Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Matter Of Proper Perspective

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day.

Wiser voices than mine have said how a person expresses "thanks" and to whom or what that "thanks" is directed says much about what they really believe.

Chuck Norris wrote an article last week titled, "Neutering Religious Holidays," observing that "we haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas is underway" and concluded that we "are heading down a slippery slope in our culture."

As a guest of Fox News Network, he was asked about the article and his mention of a cultural slippery slope. He mentioned Montgomery County School District (which we wrote about a couple of weeks ago) as the latest causality in this war.

He put some of the blame for the cultural slide at the feet of President Obama and his unwillingness to stand for biblical values...marriage, abortion, etc.

The secular left exploded toward Norris.

"So," Norris said in typical Texas Ranger style, "I decided to look into it."

"I decided to compare President Obama's Thanksgiving addresses over the past several years with that of President George Washington," Norris says.

It's revealing, to say the least.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Be Thankful, Not Anxious

In her classic autobiography, "The Hiding Place," Corrie ten Boom tells of the time she and her sister went through Nazi inspections at a death camp.

They were forced to suffer the humiliation of taking off all their clothes. Corrie stood in line feeling forsaken, defiled and desperate for answers.

Suddenly she remembered that when He hung on the cross, Jesus too, was naked.

During that seemingly degrading moment, Corrie was struck with a great sense of awe and worship to God.

She leaned forward and whispered to her sister, "Betsie, they took off His clothes too."

Betsie's simple response, underscores a monumental truth about Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2014

War On "Fundamentalist Christian Monsters"

Tolerance is not all its cracked up to be by secularists. In their world, it's a tool, not a virtue.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) asked atheist Michael (Mikey) Weinstein last week in a Congressional hearing if he publicly called evangelical Christians "Fundamentalist Christian Monsters?"

Mikey Weinstein is the founder of the atheist "Military Religious Freedom Foundation" that consistently attacks any expression of Christianity and Christians who express their faith publicly while serving in the US military.

He has unusual access to the Pentagon, often bragging publicly that he can get a Christian symbol removed from a military base within hours.

He has consulted the Pentagon regarding matters of separation of church and state. And helps provide materials for some courses related to this issue.

Weinstein's organization is responsible for dozens of cases where Christians have been silenced and punished, and inspirational wall hangings that had any Christian association removed military bases.

His organization is responsible for an airman recently being relieved of duties for opposing same-sex "marriage," chaplains silenced and punished for sharing the gospel (proselytizing) and wall hangings removed because of any reference to Scripture.

I've written about it dozens of times over the past several years.

Now Mikey is appearing before a Congressional Armed Services Committee. And the questions are not "softball" questions.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Millennials Turned Off By Trendy Churches

Millennials (age 18-29) are saying they need a break from their fast paced, technological world, and they now prefer a more traditional--classic church building in which to worship.

They told a recent survey they "don't want something created artificially for them; they don't want a bait and switch" experience---they want something "deeper and more authentic."

The new study has caught the attention of those who design and build churches. It should also catch the attention of church leaders who want to reach this generation.

Ironically, the study seems to buck the trends of mega-churches and multi-purpose/gym/sanctuaries that have become common.

I believe there is something more and deeper than mere architecture reflected in this new study.

What are the young people saying?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The American Family And The American Economy

"It's the economy, stupid" is a phrase that finds a new life before every election.

The phrase contains a grain of truth in that the American economy has been in decline or stagnant for some time. Many economists are not terribly optimistic about the near future.

While there are those politicians from both parties who attempt to marginalize the "controversial, divisive social issues" every election cycle, new studies and research is revealing that it is the state of the family that is actually the problem with the economy.

Strong families equate to a stronger economy.

One new study reveals that the American economic landscape looks bleaker today because the American family unit is not as strong as it once was.

While homosexual activists work to redefine marriage and family, a secular progressive government undermines its very foundations while claiming to help it.

Another study reveals that the War on Poverty, championed by the far left progressives, has actually become a war on marriage. A so-called "helping hand" has become a slap in the face of marriage.

Godly principle on marriage and family is the guiding light in our present darkness.

Consider this: