Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kindle Deals Include an Apologetics Freebie and Some Good Deals. In This Week's Websightings: Obama Says Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release a Priority, A Possession that Gave Inspiration Found on Ukrainian Soldiers Defending Donestk Airport, Churches Burned and Ten Dead in Niger in Reaction to Charlie Hebdo Cartoons, Almost One Million Chechens Protest the Cartoons

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I hope that many of you are praying for Ukraine and most especially the evangelical Christians in the eastern portion of the country. 

Unfortunately, violence has again spiked and the airport at Donestk is in the hands of the Russian-backed separatists. However, as is so often the case, God is at work behind the scenes, accomplishing spiritual results that will far outlast the present conflict. Check out what Motorola, the name given to a separatist commander, found on Ukrainian soldiers upon taking over the airport that Ukrainian soldiers had been so relentlessly and courageously defending.


800,000 Muslims Rally Against Charlie Hebdo in Chechnya – A Country of 1.3 Million People
Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:06 PM

Not only are the freedoms that we take for granted in the West not experienced by believers, and people in general, in other parts of the world but they often pay the price for our chosen free exercise of some of those freedoms.  

Muslim Mobs Burn Down Churches, Pastors' Homes in Niger for Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad Cartoons; 10 People Dead in Protests

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I Am NOT Charlie

The problem with Charlie Hebdo and the massacre of people there who were exercising a freedom we all take for granted is that, for the Christian, Charlie Hebdo represents among the worst that society has to offer in publications. It is a rag, blasphemous (even against Christ and Christianity), immoral and intemperate. It has the right to exist and to offend one and all (and eventually succeeds at doing just that). However, that doesn't mean that we applaud its exercising of that right in the ways that they have done it. I think the difference between anarchy (that's really extreme freedom, people) and freedom is that the people have some restraint from outside and inside of themselves. Charlie Hebdo operates without restraint and its now deceased editor (according to a European press source that I read) was a communist.

Also, for the French, and any other nationality that seeks to jump on the bandwagon of support, it creates a perception among even moderate Muslims that perhaps the radicals are right. They are against us. To them, it would seem reasonable to show some respect, even if you don't agree and are not Muslim, to the prophet Mohammed.

That being said, I think there is a fine line between saying that this massacre was totally unjustified and evil and the perpetrators must face justice and rallying around a reprehensible publication. I applaud and I am very encouraged by the march against Islamic extremists but I am NOT Charlie.

It is my prayer that God may comfort those who lost loved ones and protect the French people and its immigrant population, both Jewish and Muslim (reports are that there has been a spike in anti-Muslim violence, intimidation and vandalism). I also pray that this action and the reactions of the French people and government doesn't make it more difficult to see Muslims come to Christ.

And let's not forget the Jewish victims at the deli and the officers who died protecting people, one of whom was a Muslim.  Pray for their families. May evil be overcome by good.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Websightings: Christian E-books for FREE on Strength vs. Cancer, Twenty Compelling Evidences for God's Existence, Remember Ashley Smith? Russian Evangelicals Love Putin!?! Church Bus Destroyed by Fire while All Escape Without Injury, We're Losing the Battle vs. Persecution, the Impact of Porn on Young Men, and Stop the Selfies!

A Reason For Hope: Gaining Strength for Your Fight Against Cancer [Kindle Edition]

Note: not sure of the theological perspective of this Presbyterian chaplain. Check it our for yourself. 

20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists: Discover Why Believing in God Makes So Much Sense [Kindle Edition]

Robert M. Bowman (Author), Ken Boa (Author)

Remember Ashley Smith?

Please note that I don't know enough about this program to recommend it in general. However, this particular two part clip of the interview with Ashley Smith is excellent.

Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero [Kindle Edition]
Ashley Smith (Author)
Kindle price 99 cents

by Caleb Suko, missionary to Ukraine

Preparing Dads for Release
Prison Fellowship
By Steve Rempe | Posted January 5, 2015

Bus Fire in Green Bay
Our church's missionaries to Luxembourg sent us an mp4 of this story and a quick search on Google enabled me to find it. The story is about their daughter and her husband who were taking about 30 teens on a trip when their bus began to have severe trouble. The bus caught on fire and was destroyed but all the adults and teens on board made it out safely.

Our Battle Against Religious Persecution Is Floundering
Rep. Frank Wolf, human rights champion, calls on evangelicals to intensify the fight for religious liberty.
Interview by Timothy C. Morgan/ JANUARY 6, 2015

Dec. 19, 2014 8:19am Billy Hallowell

“Pornography teaches sex without love, intimacy, tender touch, responsibility, and commitment.”

Dec. 17, 2014 12:40pm
Matt Walsh