Category: Christian Growth

Listeners Speak Up! More Comments & Questions

It’s a jam-packed show today, thanks so much for listening! Today’s topics include:

The debate about whether or not President Trump is a Christian
Using another church’s building to gather for worship
Does God change His mind when we pray for something?
Are all spiritual gifts still available today and what to do when a husband and wife disagree on the issue?
What do we know about aliens? Did God create them?
The differences between what Catholics and Protestants believe about birth control
What should Christians expect after the Supreme Court decision in favor of Christian baker, Jack Phillips?
Dirty tactics liberals use to stop judicial appointees including Supreme Court nominations
Why don’t more pastors discuss spiritual warfare?
Have you done a podcast on how to address conflict with family members who are unbelievers?
Public schools teaching socialism and humanism and using misleading textbooks that include rewritten American history promoting the progressive worldview

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Listener Questions & Comments – Lots of Them!

Today is Q&A Friday when we hear from so many brothers and sisters in Christ regarding many diverse topics. We love hearing from you and appreciate every question and comment, even if you do not always agree with us. Thank you so much for the opportunity to tackle so many important issues!

Here are some of the things we discuss today:

Should Christians read the book Jesus Calling?
Unconstitutional SOGI laws and “non-discrimination” policies increasing
The hostile environment Christians face in the public school system
Charismatics, and spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues
Benny Hinn and the ‘prosperity’ non-gospel; name it, claim it
What is biblical submission?
Does the parable of the wheat and the tares apply to the church or the world?
What is the proper meaning or description of ‘meditation’ for a Christian?
Good and bad about discernment ministries
The apostasy of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit

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A Matter of Perspective

How we look at things is so important. We have our human perspectives; God has truth. If we insist on our perspective as better than His truth we are in deep trouble.

Troubles and suffering are a part of life. But more and more we are being told we should lead a life free of stress or suffering. But that directly contradicts the truth of God’s Word. And today’s parents seem focused on making sure their children are never in a position where they could suffer in any way, shape of form. But are we helping our children when we hover and over protect them? or setting them up for a life of unrealistic expectations leading to misery and depression?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning.

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A Psychologist Warns Christians About Psychology?

Today’s guest is author and respected parenting expert, John Rosemond. His weekly parenting column is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers. He has worked in the field of family psychology since 1971, and has penned 18 best-selling books on parenting and family issues. The list of his credentials is quite long and yet, he warns Christians about the use of Psychology therapy. He believes psychiatry and psychology have done more harm than good.

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Kenneth Copeland is “Hearing from God Again”

We hear stories of persecuted Christians in China, North Korea, Africa, Iran and more praying for God’s protection as they are imprisoned, tortured or even murdered for the sake of the gospel. Some Christians face a health crisis, poverty, and wonder how they will put food on the table for their families because they are out of work. They go from day to day praying and trusting in God for His provision and protection, remaining faithful in the face of serious challenges. And then there are people like Kenneth Copeland…

According to his so-called ministry, Copeland recently heard from God that he needed another luxury jet to accommodate his overseas excursions; and that God miraculously sent Tyler Perry his way to sell him a luxurious Gulfstream V private jet. All of this on the financial backs of naive followers who believe in Copeland’s “prosperity gospel teaching.” But wait, apparently the luxurious jet Copeland received is not quite good enough because he is asking his followers for another $2.5 million for “necessary upgrades” to his new toy – and $17 million for a hanger to house the jet. We tackle details in our second segment.

In our first segment today we are joined by Brad Dacus, president of The Pacific Justice Institute to talk about the fight for religious freedoms of Christians in our nation.

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Forget the ‘Good Old Days’ and Press On!

It’s better to go to a funeral and get a reality check than go to a party. Why? Perspective. Death is a reminder for us (ten out of ten people die) so what are we doing with the life God has given us?

Yes, we might have a hard time forgetting – regardless of whether or not the experiences were happy or sad.

Some of us might look back and say those were happier times while others had such horrific childhoods or painful life experiences, they’re doing the best to overcome the effects of the past. For the Christian, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Happiness is temporary and depends on circumstances as well as our perception of things. True joy however, is a gift from God. Press on in Him, dear friend.

