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By B.N. Frank Experts continue to warn against launching more satellites for internet service or other purposes (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,...More Satellites by SpaceX and OneWeb Launched Despite Opposition and Catastrophic Warnings
A Canadian pastor who was jailed for holding worship services that violated provincial lockdown rules recounted his recent experiences and the support he received from inmates.
Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:1. Update: Biden Cracks under PresserIf Americans were concerned that Joe Biden hadn’t held a press conference, imagine how concerned they must be now that he has. Most people assumed that the 78-year-old president would be prepared to meet the press. What they got instead was a painful, hour-long confirmation that the man leading our country has none of our crises—the border, China, COVID, or fair and free elections—in hand.2. Update: Protecting Girls: On a Need to Noem BasisThe people of South Dakota just recently had to watch everything that their legislature worked for on girls’ sports vanish with one wave of Governor Noem’s hand. Despite a week and a half of outcry from her constituents, Noem dug in and did not, as some people hoped, reconsider vetoing a bill that would protect girls’ sports.3. Blog: You Can’t Twist Scripture to Force Women to Compete Against Men in SportsSouth Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) recently vetoed House Bill 1217, legislation that would protect women from being forced to compete against biological men in sporting events. While most conservatives were frustrated by Noem’s capitulation on the bill, one faith group actually encouraged Noem to veto it.4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About CourageWhat is courage? C.S. Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters that “courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” In other words, the courageous person has poise and the fortitude to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time. Despite potential blowback, the courageous person stays the course and pursues what they know is right.5. Washington Watch: Kristen Waggoner Debunks Gov. Noem’s Flimsy Legal Rationale for Vetoing the Girls’ Sports BillKristen Waggoner serves as the General Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. She joined Washington Watch guest host Joseph Backholm to dissect the Conservative uproar over Governor Noem’s “style and form” veto.6. Washington Watch: Gov. Brian Kemp Pushes Back Against the Left’s Absurd Objections to GA’s New Election Reform LawDoes Georgia’s new election law deny water to voters standing in line, as President Biden claims? Georgia Governor Brian Kemp joined Tony Perkins to set the record straight and discuss the Left’s objections to the state’s new election integrity law.7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Join Franklin Graham in Prayer for our ChildrenOn this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rev. Franklin Graham and Arkansas State Rep. Robin Lundstrum to pray for Gov. Hutchinson to make the right decision and sign the common-sense bill, the SAFE Act, that would protect children from sterilization and harmful surgeries.
New congregations have put their initial public gatherings on hold for six months or more.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon reversed several Trump-era policies that restricted transgender people from openly serving in the U.S. military.
New presiding bishop says budget is top priority for the black Pentecostal denomination.Giving to the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) fell by nearly 50 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The church’s new presiding bishop, who took office on March 20, said he will have to make finances a top priority his first year.J. Drew Sheard Sr. has a full agenda for the 8.8-million member global church, which is the fifth largest denomination in the US. He has to fill vacant leadership roles, wants to develop programs to strengthen marriages and families, and hopes to unify COGIC after an unusually competitive election, with several bishops vying to lead.But because of the coronavirus, Sheard will have to focus on the budget first.Sheard, 62, is nonetheless confident that God chose him for this moment of leadership. Among other thing, the seasoned minister—who is the son of ministers and grandson of a man ordained by COGIC founder Charles H. Mason—is good at math. Sheard is a former math teacher, with a master’s of education in mathematics.“I believe the favor of God has been on my life since I was a younger preacher, and he has blessed me in every facet of my life as far as my ministerial career was concerned,” Sheard told the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, where the historic black Pentecostal denomination is headquartered. “I believe over the years, and I say this very humbly, I believe God has taken note of me that he could trust me.”According to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, about 42 percent of churches have seen giving decline during the pandemic. While the majority of evangelical churches in the US saw tithes remain steady or even increase, one out of five churches had to tap into cash reserves and reduce staff to make it through.Pentecostal ...Continue reading...
