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Friday Church News Notes

Vol 15, Issue 4 - Jan 24, 2014

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ISRAEL TO PROVIDE FREE ABORTIONS (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Israeli government has announced that it will begin offering free abortions to women between the ages of 20 and 33. Dr. Yonatan Halevy, head of Israel’s Health Ministry commission, said, “When pregnancy occurs and it is undesired or inadvertent, I think we should supply the means to end the pregnancy properly” (“Israel’s Abortion Law,” The Times of Israel, Jan. 6, 2014). Women will not be required to present any medical reason for an abortion. The policy means that free abortions will be available to an additional 6,000 women per year, including “single women, young women who are unable to ask their parents for the funds, or those who fall pregnant as the result of an extramarital affair but are financially dependent on their husbands.” More than 1.5 million Jewish babies have been aborted since Israel formed its modern state in 1948 (Christian News, Jan. 13, 2014). The decision reminds us that Israel is back in the land, but she is in a spiritually-dead condition and will remain so until she repents during the Tribulation prior to the return of the Messiah. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:9-10).


HUMAN HAND BONE CHALLENGES EVOLUTION (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Surprising Human Hand Bone,” Brian Thomas, Institute for Creation Research, Jan. 10, 2014: “A hand bone found in northern Kenya surprised researchers when it surfaced in rock layers assigned a supposed age of about 1.4 million years, making it the oldest dated human bone but still ‘young’ enough to challenge its age assignment. If the secular community is correct in asserting that this discovery outdates the supposed earliest accepted human fossil by almost half a million years, then the find merely illustrates how human anatomy has resisted evolutionary changes for that long. Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the team described a human hand bone--a third metacarpal--matching the hand of an approximately 5-foot-10-inch tall male. They wrote, ‘In all ways, this bone resembles that of a modern human in overall proportions and morphology.’ ... Regardless of secularist’s disjointed dating differences, the most significant news from the latest hand-fossil find should be the simple fact that the oldest, widely recognized human hand bone shows no evolutionary change. This Kenyan fossil points to man originating…as man.” Concluding Note: Evolutionary dating schemes are not based on solid science but upon science used as a scheme to support evolutionary presuppositions. See the report “Archaeological Dating Methods” at the Way of Life web site.

10 WORST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO BE A CHRISTIAN (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from The Blaze, Jan. 8, 2014: “Open Doors USA, an organization that monitors and exposes Christian persecution around the globe, has released its ‘2014 World Watch List’--a report that highlights and ranks the worst nations in the world to be a Christian. Topping the list this year are countries known for brutal government crackdowns or for the uncontrolled and murderous tactics of extremist groups within their borders. The absolute worst places to be a Christian this year are: North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. [The next five worse are Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen.] ... David Curry, CEO and president of Open Doors, also charged that the Obama administration has essentially declined to make the protection of religious minorities a priority, linking a failure to uphold religious freedom in foreign nations with the destabilization of some governments. ‘There are many instances where the vacuum of leadership and spokesman-ship has created a real problem,’ said the human rights leader. ‘I would say that every significant data point on this year’s 2014 Watch List is worse--and I think a factor in it is a lack of leadership from Western governments including … the U.S. in terms of religious freedom.’”

MILITANT LESBIANS ASSAULT CATHOLIC MEN (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Blogging Gays Urge Murder of Christians,” Charisma News, Dec. 9, 2013: “It happened Dec. 2, 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. LifeSiteNews.com broke the story with the headline: ‘Violent Mob of Topless Pro-Abort Feminists Attacks Praying Men Defending Cathedral.’ The raw footage is disturbing to the extreme. ... WND summarizes the attacks as follows: ‘... a mob of pro-abortion feminists--many of whom were topless with Nazi swastikas on their chests and foreheads--attacked and sexually molested a group of Roman Catholic men who were praying as they stood outside a cathedral in Argentina to protect it from threats of vandalism.’ ... Indeed, it’s hard to watch the footage without discerning the palpably dark spirit that possesses many of the estimated 17,000 lesbian, pro-abortion and feminist assailants. Thousands of painted, topless pagans prancing a ring around the pope burned in effigy--for the chief purpose of celebrating a right to sacrifice, alive, their own children to the goddess abortion--is eerily redolent of ancient Baal worshipers dancing about the inferno and live-roasting, in burnt offering to Moloch, their own children. ... Equally disturbing are a number of comments posted about the incident on at least one award-winning gay activist blog. ... Joe Jervis, whose blog has a long history of anti-Christian extremism and violence-charged rhetoric, nonetheless permitted several of his regular posters to not only condone the feminist attacks but also to illegally call for a steep escalation in anti-Christian violence in general.”

