Those who claim the Bible calls upon believers to embrace poverty clearly have not bothered to read the Word for themselves with intellectual honesty, studying the Scriptures in context and going with the preponderance of verses on a topic. Space here will not permit me to properly educate others. I am disgusted at the hypocrisy of those who believe the Church should be poor, yet should give to others and do so much for society. With what, may I ask? Our pastor has invitations from all over the world to share the Word, yet we need him here as well. Since church property is precisely that — our property collectively, we are glad to provide an intercontinental to get our evangelistic team where they need to be and back in a timely fashion. As for the detractors: what of any value are YOU doing for the world? We’re working to provide men with assurance of their eternal destination.
abwehr .....well and good. But is this man's agency monitored by the EFCA? If not, why not? This agency ensures "accountability" --hence the A in the acronym -- which ensures that money YOU and I donate is being used wisely and honorably -- not squandered for personal pleasure.
You are right. The Bible does not call for "embracing poverty." But Jesus did say that His followers should take up their cross -- which means things in life may not be easy or as we have planned -- and remember that there are millions of Christians around the world running for their lives, with nothing but the shirt on their back -- or being martyred for their faith.
Embrace poverty? No. But do not embrace riches either.
God might bless some with advantages, he might bless others with obstacles....
 March 23, 2015 at 10:26am
It is amazing the irrational venom that is shooting from fangs around the nation over what is a short, accurate piece of advice. A Facebook post or tweet is by its very nature insufficient space to elaborate on every aspect of the issue. Graham’s counsel is sound and will save lives if followed. Teamommy is correct: the believers who openly attacked Graham have violated the very Scriptures they are required to follow. You approach a brother in private. If he will not listen, then you take one or two witnesses along to hear both sides. If that does not do it, then you take it before the Church — NOT the public. We cannot cherry-pick which portions of the Word we will follow.
 February 17, 2015 at 9:35am
If true justice were served, both of the miscreants would be vacationing in Club Fed. I hope their eyes are opened and they turn away from their current pathway while there remains time. Otherwise the price they will pay is too severe to contemplate.
 February 17, 2015 at 9:32am
This kind of meaningful, lasting help is something governments are not by their very design able to do. True loving, living charity has to be a one-on-one proposition. That is a function of individuals, churches and charitable organizations who can get in there and see what is truly needed. Give a man a fish and you feed him a meal. Teach him how to fish and help him with the equipment and you feed him for life.
February 17, 2015 at 9:21am
Ironic, isn’t it? And all the while working hard to destroy our own government and society. But then it does require intelligence, understanding, wisdom and effort to build something worthwhile. All it takes is a messed-up heart and head to destroy.
 February 17, 2015 at 9:18am
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And if there really is no god, then why do they hate and fear Him so much. For the atheist faith symbols should have no meaning any more than a flower or a tree. What a hopeless existence: believing that when your time is up you’ll be all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Why are you opposed to Islam if you don't believe in Allah?
 February 17, 2015 at 9:13am
It is pathetic that more institutions are not standing up to these bullies and fighting them tooth and toenail. We should be going head to head at every turn, and pushing the legislatures for laws that the winner gets repaid all expenses for the litigation.
The end result of that will be: Theists cutting a lot of checks to atheist groups.
 February 17, 2015 at 9:11am
These forums are useful. However, if any of the posters who have a sensible view of the situations are not also screaming at the top of their lungs using every other medium and before the government, we are still slacking at a critical time in the nation’s history.
 February 17, 2015 at 8:53am
Idiots. Here we see living proof of why first cousins must never be allowed to marry. Inbreeding damages the gene pool.
 February 10, 2015 at 4:38pm
Anyone with a shred of human decency will cool the rhetoric for at least a day or a moment out of respect for the family. I too have opinions, but not here and now.
February 10, 2015 at 4:37pm
Her parents and friends know that the world is a better place for her having been a part of it. She knows the Lord, so you will be seeing her again very soon. You did not lose her; indeed you cannot. So when you get there she will be one of the first faces you will see. The worst thing a nonbeliever can do to a believer is in fact the best thing. Praise God!
 January 9, 2015 at 5:50pm
We are past the point of playing pat-a-cake anymore. Congress must pass and POTUS sign into law legislation requiring that any citizen in any way making contact with or aligning with any Jihadist/Terrorist have his/her passport revoked and immediate proceedings instituted to revoke his/her citizenship. The only exception would be intel/specops types on assignment against these groups.
sounds good, but then our leaders would just refuse to identify those same individuals. this is about taking control back from the feds. it is the only way this will work out. state control, good elected officials refusing to bow to the feds.
December 26, 2014 at 11:03pm
Many Americans believe everything will change if we move from Congressional control by one party to the other. Consider well: A shepherd, watching his donkey feeding in a meadow, was alarmed all of a sudden by the cries of the enemy. He appealed to the donkey to fly with him, lest they should both be captured, but the animal lazily replied, “Why should I, pray? Do you think it likely the conqueror will place on me two loads?” “No,” rejoined the shepherd. “Then,” said the donkey, “as long as I carry the a load, what matters it to me whom I serve?” In a change of government the poor change nothing beyond the name of their master. (Aesop’s Fables)
December 26, 2014 at 10:53pm
A crow was jealous of the Raven, because he was considered a bird of good omen and always attracted the attention of men, who noted by his flight the good or evil course of future events. Seeing some travelers approaching, the Crow flew up into a tree, and, perching herself on one of the branches, cawed as loudly as she could. The travelers turned towards the sound and wondered what it foreboded, when one of them said to his companion, “Let us proceed on our journey, my friend, for it is only the caw of a crow, and her cry, you know, is no omen.” Those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous. (Aesop’s Fables)
December 25, 2014 at 9:07pm
A DOG used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went. Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace. One day an old hound said to him: “Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell that you carry is not, believe me, any order of merit, but on the contrary a mark of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill-mannered dog.” Notoriety is often mistaken for fame. Aesop’s Fables
 December 25, 2014 at 8:17pm
The Wolf and the Lamb A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.” The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
It is really sad when you think about it: imagine coming to the end of your productive career and having no legacy that includes anything good with your name on it. That history will remember you as a bumbling miscreant who consistently stood firmly on the wrong side of every issue. As a long-term student of people, society, government, etc. ad nauseum, I am convinced the man is every bit as certifiable as Kim.
December 21, 2014 at 11:03pm
I pray for BHO’s safety all the time, and even sent word to the Service years ago to be extra watchful on his behalf. If anything were to happen to him, consider the Constitutional pecking order for his slot: not a winner in the bunch. He thinks he is controlling some very unsavory characters. Not so. Should the puppet get his heart and head straight and make moves to undo all the incredible damage he has done to the nation, those entities will seek to “neutralize” him. Who are they? Follow the money, honey.
 December 17, 2014 at 4:30pm
What is so surprising about a repressive regime that gained power unlawfully negotiating with another repressive regime that gained power unlawfully. Both have incredibly wealthy interests buddied up with the ruling elite to consolidate power. The most stark difference is that in one the general economy is in the tank, while the other is merely heading in that direction.