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Do You Want to Understand the Times? Here’s The Bedrock!

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished Proverbs 22:3; 27:12 (NKJV)
If you consider the nature of our world today, it is very strange. Common sense is in short supply, the exception is the rule, minority or individual rights trump community welfare, and the once respected Christian Church is held in ridicule.
What is happening in our world and why? For starters, we need prudence if we are going to face the future with confidence. By definition, ‘prudence’ means ‘the state of being careful in decision-making as to avoid unnecessary risk; careful thought for the future’. Indeed, without prudence, there may be no future at all.
In this series, we want to learn about the TEN TRENDS that are changing our world forever. Before we even begin with the first trend, we need to understand the over arching premise. It is this:
We are in the Last Days
First, what does this phrase mean? It does not mean a literally 24 hour day or few days. It is a period…

BOOK REVIEW: Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow

This book addresses a very timely and needful subject. Why is there a gender gap in the church? Why is it that women tend to outnumber men? Why do men hate going to church? In one survey, the attendance in US churches was 43% male and 57% female.
Murrow has done his homework and offers some plausible explanations for the problem. It basically involves the feminisation of the Church. Churches today are female-friendly and male-resistant. He bravely points out that other religions don’t have such a problem, especially Islam, which is both growing in numbers and wildly popular with men.
He cites an interesting statistic: that 17% of women are able to bring their families to church once they come to Christ; but a whopping 93% of men are able to do so (page 47). Men bring their families -- most importantly -- and they also bring money and strength.
The author bluntly states that modern churches are developing a culture that is driving men away (page 7).
Some aspects to consider are:
1.Inclusi…

BIBLE PROPHECY IS GOOD FOR YOU: Here’s Why.

Health and well-being are a high growth industry. This is especially true of ageing baby boomers (born between 1945-1965) who are spending billions of dollars to turn back the hands of the clock. Exercise, diet, peaceful living, sound sleep, fresh air - these things and more are offered to help improve the quality and longevity of life.
Amazingly, the Bible says very little about these things, even though it is dedicated to give you abundant life. Secrets of longevity are found in Scripture - but again, they have little to do with the world’s recipe. Things like walking in wisdom, watching your tongue, honouring parents, trusting God, are offered as pathways to a longer, happier, qualitative life.
What is greatly overlooked is that God’s Word, learned and applied, has remarkable transforming qualities. These apply to individuals, communities, and nations. Very special in the realm of Scripture is the vital topic of Bible prophecy. Once a wildly popular topic a few decades ago, preaching…

TURKEY'S 9/11

It was meant to be a peace rally. Protesters from near and far came to the Turkish capital of Ankara  to oppose violence, especially against the Kurds. Around 10 AM on Saturday, 10 October 2015, in front of the main train station, 1 or 2 suicide bombers came in the midst of the crowd, detonated their device, and blew themselves into eternity. They killed anywhere from 97 to 128 people.
It was the worse single terrorist event on Turkish soil. In essence, it was Turkeys 9-11.
Why Turkey Matters: Few understand how very important Turkey is. Based on the Anatolian peninsula in the far west of the Asian continent, in what is also known as ‘Asia Minor,’Turkey has a rich, deep history. Its central geography, sandwiched between Africa and Eurasia, ensures a varied ethnic population (the Turks look like everyone). Here was the location of the 7 churches of Asia, found in the Book of Revelation Chapters 2 & 3.
Actual ethnic Turks migrated from Central Asia to Asia Minor a millennium ago a…

LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE FALL OF TONY ABBOTT

Now that the dust is settling on the removal of Tony Abbott by his own Liberal Party, what can we make of the situation? With five prime ministers in five years, the nation’s capital Canberra is quickly becoming the ‘coup capital of the West.’Are there any lessons we can learn?

When you consider the last 40 years, no former Australian Prime Minister was able to resign with dignity. They either were defeated in a general election or defeated in a leadership ballot by their own party.

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTERS 1975-2015 NAME TERM HOW THEY LEFT OFFICE Gough Whitlam 1972-1975 Sacked by the Governor-General Malcolm Fraser 1975-1983 Defeated in a general election by Bob Hawke Bob Hawke 1983-1991 Defeated in an ALP leadership ballot by Paul Keating Paul Keating 1991-1996 Defeated in a general election by John Howard John Howard 1996-2007 Defeated in a general election by Kevin Rudd (and almost ousted in ‘coup’within the Liberal Party)

TABBOULEH: Is Lebanon’s National Salad the World’s Best?

Tabbouleh is not just a salad - it is an experience. It is rightly considered Lebanon’s national salad and originating from its mountain region. From there, it has spread across the Middle East and the world. My Lebanese mother, grandmother, great-aunt, were all ‘tabbouleh queens.’I have known this salad all my life and always looked forward to eating it. The bright fresh green bowl of parsley, diced tomatoes, spring onions, and tangy vinaigrette dressing, made this a taste sensation.
What I thought could only be found in my family home started to show up in restaurants and in the deli section of many supermarkets. Admittedly, the commercial version lagged behind the fresh, home-made tabbouleh, yet the proliferation testifies to its popularity.
Tabbouleh is often served as part of the mezze. a selection of small dishes that serve as an appetiser before the main meal. Other dips like hummus (chick pea dip) and baba ghanouj (eggplant dip) are also part of a traditional mezze.
The key to t…