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Chris does a follow up on his earlier show discussing Psalms of Deliverance, now focusing on passages that deal specifically with encouraging a believer during troubled times. At one point, the Scripture tells us that when King David was "greatly distressed" he "encouraged himself in the Lord his God" (1 Sam. 30:6). The Book of Psalms provides wonderful insights for how we can do the same in our own walk of faith.
Chris discusses a new story about the city council in Lake Worth, Florida who opened their meeting with an invocation that included Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Zeus, Krishna, Thor and Satan. A number of the city's commissioners walked out on the invocation, which was carried out by a well known Atheist activist. Are we witnessing the fulfillment of Scriptural warnings that the nations would all worship the dragon? (Revelation 13:4)
Chris continues his discussion about the Bible and the American war for independence, this time discussing the complaints of the American colonists against the king. Did the colonies have Biblical grounds for separating from England? Was the American Revolution justified?
Chris discusses what the Bible says about the concept of rebellion, in answer to an email about whether or not the American Revolution was justified. The Scripture tells us that "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" (1Samuel 15:23), but exactly what does this mean? Rebellion against who? And under what circumstances? Also discussed is the civil war that took place in ancient Israel in the days of Jeroboam. Was this war justified, or was it in disobedience to the will of God?
In the aftermath of an Islamic prayer meeting at the Washington National Cathedral, the latest advance in the cause of global ecumenism is the prayer of Pope Francis in the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. The Pope has also signed a joint declaration with the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, and there are apparently plans to celebrate the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation with the president emeritus of the World Lutheran Federation in 2017.
Chris discusses the book of 2 Kings and how the people of Samaria were taught to fear the Lord, and yet they also worshiped other gods. The practice was adopted beginning in the time of Jeroboam and worsened as a result of the Assyrian captivity, when people from many other nations were sent to live in Samaria. Could this be a picture of what has happened to America?
Chris discusses some of the history of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday surrounding the proclamation for the event given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The practice of a day of Thanksgiving dates back to the Pilgrims and early colonies, but individual states kept the practice each in their own way, and at different times. Yet it was during the American Civil War that President Lincoln chose to declare an official day for our nation to observe, and to give thanks and praise to God Almighty for His many blessings, and His mercy, in spite of our sins as a country.
Chris discusses the book of Psalms and its many promises of deliverance for those who put faith in God. While the Scripture tells us that in the world we will face many troubles (Psalm 34:19), yet the Lord promises to deliver His people from the hand of all their enemies, and from every trial.
Chris discusses the first ever Muslim prayer ritual held inside the Washington D.C. National Cathedral. The proceeding was interrupted by a Christian woman from Tennessee who began to cry out against the Muslims, telling them that the Church should be devoted to Jesus Christ, not Islam. Does this mark the Islamic invasion of Christianity in America?
Chris discusses what was once called the Apostle Paul's "American Motto" which comes from Galatians chapter five: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free." Who today would believe that this verse of Scripture once defined the original concept of American liberty, and inspired a generation to fight the War of Independence?
Chris discusses the recent decision handed down by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of gay marriage bans. The court upheld the right of four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio & Tennessee) to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and to ban sodomy based marriages. Conservatives are celebrating victory, but now the decision will likely move to the U.S. Supreme Court. If so, liberals are predicting that the issue of gay marriage could be decided once and for all, and they seem to expect the court to rule in their favor. On the other hand, conservatives argue that the Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of individual states deciding the issue of marriage for themselves.
Chris discusses the concept of human rights and the U.S. Constitution. With so many groups clawing for power in America (atheists, Muslims, gays, socialists, communists, etc.), each has their own idea of what constitutes a "right." Is government funded birth control a woman's right? What about government approved homosexual marriage? Or Islamic halal food in the public schools? Are these rights? If so, what are the limits? Where do rights come from? Our Declaration of Independence tells us that rights in America come from our Creator. Because God does not change (Malachi 3:6), our rights cannot be taken away by any man, or any court. Hence, they are "unalienable." But does our country still believe this?
