March 29, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 29

WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN

Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851–1920

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17, 18)

For the child of God, the end of this earthly pilgrimage is just the beginning of a glorious new life.

This glorious hope revives our courage for the way,

When each in expectation lives and longs to see the day

When from sorrow, toil, pain and sin, we shall be free,

And perfect love and joy shall reign throughout all eternity.

John Fawcett

Our services of worship even now should be a foretaste of that day of rejoicing when those from every tribe, language, people, and nation see our Lord and together “we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

The author of this hymn text, Eliza Hewitt, a school teacher in Philadelphia, was another Christian lay worker deeply devoted to the Sunday school movement during the latter half of the 19th century. Like many of the other gospel song writers of this time, Eliza wrote her songs with the goal of reaching and teaching children with the truths of the gospel. She often attended the Methodist camp meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. It was here that she collaborated with Emily Wilson, wife of a Methodist District Superintendent in Philadelphia, in the writing of this popular gospel hymn, a favorite of both young and old alike. It was first published in 1898.

The anticipation of heaven has often been described as the oxygen of the human soul. “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, sing His mercy and His grace; in the mansions bright and blessed He’ll prepare for us a place.

While we walk the pilgrim pathway clouds will over-spread the sky; but when trav’ling days are over not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful, trusting, serving ev’ry day; just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us! Soon His beauty we’ll behold; soon the pearly gates will open—We shall tread the streets of gold.

Chorus: When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.

For Today: Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 35:10; John 14:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 15:54–57

Allow your imagination to anticipate that day in heaven when the entire family of God is gathered for an endless celebration of praise. Allow this glorious hope to brighten your day and to keep you “true, faithful, trusting, serving …” Sing this musical truth as you go—[1]


March 29: Prayer and Hope for the Anxious

Numbers 33:1–49; 1 Corinthians 15:12–34; Psalm 28:1–9

Anxiety, depression, and fear aren’t part of the Christian life—or the ideal Christian life, anyway. But for those who struggle with these emotions, this tidy concept isn’t helpful or true. What is helpful is hope and belief in the midst of tumultuous emotion.

The writer of Psa 28 expresses deep anxiety, but even as he does this, he expresses trust in Yahweh: “To you, O Yahweh, I call. O my rock, do not be deaf to me. Or else, if you are silent to me, then I will become like those descending to the pit” (Psa 28:1). Though he feels like God is not listening, the psalmist doesn’t stop pursuing God. He worships and cries for help anyway. In contrast to the “workers of evil” who “do not regard the works of Yahweh, nor the work of his hands,” the psalmist puts all of his dependence and trust in Yahweh (Psa 28:3, 5).

Halfway through the psalm, the petition turns to praise when Yahweh answers his prayer. The psalmist realizes his confidence is in the right place: “Blessed is Yahweh, because he has heard the voice of my supplications” (Psa 28:6). Even through dark times and bleak circumstances, God is faithful. He is never far from us, though emotions might dictate otherwise. He will “Shepherd them also and carry them always” (Psa 28:9). He saves, blesses, guides, and even carries us through all seasons.

We are saved not according to our own works, but the work of Christ. In the midst of struggle, we can be certain that we are experiencing salvation now, in part. And we can be “convinced of this same thing, that the one who began a good work in [us] will finish it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6).

How are you trusting in God in the midst of struggle? How can you thoughtfully support someone who is suffering through a season like this?

Rebecca Van Noord[2]


March 29

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is the Epistle to the Philippians. Our lesson is from Philippians 1:20, “… according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but [that] with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (NASU)

Lesson

It is always amazing to see the intensity and dedication with which the apostle lives for the Lord. He is totally dedicated to Christ and His cause. Let’s look at three observations about the apostle.

First, Paul lives with hope. Hope is a quality that is essential in everyday life. It gives people confidence and provides the ability for them to cope in life circumstances. Hope can be placed in many things. However, the hope in our text is hope in the life and work of Jesus Christ. Paul’s expectations are in God’s promises and fulfillment in Christ Jesus.

The conversion of the apostle to the gospel was a supernatural experience. The risen Christ appeared to him in the midst of the company of others. They did not experience or see the Lord. But this event forever changed Paul’s life and ministry. The Scriptures became alive to him and God’s revelation in Christ was now central to all he did.

Second, Paul lives confidently. His assurance was in Christ. The apostle understands grace and lives it as part of his core values. Grace is undeserved merit. Paul realizes that his new life is not dependant upon his personal achievements.

Last, Paul exalts Christ. Paul’s life after his encounter with the risen Savior at the Damascus Road was to serve and please Christ. In Philippians 1:21 he writes: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” In a certain manner, we can say this was one of Paul’s core values. His life meant little to him in light of what he had in Christ.

The apostle is one of the most focused biblical characters. He truly lived out the kingdom of God in all aspects of his life.

In summary, Paul lives with hope. Paul lives confidently. And Paul exalts Christ.

Take a moment to do a spiritual list. If you do not know Christ as your Savior, invite Him to be Lord of your life.

Otherwise if you have the certainty of eternal life in Christ ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind areas whereby you need improvement in your relationship with Him.

It may have to do with your level of commitment. Possibly you may need to be more proactive in the area of Scripture study. Another area may be your need to reflect the character of Jesus with others. If you ask Him with humility, you will receive.

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is the Epistle to the Colossians. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 29

Seeking God’s Protection

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13).

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Have a healthy sense of self-distrust.

At the moment of your salvation, judicial forgiveness covered all of your sins—past, present, and future. Parental forgiveness restores the joy and sweet fellowship broken by any subsequent sins. But concurrent with the joy of being forgiven is the desire to be protected from any future sins. That’s the desire expressed in Matthew 6:13: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

That petition seems simple enough at first glance, but it raises some important questions. According to James 1:13, God doesn’t tempt anyone to commit sin; so why ask Him to protect us from something He apparently wouldn’t lead us into in the first place?

Some say the word “temptation” in Matthew 6:13 means “trials.” But trials strengthen us and prove the genuineness of our faith. We are to rejoice in them, not avoid them (James 1:2–4).

Though the Greek word here can refer either to a trial or an enticement, the solution to this paradox has to do with the nature of the petition. This is not so much a technical theological statement as it is an emotional plea from one who hates sin and wants to be protected from it. Chrysostom, the early church father, said this petition is a natural appeal of human weakness as it faces danger (Homily 19.10).

I don’t know about you, but I have a healthy sense of self-distrust. That’s why I carefully guard what I think, say, watch, read, and listen to. If I sense spiritual danger I run into the presence of God and say, “Lord, I will be overwhelmed by this situation unless You come to my aid.” That’s the spirit of Matthew 6:13.

We live in a fallen world that throws temptation after temptation our way. Therefore it’s only natural and proper for us as Christians to continually confess our sins, receive the Father’s forgiveness, and plead with Him to deliver us from the possibility of sinning against Him in the future.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank the Lord that He loves you and ministers through you despite your human weaknesses. ✧ Ask Him to protect you today from any situation that might cause you to sin.

For Further Study: Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 and James 1:13–16. ✧ To what degree will God allow you to be tempted? ✧ What is a common source of temptation?[4]


March 29

The Impact of a Good Friend

A friend loves at all times.

Proverbs 17:17

A good friend builds us up so that we want to become and to accomplish all that our friend believes we can be and do.…

A good friend can help you become more productive, have a higher energy level, and have more enthusiasm for life. A good friend gives you the confidence to take godly risks, embrace new challenges, and move to the next level in your work or hobby. When you know that someone loves you and is standing with you and believes in you … you are far more willing to step out in faith and develop your full potential physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A good friendship gives you an abiding confidence.[5]


March 29

Your Dearest Friend

Scripture reading: John 15:12–17

Key verse: John 15:9

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

True friendship includes many things: love, a sense of closeness, forgiveness, openness, and availability. A true friend knows how to listen and, if necessary, be silent about his own needs at times. Only God can use a friend to help heal a hurting heart. Friendship also includes acceptance, flexibility, commitment, and a sense of unselfishness,

George Matheson said of a friend: “If I would know the love of my friend I must see what it can do in the winter.” Loving someone else can be difficult. We are not easy to love at times. We have flaws in our lives that need God’s attention, forgiveness, and care. But we also contain something worth sharing with another.

Because of the love of Christ that has been given to us, we are worthy to be loved and to love. It is God’s love that motivates you to care for someone else. It is His example of pure love that spurs you to forgive when you have been unjustly hurt or accused. God loves you even when you act totally unlovely. He forgives and offers you another chance. In the purest sense, God winters with you.

He wants you to have this type of love for others. Next time you are tempted to stay angry at a friend, ask the Lord to help you understand the way He loves you. Jesus came because of His forgiveness and willingness to restore even the most hardened sinners. He is our dearest Friend.

Lord, teach me to see others through Your eyes of love and to forgive when I have been unjustly hurt or accused.[6]


March 29

A Suffering Standard

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens.

1 Peter 3:18

Jesus was executed as a criminal on a cross. Yet He was guilty of no crime—no wrong, no trespass, no sin. He never had an evil thought or spoke an evil word. His was the most unjust execution ever perpetrated on a human being. Yet it shows us that though a person may be perfectly within the will of God—greatly loved and gifted, perfectly righteous and obedient—he may still experience unjust suffering. Like Jesus, you may be misunderstood, misrepresented, hated, persecuted, and even murdered. Yet you must follow His standard.[7]


March 29     Redeeming Your Suffering

scripture reading:
Romans 5:1–5

key verse:
Philippians 1:29

To you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Snoopy, the cartoon character created by Charles Schulz, reflected on the meaning of life in one humorous strip. After much contemplation, he spotted Charlie Brown coming with his supper dish and exclaimed: “Ah, meaning!”

We grin, for we all want to experience true meaning in life. It is exactly because suffering seems to have no meaning that we seek to recoil from it.

What meaning can there be in another miscarriage?

What meaning can there be in still another financial setback?

What meaning can be found for the person who has to use a wheelchair because of the intoxicated actions of another?

The meaning is this: we were placed on this planet to know and glorify God. As we suffer and turn to Christ, we accomplish both goals—to know Him intimately and to glorify Him. When our chief desire is to glorify God, suffering is but another means to achieve that end.

Others can experience and see the peace and joy of the indwelling Christ. His humility and long–suffering can shine in our darkness with radiant splendor.

You can redeem your suffering, give meaning to it, and rescue it from emptiness by realizing your pain can be used to glorify Jesus.

I may not understand my suffering, Lord, but that does not mean it is without purpose. I know You are working all things together for good. Help me redeem my suffering by realizing my pain can be used to glorify You![8]


March 29

The High-Priestly Prayer

Scripture reading: John 17:1–26

Key verse: John 17:20

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.

This Scripture forms what scholars call the High-Priestly prayer. In it Jesus prayed for us and made His requests to the Father on our behalf.

Warren Wiersbe discusses it:

This is the greatest prayer ever prayed on earth and the greatest prayer recorded anywhere in Scripture. John 17 is certainly the “holy of holies” of the Gospel record, and we must approach this chapter in a spirit of humility and worship. To think that we are privileged to listen in as God the Son converses with His Father just as He is about to give His life as a ransom for sinners!

No matter what events occurred later that evening, this prayer makes it clear that Jesus was and is the Overcomer. He was not a “victim”; He was and is the Victor! “Be of good cheer,” He had encouraged His disciples; “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33) …

Why did Jesus pray this prayer? Certainly He was preparing Himself for the sufferings that lay ahead. As He contemplated the glory that the Father promised Him, He would receive new strength for His sacrifice (Hebrews 12:1–3). But He also had His disciples in mind (John 17:13).

What an encouragement this prayer should have been to them! He prayed about their security, their joy, their unity, and their future glory! He also prayed it for us today, so that we would know all that He has done for us.

Jesus, thank You for Your prayers for me! Thank You for Your concern about my security, joy, unity, and future glory.[9]


March 29

Complete in Christ

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:6–10

Key Verse: Colossians 2:10

You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

On a scale of one to ten, how complete would you say your life is? What person, job, object, or achievement would make your life more fulfilling? Most of us would have probably scored moderately high on the first question and added a few names or items to the second.

Did you know, though, that the apostle Paul insisted that once we place our trust in Christ as Savior, at that instant we become “complete in Him”? The word complete in the original Greek meant “full.” When a person is full, he has no room for anything more. Think about this: if Christ is in you, your life is a “ten.” In Jesus Christ is “the fulness of Deity” (Col. 2:9 nasb). That is, Christ is the sum of all perfection—without blemish or want.

That same Christ resides in you and supplies all your needs. Therefore, when you have Christ, you have it all. You lack nothing. You possess eternal and abundant life. In Him are all of the wisdom, love, patience, kindness, and comfort you will ever need. No demand is unmet through the limitless resources of the indwelling Christ. Since you are complete in Him, your search for meaning is over. Christ is your life, and that is enough.

Almighty Lord, thank You that I am complete in You. My life is a “ten.” All my needs are supplied. I have it all. I lack nothing![10]


March 29

The Troublemaker Within

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:1–5

Key Verse: 1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.

I used to wonder if the Christian life really worked. Even after I had been a pastor for a while, I still wondered. I’d look at the Scriptures and then at my life, and they did not always match.

Even though most people have the idea that the Christian life does not work out the way the Bible says it does, I could not be content with doubting what the Word of God says. So I fasted and prayed, confessing to the Lord everything I could think to acknowledge. Still, I believed I was missing something.

I soon discovered the actual reason my Christian life was not working according to Scripture. I had been overlooking one very important truth—a truth that would ultimately transform my life of faith from a burden to a buoyancy. The problem was coming from within me. That is, our greatest troublemaker is our flesh. The main cause of defeat for the believer is the propensity to sin.

We receive a new nature the moment we are saved. However, Scripture reveals that because of the way our thinking has been “programmed,” we retain certain longings that do not fit a child of God. These attitudes and desires may come and go for the rest of our life, but they no longer define who we are. We are new creatures in Christ because He broke the power of the flesh. Therefore, it is clear that we cannot live the Christian life without God.

There is a battle waged between our flesh and the Holy Spirit, and the only way to win is by allowing Jesus Christ to live His life through us.

Dear heavenly Father, please reprogram my attitudes and desires. Give me a new way of thinking that is in accord with Your Word. Help me win the battle over the troublemaker within.[11]


March 29

Servanthood: Humility in action

“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Matthew 20:26–27

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In God’s sight, greatness is marked by a humble, servant’s heart.

Bible commentator R.C.H. Lenski once wrote that God’s “great men are not sitting on top of lesser men, but bearing lesser men on their backs.” Jesus would have agreed with Lenski’s observation, but He did not see it as wrong to desire greater usefulness to God. Those standards of usefulness, however, are much more demanding than any worldly ideals for self–serving, domineering leadership. For example, Paul lists for us the high standards God has for church overseers (1 Tim. 3:1–7). God considers men great who are among those willing to be servants.

In Matthew 20:26–27, Jesus was speaking of genuine servanthood, not the “public servant” who merely uses his position to gain power and personal prestige. The original Greek word for “servant” referred to a person who did menial labor and was the lowest level of hired help. Jesus could have used a more noble word to denote obedient discipleship, but He picked this one (from which we get deacon) because it best described the selfless humility of one who served.

But in verse 27, Jesus intensifies His description of God’s way to greatness. He tells us if we want to be great in His kingdom, we must be willing to be slaves. Whereas servants had some personal freedom, slaves were owned by their masters and could go only where their masters allowed and do only what their masters wanted. The application for us as believers is that “whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom. 14:8).

If you desire real spiritual greatness, you will be willing to work in the hard place, the lonely place, the place where you’re not appreciated. You’ll be willing to strive for excellence without becoming proud, and to endure suffering without getting into self–pity. It is to these godly attitudes and more that Christ will say, “Well done, good and faithful slave … enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you cultivate a servant’s heart.

For Further Study: Read 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and make a list of the qualifications for an overseer (elder). ✧ Meditate on the implications of each trait, and write down ways in which humility relates to these leadership qualities.[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 19:1–20:20
Psalm 38:1-8
Proverbs 12:23-25
Luke 4:31-44
Notes:

Deuteronomy 20:1 do not be afraid. When Israelites went into battle, they were never to fear an enemy’s horses or chariots because the outcome of a battle would never be determined by mere military strength. The command not to be afraid was based on God’s power and faithfulness, which had already been proved to Israel in their deliverance from Egypt.

Deuteronomy 20:5–8 Let him go and return to his house. Four exemptions from service in Israel’s volunteer army were cited to illustrate the principle that anyone whose heart was not in the fight should not be there. Those who had other matters on their minds or were afraid were allowed to leave the army and return to their homes, since they would be useless in battle and even influence others to lose courage (v. 8).

Proverbs 12:23 conceals. Unlike the fool who makes all hear his folly, the wise person is a model of restraint and humility, speaking what he knows at an appropriate time (see 29:11).

Luke 4:38 Simon’s wife’s mother. Peter was married (1 Cor. 9:5), though no details about his wife are given anywhere in Scripture. a high fever. Matthew 8:14, 15 and Mark 1:30, 31 also report this miracle. But only Luke, the physician, remarks that the fever was “high” and makes note of the means Jesus used to heal her (v. 39).

DAY 29: What did the law warn about bringing false witness against another person?

In Deuteronomy 19:15, the law required that “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” More than one witness was necessary to convict a man of a crime. This principle was to act as a safeguard against the false witness who might bring an untruthful charge against a fellow Israelite. By requiring more than one witness, greater accuracy and objectivity was gained (Deut. 17:6;Matt. 18:15–17; 2 Cor. 13:1).

However, it was possible that “a false witness [might rise] against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing” (v. 16). In some cases, there would only be one witness who brought a charge against someone. When such a case was taken to the central tribunal of priests and judges for trial, and upon investigation the testimony of the witness was found to be false, the accuser received the punishment appropriate for the alleged crime (v. 19). Others looking on would be taught to “hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you” (v. 20). When the fate of the false witness became known in Israel, it would serve as a deterrent against giving false testimony in Israel’s courts.

In Israel, the principle of legal justice (called lex talionis, “law of retaliation”) or “eye for eye” (v. 21) was given to encourage appropriate punishment of a criminal in cases where there might be a tendency to be either too lenient or too strict (Ex. 21:23–25; Lev. 24:17–22). Jesus confronted the Jews of His day for taking this law out of the courts and using it for purposes of personal vengeance (Matt. 5:38–42).

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, http://www.thomasnelson.com.


March 29 – How Jesus Understood the Law and the Prophets

“‘Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill’” (Matthew 5:17).

Is there an absolute basis for truth, for law, for morals, for real right and wrong? The absolute, Jesus says, is the law of the eternally sovereign God. God laid down His absolute, eternal, abiding law and made it known to humanity. And as God’s own Son, Jesus declared unequivocally that He did not come to teach or practice anything contrary to that law even in the slightest way, but to uphold it entirely.

Jesus obviously had a high regard for the law, but at the same time He taught things completely contrary to the traditions. His teachings did not lower scriptural standards but upheld them in every way. He not only elevated God’s standard to the height it belonged, but also lived at that humanly impossible level.

The law and the prophets represent what we call the Old Testament, the only written Scripture at the time Jesus preached. Because Matthew does not qualify his use of law, we are safe to say that it was God’s whole law—the commandments, statutes, and judgments; the moral, judicial, and ceremonial—that Jesus came not to abolish but fulfill. It was also the other Old Testament teachings based on the law, and all their types, patterns, symbols, and pictures that He came to fulfill. Jesus Christ came to accomplish every aspect and every dimension of the divinely authored Word.

Ask Yourself

Knowing how hard it is for us to maintain holy attitudes and behaviors for more than a few hours at a time, marvel again at the extreme power of Jesus Christ, who endured every temptation to maintain His perfect purity on earth. And marvel anew that such supernatural righteousness has been imputed to us!

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610, http://www.moodypublishers.com.


 

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Rulers of the darkness of this world

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NASB)

As we study Ephesians 6:10-20, which in most New Testaments is labeled as “The Armor of God” or something similar, we need to pay close attention the reason God has given us this armor and, therefore, why it is necessary for us to put it on and keep it on at all time. The Church and God’s truth are continually under attack by our enemy. We take up this whole armor in order to stand…

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March 28-29, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Collection

The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. —Albert Mohler

March 23 Quotes


March 28,2015

28 Mar 15

Egypt’s president backs joint Arab military force
A joint military force should be created to defend Arab nations, Egypt’s president said Saturday. President Abdel Fattah Sisi made his comments at a summit of Arab leaders in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the escalating conflict in Yemen was top of the agenda.   

Israel to resume tax transfers to Palestinian Authority
Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “deteriorating situation in the Middle East” and rise of extremists required him to “act responsibly”. Israel’s military had reportedly warned that the policy was fuelling violence.   

Sleeping sickness traps Kazakh town in waking nightmare
For two years, the residents of the tiny Kazakh village of Kalachi have been living through a nightmare – literally. Whatever they are doing, whoever they are, and at anytime or day, a resident of this remote settlement on the central Asian steppe lives with the knowledge they may suddenly fall asleep – and remain unconscious for days.   

Syrian army turns to women on Damascus front lines
Damascus – Perched on a makeshift bench taking turns with a sniper rifle, the Syrian army’s top markswomen await their “prey” on the front line in east Damascus.   

Obama’s latest concession guts what’s left of the Iran nuclear deal
You don’t have to be an Israeli spy to know what’s going on at the nuclear talks between Iran and the West at Lausanne, Switzerland.   

Obama’s hypocrisy with Netanyahu
It took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel’s election day warning that Arab voters were “heading to the polls in droves.” On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: “I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel’s Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry.”   

Obama Admin Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.   

Stop Al-Quds Day!
Al-Quds Day” is an annual event created by the late Ayatollah Khomeni calling for the destruction of the Jewish State. The hateful nature of this event at Queen’s Park has been well documented since 2009 and there is no reason to believe this year will be any different.   

If There is Any Racism, It Has Been to Bend Back in Favor of Arabs!
The ironies have never been greater, as will be the representation of the Arabs in the new Israeli parliament now in formation. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been accused of racism upon trying to get out his base to vote by pointing out that the press was observing that Arabs were coming out in droves on Election Day. But what does this tell us?   

France, Israel, Iran and Obama
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was in New York on Friday March 27th to lead a discussion at the United Nations Security Council on the subject of persecuted minorities in the Middle East. However, in comments he made to reporters, the focus was on ways to keep the search for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution alive and the prospects for an imminent nuclear deal with Iran.   

Obama installing Islam leaders while Michelle and Susan Rice provide cover?
The full-scale social engineering of President Barack Hussein Obama in the elections of countries where he has no business being seeks to install radical Islamists to power. Even though it’s s a provable deadly blueprint that’s putting the West at great risk, no one is calling him on it.   

Clearing Up the Middle East Situation
Recently my mom complained to me that she is confused by what is happening in the Middle East. I doubt she is alone in this, and for her benefit and those of you who share her confusion I have decided to clear things up. With that in mind, what follows is a brief summation of the situation in the Middle East—hopefully it will answer a number of questions you might have.  


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Second western Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak
A second Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry and will lose 66,000 birds, state and federal officials said Friday.   

Earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude strikes in Moluccas, Indonesia
An undersea earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck in Moluccas, Indonesia on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.   

Real World Economics: On Asia bank, heed ‘Gambler’ wisdom
Defined by The Economist as a “World Bank” for Asia — is one of those issues that has drawn great attention from the international economic media but is entirely ignored by the average person in the United States. Are we correct to be so blase? The basic issue is that China is trying to set up a new international bank, somewhat like the World Bank…   

Iran nuclear talks: John Kerry cancels US return
US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled a planned return to the US to stay in Switzerland as the Iran nuclear talks approach their deadline. The State Department confirmed that Mr Kerry would be staying in Lausanne for more talks.   

Tunis Bardo Museum attack: Thousands join protest march
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Tunis for an anti-terror march. Chanting “Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!” they marched to the Bardo Museum, the scene of an attack in which 21 tourists and a Tunisian died. French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony at the museum.   

Putin to Arab League: Palestinians have right to state with capital in east Jerusalem
Moscow will support the Palestinians in their efforts to build an independent state with a capital in east Jerusalem, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday according to Israel Radio. Speaking at the 26th annual Arab League Summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik over the weekend, Putin said that “Palestinians have the right to establish an independent and habitable state with a capital in east Jerusalem.”   

Arkansas follows Indiana into ‘religious freedom’ fight
Indiana was the focus of harsh news this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom” act and much of the business and political world erupted in criticism. Those opposed to the law, which allows businesses to refuse service to potential customers and clients on religious grounds, say it’s a clear shot at the LGBT community – in particular those advocating or wanting to participate in same-sex marriage.   

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead
Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.   

Czech tourists freed in Pakistan after two years
Two Czech women tourists who were kidnapped two years ago in Pakistan have been released and have returned home, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka says. Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka, both 26, were abducted while travelling on a bus in south-western Balochistan province in March 2013.   

Guinea declares Ebola ‘health emergency’ in five regions
Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola.   

Chilean president describes ‘bleak’ scene in flood-hit north
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet pointed to a “bleak” situation in the country’s flood-hit north Saturday, after deadly rains swept through the normally arid area last week. The president spent two days in the devastated Atacama region and in nearby Antofagasta, where floods left at least 10 dead, 19 missing and hundreds of people homeless. The death toll is expected to rise.   

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history.   

Eurozone can’t survive in current form, says PIMCO
The eurozone is “untenable” in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a “United States of Europe”, the manager of the world’s biggest bond fund has warned.  


The New ‘Radically Inclusive’ Mega-Church Says Bring Your Own God

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:54 PM PDT

The New 'Radically Inclusive' Mega-Church Says Bring Your Own God“I DON’T KNOW IS THE REQUIRED CONFESSION NEEDED TO BE GRANTED ADMISSION TO THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND TO THE WAY OF KNOWING.” DE PAULK

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” 1 John 2:3, 1 John 3:23 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we get deeper into the Laodicean church age, God is being replaced by many gods, with no one way or one path to truth. Jesus in Revelation 3 says that last church is “blind and naked”, spiritually confused and stumbling around in the dark and groping for answers which become more and more elusive. The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary is just one of many hundreds of contemporary mega-churches who have abandoned the clear teachings of the Bible.

