Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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Is There Any Good News In The Mideast? Yes, despite intense persecution of the Church, we’re also seeing a great harvest of Muslims turning to Christ. Here’s the latest.

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Recently, Lynn and I had the opportunity to have dinner in Jerusalem with our good friends, Tom and JoAnn Doyle. Among other things we talked about two important trend lines in the world of Gospel ministry to Muslims — persecution and harvest.

Below is an article on this subject that I asked Tom to write specifically for this blog. It’s very informative and encouraging. I hope you’ll not only read it but share it with others.

By way of context, Tom was a senior pastor in New Mexico and Colorado for more than two decades. Then, in the summer of 2001, the Lord called he and JoAnn to serve the persecuted Church in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Little did they know the horrific events of 9/11 were coming. Nor could they have possibly imagined that the greatest era of church growth in the Muslim world in fourteen centuries…

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39 reasons a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a catastrophe for America.

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It is now increasingly clear that Hillary Clinton will win the Democrat nomination for President. In my view, her election will be a disaster for the American family, American workers, Americans serving in the military, and for American national security.

As commanded in the Scriptures, I will pray for her, as for all leaders. But I cannot vote for her. Here are 39 specific reasons — specific things she has said, positions she has taken, lies she has told, and values she has espoused, all that I disagree with. (True, there are so many more reasons why she would be a disastrous president, but I think this list will suffice for now.)

Readers of this blog will remember that earlier this year, during the GOP primaries, I wrote two columns about Mr. Trump. The first was titled, “32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.” The second was titled, “Seven more reasons a Trump presidency…

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What are threats the next President will face? Here’s one: A Czar rising in Russia.

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Putin-Rouhani-PoliticoAs we continue our look at major threats the next American President will face, we must take a hard look at Vladimir Putin.

In addition to invading Georgia and Ukraine in recent years, Putin has continued to rebuild Russia’s military and expand Russia’s military and diplomatic influence in the Middle East. Specially, Putin has:

  • aggressively forged a military alliance with Iran
  • sold state-of-the-art weapons systems to Iran
  • sent Russian troops into Syria to fight alongside Iran to prop up the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad
  • expanded Russia’s arms and nuclear sales to countries throughout the Middle East
  • eagerly moved to fill the vacuum created by President Obama’s retreat from the Mideast.

The trend lines are as clear as they are dangerous. At his core, Putin is a Czar. He wants to dramatically expand the imperial reach of Mother Russia. He is testing and probing Western defenses and resolve to see when and where he can expand next…

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Podcast: A conversation about writing novels, the power of story, the civil war inside Islam & the urgency of the Gospel

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(Central Israel) — On my recent book tour across the United States for  The Third Targetand The First Hostage, one of the most intellectually stimulating and spiritually encouraging events I had the opportunity to speak at was a forum hosted by Dallas Theological Seminary.

The forum was moderated by my friend, Dr. Darrell Bock, a New Testament scholar and professor, and one of the world’s leading experts on the Gospel According to Luke and the Book of Acts.

Among other roles, Darrell is the Executive Director of DTS’s Center for Cultural Engagement. As such, he’s a big believer that Christ-followers need to engage the society in a positive, winsome manner, even in matters where we disagree, not constantly — or angrily — confronting the culture. Whether it’s how to deal with vast differences in moral issues like marriage and abortion, or sensitive religious matters like Islam and Judaism, or a host of other…

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Five big things to celebrate on Israel’s 68th modern birthday.

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israelUPDATED: As the modern State of Israel turns 68 years old, the citizens and residents of this tiny country find themselves facing serious threats. But amidst all the sobering headlines, there is much good news, too.

Here are five big things I’m celebrating — I hope you will, too.

First, the very fact that the State of Israel exists today, and is celebrating her 68th modern birthday, is evidence of the dramatic fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecies, and a powerful testimony that the Bible is the very Word of God. 

  • Many ancient Biblical prophecies — notably Ezekiel 36, 37, 38 & 39 — indicated that Israel would be reborn as a geopolitical nation state in the “last days” of history, that Jews would return en masse to the holy land, and that the Jewish people, with God’s help, would rebuild the “ancient ruins.”
  • For much of the past 1,900, many people around the world — including, unfortunately, many…

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No, a Vote for a Third Party (or Abstaining from Voting) Is not the Same as a Vote for Hillary

Not a “reformer”, but this man’s thinking is basically what we have been saying. We are looking to do a write in of Ted Cruz if he signs the write in paperwork. If he does not, then I guess it will be 3rd party for us.

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Now that it has become clear that the Republican candidate will be Donald Trump and that the Democrat candidate will be Hillary Clinton, the accusations have already begun against all who have said they will not vote for either candidate.  “A vote for a third party or refraining from voting altogether is the same as a vote for Hillary”, or “if you vote third party we have you to thank for Hillary becoming president”.  I intend to give several reasons why this is false  and why there is no need to give in to the guilt trip.

