Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Rule The World

Look no farther for the “Mark Of The Beast.”  Manmade Artificial Intelligence will rule during the Great Tribulation period, and what we are now seeing is a foreshadow or precursor.  Elsewhere on this blog site, a gentleman in a large auditorium full of spectators, holds a small drone, lets it go, and it went deep into the skull of a pre programmed dummy.  Of course anyone can be programmed with this kind of weaponry.  This kind of weaponry and crime fighter will one day get into the wrong hands.  It is the perfect fulfillment of man’s false god(s), fulfilling fallen man’s incomplete utopia outside of God in the number six (6).  Praise the Lord, He is the ONLY One who will fulfill our spiritual needs, and He is represented by His perfect number of spiritual fulfillment – seven (7).

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

Meet The New Crimefighter: AI

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines every week now from driverless cars to high-frequency stock trading algorithms that outperform any human. Computers now beat the best human players at chess and almost any other game and have even begun to interpret emotions from facial expressions and create works of art.

AI has also surprised human doctors at diagnosing difficult-to-spot eye conditions on scans. Yet as much as these advances may make our lives easier, it is this last area, visual recognition, that corporations and governments around the world are now using to build an unprecedented surveillance state.

There are between 5 and 5.9 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom and over 176 million now in China. But for this vast network of recording devices to be truly effective, they would need an equally vast number of humans watching them in real time, around the clock.

It would be impossible to monitor every camera in real time and experiments have demonstrated that human attention spans reduce significantly after only 20 minutes of video footage, and dramatically so if they attempt to watch more than one screen. Artificial intelligence trained to detect human activity, recognize faces, identify silhouettes and track movement in shadows has no such limitation.

Not only will artificial intelligence monitor tens of millions of video feeds in real time, but it will enter the data into a predictive matrix.

When computer recognition for video footage, by itself, is combined with the vast pattern-matching potential of artificially intelligent algorithms, the system begins not only to detect crimes in progress but predict them before they occur and send law enforcement or security resources there ahead of time.

Though this idea may sound farfetched, a location-based variant is already in use in Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California.

By mapping very specific crime statistics (time of day, type of crime, location) onto a map and creating a complex pattern of associations within the data, the algorithm is able to predict the probable time and location of the next crime. Whereas it remains simply a general prediction, this crude system allows law enforcement better to deploy their resources.

The system employed in Milan is known as KeyCrime and has been predicting robberies for more than ten years. The American version, PredPol, is now hard at work in 40% of the nation’s largest police departments, again providing estimates of the time and location for future crimes. But the systems now coming online in China and elsewhere go much further.

With the use of video-linked artificial intelligence, the system grows exponentially more powerful and can operate in real time. By linking security camera footage to individuals and feeding it with thousands of data points about each subject, the goal becomes not simply to predict when and where a crime might occur, but who will be responsible.

The artificial intelligence watches you purchase a kitchen knife and it files the information away and does not act. But a week later, if you buy a roll of tape and a set of gloves, the system may consider this alongside a variation in your daily traffic patterns to flag your behavior for analysis.

The Chinese company Uniview is tasked with identifying Chinese citizens who travel to specific countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, and then marking them for more intensive data collection. In July of this year, the Chinese government announced that it plans to spend $150 billion to construct an artificial intelligence industry by the end of 2030.

With the ability to design new products, develop, build more advanced AI systems, and surveil citizens, the use of AI in policing is set to become pervasive.

Li Meng, the vice-minister of science and technology in China, pointed to crime prediction as a task for AI within the government, “If we use our smart systems and smart facilities, we can know beforehand… who might be a terrorist, who might do something bad,” the vice-minister said. Bad, such as opposing the authoritarian rule of the Communist Party.

