THERE is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, but Jesus Christ and him crucified. There were not two arks, but one ark: so there are not two Saviours, but one Saviour. There was no other means of salvation except the ark: so there is no plan of deliverance except by Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners. In vain you climb the lofty top of Sinai. In vain you climb to the highest pinnacles of your self-conceit and your worldly merit: ye shall be drowned—for “other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid—Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, (1:13a)
A second cause for thanksgiving is our spiritual liberation. Delivered is from ruomai, which means “to draw to oneself,” or “to rescue.” God drew us out of Satan’s kingdom to Himself. That event was the new birth. We are not gradually, progressively delivered from Satan’s power. When we placed our faith in Christ, we were instantly delivered. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Believers do not need deliverance from the dominion of sin and Satan; they need to act as those who have been delivered (cf. Rom. 6:2, 7, 11).
Those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ have been rescued from the domain of darkness.Exousias (domain) could be translated “power,” “jurisdiction,” or “authority.” Our Lord used the phrase domain of darkness (exousias tou skotous) to refer to the supernatural forces of Satan marshalled against Him at His arrest (Luke 22:53). The triumph of the domain of darkness was short-lived, however. A few hours later, Jesus forever shattered Satan’s power by His death on the cross. You need not fear that power, for “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Through His death, Jesus crushed Satan and delivered us from his dark kingdom.
and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (1:13b, 14)
Paul continues the litany of blessings that draw out his gratitude by describing our new domain. Methistēmi (transferred) means to remove or change. It is used in Acts 13:22 to speak of God’s removing Saul from being king. It was used in the ancient world to speak of the displacement of a conquered people to another land. The verb speaks here of our total removal from the domain of satanic darkness to the glorious light of the kingdom of Christ.
Kingdom refers to more than the future millennial kingdom, when Jesus will reign on earth for a thousand years. Nor does it speak merely of the general rule of God over His creation. The kingdom is a spiritual reality right now. Paul gives us a definition of it in Romans 14:17: “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The kingdom is the special relationship men in this age have with God through Jesus Christ. A kingdom in its most basic sense is a group of people ruled by a king. Christians have acknowledged Christ as their King and are subjects in His kingdom. They have been transferred … to the kingdom of His beloved Son. The Greek text literally reads, “the Son of His love” (tou huiou tēs agapēs autou). The Father gives the kingdom to the Son He loves, then to everyone who loves the Son (Luke 12:32).
Although Christ does not yet rule on earth, He is no less a king. In response to Pilate’s question, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “It is as you say” (Matt. 27:11). He reigns in eternity, rules now over His church, and one day will return to rule the earth as King of kings.
There is a tremendous responsibility that accompanies being part of Christ’s kingdom. As subjects of that kingdom, we must properly represent the King. Paul admonished the Thessalonians to “walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12). Even their persecution was a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so they might be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed they were suffering (2 Thess. 1:5). The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “Since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:28).
Before we could be fit subjects for Christ’s kingdom we needed redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Apolutrōsis (redemption) is one of the magnificent New Testament words expressing a blessed aspect of the work of Christ on our behalf. Alongside such terms as sacrifice, offering, propitiation, ransom, justification, adoption, and reconciliation, it attempts to describe the riches of our salvation. It means “to deliver by payment of a ransom,” and was used to speak of freeing slaves from bondage. The meaning of apolutrōsis is expressed in our English word emancipation. The Septuagint uses a related word to speak of Israel’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt. Apolutrōsis is used in several places in the New Testament to speak of Christ’s freeing us from slavery to sin. In Ephesians 1:7, Paul writes, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” To the Corinthians he wrote, “By His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). In the midst of perhaps the most thorough soteriological passage in the New Testament, Paul writes that we are “justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).
Redemption results in the forgiveness of sins.Aphesin (forgiveness) refers to pardon, or remission of penalty. It is a composite of two Greek words, apo, “from,” and hiēmi, “to send.” Because Christ redeemed us, God has sent away our sins; they will never be found again. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12). “He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19).
So Christ’s death on our behalf paid the price to redeem us. On that basis, God forgave our sins, granted us an inheritance, delivered us from the power of darkness, and made us subjects of Christ’s kingdom. Those wonderful truths should cause us to give thanks to God continually, as did Paul in his prayer. And when we contemplate all He has done for us, how can we do any less than pray to be filled with the knowledge of His will?13 Not only has God qualified the Colossians to share in the saints’ inheritance, he has also “rescued [them] from the dominion of darkness.” This light/night dichotomy is found elsewhere in Paul (cf. Ro 13:12; Eph 5:8; Php 2:15; 1 Th 5:5) and is not uncommon in the NT, especially in the Johannine literature (cf. Jn 1:5; 3:19; 8:12; 11:10; 12:35–36; 1 Jn 1:5–7; 2:8–11; see also 1 Pe 2:9). This contrast, of course, is present at creation (Ge 1:1–5) and is given insightful expression in Isaiah (e.g., 9:2; 60:1–2). Although Colossians contends that Christ is superior to and more powerful than any other and all else (see esp. 1:15–17; 2:10), it nevertheless acknowledges the sinister power of lesser authorities that Christ, and through him Christians, must overcome and conquer (see esp. 1:20–22; 2:13–15; cf. 2 Co 10:3–6; Eph 6:11–12).