People have always tried to increase the number of church members. Well, there is a new trend, and they are packing in people like never before! Here is the catch: They advertise that ALL beliefs are welcome. You just have to believe in something, and I suppose that means you can be an atheist too! They are calling themselves “Radically Inclusive” churches. They even have a slogan: BYOG. That stands for “Bring your own god.” If these churches stand for anything and everything, then what is their purpose? FULL REPORT

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Homeland chief likens Quran to ‘American values

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:51 PM PDT

Homeland chief likens Quran to 'American valuesAccording to a report from WND Jeh Johnson, the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, raised some eyebrows recently when he likened the Quran to American values and Martin Luther King. He made the inflammatory remarks during a ceremony by the Muslim Public Affairs Council to honor him for “his dedication to and personal investment in engagement with Muslim American communities across the United States,” Twitchy reported.  After receiving his award, he spoke fondly of the Quran, MPAC reported. In a tweet, MPAC quoted Johnson as saying: “‘The reading of the #Quran reminded me of 2 things that MLK said a lot, which are quintessentially American values’ @DHSgov Sec. Jeh Johnson.” A few minutes earlier, MPAC had tweeted: “‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.”  FULL REPORT

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People Flock to See Jesus’ Face on Hillside in Colombia

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:45 PM PDT

People Flock to See Jesus' Face on Hillside in ColombiaAccording to a report from ABC News Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally. Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus’ face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. The site is reportedly in southern Colombia, close to the border with Ecuador. The formation was discovered after a small landslide in the ravine. FULL REPORT

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Married lesbian couple become first to be jointly ordained in US ceremony

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:42 PM PDT

Married lesbian couple become first to be jointly ordained in US ceremonyA same-sex couple in the US have become the first lesbian pair to be jointly ordained ministers by the Presbyterian Church. Reverends Kaci and Holly Clarke-Porter attended their joint ordination ceremony at the First and Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon last week. The ceremony comes shortly after members of the national American church voted to expand the church’s definition of marriage, recognising it to be between two individuals rather than simply a man and a woman. The couple, who met at an Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2009 and married in 2011, hope that their spiritual connection will help them in their future lives and careers.  “I hope that we keep each other energetic and that we’ll continue to hold each other accountable to our ordinations and fight for social justice together,” Holly, 29 told The Huffington Post. Holly, who like her wife was born and raised in Texas, stepped into the breach after Kaci realised she was not suited for the role of associate pastor at First and Central. She’s now the church’s first openly gay clergy member. FULL REPORT

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Saudi Arabia says it won’t rule out building nuclear weapons

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 01:36 PM PDT

Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weaponsLook who wants Nuclear Weapons now! According to a new report, Saudi Arabia will not rule out building or acquiring nuclear weapons, the country’s ambassador to the United States has indicated. Asked whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nuclear weapons in an interview with US news channel CNN, Adel Al-Jubeir said the subject was “not something we would discuss publicly”. Pressed later on the issue he said: “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.” The ambassador’s reticence to rule out a military nuclear programme may reignite concerns that the autocratic monarchy has its eye on a nuclear arsenal. Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010. FULL REPORT

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Why Putin’s Warplanes Are Penetrating European Airspace

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 07:56 AM PDT

Why Putin’s Warplanes Are Penetrating European AirspaceAs a U.S. Army Stryker convoy crossed from Lithuania to Poland on March 24 —within about 12 miles of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad—nearby NATO warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers and fighters over the Baltic Sea. While neither Washington nor Moscow has suggested the parallel timing of the Russian flyby with the U.S. convoy was anything more than a coincidence, the physical proximity of the two nearly simultaneous events highlights the back-and-forth posturing of Russian and NATO military forces in the region. On Tuesday, U.S. Army soldiers from Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment were on the fourth day of a 1,100-mile trek from Estonia to Germany called Operation Dragoon Ride. The convoy comprises U.S. Army units throughout the region and is meant to show NATO’s commitment to its eastern allies in the wake of the Ukraine conflict. FULL REPORT

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Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it’s not goodPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:43 AM PDT

Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it's not goodDespite experiencing a healthy pace of job growth, the US economy has largely disappointed economists’ expectations by delivering a series of weaker-than-expected economic reports. The unexpected plunges in retail sales and durable goods orders stand out as they reflect weakness in both consumers and businesses. On Wednesday, Bloomberg LP Chief Economist Michael McDonough tweeted a chart of the unprecedented divergence between job growth and retail sales growth. This is concerning as personal consumption accounts for roughly 70% of US GDP. It’s particularly concerning considering all of the extra spending money Americans supposedly have thanks to falling gas prices. “Recent US data have been disappointing,” Goldman Sachs Kris Dawsey said late Thursday. Dawsey thinks GDP growth could tumble to 1.4% in Q1 from 2.2% growth in Q4 of last year. Economists had previously expected GDP growth to accelerate in Q1 to around 3%. FULL REPORT

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Obama threatens allies for criticizing Iran nuke dealPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:36 AM PDT

Obama threatens allies for criticizing Iran nuke dealEfforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program. A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said. Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests. Western policy analysts who spoke to the Free Beacon, including some with close ties to the French political establishment, were dismayed over what they saw as the White House’s willingness to sacrifice its relationship with Paris as talks with Iran reach their final stages. FULL REPORT

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Air Force test-launches 2nd missile in week from CaliforniaPosted: 28 Mar 2015 07:14 AM PDT

Air Force test-launches 2nd missile in week from CaliforniaThe Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile from California for the second time this week. The missile blasted off at 3:53 a.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles. The Air Force said the missile carried a test re-entry vehicle that hit a target area in the Pacific Ocean near Guam 40 minutes after liftoff. Col. Shane Clark, the 30th Space Wing vice commander, said in a statement that conducting two test-launches in less than a week demonstrated the capabilities of the intercontinental ballistic missile fleet and crews. The week’s first launch occurred early Monday. The test involved personnel from Vandenberg’s 576th Flight Test Squadron and the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. FOX NEWS

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Lifeway Pulls All ‘Heaven’ Books From Store ShelvesPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:15 PM PDT

Lifeway Pulls All 'Heaven' Books From Store ShelvesAdhering to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife,” officials at LifeWay Christian Resources have said that the organization will stop selling all “experiential testimonies books about heaven,” baptistpress.com has reported. LifeWay’s decision to do so is connected with an inquiry into the book titled, 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. The book details Piper’s supposed experiences in heaven after suffering an auto accident. The book sold 6.5 million copies. LifeWay spokesman Marty King told Baptist Press that the decision to pull the books from the shelves is part of LifeWay’s “new structure and direction” it is undertaking. “We decided these experiential testimonies about heaven would not be a part of our new direction, so we stopped re-ordering them for our stores last summer,” King told Baptist Press in written comments. “Now that we’ve begun implementing the new direction, the remaining heaven visitation items have been removed from our stores and website and will not be replenished.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s resolution, implemented last June, gave a staunch warning to believers about movies and books like 90 Minutes in Heaven, that those entities should not “become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife,”baptistpress.com reported. FULL REPORT

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USA Network Series Offering End Times ScenariosPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:11 PM PDT

USA Network Series Offering End Times ScenariosAccording to a report from Charisma the USA Network is the latest on board with “End Time” Content on their station as Fugitive cows, secret codes and end-of-the-world scenarios. The USA Network’s series “Dig” continues to weave a fictional action-conspiracy story around some very factual strands of Old Testament prophesy and biblical archaeology. But what’s up with the naked praying guy on the beach? Here’s a closer look at some of the strands of fact winding through this fanciful series, which airs Thursday nights at 10 EDT.  Key to the advancing of the already complicated “Dig” plot is something referred to as the “war tablet.” Supposedly written by the Essenes, the tablet is supposed to be stored at Jerusalem’s Israeli Museum and is said to contain a code that will reveal the hiding places of 12 precious stones. Quite a lot of this is actually based in fact. First, the Essenes were an ancient sect of apocalyptic Jews responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2,000-year-old manuscripts of, among other things, the Old Testament. And there really is a “war scroll” among their writings. Perhaps the producers of “Dig” went with a tablet instead of a scroll because it is less fragile? FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham: Obama, Holder leading us toward end timesPosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:05 PM PDT

Franklin Graham: Obama, Holder leading us toward end times Is Obama and his Administration helping usher in the “End Times”? According to a new report from WND, Rev. Franklin Graham waded deep into Capitol Hill politics, pointing fingers right at President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder as prime examples of why the nation may very well be in its end times.  “One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality – which is really no morality at aall – jamming it down the throats of the American people,” he said, the Christian Post reported. Get the hottest, most important news stories on the Internet – delivered FREE to your inbox as soon as they break! Take just 30 seconds and sign up for WND’s Email News Alerts! Graham went on to say America has been “blessed by God” unlike any other country in the world – but it faces serious threats of degradation and destruction, mostly from within. “When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles,” he said, writing on his personal Facebook page. “We used to be ‘one nation under God.’ Now we’re a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near.” The world known religious leader has spoken on previous occasions about the failures of the present political leadership to guide this country in accordance with God’s will, and warned of the consequences that could result. Just a few weeks ago, he raised the red flag on the potential for terrorists to hit hard on America’s soil, due largely because of what he described as a simultaneous anti-Christian, pro-Islam vein that’s coursing through Capitol Hill and in particular, the White House. FULL REPORT

 

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WW3 ALERT — Russia to Supply Mexico with Arms to Retake Southwest U.S. if Obama Sends Weapons to UkrainePosted: 27 Mar 2015 01:00 PM PDT

WW3 ALERT -- Russia to Supply Mexico with Arms to Retake Southwest U.S. if Obama Sends Weapons to UkraineRed Flag News is reporting some interesting developments regarding Russia, Mexico, Ukraine and the Mideast! World War 3 May have got ever so closer with a couple of developments that are big news. The first is that Saudi Arabia has now entered the Yemen Civil War on the side of the Government/ISIS bombing Houthi rebel positions. Which is big in and of itself except that this operation includes 10 other countries!!! Gulf States.

From WSJ: – “The attacks, which began at 2 a.m. local time on Thursday in Yemen, hit military aircraft at San’a’s international airport. The thud of explosions and the crack of heavy gunfire echoed across the city, residents said. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington, told reporters that the six Gulf countries and four other nations were participating in the military operation. The U.S. military wasn’t involved, he said.“ The implications are enormous. Who are the other 4 countries? All I know right now is that Egypt is one of them. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait are others. When World War 3 occurs in the Europe and Pacific, I guarantee the Middle East will also be a major front with Iran (Eurasian) and Saudi Arabia (Allies) being the primary leaders of the fight. FULL REPORT

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Colorado Does Not Consider Unborn Babies To Be Human

Colorado has twice rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide, refusing to join 38 other states and the federal government for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The undisputed facts in this case are that a mentally ill woman cut a living baby out of the womb of a pregnant mother, and in the process killed the baby. The woman is not being charged with murder. Since the killing of humans in all 50 states is considered to be a crime, Colorado must not be charging the woman with murder because they do not see unborn children as human beings. Planned Parenthood killed 327,653 babies in 2013, and no one charged them with murder, either.

The Colorado woman accused of cutting a seven-month-old fetus from the mother’s womb will not be charged with murder, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

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Dynel Lane, 34, who police said likely suffers from a mental illness, lured Michelle Wilkins to her Longmont, Colo. home with a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18 and instead attacked Wilkins.

Lane was arrested at Longmont United Hospital after bringing in the dead fetus, telling doctors she suffered a miscarriage, according to cops. Lane was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Boulder County DA spokeswoman Catherine Olguin told the Daily News late Thursday that prosecutors won’t charge Lane with murder in the baby’s death. Charges will be filed Friday. source

 

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Did The Great Battle For Control Of The Middle East Just Begin In Yemen?

The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss

Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The armies of Bahrain and the Gulf states include Pakistani soldiers. Pakistanis were among the dead in the first great battle against Iraqi troops in the 1991 Gulf War.

But already, the battle for Yemen is dividing other Arab countries. In Lebanon, the former Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Saad Hariri has praised the “brave and wise” decision of King Salman to attack. Mr Hariri is not only a Sunni – he is also a Saudi citizen. But the Shia Hezbollah, who oppose Saudi intervention, called the Saudi assault an “uncalculated adventure”. These words were chosen with care. They are exactly the words the Saudis used against Hezbollah after it captured three Israeli soldiers in 2006, a stupid political act which started the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon that year.

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The Americans do not know what to do. They cannot give the Saudis direct military assistance – their nuclear talks with Iran are more important – and so their soft verbal support for King Salman is supposed to mollify their Sunni allies and avoid antagonising the Iranians. But the closer a nuclear deal comes between the US and Iran, the more forcefully their partners in the Arab world will push their cards. What provoked the Saudis into their extraordinary adventure in Yemen was not the approach of Houthis towards Aden but the approach of US-Iranian agreement at Lausanne.

Hezbollah may call the Saudi attacks a “Saudi-American conspiracy” – an overused phrase which contains some truth – but the reality, evident to every Arab, is that the Saudis, armed (or over-armed, as many might say) by the US, are clearly prepared to use their firepower against another Arab nation rather than the traditional enemy further north. Listening to the rhetoric of the Saudis, you might think that they were bombing Israel.

History may say that the attacks on Yemen are the start of a great civil war between Sunnis and Shia in the Middle East. This would satisfy the West – and Israel – in a belief that the Arabs are at war with themselves. But it may also be true that this is the last attempt by the Saudis to prove that they are a major military power. In 1990, faced with the arrival of Saddam’s legions in Kuwait, they asked infidel America to protect them (to the fury of Osama bin Laden). They are a Wahabi nation, loyal – officially, at least – to the same theology as the Taliban and Isis. Saudi provided 15 of the 19 hijackers of 9/11. They gave us Bin Laden, who – let us not forget – was also of Yemeni tribal origin. After Yemen supported Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, the Saudis threw tens of thousands of Yemenis out of the Kingdom. In revenge for their disloyalty. Do they expect Yemenis now to rally to their support?

The last time the Saudis involved themselves in Yemen, they fought Nasser’s Egyptian army. It was a disaster. Now they have the Egyptians on their side. Indeed, they even suggest the Egyptians may stage a landing in Yemen. But to do what? To ensure that Yemen remains a faithful Sunni nation? Will this assuage the Sunni militias battering the Egyptian army in Sinai?

More seriously, will it resolve the coming struggle within the royal family, whose princes do not all believe Yemen must be the cornerstone of Saudi power – nor that Wahabism must be the permanent sectional belief. And who gains from the new Yemen crisis? The oil producers, of course. And that means Saudi Arabia – and Iran. source

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Rabbi Eckstein, Jews Need Jesus Just As Much As Food And Clothing And So Do You!

With Passover fast approaching, we are all seeing the commercials from Rabbi Eckstein of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, asking for your money to support his cause.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The bible clearly says that without Jesus Christ, Jew or gentiles, we have no hope of Heaven. When Jesus Himself preached that message in Israel 2,000 years ago, it was met with the same reaction from Jews then that it is now. But be that as it may, that’s the way that the God of Abraham has decreed it to be. People like Rabbi Eckstein and John Hagee make tens of millions of dollars from Christians who love the Jewish people, but they don’t ever tell the Jews that without Jesus they are going to Hell. That is wrong, and it’s the reason for this article. Please pray for Rabbi Eckstein to receive Yeshua and be saved, thank you!

Years ago, I began getting emails and mail from IFCJ. At first I thought that this was wonderful. But I wanted to vet this man to make sure he was on the up and up.  His commercials show Jews in Israel – so hungry, that they are fighting each other to get the boxes of food. He says “Jews are so poor, they cannot even afford to buy matzo for Passover.”

I knew many Christian believers who gave money religiously to Rabbi Eckstein. They seemed to think this man could do no wrong, and wanted to be a partner in supporting the Jewish people.

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I started reading about him. He was not a believer in Yeshua. As a matter of fact, he is an Orthodox Rabbi. I actually wrote to him several times, and told him of my belief in Yeshua.

A few years ago, I saw Rabbi Eckstein on a Christian TV station. He was singing Jewish songs, and talking about Judaism. It seemed to me that his purpose in doing this was perhaps to get his followers to become Jews. Now, with the Hebrew Roots cult abounding everywhere, I wonder how many of these folks were influenced by the Rabbi.

Before Moishe Rosen of Jews for Jesus went home to be with Yeshua, he wrote in “Moishe’s Musings” an article in which he spoke of Rabbi Eckstein. Here is an excerpt from his article:

“There is another kind of “lifestyle evangelism” that I can’t endorse. It’s the kind where people congratulate one another that actions speak louder than words, and that if others know they are a Christian, they need not say anything about Jesus so long as they live exemplary lives.

Ashamed of Jesus?

Isn’t it interesting that Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, an Orthodox Jew, promoted this kind of evangelism in his article “Witnessing vs. Proselytizing,” which was posted online at the Christianity Today website. Eckstein concludes, “If Christians want to share their faith with Jews, they should start by being good friends and neighbors, and wherever possible, ‘good Samaritans.’ Evangelicals call this style of witnessing ‘lifestyle evangelism,’ and it seems to me a self-evidently superior form of outreach.” [Before you take that ringing endorsement of how to witness to Jewish people, you need to know that] Eckstein is a man of great sensitivity and tact, but he is not a believer and his goal is not to see other Jews become believers. Helping people win Jews to Christ would make Eckstein anathema in the Jewish community. Yet some Christians regard him as an expert on how to successfully share their faith. Ecktstein claims to uphold the Christian mandate to witness, but eventually he discloses his opinion that it is arrogant for Christians to think that Jewish people need Jesus.

I think that Christians should be concerned that Rabbi Eckstein has gained quite a platform among evangelical Christians. As reasonable and affirming of the Christian religion as Eckstein might seem, his commitment as an Orthodox rabbi is still at odds with those of us committed to seeing all people, including Jewish people, find salvation in Jesus.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)

I’m afraid that some Christians have been so flattered by Eckstein’s approach that the utter lack of logic in using him as an authority on Jewish evangelism escapes them. In a way, I am glad that Eckstein speaks so highly of “lifestyle evangelism” because it affords thinking Christians the opportunity to reflect on how to fulfill the Great Commission. The kind of lifestyle evangelism Eckstein praises centers on how nice people can be, whereas the Bible centers on why the cross is so necessary.” [1] – source

And then there is the matter of his income. Oy vey – WHAT an income!!

As the head of a nonprofit that is almost entirely supported by donations, what makes Yechiel Eckstein’s compensation noteworthy is its proportion to his organization’s overall income compared to other ministries. While the salary and benefit package of the head of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (ICFJ) is at least five times higher than any other leader of an Israel-related ministry, clocking in at $1.2 million, Eckstein’s compensation is more than double what the president of World Vision—a ministry with a budget 10 times larger—earns.

World Vision’s Richard Stearns earned $456,718 in salary and benefits in 2011, according to the organization’s tax return. But World Vision has a $1 billion annual budget, whereas last year IFCJ’s budget was $113 million. Meanwhile, Billy Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), earned $228,448 in total compensation in 2011, and his son, Franklin Graham, president of BGEA, earned $115,307. The organization is similar in size to the IFCJ with $92 million in revenues in 2011.

Linda Lampkin, resource director for the Economic Research Institute office in Washington, D.C., calculated the average direct compensation for executive directors at similar-sized religious organizations and found Eckstein’s pay is well above the average, which is $276,807. The computer-generated comparison showed executive directors at organizations with similar-sized budgets—$100-$110 million—earned anywhere from $163,675 to $389,938 annually.

“It is fair to say an executive director at a religious organization who makes nearly $500,000 annually in direct compensation and also has significant other compensation is paid well outside the mean ranges of executive directors at similar organizations with an approximate $100 million to $110 million in revenues,” Lampkin told Charisma.

How much are those in charge of these Israel-related ministries actually making?

It’s often implied that any leader of a nonprofit ministry or organization who earns more than Mother Teresa is somehow gouging the public. Obviously, that isn’t true. Running a large organization—whether a college, a hospital or a church—is complicated and requires hard work. By not paying market-rate salaries, the talent needed to run such organizations tends to go to where he or she can be compensated commensurate with his or her ability. Even Jesus said a laborer for Him is worthy of his wages:

“For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” 1 Timothy 5:18 (KJV)

Some organizations don’t like to reveal what their leaders make, however, because they fear donations would decrease if people knew. In the world of Christian ministries, that’s especially true—as proven by such examples as the short-lived “scandal” surrounding Franklin Graham’s compensation package as the head of both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

At the same time, in American culture there is a feeling that some financial matters should be out in the open. For example, it’s required by law that the public knows the salaries of elected officials. And those who run a publicly owned company must publicize the salaries of top management so investors can make investing decisions based on whether they feel those leaders are looking out for the investor or themselves.

Even the Bible says people do things differently in the light than in darkness. So in that spirit, Charisma inquired about the salaries of some of the ministries’ leaders.

We found ministry leaders’ pay ranged from zero to that of Eckstein. By comparison, leaders from three of the other largest Israel-related ministries earned substantially less: Jonathan Bernis earned $224,233 in total compensation (salary and benefits), Jews for Jesus Executive Director David Brickner earned $200,000 and Chosen People Ministries President Mitch Glaser earned $174,767. (The salary and benefit package of Christians United for Israel Executive Director David Brog could not be obtained.) Among the other ministries, no salary was above $90,500. And with Eckstein’s removed from the equation, the average salary of those leaders willing to disclose their compensation—and including those who take no salary—was $85,856.

How We Came Up With This Report

Given the magnitude and importance of the mission of Israel-related ministries—and in an effort to help promote financial transparency, integrity in fundraising efforts and the proper use of donations—Charisma requested financial information from 17 Israel-related ministries.

To begin its seven-month investigation into the financial stewardship of these ministries, Charisma requested financial information from each organization, along with an interview with its president or lead representative. We also obtained the 990 tax returns that some of the ministries voluntarily filed with GuideStar, which tracks the finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Under federal law, ministries are not required to publicly disclose tax returns, but some do so voluntarily to be financially transparent.

In its examination of ministry finances, Charisma also consulted with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which accredits various ministries, and Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit organization that evaluates American charities. Of the 17 ministries, the following seven are accredited by ECFA: Chosen People Ministries, Jews for Jesus, Christian Friends of Israel, Bridges for Peace, Maoz Israel, Jewish Voice Ministries International and the Messianic Jewish Israel Fund.

Having worked with many of the ministries in the past and seen their fruit up close through the years, Charisma’s intent was not to dig up any figurative buried skeletons, but instead to inform our readers as to the unique vision, purpose and scope of ministry for each organization. We believe financial stewardship goes hand in hand with this and, as a result, celebrate those Israel-related ministries that are taking every precaution to be faithful with what God has given them. [2] – source

Almost $500,000 a year?? That is absolutely sinful and wrong on so many levels. There is a word for a person like this in Yiddish – Goniff. It means a thief. I’m sorry to have to use this term, but what else can I call him? But what’s even worse is that he is refusing to tell lost Jewish people that they need Jesus to get to Heaven.

If you give to International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, you may want to find another organization to which to donate your money.

Do your homework! We have the Internet, and you can vet a person or organization very easily.

Please continue giving to the Jewish people. Some very good ministries help Jews in Europe to make Aliyah. Thank you for caring!

Shalom b’Yeshua
MARANATHA!

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Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama’s policies

A former Google officer is the president’s chief technology adviser. Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

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Top violator of women’s rights around the world? It’s Israel says UN

Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women.

At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

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Preacher Fined for ‘Emotional Harm’ Caused by Quoting Levitical Law Against Homosexuality

(CN) — A street preacher in the UK who was charged with making “homophobic” remarks has been declared guilty of breaking English law and must pay a fine for his speech, including to a man to whom he quoted Scripture from the book of Leviticus.

As previously reported, Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, was accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He was leveled with two charges of using threatening and abusive words, and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.

Minister Who Denies God’s Existence: I Don’t Appreciate Being Told I’m Not a Christian

(CN) — A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either—remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.“Someone quipped that my congregation is BYOG: Bring Your Own God. I use that and invite people to ‘bring their own God’—or none at all,” wrote John Shuck of Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church in a guest post for Patheos last week. “While the symbol ‘God’ is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking.”

‘I Ached Every Day for a Dad': Woman Raised by Lesbians Speaks Out Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

(CN) — A woman who was raised by a lesbian mother and her partner after her parents divorced is speaking out against same-sex “marriage” and the affect that it can have on children such as herself.Heather Barwick, now 31, wrote an open letter this past week entitled “Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting,” in which she shared her own personal story of growing up without a father.

Obama Calls for American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran to Be Released for Persian New Year 

(CN) — Barack Obama issued a call on Friday for an American pastor imprisoned in Iran to be released for the Persian New Year, which began yesterday.As a tradition during the Iranian holiday Nowruz, some prisoners are set free or receive reduced sentences. Obama called upon the Iranian government on Friday to free Pastor Saeed Abedini during the observance, among other Americans who are also being held in the country.

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Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on

Citizens warned that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.

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What If You Had Eight Minutes To Meet Your Maker?

But what if you only had eight minutes?!? I cannot imagine the thoughts of those passengers who did not know Him. Were they consumed with terror over the loss of their life, without any sense of what would happen to them in the seconds after? Were their thoughts only of their own fear, their families, and what it would feel like to die? Were there any thoughts of their mortal souls or how they would spend eternity?

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The Blood of the Martyrs

Why is God allowing so many Christian to die? Jan Markell and her guest, Tom Doyle, discuss that and much more. Doyle also shares remarkably uplifting stories from the midst of the persecution of Christians in the Mideast. Doyle has a new book, “Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where it’s Not Safe to Believe.” Find it here. The depth of oppression Jesus followers suffer is unimaginable to most Western Christians. Yet, it is an everyday reality for those who choose faith in many parts of the world. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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1st shoe drops for Washington florist under fire for faith

Fined for acting in accord with her Christian beliefs

The first shoe dropped Friday for Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, who has been convicted by the state in a case brought by the ACLU of discrimination for operating her business according to her Christian faith.

A judge in the state, Alex Ekstrom, announced the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, must pay $1,001 to the state prosecutors who charged her with discrimination for refusing to use her talents to promote same-sex “marriage.”

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Top violator of women’s rights around the world? It’s Israel says UN

Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. Violating the rights of Palestinian women.

At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.

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Easter story movie clips

As we go into Passion Week, here are some video clips from the Resurrection story for you. Each one is a snippet from events during the week.

 


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March 28-29, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Blogroll Collection

The true test of our worldview is what we find entertaining. —Albert Mohler

March 23 Quotes


First Overtures of the First American Presbytery

These first overtures of this small but soon to be active Presbytery stated clearly that the message of biblical Christianity was to propagated throughout the new world in obedience to the Word of God. At subsequent meetings of the Philadelphia Presbytery, it was noted that these first three overtures were being accomplished.

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The Effect of Singing

This can be of particular encouragement when a Christian comes to church after a particularly hard or discouraging week. We might feel so low and downcast that we have nothing to lift up before God and no ability to turn our attention to God with thanksgiving. Yet the singing of others and our own singing with them may serve to remind us of the spiritual realities of what God has done.

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You Are Dust, Not Divine

One of my favorite passages in the whole Bible is Psalm 103. I pray it often, and focus on these words: “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” These words tell us that even while we pray to the all-knowing and all-powerful God, we do so as created beings who were formed out of the dust of the ground. If we learn anything from our dusty origins, we learn that God did not intend for us to be superhuman and he did not intend for us to be God-like. He made us dust, not divine, and this was his good will. He made us weak.

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We Ask You To Abstain

Again, we might discuss and debate how “high” the fence is around the table, but it is biblical (see citations above) and wise to clearly tell unbelievers and unrepentant persons that they are not to take the Lord’s Supper. It might not sound politically correct or “nice,” but it is a biblical help in keeping Christ’s church pure, it does keep unbelievers from bringing further judgment upon themselves, and it does guard God’s people from trouble and hardship (cf. 1 Cor. 11).

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Looking for a Good Fight

As a pastor you are an under-shepherd of Jesus Christ, but you must actively shepherd. We have to fear God more than sheep; if you live in fear of sheep, you don’t know your mission or calling. Some sheep have more “fleece” than others, as in wealthy tithers and donors. Some people have influence and they know it, and God help you if you make them angry. Loving sheep means you have to lead them through rough places to get them where they need to be, and they might not like it. For the sake of the flock, you have to be willing to lose some people, and you will lose some no matter what you do.

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Worship According to the Word

While all Christians affirm the necessity and reality of the experiential dimension of faith, the experience must be grounded in and accountable to the Word of God. This is of central importance to the question of worship, for, left to our own devices, we will be inclined to seek worship that meets our desire for a “meaningful” experience or matches our personal taste as a substitute for authentic worship regulated by Scripture and centered on God, rather than His people.

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On Naming Names

by Bill Muehlenberg

Another really unhelpful and even dangerous thing thrown around so often is this: you cannot name names. You cannot rebuke a believer in public. You cannot publicly challenge a fellow Christian. Um, just where in the world did they get this idea?

Do they actually read their Bibles? Or just mindlessly repeat whatever they hear? The truth is, the New Testament is full of examples where those pushing false doctrine or sinful living were publicly challenged and rebuked. As I have stated often before, the biblical principle here is pretty clear: public sin warrants public rebuke, while private sin warrants private rebuke.

The latter is of course spelled out rather clearly in Matthew 18:15-17. But when a very public figure is involved in very public sin, be it false teaching or immoral living, then public reproof is called for. Then we can and should name and shame. Then we must utilise public rebukes.

