• Christmas, Encouragement, Holiday's Perspective, Jesus Church, Other Bible Teachers

    Posted on December 12th, 2012

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    Faith in What?

    Faith in What?

    Christmas is around the corner. It’s the time of year when cynics are pressed to enjoy hot cocoa and gingerbread and even non-believers begin to hope for miracles. It’s a time of year when faith pops into conversations.

    Faith. People toss the word about, as though faith itself is a good thing. Hard-core LOST fans will recall that a conflict developed between the man of “faith” - John Locke — and the man of “science” - Dr. Jack Shepherd during the show’s early seasons. At one point at the end of the second season, Jack famously asked Locke why it was so easy for him to believe, and Locke said, “It’s never been easy!”

    No, faith is not easy, and unfortunately for John Locke, his faith was in an ISLAND - an ISLAND with a smoke monster.

    “Have faith,” people will say. Faith? Faith in what? Faith in God? Faith in money? Faith in the good nature of the universe? Faith in our own karma? [By the way, in what bank is karma held, and who are the tellers?] We need to make sure we are building our faith on the right foundation.

    A skeptic asked us, “But see, there’s a problem when Grandma prays to be healed and she isn’t healed. She thinks she doesn’t have strong enough faith or that God doesn’t love her. What about Grandma?”

    We all want to see miracles. We want to pray for Grandma’s crippling arthritis and see her healed; we don’t want her suffering for two more decades. We want to pray for healing and freedom and see them happen.

    This is a hard issue. On top of it, the “name it and claim it” “blab it and grab it” “faith” teachers have skewed our understanding, presenting faith as the means to get anything we want. They leave out major components of what the Bible teaches, forgetting that faith has little to do with getting a Mercedes and everything to do with strengthening our relationship with our Savior.

  • America In Prophecy, Constitutional Issues, Politics, Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 16th, 2012

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    Thanksgiving, November 1, 1777

    Thanksgiving, November 1, 1777

    It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

  • Other Bible Teachers, Resurrection/Easter

    Posted on April 4th, 2012

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    Was Jesus Crucified on Good Friday?

    Was Jesus Crucified on Good Friday?

    “How can there be three days and three nights between Friday and Sunday?”
    The observances of Good Friday and Easter Sunday have perpetuated the traditional chronology that the crucifixion took place on a Friday, that the Lord’s body was buried on that day about 6 p.m., and that he rose from the dead early on Sunday. There are some, however, that feel this tradition is at odds with the Scriptural record. It also seems to conflict with certain prophetic and legal facts.

  • If You Are a Traditional Christian, You’re In Trouble

    If You Are a Traditional Christian, You’re In Trouble

    Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God? Do you pray, go to church and believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Then you are in danger.

    A british couple were told that they are not “The right kind of Christians” to be foster parents. They are Pentecostal, Fundamentalist Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin and a perversion of God’s creation.

    When applying for a new license to give foster care to children, this Christian couple were turned down in their application because they were “Too Christian”.

  • Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood

    Posted on February 10th, 2011

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    Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Do Not Want Control of Egypt’

    Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Do Not Want Control of Egypt’

    Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt said they do not want to take over but merely want to be a part of government, CNN reported Wednesday.

    “The Muslim Brotherhood is not seeking power,” an official said speaking at a press conference. “We will not have a presidential candidate, we want to participate and help, we are not seeking power,” according to the report.

    In a move intended to distance the movement from allegations that it is an extremist group, former head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Katatny, said: “We reject the religious state.”

    “We are not responsible for the speeches and statements of external forces.” Katatny added, “The regime has been using the Muslim Brotherhood scarecrow to tell the world that the regime is the only one who can safeguard the country, but this is wrong and it is their way to try to ignore the people’s demands,” CNN reported.

  • Your Astrological Sign Has Changed, Not God’s Word

    Your Astrological Sign Has Changed, Not God’s Word

    People around the world awoke today to the news that their Astrological Signs have changed. Many asked what they were supposed to do now. They felt as though they had lost their personal identity.

    Thousands of years ago when the name of the stars were called by their Biblical name “The Mazaroth”, people understood that the names of the twelve constellations contained the names of stars that told the story of the redemption of man.

    It was at the tower of Babel that the names of these twelve constellations became corrupted and changed into a way to predict the future of a person’s life that today is refereed to as “Astrology”. What God intended as a display His glory and the message of redemption, satan has corrupted and placed before man as a way to know the future.

    For more on this study in the 12 constellations, see the forthcoming study: “Gospel in the Stars”.

