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Arrest Warrant Issued For Ron Luce of Teen Mania


According to Christianity Today and World Magazine, Compassion International sued Teen Mania for breach of contract after failingRon-Luce-posed-Facebook to follow through on Child Sponsorship advertising last year. Teen Mania then refused to refund CI’s invested $160,000.

Teen Mania is said to have disregarded the suit resulting in the Court awarding Compassion International the full amount plus court and attorney fees. 

World Magazine reports that a warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Ron Luce. 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in character, Ethics, finance, Honesty, Integrity, lawsuit

 

Billy Grahams Final Message To America-“The Cross”

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I have  just finished watching the television broadcast of Billy Graham’s final message to America on Fox News Channel.

Profoundly biblical, the 95-year-old aged minister uncompromisingly shared the glorious components of the historic apostolic gospel. His  message was majestically Christ centered and authentically Cross glorifying as he called for grace filled repentance unto life transformation that comes exclusively through God’s one and only son, Jesus Christ.

Rapper LeCrae and Christian rocker Lacey Strum are highlighted as they share the pain-filled journey that led them to saving faith in Christ. These two Christ followers are culturally relevant and authentically Christian.

The Apostle Paul’s Gospel of God hasn’t been proclaimed on television with this much integrity in a very-very long time. I must confess, not only was it refreshing, but  it almost sounded novel coming through my T.V.  Graham spoke convincingly of  mans sin-filled depravity while  heralding  God’s love cry for whosoever will to come. Clips of his earlier years preaching  the Cross of Christ made this absolutely amazing!

“The Cross”  program will continue being  shown on national television and local cable channels until November 10th.

http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=9764

http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/49346/20131107/my-hope-america-tv-channels-broadcast-schedule-watch-the-cross-online.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/11/07/billy-graham-95th-birthday-party-final-sermon/3464537/

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in gospel, hell, Integrity, repentance

 

“Wimpy Pastors Produce Wimpy Christians”

robert-jeffress-coverDr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jeffress has been  honored  with the Daniel Award for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God.

The following statements are extracts from an interview Jeffress did with  Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

Now here is an SBC minister that I can follow:

“I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus,” Jeffress replied when asked the question. “They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”

“Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war,” he emphasized.

“I believe it’s time for pastors to say, You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2012/12/13/pastor-%E2%80%98wimpy%E2%80%99-won%E2%80%99t-cut-it-in-culture-war

http://www.firstdallas.org/explore-first/our-pastor-and-staff/

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in character, convictional, Integrity

 

Ministers Get Low Rating On Honesty and Ethical Standards

According to Gallop,  Americans  rate the honesty and ethical standards of the medical  profession— nurses, pharmacists, and doctors — the highest of the 21 professions tested. Since 1999, Nurses continue to enjoy the highest trust of the public.

It’s obvious that Ministers have a serious “reputation problem” as trust in the profession continues to decline. I submit  that this is now a “status confessionis” issue for the true church. But more on that later.

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November 2012: Please Tell Me How You Would Rate the Honesty and Ethical Standards of People in These Different Fields

http://www.gallup.com/poll/1654/honesty-ethics-professions.aspx

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2009/11/05/a-status-confessionis-issue/

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in character, Ethics, Honesty, Integrity

 

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Biblically Based Confession

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Русский: Исповедь. Бернардинский собор во Львове (Церковь Святого Андрея УГКЦ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Tripp explains the difference between admission and confession,and in doing so, presses christians to “dig deeper” and “confess bigger” so that grace can effect true heart-based repentance. His principles are most appropriate in their application to our relational  sins as well.

While reading this, I was reminded of  situations I have encountered where these  principles were seriously ignored and compromised, in an attempt to cover a corrupt heart. In one case, a brother was caught secretly recording a  confidential meeting in order to try to entrap me. When confronted by multiple ministers, he responded with  a shallow admission that he merely had a lapse in judgement. 

Tripp on the other hand, points us to emulate the depth and bigness of David’s heartfelt confession that brings forth redemptive turnaround in our lives. Scripture calls that the fruit of repentance.

Here is an excerpt:

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“Last week I wrote you about the subtle, yet significant, difference between the admission of wrongand true confession. Admission of wrong has two potential flaws. First, we might admit only because we were caught. And second, we might admit to only our behavior – not the heart motives behind it.

Now please, don’t mistake me. Admitting wrong and confessing behavioral action is good and necessary. Bu we need to go deeper. Our confession needs to be bigger.

Take the example of David in Psalm 51. When he prays for a pure heart and a steadfast spirit (v. 10, 11), he’s acknowledging that his struggle runs deeper than just behavior. He’s not only confessing to the physical acts of adultery and murder, but also to the reality of a heart that’s corrupt.

He’s confessing that his heart loves personal pleasure more than it loves the Lord. When he talks of God’s desire for a truthful and wise heart (v. 6), he’s confessing to a heart that has craved what was impure and that has loved what was foolish.

It’s only when you confess that your heart is corrupt that bigger things begin to happen. You turn…really turn. You don’t just turn from that specific sin pattern, but your heart turns to God in new and deeper ways.”

http://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word 

 

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