Eklektikos: A Contemporary Christian Blog

Eklektikos is dedicated to providing informative, uplifting and inspirational news, articles and commentary to our readers, in our ongoing effort to share the love of Christ with others in this fallen world. To God be the glory! This is the blog version of our main webzine 'Eklektikos: A Contemporary Christian Digest.' Like our main webzine, this blog is updated weekly, unless circumstances require otherwise.

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I am the executive editor of the webzine "Eklektikos: A Contemporary Christian Digest", a tireless researcher seeking a deeper and clearer knowledge regarding the past, present and future plight of Christians in our fallen world.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

He's Everywhere!!

We snagged this from Joe's Jottings ...thanks for this Joe! IT IS GREAT!! PRAISE THE LORD!!

He's Everywhere!

Giving Away Gaza - What's the REAL Deal?

Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon, in an interview with a U.S. Jewish magazine, dispelled any notion the current forced removal of Jews from Gaza is part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority tied to ending terrorism, saying the pullout is solely a U.S.-Israeli policy matter.

Envoy: Expulsion Part Of U.S.-Israeli Policy

This week, nine Israeli 'hesder' soldiers refused their Gaza-related orders, including two who left their posts and went missing somewhere in Gush Katif, the main Jewish settlement bloc in Gaza. Almost daily, there are reports of defiant soldiers.

As Withdrawal Nears, So Too Does Choice For Israel’s Religious Soldiers

As political tension in Israel rises, in part because of U.S. urging to adhere to a fatally flawed 'road map for peace,' many believe that the threat of refusal will increase.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for God's blessings upon Israel - it's what the Bible teaches us to do.

Here, Have A Green Card - It's On US!

More than 200,000 Central Americans in Los Angeles and nationwide could receive green cards under a bill introduced Friday by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys.

Bill Would Give Some Central Americans Green Cards

Supported by Reps. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, and Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, the Central American Security Act has languished in Congress several times in the past. But the lawmakers said they believe a looming free trade pact with Central America could breath new life and support into the bill.

And, yes... they all qualify for social security benefits.

Canadians Seeking To Governmentalize Religion

Just as Senate approaches the final vote on the gay 'marriage' bill, C-38, Canada's national public radio CBC Radio has aired a commentary by a retired professor from the Royal Military College calling for state control over religion, specifically Catholicism. While parliamentarians dismissed warnings by numerous religious leaders and experts that such laws would lead to religious persecution, former professor Bob Ferguson has called for "legislation to regulate the practice of religion."

Canadian National Public Radio Broadcasts Call for State Control of Religion, Especially Catholicism

Is this the shape of things to come?

Obedience Is The Key

God wants to transform you more and more into Christ's likeness. But He won't force His power on you. If you're passive about your relationship with Him, you can't expect to grow.

Your Obedience is the Key to God's Work in Your Life

God is looking for an invitation from you. He wants you to show Him you're serious about a relationship with Him by being willing to follow wherever He leads. Only then will you experience His transforming power.

Could the 'Mark of the Beast' Be Just a Swipe Away?

Instead of keeping countless cards and pieces of information that verify your identification, soon there may be only one thing you need: yourself.
As identity theft has become the bane of consumers everywhere, technologies aimed at making transactions more secure are gaining ground. Such "biometric technologies" include iris scans, as well as those for fingerprints, palm, skin, voice and face patterns.

Cash or Plastic? How About Fingerprint?

Albertson's, the No. 2 supermarket chain, is one of hundreds of retailers testing biometric payment systems that let customers pay for purchases with a mere swipe of a finger.

Put Yourself In The Home-Owner's Shoes...

You buy a home for your family. Perhaps it's even handed down from your father or grandfather. It's a place you can afford in a neighborhood you like.
But unknown to you, certain local officials are meeting around a table with developers. In front of them are maps, plats and photographs -- of your home. They talk of dollars, revenues for the city, huge profits for the developer. A shopping center with all the trimmings begins to take shape.
You're not asked for input or permission. You're not even notified until the whole project is finalized and the only minor detail is to get rid of you.

'Sustainable Development' vs. Constitutional Rights

The United States was built on the very premise of the protection of private property rights. How can a government possibly be allowed to take anyone's home for private gain?

We Should Stand With Jesus - Even On The Tough Issues

Whether in written or oral form, disciples of Christ have the duty to follow Christ's teachings as given through the apostles and prophets. As Paul says, "So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter." (NIV) Fortunately, the Sacred Scriptures provide us with a written record of what Christ taught on a host of controversial issues that are being discussed today.

Who's In Charge Of The Christian Faith?

No professor, pastor, priest, politician or publication has a right to change what Jesus taught on critical issues because he, and he alone, is in charge of the Christian faith.

What Color Is Jesus In Your World?

If the West, especially America, wants to play a major role in the massive expansion of the gospel across the globe in the decades to come, we will need to shuck the homogeneity that bedevils our conception of Christ and begin to grow in our thinking. Many missionaries have done just that through the centuries of Christianity's push across the nations. Others of us have some growth ahead.

Is Your Jesus Homogenous?

Christains Are Called To Be Salt, Not Sugar

America is in trouble, because most churches are serving syrup. The largest church in America takes no position on the great moral issues of the day. Men marry men, 10 commandments ripped off of buildings, evolution trumps creation, abortion is a choice. That’s okay, come to our church, who are we to judge?
It takes courage to confront sin, to be the corrosive eating away at the framework of the world. Sad to say, but the world has become the salt of the church.

Corrosive Christianity

You might lose some friends, you might lose some church members, and you might make some enemies. But it is time you ask yourself if you intend to build a church, or be the church.