    It is terrible when you base your whole life on a set of ideals that suddenly, and without warning are changed. Therein is the problem with trusting in anything that man creates, it is constantly changing.

    The so called experts of astrology claimed that this sudden shift in the astrological signs is nothing new.

    They claim that this has been happening for thousands of years. That is for certain. Everything that man says and does is constantly changing. That is why none of us should put any trust in what any human being says or does. We should be trusting in the word of our God

  • Is Jesus God, or Just a Great Teacher?

    Is Jesus God, or Just a Great Teacher?

    It is surprising how many times people make the statement that “Jesus never claimed to be God.’

    Many of the religions of the world such as Islam, The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others, state that Jesus Christ is not God. Even some of the mainline denominations of these last days have begun to state that the Bible nowhere claims that Jesus is God.

    Anyone who makes such a remark has not read the Bible for themselves. Even upon a very simple study of the four Gospels it is clear that one of the major reasons that the Jews wanted so voraciously to kill Jesus, was that He had claimed that He was God.

    In this short post I will bring out just a few of the many places in the Bible where Jesus Himself made statements confirming the fact that He believed Himself to be God.

    Jesus claimed that He was equal with the Father:

    John 10:30-33 “I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

    “I and My Father are one.” In the original Greek Language it is clear that in Jesus statement that He intended the hearer understand that He and God are one and the same. The Greek word used here for “one” is “Hen”, which is “one in nature and essence”. Literally in today’s modern English Jesus would have said, “Even as the Father is God, so also am I God, we are one and the same.”

  • A Time When Men Cannot Die

    A Time When Men Cannot Die

    The Book of Revelation speaks of a time during the Great Tribulation in which men will be tormented by demon locusts with a sting in their tails like a scorpion. Though the pain and suffering will be intense and severe enough that men will cry out for death to be relieved of the terrible suffering, they will not be able to did.

    For five months, no matter how terrible of brutal the death of a person might be, they will not have the capacity to die and be set free from their suffering.

    Revelation 9:5-6 “And they (Demon Locusts) were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. And their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.”

    This is very interesting: The fact that a person cannot die. In fact the human body is so fragile, it takes very little at all to end someone’s life. When I took Black Belt Class in the martial arts studio where I practiced years ago, they taught us over 100 ways that a man could die from a very simple blow to his body. During this time of Great Tribulation, nothing will take a man’s spirit from his body. The Lord will not permit it to depart. Today scientists are still baffled by the fact that they do not really know when the time of death occurs. When does a person really die? From the Bible’s perspective, it is when our spirit leaves our body.

    The doctors watch the electrocardiogram machine and monitor the brain waves of a dying person until the signal that comes from the brain stops. When the green line on the monitor goes flat, the doctor pronounces that the person has died. It is at this point that all life support is stopped and the person’s body will take a few last labored breaths, then hold the last one. The Heart stops, all the organs cease to function, the person is dead.

    Technically, if the spirit of the person has not departed their body, they have not died. Though all signs of life are gone, the spirit may stay in the body for hours, even days as it has been recorded. Certain individuals have been pronounced dead. The life support machines are turned off, the person is placed on a gurney and brought to the morgue. Then suddenly, the color comes back into the body, the person begins to move, sit up or to speak. The person who looked dead has come back to life, how?

  • Controversial Subjects, Encouragement, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on December 5th, 2010

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    On Knowing Yourself, or Not

    On Knowing Yourself, or Not

    If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, then I am sure that you have also determined to follow Him no matter what the cost. Perhaps you have made the confession that you love the Lord above all other things and if necessary, you would be willing to give your life to follow Jesus. I certainly hope that if presented with a situation where we had to make that decision, that we would be able to follow through on that desire.

    The confession that we have made that we will follow Jesus as all cost, is one of the major reasons that the Lord allows us to have an opportunity to test that confession.

    How would we genuinely know if we really were committed to Jesus the way that we claim, unless we have an opportunity to deny Him? It is for this reason that the Lord will place us in a situation where we can see how we will react when under pressure. Maybe it is a stressful situation where you have the choice to either be patient or loses your temper. Perhaps it will be at a time when your friends or family will make fun or scold you for your trust in Jesus. It may be during the loss of something that you love desperately in your life that you see who you really are.

  • Christmas, Controversial Subjects, Holiday's Perspective, Islam, Jesus v. Religion

    Posted on December 5th, 2010

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    Liam Neeson Says Aslan is Mohammed in Narnia

    Liam Neeson Says Aslan is Mohammed in Narnia

    The actor who voices the lion in the film adaptations of the books has angered some fans of the stories, who claim he is distorting Lewis’s intentions to be “politically correct”. Aslan the lion features in all seven Narnia books, guiding children away from evil and harm and encouraging them to do good.

