May 6: The Adulterous Woman

John 8:11

Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

Men have no right to judge others. No story better illustrates this than Jesus’ encounter with the adulterous woman (John 8:3–11): “As [Jesus] was speaking, the Jewish leaders and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery and placed her out in front of the staring crowd. “ ‘Teacher,’ they said to Jesus, ‘this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Moses’ law says to kill her. What about it?’ They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up and said, ‘All right, hurl the stones at her until she dies. But only he who never sinned may throw the first!’ Then he stooped down again and wrote some more in the dust. And the Jewish leaders slipped away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until only Jesus was left in front of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No sir,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’ ”[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 133). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

 

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May 6: Daily Help

THE cross of Christ is Christ’s glory. Man seeks to win his glory by the sacrifice of others—Christ by the sacrifice of himself: men seek to get crowns of gold—he sought a crown of thorns: men think that glory lieth in being exalted over others—Christ thought that his glory did lie in becoming “a worm and no man,” a scoff and reproach amongst all that beheld him. He stooped when he conquered; and he counted that the glory lay as much in the stooping as in the conquest.

Our God has made the day-spring from on high to visit us. Our life is bright with these visits as the sky with stars.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 130). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

 

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May 6: Thoughts for the quiet hour

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Col. 3:2

He who has his affections set on things above is like one who hangs on by the skies; and, having a secure hold of these, could say, though he saw the world roll away from beneath his feet, “My heart is fixed; my heart is fixed; O Lord, I will sing and give praise!”

Guthrie[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

 

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May 6: Handbook to prayer

 

Day 6

Adoration

“To whom will you compare Me?

Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift your eyes to the heavens

And see who has created them,

He who brings out the starry host by number

And calls them each by name.

Because of His great might and the strength of His power,

Not one of them is missing.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,

Does not grow tired or weary.

No one can fathom His understanding. (Isaiah 40:25–26, 28)

You, O Lord, remain forever;

Your throne endures from generation to generation. (Lamentations 5:19)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.

Confession

Why should any living man complain

When punished for his sins?

Let us search out and examine our ways,

And let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:39–40)

Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.

Renewal

May I apply my heart to instruction

And my ears to words of knowledge. (Proverbs 23:12)

May I watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.

Petition

May I keep Your statutes and Your commandments and be careful to do as the Lord my God has commanded me; may I not turn aside to the right or to the left. (Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:32)

Growth in Wisdom

Developing an eternal perspective

Renewing my mind with truth

Greater skill in each area of life

My activities for this day

Special concerns

Intercession

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1–3)

Family

My immediate family

My relatives

Spiritual concerns

Emotional and physical concerns

Other concerns

Affirmation

I am no longer a stranger and alien, but a fellow citizen with God’s people and a member of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:19–20)

I have been called, having been loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. (Jude 1)

Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.

Thanksgiving

You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

You who are the hope of all the ends of the earth

And of the farthest seas;

You formed the mountains by Your strength,

Having armed Yourself with power;

And You stilled the roaring of the seas,

The roaring of their waves,

And the tumult of the peoples. (Psalm 65:5–7)

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.

Closing Prayer

Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

Than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

The Lord will give grace and glory;

No good thing does He withhold

From those who walk in integrity.

O Lord of hosts,

Blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:10–12)[1]

 

[1] Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.

 

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May 6 – Morning and evening: Daily readings

 

Morning, May 6 

 

“We dwell in him.”

—1 John 4:13

 

Do you want a house for your soul? Do you ask, “What is the purchase?” It is something less than proud human nature will like to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like to pay a respectable rent! You would love to do something to win Christ? Then you cannot have the house, for it is “without price.” Will you take my Master’s house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving him for ever? Will you take Jesus and “dwell in him?” See, this house is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on his love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the house? Ah! if you are houseless, you will say, “I should like to have the house; but may I have it?” Yes; there is the key—the key is, “Come to Jesus.” “But,” you say, “I am too shabby for such a house.” Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the house is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the house by-and-by. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, “We dwell in him.” Believer: thrice happy art thou to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged thou art, for thou hast a “strong habitation” in which thou art ever safe. And “dwelling in him,” thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God himself—“We dwell in him.”

 

Evening, May 6

 

“All the days of my appointed time will I wait.”

—Job 14:14

 

A little stay on earth will make heaven more heavenly. Nothing makes rest so sweet as toil; nothing renders security so pleasant as exposure to alarms. The bitter quassia cups of earth will give a relish to the new wine which sparkles in the golden bowls of glory. Our battered armour and scarred countenances will render more illustrious our victory above, when we are welcomed to the seats of those who have overcome the world. We should not have full fellowship with Christ if we did not for awhile sojourn below, for he was baptized with a baptism of suffering among men, and we must be baptized with the same if we would share his kingdom. Fellowship with Christ is so honourable that the sorest sorrow is a light price by which to procure it. Another reason for our lingering here is for the good of others. We would not wish to enter heaven till our work is done, and it may be that we are yet ordained to minister light to souls benighted in the wilderness of sin. Our prolonged stay here is doubtless for God’s glory. A tried saint, like a well-cut diamond, glitters much in the King’s crown. Nothing reflects so much honour on a workman as a protracted and severe trial of his work, and its triumphant endurance of the ordeal without giving way in any part. We are God’s workmanship, in whom he will be glorified by our afflictions. It is for the honour of Jesus that we endure the trial of our faith with sacred joy. Let each man surrender his own longings to the glory of Jesus, and feel, “If my lying in the dust would elevate my Lord by so much as an inch, let me still lie among the pots of earth. If to live on earth for ever would make my Lord more glorious, it should be my heaven to be shut out of heaven.” Our time is fixed and settled by eternal decree. Let us not be anxious about it, but wait with patience till the gates of pearl shall open.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening: Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.

 

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May 6: For the love of God (Vol. 2)

Numbers 14; Psalm 50; Isaiah 3–4; Hebrews 11

 

Most of isaiah 3–4 is given over to specific judgment, in a kind of ABB’A’ construction (3:1–4:1), which is followed by glorious hope for the future (4:2–6).

At the core of the condemnation is the Lord as Judge, indicting “the elders and leaders [literally, ‘princes’] of his people” (3:13–15). Royal family and local leaders (“elders”) alike have descended to corruption and oppression. But the next two verses condemn the “women of Zion” as well (3:16–17). The men are condemned primarily for oppression, the women for their vanity and ostentation. Surrounding these verses are two longer sections unfolding what the men are being condemned for (3:1–12) and what the women’s judgment will be like (3:18–4:1).

God will bring siege and famine upon the people (3:1), resulting in the elimination of community leaders, whether by deportation or death (3:2–3). The entire society will break down, signaled not least by a desperate willingness to appoint almost anyone as leader (3:5). This vision was literally fulfilled a century and a half later (2 Kings 25:1–12), but there were adumbrations within Isaiah’s lifetime of what the judgment would be like: what Assyria began (Isa. 39:5–7), Babylon completed. For the culture was largely corrupt (3:8–11), the cause lying in the leadership, which was as weak as it was oppressive (3:12).

The siege will not be kind to the ostentatious women either (3:18–4:1). All their finery is to be snatched away (3:18–23). Instead of the delightful fragrances on which they have spent so much money, there will be stench. There will be disease (3:17a), sexual abuse (3:17b—the RSV is probably right: “the Lord will lay bare their secret parts,” i.e., subject them to the sexual assaults so common in war), and bereavement (3:25). Some will end up throwing themselves at any male available in the desperate hope for refuge and home (4:1)—but the slaughter of males will be so terrible that there will not be enough to go around.