God facilitates and effects deliverance for believers through his Son. Paul describes this divine rescue mission as a transference from one “dominion” to another. God has brought Christians out of the orb of darkness “into the kingdom of the Son of his love” (lit.), into the realm and rule of God’s beloved Son. (Basileia, “kingdom,” GK 993, appears one other time in Colossians [4:11] and only fourteen times in all the Pauline letters; the term occurs some 162 times in the Greek NT and with some frequency in the Synoptic Gospels, Acts, and Revelation.) This precise description of Jesus is unparalleled in Paul (cf., however, Eph 1:6) and occurs only occasionally elsewhere in the NT (cf. Mk 1:11; 9:7 [and Synoptic par.]; 2 Pe 1:17). The Father loves his Son and demonstrates his love to humanity through the sending and giving of him (Jn 3:16; Ro 5:8; 1 Jn 4:10). The Colossians (and all Christians) are called to clothe themselves in such love (3:14; cf. 1:4; 2:2; 3:19).1:13 / The second reason for thanksgiving is their deliverance from darkness and their transference to the kingdom of Christ. Darkness, in the nt, is a metaphor for evil, and those in darkness are without God and live under the rule of Satan, the evil one (Matt. 6:13). Paul, as a messenger of the gospel, was himself told: “I am sending you to them to open their [the Gentiles’] eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:17–18). Christians are described as those who at one time lived in darkness but in Christ have become people of light (Eph. 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 John 1:5–7). In Colossians, Paul reminds his readers that they have been rescued from the dominion of darkness.
The positive side of God’s action is that he brought us (lit., “transferred”) into the kingdom of the Son he loves. The idea expressed by kingdom is that of a “rule” and is used as a counterpart to dominion. In other words, as the realm of darkness had a certain power, the transference is to the rule (power, authority) of the Son God loves (lit., “Beloved Son,” as used at the baptism and transfiguration, Mark 1:11; 9:7, and parallels; cf. also Eph. 1:6). The Colossians have been rescued from the sphere of darkness dominated by evil powers and transferred into the realm of the victorious Son of God.
The phrase kingdom of the Son he loves or the “kingdom of Christ,” is not common in the nt. Perhaps the apostle uses this expression to emphasize the present reality and sphere of their possession in Christ rather than the more common “kingdom of God,” which has a connotation of the future (1 Cor. 6:9; 15:50; Gal. 5:21; 2 Tim. 4:1, 18). Or, Paul simply may be preparing the way for the Christ hymn that follows. At any rate, it serves to remind the readers that they are no longer subject to evil forces; they have been delivered from these powers and are reminded to live victoriously in the power of Christ (3:1–4).1:13. Being qualified is only one reason to be thankful. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness. God delivered us from the ruling power of darkness, and the good news doesn’t end there. God has also taken a positive step: he has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. God has transferred us; he has moved us from one place to another. He has taken us from Satan’s dark realm and placed us into the bright light of Jesus’ kingdom.1:13 In making us “qualified … to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light,” God has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (cf. 1 Jn. 2:11). This can be illustrated by the experience of the children of Israel, as recorded in Exodus. They had been living in Egypt, groaning under the lashes of the taskmasters there. By a marvelous act of divine intervention, God delivered them out of that fearful bondage and led them through the wilderness to the promised land. Similarly, as sinners we were in bondage to Satan, but through Christ we have been delivered from his clutches and now we are subjects of Christ’s kingdom. Satan’s kingdom is one of darkness—an absence of light, warmth, and joy; while the kingdom of Christ is one of love, which implies the presence of all three.
