But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:8)
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
PETER, DO YOU LOVE ME?
QUESTION: I have a question about John 21:15-17. Jesus asks Peter two times, do you love (agapeo) Me? And Peter responds, Yes Lord, I love (phileo) You. The third time Jesus asks Peter do you love (phileo) Me, Peter responds, yes Lord, You know all things; You know that I love (phileo) You. So my question is why did Peter respond that he loved the Lord with phileo love? And why the third time Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him with phileo love not agapeo love?
ANSWER: This is one of those places where the meaning of the passage totally escapes us if we only look at the English version. Agapeo is one of four Greek words that can be translated love. It’s the highest form of the word and means to be totally given over to another person regardless of their response. It’s the way the Lord loves us. Phileo is a brotherly kind of love, something less than a wholehearted devotion, but still a strong feeling. It indicates a bond exists between the two.
Peter knew the Lord could tell if he wasn’t being truthful. Because of his sin nature he couldn’t honestly say he was totally devoted to the Lord, but he did love Him like a brother. In the end Jesus agreed that to be loved like a brother was sufficient for Him.
This can bring great comfort to us because our problem is the same as Peter’s. We also have a sin nature that prevents us from obeying the commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:37). It’s reassuring to realize that the Lord understands and accepts this.
LOVE THE LORD OR LOVE THE WORLD?
QUESTION: In today’s world and in my opinion, it seems as though the word “disciple” is being flaunted as a “bait” word to “attract ” a “lot of fish”. And yet my conclusion of what I see is that, a lot of “churches” consider going to church, taking “discipleship” classes, maybe doing some community service, etc. as a way to become a disciple. It’s almost like to become a disciple, it’s okay to have your cake and eat it too. It’s like they’re all saying, Luke 14:33 doesn’t really mean what it says.
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
Is this to be taken literally or spiritually? For many years now I’ve long desired(spiritually) to be a “true disciple” but don’t consider myself one because I have not denounced all that I have (physically). And I get so frustrated when I hear Pastors in particular saying that “we will make disciples out of you” and yet, church goes on as it always has. Please help as my prayer is to be able to really share the real Truth in this matter with others.
ANSWER: I don’t believe that Jesus requires a vow of poverty from everyone who wants to be His disciple. What He wants is that there be nothing more important in our lives than Him. The Bible contains numerous examples of people who were well off and yet were faithful followers of God. Psalm 37:4 says that when we delight ourselves in the Lord He’ll give us the desires of our heart. And Jesus said that He came so that we could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). It’s when our quest for material wealth preoccupies us or becomes the true source of our security or even an object of worship that we get into trouble.
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TARGET ISRAEL? IRAN RECRUITS 80,000 SHI’ITE FIGHTERS IN SYRIA
It is at this base, just over five miles from Damascus, where they are trained to commit acts of terror in Syria and across the region.”
The major concern about these militias is not just that they are connected to Iran but that they are putting down roots. “Iranian militias in the south are keeping the territory they conquer instead of handing it over to the regime”.
Meanwhile, Danon, who was elected vice president of the 72nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, also warned earlier this week that Hezbollah now possesses over 120,000 missiles—more than 17 times the number it had a decade ago during the Second Lebanon War. Hezbollah remains at the center of Iran’s Shi’a foreign fighter network.
The Lebanese terror group now has “more missiles below ground in Lebanon than the European NATO allies have above ground,” Danon said as he presented evidence to the Security Council on Tuesday.
“When the war ended, this Council pledged that Hezbollah would no longer be allowed to threaten Israel and hold the people of Lebanon hostage,” he said. “I have the unfortunate task of informing this Council that 10 years later, the situation has gone from bad to worse. The government of Lebanon never stopped Hezbollah, and Hezbollah never stopped its military buildup.”
NETANYAHU: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IS BASED ON LIES – HERE’S THE PROOF
‘Iran did not come clean on its nuclear program,’ Netanyahu says, saying more than 100,000 Iranian documents Israel obtained prove nuclear ‘deal is based on lies’ Speech comes on heels of strike against two bases in Syria and ahead of Trump’s decision on nuclear deal
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, Israel April 30, 2018. \ AMIR COHEN/ REUTERS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Monday a cache of documents he says proves Iran lied to the world about its nuclear program for years, even after the 2015 nuclear deal with the world. “Iran did not come clean about its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said in a prime time address in English. Iran, for its part, blasted the speech as “propaganda.”
