Stand in the Gap Weekend Archives
Freedom and Unity in America
June 28, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Dr. Joe Green
Words matter but so do definitions. Especially in today’s hyper charged, politically correct culture. Words and phrases that meant one thing ten years ago, have been hijacked to mean something else altogether. With tensions running high over the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25 , what seems to be a simple redefinition of terms is actually proving to be quite deadly. On this program, host Isaac Crockett, will be talking with an African American pastor from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to get his take on all that’s happening across the nation. Dr. Joe Green joins joins the discussion about real issues plaguing the black community, tracing the problem and the solution back to where it belongs and separating the term racism from bigotry and prejudice. Yes, racism is as old as time. The enslavement of people groups beginning in the some of the world’s earliest civilizations-Persia, Greece, Rome and even on the African continent with blacks enslaving blacks at an alarming rate due to tribal conflict. It only goes to show that the heart is desperately wicked-as the Bible tells us. Bent on elevating self and mistreating others, racism is a heart issue that can only be solved by the gospel and the acknowledgement of the Creator God who has made us equally loved and valued in His sight. Host: Isaac Crockett Co-hosts: Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull Guest: Dr. Joe Green
The Left’s War Against the Police: Their Gain, America’s Pain
June 21, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, John Guandolo
Wikipedia tells us the central idea of Cultural Marxism is to soften up and prepare Western Civilization for economic Marxism after a gradual, relentless, sustained attack on every institution of Western culture, including schools, literature, art, film, the Judeo-Christian worldview tradition, marriage and the family, sexual mores, national sovereignty, etcetera. The attacks are usually framed in Marxist terms as a class struggle between oppressors and oppressed; the members of the latter class allegedly include women, minorities, homosexuals, and adherents of non-Western ideologies such as Islam. Cultural Marxism has been described as "the cultural branch of globalism.” (www.conservapedia.com/Cultural_Marxism) This definition, while lengthy, is the prelude to the program today. It encapsulates all that’s taking place across our nation as calls to defund the police are taken up in places like Minneapolis, New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. The police (and all those in positions of power-whether white or black) are considered the oppressors; the African American man or woman (specifically those who feel disenfranchised by the ‘system’) are the oppressed. Group names like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Democrat Socialist, Jihadi, the Muslim Brotherhood and others all subscribe to the same ideology with varying agendas. The end result, according to author Dinesh D’Souza is a “socialist state that reduces its citizens to abject conformity by crushing the independence of spirit and mind.” It’s the opposite of what our Founders believed and what the Bible teaches and it’s what our guest, John Guandolo with Understanding the Threat Organization is going to share with us.
The Fourteenth Amendment: The Federal Government on Steroids
June 14, 2020
The fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution, section one, reads like: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the Unites States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. History tells us this amendment was ratified in July of 1868-one of three amendments dealing with slavery and their newfound rights to be called citizens of the United States and benefiters of all that entailed. But somehow, one hundred years later, this amendment has been hijacked and interpreted to absorb the power of the states and transfer it to the Federal government; and create rights from thin air for abortion, same sex marriage, or any other so called ‘right’ that could be shoehorned into this ‘guarantee of freedom’. Truly, this has been the bane of our nation ever since and guest, Constitutional Attorney David New, joins the team to explain more on this program titled, "The Fourteenth Amendment: The Federal Government on Steroids."
