“Why Israel Matters”

 

flag-israelIsrael is at the center of biblical history. Israel is at the center of biblical prophecy. And Israel is at the center of world events today as we watch the fulfillment of those prophecies unfold.

Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI) and Liberty Counsel are offering us two ways to learn more about why Israel matters to the world today . . . to the church . . . and to each of us.  The first is an exciting TV series called Why Israel Mattersfeatured on TBN. CIDI describes the series this way:

Why Israel Matters is an original series presented by Christians in Defense of Israel and Liberty Counsel in association with Impact Productions and TBN. Why Israel Matters explores the many facets of the Holy Land, from ancient to modern Israel. From the novice to the expert, each viewer will learn something new and exciting about Israel. Full of moving stories, thought-provoking questions, and inspiring takeaways, this original series will strengthen the viewers’ faith and empower viewers to thoughtfully engage in the global conversation about Israel.

See a summary of all thirteen episodes.

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Ask for your free booklet: “Why Israel Matters to You and Your Family

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Their second presentation is an exciting new book by Matthew Staver with John Aman.

Click here to learn more about the book and place your order.

“This lavishly illustrated guide to all things Israel reveals why Israel is so significant to the Muslim world, the global economy, America, the church, and you.”

Movie Reviews with a Christian Perspective

482295_origAs Christians, we may ask ourselves, “Should I see that movie? How about this new game my teenager is wanting? Is that video OK for my six-year-old?” We try to assess if it has too much bad language, too many offensive sex scenes, too much violence, or too many bad life examples for our kids.

Where do we draw the line? How much is too much?

If we compare movies or television programming or even music today with that of a decade or two decades ago, most of us are horrified to realize how far we’ve come. With  gradually increased exposure to explicit sex, mockery of Christianity, efforts to normalize homosexuality,  occult phenomena, and violence beyond imagination, our threshold of tolerance has increased. Things that  we once would never have considered watching or listening to have somehow become acceptable. Our scorecard of “how much is too much” has changed dramatically. We have allowed ourselves to be conditioned.

Perhaps instead of “how much is too much,” we should ask ourselves, “Is this a positive thing for our lives or our children’s lives? Does it teach us something? Does it leave us with worthwhile thoughts or ideas? Is it healthy, harmless entertainment? Would we invite Jesus to watch it or listen to it with us?”

In Philippians 4:8  we are admonished to “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (NLT). Let this, instead of “how much bad is too much,” be our guide.

One way we can know which movies or videos or music are positive and worthwhile is through Christian movie reviews, Christian video reviews, and Christian music reviews. In checking the Internet, I have found many excellent sites offering such services, but some stood out to me as being especially worthy. I listed a few of the sites here that seem to approach their reviews and comments from a heartfelt biblical perspective. Please visit Find Christian Links to view them. I hope you find them helpful. As always, I welcome your input.

Please visit Christian Cinema: Buy, rent, stream Christian movies!

Reaching Out to Our Military

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Our U.S. troops and their families make sacrifices, most we never hear about, to protect us and our loved ones. And yet how often do we go about our busy lives without giving them a second thought? If you would like to get involved by praying . . . donating . . . serving the troops and their families in practical endeavors . . . please visit these two pages for ideas:

Support Our Troops

Pray for Our Troops

Visit these sites if you . . .

  • Are in the military or part of a military family and would like to find a source of help and encouragement
  • Want to give time or money to a ministry reaching out to military personnel and their families
  • Would like to learn how you could start a ministry to the military in your community

Please contact me if you have a link you’d like me to add. Also, I’d love to hear from you if you have had experience with any of these organizations.

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. (1 John 3:18 NLT)

The Battle for America

world-globe-bible-web-sizeWatching the news during these times of turmoil can be unsettling at best. What is really happening? How does this line up with Bible prophecy? What would God have me do?
I believe Hal Lindsey has a finger on the pulse of current events . . . from a biblical perspective. Below is an email I just received and wanted to share it. I agree with him that there is a supernatural struggle going on. I hope you’ll read the newsletter and visit his website to learn more. For links to other news sites with a Christian worldview, please visit our Find Christian Links website.
March 3rd, 2017

As I’ve told you several times in the last few weeks, I believe the real battle for American has now begun.

The election of Donald Trump as our 45th President didn’t end the struggle. It started it.

Even though he is an imperfect man, and will be an imperfect President, it is daily becoming more obvious that President Trump is committed to restoring to America the values and strengths that the previous administration worked so hard to destroy. And almost succeeded.

That’s why former President Obama has remained in Washington, unlike any other President in the past century. He is working to build an organization to oppose President Trump every step of the way. In fact, rumor has it inside the Beltway, that Obama is committed to driving Mr. Trump from office through resignation or impeachment.

