July 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jul. 6, 2015

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“No, we don’t think we have to do it,” Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri says on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked if Clinton feels she has to turn over e-mail server to show voters she’s trustworthy.

A month from now, 10 Republican presidential candidates will walk out onto a primetime debate stage in Cleveland and confront each other face to face for the first time. If the debate were held today, Donald Trump would be one of them. Two sitting governors, a U.S. senator, the runner-up for the 2012 GOP nomination, and the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company would all be excluded.

Snowpack supplies about 70 percent of California’s annual precipitation, according to NASA, making it crucial to the water supply of a state that’s experiencing a four-year drought. “It’s unbelievably extreme compared to anything we have on record,” says Frank Gehrke, chief of California cooperative snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources. “Where we would normally have 5, 6, 10 feet of snow, we’re seeing bare ground.”

Greece’s “no” vote, rejecting further austerity demanded by creditors, left analysts and financial researchers rushing to predict whether the European Central Bank will continue providing the nation’s banks with aid — and what will happen without it. The ECB meets Monday to discuss extending a new lifeline to Greek lenders, which have been closed for a week by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to stem withdrawals and preserve capital. Without an injection from the ECB — or a lower withdrawal limit — ATMs will start running dry soon, Louka Katseli, chairwoman of the National Bank of Greece, said Friday.

Citigroup Inc., the world’s biggest currency trader, said it prefers to bet the euro will decline against the yen, rather than against the dollar, as traders seek haven assets amid the turmoil in Greece and China.

AP Top Stories

Pope Francis travels to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil on Monday for a Mass expected to draw more than a million people, as Latin America’s first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet.

Members of Congress return Tuesday from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.

It took $817 million, two starts, more than six years and one worker’s life to drill a so-called “Third Straw” to make sure glittery casinos and sprawling suburbs of Las Vegas can keep getting drinking water from near the bottom of drought-stricken Lake Mead. The pipeline, however, won’t drain the largest Colorado River reservoir any faster. It’s designed to ensure that Las Vegas can still get water if the lake surface drops below two existing supply intakes.

A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a “technical problem”, killing at least seven people, security and medical officials said.

Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.

Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001.

The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.

Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.

A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town’s notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, they were shot dead by young IS members armed with pistols. Hundreds of people were seen watching the killings.

Two bombs blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, killing 51 people, officials said.

Hillary Clinton accused China of “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America” and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing.

BBC

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a month. His appearance comes days after Cuba and the United States announced they were reopening embassies in each other’s capitals on 20 July.

A 79-year old Colombian man has become the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia. Colombia’s Catholic Church has said euthanasia is morally unacceptable and it has threatened to close its hospitals across the country. Colombia is one of the few countries in the world, and the only one in Latin America, where euthanasia is allowed.

Tunisia has declared a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 tourists, mainly Britons, died in an attack in the resort city of Sousse. The state of emergency gives security forces more powers and limits the right of public assembly.

WND

The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage opens the door to host of new benefits for same-sex couples, but claiming them means coming out of the closet to employers who may not share the court’s opinion. That’s why gay rights advocates are hoping to ride the momentum of the court’s landmark decision and push for workplace protections they say are needed to allow gay and transgender people to live openly.

A review of several credibly researched global indices makes clear economic freedom in the United States has dropped in an alarming fashion since the year 2000, with no reversal in the trend yet evident from the Obama administration’s highly touted “economic recovery.”


Top News – 7/6/2015

Three Systems Over the Western Pacific
As of Monday morning, EDT, Tropical Storm Chan-hom is located approximately 1,170 miles southeast of Kadena Air Base. Chan-hom is moving to the northwest at 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph with gusts to 80 mph.

Turkey ‘planning to invade Syria’
Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders.

Israel losing Democrats, ‘can’t claim bipartisan US support,’ top pollster warns
New survey by Frank Luntz shows almost half of Democratic ‘opinion elites’ think Israel is racist, barely half believe it wants peace, and three quarters feel it has too much influence on US policy.

Obama Trying to Make US Leftist Jews “Mainstream’
A recent meeting between National Security Council officials and the left-wing Breaking the Silence group barely made headlines but was a significant move in President Barack Obama’s agenda to justify his view that Israel is an “occupier.”

Hackers hacked: Malware firm’s data leaked, ties with regimes exposed
.An Italian company that sells hacking tools to various governments was apparently itself the target of a hacker attack, resulting in its internal documents being leaked online and its deals with countries such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia exposed

Pope comes ‘home’ to South America to defend planet and the poor
Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. His visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay – three of the region’s poorest and smallest countries – is Francis’ first abroad since his landmark encyclical urging an end to man’s degradation of the global environment.

Does CNN Think the Messiah is Coming?
For some strange reason, the network appears to think Muslim structures on Temple Mount may soon be gone. A slideshow on CNN’s website depicts 25 buildings that are “on the verge of extinction” and beckons to readers: “Go see them now, before it’s too late: threatened by neglect, the elements, changing architectural trends or ruthless developers, these outstanding buildings are all fighting a hard battle for survival.” The first in the series of photos of doomed structures is none other than that of the Dome of the Rock.

Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal getting Worse by the Day
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Monday with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias, and promised to support the flailing state of Greece as it deals with bankruptcy. “You are arriving here at a critical time for Greece and I appreciate your visit,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting. “It expresses the true obligation between us.”

UNESCO settles Jesus baptism site controversy, says Jordan
The announcement of the Al Maghtas site in Jordan – believed by many Christians to be where Jesus was baptized – as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was greeted enthusiastically in that country on Sunday, with Jordanian newspaper Al Rai declaring that the move “put an end to the Israeli claims” that the authentic location is beyond the Jordan River in Israeli territory.

Horrific moment ISIS child executioners brutally shoot dead 25 Syrian regime soldiers…
ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city.

Asia shares slide on Greek ‘no’ vote
Asian stock markets headed lower after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected austerity demands from creditors in Sunday’s referendum. The euro fell across the board after Greece rejected the conditions of a bailout package, increasing the odds of the country’s exit from the eurozone.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Jos blasts kill scores
Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say. A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night. No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before…

Report: Jordan arrests Iranian backed terrorist who was planning attack
Jordanian security forces recently foiled a terror plot in the Kingdom and arrested a suspected terrorist from the Iranian supported Bayt al-Makdis group, Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai reported on Monday. The suspect intended to carry out a terrorist attack in Jordan and a large amount of explosives were uncovered following his arrest in northern Jordan, a source told Al-Rai.

US-led coalition unleashes wave of airstrikes on Raqqa
U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a wave of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria in what the coalition said Sunday was one of its most sustained aerial operations carried out in Syria to date.

Wildfires break out in Spain, Portugal; 1,350 evacuated
More than 1,350 residents were evacuated in Spain’s northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spread through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave, a local official said Sunday. Five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills that are 375 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Madrid, said Javier Lamban, the president of Aragon. The evacuees, who included residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns.

Greek crisis: ‘No’ vote set for victory as bailout offer rejected
Greek voters have overwhelmingly rejected international creditors’ tough bailout terms in a historic referendum, reigniting fears of a “Grexit” from the eurozone.

Suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria church: police, witness
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers in the latest in a new series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, a police officer and witness told AFP.

Powers warn Iran ‘now is the time’ for nuclear deal
Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was “the time” to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance.

Bible Codes Film Sheds Light on Current World Darkness
It is, however, worth noting that traditional Judaism has always known that God encrypted the Bible with everything that was, is and will be.


Top Headlines – 7/6/2015

Hoenlein: France is reconsidering Security Council resolution

PA warns Hamas: Don’t carry out terror attacks on Palestinian security forces in West Bank

Islamic Jihad in Gaza sets up watch tower next to Israeli border

Palestinian Authority Head Admits “Palestinian People” Don’t Exist

Abbas: ‘Jordan and Palestine are One People in Two States’

CNN lists Dome of the Rock among ‘magnificent structures on the verge of extinction’

Costa Rica becomes 33rd country to launch pro-Israel caucus

Tzohar opens center for verification of Jewish identity in eastern Ukraine

Report: Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian army enter rebel-held Syrian border city

ISIS suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town

15 killed in bomb attacks on Shiite districts in Iraq

Saudi-led air strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say

Seven Pakistani troops killed as army pushes to finish anti-Taliban offensive

Drones will tear us apart: Pakistani pop’s war fixation

Imprisoned Sudanese Pastors Must Be Proven Innocent or They Will Face the Death Penalty

IDF Readies Iran Strike Team Should Nuclear Talks Fail

Israeli PM warns of growing concessions in Iran nuke talks

France’s Fabius it’s time for Iran to make commitments

Germany sees progress in Iran talks, says final deal requires courage

US will not ‘shave at the margins’ for Iran deal, Kerry says

Kerry: We’ve never been closer to an Iran deal, but it could still go either way

US public opinion expert: Iran deal can still be stopped

Fourth of July-Themed Al Jazeera Video Mocks Americans as Fat, Gun-Toting Racists

Suicide bomber kills six in church in Nigeria

Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming ‘No’ to bailout referendum

Greeks Reject Austerity, Setting Up Euro Showdown

Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum ‘no’ vote

Greece ‘No’ Vote Hits Euro to U.S. Futures Amid Flight to Safety

Greek PM says Athens ready to return to negotiating table

German lawmaker says Greece could be better outside euro

Quartet of crises threatens Europe’s core

Sugar, flour, rice: panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

Think Greece can’t happen in the USA? You’re wrong

Drugs, sex and debauchery: Ex-trader behind secret Twitter account reveals all

Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

Zuckerberg believes the future of Facebook is telepathy

Tracking kids via microchip ‘can’t be far off,’ says expert

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Barong, Philippines

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Chaotic unseasonal storms strike Marshall Islands and Guam as eight systems threaten western Pacific

Tropical Storm Chan-hom’s unpredictable behavior puzzles weather experts

Tropical Storm Nangka heading toward Pagan

Tropical Storm Linfa causes floods, knocks out power in northern Philippine towns

Brain-Eating Amoeba Linked to Warm Water Kills California Woman

U.S. Air Force allows rainbow-striped U.S. flag at Arizona base

Catholic activist: Justice Kennedy betrayed Christ in gay marriage decision

US Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage; Replaces Terms ‘Man and Woman’ With ‘Couples’

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Fox News anchor: I didn’t know it was criminal to be a Christian

The Pastorate: What or who is a pastor,  Where did he come from, What does the Bible say

Radical for Jesus a New Kind of Legalism?

Rick Warren to Speak at Papal Mass in Philadelphia

Pastor James Ty Flanders Arrested For Murder After Mistress Went Missing

Man Who Claimed Holy Spirit Guided Investing Accused of $3.5 Million Ponzi Scheme

Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ version of Facebook

Scientist claims immortality within reach


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July 6, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” —Benjamin Rush, letter to His Fellow Countrymen: On Patriotism, 1773

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Greece Faces Hard Economic Times of Its Own Making

Ah, the innocence of short-term groupthink. Sixty-one percent of Greeks voted Sunday to resist the economic demands of international creditors. In doing so, the Greeks are strumming their Bouzoukis right into a steaming pile of economic mess. How could they not? International creditors are telling the country to cut its spending, telling the country how to spend its money. And the birthplace of democracy has figured out it can vote itself into regulatory tyranny and a death by entitlement spending. A vote against accepting the repayment plan is a vote for Greece’s bull-headed independence, whatever the consequences. Well, the consequences are dire for the country with the economic clout of Connecticut, as there’s a good chance it will be booted from the Eurozone. Greece’s pile of rubble for an economy will disintegrate even further because it may try to resurrect its own currency, the drachma. Cue the inflation, cold creditors and hard times. While Greece’s plight sounds like the international version of a shopper with five-too-many credit cards, America should not be quick to laugh. Our entitlement spending is increasing our $18 trillion federal debt. Meanwhile, the Greek government plans on going back to the rest of Europe to ask for another bailout, a move that sounds like it will go over like a lead balloon.

10 Holiday Murders in Chicago, Not One by Confederate Flag

Chicago had yet another bloody weekend, as some 64 were shot and 10 killed. Amazingly, this Independence Day weekend was a bit better than last year’s tragic numbers, and not terribly different from any weekend on the shores of Lake Michigan. Leftists continue to cry for something to be done — “Where are the gun laws?” demands Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the Windy City sports some of the nation’s toughest gun control laws. Leftists often blame out-of-state guns, but, clearly, this isn’t a “gun problem.” It’s also worth noting that none of the gangbangers doing the shooting were flying Confederate flags, which, we gather from leftist drivel, are responsible for the Charleston murders last month. From the South Carolina state capitol to Amazon and TV Land, the Confederate flag is being purged from society, as if the Left’s politically correct exorcism can heal all racial wounds. Yet there’s nary a peep about the plague of inner city black-on-black violence created by deliberately institutionalized urban poverty plantations, which have become mass breeding grounds for such violence.

CNN Bites the Bullet, Reports Two Former Employees Saved by Gun

How hard must it have been for CNN to report this story: “A former CNN reporter was wounded three times Tuesday night during a deadly shootout with a man who allegedly tried to rob him and his wife in a New Mexico motel room. Chuck de Caro and his wife, former Headline News anchor and CNN correspondent Lynne Russell, were on a road trip and spending the night at an Albuquerque motel when de Caro killed the man during what Russell called an attempted robbery.” No charges will be filed against Caro, who clearly acted in self-defense. “I am really proud of him,” Russell said. “I thank him over and over for saving my life. He really is my hero.” Of course, if the network itself had its way with guns, as typified by former anchor and anti-gun zealot Piers Morgan, this pair wouldn’t have been able to defend themselves, and CNN would be reporting about the deaths of two former CNN employees.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Oregon Bakers Fined, Silenced for Hurting Lesbians’ Feelings

By Nate Jackson

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Not only do Christians who oppose same-sex marriage no longer have their religious liberty, they no longer have the right to free speech. At least that’s what an Oregon judge decided in the case of the bakers who refused to bake the cake for a same-sex wedding. Expect the beatings to continue until morale improves because this is what happens when “love wins.”

In February 2013, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who owned the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, declined to bake a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. At the time, same-sex marriage wasn’t even yet legal in Oregon, but no matter — the offended couple filed a complaint.

In January 2014, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which enforces discrimination law, decided the Kleins illegally discriminated.

Last Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian issued his final decision on the punishment — just in time for Independence Day, and only days after the Supreme Court endorsed “gay marriage.” The Kleins must pay a fine of $135,000 in “emotional damages” to the couple they denied service. The alleged suffering included — no kidding — “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “loss of sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock,” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

Clearly, this couple needs serious counseling, not $135,000.

And to add gratuitous insult to unbelievably ridiculous injury for the Kleins, Avakian put a gag order on them. That’s not terribly surprising, given Avakian’s previously stated desire to “rehabilitate” the Kleins and his association with “Basic Rights Oregon,” a pro-homosexual group. Avakian wrote, “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.”

The only thing missing was the horse’s head in their bed.

The gag order is somewhat moot because the Kleins already lost their business to the Rainbow Mafia, but it may still affect the orders they take from home.

“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins responded. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

But some rights are more equal than others. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian declared. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

Avakian is dead wrong. The Kleins declined to endorse same-sex marriage by providing particular services for the couple’s wedding — they did not entirely refuse to serve them because of their gender disorientation pathology.

It’s no small irony that all of this came to a head just before Independence Day. Our nation was founded by pilgrims seeking religious freedom. Our Declaration of Independence cites “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” both of which are violated by same-sex marriage. And yet here we are with Rule of Law turned on its head to suit the feelings of the offended.

But the Kleins aren’t going quietly. They wrote, “We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced. We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL Americans. We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world. If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!”

The Kleins’ resolve reminds us of the Declaration itself, whose signers declared, “[F]or the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” We pray they ultimately succeed, and we exhort like-minded Patriots to have such a relentless attitude in the battle for Liberty.

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Stephen Moore: “[H]ere’s the dirty little secret that motorists aren’t being told: the so-called highway funding shortfall is a hoax. … The problem is that Congress steals money from the highway trust fund to finance projects that have nothing to do with roads. Overall, about 20 cents of every federal gas tax dollar underwrites non-highway projects like mass transit, bike paths, high-speed rail and bus lines. Think about that the next time you plunge into a watermelon-sized pothole. This year alone roughly $8 billion of highway trust fund money will be raided and used for mass transit projects. Funding rail and buses with the gas tax violates the principle that those who use the infrastructure should pay for it. … Then there is the federal Davis Bacon Act that requires effectively a ‘prevailing wage’ be spent on all federal road projects. This adds as much as 20 percent to the cost of building a road. We could get a free bridge for every five we build, if we could repeal this SOP to the unions. If Congress would implement these two measures alone they could fully fund the interstate roads America needs. … The gas tax is supposed to be a user fee to pay for roads. Right now it pays for Washington waste. The gas tax hike isn’t about roads; it’s about Congress making another bipartisan raid of taxpayers’ wallets.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “I hope that when you’re my age you’ll be able to say, as I have been able to say: we lived in freedom, we lived lives that were a statement, not an apology.”

Alpha Jackass: “[Clarence Thomas] is a clown in black face sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there. … He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.” —Star Trek actor George Takei, who doubled down before finally apologizing (“It’s one thing to critique Thomas’ positions. I do all the time. But to suggest that’s he’s [a] ‘blackface clown’ and ‘unqualified’ is wrong.” —liberal pundit Marc Lamont Hill)

From the expert on making things up: “They are good people but their ideas are bad. They will be making a whole bunch of stuff up.” —Barack Obama on the Republican field and the economy

Let them eat cake: “I’m not the type to have [guns] in my house. The security at the front of my house might but not in my house. I truly honestly believe we don’t have strict enough gun control laws and it would change a lot.” —Kim Kardashian (Guns for her guards but not for you commoners.)

The BIG Lie: “If we don’t get a deal, if we don’t have a [nuclear] deal [with Iran], if there’s absolute intransigence, if there’s an unwillingness to move on the things that are important, President Obama has always said we’ll be prepared to walk away.” —Secretary of State John Kerry, who really, really wants a deal, on tomorrow’s deadline

Dezinformatsia: “American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake. We should be mourning the fact that we left the United Kingdom, not cheering it.” —Vox’s Dylan Matthews

And last… “Speaking about a new State Department report, John Kerry said ‘the United States has room to improve’ on human rights. OK, so where are we coming up short? Beheadings or stonings?” —Fred Thompson

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Greece Votes NO – Let The Chaos Begin…

No - Public DomainThe result of the referendum in Greece is a great victory for freedom, but it is also threatens to unleash unprecedented economic chaos all across Europe.  With almost all of the votes counted, it is being reported that approximately 61 percent of Greeks have voted “no” and only about 39 percent of Greeks have voted “yes”.  This is a much larger margin of victory for the “no” side than almost everyone was anticipating, and it represents a stunning rejection of European austerity.  Massive celebrations have erupted on the streets of Athens and other major Greek cities, but the euphoria may not last long.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is promising that Greece will be able to stay in the euro, but that gives EU bureaucrats and the IMF a tremendous amount of power, because at this point the Greek government is flat broke.  Without more money from the EU and the IMF, the Greek government will not be able to pay its bills and virtually all Greek banks will inevitably collapse.  Meanwhile, the rest of Europe is about to experience a tremendous amount of pain as financial markets respond to the results of this referendum.  The euro is already plummeting, and most analysts expect European bond yields to soar and European stocks to drop substantially when trading opens on Monday morning. (Read More….)


Flashback to Dec. 17, 2014: The EU parliament backed Palestinian state ‘in principle’ 498 – 88, the day the Euro started collapse

Israel has been hammered by a series of diplomatic rebuffs across Europe after the European parliament voted overwhelmingly for qualified recognition of the Palestinian state.

The vote on Wednesday came on the same day as a meeting of signatories to the Geneva conventions warned that Israel must respect international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The rare international meeting in Switzerland of the high contracting parties to the Geneva conventions was boycotted by Israel, the US, Canada and Australia.

