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TV Evangelist Rod Parsley (from my home state of Columbus) is asking for a financial miracle before December 31.  Rod is asking people to “help me take back what the devil stole?”  The appeal said that there was a $3 million dollar deficit even after cutting the budget 30% during the year. This isn’t a big story.  I mean, a lot of TV evangelists make big pleas for funds.  They have for years. What is interesting in this story, according to the Columbus Dispatch, is that Parsley’s church settled for $3.1 million this year with a family whose son was spanked at its day-care center in 2006, to the point his buttocks and legs were covered with welts and abrasions. According to a statement by the church:  “The decision imposed against us earlier this year has made our circumstances more serious.”  I’m sure it did. But if this $3 million is the same $3 million that Parsley is asking for because the devil stole it from them… that sure makes for a different scenario. (If I was a betting man, I would guess that the $3 million was an insurance claim against the church rather than coming straight from the church coffers). Here’s my read:  the day of the big TV evangelists is over.  It could be that the $3 million dollars wasn’t actually stolen by Satan.  It could be that people are waking up and finding that their money is better when not placed in the hands of a TV evangelist. What’s YOUR read? Todd SOURCE
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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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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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