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Posts Tagged "DHOP DOWNTOWN"

The Dangers of Socialism

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“In this podcast we will discuss the ever present and pervasive dangers of Socialism in our culture. Now I’m pretty sure most of you have heard of Karl Marx, the so called ‘father of Marxism’ also coined as ‘Communism’ or ‘Socialism’ in today’s dialect. But did you know that Karl Marx was a ‘God hater’ and his main aim was to usurp the moral and economic foundations of society, with a pamphlet called the ‘Communist Manifesto?’ Now, Karl Marx was born in Trier, Germany on May 5th 1818 and later died in London, England in March of 1883. His father was a successful lawyer and was devoted to the teachings of Voltaire and Kant. Karl was the oldest surviving boy of nine children and of Jewish descent. What is not commonly known; is that Karl Marx was a professing Christian in his youth and his first book was entitled, The Union of the Faithful with Christ. However beginning in his early 20’s a very sharp ‘U-turn’ was made by Marx in his theological outlook, to the point of abandoning his Christian faith and later embracing full scale Atheism. Proof of his recantation was later revealed in several of his personal poems where he expressed his disdain for almighty God…Cleary any love that Marx had for the Lord Jesus Christ was later turned to repulsion and his Communist Manifesto was written in defiance of his previously held Judeo-Christian values.17″ – Pastor Carl

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Listen to your heart

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“If there’s one thing I want you to do this year… that is to listen to your heart. You know one of the most tragic things that can happen in a Christians life is going through the ‘day to day’ grind, but never discovering the real purpose of why God put you on this earth. Just because you’re born again or even Spirit filled, doesn’t mean you’re going to fulfill the calling God has for you, unless you purposely seek out and discover God’s plan for yourself. Hebrews chapter twelve reveals there’s a specific ‘race’ that is set before you, that only you can run. I can’t run your race for you; neither can you run my race. I truly believe that learning to be led by the Holy Spirit in line with God’s word is the most important lesson we can learn in this lifetime and you need to learn it friend, in order to live out your purpose. By listening to your heart, you will better be able to navigate the course God has for you, but oftentimes we ignore our heart and ‘keep on plodding along’, much to our detriment.” – Pastor Carl

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Disturbing Trends

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“This podcast will review some of the most disturbing trends in our society today. Now whenever we desire to predict the future in science, engineering or culture for that matter, we often observe ‘trends.’ If we look that word ‘trend’ up in the dictionary, it means ‘to veer in a new direction,’ or ‘to extend in a general direction,’…But friend, are you not simply alarmed at some of the trends we see in culture today? Even in the past decade, seemingly the moral restraints have been ‘cast off’ and we’re headed in a direction that can only end up in a societal car wreck, if we don’t put the brakes on fast. There are trends in the moral realm, in the economy, in the weather, in fashion, disease, crime, social media, geopolitics, consumer spending, education, and a whole host of others that go to make up the very fabric of our existence. One of the trends I see unfortunately is an ‘apostasy’ or ‘moving away from core values’ upon which most Christian denominations were founded and our Judeo-Christian society as a whole. I believe this to be in direct correlation with the abandonment of God’s word which is the underlying foundation of our society. Right now, we are now reaping the seeds sown in the 1960’s in particular, when prayer was taken out of schools in tandem with the explosion of the sex, drugs and rock n ‘roll culture.” – Pastor Carl

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Scriptures often taken out of context

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“Our focus in this podcast is one of the most important aspects of studying God’s word and that is keeping scriptural verses within their proper context. By doing so we avoid misinterpreting key elements of God’s word and better glean the true message that God’s purveying in His Holy Writ. This contextual framework is something you should definitely consider in your own private devotional time because if you don’t, then it’s possible to come away with the wrong understanding from the scriptural passage in question. If you attend any Bible college or receive any kind of theological training then naturally a course on ‘hermeneutics’ is standard procedure for most students. Hermeneutics covers the methodological principles of the interpretation of any document and in our case that would be the Holy Bible. One of the primary laws of Bible interpretation is to determine the plain and evident meaning intended by the author, and that would be God in our case. Therefore, isolated scriptures that go against the general character of God warrant further study. As I’ve said multiple times before, “if the plain sense of the scripture makes sense, then seek no other sense.” Yet, in times past, foolish men have allegorized entire books of the Bible, alluding to a deeper ‘hidden’ meaning that simply doesn’t exist. In doing so, they’ve stripped God’s word of its literal meaning and led men down a path of confusion, despair and disillusionment.” – Pastor Carl

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Boundaries

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“The title of this podcast might seem strange at first but I’ve thought at length recently about the importance of both establishing and enforcing boundaries in our lives. Now in order to be successful according to God’s definition (as the book of Proverbs attests especially), then we need to be practitioners of both discipline and diligence. Diligent to oversee and manage the various possessions we might own and the requisite maintenance for each vehicle we drive, for example. And diligent to watch over our families and perhaps the internet usage of our teenagers…need I say more. Diligent to do our part in the workplace by not cutting corners but going the extra mile when and where an opportunity arises. We also need to be disciplined in the areas of health, physical exercise, moral restraint, financial affairs and the various other components that go to make up the fabric of our everyday life. Yet I consider establishing boundaries as an important marker of success, especially in relationships and an essential aspect of discipline that often gets overlooked. In fact, these boundaries are mentioned in the Bible.” – Pastor Carl

