films stalled in 2005, and this year Hollywood has finally caught onto the fact that Christian movies will make you a lot of money, a reboot was practically a given, nestled amongst Noah and Heaven is For Real and Gods Not Dead and the forthcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Nicolas Cage in 'Left Behind'

Right now I want to take a tiny break and make explicit what I think is already pretty clear: I was not an unbiased reviewer going into the movie. In fact, part of why I wanted to cover Left Behind was that I had so many feelings about the books—strong ones, at that.

Growing up, I was horrified at the idea that the books were supposed to represent my positions, or the positions of most other Christians. From my vantage point, the Left Behind books were venues for the Good Christian Main Characters to look good, without really ever doing anything particularly Christlike. They were only likable by being inoffensive to your average reader—and “inoffensive” probably isn’t a good way to determine whether or not they’re “likable.” (Remember: Jesus offended the devout more than he did the irreligious.)

So I was ready to be upset about this movie, is what I’m saying—upset at a movie based on books that I felt totally mischaracterized my faith, books whose central characters were trumpeted as the saints of the new world but who constantly failed to live out anything marginally resembling real Christianity.

I was ready to be upset because the Left Behind books were not Christian.

They talked about Christianity, sometimes. But, at their core, they were political thrillers, featuring characters directly transposed from better Tom Clancy narratives—still violent, hostile, and un-reflecting, they just prayed a little more and took communion sometimes. (This may be unfair to Clancy.)

I was ready to be upset at this new movie because certainly it would have all those same faults. But it doesn’t. It has many, many faults, and almost no positives, but purporting to be Christian while not actually being Christian is not one of them.

I will bold this next point so that readers now searching desperately for the vanished comments section can take note: Left Behind is not a Christian Movie, whatever Christian Moviecould even possibly mean.

 

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Police Raid And Shutdown Obama-Linked Radical Madrassa In Kenya

02 October 2014 - 08:12 AM

POLICE RAID AND SHUTDOWN OBAMA-LINKED RADICAL MADRASSA IN KENYA

 

By NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
October 2, 2014
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Kenyan police officers raided and shutdown a radical Sunni madrassa (Islamic school) for using an extremist Islamic curriculum. The madrassa which was targeted by police, is said to be connected with Kenyan family members of the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, according to reports overseas.

While the news story has been missing in action in the United States media, police response to recent terrorist attacks has been covered in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including the radical madrassa linked to President Barack Obama's relatives including his grandmother Sarah Obama, all of whom are self-proclaimed Sunni or Wahabbi Muslims.

The school is located about 40 miles away from Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, and was targeted by cops after Kenyan teenagers and young adults were questioned about their connection to Somali terrorists, most of whom belong to the al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab.

This Kenyan madrassa was the first one raided and "boarded-up" by police for allegedly instructing students in extremist ideology. According to Jeffrey Lazaras, a homeland security consultant, the Kenyan national police warned other madrassas that they "need to cleanup their act" or risk closure and worse -- arrest.

According to a police counterterrorism advisor, WalidShoebat, "While discussion of Obama’s connections to his Muslim family in Kenya is an acceptable topic for discussion in the Arab world, it is viewed as a great taboo in the United States. But why is that so? This taboo should be considered unfair at best, purely prejudiced at worst. Is it fair, after all, that we censor such discussions just because Obama’s relatives are Muslim?"

Several Muslim rights groups have condemned Kenya's police operations, but they respond to activists saying Somalia's terrorist group has crossed the border numerous times and carried out a series of attacks in Kenya. The al-Qaida affiliate claims the attacks are revenge for Kenyan troops taking part in the African Union's anti-terrorism operations in Somalia that has included the killing of Muslims.

In 2013, the world looked in horror as 67 shopper were killed in Westgate Shopping Center when the Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked Nairobi's busiest shopping mall. The recent arrest in the Machakos area of 21 young men suspected of being recruited for al-Shabab first raised suspicions about the madrassa, believed to have been funded by MamaSarah Obama Children Foundation.

The Obama "charity" is also known as theSarah Obama Benevolent Fund Institute and its stated mission is “to make a lasting impact on the lives of the orphans and underprivileged children by improving their housing, their education, their upbringing,” which “continued to weigh heavily on Mama Sarah.”

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"In fact, Grandma Sarah claims on her website that her goal is to 'transform Kenya.' Where have we heard that goal before?" quipped Lazaras, who served as a police special operations officer and hostage negotiator. Lazaras also points to radical Islam expert WalidShoebat's investigation of the Kenyan Obama clan:

Grandma Obama's foundation "raises 90% of its monies primarily from donors in the United States and some from Europe,solicited as humanitarian aid — as the promotional website advertised: “to make a lasting impact on the lives of the orphans and underprivileged children by improving their housing, their education, their upbringing,” which “continued to weigh heavily on Mama Sarah.”

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