March 4, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 4

WONDERFUL WORDS OF LIFE

Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63)

One of the basic precepts of the Sunday school movement has always been that God’s Word must be carefully and systematically studied by believers of all ages.

Study it carefully, think of it prayerfully,

Till in your heart its precepts dwell;

Slight not its history, ponder its mystery,

None can e’er prize it too fondly or well.

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One of the earnest concerns of many present leaders is the biblical ignorance of so many church people. Often precious Sunday school time is spent in teaching everything but the Bible itself. Yet the churches that do teach the Scriptures diligently and apply their teachings to modern living are the churches that are experiencing the greatest growth. We never outgrow our need for the Bible; it becomes more helpful to us with the years.

We must also realize that God’s truth revealed to us is never contrary or apart from the Bible. Often there have been those who have claimed to have extra revelations through visions which supersede the Scriptures. God’s Word clearly warns against this false assertion (Jeremiah 23:16).

Philip P. Bliss was one of the most important names in the development of early gospel music. Before his tragic death at age 38, he wrote many favorites still enjoyed by congregations. “Wonderful Words of Life” was written by Bliss in 1874, for the first issue of a Sunday school paper, Words of Life. These words still speak to both young and old of the importance of God’s Word in our daily lives:

Sing them over again to me—wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty see—wonderful words of life. Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty:

Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life; sinner, list to the loving call—wonderful words of life. All so freely given, wooing us to heaven:

Sweetly echo the gospel call—wonderful words of life; offer pardon and peace to all—wonderful words of life. Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever:

Refrain: Beautiful words, wonderful words of life.

For Today: Psalm 119:103, 172; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 4:4

Reflect on whether God’s Word has the place of importance in your life that it should have. Consider ways that this could be improved. Sing this musical reminder—[1]


March 4: A Prayer for Guidance

Numbers 3:40–4:49; John 12:20–50; Psalm 5:1–12

When we feel downtrodden, it’s easy to lash out at those around us. Too often, caught in the injustice of our circumstances, we might begin to feel an unhealthy amount of self-justification. It’s difficult to see where the lines of right and wrong fall when anger and hurt overwhelm us.

The psalmist presents an alternative to this: turning to the God of justice for guidance, protection, and insight. Psalm 5 records a heartfelt cry. This cry is directed at the God who acts justly in a world where evil seems to win (something not always easy to comprehend). Before making a judgment, the psalmist says, “I will set forth my case to you and I will watch” (Psa 5:3). Rather than push forward with his own agenda, he calls out for God’s justice because Yahweh is “not a God who desires wickedness” (Psa 5:4).

The psalmist acknowledges God’s sovereignty and love, which is the basis for his confidence: “through the abundance of your steadfast love I will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you” (Psa 5:7). Before calling out the evil actions of his enemies, he prays for direction: “lead me in your righteousness because of my enemies; make straight before me your way” (Psa 5:8). The psalmist prays; then, he acts with God’s justice in view.

In John 12, Jesus states that utter and complete devotion to God and His kingdom should be the focus of our lives: “Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor” (John 12:25–26).

How can you pray for guidance in a world that often seems cold and uncaring? How can you trust God to lead you to act in ways that please Him?

Rebecca Van Noord[2]


March 4

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is John 5 through 8. Our lesson is from John 8:31–32, “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, [then] you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ ” (NASU)

Lesson

Truth is one of the great desires of the human heart. Whether it is subjective or objective, most people want to see and live truth. Let’s look at three remarks from our text.

First, Jesus addressed His disciples regarding truth. John describes the believers as Jews who believed in Jesus. We have a tendency to forget the heavy influence of Judaism and Jewish society in the Bible. The first disciples were Jews as was Jesus. They participated in the Temple worship and the synagogues. They read and studied the Torah. Many of them openly accepted Jesus as the Messiah who fulfilled the promise in Scripture. These are the ones who believed in Jesus and what He taught.

Second, Jesus defines who His disciples are. They are the ones who continue in His word. The word translated as continue comes from meno in Greek which can also mean remain, stay, abide, live and dwell. What is significant here is the emphasis on relationship. The true disciple needs to be connected to Jesus and His word which is true.

Jesus and His word are the measure of a disciple; that is, those who follow Him and obey His commands. Being a disciple is much more than mere intellectual assent. Disciples are to submit to His authority which is based on His word. Discipleship means total loyalty to Him and His word.

Last, Jesus offers freedom to His disciples. The result is freedom. But the question is freedom from what? The context of this passage tells us it is freedom from sin. Who in any culture does not need to be free from sin? All of humanity has fallen short of God’s righteousness and has sinned. This is the paradox of the human existence.

In summary, Jesus addressed His disciples regarding truth. Jesus defines who are His disciples are. And, Jesus offers freedom to His disciples.

Let’s learn from our text the magnificence of living a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and His word. He is the one who said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” Let us take note of the meaning this verse has for us as disciples of Jesus Christ. He is the one who sets us free from sin and bondage. Take a moment to reflect on your relationship with Jesus by asking Him through the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is John 9 through 12. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 4

Praying According to God’s Word

“I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications” (Dan. 9:2–3).

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God’s sovereignty doesn’t eliminate the need for prayer.

Have you ever wondered if it’s Biblical to pray for things God has already promised in His Word to do? Is it proper to pray, say, for the salvation of sinners, knowing that God will redeem all the elect anyway, or for Christ’s return, knowing it is a sure thing? Daniel gives us a clear answer.

God prophesied through Jeremiah that the Babylonian Captivity would last seventy years (Jer. 25:11–12). When Daniel read that prophecy, he realized that the time was near for his people to return to their homeland. That inspired him to pray fervently.

In Daniel 9:19 he cries out, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay.” He was in tune with God’s Word and understood that somehow his prayers were part of God’s plan.

The exact relationship between God’s sovereignty and our prayers is a mystery, but it is clear that somehow God’s Word and our prayers are co-laborers in achieving God’s will.

Like Daniel, you and I live in a time when many of God’s promises seem near fulfillment. Never before have world events pointed so dramatically to the nearness of the return of our Lord. Consequently, this is not the time for complacency or over-enthusiastic speculation. It is the time for careful Bible study and fervent prayer.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for His faithfulness and the sure promises of His Word. ✧ Ask Him for spiritual wisdom and insight to discern His will and then live accordingly.

For Further Study: Jeremiah 24:1–25:13 gives some background to Judah’s captivity in Babylon. After reading those verses, answer these questions: ✧ To what kind of fruit did God liken Judah? ✧ What did God say would happen to King Zedekiah? ✧ What warning did the prophets give to Judah? ✧ What was Judah’s response? ✧ How would God deal with Babylon?[4]


March 4

Spiritual Growth

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18

Spiritual growth is a process. There is an order. Lessons must be learned before other lessons can be assimilated.…

I don’t know where you are in the process, but God does. He is engineering your circumstances with a definite result in mind. Part of His plan is to bring you to the end of yourself, to a point of desperation where you get so sick of yourself and your inability to change that you throw up your hands in surrender. When that happens, you are closer than you have ever been to knowing the joy of the Spirit-filled life.[5]


March 4

The Blame Game

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:8–13

Key verse: Psalm 32:10–11

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (kjv)

The mother came into the living room carrying a broken bud vase. Her daughter continued playing as though she did not see her. Finally her mother asked, “Catherine, do you know how this got broken?” The little girl thought for a moment and then replied, “Yes, Mickey did it.” The mother knew that her daughter was speaking of an imaginary friend.

Obviously the woman’s daughter had devised a scheme to avoid punishment. And while we think such stories are cute, they are not far from the actions of adults who try to cover up their sin by blaming others. In the Garden, Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent.

How many of us have played the blame game by saying, “If only he had not made me do this or feel this way”? No one can force you to do anything. You can say no to anger, resentment, jealousy, divisiveness, fear, and much more. Blaming others for your actions leads only to heartache and feelings of anxiety. Take responsibility for what you have done. Learn to be honest with yourself and others, and you will discover a marvelous freedom.

After all, Eve chose to disobey God, and Adam made the same decision. Let obedience rule your heart. When this is your principal goal, you will be blessed.

Let obedience rule my heart, Lord. Help me seek Your forgiveness instead of blaming others for my faults.[6]


March 4

Maturity in Suffering

May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

1 Peter 5:10

A Christian’s call to glory necessitates walking the path of suffering. Today’s verse explains why. Suffering is God’s way of maturing His people spiritually. He is pleased when we patiently endure the suffering that comes our way. Suffering is a part of God’s plan to prepare His people for glory.

The apostle Peter said this regarding the value of suffering: “You greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:6–7). God allows suffering as a validation of our faith. It also produces patience, though patience is a quality we won’t need in eternity—there will be no reason for impatience there. But beyond those benefits, suffering increases our capacity to praise, honor, and glorify God—and that’s something we will use throughout eternity.[7]


March 4       How You Profit from Suffering

scripture reading:
1 Peter 5:9–11

key verse:
2 Timothy 2:12

If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

We go out of our way to avoid suffering. We want winter homes in Florida and summer homes in Maine. We’ll do all we can, humanly speaking, to keep in our comfort zone.

But if suffering is not desirable, does that also mean it cannot be profitable? Does the pain have no purpose or meaning? Since “God causes all things to work together for good” (Rom. 8:28 nasb), suffering must have some positive consequences.

For one, it drives you deeper to the heart of God. Your ultimate purpose should be not to achieve pleasure or happiness but to know Christ and become like Him. Real trouble facilitates that goal, driving you closer to Him.

For another, suffering causes You to receive more of God’s marvelous, merciful grace. You think you are strong, but suffering reveals your weaknesses. That’s when you discover the inexhaustible resources of God. He gives you all you need to endure. His strength replaces yours.

Still another, you develop a base of reality and compassion with which you can minister to and love others. The former or present cancer sufferer best helps another cancer patient.

Suffering is never desirable. But your sovereign, loving God can make it profitable.

I must be honest, Lord. I don’t like suffering. Help me realize that trouble drives me closer to You. As my weaknesses surface, reveal to me Your inexhaustible resources.[8]


March 4

The Priority of Prayer

Scripture reading: Daniel 6:1–28

Key verse: Daniel 6:10

When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw you off track when it comes to spending time in prayer. You finally get by yourself and bow your head, and the phone rings. You suddenly remember another obligation. One of the children runs in with a question or a problem that cannot wait. Or maybe you can’t concentrate, and you decide to give up and try again later.

For Daniel, not even the threat of becoming lunch for lions deterred him from his daily habit of prayer. The edict to worship the king was handed down, and the rulers waited with delight to catch Daniel in the act of defiance. Of course, they did not have to wait long. Daniel continued to pray before God three times a day, as he always did.

What gave Daniel his determination and resolve? He believed without a shadow of a doubt that God would honor his commitment to prayer and take care of any trouble. Daniel did not concern himself with who might see or what others would think; he focused on the Lord alone.

In the end, Daniel was saved, the king was awed, and the rulers got to meet the lions. And here is the good news: God protects and uplifts you, too, when you trust Him to handle the consequences of obedience in prayer.

Dear Lord, give me the determination and resolve to make prayer a priority. Make it the consuming passion of my life.[9]


March 4

The Sufficiency of Christ

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15–23

Key Verse: Colossians 1:18

He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

As Paul addressed the deity and power of Christ in the first chapter of Colossians, he continually stressed the preeminence of Christ. Paul said He is “the first-born of all creation,” “the first-born from the dead,” and the One who is “to have first place in everything” (vv. 15, 18 nasb).

Paul’s use of the term first place was not, however, the comparative term we sometimes imagine. He was not saying that Jesus is prominent—that is, Christ is first, my family second, the church third, my job fourth, and so on. That wasn’t Paul’s or God’s intention.

What Paul—and the Spirit who inspired him—was attempting to communicate was that Jesus is preeminent. Jesus is above and beyond anyone and anything. Jesus is to be first in our homes, first in our finances, first in our relationships, first in our jobs, first in our leisure time, first and foremost in every conceivable aspect of life. Nothing can compare to Christ. He came not to be on the top of a priority list but to fill all with His fullness.

Is Christ the undisputed Lord over all of your life, reigning supreme? Have you allowed Him “to have first place in everything”?

Jesus, You are above and beyond anyone or anything in my life. You are first in my home, my finances, my relationships, my leisure time, and my work. You are undisputed Lord over my life.[10]


March 4

Applying Truth for Victory

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10–13

Key Verse: Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

In grasping a clear picture of how we can weather the dangers that come with both victory and defeat, we must not forget to apply what we know. Understanding that God is our strength in weakness is one thing, but applying that truth in an effective way is another.

The apostle Paul said he had learned the secret of contentment in any situation—Christ, the source of strength (Philippians 4:12–13). We must do more than just acknowledge God’s awesome power—we need to get it into our lives. We must submit our will to His will. Asking God to give us strength to accomplish our will results in burnout. God never promises us strength for our own plans, only for His. That’s why submitting to His will is the first step to seeing His power begin to permeate our lives.

We must also trust Him to control our circumstances for His purposes. Once we realize that God’s plans and purposes are greater than we could imagine, we also have to realize that the path He is leading us down will result in His glory.

The result of relying on God’s strength is that we cease to struggle against that which we cannot control. And victory is found in trusting in the Lord’s strength.

Heavenly Father, I trust Your strength as I face the challenges of life today. I praise You because I will walk in victory![11]


March 4

Seeking a Closeness to God

“Draw near to God.”

James 4:8

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The sincerely humble will want a closer relationship with God.