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Looking Back on 2017 and Ahead to 2018

Our final show of 2017 features a look at an article by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views on the Top Bible Prophecy Stories of 2017. All signs seem to indicate we drawing nearer to the time the Lord will take His Church home as the stage appears set for Jesus’s return to judge the world. We also look to 2018 and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities committed Christians will face.

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Desperate for God and His Truth – in India

We take so much for granted where our faith and freedoms are concerned. Too many Christians in America have lost the desire for spiritual things while it is evident so many people in other countries hunger for God’s Word and the truth. There are striking similarities between the lukewarm church in Laodicea from the book of Revelation and the comfortable, complacent church in  the United States.

We receive another first-hand account of the state of the church today with our guest, teacher and missionary, Elijah Abraham, who just returned from India where he taught and helped equip pastors there. 

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The Advent Season

We are three weeks away from the celebration of Jesus Christ, our messiah, being born as a human, living as one of us yet remaining sinless, and dying on a cross for our sins. Yet the sole focus of the Christmas season seems to be on the birth of Christ, not including his life, death, burial, resurrection and promise that He would return one day to judge all men by His Word. Are we in essence “misrepresenting” Him when we fail to communicate the full gospel and reason for His first and second coming during the Christmas season.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss this and also how pastors, churches and ministries should react to the increase in charges of sexual harassment bombarding our institutions. Should this cause us to look at how we counsel and disciple people?

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The Ongoing Hypocrisy of Hillsong

Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz recently appeared on The View and was asked if his church considered abortion a sin. In typical neutral fashion one would expect from Lentz, he refused to answer directly and a handful of Christian leaders have called him out on his cowardice. With a chance to passionately share the gospel of repentance, stand up for the truth of God’s Word, and explain teachings on sin, forgiveness, and restoration for sinners who confess and believe in Christ’s sacrifice, Lentz instead caved into his own personal god: Celebrity status and popularity.

Well, now after publicly pleasing man (or the women and their audience on The View), Lentz is backpedaling. But his statements reveal his true heart on the matter. We will share more and discuss the debacle on today’s podcast.

In our first segment, we follow up again with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to hear her insights and discuss ways the State of Wisconsin might intervene after the disastrous decision of the De Pere City Council on Tuesday evening.

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Dialectic Thought and Brainwashing

The “founding father” of godless Marxism, Vladimir Lenin said “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sewn will never be uprooted.” He did just that in the Soviet Union and tens of millions died at the hands of the Communist regime.

Now fast forward to modern America where our youth have been subjected to decades of Marxist influence and propaganda through government schools and a media whose political leanings and world view line up far closer to Lenin than those who established our nation and Constitution.

How does the world’s greatest nation slowly crumble socially, spiritually and morally? Unlike the Soviet Union who underwent a violent revolution, America is dying a slow death because our people have forgotten how to critically think. We have fallen for the deception of the dialectic process.

How do our Christian Churches abandon the inerrant Word of God and fall for humanism and self-worship? The dialectic thought process: a covert but effective means of brain washing.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has researched and studied the dialectic process for years and joins us this morning to discuss this subtle form of brainwashing infiltrating our nation and even many churches.

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Willow Creek Pastor Bill Hybels to Retire; Names Successor

Founding and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels has announced his retirement effective October, 2018. He will remain as “founding pastor” and oversee the expansion of Willow Creek’s Association that provides services and resources to churches and also the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

Hybels and Willow Creek are no strangers to controversy. The WC Leadership Summit has elevated people like Bill Clinton, Rob Bell and several corporation executives as “leaders to emulate” even though many of them are not even Christians and support homosexual marriage and abortion. Some people believe this is incorporating the ways of the world into the church.

His wife Lynne openly opposes the nation of Israel through “Christ at the Checkpoint,” criticizing Israel while giving a pass to the terrorist organizations who kill in the name of Allah. In typical controversial fashion, Hybels is going out with a bang: he has named Heather Larsen his successor to the lead pastor position having the title of Executive Pastor.

Many of you have weighed in on this so we discuss it in the first segment today and then get to more listener questions and comments.

