Saying goodbye to Pastor Chuck Smith, a great friend of Israel & great teacher of the Word.

chucksmith-greglaurie(Washington, D.C.) — The Church lost a great pastor, disciple-maker, Bible expositor, church planter, and friend of Israel this month. My team and I are so grateful he is now at home with the Lord Jesus in heaven, but he will be deeply missed.

“Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer,” reports Christianity Today. “He was 86. Diagnosed in 2011, Smith continued to preach and oversee administration at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California), where he’d been pastor since 1965. In 2012, he established a 21-member leadership council to oversee the Calvary Church Association, a fellowship of some 1,600 like-minded congregations in the United States and abroad. Smith was known for expository preaching as he worked his way through the entire Bible, unpacking texts from Genesis through Revelation and offering commentary along the way. Yet it was his openness to new cultural styles, including laid-back music and funky fashions of California’s early surfer scene, that helped him reach young idealists and inspire a trend toward seeker-sensitive congregations.”

“As Pastor Chuck fought this dreaded disease, he still maintained a very full schedule of preaching and serving the Lord to the very end,” noted Pastor Greg Laurie, who was discipled by the Calvary Chapel founder. “I can’t help but think of the apostle Paul’s words to Timothy: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.’ (2 Tim 4:7-8) Rarely does a man come along that impacts a generation, but Chuck Smith was that man. He certainly impacted my life. Chuck is now in heaven and he will certainly hear the Lord say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant . . . Now enter the joy of the Lord!’ (Matthew 25:23).”

I was personally blessed by Pastor Chuck and will cherish the lessons I have learned from him. His passion for the Word of God — and teaching it “line by line, verse by verse, chapter by chapter” — was so refreshing and encouraging. The men he trained and discipled and deployed to plant churches all over the country and all over the world are men of great character and love for Christ. Many of them — including Skip Heitzig, Ray Bentley, Joe Focht, Mike MacIntosh, Greg Laurie, Gino Geraci, Robert Furrow, and Brian Broderson, to name just a few — have become dear friends and faithful allies. What’s more, Pastor Chuck’s love for Israel and the Jewish people — and his commitment to teaching Christians what Bible has to say about God’s plan and purpose for Israel — was deep and sincere and impactful. I first had the honor of meeting him in September 2006 when he invited me to speak about Israel and Bible prophecy at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Less than two years later, The Joshua Fund team and I had the joy of developing the first Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem, together with Skip Heitzig. It was a defining event for me, and I can still remember him sharing with me stories of the first conference he had ever organized in Israel, which happened to be with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, back in 1983, I believe. How special to learn from godly elders who have so much life experience.

“Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa announced plans for a public memorial service for Pastor Chuck Smith, who died after a battle with lung cancer nearly two weeks ago, that include hosting the event at the more than 18,000-seat capacity Honda Center arena in Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 27,” reports the Christian Post. “Additionally, more than 200 churches worldwide presently plan to show the tribute, live via webcast, to the man credited for being instrumental in both the Calvary Chapel and ‘Jesus People’ movements. Evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie is scheduled to give a Gospel message during the memorial, according to a Harvest Ministries spokesperson. Harvest, known for its large-scale Christian outreaches, is providing the staging and is facilitating the webcast for the event. Churches planning to show the event by webcast include congregations in Kenya, Haiti, Japan, Peru, U.S., and several other countries.”

I commend these to your attention.

Please keep Pastor Chuck’s family, staff, team and community in your prayers.

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Watch: Former Teacher Speaks Out, “Everything I Loved About Teaching Is Extinct”

Parents aren’t the only ones fed up with the education system in America.

Teachers often get a bad rap for the failure of America’s education system and its inferiority to the pedagogic successes of countries like China. But like many Americans who are nothing more than slaves to the mandates of the state, there are tens of thousands of teachers out there who are frustrated with the restrictions being placed on them through regulations and asinine policies.

Ellie Rubenstein is one such teacher. She’s dedicated the last 15 years to teaching her students how to be lifelong learners with an ability to think for themselves. The problem, says Rubenstein, is that her district, state and federal education boards care only about developing robotic myrmidons who follow official state-sponsored doctrines.

After years of struggle, Rubenstein called it quits. She created the I Quit You Can Fire Me channel on Youtube and publicly posted her resignation for her school board and community.

It’s a resignation that every parent in America needs to see:

The emphasis in education has shifted from fostering academic and personal growth in both students and teachers, to demanding uniformity and conformity.

Raising students’ test scores on standardized tests is now the only goal, and in order to achieve it the creativity, the flexibility, and spontaneity that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated.

Everything I love about teaching is extinct. 

Curriculum is mandated. Minutes spent teaching subjects are audited. Schedules are dictated by administrators. The classroom teacher is no longer trusted or in control of what, when, or how she teaches.

Even everybody’s favorite – the chickens hatching in kindergarten – has been prohibited. Why? so that the district can spend that money instead on computerized testing programs and training teachers to raise those teachers’ test scores.

But I care more about the people my students become than about the scores on the tests they take.

I thought I’d be a teacher the rest of my life. But I no longer feel I’m doing anything meaningful.

I have to get out before my sense of self and self-worth is completely obliterated.

Unless you are a ‘yes’ man, you will soon find out your only choice is to become one or leave.

Indeed. And who can argue that this is the same choice many of us are faced with across whatever industry or career we choose as adults?

Watch Ellie Rubenstein expose the inner workings of America’s indoctrination centers (via The Daily Sheeple):

Kimberley Paxton of The Daily Sheeple writes:

Real teachers, the ones who care about their students, the ones who teach kids to think critically and not just recite things by rote, are being targeted. Why?

Because our public indoctrination centers, also known as schools, don’t want children to think.

They want children to learn specified “facts” in order to pass standardized tests, thus creating perfect little worker bees. They want to produce adults who will not question authority or the status quo, but merely assimilate what they are told as truth, and act accordingly.

Because of this, the school system is losing those teachers who could make a real difference in the future of our country.

President Ronald Reagan once weighed in on this conversation and succinctly explained the risks to America’s future:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Every aspect of Americans’ self worth and fundamental belief systems are being targeted – from cradle to grave.

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