The expression “draw near” was originally associated with the priesthood in Israel. Under the regulations of the Old Covenant, the priests represented the people before God. Prior to coming near God’s presence, the priest had to be washed physically and be ceremonially clean. That meant he had to bathe, wear the proper garments, and offer sacrifices that made his own heart right with God. Then he could draw near to God on the people’s behalf.

Eventually the Hebrew word for drawing near meant anyone who approached the presence of God in worship and prayer. The term became synonymous even of those whose hearts were far from God when they “worshiped” Him. For example, Isaiah 29:13 says, “This people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote.”

But the sincere believer, one who has truly humbled himself before God, knows that God wants worshipers to draw near with true and pure hearts: “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22). This applies the language of the Old Testament ceremonial system to us and says that as the priests prepared themselves to be near God, we also should prepare ourselves spiritually to worship Him.

So far this month we have seen that the humble person will come to God for salvation, submit to Him as Lord, and take a stand against the Devil. But the truly humble person will see that his relationship to God is inherently more than those actions. If you claim to be one of the humble, one who has a saving relationship to the Father through the Son, be sure you can also agree with the psalmist Asaph: “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works” (Ps. 73:28).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for His grace and mercy in salvation that make it possible for us to have a close relationship with Him.

For Further Study: Read Hebrews 4. What sort of rest is the writer referring to? ✧ How does it compare to the rest that the people of Israel sought during Joshua’s time?[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Numbers 5:1–6:27
Psalm 30:8-12
Proverbs 11:1-3
Mark 8:22-38
Notes:

Numbers 6:2 the vow of a Nazirite. The word “vow” here is related to the word “wonder,” which signifies something out of the ordinary. “Nazirite” transliterates a Hebrew term meaning “dedication by separation.” The Nazirite separated himself to the Lord by separating himself from 1) grape products (6:3, 4), 2) the cutting of one’s hair (6:5), and 3) contact with a dead body (6:6, 7). The high priest was also forbidden 1) to drink wine while serving in the tabernacle (Lev. 10:9) and 2) to touch dead bodies (Lev. 21:11). Further, both the high priest’s crown (Ex. 29:6; 39:30; Lev. 8:9) and the Nazirite’s head (6:9, 18) are referred to by the same Hebrew word. The Nazirite’s hair was like the high priest’s crown. Like the high priest, the Nazirite was holy to the Lord (6:8; Ex. 28:36) all the days (6:4, 5, 6, 8) of his vow.

Proverbs 11:2 pride. From a root meaning “to boil,” or “to run over,” indicating an overwhelmingly arrogant attitude or behavior. It is used of ordinary men (Deut. 17:12, 13); kings (Neh. 9:10); Israel (Neh. 9:16, 29); false prophets (Deut. 18:20); and murderers (Ex. 21:14). the humble. A rare word, which appears in Micah 6:8: “walk humbly with your God.” This humble and teachable spirit is first of all directed toward God (see 15:33; 16:18, 19; 18:12; 22:4).

Mark 8:23 spit on his eyes. This action and Jesus’ touching his eyes with His hands (v. 25) were apparently meant to reassure the blind man (who would naturally depend on his other senses, such as touch) that Jesus would heal his eyes (see 7:33; John 9:6).

Mark 8:30 tell no one. Jesus’ messianic mission cannot be understood apart from the Cross, which the disciples did not yet understand (see vv. 31–33; 9:30–32). For them to have proclaimed Jesus as Messiah at this point would have only furthered the misunderstanding that the Messiah was to be a political-military deliverer. The fallout was that the Jewish people, desperate to be rid of the yoke of Rome, would seek to make Jesus king by force (John 6:15; see 12:12–19).

DAY 4: What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

In Mark 8:34, Jesus Christ makes it clear that no one who is unwilling to “deny himself” can legitimately claim to be a disciple. When He adds that one must “take up his cross,” He reveals the extent of self-denial—to the point of death, if necessary. The extent of desperation on the part of the penitent sinner who is aware he can’t save himself reaches the place where nothing is held back as He follows Jesus Christ (see Matt. 19:21, 22).

Jesus says that whoever “loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it” (v. 35). This paradoxical saying reveals an important spiritual truth: those who pursue a life of ease, comfort, and acceptance by the world will not find eternal life. On the other hand, those who give up their lives for the sake of Christ and the gospel will find it.

To have all that the world has to offer yet not have Christ is to be eternally bankrupt. All the world’s goods will not compensate for losing one’s soul eternally (v. 36). It is the “soul,” the real person, who will live forever in heaven or hell. Those who reject the demands of discipleship prove themselves to be ashamed of Jesus Christ and the truth He taught.

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


March 4 – Practicing Mercy

“‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy’” (Matthew 5:7).

The most obvious way we can show mercy is through physical acts. Jesus specifically commands us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, and offer any other practical help to those who need it. When we serve others in need, we demonstrate a heart of mercy.

The way of mercy did not begin in the New Testament. The Old Testament law taught, “You shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks” (Deut. 15:7–8).

Mercy is also to be shown in our attitudes. Mercy does not hold a grudge, harbor resentment, capitalize on another’s failure or weakness, or publicize another’s sin.

Mercy is also to be shown spiritually. First, it is shown through pity. The sensitive Christian will grieve more for lost souls than for lost bodies. Second, we are to show spiritual mercy by confrontation. Paul says that, as Christ’s servants, we should gently correct “those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 2:25). Third, we are to show spiritual mercy by praying. The sacrifice of prayer for those without God is an act of mercy. Finally, we are to show mercy by proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the most merciful thing we can do.

Ask Yourself

How has your life been transformed by being the blessed recipient of these various acts and expressions of mercy? What might occur in the lives of your children, your spouse, your parents, your friends—anyone to whom you begin to show consistent compassion?

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.


The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – Part Three

Theme: Eternity in hell is no joking matter

This week’s lessons describe the horrid nature of hell and the importance of knowing our destiny.

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 25:41-46

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

LESSON

Let’s notice one other thing. Notice that the wicked are condemned in this story not because of some great positive evil they have done, but for their simple neglect of doing good. Or to put it in other terms, the people spoken of here are not the great sinners of the world, like Adolf Hitler or some serial killer. They are the good people who occupy the pews of churches and serve on philanthropic boards. Therefore, when the judgment comes they are astonished. They are like the foolish virgins who cannot understand why the groom will not open the door for them or the servant who cannot perceive why the Lord is not satisfied by his zero-growth performance.

R. V. G. Tasker says, “As in the previous parables of the ten virgins and of entrusted wealth, so in this picture of the great assize, it is not so much positive wrong-doing that evokes the severest censure, as the utter failure to do good.”1 The desire to do good comes from receiving the life of the Lord Jesus Christ within, which is regeneration.

Now we must talk about hell. We sometimes hear people say that they cannot believe in an Old Testament God who is full of wrath and judgment and that they prefer the God of the gentle Jesus. But they forget that it is Jesus more than any other person in the Bible who speaks most clearly about hell. Matthew 25 is an example. In the parable of the talents, the master cries, “Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (v. 30). In the separation of the sheep from the goats, the King tells the goats, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (v. 41). The chapter ends by Jesus’ frightening summation: “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (v. 46).

We may not like these statements. Indeed, how can anyone like them? But they were spoken by Jesus, the very Son of God, and I think he knew what he was talking about. We would do well to take his warnings seriously.

Should we take them seriously? Is hell to be feared? Or can we throw it off with a shrug or a joke, like the one that tells us not to worry about hell because if we die and go to hell, “we’ll be so busy shaking hands with old friends that we won’t have time to worry.”

Really? Jesus described hell as a total separation. And not just from those who will be with Christ in heaven. It is separation from God. Jesus expressed it when he quoted the King as saying, “Depart from me, you who are cursed” (v. 41).

It is interesting how most of us divide people up. We separate men from women, the haves from the have-nots, the privileged and the disadvantaged, the wise and the foolish, rulers and those who are ruled, people who are of our own class or like us and all others. Someone said on one occasion, “The whole world can be divided into two classes, those who divide the world into two classes and those who do not.” The ways in which we divide people up seem almost endless. Yet the division in Matthew 25 is the only one that really matters. It is the division between those who will “go away to eternal punishment” and those who will enter into “eternal life” (v. 46). It is between the saved and the lost.

That division is absolute. Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote, “Not one goat will be left among the sheep, nor one sheep with the goats… There will be no middle company in that day.”2

1 R. W. G. Tasker, The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1961), p. 239.

2 Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Gospel of the Kingdom: A Popular Exposition of the Gospel According to St Matthew (Pasadena, Tex: Pilgrim Publications, 1974), p. 228

STUDY QUESTIONS

Why are the wicked condemned in this parable?
Why must we be clear about the division between those going to hell and those going to heaven?

James Montgomery Boice


Freedom – Part Four

LESSON XLVIII

FREEDOM – Part Four

Try to lead the children to Christ as Saviour and Lord.

1. We are free from fear.

2. We are free from care.

Sometimes small boys and girls are very much afraid of the dark. They do not even like to go to bed in the dark. Of course when they are older they become free from that fear. But even older people are afraid of some things. Yet if we belong to the Lord Jesus we need not be afraid of anything, for He has made us free from fear. Read Romans 8:15. There you find that we are not in bondage or slavery, so that we need to be afraid. And in 1 John 4:18 we find that God’s perfect love to us casts out our fear.

Many people are afraid of death and well they may be if they are not saved, for then death means separation from God forever in hell. But even some who have believed in God in the time before Christ died, were afraid of death, because they knew so very little of life beyond the grave. In Hebrews 2:15 we read of Christ’s delivering those who spent their whole lives in slavery because of fear of death. Fear was like a terrible master who kept them always unhappy and miserable. They were slaves to this fear. But then Christ came, and died, and rose again from the dead, so now there is no fear of death for us. That fear is gone forever. Psalms 23:4 says that we need fear no evil because the Lord is with us. Death only means going home to Heaven for those who are His.

God has planned everything in our lives. Nothing can happen to us unless He lets it, so we do not have to be afraid of what may happen, day or night. If we are sick, we can just rest quietly, knowing that the Lord will do for us what is best. If we have hard lessons in school, we can just ask the Lord to help us with them, and be sure He will, if we do our best, too. We need not be afraid of anything at all, since we belong to God, and He is our Father and loves us and cares for us.

Another enemy that some Christians let be their masters is worry. They worry about everything—about what has happened, about what may happen, and about what may not happen. They are never quiet and content. There is a little verse that speaks of this:

Said the robin to the sparrow, I should really like to know,

Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.

Said the sparrow to the robin, Well, I think that it must be

That they have no heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.

Of course birds cannot talk, nor think about such things, but it is true that we seem to be more worried than they. Yet God cares more for us than for the birds (Matthew 6:26). Read 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6 and Matthew 6:25-34 to see what God says about His care for us. He takes care of us; why should we worry? Do we think that He cannot do it well?

So you see all fear is gone. We do not have to worry about slavery any more for we are free from all bad things. We are free from condemnation and judgment, from the power of sin, and from the law and even from fear and worry. We can lift up our heads, and rejoice in all that God has done for us.

STUDY QUESTIONS

Why might you fear death?
Should Christians fear death?
Where does courage to face death and slavery come from?

Donald Grey Barnhouse


Wed, March 04, 2015

MISUSING THE BIBLE

I believe that everything in the Bible is true, but to attempt to make the Bible a textbook for science is to misunderstand it completely and tragically! It has become a fairly popular practice for Bible teachers to claim to find in the Scriptures confirmation of almost every recent discovery made by science. Apparently, no one noticed that the scientist had to find it before the Bible teacher could, and it never seemed to occur to anyone to wonder why, if it was there in the Bible in such plain sight, it took several thousand years and the help of science before anyone saw it. In recent years, the Bible has been “recommended” for many other purposes from the one for which it was written. The purpose of the Bible is to bring men to Christ, to make them holy and prepare them for heaven. Any manipulation of the Scriptures to make them speak peace to the natural man is evil and can only lead to ruin!

Verse
Which they… wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:16

Thought
In recent years, the Bible has been “recommended” for many other purposes from the one for which it was written.

Prayer
Lord, when I read Your Word, let me discover the most important thing of all, Your will.

A. W. Tozer


ADORATION: Address God with Reverence and Awe

Having thus engaged our hearts to approach God. Jeremiah 30:21(ESV)

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We must solemnly address ourselves to that infinitely great and glorious Being with whom we have to do, as those who are possessed with a full belief of his presence and a holy awe and reverence of his Majesty, which we may do in such expressions as these:

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! Revelation 4:8(ESV)

O you whose name is the LORD, who alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18(ESV)

O God, you are our God, earnestly we seek you; Psalm 63:1(ESV) our God, and we will praise you; our fathers’ God, and we will exalt you. Exodus 15:2(ESV)

O you who are the true God, the living God, the one only living and true God, 1 Thessalonians 1:9(ESV) and the everlasting King! Jeremiah 10:10(ESV) The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Deuteronomy 6:4(ESV)

And may we thus distinguish ourselves from the worshipers of false gods.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, they are vanity and a lie, the work of human hands; Psalm 115:4(ESV) those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. Psalm 115:8(ESV) But the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD of hosts is his name, Jeremiah 10:16(ESV) God over all, blessed forever. Romans 9:5(ESV)

Their rock is not as our Rock; our enemies are by themselves, Deuteronomy 32:31(ESV) for he is the Rock of ages; the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock: Isaiah 26:4(ESV) His name endures forever, and his renown throughout all ages, Psalm 135:13(ESV) even when the gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens. Jeremiah 10:11(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer


 

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[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. 76). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 73). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 77). 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. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Two: Wednesday)

Wednesday

Confession: Psalm 32:1–5

Happy is he whose transgression is taken away,

whose sin is covered.

