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Jesus As He Is (Not As The World Portrays Him)

September 20, 2014

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Guest: Todd Friel, author, Jesus Unmasked

jesus unmasked thumbHe was never the president of a nation or a military conqueror.  He had little money and lived just 33 years.  Yet Jesus Christ is the most well-known and influential person to ever walk the face of the earth.

The four gospels in the Bible are biographies of Jesus’ life.  Scores of other books have been written about Him to discover who He really is.  Is Jesus primarily a champion for the poor and oppressed?  Is Jesus mainly a role model for us to “be good”?  Is it even possible to gain an accurate understanding of Jesus, a man who lived 2000 years ago and who has been defined and redefined so many different ways?

Todd Friel, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, will answer these questions and others about the true identity of Jesus.  Todd is the host of the syndicated radio and television programs called Wretched.  Todd will show that all of Scripture points to Jesus the Christ, from the Old Testament to the New, and that Jesus is who He claimed to be—the Son of God and Savior of mankind.

NOTE: For a limited time, we are offering Todd Friel’s just-released book, Jesus Unmasked, for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

“Jesus Unmasked will strengthen believers in their faith, and will convict and convince unbelievers to repent and trust in Christ.  The book is highly-readable and is marked by Todd’s trademark wit.” – David Wheaton

Jihad and Dhimma: Two Pillars of Islam the West Ignores

September 13, 2014

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Guest: Pastor Mark Durie, author, The Third Choice

“Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue – one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice – and it is: “Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?” [The answer is:] Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: either willing submission; or payment of the jizya, through physical though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or the sword – for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”  Osama Bin Laden

The world watches in shock and befuddlement as the Islamic State’s (formerly known as ISIS) takes over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, killing, beheading, and enslaving all who stand in their mission of a revived Islamic kingdom (caliph).  Meanwhile, President Obama just announced this week a “counter-terrorism” strategy to push back against the group he calls “ISIL” (our guest will tell you why).

Who is the Islamic State?  A fringe group of thugs that are “not Islamic,” as President Obama said?  Or are they operating according to a historic theological worldview central to Islam?

Australian pastor Mark Durie, who has written three books on Islam, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his recent column, “Three Choices and the Bitter Harvest of Denial” where he examines two pillars of Islam — jihad and dhimma — that the West ignores.

Processing the News—from the Evil to the Trivial

September 6, 2014

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Guest: Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief, WORLD Magazine

Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)

Watch the various television news channels on a given day, and as a Christian, you might struggle to process it all.

In one segment, you’ll hear about Islamists beheading American journalists, U.S. citizens joining the Islamic State (ISIS), and Russia advancing into Ukraine.  In the next, you might hear celebrity news, cooking tips, or “history” being made with a homosexual NFL player or a women’s college changing their admissions policy to allow biological males who identify as female.  Depending what channel you’re watching, you’ll probably hear about President Obama playing another round of golf.

Is what is taking place in the world any worse—or any more trivial—at other times in history?  Do most Americans pay attention or even care about what is going on internationally and domestically?  Does the media blow things out of proportion or try to shape the way we think about the news?

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about some of the major news stories presented in the media and how Christians should respond.

Living on Earth and Looking toward Heaven

August 30, 2014

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Guest: Anne Graham Lotz, author, Heaven: My Father’s House

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. — Jesus (John 14:2)

It is a reality that no one can avoid—death.  Whether one exercises daily, eats healthy, gets plenty of rest, has access to the best health care, and is born with good genetics, the fact is that everyone eventually dies as a result of the fatal effect of sin on our world.

Death is one of man’s greatest fears, partly because the dying process can be drawn out and painful and partly because many people are unsure what will happen afterward.    But what if you knew for certain that you would spend eternity in a perfect place in God’s presence after you die?  Would that change the way you face a terminal diagnosis, old age, or an unjust, sinful world?

Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, Anne Graham Lotz, author, speaker, and daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, thinks so.  She has watched her mother die and her father and husband nearing that day.  In her book, Heaven: My Father’s House, Anne reminds readers that all the ills and trials of this world are nothing to fear in light of the believer’s future hope and home in heaven.

Cancer and the Christian

August 23, 2014

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Guests: Jeff Schurrer and Tamara Windahl, Christ-Followers, Cancer-Battlers

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).

The C-word.  Cancer.  The very thought of it makes most people shudder.  Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in America—children, the elderly, and all ages in between.

There are many kinds of cancer that afflict almost every part of the body: lungs, skin, liver, brain, colon, prostate, and more.  Some of the causes of cancer are known (smoking, diet, environment), but much more is still unknown about this often deadly disease.  Worse, treatments for cancer can be as debilitating as the illness itself.

