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-President Trump: Relying on God Now More Than Ever?

by Dr. D ~ January 31st, 2017


President Donald Trump has been in office for just over a week now and I have never seen the media react with such fervor and resolute unhinged opposition. Also I have never seen one in that office actually do as much in their first week.

Maybe others have, but the constant drumbeat of the media and the continual protests by leftist celebrities, it seems like it was the busiest first week ever for a president. One of the funniest pictures I have ever seen on Facebook characterizes that experience. It shows President Trump with the caption:

“Good Morning Snowflakes! What are we offended about today?”

Meanwhile in a recent interview, President Trump says that he is praying and relying on God more than ever since taking office. From Charisma:

"I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more," Trump told The Brody File. "There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position. So God comes in even more so."

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Response: This is really good to hear. Since the election some who are closest to him say that Trump has been humbled by the whole thing and has really sought out God’s help. You can see that intent in his choice to actually have more prayers given at his inaugural than any other president before him.

Regardless of  whether you politically support our new President or not, all of us should be praying him that he will be guided and inspired to make the best possible decisions for our nation and world.                    *Top

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-Canada: Conservative Churches are Growing While Liberal Ones Continue to Decline?

by Dr. D ~ December 13th, 2016


Recent research in Canada confirms that theology and belief really do matter when it comes to church growth and decline. The churches that are growing have ministers that affirm traditional Christian beliefs while the ones in decline not so much. Here’s the story from On Religion:

The bottom line: The faith proclaimed in growing churches was more orthodox – especially on matters of salvation, biblical authority and the supernatural – than in typical mainline congregations.  …

Focusing on 2003-2013, the researchers defined "decline" as an average loss of 2 percent of church attendees a year. "Growing" churches were gaining people in the pews at a rate of 2 percent or more.

“…What we see is that growing churches hold more firmly to basics of traditional Christianity, including being more diligent about things like prayer, Bible reading and evangelism."

Crucial findings in this study showed that, in growing churches, pastors tend to be more conservative than the people in their pews. In declining congregations, pastors are usually more theologically liberal than their people.

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Response: This research was interesting on a number of different levels. First of all it was done in mainline Canadian denominations which are all in decline. The leaders in those denominations really didn’t seem to care enough to even know about the few ‘success’ stories that were in their own organizations.

It really is a question of why bother. If the traditional beliefs are no longer taught or supported then the church becomes nothing more than another social club that meets together once a week and does some good things for people once in a while. But there are lots of other groups that do the same.

In the growing congregations, the pastors nearly all believed in the resurrection of  Jesus while a substantial number in the declining churches did not. Those leaders in the declining churches need to re-read I Corinthians 15: 14 where Paul states that the church and the faith are a waste of time if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead.

The ‘growing’ pastors also teach that it is crucial for non-believers to become Christians and 100% of them believe that God still answers prayers today and performs miracles while the leaders of the churches in decline are far less supporting.

Similar research was done a generation ago in the USA. Dean M. Kelley in his book- “Why Conservative Churches Are Growing” (New York: Harper & Row, 1972, Updated, 1977) came to many of the same conclusions as this recent research in Canada.

It stirred up quite a controversy while I was attending a mainline seminary and many books and research projects followed all of which substantially supported the original. Nevertheless, the mainline denominations that were declining continue to decline because their liberal leaders obviously did not want to make the changes that would make them more successful as an organization if they had to become more conservative in the process.

In the last 40 years or so, the segment of the American church that saw the most growth were conservative evangelical non-denominational churches while the more liberal mainline churches continued to sharply decline and the more conservative denominational congregations showed some slight gains.

I am also sure that the Canadian denominational leaders will mostly ignore this research and probably make statements supporting a view that growth is not all that important that diversity is a more important goal in Canada.               *Top

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-Happy Thanksgiving 2016

by Dr. D ~ November 24th, 2016


("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)

Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

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 God 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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-Updating The Ezekiel 38-39 Scenario

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2016


                              (Jerusalem: Wikipedia)

For years, Bible teachers and preachers have been looking for Russia to lead a coalition of nations in an attack against Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39.