Is that rank arrogance or narcissism? Or is it something deeper?

I believe it is something deeper.

I believe that in the coming weeks, months, and years, we will see struggles and battles unlike anything we have witnessed in American politics before. Why? Because the powers of the air are locked in combat. This is supernatural, folks.

I have often observed on this program that we are seeing supernatural forces at work in these end times. How else could a politician with so few accomplishments, no real-world job experience, and so much baggage as Barack Obama have even made it out of the Democratic primaries even just a few years ago?

Governor Howard Dean ruined his chances with an enthusiastic scream. Michael Dukakis looked silly in a tank commander’s helmet. George Muskie shed a few unmanly tears. Gary Hart was photographed with a girl sitting on his lap. Both fully clothed! All of them lost because of it and all were quite qualified.

Even George W. Bush’s campaign was almost derailed because he got a single DUI ticket (and a small fine) decades before — when he was a young man!

And how could a candidate like Hillary Clinton, who the FBI Director admitted had committed felonious offenses while Secretary of State, even win the Democratic nomination, much less almost win the Presidency? This is a woman who was fired from her first job on Capitol Hill by her Democrat boss for lying and fabricating evidence against Richard Nixon. And who was the subject of numerous investigations for scandals she instigated while First Lady.

Even a couple of decades ago, the Democrat Party would never have allowed either of these two candidates to see the light of day as their nominee.

But as we’ve grown closer to the end of this Age of Grace, the battle has heated up.

I think that is why we are seeing unprecedented rage over the loss of the election still being expressed by the Left. It seems many of them are becoming psychologically unhinged. It’s unreasonable. And so much of it is factually baseless.

But I can’t blame all of it on the mindless, often clueless, “millennials” and feminists and illegal immigrants who make up the bulk of the endless protests. I believe they are being used by the globalist-elites.

When President Trump promised to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), then honored his campaign promise and issued an Executive Order to start the withdrawal, I think it threw a wrench in the works for the globalists.

And when he encourages other nations, especially in the EU, to recover their national sovereignty and dignity, it inflames them all the more.

Why else would known globalist billionaires like George Soros, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Carlos Slim, and the list goes on and on (many of them most of us have never even heard of), dedicate so much wealth and political capital to defeat Trump’s agenda?

And why would the European Union threaten to refuse to accept Trump’s ambassador to the EU?

Because restoring America’s sovereignty and returning it to its strength and prominence stands in the way of their one-world-government aspirations.

And I think it’s more than safe to say that Satan plays a great hand in this. Delaying the rise of one-world governance delays the building of the apparatus the Antichrist will later use to govern the world.

Nationalism is the enemy of one-worldism. One-worldism is necessary for the Antichrist’s rule. And the multi-national trade organizations are the deceptive vehicles to one-world government.

So, folks, opposition to President Trump and his agenda goes deeper than fake news, fake claims of racism, fake claims of misogyny (By the way, Donald Trump chose a woman contractor to build Trump Tower in New York, making her the first woman in history to build a skyscraper. Some misogyny!), fake collaboration with the Russians, fake Hitlerism, and the list goes on!

These may be just the opening skirmishes in the battle to prepare the way for the Antichrist himself.

And if that’s not enough, last week the Democrat Party almost chose a known anti-Semite and supporter of radical Islamic causes as their new party chairman. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was narrowly defeated by President Obama’s personal choice, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez (also rather far-Left).

This week, I’ll tell you a little more about Keith Ellison’s history, his associations, and the people he holds in high regard. You will be shocked.

But, you may ask, why am I concerned? Ellison lost the party chairmanship to Perez.

Because Ellison was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. That means that he is realistically next in line to lead the nation’s Democrats. And if Obama’s popularity wanes, and Chairman Perez loses his patron, that may happen sooner rather than later.

Friends, this should be a clarion call to all believers to intercede daily for our President and the leaders we chose to help restore America’s values, sovereignty, and strength. The Bible tells us that as the end of the Age approaches, the “birth pangs” would increase in frequency and intensity. I think they’re coming fast and furiously now. Please pray earnestly for God to continue extending His mercy and grace to our beloved nation. Only He, not President Trump or a Republican Congress, can save us.

Finally, this week I am going to continue my brief discussion of what lies ahead for the blood-washed believer. Last week, I discussed the joy that awaits us in eternity. This week, I’ll tell you a little about the “New Jerusalem.” You will want to know. You’ll be living there!

Don’t miss this week’s Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, The Word Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Check your local listings.