Often in Old Testament prophecy there is a “foreshortening” of visions of the future that runs back and forth between the near future and something much farther away. If the day of the Lord brings horrendous judgment (3:6–4:1), it also brings glory (4:2–6). Later, “Branch” (4:2) will clearly be a way of referring to Messiah (11:1; 53:2; cf. Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12), but here it seems to refer to the people and purposes of God in glorious fruitfulness. In language that calls forth images of the Exodus, God promises to wash away the filth of his people and manifest his glory as a protective shield over them (4:4–6).[1]

 

[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

 

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May 6: For the love of God (Vol. 1)

Numbers 14; Psalm 50; Isaiah 3–4; Hebrews 11

 

Another day thinking about rebellion—this time the rebellion displayed by the people at Kadesh Barnea, when they forfeited the opportunity to enter the Promised Land because of their sin (Num. 14).

(1) Just as in the previous chapter the ten spies who gave a negative report were responsible for discouraging the people, so the people are responsible to decide to whom they will give heed. They simply go with the majority. If they had adhered to the covenant to which they had pledged themselves, if they had remembered what God had already done for them, they would have sided with Caleb and Joshua. Those who side with the majority voice and not with the word of God are always wrong and are courting disaster.

(2) To doubt the covenantal faithfulness of God, not the least his ability and his will to save his own people and to do what he has said he will do, is to treat God with contempt (14:11, 23). Virtually all perpetual grumbling partakes of such contempt. This is a great evil.

(3) People often hide their own lack of faith, their blatant unbelief, by erecting a pious front. Here they express their concern that their wives and children will be taken as plunder (14:3). Instead of admitting they are scared to death and turning to God for help, implicitly they blame God for being less concerned for their wives and children than they are themselves.

(4) The punishment exacted therefore precisely suits the crime: that adult generation, with a couple of exceptions, dies out in the desert before their children (the very children about whom they profess such concern) inherit the land almost forty years later (14:20–35).

(5) There is a kind of repentance that grieves over past failures but is not resolved to submit to the word of God. The Israelites grieve—and decide to take over the Promised Land, even though God has now told them not to attempt it, since he will no longer be their bulwark and strength. Moses rightly sees that this is nothing other than further disobedience (14:41). Inevitably they are beaten up for their pains (14:44–45).

These five characteristics of this terrible rebellion are not unknown today: a popular adherence to majority religious opinion with very little concern to know and obey the word of God, an indifferent dismissal of God with contempt stemming from rank unbelief, pious excuses that mask fear and unbelief, temporal judgments that kill any possibility of courageous Christian work, and a faulty and superficial “repentance” that leaves a meeting determined to make things right, and yet is still unwilling to listen to the Word of God and obey him. God help us all.[1]

 

[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 1). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

 

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May 6 – The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

 

May 6.—Morning. [Or September 8.] “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”

1 Samuel 30:1–13; 15–18

DAVID again stepped aside from his right position, and went over to Achish the Philistine king, who received him kindly. War soon arose against Israel, and David was expected to march against his own people. When we walk by sight and not by faith, we are sure to be placed in embarrassments ere long, and so was David! Out of this difficulty the Lord delivered him, for the Philistine lords distrusted him, and therefore Achish sent him back to Ziklag, the city which he had allotted to him as his dwelling-place; but the Lord took care to chasten him, for on his return to Ziklag a sad scene awaited him.

1, 2, 3 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. (A sad sight to see strong men weep like women, but who would not do so in such a case.)

And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

Some time before, he had said, “There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines,” but having proved the vanity of all human helps, he turns unto the Lord his God. How different from Saul, who at this time was looking to Satan for aid, and consulting the witch of Endor.

And David said to Abiathar the priest, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. (It was well that David kept the priest and the ephod always near him, or they would have been carried off with the rest. Whatever we lose, let us hold fast to Christ and his word.)

And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. (David proved that the God of truth may be trusted, and that the heart which waits upon the Lord will be comforted.)

9, 10 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor. (They were not all equally strong, neither are all the followers of the Lord Jesus equally full of grace. Yet our great leader is full of tenderness, and does not disdain to give the feeblest a share of the spoil.)

11, 12 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. (Servants are to be cared for in their sickness. Only a heathen master would desert his servant because of illness.)

15 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.

16, 17, 18 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

Thus faith was honoured, and the clouds of trouble poured forth showers of mercy. To our faith the same blessings shall be granted.

May 6.—Evening. [Or September 9.] “I am afraid of Thy judgments.”

1 Samuel 31:1–5; 7–13

NOW the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul’s sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

The unhappy king had forsaken the Lord, and had lost divine protection. He does not appear to have felt the slightest repentance, but to have been left to the hardness of his heart even to the end. His last thoughts had no reference to his sin and his God; his own poor honour before the world was still his dearest care, as it had been so long O that he had minded more his reputation in the sight of God, and cared less for human esteem, then had he never been driven to such envy in life or such despair in death. With his sons dead around him, and his bravest warriors slain, the wretched king, in order to escape dishonour, earned the dishonourable name of suicide.

And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. (While we earnestly condemn the self-destruction, we cannot but admire the faithfulness of the armourbearer—faithful unto death. He would not survive his master. Shall this man live and die for Saul, and shall we betray our royal master, Jesus the Lord?)

¶ And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8, 9 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people.

10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. (To the fallen king there happened the disgrace which he slew himself to escape. The plundering bands of the Philistines came to strip the dead bodies of their clothing, and, lo, upon the mountain side, not far from the corpses of his three sons, they discovered the remains of Saul, swimming in his own blood. Hearts of stone might have softened at the sight, but these barbarians exulted at it. They separated the king’s head from the trunk, and stripped off his armour and weapons; sending the head from city to city as a trophy of their victory, fixing up the armour in the temple of their goddess, as a token of their gratitude to her, and leaving the body as an ignominious relic nailed to a wall.)

11 ¶ And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days. (It was well and fitly done. Jabesh had been delivered by Saul from the Amorites, and it was honourable on their part to shew this mark of respect to his mangled remains. They burned his bones, that by no future accident they might again be treated with indignity, and then they buried the ashes, and paid the last mournful honours to their former monarch and deliverer.)

1 Chronicles 10:13, 14

13, 14 ¶ So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. (We read that no one enquired at the ark of God all the days of Saul. His evil example did mischief to the whole nation, and therefore his sin was the more grievous. He began well, but his character was based upon love of human approbation, rather than upon the fear of God, and hence it came to nought. Let this be a warning to each one of us.)[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 264–265). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

 

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May 6 – Faith’s Checkbook: Cure for Envy

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but rather be zealous in fearing the Lord all the time. For surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. – Prov 23:17-18 NET
When we see the wicked prosper we are apt to envy them. When we hear the noise of their mirth and our own spirit is heavy, we half think that they have the best of it. This is foolish and sinful. If we knew them better, and specially if we remembered their end, we should pity them.

The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.

The deathblow of envy is a calm consideration of the future. The wealth and glory of the ungodly are a vain show. This pompous appearance flashes out for an hour and then is extinguished. What is the prosperous sinner the better for his prosperity when judgment overtakes him? As for the godly man, his end is peace and blessedness, and none can rob him of his joy; wherefore, let him forgo envy and be filled with sweet content.

