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What Do You Believe In?

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So… what do you believe in?

It’s the age old question. Our core beliefs are what give us purpose and direction. Everyone believes in something, even if it is the belief that you don’t believe in anything. Every person has some guiding principles that they live their lives by. For most people, those principles take the form of some sort of religious belief.

religion

[ri-lijuh n]

noun
1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

source: dictionary.com

As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I see everything through the lens of that belief. I view individual actions and world events through the lens of Scripture. I try to live my life in accordance with those beliefs. In Christianity, there are many absolutes: the sovereignty of God, the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus, the need for forgiveness, etc. All of these things and more make up the essentials of the Christian life.

So what makes a Catholic different from a Baptist? How does someone who is Orthodox relate to God in a way different than a Pentecostal? What are the similarities and differences between different denominations within Christianity?

But then we begin to look at other entirely different religions? What about Islam? What are the beliefs of Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, and how do they differ from mine? What about Judaism? What about Eastern religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and dozens of others?

In today’s world, it is not enough to know what you believe; you have to know WHY you believe WHAT you believe. And even more than that, it is helpful to know what others believe as well.

Starting tonight, and for the next seven weeks, we will be teaching a series called Religion 101: A Study in Comparative ReligionI will be joined by my friends Dr. Alan Johnston, Dr. John Basham, Dr. Dennis Culbreth, and my son Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. We’ll be looking at Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Judaism, and a variety of Eastern religions.

Tonight, Dr. Johnston will kick it off with A Common Core: Christianity, Catholicism, and Orthodox. This series is being taught during our 6:33 service at Abba’s House, and in conjunction with Berea Bible Institute and Seminary, and will begin at 6:33pm every Wednesday night through February 22. I invite you to join us for this in-depth and informative teaching.

If you are not in the Chattanooga area, you can watch online during service times at http://www.abbashouse.com/live

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America: Find Your Voice

“One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.” ~ Douglas MacArthur

KS77849Recently at our ministry, we have been inundated with phone calls asking what I think about what is going on in the world right now. Whether it’s the conflicts we see unfolding in Syria, Egypt, Libya, and the rest of the Middle East, or the rampant political correctness that is running amok, ruining our economy, and destroying our spirit of American exceptionalism, people have honest questions. Over these past many years, I have grown to ask myself, when I read or watch the media, “Is it fact, or is it propaganda?” Our government makes claims that seem unrealistic (at best), and then we see the American media walk in lock-step behind (and in support of) the claim.

Disagree?

Consider the “Arab Spring”. We were all told that the Arab Spring would bring democracy and positive change to the Middle East. However, instead of peace, democracy, and hope, what has happened?

  • Chaos has erupted in Egypt. Egypt was almost completely taken over by Morsi, Sharia Law, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Slaughter of American diplomats and their military defenders in Benghazi.
  • Questions abound as to whether we were better off dealing with the likes of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. In my opinion… absolutely.

Now we have a civil war going on in Syria, with an American administration that wants to intervene, and help facilitate the collapse of that government. However, let’s stop for a minute and look at the record of Syria over the past 40 years, since 1973…

  • Syria has committed no aggressive act toward the United States.
  • Syria has not participated in an attack on Israel.
  • Syrian government soldiers have faithfully protected the Aleppo synagogue… the 2nd oldest Jewish synagogue in the world.
  • The Syrian government has protected the Orthodox church, including the 5000 Syrian Orthodox inhabitants (a community of believers that has survived since the time of Christ). They are one of the few communities that still speak Aramaic (the dialect spoken during the time of Christ).

Now, in just a matter of months, these so-called “Rebels” are undoing centuries of religious tolerance and peace; attacking and burning churches, and killing Christians. The Syrian government is protecting Christians, Jews, and Allawi Muslims from these Islamists that are attempting to take over the nation.

And now for the coup de grâce…

After years of being warned about “global warming this” and “climate change that”, it has been determined that the arctic has 1 million MORE square miles of arctic ice than just 1 year ago.  True science sees a trend toward global cooling – NOT warming! Taxpayers have, for years, been robbed of billions upon billions of dollars to help fund the myth of global warming that has been perpetrated upon the world. Climate expert Dr. Tsoris of the University of Wisconsin recently stated that the slight warming trend of the ’80’s and ’90’s (which amounted to 8/10ths of a degree) has reversed, and we are now in a cooling trend. As I write this, there are approximately 20 yachts trapped in Arctic ice, with summer just now coming to a close. In 1993, a British climatologist predicted the Arctic ice would be completely gone by 2013. Yet, in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence, as well a common-sense observation, our government is STILL funding the global warming hoax!

Personally, I am sick to death of diplomatic slight-of -hand, government-funded corruption and cover-up, and agenda-driven junk science. Give me the sacred Scriptures! Give me the reliability of God’s Holy Word! Give me the liberty that comes from the ONLY truth that brings freedom! Give me the church of the Living God — the stronghold of truth in a world running from deception to deception!

Now, a multimillion-dollar presentation entitled Do The Math (which affirms the global warming myth) is about to air on none other than Al Jazeera-owned Current TV. Al Jazeera is owned by Muslims, and Current TV was recently sold to them by it’s owners, including Al Gore.

Just so you understand: One of the loudest voices in the “climate change” camp sold his TV channel to a media company owned by “Arab Oil” — the biggest fossil fuel producers and polluters in the world.

Am I the only one that sees the irony here???

When are we the people going to get tired of being suckers and saps? When will we stop being sheep, led blindly to the slaughter of all that we hold sacred? When are we going to stand by the convictions and creeds on Monday that we espouse on Sunday?

When are we going to demand of our leaders the same standard to which they hold the people?

When are we going to frack and drill from the huge natural reserves that we have been blessed with, and stop funding the very people who are trying to kill us?

When are we going to find our voices, and remind the government that yes, we ARE still ONE NATION UNDER GOD?

Surely, if I know this, living (as I do) in Chattanooga, TN, someone in Washington D.C. knows it as well.

It is time to find our voice.