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This is an interesting article at the LA Times. When the rapture happens, Daystar and Trinity Broadcasting are ready to air it live… direct from the Mount of Olives. Also at stake… an Israeli audience; and US Christian  viewers who want more coverage from the Holy Land. From the article: Texas-based Daystar Television Network already beams a 24-hour-a-day live webcam from its terrace. Not to be outdone, Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network last month bought the building next door. The dueling studios are part of an aggressive push by U.S. evangelical broadcasters seeking to gain a stronger foothold in the holy city. Their presence not only offers boasting rights with American viewers and contributors, but also — and more controversially — a platform for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to Jews in Israel. In addition to its new multistory building, TBN is negotiating with Israel’s Yes satellite television provider to secure a full-time home for its evangelical Shalom TV channel. Daystar already airs its English-language programming in Israel with dedicated channels on both Yes and cable provider HOT Telecommunications Systems, claiming to be the first Christian evangelical broadcaster to transmit a gospel message to Israeli television sets 24 hours a day. “The main thing we want to do is help sponsor what we call Messianic Jews, or Jews that have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah,” said TBN co-founder Paul Crouch, who recently wrapped up a tour of Israel with 1,800 TBN supporters, most of them from America. “We want to do some Hebrew language programs to reach out to Jews and entice them to read the word of God and become what we call a completed Jew.” Such proselytizing angers Orthodox Jewish groups who say it threatens the character of a nation that was created as a home for Jewish refugees of the Holocaust. Christian proselytizing is legal in Israel, though the government has at times restricted and discouraged the practice; members of the Jewish faith do not seek to convert those of other faiths. Read more here…
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Current Events
Religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has announced the launch of its high-definition network, TBN-HD.  YES!  How can you NOT be excited? TBN’s chief of staff Paul Crouch Jr. says, “Because high-definition is the future of television, we committed from the start to make sure TBN stays ahead of the curve in this crucial broadcast technology.”  (That’s evidently why cable companies are already featuring over 100 HD offerings before TBN launched theirs). Sorry.  I guess I shouldn’t joke. Anyone excited about this cosmic leap in Christian broadcasting? Todd
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Controversy
Jack’s now predicting the Tribulation to begin because of the new One World Order (John 2:34) brought on by Barak Obama (Isaiah 6:42).  I’ve watched Jack Van Impe off and on since I was a child (Ez. 7:19), and he’s always had a plan (Mark 2:14) that kept us on our toes (Lev 2:34) and prepared us for what is to come in the next six months to two years (Phil. 3:14). What do you think? (Hez. 3:31)?
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Uncategorized
Charismatic speaker Joyce Meyer and her son might be asked to testify in a murder trial involving their ministry’s former chief of security. According to the Christian Post, a lawyer representing the family of slain mother-of-two Sheri Coleman alleged that Meyer’s son, Dan Meyer, had traveled with the accused murderer, Christopher Coleman, and his girlfriend, Tara Lintz, prior to the May 5 slaying of Coleman’s wife and two sons. And, as Dan Meyer is the CEO of Joyce Meyer Ministries, attorneys Jack Carey and Enrico Mirabelli allege that the ministry knew that Coleman was having an affair and should have warned Sheri Coleman’s family when threatening e-mails surfaced. Mike King, attorney for Joyce Meyer Ministries, however, has denied the allegations and maintained that there is no responsibility on the part of Joyce Meyer Ministries. “Joyce Meyer Ministries had no knowledge prior to these tragic deaths of an extra marital affair involving Chris Coleman. Neither did the Ministry have prior knowledge that Chris Coleman allegedly was the source of threats against his family,” King expressed in a prepared statement. Coleman, 32, is currently on trial for first-degree murder and faces the death penalty for the deaths of his wife, Sheri Coleman, 32, and his two sons, Gavin, 9 and Garett, 11. According to investigators, Coleman had called police from a gym on May 5 and asked a police officer who had investigated prior threats related to the family to check on them after calls to the house allegedly went unanswered. When police got to the house later that morning, they found the bodies of Coleman’s wife and two children all strangled with some type of wire, rope or cord. Spray-painted across the walls of the house, meanwhile, were obscenities that appeared to have been directed at Sheri Coleman, including the words “punished,” “wh*re paid,” “u have paid,” and “I saw you leave, [expletive] you, I am always watching.” // Important question:  What are the warning signs that someone you are working with is about to lose it?  Have you ever worked with someone (especially in a church setting) that totally collapsed?  (In this case it was a murder, but maybe it was an affair; getting totally bombed out of their head, a mental breakdown, etc.) Yesterday’s shootings at Fort Hood show a man that seemingly gave many warning signs. Even if Joyce Meyer and her son knew about the affair before the murders, what could they/should they have done; and how would it have changed what eventually happened?  (It seems like the only thing they could have done was fire this man earlier, which would have just moved up the timeline). What are your thoughts? Todd
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Controversy
Benny Hinn gives an interview to Nightline to defend himself.  He talks candidly about faith healers; and also says that he has to many times live a life of misery. What about the people you’ve healed that aren’t healed?  “These are things I cannot explain”.  (His explanation:  “I am not the healer, God is.”)  In other words… take it up with God. Watch the video and let me know what you think… I thought it was a great interview.  Very telling.  And a very unusual look at a very unusual religious personality. What do you think? Todd
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