 

C. H. Spurgeon

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May 6 – THANKSGIVING: Thank God for the Assurance you have of Christ’s Second Coming

2.2.22

For the assurance we have of his second coming to judge the world.

We bless you that you have fixed a day on which you will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom you have appointed; and of this you have given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:31(ESV)

That in that day the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus: 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8(ESV) And he will come to be glorified in his saints and to be marveled at among all who have believed; 2 Thessalonians 1:10(ESV) for, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:14(ESV)

That he shall then send his angels to gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, Matthew 13:41(ESV) and to gather his elect from the four winds; and then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matthew 13:43(ESV)

And we then, according to your promise, are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells: Lord, grant that, since we are waiting for these, we may be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace; 2 Peter 3:13-14(ESV) and then Come Lord Jesus! Come soon! Revelation 22:20(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer

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May 6: Liberty on the abyss of the gospel

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Gal. 5:1.

A spiritually minded man will never come to you with the demand—‘Believe this and that’; but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One Whom the Bible reveals (cf. John 5:39–40 ). We are called to present liberty of conscience, not liberty of view. If we are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty—the liberty of realizing the dominance of Jesus Christ.

Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one liberty, the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.

Don’t get impatient, remember how God dealt with you—with patience and with gentleness; but never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples,’ not—make converts to your opinions.[1]

 

[1] Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.

 

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May 6: Secrets of the Life of Faith

I believe I am slowly learning the secrets of the life of faith—especially with regard to temptations—that I must not look at the temptation, but right away to Jesus, and that I must just do this continually, never stopping to examine as to whether I have yielded to the temptation or not, but trusting, trusting, trusting moment by moment, and moment after moment until deliverance comes.

As Isaac Pennington said, I must “look up to the Lord to keep out the temptation, if it be not already entered, or to thrust it out, if it be already got in. And if He do not so presently, or for a long time yet do not murmur or think much, but wait till He do. Yea, though they violently thrust themselves upon thee, and seem to have entered thy mind, yet let them be as strangers to thee; receive them not, believe them not, know them not, own them not; and thy bosom will notwithstanding, be chaste in the eye of the Lord, though they may seem to thee to have defiled thee.”

Now, if I had done this yesterday in meeting, I would not have been so totally defeated. But instead of continuing to look at Jesus, I let eyes turn towards my experience, and the temptations which only He could thrust out established themselves at once in my soul. I see that my only safety is in looking at Jesus continually. He is a perfect and a faithful Saviour, and His blood does cleanse and keep clean all who walk in the light and have fellowship with Him. And I must trust Him; trust Him nakedly, trust Him blindly and look at nothing else.

Oh Lord Jesus, as a very little child I cast myself on you. I do not know anything, I cannot understand anything; but you are my perfect Saviour and I can and do trust myself to you implicitly, believing that now, even now, you redeem me from all iniquity with your own most precious blood! I am complete in you! Oh keep me, keep me trusting you like this! No one so weak and wavering ever trusted you before, but because of this I need you all-the-more, and all-the-more you can glorify yourself in saving me! I trust you Lord, I do trust you!

—Journal, June 29, 1868[1]

 

[1] Smith, H. W., & Dieter, M. E. (1997). The Christian’s secret of a holy life: the unpublished personal writings of Hannah Whitall Smith. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

 

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May 5, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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With the U.S. presidential election campaign firming up, four out of five Americans say the Islamic State is their top international concern, even as many remain wary of their country’s role overseas, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased to a five-week high, a sign that progress in the strongest part of the economy may be moderating. Jobless claims rose by 17,000 to 274,000 in the week ended April 30.

Short Hills, New Jersey, is among the richest communities in the U.S. The directors of a local savings and loan get paid accordingly. Members of Investors Bancorp’s board made an average of $3.85 million in 2015, the company reported in an April proxy statement, eclipsing director pay at every Wall Street firm.

AP Top Stories

Israeli forces and Hamas fighters have clashed directly for the first time since a devastating 2014 war, the Israeli army said Thursday, as a new cross-border tunnel used by the militants was discovered.

A Kenyan woman was rescued Thursday after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building.

A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said.

Russia on Wednesday warned against NATO’s proposed military buildup in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it would retaliate by shoring up its western and southern flanks with three new divisions.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday his country would not accept less than an outright victory against rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and across the country, state media reported.

A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday ordered that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have to testify in a lawsuit related to the private email server she used while secretary of state.

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Planned Parenthood, a U.S. women’s healthcare and abortion provider, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas over a plan to strip it of government healthcare funding, court records showed. Planned Parenthood says at least 24 states have cut its clinics of funding since mid-2015, when anti-abortion activists released videos purporting to show group officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. The footage gave rise to accusations that Planned Parenthood trafficked in body parts, which the group denies.

The estimated cost of a massive gas well blowout that spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months and uprooted 8,000 Los Angeles families has more than doubled to $665 million, Sempra Energy announced Wednesday.

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Police in Pakistan say village elders ordered the murder of a teenage girl because she had helped a school friend to elope.

Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage.

The US justice department has told North Carolina that its law limiting protections for LGBT people violates national civil rights laws and must not be implemented. The law invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.

The Australian entrepreneur who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin has reneged on a promise to present new “proof” to support his case. Craig Wright had pledged to move some of the virtual currency from one of its early address blocks, an act many believe can only be done by the tech’s creator.

An Australian man considered a senior recruiter for so-called Islamic State (IS) has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Australia’s government says.

Two men who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo anal examinations to prove they had had gay sex have launched a court case, calling for the tests to be declared unconstitutional. They allege they were also made to take tests for HIV and hepatitis following their arrest in February 2015 on suspicion of homosexual activity. Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

North Korea is poised to hold its first party congress in decades, as leader Kim Jong-un seeks to cement his status and chart a vision for the future. Its run-up has seen attempts at missile launches amid speculation the North will conduct a fifth nuclear test.

An uneasy calm has been reported across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo after a partial truce came into effect.

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U.S. Army Capt. Nathan Michael Smith filed a suit against President Obama in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., over the ongoing war against ISIS, alleging the commander in chief can’t unilaterally deploy more special operations forces to overseas’ spots to fight the terrorists, but rather must seek and receive congressional permission.

The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is eschewing the terms “felon” and “convict” when officials refer to individuals convicted of crimes, opting instead for less “disparaging labels,” such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communications as part of an effort to remove barriers that officials say hinder progress of those who re-enter society after completing their prison sentences.

Boston-based startup GetHuman on Wednesday unveiled a new service that lets you to pay $5 to $25 to hire a “problem solver” who will call a company’s customer service line on your behalf to resolve issues.


Top News – 5/5/2016

Obama slaps ‘Scarlet T’ on Christian colleges
The Department of Education, under the leadership of Barack Obama, whose pro-homosexual agenda has been unparalleled, has launched a website critics say is dedicated to the “shaming” of Christian colleges that follow biblical principles rather than a leftist social agenda.

Fort McMurray wildfire: state of emergency declared as 1,600 buildings engulfed in flames
Alberta firefighters said on Thursday morning that the blaze was yet to be contained, but praised the efforts of scores of volunteers who rushed to the city to provide fuel for those fleeing the devastation by car. More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee Fort McMurray, while fresh evacuation orders have been issued for other towns standing in the wildfire’s path.

