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Gluttony: Eat, Drink, and Sin Against God

February 7, 2014

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Guest: Scott Poling, pastor, Harvest New Beginnings

“Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.” Proverbs 23:20-21

The dictionary defines gluttony as “excessive eating or drinking.” It is elevating and consuming food and drink to a degree God does not intend. It is eating and drinking all we want instead of what we need.

Any discerning person recognizes that our society has a major problem with gluttony. And sadly, so do many Christians. Yet, hardly anyone would admit to being a glutton, and hardly any church talks about this sin.

So we need to ask ourselves: does food and drink control us instead of the other way around? How can we have victory over our desires to excessively consume?

Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we speak with Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings in Illinois, who preached about gluttony as part of a series entitled “Habits: An Overcoming Journey.”

Why the Political Left and Radical Islam Are NOT Strange Bedfellows

February 1, 2014

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Guest: Mark Durie, Australian pastor and author

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.” (John 15:20-21)

The political left and radical Islam. The former is secular and libertine; the latter is religious and legalistic. So why do two groups with such different worldviews support each other’s causes?

For example, why do political liberals complain about women’s and homosexual’s “rights” in America while supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, who treat women as second-class citizens and homosexuals even worse? Why do radical Muslims who want to implement Sharia Law support liberal politicians and policies in the West?

Could it be that the political left and radical Islam have a uniting cause greater than their differences?

Mark Durie, Australian pastor, theologian, author, and expert on Islam, recently completed a speaking tour in America where he spoke about “The Partnership of Radical Islam with Leftist Politics.” He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us why the political left and radical Islam are NOT strange bedfellows, and what that means for Christians.

Pornography and Children: A Plan for Protection and Preparation

January 25, 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.

NOTE: We have copies of Heath’s book, Finally Free, available for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.  Highly recommended!

Finally Free from Pornography

January 18, 2014

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finallyfreeGuest: Heath Lambert, pastor and author, Finally Free

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8


Josh McDowell, our guest on the program last week, said that pornography on the Internet is “the number one problem ever faced by the church in 2000 years.”

Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone. According to a Covenant Eyes study, “One out of eight searches on the Internet is for erotic content, more than 50% of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13, and 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women say they are addicted to pornography.”

Statistics are one thing, but the sexual immorality and ruined marriages that result from viewing pornography are the real-world, soul-crushing consequences.

The key question is: How do we overcome the pornography temptation? As addictive as any drug, is it possible to have victory?

The answer is a resounding yes!  Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, and author of the book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.

We are currently offering Finally Free for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

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How God is Undaunted by Man’s Sin

January 11, 2014

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Guest: Josh McDowell, featured in the film, Undaunted

undaunted“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

We hear tragic stories about “dysfunctional” families where alcohol and/or drug use, conflict, divorce, extramarital sexual sin, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse characterize the home.  We see the life-long scars on those who grow up in such an environment where sin reigns almost unabated.  Maybe you personally experienced this kind of background.  If so, there is hope!

Most Christians know Josh McDowell as a respected evangelist and apologist for the Christian faith.  Josh has written or co-authored nearly 140 books, spoken to millions of people all over the world, and has been married for over 40 years.

But what most Christians don’t know is that Josh McDowell grew up in a highly dysfunctional home with a drunk father, abused mother, and a worker who sexually molested Josh.  Josh turned his back on God, but God eventually rescued Josh and turned him into a victorious ambassador for Jesus Christ.

No matter your background or past, God can do the same for you!  Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we speak with Josh McDowell about the early years of life and how God saved him, all depicted in the powerful, award-winning DVD film we are offering entitled, Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell.

Undaunted is a must-see 68-minute DVD film that would be excellent to watch with your family or to share with an unbeliever.  The film won the International Christian Visual Media’s 2012 Crown Awards for “Best Evangelistic Film” and “Best Documentary.”  We would look forward to sending you the DVD for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

Remembering Last Year to be Ready for This Year

January 4, 2014

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“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons” (Deuteronomy 4:9).

It’s been said: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to try and change that as we recall some of the top stories that impacted Christians in 2013 and discuss what relevance they have for us in this new year.

