Category: Contextualization

Consensus Thinking and its Devastation on America and the Church

There has been a slow and subtle shift over the past few decades on how Americans think and discern truth from deception. Supported by public education and a media bent on telling us what they think we need to know, more and more Americans act like lemmings perfectly willing to follow the “Pied Piper” right over the cliff to self-destruction.

Our nation has become one lacking in biblical morals and principles, caving in to political correctness at every turn. Homosexuality and transgenderism is now acceptable to a majority of Americans along with an increasing number of professing Christians as the Bible is increasingly presented as the antiquated writings of man instead of the inspired Word of God.

How can we identify the dangers of consensus or group thinking and continue to use rational thought? John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio joins us to look at how consensus thought has infiltrated our society and how we can combat it, standing strong on the eternal truth of God’s Word.

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Trafficking and Profiting from Hate

We have reached a time in America where speaking the truth, no matter how gently done, is called hateful. If you speak out against the facts in the Quran, you hate Muslims. Speak about God’s definition of marriage, and you hate homosexuals. Share what the Bible says about gender being assigned at birth and permanent – even though secular science confirms this truth – and you hate transgenders. Speak up and defend life, and you hate women.

There is big money and power in screaming “hate speech” every time the progressive agenda is challenged or the Bible is referenced out loud. Today, we look at a thought provoking commentary on how the business of hate is consuming our nation.

In our first segment, we check in with Pastor Randy White and continue our discussion on how the Old Testament of the Bible is increasingly overlooked or discarded, even by many professing Christians. Is our growing ignorance of God’s wisdom and proclamations of the Old Testament causing problems in our spiritual growth as Christians and effectiveness as a church?

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Quick Biblical Answers & Political Correctness Unhinged

PODCAST: Just when you think political correctness couldn’t get any more absurd, the left takes it to another level of insanity. ESPN has relieved a college football announcer of his assignment to call a game, not because of his private or controversial views, but because of his name. They are worried that his name given to him at birth might make some of their audience “uncomfortable”.

Also, what percentage of Americans actually view themselves as sinners? Well the answer might surprise you.

In our first segment, we check in with author, Bryan Osborne, whose new book Quick Answers to Tough Questions can help Christians be prepared to share the reason for our eternal hope from God’s Word when the world asks difficult questions.

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New Apostolic Reformation Movement

Today we tackle the offices of prophet and apostle, signs and wonders, revealed Scripture or new revelation. What does it mean to take dominion over the earth? Where does spiritual warfare and revival come into play? What about those who call themselves Apostle or Prophet? These are among the issues Christian theologians and believers have discussed for hundreds of years.

This morning we also address the New Apostolic Reformation movement that most credit to C. Peter Wagner. Is it consistent with biblical teachings and the traditional Protestant views of the Bible? Dr. Gary Gilley is an author and pastor who has written extensively on the subject and joins us to give us his perspective.

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We Love America, But We Have Deep Concerns

In our final segment today I respond to an email from a listener accusing us of being judgmental and hypocritical in our assessment of secular media and our claim that Jesus will judge unrepentant sinners one day.  Our third segment should give great insight into how progressives think these days and how we respond with truth.

Pastor Randy White joins us to discuss America’s past, present and future as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence day.  The nation we love and are still blessed to live in has some serious problems that need to be addressed if we are to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.  And the most serious of all is turning our backs on God and His perfect law and teachings. We discuss a sermon Randy gave on what he would like to say to the USA.

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Fear and Faith

The Bible has much to say about faith, and the things we put our faith in will either disappoint us or lead us to joy and peace. The Bible also has much to say about fear. And the things we truly fear say a lot about our professed faith in God. Jesus said we are to fear God, but we also have the assurance of His lovingkindness as a Father. How do we reconcile faith and fear according to God’s Word?

This morning we go to God’s Word to discuss biblical faith and fear with Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute.

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Reading the Owner’s Manual

You purchase that brand new smart television or i-phone, excited about the latest gadget in your life. You open the package and read the user’s manual, making certain you completely understand all the instructions and features of your newest toy. You memorize those instructions and features and enjoy your new gadget for many years.