Happy is a person to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity

and in whose spirit there is not deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones were worn out

due to my groaning all the day.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me.

My vigor was changed into the dry heat of summer. Selah

I made known my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not cover.

I said, “I will confess concerning my transgressions to Yahweh,”

and you took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

Reading: Mark 11:1–11

And when they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village before you, and right away as you enter into it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say ‘The Lord has need of it, and will send it here again at once.’ ” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” So they told them, just as Jesus had said, and they allowed them to take it. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, and he sat on it. And many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches they had cut from the fields. And those who went ahead and those who were following were shouting,

“Hosanna!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

And he went into Jerusalem to the temple, and after looking around at everything, because the hour was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Reflection

Consider the great virtues Christ showed us by His human nature in this procession: While He was supreme and rich and powerful above all—as the true Son of God according to the divinity—He did not display the excellence of His majesty before the people by worldly pomp. But with much humility and meekness [He] approached the city, rebellious against Him. This is our king, whom John Baptist proclaimed as the lamb, that was to come into the world: Who for the salvation of the human race drew near to the place of suffering to accomplish the work of our redemption, as it had been revealed to the holy patriarchs and prophets.

He did not turn aside from the face of His enemies, nor dread the holy place because of the malice of the people. Yet, with the greatest charity and compassion, [He] approached the envious and enraged to calm their passions. Moreover, for their coming excesses and evil deeds, He mourned and wept.

—Thomas à Kempis

A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ

Response

The people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus into the city with shouts and praise because they believed He was going to be a political savior. Do you turn to God only in times of personal crisis or when you need something from Him?[1]

 

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

Pride, self-deception, and humility

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

3 “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
You who live in the clefts of the rock,
In the loftiness of your dwelling place,
Who say in your heart,
‘ Who will bring me down to earth
(Obadiah 1:3 NASB)

Adapted from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon titled “Self-Deceived

Human pride is incredibly deceitful. It can so deceive its host that he or she may well believe they are the truly humble. It is true of all proud people, for pride is self-deceit. Some reading this may be proud. In fact, it is those who believe they have no pride who are most likely the proudest of all. Those who are proud of their humility are proud indeed.

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March 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange. —Kevin DeYoung

March 2 quotes


Mar. 3, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account while serving as U.S. Secretary of State to conduct official business instead of a government account, the State Department said.

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said the U.S. won’t waver in assuring Israel’s security and that negotiations under way with Iran are the best way to make sure the Islamic Republic doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.

A group of gay Republicans in California won recognition by the state GOP on Sunday in what the Los Angeles Times called a “historic break” with the past.

U.S. officials are increasingly worried that terror groups such as the Islamic State will recruit new foot soldiers from among the 11.4 million Syrians displaced by the country’s civil war.

Corporate America’s love affair with itself grows more passionate by the month. Stock buybacks, which along with dividends eat up sums of money equal to almost all the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s earnings, vaulted to a record in February, with chief executive officers announcing $104.3 billion in planned repurchases. That’s the most since TrimTabs Investment Research began tracking the data in 1995 and almost twice the $55 billion bought a year earlier.

Automotive executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two.

Ukraine’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the highest since 2000, as policy makers struggle to curb a decline in the nation’s currency and seek to move closer to obtaining an emergency loan.

Flatlining consumer prices and plunging commodity costs are sapping the potency of near-zero interest rates and driving up the so-called real rate — or interest minus inflation. The higher that goes, the more attractive it is for companies and consumers to save rather than spend as policy makers want.

AP Top Stories

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, even as President Obama’s negotiators continue talking with the Iranians Tuesday in hopes of closing a deal this month.

A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

EU-Russian relations took a further dip on Tuesday when the European Union strongly condemned Moscow for banning Polish and Latvian officials from entering the country to attend the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

The London graduate believed to be Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” once denounced the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 bombings in the British capital, according to an audio recording released Tuesday.

Hundreds of civilians were killed as troops from Chad seized a strategically located Nigerian town from Boko Haram extremists, according to military reports and witnesses.

Iran rejected as “unacceptable” President Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress.

BBC

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – South Korean researchers believe.

The Villarrica volcano, one of the most active in South America, erupted in southern Chile, spewing ash and lava into the air.

Venezuela ordered the United States to cut more than 80 staff from its diplomatic mission in the next two weeks.

For the second year running, Singapore tops the list as the world’s most expensive city to live in, said the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Ukrainian, Russian, French and German leaders agree to send observers to areas of Ukraine where truce violations are reported, Kiev said.

Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials said.

Australia will more than double its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

WND

Hundreds turned out to speak to a proposed ordinance in Charlotte, N.C., that would have allowed transgenders the legal right to use whichever bathroom they most identified with, regardless of their physical genders.

A dozen-plus towns in upstate New York say they’re on the cusp of seceding and joining Pennsylvania due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announced ban on fracking.

A just-released video of Boko Haram beheading two men indicates the Nigerian Islamic terror group is taking a page out of the book of ISIS and kicking off a more savage campaign.

The popular department store Marks & Spencer ignited controversy when it banned words such as “Jesus” and “Christ” from its flower service, but apparently had no problem with “Buddha,” “Allah” and “jihad.”


Daily Digest

March 3, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“If two laws conflict with each other, the Courts must decide on the operation of each. … If, then, the Courts are to regard the Constitution, and the Constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the Legislature, the Constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.” –John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, 1803

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Hillary Clinton Broke Law Using Private Email Account

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) isn’t done leading the committee investigating the Benghazi attack, and already he’s dredged up a bombshell that previous investigative committees missed. During her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton never used a government email account — a move that violates federal record keeping law. Former Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration Jason Baron told The New York Times, “It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.” At this point, Clinton’s defenders may chime in: What difference does it make? Well, for one thing, if Obama’s administration is the “most transparent in history,” what would this mean for another Clinton administration? One clue: Clinton used a domain registered the day of her Senate confirmation hearings. Clearly, she had a plan from the start to obfuscate and hide her wheeling and dealing. It’s time she was put under oath again to defend this. Preferably before she announces her presidential candidacy. More…

Lawmakers Write ATF to Object to Ammo Ban

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently announced it is considering a ban on M855 ammunition, which is popular among AR-15 owners for target shooting. The “rationale,” if it can be called that, is the ammo could be considered “armor piercing,” and, with the advent of AR-15 pistols, will become dangerous to police (never mind that zero police officers have been killed with it). Several lawmakers called out the ATF on its backdoor gun control in a letter. The ATF’s framework, the lawmakers say, “establishes an unduly restrictive standard, does not comport with the letter or spirit of the law, and will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes.” Of course, the Second Amendment isn’t primarily for “sporting purposes,” but they’re right about the infringement. Not that it matters to Barack Obama’s administration. Spokesman Josh Earnest explained, “I’d put this in the category of common-sense steps our government can take.” Ah, yes, “common sense” — who could possibly oppose that?

Netanyahu to Address Congress, Obama Calls It ‘Distraction’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress today to warn of the threat of Iran’s nuclear program. Advance details of his speech are limited, but one thing is clear: Barack Obama is really perturbed that Netanyahu is here. Administration officials have previously promised “there will be a price” for this “departure from … protocol” — despite Netanyahu having waited for Obama to be notified before accepting the invitation. (The New York Times finally got around to acknowledging this in a correction.) On Monday, Obama called Netanyahu’s speech a “mistake,” again pointing to Israel’s upcoming elections. “It makes it look like we are taking sides,” he complained, “It is a distraction from what should be our focus.” In this case, even Obama said the focus should be preventing Iran, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, from obtaining nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, he’s also lost this focus, recently indicating we just need to “reduce the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon,” and, if it happens anyway in 10 years, what’s that to Obama?

IRS Says It Can Dump Gobs of Money on Amnestied Illegals

The Internal Revenue Service is digging in and standing by its claim that illegal immigrants are eligible for back tax credits if they get Social Security numbers. Under Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, four million illegal immigrants can apply for Social Security numbers. An unknown number of them will be able to claim back tax credits — even though Obama’s “law” doesn’t require them to pay back taxes. In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote, “Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code requires an SSN on the return, but a taxpayer claiming the [Earned Income Tax Credit] EITC is not required to have an SSN before the close of the year for which the EITC is claimed.” Gee, remember a time when was the IRS this friendly to U.S. citizens? More…

Obama Lies About Keystone

Barack Obama earned the infamous “Four Pinocchio” rating from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog for his recent comments defending his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama’s argument wasn’t that Congress infringed on the executive branch’s responsibilities. No, he claimed to be doing what was good for the American people. “I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf,” Obama told a North Dakota reporter. “It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.” But, as the Post points out, the oil that would flow through Keystone would also come from the North Dakota oil fields. And while construction wouldn’t keep any permanent jobs — few construction projects ever do — it would keep Louisiana refineries busy. Instead, Obama repeated an untruth to stick with his environmentalist dogma. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

DOJ’s Racial Witch Hunt Isn’t Over

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The Justice Department will soon release its final investigative report on the Ferguson Police Department, and chatter suggests the report will accuse Ferguson police of engaging in sustained discriminatory practices against the black population. Surprise! The report will allegedly also claim these practices led to years of racial animosity in the city, culminating in last summer’s shooting of Michael Brown and months of racial unrest.

According to recent data from the Missouri attorney general, blacks accounted for 86% of traffic stops in 2013, but make up 63% of the population. Black drivers were twice as likely to be searched during a stop, yet searches were more likely to turn up contraband with white drivers.

The fines collected from such traffic stops are Ferguson’s second largest source of revenue. The Justice Department report goes so far as to suggest that the city uses disproportionate traffic stops against blacks to meet municipal budget shortfalls.

The final report will likely include a list of recommended changes Ferguson will need to implement. Otherwise, the city could face a federal lawsuit to force compliance — just like the four open lawsuits against cities that have not rolled over. Most cities facing such actions comply with the Justice Department’s demands. During Eric Holder’s time as attorney general, the DOJ has gone after more than 50 police departments for some form of discrimination or another, often at the behest of the NAACP or the ACLU.

“This is about expanding federal power in the police departments,” former DOJ attorney Hans von Spakovsky told The Wall Street Journal. “The lawyers at Justice believe they are the ones who should be promulgating national standards of how cops should behave. And police departments are so afraid of bad publicity that they agree to settle the case with all kinds of rules that Justice wants to impose.”

It is within the responsibility of the Justice Department to investigate matters in which discrimination may be taking place, but, when the AG is someone who sees everything through a racial prism like Holder, the potential for trouble escalates. For example, Holder is so motivated by his own racial grievances that he resolutely refuses to address the outrageous number of murders of blacks by other blacks.

FBI statistics from 2012 show that 2,614 whites were killed by other whites that year, and 2,412 blacks were killed by other blacks. If Holder were as concerned about proportionality as he demonstrates when comparing white and blacks, then one would think he would have been troubled by these numbers. As a portion of the population, black-on-black murder remains substantially higher than white-on-white murder. And the FBI numbers for 2012 combined white and Hispanic murder rates, making the disparity even greater than at first glance.

Yet, throughout his tenure at Justice, Holder has maintained his focus on race, letting himself get mixed up with professional race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He has followed their pattern by continually blaming racism and discrimination for the plight of the black community. The actions of his Justice Department confirm Holder’s view that blacks are targeted for their skin color, not because of their behavior.

Perhaps that’s why Sharpton says, “No other U.S. attorney general has a civil rights record equal to Holder’s.”

Amy Wax, a former DOJ official teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, wrote, “Contrary to frequently voiced accusations and despite a voluminous literature intent upon demonstrating discrimination at every turn, there is almost no reliable evidence of racial bias in the criminal justice system’s handling of ordinary violent and non-violent offenses. Rather, the facts overwhelmingly show that blacks go to prison more often because blacks commit more crimes.”

The Justice Department’s months of investigating did not bring up enough evidence to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with civil rights violations in the death of Michael Brown. Similarly, they were not able to pin such charges on George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

In fact, for all of Holder’s posturing, all Justice has really been able to accomplish is perpetuating the same problem they claim to be addressing. The pattern of racial indignation set by Sharpton and Co. that has been picked up by Holder’s Justice Department has only served to make police less likely to engage in minority neighborhoods. This won’t make inner cities less violent, and it won’t make lives better for blacks.

Shortly after taking office, Holder accused America of being a nation of “cowards” for not engaging in a frank discussion about race. As he prepares to step down in a few weeks, Holder still has not engaged in that discussion, either. He’d rather place blame and wag his finger because that’s what makes headlines and turns out the aggrieved vote. As for the real work that it will take to reduce black-on-black crime and make minority neighborhoods safer, well, apparently that’s just not worth his time.

Next Executive Overreach: Taxes

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For someone who claims to be a constitutional scholar, Barack Obama sure doesn’t understand or respect the limits on the federal government the Founders put in place. Obama has ignored the limits placed on the executive branch, abusing his power in order to accomplish his agenda.

When Congress did not pass immigration reform in accordance with Obama’s wishes, he acted unilaterally. Obama’s executive order provided for more than four million illegal immigrants to receive some form of legal status — work permits, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. Instead of securing our borders, he wants to secure votes for Democrats.