In Russia, VisionLabs is providing advanced, real-time facial recognition software to the government and in the United States, the software and hardware company Nvidia is doing so as well. Marc Rotenberg is the President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

He has been active in pointing out how the accelerated growth of these technologies raises privacy risks. “Some of these techniques can be helpful, but there are huge privacy issues when systems are designed to capture identity and make a determination based on personal data,” Rotenberg believes. “That’s where issues of secret profiling, bias and accuracy enter the picture.”

With traditional computer programming models, the code may be complex but is still decipherable to human programmers. With trainable and evolved artificial intelligence systems, the code is now becoming a black box because it is modified not by the programmers but by its own interaction with the environment.

With such systems as are being developed to match patterns among vast seas of complex data, there really is no way to understand how it thinks, and thus controlling or policing such a system becomes impossible for humans.

It is entirely possible that we are building the perfect police state and its level of control will be both absolute and outside of the reach of its human masters.

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Gay / Christian / Conservative

The above headline is an oxymoron to the discerning Christian eye.  Yet to the Millennial “progressive” view of Christianity, it is the new normal.  The subject of this article, Guy Benson, places his faith in political correctness rather than in the holy scriptures.  This is a lose, lose situation.  Enjoy the following article from the American Renewal Project, who addresses the abomination of sodomy for what it is.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

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Guy Benson – Fox News contributor, political editor of Townhall.com, and conservative talk radio personality – was featured in a video last week, in which he said: “I’m a Christian, a patriotic American, and a free-market, shrink-the-government conservative – who also happens to be gay. What I mean by that is my values define me, while my sexual orientation sometimes feels more like … well, a footnote.”

Guy Benson is a striking example of how to make a ‘footnote’ into a headline.

By putting himself forward as a ‘Christian’, Mr. Benson transforms the dialogue from Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, to Secularism vs. Christianity. The ordained eye will discern quickly that Mr. Benson is rooting his faith in his political beliefs, rather than in the Biblical standard established in Scripture. The Bible ordains traditional marriage, from beginning to end; the family is the center and the foundation of community. Why? God ordained it as the method to prevent the disintegration of marriage, the collapse of the family, and the breakdown of social order.

Mr. Benson may be unaware, but his formula will lead to unrest, confusion, and ultimately, revolution, chaos, and cultural death.

To paraphrase Dennis Prager, “You hold the standard in the macro (homosexuality is sin) and you love in the micro (love gay individuals).” Yet, Guy Benson reverses this order, allowing a flawed message and messenger to seek to establish a flawed standard. In 4,000 years of Judeo-Christian religion, homosexuality has been condemned as sin. Two examples from the Old and New Testaments:

* Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
* 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Whereas the Human Rights Commission may deem the Scriptures referenced above as ‘hate speech’, God’s intent is on righteousness (“For Scripture says, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.'” [1 Peter 1:16]) and the permanence of the family.

Unfortunately, Christians squandered the inheritance bequeathed to them by America’s Founders. The antidote to the current trend of dislodging America from her Judeo-Christian moorings is fortitude and valor in the public square. As the Spirit has faded in America’s churches, the political reality is that her parishioners are disproportionately fearful to engage the public arena. Like King Lear, the church in America has progressively divested herself of her royal garb, and with that, of her authority in the civil sphere.[2]

Joseph Boot explains how such events unfold: “Once unhooked from biblical law, man’s legislation soon enshrines murder and perversity as legal rights (as witness abortion and sodomy). What must be clearly understood is that when changes are made to the penalties for crimes, we in fact witness a change in social values. Furthermore, foundational changes in the law order in terms of which acts are deemed criminal, indicate a change of ‘gods’, and therefore a new source of sovereignty.”[3]

Pastor Rob McCoy, Thousand Oaks City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, reacted to Mr. Benson’s video by stating: ‘What Guy Benson calls ‘progress’ is in fact using his sexual orientation to determine his political values as he invokes his theological beliefs that orthodox Christianity and homosexuality can be mutually inclusive in a human heart. He declares his sexuality determines his political position of liberalism.

