December 2007 ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å HEAVEN ON EARTH
It's December, the month newsmagazines like Time and Newsweek always release their religious-themed issues, in which they subtly tear down the faith on which Western Civilization is based ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Christianity.
But not WorldNetDaily. This month, WND's acclaimed Whistleblower magazine offers an inspiring, faith-affirming and, for some, soul-shaking edition, titled "HEAVEN ON EARTH."
"Christmas, Christianity and Christ have been so maligned in today's world that many of us are totally confused about what's truly important in life," said David Kupelian, managing editor of Whistleblower and WND. "This edition of Whistleblower is very different from anything ever published in a newsmagazine, and we believe it will invigorate and uplift readers."
"HEAVEN ON EARTH" surveys the wreckage of the modern church, and explains why, according to respected Christian pollster George Barna, "committed, born-again Christians are exiting the established church in massive numbers." Indeed, while four out of five Americans claim to be Christians, only 9 percent even hold a biblical worldview. And almost half of self-identified "born-again Christians" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å 45 percent ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å teach their children there are no absolute values.
"For years we have reported research findings showing that born-again adults think and behave very much like everyone else," reported Barna. "It often seems that their faith makes very little difference in their life."
If the churches are having a hard time shepherding a righteous nation, it shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, major scandals ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å like the Roman Catholic Church's 10,000-plus cases of alleged clergy sexual abuse of children, or mainline Protestant denominations on the verge of splitting apart over astonishingly absurd and unbiblical issues like ordaining open homosexuals as religious leaders ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å are driving many people away. The crisis in the establishment church is so great, some are even calling for major reformation on par with the Protestant Reformation in the 17th Century.
If so many Christians today are floundering, and if the churches are beset by such daunting problems in today's world, how does one really find a genuine relationship with God?
In seeking to address that formidable question, "HEAVEN ON EARTH" begins its journey with Isaiah's prophecies of the coming Messiah, then examines the real circumstances of the birth of Jesus, and progresses inexorably to a fresh and insightful look at Christ's core message.
Highlights of "HEAVEN ON EARTH" include:
- "2,007 years later" by Joseph Farah
- "The Isaiah prophecies" by Hal Lindsey, on how the Old Testament prophet foresaw stunning details 500 years before Jesus' birth
- "The real Christmas Story" by Joe Kovacs, who proves what the Bible actually says about Jesus' birth isn't what you thought
- "Christmas insanity: 'Ho, ho, ho' becomes 'Ha, ha, ha'"
- "Jesus was no leftist" by Dennis Prager, an observant Jew who explains "turning the other cheek"
- "How to be 'born again'" by Greg Laurie, who says "God isn't looking for religious people, but sinful people like you and me"
- "If God is everywhere, how come so few people find Him?" by David Kupelian, an eye-opening exploration of what it means to "Watch and pray"
- "What Ted Haggard's fall could teach Christians" by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who says, "Overcoming sin is not only possible, it is commanded"
- "Imagine there's a heaven" by Bob Just ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´ÌàÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å an inspiring and encouraging look at a most difficult topic: ourselves.
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"I really believe our readers will be profoundly affected by this particular issue of Whistleblower," said Joseph Farah, founder of WND and Whistleblower. "I urge you to read it, and then share it with your friends, family and loved ones."
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