Surely, Obama shouldn’t get away with this egregious overreach, but who’s stopping him? Worse, his immigration actions only established a pattern.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated there are possibly more executive orders coming our way. Earnest confirmed Monday that Obama is “very interested” in taking unilateral executive action to raise taxes. He explained, “The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle-class Americans.”

Earnest continued, “Now, I don’t want to leave you with an impression that there is some imminent announcement — there is not, at least not that I know of. But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. … [T]he president is very interested in this avenue generally.”

Obama is so bent on “fairness” that he’s willing to “examine” the possibility of taxing Americans without Congress. Obama declared in his State of the Union address that Congress needed to act to close the loopholes in taxes among corporations. So perhaps he will ask Congress to pass corporate tax hikes, and, when Congress inevitably says no, Obama may simply turn to the IRS to implement the taxation. The IRS already has a track record of helping him politically — Lois Lerner was no “lone wolf.”

Since there isn’t enough revenue to pay for Obama’s $4 trillion boondoggle budget, he can claim now is the time to act; now is the time to raise taxes on those who need to “pay their fair share.”

Progressives in general erroneously claim America’s debt problem is a lack of revenue, while they continue to spend ever more money on failed programs and policies. A recent Congressional Budget Office report shows that “compared to historical averages, from 1965 to 2014, spending is rising much faster than revenues.” Not that it takes a CBO report to see that the debt is growing.

It so happens the greatest increase in spending and debt has occurred during Obama’s administration. Further, the gap between spending and revenue is projected to widen, therefore increasing our debt.

Clearly, Obama doesn’t believe we have a problem with spending or debt, even though during his six years in office the national debt has risen nearly $8 trillion to a whopping $18.1 trillion.

With Obama’s executive actions on immigration and his potential maneuver on raising taxes, the question to ponder is when will he stop? The tragic reality is he likely won’t. The only limit on his power he seems to acknowledge is whatever he deems unnecessary.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Augustine of Hippo (354-430): “Put no faith in salvation through the political order.”

Columnist Dennis Prager: “Appeasers hate those who confront evil. Given that this president is the least likely of any president in American history to confront evil – or even identify it – while Benjamin Netanyahu is particularly vocal and eloquent about both identifying and confronting evil, it is inevitable that the former will resent the latter. … [T]hose who refused to characterize the Soviet Union as evil loathed Ronald Reagan and other anti-communists for doing so; and those who objected to the ‘Axis of Evil’ label placed on North Korea, Iran, and Iraq loathed George W. Bush and his supporters. The loathing of Benjamin Netanyahu is simply the latest example of the rule that those who will not confront evil will instead confront those who do. (It’s much safer, after all.) Since the end of World War II, there has been a name for the people who refuse to confront evil and who resent those who do: leftists.”

Columnist Ed Feulner: “This is no time to make more concessions. It’s a time to stand up against Iran’s nuclear program, which threatens not only the security of the Middle East, but the U.S. as well. As the 2015 Index of Military Strength shows, Iran’s missile threat is growing at an alarming rate. Its longest-range current missile can reach as far west as Egypt, and as far east as China – and it’s working to go much farther. ‘Iran could develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the United States by 2015,’ the Pentagon reports. As in this year. It’s crucial that we stand with Israel, a staunch ally fighting on the front lines, at this critical time. The safety of millions depends on us doing the right thing. Will we?”

Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “There’s this picture of a dress that someone took, and people online are fighting over what color it is. Some people say it’s black and blue. Some say it’s white and gold. I think someone should ask Obama, our country’s first gold president.”

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Mystery paralysis in children is perplexing parents and researchers

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 09:04 AM PST

Mystery paralysis in children is perplexing parents and researchersA mysterious  unexplained, polio-like paralysis has struck more than 100 kids and continues to stump researchers and disrupt lives across the country. Experts are trying to figure out why some children become paralyzed while their brothers and sisters, who also are exposed to the virus, escape largely unscathed? Researchers are gathering DNA from patients around country, are among the experts trying to find answers for families affected by the paralysis. FULL REPORT

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Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 08:52 AM PST

Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.”

So image the level of gall it takes for this Pope to refer to money as “the Devil’s dung” when the corporation of which he is currently the head of hoards untold billions of it in stockpiles in Switzerland and around the world. Certainly if he were sincere, don’t you think he would start by immediately giving away a few billion just to show the rules he wants others to follow also applies to the Vatican as well? Evidentially, he does not. FULL STORY

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Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky

Posted: 03 Mar 2015 08:47 AM PST

Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky

PHOTO: The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, March 3, 2015.

Chile’s Villarrica volcano has reportedly erupted overnight, sending lava shooting into the night sky and was visible for miles! According to reports The volcano erupted at about 3 a.m. local time, triggering a red alert and ordered evacuations according to the National Emergency Office. FULL REPORT

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Christian Colleges’ Biblical Stance on Homosexuality Stirs National Controversy

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:45 PM PST

Christian Colleges' Biblical Stance on Homosexuality Stirs National ControversyOnce again a “mind-boggling” controversy has been stirred in a small Christian college in South Carolina. Erskine College has received scrutiny for its board of trustees’ decision last week, characterized by some media outlets as a ban on homosexuality. It comes as many religious organizations seek to respond to the national debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage. The college, affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, held that sexual intimacy is only appropriate between a man and woman who are married. “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful,” said the statement adopted by the college in Due West, South Carolina. The reason I emphasized “Mind-boggling” earlier is because “How is this even controversial”? How is this even a debate? This just emphasises just how far off the Moral compass the Church has strayed today! FULL REPORT

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ISIS Sets 19 Christian Captives Free

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:35 PM PST

ISIS Sets 19 Christian Captives Free

Iraqi Christians say they have no intention of leaving the country despite the recent abduction of over 100 Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State. (Ahmed Saad)

Sources indicate that the Islamic State has released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said. This is wonderful news in light of all the deaths that have transpired by the hands of ISIS over the last year or so.  More than 200 Assyrians remain in Islamic State hands, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, captives from an Islamic State advance last month that overran more than a dozen villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka, a northeastern city mainly held by the Kurds. FULL REPORT

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California Republicans Betray Party Values With New Gay Rights Wing

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:26 PM PST

California Republicans Betray Party Values With New Gay Rights Wing

The Log Cabin Republicans, established to fight a proposed statewide ballot measure to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools, has long been at odds with mainstream Republican opposition to same-sex marriage and related issues. (Facebook)

If you’re expecting the Republican Party to be the saving grace for biblical Standards this next election season I wouldn’t hold my breath too long, not in California anyway! Why? because according to reports California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. Endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans as a charter volunteer organization within the nation’s largest Republican statewide party apparatus marked a turning point of sorts for California Republicans on a key chunk of their social policy agenda. Delegates to the California Republican Party voted 861-293 in favor of the move during the party’s three-day annual convention in Sacramento, the state capital, a party spokeswoman said. FULL REPORT

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Franklin Graham Says This One Thing Will Lead to Christian Persecution in America

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 09:17 PM PST

Franklin Graham Says This One Thing Will Lead to Christian Persecution in AmericaEvangelist Franklin Graham recently revealed the one thing that will open the door to the persecution of Christians in America, and that one thing is says President Obama’s sympathetic attitude to Islam and giving Muslim groups access to influence U.S. foreign policy, which eventually will ultimately lead to the persecution of Christians and Jews in America. Graham reveals In an exclusive interview on CBN’s 700 Club Interactive program that the president’s upbringing is the reason he favors Islam. He went on to say  “We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam and the reason I say that, Gordon, is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama. His mother married another Muslim man, they moved to Indonesia, he went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, it was Islam,” he said. FULL REPORT

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Prophetic Update – All Eyes On Israel

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:53 PM PST

Prophetic Update - All Eyes On Israel

Zechariah 12:2-3 – “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

This is Part 1 of 2 of a “Prophetic Update regarding the recent events regarding the Nation of Israel and The United States. In this 2 Part Update i will show you how the US could be seeing judgments as a result of the treatment of Israel and it’s leadership. I will also point out important timelines to be looking out for and why.
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Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000 but we are in Shemitah Cycle

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:22 PM PST

Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000 but we are in Shemitah CycleWall Street was full of glee Monday when the Nasdaq closed above 5000 for the first time since the peak of the dotcom bubble in March 2000. But are we on the verge of another Bubble Bursting resulting in another economic collapse like we saw in 2008? After all we in a “Shemitah” cycle on the jewish cuyle! Yet almost everyone in the financial world seems convinced that things are somehow “different” this time around. Even though by almost every objective measure stocks are wildly overpriced right now, and even though there are a whole host of signs that economic trouble is on the horizon, the overwhelming consensus is that this bull market is just going to keep charging ahead. But of course that is what they thought just before the last two stock market crashes in 2001 and 2008 as well. No matter how many times history repeats, we never seem to learn from it. FULL REPORT

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2 White House Break-in tries in 24 hours

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 08:08 PM PST

2 White House Break-in tries in 24 hours What is up with all the attempts to breach the White House lately? Now reports are indicating that two men were arrested this past Sunday night and early Monday in separate attempts to gain access to the White House grounds, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The first incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. along East Executive Avenue NW, near the Sherman monument. Brian Leary, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said a man climbed over a bicycle rack and was arrested. He was taken to the D.C. police department’s Second District station and charged with unlawful entry. Leary said that about 6:45 a.m. Monday, another man tried to walk into a door leading to a construction site at Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue. Leary said a worker was leaving and the man tried to get through the door before it closed. FULL REPORT

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Netanyahu In America: For Such A Time As This

Tomorrow, as you watch Bibi Netanyahu speak to Congress about the plight of Israel and Jews everywhere — remember Queen Esther, and how God used her in such a mighty way to save His people.

”For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this” Esther 4:14 (KJV)

When I was growing up in the synagogue, I remember that during Purim, which is being celebrated right now, we would listen to our teacher recall the story of Queen Esther. God brought her to the Persian king to become his queen. Because of Esther, the plan of Haman to annihilate all Jews was thwarted. When our teacher would say “Haman” all the kids would shake a noise making wheel and we would all yell BOO!!!!! We loved it.

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 When I see what is happening to Israel, and the rabid Antisemitism sweeping the globe, I think back to Queen Esther. But today, God is bringing not a queen, but the Prime Minister of the land of Israel — miraculously re-established in 1948.

“And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land” Ezekiel 37:21 (KJV)

“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” Amos 9:14-15 (KJV)

Tomorrow, PM Netanyahu will address Congress on behalf of the Jewish people — not just in Israel, but all over the world.

We have seen the recent murders of Jews across Europe. We have seen the hatred of students on the college campuses of the U.S. against Israel and the Jewish people. I never thought that I would see anything like this. My dad, before he died, told us that the Holocaust would probably be repeated.

Satan hates the Jewish people.

He knows that God’s law, the prophets and Yeshua all came from the Jewish people. Satan has been trying to destroy the Jews since the beginning of his reign on earth. But because God made promises to Israel, Satan’s attacks, although horrific, will never completely wipe out the Jewish people. NEVER. Will there be more Jewish blood spilled? Absolutely. Christians and Jews are hated by Satan, and he will continue his murderous rage wherever he can.

Antisemitism is getting way out of control on America’s college campuses:

Today’s “Haman” is radical Islam.

Their goal: to wipe Israel off the map. PM Netanyahu knows full well what a nuclear Iran means to the security of Israel. We know what that means.

Barack Obama couldn’t care less.

So, tomorrow, as you watch Bibi Netanyahu speak to Congress about the plight of Israel and Jews everywhere — remember Queen Esther, and how God used her in such a mighty way to save His people.

Father I pray in the name of Jesus, that Your hand will be upon PM Netanyahu as he speaks. Give him courage and wisdom. Open the hearts of those who will listen to him. I ask this in the name of Yeshua – Your only begotten Son. Amen.

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (KJV)

Am Yisrael Chai!

MARANATHA!

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Ignoring The Vatican Billions, Pope Francis Again Calls For Global Wealth Distribution

The Vatican has billions of dollars in wealth and treasure that the Pope never seems to want to talk about

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.

So image the level of gall it takes for this Pope to refer to money as “the Devil’s dung” when the corporation of which he is currently the head of hoards untold billions of it in stockpiles in Switzerland and around the world. Certainly if he were sincere, don’t you think he would start by immediately giving away a few billion just to show the rules he wants others to follow also applies to the Vatican as well? Evidentially, he does not.

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Speaking in Rome, Pope Francis condemned what he called a “throwaway culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalized world.”

But he proposed a solution of sorts, in the form of economic cooperatives that would help spread wealth equally: “Money at the service of life can be managed in the right way by cooperatives, on condition that it is a real cooperative where capital does not have command over men but men over capital.”

He quoted his namesake, St Francis of Assisi, in calling money the “devil’s dung,” according to Vatican Radio. “When money becomes an idol, it controls man’s choices,” he added. “It makes him a slave.”

This is far from the first time the Pope has addressed the condition of the working class in the globalized world; in a speech at the U.N. last year, the Pope asked world leaders to redistribute wealth.