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In the Name of Grace

But the grace promoted today is a grace without backbone, an invertebrate, jellyfish-like grace. It is all warm and squishy, and sounds so Christian. It is touted as loving, embracing, affirming, tolerating. Such grace is accepting without being expecting. It makes no demands. It holds no expectations. It stamps sins “forgiven” and gives the green light for their further pursuit along the highway of life, without fear of being pulled over by the police officer of the Law.

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When the Church Refuses To Judge itself

by Bill Muehlenberg

This may be news to some believers, but the church is to be self-critical. It is to actually assess, discern and judge what is happening in its midst and in its name. We Christians are to be constantly tending to the condition of our own camp. Not to do so if to invite trouble.

But far too often we refuses to do this, instead letting the world turn the spotlight on the church’s many problem areas. While we expect the word to turn a critical eye on all that we do and say, regrettably if we had been doing a better job of housecleaning, much of this criticism would be nipped in the bud.

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New Obamacare Tax Law May Affect Churches

“The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) points out a viable option for churches affected by the rule, which is to increase employees’ overall taxable compensation without requiring that the additional income be used to purchase health coverage.”

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Marriage: The Modern Day Litmus Test For Inerrancy

“In other words, by the time a Church legitimizes “same sex marriage”, it has already ceased to be a Church. The shift on a biblical idea of God and his Word has already happened and the result is a people who have created God in their own image, and whom he has given over to themselves, so that they even approve of what is evil (Romans 1:32).”

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Let’s Stop Expecting Islam to be Christian

“There are indeed temperate, moderate followers of Islam. And we should hope their number increases in proportion to the number who are neither temperate nor moderate. But to claim that moderates alone are “real Muslims” is an act of historical and religious revisionism that is fooling no one—except, perhaps, us Westerners.”

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7 Celebrities Who Are Destined for Hell When They Die

“I realize that God could work in their lives at some point, bringing them to faith in Jesus Christ and repentance for the wickedness of sin in their lives, but as it stands now, all seven are not bound for the promised land.”

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Concerning The True Care Of Souls

“I’m struck by the fact that his definition of pastoral ministry is all about the people to whom we minister. The focus is not on administration (though I’m sure he did some of that), nor on programs (though I’m not against them), nor on meetings (though we all have them), but on the people that need our help.”

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What Pastoral Lessons Did I Learn Caring For a 106 Year Old Widow?

“If there is someone in our church that has been walking with the Lord long before we were born, they will probably have a thing or two to teach us about life. It may not be about the atonement, the active and passive obedience of Christ, or a complex breakdown of eschatology. There is, however, much they can teach us about marriage, child-rearing, walking with the Lord through suffering, and many other insights a long life brings.”

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7 Things I’ve Learned In 30+ Years Of Pastoral Ministry

“Even if someone’s criticism is completely off, there’s almost always something we can learn. James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Often when someone brings us negative criticism, our first reaction can be to defend ourselves or write them off. Someone’s critique may not be 100% correct, but I’ve found there’s almost always something I need to see or learn from it.”

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Notable Voices: March 28, 2015

5 Best Practices for Handling Other Ministry Income — Art Rainer

In this excerpt from his new book, Art shares the best practices for handling outside income as a minister.

 


25 Random Pieces of Advice for Leaders in Their 20s, 30s or 40s — Carey Nieuwhof

This advice is applicable whether you are involved in ministry or not. While they are all great advice, #20 really stands out.

 


10 Pointers for Untrained Preachers — Peter Mead

In this two part series, Peter shares tips for both trained and untrained preachers.

 


4 Foolproof Ways to Alienate Visitors to Your Website  — Rachel Blom

I’ve talked quite a bit about church websites. And while those continue to need improvement, pastor blogs, ministry sites, and other sites need work as well. Rachel shares four major areas that can drive people away form any site.

 


Four Problems With Church Planting — Darryl Dash

Before you think this article is slamming church planting, please note that it’s written by a planter. Who better to know the problematic areas than someone who has lived through them.

 


All the One Another Commands in the New Testament — Jeffrey Kranz

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The Consumerist, Market-Orientated Church

by Bill Muehlenberg

Sadly much of Western Christendom has fallen into two related traps: most Christians are just as consumeristic and materialistic as any non-Christian; and much of our church promotion centres on secular marketing methodology and a fixation on entertainment.

We are just as fixated on wealth, riches, goodies and material things as our non-Christian neighbours. And much of the way we do church and seek to bring in non-Christians is little more than mimicry of the boardroom, the marketplace, and Hollywood.

We live for wealth and mammon, we conduct our church business in terms of a modern corporation, and we even market a gospel appealing to greed and promoting get-rich schemes. We differ little from the world in other words.

The prosperity gospel is of course an all-too obvious and blatant example of all this. But the evangelical church as a whole has in many ways drunk deeply of this poisoned chalice as well. The demands of Christ have been replaced with the lust of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes, as aided and abetted by Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

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God of the Gaps Atheism

The militant atheist movement is built on the belief that there is no evidence for God. Of course, such atheists are entitled to their opinions on this matter, but because of their militancy, and the way it serves their agenda, they will not acknowledge their opinion is an opinion. Instead, they posture as if they have discovered some objective truth – There is no evidence for the existence of God. We’re all supposed to agree.

Yet if we are supposed to agree with this claim, we’d like to know exactly what it is we are supposed to agree with. So we ask the New Atheists what would actually count as evidence for the existence of God. Typically, the New Atheists will tap dance around that question, insisting there is no evidence without telling us what such evidence would look like. This is their Hide-The-Goalposts tactic.

However, if pressed, some New Atheists will spell it out, especially when they are trying to make themselves look open-minded about the issue. One example is Gnu activist Jerry Coyne who, in a blog post entitled, “What evidence would convince you that a god exists?, writes:

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Can Your Congregation Answer the Questions of a Post-Christian Society?

by Trevin Wax

Ever since I was a teenager, I have benefited from the work of thinkers like Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey. Their book How Now Shall We Live? forced me to examine assumptions and answer the question of why I believed Christianity to be true. Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth was also an important book in my spiritual development. It pointed me in the direction of Francis Schaeffer and led me to a deeper consideration of philosophy and worldview analysis.

Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and she has recently released a new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Today and tomorrow, she joins me on the blog for a conversation about evangelism, apologetics, and worldview training.

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Biblical Worldview: What It Is, and What It Is Not

By John Stonestreet

A worldview is the framework of basic beliefs that we hold, whether we realize it or not, that shapes our view of and for the world. Everyone has a worldview. The question is not whether one has a worldview, but which worldview one has.

There has been a recent proliferation of camps, conferences, books, and organizations promoting the idea of Biblical worldview. Whereas the word “worldview” would have in times past elicited a blank stare, many Christians today have at least some familiarity with the concept.

But familiarity can breed contempt. “Biblical worldview” is often thrown around today in a haphazard fashion, and it may no longer be clear what it actually means. Also, Biblical worldview may be in danger of dying the death of the “been there, tried that, and we’ve moved on” mentality that is prevalent in so many contemporary program-driven churches and denominations.

This would be tragic for two reasons. First, a Biblical worldview is not a means, like a curriculum or a program. It’s an end. Seeing God, others, the world, and ourselves as God sees them is a telos of the Christian life. Second, despite all the rhetoric of Biblical worldview, it is not necessarily a reality. According to recent studies produced by the Barna Group, only 20% of those claiming to be born again and less than 1% of young adults in America can answer a basic set of theological questions according to the biblical worldview.

Biblical Worldview: What It’s Not

Before looking at what a biblical worldview is, let’s consider what it is not.

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FROM THE SEMINARIES: Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern

“From the Seminaries” includes news releases of interest from Southern Baptist seminaries.


This Week in Calvinism – March 27, 2015

  • The reason Roger Olson believes that “Calvinism makes God morally monstrous” is that if God even passes over certain people when he could save them, “then God is not good in any meaningful sense.” As usual, Olson avoids explaining why his theology isn’t subject to the same criticism by saying he has written on this issue before. However, he does say regarding the reprobate that “[God’s] knowledge corresponds to their free choices.” Olson even quotes C. S. Lewis. And who are we to argue with a guy who can quote C. S. Lewis?
  • “Modified” Arminian James Goetz goes a step further. He believes in “restricted free will” and “conditional universalism,” saying “that God never ceases to reach out to humans regardless of death.” And he brings up a good point. If Arminians like Roger Olson believe that God “desires all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4), why should a minor inconvenience like physical death get in the way of that?
  • Kyle Dillon has created a “quick and easy” chart on two kingdoms theology and neo-Calvinism. What do you think of his comparisons?
  • In reviewing Nancy Pearcey’s book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, John Mark N. Reynolds writes, “Anyone who tells you that you do not have free will deserves being ignored.” He later qualifies that by saying, “Pearcey rightly notes that even Calvinism does not deny human free will, just free will in regard to salvation.”
  • We now know the reason why a new Calvinist tends to be so aggressive. It’s because when an Arminian comes along and uses the Bible to shoots holes in his theology, the “Calvinist has to choose between the Bible or their new found worldview.” Thankfully, most of us eventually learn to explain and rationalize our way around passages like John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, and Ezekiel 33:11.
  • If there is any “choice” in Calvinism, Rich Davis doesn’t see it.
  • Ian Clary responds.
  • Four lessons from a Calvinist slave.

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This ‘n’ That

  • Interesting, but I’d say most Christians today see ‘worship’ as a weekend-only thing, and don’t understand the significance of our entire lives being lived out as worship to our King.
  • I hope you stayed off Driscoll’s mailing list.
  • Um…I don’t even know what to say. The guy has aspirations, you have to give him that.
  • Great deals going on for the entire (finally completed) MacArthur New Testament Commentary set.
  • Because I like to give you an occasional dose of Charisma crazy.
  • Links to the breakout seminars from the Inerrancy Summit.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Well, this is good news.
  • Sigh. John Hagee is setting dates. Can somebody please stop this guy?
  • The GTY blog is posting a series on the seven last sayings of Christ.
  • The purposes of God in our pursuit of godliness:

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Some Here, Some There — March 27, 2015

by Dan PhillipsOnce again, start small, grows until noon TX time.

  • If you (like me) never wander to First Things, you probably missed Carl Trueman on the 20th anniversary mourning Evangelicals and Catholics Together. It’s informative and thought-provoking and a bit snarky (hel-lo! Trueman!), and has wonderful quotables. Such as:
  • “…stadium platform ecumenism is personality heavy and doctrine light. It has placed some very theologically inept people in positions of significant public influence based solely on their ability to pull a crowd. Not all of its senior leaders ultimately seemed particularly clear even on the nature and importance of the doctrine of the Trinity.”
  • “…can one really claim to agree on the Gospel of God without first agreeing on the God of the Gospel?”
  • “Before we start thanking the Lord that we are not like other men, we should ask ourselves whether our own alternative ecumenism, so often controlled by a few unaccountable powerbrokers and by big money, really possesses more integrity.”
  • Bam.
  • And this, from the What Could Go Wrong? department:
  • The Jolly Scott, Prof. David Murray, has a very helpful note on 1 Timothy 4:10. That’s one of those verses, like 1 John 2:2, that folks with a deficient view of God’s saving work plop down on the table, as if the mere citing of the verse is contraindicative to affirming God’s sovereign grace — blissfully unaware that the verses are at least as problematic for their own view.
  • Here’s a review of Logos 6 from Jason Helopoulos. My own is forthcoming.
  • This just gives me a chuckle. I’d shared that a poor pastor, given TWTG as a gift, found it “terribly disappointing.” I guess my readers have found his review “terribly disappointing,” as currently 167 have found it unhelpful, to 9 who found it helpful. And I’m not certain what those nine mean, because I know at least two whom the review “helped” decide to buy the book.
  • Here, BTW, is Olson’s article, subtitled Them Calvinists SO ‘TUPID! Olson is helped to his conclusion by failing to allude to, let alone deal with, as much as one verse of Scripture.
  • And here, BTW and more helpfully, is Doug Wilson’s first takedown thereof. (To be evenhanded, it is also without Scripture references; it is more of a very effective exercise in Proverbs 26:5.)
  • To me, Roger Olson is kind of the Bob Dylan of theology. In that every time I take a sample of actual product, I am baffled at the reputation.

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Articles of the Week

Why White People Don’t Want to Talk About Race, Barnabas Piper. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made an intriguing little splash this week with his Race Together campaign—an attempt to cultivate dialogue by having baristas write #racetogether on their cups. The brief initiative was widely panned from many sides (much of the criticism, in our estimation, correctly aimed). But discussion does matter. So why are white people seemingly allergic to discussing race?

What Is Your Exit Plan? Tim Challies. It used to be that only the most famous children had their lives on public display—the rich, the royal, the Kardashian. But with the prevalence of social media, most of us have begun to create an online portfolio of our children’s identity long before they know it. Challies isn’t asking us to pull the social media plug altogether. But he asks an insightful question: how are you going to make the switch, to stop creating the profile of your kids and allowing them to choose their online persona for themselves?

Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS…Or Their Conversion? Russell Moore. “Praying for the salvation of our enemies, even those committing the most horrific of crimes, is not a call to stop praying for justice against them. The cross, after all, is not forgiveness in a contemporary therapeutic sense—in which one is merely absolved of wrongdoing as though it were all a misunderstanding. … The gospel does not say, ‘Don’t worry about it; it’s okay.’ The gospel points us to the cross where sin is absorbed in a substitute.”

Millenials Will Change the Abortion Conversation, Charles C. Camosy, USA Today. We beat up on the millenials last week, implying that they were—broadly speaking—a generation predicated on the faulty principle of self-fulfillment (a.k.a. rampant selfishness). But not everything about these young guns is negative. For one, contrary to conventional wisdom, they tend to be more ardent defenders of the unborn than their parents.

Three Ways to Kill Your Sermon-Based Small Group, Ed Stetzer. Many churches (ours included) try to align their small-groups with weekly sermons. The benefits of alignment are legion: it reinforces church values; it keeps people focused; it can prevent rogue elements of suspect theology. But simply aligning small groups with the weekend sermon won’t make the group a success. It’s actually pretty easy to kill a group with some common mistakes.

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Weekly Watchman

Grounding our youth in truth
Mar 27, 2015 08:13 am | Mike

We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth […]

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Steeped in “Tolerance” makes for a strange brew
Mar 26, 2015 11:25 am | A. S.

Did you hear the one about the university dean who said it’s no problem at all if students want to bring in a pro-ISIS speaker to train young people? (Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video.)  It’s one of many news stories we’re covering today as we watch the aftermath of the […]

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Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video
Mar 26, 2015 08:29 am | A. S.

“It would be just like bringing in a coach to train a sports team,” says Joseph Scaffido, Assistant Dean at Cornell University. He is captured on hidden camera advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus, how to obtain funding to send care packages to ISIS […]

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Watchmen’s full plate
Mar 25, 2015 03:04 pm | A. S.

Then there was the story of the “pastor” who doesn’t believe in God. But if you question his faith, he’ll get very offended and make you feel guilty: Lots of other news today, including, Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”, and LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books. Joining us on today’s program is someone who knows Mormonism […]

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What happens when you replace “Movie Title” with the breathed-out Word of God…
Mar 25, 2015 12:07 pm | A. S.

Dumb question:  Why does the visible church think that it needs Hollywood movies to draw people to Jesus Christ? Why do so-called anointed pastors feel they need to use sermons designed by Christian mystics who dramatize a very different Jesus and a different gospel? The newest Easter fad is A.D., the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett-produced film […]

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Why we’re seeing “Mantle Madness”
Mar 25, 2015 08:57 am | A. S.

Why are so many preachers now talking about mantles? We hear them figuratively “bestowing a mantle on the next generation,” like Hillsong’s Christine Cain did at Passion 2015, or Saddleback’s Kenny Luck talking about how we have a mantle of leadership. or we see preachers like Chuck Pierce literally give a mantle in the form […]

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LifeWay pulls Heaven visitation books
Mar 25, 2015 08:26 am | A. S.

LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all “experiential testimonies about heaven” following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.” LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book “90 Minutes […]

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Vanity, vanity
Mar 24, 2015 08:32 am | A. S.

Have you spent time in the book of Ecclesiastes lately? It not only tells the story of how King Solomon learned the meaninglessness of making himself his own god of sorts, but it leaves us with wise words from someone who threw his own God-given wisdom away. Joining us for today’s discussion is our friend […]

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Squashing Christians
Mar 23, 2015 09:10 am | A. S.

We have a lot of news to cover today. A little later, a Christian campus organization in California has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. It’s the kind of new normal we never thought we’d see a decade ago. […]

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College Ministry Kicked off Campus – for Requiring Leaders to Be Christian
Mar 23, 2015 08:51 am | A. S.

Via Garrett Haley over at ChristianNewsnet: TURLOCK, Calif. – A Christian campus organization has lost recognition from its university and been accused of “religious discrimination” for not allowing non-Christians to hold leadership positions in the group. Chi Alpha is a national student ministry organization with a presence in over 300 college campuses across the United […]

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How the Gospel Changes Our Generosity

J.D. Greear: “Generosity is a peculiar topic. Whenever it comes up, especially in church, things get uncomfortable in a hurry. The question begins to crop up in our minds: ‘Am I giving enough? How do I know I’ve given enough?'”

Why We Can Trust Him

My friend, Trillia, has a new book coming out about fear and faith. As one who struggled with various fears, I know this topic will minister to me. How about you?

Why Are We So Unhappy?

David Murray tackles a topic that the world can’t figure out. Yet, as Christians, we know the secret is unveiled in Christ.

5 Best Books for Women

My friend, Lore, recommends several solid books for you to read.

13 Ways You Waste Your Money

Tim Challies: “About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend . . .”

Top 10 Gospel Books for Children

Here’s another post from David Murray that will help you sow the truth of God’s Word into your children.

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Best Blogs

Every Pastor Needs a Theology Coach | The Christward Collective

10 Pointers for “Untrained” Preachers | Biblical Preaching

7 Things I’ve Learned In 30+ Years Of Pastoral Ministry | The Blazing Center

BibleX: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor: An Interview with Dr. Mark Yarbrough

10 Pointers for Seminary Trained Preachers | Biblical Preaching

Why Should I Fast? | Meet The Puritans

Rejoicing in Lament | Gentle Reformation

Think of Yourself Less | Desiring God

15 Proverbs for Social Media Users | The Blazing Center

The Privilege of the Pastor’s Wife | Challies Dot Com

PCRT Q/A: Dating a Non-Virgin – Reformation21 Blog

PCRT Q/A: Biblical Grounds for Divorce – Reformation21 Blog

PCRT Q&A: Why So Many Singles? – Reformation21 Blog

Should I start a relationship with a non-Christian? | Gentle Reformation

Reformed Pastor, President , and Professor: An Interview with W. Robert Godfrey by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Credo Magazine » Young, Reading, & Reformed (Fred G. Zaspel)

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much”? – Part 3 (Timothy Raymond)

A Free Ligonier Connect Course with John Piper by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

5 Free Classes on Ethics

Best Videos

C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

Q&A with Same-Sex Attracted Pastor, Sam Allberry

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Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (03/20 – 03/27)

Is atheism a religion?
From Evidence to Faith
Top Notch Apologetics Course!
Credo Courses Has Launched
A Saturday With Tim McGrew
Street Epistemologists – On Guard 1
Apologetics isn’t always what it seems
Is the Moral Argument Unbelievable?
Invite Mary Jo Sharp to Speak at Your Event 
Real Science vs. Bill Nye the “Science” Guy
5 Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus is Important
An appeal to ex-JW’s who are now atheists or agnostics
How To Break Free From Skepticism With One Simple Question
Article: Learning from an Apostle- Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas by Doug Groothuis

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Paul Tripp Ministries

What Makes A Man [Article] – A lot of people have said a lot of things about manhood. Here are 8 of my own observations: Read the Article

Right Here, Right Now [Radio Broadcast] – I finished posting all 70 radio programs that I recorded back in 2006 and 2007: Listen to the Episodes

EASTER [Sermon Series] – The hope of the Christian faith is inextricably tied to the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are 3 sermons to remind us of that: Listen to the Sermons


The Daily Discovery (March 28-29, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Truth Behind the Religious Freedom Bill – “Gosh dang it you guys. I love Jesus so much, I love people so much, I love my family so much, I love my friends so much, and I love you all so much. I want to focus my time on loving people, but things like this get in the way, and I hate it.  Seriously you guys! I’m in my apartment sick with the flu, and I’m going crazy reading all of this stuff on Facebook! This is not a political post, and it’s not a religious post. It’s a post by an annoyed human who is tired of seeing his friends use Facebook as an abnormally large soapbox to share radically uninformed and divisive opinions. My mom saw a church sign the other day that said, “If you jump to conclusions, you may jump over facts.” And it seems to me that many of you are jumping over facts.”

Four Reasons I’m Not Concerned With the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage – “This article is not written as an attempt to justify homosexuality or to forcefully impose my Christian beliefs on non-believers. My purpose here is to give my perspective regarding the topic at hand. If you are deeply offended by my first point, move on to the second point (you’ll like that one a lot) and then read the first one last. My intent is not to offend anyone, but instead to give a fair assessment of two opposing viewpoints and to explain why I think my views are valid.”

Sorry gays, you don’t have the right to be free from discrimination – “I feel like I’m caught in a time warp where every day I wake up and it’s the same day all over again. Kind of like the Bill Murray movie, but with less enchantment, and with no groundhogs in sight, tragically. So this week Indiana passed a religious freedom bill that affirms a private individual’s business owner’s right to decide who they associate with and how they associate with them. This is partly a religious freedom thing, but it’s primarily just a matter of basic private property rights. It’s also terrain that’s already been rather explicitly covered in the First Amendment. It just shows you where we are in this country that states need to go back and write laws that basically say, ‘Hey, remember the First Amendment? Yeah, that’s still a thing.’”

Grounding Our Youth in Truth – “We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth focused on God as the College life tries to lure our children into the ways of the world?”

Ministers, not Masters – “Second Corinthians is a book about ministry. Many commentators call it the fourth pastoral epistle, adding it to First and Second Timothy and Titus, because it focuses so much on the true character of Christian ministry. And it teaches us the lessons that it does by looking at the life of the Apostle Paul, the archetype of the minister of the Gospel.”


SERMON:

Tim Conway – The Relationship of Love and Prayer


VIDEOS:

Pastor Emilio talking to Dean at UNT

Mike Gendron with RedGraceMedia


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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Equipping Eve–Christless Checklists And Holiness–Part 2

In this episode, we continue our discussion from J.C. Ryle’s book, Holiness, on growing in grace. What are some of the marks of growing in grace, as revealed to us in Scripture?


Are Soul Mates Biblical?

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Q.  I would like to ask you about your opinion on Soul Mates. Is it a purely Romantic notion, or is it a God Ordained one?  I know we’re at the brink of the Rapture and the way the world is going you can tell that everything is coming to an end quickly. However I am still very young and wish to find someone I can cleave unto. Should I stop praying for love and focus on the Lord?

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 Pre Trib or Mid Trib?

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Q.  In ll Thes. 2:7-8 it’s telling us that the restrainer is not taken out of the way until just before the antichrist is revealed when he stands in the temple and claims himself to be God. This is the middle of the tribulation. Can you shed some light on this?   Because I’m really looking forward to getting out of here!

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 A Question On Joel 2

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Q.  My question has to do with the book of Joel and chapter two in particular.  The more that I study the bible the more I see a vast distinction between Israel and the Church.  Chapter two of Joel clearly is about Israel and it appears to me that it is about Israel after the rapture.  I have for my entire life been taught and believed that Joel 2:28 is primarily about the church with the Holy Spirit being poured out “on all people.”  But verse 28 begins with “and afterward” with the context about the “Day of the Lord.”  Verse 29 says “I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”  To me these scriptures talks about God pouring out His Spirit on all people during the tribulation days.

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Confused About Luke 21

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Q. I am confused by Luke 21 and hope you can clarify it for me.  Does this chapter concern the Tribulation period?  If so, and if we believe the Rapture won’t happen until the ‘times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ then Luke 21:24 appears to mean the Rapture won’t be experienced until sometime during the Tribulation, and yet that seams to be contradicted in Luke 21:36.

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Did Jonah Die?

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Q.  Recently we were having a bible study on the book of Jonah and as I read the book I believe it to say that Jonah was alive in the belly of the fish that swallowed him.  The instructor claimed that Jonah died in the fish & was essentially “buried” for three days, thus being a precursor to Christ.  I believe that he was alive for the three days & nights, how else could he have prayed to God out of the fish’s belly?

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The Larger Earth Theory

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Q.  I was at a home Bible study the other night and the topic of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven came up. The leader of the study said the (new) Earth
will be many times larger than it is now in order to accommodate this vast structure. I had never considered that option and always thought at you do that the city will be more like a satellite in orbit. Later I happened to read an article that suggested the same thing. It seemed strange to have never heard of this and then hear it twice within a week. What are your thoughts on this “larger earth” theory?

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Passover and Palm Sunday

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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29,34).

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Our Time is Short

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


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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.

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5 Reasons Why People Doubt Their Salvation

Originally posted on Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

doubt“I am confident of this: that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

The Bible teaches not only does Jesus save us, but He keeps us in the faith. It teaches God not only gives eternal life, but will preserve us in that life. It is not life until we sin again, it is not life until we feel differently, it is not life until times get tough and our faith grows weak, it is eternal life which will never end. Scripture is filled with the assurance that our salvation is secure. Many people, however, doubt their salvation. Here are five reasons why:

1. They have a faulty understanding of how they are saved.

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The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

The Dawkins Letters I’m thoroughly enjoying David Robertson’s The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths.  This book is a chapter-by-chapter response to Richard Dawkins’ well known title, The God Delusion.  I’ll come back and write more on this later; for now, I want to point out the great counter argument Robertson gives to Dawkins’ Darwinian explanation of morality.

Dawkins defines goodness as altruism and says that humans tend to be altruistic towards people of our own kin – that’s how we’ve evolved genetically.  On top of this is a reciprocal aspect – that people are nice to each other so people are nice to them in return.  Dawkins also says that people are sometimes nice because they want to show off.  One other thing he writes is that kindness and sympathy are blessed Darwinian mistakes.

Robertson deconstructs this evolutionary view of morality:

1) First, it does not seem much of a morality

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March 28-29, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Daily Prayer – Saturday 28 March 2015

Continue to pray for Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother who has been on death row since November 2010.


Daily Prayer – Sunday 29 March 2015

Our Father in Heaven, we lift before you Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who has had his prison sentence extended by six years under the charges of “actions against the state” and “actions against national security”

 


The Man Who Talks to Boko Haram

ICC Note: Stephen Davis, the Australian who has engaged militant Islamist group Boko Haram to negotiate for release of the more than 200 Chibok girls kidnapped in April 2014 alleges local government sponsorship of Boko Haram.


Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under Modi, EFI Figures Show

ICC Note: According to reports, the number of incidents against Christians, including violence and harassment, has risen 55 percent since Prime Minister took power in May 2014.

 


 Religious freedom in Crimea

CRIMEA: Religious freedom survey, March 2015

ICC Note:

“One year after Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea…the forced imposition of Russian restrictions on religion has brought difficulties for those trying to exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief.


 

Little Lambs for Spring!

After suffering much persecution, which resulted in being ostracized from their town and no ability to find work, ICC purchased lambs for Peace and his wife, Happiness.


Two Christians Accused of Lahore Lynchings after Church Bombings

ICC Note: Shortly after the suicide bombings that took place outside two churches in Lahore, Pakistan nearly two weeks ago, mob violence broke out leading to the lynching of two suspects.


Eight Chinese Christians From Sanjiang Church Sentenced to Prison

Zhejiang court sentences 8 Christians from Sanjiang Church

ICC Note:

Eight Christians in China pled guilty to “illegal occupation of farmland” and “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” in their attempts to protect Sanjiang Church from illegal destruction by the hands of the government.