“We conservative prudes of Evangelicalism need to just shut up and deal with the Millennial ‘progressive’ view of Scripture. Count me out if ‘so-called’ conservatives want to embrace this liberal progressive view.”

As Christians, let’s pray that Mr. Benson sees the Light – the sole requirement of the Gospel is belief. He also was created in the image of God, and one of the greatest truths in Scripture is that we are unconditionally loved by God. “A wise man will seek to profit from good advice, no matter who may proffer it or how unkindly it may be given – shall I refuse an important letter because I dislike the appearance or manners of the postman?”[4]

The Good News is that Gideons, such as Rob McCoy, and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
https://www.amazon.com/Mission-God- Manifesto-Hope- Society/dp/0994727909
[2] Dr. Peter J. Leithart, A Son to Me, An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel
[3] The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
[4] A.W. Pink, The Life of David

 

 

Europe: Making Islam Great Again

All of the sudden, the bizarre is becoming the new normal.  Fact is stranger than fiction.  Islam tried to conquer Europe throughout the Middle Ages and failed.  Now, without even drawing the sword or the bow, Europe seems to be falling into their hands like an overripe piece of fruit.  Without even a protest from German Chancellor Angela Merkel or from British Prime Minister Theresa May.  Thousands of years of Christianity and European Jurisprudence are thrown out the window in favor of Islam and Sharia Law.  Why?  Simply because Europe appears to be nearly devoid of ANY semblance of religious, cultural or moral fiber!  Come and take our culture and nation, and do as you please!  We will do whatever you say!  We are truly living in surreal times.  People use to gladly die in order to defend their nations from Islamic rule.

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

 

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“We cannot and will never be able to stop migration”, wrote the EU’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos recently. “At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly”.

Given that such people would have us believe that migration has become such a categorical and seemingly incontestable policy of the EU — “Migration is deeply intertwined with our policies on economics, trade, education and employment”, Avramapolous also wrote — it is crucial to analyze what kind of “diversity” the EU is inviting to make its home on the European continent.

Professor Ednan Aslan, Professor of Islamic Religious Education at the University of Vienna, recently interviewed a sample of 288 of the approximately 4,000 predominantly Afghan asylum seekers in the Austrian city of Graz, on behalf of the city’s integration department.

Members of the department understandably wanted to know the views of the Muslim newcomers there. The results were published in a study, “Religiöse und Ethische Orientierungen von Muslimischen Flüchtlingen in Graz” (“Religious and ethical orientations of Muslim refugees in Graz”).

According to the study, two-thirds of the asylum seekers are men, mostly under 30 years old. They are all in favor of preserving their traditional, conservative, Islamic values. The migrants are extremely religious; 70% go to the mosque every Friday for prayers.

The women are just as religious, if not more: 62.6% pray five times a day, notably more than the men (39.7%). In addition, 66.3% of the women wear a headscarf in public, and 44.3% refuse to shake hands with a man.

Half of the migrants (49.8%), report that religion now plays a larger role in their daily lives in Europe, than it did in their native country. 47.2% are convinced that Jews and Christians have strayed from the “right path”, and 47.8% think that the future of Islam would be in danger if Islam were to be interpreted in a modern and contemporary fashion.

For 51.6% of the interviewees, the supremacy of Islam over other religions is undisputed. 55% believe in hell for unbelievers.

Anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained: 46% believe that Jews have “too much influence in world affairs”, and 44% believe that Judaism is harmful. 43% opine that Jews themselves are at fault for being persecuted, while 54.5% think that Jews only care about themselves.

The migrants are not only intolerant of other religions: 50% find that homosexuality is a punishable sin. 44% of respondents said they would endorse violence against a woman if she cheated on her husband. 43% also said that fathers have a right to use violence on children if necessary.