On “Worldview Wednesday,” we feature an article that addresses a pressing cultural, political, or theological issue. The goal of this blog series is to help Christians think about these issues from a biblical worldview. Read our previous posts on Unity, Safety, “Christian Nationalism”, Love, and Courage.There’s a tension, it seems, between justice and forgiveness. A world without justice devolves into lawlessness, but a world without forgiveness is cruel and harsh. Does justice demand that the perpetrators of particularly heinous crimes, such as the man who bombed the Boston Marathon, receive the death penalty, or is capital punishment a form of vengeance that God forbids? More broadly, our culture’s on-going conversation about race, and the growing popularity of critical race theory, forces us to consider whether forgiveness for past wrongs is required by Christian charity or a way to minimize the significance of past injustice so that current injustice can endure.In this cultural moment, there is a hesitancy if not outright hostility to the concept of personal forgiveness. The very logic of “cancel culture” is that some ideas and opinions are so repugnant that the offending ideas need to be removed from public discourse and that anyone who holds them must “canceled,” i.e. deplatformed and silenced. Forgiveness is often seen as a sign of weakness or even a threat to true justice.So, how should Christians think about forgiveness?We begin with the awareness that since God is both just and forgiving, justice and forgiveness are not in conflict. Forgiveness should matter to Christians because it is part of God’s character. King David proclaimed, “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you” (Ps. 86:5, NIV). Since our goal as Christians is to emulate God’s character (Eph. 5:1), that means we must be forgiving.God is forgiving, but He is also just. His justice requires punishment for sin. It is not cruel or unforgiving to hold someone accountable for their actions. This is what true justice demands. Loving parents forgive their misbehaving children but also discipline them because permissiveness is not loving.But it is important not to confuse punishment and discipline with revenge. Done well, punishment and discipline are for the benefit of the offender, or possibly, those who need to be protected from the offender. Revenge has a different goal. Revenge is done to gratify the person giving the punishment.God is pro-punishment, but He does not want us seeking revenge. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19). It should also be noted that capital punishment is a power given only to the governing authorities and not to individuals (Rom. 13:4).Discerning whether we are acting out of a godly desire for justice or a sinful desire for revenge starts with checking our hearts. Are we seeking this person’s good or their demise?After Paul reminds us that revenge is for God alone, he suggests that forgiveness is evidenced by a genuine desire for their good: “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:20-21). In these verses, Paul assures us that we don’t need to take revenge because God will right all wrongs in the end. Since God guarantees justice in the end, we are free to pursue forgiveness.Forgiveness is essential to the Christian life because forgiveness is what made the Christian life possible in the first place (Col. 1:13-14, Eph. 1:7-8). At the heart of the gospel is the idea that we have been forgiven a debt we could never have paid ourselves (Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9). Christ extended the ultimate gift of forgiveness and we are commanded to extend forgiveness to others:Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:32)Also:Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col. 3:13)If we who claim to be Christians find ourselves unable to forgive others, this calls into question our awareness of how much we have been forgiven:But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Mt. 6:15)Also:Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)This does not mean that God’s forgiveness is conditional or dependent on something we must do. After all, we cannot earn our salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). However, our unwillingness to extend forgiveness may imply that we do not fully understand our own need for forgiveness—or the heart of the gospel.God’s promise of future justice and our personal experience with His forgiveness informs how Christians think about both justice and forgiveness. God is just, and even if justice escapes us in this life, we know He will one day right all wrongs. Whether we are debating capital punishment, racism, or cancel culture, forgiveness is not merely a way to improve human relationships but a means to show others what Jesus has done for us. For Christians, a life marked by forgiveness is a sign of God’s grace and a testimony to the world of the gospel’s power.
By Tim Hinchcliffe The Global Blockchain Business Council CEO tells the Davos crowd that she hopes the rise of vaccine passports will help “drive forced...Vaccine Passports Can “drive forced consent, standardization” of Digital Identity Schemes: WEF Summit
This old saying essentially means that the best way to find out if something is good is to test it for yourself. On occasion, when Jesus was on earth, someone would show interest in His Person, in His Ministry. His Response at times seems to have been: “Come and See.” He said that once on […]
On Tuesday, a resolution that would make the Bible Tennessee's “official state book” passed the state's House of Representatives. The resolution now heads to the state's Senate.
Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:1. Update: Fans Intentionally Walk after Baseball’s ActivismThe 2021 baseball season isn’t even a week old, and it’s already over for some fans. Why? Because, as Andrew McCarthy so efficiently put it: the Left ruins everything. Sports, entertainment, toys, snack cakes, you name it. Their wokeness is a cancer, and it’s taking every enjoyable, unifying, non-political piece of American life and destroying it.2. Update: Coke Gets a Kick in the Can from ConsumersA week into the fiasco over Georgia’s election law, most Americans want to know: just who are these woke CEOs listening to? Not to their shareholders, who can’t make a profit when their companies alienate half of the country. Not to lawyers or legislators, who could set them straight on what the policy actually does. And certainly not to U.S. consumers.3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About the Resurrection and the Social GospelAround the world, Christians celebrate Easter as the most important day in history because it is the day Jesus conquered sin and death on our behalf by rising from the dead. The resurrection is central to the gospel because without it, Christianity is nothing more than a social club. However, on the day when Jesus’ resurrection normally takes center stage, Raphael Warnock, the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and Georgia’s junior Senator, took to Twitter to share a very different message: “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About ForgivenessThere is a tension, it seems, between justice and forgiveness. A world without justice devolves into lawlessness, but a world without forgiveness is cruel and harsh. Our culture’s on-going conversation about race, and the growing popularity of critical race theory, forces us to consider whether forgiveness for past wrongs is required by Christian charity.5. Washington Watch: Mike Pompeo Talks About the Disbanding of His Key Commission & the Contrast of Biden's PrioritiesMike Pompeo, Former Secretary of State, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Biden State Department disbanding the Commission on Unalienable Rights and reversing Trump policies protecting human life and religious freedom.6. Washington Watch: Gov. Brian Kemp Insists the Entire Controversy Over GA’s Election Law Is Based On ‘Liberal Lies’Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia, joined Tony Perkins to discuss Major League Baseball caving to cancel culture and pulling its All-Star game out of Georgia.7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: The Filibuster – What Is It and Why Does It Matter?¿On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Pastor Jim Garlow to discuss recent events in Georgia and the efforts of some lawmakers to remove the filibuster and how that would affect our nation.
Does the universe have some kind of memory?
Data shows that more and more Christians are leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Many who are leaving the SBC are reportedly moving on to non-denominational churches.
Conservative pastors and leaders are encouraging the shot while the people in the pews have been more divided.
The pastor of the Alberta congregation recently spent a month in jail for repeated refusals to comply. Health officials in Alberta, Canada, made the decision to “physically close” a local church building until its leaders agree to finally comply with coronavirus regulations.Police vehicles blocked entrances to the parking lot of GraceLife Church in Edmonton Wednesday morning and temporary fencing was erected around the building. The congregation has met normally since summer 2020, despite requirements that church gatherings limit capacity, require masks, and practice social distancing.Over the last nine months, the province’s health department fielded more than 100 complaints about GraceLife and conducted 18 inspections, resulting in multiple fines and orders to comply. Its pastor was arrested and spent a month in jail refusing the conditions of bail, that he agree to follow health regulations.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represents GraceLife and its pastor James Coates, said the move to barricade private church property prevents citizens from “exercising their Charter freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, and worship.”As officials surrounded the church, dozens of GraceLife members gathered outside and sang hymns, according to a report by the Globe and Mail.“Please pray for wisdom as our elders navigate this new development!” one member tweeted, posting a screenshot of the view of the new fencing from the church’s security camera.Premier Jason Kenney told Albertans a week ago that the province is in its third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. He suggested that more stringent enforcement by police may be necessary at this point, saying authorities have “been very patient ...Continue reading...
By Kate Shellnutt Health officials in Alberta, Canada, made the decision to “physically close” a local church building until its leaders agree to finally comply...Police Block and Barricade Canadian Church Over COVID-19 Violations
‘A Week Away' captures the look and sounds of summer camp but misses out on the beliefs beneath its catchy songs.
Tony Perkins discusses the misinformation surrounding Georgia's new election laws as well as how the Left is attempting to undermine the integrity of elections all across the country....
More evidence shows that Denisovans were not primitive missing links, but a people group within humankind.
Judge Claire Evans of the County Court of Manchester ruled that the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services wrongly censored ads for a 2018 event featuring Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham. Evans concluded that the Council and transportation officials had violated Graham's religious rights and “had a wholesale disregard for the right to freedom of expression possessed by" Graham and like-minded Christians.