Presenting 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs, Netanyahu said Iran hid an “atomic archive” of documents on its nuclear program.
“This is an original Iranian presentation from these files,” Netanyahu said, stressing that “the mission statement is to design, produce and test five warheads with 10 kiloton of TNT yield for integration on missiles.”
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Intelligence experts and diplomats said he did not seem to have presented a “smoking gun” showing that Iran had violated the terms of the agreement, although he may have helped make a case on behalf of skeptics in the U.S. who want to scrap it.
Iran is “blatantly lying” when it says it doesn’t have a nuclear program, Netanyahu claimed, laying out what he claimed was proof Iran had developed and continued to develop its nuclear program.
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“After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files,” Netanyahu said. “In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran.”
The documents show that Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant was “designed from the get go for nuclear weapons for project Amad,” claimed Netanyahu.
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Netanyahu concluded by saying “Iran lied about never having a secret nuclear program. Secondly, even after the deal, it continued to expand its nuclear program for future use. Thirdly, Iran lied by not coming clean to the>IAE
A,” he said, adding that, “the nuclear deal is based on lies based on Iranian deception.”
A diplomatic source who spoke with Haaretz said that if the international nuclear watchdog had the details provided by Netanyahu on Monday then the Iran deal would never have taken place because the deal was conditioned on an IAEA report that cleared Iran of military nuclear activity. Iran reported there were no such activities and on the basis of those lies, the official said, Iran got a clean bill.
‘Iran lied’: Presenting 55,000 pages and 183 CDs, Netanyahu says Iran hid an ‘atomic archive’Noa Landau
U.S. President Donald Trump, who spoke publicly 30 minutes after Netanyahu’s speech, said that Netanyahu’s speech “showed that I was 100% right” in criticizing the nuclear deal.
Prior to Netanyahu’s conference, Trump spoke with Netanyahu over the phone on Sunday to discuss the current situation in the Middle East, the White House said. The reach out of their phone conversation stated that they “discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities.”
In a rare move, Netanyahu called the heads of Israel’s two news broadcasts and updated them with the content of his planned statement.
Netanyahu spoke on the phone this evening with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the information he revealed concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Netanyahu’s office said on Twitter that Israel “will send in the coming days professional teams that will share with Germany and France the detailed material Israel obtained on Iran’s efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
Netanyahu also spoke to Russian president Vladimir Putin about the archive. The two discussed Syria and agreed to meet as soon as possible.
Netanyahu says he plans to update British and Chinese leaders soon.
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said before Netanyahu’s speech that the prime minister is just “the boy who can’t stop crying wolf at it again.”
Netanyahu’s speech comes after an airstrike in Syria Sunday night in which 200 missiles were destroyed and 11 Iranians were killed, according to pro-Assad sources. Various reports attribute the strike to Israel, but the origin of the attack remains unconfirmed.
According to several Syrian media outlets, the strikes targeted the 47th Brigade base in the southern Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama, and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport. The strike reportedly targeted an arms depot of missiles.
The strikes came as tensions increase between Israel and Iran in Syria and the U.S. deadline on Iranian sanctions regarding the nuclear deal, May 12, draws near.
Israeli defense and political sources told Russia and the United States on Sunday that if Iran attacks Israel from Syria, either itself or through its proxy, Hezbollah, Jerusalem will respond forcefully and target Iranian soil.
Later, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said that the current terms of the Iran deal are no longer sustainable for them- regardless of whether or not the U.S. ends the deal.
“The status quo of the deal is simply not sustainable for us, whether or not the Americans get out of the deal,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said, according to Iranian news agency Isna.
Meanwhile, world leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel have visited U.S. President Trump in an attempt to convince him to maintain the terms of the nuclear deal, termed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Trump spoke with Netanyahu, who vocally opposes the deal, over the phone on Sunday to discuss the current situation in the Middle East, the White House said. The readout of their phone conversation stated that they “discussed the continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region, especially the problems posed by the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities.”