The kingdom of Christ is seen in Scripture in several different aspects. When He came to the earth the first time, He offered a literal kingdom to the nation of Israel. The Jews wanted deliverance from the Roman oppressor, but they did not want to repent of their sins. Christ could only reign over a people who were in proper spiritual relationship to Him. When that was made clear to them, they rejected their King and crucified Him. Since then, the Lord Jesus has gone back to heaven and we now have the kingdom in mystery form (Matt. 13). This means that the kingdom does not appear in visible form. The King is absent. But all who accept the Lord Jesus Christ during this present age acknowledge Him as their rightful Ruler, and thus they are subjects of His kingdom. In a coming day, the Lord Jesus will come back to earth, set up His kingdom with Jerusalem as capital, and reign for one thousand years. At the end of that time, Christ will put down all enemies under His feet and then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father. That will inaugurate the eternal kingdom, which will continue throughout eternity.1:13Delivered … conveyed: God has liberated believers from the dominion of darkness. The apostle uses the common symbolism of light and darkness for good and evil, for God’s kingdom and Satan’s kingdom, that is found throughout the NT. The kingdom from which believers have been rescued is the kingdom of darkness (see this imagery in John 1:4–9; Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:5; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 John 1:5). This realm of darkness had a brief apparent triumph against our Lord (Luke 22:53), but His ultimate victory on the Cross brings victory over the kingdom of darkness to His saints. That deliverance transferred them into a new kingdom. Conveyed was used of resettling colonists as citizens of a new country. The final consummation is not yet; but in some sense, believers are already ushered into Christ’s kingdom. There is a tension in Paul’s theology here that he delicately balances. The future earthly manifestation of the kingdom is coming, but there is already a foretaste of the gloriousness of that future time.
 Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, pp. 285–286). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1992). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Joshua 4:1–6:27; 2 Corinthians 9:6–15; Psalm 48
Our culture encourages us to absorb the latest and greatest, and then cast off our gently used devices. We are targeted to accumulate and consume. The new feature we learned about yesterday is now the one we can’t live without. At first, 2 Corinthians 9 seems to appeal to our consumer lifestyle: “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6).
This verse has often been used to encourage giving, because then, God will provide us with even more. But should we give more for the sake of consuming more? Should this be our motivation for generosity?
Paul debunks this idea in the next verse: “Each one should give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Certainly God will provide for those who give; He takes care of those who follow Him. But our willingness to give should not be out of compulsion, obligation, or giving in order to receive. Selfish giving produces selfishness, not the love and mercy God desires (Micah 6:8).
God is incredibly generous. He gives us gifts—even sending His Son to die for us. As a result of His gracious love, we should also freely give. It reflects the thankfulness in our hearts: “being made rich in every way for all generosity” (2 Cor 9:11).
God’s generosity doesn’t hinge on our giving. We should give out of love for Him, and not from expecting a return on our investment.
What are your motives for giving?
Rebecca Van Noord
 Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).
You have a part to play in becoming pure in heart.
Purifying a heart is the gracious and miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, but there are some things we must do in response to His prompting. First, we must admit we can’t purify our own hearts. Proverbs 20:9 says, “Who can say, ‘I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin’?” The implied answer is, no one!
Next, we must put our faith in Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross is the basis for our cleansing. Acts 15:9 says that God cleanses hearts on the basis of faith. Of course, our faith must be placed in the right object. First John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Finally, we must study the Bible and pray. The psalmist said we keep our way pure by keeping it according to God’s Word, which we must treasure in our hearts (Ps. 119:9, 11). As we pray and submit to the Word, the Spirit purifies our lives.
That’s how you acquire and maintain a pure heart. As a result you “shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). That doesn’t mean you’ll see Him with physical eyes, but rather with spiritual ones. You’ll begin to live in His presence and will become increasingly aware of His working in your life. You’ll recognize His power and handiwork in the beauty and intricacy of creation (Ps. 19). You’ll discern His grace and purposes amid trials and will learn to praise Him in all things. You’ll sense His ministry through other Christians and will see His sovereignty in every event of your life. Life takes on a profound and eternal meaning as you share Christ with unbelievers and see Him transform lives.
There’s no greater joy than knowing you are pure before God and that your life is honoring to Him. May that joy be yours today, and may God use you in a powerful way for His glory!
Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord for continued grace to live a pure life so others will see Christ in you.
For Further Study: Read Isaiah 6:1–8. ✧ Describe Isaiah’s vision of God. ✧ How did Isaiah respond to God’s presence?
Do you ever find yourself questioning things about the Bible and God but are not sure who you should ask? Here at the John Ankerberg Show our motto is Real Answers to Real Questions. We believe there should be a safe place to ask your questions, and we want to be able to provide resources that will help as you work through those questions.
Each week we are addressing some of our most asked questions. This week we would like to address the question: Is the Bible Really Filled with Contradictions? In this brief article Dr. Dillon Burroughs addresses many of these “contradictions” and offers practical steps for how to approach things that appear contradictory or uncertain in the Bible.
Is the Bible Really Filled with Contradictions?
By: Dr. Dillon Burroughs
Skeptics often accuse the Bible of being filled with contradictions. The Freedom from Religion Foundation even states, “Paul said, ‘God is not the author of confusion’ (1 Corinthians 14:33), yet never has a book produced more confusion than the Bible!” What truth is there to this accusation?
Ron Burns, or Thabiti Anyabwile, explains that white people are complicit with racism and need to “own it” if there’s going to be racial reconciliation. In the latest video from Thabiti Anyabwile at The Gospel Coalition, he mirrors his statements from two weeks ago that white people are complicit in the murder of Dr. King.
