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The Link: Israel Turns 70, Indonesia Church Bombings, the Future of World Religions & More

By May 14, 2018April 22nd, 2022The Link3 min read

“‘Barbaric’ Indonesia Church Bombings Carried Out by Parents — And Their Four Children”USA Today
“The use of children in Sunday’s brazen attacks stunned a country that has struggled with growing terrorist threats in recent years. President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo called the horrific spree ‘cowardly actions’ that were ‘very barbaric and beyond the limit of humanity.’ The attacks took place in rapid succession, according to Surabaya police.”

“The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050”Pew Research Center
“The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 …”

“All Eyes on the Epicenter: Israel Turns 70…”Joel Rosenberg
“US Embassy moves to Jerusalem. 50,000 Palestinians trying to storm Israel’s southern border. Al Qaeda calls for new jihad. Yet tourism at record highs. Please pray. Here’s the latest.”

“The Miraculous Restoration Of Jerusalem In 1967”One for Israel
“For the first time in over two millennia, since before the Roman conquest, Israel regained control of Jerusalem 50 years ago last year. As controversial as the 1967 Six-Day War still is with all the subsequent fallout, the sheer number of “coincidences” that happened show that these events have God’s fingerprints all over them. Many miracles were reported over the duration of those six days which led to a highly improbable victory (a repeating theme in the history of both modern and ancient Israel). Yeshua’s words were coming to pass.”

“Andy Stanley’s Modern Marcionism”First Things
“None of this classic Christian perspective, sadly, is on display in Atlanta pastor Andy Stanley’s recent sermon on the place of the Old Testament in the life of contemporary Christians. Expositing the scene of the apostolic roundtable in Acts 15, Stanley declares, ‘Here’s what the Jerusalem Council was saying to the Gentiles: “You are not accountable to the Ten Commandments.”‘ Part of a threefold sermon series titled ‘Aftermath,’ Stanley’s sermon went viral after the Christian Post website ran a story about it on Wednesday with the headline, ‘Christians Must ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament from Their Faith, Stanley Says.'”

“Marcion and Getting Unhitched from the Old Testament”The Gospel Coalition
“Most heresies from the early church find a way to live on in to other ages. This is especially true of Marcionism, with its distaste for an angry God, its optimism about human improvement, and its eagerness to set aside the Bible Jesus read. From Red Letter Christianity to recent comments about our need to “unhitch” from the Old Testament, Marcionism is the evergreen heresy.”

“You Are the Light of the World”Back to Basics
“A Christian isn’t merely a person who follows a certain moral standard or believes particular doctrines. That’s part of it, of course. But a Christian is a person in whom Jesus Christ, the light of the world, lives. That’s why Jesus told His followers, ‘You are the light of the world’ (5:14).”

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