Category: Evangelism

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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God is Faithful

We hear it proclaimed almost every time we gather in Christian fellowship: “God is faithful!” There is certainly peace and security in knowing we worship the one true God who cannot lie or contradict Himself, and whose eternal nature and attributes are unchanging. It should give us great peace to know God cannot break His promises and that He provides a consistent message for us as His adopted children.

But is God’s faithfulness conditional upon us in any way, shape or form? Can he be moved or manipulated by our level of faith? And just what is God faithful to do for both those who commit to Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, and those who reject Him? Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute joins us for a discussion on the role of faith in the Christian life, and God’s faithfulness.

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Has Science become an Enemy of Biblical Christianity?

Modern science seems bent on manufacturing “evidence” to disprove the Bible and its account of creation. This version of science has been taught in public education and reinforced in secular media over the past 50 years, and it is taking its toll on the beliefs and views of a majority of people. But how reliable are the findings of modern science? Carl Kerby of Reasons for Hope joins us to discuss the growing conflict between the Bible and modern science.

In the third segment today, we also discuss the act of terrorism last night in London, a city teetering on the brink of chaos. This time the targets were Muslims leaving a Sunday night service at a Mosque.

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Doubt, Skepticism and Confusion

Satan’s bag of tricks are not all that extensive. He usually sticks to the same tactic because it works. He placed doubt about God into Eve’s mind, and the result was sin and death entering the world. These days the tactic remains the same: Get people to doubt God and His Word, and convince them that we know better than God who we are and what is good. But today Satan has a variety of institutions to reinforce the doubt he wants to spread including media, public education, Hollywood, and even sometimes naive professing Christians.

Pastor Randy White joins us to discuss the growing skepticism about God in society and within the church, and how we combat it with sound theology and method.

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Abandoned Faith: A Lost Generation?

There have always been problems with communication and understanding between generations. Every younger generation that comes along is viewed with skepticism by more elderly generations. But the gap in communication and understanding between today’s millennials and older people is in some ways like nothing we have ever experienced.

While it might be easy to just think they’ll grow out of it, it is important to understand that this younger generation faces serious challenges many of us have not faced; and they been raised in a public education system and media presence that has caused them to become skeptical about life as a whole.

We’re joined by a Christian apologist, researcher and author who has studied millennials extensively: Dr. Alex McFarland. He has written a new book Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, about the questions and struggles of millennials and how we can reach them with the truth and hope of Jesus Christ.

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The Truth about American Christianity & Islam

Today’s guest is Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries. We discuss the president’s visit to the Middle East and what’s on the table as he meets with Israeli leaders as well and Palestinian Authority leaders. Will America still defend Israel if they are attacked? What about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? Does the Trump administration still oppose a two-state solution?

Where Christians and the American church are concerned, too many churches and leaders have backed away from preaching the hard truths of Scripture while many of us struggle with conforming to this world. Since the average believer has not been well equipped to do ministry and accurately handle God’s Word, what are some of the steps we can take to be more disciplined in prayer and Bible study so we can be effective and fruitful witnesses for Jesus Christ?

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Does North Korea fit in Biblical Prophecy?

Understandably when most Christians consider biblical prophecy we look to Israel and the growing tension in the Middle East. And while many events in the Middle East seem to be lining up prophetically, are we over looking a tiny nation in Asia with nuclear weapons who is threatening to destroy America and plunge the world into global war? We’re talking of course about North Korea. At least one pastor and student of biblical prophecy thinks it is a mistake to discount North Korea’s influence on end times prophecy.

Pastor Carl Gallups, a best-selling author and radio show host joins us to take a world-wide view of biblical prophecy and the increasing tension in the world.

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Discrimination… to Persecution… to Martyrdom

First, a reality check. As Christians living in America, with the exception of a little discrimination, we are quite comfortable and surely not undergoing persecution (at least as many in the world are experiencing). What we see is increasing ridicule and hostility toward the gospel and true believers. But this mockery and discrimination has an historic pattern of leading to persecution and even martyrdom. We saw it in the early formation of The Soviet Empire and Communist China, where hundreds of thousands of Christians were murdered in the name of Communism. Biblical Christianity stands in direct contradiction to socialism, (the modern definition of) liberalism, Communism and totalitarian rule.