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March 2, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the danger is great that the thousands of Syrian refugees coming into the United States will include terrorists who want to kill Americans. So what is he doing about it? He told Sean Hannity of Fox News the other night that he has sent a letter!… (more)

March 2, 2015
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS — The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran…. (more)


March 2, 2015
JERUSALEM POST — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Western Wall on Saturday night, just hours before flying to Washington on one of the most contentious visits there by an Israeli prime minister in recent memory…. (more)


March 2, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — What should be our strategy against ISIS? We ask the question without ever considering Iran. What concessions about centrifuges and spent fuel should we demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power? We ask the question never linking the mullahs’ weapons ambitions with its sponsorship of the global jihad . . . the only reason we dread a nuclear Iran…. (more)

March 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — CJ Pearson, a politically active 12-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, says he has been locked out of his Facebook account after posting a video saying President Barack Obama doesn’t love America…. (more)


March 1, 2015
GARTH KANT — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, strongly suggested the fix was in from the beginning by GOP leaders to sabotage the fight against Obama’s amnesty, saying, “The cake was baked from the start.”… (more)

March 1, 2015
POLITICO — Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Removing a sitting speaker is exceedingly difficult, and such an effort would almost certainly fall short…. (more)


March 1, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Former Rep. Frank Wolf, the leading voice for religious freedom in Congress for decades, says Christianity is on the verge of extinction in Iraq and the remaining steadfast believers do not see much effort from the U.S. or other Western nations to improve their plight…. (more)

March 1, 2015
INFOWARS — Earlier this week, the ATF announced its intention to ban sales of the ammunition, typically used by sports shooters, in the name of protecting law enforcement officers from “the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest.”… (more)


February 28, 2015
BREITBART — In a surprise speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unloaded on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – -systematically dismantling Bush’s push for amnesty and a massive increase in guest workers from around the world…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JOHN FUND — Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Color me astonished that it is still controversial in America today, after six years of Barack Obama’s presidency, to say that he does not like America – – that maybe he even hates it. There was a veritable media firestorm when former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made the statement…. (more)

February 28, 2015
BBC — A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say…. (more)

February 28, 2015
BOB UNRUH — An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County is asking the judge who ordered federal bureaucrats not to implement President Obama’s amnesty-by-memo plan to order a hearing over the administration’s apparent refusal to abide by the order…. (more)

February 28, 2015
NEWSMAX — Files released by the Obama administration that were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan indicate that al-Qaida had dealings with Iran, the Weekly Standard reported…. (more)

February 28, 2015
SKY NEWS — The first known photograph has emerged of Mohammed Emwazi – the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” – as an adult. Showing him with a goatee beard and wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, the image is revealed in student records from his time at the University of Westminster…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Donald Trump assured activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday that he is seriously considering a presidential bid and has no interest in any publicity stunt to boost his business or his brand on television…. (more)

February 28, 2015
JEROME R. CORSI — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, given the last slot among the presidential hopefuls at the Conservative Political Action Conference, faced some of the most devoted members of the Republican Party’s ideological base, who oppose his stances on immigration and other key issues, with a strategy that diverged from his potential opponents…. (more)


February 28, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Agreeing on little else, Democrats and Republicans managed to come together late Friday to pass a short-term bill to keep the Homeland Security Department running one more week – – though they made little headway on solving the underlying fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty…. (more)


February 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The Democrat majority on the Federal Communications Commission adopted sweeping new rules Thursday for the Internet that critics charge were pushed forward by pressure from President Obama and now most certainly will face legal challenges as well as possible intervention from a Congress unhappy with the takeover of yet another part of America’s economy…. (more)


February 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.”… (more)

February 27, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility…. (more)


February 27, 2015
BUZZFEED NEWS — Shortly after the 2012 election ended, David Kochel, the top-flight Iowa Republican strategist who had run Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state, decided to stop keeping his opinion of marriage equality to himself. He had spent years helping presidential candidates court the conservative Christian voters who dominated Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, but he had grown increasingly convinced that his party was on the wrong side of the marriage debate, both morally and politically…. (more)

February 27, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — National Geographic was one of my favorite magazines as a child. Heck, it was young George Bailey’s favorite magazine. He was proud, like me, to be a part of “the National Geographic Society,” which he took to mean a society of future explorers and adventurers…. (more)


On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Decriminalization of adultery in South Korea reflects global trend of personal autonomy 

Adultery Is No Longer an Affair of the State in South Korea, New York Times (Choe Sang-Hun)

South Korea Legalizes Adultery, Wall Street Journal (Jeyup S. Kwaak)

2) Chinese wedding industry growth obscures underlying tragedy of one-child policy

Wedding wows, The Economist

3) Failure to regard consequences of divorce in Ireland causes indifference towards gay marriage

Is it going to be hello marriage equality, bye bye Mammy?, The Independent (Carol Hunt)

4) Rise of psychic demand reveals Christianity never replaced by pure secularism

There’s a Lot of Spirit At School for Psychics, Wall Street Journal (Matthew Dalton)
In other news…

LAPD Skid Row Shooting Brings Focus to Body Camera Technology NBC News (Andrew Blankstein and Jon Schuppe)

Officer’s Body Camera, Other Videos Part of LAPD Skid Row Shooting Death Investigation NBC LA (Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard)

3-parent IVF: Why isn’t it available in the United States? The Guardian (Brittany Shoot)

Why Canada Isn’t Ready To Talk About ‘3-Parent’ Babies CBC (Nicholas Misketi)

ISIS releases some Christian hostages — but why? CNN (Ben Brumfield)

Why Do Poor Women Have More Abortions? Slate.com (Amanda Marcotte)

Leaving your religion? Now, there’s a hotline to help, Religion News Service (Kimberly Winston)

 


Stock Market Bubble: Wall Street Is Ecstatic As The NASDAQ Closes Above 5000

Are we at the tail end of the stock market bubble to end all stock market bubbles? Wall Street was full of glee Monday when the Nasdaq closed above 5000 for the first time since the peak of the dotcom bubble in March 2000. And almost everyone in the financial world seems convinced that things are somehow “different” this time around. Even though by almost every objective measure stocks are wildly overpriced right now, and even though there are a whole host of signs that economic trouble is on the horizon, the overwhelming consensus is that this bull market is just going to keep charging ahead. But of course that is what they thought just before the last two stock market crashes in 2001 and 2008 as well. No matter how many times history repeats, we never seem to learn from it. (Read More.…)


The McAvany Intel Memo

It was gratifying that the November mid-term elections went well for the Republicans and against the liberal/socialist Democrats and against Obama. The House and Senate are now firmly in the hands of the Republicans (not conservatives-just Republicans), though not enough to overcome Obama vetoes on almost all Republican-sponsored legislation. One area of good news did emerge from this election: In races where the Democrats championed Gay/Lesbian same-sex marriage and the Republicans opposed it and supported traditional marriage, the Republicans won all of those races. This was a major setback for the Obama-led homosexual marriage juggernaut and homosexual movement in America. The political left underestimated how many heterosexual couples in America support traditional marriage and oppose the homosexual agenda. Could this be the beginning of an awakening in America-where grass-root Americans begin to wake up and oppose the degenerate policies of the political left? We can only hope so!

Another reason the Democrats lost badly was the grassroots perception that the US economy is really bad and getting worse. This is directly contrary to the Wall Street/media/Democrat propaganda that the economy is getting better. Exit polls on Election Day indicated that 78% of voters (from both parties) were worried about the economy: 69% said it was really bad; and 65% said the country is on the wrong track (i.e., headed in the wrong direction). Obama and the Democrats got the blame for economic reality this time. In 2016, when the economy will be even worse, the Republicans will be the targets and will come in for a large share of the blame.

Beyond that fact, there are a number of other sobering considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, there is very little difference between the Democrats and the Republicans-except the rhetoric, which is more liberal for the former, and more conservative for the latter. But the rhetoric is deliberately misleading: both parties are liberal-the Democrats being the most liberal, socialist, or Marxist. The parties have rightly been called Socialist Party A and Socialist Party B. The Democrats will take America into hardcore socialism at 100 miles an hour and the Republicans at 60 miles an hour-but the destination is the same.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014


The Real Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Lies Ahead :: Rosen in Washington Times

by Steven J. Rosen
The Washington Times
March 1, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5064/crisis-us-israel


Obama Negotiates Israel’s Destruction

The strangest thing about Obama’s efforts to achieve friendly relations with Iran, something he has tried to do since he first took office in 2009, is that Iran has made it abundantly clear since its Islamic revolution in 1979 that it hates America and, in tandem, Israel as well.

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7 Times Obama Failed to Support Israel

Under President Barack Obama, many believe, U.S.-Israel relations have deteriorated to a historic low. From the groundwork former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid for the high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran, to current Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated insults to the Jewish state, to the president’s reported intent to have Israeli jet fighters shot down, Obama and his administration’s actions have alienated America’s longstanding ally.

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The Obama Inquisition

If you want to infuriate a liberal, question his patriotism. He’ll sneer, mock and ridicule the question. And then when he is up against the wall, he will mumble that the real patriots don’t need to wear flag pins because they covertly perform their patriotism in the dead of night when no one is looking.

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Obama exceeds Chamberlain by switching allegiance from ally to enemy

There is no comparison between supporting the survival of a nation and defending another nation’s violent intent. One is struggling for its very life, surrounded by enemies on virtually every side. The other is a theocratic foe to western countries, expending every resource on developing methods to destroy the West.

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EXPOSED: The Planned Subjugation of America’s Population

The actual blueprint of the method of the madness of the Obama regime has been laid bare in White House plans to develop “A Country Within A country” of 15 Million “New Americans”, a story brought to light by Mark Levin’s interview with Susan Payne.

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Prophecy Matters

And that’s the point of it, that’s why “prophecy matters.” It isn’t so we can name the antichrist, or predict the date of the Rapture. It’s to show people clearly, through the divine revelation of Scripture, that God is alive, well, and acting in the world today. That is Good News for every man, woman, and child, literally. No matter their backgrounds or worldviews, the message of predictive prophecy is thrilling, and highly relevant.

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Trial Begins for Imprisoned Evolutionary Foe Fighting New Charge, Possible Life Behind Bars

An imprisoned creation science evangelist and Baptist minister who refuted evolutionary theory and who has served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence faced trial in Florida today as he fights a new charge that could put him behind bars for life.

Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been incarcerated since 2007.

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb – Albert Mohler

God’ sovereign plan from the beginning was to fill the earth with human creatures — image bearers who would obey him by multiplying and filling the earth and by following the creation mandate in order to reflect the creator’s glory. Even after the fall, his purpose was that human creatures spread all over the globe and glorify his name — but of course now that would have to come through the redemption provided by Christ, the one who fulfills God’s promise to Abraham that he would be a blessing to all the nations (Genesis 12:3).

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Iran could nuke New York, Bennett warns Americans

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett warned American TV viewers Sunday that Iranian nuclear ambitions were a direct threat to the West, and that the regime in Tehran was developing its missile program abilities with an eye to launching nuclear attacks on major Western cities.

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WVW-TV Presents: (Part Three) Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church

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March 2, 2015

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Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret – part 2

by Marsha West

In part 1 of this series, CRN contributor Marsha West asked the following questions: Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to agonize over it? Should a Christian (a) make a decision without first spending hours in prayer, asking God to reveal His will? (b) avoid making a decision until he or she has a “peace about it”? (c) wait for a “sign” from God? (d) consult a psychic or a Ouija board to seek God’s guidance? In part 2 Marsha answers these questions.

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Big bang blunder: scientists retract alleged proof of universe origin

by Marsha West

According to the Christian News Network, in less than a year after astronomers announced that they had proof of the universe beginnings, those same astronomers have retracted their claims. We now learn that the findings were not proof of the Big Bang after all and that the astronomers’ conclusions were incorrect.

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Our Time is Short

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


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March 3, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

Hawking

Stephen Hawking wrote, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us” (A Brief History of Time). He also stated: “Then we shall . . . be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God.”

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Kale and the Kingdom

A while ago I was reading Matthew 6:25-34 with my wife and we were discussing the passage while wrapping up our night.  As my wife has been growing in her experience with walking through a passage, tracing an argument and noticing important components, she made a some good observations that ended up in some light bulbs going on for both of us.  Here are some observations that came out of our discussion:

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Judge Rules That Church, Not Presbytery, Owns Property

“The judge’s decision included a permanent injunction that barred the presbytery, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and any people or entities related to it from doing anything that would interfere with or disturb First Presbyterian’s “ownership, use, control or disposition” of the property.”

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How Preaching Shapes Liturgy

“Conscious attempt to frame proclamation and response in terms compatible with Scripture in general and the sermon text in particular helps keep liturgy biblical. While this is essential for each of the elements of worship (prayer in its various foci, reading, singing), it is most necessary for the category, “seeing the word.”

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America’s Most Tolerated Sin

“Gluttony, after all, is food worship. It’s table idolatry. It’s more about the direction of our loves than it is about the contents of our cupboards. How, then, do we discipline our appetites? One answer — and the one I want to explore here — is to quite literally turn the tables on gluttony by coming to the Lord’s Table with fresh resolve and fresh hope.”

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Division and Reunion: A Reflection On American Presbyterianism – A New Documentary

“This is not a comprehensive documentary on American Presbyterianism, far from it. But it is a reflection on history of division and reunion in the mainstream branch. And since that is the focus you can understand why another word in that description – reconciliation – is emphasized throughout the piece.”

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Three Keys to a Better Prayer Life

“Praying with consistency means having a time (or perhaps several times) during your day in which you take time to pray. I find that my best time of prayer occurs on a prayer walk. I also pray when I first get up every morning, simply thanking the Lord for another day to know and serve Him.”

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A Biblical Theology Of The Trees Of The Garden

“The tree of Life was also sacramental–symbolizing something of the eternal life that man could have entered into if he had obeyed with regard to the testing of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38), forfeited our right to the Tree of Life by taking the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

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Out Of The Darkness, Out Of The Grey, And Into The Light

“The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were incredibly carnal, and the family of Abraham was not much better. Lot was abused by his daughters. Tamar was wronged by her father-in-law. Later, Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob, was cursed for his sexual fornication. While Joseph ran from temptation, Samson ran towards it.”