The Austrian study is not the first of its kind to show that Muslim migrants to Europe hold supremacist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic views. In 2016, a study of nearly 800 migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea in the German state of Bavaria was conducted by a German think tank, the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

This study showed that patriarchal beliefs were widespread among the migrants interviewed, especially among migrants from Afghanistan and the mainly non-Muslim migrants from Eritrea, over 60% of whom believed that women should stay at home. Anti-Semitism was another major finding of the study, which showed that regardless of age and educational background, a majority of the migrants held anti-Semitic beliefs. Well over 50% of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans said that the “Jews in the world have too much influence”.

Anti-Semitism in Germany has indeed become so widespread that Germany recently decided to appoint a special commissioner to fight it. Germany is reportedly preparing legislation that could see migrants who express anti-Semitic views deported from the country. “You Jew!” has apparently become a common insult among Muslim pupils in Berlin schools.

Other studies and polls also reveal the large degree to which Muslims in Europe value sharia law over national law:

A 2016 UK poll showed that 43% of British Muslims “believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea”. A different poll, also from 2016, found that nearly a quarter (23%) of all Muslims supported the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain, and 39% agreed that “wives should always obey their husbands”.

Nearly a third (31%) thought it was acceptable for a British Muslim man to have more than one wife. According to the same poll, 52% of all British Muslims believe that homosexuality should be illegal.

According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.

The specific numbers for Germany were that 47% of Muslims believe Sharia is more important than German law. In Sweden, 52% of Muslims believe that Sharia is more important than Swedish law.

The studies are supported by European intelligence reports. In Germany, intelligence agencies warned in the early fall of 2015 that, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law.”

Four major German security agencies made it clear that “German security agencies… will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the arising reactions from Germany’s population.”

In Norway, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), Benedicte Bjørnland, said, in January 2016, that one cannot, “assume that new arrivals will automatically adapt to the norms and rules of Norwegian society.”

“Furthermore, new arrivals are not homogenous and can bring ethnic and religious strife with them… If parallel societies, radicalization and extremist environments emerge in the long run, we will have challenges as a security service.”

It is hardly surprising, then, that Europeans have begun to report that they no longer feel at home in their own countries. A recent Belgian study, in which 4,734 Belgians were polled, showed that two-thirds of Belgians feel that their nation is being “increasingly invaded”.

Two thirds of the people said that there are “too many immigrants in Belgium”, while 77% agreed with the statement, “Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]”. According to 74% of people surveyed, Islam is “not a tolerant religion”, while 60% said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Only 12% said they believe the religion is “a source of enrichment” for Belgium.

The study also surveyed 400 Belgian Muslims: 33% said they “don’t like Western culture”, 29% said they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34% said they “would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran”. The study also found that 59% of Muslims in Belgium would “condemn” the marriage if their son chose a non-Muslim partner, and 54% would condemn the marriage if their daughter chose a non-Muslim partner.

Tellingly, the response of the researchers behind the study — public broadcaster RTBF, liberal newspaper Le Soir, sociology research institute Survey and Action and a foundation called This is Not a Crisis — was to claim that they “observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension”.

None of these studies, polls, and intelligence reports appear to be making the least impression on European leaders. In the starry-eyed words of Avramapolous, it is not enough that the mainly Muslim migrants who have come to Europe, “have found safety in Europe”. According to him, “We also need to make sure they find a home”.

The question that remains unanswered — as European leaders seek to make Islam great again on the continent — is where Europeans are supposed to make their homes.

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Championship Winning Football Players And Coaches Give Glory To God For Their Success

What a breath of fresh air after a season involving NFL players who refused to stand and salute the flag for the National Anthem.  Players and coaches on both the Collegiate Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, and the NFL Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, gave thanks to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, giving all glory to God.  That was truly encouraging news as well as a great witness!  Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018

As President Donald Trump tweeted…”Congratulations to the Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018  Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!”
Stand-Up Team: No Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt For National Anthem in 2017
Not a single Eagles player sat or knelt during the national anthem, one of just seven teams with perfect non-kneeling records, in a season that saw 684 such incidents, according to a study released Thursday by Sports Pundit.

