[by Dean Smith] This is a cute video of a giant squid attacking a submarine in the Bering Sea. It is the body of water separating Russia and Alaska. The submarine was chugging by underwater when it was suddenly attacked by the squid, which flailed its ten tentacles at the sub. In response, those on board the submarine, owned by Greenpeace, shone a bright light to try to scare off the squid. The light annoyed the squid even more and it attacked again, this time unleashing a massive ink blob at the submarine as well. The squid then swims away with both beast and submarine unharmed.
Days of Elijah, based on Psalm 91, is one of my favorite worship songs. When I came across it being sung by a group of American marines, I had to post it. It involves marines based at Camp Pendleton in California. The video was posted by Merrie Pardee Baldwin to her Facebook page. Merrie attends Arbor Christian Fellowship in Lake Forest, California. She and her husband Jim volunteer every second Sunday for worship services at Camp Pendleton. The video was taken during the service held Sunday, September 14, 2014. In an interview with Christian Post, Merrie said:
It is a bit humorous, but an Egyptian academic is demanding Israel repay all the gold and silver taken, when God delivered Israel out of Egypt. In Exodus 12:35-36, we read after the death of the firstborn, the pharaoh allowed Israel to leave. The Bible says the Egyptian people who had suffered through the plagues gave silver and gold to the departing Israelis. Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of the Moses, for they requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36 NASV) In an interview with Channel 1, an Egyptian TV station, Professor Ammar Ali Hassan said:
Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney, created a cute YouTube video to announce to family and friends that they were expecting a baby in February 2015. They were shocked when the video went viral. Their video played off Cokes’ personalized #shareacoke ad campaign that has people’s voices change as they drink coke from containers with different names on them. In their video, which now sits at 3.9 million views, the couple’s voices change as they drink from cans with different names imprinted on them. Their voices return to normal when they drink from the last two cans labelled ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad.’ This is followed immediately with an ultrasound image of their baby and the pregnancy announcement. Numerous website around the world have played the video and it was even featured on Good Morning America. In an article published on Christianity Today, Pat who is a children’s pastor The Church at Rocky Creek said: “The beauty of the video is that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
In the West, when teaching our children math we have them memorize endless multiplication tables. Multiplication and long division can be a complicated process. However, there is an ancient way of doing math, that is quite different from the way we do it and in some ways simpler. All you need is the ability to double numbers and basic addition. If you can do that you can easily multiply and divide any set of figures. This video reveals the method that the ancient Egyptians and Chinese used to multiply and divide. Oddly, it is also the way modern computers calculate math. Moses grew up in the Pharaoh’s court. The Bible tells us that he learned the wisdom of Egypt. This was undoubtedly the way Moses was taught to multiply and divide.
Members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas were on a return leg of their trip from a pastor’s restoration conference in South Carolina. They had a three-hour hold over in Atlanta before their flight to Shreveport. Included in the group were members of the Classic Worship Praise of East Texas. As they were waiting, a lady sitting nearby asked the group: “What do y’all do?”
[Language warning on the Video] I recently went with my daughter to watch the movie “God is not Dead.” Even aside from the message, I enjoyed it as a movie and would recommend people watch it. Now I wonder if a sequel of that movie recently played out at the University of Connecticut. In “God is not Dead,” a university professor — played by Kevin Sorbo — requires students in his philosophy class to sign a statement that “God is Dead” to pass a section of their class. The students are essentially bullied into signing the declaration.
Hillsong United is a music-ministry of Hillsong, a church based in Sydney, Australia. The mega church considers itself a multi-site church — one church that meets in different locations throughout the city. It has four other locations and 9 extension services around Sydney. There are about 30,000 people attending the church at its various locations. Hillsong started in 1983 under Brian and Bobbie Houston, who moved to Sydney from New Zealand. Hillsong has expanded from its Sydney base and now has churches around the world including Copenhagen, Kiev, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London, Paris and Barcelona. In the video, Hillsong United sing their popular song “Oceans” for Relevant Magazine. Relevant Magazine describes itself as “twenty- and thirtysomething” group of Christians reaching out to “twenty- and thirtysomething” people. The ministry which started in 2002 has an outreach to about 2.3 million people monthly through its various media platforms — print and online.