Islamic State militants seize gas field in eastern Syria
Islamic State militants on Thursday captured the main Shaer gas field in eastern Syria in the first gain for the ultra hardline jihadists in the Palmyra desert area since they lost the ancient city in March, rebel sources and a monitor said.

‘Islam does not belong in Germany’: 60% agree with AfD
Political rivals may brand the right-wing German party AfD xenophobic for claiming that there is “no place for Islam in Germany” in its political program, but 60 percent of the country’s citizens agree with the idea, according to a new poll.

Kremlin to NATO: Resurgent Russia not a threat, but will defend its interests
“We have repeatedly said that a resurgent Russia is not a threat to anyone,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists. “But at the same time Russia certainly cannot ignore any actions that may pose a direct or potential threat to its national interests and, traditionally, the Russian side will defend its interests if need be.”

Gibraltar ON ALERT: Royal Navy ‘OPENS FIRE’ on Spanish ship ‘harassing’ submarine
It comes as tensions heighten around the UK-controlled peninsula after a series of aggressive acts by Spain. A source said: “This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.

Kerry Draws Red Line, Says Syria Better Start Removing Assad By Aug 1
John Kerry just gave Syria a hard deadline for starting the political transition to get rid of Syrian President Bashar Assad: Aug. 1. Kerry told reporters Tuesday if Syria doesn’t begin the process of removing Assad by Aug. 1, there will be serious consequences, The Associated Press reports.

Romanian Claims He Hacked Hillary’s Email Server;
The Romanian computer hacker known as Guccifer said he has hacked into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and that doing so “was easy.” he said Clinton’s claim that her server was safe is “a lie.”

IDF finds another Hamas attack tunnel
The IDF has found another Hamas attack tunnel inside the Gaza Strip that is burrowing towards Israel, it was cleared for publication on Thursday. The new tunnel is 28 meters deep and it was found in southern Gaza not far from the tunnel found last month, which was the first to be found since Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

April Marks 12th Straight Month of Record Gun Sales
This April saw the most gun-related background checks of any April on record, making it the 12th month in a row to achieve a high water mark for gun sales. The FBI ran 2,145,865 checks through the National Instant Background Check System last month, according to the agency’s records. That represents more than a 400,000 increase over the previous record set in April 2014.

Turkey PM ‘to quit’ in rift with President Erdogan
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK party later this month, local media report. Reports that the congress will be held on 22 May came after Mr Davutoglu met with the party’s executive committee. Speculation of his resignation has been rife since Mr Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar
Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country. Central bank governor John Mangudya said the cash, known as bond notes, will be backed by $200m (£140m) support from the Africa Export-Import Bank. The specially-designed two, five, 10 and 20 dollar notes will have the same value as their US dollar equivalents.

Siren brings Israel to a halt as country marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
Israel commemorated the six million Jews who were murdered by Nazis in the Holocaust on Thursday with a two minute siren that brought the country to a halt at 10 a.m. Events marking Holocaust Remembrance Day began on Wednesday evening at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Sexual predator jailed after claiming to be ‘transgender’ to assault women in shelter
A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed “indefinitely” last week after being declared by a judge a “dangerous offender.”

China Warns ‘Will Respond To Trump Presidency’
Speaking through its mouthpiece Global Times, China has published its first reaction to “unpredictable” Trump’s position as presumptive Republican nominee and their expectations of a Trump vs Clinton fight for The White House…

Russia Announces New Military Divisions to Counter NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe
Russia on Wednesday warned against NATO’s proposed military buildup in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it would retaliate by shoring up its western and southern flanks with three new divisions.

We must declare a gang-violence war
You would think that Knoxville gang members would be circumspect after the national attention paid to their brutal killing of Zaevion Dobson. But no, they shoot his cousin at a family park with seeming impunity. It’s time to take the gloves off. As a civil society we cannot allow thugs to kill our children, terrorize our neighborhoods and show such blatant contempt for the law.

Epic wildfire threatens to engulf Canadian city as 88,000 flee
A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people in the western Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday.

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says
Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.

L.A. sees another sharp rise in homelessness and outdoor tents
homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.


Top Headlines – 5/5/2016

  • Europe shares, oil snap four-day losing streaks (Read More)
  • Oil rallies as Canada fire and Libya violence threaten supply (Read More)
  • How Trump Won???and How the GOP Let Him (Read More)
  • Hedge Fudge Managers Lose Their Swagger (Read More)
  • Turkey Premier Said to Give Up as Erdogan Tightens Grip (Read More)
  • Health Insurers Struggle to Offset New Costs (Read More)
  • Judge says Clinton may have to testify in email lawsuit (Read More)
  • Trump’s deportation plan could slice 2 percent off U.S. GDP (Read More)
  • A Cartel and a Briefcase: How Drug Cash Moves on a River of Gold (Read More)
  • Big-Spending Fracking Family Behind Cruz Won’t Back Trump (Read More)
  • China’s Great Commodity Bubble Loses Air Before It Can Burst (Read More)
  • Abortion provider Planned Parenthood sues Kansas over plan to cut funding (Read More)
  • Look Out, Loonie, Canada May Have Just Peaked (Read More)
  • Bass Says Investors Would Avoid China If They Knew Bank Risk (Read More)
  • Tribune Publishing Rejects Gannett Bid (Read More)
  • Truce takes hold in Aleppo but fighting goes on elsewhere in Syria (Read More)
  • The Unloved Business That’s Saved Big Oil From Low Energy Prices (Read More)

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

Iran Accuses U.S. of Meddling as Tensions Grow

Iran Religious Persecution Increasing Despite Nuclear Deal, USCIRF Reports

Russia threatens to respond to NATO’s military buildup along eastern border

Russia Announces New Military Divisions to Counter NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe

Israeli, Palestinian violence flares along Gaza border

Fresh mortar targets troops on Gaza border as violence persists

IAF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to mortar fire

Hamas warns Israel amid Gaza border tensions: Don’t test our patience

Israel rejects Hamas claims that it sought withdrawal-for-ceasefire agreement

IDF general backtracks: ‘Not my intent to liken Israel with Nazi Germany’

Siren brings Israel to a halt as country marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Obama: US stands with Jews who face hatred around the world

‘Decrease of violent attacks against Jews, but rise in institutional anti-Semitism in 2015’

Britain’s left is melting down over rampant anti-Semitism

Israel to open permanent mission at NATO HQ after Turkey lifts veto

Turkey hints it may send ground troops into Syria

Another Combat Death in Iraq May Presage Future U.S. Role

US airstrike in Iraq kills ‘most dangerous’ Australian Islamic State operative

ISIS Locks Girls in Cages With Human Skulls for Violating Shariah Dress Code

German Islamists face trial for enacting ‘sharia police’ on city streets

German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers

ISIS Has Ability to Execute Paris-Style Terrorist Assaults in U.S., Clapper Says

Kenya Police Say They Foiled ISIS-Linked Plot to Unleash Anthrax Attack

Can an app tackle domestic violence in Somalia?

Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy’

Venezuelans in long lines: ‘We need food and medicine’

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Sayhut, Yemen

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Turriabla volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Alberta Declares Emergency as Fires Threaten Canada Oil Town

Listeria prompts recall of 42 brands of frozen fruits and veggies

Advance In Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate

Catholic Univ. Suspends Employee for Debating LGBTQ Issues With ‘Gender Neutral’ Student

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

Christian ‘Extremists’ Opposing Gay Marriage May Be Criminalised By Radical Islam Bill

Steven Furtick Epitomizes Everything That’s Wrong With the Religious System

Former Pastors, Member Call Bridgeville Church Cult-Like

Rick Warren Blames God For Poor Planning

Azusa Now 2016 and the Rise of Militant Experientialism

Mike Ratliff – Are you amongst the termites?