Christian School Wins Legal Battle Against Teachers Fired for Refusing to Affirm Their Faith

ICC Note: In 2012, the Christian church-owned Little Oaks Elementary School required that its teachers submit a form affirming their Christian faith as part of their contract renewal.


Nigerian Christians Brace for Increased Persecution On the Eve of Presidential Elections

By Troy Augustine

3/27/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Nigerians are preparing to vote for president tomorrow amid heightened tensions between Christians and Muslims in a race that currently stands too close to call.


Nigeria Election: Kano’s Christian Exodus

ICC Note: Thousands of Christians are fleeing Kano, majority-Muslim city in Nigeria’s north ahead of tomorrow’s presidential election, fearing attacks. Most Christians reside in a suburb of Kano called Sabon Gari, but are now headed south and east remembering that more than 800 people died and 700 churches were burned across the country during post-election violence in 2011.


 Pastor in South Sudan Jailed, Lashed After Radical Muslims Threaten Him

ICC Note: Adam Haron, a Sudanese pastor, is rejoicing after being considered worthy to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Haron is a convert from Islam and received more than 300 lashes with a tree branch because of his Christian faith and ministry.

The Unexpected Defenders

Originally posted on School of Christian Thought:

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Christianity Today’s April issue focuses on women in apologetics, featuring the female faculty at Houston Baptist University. “The Unexpected Defenders: Meet Women Apologists” is a significant story for our time. While many other articles have shown the groundbreaking work of women in areas such as business leadership, law, and medicine, there has been a persistent, albeit fading, idea that the Christian intellectual life is only full of men and for men. Yet, there are many Christian women interested in the life of the mind and in how to take responsibility for understanding the faith they profess.

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March 28, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 28

WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER

Words and Music by James M. Black, 1856–1938

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:15)

The calm assurance of a future heavenly home is one of the greatest blessings for every Christian. It has been said that only those with an absolute confidence in their hereafter truly know to live victoriously in this life. Having a personal relationship with Christ means that we need have no fear that we will not hear “the trumpet call of God,” whether we are still alive or asleep in Jesus.

James M. Black was an active Methodist layman, a music teacher, and a composer and publisher of numerous gospel songs. He related this experience:

While a teacher in the Sunday school and president of a young people’s society, I one day met a girl, 14 years old, poorly clad and a child of a drunkard. She accepted my invitation to attend the Sunday school and join the young people’s society. One evening at a consecration meeting, when members answered the roll call by repeating Scripture texts, she failed to respond. I spoke of what a sad thing it would be when our names are called from the Lamb’s Book of Life, if one of us should be absent. When I reached my home, my wife saw that I was deeply troubled. Then the words in the first stanza came to me in full. In fifteen minutes more, I had composed the other two verses. Going to the piano, I played the music just as it is found today in the hymnbooks.

The subsequent death of the missing girl from pneumonia, after an illness of just 10 days, furnished the dramatic finale to this account and gives a poignancy to the “roll call” song. Since its publication in 1894, this simply worded gospel song with its rather ordinary music has captured the hearts of innumerable believers. These sincere expressions have provided Christians with a singable vehicle of praise for the glorious future that still awaits them.

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more, and the morning breaks eternal bright and fair— When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore, and the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise and the glory of His resurrection share— When the chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, and the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun. Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care; then when all of life is over and our work on earth is done, and the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there.

Chorus: When the roll is called up yonder, when the roll is called up yonder, when the roll is called up yonder—when the roll is call up yonder I’ll be there.

For Today: John 6:40; 1 Corinthians 15:40–42; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

Give God praise for the certainty about your eternal destiny that you as a child of God enjoy. Live this day in that confidence.[1]


March 28: Risk: Oversold and Underplayed

Numbers 32:1–42; 1 Corinthians 14:26–15:11; Psalm 27:1–14

The fears of the psalmist are not our fears today, and the fact that they aren’t should bother us. The psalmist remarks, “Do not give me over to the desire of my enemies, because false witnesses have arisen against me, and each breathing out violence. Surely I believe that I will see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living” (Psa 27:12–13). How many of us have legitimate enemies because of our faith? And how many of us experience violence because of the way we believe?

There are many problems with Christianity today, but one of the most pervasive is the lack of willingness to take major risks for Jesus. Likewise, there is unbelief in God’s incredible ability to overcome all that we face.

We may say that we affirm God’s power to beat all odds, but we don’t face the odds as if that were true. If we did, there would be far more world-changing Christians than there are. Instead, most Christians, at least in the Western world, are quite comfortable with a faith that generally allows for them to live a life of comfort rather than a life of being stretched for God’s causes. And when I use “them,” I mean that as “we.” We struggle with this, as a people and as individuals.

I think our fear of taking risks for Jesus is directly connected to our lack of knowledge about what to do when they come along. The psalmist tells us, “Wait for Yahweh. Be strong and let your heart show strength, and wait for Yahweh” (Psa 27:14). Notice that the psalmist tells us to wait for Yahweh twice. Only something of grand importance would a poet state twice. Strength is found in Yahweh, and that strength should be shown in how we live.

How can you take more risks for God? What are you waiting on, and how are you praying about that?

John D. Barry[2]


March 28

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is the Epistle to the Ephesians. Our lesson is from Ephesians 3:6, “… [to be specific], that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (NASU)

Lesson

At first glance, we may be tempted to take this verse for granted. But when we look more closely, it is great to see the significance of the blessings for the nations. Let’s look at three affirmations made by the apostle Paul.

The first affirmation is that Israel and the Gentiles are fellow heirs. An heir receives the inheritance left to him/her by the testator. In our case, the testator is Jesus Christ, who has made one people from two (Jews and Gentiles). Since Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, everything He is and has is at the disposal of His people. He is seated at the right hand of the Father and so are His people. Gentiles were not His people but now are when they accept Jesus Christ as Lord. Gentiles were enemies but now they have entrance to the Father. What great blessings we have in Christ by being fellow heirs!

The second affirmation is that Israel and the Gentiles are members of the same body. Paul uses the metaphor of the body to demonstrate unity and diversity. Although different, the two are one in Christ Jesus. There are no favorites in God’s eyes. Christ is portrayed as the head of the body and the people work together in harmony under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The final affirmation is that Israel and the Gentiles are fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. In other words, Gentiles can now share in the Old Testament promises as spiritual sons of Abraham. They also are part of the blessings and God’s covenant to Israel.

The word gospel means “good news” and this truly is something to celebrate. The Savior of Israel is the Savior of the world. The benefits of the death and resurrection of the Messiah are for all people who by faith believe in Him. Eternal life is available to all cultures. Just like sin affected all, eternal life through Jesus Christ is offered to all. Now there is forgiveness of sin and reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

In summarizing, Israel and the Gentiles are fellow heirs. Israel and the Gentiles are members of the same body. And Israel and the Gentiles are fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Let us consider and appropriate the great benefits we have in Christ. We are part of God’s people through the merits of the life and death of Jesus Christ. This is truly Good News for all who believe!

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It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is the Epistle to the Philippians. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 28

Forgiving as You Are Forgiven

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. … For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matt. 6:12, 14–15).

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An unforgiving Christian is a contradiction in terms.

It’s possible to confess your sins and still not know the joy of forgiveness. How? Failure to forgive others! Christian educator J. Oswald Sanders observed that Jesus measures us by the yardstick we use on others. Jesus didn’t say, “Forgive us because we have forgiven others,” but “Forgive us as we have forgiven others.”

An unforgiving Christian is a contradiction in terms because we are the forgiven ones! Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” God forgave us an immeasurable debt, saving us from the horrors of eternal Hell. That should be motivation enough to forgive any offense against us, and yet some Christians still hold grudges.

Here are three practical steps by which to deal with the sin of unforgiveness. First, confess it to the Lord, and ask Him to help you mend the relationship in question. Second, go to the person, ask for forgiveness, and seek reconciliation. You might discover that he or she wasn’t even aware of the offense. Third, give the person something you highly value. This is a very practical approach based on our Lord’s teaching that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt. 6:21). Whenever I’ve given a book or other gift to someone who had wronged me, I’ve felt a great sense of liberty in my spirit. In addition, my joy is compounded because I feel the joy of giving as well as the joy of forgiving.

Don’t ever let a grudge stand between you and another person. It will rob you of the full joy of God’s forgiveness.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Before praying, examine your heart. If you harbor bitterness toward another person, follow the procedure given above. Then pray, thanking the Lord for the joy of reconciliation.

For Further Study: Read the Parable of the Servant in Matthew 18:21–35. ✧ What question prompted the parable? ✧ How did the king respond to his servant’s pleading? ✧ What did the servant do later on? Why was that wrong?[4]


March 28

Ask in Faith

If we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

1 John 5:15

Whatever we ask of God …

Whatever we voice in thanksgiving to God …

Whatever we declare to be the attributes of God …

We must offer with faith.

We must truly believe that when we ask of God, He answers.

We must truly believe that He is worthy of all our thanksgiving and praise.

We must truly believe that He is totally capable of handling all things according to the fullness of His plan and purpose for our life.[5]


March 28

Learning to Forgive

Scripture reading: Genesis 50:14–20

Key verse: Genesis 39:2

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

If you have been deeply hurt, you know healing takes time. But did you know that you cannot completely heal until you are willing to forgive the individual who hurt you? By forgiving, you are not saying that what he did was acceptable or even right.

Those who have suffered abuse know it is not easy to get past painful memories. However, if you want to experience true freedom, there must come a point at which you decide to let go of the bitterness and anger.

Joseph suffered during his imprisonment. He had been betrayed by his brothers and left in a pit. Rather than leave him there to die, they sold him to a group of traders, who took him to Egypt. For the first time in his life, Joseph was alone. The thought of his brothers’ rejection must have seemed incomprehensible.

However, “the Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man” (Gen. 39:2 nasb). Joseph did not spend his time thinking about what he could do to get even. He made the most of his situation without self-pity. By the end of the story, we learn that he not only forgave those who sought to harm him but also was used by God to save them.

God may not require this same type of action from you. Yet He does want you to learn to forgive. Until you do, you will remain captive. Forgiveness sets the heart and spirit free.

Father, place in my heart the ability to forgive as You forgive me. Help me let go of bitterness and anger.[6]


March 28

The True Picture

I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:2

Jesus Christ evokes many images in the minds of people. Some picture Him as a baby in a manger—the Christ of Christmas. Others picture Him as a child, perhaps living in the home of a carpenter or confounding the religious leaders of Jerusalem. Many picture Him as a compassionate and powerful healer who restored the sick and raised the dead. Still others picture a bold and fiery preacher speaking the Word of God to great crowds. And there are those who see Him as the consummate man—a model of goodness, kindness, sympathy, concern, care, tenderness, forgiveness, wisdom, and understanding.

Yet the one image of Christ that surpasses all the rest is Jesus Christ on the cross. To know Christ crucified is to know Him as the author and finisher of your faith—the truest picture of His Person and work.

Christ’s suffering on the cross is the focal point of the Christian faith. That’s where His deity, humanity, work, and suffering are most clearly seen.[7]


March 28     He Understands

scripture reading:
Hebrews 4:14–16

key verse:
Isaiah 53:4

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

A woman in Bangladesh holds her limp child and wails—the victim of yet another cyclone.

A son is awakened from his sleep with a call informing him of his father’s sudden death. He grieves.

A Kansas wheat farmer looks numbly at his hail–flattened field and buries his weathered face in his calloused hands to hide the tears.

Jesus weeps with you as He wept at the news of Lazarus’s death. In your agony He, too, is pained. He is not an automated, austere Sovereign, immune to your suffering, but a merciful High Priest who can “sympathize with [your] weaknesses” (Heb. 4:15 nasb).

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross,” writes British author Rev. John R. W. Stott. “In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God immune to it?”

Jesus came as the suffering Messiah, the slain Lamb, the tearstained and bleeding Savior. He understands and comforts your deepest sorrows.

He not only understands but actually asks you to cast your burdens and place your heartache on His shoulders so that He might sustain you in your anguish. He knows how you feel and comes tenderly to your aid.

You understand, Father, and this comforts me. You came to earth as a suffering Messiah. You tell me to cast my burdens on You, so I do that right now, dear Lord.[8]


March 28

The Righteous Judge

Scripture reading: Luke 18:1–8

Key verse: Matthew 7:8

Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The widow had made a complete nuisance of herself. She just wouldn’t take no for an answer, and the judge was becoming irate. He didn’t care whether she had a case, and he didn’t want to be bothered with the facts. All he knew was that if he granted her the legal protection she asked for, she would finally leave him alone.

Why would Jesus tell this parable to help explain why you should be persistent in prayer? The judge in the story isn’t at all like your heavenly Father and that is Jesus’ point: “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily” (Luke 18:6–8).

If an earthly judge without a conscience gives in because someone keeps after him, how much more will God the righteous and loving Judge listen to you, His own child? God is not deaf to your appeals. You may feel that He is not listening, but in reality He may be asking you to wait. Sometimes He withholds an answer for a time so that you will draw closer to Him and develop the habit of talking to Him through prayer.

Remember, God’s priority is always your relationship with Him. Keep going to your heavenly Father, the just Judge. Your case is on His heart.

Father, how I thank You that You are a just judge. Help me persevere in prayer, knowing that You will answer in due time and Your answer will be just and right.[9]


March 28

Contentment

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6–13

Key Verse: Philippians 4:12

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

We struggle enough over the issue of contentment, and most of us live in fairly good conditions with enough to eat and clothes to wear. Imagine Paul in prison, without some of the basic necessities and without personal freedom, and read his words carefully: “Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:11–13 nasb).

Paul was not a blind and foolhardy optimist who denied reality. He had already endured much physical hardship, yet he could still look at his bleak prospects, humanly speaking, and say he was truly content. When he said that Christ was his strength for everything, he meant everything. He did not try to count his “haves” and “have-nots” in a spirit of worry or fear.

Paul knew that God’s best for him was found by abiding in Christ daily, trusting Him to furnish what he needed. More important, Paul knew that looking around in envy at other believers would lead only to attitudes of defeat and discouragement. And that is not God’s best for anyone.

Thank You, God, for what You have graciously given me: food, shelter, friends, and family. I trust You to furnish any lack in my life. Teach me to be content.[10]


March 28

Well Equipped for Victory

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10–18

Key Verses: Ephesians 6:10–11

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

In the lifelong struggle with temptation and natural desire, believers are told to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ. This becomes a daily activity by which you decide who is going to live your life for you today. Are you going to live in the flesh, or is Jesus going to have the privilege of living His life through you?

People have different terms for the “flesh,” but simply put, it is the natural part of each person that desires to operate in opposition to God. It usually manifests itself by challenging the restrictions that the Lord set for mankind’s good.

Once we are saved, we fluctuate between two mind-sets—that of the Spirit leading toward God and that of the flesh leading away from Him. While we will always retain old fleshly patterns of thinking, we do not have to succumb to living by them, because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

But since our two ways of thinking are in opposition to each other, conflict and warfare naturally result. We are in a real battle, which requires real weapons. The Lord has given us the helmet of salvation so that we will not surrender our minds to ungodly thinking. The breastplate of righteousness protects our emotions from giving way to natural desires. We also put on the belt of truth, which enables us to walk in keeping with godly principles rather than according to the flesh. And the Lord has provided a true shield of faith for us because there are actual darts of doubt.

In other words, we are at war, but we are well equipped for it. God always leads us in triumph.

Thank You, Lord, that You always lead me in triumph. Thank You for the weapons of spiritual warfare that assure my victory.[11]


March 28

Enemies of Humility: Partisanship

“… That no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.”

1 Corinthians 4:6

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Genuine humility among Christians will leave no room for arrogant partisanship.

The Corinthian church was a notorious illustration of the sin of partisanship among believers. Its partisanship—some members claimed allegiance to Paul, some to Apollos, and some to Cephas (Peter)—was essentially caused by pride. Paul, as author of 1 Corinthians, vigorously opposed such pride of divisions, as Apollos and Peter would have.

The Corinthian believers did have reason to be thankful to God for sending them such quality leaders. And it was right for those in Corinth to respect and honor their spiritual elders. Scripture says, “Appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction” (1 Thess. 5:12). However, the Corinthians went far beyond God’s Word and exalted the leaders for the prideful sake of themselves, the followers, thus creating partisan sects.

Such partisan spirit, even on behalf of godly leaders, always leads to hostility toward other faithful servants of God. And the motivation behind all this is pride, which is essentially having an inflated (arrogant) view of yourself, one that says “I’m for me.” When pride rules the operations of any church, humility is forgotten, and fellowship and harmony are inevitably torn apart.

You can help prevent or counteract partisanship simply by considering that all the daily benefits you take for granted—food, housing, clothing, job, family—are yours because of God’s kind providence. And if you’re a Christian, you have eternal life, God’s Word, spiritual gifts, and many other blessings that are all of grace. The apostle James reminds us, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).

So again we see that God gives us every reason to be humble and leaves no place for pride and partisanship. If you have a good pastor and good elders or deacons, humbly thank God for them. You and your leaders are all stewards of God, entrusted for a short while to serve Him with His resources.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that the Lord would help you be a positive influence for humility and harmony, rather than for pride and partisanship.

For Further Study: Read Acts 14:8–18. How did the people of Lystra react to Paul and Barnabas? ✧ How difficult was it for Paul and Barnabas to correct the people’s errors?[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 17:1–18:22
Psalm 37:37-40
Proverbs 12:20-22
Luke 4:1-30
Notes:

Deuteronomy 17:16, 17 multiply…multiply…multiply. Restrictions were placed on the king: 1) he must not acquire many horses; 2) he must not take multiple wives; and 3) he must not accumulate much silver and gold. The king was not to rely on military strength, political alliances, or wealth for his position and authority, but he was to look to the Lord. Solomon violated all of those prohibitions, while his father, David, violated the last two. Solomon’s wives brought idolatry into Jerusalem, which resulted in the kingdom being divided (1 Kin. 11:1–43).

Luke 4:21 this Scripture is fulfilled. This was an unambiguous claim that Jesus was the Messiah who fulfilled the prophecy. His hearers correctly understood His meaning but could not accept such lofty claims from One whom they knew so well as the carpenter’s son (v. 22; Matt. 13:55).

Luke 4:28 filled with wrath. This is Luke’s first mention of hostile opposition to Christ’s ministry. What seems to have sparked the Nazarenes’ fury was Christ’s suggestion that divine grace might be withheld from them yet extended to Gentiles.

Luke 4:30 passing through the midst of them. The implication is that this was a miraculous escape—the first of several similar incidents in which Jesus escaped a premature death at the hands of a mob (John 7:30; 8:59; 10:39).

DAY 28: Who is the Prophet that Moses refers to in Deuteronomy 18:15–19?

Read through 18:15–19 again where Moses promises that “the LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst.” The singular pronoun emphasizes the ultimate Prophet who was to come. Both the Old Testament (34:10) and the New Testament (Acts 3:22, 23; 7:37) interpret this passage as a reference to the coming Messiah, who, like Moses, would receive and preach divine revelation and lead His people (John 1:21, 25,43–45; 6:14; 7:40). In fact, Jesus was like Moses in several other ways: 1) He was spared death as a baby (Ex. 2;Matt. 2:13–23); 2) He renounced a royal court (Phil. 2:5–8; Heb. 11:24–27); 3) He had compassion on His people (Num. 27:17; Matt. 9:36); 4) He made intercession for the people (Deut. 9:18; Heb. 7:25); 5) He spoke with God face-to-face (Ex. 34:29, 30; 2 Cor. 3:7); and 6) He was the mediator of a covenant (Deut. 29:1; Heb. 8:6, 7).

In contrast to the true Prophet, Moses predicted there would be false prophets who would come to Israel, speaking not in the name of the Lord, but in the name of false gods (vv. 20–22). How could the people tell if a prophet was authentically speaking for God? Moses said, “If the thing does not happen,” it was not from God. The characteristic of false prophets is the failure of their predictions to always come true. Sometimes false prophets speak and it happens as they said, but they are representing false gods and trying to turn people from the true God—they must be rejected and executed (13:1–5). Other times, false prophets are more subtle and identify with the true God but speak lies. If ever a prophecy of such a prophet fails, he is shown to be false (Jer. 28:15–17; 29:30–32).

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, http://www.thomasnelson.com.


March 28 – Shining the Light

“‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 5:16).

Letting our “light shine before men” allows them to see our “good works,” the beauty the Lord has worked in us. To see good works by us is to see Christ in us. That’s why Jesus says, “Let your light shine.” It is not something we create or make up, but something we allow the Lord to do through us. It is God’s light; our choice is whether to hide it or let it shine.

We allow God’s light to shine through us so God will receive the praise. Our intent should be that in what we are and what we do, others may see God and “glorify [our] Father who is in heaven.”

Our good works should magnify God’s grace and power. That is the supreme calling of life: glorifying God. Everything we do is to cause others to give praise to God, the source of all that is good. The way we live ought to lead those around us to glorify our heavenly Father.

However, when what we do causes people to be attracted to us rather than to God, to see our human character rather than His divine character, we can be sure that what they see is not His light. Make sure your deeds point people to God, the author of those deeds.

Ask Yourself

As we’ve seen before, some will respond to your good deeds with derision and persecution, but others will shower praise on you for your acts of Christian character. How do you respond to those who give you credit for your servant’s heart and faithful obedience? How do you deflect that praise to God so it doesn’t nestle down in your own heart?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610, http://www.moodypublishers.com.


ADORATION: Acknowledge God’s Eternality and Omnipresence

2.1

That he is an eternal God, immutable, without beginning of days or end of life or change of time.

You are the King of ages, immortal, invisible. 1 Timothy 1:17(ESV)

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God; Psalm 90:2(ESV) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8(ESV)

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no end. Psalm 102:25-27(ESV)

You are God and do not change; therefore we are not consumed. Malachi 3:6(ESV)

Are you not from everlasting, O LORD our God, our Holy One? Habakkuk 1:12(ESV) You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who does not faint or grow weary, whose understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28(ESV)

2.2

That he is present in all places, and there is no place in which he is not included or out of which he is excluded.

You are a God at hand and not a God far away; none can hide himself in secret places so that you cannot see him, for you fill heaven and earth. Jeremiah 23:23-24(ESV)

You are not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27(ESV)

We cannot go anywhere from your presence or flee from your Spirit: If we ascend to heaven, you are there! If we make our bed in Sheol, in the depths of the earth, behold you are there! If we take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead us, and your right hand shall hold us, Psalm 139:7-10(ESV) for we can never outrun you.

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer


 

[1] Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (pp. 99–100). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

[2] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Venditti, L., & Venditti, N. (2012). Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 100). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 97). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 91). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 100). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 91). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 91). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 91). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[12] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.t

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Five: Saturday)

Saturday

Day 34: Do we regard the resurrection narratives in the Gospels as historically credible?

Confession: Psalm 119:25–32

My soul clings to the dust;

revive me according to your word.

I told of my ways, and you answered me;

teach me your statutes.

Make me understand the way of your precepts,

that I may meditate on your wonderful things.

My soul weeps because of grief;

strengthen me according to your word.

Remove from me the deceptive way,

and graciously give me your law.

I have chosen the faithful way;

I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your testimonies;

O Yahweh, do not let me be put to shame.

I will run the way of your commands,

for you will enlarge my heart.

Reading: Mark 15:1–5

And as soon as morning came, after formulating a plan, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, tied up Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” And he answered him and said, “You say so.” And the chief priests began to accuse him of many things. So Pilate asked him again, saying, “Do you not answer anything? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” But Jesus did not answer anything further, so that Pilate was astonished.

Reflection

He is the First-begotten, after a transcendent manner. He is the creator of man. He is all in all—patriarch among the patriarchs; law in the law; the priest among priests; among kings, prime Leader; the prophet among the prophets; the angel among angels; the man among men; son in the Father; God in God; king to all eternity. He was sold with Joseph, and He guided Abraham. He was bound along with Isaac and wandered with Jacob. With Moses, He was Leader, and, respecting the people, legislator. He preached in the prophets, was incarnate of a virgin, and born in Bethlehem. He was received by John and baptized in Jordan. He was tempted in the desert, and proved to be the Lord.

He gathered the apostles together and preached the kingdom of heaven. He gave light to the blind and raised the dead. He was seen in the temple, but was not held by the people as worthy of credit. He was arrested by the priests, conducted before Herod, and condemned in the presence of Pilate. He manifested Himself in the body, was suspended upon a beam of wood, and raised from the dead. He was shown to the apostles, and—having been carried up to heaven—sits on the right hand of the Father, and has been glorified by Him as the resurrection of the dead. Moreover, He is the salvation of the lost, the light to those dwelling in darkness, and redemption to those who have been born. He is the shepherd of the saved and the bridegroom of the Church. He is the charioteer of the cherubim, the leader of the angelic host. He is God of God—Jesus Christ our Saviour.

—Irenaeus of Lyons

Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus

Response

Which of Jesus’ roles, listed by Irenaeus of Lyons above, is the most amazing to you? Why? Spend time praising Him in prayer and thanking Him for His roles and His work.[1]

 

[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 27, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Collection

You must either give up your sins or give up all hope of heaven. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 23 Quotes


Mar. 27, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Top U.S. Senate Democrat Harry Reid won’t seek re-election next year, ending a congressional career that spans more than three decades.

The U.S. Senate adopted a fiscal 2016 budget that calls for $5.1 trillion in spending cuts to achieve balance in 10 years, while avoiding proposals to partially privatize Medicare as many Republicans brace for re-election.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a change of policy Wednesday that will allow some sex offenders in the state to live within 2,000 feet of a school or a park, a reversal of a provision of Proposition 83, or “Jessica’s Law,” which voters passed in 2006.

Within hours of signing the so-called “Religious Freedom Bill” into law in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence learned that there would be a price to pay for enacting what critics say is a brazenly anti-gay piece of legislation. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced that the San Francisco-based company would cancel all travel to Indiana, effective immediately. The law allows businesses the right to refuse serving gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

The U.S. economy expanded at 2.2 percent annualized pace in the fourth quarter, led by the biggest gain in consumer spending in eight years.

The slowdown that North American railroad companies had been bracing for in crude oil shipments has turned into a rout, with volumes falling faster than executives had predicted.

AP Top Stories

Indonesia is preparing to move a Filipina death row inmate for execution after she lost her appeal in the Supreme Court earlier this week. The planned executions of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso and nine other mostly foreign drug traffickers has drawn international criticism after repeated pleas for mercy from the United Nations and various governments have gone unheeded by President Joko Widodo.

Arab coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second straight day of strikes led by Saudi Arabia, which accused Iran of “aggression” across the region.

Russia has unveiled ambitious plans to build a superhighway that, in theory, could make it possible to drive from London on one end to New York on the other.

A 22-year-old Oklahoma man committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at a Colorado ski resort after witnesses said he ate “a large amount” of marijuana-infused edibles, the local coroner said on Thursday.

Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday.

Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.

A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.

At least one person was killed and several others injured when a truck hit a beam on a highway bridge under construction above Interstate 35 in central Texas, causing a collapse that rained debris on vehicles, officials said.

Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, early Thursday morning.

A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter with a chef’s knife was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated murder.

U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China’s frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

BBC

The Nigerian army said it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

US drug enforcement agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, a new report has alleged.

Brazil, the world’s seventh largest economy, narrowly avoided contracting in 2014 with a growth rate of just 0.1% for the year.

An Argentine appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss a controversial case against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home. There is a two-hour exemption on Friday to allow Muslim prayers and a five-hour window for Christians on Sunday.

Australia has passed a controversial security law that will require its internet and mobile phone providers to store customer data for two years.

WND

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days.

Two major federal law enforcement agencies have spent millions of dollars on 23 drones that for some reason are not operational.

The Seattle Police Department offers its precinct lobbies as a safe place to exchange cash or valuables with a [Craigslist] stranger.