God has given us a tremendous “user’s manual” that goes into detail about who He is and what we can expect in life as disciples of Jesus Christ. But do we approach the Bible with as much passion and desire to learn as we do the latest gadget in our lives? Or do we really think “Siri” has all the answers?

Some might say “Well the Bible is too complex and difficult to understand!” But our guest this morning says “not so”: that if we take the time to make God’s Word the most important book in our lives that we can understand it and allow it to guide us through the ups and downs of life. We’re joined this morning by Pastor Randy White discussing how we should study the bible and understand its rich depths in guiding us through the good and bad times.

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We Are The Ones Who Are Logical

We have all seen those movies where the good guy has a weapon holding the bad guy at bay, and suddenly and easily the good guy allows the criminal to snatch his weapon from him and use it to hold him hostage. But is the very same thing happening to Christians when we try to share the truth of God’s Word with those who are unbelievers?

Logic and reason are powerful weapons for Christians in sharing the truth of God’s Word; but we must understand how to wield these weapons correctly so we can defend the truth of God’s Word. And we must wrestle them back from an enemy who claims they are now a part of his arsenal…an enemy who has many allies in government, public education and the media.

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us this morning to discuss logic and Christian apologetics.

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Church: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In a world increasingly hostile to God and His Word, the importance of belonging to a strong, biblical church has never been greater. Sadly, an increasing number of churches seem to be looking for ways to compromise with secular culture in the hopes of growing their church. Many crucial, biblical issues are not being addressed for fear members might be offended and leave the church. But there are still many solid Christian churches out there who are staying true to God’s Word and refusing to give in to political correctness or conform to the world.

In our consumer driven mindset these days, we want what we want, when we want it. But has this mindset caused some to leave churches for the wrong reason? Is it all about us being fed and a church meeting our needs? What about serving the body of Christ? And how do we know when it might be time to find a new church, and what does a solid church look like?

Joining us today for an in depth look at the importance of strong Christian teachings and fellowship in the church is Pastor Randy White.

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Wielding a Sharp Sword Carefully

Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit. Since we are armed with such a powerful weapon, we would be wise to wield it carefully instead of just flailing it around carelessly.

But how many times do we treat this powerful sword as a weapon to attack others instead of using it to convict the hearts and minds of people to submit to God? And how many times do we misuse this weapon for personal gain, even at the risk of God’s discipline?

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss how we use this powerful weapon–God’s Word–with care and respect.

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Deception is Rampant, but What is Truth?

In John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus one of the single greatest questions of the entire Bible: “What is truth?” That question is just as important today. It might seem like a very simple question, but when we see how the definition of truth has been twisted and redefined these days, it is vital to clarify from the Word of God.

We are also seeing the subsequent trouble our culture and the church is in, so there is no greater challenge facing us today than to define truth as God defines it instead of following the world and changing the definition to feed our flesh.

Cindy Hartline of Love for the Truth Radio joins us this morning to discuss truth and how it has been redefined to fit the agenda of sinful man.

In our second segment, David Fiorazo has our weekly Media Watch segment as we help you see the clever deception of secular media and how they attempt to indoctrinate people into their agenda.

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Expectations of the Christian Life

What should committed disciples of Jesus Christ expect out of this life? Well, these days that often depends on which Christian teacher you follow. If you follow a pastor or teacher who preaches the “prosperity gospel” your expectations might be great health, tremendous wealth and a life without problems. If you follow a pastor who is constantly reminding you just how depraved and wicked you are–even after God’s saving grace–well you probably expect nothing but a life of misery and constant chastisement from God.

The truth of the life followers of Jesus Christ should expect is of course contained in God’s Word–the only source for eternal truth. This morning we search the scriptures to get a picture of what the life of a true Christian should look like, and what reasonable expectations are for our lives in a fallen world. Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch ranch joins us.

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You Can Always Tell a Liberal…But You Can’t Tell Him Much

Liberals, backed by media and government education, have successfully cornered the market on “conversations” these days. We are into our third generation of young people indoctrinated into radical liberal thought on issues of society, government and even religion, and the fruits of this indoctrination are growing out of control. Free speech and tolerance seems to be a one way street: they are allowed only if you agree with the liberal elite in our nation.