Anyabwile’s real name is Ron Burns. Burns took the name “Thabiti Anyabwile – he says – to identify with the Black Nationalist Movement. A product of the mentorship of Mark Dever who popularized Burns through his ministry, 9 Marks, Burns has continued to show a more and more radical Cultural Marxism as the years have progressed. For more links on Burns/Anyabwile, click here.
In the video posted today at the mostly political organization known as The Gospel Coalition, Burns says:
“There can’t be any reconciliation that is deep and lasting if my white evangelical brothers and sisters don’t own this, and not as…not merely as a mercy for others as a kind of benighted paternalism to others, but own it as a people who are complicit…like all the rest of us…and own it as a people who need restoration…”
For Burns, the price of reconciliation between minority and white evangelicals is simple; white people must acknowledge that they are complicit in racism and “own it.”
•Your questions answered
•Dealing with the loss of intimacy when leaving the NAR
•Did God give the Holy Spirit for when the sufficient Scriptures aren’t sufficient?
•It takes a Church for a family to adopt
•Can Christians walk out to demand better pay?
•Was Jesus’ Gospel only for the Jews?
•Why do we gather in specific places to pray?
•Getting Don’t Stub Your Toes into the hands of unbelievers
•How can teachers be judged more harshly if we are covered by grace?
•Should I leave a church that refuses to discipline?
•Why doesn’t Todd lead people in The Sinner’s Prayer?
We have received…the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1 Corinthians 2:12
We live in a mixed-up kind of world in which many people are not at all sure of what they believe or what they ought to believe.
Some churches advertise that way—you do not have to believe anything: “Just be a seeker after truth.” Some actually settle for poetry, siding with Edwin Markham who “saw his bright hand sending signals from the sun.”
I, for one, never had any such signals from God. We have Bibles everywhere and the gospel is preached faithfully. Yet men and women seek God in old altars and tombs—in dark and dusty places, and finally wind up believing that God is sending signals from the sun.
Some folks get mad at me when I say that this kind of “seeking after truth” needs to be exposed. We need to double our efforts in telling the world that God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.
It must be the Truth of God and the Spirit of God! Far from being an optional luxury in our Christian lives, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit is a necessity!
Dear Lord, I pray that Your truth will go out into all the world with a mighty surge today. I especially pray for this to happen in Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu nations.
A summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks increasingly likely to happen in the next few months, as their aides intensify preparations for what would be a historic meeting.
The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug.
U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs that sent the ruble tumbling and roiled metals markets had the effect the Trump administration wanted, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
According to the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, nine of the world’s countries most at risk of losing citizens over the next few decades are former East bloc nations. Porous borders and greater opportunity in the west have lured people away. Meanwhile, the populist wave sweeping the continent has made it next-to-impossible for African or Middle Eastern refugees to take their place.
One of the biggest U.S. online gun markets can be held liable for negligence for the private sale of a weapon used in a fatal shooting spree, Wisconsin’s highest court said in the first decision of its kind.
NASA’s latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Trump’s choice of a tea party congressman to run the agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.
President Donald Trump slammed OPEC for inflating oil prices after the cartel showed a willingness to further tighten crude markets.
Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to settle U.S. probes into mistreatment of consumers, the largest sanction of a U.S. bank under President Donald Trump, as the firm tries to resolve a year and a half of scandals across its operations.
NASA’s goal of returning to the moon should see a major push in early 2019, when the agency awards its first contract for the lunar “Gateway” program.
Almost 20 percent of American families had no one bringing home a paycheck — even with the unemployment rate finishing the year at a 17-year low, according to data from the BLS.
AP Top Stories
Students across the country are expected to walk out of their classrooms Friday to protest gun violence, coinciding with the 19th anniversary of the gun massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
American defense contractor Lockheed Martin plans to offer Japan a new hybrid stealth fighter jet. Two sources exclusively told Reuters the new plane would be based on Lockheed’s export-banned F-22 Raptor and the advanced F-35.
The Republican food stamp bill would cut benefit spending by billions of dollars by shrinking enrollment, but the bill’s author says nobody would actually be kicked off the program.
The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.
DARPA, a secretive Department of Defense agency, is building new software and artificial intelligence that will scan images to check for alterations in an effort to fight against fabricated news.
The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to “sanitize” the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while denying access to the area by international inspectors, the State Department said on Thursday.
U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.
With weeks to go before President Donald Trump is expected to torpedo the nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and five world powers, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees a small chance the landmark deal might survive.
Annual U.S.-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops will be expanded for the first time to include other countries, with Japanese and Australian forces invited to join what will be the 34th edition of the war games.
Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country’s rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters.