In a further upset for Israel, the EU’s second-highest court ordered the removal of Hamas from a terrorist blacklist, citing legal problems with the listing, though it added that the Islamist group’s assets would remain frozen for three months pending an almost certain appeal.


Cruz: Sad We’ll Have an Embassy in Cuba Before Jerusalem

“How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy in Jerusalem?” Cruz said Wednesday’s on the Hugh Hewitt Show, in remarks reported by the Breitbart website.

“I think this is a serious mistake.”

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Today’s Greek tragedy is Obama’s legacy tomorrow

Lord Monckton warns of president ‘bankrupting the nation he hates’

The hideous lesson from the Greek tragedy unfolding with the stately inexorability of an Aeschylean play is that Mr. Obama favors every one of the lunatic policies that, having already devastated Russia and China, are now destroying Greece and will soon put an end to free-market capitalism not only throughout Europe but also in the country whose dedication to liberty once made it most successful: the United States.

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Why Trump is resonating on the right

He may be an object of derision to many followers of the 2016 presidential race, but advocates for tougher border laws are cheering Donald Trump’s controversial statements on immigration.

While they say Trump’s rhetoric could be improved, groups opposed to illegal immigration are hoping Trump’s recent headlines will force other Republican candidates to take firmer stances on border security.

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Entire Staff of Tennessee County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Supreme Court ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling

Christian News Network reports:

The entire staff of a county clerk’s office in Tennessee has resigned following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage.”

Three women who work at the Decatur County office announced their resignations this past week, which will be effective July 14. Clerk Gwen Pope, and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all have decided to leave their jobs because of their Christian convictions.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope told local television station WBIR, stating that she never sought press over the matter. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

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Black Lives Matter July 4th Protest Rally Ended With Torching Of The American Flag

‘Black lives matter’ protesters burn American flag

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Barack Obama’s dream come true, an America divided by racism and racial hatred. We have already showed you how the Ferguson protests were organised by Obama’s boss George Soros to the tune of $33 million dollars. The Progressive Left will not stop until the cities of America are in flames and run with blood of racial hatred. This is Obama’s America 2015.

To the Tampa Black Lives Matter protesters who turned out to “end racist violence,” the American flag is nothing more than a “piece of s**t.” “To us the Confederate flag and the American flag, those represent the same thing which is that this country, this social system was built on slavery and genocide,” said protester Jesse Nevel, who represented the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

Video captured the protesters burning the American flag while chanting “black lives matter.” Alekos Zambrano of Raices en Tampa organized the protest. He seemed to not anticipate the flag burning, but didn’t apologize for it.

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“I’m not sure what message that sent. We just organized the event to make sure people came here and had an outlet to express themselves. We didn’t plan every detail,” he told 10 News.

Others were indifferent to desecrating the flag, too.

“It’s important to show solidarity with people of color because we’re all in this together. We all have a responsibility to try and make sure that people are safe and continue that American dream,” Kathy Morris said.

Protesters also carried a flag with a peace symbol. That was spared. It’s not the first time Nevel’s group has burned an American flag. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement staged a similar event in late June in Brooksville, Florida.

“Both the Confederate and the U.S. flags represent slavery, genocide and bloodshed. This country was built on the oppression of African people. White violence is as old as America itself. It is time white people to stand up and take responsibility for this history. Reparations for stolen black lives!” Nevel said, according to the group’s website. source



Americans Were Asked If God Gave The U.S. A Special Role In Human History – Here’s The Result

Despite notions of rising secularism and dwindling faith in the USA, the majority of Americans still see divine intervention at play when it comes to the United States’ role in the world, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute…………  Click here for full story


Polyamorous Rights Advocates See Marriage Equality Coming For Them

Like others across the country last week, a Washington, D.C., couple and their housewarming guests buzzed about the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. But they were far more interested in Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent than the majority opinion that made same-sex marriage the law of the land…………  Click here for full story

 
ISIS Caliphate Or Ottoman Empire? Turkey Prepares To Invade Syria

Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders ………  Click here for full story


Government Crusade Against Churches Begins With Removal Of Non-Profit Status

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision mandating that states reward same-sex marriages throughout the nation, churches across the country prepare for the inevitable assault on their tax-exempt statuses………..  Click here for full story


Implantable Biochips May Soon Replace Injections And Pills

I can’t help it. I just instinctively recoil when I hear about another deal made between pharmaceutical corporations and biotechnology companies. Add in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and I am instantly suspicious. So was Rob Matheson at TechSwarm, who reported that an implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases…….  Click here for full story

Evangelicals create ‘sin-free’ Facebook

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:10 AM PDT

I admire anyone who strives for perfection. There’s a glory in it. A certain madness, too. I worry, though, when humans are expected to be perfect. We are all stained by so many sins that no celestial detergent could ever remove them all. Still, a group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil is trying to do its part to cleanse humanity of its bikini pics, its cursing and its general tendency toward fornication. It has created Facegloria, a social network specifically for those of a holy heart. As Agence France-Presse reports, the site was formed by a group of Evangelicals who worked at the mayor’s office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near Sao Paulo. 

Their aim was to do the moral and spiritual cleaning-up that Facebook won’t. Sins sanctioned by the site include swearing — there are 600 banned words — as well as any depictions that the site deems naughty sexually, violent or just otherwise objectionable. In this category falls homosexuality. These Evangelical Christians regard it as sinful. So Facegloria refuses to allow anything that even remotely suggests a gay existence. Some might therefore feel their breakfast rising toward their eyebrows when they read this quote from co-founder Atilla Barros: “We want to be morally and technically better than Facebook.” FULL REPORT

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Here comes the Wave of “Gay” Comics

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:05 AM PDT

Mainstream comic book publishers have tried for years to draw a more diverse readership by incorporating gay characters and storylines. Lately, they have faced increased competition from smaller publishers that want to go more mainstream and already have an established roster of inclusive offerings. As the comic book industry prepares to gather at Comic-Con International, which begins Thursday in San Diego, publishers big and small will be promoting a wider selection of gay-themed comic books.

Industry insiders say the trend mirrors the country’s evolving attitudes toward gays and lesbians. “The population of America has changed, and acceptance of gays has changed,” said Milton Griepp, chief executive of ICv2, which tracks the comic book industry. FULL REPORT

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Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns after ‘no’ vote against bailout

Posted: 06 Jul 2015 06:52 AM PDT

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his post Monday after Greek citizens voted to reject further austerity measures the day prior, the Associated Press reported. Varoufakis said he was told shortly after the voters rejected Sunday’s referendum regarding demands by international creditors to impose further austerity measures in exchange for a bailout package for its bankrupt economy, that the other eurozone finance ministers and Greece’s other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers’ meetings.

Varoufakis issued an announcement saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had judged that Varoufakis’ resignation “might help achieve a deal” and that he was leaving the finance ministry for this reason Monday. Varoufakis is known for his brash style and fondness for frequent media appearances at the start of his tenure when the new government was formed in January. He had visibly annoyed many of the eurozone’s finance ministers during Greece’s debt negotiations. FULL REPORT

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Jonathan Cahn: ‘End of Christian America’ is here

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:40 PM PDT

Jonathan Cahn, the Bible teacher and author who started warning nine years ago that America was facing the judgment of God if it did not reject secularism and return to its Judeo-Christian roots, says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America. Barring a “miracle of God,” the die has been cast, said the author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”

Cahn, speaking at the annual Messiah Conference at Messiah College in Pennsylvania on America’s Independence Day, said the U.S. and the world are undergoing “tectonic shifts” in terms of attitudes and beliefs. Even those who consider themselves “Christian” will continue to stray from right doctrine, he said, choosing instead to blend in with the ways of Western culture.

He said the world has entered what the apostle Paul called the “falling away” or the apostasy. This period, which marks the beginning of the “end of the age” and the soon return of Jesus Christ, will be similar to the period at the beginning of the age, when pagan Rome viciously persecuted the followers of Jesus. FULL REPORT

 

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Researchers plan for global armageddon threats

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:30 PM PDT

It’s no ordinary meeting when a bad decision could spell global catastrophe. For the experts assembled at a conference hall in Italy this spring, the choices were agonizing. A gigantic space rock was bearing down on Earth. If it slammed into the planet, it could damage an area the size of Ireland. But a campaign to push the rock, known as an asteroid, off course could shatter it, possibly widening the devastation, if not done correctly, The officials opted to shift the monster’s path, and it prevented unfathomable devastation. There was just one small problem: a chunk of the asteroid broke away and made a beeline for Bangladesh.

The looming space rock was imaginary — and utterly realistic. Researchers crafted every last detail of the scenario, which was unveiled at a scientific meeting to test how the world would respond to an incoming asteroid. And it was only one of a slew of recent efforts to ensure that if a dangerous asteroid takes aim at our planet, it won’t catch us unprepared. FULL REPORT

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EU warns of Armageddon From Greek Voter Rejection

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:25 PM PDT

Greece risks a collapse of the medical system, power black-outs, and an import blockade, if the Greek people reject creditor demands in a make-or-break referendum tomorrow, the EU’s highest elected official has warned. Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said the EU authorities may have to prepare emergency loans to keep basic public services functioning and to prevent the debt-stricken country spinning out of control next week.

“Without new money, salaries won’t be paid, the health system will stop functioning, the power network and public transport will break down, and they won’t be able to import vital goods because nobody can pay,” he said.Mr Schulz earlier called for the elected Syriza government to be replaced by “technocrat” rule until stability is restored. The alarmist warnings are part of an escalating pressure campaign by European leaders as Greeks decide their destiny in what has become – despite attempts by Syriza to present it otherwise – an in-out vote on euro membership after five years of economic depression and mass unemployment. FULL REPORT

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Obama Leaves Out ‘God’ From 4th of July Weekly Address

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:19 PM PDT

As Obama’s term as President is slowly nearing its end, more and more of who the man is, and what he truly stands for, is beginning to seep out. For instance, President Obama released his 4th of July weekly address for 2015 with one key ingredient missing: God.

Unlike his weekly addresses during the previous two years, where the President concluded his speeches with “God Bless You All” (2014) and “So, God bless You All. And may God bless The United States of America” (2013), Obama left out any mention of God in his recent address. Instead, this year, he chose to end his speech with a very politically correct, “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.” FULL REPORT

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Greece has now entered “Panic Mode”, Gathering Essentials

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:12 PM PDT

Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process. Mothers, elderly men and university students were spotted pushing heavily overloaded trolleys or coming out of shops weighed down by bags of food, with essentials such as sugar, flour and pasta top of the list.

In the well-off area of Glyfada in Athens residents appeared to have panicked, thrusting everything from vast rolls of toilet paper to multiple packs of lentils into their carts. “Most people are buying food now because they fear the worst,” said Andreas Koutras, a 51-year old who works in finance, referring to a referendum Sunday on Greece’s bailout which could seal its financial fate. FULL REPORT

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Think Greece can’t happen here? You’re wrong

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 05:06 PM PDT

Most Americans look at the rerun of the Greek euro crisis with something between smug amusement and condescending disapproval. When will those profligate Greeks get their economic house in order and stop looking to others to bail them out?
But, should people living in glass economic houses really throw stones? After all, just like Greece, the United States government has been living beyond its means, running up an enormous debt that will eventually need to be repaid.

True, our budget deficit this year will be lower than it has been, just $486 billion compared to $1.4 trillion as recently as 2009. But this is just a temporary respite. Within the next couple of years the deficit will start to rise again. By 2025, we will again face trillion-dollar shortfalls.And even a $486 billion deficit adds to our ever growing debt. Our national debt currently approaches $18.2 trillion, roughly 101% of GDP. That’s right. We owe more than the value of all the goods and services produced in this country every year. It is as if your credit-card bills exceeded your entire paycheck. FULL REPORT

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Entire Staff of Tennessee County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Supreme Court ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling

Posted: 05 Jul 2015 02:46 PM PDT

The entire staff of a county clerk’s office in Tennessee has resigned following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage.” Three women who work at the Decatur County office announced their resignations this past week, which will be effective July 14. Clerk Gwen Pope, and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all have decided to leave their jobs because of their Christian convictions.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope told local television station WBIR, stating that she never sought press over the matter. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.” The outlet states that a number of area residents called or visited the office on Thursday to express their support of the women. FULL REPORT

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Politico: “It’s time to legalize polygamy”

While important legal and practical questions remain unresolved, with the Supreme Court’s ruling and broad public support, marriage equality is here to stay. Soon, it will be time to turn the attention of social liberalism to the next horizon. Given that many of us have argued, to great effect, that deference to tradition is not a legitimate reason to restrict marriage rights to groups that want them, the next step seems clear. We should turn our efforts towards the legal recognition of marriages between more than two partners. It’s time to legalize polygamy.”

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Our Unhealthy Preoccupation with Acceptance

The evangelical church in the last generation has been marked by its preoccupation with being relevant. An entire movement has been built around making Jesus and church seem relevant to outsiders. We have seen fad after fad come with intensity and go with a whisper only to become illustrations of silliness and obsolescence. The church-growth movement of yesterday and now the attractional church exists to overcome people’s perceptions that we are irrelevant.

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Remember The Pit

“Remember the hole of the pit from which you were dug” said Isaiah the prophet. It’s a spiritual exercise that the Psalmist models for us in Psalm 40:1-3. Although the exact nature of the pit is not specified – it could be the pit of affliction, of persecution, of mental distress, or of family trouble – it’s most likely it was the pit of sin and guilt. When I look back at that pit I remember it was:

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Explainer: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches

ATF has special agents and certified fire investigators (CFIs) from several field divisions investigating the fires to determine cause and origin. We are in the early stages of these investigations, but at this time we have no reason to believe these fires are racially motivated or related.

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Americans Are Independent But Are They Still Free?

Americans who still believe that civil liberty is, by definition, the relative absence of governmental restraint upon the freedom of speech, the relative absence of restraint upon religious practice, the absence of prior restraint upon the press and other basic liberties (e.g., life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness relative to civil life) need to assert their conviction or those who have a utopian eschatology, a vision of the future that cannot tolerate dissent, that does not include religious liberty or any other civil liberties will continue to grow.

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5 Biblical Responses to Homosexuality

It is not the church that is telling people today that a life without sexual fulfillment is not worth living. That is the message of our culture, not of our savior. Jesus himself came with a message to liberate us from such thinking. We have good news to share on this – very good news. Human fullness is not dependent on sexual fulfillment. There is an appetite within all of us that goes far deeper than our sexual desires, and it can be fully met in Christ Himself. Fullness of life is found in Him and nowhere else.

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You’re Not a Leader if You Never Say You’re Sorry

If you never need to look at someone on your team and say, “I am sorry, but…” then you are ignoring difficult conversations that would make the person and the team stronger. If you talk about people instead of to people, you are not a good leader. If you work around deficiencies instead of confronting them and providing opportunities for growth, you are shirking your responsibility.

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Pastor Exposed as Faithful to Wife of 17 Years

We each can name far more pastors who are faithful in their marriages than those who are not. And I suspect we would also say that it’s those faithful marriages, those ordinary, daily testimonies of richer or poorer, sickness and health, for better or worse that most influence us. One marriage fails that we might not presume, but many—many!—marriages are, by God’s grace, faithful that we might not despair.

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A Homosexual Christian?

I sometimes wonder why I have to keep repeating basic and vital Christian truths over and over again. I guess there would be various possible reasons for this:

-Many Christians don’t read their Bibles
-Many Christians don’t really value truth
-Many Christians simply soak up the surrounding culture’s values and thinking
-Many Christians have short memories
-Many Christians have no interest in the biblical worldview
-Many Christians don’t bother to think
-Many Christians are in fact not Christians at all

All that would be the subject of another article. In fact, I already have written often about the sad state of contemporary Christianity in the West. One could be tempted to not keep repeating oneself. After all, I have books and hundreds of articles where I already make my case over and over again.

Silhouette of a man in a business suit giving a shrug with a question mark

Silhouette of a man in a business suit giving a shrug with a question mark

So I could just forget about it all. But truth is vitally important, and it needs to get a wide hearing. The fact the so many Christians are ignorant of their own faith and their own teachings is woeful indeed, but if it takes more repetition to get truth out there, then that is what we must do.

Here I want to once again address an issue which still has so many believers quite confused. I would have thought all this was pretty basic and easy to understand from a biblical point of view, yet it seems to be too much for so many believers. So let me rehash it once again.

The issue is this: can you be a homosexual and a Christian simultaneously? While it may seem a straightforward question, a few details and definitions are needed to explain this properly. My short answer is this: it is one thing to struggle with any sin, and be a believer. It is another thing to cling to and defend any sin, and claim to be a believer.

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How can anyone sleep through this?

We are continuing to speak truth here, even though there are cases of Christians being silenced in the wake of the SCOTUS ruling legalizing same sex marriage. It’s not just that those standing on God’s Word will be called a “hater,” but the Word itself is now a form of hate speech to those who […]

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Contemporary Christian Music Pioneer Don Francisco departs from biblical inerrancy

Two-time Dove Award winner Don 30 Francisco is a singer/songwriter best for songs like He’s Alive, Adam, Adam Where are You” and I’ll Never Let Go of Your Hand. Surprisingly, Francisco is now scolding Christians who believe that the Bible is without error. In fact if you believe in the infallibility of Scripture, you are […]

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Which “Spirit” Will We Listen to?

The collapse of a nation, an economy—or even a religion can happen in a couple different ways. Sometimes there is a single catastrophic event that destroys the foundation of institutions—but often it is years of smaller attacks at the foundation of institutions that eventually cause a collapse from within—or collapse from a relatively small event—sort […]

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Syria’s Last Legs

Jeremiah 49:23-27 could be coming into play. Jeremiah foresaw a time when the people in three Syrian cities (Damascus, Hamath and Arpad) will become confused, fainthearted and gripped with constant sorrow. The people of Damascus will become weak, turn to flee, be seized by fear, and be taken by anguish and sorrow as of a woman in travail. Her young men will fall in the streets, her troops will be cut off and fire will consume the city.

This could very well be a prelude to Isaiah chapter 17.

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ISIS and the IDF

News has broken that Israel is sending troops to its southern border, to meet the threat of the demonic terror group, ISIS.

Flush with one blood-drenched takeover after another in Iraq, ISIS is boasting that it will take the fight right to the gates of Jerusalem.

They’ve never encountered the IDF.

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Glenn Beck: Born Again Mormon Christian?

Can you be a saved Mormon? We don’t think so. — OTM

The Christian Post reported Wednesday that Beck, who describes himself as “a born again LDS Christian,” will be the special guest this Independence Day weekend at Young’s Fellowship Church.

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Five Ways That Every One Of Us Should Be Preparing for Marriage

As I’ve said recently (here and here), the American church often has difficulty incorporating single adults into the life of the church. So much of the church’s language toward single people implies that the only task they have is to prepare for marriage. And that’s true, but not in the sense that most people think.

Single Christians are preparing for marriage—but marriage to God, not to another person. Seen from this perspective, in fact, we’re all preparing for marriage. Some of us won’t experience marriage on this earth. But that doesn’t mean singles miss marriage completely. No, they will simply skip the shadow of earthly marriage and go straight to the substance of the heavenly marriage with Jesus Christ.

The ironic thing about preparing for marriage to Christ is that if and when you do find your spouse, you’ll be ready for them. Far too often we obsess about finding the right person, when Scripture counsels us to become the right person. As Andy Stanley says it, “Are you the person that the person you’re looking for…is looking for?”

Practically speaking, what does this kind of “ultimate marriage preparation” look like?

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Artist Don Francisco berates Christians for believing the Bible is true

How does one believe in the Gospel without believing that Scripture is 100 percent truth? That it is our sufficient authority, and God’s own inerrant, infallible, breathed-out Word? How do you easily convince thousands of fans that those Christians who believe such things are somehow idol worshipers?    Talk about a heart-breaker. An extremely influential […]

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Homosexual Advocates Call for Churches to Lose Tax-Exempt Status Following “Gay Marriage” Ruling

(Christian News Network) At least two outspoken homosexual advocates are calling for churches nationwide to lose their tax-exempt status following last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage.” “[N]ow that the U.S. government formally recognizes marriage equality as a fundamental right, it really shouldn’t skew the tax code […]

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Are you a member of the HFIB club?

