Archive for December 17th, 2007

“Satan’s Stooges” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Satan has a very powerful ally in this nation that is rarely addressed by Christians. This foe has been very successful in corrupting the moral foundations of entire generations, and it has done more to enslave this nation than any other conspiracy group could ever hope to achieve. Of course, I’m talking about the liberal media. I’m certain that the prince of darkness spends more time in the headquarters of media corporations than he does in White House or the Congress.

The liberal media sets the culture agenda by the types of movies, music, and television shows it produces. The press is an ideal vehicle for swaying minds. By just reporting news with a liberal bias, over time, the general population can be made to accept any view. In recent weeks, I’ve seen several examples of the devil boldly over-playing his hand. If one truly ponders what is going on, the only conclusion that can be made is that something sinister is at work in the media.

Family-friendly movies have always guaranteed a good financial return. Despite this common knowledge, Hollywood producers keep turning out movies that are loaded with filth. It has been several decades since most filmmakers have produced a movie with any positive biblical theme.

Earlier this month, Sony pictures released a big-budget movie called the “Golden Compass.” The film was based on books written by a radical atheist. Christian groups boycotted the movie, and it bombed at the box office. The fact that Hollywood keeps following this same money-losing pattern indicates some evil strategy is being followed.

In the coverage of the current presidential political races, I see all sorts of indications of the media’s agenda. The other night, I was watching reporters on ABC’s “Nightline” program talk about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. The news anchor said it was bigotry for people to question his faith. Several other news organizations have echoed this remark.

Two things are wrong here. First, why is the liberal media coming to Romney’s aid? When did the press become the defender of faith? Second, it is perfectly fine for people to question Romney’s faith. If most Christians knew that Mormonism is a cult that denies Jesus as the true Son of God, they would never vote for someone who holds that belief. It would be a disaster to have Mormons able to knock on doors and say, “Hi, we’re from the President’s church.”

The liberal media defends Romney because the god of this world is the author of Mormonism. To confirm this theory, all one needs to do is see how the press treats Mike Huckabee. When Huckabee became the frontrunner, reporters began attacking his religious beliefs. “The Drudge Report” ran this shocking headline: “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.”

Gov. Huckabee was once a Baptist pastor, so it should surprise no one that he would make a statement about bringing our nation back to Christ. The liberal media is trying to depict his faith as being something diabolical. If Huckabee wins Iowa, you can be sure that every investigative journalist will be out to get this man. They’ve already asked for copies of all his sermons. I would say that reporters on “Nightline” will soon make hypocrites out of themselves, but in their view, there is no religious bigotry when attacking evangelical Christians.

Liberals are not without their own religion. About every media person today is involved with promoting environmentalism as a secular faith. Satan knows that a desire to save the earth is a good distraction from the more urgent need to save one’s own soul.

Brian Williams, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” typified his school of thought when in an article for Time Magazine he replied to a question about who would be the next ‘Person of the Year’: “My nominee for 2007 ‘Person of the Year’ is a woman–a woman with a history of abuse, a woman who has never run for elective office, someone we all know, someone who makes her presence known on a daily basis in all our lives and, for my money, is better than any male alternative. That woman is Mother Earth. I think the environment is the compelling issue of our time,” said Williams.

For many years, the liberal media has chipped away at the death penalty. Its favorite method of attack is creating doubt by featuring everyone who claims to be wrongly accused of a crime, and by portraying capital punishment as being cruel.

By raising doubt at all levels, the press has successfully put all executions on hold. Just this past week, New Jersey became the first state in four decades to abolish the death penalty under a measure lawmakers approved and the governor intends to sign within days.

I believe we are at a tipping point, with the liberal media now in the driver’s seat. Because America’s politicians are easily manipulated and our clergy lacks a moral backbone, the press is truly the most powerful force in the land.

Slowly but surely, our nation is being driven down a path towards destruction. As believers, we have the hope of knowing that a Savior is coming to rescue us from this runaway express.

— Todd

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“Celebrating Jesus’ ‘Condescension'” by Joseph Farah

Monday, December 17th, 2007

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:26-33 (KJV)

A week from today, Christians around the world will be in full Christmas mode – attending churches, saying prayers, singing carols and exchanging gifts in remembrance of the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.