Chris discusses the introduction of the 1833 edition of Fox's Book of Martyrs, in which is featured a warning to America about the influence of Rome in the United States. Should such warnings be taken more seriously today? Also discussed are recent comments from musician, Elton John about Pope Francis and his support for the gay community. Praise for Pope Francis comes as he is presented as a reformer who has pushed for the acceptance of gays in the Catholic Church. The Vatican's Synod on the Family recently concluded, and officially backed away from its original welcoming statements of gays into Catholicism. It is now reported that the reason for this was because the statements "did not go far enough in emphasizing the church's welcome, respect, and value for gays and lesbians."
Chris discusses a new story about Pope Francis who has now told the world that the big bang theory and Darwin's theory of evolution are true. The Pope maintains that, apparently, God used evolution to accomplish the creation. But is this possible in light of Scripture? Could Adam and Eve have evolved from apes? The truth is that evolution has a long history with the Jesuit Order, in particular, Teilhard de Chardin, the man known as the "father of the new age" and perhaps the greatest single influence behind the modern day ecumenical movement.
Chris discusses the beginnings of the upcoming Halloween celebration, in light of recent comments made by Kirk Cameron that Christians should celebrate the holiday. Is this a Christian holiday? How did it begin? It is often asserted that it is related to All Saints Day, but if so, how did it come to be a celebration of witches, ghouls and goblins?
Chris discusses a series of articles dealing with the early American view of homosexual behavior. How would the framers of our Constitution feel about the issue of gay marriage, and the concept of gay rights? A clear and sober examination of American law (prior to the post World War II era) shows that today's homosexual movement is nothing short of an alien value system entered into our society.
Chris discusses a series of recent stories on the gay marriage controversy, including the subpoena of Houston area pastor's sermons by the openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. Also discussed is the latest attack against two Christians who own a wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They have now been threatened with jail and a $1000/day fine if they refuse to perform gay weddings. Meanwhile, in Rome the Vatican has concluded its synod on the family, offering an initial "welcome" to homosexuals that was later amended to a more conservative tone. But is this the beginning of a progression towards accepting gay marriage in the Roman Catholic Church?
Chris discusses Ephesians chapter 2 and what the Scripture says about the salvation of believers, and the condition of the unbelieving world. It is common to suggest that if a person is good (as the world judges goodness), then they might just go to heaven, even if they don't know Christ. But is this the case? Does the Scripture in any way suggest that this might be possible? The Apostle Paul provides us with a powerful and sobering answer, when discussing the condition of the Gentiles before they came to know the Gospel.
Chris discusses current events in light of Matthew chapter 24 and the Lord's admonitions about the end times. The Scripture tells us that whether we face wars or the rumors thereof, we should seek our consolation in the promises and reassurances of God.
Chris discusses the history of the first amendment, in light of a recent Supreme Court decision that is said to allow gay marriage to move forward in a number of states, while leaving the issue unresolved at a national level. But at the heart of the matter is whether the U.S. Constitution is supposed to be viewed through the lens of Biblical teaching. Was there ever a time when this was the case? Incredibly, a series of commentaries from 19th century Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story provide powerful insights to the subject at hand. Story reveals what the original intention of the First Amendment was, and what it was not.
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TARES AMONG THE WHEAT
- The sequel to "A Lamp in the Dark".
- “Tares Among the Wheat” will likely challenge what most scholars believe about Bible history, and the origins of the current wave of new translations that have flooded churches around the world.
-“Tares Among the Wheat” has been awarded the 2013 Telly Award for excellence in film and video production. “Tares” was specifically honored for the Historic Documentary category, and this award represents the sixth Telly for Adullam Films.
We give thanks and praise to God that He has seen fit to use our work to edify members of the body of Christ, and hope that any worldly acknowledgments will only encourage others to see the work, so that God may be glorified in all.
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