Visiting in Israel Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will cancel the Iran nuclear deal if it is not fixed. Pompeo made the statement following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which took place at the Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv, Pompeo said the U.S. stands with Israel against Iran. “We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats toward Israel and the region,” Pompeo said, adding that the U.S. supports Israel’s right to defend itself.
WHAT HAPPENS IF TRUMP PULLS OUT OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL?
As France’s Macron offers a ‘new deal’ in bid to salvage the JCPOA, what would the U.S. gain by pulling out and how might Iran react?
· Israel will strike Tehran if Tel Aviv is targeted, defense chief warns, saying Islamic regime’s days are numbered
With a May 12 deadline looming for U.S. President Donald Trumpto decide on restoring U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran, a move Iran vows will effectively kill the Obama-era Iran nuclear accord, French President Emmanuel Macron offered Trump a “new deal” this week in which the United States and Europe would tackle the outstanding concerns about Iran beyond its nuclear program.
Macron used a three-day state visit to the United States as a high-stakes bid to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which many in the West see as the best hope of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and heading off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Under Macron’s proposal, the United States and Europe would agree to block any Iranian nuclear activity until 2025 and beyond, address Iran’s ballistic missile program and generate conditions for a political solution to contain Iran in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long called specifically for cancelling a core “sunset clause” that removes caps on Iran’s nuclear projects after a number of years.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani however appeared to immediately throw cold water on Macron’s efforts Wednesday.
“I have spoken with Macron several times by phone, and one time in person at length. I have told him explicitly that we will not add anything to the deal or remove anything from it, even one sentence. The nuclear deal is the nuclear deal,” he said during a conference in the northwestern city of Tabriz. He suggested Macron has no right to amend an agreement signed by seven nations.
“As long as our interests are guaranteed we will remain in the deal, whether the U.S. remains or not,” Rohani said. But he added that “if our benefits are not guaranteed, we will not remain in the deal, no matter what the circumstances are.”
It was unclear what that would mean for the fate of the 2015 accord and whether the other countries that signed it, such as China and Russia, would agree to new measures against Iran. However, Macron later dampened expectations saying he still expected Trump to pull out of the deal based on Trump’s past statements.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to also make a case for the accord during a lower-key visit to the White House on Friday. A German foreign ministry spokesman took a hard line ahead of the visit saying, “The nuclear agreement was negotiated with 7 countries and the EU and can’t be renegotiated… but it is also clear that beyond the nuclear agreement we want to make sure that Iran’s nuclear programme serves exclusively peaceful purposes.”
Iran’s ‘three options’
In a news conference broadcast on state television Tuesday, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was ready for some “surprising actions” if the nuclear deal was scrapped.
Answering a question about the possibility of Tehran withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Shamkhani said: “This is one of three options that we are considering.” What exactly the other two options are was left unclear, but Rohani has said Iran will ramp up its nuclear programme if the deal collapses.
Rohani also warned Trump on Tuesday to stay in the nuclear deal.
“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments…the Iranian government will firmly react,” Rohani said in a speech .
“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered in the city of Tabriz. “Iran is prepared for all possible situations,” he added.
Earlier in April, Rohani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by “invading powers,” as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.
Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rohani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that Iran’s forces posed no threat to its neighbors.
“We tell the world that we will produce or acquire any weapons we need, and will not wait for their approval … We tell our neighbouring countries that our weapons are not against you, it’s for deterrence,” Rohani said.
What the U.S. gains by pulling out
Michael Makovsky, president and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) and a former Pentagon official, laid out the argument for Reuters for why Trump should withdrawal from the treaty: If Trump doesn’t withdraw based on a European faux-fix, it would severely weaken the United States’ standing with Iran and globally.
Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA offers other clear benefits. It would reinstate nuclear-related economic sanctions that could — if other countries to fall in line — pressure and isolate Tehran, and weaken its regional aggression.
Longer term, withdrawal offers more freedom to the United States, Israel or others to act militarily against Iranian nuclear facilities, if that becomes necessary.
The difficulty of Trump restoring sanctions on Iran
There are at least two avenues potentially offering more time for talks after May 12, difficult as that may seem given that Iran has strongly warned against reviving sanctions.
The agreement has a dispute resolution clause that provides at least 35 days to consider a claim that any party has violated its terms. That can be extended if all parties agree.
