Mrs. Osteen's words may sound wonderful to a culture raised in the belief that life is all about self, but they are directly opposed to the Bible. Before looking at some specific passages, let's see if there are some hints of truth in what she said, after all, effective lies often have some degree of truth.
Does God want us to be happy? In a sense He does, but that happiness will often look very different than what Mrs. Osteen and her husband have taught for years. Life is not about having Your Best Life Now (the title of one of Joel Osteen's books) since our best life will be when we are with the Lord in glory. True happiness is found when we serve the Lord wholeheartedly, which is essentially the opposite of living for ourselves. Mrs. Osteen wants you to Love Your Life (her book title), but God wants us to love Him.
As summer winds down, kids don their backpacks and jump on school buses once more. Yet few parents realize what's about to descend on those innocent heads.
While your children frolicked at the lake, visited Grandma and sang songs at summer camp, the leaders of America's education system prepared more essential "LGBT" lessons to infuse into the hearts of Chloe, Emma and James. Most will be packed with insidious, Christ-less lies that present great risk to every child's medical, social and spiritual future.
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Jan tackles the issue of Common Core in our public schools. One of Jan's guests, attorney and spokesperson against Common Core, Marjorie Holsten, calls it "ObamaCore" and says it is worse than ObamaCare. It is indoctrination on steroids and is training kids to be good little global citizens. But it is ruining education. It is huge government overreach. Fifth graders will read a book suggesting Obama is a 'messiah.' Our Founding Fathers were supposedly racists. Conservatives are dangerous. Blatant pornography is a part of some curriculum. Then Bryan Fischer from American Family Radio joins Jan to continue the discussion. They consider a Common Core assignment that debunks the Holocaust. Much more info is given out that you need if you have kids in your life you care about who are a victim of this system. We use the mobile app found on the Home page of www.oneplace.com.
Below is a special video I want you to watch. For those of you who have seen news reports of the persecution and political turmoil taking place in Iraq, this is an explanation of who ISIS is.
Last week I joined my son Joshua, executive vice president of Leading The Way, in the studio to put together a special video addressing the many questions we were receiving about what's happening in Iraq. I hope it will help you better understand what is going on in the Middle East and what we as Christians can do.
Vatican says Israel's existence as Jewish state has nothing to do with the Bible
"We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people", the synod's document said. "There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians."
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they're appropriate for people, but the implants could offer several advantages. For soldiers and journalists in war zones, an implant could be the difference between life and death. A tracker could also help law enforcement quickly locate a kidnapped child.
Yet, major evangelical leaders have done just that. Men like Chuck Colson, D. James Kennedy, and Maxie Dunnam (former president of the only evangelical seminary of the United Methodist Church, Asbury) have denied that modern Israelis are connected to the biblical patriarchs.
This, my friends, is how we have arrived at a place where Israel's natural alliance with the U.S., and specifically, evangelical Christian, is now in peril.
The timing of the Rapture and the Tribulation hour are totally in God's hands. The Lord did say we would be able know that the end was near by observing the signs. Since it seems unlikely there will be any pause in prophetic progression, the end of all things should rapidly come our way.
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at ... This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:33-34).
NOTE: Khoury is one of our "Understanding the Times Fall 2014" conference speakers, alone with Dr. Ed Hindson, Pastor Jack Hibbs, and Jan Markell. The date is October 4. Find all info here.
"I believe in being persistent, and I believe in holding your ground and standing strong," Khoury said. "I believe in the message so strongly I am willing to risk my life. Our members are willing to risk their lives by continuously coming to the same location. I believe still that people will see that we are committed just like they are in their religion, and we are willing to die for our faith just as they are as well."
It's an upside-down world, one that increasing numbers of Bible-believing Christians no longer recognize. As we watch the world descend into madness, and into an immoral sewer that destroys minds, it is important to remember that God is in control: yesterday, today, and forever.