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Listeners Speak Up! More Comments & Questions

It’s a jam-packed show today, thanks so much for listening! Today’s topics include:

The debate about whether or not President Trump is a Christian
Using another church’s building to gather for worship
Does God change His mind when we pray for something?
Are all spiritual gifts still available today and what to do when a husband and wife disagree on the issue?
What do we know about aliens? Did God create them?
The differences between what Catholics and Protestants believe about birth control
What should Christians expect after the Supreme Court decision in favor of Christian baker, Jack Phillips?
Dirty tactics liberals use to stop judicial appointees including Supreme Court nominations
Why don’t more pastors discuss spiritual warfare?
Have you done a podcast on how to address conflict with family members who are unbelievers?
Public schools teaching socialism and humanism and using misleading textbooks that include rewritten American history promoting the progressive worldview

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Countering College Indoctrination

It’s no secret that the vast majority of college campuses are filled with radical liberal ideologies promoting Humanism and Marxism, and worldviews contradictory to the Bible. With each passing year, we see our young people being indoctrinated more and more into lies and false teachings that steer them and our nation away from God and biblical morality. This has been going on for decades, and as these young people assume the mantle of leadership in our nation and churches, who knows what the future might hold?

Fortunately, there are committed Christians doing what they can to help university students see the light and truth of Jesus Christ. We speak with two of those believers today, Devin and Melissa Pellew of Ratio Christi Ministries. They are Directors at Ratio Christi’s Winthrop University Chapter, spreading the gospel on campus and helping Christian students maintain a biblical worldview through apologetics.

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Risking Your Life and Family for the Gospel

Have you ever thought about how you would react if suddenly you or your family were threatened, demanding you to deny your allegiance to Jesus Christ? And if you’re thinking to yourself, “I would never do that, no matter what,” remember the Apostle Peter said the same thing – and then cowered.

Today, Mike and David talk with a man who was confronted with that horror. Bishop Pervaiz Joseph, a Christian leader from Pakistan who had a good relationship with government leaders there. He was able to share the gospel freely until he was falsely accused of a crime, kidnapped, tortured, and his family was forced to flee to Sri Lanka and eventually to the U.S. His story became known by Voice of the Martyrs.

He started Bishop Joseph Ministries International in December 2016, a non-profit organization, working with people around the globe uplifting communities and spreading a message of Hope, Peace and Love. Joseph, along with his family moved to the United States of America after facing religious persecution in his homeland and stayed in exile for a little over four years. They now run a local Church in affiliation with the Foursquare Missions and connect, build and uplift communities around the world by organizing mission trips, conferences and seminars within various states and worldwide.

In our final segment, we look at a chilling commentary on how youth are being brainwashed and indoctrinated into socialism and atheism by social media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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Is There Really a Shadow Government in Our Nation?

There will always be conspiracy theories in every day life. Back in the 1960s there was talk of a “shadow government” that really set the agenda and pulled the strings of government officials, doing the bidding of power hungry globalists. These theories were widely dismissed.

But is the ‘Shadow Government” a reality, and if so, what would it mean for Christians in America? Could it threaten our freedom to worship God and share His Word? Could it one day force us to worship government instead of God, like in Marxist nations?

Author and Pastor Carl Gallups joins us to share his research and thoughts. We will also discuss the strange journey of Pastor Andy Stanley, who has said increasingly provocative things about the Bible over the past couple years. Has Stanley left the camp of solid Evangelical Christianity?

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On the Brink of Cataclysmic Change?

You would be hard pressed to remember a time when world leaders faced such a series of important decisions that could lead to world wide war or calamity. Here are just a few things to consider: increased attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian regime developing nuclear weapons; Russia is entrenched in Syria with an eye on Israel; Islam is sweeping across Europe and Asia; and Western nations are arguing about trade and tariffs which could lead to economic turmoil.

All of this is set against the background of Bible prophecy and is happening at a time when the ‘professing’ Christian Church in America and Europe seems to be floundering due in part to apathy, heresy, and an ecumenical movement that puts unity and peace above truth.

This week, a crucial summit is taking place between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un spurred on by the president’s tough rhetoric against North Korea. Without God’s word as our anchor of hope, we could easily get depressed. But His word is truth and His promises everlasting. Gary Kah of Hope For the World has studied and written about the coming one world government and religion, and joins us to put all this into proper context and perspective.

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