And if Trump restores the core U.S. sanctions, under U.S. law he must wait at least 180 days before imposing their most draconian consequence: targeting banks of nations that fail to cut significantly their purchases of Iranian oil.
PM NETANYAHU GIVES ‘WAR TIME’ SPEECH ABOUT IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AFTER ISRAEL LAUNCHES BLISTERING MISSILE STRIKE ON IRANIAN OUTPOSTS IN SYRIA
According to Michael Horowitz, Director of Intelligence at Le Beck, a Middle East-based geopolitical consulting group, Israel has stepped up its frequency of strikes and the nature of targets which have been attacked have changed. “There’s been a clear change in Israel’s strategy in Syria since last year.” According to foreign source, “Israeli strikes are both hitting targets deeper inside Syria and the nature of these targets has change from weapons convoy and depots to actual Iranian bases,” he told The Jerusalem Post.
The Syrian army confirmed that Sunday that several military bases in northern Syria were struck in an attack blamed on Israel by the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al Akhbar.
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Iran is absolutely funing today after Israel’s missile strike attack last night on Iranian military depots in Syria which killed up to 26 people including some high-ranking Iranian military personnel. From all reports coming over the wire today, Israel has switched into a ‘war time’ mode as they attempt to contain a rapidly-escalating military presence in Syria by Iran. Netanyahu’s speech tonight revealed what he says is over ‘100,000 secret documents‘ proving Iran has been lying all along about their nuclear program. Video of tonight’s speech is posted below. The fact that Israel has so dramatically stepped up missile strikes in Syria shows that Iran must be getting very close be able to finally carry out their dream of a strike on Israel. May 14th is now only 14 days away as war between Iran and Israel takes another end times giant step closer.
According to official news agency SANA, a military source said that “some military sites in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces were exposed at 10:30 PM to a new aggression with hostile rockets.”
The explosions following the strike registered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake by the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, but the weapons used did not cause the quake. Over 18 people were killed and another 60 were wounded, Sky News Arabia reported citing regime media.
Al Akhbar reported the targets of the strike were Syrian army bases being used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Shi’ite militias with troops from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.Hezbollah’s Al Mayadeen reported missiles also struck targets in the Al-Malikiyah area, north of the Aleppo’s airport. Iran’s Tasnim news agency denied that its bases were hit.
According to some reports the target in Hama, an army base known as Brigade 47, was an underground missile production facility and depot for surface-to-surface missile funded by Iran and built with the help of North Korea. Located near Hama, it was also widely known as a recruitment center for Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias who fight alongside President Bashar Assad’s force.
Unconfirmed reports stated that an Iranian general was killed in the strike on Brigade 47 and former IDF intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin warned of a more volatility if Iranians were indeed killed in the strike.
“If the casualties were Syrians, they would simply be another addition to the half million people already killed in the civil war to this day. If they are Iranians, it will be added to the unfinished business they have with us, and then the month of May will be very volatile,” he said on Army Radio.
Tensions have risen dramatically between the two arch-enemies in recent months.
In February an armed Iranian drone infiltrated northern Israel in a move which the IDF claims was on a sabotage attack mission. In mid-April a strike on the T4 airbase in Homs province blamed on Israel killed seven IRGC soldiers, including Col. Mehdi Dehghan, who led the drone unit operating out of the base. Reports later surfaced that advanced Iranian Air defenses had been the target of the strike.
Referring to Iran’s promises to respond to the alleged attack by Israel on a T-4 base in early April, Yadlin stated that the target of the attack may have been based on intelligence that Iran was preparing the retaliatory strike that Tehran has warned is coming.
“We have to investigate whether the attack came in response to weapon transfers to Hezbollah, to Iranian infrastructure being built in Syria or whether there was intelligence about Tehran’s possible response and a decision was made to thwart it.”
Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Based on Lies – Here’s the Proof
‘Iran did not come clean on its nuclear program,’ Netanyahu says, saying more than 100,000 Iranian documents Israel obtained prove nuclear ‘deal is based on lies’ Speech comes on heels of strike against two bases in Syria and ahead of Trump’s decision on nuclear deal
According to Michael Horowitz, Director of Intelligence at Le Beck, a Middle East-based geopolitical consulting group, Israel has stepped up its frequency of strikes and the nature of targets which have been attacked have changed.