A NOTE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCH “THE HAL LINDSEY REPORT” ON TBN:Remember, the Report is now seen 30 minutes later, beginning at 6:00 pm Pacific/9:00 pm Eastern each Friday.God Bless,


Hal Lindsey


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Pray for Persecuted Christians

hand of a prisonerOpen Doors reports a significant increase in attacks against Christians during 2014-2015. Last year, more than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith, which they note is “almost 3,000 more than the previous year.” The largest areas of growing Christian persecution occur in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Those numbers are expected to scale upward.

In general, persecution of Christians is increasing, “and the rate of increase is accelerating”, said Lisa Pearce, chief executive of Open Doors UK and Ireland. The nature of persecution was also changing, she added. “It used to mean several years in a forced labour camp. Now it means watching your loved ones being beheaded.” TheGuardian.com

In a nation uniquely founded upon the Judeo/Christian ethic and “Freedom of Religion”, Americans have been witnessing committed Christians being persecuted in their own country. Over the last six-plus years, there have been rapidly expanding attempts to marginalize, demonize, and criminalize the free practice of the Christian faith in the US Armed Forces and in the United States in general. Restoring Liberty

The astounding increase in persecution around the world should not surprise us. The Bible warns us about increased persecution in the last days. Jesus painted a vivid picture for his disciples:

Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:3-12 NLT)

Paul described last days persecution to Timothy this way:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (1 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

lightstock_62135_xsmall_user_6214500Ignoring the reality of the horrors of persecution taking place around the world . . . and on the beginnings of persecution right here in the United States . . . will not make it go away. It’s here to stay. And it will impact our lives more and more.

So what can we do? God doesn’t want us to leave the answers to others. Every believer needs to act according to God’s individual plan for him or her. Some may run for political office. Others may take a stand against the evil by making others aware of what is happening. Some may join organizations that are making a positive difference. Different gifts. Different callings. But every believer needs to pray. And to pray most effectively we need to be aware of what is happening here and around the world.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

On FindChristianLinks.com you will find links to websites and ministries that can help keep you informed and guide you in biblical ways to pray. I am searching for more links to help all of us make a kingdom difference. Please visit a page I just added: Praying for Persecuted Christians. On this page you will find links to more information about persecution taking place and well as links to prayer guides. I had been praying for those being persecuted but wasn’t sure the best ways to pray. These links offer biblical ways to pray. I’ve been using one of them and plan to use others. Very helpful.  Please send me links to websites you have found helpful so I can add those as well.

Other pages that could help you stay informed and suggest ways you can make a difference include News from a Christian Perspective and Blogs from CBN .

Would love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch.

Karen Burkett

 

 

Embracing Victory

Contributed by guest blogger Dawn Marie Woroniak

And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12:11 NIV)

Most of my life, I have struggled with depression . . . a dark and hopeless place that was numbed by binge drinking when it became too much for me to handle. At the time, I thought it would help ease the pain of the emotional and physical abuse that had occurred during childhood. At an early age, I became insecure, lonely, depressed, and a perfectionist . . . all in the hopes of overcoming, but I never overcame.

Even after saying “yes” to Jesus, I struggled with binge drinking. Knowing, that I needed help, I began to receive counseling. Unfortunately, within a couple of appointments, I would convince myself that I was okay, only to discover the harsh reality that I was not—a cycle that lasted longer than it should have because of my stubbornness and unwillingness to work through the pain. Working through pain brings healing, but at the time I was not cooperating with God’s healing plan for me. Condemnation and shame consumed me. After all, how could I be a Christian and still struggle like I was? I doubted God’s forgiveness because of the prison I kept myself in. God gave me the keys to break free when I said “yes” to Him, but in my absolute foolishness . . . I did not use them. In essence, I was oblivious to the free gift of salvation He had given me.

During my healing process, I have learned that God has a very good sense of humor. At times, when God calls us . . . it can be in the “midst” of our pain and darkness. For it is in the “midst” of things that God shows up in greatness!

When He called me to write Victory Embraced . . . I was not only cleaning dishes . . . I was still in the “midst” of struggling with depression, which I have discovered is partly due to heredity. However, I now know I have God’s DNA . . . and because of this, I will always be victorious!

Dawn Marie Woroniak_bookcoverWhile collecting testimonies for the book, I began to experience symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), which is a major mental depressive disorder and definitely has a few extra edges than regular PMS, occurring only to 3 to 8 percent of women. I have been told many times that I am quite unique . . . not only in my sense of humor but also in how I process and see things in life. Now there is indisputable evidence that what has been said for years is true! Yep, this definitely proved it . . . not only to myself but also to those closest to me.