    Lewis was clear that the Aslan was based on Christ, and once wrote of the character: “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?”.” In the climax of the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan sacrifices his life to save Narnia, before rising from the dead, a plot which is widely believed to represent the crucifixion and the resurrection.

    But ahead of the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third Narnia book to be made into a film, next week, Neeson said: “Aslan symbolises a Christlike figure, but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries. “That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids — that’s what he means for me.” Walter Hooper, Lewis’s former secretary and a trustee of his estate, said that the author would have been angered by Neeson’s comments.

  • Internet, Persecution, Technology, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on December 2nd, 2010

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    Design a Christian App on iTunes, Be Removed by Apple

    Design a Christian App on iTunes, Be Removed by Apple

    A Christian organization that recently had its Apple iPhone app removed from Apple’s App Store has sent a letter to protest the removal, asking CEO Steve Jobs to reconsider the decision.

    Late last week, Apple quietly removed the Manhattan Declaration app, which had been available since mid-October, after an online petition was circulated calling the app a “hate fest” and saying that the Manhattan Declaration pushes “hateful and divisive language.” The petition, which originated on Change.org, wished to tell Apple “that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.”

    Released in Nov. 2009, the wordy Manhattan Declaration “speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas,” according to the declaration website. Manhattan Declaration spokeswoman Michelle Farmer told The Daily Caller that the statement and organization have never espoused any hateful rhetoric toward homosexuals or pro-choice advocates but that it does stand behind its belief and hopes that Jobs will listen to their concerns.

    “We’re making the argument that if [Jobs] would take a look at the Manhattan Declaration himself, he’d see it’s not written with any rancor. It’s written on a very even keel,” said Farmer. “It’s just appealing to things that people want to come together on, that millions of Americans agree on.”

  • Atheists, Controversial Subjects, Different Jesus

    Posted on November 29th, 2010

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    Father of Communism was Once a Christian

    Father of Communism was Once a Christian

    Did you know Karl Marx was once a professing Christian?

    Did you know the architect of communism later joined a satanic cult?

    Those are among the shocking revelations of a classic book, by a heroic pastor and evangelist repeatedly imprisoned and tortured by a Communist regime, that is back in print and available through the WND Superstore after decades of collecting dust.

    “‘Marx and Satan,’ written by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, is a book that changed my life and my worldview,” says Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. “Along with Whittaker Chambers’ ‘Witness,’ it is a classic 20th century title that should be read by everyone who truly wants to understand the intellectual underpinnings of Marxism.”

    Here’s an excerpt Wurmbrand found in Marx’s first book, amazingly titled, “The Union of the Faithful with Christ”: “Through love of Christ we turn our hearts at the same time toward our brethren who are inwardly bound to us and for whom He gave Himself as sacrifice. …”

    Are these sincere words from an honest Christian man? They certainly seem to be. Marx’s comrade, Friedrich Engels, was also a believer, and became a conservative theologian. He wrote against the liberal theologians of his time who criticized the Bible as the absolute word of God, and he also wrote a number of very sound Christian poems and hymns.

  • Alien Phenomenon, Science, Terrorism

    Posted on November 9th, 2010

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    Mystery Missile Over California

    Mystery Missile Over California

    U.S. officials said Tuesday they couldn’t say what might have created a mysterious plume that set off an Internet frenzy after it streaked across the Southern California sky Monday night. But they said they were confident there was no threat to the United States.

    Speculation immediately arose that some sort of rocket or missile must have been fired after Los Angeles television station KCBS videotaped the spectacular trail from one of its traffic helicopters.

    But a Federal Aviation Administration official told NBC News that there were “no reports of unusual sightings” and that a review of radar replays “did not reveal a fast-moving object in that area.”

    That’s in line with the observations of scientists interviewed by NBC News and msnbc.com, who said that for all the sensation the video created on the Internet, the contrail was consistent what you’d see behind a normal jetliner or other large aircraft if you happened to spot it at sunset from the unusual aerial angle of the TV helicopter — in other words, it was probably an optical illusion.

  • Abortion, America In Prophecy

    Posted on November 3rd, 2010

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    When Does Human Life Begin?

    When Does Human Life Begin?

    In September, Missouri became the second state (after South Dakota) to define life as beginning at conception and abortion as ending the life of a human being. An effort to include the definition in Missouri’s constitution failed, but Colorado will vote today on an amendment defining the unborn as “persons” from the moment of conception.

