"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. " 1 Corinthians 2:2

THE WATCHMAN WITH ERICK STAKELBECK

Erick Stakelbeck and Dr. Michael Youssef discuss what biblical prophecy has to say about the rise of radical Islam.

Dear President Obama, I Have a Solution for Your “Islamist” Dilemma | Michael Youssef

Dear President Obama,

Please know that I am one of those who pray for you on a regular basis. The Scriptures command me to pray for those in leadership.

Please also know that any criticism I have regarding your foreign policies are neither personal nor political. I have found some across the aisle from you who have equally questionable views regarding such policies.

Although I don’t presume to enter into your mind nor know your motives, I think I understand the process of your thinking regarding radical Islam. Incidentally, I think also some of the President George W. Bush’s administration may share some of your views.

Given your childhood years spent in Indonesia, and your friendships then with some Muslims at school and in that country in general, you have a deep aversion to calling fundamentalist Muslims by the appropriate name: “Islamists” or “Jihadists.” You fear that by doing so, you would appear to paint all Muslims with the same brush.

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Does James 2:24 Deny Justification by Faith Alone? | R.C. Sproul

from Ligonier Ministries

This question is not critical only today, but it was in the eye of the storm we call the Protestant Reformation that swept through and divided the Christian church in the sixteenth century. Martin Luther declared his position: Justification is by faith alone, our works add nothing to our justification whatsoever, and we have no merit to offer God that in any way enhances our justification. This created the worst schism in the history of Christendom.

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Matt Maher | Turn Around

Brief Sermon For Busy People-“Why Grace Is So Amazing” | Pat Loftin

A mechanic, who was a great Christian, was always singing “Amazing Grace.” He owned a dog named “Maze” that was continually eating grass. At one time the good man lost a wrench in tall grass. Fortunately for him, his dog ate the grass and the wrench was found, causing the Christian mechanic to throw up his hands and begin to sing: “A grazing Maze—how sweet the hound, that found the wrench for me.”

On a serious note, grace is amazing for three good reasons: (1) It is the grace of God that provides salvation (2) His grace enables us to live victoriously in the midst of troubles, tears, and temptations (3) His grace will be sufficient at the time of death. No wonder we Christians sing: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me…. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see.” Paul put it just right with these words from Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here