The Prince of Wales will be the next head of the Commonwealth, the BBC understands. The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles would succeed her in the role “one day”.
A Hindu priest from a temple in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad made headlines for carrying a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) man on his shoulders into the temple’s inner sanctum.
German police have defused a World War Two bomb in central Berlin, after about 10,000 people were evacuated.
More than 100 suspected members of MS-13 and other gangs were released in 2017 by sanctuary jurisdictions even though federal authorities had formally requested that they be held, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.
Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research. The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia.
The Briefing — Friday, April 20, 2018
1) California set to enact legislation barring sale of any books expressing orthodox Christian beliefs on sexuality
National Review (David French) –
California Progressives Launch (Another) Attack on Free Speech
2) Christians no longer welcome? What’s really behind the line of questioning in a Senate committee hearing
Washington Post (Eugene Scott) –
Cory Booker grills Mike Pompeo on whether he believes being gay is a ‘perversion’
3) Army chaplain under fire after refusing to facilitate a marriage retreat for same-sex couples
Army Times (Kyle Rempfer) –
Army chaplain faces same-sex discrimination claim; lawyer says he was following Army guidance
TIME 100 List: Liberals Outweigh Conservatives 14 to 4
On Thursday, TIME magazine released its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, spanning across politics, entertainment, music, and sports. Predictably, the reliably liberal publication featured 14 glowing profiles of liberal activists, politicians, entertainers, and athletes, but only managed to find four conservative figures to highlight, one of which was a nasty hit piece.
News – 4/20/2018
Romania to Move Embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu Promises Six More to Follow
After meeting last week with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, a Romanian politician has announced their nation will be moving their embassy to Jerusalem. This will make Romania the fourth nation to do so and the first European Union country to break ranks and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In Iran-Israel spar, Netanyahu says Iran will pay a heavy price
Anyone who aims to harm us will pay a heavy price, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning at a special cabinet meeting that took place at the location where, 70 years ago, the establishment of the State of Israel was declared. “We hear the threats from Iran, and the IDF and security forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move. We will fight whoever tries to harm us. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. They will pay a heavy price.”
Belgium companies sold deadly chemicals to Assad in violation of sanctions
Antwerp’s Criminal Court has opened cases against three Flemish companies for the alleged violations of EU sanctions relating to the sale of illegal chemicals to the Syrian regime, according to a Wednesday report from the Belgium newsweekly Knack. The magazine reported that the Belgian companies – AAE Chemie, Danmar Logistics, and the shut-down Anex Customs – exported the chemicals to the Syrian regime, which included isopropanol, a chemical that can be used in the manufacturing of sarin nerve gas.
Trump Slams OPEC: “Oil Prices Are Artificially High, Will Not Be Accepted”, Oil Tumbles
Update: we didn’t have long to wait for the Saudi response, which came just 30 minutes after the Trump tweet: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ARTIFICIAL OIL PRICES: SAUDI MINISTER Which is ironic coming from the head of an oil cartel whose only purpose is to keep prices artificially high. It is even more ironic because just two years ago OPEC itself was slamming “evil speculators”, hedge funds and anyone else who it suspected of selling oil for creating an “artificial oil price.”
Trump Rages At “Shadey” James Comey: “Is This The Way Life In America Is Supposed To Work?”
Specifically, Trump questioned how Comey has been allowed to misrepresent himself and his work, leak classified information to the press, and occasionally tell outright lies, while former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has had his life and career totally destroyed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written). Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!”
Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan’s Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded a no-go zone to the entire mountain from previously just around the volcano’s crater.
Greenblatt says Palestinians have ‘right to protest dire circumstances’
President Donald Trump’s top Middle East envoy affirmed the right of Palestinians “to protest their dire humanitarian circumstances” in the Gaza Strip adding that they should do so at a safe distance from Israel’s border with the strip and with no violence.
South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home. Police fired rubber bullets on Friday to break up crowds of protesters shortly before he was was due to arrive in the troubled North West province. Clashes have taken place in the area where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption.
Syria returns Légion d’honneur award to France
Syria has returned to France the prestigious Légion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a “slave” to America. The move comes days after France said a “disciplinary procedure” for withdrawing the award was under way. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in ‘Big Brother’ satellites
Microsoft’s Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide ‘live and unfiltered’ high definition footage of every inch of Earth. The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth’s atmosphere in ‘Big Brother’ real-time video surveillance. As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.
2 Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County
Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence. Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were just sitting down for lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida, when a lone gunman approached the window and fired two shots – killing them instantly.
Government accidentally sends file on “remote mind control” methods to journalist
When journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Antifa and white supremacist groups, he got more than…he was looking for – he also…received a mysterious file on “psycho-electric weapons” with the label “EM effects on human body.zip.” The file included methods of “remote mind control.”
‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018
There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers. But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists of America…
Gaza protest camps move closer to Israel border fence
Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed. The protests, largely led by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, began March 30. Organizers said they’ll gradually move the camps toward the fence until May 15, but made conflicting comments about a possible breach.
Trump slams OPEC, says will not accept high oil prices
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized OPEC for rising oil prices that he said were being artificially raised and would not be accepted, as oil prices appeared set for a second consecutive week of gains. “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.
Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’
Thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria. Shortly after the US-led bombing of Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, the Marine took part in military drills.
Facebook Will FORCE All Users To Accept Being TRACKED Around The Internet
Facebook has finally responded to requests to stop tracking users for advertising. But they aren’t going to. Instead, Facebook is going to force all of those who continue to use their social media service to accept being tracked around the internet.
Gov Cuomo Gives 35,000 Felons Right To Vote In New York Mere Months Before Election
When the felon vote is crucial, it’s got to be a Democrat primary. Showing he knows where the real power rests in his party, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week opened the door to tens of thousands of ex-cons on parole in the Empire State to vote despite a state law that forbids it. And he did it in pure Obama-Democrat style.
Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Banning Abortions On Babies With Down Syndrome
As people with Down syndrome are quickly being exterminated by the scourge of abortion, some states have stepped up efforts to protect them.
New Yorker To Christians: We Don’t Want Your Kind Around Here Chick-fil-A, that alluring purveyor of delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, has long been a target in certain quarters. These criticisms have nothing to do with the addictiveness of the chain’s food (a shame, really, because this is a real problem), but its perceived political stances. Most such attacks have stemmed from the chain’s indirect donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, and from CEO Dan Cathy’s comments on the subject.
Netanyahu thanks Trump: We have no better friend than America
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his greeting in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. “Thank you, President Trump! We too have no better friend than America. We are greatly looking forward to your moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” tweeted Netanyahu.
Scores Assassinated in ‘Most Violent’ Election Season in Mexico’s History
Scores of politicians and candidates have been assassinated leading up to Mexico’s July 1 federal and local elections in what one expert is calling the bloodiest election season ever seen in Mexico.
Netanyahu on Israel’s 70th: We’re just getting started
…Seventy years “is the blink of an eye in historical terms,” the prime minister noted, adding: “I have no doubt that 70 years from now, Israel will be even stronger, even more prosperous than it is today.”
You have been warned: The civil war begins when Hillary Clinton gets indicted
It’s important to recognize events that are likely to trigger the coming civil war. And by “civil war,” I mean a domestic, kinetic conflict between anti-American Leftists and pro-American patriots. In this case, “civil war” is not a political metaphor. I’m warning about actual kinetic conflict.
Heroic pilot is calm, cool, collected…and Christian
one reason for her incredible sense of calm that probably won’t be mentioned in many reports is that Schults is a devout Christian.
China Stages Last Minute Live Fire Drill in Show of Support For Russia
One of the objectives of China’s last minute live-fire drill in the Taiwan Strait this week was to send a message of support to Russia in the face of increasing tensions over Syria with the United States, according to experts.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 20
- Trump says will not accept high oil prices, crude dips (Read More)
- OPEC, Russia Oil Officials Hint at Extending Production Cuts (Read More)
- Comey Memos Reveal Trump’s Early Doubts About Flynn (Read More)
- Global stocks set for second week of gains, commodities ease (Read More)
- U.S. Prosecutors to Weigh a Criminal Case for McCabe (Read More)
- Hedge Fund Titans Pull Money From Funds to Pay Massive Tax Bills (Read More)
- Audit Cleared Facebook’s Privacy Practices Despite Cambridge Analytica Leak (Read More)
- Corporate crooks set to face tougher penalties under new rules to be revealed by Government (Read More)
- China’s ZTE slams U.S. ban, says company’s survival at risk (Read More)
- America’s nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go (Read More)
- Wanted: New Home for a Lot of Russian Aluminum (Read More)
- U.S. sorghum armada U-turns at sea after China tariffs (Read More)
- GE Takes Hit From Old Mortgage Unit, Cites Other Progress (Read More)
- GE Surges After Brushing Off Wall Street’s Worries (Read More)
- Kudlow’s Candid Style Marks Transition to White House (Read More)
- The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History (Read More)
- Barclays chief Staley survives whistleblowing inquiry with only a fine (Read More)
- Japanese Official Says Font Size on Sexual Harassment Complaint Was Too Small (Read More)
- Trade Policies Are Puncturing America’s Economic Optimism (Read More)
- Mattel Taps Its Fourth CEO in as Many Years (Read More)
- Soros body mulls future in Hungary as Orban vows migration fight (Read More)
- What If Tesla’s Time Is Running Out? (Read More)
Headlines – 4/20/2018
Video – The Rise of the Crisis Actor Conspiracy Movement
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|California school district says parents can’t pull kids from new LGBT sex ed
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:31 AM PDT
California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them. California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the law says it will equip students to develop “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” among other things.
