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Friday Church News Notes
Volume 18, Issue 27 - July 7, 2017
The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature. 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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ZUCKERBERG SAYS FACEBOOK THE NEW CHURCH (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says that his social network can offer the same sense of community as church. His new mission statement is “Bring the world closer together.” And the method is networks of online groups that create a sense of community. Currently 100 million people participate in Facebook networks. Community building is one of the many tools that New Age gurus employ to accomplish the goals of finding spiritual enlightenment, achieving personal transformation, and building a new world. Community building is a process of breaking down the divisions between people and emphasizing unity and group thinking as opposed to individualism. It requires a non-judgmental attitude and a willingness to accept different views and practices as legitimate. Other New Age tools are meditation, positive confession, guided imagery, visualization, positive thinking, and interfaith dialogue. Zuckerberg ended his recent commencement speech at Harvard University with a Hebrew prayer that he sings to his daughter each night at bedtime. It is a Jewish prayer of healing (Mi Shebeirach), that is used like a positive confession mantra rather than a biblical prayer. Zuckerberg told the graduating class at Harvard that he believes that “religion is very important,” but he would probably not include the “religion” of one God, one truth as taught in one Holy Book, and one way of salvation in Jesus Christ.

INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING MILLIONS OF PILGRIMS TO TEMPLE MOUNT BEING CONSTRUCTED (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Infrastructure to Bring Millions of Pilgrims,” breakingisraelnews.com, Jun. 27, 2017: “For the first time in approximately 2,000 years, since the time of the Second Temple, plans are being formed by the Israeli government to build an effective infrastructure for Jews to make their obligatory pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. God commands in the Bible that all Jews make their way to the Temple three times a year. Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before Hashem thy God in the place which He shall choose; on the feast of unleavened bread, and on the Shavuot, and on the Sukkot; and they shall not appear before Hashem empty (Deuteronomy 16:16). The Third Temple will require a functional infrastructure that could facilitate the transportation of millions of Jews to Jerusalem during and after these festivals. Israel’s Minister of Transportation, Yisroel Katz, has publicly stated that facilitating this was his intention when planning the line of the fast train currently under construction between the airport in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In a meeting with Temple Movement representatives in February, the minister explained, ‘As a Kohen (Jew of the priestly caste) I have a special connection to the holy site. In front of my eyes I constantly see the words “Prepare the way, prepare the way…”’ Katz is planning on extending the line of the fast train to transport people from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem directly to the Western Wall. The final stop will be the ‘Kotel/Har Habayit Stop’ (Western Wall/Temple Mount Stop). Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the Friends of the the Temple Organization, noted that the Ministry of Transportation’s involvement was a necessary first step. ‘We expect millions of Jews coming to the Temple Mount even before the Temple is built, so transportation is a potential bottleneck,’ Hayman explained to Breaking Israel News. ‘We need to open up more entrances to the Temple Mount, since there is currently only one entrance available to the Jews.’”

ROBOT PRIEST CAN RECITE BLESSINGS IN FIVE LANGUAGES (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A Protestant church in Germany has developed a robot that can recite “blessings” in five languages while beaming light from its hands” (“Robot Priest Introduced,” WorldReligionNews.com, May 31, 2017). The ridiculous robot priest was built by the Nassau and Hesse Evangelical Church for the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther on the door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg. The blessing is invoked via a touchscreen on the robot’s chest, and the supplicant can choose a male or female voice. “The electronic machine flashes light, raises arms and recites a suitable biblical verse. It concludes any meeting with the exaltation that God protect and bless the supplicant.” According to a representative of the Nassau and Hesse Protestant Church, “[T]he idea is to make people consider if it is possible to accept that a machine can give blessings, or a human is compulsory for such a task.” Our answer is that a robot can doubtless give a blessing as effectively as an apostate Protestant preacher. In fact, the only one who can “give blessings” is Almighty God, and His blessing was purchased by His Son on Calvary and is offered to every sinner who believes the gospel in a saving manner.