New Daytime Talk Show on Fox – Preachers! with Jamal Bryant, E. Dewey Smith, others

The National (Take A Verse Out Of Context) Day of Prayer

What is the “Seven Mountains Mandate”?

15 United Methodist clergy, candidates come out as gay

White House ‘to build first US monument’ to recognise gay rights movement


Something Big Coming In 2016?: Five Prominent Watchmen Issue Exceedingly Ominous Warnings

Planet Earth Globe Ominous - Public DomainIs a great shaking about to hit America?  Is 2016 going to turn out to be one of the major turning points in our history?  On The Economic Collapse Blog and End Of The American Dream, I am constantly warning my readers about what is coming, but today I want to shift the focus to what other watchmen are telling us.  And as you will see below, when I use the term “watchmen” I am also including women.  All five of the individuals that I am featuring in this article are people that I highly respect, and all five of them have issued extremely ominous warnings about our future.  So hopefully you are ready to receive what you are about to hear, because their messages are not to be taken lightly. (Read More…)


Rail Traffic Depression: 292 Union Pacific Engines Are Sitting In The Arizona Desert Doing Nothing

Union Pacific Engines - Google EarthWe continue to get more evidence that the U.S. economy has entered a major downturn.  Just last week, I wrote about how U.S. GDP growth numbers have been declining for three quarters in a row, and previously I wrote about how corporate defaults have surged to their highest level since the last financial crisis.  Well, now we are getting some very depressing numbers from the rail industry.  As you will see below, U.S. rail traffic was down more than 11 percent from a year ago in April.  That is an absolutely catastrophic number, and the U.S. rail industry is feeling an enormous amount of pain right now.  This also tells us that “the real economy” is really slowing down, because less stuff is being shipped by rail all over the nation. (Read More….)


New Yorkers Roundly Reject Mayor De Blasio’s Call For A Pro-LGBT Chick-Fil-A Boycott

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are urging New Yorkers not to eat at Chick fil-A.

The popular chicken restaurant is planning to open up a new location in Queens, its fourth to open in New York City. But the liberal mayor argued that the owners of Chick fil-A support groups that promote “hate” against gays.

“Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT,” he said in a statement, according to the website DNAInfo.

Chick-fil-A customers respond to de Blasio’s boycott request

“This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love.  It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations.”

He went on to call for a boycott by New Yorkers.

“I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right,” he said. Chick-fil-A responded by pointing out that it has 80,000 employees of all different backgrounds and beliefs and prefers to focus on its food and service.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” a spokesperson said.

So what happened when Steve Doocy asked some diners at a Manhattan Chick-fil-A about Mayor de Blasio’s remarks?

One man, told of the boycott calls by Steve, said he’s on Chick-fil-A’s side.

“That’s what I’m gonna tell Trump. Keep God first and our kids will be fine,” said Jeff. source


Social Media Campaign Urges Disney to Make Elsa a Lesbian Princess in “Frozen” Sequel

According to CNSNews:

ElsaThe sequel to Disney’s “Frozen” won’t be out for a few years, but some fans have already launched a social media campaign calling on Disney to make the main character, Elsa, a lesbian.

The campaign #GiveElsaAGirlfriend began when a teen named Alexis Isabel tweeted: “I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be.” Then she tweeted: “Dear @Disney, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.”

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Civil Forfeiture in Oklahoma: Police Take $53k from Christian Orphanage & Refugees (VIDEO)

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Growing Number of Major U.S. Corporations Embracing Eastern Meditation Practices

A growing number of major American corporations are offering meditation, mindfulness and yoga programs for their employees, practices that are believed to have originated in pagan Eastern religions.

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Obama slaps ‘Scarlet T’ on Christian colleges

Feds now publicly ‘shaming’ institutions for following biblical principles

The Department of Education, under the leadership of Barack Obama, whose pro-homosexual agenda has been unparalleled, has launched a website critics say is dedicated to the “shaming” of Christian colleges that follow biblical principles rather than a leftist social agenda.

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4 Ear-Tickling Doctrines You Should Never Tolerate

False doctrines are nothing new. In the first century, Paul sternly warned Timothy about certain preachers who know how to slice and dice God’s Word to make it fit what people want. He wrote in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.”

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Is Clinton vs Trump God’s Judgment on America?

By Michael Brown

This is not so much an indictment on Trump as it is an indictment on the American people. God could well be giving us exactly what we deserve.

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The Daily Discovery (May 5, 2016)

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A La Carte (May 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include just two: Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley ($2.99)—this is the latest edition of a solid introduction to church history; and Alone With God by John MacArthur ($2.99).

Westminster Books has some good deals this week, highlighted by John Piper’s excellent new book Living in the Light: Money, Sex & Power. Other deals include a selection of books on productivity, and my book Do More Better is among them. Also, R.C. Sproul has just released his 100th book, The Knight’s Map: Buy it or watch the trailer.

The Rise of the Anti-Culture

Carl Trueman: “Let’s face it: We now live in a world where refusing a man the right to expose himself in a woman’s toilet is enough to risk your city losing the right to host a football game. Even to suggest there might be a debate to be had about such a thing is enough to render one liable to accusations of irrational hatred and dismissal as a benighted bigot. Culture did not bring that about. Anti-culture did.”

4 Approaches to a Balanced Complementarianism

Rick Phillips offers “four approaches that will help us practice the Bible’s gender teaching while avoiding harmful and unbiblical excesses.” He does really well.

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

On a similar note, Mary Kassian has an amazing review of Ruth Tucker’s book Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. It includes an important appeal to Tucker herself—one I hope she accepts.

The Bible Project: Proverbs

The Bible Project has a nice little video summary of the book of Proverbs.

Is Multitasking Preventing Us From Being Faithful Stewards?

“Faithful stewardship of the mind will require intentionally adapting work habits. It may not be easy, given your current work atmosphere, but start small and work toward adapting what you can.” You may even need to stop your mostly futile attempts at multitasking.

Bible Translation Tribalism

I appreciate this call away from Bible translation tribalism. “Imagine there was only one English Bible translation and that it had never occurred to you that there might be another. The truth is that even if we were stuck with your and my least favorite translation on the chart above, we’d still have an inestimable treasure. We would still have God’s words.”

This Day in 1816. Exactly 200 years ago today, the American Bible Society gathered in New York to distribute the Bible throughout the world. They have distributed hundreds of millions of Bibles in thousands of languages worldwide since then. *

A Helpful Way To Think About Personal Discipleship

Just like the title says, this is a helpful way to think about personal discipleship (and much else in life).

Flashback: I Miss the Absurdity

“Monday morning. 5:40. Cup of coffee. My desk in a corner of the basement. Life is good. And this morning I find myself pondering the fact that my kids are getting older.” I wrote this two years ago and got a little emotional reading it again this morning…

Smith

The gospel calls us to “man down” more so than to “man up.” There is no masculinity without a core of humility. —Scotty Smith


Links I like

Links I like

R.C. Sproul’s 100th book

R.C. Sproul’s hit a major milestone—his 100th book, The Knight’s Map, has just been released. Check out the trailer:

You can get it for $18 on Amazon, or $14.40 direct from Ligonier Ministries.