Many Bible believing Christians are members of the HFIB club. The acronym stands for hate, fear, ignorance and bigotry. To be inducted into HFIB all one has to do is oppose homosexual “marriage” or—gasp!—proclaim that homosexuality is a sin against a holy God.

For example, talk show host Montel Williams labeled social conservatives hateful bigots for disagreeing with the High Court’s broad interpretation of the U.S. Constitution regarding same-sex “marriage.” Montel has chosen sides, it seems – he’s taken the side of the totalitarian and intolerant left.

In a piece by ChristianExaminer columnist Michael Foust entitled Talk show host Montel Williams compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS, Taliban,Foust writes:

Williams made the comments Friday, hours after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. On Facebook he criticized those on the “uber-right,” which apparently is a synonym for most if not all social conservatives. In the same context he referenced Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Williams said that “hate, ignorance, fear and bigotry” had lost when the Supreme Court handed down its decision.

“In its typical fashion, the uber-right that so many of us on the center right find to be akin to the American version of ‪#‎ISIS or the Taliban, frezilly predicted the end of the world, including several members of Congress, who with all the style and hyperbole of an ISIS recruiting video, yes, let’s start with Louie Gohmert, proved they lacked the mental fortitude and emotional stability to hold elected office.

“Some members of this, the American Taliban known as the far-right, even threatened to move to Canada without realizing GAY MARRIAGE HAS BEEN LEGAL THERE FOR IONS. Frankly, I’d be happy to see them go, I just think it would be akin to an act of war to dump the uber-right on another country, sort of like dumping radioactive waste on a neighbor’s yard.”
Some of his fans were miffed by his remarks. One fan wrote: “Montel — the Taliban would whack the heads off of you and all gays. You have disgraced yourself in saying that any American who disagrees with YOUR opinion is the Taliban or ISIS.”

Good point. There are pictures circulating on the Internet of ISIS thugs in Raqqa throwing a man accused of being gay off a building while a crowd of people watched the atrocity. Many of them climbed buildings to get a better look.

Fouts also fills us in on Montel’s tantrum on Twitter:

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The Warp-Speed Walk to Holiness

moving walkwayIn airports you find those long moving walkway conveyor belts that look like a flat escalator propelling you forward. Some passengers step onto the belt and remain static, allowing the rubber to deliver them to their destination. Others prefer to keep up a steady gait while on the belt, causing a unique sensation of warp-speed walking. Still others eschew the mechanism altogether and, like Amish conscientious objectors, choose to plod on resolutely next to the belt.

We all end up where we’re going but let’s face it: those who are serious about arriving sooner rather than later tend to be the businessmen who jog on the belt outpacing their fellow travellers by leaps and bounds.

Sanctification is not passive. We can’t sit sprawled on an assembly line as the Spirit fits us with the next Christian virtue. Yes, God is overseeing every tweak and turn of the process, but the more we cooperate the quicker (and less painful) the progress.

It may seem like a paradox to minds that prefer dichotomies, but Scripture has no compunction about presenting both our responsibility to pursue holiness and God’s role in accomplishing the work in us.assembly line to glory

Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Any system of sanctification that emphasizes grace over discipline runs the risk of licentiousness (Rom 6:1). Likewise a framework where man’s effort is the secret of success leads to legalism, moralism, and spiritual pride.

We need to keep up the pace of our walk with the Lord, and simultaneously enjoy the boost we get from the Spirit’s power propelling us toward Christlikeness in a type of warp-speed walk to holiness.

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Fiddling While Greece Burns 

Greece’s default is not complex, but is the simple fruit of reckless spending. Our turn is coming.

It seems we have a lot of trouble with reality in our day.


Christians Do Fall

They fall in a variety of ways—

They fail in their endeavors to serve the Lord., They fall in the ways they represent Him before the world They fall in their relationships with one another. They fall in raising their kids. Face it—Christians fall; there is no denying it. Some pretend—putting on a “good front.” But every discerning believer knows that it is a front and not what is behind it! If you are genuine, you will admit that you fall in many ways, again and again (seven times is not a limiting number here).

Well, what shall we say about it? Is there any hope for us? Can we do better? Yes. First by taking hope. Listen to this:

Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up . . .       (Proverbs 24:16).

The words “righteous man” are the OT equivalent for the NT testament “saint.” As you can see from the juxtaposition of “fall” and “righteous” the latter word doesn’t mean without fault!.

There is great assurance in this verse—God doesn’t let His children wallow at the feet of the world, utterly defeated. In repentance, believers find the Lord takes them by His hand and lifts them up! Take these reassuring words to heart, believer: they are for you when next time you stumble and fall!

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The Daily Discovery (July 6, 2015)

Evangelist Who Said His Movie Would Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay Accuses YouTube of Censorship – “A trailer advertising a scripted movie about homosexuality has been removed by YouTube, with the company claiming that the content violated the platform’s ‘policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content’ — a claim that the filmmaker behind the project is rejecting.”

Christ’s Seven Prayers For His People – “Wouldn’t you love to hear Christ prayers for you?  You can.  In John 17 we can eavesdrop on Christ’s prayers for His people. Lean in and you’ll hear five prayers He’s praying for every Christian every day, and then two that He prays on our last day on earth.”

10 Distinguishing Marks of John Calvin’s Preaching – “Steven Lawson contributed a chapter in John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology on John Calvin ‘The Preacher of God’s Word.’ Here is a summary of that chapter, outlining what Steven Lawson suggests are the ten distinguishing marks of Calvin’s preaching.”

The Original Bohemian – “Six hundred years ago today, Jan Hus was burned at the stake. A popular preacher who opposed corruption and indulgences, much like John Wyclif before him and Martin Luther after him, Hus had been lured to the Council of Constance with the promise of safe passage, but he continued to preach and serve the Mass. Eventually the authorities lost patience with him, and in breach of their arrangement, Hus was imprisoned, chained, and finally led to the stake as a heretic on 6 July 1415.”

Controversy or Complacency – “The church has always had some of those people associated with it. There have always been people who maintain an offensive disposition when it comes to their faith. These are the people who seem to love nothing more than a good fight. They bait every conversation with a few key words, hoping that you will blunder into a discussion they know they can win. They play one Christian off another. They might elevate themselves into positions of Christian leadership for the purpose of enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense.”


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“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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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Perfected Forever! An Practical Exposition of Hebrews 10:14

Originally posted on The Protestant Pulpit:

 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14

INTRODUCTION

Nothing else needs to be done for our salvation! That truth is here stated in a brief and emphatic manner so that we can easily remember it; it is a precious gem of heavenly truth. It is similar to Paul’s statement that we are complete in Christ. As we look this verse, we find that almost every word is pregnant with meaning. It will do us well to unpack this little but significant verse.
Before we so, it is always best to see were this verse fits into the overall argument that the writer is making in this section. As someone has said, “Context is king” in biblical interpretation. The writer has been arguing that Christ was never again to return to this world to suffer as a sacrifice. Unlike the priests of the…

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The fake church of JB

Originally posted on churchwatch central:

The Bible is not about you, it’s about Jesus. The Church is not about you, it’s about Jesus. So why is Hillsong making the Church about Justin Beiber?

Even if Justin Beiber is a controversial celebrity, no one deserves Hillsong. If anyone sees this young man, please give him the opportunity to hear the gospel and lead him to a Christian church, not a dangerous new age cult. If you don’t know what the Gospel, it’s this:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:

that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he…

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Forgiveness and the Infinite Largeness of God’s Heart

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

If a person seriously contemplates the hideousness of his sin in light of God’s law, and if he seriously contemplates the reality of forgiveness through Christ’s blood, it is a gospel truth that our minds cannot fully understand.  The person who has sinned against God in the worst ways imaginable can have his sins freely washed away by the precious blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:19, 1 John 1:9, etc).  This is a staggering truth that’s hard for us to contemplate!  Here’s how John Owen explains this truth of grace:

It is an object for faith alone, which can rest in that which it cannot comprehend.  It is never safer than when it is, as it were, overwhelmed with infiniteness.  But set mere rational thoughts, or the imaginations of our minds, at work about such things, and they fall inconceivably short of them.  Were not forgiveness in God something beyond…

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In Canada, Trinity Western University’s law school loses accreditation

Originally posted on WINTERY KNIGHT:

Canada election 2011: Consersvatives in Blue, Socialists in Red, Communists in Orange 2011 election: Conservatives in Blue, Socialists in Red, Communists in Orange

Canada legalized gay marriage in 2005, and they are about 10 years ahead of us in destroying religious liberty. Want to know what comes after a country legalizes same-sex marriage? Then look to Canada. Specifically, look to the financial hub of Canada, the very liberal province of Ontario.

The Daily Caller reports on it.

A court in Canada has upheld the denial of accreditation to a Christian law school, holding the private school’s prohibition of homosexual behavior is sufficiently discriminatory that its degrees can be invalidated for that reason alone.

Trinity Western University is a 4,000-student, evangelical Protestant college in the Vancouver suburb of Langley. It has been seeking to open a law school, but has struggled to obtain accreditation in several provinces. This difficulty is not based on the school’s academics, but rather is based on outside objections to the covenant the…

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Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Dangerous

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

When I read about prosperity-preaching churches, my response is: “If I were not on the inside of Christianity, I wouldn’t want in.” In other words, if this is the message of Jesus, no thank you.

Luring people to Christ to get rich is both deceitful and deadly. It’s deceitful because when Jesus himself called us, he said things like: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). And it’s deadly because the desire to be rich plunges “people into ruin and destruction” (1 Tim. 6:9). So here is my plea to preachers of the gospel.

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Reflections on the Collapse of the American Republic

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

fireworks So now that the fireworks are over…

As I told my people yesterday morning, I endeavor to never do two things in our church: preach the newspaper and preach the secular calendar. Nevertheless, I did both in one sermon, noting the passage of the republic’s birthday with a sermon addressing its recent demise.

And why do I say that the Republic has collapsed?

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Is Homosexuality Compatible with Authentic Christianity? James White vs Barry Lynn

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

This is a classic debate between Christian apologist James White and Barry Lynn of the infamous Americans United for the Separation of Church and State concerning whether or not Homosexuality is compatible with Christianity.

James WhiteThe beginning hour of the debate video does have some glitches.

Here’s the debate:

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Christian, You are the Salt of the Earth

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Not only are Christians pilgrims in a foreign land and citizens of heaven, but we are the salt of the earth.

Our Lord tells His disciples in Matthew 5:13:

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

There are significant implications to Jesus identifying His people as the salt of the earth. Martin Lloyd Jones is helpful here:

‘Ye are the salt of the earth.’ What does that imply? It clearly implies rottenness in the earth; it implies a tendency to pollution and to becoming sinful and bad. Its tendency is to evil and to wars. It is like meat which has a tendency to putrefy and to become polluted. It is like something which can only be kept wholesome…

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The Age of Skeptics and the Gospel

Originally posted on Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely...:

If you’ve been online for more than a few weeks, you’ve probably gotten into a debate with someone about something.  If you’ve been online for more than a few months, you’ve probably gotten into a debate with someone about something bizarre; an issue where you thought there was no debate.

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In other words, you’ve likely run face-first into the realization that we live in an age of unbelievable skepticism.  I’m guessing that you’ve been surprised at just how many ideas are doubted by someone, somewhere.  The annoying thing about the internet is that it unites all the someones and somewhere and gives them all an equally public forum for their ideas.

Given that fact, it’s not really surprising that a lot of people doubt everything from the existence of God to the the idea that the earth is round.  Beyond the theological reasons for this (i.e. the suppression of…

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July 6, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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July 6

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS

Frances R. Havergal, 1836–1879

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. (Isaiah 48:18)

Our gift of salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from hell, and a guarantee to heaven. It includes everything we need to live victorious lives of “perfect peace and rest” here and now. An untroubled mind is one of life’s greatest goals. Many seek it by pursuing money, success, drugs, or alcohol, but all such roads end in failure and frustration. Contentment has been described as that inner satisfaction that enables us to live in quietness, peace, and acceptance. The secret of contentment does not depend on our material possessions; rather, it depends on our spiritual awareness and the appropriation of what we possess by being members of the heavenly family.

This hymn text by Frances Havergal, often called “England’s Consecration Poet,” reflects so well her personal lifestyle. Her brief life of 43 years was said to be completely dedicated to God and His service. The music was composed for this text by James Mountain, an English Baptist pastor, evangelist and musician. The hymn first appeared in its present form in the Hymns of Consecration and Faith, published in 1876. The song was titled “Perfect Peace.”

These choice words have made this a favorite hymn of many of God’s people through the years, especially when called upon to face difficult problems:

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace, over all victorious in its bright increase; perfect, yet it floweth fuller ev’ry day; perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand, never foe can follow, never traitor stand; not a surge of worry, not a shade of care, not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

Ev’ry joy or trial falleth from above, traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love; we may trust Him fully all for us to do—They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Refrain: Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest—finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

For Today: Psalm 29:11; Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; Philippians 4:11; Colossians 3:15; James 3:17

Reflect on this statement—“A mind stayed on God produces a sound mind for daily living.” Carry this musical truth with you as a reminder—[1]


July 6: Faith

1 Samuel 12:1–13:23; James 2:19–26; Psalm 119:81–96

Sometimes it’s difficult to view our lives as a whole. We fulfill different roles as we interact with different people at school, home, work, and even church. In the natural donning and discarding of these roles, we might be tempted to compartmentalize our lives, yet we do so to the detriment of our faith. Even as we read our Bibles with intellectual vigor at home and participate in a small group at church, we might miss the mark of application. We forget to connect the dots, neglecting to treat our coworkers with kindness and our peers with love. We can know our faith intellectually but still miss out on the call to action and the response of obedience in our lives.

But James shows us that belief and action are inextricably linked. When we think about them as separate entities, we develop a deep-rooted problem: “But do you want to know … that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith was working together with his works, and by the works the faith was perfected” (Jas 2:20–22).

James wasn’t arguing that Abraham earned his righteousness before God; rather, Abraham was acting out of obedience as a response of faith. As people who have been redeemed by Christ, we can joyfully express our faith—we are enabled to do good works because of His work. Although we won’t attain perfect obedience in this life, we will desire obedience and love. We will desire to use our lives to apply what we know in our heads and feel in our hearts. Because of our faith, we will do good works.

Real faith doesn’t sit still, but it doesn’t move on its own, either. We need to pray for God’s Spirit to ignite this desire in us, prompting us to act with love and obedience.

In what area of your life are you missing the mark of application? How can you pray for wisdom in that situation? How can you act faithfully?

Rebecca Van Noord[2]


July 6

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is Matthew 21 through 24. Our lesson is from Matthew 21:45–46, “When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.” (NASU)

Lesson

As we read the Bible we see mirrored there real life situations, much like what we face every day. Who has not experienced jealousy and ill-will from others? This is exactly how the religious establishment acted toward Jesus. Let’s analyze three attitudes of the religious leadership.

First, the religious leaders understood the parables of Jesus. From time to time the disciples would ask Jesus to explain a parable; and Jesus would do so. However, here the Pharisees and other religious leaders clearly understood what Jesus was communicating. These leaders were very intelligent persons because the requirements to be a Pharisee, priest or scribe were very high. The issue here is not about an academic standard but rather the attitude of the heart.

Second, the religious leaders sought to seize Jesus. One would think that by understanding Jesus’ parables, the leaders would immediately accept His message; but the opposite was true. They felt threatened by Jesus and were full of guilt so they conspired against Him.

This is one of the greatest perils regarding leadership. Those who have the power generally are not willing to give it up because of pride, arrogance and greed. Power does corrupt if one is not careful and this is what had happened to the religious establishment. Jesus spoke to them clearly and they understood intellectually but were not willing to respond in an appropriate manner.

Last, the religious leaders feared the people. The people were astounded by Jesus’ teaching, authority and discernment. The religious leaders tried a number of times to trick Jesus, but without success. The religious establishment was losing its hold on the people. The more they tried to make Jesus look bad, the greater His ability to turn the tide in His favor.

For example, Jesus was asked if it was proper to pay taxes to Caesar. It appeared that this would be one time that the leaders had Him cornered, but He responded with great wisdom. The leaders did not appreciate that their grip on the people was slipping.

In conclusion, the religious leaders understood the parables of Jesus. The religious leaders sought to seize Jesus. And the religious leaders feared the people.

May we have the courage not to be swayed by public opinion and stand for biblical values and principles. We are to be His witnesses. Believers are to emulate Jesus and His kingdom values not those of the world. Whatever it takes, we must remain faithful to Jesus and His cause!

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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 Matthew 25 through 28. 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]


 

July 6

 

Access to God

 

“You … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

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Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers.

Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear a man might attempt to appease his idols, but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them.

Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to Him. The average Jewish person could commune with God through prayer but was forbidden to approach Him physically. Only the high priest was allowed to enter into God’s presence in the Holy of Holies—but only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. Even then he had to go through a ceremonial washing and offer a sacrifice for his own sin. If he failed to prepare himself properly, he could forfeit his life.

Anyone daring to usurp the office of a priest was also in danger of severe punishment by God. King Azariah (also called Uzziah) was afflicted with leprosy, King Saul’s lineage was cursed, and Korah and his rebellious followers were destroyed when the ground opened and swallowed them.

However, we as Christians enjoy unlimited access to the Father through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:19–22 says, “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”

As a member of God’s royal priesthood, you can approach Him with confidence, knowing He loves and welcomes you into His presence as much as He welcomes His own Son. Take full advantage of that access by communing with Him in prayer and offering each day as a spiritual sacrifice to Him.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Praise Jesus for shedding His precious blood so you can have access to the Father. ✧ Praise the Father for being a personal and approachable God.

For Further Study: Read Exodus 19. ✧ What did God tell Moses? ✧ For what were the people to prepare themselves? ✧ Was God approachable to the people?[4]


July 6

God Is Great

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.

Isaiah 30:15

are you limiting God by the way you think? Imagine a circumstance that you consider bad. Use whatever descriptive words you want to use—hard, difficult, agonizing, strenuous, debilitating, horrific, sorrowful, perturbing, penetrating, or painful. Is there a problem too awful or too hard for God to handle?

If your answer to this question is anything other than “no,” your understanding of God is too small.

Our God is a great and limitless God. He dwells in eternity and operates in infinity. He has all things within His understanding and all things under His control.[5]


July 6

A Time of Stillness

Scripture reading: Hebrews 10:35–39

Key verse: Hebrews 10:35

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Are you going through a time of stillness in your spiritual walk with God? Perhaps you have witnessed others leaving for the mission field or college, and you feel left behind. Maybe God has answered a prayer in a friend’s life, and he has moved on to a promising new job or venture. Suddenly you are faced with a challenge. Looking at the situation from this perspective changes things completely.

Few of us would ever want to move ahead of God’s will. We know that when we wait for His answers, we receive the very best He has to offer. Time spent waiting before God is not stagnant. Though we may feel as though there is little spiritual growth involved, there is plenty. God uses quiet seasons in life to strip us of the very things we love the most—ourselves and our own desires. Both keep us from recognizing God’s goodness in all we know and experience.

You will never pass this way again. What you do today can never be repeated. You may say, “Thank goodness!” But ask yourself, Even in this time of waiting and wondering, have I truly allowed God to be glorified in me? Take advantage of this time that God has given you. Live in His peace, and remind all who meet you that He is ever faithful.

Dear Lord, help me to realize that You are at work always in my life, even in the quiet times when not much seems to be happening.[6]


July 6

The Greatest Virtue

He who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16

The greatest virtue of the Christian life is love. The New Testament proclaims agape love as the supreme virtue under which all others must line up. It centers on the needs and welfare of the one loved and pays the price necessary to meet those needs and foster that welfare.

Jesus clearly stated that the Bible’s two greatest commandments are: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22: 37–39).