“The angel up on the tombstone said He has risen just as He said. Quickly now go tell the disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead.” Second Chapter of Acts is one of my favorite Gospel groups. They were prominent during the 70s and 80s. They had a unique style that set them apart from many groups at the time. There is not a lot of archival video footage of the band, so I was delighted when I came across video of live concert in California from 1987. The “Easter Song” is one of my favorites by the band. The group, which disbanded in 1988, is composed of two sisters Annie Herring and Nellie Greisen and brother Mathew Ward. I wrote a previous article on the group, which you can read here if you are interested in a bit of their history.
Wess Morgan is a relatively unknown gospel singer. He serves as both worship leader and an associate pastor at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His parents Joseph and Yolanda Morgan pastor the church. As a boy, John Wesley (Wess) Morgan traveled with his parents and two siblings in their singing ministry across the U.S.. However, things began to derail for Wess. He became involved in drugs and alcohol, discovering cocaine at age 15. He ended up in juvenile detention after police charged Wess with armed robbery at age 17 and was again jailed for threatening people with an axe.
Father Ray Kelly was marrying Chris and Leah O’Kane at the Roman Catholic church he pastors in Oldcastle, Meath Ireland. Half way through the ceremony, Father Kelly had a surprise for the couple and began to sing a hit song by Leonard Cohen called “Hallelujah.” He changed the words to sing about their marriage. The first line of the song was: “We join together here today, to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together.”
Brian Richards lives in New Jersey and earlier this month he travelled to West Monroe, LA, the home town of the Robertson clan of ‘Duck Dynasty’ fame. It took him 20 hours to make the drive. On arriving, Brian went to White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ (Sunday, March 16, 2014) where the Robertson’s attend church. At the church, he asks to be baptized by the ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch, Phil Robertson. Phil is the father of the Robertson family and founder of Duck Commander, a duck call manufacturer, on which the popular A&E show is based. In December, A&E banished Phil from the program after comments he made about gays, but relented two weeks later because of the massive public backlash to A&E’s decision. Many accused A&E of trying to restrict free speech. Phil gladly agrees to baptize Brian. Two video clips of the baptism In the top video, we see the water baptism, where Phil says to Brian, “you are now going to die to sin. You’re going to be buried — the old you and …
People like me – though still allowed to speak – are allowed on to mainstream national broadcasting only under strict conditions: that we are ‘balanced’ by at least three other people who disagree with us so that our views, actually held by millions, are made to look like an eccentric minority opinion. — Peter Hitchens, May 29, 2011, The Mail on Sunday Peter Hitchens, author and award-winning journalist, is the younger brother of Christopher Hitchens (deceased) a renown atheist. Christopher, an American and a socialist, was a vocal opponent of Christianity till he died of cancer in 2011. For a time, Christopher was even a writer for the International Socialist. During his career as an author and journalist, Christopher publicly criticized Christianity in particular, but other religions as well. He wrote a book called God is not Great where he stated that religion poisons everything. Curiously, Peter — born on Malta in 1951, son of a career naval officer — started off similar to his brother.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have heard people say they can’t believe in God because He allows suffering and evil on the earth such as wars and famines. Much of this is caused by a misunderstanding of earth’s ownership which this video by cvcnow.com portrays. In Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, Satan made a curious offer to Jesus. If the Lord worshiped Satan, he would give Jesus the nations of the world.
On November 10, 2013, an interfaith musical was held at the “Memorial Church of the Reformation” in Speyer, Germany. The church serves as a memorial to Martin Luther, who started the reformation in Germany in 1517. His protest against the corruption in the Roman Catholic church at that time led to the formation of the breakaway protestant church. The organizers had invited a Muslim imam to issue a call to prayer during the concert as part of this interfaith effort to unite Christians and Muslims. When the little German woman Heidi Mund heard about the event, she felt she needed to do something and decided to attend the service even though it was an hour and half away. Heidi brought with her a German flag with the words, “Jesus Christ is Lord” written on it.
Keith Green (1953-1982) and his wife Melody were products of the Jesus People movement as the Holy Spirit swept through the Hippie generation during the late 60s and early 70s. Keith and his wife, both Jews, were radically transformed by the Gospel of Christ in 1975, 18 months after their marriage on Christmas Day in 1973. Keith was one of the most radical Christians I knew at the time — he and his wife were totally sold out to the Kingdom of God.