Also, a new short book from John Piper, Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power, is on sale at Westminster Bookstore.

Twelve Weird Items in Church Bylaws

Some of these are downright bizarre.

Proverbs

New video from The Bible Project:

Good morning, Amerika

Ray Ortlund:

There is a New Testament verse that I believe is a perfect fit for our churches in these demanding times.  Rather than become angry and defensive, let’s embrace this ancient wisdom: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).  Any church walking with God and one another out in the light will have a ministry today and tomorrow.  Any church settling for less will be swept away.  But reality with God is not hard to find.  He is right there “in the light,” in the obvious place, waiting for us with open arms.

Pastors, Platforms, and Pride

Erik Raymond:

In recent years there have been many public discussions and articles about the growing trend of a “celebrity” pastor. Along with the public dialog on the topic there have been a regrettable number of case studies to show us the spiritual danger inherent in such a pursuit. Careful analysts of the topic will remind us that being famous is not a sin and certainly there are many godly famous pastors. It is not the acquisition of popularity that is the problem but rather the prideful aspiration of it.

50 People 1 Question

Tim Challies:

Last month the Jubilee Project published a short video in which they ask 50 people 1 simple question: If you could be any age, what age would you be? They ask the question of children and seniors and people of every age between. The answers are not surprising—not surprising in a culture that so honors autonomy and freedom, that so honors youth. Most wanted to be in their late teens or early twenties so they could live or relive the days of youth, the days when they were young and energetic and care-free, the days before the onset of so many of life’s regrets and responsibilities.

If you could be any age, what age would you be?

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Blogs

4 Approaches to a Balanced Complementarianism | Reformation21 Blog
“I would offer the following four approaches that will help us practice the Bible’s gender teaching while avoiding harmful and unbiblical excesses: ”

50 People 1 Question | Challies
“If you could be any age, what age would you be?”

The Right Kind of Atheist | Desiring God
“Books, albums, and movies rarely make me weep, but my eyes were wet when I came to the final pages of the new book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist”

7 Troubling Questions About Transgender Theories | TGC

Is Multitasking Preventing Us From Being Faithful Stewards?
What if tackling multiple tasks at once hinders our ability to be good stewards in the workplace?

Counselors Need Conscience Protections Like Tennessee’s
A new law protects counselors who want to practice without violating their consciences.

Kindle Books

Bit of a feminine flavor today.

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman $3.99.

50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith $0.99.

Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story $1.99.

Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministry by Mark Yarhouse $3.99.


Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged

If there is one statement Jesus said that people in our culture love, it’s “Judge not.” ”Judge not” is like music to modern ears. It’s the trump card that ends any uncomfortable conversation and prevents you from ever declaring any position wrong. “Don’t you tell me what’s right or wrong! The Bible says, ‘Don’t judge!’”

The problem is, Jesus wasn’t trying to make a statement about morality being relative. In fact, if we really got what Jesus was saying, it wouldn’t lead us to look the other way and let other people do whatever they want. It would lead us to engage in their messy lives–and to do so with grace.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/94085988


Key Connections (May 4, 2016)

Looking for a church in your area? The Gospel Coalition has a fantastic tool for finding solid, gospel-centered, Bible-based churches. Check out their Church Directory!

Why Be Urgent with the Gospel? (Geoffrey R. Kirkland, Vassal of the King)

Our lives are brief. We are here but for a few years and then we step into everlasting eternity without end. One might ask: why must we be so urgent with the gospel?

The Joys of Small Groups (Scott Hollingshead, The Cripplegate)

Like any relationship, this didn’t happen from day one but has gradually grown as we submit to God and He uses us in one another’s lives….Here are three reasons I love being part of a small group.

Fear of Failure (Shannon Kay McCord, Biblical Counseling Coalition)

The gospel reminds us that our failures are not a surprise to God. He uses our failures to teach us flexibility, humility, patience, perseverance, compassion, and persistence.

my hope for readers of “none like him” (Jen Wilkin, the beginning of wisdom)

This is a new book that we highly recommend to you by Bible teacher Jen Wilkin!

Today is the official release date for None Like Him! I wrote this book because of two convictions I hold regarding the importance of knowing what the Bible says about God’s character.

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books? (Nathan Busenitz, Preachers & Preaching)

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?”

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How to Pray for Our Nation

Of course we should pray for our country. But how? What should we be praying for such a time as this? I’ve got some suggestions. Listen Now | Download

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Blogs

Bringing Our Children to Jesus | Rick Phillips
“So how do parents foster a close relational bond that results in their children following in our ways? I would offer parents four commitments designed to build a strong discipling relationship with their children. I base it on four easy-to-remember words: Read – Pray – Work – Play. ”

From Blueprint to Building in Your Bible
“As an Old Testament professor I often get asked, “How does the Old Testament relate to the New?” Here’s an analogy I like to give in response: The Old Testament is the blueprint; the New Testament is the building.”

A Missing Ingredient in Good Preaching | TGC
“Could it be that simply being happy in being a pastor is one of the missing i ngredients in your preaching ministry and in your pastoral work?”

7 Preacher Landmines | Biblical Preaching
“In the path of the preacher there are many landmines – hidden explosives that can do untold damage to your ministry.”

13 End Times Errors to Avoid | Chris Brauns
“These mistakes discredit gospel proclamation and rob Christians of the blessings and wisdom God gives from meditating on this area of truth.”

Is Multitasking Preventing Us From Being Faithful Stewards?
“What If Tackling Multiple Tasks at Once Hinders Our Ability to Be Good Stewards in the Workplace?”

Embracing the Grief of Miscarriage | True Woman Blog | Revive Our Hearts
“I was twenty-one, a year into marriage, when those two pink lines first appeared. We rejoiced at the precious life entrusted to us. But soon after, I started bleeding and eventually miscarried in a crowded airport bathroom waiting to board a plane for Houston. I will never forget the excruciating emotional ”

Four Ways to Comfort a Grieving Friend | True Woman Blog | Revive Our Hearts
“In yesterday’s post, I shared a bout our three miscarriages and offered encouragement to those walking through similar seasons of suffering. Today I hope to share a few practical things you can do for a loved one who is grieving.”

Kindle Books

Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise by Mike Abendroth $2.99.

Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America by Stephen Mansfield $1.99.

Scientific Creationism by Henry Morris $2.99.

Video

Why Science Turned Alister McGrath away from Atheism
Click through for two other videos of McGrath lecturing on the bankruptcy of scientific atheism.

 


A La Carte (May 4)

Today’s Kindle deals include Joni and Ken by Joni Eareckson Tada ($1.99); Scientific Creationism by Henry Morris ($2.99); 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha ($0.99). New from GLH Publishing is Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers ($0.99).

Logos users will want to be sure to check out this month’s deals from IVP including the IVP Bible Dictionary series.

The Black People in the Middle of Nowhere

What an interesting little snapshot of history from the National Post. “Established in 1909 at a spot 170 km north of Edmonton, the short history of Amber Valley is that a bunch of American blacks got tired of all the racism and decided to do like Eastern Europeans and strike out for homesteads on the Canadian Prairie.”

Bodies that Fight to Regain Weight

“Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.”

Initiating a Conversation about Special Needs

When you are involved in children’s ministry, how do you initiate a conversation with a parent about their child’s special needs?

Forgiving Fallen Pastors

John MacArthur: “What about forgiveness? Shouldn’t we be eager to restore our fallen brethren? To fellowship, yes. But not to leadership. It is not an act of love to return a disqualified man to public ministry; it is an act of disobedience.”