The Meteoric Rise of Homeschooling in America
June 7, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Dr. Gary Dull, Zan Tyler, Mike Smith
Do you believe good things can come out of difficult or trying circumstances? On this program, we'll be talking about something good happening across our nation as a result of the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. In an unprecedented decision by our nation’s school districts, parents and children in just about every state have had the opportunity to experience what homeschooling is all about. While schooling at home may not be for everyone, it’s an educational option that should be considered-especially by Christian parents whose number one priority is to “bring their children up in the nurture and admiration of the Lord.” If you’re a parent finding yourself in this situation, or a grandparent helping out with grandchildren, you’ll want to hear what our special guests have to say about homeschooling on this episode of Stand in the Gap Weekend. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-host: Dr. Gary Dull Guests: Zan Tyler (BJU Press), Mike Smith (Homeschool Legal Defense Association)
Health Freedom Update: COVID-19 testing, Tracking Vaccinations and False Promises
May 31, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Twila Brase
On this program, hosts and guest will be highlighting our monthly Health Freedom Update. Twila Brase, Co-founder and President of Citizen's Council for Health Freedom, joined us to help separate fact from fiction concerning the most recent Coronavirus information. More specifically, we’ll be talking with Twila about testing, tracking, vaccinations, and the false promises surrounding these efforts. While meant to give hope to many who are living in fear of going out in public, these potential procedures aren’t without negative consequences for ALL Americans. So, should we continue to stay at home? Wear masks? Wait for a vaccine before resuming public life? These questions and more are just the tip of the iceberg in this highly informative program. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-host: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Twila Brase
The Untold Story of the Persecuted Churches During the 2020 Pandemic
May 24, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Justin Murff
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, many of us have become tone deaf to the mainstream media news-and for good reason. The endless analysis of what’s being done and not being done have caused many of us to inwardly groan. We’d rather get back to the business of living. Whether that’s the case with you or not, there’s one aspect of this crisis that’s rarely, if ever, discussed on the news. But it’s one you’ll want to be aware of, and that is the devastating economic effect the worldwide lock down is having on the persecuted church. Those that were already subjected to criticism and harassment in largely Muslim countries are experiencing increasing hatred and threats directed at them because they call themselves Christians. In some instances, they’re blamed for the Coronavirus pandemic and restricted even more when it comes to business, travel, and worship. Because of the quarantine, they can’t make a living and there’s no government to bail them out. It’s in these moments that the Christian persecuted Church has the opportunity to exchange evil with good and hatred with love. At great cost to themselves, these persecuted believers are sharing food and necessities with the poorest of the poor affected by the Coronavirus policies. Our guest on this program is going to help us understand how to pray and help our fellow persecuted Christians. Host: Isaac Crockett Co-hosts: Sam Rohrer, Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Justin Murff
Regathering the Disassembled Church
May 17, 2020 • Keith Wiebe, Mike Frazier, Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull
Most of us have never experienced life in a country hostile to Christianity, though we’re increasingly feeling the heat from those who want to extinguish our religious freedoms. Places like North Korea, China, predominantly Muslim countries, and others routinely harass, jail, persecute, beat and even kill believers. Their death doesn’t make the evening news, but it does make the heavenly roll call. While some have been called to die a martyr’s death and thereby receive the martyr’s crown, others have been called to sound the alarm, resist tyranny, and boldly call authorities to task in the name of our God-given right to worship how, when, and where the Holy Spirit leads us. Humble but obedient Pastors have often spearheaded these efforts and suffered greatly. Pastor Christian Ionescu from Romania said this, "I immigrated (to the US) in 1987 from a country where the government could close down and even demolish churches at will! But in the end [the government] lost, because a few pastors stood up to the tyranny and (the) people followed." As we consider the encroaching restrictions state and local authorities are enacting on our own cities and towns, it’s time Pastors and churches begin to consider what a regathering of their people should look like. The hosts on this program interview two Pastors about how and why they’re planning to open their churches for services within the next few weeks. Hosts: Dr. Keith Wiebe Co-host: Sam Rohrer Guest: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Pastor Mike Frazier
Where is Your Faith?
May 3, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Jerry Thacker
This program features a recorded interview with a man who recently lost his brother to the Coronavirus; but as you’ll hear, even this tragedy isn’t the first to affect his life. A battle with AIDS and the heartbreaking death of a teenage son are painful circumstances that would destroy most men. When we’re talking about life and death situations, knowing and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can make all the difference. If you’ve lost a loved one or friend because of the Coronavirus, or any other circumstance, you know the grief that becomes a part of your daily life. The ache that never goes away and the memories that grow sadly fainter with the years. If you’re going through something like that right now, or if you know someone who is, you’ll want to listen to this story of tragedy and triumph. While we know the truths of God’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence, that He’s all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere-when you walk the path of suffering and loss, these truths become spiritually and physically life-sustaining. The Bible promises that we have the hope of eternal life in heaven because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Knowing that our present trials here are short compared to the time we’ll spend in eternity, and that we’ll see loved ones again-can sustain and enable us to carry out the work God’s given us here on earth.
The Church in the Face of Crisis
April 26, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Dr, Jim Garlow
Two weeks ago, as part of the $2 trillion dollar stimulus package, the Small Business Administration launched the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to aid small businesses, nonprofits and houses of worship. With the roll-out of this program, many people of faith, religious leaders and institutions in America are asking: How do the normal requirements for its small business loans apply to faith-based nonprofits and houses of worship? Will we be excluded from the program because of our religious identity? Do we have to violate our religious beliefs in order to apply for funding? On this program, Dr. Jim Garlow, former Senior pastor of Skyline Church in California, joins the program to offer insight and resources from his organization called, “Well-Versed”. If you’re a Pastor or part of church leadership, you’ll definitely want to hear what he has to say on this matter.