Cancer is a life changer … and for Christians, a real faith tester.  This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to hear from Jeff Schurrer, who is currently in the throes of battling cancer, and Tamara Windahl, who survived several bouts with the disease.

How can we find strength and hope when we face the trial of cancer in our own lives?  How should we encourage others in the midst of their severe trial?  We will try to answer these questions and more this weekend as we discuss “Cancer and the Christian.”

False Teachers: Who They Are, What They Teach, Why It Matters

August 16, 2014

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Guest: Tim Challies, author and blogger, challies.com

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

“No one enriches hell more than false teachers. False teachers have been present in every era of human history, they have always been a plague and have always been in the business of providing counterfeit truth.”

That is a strong statement by author and blogger, Tim Challies, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview. He has written a “False Teachers Series” on his website that features a who’s who of those who have led or are leading people astray from the full revealed truth in God’s Word. Read more

When Government Becomes God

August 9, 2014

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Guests: Jan Markell, radio host, and Anita Dittman, Holocaust survivor

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5).

trapped-in-hitler's-hell thumbWe’ve all heard the sayings: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

Those who believe in the utopian progress of man think that what occurred in Nazi Germany—concentration camps, genocide, totalitarian rule—could never be repeated, especially in a country like America.

How did a nation like Germany, with its Christian churches and influence, quickly turn into an evil empire, carrying out the darkest acts of the human heart?  Why did so many in Germany turn from God to government?  Could this happen in America?

Anita Dittman, a Jewish follower of Christ who survived Nazi concentration camps, will share her incredible story on The Christian Worldview this weekend.  Joining her will be Jan Markell, syndicated radio host and biographer of Anita Dittman that has been documented in a book and DVD entitled, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell”.

NOTE: Preview the film or order the riveting 75-minute DVD, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

How Much Impact Does Hollywood Have on Culture, on Christians?

August 2, 2014

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Guest: Rich Christiano, film producer, A Matter of Faith

“I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.  I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:2-3).

Most films produced by Hollywood include obscenity, profanity, violence, sexual scenes or innuendo, and a humanistic—or even anti-Christian—worldview.  And yet many professing Christians go to the movies each week as if taking in the sin presented on screen won’t have any effect on them.

What impact does the movie industry have on Christians specifically and our culture in general?  Is there a biblical criteria on which followers of Christ can base their movie-watching?

Rich Christiano thinks so.  He is a longtime producer and director of Christian films and the founder of the website, ChristianMovies.com.  He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to give us a behind the scenes look at what Hollywood is selling.  He will also tell us about his new film “A Matter of Faith” (fall 2014) which depicts the compelling story of a college freshman encountering a professor who teaches evolution.

Note: If you are interested in sponsoring “A Matter of Faith” in your hometown theater, email Rich at RC@ChristianMovies.com.

What should a Christian think and do about illegal immigration?

July 26, 2014

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Guest: Kerby Anderson, president, Probe Ministries

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God” (Romans 13:1-2).

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in” (Matthew 25:35).

Millions of immigrants, including tens of thousands unaccompanied children, have illegally crossed our border into the United States.  Some are fleeing violence in their home country.  Some want a better life and economic opportunity in the United States.

So what is our country to do?  Send them back to their own country? Grant them citizenship or work permits?  Build a border fence?  And what should a Christian think and do about illegal immigration?  The Bible says we are to obey the law (Romans 13), but also that we should take care of the stranger (Matthew 25)

Even amongst professing Christians, there are many opinions on illegal immigration.  Some think it’s wrong to even call them “illegal” or “aliens” because our immigration laws and past conquests of border land are illegal.  Others see this issue in terms of government’s duty to protect its citizens and provide a stable society.  Still others see illegal immigration as an opportunity to show the love of Christ through caring for those in need.

Kerby Anderson, president of Probe Ministries and radio host for Point of View, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss illegal immigration.  Kerby lives in Texas, a border state on the front lines of this issue.

Pornography and Children: A Plan for Protection and Preparation – rebroadcast of 01/25/14

July 19, 2014

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Guest: Heath Lambert, pastor and author, Finally Free

“You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul…You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).

finallyfree150We live in a pornographic culture.  In the span of one generation (20-30 years), almost everything has changed with regards to the frequency and means by which we encounter pornography whether on cell phones, computers, video games, television, and movies.

As we discussed last week on the program, the explosion of pornography is a difficult—yet conquerable—temptation for adults.  But for children, additional strategies are critical to protect them from pornography and prepare them for when the inevitable exposure occurs.

That exposure begins, according to a survey by Covenant Eyes, before age 13 for 50% of boys and nearly 33% of girls.  Many other experts estimate the first exposure to be much earlier than that.

Heath Lambert, pastor, professor of biblical counseling, and author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, will join us again this weekend to discuss a plan for protecting our children from and preparing them for pornography.

 

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