The Importance of Being the Church

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11

One of the most blessed things Christians are privileged to participate in is the life of a local assembly of believers. It might surprise readers to learn that the Bible in both Testaments speaks almost exclusively within the context of local bodies. The Old Testament speaks specifically about the nation, tribes, and families of the Hebrew people. Their story of failure and success in being obedient to God and in becoming the people He desired them to be is a primary storyline of the Old Testament. The New Testament reads like a manual for righteous living within the context of the local church family.

Think about this friends – Matthew wrote for a Jewish audience, Mark a Gentile audience, Luke for the benefit of Theophilus, John to Christians generally speaking, Paul to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae to name a few. One thing these letters have in common with the possible exception of Luke is that they were written to churches. One could argue that Paul’s letters to Timothy were written to an individual believer but even then Paul was instructing Timothy on how to handle issues within the body of believers.

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Where Are the Patriarchs? – Sgt. Tim, Senior Editor, Freeman’s Watch

One of the effects that we see playing out before us, whether on our TV screens or on the streets of this nation, of the long term and incremental destruction of the traditional family unit and model is the loss of what I refer to as the wisdom chain within our families. The wisdom chain is what I term the old model that was once prominent in America, and still is in some other cultures, of three generations of a family living together. Sometimes this came in the form of actually inhabiting the same home, and sometimes just in the form of regular gatherings. It is a model in which the grandparents acted as the patriarchs and matriarchs of the family, the holders of wisdom. The parents were the provider generation, providing for both the children and the grandparents who were now too old to work. Lastly, there were the children who were the benefactors of both the wisdom of the grandparents and the provision of the parents. This wisdom chain worked to provide for the passing down of the wisdom of the elder generation and instilling in the youngest generation the values and morals that they would need when assuming their position as the provider generation, and then eventually they would pass their wisdom on once they had moved into the role as patriarchs and matriarchs of their own families.

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Hagmann Report – This Generation: Peter Barry Chowka & TC Joseph In-Studio

Monday August 28, 2017

Tonight on The Hagmann Report…

 

7:00pm EDT Join premiere father/son investigative team, Douglas J Hagmann and Joe Hagmann along with friend of the program, Peter Barry Chowka.

Peter’s newest article is titled “CNN Caught Red Handed Trying to Fake the Ratings.”

Peter Barry Chowka is an investigative journalist with over four decades of experience reporting on national politics, the media, popular culture, and alternative medicine. Along the way he has exposed a number of serious cover-ups and broken major stories that have made national news.

Peter Chowka began his career in Washington, D.C. as a student journalist. He covered Presidential primaries and campaigns, events on Capitol Hill including the Watergate Hearings, massive anti-war demonstrations and the activities of the New Left, and several Presidential Press Conferences at the White House.

Peter is also the coauthor of a must-read in the cancer field of research and clinical diagnoses as well as case histories, Cancer Industry: The Classic Expose of the Cancer Establishment.

Starting in the mids-1970s, Peter came to specialize in reporting on the corruption of the “Medical-Industrial Complex” – a description of the dominant system of health care that his work helped people to understand – and the promise of natural alternative therapies. Over the next several decades he wrote hundreds of articles about alternative medicine and interviewed most of the leaders in the field, from Nobel Prize winning scientists to grassroots healers. Peter’s expertise was recognized by the National Institutes of Health which appointed him to two of the first program advisory panels of the federal government’s new Office of Alternative Medicine in 1992.

8:00pm EDT welcome debut guest, TC Joseph, author of the This Generation Series to a very special in-studio appearance at The Hagmann Studio.

TC Joseph is a recently retired executive from a major, global consumer products company. He now lives in the Great Lakes region where he enjoys time with his family. His life-long passion for Bible prophecy combines with his rich and varied life experiences as a global executive to inspire the compelling characters and relentless pace of This Generation Series.

Regarding the first book in the series, Precipice, Amazon notes the following:

In 1969, teenaged heiress Kimberly Martin enters a seedy Georgia bar, desperate to end her haunting dreams of alien abduction―but she instinctively knows they are more than just dreams. Aliens are preparing her womb for an implanted hybrid and she has a plan she hopes will stop them, but Kim has no idea that her act of defiance is about to unleash a stream of events that will catapult her and others to the precipice of a plot to take over the world. Kimberly’s brother, Benny, learns that Kimberly is a candidate for insemination and he must shepherd Earth’s people to a new dawn. Sarah Matheson is visited by what she thinks is an angel who performs a strange procedure on her. In Illinois, Chris Altenbrook walks away from a potentially lucrative athletic career to enter the priesthood without any idea of what lies ahead.

Precipice is a fast-paced adventure of attempted murder, Vatican intrigue, world domination, and cosmic conspiracies as three families uncover the powerful truths that await this generation.

Jon Robberson is the Producer of The Hagmann Report.  Follow him on Twitter.

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The Wisdom Of Adversity – Steven Menking

There can be little doubt that as a society we are experiencing both a profound lack of wisdom and a powerful level of adversity. In a time of trial, the robust and antifragile person must be able to recognize the signals that adversity provides. There is great meaning in being able to develop wisdom through adversity. How can we accomplish this feat while avoiding the undeniably potent capability of adversity to destroy wisdom? What do our worldviews suggest about how we should approach this challenging hour?

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The Theological Basis For Why Israel Should Matter To Christians – S. Douglas Woodward

Anti-Semitism Arises Once Again – What is the Biblical Basis to Oppose it?

It’s quite unusual to find a Christian author or teacher that favors Israel who isn’t also a dispensationalist.  And it is difficult to find a dispensationalist who isn’t also a Christian Zionist.  Nevertheless, in Gerald McDermott, we have an Anglican theologian, Israel scholar, and author who is not dispensational, but who advocates for Jews everywhere, especially those living in the present state of Israel.  McDermott has written extensively on the subject of why Israel should be valued by Christians rather than repudiated for their historical rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. Given the intensifying controversy surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the growing disapproval of the Israeli government by many Christian groups, a timely analysis of the situation appears most warranted.

In this article, I begin by pointing out while McDermott’s advocacy of Israel is welcomed and proceeds from an eschatological basis, his rationale owes as much to “Christian guilt” over our historical treatment of the Jews, as it does to truly biblical commitments for why Israel should matter to Christians.  To be more specific, his theological basis dismisses the dispensational hermeneutic, seeing Dispensationalism as a birthplace for wild prophetic speculation and fundamentalist dogma. McDermott offers an alternative basis for favoring Israel. His viewpoint is gaining traction and thus, it is worthy of consideration. My goal in penning this piece affords only a short analysis of his perspective, it is a relevant way to begin when considering the conventional basis for supporting Israel, commonly identified as Dispensationalism.  Additionally, while affirming Zionism (limited in its proper meaning here, advocating solely for Israel’s right to exist in its historic Middle Eastern land), I will provide a counter-argument to McDermott’s point of view, which comprises my main reason for writing; that is, asserting that Dispensationalism is a respectable, historical, and indeed, the strongest hermeneutic for why Christians should care about Israel.  Obviously, one could write an entire book on the subject.  This I hope to do in the months ahead.  Here I will provide what amounts to no more than a prolog.

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