7 Preacher Landmines

“In the path of the preacher there are many landmines – hidden explosives that can do untold damage to your ministry.  Whether you’ve been preaching for a couple of years or for half a century, why not take some time to prayerfully work through this list?”

This Day in 1856. 160 years ago today, “A committee at Mount Vernon Church, Boston, reluctantly accepts Dwight L. Moody into church membership, having already rejected him once because of his complete ignorance of Christian truth.” *

A Conversation About Productivity

I recently enjoyed a conversation about productivity with Fred Zaspel of Books at a Glance.

Flashback: The Bestsellers—The Prayer of Jabez

As part of a series called “The Bestsellers” I took a look at The Prayer of Jabez and then look as well as at the bizarre aftermath.

Spurgeon

Do not be all sugar, or the world will suck you down; but do not be all vinegar or the world will spit you out. —C.H. Spurgeon


The Daily Discovery (May 4, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Do Right and Wrong Exist? – “Moral absolutes are only possible if God exists.  According to naturalism, what we know as “morality” is just an evolutionary adaptation which is entirely subjective and self-serving.”

Jonathan Edwards Was Fired — What Lessons Can the Church Learn? – “In 1750, Jonathan Edwards was fired from his church. A source of controversy regarding the Lord’s Supper created a division between he and his people and this culminated in his termination after more than 20 years of faithful service to his church. Although Jonathan Edwards desired to make his points clearly known through a sermon series to the people, the leadership thought it would be best for him to put his theological positions in print. Before the book was finished, printed, and delivered to Northampton, the controversy reached a boiling point. In a letter to John Erskine on May 20th 1749, he writes the following…”

Holy Fraud – “So I had a critic link me to some web forum comments he made against my posts I’ve been writing exposing the spiritual shamanism of continuationism. I wanted to offer up some responses to various, selected thoughts. My challenger writes…”

Justification by Faith Alone: Martin Luther and Romans 1:17 – “He says, ‘Here in it,’ in the gospel, ‘the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith.’’ A verse taken from the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament that is cited three times in the New Testament. As Luther would stop short and say, ‘What does this mean, that there’s this righteousness that is by faith, and from faith to faith? What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?’ Which again as I said was the thematic verse for the whole exposition of the gospel that Paul sets forth here in the book of Romans. And so, the lights came on for Luther.”

Ancient Shopping Lists Confirm God’s Word – “When soldiers at a remote desert fortress in Judah penned their shopping lists (or, more accurately, their provisions lists) over 2,600 years ago, they probably did not think that archaeologists would be poring over their handwriting years later! Using a computer algorithm program, researchers from Tel Aviv University have been studying these ancient lists of military provisions written on pieces of pottery (called ostraca). By analyzing the handwriting, they were able to deduce that at least six individuals were involved in writing these inscriptions. The inscriptions themselves are rather mundane, merely featuring instructions on what supplies to send to a remote desert fortress; but the writing is accurate and well done.”


SERMON:

Steve Lawson – Calvin’s Critique of Charismatic Calvinists


VIDEOS:

PS23 Interviews: Rick Holland

Let Us BE The Godly Man


“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus.  It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur

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Links I like

Links I like

Kindle deals for Christian readers

How to deny the presidency to the GOP or Dems

As Marty says, difficult but doable.

7 Troubling Questions About Transgender Theories

Trevin Wax:

These newfound controversies are complicated, at least in part because of transgender theory itself. The unmooring of “gender identity” from “biological sex” leads to a number of unresolved questions, as well as troubling inconsistencies among advocates of transgender rights. (I realize that not every transgender person or LGBTQ activist agrees on every point or holds to the same ideology. Still, there is broad agreement on a number of important issues.)

In my reading of articles and books about gender identity in the past year, I’ve come across seven issues that challenge the coherence of transgender theories.

Why You Need the Church (And Not Just a Campus Ministry)

Russell Moore:

A campus ministry can be unmatched in helping students connect with other like-minded believers, especially in an ideologically hostile academic or social setting. Campus ministries can help equip Christian students to defend the faith, to serve the poor, to be held accountable to one another.

A good campus ministry is a gift from our Christ. But it is no church.

The Irritating Superstars of Health and Fitness

There’s some cussing in this post, but I really appreciated reading this.

How to Become a Heretic

Mike Leake:

Seldom does a man wake up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, read the morning newspaper, put on his clothes, and then stare himself in the mirror and say “Today, I shall become a heretic”. Heretics usually start by staring in the mirror and saying, “Today, I shall be a difference maker”.

Was America founded as a Christian nation?

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Reading ‘Ms. Marvel’ Made Me a Better Dad (No, Really)

Jason Morehead:

Our afternoon and early evening was an unrelenting mix of fighting, complaining, and whining. I felt suffocated, unable to think or process beyond the blind rage building up within. I was nearing rock bottom, that particularly low point beyond mere annoyance and exhaustion where you aren’t just upset with your kids — you begin to actively dislike them. I was nearing that point at a disturbingly fast clip. That is, until Ms. Marvel — and her mom — changed everything.

Stop Saying “I Feel Like”

Yet here is the paradox: “I feel like” masquerades as a humble conversational offering, an invitation to share your feelings, too — but the phrase is an absolutist trump card. It halts argument in its tracks.

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Islam today

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Question Answered


Facebook Manipulates News Feeds Away from Conservative Sources

Posted: 05 May 2016 07:13 AM PDT

a Gizmodo report delves into the world of journalists hired by Mark Zuckerberg and entrenched into Facebook headquarters’ basement to decide what trends on hundreds of millions…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Tax payers fund FDA Launch of $35.7 Million LGBT Anti-Smoking campaign

Posted: 05 May 2016 07:09 AM PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have just launched an anti-tobacco campaign focused on young adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The new campaign,…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

US Government Rules North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:56 AM PDT

A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

God Is Sending ‘Wake-Up Calls’–Near Point of No Return, And Judgment Will Fall’

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:52 AM PDT

Commenting on the turmoil in the United States and other nations evidenced by radical Islamic terrorism, economic uncertainty, political turbulence, and chaotic weather, among other things, Christian…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

U.S. Jobless Claims On The Rise

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:46 AM PDT

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, posting the biggest gain in more than a year, but the underlying trend…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Evicts Investment Firms Amid Fears of Unrest…

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:38 AM PDT

China’s authorities, seeking to forestall potential social unrest due to growing failures of investment firms and online lenders, are ordering many to break leases and close their…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Social Security moves to block ‘mentally ill’ from buying guns…

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:35 AM PDT

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system. The…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Return of Christ Tied to Nuclear War and 3 Days of Darkness, Claims Bible Prophecy Expert

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:31 AM PDT

ATTENTION: The Views expressed in this article does not necessarily express those of End Time Headlines (Michael Fortner) Journalist, historian and Bible prophecy author, Michael D. Fortner…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Illinois school district installs fingerprint scanner in cafeteria…

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:21 AM PDT

Students and faculty at Harrison Street Elementary School just love the new thumbprint scanner in the school’s lunch line, but civil rights experts are warning parents about…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Royal Navy ‘OPENS FIRE’ on Spanish ship ‘harassing’ submarine

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:16 AM PDT

The Spanish Guarda Civil boat was said to have sailed across an American sub in the shocking incident. Warning flares were reportedly fired by the British Navy…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