Is this greatest of all scriptural virtues in your life?[7]


July 6            Here I Am—Send Me!

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Isaiah 6:1–8

 

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Isaiah 6:8

 

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

The days in which Isaiah lived were filled with sinful peril. Israel worshiped many gods and adhered to all kinds of evil. When sin surrounds you, you rarely notice its silent gathering. Such was the case with the prophet Isaiah.

It is true; he should have known better than to overlook Israel’s compromise. He was a priest of God and served daily in the temple. He knew the value of holiness. Yet sin in its quiet deception had stolen a place in his heart.

The day he stood in the presence of God with heralds of seraphim hovering above him was his day of reckoning. God was looking for one man, one voice, to carry His truth to the people. Who would go for Him? Who would answer His call?

The startling presence of holiness brought the prophet to his knees. As he cried out at the reality of his sin, the seraphim rushed to cleanse his lips with coals taken from the altar of God.

Has God called you to a certain task, but the memory of past failures holds you back? Take heart; He is near. Get on your face before Him. Tell Him the ways you have failed, and He will cleanse you.

One of the most wondrous attributes of the heavenly Father is His mercy in forgiveness. Will you, like Isaiah, answer His call?

I want to answer the call, dear Lord. Erase the failures of my past. I reconsecrate my life to You right now. Here I am—send me![8]


July 6

Our Heavenly Father

Scripture reading: Luke 20:1–8

Key verses: Matthew 7:28–29

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

The authority of Jesus’ teaching staggered the Jews of His day. His miracles of healing and control over nature’s forces awed hearers and disciples. But there was nothing more stunning to His audience than His constant reference to God as Father.

God was revealed in the Old Testament through very reverent and awe-inspiring names such as El Shaddai (God almighty), Elohim (Strong One), and Adonai (Lord of all). The most frequent title given to Him was Yahweh. So sacred was the Jewish concept of this name that the devout Jew would not pronounce it; the scribe who wrote it immediately washed his hands.

Imagine how startled Jesus’ hearers were when the Messiah referred to God as “My Father,” attesting to the deity of Christ and His oneness with God. When conversing with the disciples, Jesus often called God “your Father,” referring to their membership in God’s family and their intimacy with Him.

God is your Father. God is not distant, aloof, or impersonal, but longs for the depth of a Father-child relationship with you—no condemnation, no rejection, just unconditional love and acceptance.

You will not trust God greatly unless you love Him. You will not love Him freely until you come to know His fatherly embrace as a son or daughter.

No condemnation. No rejection. Unconditional love and acceptance. Thank You, Father![9]


July 6

Inadequacy

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51

Key Verse: Psalm 60:12

Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

In Psalm 51, David’s psalm of contrition, he declared, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom” (Ps. 51:6).

God’s truth, woven richly into our innermost beings, is the foundation for freedom. God wants His truth to sink deep to establish His perfect wisdom in our minds and hearts.

When we understand the truth of our position in Christ, we understand that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit—that we are secure in the family of God. No act or thought can ever alienate us from the love of God. We no longer have to depend on others or other things for our identity. We belong to Christ; we are His and He is ours.

When we understand the truth of our personhood in Christ, our feeling of inferiority can dissolve. We are of infinite worth to God, who died on our behalf. It is not our income level or social status that determines our value; it is God’s estimation of our lives. We are so valuable to Him that He desires our company for all eternity.

When we understand the truth of our position in Christ, any incompetency or inadequacy we may feel is overcome. We have everything we need in the indwelling Christ. He makes us adequate for every demand.

Master, I often feel inadequate, but I know You are greater than my inadequacies. I am of infinite worth to You.[10]


July 6

How to Handle Rejection

Scripture Reading: John 1:1–13

Key Verse: John 1:12

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

At some point, each of us will experience some form of rejection. And while we have to deal with it, we must keep in mind that we are not rejected.

God deemed our lives so precious and valuable that He sacrificed His only Son for us, guaranteeing acceptance by Him forever, should we choose to make Him Lord of our lives. Paul wrote, “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death” (Colossians 1:21–22 nasb).

In combating feelings of rejection, we must remember what God says about us:

  • We belong. We are His children, children who belong.
  • We have worth. Regardless of what others tell us, God says we have worth because of Christ who lives inside of us. That’s what counts!
  • We are capable. With the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we have the power to accomplish whatever God calls us to do (Philippians 4:13).

The world is wrong! We are valuable. And we are valuable to God, who places great importance on our lives as He desires to see us enjoy His kingdom and fellowship.

Thank You, Father, for the sacrifice of Your Son for me. Because of that I am Your child. No one can take that away from me.[11]


 

July 6

 

The Love of God

 

“The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:5–8

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Salvation ushers believers into a love relationship with God that lasts throughout eternity.

The eighteenth–century hymn writer William Cowper wrote in “There Is a Fountain”:

E’er since by faith I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply,

Redeeming love has been my theme

And shall be till I die.

Perhaps the most overwhelming concept in all Christianity is that God loved us so much “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And more than that, God even graciously imparts His love to us—He pours it “out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom. 5:5). Paul here reveals that in Christ we are given subjective evidence of salvation. God Himself implants that evidence deep within us. As a result, we love the One who first loved us (1 John 4:7–10).

The idea that God “poured out” His love refers to a lavish outpouring. God didn’t just squeeze out His love in little drops—He poured it out in immeasurable torrents. And that is seen in perhaps the greatest manifestation of God’s love in all eternity: when we were ungodly sinners totally incapable of bringing ourselves to God, He sent His Son to die for us who were completely unworthy of such love.

Think of how God’s love impacts your assurance. Now that you are saved, you can never be as wretched as you were before your conversion, and He loved you totally then. Because God loved you so completely, you can be secure in your salvation.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Confess those times you have taken for granted God’s love for you, then meditate on Romans 5:8.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 3:14–19. How does the Holy Spirit help us to “know the love of Christ”?[12]


July 6

Let your speech always be with grace.

Lord God, You say that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear. So let no corrupt word proceed out of my mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. By my words I will be justified. The tongue of the wise promotes health.

Once, those who feared You, Lord, spoke to one another, and You listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before You for those who fear You and who meditate on Your name.

If I take out the precious from the vile, I shall be as Your mouth. But as I abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence—I seek to abound in this grace also.

Lord God, only in Your power will I be able to control my tongue. Teach me to speak words of grace always.

Colossians 4:6; Proverbs 25:11–12; Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 12:35, 37; Proverbs 12:18; Malachi 3:16; Jeremiah 15:19; 2 Corinthians 8:7[13]


July 6

Keep the Faith

1 Corinthians 4:2

It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

God places a high premium on the quality of faithfulness. He says to us by the way of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” We are all stewards of the grace of God. God has given Christians an opportunity to administer part of His kingdom on this earth on His behalf.

If there is anything at all we need in our churches, it is this quality of faithfulness. Sometimes described as fidelity, sometimes defined as steadfastness, it always means the determination to stay by your word and complete your commitment.

How we need the quality of faithfulness in our world today. Contracts mean nothing. Commitments mean nothing. We don’t mean what we say. Sooner or later, like everything else, that kind of thing begins to creep into the body of Christ. We have lost the characteristic of faithfulness.

God is teaching us that we are to be faithful no matter what. What a freeing thing that is! God has given all of us something to do, and He says to us, “Here’s what I want from you in this assignment. Be faithful.”[14]


Mon, July 06, 2015

The Illogic of Complaining

Among those sins most exquisitely fitted to injure the soul and destroy the testimony, few can equal the sin of complaining. Yet the habit is so widespread that we hardly notice it among us. The complaining heart never lacks for occasion. It can always find reason enough to be unhappy. The object of its censure may be almost anything: the weather, the church, the difficulties of the way, other Christians or even God Himself. A complaining Christian puts himself in a position morally untenable. The simple logic of his professed discipleship is against him with an unanswerable argument. Its reasoning runs like this: First, he is a Christian because he chose to be. There are no conscripts in the army of God. He is, therefore, in the awkward position of complaining against the very conditions he brought himself into by his own free choice. Secondly, he can quit any time he desires. No Christian wears a chain on his leg. Yet he still continues on, grumbling as he goes, and for such conduct he has no defense.

Verse
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.
Philippians 2:14-15

Thought
The cause for complaint is often a God-given opportunity for growth and praise. What at first appear to be thorns may prove to be divine prods that move us closer to God.

Prayer
Deliver me from complaining, Lord. Rather, teach me to praise You and thank You for the opportunities to grow.

A. W. Tozer


July 6 – An Empty Profession of Faith

“‘Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter’” (Matthew 7:21).

Here Jesus is speaking of the devotedly religious who think they are saved but aren’t. The Lord will continue these warnings later about spiritual self-deception—the foolish, unprepared virgins (Matt. 25:1–12) and the goats who did not really serve Him (Matt. 25:32–33, 41–46).

Many factors deceive people regarding salvation. First, some have a false assurance. They rely on past “decisions for Christ,” apart from the Spirit’s convicting work. But our salvation is made secure by increasing evidences of fruitfulness (2 Peter 1:3–11).

Second, many fail to examine themselves (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 1:8–9), instead gliding through life unconcerned about sins. One who has no desire to come to God for continued cleansing is likely not saved.

Third, a person can be deceived even in the midst of much religious activity. Hearing sermons, reading the Bible, and attending Bible studies are good, but such things may insulate someone from true worship.

Fourth, many attempt to rationalize their salvation, thinking that their good deeds outweigh their bad ones. But apart from God, we cannot do anything righteous (Pss. 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Rom. 3:12).

We could mention many other spiritual delusions, all of which involve failure to enter the narrow gate with repentance, submission to Christ, humility, and a desire for holiness. The important thing, however, is not to wonder about all those possibilities but to enter God’s one true way to salvation.

Ask Yourself

Is the validity of your salvation ever in doubt in your mind? Do you see yourself in any of the examples given above? Then anchor your faith today in the sure word and promises of God, and walk in the confidence of eternal life, bought and paid for by Jesus Christ.

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.


Reading for Today:

2 Chronicles 7:1–8:18
Psalm 80:1-6
Proverbs 20:15
Acts 13:26-52
Notes:

2 Chronicles 7:17, 18 if…then. If there was obedience on the part of the nation, the kingdom would be established and they would have “a man as ruler.” Their disobedience was legendary and so was the destruction of their kingdom and their dispersion. When Israel is saved (Rom. 11:25–27; Zech. 12:14), then their King Messiah will set up this glorious kingdom (Rev. 20:1ff.).

2 Chronicles 8:11 the daughter of Pharaoh. First Kings 3:1 mentions the marriage and the fact that Solomon brought her to Jerusalem until he could build a house for her. Until that palace was built, Solomon lived in David’s palace, but did not allow her to do so, because she was a heathen and because the ark of God had once been in David’s house. He surely knew his marriage to this pagan did not please God (Deut. 7:3, 4). Eventually his pagan wives caused tragic consequences (1 Kin. 11:1–11).

Acts 13:29,30 tree…tomb…God raised. The Old Testament predicted the crucifixion of Christ on a cross (Ps. 22; Deut. 21), at the time when this particular form of execution was not used. His burial in a “tomb” was also prophesied (Is. 53:9), yet victims of crucifixions were commonly tossed into mass graves. The climax of Paul’s message was the resurrection of Christ, the ultimate proof that Jesus is the Messiah and the fulfillment of 3 specific prophecies (vv. 33–35).

Acts 13:39 justified from. This is better translated “freed from.” you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Keeping the Law of Moses did not free anyone from their sins (Rom. 3:28; 1 Cor. 1:30; Gal. 2:16; 3:11; Phil. 3:9). But the atoning death of Jesus completely satisfied the demands of God’s law, making forgiveness of all sins available to all who believe (Gal. 3:16; Col. 2:13, 14). Only the forgiveness Christ offers can free people from their sins (Rom. 3:20, 22).

Acts 13:43 devout proselytes. Full converts to Judaism who had been circumcised. continue in the grace of God. Those who are truly saved persevere and validate the reality of their salvation by continuing in the grace of God (John 8:31; 15:1–6; Col. 1:21–23; 1 John 2:19). With such encouragement, Paul and Barnabas hoped to prevent those who were intellectually convinced of the truths of the gospel, yet had stopped short of saving faith, from reverting to legalism rather than embracing Christ completely.

Acts 13:51 shook off the dust from their feet. The Jews’ antagonism toward Gentiles extended to their unwillingness to even bring Gentile dust into Israel. The symbolism of Paul and Barnabas’s act is clear that they considered the Jews at Antioch no better than heathen. There could have been no stronger condemnation.

DAY 6: How does a verse such as 2 Chronicles 7:14 relate to country such as America?

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Unlike ancient Israel, America is not a covenant nation. God has made no promise to our physical ancestors that guarantees our national status. If Israel had to fulfill the conditions for divine blessing, even though God had covenanted with them as His chosen people, America certainly has no inviolable claim on the blessing of God. As long as unbelief and disobedience to the Word of God color the soul of our nation, we simply cannot expect the blessing of God. Israel didn’t get it in her unbelief.

But for those of us who are Christians, the covenant blessings do apply. “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). All the promises of salvation, mercy, forgiveness of sins, and spiritual prosperity are ours to claim as long as we remain faithful to God.

That is why the spiritual state of the church in our nation is the key to the blessing of the nation as a whole. If God is going to bless America, it will not be for the sake of the nation itself. He blesses the nation, and has always done so, for the sake of His people. If we who are called by His name are not fulfilling the conditions for divine blessing, there is no hope whatsoever for the rest of the nation.

On the other hand, if the church is fit to receive God’s blessing, the whole nation will be the beneficiary of that, because the Word of God will be proclaimed with power, God will add to His church, and spiritual blessings of all kinds will result. And those are the truest blessings of all.

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.


THANKSGIVING: Thank God for the Martyrs and Confessors who have Gone Before you

2.2.29

For the martyrs and confessors, the lights of the church, and the good examples of those who have gone before us to heaven.

We bless you for all those who have been enabled to commend themselves to God by great endurance, in afflictions and calamities; 2 Corinthians 6:4(ESV) who when they have been brought before kings and governors for Christ’s sake, it has turned to them for an opportunity to bear witness, Luke 21:12-13(ESV) and God has given them a mouth and wisdom, which none of their adversaries were able to withstand or contradict. Luke 21:15(ESV)

That those who for Christ’s sake were killed all the day long and regarded as sheep to be slaughtered, were yet in all these things more than conquerors through him who loved them. Romans 8:36-37(ESV)

That they conquered the accuser of the brothers by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:10-11(ESV)

We bless you for the cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded, Hebrews 12:1(ESV) for the tracks of the flock, Song of Solomon 1:8(ESV) for the people of old who received their commendation, Hebrews 11:2(ESV) and are now, through faith and patience, inheriting the promises. Hebrews 6:12(ESV) Lord, give us to follow them, as they followed Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method For Prayer


Day 6

Adoration

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are Your judgments, and Your ways past finding out!

For who has known the mind of the Lord?

Or who has been Your counselor?

Or who has first given to You,

That You should repay him?

For from You and through You and to You are all things. To You be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33–36)

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, because His judgments are true and righteous. (Revelation 19:1–2)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.

Confession

The Lord your God is gracious and compassionate, and He will not turn His face from you if you return to Him. (2 Chronicles 30:9)

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

Renewal

Like Josiah, may I do what is right in the sight of the Lord, walking in the ways of David and not turning aside to the right or to the left. (2 Chronicles 34:1–2)

Like Josiah, give me a tender and responsive heart, so that I will humble myself before You when I hear Your word. (2 Chronicles 34:27)

May I walk in the steps of Jesus, who often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.

Petition

May my conscience testify that I have conducted myself in the world in the holiness and sincerity that are from God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, especially in my relations with others. (2 Corinthians 1:12)

Family and Ministry

Family

Ministry

Sharing Christ with others

Helping others grow in Him

Career

My activities for this day

Special concerns

Intercession

Remember us, O my God, and do not blot out what we have done in Your name. Remember us, O my God, for good. (Nehemiah 13:14, 31)

Missions

Local missions

National missions

World missions

The fulfillment of the Great Commission

Special concerns

Affirmation

The hour is coming and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23–24)

Those who obey Christ’s commandments abide in Him, and He in them. And this is how I know that He abides in me: by the Spirit whom He has given me. (1 John 3:24)

Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.

Thanksgiving

We know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.

Closing Prayer

I will not fear, for You are with me;

I will not be dismayed, for You are my God.

You will strengthen me and help me;

You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand.

For You are the Lord my God, who takes hold of my right hand

And says to me, “Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:10, 13)

I call this to mind,

And therefore I have hope:

The Lord’s mercies never cease,

For His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21–23)[15]


July 6

Judas Iscariot … was a thief, and had the bag, and bore what was put therein.… Freely ye have received, freely give

John 12:4, 6; Matt 10:8

Ah, but if we should go thoroughly into this matter, should we not probably find that many of us are guilty, in some modified and yet sufficiently alarming sense, of treachery to the poor? Are we not, some of us, sent to them with benefactions which never reach them, and are only unconscious of guilt because so long accustomed to look upon the goods as bestowed on us, whereas the light of God’s Word would plainly reveal upon those goods the names of the poor and needy?

George Bowen[16]


July 6

“HE purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” If you bring forth fruit, you will have to endure affliction. But this affliction works out such precious results, that the Christian who is the subject of it must learn to rejoice in tribulations, because as his tribulations abound, so his consolations abound by Christ Jesus. Rest assured, if you are a child of God, you will be no stranger to the rod. Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire. You will be delivered from clinging to the present, and made to long for those eternal things which are so soon to be revealed to you.[17]


Morning, July 6 

 

“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

— Proverbs 1:33

 

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab’s table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

 

Evening, July 6

 

“How many are mine iniquities and sins?”

— Job 13:23

 

Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God’s people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelian upon Ossa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God’s children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, “a number which no man can number,” and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed his blood. But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only and well-beloved Son. God’s Son! Angels cast their crowns before him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround his glorious throne. “God over all, blessed for ever. Amen.” And yet he takes upon himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God’s people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater. Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again.” While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy—guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendour. [18]


 

Undisturbed Confidence

 

July 6

 

The Lord knows, and He loves us, and what more can we say? Or what more do we need? All must be right, even that seems most wrong, if it be His sweet will. This is my unfailing resting place and I have no other.

You pray that I may have manifestations of God’s love, darling Carrie; but that does not seem to be God’s way with me, and I have settled down now to being content without them. A blindfolded reckless faith is my religious life and it sustains me. If the manifestations should be given, I know they would be very precious, but I can trust the Lord without them. I have grown to have such unbounded and undisturbed confidence in the love of God that I feel a sort of abandonment of trust that does not even require a promise to sustain it. That God is God is enough for me.

—To Carrie, September 10, 1873[19]


July 6th

Vision and reality

And the parched ground shall become a pool. Isaiah 35:7.

We always have visions before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

‘Life is not as idle ore,

But iron dug from central gloom,

And batter’d by the shocks of doom

To shape and use.’

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality. Ever since we had the vision God has been at work, getting us into the shape of the ideal, and over and over again we escape from His hand and try to batter ourselves into our own shape.

The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you have ever had the vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never let you.[20]


July 6

Joshua 8; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 2; Matthew 16

Few passages in the Synoptic Gospels have been more disputed in the history of the church than Peter’s confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and its aftermath (Matt. 16:13–28). Here we may venture only three reflections:

(1) Judging by his response, Jesus sees this confession as a significant advance, achieved by revelation from the Father (16:17). But that does not mean that before this point Peter had no inkling that Jesus is the Messiah. Nor does it mean that he understood “Messiah” in the full-fledged, Christian sense associated with the word after Jesus’ death and resurrection. At this point, quite clearly, Peter was prepared to accept Jesus as Israel’s King, the Anointed One from the Davidic line, but he had no idea that he must be simultaneously Davidic king and suffering Servant, as the ensuing verses show. Both Peter’s understanding and his faith were maturing, but still painfully lacking. Part of Peter’s coming to full Christian faith on these matters depended absolutely on waiting for the next major redemptive-historical appointment: the cross and the resurrection.

