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The whole family were murdered by Muslims while they slept. The father, Udi Fogel (36), his wife Ruth (34), 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad and 3-month old Hadas. Their young daughter, Tamar, returned home to find their bodies.

The Muslims who massacred the family believe in what the Quran teaches,

  • “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. … lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way …” (9:5)
  • “Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of God; whether he dies or triumphs, We shall richly reward him. … The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight then against the friends of Satan …” (4:74,76)
  • “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme” (8:39)
  • “Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given … and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (9:29)

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These Christians were arrested in Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elam Ministries reported that the Governor of Tehran has vowed to arrest more evangelical Christians. Armed, plain-clothes, special security officers forcefully entered the homes of Christians while they were asleep, and verbally and physically abused them. They were handcuffed and taken for interrogation. Among those arrested were five married couples. One couple was separated from their two-year old baby. Another couple was also forced to leave their baby that the mother was breastfeeding. A number of single young women were also among those taken.

The security forces broke into at least five such homes, ransacking them, taking personal possessions, changing the locks and placing a government seal on the door. Family members of these Christians have been called by the authorities and threatened and harassed. They were instructed to tell the Christians to surrender themselves. None of them have been granted any legal representation. No charges have been made, though it is clear that they were arrested for their active Christian faith. There has been a gross lack of due process. The government authorities have not provided any written documents as to the reason for the arrests, any record of the items confiscated, and family members are not allowed to visit the detained.

The recent speech made byAyatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic republic of Iran, for the first time, warned his followers of the dangers of the rapid growth and expansion of home-based churches as the threat to the Islamic regime.

There is a great need for Christians to pray for these Christians who were arrested in Iran.

More news,

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Here is the 2005 lectures series shared by Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (the lectures didn’t take place at their school) by Christian apologist Michael Butler.  Butler was a disciple of Greg Bahnsen.

1.) The Nature of Science (PLAY AUDIO / DOWNLOAD)

2.) The Goal of Science (PLAY AUDIO / DOWNLOAD)

3.) The Goal of Science (PLAY AUDIO / DOWNLOAD)

4.) The Presupposition of Science (PLAY AUDIO / DOWNLOAD)

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Don Green, a pastor at Grace Community Church, has preached many times through the book of Habakkuk.

In light of the events during the time of this post (Japan’s Tsunami), and this blog’s niche of Bible, worldviews and apologetics, I think it is appropriate that the Word of God is also faithfully taught concerning the theme of suffering and trusting in God in tough times.

Here is the “one stop shop” summary sermon Habakkuk.

Here’s a four part series he’s done several years back:

TRUSTING GOD IN TRYING TIMES PART I: Habakkuk 1:1-11

TRUSTING GOD IN TRYING TIMES PART II: Habakkuk 1:12-2:1

TRUSTING GOD IN TRYING TIMES PART I: Habakkuk 2:2-3:2

TRUSTING GOD IN TRYING TIMES PART I: Habakkuk 3:3-19

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This is by Brian Auten of Apologetics315.

I thought this was helpful, and some of things I’ve attempted to do in redeeming the time such as driving and waiting in line buying things.

Tap all your resources. There are online lectures, podcasts, audiobooks, Kindle books, audio bibles, and online sermons, to name some of the main categories. All these can be used to your advantage. Find lectures that address the topics you are studying and put them on your audio device (iPod, iPhone, media player). Learn how to use podcast feeds and RSS feeds so these are automatically downloaded to your computer. Use the text-to-speech feature on the Kindle to listen to books. Use audiobooks to convert drive-time (or other time windows) to listening time. Even if you can’t sit down and read for long periods, you can redeem plenty of time by listening to audio

2. Eliminate the Noise. You will quickly notice that you have too much content to listen to. Use iTunes playlists (or something equivalent) to plan what you listen to. Eliminate the “noise” of information overload by deleting unneeded content (or archive it for later). Stay focused on the best resources available to you and be intentional in your listening with a goal to learn not only the content, but the reasoning, the delivery, and the tone of the material. But unplug when you are with family and friends and focus on them.

3. Listen Faster. If you listen to lectures, sermons, or audiobooks at regular speed, you are wasting time. Unless the content is completely unfamiliar, or difficult, you most likely will be able to process it at a faster speed. So use the iPod/iPhone/MP3 player speed function to boost the rate at which you listen. You can go double speed quite easily. It may seem hard at first, but it becomes normal and you find that normal speed is just too slow after a while. (Unless, as mentioned above, you really need to work through heavy content.) This practice will keep you attentive and sharp, while saving you plenty of time. Most people read faster than the normal rate of speech anyway.

4. Convert Books to Audio. As mentioned above, Kindle books (most of them) can be listened to via the text-to-speech function. However, you don’t really want to be carrying your Kindle around like an MP3 player. So just record them to your computer as MP3 files and transfer them to your MP3 player. There are a few general steps: 1) connect the Kindle to your computer audio input with an audio adapter; 2) use an audio recording program to record from the line-in (Audio HiJack Pro for Mac is certainly the best); 3) Play from the Kindle and record on the PC/Mac into an MP3 file; 4) Import the MP3 into iTunes and change its properties to an audiobook [and change its settings to “remember playback position”]; 5) Sync with your device and you are ready to go. Of course, there are ins and outs with the technical details here, but these are just the overall steps.