    “They do help the unborn, because whether those kind of amendments win or lose with the voters, they expose voters to the truth. It creates a discussion in the public about what is the unborn child? Are they human life? If they are human life, do they deserve the same rights as the rest of us—the right to live, of course, being the chief right among those? So I don’t believe whether they help the unborn is based on the success of the amendment, but rather does it cause a discussion, does it make people think about it, does it put the truth out there? And I think yes, it does all of those things.”

    Kristi Burton Brown, spokesperson, 2008 Colorado Personhood Amendment

    “Of course laws specifying that a new human being comes into existence when fertilization takes place help the unborn. It’s a way of publicly saying that, however weak and vulnerable this tiny human organism may be, it is one of us. Our lives begin in weakness and dependence and, of course, often end there as well. But from zygote to irreversible coma we remain equally human. We should be glad whenever the law acknowledges this.”

  • Bible Studies, Controversial Subjects, Rob Robinson, Salvation, The Book of Revelation

    Posted on October 28th, 2010

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    Revelation 20:15: The Lake of Fire

    Revelation 20:15: The Lake of Fire

    All those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ and have repented of their sins have had ALL of their past, present, and future sins covered by the Blood of Jesus Sacrifice. There no longer remains any record of any wrong doing by all those who believe Jesus sacrifice paid the debt they owed. When Paul says “And such were some of you…” He is speaking of all of us who have come into relationship with Jesus Christ by faith and have had those former sins done away with.

    Apart from Jesus Sacrifice, there is no forgiveness for anyone’s sin and no hope of eternal life or heaven. Those who reject Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for them on the Cross, there no longer remains any way to be saved. God provided ONE WAY that was very simple to understand and very simple to appropriate into your life; simply believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

    Sadly, all those who reject Jesus will find themselves at the judgment, with no way to have their sins removed and will be cast with all others who have rejected Jesus sacrifice, into the Lake of Fire.

    The reward for accepting Jesus sacrifice is eternal life. Conversely, the punishment for rejecting Jesus sacrifice is eternal death in the Lake of fire. The decision that a person makes in their life while alive will be sealed at the moment of their death with no hope of a second chance after death has occurred. This is why it is so important to explain this principle that God has established to every person you meet so that they correctly understand what is required of them in order to have eternal life, and the consequences of ignoring or rejecting Jesus.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Controversial Subjects

    Posted on October 7th, 2010

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    Pastors to Lose Tax Exemption

    Pastors to Lose Tax Exemption

    As I was preparing some of the articles that are posted here on BPU, I came across one of particular personal interest to me.

    The Pulaski County tax Accessor in Arkansas has decided to remove the tax exempt status on nine ministers in his county.

    I have included the article from the Arkansas publication, as well as the comments made by viewers and finally my own thoughts on the ramifications of removing the pastors tax exemption. Please add your own comments to this post. By the Way, when I attempted to post my comment which is at the end of this post on the Arkansas Online website, it was rejected by them, while all the neggative comments were allowed.

  • Controversial Subjects, Freedom of Speech and Religion

    Posted on October 5th, 2010

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    Franklin Graham: ‘Islam is Evil’

    Franklin Graham: ‘Islam is Evil’

    Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham, called Islam “wicked” and “evil” on Sunday during a televised town hall-style discussion about American’s feelings about the religion. “They want to build as many mosques and cultural centers as they possibly can so they can convert as many Americans as they can to Islam,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    Graham went on to profess his love for “the Muslim people,” but said he has “great difficulty with the religion.” “Especially with Sharia law and what it does for women — toward women, toward non-believers, the violence that is given in — under Sharia law,” Graham said.

  • Bible Studies, Is The Bible the Word of God?, Science and the Bible

    Posted on October 1st, 2010

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    Did The Flood of Noah Really Happen?

    Did The Flood of Noah Really Happen?

    In Genesis 6-8, the Bible describes a flood of global proportions. The fountains of the great deep exploded out of the ground. Something happened to that great firmament that God created to divide the waters above from the waters below, and water came crashing down on the earth after hundreds of years of dew watering the earth without the help of rain. During the Flood, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and the waters rose high enough to cover the tops of the mountains (however tall they were at that time). It was a devastating, catastrophic event that destroyed all the land-dwelling creatures on the planet, except for those protected on the ark that Noah built.

    The Bible is not alone. Around the world, legends can be found of a global flood. Many of the details are different, but the essential elements tend to be there; a massive flood wiped out everybody but a particular righteous man. Often boats and animals are involved. The use of animals and birds to check the receding of the waters, and the violence of the flood are common themes.

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