It also says it will inform students about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.” RedState contributor Kira Davis, a resident of Orange County, California, warns that among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.” READ MORE
|Rare 3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Detroit, Michigan
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:26 AM PDT
On Thursday, April 19th, 2018 in the evening, at eight p.m., in Detroit, Michigan a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck the region. The 3.6 quake struck near Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, according to the United States Geological Survey. Amherstburg is about 20 miles from downtown Detroit.
“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude” in the region, said David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake. “They are rare, but not unheard of.” According to the National Weather Service, there are no reports of damage and it was reported as the strongest earthquake in Michigan in over sixty-seven years. READ MORE
|San Francisco Church to Hold Beyoncé Mass; Pastor Insists ‘We’re Following in the Way of Jesus’
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 06:10 AM PDT
A San Francisco church will host a “Beyoncé Mass,” featuring songs from the pop star that congregation members will be invited to sing along to, and one of its pastors is insisting that the event goes hand in hand with the teachings of Jesus Christ. “I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” the Rev. Jude Harmon, director of innovative ministries for Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal Church, told SFGate on Tuesday. “But Jesus used very provocative
images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.” Harmon, who is also the founder of Vince, a weekly contemporary worship service project espousing progressive theology, insisted that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s music “opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females.” READ MORE
|Missionary Tortured by ISIS Led 40 to Christ
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 05:57 AM PDT
Charged with being a spy, Czech missionary Petr Jasek endured a 14-month imprisonment in Sudan where he was tortured by fellow cellmates. But Jesus supernaturally imparted peace during his confinement and he became a bold witness, winning many to Christ. In his role as the Africa regional director for Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), Jasek went to Sudan to document the persecution of Christians, which was happening in the Nubah Mountains in clashes between the government and rebels.
He was detained by the Sudanese police at Khartoum Airport in December 2015. It seems immigration staff found a duplicate passport Jasek carried for security purposes, which led to his immediate arrest and imprisonment. “I arrived at this cell at about 1:30 a.m.,” he told VOM. He found the cell overcrowded, with people covering the floor. “They had to squeeze a little bit so they would create some small room for me to lie down on the floor.” READ MORE
|GAME CHANGER: Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?
Posted: 20 Apr 2018 05:43 AM PDT
A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote. If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians. It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of
homosexuality and gender identity. This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality. Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Cashless society slowly gaining traction around the world
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 07:41 PM PDT
Several countries around the world have moved quickly towards cashless societies in the last five years, most notably China and Denmark. As electronic payment apps, debit cards and credit cards replace paper currency, governments, bank and corporations delight in the level of control this allows them over the population. The United States has held out longer than other countries, but now has started to show signs that cash, and the freedom it brings, is on the decline. Businesses, from Starbucks to Sweetgreen, are now experimenting with no-cash policies at some locations and debit/credit/app only policies are
creeping into other sectors as well. The Church of England has now adopted electronic payment systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and the major credit cards. Not yet abandoning cash, the introduction of the new payment systems is a response to a social movement that is increasingly rejecting cash. Though the numbers are not easy to track, the number of young adults who pay their bills, send money to friends, fill up their cars and buy groceries all without touching cash is growing to the point where some financial experts believe that today’s teens may, in another decade, be the first cashless generation in the United States. READ MORE
|April in Chicago brings coldest weather in 130 years…Detroit in 143 years…
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 07:27 PM PDT
Chicago area residents may wake up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather’s grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead. And if those early morning walks to the bus or train stop weren’t convincing enough, forecasters say this is the second coldest start to April across Chicago in 130 years. Though next week is poised to bring dry weather and seasonal temperatures of about 50 degrees, it’s too early to predict whether Chicago has beaten winter yet. READ MORE
No, you’re not crazy. It has been the coldest April in more than 140 years. A year ago today, on April 19, 2017, it was 78 degrees and sunny, while Thursday’s expected high is 48 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey. As of Thursday, the average temperature for April is 38.3 degrees, slightly warmer than April 1874, the coldest on record at 37.6 degrees. “The average high (in April) for Detroit last year was 60 degrees, believe it or not,” Frey said. “If April ended tomorrow, it would be the second-coldest on record.” READ MORE
|Qatar and Saudi Arabia launch military drills as Middle East tensions reach boiling point
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:27 PM PDT
Qatari forces have participated in joint military exercises in Saudi Arabia in what could be a sign of some compromise among US-allied Arab states locked in a near year-long dispute. Qatar News Agency, quoting the Defence Ministry, said the ‘Joint Gulf Shield 1’ drill was conducted in the town of Ras Al Khair, north of Jubail city in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia from March 21 until April 16. Officers from the Qatari Armed Forces, led by Brigadier General Khamis Mohamed Deblan, took part in the
exercise, along with land, sea and air forces from 25 other countries. It featured several stages, including a command centre drill and field training, and finished with the implementation of fire with live ammunition, followed by a military parade military parade. The Qatari Armed Foces said in a statement that Qatari Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanim was present for the closing ceremony on Monday, attended by Saudi King Salman and other heads of state. READ MORE
|SPREADING: E. coli outbreak spreads to 16 States in US
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:16 PM PDT
Public health officials are warning consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce as an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable worsens. Fifty-three related E. coli infections have been reported in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past several days, 18 new cases have been added to the CDC’s investigation, including some in states where E. coli illnesses hadn’t yet been reported.