 Daily Digest

March 27, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“If men … give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” –Samuel Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772

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A Broken Reid Retires

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It’s the end of an error, er, era. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term in 2016. The New York Times epitaph says his retirement “bring[s] an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.” Of course, the point there is that Reid’s pushing Obama’s agenda is what put him in the minority, and after all his black eyes (real and metaphorical) he probably just doesn’t care to continue there. Naturally, he denies it, saying, “The decision that I’ve made has absolutely nothing to do with my injury, it has nothing to do with my being minority leader, and it certainly has nothing to do with my ability to be re-elected, because the path to re-election is much easier than it probably has been any time that I’ve run for re-election.” But it’s hardly unusual for a powerful member of Congress to call it quits upon returning to the minority. And Republicans nearly unseated him in 2010 with a B-list candidate, meaning his re-election in 2016 is far from a sure bet. “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” he said. Indeed, he’d rather not run than lose his last election. He gave that away when he said, “I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected.” If his path is “much easier” and he’s “at the top of [his] game,” why would it take so much money to win?

Creating a Budget Is the Best Thing This Congress Has Done

After a grueling 18-hour session, the Senate adopted a budget proposal around 3 a.m. Friday through a 52-46 vote that split along party lines. The budget is different than the House’s spending plan, as it doesn’t defund ObamaCare and reform Medicare. Yet, this measure shows the Republicans in Congress actually beginning to lead. Think about it this way: If the federal government was an average American household, it hasn’t worked with a budget since 2009 and instead used credit cards and managed money on a month-to-month basis (relatively speaking). In the coming weeks, Congress will use the two spending plans to create a resolution both chambers can approve. Yesterday, Barack Obama gave an audience in Alabama his hard-hitting analysis on the GOP’s budget: “It represents the opposite of middle-class economics.” We hope so. He went on to attack Congress’ budget, saying that a little deficit is okay. He’s one to talk. Earlier this week, Obama’s proposed budget failed in the Senate on a 98-1 vote, which tells us what even Democrats think of his fiscal “leadership.” More…

Two IL National Guardsmen Planned ISIL Attack in U.S.

While Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds flew to Egypt to defect to ISIL, his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, who was also in the National Guard, was going to use his uniform and training to attack a U.S. military base in northern Illinois. That was the duo’s plan at least, before the FBI arrested Hasan at Chicago Midway International Airport and Jonas at his home. In a statement, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said, “According to the charges filed today, the defendants allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL and planned to travel overseas to support the terrorist organization. In addition, they plotted to attack members of our military within the United States. Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack.” While the two may have worn the same uniform that today’s Patriots also wear, the two terrorists were part of the worldwide jihadi terror network. In the words of Mark Alexander, “These attacks and those to come were and will be directly tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur’an, the foundational fabric linking all Islamist violence.” More…

Half of ObamaCare Users Owe the IRS

Goodbye refund. Half of the Americans who received a subsidy for health insurance will never see their refund materialize, as they owe the government because it gave out too much in ObamaCare subsidies. In other words, Americans are paying for the government’s mistake. “Nearly all families that received tax credits will either owe money or receive extra money because their tax filings had changed after they calculated their ObamaCare subsidies, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation,” The Hill reports. “Only 4 percent of households received the correct subsidy, according to the report, which uses data from the national Survey of Income and Program Participation.” While it’s not a good way to manage personal finances, many Americans count on a sizable IRS refund to make big purchases like furniture or a new vehicle, or to pay down some debt. Instead, Americans who couldn’t afford health insurance will be farther in a financial hole. More…

Quietly, Defense Officials Oppose Transgendered Soldiers

While Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wants to explore the idea of allowing transgendered people to openly serve in the U.S. military, Defense officials under him are not so sure. But the situation is so politically charged they asked that their names not be published along with their comments. “The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly,” the Associated Press reports. “Much of the opposition centers on questions of where transgender troops would be housed, what berthing they would have on ships, which bathrooms they would use and whether their presence would affect the ability of small units to work well together.” Because the policies of the U.S. military can be changed depending on who is commander in chief, progressives can view it as a petri dish for their favorite social experiments. What Carter and Barack Obama seem to have forgotten is that the U.S. military was founded, like, to actually fight our enemies and defend our homeland. Instead, they’ve created a culture that quashes dissent and cares more about “diversity,” “inclusion” and “tolerance” than winning wars. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Congress Asserts Itself in Iran Dealings

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As Barack Obama races headlong toward whatever nuclear deal he can get with Iran, Congress has repeatedly reminded the former college lecturer and “constitutional scholar” that the Constitution does not grant him divine powers — that he is not an emperor, but merely the head of the executive branch of government. That same Constitution charges the Senate to approve or reject foreign treaties through its advice and consent role. And the Congress as a whole is the sole authority for passing legislation, including the legislation that put U.S. sanctions in place against Iran in recent years. Obama’s disdain for our system of checks and balances is well documented, and his “trust me” approach to the Iran negotiations is simply more proof of it.

Finally, it appears that both congressional chambers and both parties have had enough. Three recent events demonstrate the legislative branch’s distrust of the executive when it comes to a deal with Iran.

First, it was 47 Republican senators and their open letter to Iran, making clear that any non-binding deal could be negated at a moment’s notice by a future president. Because of the letter’s 100% Republican backing, it was easy for Obama and his fellow travelers to dismiss its authors as partisans and even “traitors.” As we said at the time, the letter would have been better addressed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than to Iran, but it was a significant and perfectly legal warning shot all the same.

Then, earlier this week, 367 members of the House, from both sides of the aisle, signed a letter to Barack Obama reminding His Eminence that Congress enacted sanctions on Iran and any relief of those sanctions as part of a deal would require new legislation — not just a wave of his hand. With a veto-proof majority of House members signing this letter, it will be impossible to spin as partisan politics, although we fully expect Obama and his sycophants to try.

Finally, on Thursday, the Senate unanimously endorsed an amendment to its budget that would make it easier to restore sanctions if Iran is caught cheating again. We repeat, a unanimous, 100-0, un-spinnable, no wiggle-room vote of the entire Senate.

California’s Barbara Boxer, not generally known as a foreign policy hawk, endorsed the amendment, saying, “I hope we can all vote for this because it doesn’t do anything to cause disarray in the negotiations. What it says is if there is a deal and there’s a break-out by Iran, we’d have a very quick way to restore sanctions.” The vote was held by roll call at the insistence of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and thus puts all 100 senators on record in favor of the amendment.

It’s unfortunate that the White House and Congress are having this food fight during such a critical moment in U.S. foreign policy, but Obama has only himself to blame. His treatment of Congress, his record of lies and his “we have to get a deal before we share the details” approach have finally exceeded the limits of congressional goodwill. It remains to be seen if Obama will press ahead anyway, but Congress has now drawn its own line in the sand. Let’s hope they stick to it.

Saudis Clean Up Obama’s ‘Success’ in Yemen

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Disaster = success?

Remember when Yemen was a model of success for Barack Obama’s foreign policy? That’s what he called it last September before the Yemeni government fell to Iranian backed rebels. Among other things, U.S. intelligence in the region is seriously compromised after having had to pull its personnel from the country. Undeterred by this dramatic change in events, however, Obama still insists Yemen is a great example of a “successful counterterrorism strategy.”

After learning earlier this month about Saudi Arabia’s efforts to counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions through a deal with South Korea, we now know the Saudis are countering Tehran on another front: They’re leading a counterattack against Iran’s Houthi proxies in Yemen.

On Wednesday, the kingdom made it official, leading a coalition of at least 10 allied nations with airstrikes against its southern neighbor, reserving ground troops as needed. The U.S. is playing a small role, with a Joint Planning Cell to provide military and intelligence support.

As is often the case in these conflicts, the players are divided along sectarian lines. The Saudis and their Sunni allies are pitted against the Iranian Shiites in the latest chapter of an age-old conflict. Yet these religious alliances do not necessarily extend to the Islamic State, which is also engaged in a struggle with Iran over various cities in Iraq, most particularly Tikrit. The U.S. is part of a coalition to push the Islamic State out of Iraq — whose ascendance was enabled by Obama’s disastrous decision to withdraw American forces in 2011.

Among the factions trying to push ISIL from Iraq, though, are Iranian-backed militia groups. So, as National Review’s Jim Geraghty put it, “[W]e’re offering logistical help to our allies to help them fight Iranian proxies… while we’re helping Iranian forces in Iraq against ISIS… while we’re attempting to reach agreement with the Iranians on their nuclear ambitions.”

If you’re confused, join the club: As FP Group CEO David Rothkopf quipped on Twitter, “I’m pretty sure appointing a Magic 8 Ball as National Security Advisor would produce better results than we’re currently getting.”

You have to hand it to the Saudis, though: When they saw their national interest was threatened, they put together a working coalition to deal with the problem. Unfortunately, the original U.S.-led effort to deal with Islamist terror — what we in our humble shop call the Long War — has dissipated due to Obama’s lack of resolve and compulsory aim for political expediency. For their part, the Saudis will likely fight until they get what they want, so the real question is just how much wider this Arabian Peninsula skirmish will grow, and what other strange bedfellows get together.

Challenging the EPA Steamroller

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Michigan v. EPA, a case that has the potential to either check the Environmental Protection Agency’s runaway abuse of power or give it unchecked authority to bankrupt any industry it sees fit.

At issue is the agency’s duty to adhere to the Clean Air Act’s “appropriate and necessary” standard when issuing and enforcing regulations. The EPA published mercury and air toxin standards in 2012 that, by the agency’s own estimates, would cost the economy close to $10 billion annually. The public health benefits supposedly to be gained from the rules would amount to $6 million annually at the most, meaning that every $20,000 of regulatory fees that the energy industry pays would lead to only $1 in public benefit. What a deal.

The EPA argues economic cost is not a factor when considering whether regulations are appropriate and necessary, claiming environmental benefits alone are what concern the agency.

When the case was before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s dissent took the EPA to task: “Your only statutory direction is to decide whether it is ‘appropriate’ to go forward with the regulation. Before making that decision, what information would you want to know? You would certainly want to understand the benefits from the regulations. And you would surely ask how much the regulations would cost. You would no doubt take both of those considerations — benefits and costs — into account in making your decision. That’s just common sense and sound government practice.”

The EPA, though, is not concerned with common sense or legality. Its goal with the mercury regulations, among the costliest in history, is to drive coal-fired power plants out of business. And it’s all part of Barack Obama’s strategy to make sure electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

During oral arguments before the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the Obama administration’s most loyal water carriers, tried to justify the EPA’s position. He suggested that the agency would consider the appropriateness of costs at some later point when enforcing the mercury rule since, under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the power to apply rules in an “appropriate and necessary” manner.

It’s hoped that the legal minds of at least five Supreme Court justices will be sharp enough to recognize the contradiction of such an argument. If the EPA wasn’t concerned about whether its measures were appropriate at the regulatory rulemaking phase, then where’s the incentive to revisit the appropriate cost later on? Furthermore, if the EPA has the ability to decide whether the regulatory cost was appropriate at a later date, then it’s engaging in an action that it has stated in this case it need not do.

In Michigan v. EPA, the agency argues Rule of Law is irrelevant. If the Supreme Court rightly disagrees, then it will rule against this rogue EPA.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Political activist Angelina Grimke (1805-1879): “The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism.”

Columnist Mona Charen: “Throughout the protracted negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran, the Obama administration has assured Congress that ‘no deal’ was ‘better than a bad deal.’ They’ve offered pledges that Iran’s centrifuges would be limited to 500, that the PMDs (possible military dimensions) of its nuclear research would be fully disclosed, that the facility at Fordo (built into a mountain) would be shut down, and that snap inspections would be part of any agreement. … The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. negotiators are scaling back their demands for disclosure of PMDs (something the International Atomic Energy Agency had also demanded). … The French government has protested that the U.S. is retreating (think that one over for a minute). France’s foreign minister is reported to have said that ‘the United States was really ready to sign just about anything with the Iranians.’ … Each and every news leak out of Lausanne depicts the U.S. walking back its demands. Just watch the faces of the Iranian negotiators. Their smiles tell the tale. … It is impossible to recall a more dangerous or foolish set of assumptions by an American president in modern American history. Death to America might become more than a chant.”

Columnist Michael Reagan: “When my father ran in the 1980 primaries he was lucky. He was a lone conservative in a sea of moderate and liberal Republicans. The moderates split the moderate vote and he won the nomination. Today the situation is reversed. Conservatives are splitting the conservative vote in the primaries and moderates like McCain and Romney are winning the GOP nomination. Conservatives better watch out. If what happened in ‘08 and ’12 happens in ’16, we are going to blow our chance to regain the White House once again. … When I tweeted that Cruz said something I agreed with in his speech, I got a flurry of tweets from Rand Paul people. ‘Why do you hate Rand Paul?’ When I tweeted something nice about Rand Paul, I got a flurry of tweets from Cruz’s people. ‘Why do you hate Ted Cruz?’ This is one of the worst problems with conservatives. Liberals are led by ideology and they’ll always support their nominee in the general election because of that. … [N]o matter who Republicans nominate, to win back the White House they’ll all have to follow my father’s 11th Commandment and fully support their party’s presidential nominee — no matter who it is.”

Climate blogger Steve Goddard: “What ‘Earth Hour’ tells us is that people can’t go very long without fossil fuels.”

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March 26, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — President Obama’s interview with The Huffington Post (HuffPost) has been treated as if the on-line publication is somehow respectable and legitimate. The topics of the interview included budget sequestration, the Iran nuclear talks, presidential pardons, overtime pay, athletic scholarships and sleep…. (more)

March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — A top administrator at Cornell University has said that the institution would be open to the creation of a group supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and to hosting a training camp for militants on campus…. (more)


March 26, 2015
SUSAN FERRECHIO — The House on Wednesday approved a $3.8 trillion spending plan for fiscal 2016 that balances the budget in a decade, reforms Medicare and Medicaid, and eliminates Obamacare…. (more)

March 26, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — As the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the role of attorney-general nominee Loretta Lynch in allowing HSBC to avoid criminal charges in a massive money-laundering scheme, the banking giant is facing a possible shutdown or splitting of its U.S. operations under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act…. (more)

March 26, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Megyn Kelly of “The Kelly File” quizzed Sen. Ted Cruz on Fox News about his Capitol Hill record, asking him bluntly at one point: What have you done?… (more)

March 26, 2015
THE HILL — The conservative group Freedom Watch has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)…. (more)

March 26, 2015
ANN COULTER — When “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams crashed and burned over all the tall tales he had told, there must have been mirth in the hallways at ABC…. (more)

March 26, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Less than a third of Americans are now concerned about global warming and climate change: 32 percent fret about those environmental factors says the annual Gallup Environmental survey, released Wednesday… (more)

March 25, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — When a group of imams tried to bring a form of “Shariah light” to Texas, they met an unlikely foe – – Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Now, Van Duyne has been thrust into the national media spotlight, and her city is being called “ground zero” in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system…. (more)

March 25, 2015
AARON KLEIN — Lost in much of the news coverage of alleged Israeli espionage activities reported Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal is that the same newspaper report revealed the U.S. actively spied on the Jewish state…. (more)

March 25, 2015
POLITICO — A Department of Homeland Security watchdog report issued Tuesday blasted the agency’s No. 2 official for repeatedly intervening on behalf of well-connected participants in an investor-visa program, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Tony Rodham, a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…. (more)


March 25, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge who earlier determined that President Obama’s amnesty-by-executive-memo strategy likely is illegal and suspended work on it now is being asked by a popular leader in America’s law-enforcement community to sanction the president’s administration for lying in court…. (more)

March 25, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Ben Carson, an emerging presidential candidate for the Republican Party, was captured in an unguarded moment by a GQ reporter calling President Obama a “psychopath” for the seeming ease with which he lies to the American public…. (more)

March 25, 2015
NEWSMAX — Google executives and lobbyists have met with top Obama administration officials as many as 230 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 – – including visits as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated the Internet giant for antitrust violations…. (more)

March 25, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — Since the costs will come due only after Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn’t care how high are those costs. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country’s foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation…. (more)

March 25, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — They just can’t help themselves – – and their agenda-driven media enablers never, ever learn. This week, the NAACP made national front-page headlines with a local press release demanding that the feds investigate the hanging death of a local man in Port Gibson, Miss. Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, immediately invoked the specter of a “hate crime.” In response, the Obama Justice Department flooded the zone with a whopping 30 federal agents…. (more)

March 24, 2015
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the fiery tea party Texan, followed his near-midnight Twitter announcement to seek the White House in 2016 with a hearkening at Liberty University to what he described as the greatness of America: that our rights come from God…. (more)


March 24, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — It’s been a long time since I’ve heard any political figure do what Sen. Ted Cruz did yesterday in his announcement he is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. He delivered an electrifying, motivational, rousing case for liberty – – explaining why it’s not too late, why Americans don’t need to lower their expectations, how this country has overcome greater odds in its history…. (more)

March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A seismic shift? Things will change now that Sen. Ted Cruz has entered the White House race, some say. “Every Republican candidate for president will have to move significantly to the right, starting with Jeb Bush and Scott Walker… (more)

March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bid for the White House on Monday, drawing praise from grassroots conservatives but a fierce backlash from Hispanic groups that said they were appalled at the prospect of the first Hispanic to announce for president this cycle being such a firm champion of a crackdown on illegal immigrants…. (more)

March 24, 2015
PAUL BEDARD — Democrats reacted swiftly to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s entry into the 2016 presidential race, dubbing him the epitome of what they hate about Republicans… (more)

March 24, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — What I most appreciate about Ted Cruz is his willingness to deal with the actual causes of the problems that our country confronts. Before announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, he re-introduced an Iran-sanctions bill last week. Unlike other proposals aimed at derailing President Obama’s disastrous plan to enable the mullahs’ nuclear-weapons ambitions, Senator Cruz’s proposal takes aim at the actual challenge: the Iranian regime itself…. (more)

March 24, 2015
AARON KLEIN — Egypt provided the United States with information that ISIS is attempting to purchase chemical materials such as chlorine gas that can be utilized in terrorist attacks, an Egyptian intelligence official told WND…. (more)

March 24, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Attorney Larry Klayman, who won a court judgment that the National Security Agency’s spy-on-Americans program likely is unconstitutional and should be halted, now is asking the judge to question a witness in secret…. (more)


Is the 1939 Flag Of Palestine Further Proof That All Israel Belongs To The Jews?

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:52 AM PDT

Is the 1939 Flag Of Palestine Further Proof That All Israel Belongs To The Jews?THE MUSLIM WORLD, AND EVEN MUCH OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL DOES NOT BELONG TO THE JEWS – BUT TO THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS. IT’S A LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL.

“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” Genesis 15:18 (KJV)

The land of Israel was given to the Jews thousands of years ago, by God:

“From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” Joshua 1:4 (KJV)

THE FACT IS THAT PALESTINE IS ISRAEL – THE JEWISH HOMELAND.

After the Romans conquered the Jews in the Jewish-Roman wars, the Romans renamed Israel after the Jews’ worst enemies — the Philistines — in order to further humiliate them. The term was first used to denote an official province in c.135 CE, when the Roman authorities, following the suppression of the [Jewish] Bar Kokhba Revolt, combined Iudaea Province with Galilee and the Paralia to form “Syria Palaestina”.

IT WAS A ROMAN EMPEROR WHO FIRST COINED THE NAME PALESTINE

In AD 135, the Emperor Hadrian blotted out the name “Provincia Judea” and renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina”. This was the Latin version of the Greek name and soon became a name to be used as an administrative unit. This name was shortened to Palaestina and the name “Palestine” was derived from it as a modern and anglicized version. In other words, it was always Jewish. FULL REPORT

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The Surprising Way Japan’s 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing the Climate

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:44 AM PDT

The Surprising Way Japan's 2011 Earthquake Is Still Changing the ClimateNot only did the Mega-Quake that struck Japan back in 2011 shift the earth’s axis but apparently consequences of the Earthquake are still being felt today. According to a new report, The 9.0 Tohoku earthquake damaged thousands of buildings when it ripped through Japan four years ago. Much of that debris is gone now, but the broken buildings had an invisible effect, too: The earthquake released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying greenhouse gases into the air. The chemicals, called halocarbons, came from old insulation, refrigerators, and electrical equipment damaged in the quake. Air quality monitoring stations recorded a major spike in halocarbon emissions in 2011. In apaper published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists estimate that these “extraordinary halocarbon emissions” from the earthquake added up to 6,600 metric tons of gases. The emissions included chemicals that had been phased out, demonstrating the long lingering effects of actions from decades ago. The American Geophysical Union’s press release ticks down the list of dangerous chemicals: FULL REPORT

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Indiana governor declares public health emergency due to HIV epidemic

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:37 AM PDT

Indiana governor declares public health emergency due to HIV epidemicIndiana is declaring a public health emergency in one county due to an epidemic of HIV. Gov. Mike Pence issued the order Thursday for Scott County, which has 79 confirmed cases of HIV since mid-December. The county averages about five new cases a year. “Scott County is facing an epidemic of HIV, but this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem,” Pence said in a news release. All the cases in the current outbreak are linked to injection drug use, primarily of the prescription opioid opana. The declaration requires law enforcement, emergency agencies and health officials to develop a response plan that also includes hospitals and health care providers. A team from the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention arrived Monday and is working with local and state health officials to stop the outbreak. Their recommendations include a short-term needle exchange program and public awareness campaign focusing on safe sex, needle disposal, addiction services, and HIV testing and treatment. HIV can take up to three months to appear in a person’s system after they are infected. Health officials recommend people who have participated in risky behavior, such as needle sharing and unprotected sex, to be tested for HIV now and again in three months. FULL REPORT

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Russian superhighway could connect London to New York

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:31 AM PDT

Russian superhighway could connect London to New YorkTalk about a “Short-Cut”! According to a report by The Siberian Times, the head of Russian Railways is asking the government to seriously consider his project dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, the first modern transportation corridor that would link up the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Plans call for the construction of a new high-speed railway and the development of major roads that would span the length of Russia, link up with existing transportation networks in Europe and Asia — and cross the Bering Strait. A network that would run about 20,000 km (12,400 miles) in length. The proposal was presented at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Science and was touted, not only as a major transportation route, but as a means to create new cities and jobs in parts of Russia and Siberia that are woefully underdeveloped, and experience the hemorrhaging of young talent who leave the region for better opportunities abroad. The new network could also be used to build pipelines for oil and gas as well as infrastructure for electricity and water supplies, said Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin. The lofty proposal, however, comes with an equally sky-high price tag that could be trillions of dollars. FULL REPORT

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How oil is preparing for a New World Order

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:28 AM PDT

How oil is preparing for a New World OrderToday many are preparing for the coming “New World Order” and it appears, that even means the Oil Industry! A new oil order has arrived and it will be marked by greater uncertainty and generally lower oil prices as the oil industry frantically re-prices as costs decline and gains in efficiency are made, strategists say. As investors continue to weigh up the fallout of a rout in oil prices since June last year, Goldman Sachs has warned that the “level of uncertainty cannot be underestimated as these dynamics spill over into the price of commodities, currencies and consumption baskets around the world, with far-reaching market and economic implications.”  And amid heightened uncertainty, oil prices can swing sharply in either direction as developments this week have shown with a crisis in Yemen triggering a spike in crude. “Oil has been sideways for about four months, in a $15 range; it hits a bottom, bounces up, hits the top comes back down,” Sean Corrigan, founder of True Sinews Consultancy told CNBC Europe’s “Squawk Box” Friday. “We’re all waiting for the next break and trying to find the signal that will push us from this range,” he added. FULL REPORT

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Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:21 AM PDT

Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration ActThe governor of Indiana signed the state “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law on Thursday, resisting critics who asserted that the legislation would allow people of faith to “discriminate” against homosexuals. Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law in a closed ceremony, with an estimated 70 t0 80 invited guests attending the event. “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,” he said in a statement. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.” The bill mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law in the 1990’s by then-President Bill Clinton. The legislation prohibits the government from “substantially burden[ing] a person’s exercise of religion,” unless there is a compelling government interest and the least restrictive means is used in furthering the interest. FULL REPORT

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Christian School Wins Legal Battle Against Teachers Fired for Refusing to Affirm Their Faith

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:18 AM PDT

Christian School Wins Legal Battle Against Teachers Fired for Refusing to Affirm Their FaithAccording to a new update from Christian News Network, A Christian school in California has won a complicated legal battle regarding two teachers who sued the school after their contracts weren’t renewed as they refused to provide proof of their Christian faith. Little Oaks Elementary School is a pre-k through 5th grade institution owned by Calvary Chapel of Thousand Oaks. As previously reported, the church purchased the school in 2009, and in 2012, required all teachers to complete a form affirming their faith in Christ as a part of the renewal of their teaching contract. However, two of the teachers, Lynda Serrano and Mary Ellen Guevara, refused to submit the document, which in addition to outlining a statement of faith, mandates that a pastor attest to their church attendance and Christian beliefs. Because the women would not obtain the required pastoral reference as a part of the renewal process, they were both dismissed from their jobs. One of the teachers had been hired prior to Calvary Chapel’s purchasing of the facility. FULL REPORT

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Chinese Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Defending Churches Against China’s Crackdown on Crosses

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:14 AM PDT

Chinese Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Defending Churches Against China’s Crackdown on Crosses A Christian pastor in China was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday night by a local court after he defended local churches when the Chinese authorities removed church crosses. Pastor Huang Yizi was sentenced by the People’s Court in Pingyang County after being convicted of “gathering crowds to disturb social order,” Yizi’s lawyer, Zhang Kai, said, according to The New York Times. His lawyer said that he would appeal the court’s verdict. The pastor was originally detained in early August after officials attempted to remove a cross from his church in Wenzhou. Yizi criticized the Chinese authorities and had encouraged his congregation to continue to display crosses after they have been removed. He was arrested when authorities believed he was responsible for a crowd of more than 50 citizens clashing with the police. The Telegraph reported that Yizi has been seen handcuffed in a yellow jumpsuit with the words “Pingyang County Detention Centre.” Though his lawyer did not provide additional details on Yizi’s current state, he believes he is innocent. FULL REPORT

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Islamic State attack on Italy coming

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:09 AM PDT

Islamic State attack on Italy comingAn alarming report is coming out revealing that The Islamic State terrorist group likely will launch an attack on Italy within weeks, not months, according to a senior Libyan government official. Aref Ali Nayed, Libya’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said in an interview that one likely method of attack would be to use stolen Libyan airliners now believed to be in the hands of Islamists in Libya. “The horrific video showing 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya contained a direct threat from ISIS to Rome,” said Mr. Nayed, using an acronym for the terrorist group. “The threat of ISIS to Italy could become a reality in a matter of weeks rather than months.” The Islamic State could use two attack methods, the ambassador said. The first would be for Libya-based terrorists to infiltrate Italy by using one of the many boats carrying undocumented Libyans to Italy. Once in Italy, the terrorists could regroup and carry out an attack. FULL REPORT

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U.S. caves to key Iranian demands on nuke deal

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 06:06 AM PDT

U.S. caves to key Iranian demands on nuke dealWell it’s now official! The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had maintained that it would guarantee oversight on Tehran’s program well into the future, and that it would take the necessary steps to ensure that oversight would be effective. The issue has now emerged as a key sticking point in the talks. Concern from sources familiar with U.S. concessions in the talks comes amid reports that Iran could be permitted to continue running nuclear centrifuges at an underground site once suspected of housing illicit activities. FULL REPORT

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Saudis vs Iran; Sunnis vs Shia

According to Stratfor, Yemen’s deteriorating security situation has created another Saudi-Iranian geopolitical struggle “that will last for the foreseeable future”.

From a geopolitical perspective, I think that the adversaries are lining up in a way that will enable “the west” to avoid military entanglements in that region of the world. To be sure, I believe that the US should continue to keep a watchful military presence “around the edges” of this struggle. But we have heard that the problems related to Islam are internal problems – largely Sunnis vs Shia, and within those groups, those who are radicals vs those who are deemed “not radical enough”.