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The Necessity of Expository Preaching

“The idea is not so much that God breathed into the Scriptures, but that the Scriptures are the product of His breathing out. Independent of what we may feel about the Bible as we read it, Scripture maintains a “breath of God” quality. Thus, the preacher is to make God’s Word known and make it understandable.”

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Biographer Recounts Woodrow Wilson’s Life As A Religious Epic

“His conviction that he was an instrument of God’s providence polished his certitude and fueled his determination. But when one professor, the closest friend he had ever had, disagreed with his plan to replace exclusive student clubs with more democratic residential quads, Wilson never spoke to him again and never had another very close friend.”

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Can we please get our act together?

Today could go down in history as the day America gets its act together, repents of its political folly and stand once again with Israel. Maybe. Or not. As Prime Minister Benjamen Netanyahu prepares to address congress this morning to plead for common sense on Iran’s nuclear strategy, we’re seeing reports that President Obama Has […]

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The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Americans of all ages are not sure they want to grow up. It is common to hear thirty-, forty-, or even fifty-year-olds say things like, “I guess I have to start thinking of myself as an adult now.” Many emerging adults ages eighteen to twenty-three want to get married and have children eventually, but they […]

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The Gathering Storm Against Christians

by Bill Muehlenberg

All over the West there is a war against Christians and Christianity taking place, and each day this is hotting up even more. Indeed, on a daily basis we find further ugly examples of anti-Christian bigotry taking place. I could easily stop writing about everything else and simply document all this as a full time job.

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Multi-Site Churches: Media and Messages

by Christopher Ames

Multi-Site churches are just one symptom of the evangelical assimilation of the secular cult of celebrity. But, as many thinkers have warned throughout history, this innovation has come at a price. That most people are blind to the liabilities of multi-site, technology-dependent churches is not surprising, but how should we think through this phenomenon as we endeavor to respond to it Biblically?

This article considers the phenomenon of multi-site churches from a theological angle: multi-site churches are founded upon a deficient anthropology.

Second Nature Journal | An Ethical Evaluation of Digital Media in Multi-Site Worship


Our Time is Short

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


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Two Easy to Spot Problems with The Prayer of Jabez

Originally posted on Steak and a Bible:

Recently a friend asked me what I knew about The Prayer of Jabez. I’d never considered writing about it before now because I thought it was already played out. It was popular when I was in college (which was some time ago). But I should have known that popular books filled with shallow and/or errant theology always return. These books have more lives than cats.

So let’s get down to business. Here are two fundamental problems with The Prayer of Jabez.

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NTEB: Benjamin Netanyahu Delivers Blistering Speech To Congress Amid Rousing Reception

From the moment his name was announced, thunderous applause and cheering filled the House chambers as the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, made his way to the podium.

“I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” Isaiah 46:13 (KJV)

In his opening remarks, Netanyahu made sure to give a shout out to Harry Reid, someone who clearly cannot stand him. This speaks volumes about the class act that is Benjamin Netanyahu. After opening remarks, he launched immediately into why he was there: for the peace and safety of Israel.

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The Prime Minister then thanked America for it’s amazing level of support since the regathering of Israel in 1948, and acknowledged the special relationship between the two nations.

Netanyahu and Queen Esther

Recalling the biblical story of Queen Esther who was chosen to save her people “for such a time as this”, Netanyahu went right into the main reason for his visit, the ever-present threat of Iranian nuclear weapons that once completed will be pointed directly at Israel. He listed point after point calling attention to the brutality of the Iran, and the deadly threat they pose not only to Israel, but to American interests around the world as well.

“We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror” he said to a rousing applause.

But as Netanyahu went on pointing out the evil of the Iranian regime, it tarnished any hopes at all that Obama might have about getting American support for further “peace talks” with Iran as has been his clearly stated goal. One can only imagine Obama sitting watching this speech through gritted teeth and sky-high blood pressure levels.

“As far as ISIS and Iran are concerned, then enemy of your enemy is your enemy” was possibly the best line of the speech, instant classic!

Netanyahu then spent the next 10 minutes ripping Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran to absolute shreds. Any chances that Obama might have had in getting it passed vanished like ice in the noonday sun.

“If Iran wants to be treated as a normal country, let it act like a normal country” brought the entire House to it’s feet in standing ovation.

Netanyahu’s speech was clear, concise and hyper-targeted to it’s goal of calling attention to the Iranian nuclear crisis this world faces. What Obama will do in retaliation remains to be seen, but you can be sure of one thing.

Whatever Obama’s response will be, it will be pro-Iranian and anti-Israel.

 

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JAS: Pray for Israel

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” –Psalm 122:6

America stands at an unprecedented point in American-Israeli relations. The current White House administration’s handling of both the Iranian nuclear threat and undermining of Israeli foreign relations continues to destabilize the Middle East and threaten the safety of both Israel and America. What can be done to help?

We want to encourage you to stand firm both in your Christian faith and in support of Israel. Here are three things you can do today:

  1. Pray: Ask for God’s intervention regarding the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and for America’s political leaders to positively respect and respond to his message.
  2. Contact your Congressman and express your support for Israel.
  3. Take time to learn more about the biblical, historical, and contemporary importance of Israel. To help, we’re offering free online access to four popular television programs and one e-book related to the Bible’s teachings about Israel.
  4. Forward this email to your family and friends to encourage prayer and support for Israel during this important time.

Program 1:  The Birth of the Modern State of Israel
Visit historical sites and listen to participants describe Israel’s emergence as a modern state in 1948.

Program 2: Israel Declares Independence
Visit the Hall of Independence and listen as our guests describe that historic meeting.

Program 3: Ancient Hebron and the Abrahamic Covenant
Visit Hebron, where God gave the Abrahamic Covenant, and discover what it’s like today.

Program 4: The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Visit the Temple Mount. See key biblical sites and hear what life would have been like at the time of King David and during Jesus’ lifetime.

God’s Heart for Israel and Us (e-book) by Dr. John Weldon
We read God’s promises to Israel in the Old Testament, where it is referred to as “the apple of His eye, but is God done with Israel since they rejected their Messiah? Are we, as Christians, supposed to stand for the nation of Israel today? Has the Church now replaced Israel, so that God’s promises and covenants given in the OT no longer apply to Israel? What is Israel’s global importance? Is global anti-Semitism on the rise? What will be Israel’s ultimate future?

Stand with us as we pray for the “peace of Jerusalem,” the nation of Israel, and the future of Israel and the United States.

Sincerely,

Dr. John Ankerberg

Hillary Clinton used her private e-mail account to conduct State Department business

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Wow. The ultra leftist New York Times just dropped a bomb on Hillary’s 2016 hopes.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to…

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Unspoiling Your Children

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

I’m not sure what to think of this: one of my favorite parenting books isn’t a Christian one.  I do, of course, believe we should raise our children in a distinctly Christian manner, centered around God and his Word.  And of course there are helpful Christian parenting books out there (some unhelpful ones as well!).  But sometimes Christian parents should remember that in God’s common grace, we can learn from those who don’t hold explicitly Christian views.  This book, How to Unspoil Your Child Fast by Dr. R. Bromfield, is a great example.

Even if we may not realize it, most of us who are parents today (myself included) spoil our kids to some extent.  We allow our kids to argue with us, we do too much for our kids, we cater to them too often, we side with our child instead of the teacher or coach, we do…

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How to End Wars (James 4:1–12)

Originally posted on Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

Kids-FightingWelcome back to our series in the book of James!

War is a fact of life. Not only are there wars between nations, but there are wars of one kind or another on almost every level of life—even “interpersonal wars” among those in the church! James discussed this important theme of war and explained there are three wars going on in the world. He also told how these wars could be stopped.

At War with Each Other (James 4:1a, 11–12)

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?” Among Christians! Surely, brethren should live together in love and harmony, yet often they do not. Lot caused a quarrel with his Uncle Abraham (Gen. 13). Absalom created a war for his father David (2 Sam. 13–18). Even the disciples created problems for the Lord when they argued over who was the greatest in the kingdom (Luke 9:46–48).

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The Church and the World: Early 20th Century Responses to Liberalism

Originally posted on Scripture Thoughts:

I am enjoying and learning a lot from ITunes University theological seminary series: first Carl Trueman’s (Westminster Theological Seminary) Reformation History series, and now “The Church and the World” from Reformed Theological Seminary (professor James Anderson). More in-depth and focused than even the best local-church “church history” series (as to be expected from Seminary courses), I especially appreciate the presentation of material that would otherwise be learned (from available online material) only in various fragments and pieces, but here all put together in sequence, to gain the overall perspective as well as how each piece relates to the topic itself.

From my recent listening in the “Church and the World” series, the following highlights:

Though the modernist view began in the 17th century and especially by the late 18th century, its impact really reached the church in the early 20th century, with significant responses to liberal Christianity from about…

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March 3, 2015 Email Brigade Newsletter

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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8

March 3, 2014

 

We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

~ A.W. Tozer

MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN

Revisited

Finding God’s Will Is No Deep Dark Secret! Part 2

As I stated in Part 1, God speaks to us through the pages of Scripture.  “For all our talk about sola Scriptura,” says Christian apologist Greg Koukl, “many also hold that God speaks to them on a regular basis giving true information about Himself and specific directions for their lives. Their claim is, essentially, ‘I believe the Bible is a bona fide source of information and the Spirit also gives private information directly to me.’ The second step frequently follows the first: The personal, subjective sense of what a person thinks God is telling him trumps the objective Scripture.”

Finding God’s Will Is No Deep Dark Secret! Part 1

Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to agonize over it? Should a believer make a decision without first spending hours in prayer, asking God to reveal His will? Must a Christian avoid making a decision until he or she has a “peace about it”? …

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

 

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FEATURED ARTICLES

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China’s Lomng Road to Dominance—Michael Barone

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414516/chinas-long-road-dominance-michael-barone

n reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, On China, notes that since he and Richard Nixon ventured to Beijing more than 40 years ago, “Eight American presidents and four generations of Chinese leaders have managed this delicate relationship in an astonishingly consistent manner, considering the difference in starting points.”

WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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How low can “Christians” go?

Pastor Says God Told Her to Appear on ‘Sex Box’ TV Show

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/pastor-says-god-told-her-to-appear-on-sex-box-tv-show.html

Pastor [Not!] Capehart, a couples’ counselor of 17 years said she rejected the offer to appear on the TV show three times before God spoke to her and told her to go on the show. …

 

NEWS TO KNOW

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Hands Are Tied: US Can’t Hit Libya Despite Presence of Key ISIS Fighters

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/02/sources-more-than-dozen-isis-operatives-in-libya-but-no-us-authority-to-strike/

Judge Rules APA Lied, Must Halt Discrimination Against Conservatives

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/2/judge-rules-epa-lied-about-transparency/

 

Do the rich pay their fair share?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/1/stephen-moore-do-the-rich-pay-their-fair-share-of-/

 

WaPo: Four Pinnocchios for Obama on Keystone Spin

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/03/02/wapo-four-pinnocchios-for-obama-on-keystone-n1964472

 

Mark Levin’s CPAC’s 2015 full speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W93wa3i-c-s

 

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CULTURE CLASH

 

CULTURE

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Mindless Christians Deliberately Disobeying Jesus—Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/26/mindless-christians-deliberately-disobeying-jesus /

It is as if so many believers actually exalt in ignorance, in stupidity, in cluelessness. They seem to relish offering worldly wisdom instead of biblical wisdom. They seem to be saturated with the precepts and beliefs of secular humanism instead of the biblical worldview. …

 

EDUCATION – Research Links

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Common Core, part 1—Dennis Cuddy

http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis306.htm

There is a great controversy today over the current educational reform movement known as Common Core (CC). Many people have offered specific criticisms of the movement, but they generally look at CC in isolation. However, it is important to understand the back ground of CC, and a good starting point for that begins with the Illuminati, which began on May 1, 1776. …

 

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY FILM

Find answers here

 

Sin, Sleaze and Hyper Grace—Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/15/sin-sleaze-and-hyper-grace/

I write all this because on a daily basis I find evidence of this very thing. All around me I see people who profess to be believers who are living just like pagans. They seem to not have the slightest heart for holiness, a passion for purity, or a desire to be fully devoted to God.

