Quote of the Week

"The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come--it is now--when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America's future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God's government.”

Peter Marshall, chaplain of the US Senate, 1947.


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The Heavens are Speaking

Earth, Mars and the Sun all aligned last week--a rare combination of the planets that only happens once every two years.

However, this starry alignment also occurred exactly one week before all people on earth will see the first of four dark "blood moons" (over a one year period) which some Christian leaders believe may represent major spiritual events or even the Second Coming of Christ.

It was too cloudy to see the moon from my house last night.

The Bible states: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes," [Joel 2:31].

I don't know what that means in 2014, but I don't want to be speculatively silly, dangerously cynical, or woefully apathetic.

The heavens might be speaking to us.

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What the Church is All About: The Case of World Vision

For years I have admired the work of World Vision-- the globe's largest and most effective Christian humanitarian organization. Last year, God blessed them with nearly 3 billion dollars in donations which they used, in Jesus' Name, to serve people in sixty nations.

Bob Pierce, who founded the organization in 1950, was a compassionate man I had the privilege of meeting in the 1970s. A few years ago, one of his staff served on a team I led to Mongolia. WV's global headquarters is only a thirty minute drive from my home, and in the past year, I visited its gigantic warehouse three times to pick up materials for a building project.

However, on March 24, World Vision made a big mistake.

Then they reversed it.

Through this dramatic sequence of events, we have learned what the church is all about.

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