Franklin Graham posted on Facebook:
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their #SuperBowl 2018 win last night! After the game, it was great to hear so many Christians on the team publicly thanking God. Tight End Zach Ertz said, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.” Quarterback and MVP Nick Foles gave glory to God, and Head Coach Doug Pederson said, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity…” This is sure good to hear in the media.
We may not be playing a championship game today, but the Bible tells us, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
By Prophecy in the News| February 5th, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Eagles Win Super Bowl, Glory to God, National Anthem, Philadelphia Eagles, Prophecy News, Super Bowl

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All the Glory Belongs to God’: The Faith of the Super Bowl-Winning Philadelphia Eagles
02-04-2018
Mark Martin,
Benjamin Gill

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Do faith and football go together? For players on the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
The Eagles won their first Super Bowl 41-33 over the New England Patriots in a hard-fought game Sunday night in Minneapolis.
“All glory to God,” MVP Quarterback Nick Foles said right after the win.

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“I felt calm. We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We’re very blessed.”
Just nine years ago, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was coaching high school. Now he’s a Super Bowl champion.
“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity,” Pederson said Sunday night.
Touchdown-scoring Wide Receiver Zach Ertz echoed the same sentiment.
“Glory to God first and foremost,” Ertz said.
And despite being sidelined by a season-ending injury, Eagles franchise QB Carson Wentz threw all his support to Foles, and all the glory to God.

NFC Conference Champions
On January 21st, the Eagles clinched the NFC Conference Championship, earning the right to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
“First and foremost, all glory belongs to God. I wouldn’t be here without Him and this is just very humbling and unbelievable,” QB Nick Foles said immediately after that Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings. “I’m blessed to have amazing teammates, amazing coaches.”
Foles, who has turned in a multiple amazing performances to lead the Eagles to victory, is bold about professing his born-again faith, describing himself on Twitter as a: “Believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.”
A number of his teammates share that faith in Christ, and you can bet many on the team were as “prayed up” for the Super Bowl as they were throughout the season.
At the start of the season, Foles and teammates Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Carson Wentz, and Chris Maragos released a Bible study on humility and surrender through the YouVersion Bible app.

And back in November, the Eagles team released a video on its Facebook page entitled, “The Locker Room’s Binding Force.” It’s a look at the Christian faith of three players and how Christianity is a big part of the team’s unity.

Starting quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and safety/special teams player Chris Maragos shared their testimonies in the video.
“I was kind of on this downward spiral because the things I was trying to place in my life to give me satisfaction would last for a little bit and then they’d fade away,” Maragos said in the video. “And that was my sophomore year in high school.”
“I was really at a crossroads at that point and had to make a decision on where I was going,” he continued. “And that’s when I gave my life to Christ, and really he supplied that satisfaction and that joy for me.”
Players have the opportunity to attend chapel among other things.
“On every Monday night, we have a couple’s Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study,” Wentz explained in the video. “And then Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray; talk through the Word; what guy’s have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other.”
“To have that here in an NFL facility like this, it’s really special,” he added.
“As men, you tend to be very sheltered. If I’m going through some things, I may not express that to the next man,” Smith shared. “Only you can kind of expose your weaknesses and things you want to work on, whether it’s in your relationship or your marriage or your family, whatever it may be.”
“When you’re able to talk about it amongst your brothers, amongst your family, it helps you grow,” he continued. “And when you realize that you can apply Biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow.”
“I think the biggest thing that we’re always challenging each other with is just to not lose sight of the bigger picture,” Wentz said. “I think wins, losses, highs, lows, everything that comes with this game, it’s so easy to take your mind and your eyes off of the ultimate prize, and that’s living for the Lord.”
“And we want to be united,” Maragos said. “We want to support each other; we want to support each other in our lives through the difficulties off the field as well as on the field.”
“And so I think it’s really kind of something to where we’re all just kind of binding together to kind of keep each other sharpened and keep pushing forward,” he continued.
That unity helped propel them to the NFC Championship game and now a 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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Alabama QB After Championship Game: ‘I’d Just Like to Thank My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’