 

LGBT ISSUES — Research Links

 

The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of ‘homo-sexualism’

Porn may be only place gay youth see gay sex portrayed ‘positively’: UK ‘sex health’ charity head

300 Articles You Have to Read to Understand Homo-fascism

‘Gay’ Promiscuity: Breeding a national health problem

Big ‘Gay’ Brother is Watching You

Truth-Telling About Gays

 

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Owners who refused cake for gay couple close shop

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/02/27/anti-gay-marriage-bakery-gone/24133651/

 

EX-GAYS/EX TRANSEXUALS

 

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Truth Matters In Ex-Gay Debate

Nine fallen ‘exgay’ leaders seek spotlight with therapy ban alliance

Why Gays Cannot Speak for Ex-Gays

120 EX-GAY video testimonies

 

LEFT-WING MEDIA

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NBC Continues Scolding Netanyahu for Creating a ‘Storm of Controversy’ Ahead of Speech to Congress http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2015/03/02/nbc-continues-scolding-netanyahu-creating-storm-controversy-ahead

 

LIFE & DEATH – Research Links

 

Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

Amazing Video Shows Life Before Birth: “Everything a Newborn Baby Does, a Fetus Has Already Done

Abortion, Depression, Suicide

 

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This Dying Patient Has Brain Cancer Like Brittany Maynard, But Her Response is Priceless

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/03/02/this-dying-patient-has-brain-cancer-like-brittany-maynard-but-her-response-is-priceless/

 

CHECK OUT THE BOOK STORE

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ~ Heb 13:4

 

Understand the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Ryan Anderson explains why gay marriage doesn’t exist

Our last chance to save traditional marriage

 

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Federal Judge Blocks Nebraska’ Gay-Marriage Ban

http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2015/03/02/federal-judge-blocks-nebraskas-gay-marriage-ban-n1964470

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7 Things to Expect Post-Supremes’ Marriage Ruling—Linda Harvey

http://www.missionamerica.com/articletext.php?artnum=356

The unthinkable may be near at hand: homosexuality as a “civil right.” It’s a complete lie but the signs point to the U.S. Supreme Court granting constitutional rights’ status to same sex “marriage,” and if that happens, homosexual behavior is likely to then become a civil right under U.S. law.

 

RELIGION

 

OF INTEREST

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Mindless Christians Deliberately Disobeying Jesus–Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/26/mindless-christians-deliberately-disobeying-jesus/

I have shared that quote often because it is so utterly and so tragically true. I continue to be overwhelmed at the out of control levels of biblical illiteracy amongst so many Christians. I continue to be staggered by the inability of so many Christians to engage in basic logic, basic reasoning, and basic thinking. …

 

Important Questions to Ask About Discernment Ministries

http://fortheloveofhistruth.com/2013/01/16/some-important-questions-to-ask-about-discernment-ministries/

What attitude do they display? Is it one of arrogance and pride and do they feel that they are better than those poor heretics over there? Or do they genuinely mourn and weep over the state of the church? Do they speak with humility and grace, recognizing that it is only the grace of God that has kept them? Do they feel that they are superior to everyone else and God’s only remnant?

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US Presbyterian Church Under Heat for Meeting Hezbollah

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188151

 

CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links

 

Why is biblical Creationism so important?

The Giraffe: God’s Outstanding Animal

 

New

Big Bang Blunder: Scientists Retract Alleged Proof of Universe’s Beginnings

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/02/big-bang-blunder-scientists-retract-alleged-proof-of-universes-beginnings/

 

TEACHING/DEVOTIONAL

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The Need for the Truth—Ray Stedman

http://www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/ecclesiastes/the-need-for-the-truth

 

WATCH OUT—APOSTASY ALERT!

 

A discerning Christian is one who seeks to walk in repentance for he or she will be in a constant state of self-examination. ~ Mike Ratliff

 

Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of

the written Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Disturbing History of AA

New Booklet Tract: The Spiritual Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous–And Why Christians Should Think Twice About Joining A.A.

 

Previous

More A.A Fun Facts: A.A.’s Pagan Symbol

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/02/13/more-a-a-fun-facts-a-a-s-pagan-symbol/

 

Angels – Research links

 

Three Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

Unbiblical ideas About Angels

 

Ann Voskamp

 

Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts?

 

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Loving God is not erotic (no matter what Voskamp says)–Mike Abendroth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpnNFhJJvrU&feature=youtu.be

 

Beth Moore

 

Why Beth Moore and Not Me? The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation

Has so-and-so false teacher always been false, or did it just start now?

The Low-Information Evangelical, Part 1  Part 2

Examining Beth Moore’s teaching

 

 “Blood Moons”

 

Is Jesus going to return during the blood-red moon of 2015?

Divine Sign for Israel? Hagee Explains Blood Moons

Will Lunar Eclipses Cause Four Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015?

 

Books on Heaven

 ‘Boy who came back from heaven’ recants story, rebukes LifeWay and other buyers/sellers of ‘heaven tourism’

LifeWay returns ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ books to publisher

 

Charismatic Movement

 

Strange Fire Q&A: Answering the Critics—Phil Johnson interviews John MacArthur

Where is IHOP Going? An interview with Sarah Leslie

 

Christians and Conspiracy Theories

Sola Sisters has compiled articles that were written in order to biblically address the reality of conspiracy theory websites that Christians are sometimes drawn to, but which we feel are unbiblical and cause Christians to become unbalanced and unsteady in their walks. Be blessed.

http://www.solasisters.com/2015/02/christians-and-conspiracy-theories.html

 

Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven

 

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

Straight Talk About the Seeker Church Movement

Why this pastor left the church-growth model

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

 

New

Andy Stanley: Even if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you will have a better life by following his teachings–SUFTT

http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/02/andy-stanley-even-if-you-dont-believe-that-jesus-is-the-son-of-god-you-will-have-a-better-life-by-following-his-teachings/

 

Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive–Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9y9ly6YvCw

 

Contemplative Prayer – Research Links

 

The “Tree of Contemplative Practices” – Is Your Church Practicing Some of These?

What Is Spiritual Formation and Why Does It Matter?

Contemplative Terms

 

Ecumenism

 

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

 

Emergent Church – Research Links

 

The Emerging Global Church

McLaren’s CANA Initiative marks new era for Neo Emergents

Listen: Emergent Church finally shows its real intentions!-

Emerging towards convergence

Emergent /Emerging Church Documentary

 

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The Appalling Apostasy of Rob Bell—Bill Muehlenberg

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/19/the-appalling-apostasy-of-rob-bell/

 

Hillsong Church/Music

 

Why Hillsong music is dangerous to sing in your church

Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Hellsong – The Music of Hillsong – In Praise of Folly

 

New

Hillsong’s influence with influential people: Bear Grylls, name dropping and “idolatry”

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/03/02/hillsongs-influence-with-influential-people-bear-grylls-name-dropping-and-idolatry/

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The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/02/09/the-hillsong-cults-infallible-prophets-part-1/

So what does it mean when God gives Brian Houston a God-given vision? What does it mean when God gives Bobbie Houston a God whisper? What does this mean for Hillsong? …

 

“Jesus Calling” – Research Links

 

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

In Jesus Calling: Jesus Contradicts Himself

Is Hit Book “Jesus Calling” Pushing New Age?

Articles and links exposing the New Age “Jesus” and New Age teachings

in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” devotional

 

Joyce Meyer

 

The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP

Joyce Meyer’s teaching

 

Kay Arthur

 

Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation of Psalm 46:10

Christian Meditation: What’s Biblical and What’s

 

Mark Driscoll

 

5 Early Leadership Lessons from the Dissolution of Mars Hill Church

Part 1: “We Are Not ABANDONED”   Part 2: “Under the Bus” and “Off the Map” – The Out-of-Control Bus That Runs Over Sheep  Part 3: The Culture Which Gave Rise to Driscoll

 

“The Message” Bible

 

Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is a parody of the Bible

 

Mormonism — Research Links

Mormonism’s Pre-existence

Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had About 40 Wives

Was Joseph Smith Really a Prophet from God?

What is Mormonism – What do Mormon’s Believe

The Mormon version of “Holy, Holy, Holy” is missing something

 

Previous

Why I Am Not A Mormon—Eric Davis

http://thecripplegate.com/why-i-am-not-a-mormon/

 

New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links

 

Roma Downey posting this quote on her Facebook page

“An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power

of vision.” ~ St.Thomas Aquinas

 

Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans”

New Age Pandemic In The Church

The New Age Peale Factor: Norman Vincent Peale and the Occult, Part 1  Part 2

Mysticism & Global Mind Change

Panantheism

What is “The Secret”? What is the “Law of Attraction”?

 

Previous

Julia Roberts Narrates Radical Environmentalist Video Claiming Animals Greater Than Humans

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/02/16/julia-roberts-narrates-radical-environmentalist-video-claiming-animals-greater-than-humans/

 

New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links

 

We have had enough of false prophets

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors Part 1  Part 2

What is an Apostle?

Rick Joyner’s alleged visit to heaven where he claims he met Enoch

 

Previous

Elijah List speaker helps folks “understand their dreams, tattoos and piercings”…?

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/02/25/comedian-and-prophetic-dream-interpreter-helps-folks-understand-their-dreams-tattoos-and-piercings/

 

Bill Johnson, Jesus Culture and Bethel Church

https://shepherdguardian.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/heresy-alert-bill-johnson-jesus-culture-and-bethel-church/

 

Voice of the [false] Apostles 2015 conference

http://voa2015.com/conference/program/speakers

At this conference you will learn “powerful kingdom truths” – haha.  Speakers are a veritable who’s who of wolves in sheep’s clothing.

 

Occult – Research Links

 

Perry Noble

Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015

Perry Noble’s apology

 

Roman Catholicism

 

Pope Francis: You Cannot Be A Christian Outside the Church

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

The Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church

‘Secrets of the Vatican’ exposes moral crises facing Catholic Church’s new pope

Do eucharistic miracles really happen?

 

New

Calling in the Big Guns to Fire at the San Francisco Archdiocese: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414589/calling-big-guns-fire-san-francisco-archdiocese-anne-b-hendershott

Social Justice/Progressive Christianity

 

Shameful Social Gospel

The Social Justice Gospel, Yesterday and TodayPart 2

 

Previous

How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

http://time.com/3669024/evangelicals-gay-marriage/

 

Transhumanism/Nephilum

 

Spiritual Seduction

Extraterrestrials, Noah’s Flood, Pseudo-Humans, Pseudo-Science,

Nephilim and Space Alien DNAPart 2

 

Vision Casting

 

Casting a Vision of Commandeering Control

Previous

The Hillsong cult’s “infallible” prophets? (Part 1)  (Part 2)

http://churchwatchcentral.com/2015/02/09/the-hillsong-cults-infallible-prophets-part-1/

So what does it mean when God gives Brian Houston a God-given vision? What does it mean when God gives Bobbie Houston a God whisper? What does this mean for Hillsong? …

 

Witchcraft – Research Links

 

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links

 

Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

Bethel Church’s “Apostle” Bill Johnson: A Comedy of Errors, Part 1   Part 2

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer teaching word-faith “Little Gods” doctrine

 

Previous

What Do These Faith Healers Have In Common?

http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com/2015/02/20/what-do-these-faith-healers-all-have-in-common/

 

ENTERTAINMENT

New

Ann Coulter Goes Hollywood

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2015/03/02/sharknado-3-to-feature-ann-coulter-as-vice-president-n1964639

 

HEALTH

New

Peanuts may lower risk of death from heart disease

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/03/02/peanuts-may-lower-risk-death-from-heart-disease/

Why does Netanyahu want to address Congress? He once explained in an interview with me that he sees a threat most do not. Excerpts from that conversation.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Netanyahu-AIPAC2014>> See my new column on Netanyahu’s views on Iran and Apocalyptic Islam.

UPDATED: (Washington, D.C.) — Why did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu want to address a Joint Session of Congress despite intense – even unprecedented — political attacks against him from the Obama administration, the media, and the left-wing in Israel?

Because he understands something too few in the West do – that the most serious threat we face today is not simply from “Radical Islam,” but from “Apocalyptic Islam.”

“I think the West misunderstood, and still misunderstands, the threat” posed by Iran, Mr. Netanyahu told me during a 2007 interview for a documentary film I was producing. “It is a fanatic, messianic ideology that seeks to have an apocalyptic battle for world supremacy with the West. It seeks to correct what it sees as an accident of history, where the West has risen, and Islam had declined.  The…

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Top Senate Democrat blasts Obama’s Iran policy. Stage set for painful showdown. Please pray.

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

President Obama gives exclusive interview to Reuters on his Iran policy. (photo credit: Reuters) President Obama gives exclusive interview to Reuters on his Iran policy. (photo credit: Reuters)

(Washington, D.C.) — Greetings from the AIPAC Policy Conference. AIPAC stands for the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” I have been to many of these over the past 25 years in Washington. But this is one for the ages.

There was a tumultuous reception here this morning for Israel’s Prime Minister from the 16,000 delegates. I lost track of the number of standing ovations. It was moving to be a part of (Israeli leaders rarely receive standing O’s anywhere else in the world, including in Israel.) The Prime Minister thanked America for our long-standing strategic alliance and called for bipartisanship in preventing Iran from building The Bomb.

Please be praying for the PM, his wife Sara and his team as they prepare for the speech to the Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday at 11am eastern. Thanks. I have…

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March 3, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 3

O HOW I LOVE JESUS

Frederick Whitfield, 1829–1904

We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

This simply stated, lilting musical testimony has been another of the Sunday school favorites since it was first published in leaflet form in 1855. It has since been translated into various languages and has been included in numerous evangelical hymnals.

The words express so well the response of believers of any age as we reflect on all that Christ has done and continues to do for us daily. Indirectly, the hymn also exalts the written Word, for it is only through the study of the revealed written Word that we gain a true knowledge of the Living Word.

The text originally included eight stanzas. Several interesting verses not found in present hymnals include these words:

It tells me of a Father’s smile that beams upon His child.

It cheers me through this little while, through deserts waste and wild.

It bids my trembling soul rejoice, and dries each rising tear.

It tells me in a still small voice, to trust and not to fear.

The author, Frederick Whitfield, was an Anglican church clergyman. He is credited with more than 30 books of religious verse. The anonymous tune is a typical 19th century American folk song used in the campground meetings of that time.

Even a century after they were written, these ageless words are still appropriate for expressing our love and devotion for Christ:

There is a name I love to hear; I love to sing its worth; it sounds like music in mine ear, the sweetest name on earth.

It tells me of a Savior’s love, who died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, the sinner’s perfect plea.