HOUDE DIVIDED: List Of Republicans Who Vow to Never Back Trump

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:12 AM PDT

A number of prominent Republicans are vowing to never back Donald Trump even as he closes in on the GOP presidential nomination. The “Never Trump” ranks include…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Why You Should Stop Slandering the Church

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:34 PM PDT

(Chris Townsend) Allow me to preface this by empathizing with those who have been hurt by, disappointed in or even rejected from the church. I was an…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Wisconsin Council Votes To Scrap Park Lease After Jesus Lunch Debate

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:07 PM PDT

Middleton City Council approved the school district’s plans to cancel its lease of Firemen’s Park. The park is located next to the high school. Because of concerns…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Giant chunks Of Earth’s mantle falling off and causing quakes across southeastern US

Posted: 04 May 2016 07:00 PM PDT

The southeastern United States has been hit by a series of strange unexplained quakes – most recently, the 2011 magnitude-5.8 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia that shook the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

How Franklin Graham Responded to the Bombshell Ted Cruz Announcement

Posted: 04 May 2016 04:41 PM PDT

First thing Wednesday morning, evangelist Franklin Graham issued his congratulations to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. “Congratulations are in order for Republican presidential candidate Donald J….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Adele Proves Idol Worship Is Very Much a Reality

Posted: 04 May 2016 04:37 PM PDT

While the rest of the internet virtually lost it over Beyonce’s Lemonade, pop star Adele held off. But not because she wasn’t impressed. Actually, she was too…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Obama Ready To Shame Christian Colleges For Following Bible

Posted: 04 May 2016 04:20 PM PDT

The Department of Education, under the leadership of Barack Obama, whose pro-homosexual agenda has been unparalleled, has launched a website critics say is dedicated to the “shaming”…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Transgender pride flag raised at Boston City Hall

Posted: 04 May 2016 04:08 PM PDT

Mayor Marty Walsh says a transgender pride flag raised Monday over Boston City Hall plaza will continue to fly until everyone is equal under the law in…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Caitlyn Jenner to pose naked on Sports Illustrated cover

Posted: 04 May 2016 04:05 PM PDT

After her famous win she starred on the front of Wheaties cereal boxes in households across America, and after her historical coming out as a transgendered woman…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

BREAKING NEWS: Justice Department challenges North Carolina transgender law

Posted: 04 May 2016 02:01 PM PDT

The Justice Department has sent a letter to the governor of North Carolina notifying him that the state’s transgender law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, according…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Aeropostale Files for Bankruptcy

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:49 PM PDT

The clock has run out on embattled teen retailer Aeropostale, which filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after losing money for 13 consecutive quarters. The company said it…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Expert Warns San Andreas Fault ‘locked, Loaded And Ready To Unleash Mega-Quake

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:44 PM PDT

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

PROPHECY WATCH: Most Intense Fighting In A Year Rocks Syria

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:39 PM PDT

Fighting more ferocious than anything seen during the past year rocked Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, on Tuesday, when rebel forces opened an offensive to re-take the…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Does the Bible Really Predict an Antichrist Who Will Wreak Worldwide Havoc During the End Times?

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:26 PM PDT

Will the Antichrist be a future figure who will rise to power and wreak havoc upon the Earth? While some would say that they see biblical evidence…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Mystery Aircraft Stuns Onlookers After Bizarre Vapour Trail Left In Sky

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:10 PM PDT

A mysterious aircraft circling the skies over a motorway in Wales has left drivers perplexed. Bizarre streams of vapour trails were pictured scattered across the skies as…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Explosive Device Found Under Texas Bridge

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:06 PM PDT

An improvised explosive device (IED) was found and disabled Tuesday night under a bridge near Rosebud. According to Falls County Constable Richard Aleman, two juvenile boys were…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Virtual Reality App Able To Reproduce Effects Of Hallucinogenic Drug

Posted: 04 May 2016 01:01 PM PDT

Some have reported seeing swirling orbs in the sky or rainbow explosions in front of their face after taking acid – and now a virtual reality app…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

New administration rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths at wind farms

Posted: 04 May 2016 12:02 PM PDT

The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Scientists Smash Record For Human Embryos Grown In The Lab

Posted: 04 May 2016 11:56 AM PDT

A human embryo has been grown in a laboratory for twice the length of time than was previously possible in a breakthrough that could “revolutionise” medicine but…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Israel-Palestinian tensions return to boiling point

Posted: 04 May 2016 11:49 AM PDT

In the week or so I have been back in Jerusalem, a few people have asked me what it is I am here to cover. I thought…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Seanator Unloads Tirade On Donald Trump

Posted: 04 May 2016 11:44 AM PDT

Elizabeth Warren unloaded on Donald Trump after his win in Tuesday’s Indiana primary cemented his position as the likely Republican presidential nominee. “It’s real,” Warren tweeted following…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

First Muslim Miss USA converts to Christianity

Posted: 04 May 2016 11:39 AM PDT

The woman who was believed to be the first Muslim to win the title when she was crowned Miss USA in 2010 has converted to Christianity. Rima…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

China Unleashes SPR (Strategic Porcine Reserve) As Pork Price Surge Threatens Social Unrest

Posted: 04 May 2016 10:28 AM PDT

As we detailed recently, in addition to its sub-prime debt crisis, China is dealing with an issue that is just as troubling, if not more so: Porkflation….

Read more at End Time Headlines.

New Research Links Cell Phones To Health Issues In Children

Posted: 04 May 2016 10:23 AM PDT

For years, we’ve heard of a possible link between cell phone use and cancer. Now, this week, researchers in Baltimore say the evidence is clear, and children…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Sexually Transmitted Yeast Infection Linked To Schizophrenia In Men

Posted: 04 May 2016 10:19 AM PDT

A sexually transmitted yeast infection has been linked to schizophrenia in men and also appears to damage the memory of mentally ill women, according to new research….

Read more at End Time Headlines.


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 4 Megachurch Pastors to Host Talk Show Coming to Fox This Summer
 John Kasich Drops out of Presidential Race, Leaving Trump Last Republican Standing
 People Holding Blanket Save Mom, Kids From Fire in S. Korea
 Kenya: Baby Girl Miraculously Survives 3 Days amidst Rubble of Collapsed Building
 Ted Cruz Drops Out of Presidential Race after Indiana Loss
 Member of U.S. Military Defends Right to Display Bible Verse
 Hundreds Turn to God During West Virginia Revival
 Franklin Graham Urges Christians to Pray for a Nation in Trouble
 Candace Cameron Bure Wears ‘Jesus Saves’ Shirt on ‘The View’
 3 Bible Verses to Show Mom How Much You Love Her

Opinion

 Crisis in American Democracy
 How to Pray for Our Nation: Today and Every Day
 Ted Cruz: ‘The Voters Chose Another Path’
 3 Ways Abortion Robs America’s Mothers—and All of Us
 Faith’s Influence on Politics: Why it Will Not be Going Away

Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

CanIKnowGod.com is a website inspired by LifesGreatestQuestion.com, with new content, images, audio and video that will help you understand more about who God is and how to know Him. The site is mobile responsive and has an infinite scroll which makes for a very user-friendly experience. After you indicate a decision on CanIKnowGod.com, you are directed to a page that details what it means to have a new and transformed life through Jesus Christ. There’s even a Facebook page for daily updates, encouragement and scripture sharing.

Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

About Christianity
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed


The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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