(2) Jesus’ words, “[Y]ou are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (16:18), have been taken to be the foundation of the Roman Catholic papacy. Even on the most sympathetic reading, however, it is difficult to see how this passage says anything about passing on a Petrine precedence, still less about gradually developing and enhancing the papacy until in 1870 the doctrine of papal infallibility was promulgated. Offended by such extravagant claims, many Protestants have offered exegeses equally unbelievable. Perhaps Jesus said, “You are Peter” (pointing to Peter) “and on this rock I will build my church” (pointing to himself). Or perhaps the “rock” on which the church is built is not Peter, but Peter’s confession—which scarcely accounts for the pun in Greek: “you are petros and on this petra.

(3) It is better to see that Peter really does have a certain primacy—what has been called “a salvation-historical primacy.” He was the first to see certain things, the leader gifted by God in the first steps of organization and evangelism after the resurrection (as Acts makes clear). But not only was this leadership bound up with Peter’s unique role in redemptive history (so unique that it could not, in the nature of the case, be passed on), but the gospel authority extended to him (16:18–19) is extended to all the apostles (18:18). This is what we should expect: elsewhere we are told that the church is built on the foundation of prophets and apostles (Eph. 2:20, italics added). As the ancient formula puts it, Peter was primus inter pares—first among equals.[21]


July 6

Joshua 8; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 2; Matthew 16

There is a perverseness to human thoughts about God that would be risible if it were not so tragic. We find ways to make him small.

A marvelous antidote is Psalm 139. It paints an exalted picture of God, yet does so in stunningly personal ways, as befits a psalm. In particular:

(1) God sees and knows everything (139:1–6). The psalmist might have made that point as I just did—in the abstract. Instead, true to his form, he addresses God, acknowledging that this God’s knowledge is not passive and is not merely comprehensive: it is active and personal. This God knows the psalmist so thoroughly that he knows every movement his body makes, and every habit of his life, but also every thought he entertains and every word he speaks—even before they are formulated. Hebrews 4:13 says as much.

(2) God is omnipresent, and therefore inescapable (139:7–12). Yet again, the thought in the text is not abstract. When David asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (139:7), it is pretty obvious that there is a part of him that wants to get away from God. It cannot be done. If David were to fly to the heavens or descend to Sheol, if he were to travel as far east or as far west as might be imagined, if he were to hide in the darkness—nothing could hide him from God’s searching gaze. By the end of the psalm, it is clear that David does not want to escape from this God (cf. Rom. 8:38–39).

(3) God is the Creator and providential Ruler (139:13–18). Here David does not hark back to the initial creation, but to his own formation in his mother’s womb—which formation is, finally, nothing other than a work of God, for all its terrifying complexity. Nor does this God relinquish control once the creature is made: “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (139:16). In Scripture, this truth does not compromise human responsibility, but increases our faith. Perhaps it is the sheer breadth of such knowledge that prompts David to pen the last two verses of this section: God’s thoughts cannot be numbered, for they are more numerous than the grains of sand by the sea—which is no exaggeration at all.

(4) God is utterly holy (139:19–24). David’s response to evil people is merely a function of his loyalty to God (139:19–22). What saves it from mere vindictive self-righteousness is the fact that in the light of this God’s holiness, David is no less resolved to deal with any evil in his own life (139:23–24).[22]


July 6.—Morning. [Or January 8.] “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

2 Kings 17:1–7; 12–18; 24–29; 33

IN the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him. (Though best of all the kings of Israel, he was bad; and though bad, he was the best. God takes care to give men their due, and say all in their favour that can be said.)

3, 4 ¶ Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

Egypt was the rival power to Assyria, and the petty kings were first on one side and then on the other, as they hoped to gain advantage.

¶ Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria. (This was the close of the guilty career of the kingdom of Israel.)

For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, and had feared other gods.

12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

13–18 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

24 ¶ And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel. (Thus the land was peopled by a motley company collected from several conquered nations. This was a part of the policy of the Assyrian monarch, in order to keep the nations his slaves.)

25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them. (Still has God some champions left: lions prove loyal if men are traitors.)

26 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them.

27 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.

They imagined that there was a deity for each country, and that Israel’s god must be appeased.

28, 29 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how they should fear the Lord. Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

33 So they feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. (And this mongrel religion is fashionable still: men try to serve God and Mammon, but in vain. God will have no rival, he will be all or nothing. May God deliver us from this Samaritan mixture. Amen.)

July 6.—Evening. [Or January 9.] “Thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.”

WHEN Ahaz was dead, and Hezekiah had newly ascended the throne of Judah, we can well conceive of Isaiah as pleading with the people to reform. Observe the gentleness of his persuasions.

Isaiah 42:24, 25

24, 25 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart. (Both Israel and Judah had suffered severely through their sins. Israel was uprooted by the Assyrian, and Judah had been deprived of its men by hundreds of thousands, till only a mere handful remained. Surely it was lime to learn wisdom and give up the idols which so greatly provoked the Lord.)

LEST they should fear that the Lord would not be favourable to them if they returned, the prophet poured forth a stream of gracious promises in his Master’s name.

Isaiah 43:1–7; 22–28

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4–7 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west. I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Sin had made them captives, but eternal love had redeemed them, and in the time appointed the banished ones would return. Ought not such loving words to have touched the hearts of the men to whom they were spoken? Do they touch ours? They belong to all believers: do we love God for speaking so graciously to us?

22–24 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.

The temple had been shut up. None cared to honour the good Lord, but all were bent on provoking him. What a charge these words contain! We naturally expect to hear sentence pronounced, and the criminals led forth to execution; hut mark and marvel at the unexpected love, the boundless grace!

25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (This the Lord proved to be true by the blessing which he gave to his repenting people under Hezekiah. But O the depths of the mercy set forth in this verse. Jehovah himself has pardoned his people, for his own name’s sake! He has voluntarily passed an act of indemnity and oblivion which buries all their sins. Who can now despair? Whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus is already reconciled, and his sins are gone for ever. Glory be to God for this! yea, glory for ever.)

26–28 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me. Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. (Their former miseries were the fruit of their sins, and therefore they were bound to confess their transgressions, and plead the promise of pardon. Lord, we will do the same.)

Till God in human flesh I see,

My thoughts no comfort find;

The holy, just, and sacred Three

Are terrors to my mind.

But if Immanuel’s face appear,

My hope, my joy begins;

His name forbids my slavish fear,

His grace removes my sins.

 

Lord, I, too, wandered from thy ways,

And knelt at stranger shrine:

I’ve called another name, “belov’d,”

And nigh forgotten thine.

The feeble reed on which I leaned

A sword of judgment proved,

And pierced the soul that wandered far

From him whom still I loved.

Behold mine idols, perish’d all!

Here mourning now I stand:

I lift my contrite heart to thee,

And bless thy chastening hand.

 

We praise, we worship thee, O God;

Thy sovereign power we sound abroad:

All nations bow before thy throne,

And thee, the great Jehovah, own.

O holy, holy, holy Lord,

Thou God of Hosts, by all adored;

Earth and the heavens are full of thee,

Thy light, thy power, thy Majesty.

Glory to thee, O God, most high!

Father, we praise thy Majesty;

The Son, the Spirit, we adore;

One Godhead, blest for evermore.

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismay’d!

I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

Upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

The rivers of grief shall not thee overflow;

For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,

And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“The soul that on Jesus hath lean’d for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to his foes;

That soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,

I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

 

Captain of thine enlisted host,

Display thy glorious banner high;

The summons send from coast to coast,

And call a numerous army nigh.

A solemn jubilee proclaim,

Proclaim the great sabbatic day;

Assert the glories of thy name;

Spoil Satan of his wish’d-for prey.

Bid, bid thy heralds publish loud

The peaceful blessings of thy reign;

And when they speak of sprinkled blood,

The mystery to the heart explain.

Chase the usurper from his throne,

Oh! chase him to his destined hell;

Stout-hearted sinners overcome;

And glorious in thy temple dwell.

 

Music, bring thy sweetest treasures,

Dulcet melody and chord,

Link the notes with loveliest measures

To the glory of the Lord.

Wing the praise from every nation,

Sweetest instruments employ,

Raise the chorus of creation,

Swell the universal joy.

Far away be gloom and sadness;

Spirits with seraphic fire,

Tongues with hymns, and hearts with gladness,

Higher sound the chords and higher.

To the Father, to the Saviour,

To the Spirit, source of light,

As it was, is now, and ever,

Praise in heaven’s supremest height.[23]

 


 

[1] Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (p. 205). 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. 200). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 203). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 207). 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. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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

[13] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 205). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[14] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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

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

[17] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 191). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

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

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

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

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

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

[23] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 398–400). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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Bethel Redding’s Apostasy Seen in Its Ecumenism

Originally posted on Repent Bethel Redding:

002_Vallotton_Catholic Priests23 hours after posting this image to his Facebook public figure page, Kris Vallotton’s post had garnered 3,127 “likes.” That’s at least 3,127 people on Facebook who are applauding Vallotton’s unbiblical, ecumenical efforts.

Vallatton boast of 1,500 “new believers” in France. What we don’t know is what these 1,500 souls are “believing.” If it’s Kris Vallotton’s gospel, then they’re still lost.

Vallotton also rejoiced that “many catholic priests” are present. They are not counted among the new converts, which, if they had truly come to genuine repentance and faith in the real Jesus Christ, would have been something over which to rejoice. Vallotton counts them as co-laborers, fellow ministers.

“Speaking to 1500 new believers in France. Very exciting. There are many catholic priest here joining us for ministry. Extreme favor! ‪#‎kvm‬”

If the Roman Catholic priests in question follow the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, they are not

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Ed Young: Publicity Seeking False Teacher

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

Young simply wishes to be wealthy and well known.  That’s why he invited Glenn Beck to speak to his cult.

A popular megachurch minister in Texas has come under fire for inviting radio host and author Glenn Beck to speak at his church as part of an Independence Day celebration.

Ed Young of the multi-site Fellowship Church invited Beck, an outspoken Mormon, to speak during all of his Sunday services today as part of Young’s Freedom Experience event. Beck’s presentations were advertised on the church website as “a message of hope and history as we look to honor those who have provided us with our freedom.”

Young and his cult aren’t even pretending to be a Christian Congregation anymore.

Andy Boyd, a spokesman for Fellowship Church, said that Beck was invited since he is a known American historian, and also because the he has “shown his love for God in many ways.”

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The End of the Road for NBC’s (And Mark Burnett’s) Wretched ‘Bible’ Series

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment ofMark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision.

Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing franchise. In April, ahead of the series’ Easter debut, Burnett told Deadline that writers already were working on scripts for Season 2. That may now happen on another platform.

After an OK start with virtually no lead-in — a 2.3 Live+Same Day rating in 18-49 and 9.5 million total viewers — A.D.‘s numbers quickly fell off, and the biblical drama ended its 12-episode run with a 0.7 demo rating in Live+SD for its final two…

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Greece: An Illustration of What Happens…

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

When there are more people who are on the receiving end of taxpayer monies than paying them.  Cheating on taxes, misusing taxpayer money, extravagance… they all create a series of unintended consequences.  But one day those consequences come home to roost and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.

Greece can (but won’t) serve as a warning to other nations which refuse to understand a simple truth that every family in the world understands:  if you spend more than you earn, you’re working your way towards ruination.

Now, carry on.  Ignore the simple facts.

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True Colors

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GodLife: God’s Favor in Your Life

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“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.” Psalm 34:15 (NIV)

You might be surprised to learn that those whom God favors sometimes experience pain and suffering. We might not understand it, but God shows His favor and His love in many different ways. Let’s see what His favor can look like in your life.

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July 5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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July 5

PEACE, PERFECT PEACE

Edward H. Bickersteth, 1825–1906

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

The quest for inner calm and peace has been a universal struggle for mankind throughout the ages. Even for those of us who profess to be followers of Christ, it is difficult to realize with consistency that “God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.” It often becomes normal for us to make our own plans without consulting Him for His perfect will.

This comforting hymn, which reminds us that God’s perfect peace is found only in Christ Jesus, was written by an English minister of the Anglican church. Edward Bickersteth, Jr. served as the Bishop of Exeter, England, and became well-known for his many books of sermons, poetry, and hymns.

While vacationing in August, 1875, Bickersteth heard a sermon on Isaiah 26:3 and was deeply moved by the way this verse reads in Hebrew: “Thou wilt keep him in peace, peace whose mind is stayed on Thee …” The repetition of the word conveyed the idea of absolute perfection. That afternoon while visiting a dying aged relative, Bickersteth read this verse from Isaiah to comfort the man. Then at the bedside he quickly composed the lines of this hymn text just as it reads today.

From the Hebrew expression of “peace peace” came the beginning phrase of each stanza, “Peace, perfect peace.” Then questions were posed. For each of these five questions Edward Bickersteth supplied a positive spiritual answer.

As these completed lines were read to the dying relative, they were no doubt a source of great comfort—as they have continued to be for troubled hearts throughout the years.

Peace, perfect peace—in this dark world of sin? The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace—by thronging duties pressed? To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace—with sorrows surging round? On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace—with loved ones far away? In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace—our future all unknown? Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

For Today: Isaiah 26:3; 32:17; John 14:27; Ephesians 1:14; Philippians 4:7

Experience the perfect peace of God in your life by realizing anew that it is only obtained through the presence of Christ in our lives—He is our peace (Ephesians 1:14). Carry this musical message as you go—[1]


July 5: Discernment, Knowledge, and Action

1 Samuel 10:1–11:15; James 2:14–18; Psalm 119:65–80

We often wonder whether God hears our prayers. Even when we acknowledge that God deals with each petition we send His way, we experience doubt because we don’t understand how He has handled our plea. Yet instead of asking “Is God hearing me?” we should be asking God to help us grow closer to Him and gain a better understanding of His ways. We should echo the words of the psalmist, “You have dealt well with your servant, O Yahweh, according to your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe your commands” (Psa 119:65–66).

We often misunderstand the concepts of discernment and knowledge. Discernment allows us to know God’s will and perceive the decisions He would have us make. Knowledge helps us to understand God Himself, primarily His character. Both of these concepts are grounded in our relationship with God and others, both empower us to work for Him—and we are called to cultivate both qualities in our lives.

Unless we know God, we’re incapable of successfully doing His work. We must be willing to talk to God honestly about our relationships, as the psalmist does in Psalm 119:69–72. The psalmist acknowledges that he needs God’s help in all matters of his relationship with God and all matters of his relationship with others. He understands that he cannot even begin to know God without the power of God helping him.

We must be empowered for action, both in the intimacy of prayer and in the reality of relationships. And we must support what we believe with our works, as the letter of James call us to do: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (Jas 2:14–26).

Reflecting regularly on how God has worked with us and is working in us allows us to recognize that everything in our lives has a purpose. God often works in others through us, and that great calling requires us to have knowledge of Him and discernment about His workings in our world.

How are you discerning the great work of God in your life? How are you enhancing your knowledge of God?

John D. Barry[2]


July 5

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is Matthew 17 through 20. Our lesson is from Matthew 18:3–4, “And said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ ” (NASU)

Lesson

The Kingdom of heaven is a fascinating theme in the Bible. Let’s look at three conditions for entering the Kingdom of heaven.

The first condition is to be converted. Another synonym for converted is change or turn. The basic concept is that a person cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven without repentance. Throughout the New and Old Testaments, God calls His people to repentance and to change their ways. A repentant person experiences a change in his/her way of living.

The Lord begins the process by extending His grace but we must respond to His grace. This is why an individual needs to be born again. It is through the new birth that a new life begins.

The next condition is to be like a child. Have you ever noticed the innocence of a child? They believe what others tell them. Even when they argue with other children, in a matter of minutes, they are playing with each other again. Just like children, believers are to have faith in the Lord.

The final condition is to be humble. Humility is a characteristic rarely seen. One of the reasons is because it goes against our carnal nature. The work of the Holy Spirit is to make us more like Jesus. This is what holiness is all about.

Jesus exhorted the people to be like Him because he was “meek and humble of heart.” Another time He said “to seek the kingdom of God first.” All of these things require that we seek God and His kingdom first before our own personal ambitions and desires.

The Bible is full of many examples of leaders who trusted in their own strength and resources rather than in the Lord. The books of Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles have some of the best lessons for us to learn about the need for trusting in God instead of ourselves.

In summary, to enter into the Kingdom one must be converted. To enter the Kingdom one must be like a child. And finally, to enter the Kingdom one must be humble.

May the Lord grant us the courage to live a life in which He is first in everything we do and say. We must be like John the Baptist so that Christ can increase in us.

Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart right now. If there are areas of pride, just turn it over to God and let Him change you.

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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 Matthew 21 through 24. 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]


 

July 5

 

Union with Christ

 

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).

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Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world.

The Jewish culture of Peter’s time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers.

That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy: union with Christ Himself. That makes Christianity utterly unique among religions. Buddhists are not said to be in Buddha; Muslims are not in Muhammad, or even in Allah; a Confucian is not in Confucius. Only Christians are united with and receive their spiritual life from the object of their worship.

When you came to Christ, the living stone, you became a living stone yourself. You possess His resurrection life and draw from His spiritual resources. That’s what Peter meant when he said that God “has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

Ephesians 2:19–22 adds, “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Christ is the cornerstone of the church, built on the foundation of Biblical truth, which is the divine revelation given through the apostles and prophets. Rejoice in the privilege of being united with Christ and learning from His Word!

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for selecting you as one of His spiritual stones. Seek His wisdom and grace in living each day to His glory.

For Further Study: Read Acts 17:24, 1 Timothy 3:15, and Hebrews 3:6, noting what they teach about God’s spiritual house.[4]


July 5

No One Is Excluded

Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

god does not parcel out salvation, deliverance, or wholeness to us bit by bit. God makes salvation completely available through Jesus Christ—and not only to specific individuals, but to all who will receive and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.

No person is excluded from the opportunity to believe and receive everlasting life. Jesus did not say that those who believe would receive a down payment on everlasting life or a promise of everlasting life that they would have to work to fulfill. They receive everlasting life, period.[5]


July 5

Divine Provision

Scripture reading: Hebrews 10:19–23

Key verse: Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

He had decided to buy the new car regardless of his financial state. He also tried to “forget” that his wife had just had a baby. He refused to consider a nice, affordable used car.

God is committed to meeting your needs. However, He is not committed to meeting all your wants. Several things work against God’s desire to meet your needs:

Disobedience. When you disobey God, you face the consequences of your sin. Often that means waiting for the things He wants to build into your life.

Doubt. It defuses God’s plan for you. It also signals a lack of faith in His ability to provide for you.

Manipulation. Trying to meet your needs your way leads to spiritual fraud. God sees through manipulation. He wants your life to be sincerely obedient before Him.

Wrong motivation. Motives that are not God–centered never yield lasting peace. Set your focus on God, not the things of this world.

Ignoring responsibilities. When you ignore your God-given responsibilities such as family, friends, and job, your fellowship with God becomes clouded, and you struggle spiritually.

Let Christ be your Divine Provider, and He will meet your needs perfectly.

Dear Lord, free me from disobedience, doubt, manipulation, wrong motivation, and ignoring my responsibilities.[6]


July 5

A Supernatural Life

For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13

The obedient, productive Christian life is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is a supernatural life. It is foreign to the unregenerate person’s thinking, and he can’t attain such a life.

Supernatural living is conforming your outer life to your inner life, and living out the new nature you have in Jesus Christ. But it is not a mystical, undefined life based on abstract philosophical concepts. It is practical living derived from conscious obedience to God’s commands. It is thinking, speaking, and acting in daily conformity to His Word and will.[7]


July 5            Channels of Reconciliation

scripture reading:

 

2 Corinthians 5:14–21

 

key verse:

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Those who met Jesus were changed eternally:

  • The man born blind
  • The woman who anointed His feet with oil
  • The man He healed of leprosy
  • And the Pharisee who came to Him by night
  • No one meets Jesus and remains the same. Even Judas after the betrayal cried, “I have betrayed an innocent man” (Matt. 27:4, author’s paraphrase).

