Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashes;
Trooper killing suspect jeered by crowds;
Judge rejects limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients;
Giants celebrate victory.
Lancaster Baptist Church of Lancaster, California, has been playing with Contemporary Christian Music for a long time, and the fruit is evident. (We document 23 examples of Lancaster's use of contemporary worship songs in the report Analying Adapted CCM Songs.) We have warned that nothing can change the transformational power of this sensual, "one-world church" music, and nothing can keep it from transforming every ministry that does not heed the warning to separate from it. In a recent article I said, "The transformation will be most evident in Paul Chappell's children's generation, but by the time the transformation becomes evident enough for the average independent Baptist preacher to recognize it, it will be far too late to do anything about it" ("Preacher Says the Brethren Are Galled at Brother Cloud," FBIS, Oct. 28, 2014). Travis Chappell and Mark Rasmussen, Jr. are evidence that my warning is on target. Travis is the son of Paul Chappell, senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College, and Mark is the son of Mark Rasmussen, Sr., vice president of West Coast and the most conservative face at the institution. The young men are publishing soft rock renditions of popular contemporary charismatic praise songs on YouTube under the names of Mark Rasmussen, 5FriendsFilms, and OneCauseProductions. An acoustic cover of Hillsong United's "Oceans" is sung by Rasmussen and three other young people that I assume to be associated with Lancaster in the video above. Though it is played in a soft rock style, Mark's rendition would be accepted enthusiastically in any charismatic environment. "Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail)" is a popular contemporary song that features endless repetition in the original. The words say, "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders." This is standard charismatic mysticism. It is the philosophy of "take me out of the box; take me beyond the words of Scripture; take me to any strange experience; I won't judge; I won't test." It is the philosophy behind such things as spirit slaying, holy laughter, holy shaking, continuing prophecy, gibberish tongues, female pastors, love for the pope, and uncertainty about the sin of homosexuality. The "real" Hillsong United rendition can be found at this link. If you go to about 5:50 minutes into the nearly 10 minutes of this contemporary worship song, you will see what "real" contemporary worship looks like. It's all about a powerful sensual experience. It's about "feeling God." I suggest that Travis and Mark stop playing around and go whole hog with what they obviously love. Stop pretending that you merely like the "light" editions of these charismatic worship songs, and come out publicly with full-blown rock & roll worship. Dance, hold your hands in the air, get some drums and a bass guitar. Show the independent Baptists how it is done. Let the music take you where it wants to take you. Or are you afraid that the time is not yet right and there are still too many independent Baptist pastors who support West Coast who would be offended at the real stuff? Oh well, bide your time if you must. The "old fogies" will soon be gone, and you can do what you want, and that music will most definitely take you to a different place. You can see Mark and Travis's rocking a cappella version of "Well on My Way" in the video below.
(Friday Church News Notes, October 31, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
Accused cop killer Eric Frein in custody;
Investigation underway in Wichita plane crash;
Hawaii National Guard aiding with lava flow;
World Series parade set for Friday in San Francisco.
"And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:"
When a flower lives in harmony with and is dependent upon, say, an insect for fertilization, this is known as symbiosis. Creation Moments programs have given many examples of this, and each one defies the notion that these relationships could have developed by chance over very long times. We have another example today.
Chicory spaces out the opening of its flowers through the summer on a precisely timed schedule that is in perfect harmony with its pollinators. Early in the season, chicory flowers nearest the bottom of the flower stalk open first and, as they are pollinated, they close, and the next flower up the stem opens and so on. There is a remarkable efficiency to this, but there is more: The flowers usually open only in the cool morning hours, not only to protect the delicate flower from the heat of the sun but also because this is the time the pollinating insects are about. Other flowering plants open their flowers only at night and tend to have white flowers so that they are easily seen in the dark. These are the flowers that are pollinated by night-flying moths.
Such coordinated inter-relationships between the plant and the animal kingdoms could not have developed through accidental situations. They provide more evidence that the wise Creator designed these and all creatures within their relationships from the very beginning!
Photo: Courtesy of Alvesgaspar. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has died;
A small plane crashes in Kansas;
Peshmerga fighters arrive in Kobani;
The Dallas Zoo welcomes a newborn giraffe.
Nurse who treated Ebola patients vows to end quarantine;
Hope dims for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka;
Iraqi Kurdish fighters cheered on way to Kobani;
Giants win World Series title.
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."
A new revolutionary design in metal-cutting blades has been added to the metal-working industry. In use, the new blade is fixed in one position while the metal to be shaped spins on a lathe. This new blade stays sharp six times longer than the old blade design. When cutting titanium, the old-style cutting blades become dull almost the second they are used, but the new blades last up to 30 minutes. This wonderful new blade was developed by two engineers who got the original idea from a rat.
You see, rats' teeth always have a sharp edge. Engineers learned that this is because the teeth are hard on one side and soft on the other. So as they wear, they always keep a sharp edge. Applied to metal-cutting technology, this principle has lowered costs and increased productivity because cutting blades don't have to be changed as often.
Beginning in Job 38, God humbles Job with several chapters of questions about the wise designs found in the animal kingdom. God's message is, "Job, if you think you're so smart, who created all this with such wisdom?"
Even the teeth of the rat are created with such wisdom, and once we learned the principle, our technology was improved. In light of this, how can the claim be made that there is no Creator?
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President Obama praises health care workers fighting Ebola;
Returning troops mandatory quarantine;
Convicted Serial rapist caught in NYC;
Robots battle it out in Poland.
"We need the Lord's abiding presence (John 14:18-24) for the simple but sublime reason that Christianity is Christ. The only one who can live the Christian life is Christ. All the Lord expects from us is failure. For thirty-three and a half years the Lord Jesus lived a supernatural life on earth. Incarnated, he allowed his Father as God to live his life in him through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Now we as regenerated men and women, boys and girls, are to allow him as God to live his life in us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one through whom God makes himself available to us. All that Jesus is as God is put, by the Holy Spirit, at the disposal of the individual who will put, by the Holy Spirit, all that he or she is at the disposal of Jesus as God. That is the essence of the Christian life. The Christian life is a supernatural life. It is the life of Christ lived out in every believer by means of the indwelling Holy Spirit"
(John Phillips, commentary on the Gospel of John)
Kurdish forces heading to Kobani;
Lava approaching dozens of Hawaii homes;
Rocket explosion under investigation;
Royals win World Series Game 6.