AUSTRALIAN COURT OVERTURNS TERRITORY’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Business Insider, Dec. 11, 2013: “The honeymoon was short-lived for Australia’s gay couples who married in the past five days after the High Court overturned new same-sex marriage laws on Thursday, invalidating wedding ceremonies performed since Saturday. ... Around 20 gay couples had tied the knot since December 7, when Australia’s first same-sex marriage laws came into force in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ... Australia's conservative national government had challenged the law in the High Court on the grounds it conflicted with federal law. On Thursday, the court upheld the challenge and unanimously decided that the ACT law was invalid. The court said the issue of same-sex marriage was a matter for the national parliament. Laws to legalize same-sex marriage failed to pass in the national parliament in September 2012.”

NEW AGE HEALTHCARE (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - New Age healthcare practices have exploded in popularity in recent decades. According to a report in the U.S. News & World Report for January 21, 2008, alternative medicine has gone “mainstream.” The famous Mayo Clinic has a section at its web site on “complementary and alternative medicine.” Many of these practices are rooted in idolatrous eastern religions and are based on the principle that there is a metaphysical life force energy permeating everything and it can be manipulated to maintain and restore health. Hindus call it prana; Chinese, chi or qi (pronounced chee); Japanese, ki. Terms with similar meaning are kia, huna, mana, innate, ordic, and orgone. It is purely occultic, with no biblical or biological basis, and it lies at the heart of yoga, eastern massage, reiki, feng shui, tai chi, qi gong, acupuncture, acupressure, polarity therapy, magnetic therapy, biofeedback, reflexology, iridology, ayurveda, homeopathy, and the martial arts. We warn about these practices in the free eBook New Age Health Care, available at www.wayoflife.org.

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ACUPUNCTURE PROVEN TO BE PSEUDOSCIENCE (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A new study has shown that acupuncture is no more effective at relieving pain than “sham acupuncture.” A 2013 study published in the journal Cancer followed a group of 47 women being treated with aromatase inhibitors, a breast cancer medication that can cause hot flashes, night sweats, joint and muscle pain. Half of the women received traditional acupuncture, while the other half received “sham acupuncture,” referring to the placing of needles at random places and not actually inserted. There was no significant difference between the two groups, all of the patients reporting improvement of side effects (“New Study Exposes Acupuncture as Pseudoscience,” Business Insider, Dec. 26, 2013).

THIS WEEK’S FAVORITE QUOTES (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - “As an old writer has well said, contrasting the dispensations, God in the Types of the last dispensation was teaching His children their letters. In this dispensation He is teaching them to put these letters together, and they find that the letters, arrange them as we will, spell CHRIST, and nothing but Christ” (Andrew Jukes, The Law of the Offerings). “This is God’s universe and he does things his way. You may think you have a better way of doing things, but you don’t have a universe” (Adapted).

THE BRAIN’S MASTER CLOCK (Friday Church News Notes, January 24, 2014, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from www.creationmoments.com, Dec. 16, 2013: “Our bodies have many different rhythms. For example, your body temperature and your blood pressure cycle throughout the 24-hour day. Other body rhythms complete their cycle in 7 days or 28 days and so on. Some bodily rhythms are controlled through the hypothalamus, some by the pituitary gland, but there are other glands that control the rhythms of other organs. This arrangement sounds sort of like standing in a room with hundreds of clocks ticking away. And to make matters worse, each clock goes off on its own time--none are set to the same time. It could be a confusing mess. But now it has been learned that the brain has one master clock that coordinates all the other clocks in the body. This master clock goes by the initials SCN. It was once thought that the hypothalamus did this work. But the hypothalamus is just an assistant to the SCN. Together they turn out a bewildering array of chemical signals for the rest of the body so that everything keeps humming along in fine order. So here we have one more example of the intricate and wise design of our loving Creator and how He leaves no detail of life to chance. If He can do this, He certainly wants you to bring all the details of your life to Him as well.”

CONCLUSION: The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, but this obviously does not imply an endorsement. We trust that our readers will not be discouraged. It is God’s will that we know the times (1 Ch. 12:32; Mat. 16:3) and that we be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. The News Notes remind us that the hour is very late, and we need to be ready for the Lord’s coming. Are you sure that you are born again? Are you living for Christ? “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof" (Rom 13:11-14).

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The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, though this does not imply an endorsement.

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