“I am Second” — a ministry based in Dallas, Texas — started five years ago. Their vision is producing videos of people’s lives transformed by the Gospel of Christ. In their most recent production (watch it at the end of this post), Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Kay Robertson, their son Jep and grandson Reed share testimonies of how the Holy Spirit turned their lives around. In an interview with Fox411, the film’s producer Scott Mayo says “They have this incredible story about their life and faith, and wanted to tell this story to inspire others… just because they are on TV doesn’t make them perfect.”
Ok, I know I am a Duck Dynast addict. But here is one more story on them, and I promise it will ‘probably’ be the last for a while. In an interview with Sports Spectrum TV, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame addresses some of the issues the family has faced with the producers since the show’s inception March 21, 2012. (Note: the sound is not the best quality.) A&E’s Duck Dynasty is currently the top-ranked reality show in the U.S. It features the Robertson family and their involvement with Duck Commander — a multi-million dollar duck call manufacturer based in West Monroe, Louisiana — started by Phil and his wife Kay. All family members are born again Christians and most of the males feature full blown beards. In the interview, Phil discusses the problems of the ‘fake bleeps’ and praying ‘in Jesus’ name.’
On August 9, 2013, Greg Gutfiled of the O’Reily Factor interviewed Washington Post contributing editor Cathy Areu on the establishment’s double standard on how it treats Christians and Muslims. Earlier that week, Atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though. “ There was an immediate backlash from people offended by the tweet. Celebrities, fellow atheists, liberals and Muslims alike condemned Dawkins’ tweet accusing him of racism for
Missouri, U.S.: On Sunday, August 4, 2013, a young woman was trapped in a car crash in Center, MO. Rescuers were struggling to cut her free from her Mercedes, as their equipment was unable to cut through. The woman then told rescuers she wanted to pray. Suddenly a Catholic priest appeared out of nowhere. He stepped in, briefly prayed for the woman and then pulled back. One rescue worker said he felt an overwhelming sense of peace she would be alright. Minutes later, more equipment arrived and the rescuers were able to cut her out. When the rescue workers turned to thank the Priest, he was no where to be seen. Curiously, the police had blocked the road a quarter mile up on both sides. Read: Did an angel save this car-crash victim? Update:
Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed a dramatic shift in Western culture. The question is how can Evangelical Christians adjust to this change. Foxnews interviews John S. Dickerson author of the book, The Great Evangelical Recession. Dickerson says over the past number of years, Christians have focussed on changing government policy — in some instances spending millions of dollars in pursuit of this goal. Dickerson says for the most part that has failed and Evangelicals are entering what he describes as a spiritual recession. To pull out of this recession, Dickerson says Evangelicals need to focus on changing our culture instead changing government policy.
Over the past few years, we have received a distorted view on the Palestinian crisis. According to the Canadian International Development Agency, the Palestinians — or at least their territory — receives the highest per capita foreign aid funding of any group in the world. But the situation there is getting worse, not better. We don’t know if the people are receiving this assistance or not, but we do know most still live in abject poverty requiring daily handouts to survive. This video provides some perspective on what is really going on in Palestine and what can be done to solve the crisis. While many believe the central issue is land, it is much more complicated than that. This video will expose the real issues preventing peace in one of the most volatile areas of the world.
A disturbing video has appeared of pro-abortion protestors in Austin, Texas opposing a state bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A pro-life woman is addressing the crowd at the Texas state legislature. At the 3:35 mark, one person utters the phrase “hail satan” and the chanting starts at 5:15. This is not the first time pro-choice protestors were videoed “hailing satan.” Despite the protests and delaying tactics, Texas Governor Rick Perry is still intent on passing the law.
An estimated 2 million evangelicals participated in this year’s “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo Brazil on June 29, 2013. Brazil’s March for Jesus is considered the largest of its kind in the world and numbers doubled last year’s march. Brazilians have taken to the streets in recent weeks protesting the political corruption in that country. While those protests resulted in vandalism and clashes with police, the March for Jesus was a peaceful demonstration. The theme for this year’s march was “New Time” focusing on the need for change in Brazil.