5. Don’t Watch Video — Listen to It. Do you sometimes feel sitting and watching a video is a  waste of time – especially when you can be doing something else (dishes, ironing, exercising, etc.)? Most of the time there is no need to watch when there is a chance to listen. With that in mind, it is possible to convert videos to audio – such as youtube videos of lectures, classes, sermons, etc. There are many ways of doing this (some better than others) but one way is to use websites such as www.listentoyoutube.com. After finding the video you want to listen to on a video site such as youtube, you can paste the URL into the other site and it will extract an MP3 for you to download. Sometimes these sites can be a little fidgety, but most of the time they can be very helpful for creating audio from video.

And there you have it. Five ways to maximize your audio listening — and ultimately, increase your learning. The resources are there — so why not take full advantage of them?

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For those who are Van Tillian in their apologetics, you should get to know James Anderson if you haven’t heard of him already.

I believe he has a lot of future and potential as a Christian apologist and as a Christian philosopher.

He has a new article up online as a PDF titled “No Dilemma for the Proponent of the Transcendental Argument”

You can read it by clicking HERE

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Juan Williams, a former NPR political analyst was fired for his comments on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. The President and CEO of NPR (National Public Radio) stated that Williams was not fired for that particular incident, but for offering his controversial opinions on several occasions, which she deemed a breach of journalistic ethics for an NPR analyst. Schiller intensified the existing controversy over Williams’ dismissal when she added that Williams should have kept his Muslim comments between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist—take your pick.”

Ron Schiller, the man in the video who is the Vice-President of one NPR’s department voiced his true beliefs about Christians, Tea Party, Republicans, America, Jews and Islam. The video is part of an undercover operation where Ron Schiller was recorded heavily criticizing Conservative groups such as the Tea Party movement, describing them as “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamentally Christian—I wouldn’t even call it Christian…basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people”. He also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding”, defended the firing of Juan Williams, and criticized “anti-intellectual” elements within the Republican Party.

Should they re-hire Juan Williams back now?

Nothing is neutral, not even news. Everyone has a bias.

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This was over at Justin Taylor’s blog at The Gospel Coalition.

Wow.  Makes you appreciate your Bible more.  Perhaps there are those out there who are watching that might be called to be a Bible translator.

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Next week is the beginning of the annual Shepherd’s Conference.

Here’s the schedule:

8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session 1 – John MacArthur
11:30 am Lunch*
1:30 pm Seminar Session 1

The Forgotten Field
Evangelizing the Community
Alex Montoya
Worship Center
Counseling with Care
Ministering to the Fainthearted
John Street
J360
Preparation and the Powerful Pulpit
Consecrating your heart before you preach
Jerry Wragg
J270
Youth Forum
Questions and Answers on Youth Ministry
Kelly Wright
Austin Duncan
Rick Holland

J70
The Marks of Godly leadership
Effective Leadership Lessons from I Corinthians
Carey Hardy
J370
Home Field Advantage
Training Men for Ministry in Your Local Church
Chris Mueller
Gym
Radical?
The Mystique of the Modern Day Monk
Jon Rourke
Chapel
Details
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm General Session 2 – Tom Pennington
4:30 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 3 – John MacArthur

Thursday, March 10, 2011

9:00 am General Session 4 – Rick Holland
10:15 am Break
10:45 am General Session 5 – John MacArthur
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm Seminar Session 2

The Mandate for Godly Leadership
Leading the Saints
Dick Mayhue
J360
Grace Advance
Providing leadership for developing churches
Lance Quinn
Rich Gregory

Gym
Exegesis and the Powerful Pulpit
Studying the text with care and precision
Bill Barrick
J270
Family Matters
Does the Bible Demand Family Integrated Ministry?
Austin Duncan
J70
What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?
The Deadly Fruits of Evangelicalism’s Infatuation with Influence
Nathan Busenitz
Worship Center
Restoration Hardware
Understanding the goal of church discipline
Michael Mahoney
J370
To God be the Glory
Preaching and Teaching on the Glory of God
Greg Harris
Chapel
Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3

In Spirit and in Truth
The Pastor as Worship Leader
Andy Snider
J370
Transforming Truth
How Preaching Doctrine Brings about Change
Bill Shannon
J360
Exposition and the Powerful Pulpit
Crafting the sermon from what has been studied
Rick Holland
Worship Center
Feeding the Leading
How to Care for Your Volunteers
Chris Hamilton
J70
Missional Madness
How the Missional Movement Abuses the Great Commission
Jesse Johnson
Chapel
Living Church
Putting your philosophy of ministry in to practice
Tom Patton
J270
The Maturity of Godly Leadership
Responding Rightly to Criticism and Complaints
Jerry Wragg
Gym
Details
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:00 am General Session 7 – Nathan Busenitz
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4

Band of Brothers
Tracing Jesus’ influence on James and Jude
Will Varner
Gym
Fanning the Flame
Fueling an Undying Passion for Christ and His Church
Jim Pile
J360
Delivery and the Powerful Pulpit
Preaching Sermons that assault the heart and obligate the will
Alex Montoya
Worship Center
Passion for Purity
Teaching Purity to youth from the book of Proverbs
Rick Holland
J70
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Striving for a balanced approach to music in worship
Clayton Erb
Bill Brandenstein

Choir Room
The Ministry of Godly Leadership
What are Elders called to do?
Chris Hamilton
J270
Poetry that Preaches
Insight into Preaching and Teaching the Psalms
Bill Barrick
J370
Details
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

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Interesting stuff.

For all those that did not think there are Muslims out there that want to subjugate the West under Islamic Sharia Law…

A debate.

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HT: AM

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I love Christian Audio, each month they one free audio book! Well this year, the audio book that’s for free is RC Sproul’s “Holiness of God”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE!

It’s a nine hour audio…all for free for March 2011

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