“There’s been a clear change in Israel’s strategy in Syria since last year.” According to foreign source, “Israeli strikes are both hitting targets deeper inside Syria and the nature of these targets has change from weapons convoy and depots to actual Iranian bases,” he told The Jerusalem Post.
According to Horowitz, the strike on the Taqsis base in Hama “is very significant” as “such factories that produce ballistic missiles could help Iran gain game-changing capabilities to be used in a potential confrontation with Israel, by significantly increasing the number of precision-guided missiles within Hezbollah’s arsenal.
“It is also notable because of the challenge striking such a facility represents. The Taqsis base is built inside a mountain,” and Israel, had it carried out the attack, “would have had to use advanced weapons, such as bunker busters, to hit it,” he said, adding that “a successful such strike would send a clear message of deterrence to Iran that even underground facilities (including other missile-production sites in Syria or Lebanon and even nuclear-related sites in Iran) are within Israel’s reach.”
Earlier on Sunday Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated that the Jewish State would not respond forcibly if any rockets are launched toward Israel or Israeli jets.
“If someone thinks that it is possible to launch missiles to Israeli cities or our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully,” he said at The Jerusalem Post conference in New York when asked by Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief of the Post.
“We will keep our freedom of operation in all of Syria. We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues. But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.” source
THE DEADLY GOSPEL OF NICE
Truly loving people can mean telling them things they don’t want to hear–like, “suicide is not something to celebrate.”
A few weeks ago, I quoted the Christian satire site, the Babylon Bee. As someone with the spiritual gift of sarcasm, I appreciate many of their headlines. This one, however, really hit the mark: “Progressive Christian Criticizes Jesus For Not Being Very Christlike.”
One can imagine certain believers these days uncomfortable with the Prince of Peace’s calling the Pharisees “whitewashed tombs.” Jesus’ honesty cuts against the popular modern ethic claiming to be all about love, but which is, in reality, a gospel devoted to being “nice.”
But nice isn’t the same thing as love. True love is concerned with the good of the beloved, and can never be divorced from the truth of how God created us and intends us to live. When we ignore that truth, we can “nice” people to death.
A disturbing example comes out of Ontario, where George and Shirley Brickenden recently threw a “bon voyage party” for their families, before committing suicide together by having their doctor administer lethal injections.
LifeNews reports that no one tried to stop them. And more shocking still, the dean of Toronto’s St. James Anglican Cathedral not only attended and blessed the procedure but then said he’d be honored to give the couple an Anglican funeral.
Now this is what the gospel of nice, which is based on sentimentality and not love, looks like. It prioritizes short-term happiness over the true and the good. In this case, it leads to blessing self-murder rather than offering those hard but loving words, “This is wrong.”
Progressive churches have raised the gospel of nice to an art form. It’s the whole rationale behind blessing same-sex “marriages” and abortion clinics. Mark my words, we’ll soon see Canada’s Anglican church developing liturgy for physician-assisted suicide.
But the gospel of nice isn’t just a progressive heresy. Evangelicals often withhold truth in the name of love, as well. I think, for example, of the widespread acceptance of surrogacy and in vitro fertilization in evangelical churches.
A recent Christianity Today cover story quoted couples who’ve conceived children using unethical methods as well as women who “feel called” to be surrogates as their form of Christian service.
But Christian and even non-Christian bioethicists have argued that surrogacy treats children like commodities that are manufactured by renting wombs. Most European countries ban surrogacy on the grounds that it leaves the poor vulnerable to exploitation.
As Matthew Lee Anderson and Jake Meador pointed out recently in “Mere Orthodoxy,” for too many evangelicals, heartfelt stories of personal experience trump ethical arguments and theological reasoning, a problem only made worse by the fact that many churches avoid biblical or theological training in areas like reproductive technologies altogether.
Anderson and Meador conclude that when you “Combine the emotive spirituality that animates middle-class evangelical piety” with “a profound sense of compassion for those who are hurting,” then surrogacy and in-vitro fertilization seem like not only something God allows, but something He wants.