Either you accept Jesus as the Messiah and become reconciled to God, or you reject Him and live a life of separation and denial. No matter how you view it, anyone who encounters Christ is changed.

Sin once separated you from God; but Jesus, being God’s Son, broke the power of sin through His death, burial, and resurrection. When you accept Him as your Savior, God reconciles you eternally to Himself. Reconciliation is the goal of salvation.

Yet the message of reconciliation does not stop here but continues through you to reach others who have never heard the truth of the gospel. Nothing has changed since the call of the Great Commission. God reconciles you to Himself that you might have a ministry of reconciliation.

The words He spoke to His disciples at the Resurrection are the same words He speaks to you today. You are His channel of reconciliation to a lost and dying world.

I have been reconciled to You, Father—and I thank You! Now help me be a channel of reconciliation to this lost and dying world.[8]


July 5

The Peace of God

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:14–16

Key verse: 1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

The peace of God is usually lost when we lose our perspective of God’s overriding, unceasing care of us.

Writing to a church under intense strain capable of dismantling any semblance of contentment, Peter closed his first letter by telling them to give their troubles to God because “He cares for you.”

What a relief of pressure! What troubles me and upsets my spiritual well-being, even the slightest irritant, matters to God. He is so concerned that He invites me to give Him every care.

Cast your burdens on Him in prayer. Tell God what bothers you, what robs your joy and peace, and then really believe that He has heard you and will answer. If you truly trust Him to handle the problem, then experiencing His peace is a supernatural result. The situation is in God’s hands. He is in control despite appearances. He is able to bring about a solution, whenever and however He chooses.

When you reach that point, the peace of God is yours. The storms may brew, but God is very concerned about you and has taken your cares upon Himself. When the pressure mounts, you cast every burden on Him. All is in His care, and that settles your soul as no other thought.

Father, when the pressures mount today, help me remember that You have taken all my cares upon Yourself. I cast my burdens on You, knowing that everything is in Your care.[9]


July 5

Self-Reliance

Scripture Reading: Psalm 28

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

In The Adventure of Prayer, the late author Catherine Marshall revealed the power of helplessness:

Why is prayer so startlingly effective when we admit our helplessness? One obvious reason is because our human helplessness is bedrock fact. God is a realist and insists that we be realists too. So long as we are deluding ourselves that human resources can supply our hearts’ desires, we are believing a lie.

This recognition and acknowledgment of our helplessness is also the quickest way to that right attitude which God recognizes as essential to prayer. It deals a mortal blow to the most serious sins of all—man’s independence that ignores God.

Another reason is that we cannot learn firsthand about God—what He is like, His love, and His real power—so long as we are relying on ourselves and other people. And fellowship with Jesus is the true purpose of life and the only foundation for eternity. It is real, this daily fellowship He offers us.

So if your every human plan and calculation has miscarried; if, one by one, human props have been knocked out and doors have shut in your face, take heart. The message is: “Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let Me handle the matter.”

Lord, free me from self-reliance. Help me stop depending on inadequate human resources. Deliver me from the type of independence that ignores You.[10]


July 5

No Condemnation

Scripture Reading: John 8:1–11

Key Verses: John 8:10–11

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Heaping condemnation upon our own heads rarely solves our problems. Perhaps our insensitivity toward someone was wrong. Or maybe we made a mistake, offending someone in the process. Guilty feelings—real or contrived—have a way of taking the life out of us.

They divide our minds, drain our energy, cause us to punish ourselves, and stir up feelings of insecurity. Following our rebirth in Christ, the guilt of our past sins is taken away. But guilty feelings—conviction from the Holy Spirit—return when we sin against God. However, we must learn to be a repentant people, understanding how to accept the forgiveness of God in our lives.

No matter how mired we are in our sin, God will cleanse us when we ask. There might be consequences associated with our actions, but the sin is not held against us. God has forgiven us, and we must accept it, refusing to condemn ourselves any longer.

Like the lady caught in the act of adultery, we must learn to accept God’s forgiveness. Regardless of how dirty and guilty she felt, Jesus wiped away her sin. He simply told her to go and sin no more.

I stand before You free from condemnation. Thank You, Lord, for wiping clean my sins. I will not look back.[11]


 

July 5

 

Hope of Glory

 

“We exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint.”

Romans 5:2–5

✧✧✧

God promises all believers that one day they will receive Christ’s glory.

The security that every believer desires in his or her salvation is founded on the very fact that God is the author of salvation—every aspect of it is solely His work, and thus it cannot be lost. The final piece of God’s great work is the ultimate glorification of every Christian: “Whom [God] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first–born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom. 8:29–30).

This third link in the chain that eternally binds believers to Christ completes the three aspects of salvation. Paul already established that salvation is anchored in the past because Christ made peace with God. It is anchored in the present because Christ continually intercedes for every believer and establishes our standing in grace. Here Paul proclaims that salvation is also anchored in the future because God promises His children that one day they will be clothed with the glory of His Son.

The Greek word for “exult” in Romans 5:2 refers to jubilation and rejoicing. Every believer ought to rejoice in the future rather than fearing it, because Jesus Christ secured the hope that his ultimate destiny is to share in the very glory of God. Christ is the guarantee of our hope because He Himself is our hope (1 Tim. 1:1).

We also have another reason to rejoice in the hope of glory: our tribulations contribute to our present blessing and ultimate glory. Paul states in Romans 5:3–5 that our afflictions for Christ’s sake produce increasing levels of maturity in handling the trials of life. As you continue to pursue holiness, the more you will be persecuted and troubled, but the greater will be your hope as you see God sustain you through His all–powerful grace.

✧✧✧

Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to give you His perspective on your trials and show you how to focus on your future glory in the process.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 5:10–12; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17; and 1 Peter 4:19. How should you view your trials? ✧ When they come, what should you do?[12]


July 5

We have known and believed the love that God has for us.

Lord God, You who are rich in mercy, because of Your great love with which You loved me, even when I was dead in trespasses, made me alive with Christ (by grace I have been saved), and raised me up and made me sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come You might show the exceeding riches of Your grace in Your kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.

You, Lord God, so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. You who did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for me, how shall You not with Him also freely give me all things? You, Lord, are good to all, and Your tender mercies are over all Your works.

I love You because You first loved me.

Blessed am I who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which You told me, Lord God.

Your amazing love and grace truly defy description, Lord God. Thank You for loving me.

1 John 4:16; Ephesians 2:4–7; John 3:16; Romans 8:32; Psalm 145:9; 1 John 4:19; Luke 1:45[13]


July 5

Boast about God

Psalm 34:2

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord.

When I feel afraid, I’m prone to pull the blanket over my head and hope it goes away. Or I nurse my fears. The adversary of our souls loves to get our attention focused on ourselves and not on the resources of our God.

What will happen when you praise and worship God? Your praise makes God big in your heart and mind. Soon, your problem falls into perspective. When I worship God, sometimes even with the tears coming down my face, my spirit is renewed as I praise God. My problem doesn’t go away, but all of a sudden I see it in relation to the One who is in charge of everything.

It’s interesting what we boast about, isn’t it? At the last party you went to, what did you boast about? Put the spotlight on the Lord and focus on Him. When we get together with friends, let’s just brag on Jesus. So many good things are happening in our lives as individuals, in our families, and in our churches that we ought to boast on the Lord all the time.[14]


Sun, July 05, 2015

Staying with the Clear Teaching of Scripture

Every believer as well as every minister of Christ must decide whether he will put his emphasis upon the majors or the minors. He must decide whether he will stay by the sober truths which constitute the beating heart of the Scriptures or turn his attention to those marginal doctrines which always bring division and which, at their best, could not help us much on our way to the Celestial City. No man has any moral right to propound any teaching about which there is not full agreement among Bible Christians until he has made himself familiar with church history and with the development of Christian doctrine through the centuries. The historic approach is best. After we have discovered what holy men believed, what great reformers and saints taught, what the purest souls and mightiest workers held to be important for holy living and dying–then we are in a fair position to appraise our own teaching. Humility is the only state of mind in which to approach the Scriptures. The Spirit will teach the humble soul those things that make for his salvation and for a holy walk and fruitful service here below. And little else matters.

Verse
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, ‘Do not go beyond what is written.’ Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.
1 Corinthians 4:6

Thought
There is the danger of embellishing the written, even ranging beyond it, in order to serve up the new, the exotic, the innovative. Oh, for preachers who open to us the meat of God’s Word with contextual accuracy, clarity, sound exegesis and meaningful ap

Prayer
Thank You for access to Your Word, Lord. There are many in the world without the Word in their language. May I receive it and live it to Your glory. Amen.

A. W. Tozer


July 5 – Discerning False Prophets: Seeing Their Converts

“‘Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits’” (Matthew 7:19–20).

We can spot false prophets by the kind of people they attract. Their converts will have the same kind of superficial, self-centered, unbiblical orientation as they do. Of this sort of attraction Peter says, “Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned” (2 Peter 2:2). Many folks gravitate to false teachers because those men propagate what the majority of people want to hear and believe (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3).

God has not ordained false prophets, but within His will He allows them to exist. And it is within His purpose that false factions develop. “For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you” (1 Cor. 11:19). Factions often attract followers of false teachers. And in a sense, this protects genuine saints by separating the chaff from the wheat in the church.

Ultimately, the Lord makes sure that the converts of false prophets, who do not bear good fruit, get cut down and thrown into the fire of judgment. Peter says they are “bringing swift destruction upon themselves” (2 Peter 2:1; cf. Jer. 23:30–40; John 15:2, 6). A watchful, discerning, vigilant believer, armed with the Word of truth, will be able to isolate false teachers and withdraw from them, because he or she “will know them by their fruits.”

Ask Yourself

Discussions like these often get us labeled as haughty and narrow-minded. How do you handle these kinds of accusations? Why will some people never understand your concern for the church’s purity?

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.


Reading for Today:

2 Chronicles 5:1–6:42
Psalm 79:11-13
Proverbs 20:13-14
Acts 13:1-25
Notes:

2 Chronicles 5:13,14 the glory of the LORD. The Lord’s presence indwelt the temple and the first service of worship was held. In the same manner He descended on the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–38). He will do likewise on the millennial temple (Ezek. 43:1–5). His glory is representative of His Person (Ex. 33), and entering the temple signified His presence.

Acts 13:6 Paphos. The capital of Cyprus and thus the seat of the Roman government. It also was a great center for the worship of Aphrodite (Venus), and thus a hotbed for all kinds of immorality. a certain sorcerer…a Jew. “Sorcerer” is better translated “magician.” Originally it carried no evil connotation, but later was used to describe all kinds of practitioners and dabblers in the occult. This particular magician put his knowledge to evil use.

Acts 13:15 reading of the Law and the Prophets. The reading of the Scriptures. This occupied the third part in the liturgy of the synagogue, after the recitation of the shema (Deut. 6:4) and further prayers, but before the teaching, which was usually based on what had been read from the Scriptures. rulers of the synagogue. Those who had general oversight of the synagogue, including designating who would read from the Scriptures.

Acts 13:22 a man after My own heart. Some would question the reality of this designation for David since he proved to be such a sinner at times (1 Sam. 11:1–4; 12:9; 21:10–22:1). No man after God’s own heart is perfect; yet he will recognize sin and repent of it, as did David (Pss. 32; 38; 51).

DAY 5: How does Acts 13 mark a change in the Book of Acts?

Chapter 13 marks a turning point in Acts in that the first 12 chapters focus on Peter while the remaining chapters revolve around Paul. With Peter, the emphasis is the Jewish church in Jerusalem and Judea; with Paul, the focus is the spread of the Gentile church throughout the Roman world, which began at the church in Antioch. In this church were certain “prophets” (v. 1). These men had a significant role in the apostolic church (1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 2:20).They were preachers of God’s Word and were responsible in the early years of the church to instruct local congregations. On some occasions, they received new revelation that was of a practical nature (11:28; 21:10), a function that ended with the cessation of the temporary sign gifts.Their office was also replaced by pastor-teachers and evangelists (Eph. 4:11).

The leaders in the church in Antioch “ministered to the Lord” (v. 2). This is from a Greek word which in Scripture describes priestly service. Serving in leadership in the church is an act of worship to God and consists of offering spiritual sacrifices to Him, including prayer, oversight of the flock, plus preaching and teaching the Word. And they “fasted.” This is often connected with vigilant, passionate prayer (Neh. 1:4; Ps. 35:13; Dan.9:3; Matt. 17:21; Luke 2:37) and includes either a loss of desire for food or the purposeful setting aside of eating to concentrate on spiritual issues (Matt. 6:16, 17).

While they worshiped, the Holy Spirit issued the first missionary outreach: “Separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (v. 2). Saul and Barnabas chose to begin their missionary outreach in Cyprus because it was Barnabas’s home, which was only a two-day journey from Antioch and had a large Jewish population. Here Paul established the custom of preaching to the Jews first whenever he entered a new city because he had an open door, as a Jew, to speak and introduce the gospel. Also, if he preached to Gentiles first, the Jews would never have listened to him.

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.


PETITION: Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Universally Conscientious

4.5.7

That we may be universally conscientious.

O that we may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. Colossians 4:12(ESV)

Oh that our ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then we shall not be put to shame, having our eyes fixed on all your commandments. Psalm 119:5-6(ESV)

Teach us, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and we will keep it to the end. Give us understanding, that we may keep your law and observe it with our whole heart. Lead us in the path of your commandments, for we delight in it. Incline our hearts to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Psalm 119:33-36(ESV)

Grant us, we pray, according to the riches of your glory, that we may be strengthened with all power through your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; and that being rooted and grounded in love, we may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, and be filled with a divine fullness, Ephesians 3:16-20(ESV) and may partake of a divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4(ESV)

And let the love of Christ control us to live not for ourselves, but for him who for our sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method For Prayer


Day 5

Adoration

The Lord my God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17–18)

My soul magnifies the Lord

And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

For the Mighty One has done great things for me,

And holy is His name.

His mercy is on those who fear Him,

From generation to generation. (Luke 1:46–47, 49–50)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.

Confession

God’s eyes are on the ways of a man,

And He sees all his steps.

There is no darkness or deep shadow

Where the workers of iniquity can hide.

He does not need to examine a man further,

That he should go before God in judgment. (Job 34:21–23)

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

Renewal

May I flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

May I not set my heart on evil things, or be an idolater, or commit sexual immorality. (1 Corinthians 10:6–8)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.

Petition

Let me hear Your unfailing love in the morning,

For I have put my trust in You.

Show me the way I should walk,

For to You I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8)

Faithfulness as a Steward

Of time

Of talents

Of treasure

Of truth

Of relationships

My activities for this day

Special concerns

Intercession

May I honor all people, love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, and honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

Government

Spiritual revival

Local government

State government

National government

Current events and concerns

Affirmation

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

We have the prophetic word made more certain, to which I will do well to pay attention, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in my heart. (2 Peter 1:19)

Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.

Thanksgiving

The Lord my God is the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

I will tell of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord,

The praises of the Lord,

According to all the Lord has done for us,

And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,

Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies,

And according to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses. (Isaiah 63:7)

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.

Closing Prayer

I know that my Redeemer lives

And that in the end He will stand upon the earth.

And after my skin has been destroyed,

Yet in my flesh I will see God;

Whom I myself will see

And behold with my own eyes and not another.

How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25–27)

God is exalted beyond our understanding;

The number of His years is unsearchable. (Job 36:26)[15]


July 5

Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi

Gen. 25:11

Isaac dwelt there, and made the well of the living and all-seeing God his constant source of supply. The usual tenor of a man’s life, the dwelling of his soul, is the true test of his state. Let us learn to live in the presence of the living God. Let us pray the Holy Spirit that this day, and every other day, we may feel, “Thou God seest me.” May the Lord Jehovah be as a well to us, delightful, comforting, unfailing, springing up into eternal life. The bottle of the creature cracks and dries up, but the well of the Creator never fails., Happy is he who dwells at the well, and so has abundant and constant supplies near at hand! Glorious Lord, constrain us that we may never leave Thee, but dwell by the well of the living God!

Spurgeon[16]


July 5

CHRIST will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy your heart is unchanged; you are an unsaved person. If the Saviour has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, the grace which does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves his people, not in their sins, but from them. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to be counted among his people. Lord, save me even now from all evil, and enable me to honor my Saviour.[17]


Morning, July 5 

 

“Called to be saints.”

— Romans 1:7

 

We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves. Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in his service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day. The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.” Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.

 

Evening, July 5

 

“Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”

— Isaiah 26:4

 

Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and endeavour to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our comfort; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father who has never failed us, and who never will. It were well if doubting were banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the psalmist asked, “Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Will he be favourable no more?” David had not made any very lengthy trial of the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, “There is none like it.” He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and therefore he praised it ever afterwards; even so should we speak well of our God, there is none like unto him in the heaven above or the earth beneath; “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.” There is no rock like unto the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from suffering doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Saviour’s wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord for ever, assured that his ever lasting strength will be, as it has been, our succour and stay. [18]


 

God’s Will, Our Pillow: [After a Miscarriage]

 

July 5

 

I suppose I used up all my vitality in the Lord’s work, and in bearing the burdens necessarily laid upon me by my dear husband’s state of health and there was not enough left for the baby. It has been an inexpressible disappointment to me, and I do not care to dwell on it. I thought I sorely needed the comfort a baby always brings to me, and I had looked forward to it with the most intense longing.

But I know God’s will is best, and I am satisfied! I do not permit myself to dwell on what might have been. And in the lonely night hours, when sorrows and losses and anxieties are so sure to come and claim a hearing, I can only turn resolutely away and say over and over and over to myself and to God, “Thy will be done, Thy will be done!” until the sweet refrain lulls me to sleep when nothing else would. And so I have learned to make the sweet will of God literally my pillow; and upon it I often realize with Faber that “no cradled child more softly lies than I.”

—To a Friend, September 2, 1873[19]


July 5th

Don’t calculate without God

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5.

Don’t calculate without God.

God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the greatest factor in all our calculations.

In our religion it is customary to put God first, but we are apt to think it is an impertinence to put Him first in the practical issues of our lives. If we imagine we have to put on our Sunday moods before we come near to God, we will never come near Him. We must come as we are.

Don’t calculate with the evil in view.

Does God really mean us to take no account of the evil? “Love … taketh no account of the evil.” Love is not ignorant of the existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor. Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work all reasonings from that standpoint.

Don’t calculate with the rainy day in view.

You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said—“Let not your heart be troubled.” God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command—“Let not …” Haul yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.[20]


July 5

Joshua 7; Psalms 137–138; Jeremiah 1; Matthew 15

Jeremiah lived in days of threat and declension. Called to be a prophet in the thirteenth year of the reign of King Josiah, Judah’s last reforming king (about 627 b.c.), Jeremiah served for more than forty years. The fall of Jerusalem took place in 587 (forty years after Jeremiah’s call), and the prophet continued his ministry for a while after that. His ministry was doomed to apparent fruitlessness. But God had called him to speak the truth about the nation and about impending judgment, regardless of whether or not his words were well received. One senses Jeremiah’s growing maturity and resolve as the years of his ministry slip past.

The call of Jeremiah occupies the first chapter (Jer. 1). Some important elements:

(1) Not only was Jeremiah’s commission from God, but God had chosen him even before he was born (1:5). In the hours of darkest opposition and brutal treatment, that reality doubtless proved immensely stabilizing to Jeremiah.

(2) Clearly, Jeremiah was only a young man when God called him to his first commission. Jeremiah protested that he was too young, “only a child”—but God would not accept the excuse, for he is perfectly capable of equipping anyone he chooses. God himself would put words in Jeremiah’s mouth and make him a prophetic voice, not only over Judah but over the surrounding nations (1:7–10).