Now we are seeing the geopolitical lines take shape in such a way that all of these groups who are natural enemies are fighting among themselves, and largely leaving the rest of the world alone. The Washington Post has already noted, for example, that radicalized Muslims are traveling en masse TO Syria to participate in the Jihad.

This frees up the rest of the world (to a degree, and for the time being) from having to contend with “terrorists” who are distributed around the globe. This intramural fight is one that Islam needs to have, and it’s one that they need to have until they decide it’s not worth it any more.

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Was Killer Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Of Germanwings Flight 9525 Also A Muslim?

Was mass-murdering co-pilot Andreas Lubitz a Muslim?

The Germanwings flight #9525, which crashed Tuesday in the mountains, near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, was today ruled to have been deliberately brought down at the hands of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

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Just as the horror of that thought was settling in, reporters began to question what the religion of Lubitz was. Yes, he was German by nationality, but that does not mean he was a Christian. In Germany live many non-Christians such as Jews and Muslims.

Germany, in recent years has experienced a huge spike in Islamic extremism and in Muslim immigration. Is it possible that Lubitz had been radicalized at some point in the past few years? Internet chat rooms burned up today discussing it, and experts in Germany say it’s quite possible.

Back in January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that German citizens “must accept Islam” or pay the price. The chancellor used unusually direct words in her New Year’s speech for the rallies organized by a group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA which have been attended by thousands. When the protesters chant “we are the people,” they actually mean to say “you don’t belong — because of your religion or your skin color,” Merkel said.

When a reporter asked French Prosecutor Brice Robin of Marseille, during a news conference Thursday, whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said he did not know and added, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.”

The question suggested that Lubitz’s religious background was relevant to the investigation behind the pilot’s alleged deliberate downing of Germanwings Flight 9525 on Tuesday. Robin said the crash did not show any signs of terrorism. Some were appalled by the reporter’s inquiry.

Prosecutor Brice Robin gave a disturbing account of the data extracted from black box which records sounds in the cockpit. He said Lubitz locked his captain out after the senior officer left the flight deck. At that point, Lubitz used the flight managing system to put the plane into a descent, something that can only be done manually – and deliberately.

He said: ‘The intention was to destroy the plane. Death was instant. The plane hit the mountain at 430 mph. ‘I don’t think that the passengers realized what was happening until the last moments because on the recording you only hear the screams in the final seconds’.

This is what we know for sure at this point:

  • The co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane
  • He was very calm in the moments preceding the crash
  • He killed all 150 passengers on board
  • He committed this mass murder with an airplane
  • His religion remains unknown at the time of this publication
  • Muslim terrorism cannot be ruled out

We will keep you updated as more is learned…

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Arab Foreign Ministers Meet In Egypt And Draft Resolution To Create A United Muslim Army

Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats.

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.” Psalm 83:4-8 (KJV)

Is The a Prelude To The Coming Psalm 83 War?

The bible says that in the last days, there is a great Muslim confederacy created, a united army, that eventually comes against Israel as a group. So it is with great interest that we see today, in Egypt, an historic resolution drafted by Arab leaders to create a first-ever United Arab Muslim Armed Forces.

The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels in Yemen on Thursday, in an effort to check Iranian influence in their backyard without direct military backing from Washington.

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The Arab ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force,” Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

“The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations,” Elaraby added.

The draft resolution will be referred to the Arab leaders during their March 28-29 summit in Egypt.

Egyptian TV reported earlier that the ministers asked Elaraby to coordinate with Arab armies’ chiefs of staff within one month to begin forming the unified force.

The Arab league chief described the resolution as “historic”. source

 

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While The World Watches, Obama Gives Green Light To Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

“For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.” Jeremiah 30:5 (KJV)

Obama is giving away the store, and the whole world knows it. He has no intention of stopping the Iran nuclear weapons program, as we see in the progress of this week’s “negotiations” with the terror state. Iran will soon have long-range nuclear weapons with which to attack Israel, and Obama is grinning like the Cheshire Cat from ear to ear.

Benjamin Netanyahu was 100% right in his speech to Congress, and now the whole world knows that, too.

LAUSSANE, Switzerland – U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.

Until recently, the Obama administration had maintained that it would guarantee oversight on Tehran’s program well into the future, and that it would take the necessary steps to ensure that oversight would be effective. The issue has now emerged as a key sticking point in the talks.

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Concern from sources familiar with U.S. concessions in the talks comes amid reports that Iran could be permitted to continue running nuclear centrifuges at an underground site once suspected of housing illicit activities.

This type of concession would allow Iran to continue work related to its nuclear weapons program, even under the eye of international inspectors. If Iran removes inspectors—as it has in the past—it would be left with a nuclear infrastructure immune from a strike by Western forces.

“Once again, in the face of Iran’s intransigence, the U.S. is leading an effort to cave even more toward Iran—this time by whitewashing Tehran’s decades of lying about nuclear weapons work and current lack of cooperation with the [International Atomic Energy Agency],” said one Western source briefed on the talks but who was not permitted to speak on record.

With the White House pressing to finalize a deal, U.S. diplomats have moved further away from their demands that Iran be subjected to oversight over its nuclear infrastructure.

“Instead of ensuring that Iran answers all the outstanding questions about the past and current military dimensions of their nuclear work in order to obtain sanctions relief, the U.S. is now revising down what they need to do,” said the source.  “That is a terrible mistake—if we don’t have a baseline to judge their past work, we can’t tell if they are cheating in the future, and if they won’t answer now, before getting rewarded, why would they come clean in the future?”

The United States is now willing to let Iran keep many of its most controversial military sites closed to inspectors until international sanctions pressure has been lifted, according to sources. source

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The New ‘Radically Inclusive’ Mega-Church Says Bring Your Own God

“I Don’t Know is the required confession needed to be granted admission to the path of enlightenment and to The Way of Knowing.” DE Paulk

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” 1 John 2:3, 1 John 3:23 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As we get deeper into the Laodicean church age, God is being replaced by many gods, with no one way or one path to truth. Jesus in Revelation 3 says that last church is “blind and naked”, spiritually confused and stumbling around in the dark and groping for answers which become more and more elusive. The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary is just one of many hundreds of contemporary mega-churches who have abandoned the clear teachings of the Bible.

People have always tried to increase the number of church members. Well, there is a new trend, and they are packing in people like never before! Here is the catch: They advertise that ALL beliefs are welcome. You just have to believe in something, and I suppose that means you can be an atheist too!

They are calling themselves “Radically Inclusive” churches. They even have a slogan: BYOG. That stands for “Bring your own god.” If these churches stand for anything and everything, then what is their purpose?

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One such church that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately is led by D.E. Paulk.  The son of Earl Paulk, he was once considered to be the “heir apparent” at one of the largest mega-churches in America.  But these days he leads worship at a church that recognizes “all gods and prophets, including Mohammed”.

The Spirit and Truth Sanctuary, which D.E. founded in 2012, welcomes everyone from Wiccans to atheists, Hindus to Muslims, recognizing all gods and prophets, including Mohammed.

‘All you have left is who you are. The games are gone… If there was anything I wanted to say I thought would be unacceptable to the church, now is the time to say it.’

After much soul searching, D.E. established his church based around one principle: ‘Christ cannot be, and will not be, restricted to Christianity‘. Paulk insists that there is “no hell except what one creates with one’s own actions“, and he is very proud of the diverse group of people that currently attends his service

Today, the church is a rarity on many levels: interfaith, interracial, a mosaic of people deep in the Bible Belt where many churches remain segregated. The church has gay couples, college students, agnostics, some Muslims and even a Wiccan priest. Pictures of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi adorn the walls.

A stained glass window looming over the pulpit captures the spirit of the church. It’s a design that contains a Christian cross, ringed by symbols from Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. In the middle is a dove, which symbolizes the spirit of peace that binds them all together.

Pastor Paulk has written a book called “I Don’t Know”, and in it says this:

“All Truth flows to us from One Divine River. From that One River many wells form and are fed. We might call these wells religions, cultures or philosophies. All wells sustained by the One River contain beauty and truth. However, we make a grave mistake when we declare any particular well as being the One River.” source

Jesus, on the other hand, says this:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (KJV)

Here is how a CNN reporter described a service at the Sanctuary:

The service then started to feel like a Pentecostal tent-revival but with an unusual twist. A group of singers took to the stage and opened with a hypnotic Tibetan Buddhist chant that evoked the spirit of compassion: “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

The chant segued into “Shanti, Shanti Om,” a Hindu prayer for peace. Then as the chanting grew louder, the drums and bass kicked in as the singers switched to a Muslim chant about the sovereignty of God: “La ilaha, Il Allah.”

This person really summed it up clearly for us:

“After years of spiritual reflection and inquiry, I am at a place where I don’t want to feel guilty, hypocritical, judgmental, closed-minded or arrogant. So, where do I stand now — 30 years after “finding God,” questioning my faith, committing sins, seeking hazardous adventure and trying to love life and people to the best of my ability? I am a “seeker.” A constant seeker within this world, among people and, of course, for spiritual enlightenment of all kind. Because if I did possess the truth — the “final answer” — I am convinced I would spend the rest of my years missing out on the enrichment and surprise of seeking it.” source

Remember “Seeker Sensitive churches?” Well, there you go. That slippery slope has finally hit the bottom!!

MARANATHA!

Oh Lord, please come quickly

 

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Why the 14th Amendment Can’t Possibly Require Same Sex Marriage

This article, written by Frank Turek for the American Family News Network (AFN), gives five reasons why the Supreme Court should not require states to redefine marriage to include same sex relationships.


John Bolton: Bomb Iran Before It Gets the Bomb
There is only one way to block the Iranians from building a nuclear bomb, according to former ambassador John Bolton: Bomb them first. “The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program,” Bolton wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times on Thursday. “Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure.”   

Was mass-murdering co-pilot Andreas Lubitz a Muslim?
This is what we know for sure at this point: The co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane. He was very calm in the moments preceding the crash. He killed all 150 passengers on board. He committed this mass murder with an airplane. His religion remains unknown at the time of this publication. Muslim terrorism cannot be ruled out.   

‘Huge surge’ of ‘unscreened’ Muslims flooding U.S.
Feds ‘admit, under oath, that they have no idea who these people are’. “It’s a huge surge under Obama. In the last three years, he’s averaged 100,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations a year. That is very alarming. It’s more than we’re importing both from Central America and Mexico combined. This is a big shift in immigration flows,”   

Congressmembers: No More Money for Talks With Iran
In a letter sent on Thursday, March 26, to the Chair and the Ranking member of the subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the House Appropriations Committee, several members of Congress, spearheaded by Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), sought the insertion of language in the upcoming foreign operations appropriations bill that would prohibit the inclusion of funding for continuing talks with Iran by the U.S. with the P5+1 member nations.   

With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from U.S.
Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement.   

CO-ROTATING INTERACTION REGION
NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on March 27th when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. CIRs are transition zones between fast- and slow-moving solar wind streams.   

Pentagon Declassifies Documents Confirming Israel Has Nukes
In the latest example of the strained relationship between the United States and Israel, the Pentagon has quietly released a classified document which reveals the extent of Israel’s nuclear program. A program the Israeli government has long denied even exists.   

Feds Gone Wild! …Yes, I mean sex parties and whatnot.
See if you can detect the common thread of this Department of Justice report:   

Champ- lights out
A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.   

Photos of Baby Walter, Miscarried at 19 Weeks, Help Save Children from Abortion
Photographs of a baby boy that was born at 19 weeks have been making an impact around the world for life as they demonstrate to viewers the humanity and perfection of the unborn child. “I shared these photos so my friends and family could see my perfect child,” Lexi Fretz of Greencastle, Pa. wrote in a blog post. “I never, ever could have imagined that it would spread across the world like this.”   

Top violator of women’s rights around the world? It’s Israel says UN
At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ends its annual meeting on Friday, March 20 by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel.   

Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise
U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week.   

Egypt poised to join Saudi assault on Yemen rebels
Saudi jets pounded neighboring Yemen on Thursday and Egyptian warships steamed toward its coast in the start of an Arab-led offensive against Shiite rebels that has become a showdown between the major powers in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies plunged into the Yemen crisis after …Houthis, pushed from their power base in the north into the south…   

Australia passes controversial new metadata law
Australia has passed a controversial security law that will require its internet and mobile phone providers to store customer data for two years. The government bill got Senate approval by 43 votes to 16, with the support of the opposition Labor party. Internet providers and and mobile phone networks will now be required to store customers’ metadata – the sender, recipient and time of emails and calls.   

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone in lockdown
The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home. There is a two-hour exemption on Friday to allow Muslim prayers and a five-hour window for Christians on Sunday. Volunteers are going door-to-door, looking for people with signs of the disease and reminding others how to stay safe.   

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together
The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.   

Syrian government shells kill 18 in south, activists say
Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country’s south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.   

North Korea ‘arrests two South spies’
North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean men who it accused of spying for Seoul. In a statement late on Thursday, state media said the two men, based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, were working to smear North Korea. South Korea described the allegations as “groundless”.   

With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from U.S.
Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement.   

Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty
Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted “a war crime,” it said.  


In Yemen, It’s The Bad Guys Vs. The Bad Guys

Saudi Arabia and Egypt stand poised to conduct a massive ground invasion of Yemen, and the western media will be full of tales about how “Operation Decisive Storm” is liberating that country from the evil Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. And without a doubt, the Houthis are bad guys and so are their Iranian benefactors. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the war in Yemen is a battle of good vs. evil. The truth is that the conflict in Yemen is actually a proxy war between two sets of bad guys that both ultimately plan for Islam to take over the entire planet. On one side, the Iranians are very honest about the fact that they view us as an enemy, and they plan to impose their version of radical Shia Islam worldwide as soon as they can. On the other side, the Saudis pretend to be our friends, but they don’t hide the fact that they believe that their version of Sunni Islam will eventually rule the world. And their version of Sunni Islam includes constant beheadings, the destruction of all churches and the death penalty for anyone caught smuggling a Bible into Saudi territory. At the end of the day, there is very little difference between the Saudis and ISIS. In fact, ISIS gets a lot of funding from Saudi sources, and there is more support for ISIS on Twitter from Saudi Arabia than from anywhere else. Saudi Arabia is a horribly repressive regime where women are treated like dirt, where the secret police conduct a never ending reign of terror and where even a minor deviation from sharia law can mean the loss of a limb. But because our politicians and the mainstream media constantly tell us that they are “our friends”, we cheer them on. (Read More….)


Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is The Best One Ever

New advances in facial recognition are a step forward for an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. “I never forget a face,” some people like to boast. It’s a claim that looks quainter by the day as artificial intelligence research continues to advance. Some computers, it turns out, never forget 260 million faces …………. Click here for full story


Iran Expands Regional ‘Empire’ Ahead Of Nuclear Deal

With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen……….. Click here for full story


No Bias Here – UN Condemns Only Israel As Violator Of Woman’s Rights

Guess who is the number one violator of women’s rights in the world today? Israel. At least that is the view of the UN’s top women’s rights body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW ended it’s conference by condemning only one of the 193 UN member states for violating women’s rights – Israel……….. Click here for full story


Preacher Fined For ‘Emotional Harm’ Caused By Quoting Levitical Law Against Homosexuality

A street preacher in the UK who was charged with making “homophobic” remarks has been declared guilty of breaking English law and must pay a fine for his speech, including to a man to whom he quoted Scripture from the book of Leviticus. ……….. Click here for full story


Photos Of Baby Walter, Miscarried At 19 Weeks, Help Save Children From Abortion

Photographs of a baby boy that was born at 19 weeks have been making an impact around the world for life as they demonstrate to viewers the humanity and perfection of the unborn child ……… Click here for full story


Congress Pushes Obama-backed National Biometric ID for Americans

Congress Pushes Obama-backed National Biometric ID for Americans
After largely failing to prod state governments into developing a national identification system known as “REAL ID,” Republican lawmakers in Congress are yet again quietly pushing another Obama-backed scheme that…

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US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

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Number of Americans Who Say They Have No Religion Hits Record High, Survey Finds

Major Christian denominations have in general been reporting a decline it church attendance and membership, which was reflected in the 2014 Gallup poll.

In that survey, a record low of 37 percent of Americans said that they were part of Protestant denominations, while 23 percent said they are part of the Roman Catholic Church.

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For Obama: it’s time to eat crow

From the moment Obama was elected as U.S. President in 2008, he has made it evident to those with eyes to see and ears to hear that he is a Muslim Brotherhood apologist, an extreme left wing ideologue, a despiser of the United States Constitution and of American exceptionalism and, in particular, a man with a pathological animus towards the only democracy and true ally of America in the Middle East: Israel.

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, was Obama’s target from the get go. Bibi’s government came under intense pressure from the Obama administration to take suicidal measures in order to induce the Palestinian Authority to enter negotiations.

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Alone But Not Forgotten

There are a lot of lonely people in this world, adults and children alike. Have you ever been lonely? I mean, really lonely. Maybe you’re lonely now.

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U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together
Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

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Controversy Stirs as ‘Prophet’ Chuck Pierce Bestows ‘Mantle’ on Mormon Glenn Beck

Controversy is stirring over reports that “prophet” and speaker Chuck Pierce of Glory of Zion International Ministries ceremonially gave a “mantle” to popular radio host, author and speaker Glenn Beck, who identifies as a Mormon.

Beck appeared at Pierce’s Global Spheres Center in Corinth, Texas this past Sunday, as Falma Rufus, a black civil rights speaker, had reportedly asked Pierce if he would host her family and Beck’s. Pierce posted a photo of Beck’s appearance later that day, which showed Beck being imparted with a spiritual “mantle” as a Jewish tallit was wrapped around him and his wife.

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Levin: Obama Believes Israel Is ‘Illegitimate’

Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin argued that President Obama believes “Israel as presently formed, as presently exists, is illegitimate” on Thursday.

“This leak means that Obama has decided that Israel has to go, that Israel as presently formed, as presently exists, is illegitimate. That’s why his Chief of Staff spoke to a leftist, Israel-hating group filled with Jews and went on about how Israel has been occupying land for fifty years…not 1967 borders Obama said, pre-1967 borders, which means Israel cannot survive.

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Has the Tide Turned?

The response of the United States government has been scathing. Instead of the customary congratulations and well-wishing we have been met with a barrage of media headlines relating how disgusted the Obama Administration is with Netanyahu for abandoning his commitment to a two state solution and for what the White House described as “divisive” campaign rhetoric towards the end of this election.

The Israel that exists today under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu is on a direct collision course with the Obama Administration over a number of key issues.

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Did He Convert to Islam?

“All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of ‘radical’, i.e. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder.

“As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in which the convert was staying often, it can be assumed that he – as Mohammed Atta, in the attack against New York – received his instructions directly from the immediate vicinity of the mosque.”

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WVW-TV Presents: Rick Warren & Catholics Together & Exposing the Lie of Purgatory with Host Mike Abendroth

Author(s): Worldview Weekend News Team

WVW-TV Presents: Rick Warren & Catholics Together & Exposing the Lie of Purgatorywith Mike Abendroth. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/rick-warren-catholics-together-…

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WVW-TV Presents: When Sharing The Gospel Use the Sole Source of Truth and Authority with Host Mike Gendron

Author(s): Worldview Weekend News Team

When Sharing The Gospel Use the Sole Source of Truth and Authority with Mike Gendron. Watch now before this program rolls into the Situation Room for memeber only. Click here to watch now:http://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/when-sharing-gospel-use-sole-so…

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The Many Costs of Obama’s Amnesty

Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

Since the costs will come due only after Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn’t care how high are those costs. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country’s foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. Rector told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week that the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to the millions of illegal aliens to whom Obama is granting legal status will be about 1.3 trillion dollars. Rector’s calculation is based on his assumption that at least 3.97 million illegal…

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Children’s book about abortion: my sister is “happy ghost”

by Marsha West

Here we have another abomination from a far-left advocate of abortion on demand, this time in a children’s book by Mary Walling Blackburn, assistant professor of art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. In her book, Blackburn portrays an aborted child as a “happy ghost.” News Busters columnist Katie Yoder writes:

The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a tree. Lee later decides “Sister is a happy ghost!” and explicitly says he’s glad Sister isn’t around to inconvenience his parents.

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Christian book chain pulls “Heaven visitation resources” over sufficiency of Scripture resolution

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

One of the nation’s largest Christian bookstore chains has announced that it has pulled all of its “Heaven visitation resources” following the passage of a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution surrounding the “sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.”

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Discovery Germanwings copilot crashed plane exposes inability to know the mind of others 

French prosecutor: Co-pilot took doomed flight on deliberate dive, Washington Post (Stephanie Kirchner and Anthony Faiola)

Inside a Pilot’s Mind, New York Times (Andrew B. McGee)

Police find ‘clue’ at home of Germanwings’ co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, The Telegraph (Josie Ensor)

2) Triumph of erotic liberty over religious liberty evident in outcry over Indiana religious freedom bill

Indiana Governor Defends Signing of Religious-Objections Bill, TIME (Tom Davies)

Disciples look to pull convention from Indiana over religious freedom bill, Religion News Service (Lauren Markoe)

Hundreds of companies urge the Supreme Court to back gay marriage, Fortune (Reuters)

Keeping them safe from gay marriage, Washington Post (Editorial Board)
In other news…

I Am Not India’s Daughter The Atlantic (Tanvi Misra)
Why are people so mean to each other online? BBC (Jane Wakefield)

Defending Darwin, Slate (James J. Krupa)

Rare video of Chinese Christians meeting in caves, houses, farms, and secret locations..

How to Find A Good Bible part 2

The Surprising History of Harvard

Israel – Religious Parties Pressed to Pass Anti-Missionary Law

Gay rights activists to Christians: Surrender – or else


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You must either give up your sins or give up all hope of heaven. —C.H. Spurgeon

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How Many Millennials are Evangelical in Name Only?

Liberal Evangelical authors tell young Evangelicals that if they accept abortion and same-sex marriage, then the media, academia and Hollywood will finally accept Christians. Out of fear of being falsely dubbed intolerant or without compassionate, many young Christians are buying into theological falsehoods. Millennials are forgoing the authority of Scripture and embracing a cafeteria-style Christianity — all in the name of tolerance and compassion.

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Our Fundamentalist Founders?

Locke’s influence on the American founders can hardly be denied. When he writes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of private property—he repeatedly used the expression “life, liberty, and estate” or variants—it sounds almost as if the Founders retroactively wrote some Lockean passages. It’s a good reminder of our national cultural, political roots.

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Being Soul Sad for My Church

Last week it became our Presbytery’s time to vote, not that our vote would matter, the manipulators and schemers had, during the General Assembly Meeting last July, already put into effect the Authoritative Interpretation that negated any real power to divert or correct the plunge of the Presbyterian Church USA into apostasy. However, it was the final shot we could fire in the war against those determined to steal the church, denying its history, and corrupting its faith. We had to try, but sadly when the time to fight came, only two pastors stood to raise the flag of objection.

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In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

The confusion is telling, though. It shows that while keeping college-level discussions “safe” may feel good to the hypersensitive, it’s bad for them and for everyone else. People ought to go to college to sharpen their wits and broaden their field of vision. Shield them from unfamiliar ideas, and they’ll never learn the discipline of seeing the world as other people see it. They’ll be unprepared for the social and intellectual headwinds that will hit them as soon as they step off the campuses whose climates they have so carefully controlled.

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“Righteous” Reputations of Churches That Don’t Care

What is the right thing to do when a church learns that one of its own has been accused of victimizing a child? First and foremost, it must immediately turn its focus and care away from institutional reputation and towards the victimized and the vulnerable. Though there are multitudes of ways this can be done, let me suggest three basic first steps for a church that cares:

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Sing Your Heart Out

Much of the scriptural teaching about the beauty of loud congregational singing has been lost by the injuries that have been sustained by both sides in the worship wars. In many performance-driven congregations worship teams overpower congregational singing and the singing that happens is akin to the drowned out admiration singing at a concert. In more traditionalistic churches, a perceived abuse of experience in the performance-driven churches has fueled a pushback that results in a dry and lifeless singing.

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Is the Church Failing Gay Christians?

Even though the conversation was polite and civil, it was rather awkward on this point. Their discussion reveals that there can be no underlying evangelical unity when people differ over this issue. It’s impossible to construct a “pastoral” response that includes deeply unfaithful, harmful, unbiblical, and unchristian perspectives. Biblical truth is the foundation of any faithful pastoral response, and this conversation illustrates that in spades.

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5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution

It is still remarkably easy to be a Christian here in North America. We have never faced systemic persecution. We have laws that protect our freedom to worship and our freedom to believe what we believe. That’s not to say, though, that we never suffer. We still do face scorn and mockery, and especially so as the culture around us proceeds farther and deeper into paganism.

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Grounding our youth in truth

We often cite statistics and studies that show up to 80% of youth who call themselves Christians will probably leave the church once they go off to College. While this is a sad and alarming finding, what is being done about it? Who is trying to help parents and the church keep our Christian youth […]

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Another Brave Female Champion

by Bill Muehlenberg

It seems that as I write about great culture warriors and real heroes who are making a difference, increasingly I am writing about women. Nothing wrong with that at all of course, although it does raise the question: where are all the men?

Why is it so often that when we have some major battle on our hands, or a real crisis to deal with, that it seems that brave women come to the plate and stand strong, yet on so many occasions all we get is crickets chirping from the men? Is our culture so wimpified, and our men so feminised?

How have we gotten to such a place? Our emasculated men sit around watching TV and wasting their time, while so many strong and fearless women are standing up to the various challenges which threaten our very societies. Why is that?

Yet another example of a courageous female warrior doing battle comes Texas. I refer to a politician by the name of Beth Van Duyne. She has led the charge against creeping sharia, and is now being hailed as a hero by some, while course being demonised by others. This is how one report describes the situation:

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The so-called “Family Values” Christians

by Marsha West

(“Pitiable Capitulating Pro-Family Leaders, Part II”) Before the term pro-family was hijacked by liberals (evangelical was also hijacked) supporters were largely made up from conservative Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mennonites, Mormons, Muslims, and Jews, naming just a few. For the sake of the country, religious conservatives agreed to set aside their differences and pull together a […]

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The power of the Resurrection vs. the Stupidity of Easter

I work as a teacher aide in a kindergarten. I was working in my small group, and they noticed that some new decorations had gone up. In the room I share there was a large chick coming out of an egg hanging on the door, and around the room were other eggs, in pastel colors and with some rabbits too. One girl asked about it and I said it’s Easter decorations.

That got them talking about Easter and of course Easter egg hunts. They burbled and chatted.

Not my kids in kindergarten. This is an old picture I had taken

When’s Easter anyway? asked a girl.
April 5th! answered a boy.
I asked “What is Easter about?”
They all explained “It’s when you hide eggs with candy in them and hunt for them all around”.
But what else is Easter for?
Again they explained that the “Easter Bunny comes and you find candy and eggs in a basket”.
Anything else?
One girl explained, “When you go to church…”
Yes, yes? I eagerly leaned forward.
“…and you hunt for eggs and find candy.”
But isn’t it about Jesus?
The girl said, “Of course. He lays out the eggs.”

The most beautifully decorated egg
pales in comparison to the beauty of Jesus

It’s charming and sad all at once. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is always funny and they say unexpected things but they also have more truth in them than we like to think. To a kid life is all about getting to the next candy bonanza. To them, Easter is just another fairy tale that has fantastical, magical creatures like a rabbit that delivers candy and eggs in a basket filled with fake grass. Jesus doesn’t figure into it at all or if He does it’s messed up. We certainly give out mixed messages.

In his sermon, “The Power of the Resurrection“, John MacArthur preached about the pagan mixture of Easter myths with the wonder and eternal glory of the Resurrection.

