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-Happy Thanksgiving 2017

by Dr. D ~ November 23rd, 2017

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("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)


Happy Thanksgiving 2017 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

Thanksgiving is an uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the first Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and friends and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon God as it was on that very first occasion.

For my family and I, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation during this holiday season and in the year to come.           *Top

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-It’s Official: New AI Worshipping Church?

by Dr. D ~ November 16th, 2017

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I read about it first in Dan Brown’s new novel- “Origen.” Now real life is mimicking Sci-Fi. A new religion based upon worshipping technology and AI as a ‘god’ has just officially registered with the IRS. Here’s the story from PJ Media:

A former executive at Google has filed paperwork with the IRS to establish an official religion of technology. …

The new church of AI will aim "to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead [to] contribute to the betterment of society," according to IRS documents.

The non-profit religious organization would be called "Way of the Future" (WOTF). According to the website (wayofthefuture.church), the movement is "about creating a peaceful and respectful transition of who is in charge of the planet from people to people + ‘machines.’"

<Read the whole article>

Response: So their new ‘god’ would be an AI? I know that some folks seem to worship science and technology but this takes it to an entirely different level.

In the distant past humans actually worshipped things that they created with their own hands. They were called idols. Now we have come full circle and supposedly intelligent/progressive folks are suggesting that we do it all over again?

Other super intelligent folks are fearful that AI’s could potentially take over and rule over us. But these guys are calling that a ‘good’ thing. Something that should be sought after and make for a better world? Well I saw the movie and read the books. It would be a horrible tyrannical nightmare.               *Top

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-LGBT Activists Demand Christian University Change Policy on Homosexuality

by Dr. D ~ November 9th, 2017

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Students applying to Azuza Pacific University in California are required to read and sign an agreement to abide by the Bible based behavioral guidelines in the student handbook. Now a group of LGBT ‘student’ activists demand that the school change their policy on same-sex relationships and marriage. Also one employee is suing the school for harassment and discrimination over that same policy. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

LGBT activists at a Christian university in California are demanding that the school remove clauses from its student conduct policy that they believe discriminate against LGBT individuals.  …

Although students do not have to be Christian to attend APU, all students are expected to comply with " lifestyle expectations" outlined in the student handbook, the Undergraduate Catalog and "any additional policies related to living in the APU community," according to the school’s website.  …

…APU spokeswoman Rachel White explained that "APU adheres to a traditional definition of marriage."

"We are transparent about our belief," White was quoted as saying. "Each student must look at the university’s values and decide if APU is the right place for them. It’s an individual choice."

<Read the whole article>

Response: This is not the first private Christian college to be challenged over their policies on same-sex relationships and marriage nor will it be the last.

The school is a well known and respected conservative evangelical Christian institution that requires students among other things to follow Biblical guidelines pertaining to sexual behavior and marriage. Not only are homosexual relationships banned but also sex outside of marriage period. Plus the only type of marriage recognized by this conservative Christian institution is that between one man and one woman.

Now a group of LGBT activist are protesting against the conduct policies of the Christian institution and one employee is suing the school for harassment and discrimination. Ironically the employee’s lawyer is claiming that the university is somehow violating the 1st Amendment by being open to the ‘public’ and yet “imposing its own specific religious beliefs on everyone whether or not they believe it".

Lost in the argument by the activists is that fact that it is a private Christian college that they are not forced to attend. The choice is theirs. If they do not want to abide by the Christian standards in the APU handbook they can go elsewhere for their education. Fact is, if APU is forced to change their policies then it will cease to be a private conservative Bible based Christian institution.

There is a growing sentiment on the left that since same-sex marriage is now legal and part of the law of the land all institutions serving the public must be forced to comply. Chief Justice John Roberts verbalized his concern at the time that the same-sex ruling would bring on challenges to religious liberty and he has been proven to be correct.

Last year there was proposed legislation in California that would have allowed students to sue private Christian institutions to force changes in their morality codes. Fortunately we dodged a bullet and the provision was dropped due to overwhelming outrage from the Christian community. 

Also there is another idea being pushed around in progressive circles: if ‘public’ money via student loans is received by an institution then it is no longer a private institution and all the laws pertaining to discrimination and the so-called ‘separation between church and state’ should apply. The employee lawsuit in this case seems to be tacking in that direction. Look for more challenges against private Christian institutions to follow.                 *Top

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-Media Mistranslations of “Allahu Akbar”

by Dr. D ~ November 6th, 2017

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You have heard it on TV broadcasts and read it in your daily fish wrap. Over and over again the media tries to explain to us that “Allahu akbar” is nothing more than a pious statement that ‘God is great.’ Something that should be understood and respected by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike.