(3) Two visionary vignettes clarify Jeremiah’s call. The first is an almond branch. The Hebrew word sounds much like the Hebrew for “watching over.” The almond branch was the first to bud in the spring, and thus points to the advent of spring; in the pun, God’s word points to its own fulfillment, which must inevitably follow. Thus Jeremiah is encouraged to speak God’s words with utter confidence that all that God says is true, and all that he predicts will take place (1:11–12): God watches over everything. The second visionary element is a boiling pot, tilting away from the north—a graphic way of indicating that the boiling cauldron of judgment, the judgment that Babylon would mete out to the tiny nation (1:13–16), would pour down on Judah from the north.

(4) Above all, God tells Jeremiah not to be afraid—a common divine word to God’s servants (e.g., Abraham, Gen. 15:1; Moses, Num. 21:34 and Deut. 3:2; Daniel, Dan. 10:12, 19; Mary, Luke 1:30; Paul, Acts 27:24). God does not sugar-coat the difficulties: Jeremiah will be opposed and will at times stand alone “against the whole land” (1:18)—but they “will not overcome you,” God says, “for I am with you and will rescue you” (1:19). Only such promises are sufficient to breed titanic prophetic courage.[21]


July 5

Joshua 7; Psalms 137–138; Jeremiah 1; Matthew 15

It doesn’t always work like this, of course. Sometimes it is not the case that the sin of one man and his family—in this case Achan—brings defeat upon the entire believing community (Josh. 7). For example, the sin of Ananias and Sapphira brought death only to themselves (Acts 5), and the punishment they suffered induced a godly fear in the rest of the assembly. On the other hand, the sin of David brought tragic repercussions on the entire nation. Perhaps the most frightening cases are those where countless sins are committed by many, many people, and God does absolutely nothing about it. For the worst judgment occurs when God turns his back on people, and resolutely lets sin take its course. Far better to be pulled up sharply before things get out of hand. That is why so much of the previous forty years of wilderness wanderings was given over to the disciplining hand of God: the purpose was as much educative as reformative.

Whatever is the case elsewhere in Scripture, here the sin of Achan and his family brings embarrassing defeat to the contingent of troops sent to take the little town of Ai. Worse, it brought death to about thirty-six Israelites (7:5). In a sense, Achan was a murderer. When in some consternation Joshua seeks God’s face, God rather abruptly says, in effect, “Stop your praying and deal with the sin in the camp” (7:10–12). The point is that God had given explicit and repeated instructions. They had been violated. The covenant between God and the Israelites was essentially communal, and so God is determined to teach the entire community to exercise among its own members the discipline that the covenant mandates.

No doubt there are some substantial differences to bear in mind when one turns to the new covenant. Nevertheless, here too God says some explicit things, and expects the covenant community to exercise discipline (e.g., 1 Cor. 5; cf. 2 Cor. 11:4; 13:2–3). Paul warns us that failure to take disciplinary action in the church, when there has been flagrant violation, endangers the entire community (1 Cor. 5:6). Pastors of churches and leaders of other Christian organizations who ignore this perspective are inviting disaster among all the people they are called to lead. In the name of peace, the real motivation may simply be cowardice, or worse, a failure to take God’s words seriously. The point is reinforced in the second reading assigned for this date: “I … will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word” (Ps. 138:2–3).[22]


July 5.—Morning. [Or January 6.] “Vain is the help of man.”

2 Chronicles 28:16–19

AT that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.

17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.

18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken (many towns and villages) and they dwelt there.

19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

The kingdom had flourished greatly under Jotham, but the Lord who raised it up could just as easily bring it down. Those who will not be humble must be humbled. Remark the expression,—“he made Judah naked.” Sin strips man of all his beauty, exposes him to contempt, and robs him of protection. The smallest powers were able to oppress Judah; insignificant nations, which had been tributaries to it before, did with it as they pleased.

2 Kings 16:7–11

SO Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.

8, 9 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria. And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin. (Trust in man is an expensive business, for those we look to will be pretty sure to look to their own interests, and will not serve us unless they can serve themselves at the same time. Carnal confidences lead men to rob God: Ahaz thought nothing of stripping the temple in order to purchase the aid of his great patron, who cared nothing for him, but only for the plunder he could obtain by the war.)

10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus. (Foolish indeed was this to borrow the altar of a vanquished monarch. If his gods had been of any service to Benhadad, he would not have been crushed by the Assyrian. Idolaters are mad.)

2 Chronicles. 28:20; 22–25; 27

AND Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not. (He quartered his troops upon him, and impoverished his people. Ahaz now felt the curse of trusting in man.)

22, 23 ¶ And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz. (This brand is set upon him, for it is a special sin when a man grows worse under affliction.) For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.

Those who will not worship at God’s altar will set up a hundred shrines of their own; men who will not believe the gospel will yield credence to a thousand lying superstitions.

25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers.

27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead. (He died impenitent and inglorious, and by a sort of holy censorship which appears to have been exercised over Judah’s dead kings, he was denied burial in the royal tombs.)

July 5.—Evening. [Or January 7.] “To whom then will ye liken God?”

WHILE Ahaz was setting up his idols the eloquent rebukes of Isaiah were remembered by the godly remnant. With what energy does he extol the Lord and denounce all attempts to set him forth by symbols.

Isaiah 40:12–31

12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

13, 14 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?

15, 16 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

To confound idolaters, the prophet describes the process of god-making, that he may shame them out of such foolish worship.

19 The workman melteth (or carveth) a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. (Think of worshipping a piece of wood plated by the goldsmith, which needs to be fastened in its place lest it fall or be stolen! Is not this insanity?)

20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirl-wind shall take them away as stubble. (The greatest empires wither when God forbids their prospering; is he, then, like to an image of wood?)

25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. (Let every star rebuke the worshipper of wood and stone.)

27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Be it ours, then, to trust the unseen Lord, and never shall we fail. Glorious Lord, we believe; help thou our unbelief.)

Fear not, nor longer be dismayed,

Lo, I, the mighty God, am nigh;

Thou shalt, each moment, feel my aid,

If thou wilt on mine arm rely.

Why shouldst thou fear, when I am thine—

When all I am, I am for thee?

If thou art weak, my strength divine

Is perfect in infirmity.

Without my help thou canst not stand,

But thee I will not leave alone;

I’ll hold thee up by my right hand,

Till thou shalt reach my heavenly throne.[23]

 


 

[1] Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (p. 204). 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. 199). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 202). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 206). 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. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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

[13] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[14] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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

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

[17] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 190). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

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

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

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

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

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

[23] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 396–397). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

 

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Quotes From America’s Founding Fathers

Originally posted on Thomistic Bent:

In celebration of July 4, here are some quotes from the founding fathers of the United States

John Adams, July 3, 1776, in a letter to his wife:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”

In 1780, speaking of setting up the country, John Adams said:

“The debates were managed by persons of various denominations.… [and the] delegates did not conceive themselves to be vested with power to set up one denomination…

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4th of July Patriotic Tribute

God Bless America

This beautiful patriotic tribute will have you singing along, and standing proud as an American. Truly a 4th of July must-see! We wish you and your family a blessed 4th of July!

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Infograph: Facts about the 4th of July

Facts about the 4th

 

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Mr President: If You Can Illuminate OUR Seat of Power With The Pride Colors

Originally posted on Zwinglius Redivivus:

You can illuminate it with the colors of the American flag.  We expect you to do it tonight.  Elsewise, your concern isn’t to be the President of the Country, but only of a tiny minority within it.

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July 4-5, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 7/5/2015

Earthquake recorded in Oman as officials confirm tremor
An earthquake measuring 5.4 on Richter scale was recorded at the Sultan Qaboos University’s earthquake monitoring centre at around 4:45am. “Our centre recorded the earthquake. So far we have not received any report of damage due to the earthquake,” an official from the centre said.

Christian bakers fined $135,000 for refusing to make wedding cake for lesbians
The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013.

The Chinese government just took drastic steps to save the stock market
China is stepping in to try and save its flailing stock market. According to a Bloomberg report on Saturday, officials are suspending Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) – as many as 28 on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges – to deal with the tumble in stocks. Stopping new companies from going public in IPOs may reduce the flow of cash from existing stocks, Bloomberg notes.

SCOTUS Ignites New Level of Resistance
My sofa felt pretty comfortable. Ninety percent of the time, I’m on the road as chairman of the Conservative Campaign Committee. This was a rare occasion to be in town for the Volusia 9/12 Project monthly meeting. I saw the email reminder about the meeting earlier that day and thought it might be good to attend considering the two devastating outrageous rulings handed down by the Supreme Court (Obamacare and same sex marriage).

Supreme Court Ignores Our Constitution and Wears the Hats of Obama-type Fascists
Many American citizens have been openly questioning and wondering if the recent SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decisions regarding and Same Sex Marriage are the beginnings of a governmental fascist takeover by self-appointed elitists.

Illegal alien celebrates 4th of July jailed for murdering American woman
At the same time that the news media pile on with negative stories about presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about illegal alien rapists, killers and robbers, a case in California tends to prove his point. The suspect arrested by police for the murder of a young woman who strolled the waterfront with her father has been finally identified as an illegal alien who had been deported at least five times by the Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement directorate, according to reports on Friday.

Mexican Illegal Alien Francisco Sanchez Proves Donald Trump Correct!
Donald Trump recently committed the unforgivable sin of telling the truth in a media environment where anything but Politically correct babble is routinely rejected as racist, sexist, and otherwise unsuitable for prime time, regardless of how factual.

Happy Independence Day
Every 4th of July, patriotic Americans celebrate the fundamental essence of what Thomas Jefferson penned in the Declaration of Independence (with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston); a commemoration of July 4th, 1776, upon which day the Thirteen Colonies set forth the explanation and justification for a parting of ways with Great Britain and the tyrannical rule of King George III: the legal separation occurred on July 2nd, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution of independence proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.

The real low-down on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
Extremely curious at the media allegation that the “scientific Pantheist who advises Pope Francis” and has swayed “Laudato Si” (named so after St. Francis of Assisi’s canticle), “seems to believe in Gaia, but not in God,” I set out to read for myself the climate change encyclical in Italian.

Playing up to Palestinians is Playing with the Fire of God
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, Israel itself has been negotiating with the Vatican over the years but has been unable to reach an agreement on “Catholic life and activity in Israel.” There are other issues of concern to Israel such as Catholic rule over sites considered to be holy in Israel but these are separate from the stated reports of the Vatican’s agreement with the PA.

Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased
Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey. The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.


Top Headlines – 7/5/2015

U.S. stockpiles powerful bunker-buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks fail

Despite progress in Iran nuclear talks, dispute over U.N. sanctions persists

Experts reach tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

Iranian FM believes nuke deal could lead to joint fight against extremism

Clinton: Tehran will remain a principal state sponsor of terrorism despite agreement

Israel angrily warns powers caving to Iran in nuke talks

Top Israeli official: Nuke deal will set up Iran to take over Middle East

Netanyahu: What’s happening in Iran talks is a breakdown, not a breakthrough

Liberman: Lack of deterrence in Gaza made world ignore us

Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

Playing up to Palestinians is Playing with the Fire of God

Egypt says kills 12 militants in air strikes as Sisi inspects troops

Islamic State conducts mass execution in Palmyra

Fears Grow of Assad Waging Last-Stand Deadly Chemical Attack

Syria conflict: Mosque blast ‘kills 25 al-Nusra Front rebels’

Tunisian President declares emergency: New terror attack would cause ‘collapse’

Goodbye Washington, hello Moscow? Saudi Arabia finds friendly face in Putin.

Putin reportedly contacts Obama for second time in weeks about unity on global concerns

Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect

Russia outraged by Poland’s removal of Soviet war memorial

China Moves to Stabilize Stock Markets; Initial Offerings Halted

China arrests man for suicide ‘rumors’ amid stock market rout: state TV

EU warns of Armageddon if Greek voters reject terms

Greece crisis live: ‘no’ vote in referendum would trigger economic meltdown

Greece Referendum Day live: EU tells Greeks they cannot use the euro after a ‘No’ as millions head to the polls

Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda

By coincidence, the Greek default fell on the anniversary of the 1985 economic plan that saved Israel from a similar fate

Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased

WikiLeaks: U.S. wiretapped Brazilian presidents

SpaceX Debris Is Floating Off the Coasts of Florida and Georgia; Beachgoers Warned to Stay Away

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

4.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Springfield, Oregon

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Scientist claims immortality within reach

Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia

Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

Tylenol’s Pro-Gay Campaign Aims to Change Face of American Family

Burger King sells gay pride Whopper

Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres offer online support for gay child

Justin Bieber Wears Marilyn Manson Anti Christ T Shirt To Church Convention


Top News – 7/4/2015

Fears Grow of Assad Waging Last-Stand Deadly Chemical Attack
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has produced new chemical weapons that U.S. intelligence officials he might use in a last-ditch effort to save his own neck, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Islamic State (ISIS), Al Qaeda and rebel forces have taken over most of Syria.

Connecticut mom balks when son’s kindergarten application gets personal
The application, sought information such as whether Cara Paiuk’s delivery was by C-section or not, whether there were other complications and even if her newborn son had gone home with his parents without delay.

Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect
Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defense matters and democracy.

3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS
Sunspot AR2378 in the sun’s southern hemisphere is increasingly active. On July 3rd at 12:51 UT it unleashed an impulsive M1.5-class solar flare. UV radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a mild radio blackout over the Atlantic Ocean. Mariners and ham radio operators might have noticed the disturbance at frequencies below ~10 MHz. The explosion did not produce an Earth-directed CME.

‘It sounded like dynamite': 16 earthquakes in Greene County since November
The string of tremblors has made Greene County one of the newest epicenters of a national debate among scientists, government officials and other observers over what is behind the massive increase in seismological events across the U.S. in recent years.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast
Managua: A 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattled cities along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast late Friday, seismologists said, with no reports of injuries or damage.

Two rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai hit Israel: army
Two rockets fired from Egypt’s violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula exploded inside Israeli territory on Friday without causing casualties, a military spokesman said.

Man arrested in connection with San Francisco killing had been deported several times, officials say
The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant who previously had been deported five times, federal immigration officials say.

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter
Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as “inhuman and barbaric”.

Greek banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse
Greek banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible “bail-in” of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday.

Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party
Vietnam s Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama…

Astronomers Predict Fireworks from Rare Stellar Encounter in 2018
Astronomers are expecting high-energy explosions when pulsar J2032 swings around its massive companion star in early 2018. The pulsar will plunge through a disk of gas and dust surrounding the star, triggering cosmic fireworks. Scientists are planning a global campaign to watch the event across the spectrum, from radio waves to gamma rays.

6.1 magnitude earthquake in China’s Xinjiang: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck China s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was 164 kilometres (102 miles) northwest of the city of Hotan and 131 kilometres southeast of Shache, known as Yarkand in Uighur, the language of the local mainly Muslim minority.


Top Headlines – 7/4/2015

ISIS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket fire toward Israel

Report: ISIS used advanced Russian weapons in Sinai attacks

Netanyahu blasts UNHRC for ratifying Gaza war report as projectile from Sinai hits Israel

Ya’alon blasts ‘absurd’ move by UNHRC to adopt Gaza war resolution

US only country to stand with Israel as UNHRC approves Gaza resolution

Clinton to Jewish donors: “I will be a better president to Israel than Obama”

PA arrests 108 Hamas members in West Bank

IDF source: Commander shoots Palestinian dead after vehicle ambushed

Israeli flags not welcome at London rally against anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic pejoratives scrawled on London Jewish school

Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent

Senior Western diplomat: No plan to continue Iran nuclear talks long past July 7

Iran nuclear talks could go beyond July 7 if exceedingly close, official says

Iran’s lead negotiator: ‘We have never been closer to a lasting outcome.’

Iran tries last-minute bargaining tactic in nuclear talks

Iran says it will comply with UN protocol on access

Kerry ‘Working Hard’ on Iran Nuclear Talks; His Middle East Legacy, the harder he works the worse things get

Report: Britain delayed action on Iraq chemical weapons partly due to trade interest

Drone attack on al-Qaida in Yemen kills four

Kurds intent on carving new state out of Iraq after ISIS fight ‘whether the US likes it or not’

Syrian army launches most intense attack in years on rebels trying to seize Aleppo

At least 10 dead in explosion at mosque in Syria’s Idlib

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CDC official calls Obama an ‘amateur’ for allowing diseased illegal aliens into the country

Obama administration scales back deportations in policy shift

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China hunts for ‘manipulators’ as stocks tumble

Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis accuses Europe of terrorism

Greek Drama Won’t End With Vote as Polls Show Tight Race

Greek bank closures may deplete supermarket shelves

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Cyclone Raquel to give El Nino a major kick along

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Russian Government Now Wants To Ban The Gay Flag, Saying That “Gay Delirium Is Threatening The Entire Civilized World.”

Hate Wins: Oregon State Issues Gag Order Against Opposing Gay Marriage

State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

Tom DeLay: Justice Dept. Wants to Legalize 12 ‘Perversions’

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Iran takes possession of 13 ton hoard of gold

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Netanyahu: What’s happening in Iran talks is a breakdown, not a breakthrough

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday expressed alarm at the emerging nuclear deal between western powers and Iran currently taking place in Vienna.

Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that “what’s coming out of the nuclear talks in Vienna is not a breakthrough, it’s a breakdown.”

Netanyahu said that the world powers were conceding more and more with each passing day.

The emerging deal “will pave Iran’s way to produce the cores of many atomic bombs and it will also flood Iran with hundreds of millions of dollars that will serve it in its aggression and its mission of terror in the region and the world,” the prime minister warned.

Netanyahu claimed that the emerging deal with Iran was worse than the nuclear deal that had been signed with North Korea which led to Pyongyang obtaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons.


EU warns of Armageddon if Greek voters reject terms

Greece goes to the polls to decide its fate Photo: AP
Greece risks a collapse of the medical system, power black-outs, and an import blockade, if the Greek people reject creditor demands in a make-or-break referendum tomorrow, the EU’s highest elected official has warned.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said the EU authorities may have to prepare emergency loans to keep basic public services functioning and to prevent the debt-stricken country spinning out of control next week.

“Without new money, salaries won’t be paid, the health system will stop functioning, the power network and public transport will break down, and they won’t be able to import vital goods because nobody can pay,” he said.


ISIS Teenagers Execute Group Of 25 Syrian Prisoners In Revived Roman Amphitheater (VIDEO)

 

The latest videotaped ISIS atrocity shows the mass execution of 25 men shot point-blank by baby-faced killers just barely in their teens.

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: From a Bible prophecy perspective, a story like this is truly both amazing and sickening. The Bible says that in the end times after the Rapture of the Church, a time known as Jacob’s Trouble in the Old Testament and the Great Tribulation in the New Testament will arise. The weapons will be low-tech and barbaric, and the ancient Roman Empire will be revived. So the fact that ISIS has chosen a Roman setting where Christians were once fed to lions to do their slaughter is a huge end times prophecy red flag.

The savage slayings, before a crowd of intent spectators in a newly-revived Roman amphitheater in Syria, shows the group of doomed soldiers on their knees with their hands secured behind their back. A large black Islamic State flag hangs behind the Syrian prisoners, who were simultaneously executed after the reading of a death sentence, the BBC and Al Arabiya News reported Saturday.

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It was unclear when the killings took place in the city of Palmyra, which was captured in late May by ISIS fighters. The youthful executioners appear to be as young as 13 or 14 years oldThe 10-minute video begins with a reading of the Quran before the soldiers, all in chains, are led to a convoy of pickup trucks and driven to their deaths, according to Al Aribaya News.

GRAPHIC WARNING: This video contains scenes that are upsetting to some people

The camera zooms in on the bloody corpses once the synchronized slaughter is done. The youthful killers are all dressed in fatigues with headscarves, each standing behind their intended victims with a handgun. source


What Is an American?

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On this Independence Day eve it’s a good question to ponder. I believe being “American” means that one adheres generally to the values and spirit embodied in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. We embrace personal liberty, tolerance, respect for property rights, rule of law, and equality under the law.