By Michael Morris | January 9, 2018 | 8:54 AM EST

Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gives all the glory to God in CFP National Championship post-game interview.  (Screenshot)


Upon winning the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship 26-23 over SEC rival Georgia in overtime last night, Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took a page out of former NFL quarterback and college Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow’s book in his post-game interview, thanking his “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and saying: “All glory goes to God.”

“Excuse me,” Tua Tagovailoa said as he was interviewed by ESPN. “First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That’s what happened tonight.”

“All glory goes to God,” Tagovailoa said later in the interview. “I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment. So, you know, thank God for that, and I’d just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity.”

Tua Tagovailoa’s comments came after he led the Crimson Tide to victory upon entering the game to start the second half in place of a struggling Jalen Hurts.

 Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes on his way to leading a come-from-behind win over the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, giving the Alabama Crimson Tide their fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban.

According to ESPN, Tagovailoa threw for 166 yards, completing 14 of 24 passes (58.3%) and averaging 6.9 yards through the air, while only throwing one interception on the night. He finished with a QBR of 71.3, the highest of the three quarterbacks who saw action in last night’s CFP National Championship game.

What Jesus Said About Hell

People who are Biblically illiterate, almost always say:  “Sin, hell, judgment and condemnation are found in the Old Testament, and grace, love and mercy are found in the New Testament.”  THAT is a lie out of the pit of Hell and it smells like smoke.  Jesus spent more time preaching on Hell than He did on Heaven.  He referred to parables on that awful place of torment, and compared the Lord’s judgment to “…treading the winepress.”  The truth of the matter is that we can find all of the aforementioned doctrine in both the Old and New Testaments.  Remember, Jesus did not come to do away with the law, He came to fulfill it.  Matthew 5:17 and Luke 24:44.

What will Hell be like?

Luke 13:28  King James Version (KJV)
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Mark 9:43-48  King James Version (KJV)
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

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What Jesus Said about Hell
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Jan. 15, 2018
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
People do not like to think about hell—especially those who are headed there! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
We need to know that the Lord Jesus Himself often warned about the reality of hell. Today’s verse is in His Sermon on the Mount, a message often quoted because of its wonderful promises. Hell is also mentioned in the same sermon in Matthew 5:22 and 5:30. Jesus also stressed in that sermon that “broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). He later warned that we should “fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
The religious leaders of the day were not exempt. To them, speaking of their religious hypocrisy, He said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33).
Hell is also a place of fire or possibly of some fearful environment that could only be described adequately under the metaphor of fire. “Depart from me,” He will say to the lost souls at His coming judgment, “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Hell is called a “lake of fire” by Christ in John’s vision of Him on His great white throne, where He will have to say, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, . . . and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Hell will indeed be very real—eternally real! Since Christ is both our Creator and our Savior, who died for our sins and defeated death by His resurrection, it is foolish for anyone to reject His revelation about hell. HMM

Sword Of The Lord ~ October 6 & 20, 2017

Amen Corner

On any important truth, the Devil tries to get you either to stop too short or go too far.  -Curtis Hutson

In times of physical weakness, discouragement or exhaustion, it is more difficult to resist Satan.  This is the time you must watch and pray.  -John R. Rice

Surely it ill becomes us to waste a penny, an hour or an opportunity.  Let us be severely economical for the Lord our God.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living.  This attitude finds its way into the church.  We have liberty; we have money; and we live in comparative luxury.  As a result, discipline practically has disappeared.  What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician’s instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not “disciplined”?  -A. W. Tozer

Faith either removes mountains or tunnels through them.