PMDD usually makes its ugly appearance in women who are in their late 30s or mid-40s. Mine showed up when I was 36. With all the hormone shifts, I also started having simple-partial seizures, which are rarely noticed by others. They begin with a feeling of deja vu followed by staring that can last a few minutes.

In my potential for perfectionism, I happen to have all of the symptoms of PMDD . . . not just the four or five that classify the disorder and help to make a diagnosis. Symptoms of PMDD include anxiety and a feeling of being on edge, memory issues, severe mood swings, crying for no reason, extreme sensitivity to abandonment and rejection, anger and increased conflict with the ones you love, decreased interest in usual activities, feelings of being overwhelmed as well as feeling out of control, joint and muscle pain, weight gain, insomnia, and headaches. Yes, a long list of symptoms, but nothing God cannot handle. Sometimes one month can be worse than another. During the more intense months, I pray for it to be over quickly and at times have felt as if I am holding on to Him for dear life. I have a neurologist for the seizures, which are now under control with the medicine. After two years of being seizure free, my doctor can begin lowering the dosage until I am completely off it. My psychiatrist is to help take the edge off of the PMDD. Through it all, I have the most renowned doctor in the world by my side overseeing things . . . my sweet and precious God.

I am learning there are things I can do to help relieve the symptoms of PMDD such as hormone therapy, taking nutritional supplements, antidepressants, exercise, drinking less caffeine. My hardest to follow through on is eating less chocolate, cheese, and carbohydrates. Yes, it is true . . . sometimes chocolate is a girl’s best friend.

I have learned that with any disorder—not only in my life, but with others as well—there is hope because God has the power to take any disorder and create order out of a total mess, He can create beauty. And because I have learned the character of God and who He says He is, I have absolute faith that He will provide the avenues for my healing even if that means He balances all my hormones through early menopause. A pure miracle in itself! I do not put anything past God . . . He can do all things! Being in the process of healing does not mean failure because obtaining victory is a continuous motion of moving forward.

We are a work in progress . . . always under construction. With God, seven months of intense counseling has helped transform my life. I have learned to put God first in all I do . . . and to depend on Him for all I need. I am blessed to have a very loving husband who has been supportive, understanding, and patient with me along my journey of Embracing Victory Over the Storm of Depression.

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Dawn Marie Woroniak
Dawn Marie Woroniak

Many thanks to today’s guest blogger Dawn Marie Woroniak. Eight years ago, she started gathering testimonies throughout the United States for a book called VictoryEmbraced. The testimonies in this encouraging book are from people in various professions as well as some who are well-known and respected in ministry. Dawn Marie says, “It is my prayer, and the prayer of those who have shared their stories, that you will be blessed and forever changed!”

Learn more about Dawn Marie and her ministry at www.victoryembraced.org. It’s a ministry of prayer and healing . . . powerful testimonies . . . changed lives . . . and renewed hope.

We Are Not Alone

lightstock_157088_medium_user_6214500“But when faced with the reality that God wants more than twenty minutes of my day or a day of the week, the foundation I stood on was shaken. . . . In order to love God at all, I must give him my all.” -Seun Otukpe

The loss of a loved one. Divorce. Natural disaster. Cancer diagnosis. . . . The list could go on and on regarding events that cause pain and anguish in our lives. It’s in the immediate aftermath of these events that we become susceptible to wallowing in our fears and pain, and ultimately become particularly vulnerable to Satan’s lie that we are alone and that we must carry the burden on our own. We put validity behind this lie of Satan by believing that giving God everything is equivalent to giving him one day of the week, or even twenty minutes every day. In essence, we put God in a box and believe that “school, love, family, friendships, food, and even pain” are our responsibility (Seun Otukpe in “Give It to God”). When in reality, God wants us to trust Him in the midst of our pain, to deliver us from our pain in His timing, and in every other aspect of our lives.

But how do we show we trust Him with these things? Even before that, how do we build this trust? Prayer. Philippians 4:6-8 (ESV) says it this way:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The words of Vaneetha Rendall help to further express what “prayer” means with regard to building trust in the Lord to deliver you from despair . . . “And when I [say] pray, I don’t mean a rote recitation of requests and mindless words. I mean really praying. Speaking to God as honestly as I would a friend. Praying through a Psalm. Desperately crying out to him. Asking him for specific help. Expecting him to answer.” It is this type of prayer and communion with the Lord that builds our trust in Him and ultimately transforms us.

So I challenge you, don’t (intentionally or unintentionally) put God in a box by believing some aspects of your life are meant for you to deal with alone, while others are for Him. ALL aspects of your life are His as “every square inch of this universe exists under his sovereignty.” Check out Seun Otukpe’s full article here.