Ed Hudgins has some more thoughts on the subject.

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Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly

 
Justice Kennedy’s opinion for a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court has rightly been condemned for its lack of grounding in the Constitutional text he is sworn to uphold. Unable to find gay marriage in either the due process clause or the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Kennedy ultimately rests his case on what Justice Clarence Thomas sarcastically called the “dignity clause” of the Constitution. There is no such clause, of course, although Kennedy’s majority opinion mentioned “dignity” nine times. But if dignity can be conferred by decisions of the Supreme Court, then…
 

On This July Fourth, America Should Be Weeping And Not Celebrating

Obama’s America in 2015 is a nation that is ripe for Judgment

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.” Daniel 9:3-6 (KJV)

The above quoted passage from Daniel is one that spirituality should be be applied to America today. In Daniel 9, the prophet is on his face before God, confessing the sins of his nation and weeping for the refusal to follow Him and His precepts, laws and commandments. Israel is in Babylonian captivity because of their wickedness, and he goes on to say this: “Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.” Daniel totally nails it, and is rewarded by a personal visit by the Angel Gabriel.

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In Obama’s America in 2015, how the mighty have fallen.

In 1776, our first official Independence Day, America was off to a great start. Nearly every, single one of the Founding Fathers was a professing Christian or at least onboard with standing under the banner of the God of Abraham and the King James Bible. The list of God-centric quotes that can be attributed to them is well-known and a joy to read. Listen to the awesome words of Founding Father James Madison:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison

If a lawmakers stood up and talked like this in Obama’s America in 2015, they would be accused of “hate speech” and driven out. Show me where the Ten Commandments of God as given to Moses still stand in our halls of laws and justice. They used to be in nearly every courthouse in America, now it has dwindled down to a precious, lonely few places you will find them displayed. Even our Declaration of Independence itself refers to the Almighty God of the Bible:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Obama Breaks Promise To Not Use Obamacare For Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

In 1776, it was understood that men and women were created, and not a product of evolution, and that there is one Creator with a capital “C”, who brought it all about. In 2015, people who hold to Biblical creation and stand against the Theory of Evolution of mocked and ridiculed. Christians are called “backwards thinkers” and laughed at. There is not one public school in America today that teaches Biblical creation or even acknowledges that there is one God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.

A total of 730,322 abortions were reported to Centers for Disease Control for 2011, the most recent year numbers are available. We are a nation that calls the process of killing our weak and the helpless pre-born citizens a “right”, and fight viciously to protect it. When Obamacare was being shoved down out throats, he made the promise that taxpayer dollars would never be used for abortion. But like everything else Obama says, that was a total lie. Abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year under Title X, which subsidizes their overhead for promoting abortion as they divert more and more resources towards the killing of the unborn.

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In 2012, Planned Parenthood revealed a total income of $1.14 billion.Taxpayers shelled out $542 million to pad the abortion provider’s bottom line through federal and state grants and contracts (or 45% of its entire income).

In June of 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that sodomite “marriage” was equivalent to Civil and Human Rights, and declared it to be the Law of the Land. 2015 is also the year that is seeing a huge spike in Christian persecution against those who oppose the LGBT Movement’s agenda and stand against it. Christian business owners are being hauled into courts all across America and being sued and driven into bankruptcy for their refusal to provide goods and services in support of LGBT “marriages”.

Obama: We are no longer a Christian Nation

American Christians must be prepared for the coming persecution. Churches who will not perform same-sex “weddings” can say goodbye to their tax-exempt status, and pastors who preach against the LGBT agenda must be prepared for jail time. Rod Dreher, writing in an article in Time Magazine, has this to say about the recent US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: “LGBT activists and their fellow travelers will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions. The more immediate goal will be the shunning and persecution of dissenters within civil society.”

President Obama and the Glorification of the LGBT Mafia

I could go on, but will conclude here with simply this. America is no longer a Christian nation or anything even close to it like we were in 1776. In Obama’s America in 2015, we are a resolutely anti-Christian nation who no longer fears God and could not care less about His Commandments. Make no mistake about it, our national Day of Judgment is coming, and the fall is going to be very hard. If our Founding Fathers could spend 15 minutes in the halls of Congress today, they would have no idea where they were. It would be unrecognizable to any one of them.

Where are the street corner preachers today? Where are Christians standing up to proclaim God’s word and call people to salvation and repentance? If you are a Christian, what are you doing about it? The answer is not to join the Tea Party and carry signs against the government. The answer is stand up for the Holy Bible, and proclaim Jesus Christ to the lost and dying nation of these United States of America.

So as you enjoy the sun, fireworks and backyard barbeques today, just remember that while we may have forgotten about God, He has not forgotten about us. In the history of the world, God has never allowed such grievous national sin to go unpunished, and He will not simply sweep America’s many sins under the carpet. Judgment Day for our nation is coming, and I believe, has already started. As distasteful as it is to think about it, American can fall and will fall if we do not do as Daniel did, and get down on our faces and pray for mercy from the Almighty God of Abraham.

Are you ready for what comes next?


Christian Bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein Fined $135,000 Then Silenced From Discussing It

State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

EDITOR’S NOTE: Close your eyes for a moment, and imagine a world in which Christians are ordered by a judge to produce a product that is in direct opposition to their faith in God. Then, when they refuse to violate their faith, they are fined $135,000 and driven into bankruptcy. Lastly, when they are interviewed about it the judge then slaps a “cease and desist” order on them so they cannot talk about why they could not bake the lesbian wedding cake. Now, open our eyes…welcome to Obama’s America.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

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“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

The cease and desist came about after Aaron and Melissa Klein participated in an interview with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. During the interview, Aaron said among other things, “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong.”

Lawyers for plaintiffs, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, argued that in making this statement, the Kleins violated an Oregon law banning people from acting on behalf of a place of public accommodation (in this case, the place would be the Klein’s’ former bakery) to communicate anything to the effect that the place of public accommodation would discriminate.

Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough, who is employed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and was appointed by Avakian, threw out the argument in the “proposed order” he issued back in April.

But today, Avakian, who was in charge of making the final ruling in the case—and is also an elected politician—reversed that decision.

“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” Avakian wrote.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, called the order “outrageous” and said citizens of Oregon should be “ashamed.”

“This order is an outrageous abuse of the rights of the Kleins to freely practice their religion under the First Amendment,” he said.

It is exactly this kind of oppressive persecution by government officials that led the pilgrims to America. And Commissioner Avakian’s order that the Kleins stop speaking about this case is even more outrageous—and also a fundamental violation of their right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Avakian would have fit right in as a bureaucrat in the Soviet Union or Red China. Oregon should be ashamed that such an unprincipled, scurrilous individual is a government official in the state.

The case began in February 2013 when Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer filed a complaint against the Kleins for refusing to bake them a wedding cake. At the time of the refusal, same-sex marriage had not yet been legalized in Oregon.

The Bowman-Cryers’ complaint went to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is in charge of defending the law that prohibits businesses from refusing service to customers based on their sexual orientation, among other characteristics, called the Equality Act of 2007.

In January 2014, the agency found the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the couple because of their sexual orientation. In April, McCullough recommended they pay $75,000 to Rachel and $60,000 to Laurel.

In order to reach the total amount, $135,000, Rachel and Laurel submitted a long list of alleged physical, emotional and mental damages they claim to have experienced as a result of the Kleins’ unlawful conduct.

Examples of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

In their Facebook post, the Kleins signaled their intention to appeal Avakian’s ruling, writing, “We will not give up this fight and we will not be silenced,” already perhaps putting themselves at risk of violating the cease and desist. source


Sex Slavery and the Islamic State :: Durie in On Line Opinion

by Mark Durie
On Line Opinion
July 3, 2015

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Why does Islamic State’s enslavement of women seem to appeal to potential recruits, and why is it not challenged more vigorously by mainstream Muslims?

Jamie Walker, Middle East correspondent for The Australian, asked two critical questions in a recent article that discussed the involvement of two Australian citizens, Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf, in Islamic State sex slavery. In 2014 Elomar purchased sex slaves, of whom four, all Yazidis, later escaped to a refugee camp, where the ABC caught up with them and interviewed them. Elomar had also boasted on Twitter that he had “1 of 7 Yehzidi slave girls for sale” at $2500 each.

Walker’s questions were “why this debased appeal seems to be gaining traction with Islamic State’s target audience, which increasingly includes women, and why it’s not challenged more stridently in the public arena.”

The Islamic State has given its own answer to the first question. In the fourth edition of its magazine Dabiq, it aggressively promoted sex slavery as an Islamic practice, arguing that the practice conforms to the teaching and example of Muhammad and his companions.

Many Muslim scholars have upheld the practice of enslaving captives of war.

Does this argument have any wider appeal than among Islamic State recruits?

The reality is that many Muslim scholars have upheld the practice of enslaving captives of war. For example Islamic revivalist Abul A’la Maududi wrote in his influential and widely disseminated tract Human Rights in Islam that for Muslims to enslave their captives was “a more humane and proper way of disposing of them” than Western approaches. Enslavement by Muslims, he argued, is preferable to the provisions of the Geneva Convention because of the value of this policy for fuelling the growth of Islam:

The result of this humane policy was that most of the men who were captured on foreign battlefields and brought to the Muslim countries as slaves embraced Islam and their descendants produced great scholars, imams, jurists, commentators, statesmen and generals of the army.

Islamic revivalist movements that look forward to the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate have repeatedly endorsed the practice of slavery in the name of their religious convictions. For example the (now banned) Muhajiroun movement in the UK announced in an article, “How does Islam Classify Lands?” that once a true Islamic State is established, no-one living in other nations (which it calls Dar al Harb, ‘house of war’) will have a right to their life or their wealth:

[H]ence a Muslim in such circumstances can then go into Dar Al Harb and take the wealth from the people unless there is a treaty with that state. If there is no treaty individual Muslims can even go to Dar Al Harb and take women to keep as slaves.

It is a problem that the Qur’an itself endorses having sex with captive women (Sura 4:24). According to a secure tradition (hadith) attributed to one of Muhammad’s companions, Abu Sa’id al-Khudri, this verse of the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad at a time when Muslims had been ‘refraining’ from having sex with their married female captives. Verse 4:24 relieved them of this restraint by giving them permission to have sex with captive women, even if the women were already married.

Abd-al-Hamid Siddiqui, a Fellow of the Islamic Research Academy of Karachi and the translator into English of the Sahih Muslim, commented on this tradition, saying:

When women are taken captive their previous marriages are automatically annulled. It should, however, be remembered that sexual intercourse with these women is lawful with certain conditions.

There have been many cases reported across the centuries of Islamic armies using captive women for sex slavery, but is this any different from all wars? It is different in one important respect — that the mainstream of Islamic jurisprudence has justified and supported this practice on the basis of Islam’s canonical sources, including Muhammad’s own example and teaching. Islamic sex slavery is religiously sanctioned ‘guilt-free sex’.

Islamic sex slavery is religiously sanctioned ‘guilt-free sex’.

This religious teaching is impacting our world today because the global Islamic community has been deeply affected by a grassroots religious revival, which seeks to purify Islam and restore it to its foundational principles, which include rules for war and the treatment of captives.

This leads us to Walker’s second question: why is the Islamic State’s ‘debased appeal’ not ‘challenged more stridently in the public arena’?

An obstacle that stands in the way of such a challenge is that it would require a sober evaluation of the Islamic character of sex slavery. However, even suggesting a link between Islam and ‘terrorism’ has become taboo to those who are afraid of being judged intolerant. Not only do some impose this taboo upon themselves, but they are quick to stigmatise those who do not partner with them in this ill-considered ‘tolerance’.

It is not a sign of tolerance when free people deliberately silence themselves about the ideological drivers of sex trafficking.

The taboo attached to making any link between Islamic State atrocities and the religion of Islam was apparent in comments by Greg Bearup on his interview with South Australian politician Cory Bernardi. During the course of the interview Senator Bernardi linked the Islamic State with Muhammad’s example, to which the interviewer wrote “Kaboom!”, and called the comment a ‘hand grenade’, ‘inflammatory’ and ‘divisive’.

While it is a hopeful sign that some Muslims, such as Anooshe Mushtaq, have been willing to explore the Islamic character of the Islamic State, non-Muslim opinion-makers should show more backbone by engaging with the issue at hand.

It is not a sign of tolerance when free people deliberately silence themselves about the ideological drivers of sex trafficking. The same can also be said of acts of terrorism, such as the world has witnessed over the past week in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.

Until societies are able and willing to have a frank and free discussion of the ideological drivers which motivate acts of terror and abuse, they should not expect to be able to develop effective strategies to contain or wind back such atrocities.

A state of denial is a state of defeat.

Mark Durie is the pastor of an Anglican church, a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Founder of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness.


Why The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Is Such A Huge Threat To The U.S. Financial System

Posted: 04 Jul 2015 09:35 AM PDT

The debt crisis in Puerto Rico could potentially cost financial institutions in the United States tens of billions of dollars in losses. This week, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla publicly announced that Puerto Rico’s 73 billion dollar debt is “not payable,” and a special adviser that was recently appointed to help straighten out the island’s finances said that it is “insolvent” and will totally run out of cash very shortly. At this point, Puerto Rico’s debt is approximately 15 times larger than the per capita median debt of the 50 U.S. states.

Yes, the Greek debt crisis is larger, as Greece currently owes about $350 billion to the rest of the planet. But only about $14 billion of that total is owed to U.S. financial institutions. But with Puerto Rico, things are very different. Just about the entire 73 billion dollar debt is owed to U.S. financial institutions, and this could potentially cause massive problems for some extremely leveraged Wall Street firms. There is a reason why Puerto Rico is called “America’s Greece”. In Puerto Rico today, more than 40 percent of the population is living in poverty, the unemployment rate is over 12 percent, and the economy of the small island nation has continually been in recession since 2006. FULL REPORT

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On This July Fourth, America Should Be Weeping And Not CelebratingPosted: 04 Jul 2015 09:20 AM PDT

OBAMA’S AMERICA IN 2015 IS A NATION THAT IS RIPE FOR JUDGMENT

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.” Daniel 9:3-6 

The above quoted passage from Daniel is one that spirituality should be be applied to America today. In Daniel 9, the prophet is on his face before God, confessing the sins of his nation and weeping for the refusal to follow Him and His precepts, laws and commandments. Israel is in Babylonian captivity because of their wickedness, and he goes on to say this: “Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.” Daniel totally nails it, and is rewarded by a personal visit by the Angel Gabriel. FULL REPORT

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Justin Bieber wears Marilyn Manson’s ANTICHRIST T-shirt to Hillsong Church conferencePosted: 04 Jul 2015 09:15 AM PDT

He’s only been a member of the Hillsong Church for a year. So Justin Bieber might be forgiven for wearing an Antichrist T-shirt to the Church’s deeply religious conference on Thursday. The item of clothing in question is a piece of Marilyn Manson merchandise from the Antichrist Superstar collection, which is also the title of the gothic singer’s second album –

Justin’s blasphemous top is very much a slap in the face to Hillsong’s Christian teachings.  Emblazoned with a three-faced Jesus wearing the crown of thorns, the shirt reads: ‘See No Truth, Hear No Truth, Speak No Truth.’ But that’s not all, the back of the t-shirt reads: ‘BELIEVE’ with the ‘LIE’ printed in white font. FULL REPORT

 

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Scientist claims immortality within reachPosted: 04 Jul 2015 06:58 AM PDT

A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a ‘cure’ for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year. Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE’s SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn’t have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured.

His research centres around Telomeres – small caps at the end of our chromosomes that become shorter every time our cells divide. When they become critically short, we age and eventually die. Dr Andrews believes that he can find a small molecule that will trigger the production of Telomerase in the body, which will lengthen the Telomeres and stop, or even reverse the ageing process. If he’s successful, he says we could all end up looking and feeling 24 years old again. FULL REPORT

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Cluster of great white sharks has Monterey Bay scientists in awePosted: 04 Jul 2015 06:53 AM PDT

An unprecedented gathering of baby great white sharks near the Monterey Bay shoreline this week has scientists as curious as the public about what happens next. The arrival of more sharks, perhaps even the giant great whites on the tails of these smaller ones? Or their departure from local beaches to the sites of large elephant seal populations for feeding?

Most of the sharks are 8- to 12-foot juveniles, part of a rookery that has been displaced north by the gathering strength of an El Niño, said Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.  “It’s the same process of dynamics and water currents that has driven sea lions north,” Van Sommeran said. “In Monterey Bay, we’ve seen triggerfish, needlefish (species common off Mexico). The currents are really warm.” FULL REPORT

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6 dead, homes collapse as magnitude-6.5 quake strikes ChinaPosted: 04 Jul 2015 06:47 AM PDT

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said. The quake hit Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang at a depth of about 6 miles shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said. “Buildings were trembling and people rushed to the streets,” said Jin Xingchang, an express courier in Hotan city, about 9 miles from Pishan.

Six people died and about 3,000 houses and other buildings collapsed or were damaged, according to Xinjiang’s Bureau of Civil Affairs. The mostly ethnic Muslim Uighur area of Pishan is at the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert near the border with India, and is abundant in mineral resources including coal, crude oil, natural gas and jade. FULL REPORT

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Rare disease linked to fleas returns to GalvestonPosted: 04 Jul 2015 06:42 AM PDT

GALVESTON, Texas — A disease rarely seen since the 1940s has turned up again in the Galveston area. Murine typhus is spread by fleas on rats and opossums to people. At least 20 people have been treated for the disease at UTMB. Infectious disease expert Dr. Lucas Blanton first noticed its comeback in 2012 when a patient displayed a fever and rash.

“It looked and smelled like it could be murine typhus. Then months later, we diagnosed another one,” Dr. Blanton said. “So when you have one case, it is interesting. When you have two cases, well that gets even more interesting,” Dr. Blanton has worked with Galveston’s animal control officers to take blood and flea samples from opossums. Two out of three tested positive for murine typhus. The disease had been close to eradication since the 1950s thanks to a pesticide called DDT. It’s widely used to kill fleas on rats. FULL REPORT

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Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternityPosted: 04 Jul 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Daniel 9:26“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. – Are we possibly seeing the Antichrist of the Bible before our eyes? According to sources The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful , prosperous and homogenous Middle-East.

The controversial Saudi prince Talal has openly declared his intention to embark a seven-day pilgrimage to Holy Land and pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque — the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem– , reported Okaz , the Arabic Saudi Arabian daily on Thursday.  “All my Muslim brothers and sisters must understand that it became a moral imperative for all inhabitants of war-torn Middle-East, namely Arabs, to desist their absurd hostility toward Jewish people. My sovereign, King Salman has instructed me to open a direct dialogue with Israel’s intellectual building amicable ties with our Israeli neighbors,” Okaz quoted the Saudi prince who lives in one of London’s affluent suburbs. FULL REPORT

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Are Christians Confusing God’s Mercy With His Approval?Posted: 03 Jul 2015 07:52 PM PDT

“We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own” (Abraham Lincoln).

Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God’s Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be “one nation under God,” not above God. A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states it well: “When you go home, tell them for us and say, ‘For your tomorrows we gave our today.’” What a travesty when we fail to honor those who gave their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy. This Memorial Day, let’s remember those who gave their lives and those who continue to defend our freedoms. FULL REPORT

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Will Churches Lose Their Tax-Exempt Status in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling?Posted: 03 Jul 2015 07:47 PM PDT

The dust had barely settled on the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling before some critics began ramping up suggestions that churches that are theologically opposed to gay marriage deserve to lose their tax-exempt status — a proposal that conservative attorneys and a charitable giving expert patently dismissed in separate statements to TheBlaze this week.

Calls for houses of worship to lose their 501(c)(3) status are nothing new, though some conservative critics have warned in recent months and years that the legalization of same-sex marriage would possibly revitalize calls for the Internal Revenue Service to rethink the issue, putting churches in a potentially difficult position. The authors of two articles published over the past week have done just that, breathing new life into the controversial subject. FULL REPORT

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The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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