If tomorrow does not bring forth death, it will bring forth a less favorable opportunity of getting right with God.  Hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  Character crystallizes while you linger.  This is the poorest chance you have ever had, but it is the best chance you will ever have again.  -C. A. Cooper

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight.  Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.  -A. W. Tozer

Some of you are spiritually dead as far as any power is concerned.  The salt has lost its savor.  -John R. Rice

Christ is an amply sufficient Way.  All may get to Heaven by the same Way, and none need be excluded.  On it there is room, and plenty of room, for all that will.  -John Cumming

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.  -George Washington

I would sooner be a cat on hot bricks or a toad under a harrow than let my own children be my masters.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.  -Thomas Macaulay

The best evidence of the Bible’s being the Word of God is found between its covers.  -Charles Hodges

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.  -Thomas Jefferson

God can’t build a great church with spare time and pocket change.  -Curtis Hutson

Some say, “If only I could have lived in Jesus’ time.”  But plenty of people did live then, and they crucified Him.  Physical proximity and visibility did not help.  -Vance Havner

We do not admire a man of timid peace.  -Theodore Roosevelt

Works without faith are like a fish without water; it wants the element it should live in.  -Owen Feltham

It is not geographical location, but rather spiritual qualification, that makes missionaries effective.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Late Pastor’s Widow Found Murdered In Kentucky Church

ACLU To Challenge Trump’s Military Transgender Ban

New Zealand University Votes To Ban Pro-Life Club, Says Pro-Life Students Are “An Embarrassment”

Kindergarten Teacher Celebrates Transgender “Change” Of Five-Year-Old In Class

First Grader Sent To The Principal’s Office For “Misgendering”

Teacher Says To Parents: Tell Your Kids To Stop Talking About God

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Has Closed 338 Clinics in Twenty Years – Here’s Its Desperate Next Move

Stunning Government Jobs Report: One In Fifteen Americans Has A Government Job

Coach Prays, Ninth Circuit Says No – Blame Supreme Court Conservatives

Planned Parenthood Protests Ceremony Honoring Iowa’s First Female Governor Just Because She’s Pro-Life

Michigan Court Finds Public Officials Can Pray In Public Meetings

Growth Of “No Religion” Among Brits Ominous For U.S.

Activists Want Climate Change Skeptics Charged With Crime

College Republican Threatened After Asking Muslims To Decry Terrorism

Newsletter At University In Colorado Says Veterans Are Not Fit For A Four-Year University

Pennsylvania School District Surrenders To Transgenders

Poem Blasting God As A “Lie” Given To Middle Schoolers

“Satanist Group” Fizzles In Tacoma School

Attacks On Religious Liberty Increased In 2016

Evolutionary Scientist Admits Theory’s Major Flaws

Mother In Coma Heard Everything, Including How Doctors Shut Off Her Life Support And Said She’d Die

Climate Alarmists Admit They’ve Got It Wrong On Global Warming

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Dangerous Trends 2017

More Americans Say Polygamy Is Morally Acceptable

Pastors Told They Cannot Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples (Sweden)

Judge Rejects Churches On Abortion Coverage (Churches Forced To Accept Abortions On Their Health Insurance Plans)

Motel 6 Says It Will Be A “Sanctuary” Motel (They Will Not Leave The Light On For Me  ~  Pastor Steve)

A “Transwoman” Hired By Syracuse University’s Library To Promote Diversity

 

 

Sanctuary Cities In America Compared To Cities Of Refuge In Ancient Israel

In America, liberal mayors protect the “rights” of convicted felons, illegal immigrants (often repeat offenders), and all of the criminal element, in sanctuary cities.  Innocent, bono fide citizens often lose their lives at the expense of the protection afforded to criminal aliens.  I find it hard to believe that this can be legal, but these incidents graphically describe the days in which we live.

