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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 74

by Dr. D ~ September 18th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #74:

74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. …

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-China: Persecution of Christians Escalating

by Dr. D ~ September 17th, 2018

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This is an update on the current state of the Government persecution of Christians in China. Not only is the government shutting down and destroying churches but now authorities are actually trying to force Christians to deny their faith. From the Baptist Press:

     …"The massive clampdown against thousands of churches in Henan and the forced closure and total shutdown of the largest house church in Beijing, Zion Church, [represent] a significant escalation on President Xi’s crackdown down against religious freedom in China,"

China Aid Founder and President Bob Fu said Sept. 10.

      "Now that the Chinese Communist Party has started to burn Bibles and coerce millions of believers in the Christian faith and other religious minorities to even sign a written pledge to renounce their basic religious beliefs,"

Fu said,

     "the international community should be alarmed and outraged at this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief, and demand the Chinese regime stop and remedy this dangerous course."

Religious persecution has escalated under the presidency of Xi that began in 2013…

<Read the whole article>

Response: The greatest persecution of Christians since the time of Mao Zedong is now ongoing and escalating in China under President Xi Jinping.

According to China’s Constitution (since 1982) there is supposed to be freedom of religion in the country but that is no longer the case since  Xi Jinping became the president in 2013. According to reports, Xi is now implementing a five-year plan to "Sinicize" all Christian churches- that is…bring all Christian churches and institutions under government control.

In fact, persecution escalated since then to the point where government authorities have actually raided Christian homes and forced Christian families to take down pictures of Jesus and replace them with pictures of President Xi. Now comes the even more serious report that officials are demanding that believers sign documents renouncing their Christian faith.

Since President Xi is now ‘president for life’ it is time to put international pressure upon the Chinese government to curtail their persecution of Christians and other religions. It is time to persuade President Trump and his administration to stand in the gap for believers in China when there are visits and conversations between the two government leaders.

Baring anything else, it is time to pray and intercede for Christian believers in China. Mao tried to shut down the church and was unsuccessful and it grew exponentially instead. President Xi will also fail in his ‘5 year’ attempt to bring the church under his control. Pray for the Chinese church to continue to grow in the midst of it all. Pray that the Chinese Christian leaders will receive wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit on how to respond and adapt to current government environment.

We declare that the church will be successful since they are not actually opposing ‘flesh and blood’ government leaders but the principalities and powers of the evil one. Jesus Christ and his church wins in the end—’every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord’ even ‘President for life’ Xi Jinping.               *Top

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 73

by Dr. D ~ September 17th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #73:

73 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  …

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. …

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.  (KJV)

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 72

by Dr. D ~ September 14th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #72:

72 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.  …

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-Washington Post Blames Hurricane Florence on Trump?

by Dr. D ~ September 14th, 2018

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So the Washington Post blames President Trump for Hurricane Florence? From Fox News:

the Post published a column on Wednesday headlined,

Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit.” …

When it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters,”

the editorial board wrote.

<Read the whole article>

Response: So there you go— one of the most prestigious newspapers in the country just declared that hurricane Florence is somehow Trump’s doing? Never mind that nobody blamed devastating storms like ‘Sandy’ on President Obama nor questioned why his ‘good’ climate policies did not stop them.

Meanwhile, the main stream media wonders why they are losing influence among regular folks in America and why major newspapers are going broke and closing all across the country. There was a time when news folks and newscasters like Cronkite and others were held in high regard among the most respected folks in the country. That is no longer the case.

The fact that most of the media has joined with the far left in the ‘against Trump mania’ has not really helped them. In fact they have become major participants and contributors to TDS (“Trump Derangement Syndrome”).

For years the media told us that they were supposed to be impartial in publishing the news even to the point of refusing to wear American flag pins on their lapels. But the ‘King press’ has been shown to be wearing no clothes when it comes to giving us the unvarnished truth anymore and have entered themselves into the political process in a big way on the left side of the divide.

In some respects, the American media has become an out-of-control ‘anti-Trump’ storm themselves and no longer deserve the undivided respect of the American people. Nevertheless, the Constitution guarantees a ‘free press’ in America no matter how ridiculous and obviously one-sided and political they may get at times. Doesn’t mean that we have to keep paying for it all or support it in its folly. Fortunately we now have a variety of ‘free’ competing voices on the Internet and even on cable.               *Top

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 71

by Dr. D ~ September 13th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #71:

71 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. …

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 70

by Dr. D ~ September 12th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #70:

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70 Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.  …

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-Mormons Aren’t Mormons Anymore?

by Dr. D ~ September 12th, 2018

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A couple of weeks ago the leader of the Mormon Church declared that we should stop calling them ‘Mormons’ and instructed his members and the press to refer to his church by the official name only: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  …

Response: Every group or organization has the right to name themselves. However, the chances that this religious group will no longer be called ‘Mormons’ is somewhere between slim and none and far closer to no way.  …

<Read the whole article on our Apologetica page>               *Top

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm 69

by Dr. D ~ September 11th, 2018

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #69:

A Psalm Of David

69 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: …

 

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-9/11/01: Remembering…17 Years Ago

by Dr. D ~ September 11th, 2018

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We are remembering today the attacks that took the lives of 2,977 people. 17 years have passed but I still clearly remember where I was when I watched the two towers come down.

I was having breakfast when my wife called to me to come upstairs and see something she was watching on a TV morning show. She said:

“Come here, you have to see this!”

I remember thinking that it was a really horrible accident until I saw a second plane hit the other tower and then I knew we were watching a world changing event. But I was not prepared for the horror of the two towers actually coming down one after another killing thousands.

Seventeen years have come and gone and there was a time when I thought that we would eventually be safe from terrorism in this country. But now it seems to be rising up in our own midst with home grown Islamists and no end in sight.

Now Islamic terrorist events are happening almost every week somewhere in the world and it is no longer a big surprise but has unfortunately become part of our modern way of life. Meanwhile traveling by Air will never be the same and it is really hard to remember how ignorant about Islam we all were before 9/11/01.

On the positive side- the 9/11 museum is now open in New York City and the Freedom Tower has replaced the two towers that fell that day. May God continue to bless America and may Americans remember ‘when’ but also remember to thank God for all of the blessing we do have and continue to experience.             *Top

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