Archive for September, 2012

Is God judging America?

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2012 at 5:40 am

A Palestinian woman shouts as she hold a Koran during demonstrations denouncing a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Mohammed, after Friday prayers near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City September 14, 2012 (Credit: Reuters / Nir Elias)Four American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterdayLibya has announced the arrest of 50 suspects in the killing of the U.S. envoy and three other Americans.  In recent days our embassies have been attacked or threatened in Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Tunisia, Indonesia, and Lebanon.  To attack an embassy is equivalent to attacking the nation it represents.

Why has God allowed this latest uprising against America?  Why has he permitted the decades-long aggression of jihadists against us?  Why are we still struggling to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and from floods and fires that continue to threaten our people?  Is God judging our nation?

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We’re Building a Feeding Center and Church in Honduras!

Posted by    |    September 16th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Do you remember this post from two weeks ago about feeding kids in Buen Samaritano? 

Marc Tindall and Randy Allen. Marc holding the $6000 needed for the feeding center and church in Buen Samaritano.

Marc Tindall needed $6000 to get the feeding center started (which will be used as a church too) … and this past Monday morning we presented him with the money. WOO HOO!  Thanks to all those who gave. :)

Why an obscure movie angers Muslims

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against what they say is a film being produced in the U.S. that was insulting the Prophet Mohammad, in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City September 12, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Suhaib Salem)A film called “Innocence of Muslims” has sparked violence in the Arab world that persists this morning.  Why is this obscure movie causing such an uproar among some Muslims?  Two facts explain the crisis.

First, Islam prohibits depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, lest they lead some to worship a man rather than Allah.  To Muslims, the religious portraits of saints and other biblical characters so common to Christian worship can become objects of veneration and thus idols.  They forbid representations of Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, and all other Islamic prophets.

Second, while the Prophet must never be depicted, he must always be respected.  When speaking of Muhammad or other prophets of Islamic history, a Muslim will typically follow his name with “peace be upon him” (abbreviated PBUH in Muslim writings).  Any art that demeans the Prophet is seen as a direct attack on the religion he founded.

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The iPhone 5: spiritual lessons

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2012 at 5:40 am

The iPhone 5 on display after its introduction during Apple Inc.’s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012 (Credit: Reuters / Beck Diefenbach)The iPhone 5 was unveiled yesterday.  It comes with a larger display and is 20 percent lighter than the previous iPhone 4S.  Analysts expect Apple to sell 10 million to 12 million of the new smartphones in September, and to distribute it to 100 countries by year’s end.

Why do we care?  Samsung sells nearly twice as many smartphones as Apple does.  Android offers a more popular mobile operating system than Apple provides.  Yet an Apple “unveiling” makes global headlines on a scale unmatched by any other manufacturer.  Time magazine covered the event live, and every news outlet I checked this morning is carrying a story on the launch.

What can Christians learn from the iconic company’s success?

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Information on the December Honduras Mission Trip

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2012 at 5:40 am

I take two trips to Honduras each year (July and December). I wanted to give you detail on the December trip that have just become available.  I’d love you to come join me.

  • Dates: December 4th-10th
  • Cost: Approximately $1400 (covers everything but a couple meals and it’s $100 less than last year.)
  • Who: I currently have 20 spots available. Anyone 18 and up (Younger can go with a parent/sponsor.)
  • Deposit: A $100 deposit is due on October 1st. This deposit will officially get your name on the list of those going. The trip is limited to first come basis, so if you want to be assured a seat, get that deposit in asap. The rest of the trip money will be due November 2nd.
  • Questions: Email me any question you have.
  • Pray about it!

Here’s a few things you’ll be doing…

* Stepping out of our comfort zones.

* Loving on people.

* Building homes for the homeless.

* Feeding the hungry.

* Befriending the lonely.

* Comforting and blessing the broken-hearted.

* Sharing the good news about Jesus.

* Blessing the poor.

* Being the hands & feet of Jesus.

I love to share stories about Honduras mission trips, but experiencing it first hand is the best way.  Here’s what my friend Vanessa wrote after she went with me to Honduras this past December, “I was told that my trip to Honduras would be ‘life changing.’ Fairly vague term when you are speaking to a detail -oriented person. Upon returning to the US, I read on Trey’s blog that Honduras cannot be explained. Honduras is an experience. Stories can be told, money can be raised, and pictures shared, but for God to show you His face in the eyes of a Honduran woman who says to you “en nombre Jesus” and sweetly kiss your cheek when you hand her a cup of Coke… that is something you can only experience. Open your heart to the possibilities that God has for you, maybe at home or in Honduras, but open your heart. Take a leap of faith and believe that God will use you because He does and He will. Honduras changed my outlook, revived my spirit, and opened my eyes and heart to the possibilities that God has placed before me. Find your Honduras and embrace it. See Jesus face to face…you won’t forget the experience.”

