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-Happy Thanksgiving 2019

by Dr. D ~ November 28th, 2019

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("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)


Happy Thanksgiving 2019 to you and yours. The following is our traditional Thanksgiving message:

Thanksgiving is an uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the First Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and friends and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon giving thanks to God along with our family and friends as it was on that very first occasion.

For my family and I, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation during this holiday season and in the year to come.           *Top

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–Happy Reformation Day!

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2019
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    (Wittenberg Door: Wikipedia)

Happy HalloweenHappy Reformation Day!

I know. October 31st is known for witches, goblins, pumpkins, and trick or treat.

It is amazing to me how in the last 20 years or so Halloween has gone from a one night ‘celebration’ to become an entire ‘holiday’ season of it’s own with parties and decorations that span nearly an entire month. Plus it has become an excuse for every TV station to flood the air with the worst horror movies of all time.  Not a genre that I am particularly fond of.

However, this is also the anniversary of a real earth shaking -game changing- historical event that altered the face of Europe and forever changed the Christian Church. 502 years ago on this day- October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany starting The Reformation.

The enemy (Satan) likes to use this day for propagating his dark agenda but on this day a genuine move of God was initiated that still continues. The beginning of a revival right in the face of the enemy on his own day.

For years the church tried to redeem this day calling it- All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve with church services looking forward to midnight which began the traditional Christian celebration of ‘All Saints Day.’ However in our present culture the historical Christian observance of this day has been largely forgotten.

Let us redeem this dark day and pray for God to continue to reform and revive his church.  Let’s also in remembrance of the original Reformation pray today for a new awakening to begin in America. May a new door of renewal and revival open in America that no man can shut.  In Jesus name, Amen           *Top

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-Islam and Christianity- Comparing and Contrasting the Two World Religions

by Dr. D ~ September 30th, 2019

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September always brings with it a memory of 9/11/01 and how ignorant we use to be about Islam- a world religion that affects the lives and culture of at least 1 billion people around the world.

Until that dark day in 2001 most Christians in America knew very little about Islam and what Muslims actually practiced and believed. Some of us had Muslim neighbors who were just as likable and peaceful as everyone us on our block and their children went to school with ours. Nevertheless, Islam really didn’t touch our lives in any meaningful way before 2001. It was just another religion among many in America.

Then came the thousands killed on 9/11 and the subsequent acts of terror in America and in Western countries and around the world that exposed us to the very worst of some of their beliefs; supposedly perpetrated in the name of their god Allah and in response to the teachings of the prophet Muhammad and the Quran.

After that came the reports every month that ISIS and other Muslim radicals like Boko Haram were killing Christians or ordering them to join Islam or else. Now some Christian leaders are actually concerned whether in the future any Christian churches and communities will be left in the Near East where the Christianity originated and Christians lived peacefully for two thousand years.

Since then we have been told that Islam is really a ‘religion of peace’ and that the actions of the Muslim radicals and terrorists do not represent the ‘real’ Muslim religion. Not only that, but if we continue to be critical of Islam then we are actually guilty of defamation, blasphemy, and for promoting the ‘evil’ of Islamophobia.

Nevertheless, it is estimated that nearly 10% of the billion Muslims (100 million) appear to be radicalized supporters of jihad against unbelievers and polls have consistently shown that a majority of Muslims are sympathetic to many of the actions of radical Muslims even though we are told that Islam is suppose to be a peaceful religion.

In the midst of it all we have written a number of articles comparing and contrasting the major beliefs of Christianity and Islam and linked and commented on some others. We believe in light of what is happening around the world that it is increasingly important for Christians to know more about the actual teachings of Islam as compared to their own beliefs. The following are links to those articles:

 

-Islam and Christianity: Some Major Differences

-Dueling Jesuses: Isa of Islam vs. The Son of God of Christianity

Comparing: Islam and Christianity #1 -God’s Love?

Comparing: Islam and Christianity #2 -The Righteousness and Justice of God

Comparing: Islam and Christianity #3 -The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Comparing Islam and Christianity #4 -The Holy Spirit

Comparing Islam and Christianity #5 -Miracles and Spiritual Gifts

Comparing Islam and Christianity #6 -The Divinity of Jesus

-Comparing Islam and Christianity #7: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus

 

Comments and Links to articles written by others:

-The Essential Difference Between Christianity and Islam? 

The Bible and The Quran: Some Major Contrasts

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-Clear Evidence of Babylonian Conquest of Jerusalem

by Dr. D ~ August 30th, 2019

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Archaeologists have found clear evidence that Jerusalem was conquered by Babylon just like the Bible says. From Christian Headlines:

Now, archaeologists digging in modern-day Jerusalem say they have uncovered “clear” archaeological evidence affirming the account as described in 2 Kings 25.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte uncovered Babylonian-style arrowheads and layers of ash alongside lamps, potsherds and gold and silver jewelry they believe is either a tassel or earring.

The discovery is “clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city” dating to 587/586 BC, according to a UNC Charlotte press release. Significantly, the pottery and lamps were found side-by-side with evidence of the Babylonian siege “represented by burnt wood and ashes,” the press release said.

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Response: It is a significant discovery since the historicity of the Bible record is generally discounted by modern scholars unless clear archeological evidence supports the account.

Moreover, Muslims contend that Jerusalem was never in Jewish hands nor was a Jewish Temple ever on the site of the present Dome of the Rock mosque regardless of all of the independent historical accounts that support Jewish and Biblical contentions.

It is remarkable that since Muslim leaders have put forth their erroneous alternate anti-Semitic historical arguments that nearly every year new archaeological evidence has been found to support the Biblical record of Jewish occupation of Jerusalem and Israel for hundreds of years. The discovery of the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ among the first and most dramatic finds beginning in 1946. Even before the founding of the modern Jewish state of Israel in 1948.               *Top

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-Independence Day 2019: Freedom Comes from God

by Dr. D ~ July 4th, 2019

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Happy Independence Day 2019.

The following is our traditional message for the 4th of July:

Flags are flying, parades are moving, drinks are flowing, and politicians are speaking today in America.

243 years ago a message was confirmed by representatives of 13 colonies proclaiming their freedom, a freedom that was considered to be derived from God:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Much has been made of the variety of beliefs held by the founders of this country but their words and convictions remain not only on paper but also in the hearts of the people.

Declaration of Independence: The Emphasis Upon God

When it comes to the Declaration of Independence, the words- “by their Creator” were a major part of the message, the subject, and the emphasis.

Many secularists and atheists today want to de-emphasize the role of faith in the founding of this country to the point that many are attempting to actually rewrite history itself. For them, God could have easily been left out of the document with little or no effect.

But in the context of 1776, those words were the whole linchpin of the document and appealed to as the ultimate authority and source for the rights of the Americans to rebel against the King of England.

In the context of the 18th century the Europeans believed that their Kings reigned and ruled ‘by Divine right’ under the authority of God and were His direct representatives. In fact, the King of England was also the head of the church and was supposed to defend the Christian faith against heresy and all enemies. In that cultural context, to rebel against the King was tantamount to rebelling against God the Creator himself.

In the Declaration the founders made it clear that they were not rebelling against God but that the Creator was actually the ultimate authority they were appealing to saying that their ‘rights’ were derived directly from the Creator and not given to them by the King of England or some parchment or Parliament.

It was a radical document at the time and changed the whole course of human history and ‘the Creator’ was part and parcel of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate authority appealed to in the whole process.            *Top

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