Again last week when a Muslim shouted out “Allahu akbar” while he  drove through a crowd near the World Trade Center in New York City killing 8 and injuring 11, several newscasters told their audiences that the terrorist used the innocuous phrase: ‘God is great.’

Yes, “Allahu akbar” can be literally translated into English as ‘God is great’ but it is a poor translation and that’s not really what it means plus it is a disingenuous attempt to separate the phrase from its actual Islamic origin. After all, Christians and Jews also would agree that ‘God is great.’ Over and over again Muslim apologists try to tells us that it is just a general statement of piety and has nothing to do with terrorism and is merely a general precept that all three ‘religions of the book’ can agree on.

In reality “Allahu akbar” is a statement of supremacy. A better translation is:

‘Allah is greater’

In the context of terrorist events the perpetrator is declaring to his unbelieving victims that his god and the religion of Islam is greater than anyone or anything else including all other religions, objects of worship, and/or philosophies. It is also a statement of justification for the attack based upon and fully rooted in the perpetrator’s understanding of the teachings of the Quran and Islam.

When the media and authorities claim that there are no ‘motives’ for the attacks when a perpetrator cries out- “Allahu akbar” they are either ignorant of Islam or they have decided that it is more important to protect us from the truth in order to reduce so-called ‘Islamophobia’ and possible Muslim persecution.

The following is an excellent article from WND on the recent terrorist event in New York and the complicit media response in mistranslating “Allahu akbar”:

Why media, officials mistranslate ‘Allahu akbar’

Here’s several quotes from the article:

…“Translating concepts from one language into another is a difficult endeavor. Translating concepts that have no equivalent in the target language is even harder. Translating religious concepts for a culture in which religion has ceased to play a central role in the life of the individual and in society is hardest of all.” …

…a “translation should always reflect the context, the speaker, and his intent.” …

The term Allahu akbar, said MEMRI, embodies “the fight for the supremacy of Islam, Allah, and the true believers: past, present, and future; actual and symbolic; military, cultural, or by means of forces of nature controlled and directed by Allah.’

“It is the battle cry and the anthem of this fight for supremacy. …”

<Read the whole article>

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-‘The View’ Bleeps ‘Jesus’ Because It’s Offensive?

by Dr. D ~ November 1st, 2017

Recently on the TV show- “The View” the hosts were discussing the idea that some of the 10 Commandments might be ‘obsolete.’ During the conversation that followed, the name of ‘Jesus’ was bleeped out twice. Hank Barrien of the Daily Wire lists 3 possible reasons for censoring the name of The Lord:

1. The producers on the show revere Jesus’ name. (Okay, okay, let me know when you’ve stopped laughing. As Brandon Morse of RedState has pointed out, “The View has mocked Christians in the past for not wanting to pay for people’s birth control. The View tried to also attack a coach for praying after the game on the 50-yard line.”)

2. They don’t like messing around with the name of God. (Nahh, watch the clip; they’ve got no problem mentioning God’s name.)

3. They might not want to offend those on the Left to whom Christianity is a dirty word. (Hmm.)

Response: Obviously it is number 3. The leftist producers of  ‘The View’ consider the name of ‘Jesus’ to be offensive and are concerned that the majority of their viewers might also be offended by merely mentioning his name. 

An increasing number of Americans now consider ‘Jesus’ and Christianity to be offensive. I remember when I was growing up in the 50’s nearly everyone considered themselves to be Christians, at least cultural Christians. We are now living in a far different time and culture.

Is this a ‘sign of the times’? When Jesus spoke about the ‘last days’ he predicted that many would be offended and persecuted over his name:

“… and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. –Matthew 24:9-13 (ESV)

“And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Matthew 11:6 (ESV)

“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 (ESV)

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–Happy Reformation Day! Celebrating 500 Years

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2017

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Happy Halloween –Happy Reformation Day!

I know. October 31st is known for witches, goblins, pumpkins, and trick or treat.

It is amazing to me how in the last 20 years or so Halloween has gone from a one night ‘celebration’ to become an entire ‘holiday’ season of it’s own with parties and decorations that span nearly an entire month. Plus it has become an excuse for every TV station to flood the air with the worst horror movies of all time.  Not a genre that I am particularly fond of.

However, this is also the anniversary of a real earth shaking -game changing- historical event that altered the face of Europe and forever changed the Christian Church. 500 years ago on this day- October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany starting The Reformation.

The enemy (Satan) likes to use this day for propagating his dark agenda but on this day 500 years ago a genuine move of God was initiated that still continues. The beginning of a revival right in the face of the enemy on his own day.

Let’s redeem this dark day and pray for God to continue to reform and revive his church.  Let’s also in remembrance of the original Reformation pray today for a new awakening to begin in America. May a new door of renewal and revival open in America that no man can shut.  In Jesus name, Amen           *Top

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