DON’T miss out on this December’s trip to Honduras.

Iranian pastor released after Twitter campaign

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani greets his wife and family and friends after being released from Iranian prison after three years of imprisonment for refusing to denounce his Christian faith (Credit: American Center for Law and Justice/Jordan Sekulow via Twitter)Youcef Nadarkhani has been released after three years in an Iranian jail.  He had been on death row; at times it seemed his execution was imminent.   The pastor was arrested in October 2009 for challenging the requirement that all children be taught the Qur’an.  In September 2011 he was tried for apostasy.

One news source stated that the Iranian government has “bowed to international pressure over the pastor’s imprisonment.”  But there’s far more to the story.  The American Center for Law and Justice coordinated a Twitter campaign titled “Tweet for Youcef.” It mobilized more than three million people to pray for the pastor and tweet their support.  In a pre-social media world, he would likely have been executed.  But God is using current technology and global intercession to move nations.

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9/11 note reaches family 10 years later

Posted by    |    September 12th, 2012 at 5:40 am

The note that Randy Scott wrote while trapped in his office on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center before it collapsed. (Courtesy: Scott Family / National September 11 Memorial & Museum)“84th Floor west office 12 people trapped.”  These words were scrawled on a note that fell from the World Trade Center’s South Tower on September 11, 2001.  The note was found by a person on the street, who handed it to a guard at the Federal Reserve Bank.  The bank then turned it over to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.  The museum began working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to discover its origin.

They found trace amounts of blood on the note, which they were able to match through DNA testing to a Connecticut man named Randy Scott.  He had worked at Euro Brokers in the South Tower, where United Airlines Flight 175 crashed at 9:03 AM.  Just over a year ago, the Medical Examiner’s office contacted Scott’s wife, Denise.  When she saw the note, she knew instantly that her husband had written it.  It will be displayed at the September 11 Memorial, where the chief curator says it will be “one of the most powerful artifacts in the museum.”

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Homeland Security warns that zombies are coming

Posted by    |    September 11th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the Living Dead by George Romero (Credit: George Romero, uploaded by user Jkelly via Department of Homeland Security is warning us to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.  Is this the latest chemical warfare strategy of al Qaeda?  The result of an imminent nuclear attack?

Actually, it’s a public relations stunt put on by our government to help us prepare for genuine disasters.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency hosted an online seminar to aid planners in preparing their communities for disasters, asking them to imagine an attack of zombies and design response plans.  Such strategies are supposed to help in the event of hurricanes, tornadoes, and the like.

The Centers for Disease Control did the same thing last year, with a campaign that was so successful it crashed the agency’s servers.  However, after the horrific face-eating attack in Miami last May, the agency assured us that the “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”  That’s good to know.

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Is war in the Middle East imminent?

Posted by    |    September 8th, 2012 at 5:40 am

The 125,000 IRGC fighters are responsible for the protection and survival of the Iranian regime, February 24, 2012 (Credit: Safwat Sayed via Flickr)The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are now over.  The two parties disagreed on nearly every subject they discussed—the economy, the effectiveness of President Obama’s policies, the future of Medicare, and so on.  But both candidates make the same claim in one area: their support for Israel.  That support may well be tested in coming weeks.

Let’s connect the dots on a map.

Iran is now sending its most experienced troops to help Syria’s dictator remain in power.  If successful, Tehran will maintain the ability to attack Israel from her northeast border.  Hezbollah, the Islamic party in power in Lebanon, warned earlier this week of impending attacks on Israel if Iranian nuclear sites are harmed.  Iran could use their military to attack Israel from the northwest.  Seeking to deter strikes on its nuclear sites, Iran is building a missile defense system, to become operational by next March.  And it claims that it will have warships off the coast of America “in the next few years.”

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Help the North Texas Food Bank Raise Awareness for Hunger Action Month

Posted by    |    September 7th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hunger Action Awareness MonthWe may still be suffering from triple digit heat waves in the big D, but the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks this morning informed me that fall is definitely upon us. Between your sweater shopping and tailgate preparation, you may have noticed that the city is going orange, especially if you’ve passed this guy. Dallas Zoo Hunger Awareness Month

September is Hunger Action Month, and Dallas is raising awareness by going orange. From One Arts Plaza to the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Hunger Action Month Partners are helping the North Texas Food Bank “Paint the Town Orange” to remind you to help fight hunger in our city. Take the Hunger Action Month pledge and help the NTFB win a truckload of food. Find your own way to fight hunger by donating, raising awareness, or even volunteering at the NTFB. Every effort makes a difference.

Follow the NTFB on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest to find out how to get more involved. Or spread the word with sweet video by Feeding America.