We will also be reading from the familiar passages in the Gospel of Luke that describe the circumstances of the Virgin Birth – an event like no other in the history of the world.

There have been movies and books about these events. But most have focused, understandably, on the notable obedience and sacrifices of Joseph and Mary in bringing the baby Jesus into the world.

But, have you ever thought about what that experience was like for Jesus?

We all know how Jesus sacrificed himself for us at the end of His mortal life – the excruciating tortures he endured, the humiliation, the death on the cross. But at this time of the year, I often think about the sacrifice He, the co-creator of the universe, made temporarily to give up His omniscience, His omnipotence, His almighty powers and His seat at the right hand of God and to live inside the womb of a young Jewish girl named Mary and to submit himself to the protection of an obscure Jewish carpenter named Joseph.

He literally stepped down from heaven into a fallen world of danger and deception. He even, presumably, had to disengage from His own divine consciousness to become a helpless embryo. He had to be born under trying circumstances following a rough 70-mile walk by his parents from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

He gave up all the unimaginable riches and untold wisdom of the universe to be born in a barn and laid in an animal trough.

But, most of all, try to imagine what it was like sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven contemplating this idea of becoming utterly helpless and, for at least a period of time, presumably, clueless!

Like any other child, Jesus was born not knowing how to walk or talk. How many of us would be willing to trade our own lives and consciousness as even as adult mortal human beings to re-enter the world that way, again?

That’s what Christmas represents to me. It is every bit as awe-inspiring as contemplating Jesus’ death and Resurrection.

We often talk about and ponder the Ascension. But what about the Condescension that took place when Jesus became, first, an unborn baby and later on that day in Bethlehem, a vulnerable little infant who would be hunted down by Herod – who would grow up to die an ugly death on the cross?

Believers acknowledge the sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary. But, truly, we ought to consider the sacrifice He made the day He willingly stepped down from heaven in the Virgin Birth, which might also be termed the Miraculous and Mysterious Condescension.

Merry Christmas. And thank you, Jesus!

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Retailers Report ‘Disappointing’ Holiday Shopping Sales

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Maybe things will get better the closer to Christmas we get, but this does not bode well for the economy.

NEW YORK — Following a lukewarm shopping weekend, the nation’s stores are now focusing their attention on the final week leading to Christmas, as consumers seem to be postponing more of their buying to the last minute compared to a year ago.

Just as malls and stores ushered the official start of the holiday season with expanded hours and generous discounts, they plan to do the same in the final stretch. Macy’s Inc. plans to pull all-nighters at several of its stores, including its Manhattan flagship, starting Friday. Toys “R” Us plans to keep its doors open until midnight every day until Dec. 24.

Based on early reports from analysts and malls on Sunday, sales results were generally unimpressive this past weekend, as shoppers were held back by a snow storm that spread a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow from the Great Lakes states to New England. Consumers, fretting about economic worries, were also delaying their shopping even more this year, knowing there’s a full weekend before Christmas, when the bargains will be even better.

Meanwhile, for online retailers, which likely finished their busiest days last week, their fate appears to be already sealed: holiday sales didn’t live up to industry’s hopes as lower-income shoppers pulled back on spending amid a housing slump. ComScore Inc. reported on Sunday that online sales from Nov. 1 through Dec. 14 rose 18 percent — less than the 26 percent growth rate seen in the same period a year ago and the 20 percent projection for the season.

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Russia Makes First Nuke Shipment to Iran

Monday, December 17th, 2007

I believe this figures into end time prophesy greatly.

MOSCOW- Russia has made its first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran’s Bushehr plant, which is at the center of the international tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Iran contends the nuclear power plant operation in Bushehr is strictly for civilian purposes, but many critics suspect Tehran intends to use the plant as part of an alleged effort to develop nuclear weapons.

Construction at Bushehr had been frequently delayed. Officials said the delays were due to payment disputes, but many observers suggested Russia also was unhappy with Iran’s resistance to international pressure to make its nuclear program more open and to assure the international community that it was not developing nuclear arms.

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