The True US Deficit
April 19, 2020 • April 19, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, George Barna
When we hear the word ‘deficit’ we usually think of it in terms of finances. Would you believe the US treasury puts the federal deficit for the 2019 fiscal year at $984 billion, a 26% increase from last year? As inconceivable and irresponsible our government spending is, it doesn’t compare to the true deficit affecting our nation. While the one has economic impact, the other has eternal consequences. Another way of putting it would be that America is deficient in this critical area. On this program, we’ve invited George Barna to give us the report on his recent survey of Americans and what has been revealed as a tragic deficit in understanding and applying biblical principles to our lives. This kind of spiritual deficiency has had a profound affect on our society-so much so that we find ourselves in a place where we look around and see a godless educational system, corrupt government, an untrustworthy media and so on. It breaks our hearts, and certainly breaks God’s heart; but as we know, where there is a problem, there’s also a solution-and that’s what we’ll be communicating on this program.
Rediscovering the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
April 12, 2020 • April 12, 2020 • Dr. Gary Dull
On Easter Sunday, millions of believers around the world-whether gathered at a physical place, or staying within the comforts of their home are remembering and rejoicing that while Christ died a gruesome death on the cross as an atoning payment for our sins, he didn’t stay buried in the tomb. Three days after his crucifixion he arose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. While the story is familiar to us, it’s on this special day that we take time to meditate on what the resurrection really means to us. The power and love of God conquered death and sin and you and I are the recipients of the blessings that come to those who may be called the sons and daughters of God. This sermon by Pastor Gary Dull will help us rediscover the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a new and fresh way.
Rise Up, Oh Men of God!
March 5, 2020 • April 5, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Judge Vance Day
When you think of great men of faith in the last two centuries, what names come to mind? Dwight L. Moody, Jim Elliot, Dietrich Bonhoeffer or perhaps Billy Graham? Certainly, God used these men in powerful ways to change the world, ignite revivals, and leave legacies that have inspired countless men and women to consecrate themselves to God. On this program, our guest, Judge Vance Day, is going to talk about a growing movement in this century. It’s not new-and no doubt you’ve probably heard about it before-nevertheless, it’s a group that’s needed ‘for such a time’ as this. Who am I talking about? Well, this company of men is known as Promise Keepers. If you remember their debut in the early 90’s, you know that thousands of men attended the events and pledged to live as “God’s Men” in a world that was growing ever more hostile to the biblical role of manhood. Biblical manhood is one of the greatest needs in our modern society-that of mature, committed, spiritual men to lead their families, businesses, churches and civil government in a way that glorifies God and points people to Him.
Coronavirus, The Constitution and the Church
March 29, 2020 • March 29, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Joe Green, Keith Wiebe, and Jeremy Dys
Last week our nation experienced something we haven’t faced since World War II. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the federal and state governments placed certain restrictions on gatherings, businesses, and institutions limiting social interaction on a broad scale. The resulting panic left empty grocery shelves, abandoned school rooms, and a stock market crash rivaling Black Monday in 1929. Questions inevitably arise during a situation like this-such as, Does the government have the right to demand these closures? Are they infringing on our first amendment rights? What are the moral implications of these restrictions and are we witnessing the beginning of a government takeover whereby all institutions and business are regulated by federal laws, or a semi-Socialist state? The guest on this program, Jeremy Dys, attorney with First Liberty, helps us to practically and biblically understand how to respond in a time like this.
The Word of God Still Works in 2020
March 22, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Matt Recker, Micah Johnson
Psalm 212 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. As our nation moves into a time of uncertainty and anxiety over the Corona virus-we can be sure that the God whom the Psalmist wrote about, is the same God that keeps and preserves us in the midst of every crisis. On this program, hosts and guests will discuss the need for all, both young and old alike, to listen to and absorb the truths found in the Bible-because it is life and health for our souls!
God's Requirements for Answered Prayer
March 15, 2020 • March 15, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Keith Wiebe, Joe Green
If you’ve ever read the book of Leviticus in the Bible, you know that the theme of this book is to demonstrate the holiness of God-His perfection of character and wisdom. Everything related to the creation of the tabernacle-it’s altars, curtains, utensils, and even the kind of incense used was to be made a certain way with certain materials. All of these were in preparation for the Israelite people to worship God, to experience His glory and to seek His forgiveness from sin. The Bible says in the New Testament book of Hebrews-we no longer have to enter a tabernacle, present a sacrifice, or depend upon priests to intercede for us. The author writes that we can now enter the presence of God through a new and living way. The blood of Jesus Christ-applied to all who believe in him, has torn the vale of separation between us, and we can now pray to Him anywhere, anytime, and for any reason. While we no longer need to observe Levitical customs or laws, there are, however, four principles we must observe if we’re to see God hear and answer prayer.