In stark contrast to this awful situation in America, are the cities of refuge of the Bible.  There were a total of six cities, three on each side of the Jordan River.  They were places whereby a person could flee if they were involved in an accidental death, until their respective cases were tried in a court of law.  They are also a type of Christ, as they beautifully represent the sanctuary that we find in our Lord and Savior.  Enjoy the following devotional on this subject from the Institute For Creation Research’s devotional booklet Days of Praise.

In Christ, Pastor Steve

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DAYS OF PRAISE
Cities of Refuge
BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D. | MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018

“Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.” (Numbers 35:14)
When the Israelites entered the promised land, God told Joshua to provide six “cities of refuge” into which those who had slain someone could flee for refuge until a trial could ascertain the facts and render a proper verdict. As such, these cities are a type of Christ, through whom “we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18).
The names of the six cities are given in Joshua 20:7-8 as Kedesh, Shechem, Hebron, Bezer, Ramoth, and Golan. The meanings of these names seem planned especially to foreshadow this spiritual application.
Kedesh means “holy place,” and Christ in the New Jerusalem is the ultimate refuge, for “the Lamb [is] the temple of it” (Revelation 21:22). Shechem means “strong shoulder,” which answers to the “strong consolation” we have in Christ when we flee to Him for refuge.
Hebron means “fellowship,” and we who have come to Christ have been “called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). Bezer means “strong hiding place.” The Scripture assures the believer that “your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
Ramoth means “high place,” and when we are hidden in Christ, God also has “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Finally, Golan apparently means “enclosure for captives,” and this would speak of our being set free from sin and death to become captive to Christ. “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8). Thus, the cities are appropriately named both for their immediate purpose and as a picture of Christ as the Savior of sinners. HMM

Share Your Faith Daily

Acts 14:6-7 King James Version (KJV)
6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
7 And there they preached the gospel.

The real mission field is just outside our front door.  It isn’t always overseas or on the other side of the equator.  We have neighbors, friends, colleagues, even family members, who need the Saviour and need Him now.  I pray that I will find the courage today to speak to one of them; to humbly remind them that they need to be saved, that they can be saved, and how to obtain God’s salvation through repentance and faith.   -Rick Morse

When He has found you, tell others the story; That my loving Saviour is your Saviour too.  -S. O’Malley Clough

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Acts 16:30-31 King James Version (KJV)
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

Teaching Stones

Days of Praise

Teaching Stones
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Jan. 18, 2018

“Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.” (Habakkuk 2:19)
How foolish are those who worship idols—objects of wood and stone with no life in them, not even when they are adorned in silver and gold. Can inanimate objects come to life and even become teachers? A child knows better.
But not college professors! All over the land, these proud purveyors of “science falsely so called” are indoctrinating young minds with the absurd belief that inorganic substances can somehow first become simple living substances and then eventually organize themselves all the way up to being people. They would not, of course, suggest that sticks and stones could suddenly become human (neither did the ancient idolaters, for that matter). They just believe that time—lots of it—can magically develop people out of much simpler substances than even these ancient philosophers ever imagined. “In the beginning, hydrogen” is their arrogant notion.
But God will not be mocked in this way forever. Life can only come from life—ultimately from the living God! The wooden idol of the pagan is every bit as scientific as the evolutionary models of the modern intellectual; neither one can create life. “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: . . . They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them” (Psalm 115:4-5, 8).
Only God can create life, and He can even cause stones to teach. “Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: . . . Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?” (Job 12:8-9). HMM

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The foolishness of evolution and idol worship knows no bounds.  It takes a stubborn, strong willed, Antichrist spirit to believe that no one plus nothing, and a whole lot of time made everything.  Likewise, the folly of idol worship is also off the charts.  Since the fall in the garden, man has taken to worshipping the creation rather than the Creator.  I cannot help but remember the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness, when Moses climbed Mount Horeb.

Exodus 32:24  King James Version (KJV)
24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

We would laugh at the last five highlighted words from this scriptural text if they were not so sad.

In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><