William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition joins us today as we look at several news stories of persecution of Christians around the world. We also look at stories here in the U.S. where ridicule and growing discrimination of Christians might well be leading our beloved nation to one day join the list of nations where Christians risk their lives for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Skeptics & Scoffers

God’s Word warns us of a couple very important things: first, that Jesus is returning one day to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom; and second, there will be those who mock and doubt His return, believing mankind can work out all our own problems.

But the warning signs of His return are all around us for those who have eyes to see: other than wars and rumors of wars, Israel is once again a nation; the whole world led by the United Nations is opposing Israel; radical Islam is vowing to destroy Israel; and regimes in North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and Syria have the chemical and nuclear weapons to plunge the world into the final great war before the Lord returns. Today’s guest, Gary Kah, has studied biblical prophecy, globalism and the coming one world government for several decades.

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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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Are We Prepared for Real Persecution in America?

Our Christian brothers and sisters around the world are facing increased persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. But we here in America face limited discrimination and a soft persecution at worst. Are we spiritually prepared for the coming days when we are truly hated for the name sake of Jesus Christ? Is our professed Christian walk even worthy of hatred and persecution of the world? Or does our life blend in too closely with the lives of unbelievers? Don Veinot joins the program today.

This morning we look at recent studies showing increased hatred of Jesus Christ and His followers, and how Christians in America are being influenced more and more by secular humanist thought.

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The End Game in Syria and Israel

Many are wondering what the end game of leaders like President Trump and Russian President Putin might be in Syria and the Middle East. The U.S. attack on the air force base that Syrian President Assad used to attack his people with chemical weapons has the world on edge, and as the U.S. Secretary of State prepares to meet with Russian leaders today, an anxious world looks on hoping for a positive outcome that will avoid an escalation of war.

Hear what Gary Kay has to say on today’s program.

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Discernment or Self-Destruction?

This morning on Stand Up For the Truth we read your comments and answer your questions from this week.  One central theme is discernment issues within Christianity.  Are we using proper biblical discernment or engaging in prideful witch hunts, looking to discredit others who we disagree with?  Also, several have chimed in regarding young people seeking “community” outside the confines of church. We discuss these and other topics of interest today.

First up, David covers our weekly Media watch segment, answering this question:  Why does secular media dedicate so much time to covering issues Americans say they don’t care about?

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Controversial Issues in the Christian Church

Families and societies operate best when there are fixed standards of morality to guide our actions. In our nation, we were established upon the rule of law, supposedly giving us clear instruction what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior. As Christians we are guided by God’s Word which sets the ultimate standard for morality and acceptable behavior for us. But what happens when “normal” becomes subjective to personal feelings?

In the first segment today, we check in with Doug Wakefield of Best Minds, Inc. to keep an eye on world wide economic trends that point to globalism through a coming shake up in the world economy.

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Is This the Future of America’s Churches?

Today we cover an intriguing article from Denver, Colorado about an “atheist church of free thinkers.” What is very interesting about the article is the words they use to describe their “community” are the same words that appeal to many young Christians these days: Free-thinking, questioning, skeptical, and conversational.

Is this the model for the future of church for our younger people? We discuss this with Dave Wager of Silver Birch ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute. Dave has worked with youth for 35 years.

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The One Who Can Fix Our Problems in Public Education

In our final segment today we offer a solution to the Public Education mess we see as discussed from the crisis at Washington Middle School in Green Bay. The solution is simple, but not easy. It will require qualities sadly lacking these days: courage and conviction.

First up, we are joined by Brad Dacus of The Pacific Justice Institute to discuss legal cases threatening the religious freedom and conviction of Christians in our nation. Even his organization has been labeled a ‘hate’ group’ by the radical Southern Poverty Law Center. Has the Progressive/Marxist juggernaut grown so strong that it is inevitable? If not, what can we do to fight it and restore biblical principles in our nation?

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