News outlets like the Christian Post and the Huffington Post published their own top ten lists with stories like the election of a new Pope, the threat to religious freedom in light of Obamacare mandates, the homosexual movement’s continuing attacks on Christianity, the suicides of the sons of Rick Warren and Joel Hunter, and the controversy surrounding John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference.

What can we learn from 2013 that will help us be stronger and more effective followers of Christ in 2014?  Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to find out and offer your feedback.

Note: The Master’s College Essay Contest 2014 launches today.  The grand prize is a $4000 tuition scholarship to the college.  Find out more here and then forward to the high school or college student in your life.

Who Am I? Why Your Answer to that Question Really Matters

December 27, 2013

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Guest:  Jerry Bridges, author, Who Am I? Identity in Christ

“Such were some of you [i.e. unrepentant sinners]; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

“Who am I?”

How would you answer that question?  Would you define your primary identity in terms of your job (“I’m a banker”), your family (“I’m a wife and mother”), your favorite pastime (“I’m a snow boarder”), or perhaps your former way of living (“I’m a recovering alcoholic”)?

While these may help fill in some of the details of one’s identity, for the Christian, one’s identity should be first and foremost grounded in “Who am I in Christ?”  Understanding and living out the core answers to that question such as “I am justified, I am a new creation, I am a servant of Christ, and I am not yet perfect” helps us see ourselves as God sees us.

Beloved author and speaker, Jerry Bridges, joins us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to discuss his new book, Who Am I? — Identity in Christ.

How God Has Already Won the War on Christmas

December 21, 2013

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Guest: Bodie Hodge, general editor, The War on Christmas

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:10b)

At this time of year, we hear news reports about the “war on Christmas”: nativity scenes and Christmas carols being banned from public spaces and schools, employees pressured to say “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, and atheists putting up a billboard in New York City that proclaims, “Who needs Christ at Christmas?  Nobody.”

There is an ongoing war in our society to remove Christ from Christmas, but did you know that Christ’s birth was actually a declaration of war by God?  Christ’s birth was God’s opening salvo in a war that ultimately leads to victory over sin, suffering, death, and Satan (see Revelation 12).

Bodie Hodge, the general editor of a new book entitled, The War on Christmas, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about these two wars over Christmas — the world’s war and God’s war.

We will also discuss interesting questions surrounding the history and significance of Christ’s birth, along with God-honoring ways to celebrate it.

We hope you can join us this weekend before Christmas to set our minds on the reason for the season — Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of mankind!

Nelson Mandela: A Study in the World’s Greatest vs. the Bible’s Greatest

December 14, 2013

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval” (Hebrews 11:1-2).

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and the person who is widely credited with ending apartheid (minority white rule over a majority black population) in his country, died just over a week ago at the age of 95.

An unprecedented number of world leaders and dignitaries traveled to South Africa to pay glowing homage to a man who received 250 international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, and who is considered to be among the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King Jr. as the greatest modern-day heroes.

And yet there are negative aspects of Mandela’s life that are mostly overlooked by mainstream society.  He “co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961 in association with the South African Communist Party, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government” (Wikipedia).  He was also known as a “serial adulterer.”

So what are we as Christians supposed to think about the world’s heroes, who purportedly accomplish much “good,” even if done through violent means and with sinful personal lives?  How does the Bible present its heroes of the faith?  Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview for “a study in the world’s greatest vs. the Bible’s greatest.”

Discerning the Spectrum of Charismatic Christianity with Grace and Truth

December 7, 2013

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Guest: Justin Peters, conference speaker on the Word of Faith movement

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1).

The Word of Faith movement. The health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. Continuationism vs. cessationism. Speaking in tongues, healings, and miracles. Slain in the Spirit. Second filling of the Spirit. Charismatics, pentecostals, the new apostles.

It’s a glossary of terms that can make your head swim. But what exactly do these terms mean and why is it important for a Christian to understand the wide spectrum of movements, doctrines, and leaders? Some say it’s not important and just dividing the body of Christ. So which is it?

A much-publicized conference called “Strange Fire” that focused on these issues was held recently at John MacArthur’s church in Los Angeles. One of the speakers was Justin Peters, who was born with cerebral palsy and presents seminars all over the world on the Word of Faith movement. Justin will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to offer a biblical perspective with grace and truth.

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