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Luther on the Christian Life

Dr. Carl Trueman joins us to speak about his book Luther on the Christian Life, in which he paints a portrait of Martin Luther through his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Luther is often treated in a black-and-white fashion or exclusively through his succinct theological quips and mottoes. Trueman helps us to see the practical and pastoral context in which Luther lived and ministered and thereby grants to us a better understanding of both the man and his theology.

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Ministers, not Masters

“Not that we lord it over your faith . . .”
– 2 Corinthians 1:24 –

Heavy HandednessSecond Corinthians is a book about ministry. Many commentators call it the fourth pastoral epistle, adding it to First and Second Timothy and Titus, because it focuses so much on the true character of Christian ministry. And it teaches us the lessons that it does by looking at the life of the Apostle Paul, the archetype of the minister of the Gospel.

In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul explains why he had delayed coming to them after promising another visit. The false apostles were using his change of plans as fodder for slandering him (2 Cor 1:15–17). But he affirms to the Corinthians that it was out of consideration for them; he postponed his visit in order to spare them the pain of judgment (2 Cor 1:23). But he knows that his opponents will seize on that confession of love and consideration, and twist it to suit their own ends. “It was to spare you that he didn’t come?” they would ask incredulously. “That’s nothing more than a veiled threat! He might as well say, ‘Don’t make me come and destroy you!’ Don’t you see what a tyrant this Paul is?!”

So to make sure that he’s not misunderstood, he adds this qualification: “Not that we lord it over your faith.”

In this phrase is a lesson for all those in ministry: the faithful minister of the Gospel is a servant. There is a wholesale repudiation of a domineering spirit. The truly loving shepherd of Christ’s sheep renounces all forms of despotism, domineering, and dictatorial power. Paul has absolutely no interest in lording his apostolic authority over the Corinthians. He has no desire to micromanage and domineer and control people’s thinking and behavior.

Now of course, Paul didn’t have a problem with any and all authority structures in the church. He recognized differing roles and prescribed submission of the people to the headship of their elders. But Paul did have a problem with lords in the church. There is only one Lord in the church, and that is Christ. In 2 Corinthians 4:5, Paul put it plainly: “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” In other words, “We are not your lords; Christ is Lord. We’re just your slaves.” This is a spirit of servanthood. Just as was our Chief Shepherd (Isa 49:3; Mark 10:45; John 13:13–15), the undershepherd of Christ’s flock is to be a servant.

Jesus vs the WorldIn Luke 22, as the disciples argue about which of them was the greatest, Jesus says,

“The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.”

You see the point? That heavy-handed, domineering spirit—that’s what marks the rulers of the world’s system. But in the kingdom of God, true greatness displays itself in the humility of servanthood.

In 1 Peter 5, the Apostle Peter writes, “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your Pope….” Wait, no. That’s not it. “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as the Head of the Church….” No, that’s not it either. “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.”

We who would claim to be ministers of the Gospel in the service of Christ’s flock need to be on guard against that domineering spirit in our own hearts. It is so easy for those who are naturally gifted as leaders to fall prey to this temptation. You give a prideful and insecure man a title, a little publicity, and a bit of a following, and he immediately starts kingdom-building. He likes being the guy in charge. He likes being the one to make decisions. He likes being the one that everyone looks up to, and respects, and reveres. And before long he becomes enamored with the glory of himself, and his ministry becomes less and less about the magnification of Christ, and more and more about the preservation of his ego. EgoNow, if anyone dares to contradict him, he takes it as a personal assault to the personal kingdom that he’s building. And so all of his energy goes into micromanaging and controlling every little decision, to increasing his power and broadening his influence, to making sure everyone toes the line. That sort of cultish authoritarianism is the beginning of spiritual rot in the church.

That is the very last thing in Paul’s mind when he speaks about sparing the Corinthians the sorrow of another painful visit: “Not that we lord it over your faith.”

Martin Luther expresses this concept well, in typical Luther fashion. He was discovering that a number of the Protestants who were following his example and leaving the Catholic Church began to call themselves Lutherans. And he wrote this:

“What is Luther? Is it not true that the teaching is not mine! In the same vein, I have been crucified for no one. Saint Paul would not allow it that the Christians would be called Pauline or Petrine, but just Christians [1 Cor 3:4]. How did it happen to me that I, a poor, stinking sack of maggots, should have someone call the children of Christ after my unworthy name? Not so, beloved friends! … I am and wish to be master of no man. I have, along with the community, the one, universal teaching of Christ, who alone is our Master [Matt 23:8].” (Cited in Bayer, Martin Luther’s Theology, 8)

Luther understood this principle of servanthood—that we are not in the ministry to make a name for ourselves, but to make Christ’s name famous. George Whitefield wrote in a letter, “Let my name be forgotten, let me be trodden under the feet of all men, if Jesus may thereby be glorified.” The true minister of the Gospel delights to make the confession of John the Baptist: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

John MacArthur calls that confession “The First Law of Ministry.” May we who propose to serve Christ’s Church in ministry—whether in the pulpit or in the pew—never forget that we are ministers, not masters.

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• Jentezen Franklin Passes Along Blood Moon Nonsense
• T.D. Jakes’ Sit on Me Jesus
• Sermon Review: Miracle Offering by Peter Mortlock of City Impact Church, New Zealand

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The Daily Discovery (March 27, 2015)

ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Biblical Case For Satire And Snark – A wonderful sermon by Pastor Hans Fiene.

The So-Called “Family Values” Christians – “Before the term pro-family was hijacked by liberals (evangelical was also hijacked) supporters were largely made up from conservative Protestants, Roman Catholics, Mennonites, Mormons, Muslims, and Jews, naming just a few. For the sake of the country, religious conservatives agreed to set aside their differences and pull together a grass roots movement of concerned citizens. These folks put their money where their mouth is in an all out effort to win elections. Their hope was that the politicians they elected would return America to “one nation under God.”

The regenerate believer’s incompatibility with sin – “It is imperative that Christians have a correct and viable theology of suffering. These health, wealth, and prosperity preachers in our time will disagree of course, but let them. We have God’s Truth, His Word, held in objective context held up against their subjective, ear-tickling smoke and mirrors false religion. Oh, there may indeed be some ‘spirituality’ going on in there, but to proclaim, ‘God is here!’ or ‘God is in this!’ or ‘We are having a Revival, come and join us!’ is the very act of man elevating himself above God, telling Him what to do and when.”

Steeped In “Tolerance” Makes for A Strange Brew - “Did you hear the one about the university dean who said it’s no problem at all if students want to bring in a pro-ISIS speaker to train young people? (Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video.) It’s one of many news stories we’re covering today as we watch the aftermath of the ‘Tolerance’ trainwreck.”

William Seymour, textual critic? – “Throughout the last century or so of church history, there have been continual debates about various issues to textual criticism and whether or not a few passages (namely John 7:53-8:11 and Mark 16:9-20) have been rightly included in English translations of the Bible. For all the ink that’s been spilled on the issue, there’s still no resolution in sight. People disagree about the facts (though most simply don’t know and don’t really care) and therefore also disagree wildly about the right understanding of the facts. Beyond that, most people lack the skill set to evaluate the arguments so they either have no opinion or arbitrarily choose an expert and trust them (hoping for the best).”


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Emilio Ramos – The Total Depravity of Man


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How Do You Handle Name Calling in a Winsome Way?


“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

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If It Causes You to Stumble, Avoid It!

Perhaps an appropriate 21st-century addition to Jesus’ warning in Matthew 5 would go something like this: “If Twitter causes you to sin, log off.”
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Overcoming the 12 Most Frequent Burdens Pastors Face – Rainer on Leadership #110

Podcast Episode #110

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Today on the podcast, we cover a recent post from Chuck Lawless on pastoral burdens.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • 70% of churches in America are declining.
  • Many times pastors determine their self-worth by how their church is doing numerically.
  • Pastors are often unfairly blamed for the moral failure of a staff member.
  • It’s hard for pastors to have friends in the church because friends are perceived as favorites.
  • The “arms race” regarding church facilities over the past few decades has been counterproductive in many ways.
  • Overcoming burdens in ministry and life heavily depends on where your focus lies—on Christ or on something lesser.

The 12 most frequent burdens pastors face are:

  1. Declining church growth.
  2. Losing the support of friends.
  3. Grieving a fall.
  4. Sensing that the sermon went nowhere.
  5. Losing vision.
  6. Being lonely.
  7. Dealing with unsupportive staff.
  8. Remembering failures.
  9. Dealing with death recurrently.
  10. Facing personal jealousies.
  11. Balancing family and ministry priorities.
  12. Responding to criticism.

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Old Testament Promises. Follow Up

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Q.  Re:  Old Testament Promises.  You raise a valid and interesting point. Question is why the church fathers chose to include promises made to Israel in the canon to be read by the church.

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New Bodies For Unbelievers?

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Q.  I had a discussion today about the bodies of the wicked-dead.  After reading Revelation 20, it wasn’t clear to me whether they receive bodies (some kind like our glorified ones?) or not, in which to spend eternity in the “lake of fire”.  Perhaps I have missed other locations of Scripture that deals with this topic.  In any event, thank you so much for your help.

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The Holy Spirit As The Restrainer

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Q. The Biblical translations that I’m aware of all capitalize pronouns referring to God in the New Testament no matter if the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit is in context,   except for 2 Thes. 2:6-7.  The restrainer, I do believe, is the Holy Spirit but why isn’t the pronoun “he” capitalized?

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If you accept Jesus and become a Christian, will God make you happy?

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This is a wonderful, wonderful post from Amy Hall, who writes for the Stand to Reason blog.

She writes:

I had a brief interaction with an atheist on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that unexpectedly turned to the issue of suffering when she said:

You clearly never had a time you were hurt. I don’t mean sick. I don’t mean heart broken. I mean literally a near death experience or rape or abusive relationship…. You can keep floating on a [expletive] cloud thinking Jesus will do everything for you but it’s a lie. What makes you so special?

That surprised me at first because it didn’t seem to have anything to do with the tweet she was responding to, and I was confused as to why she would assume I’d never been through anything traumatic. But then in subsequent tweets, when she revealed…

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Mounting evidence suggests President Obama preparing to “divorce” Israel. What are the implications if he does?

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

MEME-ObamaAbandonIsraelUPDATED: (Central Israel) — Is a divorce coming between the President of the United States and the State of Israel?

Once, it would have been almost preposterous even to ask such a question. Today, however, it feels like it’s a matter of “when,” not “if” Mr. Obama will formally abandon American support for the Jewish State. And the situation is rapidly going from bad to worse.

Readers of this blog may recall that I posted this column on January 14, 2015: “Will President Obama abandon or fully turn against Israel in last two years in office, amidst ISIS & Iran threats? Exclusive poll results.” According an exclusive poll I commissioned late last year, a remarkable 47.4% of Americans fear the President will turn against Israel soon given that he won’t ever face the voters again. I suspect the number would be much higher today

As I traveled through the U.S. in January and February on The Third Target

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Faithful Minsters Are Fewer Still

Originally posted on Timothy J. Hammons:

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand for me against the workers of iniquity? (Psalm 94:16)

C.H. Spurgeon writes:

Faithful ministers are few, and fewer still are bold enough to stand and defy the enemies of truth. Where are our Luthers and our Calvins? A false charity weakened Israel’s valiant men. One John Knox would be worth a mint at this hour, but where is he? Our great consolation is that the God of Knox and Luther is still with us, and in due time He will call His chosen champions.

From Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David.

I love this quote for two reasons. The first is that Spurgeon languished with the reality that there was so much weakness found in the ministers of his day, just as there is a weakness in the ministers of our day. There are far too many men who…

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New SRN Podcast: Jesus Calling Messages Compared to Channeled Spirit Messages

This audio is meant to help people who have been troubled and/or adversely affected by the books God Calling, Jesus Calling, A Course in Miracles, The Freedom Diaries, and all other material that is penned as a result of allegedly hearing from “God,” “Jesus,” “Angels,” “spirits,” etc.

NEW PODCAST: Jesus Calling Messages Compared to Channeled Spirit Messages – Examining Sarah Young’s “listening prayer” method and her own words

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JAS: Why do Christians celebrate death?

This week Christians celebrate Palm Sunday and reflect on the death of Jesus on the Cross. Is it strange to refer to this as a celebration? Why would one celebrate death, especially the death of the one who came to be the Savior of the World and claimed to be God?

Dr. Norman Geisler says “The death of Christ is the necessary prerequisite to his resurrection, which is the crowning proof of Jesus’ claim to be God.”

Many argue the facts of Jesus’ death and resurrection. One theory is that Jesus did not die on the cross but that a drug put Jesus in a coma-like state so that He later revived in the tomb. Is that true or is Matthew’s narrative true? Matthew says Jesus refused the drug customarily offered to the victim before crucifixion to deaden pain (27:34), and He accepted only vinegar later (vs. 48) to quench his thirst. Learn more as you reflect on the death of Jesus this year with this article by Dr. Geisler.

Read the article “The Death of Christ

“ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us all…” Ephesians 1:7

We pray you revel in the awareness of His forgiveness because of the cross and anticipate Resurrection Sunday with great joy!

March 27, 2015 Email Brigade Newsletter

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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8

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Our closest friends must be those who are pursuing holiness because they will have an enormous effect upon our lives…You tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you exactly who you are or who you’re about to become. Run with the righteous. ~ Steven Lawson

 

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I don’t believe for one minute that the Lord would have those who say they represent Him resort to cleverly contrived manipulation tactics to accomplish His work. The God I serve would never condone the maneuvering that goes on behind the scenes to get people to part with their money. And as I stated earlier, many LIE-celebs call themselves Christians, when what they actually are is GOP political operatives.

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Tom Cotton, Tragic Hero—Victor Davis hanson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415985/tom-cotton-tragic-hero-victor-davis-hanson?target=author&tid=900280

Despite the value of his open letter, he will become Obama’s scapegoat when the Iran negotiations inevitably fail. The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French foreign minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and signed by 46 other senators.

 

Washington, D.C. Comics: Dr. Ignoro vs. Bibi—Jonah Goldberg http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415922/washington-dc-comics-dr-ignoro-vs-bibi-jonah-goldberg

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough recently spoke to J Street, a left-wing organization that fancies itself the headquarters of the tough-love-for-Israel crowd. J Street’s critics would phrase it a bit differently. In a charitable mood, they’d say J Street is all about loving Israel to death.

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

New

Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’—Katie Yoder

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2015/03/25/childrens-book-about-abortion-my-sister-happy-ghost?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=marketing&utm_term=facebook&utm_content=facebook&utm_campaign=childrens-book-ghost

Lee, Sister Apple, Sister Pig’s protagonist, allays the possibility of repressed psychic distress by the active formation of an ally born of that anxiety and Lee does this without lingering in the interstitial space between pleasure and pain. Is there a political stratagem here…when sorrow and fear become light and active? …

 

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NEWS TO KNOW

New

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-caves-to-key-iranian-demands-as-nuke-deal-comes-together/

 

Obama gives interview to gay porn outlet—Cliff Kincaid

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kincaid/150325

 

Blacks Get Pilloried for Speaking Truth about Ferguson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415955/blacks-get-pilloried-speaking-truth-about-ferguson-deroy-murdock

 

Passengers shrieked as jet crashed into Alps

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/03/26/germanwings-plane-crash/70473800/

 

HEALTH

Previous

The truth about taking vitamin supplements

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4132062875001/the-truth-about-taking-vitamin-supplements/?#sp=show-clips

 

Doctors aren’t telling patients they have Alzheimer’s

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/03/24/report-doctors-arent-telling-patients-have-alzheimer/

 

CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

New

Straight Women in Baggy Clothes Are Appropriating Lesbian Culture
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415990/guardian-column-straight-women-baggy-clothes-are-appropriating-lesbian-culture

lesbian columnist wrote a piece in the Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less-than-feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are.
Previous

Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic—Patrick Moore

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/03/20/why-i-am-climate-change-skeptic

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

Dangerous:  Common Core

 

New

Common Core: The Truth Is Not True—Lee Duigon

http://www.newswithviews.com/Duigon/lee295.htm

The purpose of public education is, as it has always been, to replace the Christian religion with pagan worship of the state and the anointed experts who operate the state. It is not necessary to initiate students into the full mysteries of secular humanism. What the experts are after is obedience. It’s easy to rule over shallow, ignorant, and self-centered people.

Previous

‘Queering Your Campus’ workshop calls pro-life movement ‘clinic terrorists’

http://campusreform.org/?ID=6383

 

ENTERTAINMENT

New

Christian Book Chain Pulls ‘Heaven Visitation Resources’ Over Sufficiency of Scripture Resolution

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/26/christian-book-chain-pulls-heaven-visitation-resources-over-sufficiency-of-scripture-resolution/

 

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey:  Sin, Sleaze and Hyper Grace—Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/15/sin-sleaze-and-hyper-grace/

I write all this because on a daily basis I find evidence of this very thing. All around me I see people who profess to be believers who are living just like pagans. They seem to not have the slightest heart for holiness, a passion for purity, or a desire to be fully devoted to God.

Find answers here

 

LGBT ISSUES — Research Links

 

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homo-sexualism’

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

300 Articles You Have to Read to Understand Homo-fascism

‘Gay’ Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling About Gays

 

New

Activist Blames Transgender Teen’s Apparent Suicide on Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern

http://americansfortruth.com/2015/03/26/lgbt-lunacy-activist-blames-transgender-suicide-on-oklahoma-state-rep-sally-kern/

Previous

Homosexual Truth Tellers—Bill Buhlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/03/17/homosexual-truth-tellers/

Well, it seems that they have done the unthinkable – and the unforgiveable. In a magazine interview this homosexual pair actually did what you are simply not allowed to do by the pink mafia: reject the party line in favour of some truth-telling and some common sense.

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

Nine fallen ‘exgay’ leaders seek spotlight with therapy ban alliance

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EX-GAY video testimonies

 

Previous

Chris Delaney Shares Story of Leaving Homosexuality as Part of PFOX’s Safe Exit Program

http://www.pfox.org/chris-delaney-shares-story-of-leaving-homosexuality-as-part-of-pfoxs-safe-exit-program/

Chris Delaney has experienced firsthand deliverance from life-controlling issues, including depression, homosexuality, pornography, anorexia and more.   Now, he helps others through the loneliness, pain and isolation that come from being shunned and left out of life because of a debilitating disease or a decision to journey toward change.

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

New

Networks Ignore Susan Rice Praising Bergdahl in 2014 for Serving ‘with Honor and Distinction’ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2015/03/25/networks-ignore-clip-susan-rice-praising-bergdahl-2014-serving-honor

 

LIFE & DEATH – Research Links

 

Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

Amazing Video Shows Life Before Birth: “Everything a Newborn Baby Does, a Fetus Has Already Done

Abortion, Depression, Suicide

 

New

Texas Woman Arrested After Throwing Molotov Bomb at Pro-Lifers Outside Planned Parenthood

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/25/texas-woman-arrested-after-throwing-molotov-bomb-at-pro-lifers-outside-planned-parenthood/

 

CHECK OUT THE BOOK STORE

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ~ Heb 13:4

 

Understand the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

Previous

Megachurch Leader Drops Celibacy Requirement for ‘Gay’ Members–as Long as Sex Is in ‘Marriage’

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/18/megachurch-leader-drops-celibacy-requirement-for-gay-members-as-long-as-sex-is-in-marriage/

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

New

The Biblical Counseling Movement–Jesse Johnson

http://thecripplegate.com/the-biblical-counseling-movement/

For the most part this is a survey of Jay Adams. It follows him from his time as a student at John’s Hopkins, through his dissatisfaction with psychological methods, and traces how he launched the biblical counseling revolution. What started as a one-day-a-week operation in a New Jersey Church office quickly grew into a nation-wide network of trained pastors trying to return the soul-care of Christians to the local church. …

Previous

About those Crusades– Thomas F. Madden

http://www.str.org/blog/about-those-crusades%E2%80%A6#.VRGtoivF-Sp

For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

Previous

Heads, Evolution Wins–Tails, Creation Loses?–Brian Thomas

http://www.icr.org/article/8670

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

New

Never Take Your Own Revenge…”Vengeance Is Mine, I Will Repay,” Says the Lord–Mike Ratliff

http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/03/26/never-take-your-own-revenge-vengeance-is-mine-i-will-repay-says-the-lord/

 

WATCH OUT—APOSTASY ALERT!

 

A discerning Christian is one who seeks to walk in repentance for he or she will be in a constant state of self-examination. ~ Mike Ratliff

 

Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of

the written Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Disturbing History of AA

New Booklet Tract: The Spiritual Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous–And Why Christians Should Think Twice About Joining A.A.

 

Previous

What A.A. co-founder’s LSD adventures revealed about A.A., and about himself—John Lanagan

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/23/what-a-a-co-founders-lsd-adventures-revealed-about-a-a-and-about-himself/

 

Angels – Research links

 

Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels

 

Ann Voskamp

Loving God is not erotic (no matter what Voskamp says)

Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts?

 

Beth Moore

 

Why Beth Moore and Not Me? The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation

Has so-and-so false teacher always been false, or did it just start now?

The Low-Information Evangelical, Part 1  Part 2

Examining Beth Moore’s teaching

 

 “Blood Moons”

 

Is Jesus going to return during the blood-red moon of 2015?

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?

 

Books on Heaven

 ‘Boy who came back from heaven’ recants story, rebukes LifeWay and other buyers/sellers of ‘heaven tourism’

LifeWay returns ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ books to publisher

 

Charismatic Movement

 

Strange Fire Q&A: Answering the Critics—Phil Johnson interviews John MacArthur

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie

 

Christians and Conspiracy Theories

Sola Sisters has compiled articles that were written in order to biblically address the reality of conspiracy theory websites that Christians are sometimes drawn to, but which we feel are unbiblical and cause Christians to become unbalanced and unsteady in their walks. Be blessed.

http://www.solasisters.com/2015/02/christians-and-conspiracy-theories.html

 

Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven

 

Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement

Why this pastor left the church-growth model

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

 

Previous

Andy Stanley: Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you will have a better life by following his teachings–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/02/andy-stanley-even-if-you-dont-believe-that-jesus-is-the-son-of-god-you-will-have-a-better-life-by-following-his-teachings/

 

Contemplative Prayer – Research Links

 

The “Tree of Contemplative Practices” – Is Your Church Practicing Some of These?

What Is Spiritual Formation and Why Does It Matter?

Contemplative Terms

 

Ecumenism

 

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

The Emerging Global Church

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!-

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

Previous

Regarding Rob Bell’s support of same-sex marriage

The Loneliness of Life Without a Correctly Interpreted Bible—Peter Jones

Part 1  Part 2

 

Hillsong Church/Music

 

The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

Why Hillsong music is dangerous to sing in your church

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

Previous

Brian Houston & Mark Driscoll: The ‘disgraceful’ invites the ‘disgraced’ to further disgrace Christ &Christianity

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/03/16/brian-houston-mark-driscoll-the-disgraceful-invites-the-disgraced-to-further-disgrace-christ-christianity/

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

Articles and links exposing the New Age “Jesus” and New Age teachings

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

 

New

Jesus calling messages compared to channeled spirit messages—Chris Lawson podcast

http://chrislawson.libsyn.com/jesus-calling-messages-compared-to-channeled-spirit-messages

Previous

Problems With Best Selling Book “Jesus Calling”—Christine Pack

http://www.solasisters.com/2015/03/popular-jesus-calling-book-written-by.html

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

Part 1: “We Are Not ABANDONED”   Part 2: “Under the Bus” and “Off the Map” – The Out-of-Control Bus That Runs Over Sheep  Part 3: The Culture Which Gave Rise to Driscoll

 

Previous

Brian Houston & Mark Driscoll: The ‘disgraceful’ invites the ‘disgraced’ to further disgrace Christ &Christianity

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/03/16/brian-houston-mark-driscoll-the-disgraceful-invites-the-disgraced-to-further-disgrace-christ-christianity/

 

“The Message” Bible

 

Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is a parody of the Bible

 

Mormonism — Research Links

Why I Am Not A Mormon

Mormonism’s Pre-existence

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

New

NAR Kabbalist Chuck Pierce “mantles” Mormon Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/24/nar-kabbalist-chuck-pierce-endorses-mormon-glenn-beck/

 

About the “mantle” NAR’s Chuck Pierce gave to Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/25/about-the-mantle-nars-chuck-pierce-gave-to-glenn-beck/

Previous

How one Mormon author examined the evidence and lost faith in the Book of Mormon.

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V23N01_57.pdf

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

Roma Downey posting this quote on her Facebook page

“An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power

of vision.” ~ St.Thomas Aquinas

 

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

New Age Pandemic In The Church

The New Age Peale Factor: Norman Vincent Peale and the Occult, Part 1  Part 2

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

What is “The Secret”? What is the “Law of Attraction”?

 

New

Oprah’s New Age “Christianity” (Part 2) Neal Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler—SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/03/oprah-winfreys-new-age-christianity-part-2-neale-donald-walsch-god-and-hitler/

Previous

The New Age & Hitler’s Germany: Wash, Rinse, Smile, Repeat—SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/03/the-new-age-hitlers-germany-wash-rinse-smile-repeat/

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

Voice of the [false] Apostles 2015 conference

New Apostolic Reformation in Your Church

We have had enough of false prophets

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 1  Part 2

What is an Apostle?

Rick Joyner’s alleged visit to heaven where he claims he met Enoch

 

New

NAR Kabbalist Chuck Pierce “mantles” Mormon Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/24/nar-kabbalist-chuck-pierce-endorses-mormon-glenn-beck/

 

About the “mantle” NAR’s Chuck Pierce gave to Glenn Beck

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/03/25/about-the-mantle-nars-chuck-pierce-gave-to-glenn-beck/

Previous

Are you in need of healing?—Museum of Idolatry

http://www.alittleleaven.com/2015/03/have-you-bought-your-voice-of-healing-yet.html

That’s the question Todd Bentley of FreshFireUSA ministries asked in his recent advert on FaceBook and Instagram.

 

Elijah List speaker helps folks “understand their dreams, tattoos and piercings”…?

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/02/25/comedian-and-prophetic-dream-interpreter-helps-folks-understand-their-dreams-tattoos-and-piercings/

 

Occult – Research Links

 

Perry Noble

Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015

Perry Noble’s apology

 

Praise & Worship Music (Hillsong & Jesus Culture)

Previous

Worship Pastors—Glenn Chatfield

http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2014/09/worship-pastors.html

 

Bill Johnson, Jesus Culture and Bethel Church

https://shepherdguardian.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/heresy-alert-bill-johnson-jesus-culture-and-bethel-church/

 

Roman Catholicism

 

Pope Francis: You Cannot Be A Christian Outside the Church

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?

 

Previous

Catholic Church captured by “progressive forces”—Cliff Kincaid

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kincaid/150312

 

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

New

Pitiable Capitulating Pro-family Leaders – Part 1  Part 2—Marsha West

I don’t believe for one minute that the Lord would have those who say they represent Him resort to cleverly contrived manipulation tactics to accomplish His work. The God I serve would never condone the maneuvering that goes on behind the scenes to get people to part with their money. And as I stated earlier, many LIE-celebs call themselves Christians, when what they actually are is GOP political operatives.