If such experience replaces moral reasoning and even Scripture, and if making people feel loved is more important than telling them the truth, where does this end?
Will we accommodate transgender ideologies rather than make the uncomfortable stand for God’s design for male and female? Will we hear of Christian surrogates carrying babies for gay couples?
The real Gospel, of course, offers joy beyond anything found in this world. But it does so by first telling us hard truths: that we can’t erase suffering through euthanasia or by renting wombs–and that what God created and redeemed us for isn’t always what makes us happy.
That’s not nice. But it is true love.
REMEMBERING CHUCK MISSLER
Chuck Missler, one of the most brilliant and devoted to Christ people I have known has passed into the Presence of the Lord. I have just an inkling of first-hand Knowledge -due to my heart stopping three times on Good Friday of 2011- of what that moment must have been like for Chuck when he opened his eyes following that last heartbeat.
What a Glorious Home Coming must still be going on! And, it will never end!
Chuck was a dear, personal friend. But he was much, much more. He was one from whom I learned much -a hero of the Faith that served to lift my eyes toward that Prize which he has now attained.
Chuck will not, as they say, Rest In Peace. He was never one to do so, and his Life is Dynamic now beyond anything imaginable from perspective of this earthly sphere.
He was a dear colleague, but I was not his peer. Chuck Misssler had few peers -those who can reach such stratospheric levels in presenting Biblical Truth, bringing in all relevant human study-disciplines into the mix as he lectured.
Chuck Missler was a powerful force for the Lord’s Work. I have no doubt that he is now undertaking on Assignments it is not possible to fathom while still in this flesh.
Not “goodbye,” Chuck. -Just “See you soon”.
Koinonia House Announces Death of Founder
Reporoa, NZ – Koinonia House announces the death of its Founder and retired Board Chairman, Dr. Charles W. “Chuck” Missler. He was 83 years old, and passed away peacefully at his home in Reporoa, New Zealand. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy and his two sons, Charles “Chip” and Mark. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Bright and Meshell Missler, grandchildren Emily Wilmore, Madeline Wilmore, Mason Missler, Noah Bright, James Bright, Sommer Bright, Alexandra Bright, and Sophie Missler.
Two Careers in One LifetimeDr. Missler was fond of saying that he enjoyed two careers following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy and service in the armed forces: leading edge technology ventures and biblical studies. Truly the passion of his life was encouraging of others to commit to the serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.
Biblical Studies and Koinonia House
Dr. Missler’s effort as a Bible scholar, author and teacher lead to him gaining international recognition. Starting with an informal affiliation with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California Chuck became known for his insight into the integration of Scripture with science, history and prophecy. Ove the past 40+ years literally millions of Dr. Missler’s teachings has been distributed and enjoyed. From cassette tapes to MP3 audio down loads, from VCR tapes to YouTube videos the message of “The Grand Adventure” has been enjoyed by many.
American Technology Ventures
During his 30-year business career, Chuck served on the Board of Directors of over a dozen public companies, and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of five of them. Dr. Missler received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduating with honors, he received his commission in the U.S. Air Force, completed his military obligations, he had become Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Chuck completed a Masters Degree in engineering at UCLA with additional post-graduate studies in applied mathematics, advanced statistics and information sciences, and completed his PhD at Louisiana Baptist University. His civilian career began as a systems engineer at TRW, followed by a Senior Analyst position in a “think tank” serving both the intelligence community and the Department of Defense.
Recruited by the Ford Motor Company into a Senior Management position, Chuck established the first international industrial computer network in 1966. Leaving Ford to start his own company, he founded a computer networking organization later acquired by Automatic Data Processing (NYSE) to become its Network Services Division. He subsequently served as a consultant to the Board of Directors of Rockwell International for corporate acquisitions (which included Collins Radio, American Data Systems, and others); and has also participated in over 100 business ventures as a principal, strategic advisor, or turnaround specialist.
His final consultancy in the American technology sector was as an advisor to the Super-Wide Area Satellite (SWANsat) System, an international telecommunications venture.
After a lifelong citizen of the United States, Dr. Missler repatriated to New Zealand in 2010 where he resided with his wife Nancy.
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A memorial service will be held on 9 June in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and a funeral/burial service will be held on 16 June in Reporoa, New Zealand.