I haven’t worried about that possibility since Turkey is the real key to that whole scenario since many of the ancient nations mentioned in the prophecy are now incorporated in modern Turkey. Also Turkey has had close ties with Israel for years, has been a close ally of the USA, and an integral part of NATO which traditionally opposed Russia and their allies.

Now I believe that Turkey is in play and that we might actually be witnessing the lining up of a possible Ezekiel 38-39 coalition. Lately, Turkey has been increasingly more radical and Islamist. Also, the Turkish leaders partially blame the USA for the recent so-called coup since the supposed coup leader lives in America and the Obama administration refuses to  extradite him.

Worse yet, the relations between Turkey and Israel have been on a downward spiral over the last couple of years following the Gaza Blockade and Turkey’s failed attempt to break it. Then last year the Turkish President called on all Muslims to attack Israel, capture Jerusalem, and establish a new caliphate.  Though this summer the two countries attempted to negotiate a reconciliation, the agreement was not an entirely satisfactory resolution from the Turkish viewpoint.

Then there are the recent trips that Russia’s Putin has made to Turkey trying to bring them into their sphere of influence along with Iran and all of the former Soviet ‘istan’ republics. It is the moves that Putin has recently made along with the declining relation ships between Turkey and the USA along with Israel which has caused me to write this update.

Is the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario now in place? No, but the trends listed above are going in that direction. Keep your eye on Turkey, that country remains the modern key to the whole thing. At least 4 of the 7 ancient countries listed in the Ezekiel coalition are now part of the modern country of Turkey. Iran (Persia ) is the other nation to watch. If Turkey and Iran actually get together watch out.

I believe that Russia under Putin is also important as a possible deal maker in getting Shia Iran together with Sunni Turkey. Iran and Turkey are natural opponents, each one wanting to establish their own version of a new Muslim caliphate.  Russia already has major treaties with Iran and would like to add Turkey to the mix.  As long as Turkey is part of NATO and somewhat close to the USA nothing is going to happen. Putin would like to change all of that and put Turkey in his camp along with Iran. Watch for it, that is where the real danger is.

See my previous article on Ezekiel 38-39 where I identify the modern locations of the Gog and Magog coalition: “-Is ‘Gog and Magog’ Beginning to Line Up?

UPDATE: See the following article I found after I wrote this post. Pretty much confirms my concerns about Turkey:    “Turkey and the Next War


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-A Baby with DNA from 3 Parents: Ethical Implications?

by Dr. D ~ September 28th, 2016

This is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough- a new procedure allowed a baby to be born with DNA from three different people- two women and a man. Here’s the story from New Scientist:

It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people…

The controversial technique, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, has only been legally approved in the UK. But the birth of the child, whose Jordanian parents were treated by a US-based team in Mexico, should fast-forward progress around the world, say embryologists.

The boy’s mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that affects the developing nervous system.  …

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Response: The Jordanian couple is happy to have a child without the genetic problems that killed their previous children. One can be happy for them and yet question the ethics of this new technique.

I believe that the old adage- “Just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should” –may readily apply to this new scientific breakthrough.  Here are the reasons that the new procedure has some potential ethical problems:

1. Destruction of Embryos: According to the report, only 1 out of the 5 embryos produced by this procedure was viable.

2. Custom Order Babies?: This new technique might eventually be used to order up the  sex, hair color, eye color, potential height and build, intelligence, racial characteristics, and etc. that parents with enough money might prefer? This was one of  Hitler’s dreams/nightmares.

3. Who and How Many are the Actual Parents?: In this case 3 contributed to the makeup of this baby. The technique itself seems to be rather open ended on how many might actually contribute to the DNA of a future child? Who are the actual legal parents? Also, what will a birth certificate say?

This is just off the top of my head. Anyone else want to take a stab at this? My final questions are these: Can three people actually claim to be this child’s parents? This could be a legal nightmare. Even more important, how will a child respond later in life when they find out about their various parental DNA contributions? And finally, how will they identify themselves?             *Top

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