Additionally, the CDC said, “nine more hospitalizations have been reported, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.” The CDC said the exact source of the tainted lettuce hasn’t been identified, but that “information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region could be contaminated … and could make people sick.” READ MORE
|Strong earthquake strikes Iran shaking up nuclear power plant
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 01:06 PM PDT
A Strong earthquake has struck in Iran, rattling the country’s Bushehr nuclear plant as well as parts of Bahrain and Qatar. No injuries are expected because the epicenter of the earthquake was located in a sparsely located area, the Iran Red Cross said. However as many as 10 million people felt some level of shaking due to the quake, CSEM-EMSC said. In Bahrain, people were evacuated from high-rise buildings.
Some witnesses left testimonies on the CSEM-EMSC website. An Iranian witness said: “It was intense.” A resident in Kuwait said: “I was lying on my bed and suddenly I felt dizzy and felt like my bed was shaking. And then the door of my room, which I had kept had open, started to bang on the furniture placed next to it.” READ MORE
|Deadly hailstorm strikes northern Vietnam, 1,500 homes damaged
Posted: 19 Apr 2018 12:55 PM PDT
Hailstorms and strong winds hit Vietnam’s northern mountainous region on the evening of April 14, 2018, damaging houses and destroying crops. The storms have left many without a roof over their heads and destroyed crops that were ready for harvest. In the northeastern province of Bac Kan, authorities said that over 1 000 houses had been damaged in an hour-long hailstorm. It bombarded three districts with hailstones of up to 3 cm (1.2 inches) in diameter, the size of a grape, according to local media. Some
residents were forced to spend the night out in the open, the province’s disaster control unit said. A large area of cornfields and orchards in the province was also damaged. “The hailstorm crushed most of the corn, and about 70 hectares (173 acres) of plum trees that were near harvest time dropped their fruit prematurely. Seedlings at tree nurseries were also severely damaged,” said Nguyen Dinh Diep, vice chairman of Pac Nam District, according to VNExpress. READ MORE
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by Sarah Garrett | 4/20/18
In Wednesday’s post, I tackled why it’s okay to keep other Christians accountable when it comes to sin.
Since I said we should do it, I wanted to also share how to do it. The following verses explain how to effectively hold someone accountable.
Speak the Truth in Love
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Eph. 4:15–16).
Before I experienced someone lovingly calling out my own sin (read more about that here), my approach to accountability would not have been loving. Instead, it would have been rooted in superiority.
If you are close with someone who claims to be a Christian and you see them in open sin, ask yourself why you want to point it out to them. Is it to help them grow in their walk and keep them out of sin, or is it to make you feel superior because you think you’re better?
If love is not your motivator, you will fail and the Body of Christ will suffer.
Follow the Steps
Matthew 18:15–17 provides clear steps for accountability.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
Here’s the breakdown:
Step 1: Start by telling the person with just the two of you there. In an attitude of love, explain what you see happening and ask if they see it, too.
Step 2: If they refuse to see, then ask a few people to join you who care for the person and have also seen the behavior. This way the person will know you’re not just making it up.
Step 3: Many times it will not get to the third step, which is to tell the church. If the person doesn’t listen after the first two steps, enlist the help of a pastor or youth pastor.
Step 4: If all of these measures fail, God allows us to no longer carry the burden of making the person see the truth. He can find another way to reach the person even if it isn’t through you.
As a final step, never stop praying that the person’s eyes will be opened even if they don’t listen to you. (For more on how to pray, check out this post from our archives, “How to Pray When Someone You Love is Stuck in Sin.”)
I am passionate about Christians keeping each other accountable, because it truly changed my life and I am forever grateful. Because someone else was brave enough to call out sin in my life, it has helped me to grow in my faith and approach people in a more loving way. I am more effective in ministry because of the gift of accountability, and I think we could be more effective as the Body of Christ if we were not afraid to hold one another accountable.
by Sarah Garrett
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by Sarah Garrett
Even if you’re a victim of abuse, divorce, or rejection, you can live as a victor in Christ.