Previous

How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

http://time.com/3669024/evangelicals-gay-marriage/

 

Transhumanism/Nephilum

 

Spiritual Seduction

Extraterrestrials, Noah’s Flood, Pseudo-Humans, Pseudo-Science,

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2

Previous

“Demons, Daughters and DNA”: A Sequel and Response—Larry DeBruyan

http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/03/demons-daughters-and-dna-sequel-and.html

Back in June of 2011, I wrote a paper presenting the results of my study regarding the antediluvian Nephilim titled “Demons, Daughters and DNA.”[1] Admittedly, the study was written in part to defend Gaylene Goodroad who had been a member of the church I pastored before retirement, and whose expose of the new prophetic paradigm was being questioned and discredited. …

 

Vision Casting

 

Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control

Previous

The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/02/09/the-hillsong-cults-infallible-prophets-part-1/

So what does it mean when God gives Brian Houston a God-given vision? What does it mean when God gives Bobbie Houston a God whisper? What does this mean for Hillsong? …

 

Witchcraft – Research Links

 

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links

 

Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors, Part 1   Part 2

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer teaching word-faith “Little Gods” doctrine

 

Previous

Benny Hinn Admitted to California ICU for Heart-Related Issues

http://www.charismanews.com/us/48860-benny-hinn-admitted-to-california-icu-for-heart-related-issues

GTY Blog: The Seven Last Sayings of Christ: A Provision for His Mother

John 19:25-27

Code: B150327

by John MacArthur

In the midst of His greatest anguish, Christ’s attention was not on Himself and His needs. Even as He hung on the cross, beaten and bleeding to death, His focus was on all that His Father was accomplishing—we see that illustrated in each of His seven last sayings. Today we’ll see how He made provision for His earthly mother.

A Scene No Mother Wants to See

Jesus’ enemies were not the only spectators at the cross. As word got around Jerusalem that morning that Christ was under arrest and had been condemned to death by the Sanhedrin, some of His closest loved ones came to be near Him. John 19:25 describes the scene: “Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”

Some interpreters believe John mentions only three women, and that “His mother’s sister” is the same person as “Mary the wife of Clopas.” But that would mean these two sisters were both named Mary, and that seems highly unlikely. Instead, it seems John was saying there were three women named Mary present (Jesus’ mother, Mrs. Clopas, and Mary Magdalene), as well as a fourth woman (Mary’s sister) whose name is not given—but she might have been Salome, the mother of James and John. John also indicates in verse 26 that he himself was present, referring to himself the way he always did in his gospel, as “the disciple whom [Jesus] loved” (cf. John 21:20–24).

The pain of watching Jesus die must have been agonizing for His loved ones. But for no one was it more difficult than Mary, His earthly mother. Years before, at His birth, the elderly prophet Simeon had told her,

Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end, that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed. (Luke 2:34–35, emphasis added)

The sword Simeon spoke of was now piercing her heart as she watched her firstborn Son die.

She had reared Him from childhood. She knew His utter perfection better than anyone. And yet as she watched, crowds of people poured contempt on her Son, cruelly mocking and abusing Him. His bleeding, emaciated form hung helplessly on the cross, and all she could do was watch His agony. The sorrow and pain such a sight would cause His mother is unfathomable. And yet instead of shrieking and crumpling in hysteria, turning and fleeing in terror, or falling into a faint at the horrible sight, she stood. She is the very model of courage.

Jesus saw her standing and grieving there, and His third saying from the cross reflects the tender love of a Son for His mother.

When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. (John 19:26–27)

When Jesus said, “Behold, your son,” He was not referring to Himself. He probably nodded at John. He was making a gracious provision for Mary in the years to come. He was delegating to John the responsibility to care for Mary in her old age.

A Unique Relationship

This was a beautiful gesture, and it says a lot about the personal nature of Jesus’ love. Although He was dying under the most excruciating kind of anguish, Jesus, the king of love, selflessly turned aside to care for the earthly needs of those who stood by His side. Although He was occupied with the most important event in the history of redemption, He remembered to make provision for the needs of one woman, His mother.

He addresses her as “woman.” Nowhere in the gospels does He ever call her “mother”; only “woman.” The expression conveys no disrespect. But it does underscore the fact that Christ was much more to Mary than a Son. He was her Savior, too (cf. Luke 1:47). Mary was no sinless co-redemptrix. She was as dependent on divine grace as the lowliest of sinners, and after Christ reached adulthood, her relationship to Him was the same as that of any obedient believer to the Lord. She was a disciple; He was the Master.

Christ Himself rebuked those who wanted to elevate Mary to a place of extraordinary veneration: “One of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.’ But He said, ‘On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.’” (Luke 11:27–28). Mary was blessed because she was obedient to the Word of God—the same as any other believer. Her position as Christ’s mother did not carry with it any special titles such as co-mediatrix, queen of heaven, or any of the other forms of deification medieval superstition has attached to the popular concept of Mary.

Let’s be perfectly clear: It is a form of idolatry to bestow on Mary honor, titles, or attributes that in effect give her a coequal status in the redemptive work of her Son or elevate her as a special object of veneration.

Nonetheless, Christ loved and honored His mother as a mother. He fulfilled the fifth commandment as perfectly as He fulfilled them all. And part of the responsibility of honoring one’s parents is the duty to see that they are cared for in their old age. Christ did not neglect that duty.

It is perhaps significant that Jesus did not commit Mary to the care of His own half-brothers. Mary was evidently a widow by now. Nothing is said of Joseph after the gospel narratives about Jesus’ birth and childhood. Apparently he had died by the time Jesus began His public ministry. But Scripture suggests that after Jesus’ birth Mary and Joseph had a marital relationship that was in every sense normal (Matthew 1:25). Despite the claims of the Roman Catholic Church, Scripture does not allow us to believe Mary remained perpetually a virgin. On the contrary, the gospels clearly state that Jesus had brothers (Mark 3:31–35; John 2:12; Luke 8:19–21). Matthew even names them: “James and Joseph and Simon and Judas” (Matthew 13:55). They would have in fact been half-brothers, as the natural offspring of Mary and Joseph.

Why didn’t Jesus appoint one of His own brothers to look after Mary? Because, according to John 7:5, “His brothers were not believing in Him.” They became believers when Jesus rose from the dead, and therefore Acts 1:14 records that they were among the group meeting for prayer in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost: “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (emphasis added). But they were evidently not believers yet when Jesus died. So as He was dying on the cross, He committed His mother to the care of His beloved disciple, John.

(Adapted from The Murder of Jesus.)


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Cold Case Christianity: Jesus Is Evidence That God Exists

28Ever try to make a case for God’s existence with a non-believing friend or family member? I have. For some reason, I usually find myself beginning with the broader evidence for God’s existence. From the cosmological argument to the evidence from the fine-tuning of the universe, to evidence from teleology or the existence of transcendent moral laws, I usually begin by making a case for the existence of any God before I focus in on the evidence for the Christian God of the Bible. I typically take an “outside-in” or “macro-to-micro” approach: first argue for God generally, and then argue for Jesus specifically.

The Gospels Make A Case For God’s Existence
But that isn’t how I came to faith. I first became interested in the existence of God after reading the gospels. I read them as a curious atheist. A local pastor aroused my curiosity by providing a few choice samples of Jesus’ teaching, and I was simply curious to see if the gospels contained any additional wisdom. I was no more committed to Jesus as an ancient teacher than I might be to Buddha, Socrates or any other ancient sage.

But the gospels resonated with my experience as a detective and demonstrated many characteristics of eyewitness testimony. I was quickly engaged in a forensic statement analysis of the gospel of Mark and it wasn’t long before I was taking what the gospels said seriously. I discovered:

1. The gospels were written very early
2. The gospels were transmitted carefully
3. The gospel information was protected and preserved
4. The gospel claims about Jesus were consistent with non-Christian sources
5. The gospel accounts were testable

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Just days before nuclear talks end, Iran seizes Yemen. U.S. evacuates, but Saudis & Arab coalition launch war to retake Yemen. Where will this lead?

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

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In just a few days, we will reach the March 31st deadline to complete nuclear negotiations with Iran.Yet rather than conclude a deal that would truly stop Iran from getting The Bomb and constrain Iranian aggression in the Middle East, consider the surreal events presently unfolding:

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March 27, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 27

WE’RE MARCHING TO ZION

Isaac Watts, 1674–1748

You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. (Hebrews 12:22)

Should we sing psalms or hymns in our church services? This was the controversy stirring many congregations during the 17th and 18th centuries. Isaac Watts was the life-long champion of the “humanly composed” hymn while the majority of the English-speaking churches insisted on the traditional psalm settings. Tempers frequently flared, and some churches actually split in the heat of this decidedly inharmonious musical conflict. In some churches a compromise was reached. The psalm setting would be sung in the early part of the service with a hymn used at the close, during which time the parishioners could leave or simply refuse to sing.

Isaac Watts’ “Come, We That Love the Lord” was no doubt written in part to refute his critics, who termed his hymns “Watts’ Whims,” as well as to provide some subtle barbs for those who refused to sing his hymns: “Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad.” The hymn first appeared in Watts’ Hymns and Spiritual Songs of 1707 and was titled “Heavenly Joy on Earth.”

Still today there exists a controversy within some evangelical congregations regarding the use of traditional versus contemporary sacred music. Although we may each have our own preference, cultural differences such as this should never be a cause for disrupting the unity of any group of believers. This epigram by Augustine, the early church theologian, is still worthy of our earnest consideration: “Let there be in the essentials, unity. In all non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.”

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord, and thus surround the throne.

Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heav’nly King may speak their joys abroad.

The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heav’nly fields, or walk the golden streets.

Then let our songs abound and ev’ry tear be dry; we’re marching thru Immanuel’s ground to fairer worlds on high.

Chorus: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion; we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.

For Today: Psalm 149:1; Isaiah 35:10; Habakkuk 3:17, 18; 1 Peter 4:13

Determine to follow the suggestion of this hymn: “Let our joys [not our minor differences] be known and thus surround the throne.” Rejoice in the truth that the best is yet to come—“fairer worlds on high.”[1]


March 27: Tongues, Prophecy, and the Thing We Call Love

Numbers 31:1–54; 1 Corinthians 14:1–25; Psalm 26:1–12

Nearly anything good can become unproductive if it’s abused or misused. Paul is all about embracing the side of spirituality that can seem a bit wacky to us today—gifts of tongues and prophecy, to name a few. But he is fully aware of the problems that can come from these gifts being used in a way that doesn’t fit within God’s will. And Paul’s primary concern is that spiritual gifts are used only within the bounds of love.

Love is what it’s all about. “Pursue love, and strive for spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, because no one understands, but by the Spirit he speaks mysteries” (1 Cor 14:1–2). By tongues, Paul is likely referencing the “tongues of angels”—some angelic language (1 Cor 13:1)—although elsewhere the term is used in reference to people speaking in a language they don’t actually know for the sake of ministering to others in their native tongue (Acts 2:3–4).

Love—as manifested in Christ’s death and resurrection and in our living sacrificially for Him and others—is central, and spiritual gifts should support that cause.

Paul goes on to say: “Now I want you all to speak with tongues, but even more that you may prophesy.… But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, how do I benefit you, unless I speak to you either with a revelation or with knowledge or with a prophecy or with a teaching?” (1 Cor 14:5–6).

Spiritual gifts are meant to indwell believers. Christians are meant to be driven by God’s Spirit and to do miraculous things in His name. But none of it matters if it’s not for the purpose of showing Christ’s love.

What gifts do you resist using? How can you use the spiritual gifts God has given you to show love to others, and how can you correct your use of them if you’re not currently using them for this purpose?

John D. Barry[2]


March 27

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is the Epistle to the Galatians. Our lesson is from Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (NASU)

Lesson

These words penned by the apostle Paul are radical and powerful. What the apostle has written went against the norm and the values of his day. In the face of the great divide among social groups of his day, Paul writes, “For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” “In Christ” there is reconciliation! Let’s look at three barriers broken down by Jesus Christ.

The first barrier broken down by Jesus Christ is the religious barrier. The word “Greek” in this text refers to Gentiles, i.e. non-Jews, not just the citizens of the nation of Greece. Paul is thinking about the Hellenists; that is, those influenced by the Greek language and culture.

There was a great cultural and religious partition between the Jew and the non-Jew. Many Jews thought they had exclusive rights to God. They were totally ethnocentric and could not see beyond their own ethnic and religious group. Yet from the beginning, God had a plan for all humanity. He is the God of all people groups. As Creator of all mankind, His desire is that all people from every culture have a loving relationship with Him. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated that God loved all humanity, not just one people group.

The next barrier broken down by Jesus Christ is the social barrier. In New Testament times, slavery was an accepted social institution. Some slaves came from conquered nations. Others were slaves because they could not pay their debts. The point the apostle makes is that “in Christ” we are all free.

In Paul’s letter to Philemon, we see this principle. Onesimus had escaped. Paul asked Philemon to accept his slave as a brother. By law, Onesimus could have been killed for running away, but Paul asked Philemon to forgive him. This is an example of the transforming and reconciling power of the gospel in society.

The last barrier broken down by Jesus Christ is the gender barrier. From Genesis 3 onward, we notice the divide between men and women. Paul honors the difference and distinction that exists between a man and a woman. He realizes the uniqueness of each gender. However, the point the apostle makes is that “in Christ,” we are all one.

In summary, Jesus Christ broke down the religious barrier. Jesus Christ broke down the social barrier. And Jesus Christ broke down the gender barrier.

May Christ be a center of our relationships. Take a moment to identify any possible barrier in your heart. If so, ask the Holy Spirit to remove it.

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is the Epistle to the Ephesians. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 27

Solving Man’s Greatest Problem

“And forgive us our debts” (Matt. 6:12).

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Forgiveness removes the guilt and penalty of sin and restores intimacy with God.

Man’s greatest problem is sin. It renders him spiritually dead, alienates him from God and his fellowman, plagues him with guilt and fear, and can eventually damn him to eternal Hell. The only solution is forgiveness, and the only source of forgiveness is Jesus Christ.

All sin is punishable by death (Rom. 6:23), but Christ bore the sins of the world, thereby making it possible for us to be forgiven and to have eternal life through faith in Him (John 3:16). What a glorious reality!

Scripture speaks of two kinds of forgiveness: judicial and parental. Judicial forgiveness comes from God the righteous Judge, who wiped your sin off the record and set you free from its punishment and guilt. At the moment of your salvation He forgave all your sins—past, present, and future—and pronounced you righteous for all eternity. That’s why nothing can ever separate you from Christ’s love (Rom. 8:38–39).

Parental forgiveness is granted to believers by their loving Heavenly Father as they confess their sin and seek His cleansing. That’s the kind of forgiveness Jesus speaks of in Matthew 6:12.

When a child disobeys his father, the father/child relationship isn’t severed. The child is still a member of the family, and there’s a sense in which he is already forgiven because he’s under the umbrella of his father’s parental love. But some of the intimacy of their relationship is lost until the child seeks forgiveness.

That’s the idea in Matthew 6:12. The sins you commit as a believer don’t rob you of your salvation, but they do affect your relationship with God. He still loves you and will always be your Father, but the intimacy and sweet communion you once knew is jeopardized until you seek reconciliation by confessing your sins.

As a Christian, you are judicially forgiven and will never come into condemnation. But never presume on that grace. Make confession part of your daily prayers so sin will never erode your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for His judicial forgiveness of all your sins. ✧ Ask Him to help you maintain the joy of your relationship with Him by quickly dealing with any sin that comes up in your life.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 32:1–7. ✧ How did David feel about forgiveness? ✧ What happened to David before he confessed his sin?[4]


March 27

The Answer to Our Needs

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them.

Psalm 5:11

God told us from the very beginning that in love—His love—we find the answer to all our needs as well as healing for our broken lives.

When your heart is anchored to the heart of Jesus Christ, you will find Him near and always eager to confirm His personal love for you. The love of the world will pass away, but God’s love is guaranteed never to fade. He is the Source of all true, lasting love.[5]


March 27

Healing Memories

Scripture reading: Matthew 18:21–35

Key verse: Matthew 18:35

So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.

Forgiving others is not something we do automatically. It takes a conscious effort on our parts. Yet Jesus was very clear on this subject: We are to forgive those who hurt us. Peter thought he could limit the amount of forgiveness he extended in going beyond what was expected by Jewish custom. However, Jesus quickly put a stop to this line of thinking.

For a moment, think about God’s forgiveness toward you. You make mistakes. Yet Romans 8:1 tells us God’s goal is not to condemn. First John 1:9 tells of His willingness to restore you each time you come to Him and confess your sinfulness. Christ’s death was sufficient payment for every wrong you will ever commit. So what keeps you from forgiving those who hurt you? Seeking personal revenge or maintaining a “get-even” mentality only brings more heartache.

David Seamands writes,

Memory healing means being delivered from the prison of past hurts … We cannot change the facts we remember, but we can change their meanings and the power they have over our present way of living … A major part of the healing process is the discovery that God can take even the most painful of our experiences and work them out for our good and His glory … This does not mean God is the Author of everything that has happened to us. But it does mean that He is the Master of it all.

Help me, Lord, to forgive those who have wronged me. Heal my memories.[6]


March 27

Identifying with Christ’s Suffering

It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 2:10

Christians can identify with their Master because like Him, they suffer to enter their glory.

Christ said to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25–26). Our Lord had to explain that future glory required that He suffer. We should expect the same.

The path to glory for Christ was the path of unjust suffering. That’s our path also. Jesus endured suffering with perfect patience and was exalted to the highest point of glory. He is our example of how to respond to suffering.[7]


March 27     Make Me a Flame

scripture reading:
Psalm 119:153–60

key verse:
Job 36:15

He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression.

Founding the Dohnavur Fellowship, Amy Carmichael ministered to the poor and oppressed children of India for fifty–five years. She encountered periodic bouts with ill health, one of which forced her to leave the mission field for almost a year. She penned the following poem, revealing her keen insight into the painful glories of suffering:

From prayer that I may be, Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee

From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher,

From silken self, Oh Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things, From easy choices, weakenings,

(Not thus are spirits fortified, not this way went the Crucified)

From all that dims Thy Calvary, oh Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay,

The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire,

Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

O Lord, set me free from all that dims the vision of Calvary in my life! Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay. Make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God![8]


March 27

Giving God Glory

Scripture reading: Psalm 24:1–10

Key verse: Revelation 19:1

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!”

Jesus condemned the actions of the religious leaders who prayed loudly in the streets so that they would be seen and admired by others. The purpose of prayer is to communicate humbly with God, not to gain the praise of men. In her book A Journey into Prayer, Evelyn Christenson relates her personal concerns in this area:

Wanting something for our own glory, not God’s, is one reason why a prayer, although scripturally accurate and acceptable to God, is ruined by our reason for praying it.

Some years ago, as I prayed my birthday prayer for the coming year, my words simply were these: “God, You be glorified, not me!” And when the year ended, my praying for only His glory did not end. Praying the “right prayer” about God getting all the glory has been a learning process for me for a long time.

Through the years, I have prayed before speaking that I will not be seen as I speak—only Jesus … The greatest compliment I ever receive is when someone steps up to me and quietly says, “I saw Jesus standing there instead of you today.” For His glory!

My illustration or point may be very good in itself, but if my motive for bringing it is for my glory, God will not use it to move in the lives of those in my audience. It has to be for His glory.

Lord, reveal the motives behind my prayers. I don’t want to pray for something for my own glory. I want my life to reflect Your glory.[9]


March 27

A Marvelous Creation of God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 71

Key Verse: Psalm 71:5

You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

Most of us know hope when it appears. We start our day with the anticipation that something good is just around the corner, but then it happens—disappointment steals our hope, and we wonder if the excitement and joy we felt were from God or our imagination.

Hope stealers are at work twenty–four hours a day. They include the criticism of others, difficult circumstances, trials, feelings of rejection and self-doubt, and more. What can you do to safeguard yourself against such thought patterns?

First, tell yourself the truth about your situation. Don’t beat yourself down. God never does (Rom. 8:1).

Second, remember that God is the God of possibilities. In The Attributes of God, A. W. Tozer maintained,

God is kindhearted, gracious, good-natured and benevolent in intention … We only think we believe, really. We are believers in a sense, and I trust that we believe sufficiently to be saved and justified before His grace. But we don’t believe as intensely and as intimately as we should. If we did, we would believe that God is … gracious and that His intentions are kind and benevolent. We would believe that God never thinks any bad thoughts about anybody, and He never had any bad thoughts about anybody.

What does God think about you? Marvelous. Wonderful. His creation. You are His child, and He is proud of you.

Father, as I face criticism, difficult circumstances, trials, and rejection today, help me remember Your declaration concerning me: I am marvelous, wonderful, Your creation. I accept Your evaluation and reject the negative opinions of others.[10]


March 27

Doing the Best He Can

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:3–6

Key Verse: Galatians 5:16

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Many people think that life will be easy after they get saved. Instead, they frequently find they seem to have even more struggles than before. We should not be dismayed, however; this is the normal Christian life. Before we met the Savior, we were walking aimlessly; but upon our salvation, we commenced a journey that would take us through rough terrain and high mountains.

In the epistle to the Galatians, the apostle Paul warned us not to use our newfound freedom in Christ as an excuse to revert—instead of drifting back into our aimless ways, we must take the yoke of Jesus and learn to walk in the Spirit. Paul specifically said “walk” (Galatians 5:16) because the Christian life has direction. We are climbing new heights toward a specific goal, and climbing means struggling.

Every day, we grapple with jealousy, lust, and pride because we live in a world filled with such things. At the same time, we can learn to walk by the Spirit and rise above our temptations and enemies. Yes, it is tough to be in a perpetual fight, and many people have no stomach for such constant exertion. When they see the high standard of Jesus’ example, they sometimes drop out of the contest and settle for doing the best they can in their own strength.

But doing the best we can is exactly what Paul said will not work—it simply isn’t good enough. That’s why the Holy Spirit came. By fully submitting to Him, we can learn to let the Spirit of God do the best He can. Then we will walk in victory.

Lord, I want to walk in victory, not just do the best I can. Do the best You can through me.[11]


March 27

Enemies of Humility: Selfish Ambition

“But Jesus answered and said, ‘You do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to Him, ‘We are able.’ ”

Matthew 20:22

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Selfish ambition in spiritual things shows that we are ignorant of the real path to God’s glory.

Yesterday we saw that James and John, with their mother, posed a bold power–play question to the Lord Jesus. Now, as He answers them, they display another attitude at odds with the humble spirit: selfish ambition.

If the brothers’ power–play request was brazen, it was also very foolish. They did not have a clue about what was involved if Jesus granted their request. “The cup that I am about to drink” was His way of referring to His suffering and death. When He asked James and John if they were prepared to drink that cup, Christ was saying that if you are His disciple, you must be prepared for suffering and hardship.

In fact, Jesus’ words “to drink the cup” indicate that something very difficult lay ahead. Not only do those words refer to the Savior’s own painful suffering and death (Matt. 26:39), but they mean we must stay the course to the end, enduring whatever is necessary. James, John, and the other disciples initially did not have such staying power.

James and John, thinking they would always persevere, overconfidently declared, “We are able.” Peter brashly promised never to forsake the Lord, and all the other disciples echoed that pledge. But Peter denied Jesus three times, and the ambitious brothers, along with the rest of the disciples, fled after Jesus’ arrest.

The disciples eventually did finish well and shared in the “fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). James became the first martyred apostle, and John was exiled to the island of Patmos. But such faithfulness was not attained in their own strength, nor by their ambitious maneuvering, but by the Spirit’s power. This is a strong reminder to us that no position in God’s kingdom is rewarded because of selfish human ambition, but only by His sovereign choice of “those for whom it has been prepared” (Matt. 20:23).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that God would give you a view of service in His kingdom that is unclouded by your own ambitions.

For Further Study: Read and compare Psalms 15 and 75. What do they say about pride and humility? ✧ Meditate on several verses that relate to that theme.[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Deuteronomy 15:1–16:22
Psalm 37:30-36
Proverbs 12:17-19
Luke 3:1-38
Notes:

Deuteronomy 16:21, 22 wooden image…sacred pillar. A reference to the wooden poles, images, or trees that represented the Canaanite goddess Asherah. A stone pillar symbolic of male fertility was also prevalent in the Canaanite religion. These were forbidden by the first two commandments (Ex. 20:3–6; Deut. 5:7–10).

Proverbs 12:18 speaks…piercings. The contrast here is between cutting words that are blurted out (Ps. 106:33) and thoughtful words that bring health (Eph. 4:29, 30).

Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas were high priests. According to Josephus, Annas served as high priest A.D. 6–15, when he was deposed by Roman officials. He nonetheless retained de facto power, as seen in the fact that his successors included 5 of his sons and Caiaphas, a son-in-law (Matt. 26:3).Caiaphas was the actual high priest during the time Luke describes, but Annas still controlled the office. This is seen clearly in the fact that Christ was taken to Annas first after His arrest, then to Caiaphas (Matt. 26:57).

Luke 3:4 Make His paths straight. Quoted from Isaiah 40:3–5.A monarch traveling in wilderness regions would have a crew of workmen go ahead to make sure the road was clear of debris, obstructions, potholes, and other hazards that made the journey difficult. In a spiritual sense, John was calling the people of Israel to prepare their hearts for the coming of their Messiah.

DAY 27: How were God’s people to treat the poor?

As the Israelites prepared to enter the Promised Land, Deuteronomy 15:4 has an interesting statement “except when there may be no poor.” Idealistically, there was the possibility that poverty would be eradicated in the land “for the LORD will greatly bless you in the land.” The fullness of that blessing, however, would be contingent on the completeness of Israel’s obedience. Thus, vv. 4–6 were an encouragement to strive for a reduction of poverty while at the same time they stressed the abundance of the provision God would make in the Promised Land.

God specifically warns them about hardening their hearts against the poor, but to “open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need” (v. 8). The attitude of the Israelites toward the poor in their community was to be one of warmth and generosity. The poor were given whatever was necessary to meet their needs, even with the realization that such “loans” would never need to be paid back.

“For the poor will never cease from the land,” Moses adds (v. 11). Realistically (in contrast to v. 4), the disobedience toward the Lord on Israel’s part meant that there would always be poor people in the land of Israel. Jesus repeated this truism in Matthew 26:11. Even if a Hebrew was sold into a period of servitude for his debts, his master “shall not let him go away empty-handed” (Deut. 15:13). When a slave had completed his time of service, his former owner was to make ample provision for him so that he would not begin his state of new freedom in destitution.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, http://www.thomasnelson.com.


March 27 – True Salt and Light Are Pure

“‘You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house’” (Matthew 5:13–15).

With great responsibility, there is often great danger. We can’t be an influence for purity in the world if we have compromised our own purity. We can’t sting the world’s conscience if we continually go against our own. We can’t be used of God to retard the corruption of sin in the world if our lives become corrupted by sin. To lose our saltiness is not to lose our salvation, but we will lose our effectiveness.

Light, too, is in danger of becoming useless. Like salt, it can’t lose its essential nature. A hidden light is still light, but it is useless light. That’s why people do not “light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” A light that is hidden under a basket can’t even be used to read by; it helps neither the person who hides it nor anyone else.

Don’t hide your light for fear of offending others, whether out of indifference or lovelessness or any other reason. If you do, you demonstrate unfaithfulness to the Lord.

Ask Yourself

The demands of purity call for more than merely the eradication of sin and shameful habits, but also for replacing impurity with active, living, breathing righteousness. What are some specific acts of obedience and service to which God is calling you at this hour, in this generation?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610, http://www.moodypublishers.com.


CONCLUSION: Commend Yourself to the Grace of God

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We may then recommend ourselves to the conduct, protection, and government of the divine grace, in the further services that lie before us and in the whole course of our life.

And now, let us be enabled to go from strength to strength, until we appear before God in Zion; and while we pass through the valley of Baca, let it be made a place of springs, and let the rain of divine grace and blessing fill the pools. Psalm 84:6-7(ESV)

Now speak, Lord, for your servants hear. 1 Samuel 3:9(ESV) What does my Lord say to his servants? Joshua 5:14(ESV) Grant that we may not turn away our ear from hearing the law, for then our prayers will be an abomination; Proverbs 28:9(ESV) but may we listen to God, that he may listen to us. Judges 9:7(ESV)

And now, the LORD our God be with us, as he was with all our fathers; may he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to himself, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules. 1 Kings 8:57-58(ESV) And let our hearts be wholly true to the LORD our God all our days, 1 Kings 8:61(ESV) and continue so till the end; that then we may rest and may stand in our allotted place, and let it be a blessed place at the end of the days. Daniel 12:13(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer


 

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[8] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 90). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[12] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it…

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