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By Janet Phelan The signs are up in so many places now: “No Entrance Without a Face Mask.” “Face Mask Required to Enter this Facility.”...It's Official: Your Mask Can Harm You
Though data shows declines across the board, departing members aren't going far.The Southern Baptist Convention has been faced with a string of prominent departures last few months.In December, several high-profile African American pastors left after denouncing a statement released by SBC seminary presidents that declared critical race theory incompatible with the denomination’s teachings. Then last month, Beth Moore—the most prominent female voice in the Southern Baptist Convention—said she too had departed the convention and would no longer be publishing through Lifeway.These public exits come as the Southern Baptist Convention continues to report a precipitous decline in members. In 2006, SBC records indicated a total of 16.3 million members. Data released in 2020 notes that the membership has declined to 14.5 million, with a 2 percent decline reported between 2019 and 2020 alone.The influential members making headlines aren’t the only ones leaving and may represent broader concerns for the people in the pews of the average Southern Baptist church. Is America’s largest Protestant denomination having a harder time retaining women, people of color, and younger members than in the past?Data from the General Social Survey, which asks respondents about the denomination that they grew up in as well as their current denominational affiliation, offers a subtle and nuanced portrait of a denomination that is struggling to retain its membership regardless of their gender, race, or age. However, several of these factors do seem to make it more likely for some to leave the SBC.Between 1985 and 1995, women were slightly more likely to leave the Southern Baptist Convention than men. That gender gap essentially disappeared in subsequent waves of the survey, but ...Continue reading...
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-2021Revelation 12:1-5 A. As we begin the second half, 3 ½ years, of the Jacob's Trouble or The Tribulation Period, we find three main “players:” a lady, a child, and a dragon. It is essential that we understand who these three are and what role's that they play in this prophetic story of rejection, reconciliation, and judgment. B. We have established that the “lady” is Israel, the “wife of Jehovah.” She began in heaven in the mind of God and, as a nation, will be God's Elect People throughout eternity. The “apple” of God's eye. I cannot over emphasize Israel's importance to both God and the world. Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. Genesis 18:17-18 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; (18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? C. Israel plays an important part in this time because Jacob's Trouble is about the birth, rejection, judgment, and reconciliation of Israel. From Israel's inception in the foreknowledge of God until the beginning of eternity future, we find God's mind about Israel; God's love of Israel; and God's eternal purpose for Israel. Romans 11:11-12 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (12) Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? D. The second and most important Person mentioned as we open the Second Half is Jesus Christ. The Bible is all about Christ Jesus. It is a “Him Book!” Tonight, I want to show some things found in these verses about our Lord Jesus Christ. E. Verse 2 – “And she being with child” while still being in heaven. Israel is found, in the foreknowledge of God, in heaven from the foundation of the world. Israel physically was founded on the earth as God's covenant nation but never physically in heaven. Here we find Jesus Christ seen as being in Israel before Israel became a nation on earth. The promised Messiah was predetermined to be born of the right people, in the right place, at the right time. F. Verse 2 – “travailing in birth and pained to be delivered” speaks of the trials and tribulations of Israel from Abraham's blessing of the promised seed throughout the Old Testament. The trials and tribulations of God's elect nation prior to the birth of Christ. What this does in verse 2 shows that Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period is not reactionary. God foresaw from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. G. Verse 5 – “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron” shows the birth and life of the Messiah along with the prophecy of the Millennial Reign of Christ at the end of the Tribulation Period at His Second Coming. H. Verse 5 – “and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” shows our Lord's ascension back to heaven after His death, burial, and bodily resurrection. J. Who is this Child? Almighty Jehovah God who became flesh and dwelt among us. He was born, lived, died, buried, resurrected, ascended, and is coming again one day. 1. His Preeminence – Jesus Christ is Almighty God; He is Lord. Though beyond our comprehension, God always was and always will be. He is an eternal Being. I believe that He is and is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) The greatest theological statement in the Bible lies in the first four words of Genesis 1:1. This is not a statement of argument. It is a statement of fact that can either be accepted or rejected. Either reaction to these words does not either change God in His essence or thwart His eternal plan for the earth and those whom He has made that live there! The word “God” is a plural word in the Hebrew: Elohim - in the beginning – creator of all 2. His Prophecy – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the Seed of the Woman – Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. He is the Virgin Born Son of God – Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.He is the Saviour of the World – Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 3. His Person – Jesus Christ, all that we need. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 4. His Propitiation – Jesus Christ died in our place. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 5. His Pleasing – Jesus Christ, God's obedient Son. John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 6. His Position – Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Mediator, and Advocate. Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 7. His Palace – New Jerusalem, our eternal home. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Psalms 45:8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Revelation 21:2-3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Conclusion: As we begin the Second Half or last 3 ½ year period, we now have seen the “lady,” the Nation of Israel, and the “child,” Jehovah God—Israel's Messiah, the Saviour of the World. Next week, we will look at the third character: the great red dragon.

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