The first and most obvious reason is that a vote for Hillary is a vote for Hillary whereas not voting for her is one less vote than she would receive if you did vote for her.  While this is painfully obvious, those who make such accusations seem to not get this.  My first…

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Never Again, Never Forget: On Holocaust Remembrance Day, here are four true heroes to remember. Who will be the heroes of our time, standing against evil & genocide?

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Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here in Israel, the sirens will sound at precisely 10am. Every car, truck, bus and taxi cab will pull to a stop. Every worker will lay down his tools. Every classroom will fall silent. Every Jewish Israeli, regardless of what he or she is doing, will stand at attention, listen to the wail of the sirens, and remember those who were ruthless sent to the gas chamber, simply because they were Jews.

How will you remember the Holocaust today? How will you teach your children about the most horrific attempt to exterminate a single people group in the history of mankind?

Remember:

  • To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil, is to risk being blindsided by it.
  • Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.

I encourage you to make time today to remember the six million Jews —…

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Is This the End?

Is this the end? No! Not yet!

We have prayed about this a lot. Our consciences will not allow us to vote for Trump and there are many others I am finding who feel the same way. We will write-in Cruz rather than vote for a man who represents evil and does evil things (while bragging about it) or not voting at all.

G-d raises up leaders and He brings them down. Our job is to vote for the best person. If none are “officially” running, then we will write one in. And others are thinking of that, too. Many others!

Imagine it. It is not impossible…not for G-d. If enough of us said “enough…I will no longer settle for the lesser of two evils” and voted for a real Constitutionalist with a proven track record…Imagine what G-d could do with that. But will we listen? Will we do it?

I will not vote in fear…which is what a vote for Trump would be. And, to be quite truthful, I do not see Trump as being any better than HRC. I see them as two sides of the same coin. (Just look at how he won the most liberal states. Hello!) Both are VERY bad for our country…as would be Bernie if HRC ends up in prison.

We are praying for G-d to raise up a Josiah. We are praying for the leader we need rather than the leader we deserve. But you know what we firmly believe it hinges on? Repentance! No man will make things better if we do not repent as a nation. And, I believe, one of the keys of repenting is asking forgiveness for trying to do things our way instead of G-d’s way. If we had stopped voting a long time ago for the lesser of two evils. If we had held our elected officials to the fire. If we had stopped caving to godlessness and immorality and the murder of the unborn and so many other things…we would not be in this situation.

It is time to vote for the best person and put feet to our faith! Vote for goodness and trust G-d for the outcome. But it may be too late. If Trump wins…it will be judgment on our nation. Same if a Dem wins. I am voting for a leader who fits G-d’s credentials…not one who “might” be able to beat HRC and will bring in the same thing only in a different way.

IDF Rabbi on Twitter put it another way: “You can tell when your enemy is defeated mentally: When they fight NOT to lose…instead of fighting to WIN.”

For me, voting for Trump is voting in fear of losing rather than voting to win. We will vote for goodness…not for evil!

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Seven more reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe. Trump must be stopped.

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Today is Super Tuesday. Barring a miracle, Donald J. Trump will win decisive victories across the nation. Despite saying some of the most despicable things I’ve ever heard any  presidential candidate in either party say, Trump continues rising in the polls. Many analysts believe he’s well on the road to winning the Republican nomination for president.

This would be an utter disaster. The threat Trump poses to the health and well-being of the American people and her republic cannot be overstated. Trump must be stopped.

On January 31st, I published a column laying out “32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.” I provided links to one direct quote after by Donald Trump himself demonstrating how unprepared he would be for the presidency. I also provided evidence that he is trying to hoodwink Evangelical Christians into thinking he is one of us, and and that he is trying to hijack the conservative moment by claiming to support conservative policies…

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Sharpening the Bit aka Lessons From the Shop

My hubby bought a drill bit sharpener quite awhile ago. It worked really well when he first bought it. But when he got it out the other day, it was not working well at all. He tried several times and could not figure out what was wrong. It was eating up his drill bit!

So, he decided he should rewatch the instructional video. Wouldn’t you know? There was one tiny step he had left out. Just one tiny step! When he tried it again, putting that step back in, it worked just fine.

We thought about the spiritual parallels to this:

How many times have we been so sure we were doing things the right way…G-d’s way, but we were not?

How many times have we thought we remembered what the scriptures said, but we were wrong?

How many times have we decided we could do it our way rather than G-d’s way?

We need to be studying the Word of G-d and continuing in the Word of G0d. We need to make sure we have it right and be careful about being dogmatic. Many times over the course of my life, I have gained new insight that showed me that my understanding was incorrect. I have to be humble to allow G-d to give me that new understanding and to allow it to change my life.

 

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