Arizona mother released from Mexico jail;
Pres. Obama urges Congress to stop student loan increase;
Zumba instructor sentenced for prostitution;
Pig gets a wheelchair, book deal.
US woman facing drug charge released in Mexico;
Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Arkansas;
Mariah Carey not returning to 'American Idol';
Penguins in Japan march in African costumes.
If we would accept the thinking and philosophy of Christian rock, the angels missed a great opportunity when they visited Sodom. They entered the city by way of the gate, where Lot was sitting, and then went to his house for the evening (Genesis 19). The Sodomites came around, looking for a good time, and got upset when the angels wouldn't come out and party. Think of how things could have turned out differently if the angels would have not been so stand-off-ish and “holier than thou.” They could have done what Mark Driscoll of Seattle did with the Paradox rock theater that his church operated, which was simply to show hospitality “rather than preaching at the kids” (Confessions of a Reformission Rev., pp. 126, 127). Or they could have followed the advice that Dan Kimball gives pastors, which is to go to drinking clubs to “hang out with and build trust and credibility” rather than winning the drinkers to Christ (They Like Jesus but Not the Church, pp. 12, 14). Kimball says the emerging church position is that “we don’t ‘bring Jesus’ to people but that we realize Jesus is active in culture and we join him in what he is doing,” and, “we serve our communities, and that we build relationships with people in them, rather than seeing them as evangelistic targets” (They Like Jesus, p. 20). So the angels could have brought out the stringed instruments, delighting the Sodomites with some mind-bending rock & roll licks, playing some of the town’s popular party songs, especially those by the old-style groups that everybody loved such as the Rolling Gomorrahs’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” or better yet, The Locusts’ “Love You To,” with its lyrics -- “Make love all day long” -- which would doubtless have resonated with the Sodomites. Having won their hearts, the angels could have explained that God is on their side and that he, too, loves a good party (perhaps using the female rock-grooving god of The Shack as their authority). The angels could have told the Sodomites what Rick Warren told the sophisticated, worldly attendees of his Ted Talk: “The bottom line is that God gets pleasure watching you be you. Why? He made you. And when you do what you are made to do, He goes, ‘That’s my boy.’ ‘That’s my girl’” (“Rick Warren Preached No Gospel at Ted Talks,” FBIS, Jan. 17, 2013). This emerging, Christian rock, “lifestyle evangelism” approach would doubtless have broken down the barriers and caused the Sodomites to see that the angels were regular guys and that God’s love is unconditional. It was a lost opportunity because of a separatist Pharisaical mentality.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 31, 2013, www.wayoflife.org email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
Example of aboriginal rock art
1 Peter 3:18-20
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
Australia is known for its unusual animals. But not only are there animals which are found only in Australia, many animals commonly found elsewhere in the world are not found in Australia.
The fact that no animals with horns are known in Australia makes it difficult to explain aboriginal rock art from Mount Manning, north of Sydney. This art, drawn before Europeans settled in Australia, clearly shows an animal with horns!
The obvious explanation is that the first aboriginal people to move to Australia brought with them memories of horned cattle or deer from Asia. But most evolutionary scientists reject this explanation because, according to evolutionary dating, the memory would have had to have been passed down through 2,000 generations. Evolutionists correctly conclude that this is hard to believe.
But if the Earth is relatively young as the Bible says, and the aboriginal population settled in Australia after the great Flood, much less time is involved. Instead of 2,000 generations between aboriginal and European settlement, there would be far less than 150 generations! This is a reasonable number of generations to preserve memories of horned creatures. What's more, it supports the account that all human beings descended from the original eight Flood survivors.
Photo: Courtesy of Martyman. Licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.
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Suspicious letter mailed to White House;
Investigation sought for shooting death of Chechen immigrant;
Jailed U.S. drug suspect in Mexico speaks out;
Woolly mammoth carcass discovered in Arctic.
Syria says Assad will remain president until 2014;
Terror fears keep toxic plants hidden from public;
AP sources: Obama to name ex-Bush aide to head FBI;
AP Exclusive: Soldier to admit Afghan massacre.
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25).
The believer’s law is the law of liberty, not because the believer is free to do as he pleases but because his condemnation fell upon Christ and he is free to serve God without the fear of eternal condemnation. The law of liberty is a like a woman who is a slave to a cruel master and serves him out of fear, but she is purchased from slavery by a kind man who loves her and makes her his wife. Now she serves her husband, perhaps working harder than she did before, but her service is out of love and without fear. The law of liberty is like a man who is drowning, and he is rescued by the kind captain of a ship. Once safe aboard, the man signs on to the ship’s crew and serves the captain out of a sense of gratitude, and if he is faulty in his duty, he is disciplined, but he is not cast back into the sea. The law of liberty is like a delinquent orphan who is adopted by a kind father. Now he is a son in the man’s family and he serves the father in his business, and if he is neglectful he is disciplined, but he is not cast out of the family.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 24, 2013, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
1 Timothy 6:20-21
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."
What is a Christian to think when we are told so often that the "facts of science" prove evolution – and disprove the Bible's story of man's history?
Not all "facts" are created equal. For example, the fact that Jesus Christ was a real person is not open to interpretation. He is mentioned in the Bible and by other writings of the time. That's a fact. Evolutionists use a different meaning for the word "fact".
A fossil, the "Tepexpan Man", is an example of an evolutionary "fact." "Tepexpan Man" is a fossil which, school children were taught, lived over 10,000 years ago. It is now known to be less than 2,000 years old and is a woman! An object found in the United States was said to be a fossilized egg, possibly 16 million years old. Now it is known that the object is a three to five year old stomach stone from a modern mammal – possibly a cow. A giant fossil found in South Australia early in 1990 was declared to be Australia's largest dinosaur bone. Further study has now shown the object to be a fossilized tree trunk. As I said, all "facts" are not created equal!
You need to know that most of the "facts" that you were taught 20 years ago supporting evolution have since been found to be either in error or open to serious question. Evolutionary "facts" are only interpretations of the world. So the Christian can follow the Truth of Scripture with confidence, knowing that the Bible is unchallenged by the "facts" of evolution.
Photo: Time magazine issue that featured an article on Tepexpan Man.
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Train explosion caused by chemical cargo;
Baghdad bomb attacks kill more than a dozen;
Hurricane Barbara heads toward Mexico;
Future engineers dance to boost creativity.
Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 US households;
Reports: Woman who reported newborn in pipe is mom;
Soyuz capsule docks with space station;
Justin Bieber investigated for reckless driving.