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The Origin of Christmas

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“It should be noted that regarding the origins of the Christmas festival, the early Church fathers introduced the celebration of our savior under numerous dates. Some dates suggested were; March 25th, April 2nd, May 20th, Nov 8th, Dec 25th and finally Jan 6th. It was finally agreed upon that December 25th was the most suitable because it supposedly coincided with the winter solstice on the Julian calendar, marking the beginning of the victory of light over darkness, after the year’s longest night. Clement of Alexandria pointed out that because Jesus is called the ‘Sun of righteousness,’ (Malachi 4:2), then December 25th was the most suitable of these potential dates for our annual celebration. In most European countries gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th, (which of course is a myth and I will expound upon this shortly.) The morning of December 25th, has of course become the most popular time for exchanging gifts in North America. In 17th and 18th century Europe the modest exchange of gifts took place in the early hours of the 25th, when the family returned home from ‘Christmas mass’ and this tradition continues today.” – Pastor Carl

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Daniel Chapter 8 – ‘Antiochus Epiphanes’

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“Today we’ll continue our study with Daniel chapter 8 specifically. Now, because of the accuracy of Daniel’s visions coming to pass, it has caused several liberals scholars to claim the Book of Daniel is a complete forgery. They claim it was written in about the second century AD because they postulate anyone accurately predicting future world empires is simply impossible! However, God sealed up a time capsule to prove the Book of Daniel to be accurate by allowing the ‘Qumran’ or ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ to be discovered in 1946. In these scrolls, a complete copy of the Book of Daniel was found, containing the very predictions that exactly match the writings of Daniel, found within the pages of our King James Bible. This threw a ‘wrench in the works’ and liberal scholars had no defense against this monumental discovery of historically accurate parchments, proving once and for all, the prophecies of Daniel in the 6th century BC, not only came to pass exactly as he predicted but the sequence of empires was precise also. ” – Pastor Carl

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Did Jesus Exist?

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“This broadcast is in response to a documentary I recently watched from the UK in which a so-called, “religious expert” had stated in a publicly televised debate, “there was no evidence that Jesus Christ ever existed!” This wasn’t ‘Brexit’ but apparently the complete exit of Jesus from Europe’s history books! Frankly, I nearly fell off my chair upon hearing this false claim and having been born in the UK, my blood started to boil. This woman denied that Christ ever existed…at all! Which is definitely a counterfactual statement rooted in either ignorance at best or perhaps nefarious Gnosticism at the very worst (1 John 4:3). Despite numerous so called ‘Christians’ being present in this live debate, I was most perturbed that not one of them confronted this so called ‘expert’s’ ignorance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for education but we shouldn’t educate ourselves at the expense of common sense and sound judgment. Let’s do our homework before we spout out a level of ignorance which frankly embarrasses someone holding the credentials of a scholar, reputedly at the Doctoral level.” – Pastor Carl

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Are you handed over to the tormentors?

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“Let me ask you this, have you been handed over to the tormentors?…Doesn’t sound like fun does it? What an odd question you might ask, and who are these tormentors anyway? Well the Gospels have the answer and especially the Gospel of Matthew. Here’s the deal, if you’re lacking joy and peace in your life for sustained periods of weeks, months or even years, then there’s something wrong with your Christian walk friend! Evidently you’re not experiencing the abundant, joyful ‘zoë’ life that Christ provided for you, when He died on the cross and rose again. It’s not the normal condition of a ‘Spirit filled Christian,’ to just mope around in life, from one day to the next, feeling down in the dumps and full of angst. This should not be the ‘status quo’ for us. Satan could be robbing your ‘joy’ and it’s time to take it back! And why not during this broadcast? In fact I suggest you could be under demonic spiritual attack or ‘oppression’ as it’s called, without realizing it because of the legal grounds you’ve given Satan in the spiritual realm by giving him place (Eph 4:27).” – Pastor Carl

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Giants in the Land

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“The information I’m about to share with you today could be considered controversial within some circles but it’s the truth nonetheless. Remember what I told you before ‘no topic is off the table’ here at DHOP. We will not shy away from truths long held in the ‘Oracles of God’ and recently corroborated by notable historical manuscripts, found within the Dead Sea Scrolls. Having scoured the Old and New Testaments, the writings of the Early Church Fathers, the book of Enoch and several other historical texts, I’m going to reveal to you today, the precise Genesis of ‘the Giants’ or ‘mighty men of renown,’ in the ancient land of Israel and its surrounding nations. However not only that, were you aware there were giants discovered in numerous burial mounds within this nation also? And President Lincoln spoke of them? This is hard for many to fathom, albeit these mounds and the accompanying discovery of gigantic bones within them, have been well documented for the last 150 years within many local newspapers in the USA.” – Pastor Carl

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