How can we successfully combat liberal “group think” and expose their hypocrisy? John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio joins us to discuss this enormous challenge.

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Creation to Christmas: Old Testament Timeline

Two weeks from today Christians will celebrate and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and our Messiah, who came to set us free from the punishment and captivity of sin. There is plenty of prophecy and very important history leading up to that amazing event that sadly gets increasingly ignored in most churches. It is called the Old Testament and it contains answers to many questions that the world is asking.

In fact if we do not understand the history of mankind and how they related with God leading up to the birth of Jesus, we will fail to grasp the true significance of Jesus’ birth along with his pending return when He judges all of humanity for eternity.

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us for a look at the history of mankind from the beginning of creation up until the birth of our Lord and Savior. The answers to our questions about God, His creation, our sinful nature and need of redemption are there. We just need to take the time to study God’s Word from the beginning.

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Your Questions & Comments

Today, we answer your questions to the best of our ability and read your comments from this week. The topics we address today include:

The deception of Liberal Christianity.
Why truth and doctrine is divisive.
What is Calvinism?
A Muslim perspective on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The lack of strong, bible-based leadership in some churches.
Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
Is the Church prepared to address potential sexual harassment charges?
Why so many pastors refuse to talk about abortion/life in a mother’s womb.
Is President Trump really a born-again believer?
The takeover of American Churches by progressive ideology.
Merry Christmas!

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How SCOTUS Works, & the Significance of Standing With Israel

Over the past several decades, most presidential candidates declared they believe Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel and that they would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem if elected. History has proven this to be political rhetoric to capture more votes as no past president has followed through on the promise – Until now. Yesterday, President Trump kept his campaign promise–a rarity for candidates these days–and proclaimed the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and would begin plans to move our embassy there. Whatever you think of President, Trump it is certainly refreshing to see a candidate actually follow through on a campaign promise.

Other than Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, world leaders are reacting with anger, claiming this will set the “peace process” back. This is the same ‘peace process” that has produced zero results for many decades. This morning we will discuss the potential effects of this courageous move by a controversial president.

In our first segment, we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council and hear some fascinating insights on how the Supreme Court works, as well as her thoughts on the opening arguments in the Jack Phillips’ religious freedom case. Is religious freedom hanging in the balance and could it come down to one man’s vote?

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Protecting Children, Ministry Leaders, & Christian Business Owners

We face an enemy who is crafty, experienced, and evil; Satan is ‘the father of lies.’ Ever since his unsuccessful rebellion against God at the beginning of time he has honed his craft, finding innovative ways to attack the children of God in hopes of discrediting the gospel message.

Today, Christians face increasing discrimination and ridicule in our nation. Fueled by Hollywood, media, public education, and a progressive government, we are seeing the rights of religious expression and worship attacked on several fronts. Cities and states are passing laws forcing Christian churches and organizations to choose to either approve of and support immoral, unbiblical values or risk being shut down.

But the enemy we face is clever and devious and never puts all his eggs in one basket. He is also stirring up problems within Christian churches and ministries by attacking our compassion for others. Churches and ministries are committed to ministering to anyone seeking help or hope. But the enemy has sent “spies” into our camp attempting to undermine our work. We are seeing frivolous lawsuits aimed at discrediting and even shutting down faithful warriors for Christ in order to intimidate the church.

In our second segment, we share the sad story surrounding Ravi Zacharias, a respected Christian leader dedicated to sharing the gospel and loving others, who was falsely accused of sexual improprieties even though it appears he did everything he could to be above reproach.

In segment three, we touch on the opening arguments of the Supreme Court case involving Christian artist and bakery chop owner, Jack Phillips, who is simply asking not to be forced to take part in gay marriages.

In our first segment we check in with Tina Griffin of Counter Culture Mom to discuss how we protect our children against the horrible influences of movies and video games. We also discuss the increased sensitivity to sexual harassment in our nation and the downside of ‘guilty until proven innocent.’

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