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Friday Church News Notes

MATT MAHER WORSHIPS CHRIST IN THE MASS WAFER (Friday Church News Notes, May 25, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Matt Maher, one of the most influential contemporary worship musicians, says in an interview that he worships Christ in the consecrated wafer of the Catholic mass. He says, “I lead a college Bible study. It’s a Catholic Church, which kind of surprises a lot of people. The joy that I really feel, as part of my ministry, is that I’ve been kind of going out more and traveling and working... Read More

Quack Diets - pt 2

    The following is excerpted from The Bible and Diet, available as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org. Also available in print.
    A quack diet makes high-sounding claims.
    When you hear that something is a “miraculous breakthrough,” “groundbreaking,” “revolutionary,” “super,” “absolutely fantastic,” “unprecedented,” or some such high-sounding claim, run the other way! This is quack language.
    For example, Master Miracle Solution (MMS), a toxic bleach cure, is marketed by Jim Humble as “the Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century,” a cure for “most cancer,” AIDS, hepatitis, herpes, TB, malaria, possibly Ebola, “and many more of mankind’s worse diseases.”
    Friends, if it sounds too good to be true, it most probably is!
    A quack diet is promoted by bogus claims.
    There are many bogus claims made by pop dietitians and alternative... Read More
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Quack Diets - pt 1

    The following is excerpted from The Bible and Diet, available as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org. Also available in print.
    In The Bible and Diet we deal with the following marks of a quack diet:
    A quack diet promises near perfect health and longevity.
A quack diet makes high-sounding claims.
A quack diet is promoted by bogus claims.
A quack diet claims to be based on the Bible.
A quack diet mixes truth with error.
Promoters of quack diets tend to exaggerate their health.
A quack diet is tied to a money-making scheme.
A quack diet is...
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Trees in Ancient Israel

     The following is from the new book Jews in Fighter Jets: Israel Past, Present, and Future, available from Way of Life Literature in print and eBook editions.
     In ancient times, the land of Israel was heavily forested. The Bible is a clear witness to this.
     In Joshua’s day, the hills in Israel’s heartland (the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh) were called “the wood country” because of the forests (Joshua 17:15, 18).
     Absalom was killed in the forest of Ephraim (2 Sa. 18:6, 8). Apparently it was an oak forest, because his head was caught in the branches of a “great oak” (2 Sa. 18:9).
     The Gibeonites were made hewers of wood for the tribes of Israel, which would indicate that there were plenty of trees (Joshua 9:21, 23, 27).
    There was a forest east of Bethel in Bethaven (1 Sa. 14:25).
     There was a forest in ... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes

U.S. EMBASSY OPENS IN JERUSALEM (Friday Church News Notes, May 18, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On May 14, the U.S. Embassy formally opened in Jerusalem in practical fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s statement in December 2017 recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The opening ceremony, which was held 70 years to the day after President Harry Truman recognized the new state of Israel in 1948, was attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and some members of Congress. Ivanka said, “On behalf of the 45th president of the United States of America we welcome you officially and for the first time... Read More
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The Leopard

     The leopard (Panthera pardus) is mentioned eight times in Scripture. The common Hebrew word is “namer” (naw-mare), meaning spotted.
    It is a medium-sized spotted wild cat that lives in Africa, the Sinai, the Judean wilderness, the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, South Asia, Russia and China.
    It is beautifully colored with dark spots on a tawny coat, but its coloring changes somewhat according to its habitat. This provides excellent camouflage, and it can... Read More
What is the Emerging Church?

Being a Friend of Sinners

     The following is excerpted from our free eBook What Is the Emerging Church? A softcover book edition is also available. Read the pdf now.
    The emerging church uses the term “missional” rather than “missionary.”
    Missional is trying to build the kingdom of God in the world.
    Dan Kimball says the term “missional” means that “we don’t ‘bring Jesus’ to people but that we realize Jesus is active in culture and we join him in what he is doing,” and, “we serve our communities, and that we build relationships with people in them, rather than seeing them as evangelistic targets” (They Like Jesus, p. 20).
    Missional is building close relationships with the unsaved but not for the gospel’s sake.
    Mars Hill Church in Seattle used to operate... Read More

What Charles Spurgeon Said About the Emerging Church

     The emerging church represented by Brian McLaren and the Emergent village is not as new as it appears to be. It was already raising its ugly head in the late 19th century, because Charles Spurgeon described it perfectly in his comments on James 5:19-20.
    He called it “modern thought” and “deceitful infidelity.”
    Spurgeon also described the tolerant attitude of modern evangelicalism that puts up with emerging heresies. He called this “latitudinarianism.”
    “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
    It was not merely that he fell into a mistake upon some lesser matter which might be compared to the fringe of the gospel, but he erred in some vital doctrine--he departed from the faith in its fundamentals. There are some truths which must be believed, they are essential to salvation, and if not heartily accepted the soul will be ruined. This man had been professedly orthodox, but he turned aside from the truth on an essential point. ... Read More
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