HACKERS COULD TAP INTO BRAINWAVES TO STEAL PASSWORDS (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Hackers could tap EEGS,” UPI, Jul. 3, 2017: “Hackers could tap into your brainwaves to steal sensitive passwords, warn researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. A new study suggests EEG headsets, the set of electrodes that records brain activity, are hackable. By observing a person’s brainwaves as they surf the internet, hackers could glean neural patterns and successfully guess a user’s password. Though EEG headsets are mostly used in research, there are now several models on the open market, mostly advertised to video and computer game players. EEGs can tap into a person’s brain power to remotely control robotic toys and video games. ... ‘We do believe that this is going to be a real problem in the future as more and more of these BCI [brain-computer interface] devices get deployed for gaming and other day to day applications,’ Nitesh Saxena, an associate professor of computer and information sciences at UAB, told UPI via email. ‘The hacking scenario could involve such a switching between the gaming application and a website login.’”

US AMBASSADOR BLASTS THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Ambassador Haley: UNHRC Must Stop Wrongly Singling out Israel or We’ll Quit,” BreakingIsraelNews.com, Jun. 4, 2017: “US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley on Friday wrote in a Washington Post op-ed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is singling out Israel for relentless condemnations, while truly heinous regimes such as Venezuela and Cuba go scot-free because they are members of the Council. ‘When the council passes more than 708 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights records, you know something is seriously wrong,’ the ambassador wrote. In fact, Haley reminded her readers, ‘In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine and took over Crimea. This illegal occupation resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries, as well as arbitrary detentions. No special meeting of the Human Rights Council was called, and the abuses continue to mount.’ Haley will visit Israel for the first time as UN ambassador next week, presumably to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. But on her way over she will stop in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the UNHRC. It’s a crucial visit for the vehemently anti-Israel world body, because President Trump has threatened to leave. In fact, Haley has stated that she plans to make her recommendations to the President on staying in or quitting the UNHRC based on her discussion in Geneva. ... Haley detailed her plans for next week’s Geneva visit: ‘I will outline changes that must be made. Among other things, membership on the council must be determined through competitive voting to keep the worst human rights abusers from obtaining seats.’”

DINOSAUR TAIL FEATHER IN AMBER? (Friday Church News Notes, July 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from CreationMoments.com, May 9, 2017: “Evolutionary scientists have recently claimed strong evidence to support the evolution of birds from dinosaurs. Palaeontologist Lida Xing was visiting a market in Myanmar, when he saw a piece of amber, containing a tiny feather, along with the more usual insects. He claimed that the feather had to belong to a dinosaur, rather than a bird, because the vertebrae present in the specimen were all separate.  This, he claimed, contrasted with the tail of archaeopteryx, the tip of whose tail has vertebrae which are fused at the terminus. Archaeopteryx is widely accepted to be a bird, although the article on Wikipedia classifies it as a feathered dinosaur. Creation scientist Dr. David Menton has shown that the feather could not have belonged to a dinosaur. Therapod dinosaurs would have been bipedal, and their long tails balance their bodies as they walk, like other bipeds, from their hips. But birds do not walk from their hips. Their femurs and knees are within their body walls. The part of the bird’s leg, often assumed to be a “wrong-facing” knee, is, in fact, equivalent to the ankle in other vertebrates. The amber feathered tail shows that it would have had insufficient weight to provide balance for a bipedal dinosaur. It is much more likely, therefore, that the feathered tail belonged to a bird. Evolutionists have an a priori commitment to finding feathered dinosaurs, as evidence of evolution. Once again, it is seen that they have jumped the gun, if not the shark, in their enthusiasm. (Reports cited: BBC, ‘Beautiful dinosaur tail found preserved in amber,’ December 2016; Menton, D., 2016, ‘Did a Dinosaur Get Its Feathered Tail Caught in Amber?’ Answers in Genesis, 2016.)’’

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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