It tells me what my Father hath in store for ev’ry day, and, tho I tread a darksome path, yields sunshine all the way.

It tells of One whose loving heart can feel my deepest woe, who in each sorrow bears a part that none can bear below.

Chorus: O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus—because He first loved me!

For Today: John 14:23; Philippians 2:9–11; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:7–21; Jude 21

Breathe a prayer expressing your love to Christ for all that He means to you. Thank Him for initiating His love on your behalf. Thank Him also for the daily sunshine He gives. Carry this little musical nugget with you throughout the day—[1]


March 3: It May Seem Bland

Numbers 3:1–39; John 12:1–19; Psalm 3–4

Let’s just admit it: genealogies and lists, like the one in Num 3:1–39, are the most boring elements of the Bible. But they do something for us that other formats cannot—they give us a sense of history and lineage.

With a genealogy, we can do more than just trace people; we can map their relationships to others and to the events that happen through those relationships. We can also determine who was involved in those major events.

Genealogies and lists give us a small glimpse into God’s providential work, even though we may not recognize them as such. God worked among the people in those lists. He chose to use them. They didn’t deserve to be used by God in mighty ways, but they were. Some of the people in Num 3:1–39 were given seemingly insignificant tasks: “The responsibility of the sons of Merari was the supervision of the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, pillars, bases, and all its vessels and all its service,” among other things (Num 3:36). If most of us were given this assignment, we would probably think it lame and ask for another. But the sons of Merari likely understood that anything God asks of us should be followed through with honor.

The people listed in Num 3:1–39 were likely selected because they believed they would see God’s glory. God may ask us to do things that seem insignificant or crazy, but if we don’t, we will miss out on seeing His glory.

What is God asking of you that seems insignificant or crazy?

John D. Barry[2]


March 3

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is John 1 through 4. Our lesson is from John 2:22, “So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.” (NASU)

Lesson

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most outstanding events in all of human history. This event impacted the disciples and continues to influence people more than 2 millennia later. Let’s investigate three comments regarding the disciples and the resurrection in our verse.

First, the disciples remembered the words of Jesus. Remembering is a prominent theme in the Bible. The Lord asks Israel to remember all the things that He has done for them. Now we notice how John continues the biblical theme of remembering what Jesus, the master Teacher, had told them. In today’s language, what Jesus had told the disciples clicked in their minds. It made sense to them although they had not understood it previously. The resurrection had helped them see and understand a new paradigm. Jesus had risen from the dead.

To remember what the Lord had told them was part of the disciples’ maturing process. The Jesus who walked with them and had been crucified on the cross later was with them. The disciples were witnesses.

Next, the disciples believed the Scripture. The Bible was the basis for their belief. They judged their experience through the lens of Scripture. Experience and the Word must go together. This is exactly what happened with the disciples. The disciples believed because Scripture verified their experience. They walked with Jesus and their knowledge was Bible based.

Third, the disciples believed the word spoken by Jesus. The disciples knew they could rely on the testimony of Jesus. He spoke to them about many things. Since the things Jesus taught the disciples were true, they could believe Him. Jesus inspired total confidence because what He said came to pass.

In review, the disciples remembered the words of Jesus. The disciples believed the Scripture. And the disciples believed the word spoken by Jesus.

An important lesson to remember is that our experience needs to be judged by the Bible. As the believing community, we should carefully study and apply the Word to our lives. The danger we face is that all sorts of personal and subjective tendencies tend to take precedence over the Word. Let us be Bible-based disciples who have experienced the life of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

Take a moment to ponder on your relationship and commitment to the study of the Bible. If you find yourself short, ask the Holy Spirit to guide and remind you to make time to study the Word. After all, God’s Word is His way of speaking to us daily.

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is John 5 through 8. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 3

Uncompromising Prayer

“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus … I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer” (Dan. 9:1–3).

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Uncompromising prayer brings glory to God.

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:1–19 illustrates the key elements of effective intercessory prayer. Those elements will serve as the focus of our studies for several days, but first some background to Daniel’s prayer will be helpful.

Verse 1 says that Daniel prayed in the first year of the reign of King Darius, the first great king of the Medo-Persian Empire. About sixty-five years earlier, God had punished the sinful kingdom of Judah by allowing King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and take Israelite captives back to Babylon.

Subsequently the Babylonian Empire fell to the Medo-Persian Empire. Darius conquered Babylon on the night King Belshazzar threw a drunken festival at which God wrote the doom of his kingdom on the wall (Dan. 5:24–28).

Daniel was among the captives originally transported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Throughout the lengthy captivity period, he never forgot he was God’s child and always represented God properly despite his difficult circumstances. He was a man of uncommon wisdom and courage. His trust in God was unwavering and his commitment to prayer uncompromising—even when his prayers could have cost him his life (Dan. 6:4–11).

As a result, God protected him, exalted him, and was glorified through him—as evidenced by King Darius’ decree that everyone in the kingdom was to fear and tremble before Daniel’s great God (Dan. 6:26).

Since Daniel understood the priority of prayer, he refused to be intimidated or distracted from it. His commitment is worthy of imitation. Can that be said of you? If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?

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Suggestions for Prayer: Consistency is important in prayer. You might try praying for different requests on specific days. For example, on Mondays you could pray for your governmental leaders, on Tuesdays for your pastor and the ministries of your church, etc.

For Further Study: Read Daniel 6. ✧ What rank did Daniel hold? ✧ Why did King Darius want to promote Daniel? ✧ What was the reaction of the commissioners and satraps to Daniel’s popularity? ✧ How did they deceive the king? ✧ How did God protect Daniel?[4]


March 3

Peace with God

My peace I give to you; not as the world gives.

John 14:27

That the world offers as “peace” is ultimately an illusion, even though it may appear very concrete. It is like a mirage in the desert. A mirage looks like a body of water. But in fact, it does not exist and therefore is never attainable. A mirage has absolutely no ability to quench thirst.

The world regards peace as being the by-product of doing the right deeds, saying the right words, working in the right job, or having the right intentions.

These aren’t at all the criteria for peace described in God’s Word. Peace is an inner quality that flows out of a right relationship with God.[5]


March 3

Taking Responsibility

Scripture reading: Genesis 3

Key verse: Psalm 32:5

I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I have not hidden.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

When you are hurt by someone, you probably tend to focus more on the hurt done to your heart. What is more difficult to do is to examine the offense you may have caused him. It’s all too easy to overlook your own responsibility in a conflict.

Blaming others encourages further sin. If you don’t admit your responsibility, you may develop a “victim” mentality. You come to believe that you had no choice in your situation, and you may rationalize with statements such as, “Anyone in my position would have done the same thing.”

Instead of concentrating on the other person’s wrongdoing, be honest about your sin. If you sense the Holy Spirit telling you that you also are in the wrong, He wants you to confess that sin to Him.

When the urge to blame comes to mind, refuse it. Pray a prayer something like this one: “Lord, it doesn’t matter how much (name) hurt me, I am the one who responded the way I did. Please forgive me, and through the power of Your blood, I forgive him.”

This statement may be the hardest one you’ve said before the Lord, but it will free you from being bound up with inner hostilities and enable you to restore relationships. Only when you humble yourself before Him are you ready for the healing to begin.

Lord, it doesn’t matter how much (name) hurt me, I am the one who responded the way I did. Please forgive me, and through the power of Your blood, help me to forgive him.[6]


March 3

The End of Growth

Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies Himself.

1 John 3:3

Second Peter 3:18 commands believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Your response to this verse is either action or inaction. If you desire to mature in Christ, you will experience blessing, usefulness, and victory by following the biblical path of glorifying God. And as David discovered, you will also experience joy: “I have set the Lord always before me…. Therefore my heart is glad” (Ps. 16:8, 9).

The apostle John summed up the goal of spiritual growth when he said, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). The growth process will end on the day that we see Jesus Christ and become like Him.[7]


March 3       Christ Is the Answer

scripture reading:
Job 42:1–6

key verse:
Job 42:5

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.

Occasionally a why in adversity is met with a swift response from God. Periodically a why is discerned much later than the request.

But on most occasions, God does not directly give explanations for adversity. We live in a fallen world. We and creation suffer from the consequences of sin, initiated by human rebellion in the Garden.

To advance in your adversity, you must not dwell or linger too long on why but shift your focus to who—the person of Jesus Christ.

R. C. Sproul, in Surprised by Suffering, spoke of Job’s situation:

Job cried out for God to answer his questions. He desperately wanted to know why he was called upon to endure so much suffering. Finally, God answered him out of the whirlwind. But the answer was not what Job expected.

God refused to grant Job a detailed explanation of His reasons for the affliction. The secret counsel of God was not disclosed to Job.

Ultimately, the only answer God gave to Job was a revelation of Himself. It was as if God said to him, “Job, I am your answer.”

Real, solid growth can occur in difficult circumstances when you bow before God and entrust yourself and your problems to Him without demanding a solution.

Heavenly Father, let me shift my focus from demanding why to recognizing who. You are my Answer.[8]


March 3

The Deepest Form of Intimacy

Scripture reading: Luke 11:1–4

Key verses: Matthew 6:14–15

If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In Luke 11, Jesus provided a rich pattern for prayer. Yet we know He never prayed this prayer because He was sinless and, therefore, did not have to ask forgiveness. However, He used these words to teach us how to pray.

Jesus was specific about the need for forgiveness. Even though God has provided a way through His Son for your eternal forgiveness, there is still a need for you to acknowledge your sinfulness whenever you yield to temptation.

Forgiveness is crucial to your spiritual growth. Remember the words of Jesus on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Prayer that comes from the heart involves responsibility: “Father, I love You, and I choose to do Your will even when it seems difficult and unbearable.” It always honors God for who He is. Jesus taught us to pray: “Hallowed be Your name.” He went on to show us how to present our requests to the Father by praying, “Give us day by day our daily bread” (Luke 11:2–3).

Recognize that God is your sovereign Provider. He loves you unconditionally and wants you to experience His goodness, no matter what comes your way. His daily bread for you is His Word, and He gives it as a source of encouragement and hope.

Prayer changes you and leads you into the deepest form of intimacy, time spent with your loving heavenly Father.

Father, give me a heart to do Your will even when it seems difficult and unbearable. Change me as I wait before You today.[9]


March 3

Characteristics of True Believers

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:1–14

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:11

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.

A life of enduring holiness (reflecting the mind and character of God) is possible only when we first are convinced of our identity in Christ. The Scriptures attribute these remarkable characteristics to believers:

• We are the salt of the earth.• We are saints.

• We are joint heirs with Jesus.

• We are justified by faith.

• We are ambassadors for Christ.

• We are eternally secure in Christ.

• We are triumphant in Christ.

• We are accepted in the Beloved.

• We are children of God.

• We have peace with God.

• We are free from condemnation.

• We are the temple of God.

• We are blessed with every spiritual blessing.

• We are citizens of heaven.

• We are complete in Christ.

Many other features are already yours through faith in Christ. They are gifts from the Father, bestowed upon every disciple for effective service.

Knowing who you are in Christ is the starting point for abundant living. You can live a holy life because you are holy in Christ. Today agree with God concerning your new identity in Christ.

O God, I declare my new identity in Christ: I am the salt of the earth, a child of God, a saint who has peace with You. I am joint heir with Jesus, free from condemnation, and justified by faith. I am the temple of God, an ambassador for Christ, eternally secure, triumphant, complete, and accepted in Christ. I am a citizen of heaven and blessed with every spiritual blessing![10]


March 3

God’s Choice Tool

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7–10

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.

For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Like pressure turns coal into a beautiful diamond, adversity can become a starting point for God to do something beautiful in our lives. He can transform our hearts, change our attitudes, teach us what it means to trust Him and walk in true victory.

However, instead of growing embittered and distrustful of God, we must look beyond the present struggle and recognize what God is doing. Adversity is God’s choice tool for building character and equipping us for future ministry. Not only does adversity put an edge on our relationship with Christ, it also enables us to minister to those we will meet in the future with whom we share a similar experience.

Adversity hits us in our weakest areas—the very areas in which God desires to strengthen us. Paul wrote that he was actually strong when he was weak (2 Corinthians 12:10). He recognized that his strongest areas were his weakest.

God has a design and purpose behind every adversity in our lives. Even when the enemy attempts to destroy us or our faith through an attack, God can take the situation and bring a tremendous victory from it.

Instead of hardening our hearts toward adverse situations, we must seek to discover what God desires to do in our hearts and give Him full authority to do so.

Lord, I am too human to seek adversity in order to grow stronger, yet I recognize, and thank You, that when I am at my weakest, in You I am also strongest.[11]


March 3

Standing Against the Devil

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

James 4:7b

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Anyone who possesses scriptural humility will take an uncompromising stand against Satan.

The successful diplomat or politician is quite adept at the art of compromise and finding the middle ground on various issues. But such skill is a hindrance when it comes to determining your position before God. If you humbly, by faith and repentance, submit yourself to God’s authority, you will immediately find yourself the enemy of Satan. You are either in God’s kingdom and under His lordship, or you are in Satan’s kingdom and under his lordship. It is impossible to have one foot in each kingdom and to be serving both kingdoms’ rulers.

To “resist the devil” gives us insight into what it means to be an enemy of Satan. “Resist” means “to take a stand against” the person of Satan and his entire system, which includes everything he does and represents. Such resistance is the complete opposite of the position you had before you submitted to God. Ephesians 2:1–2 reminds us of what that position was: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan].” At that time, you had no power to resist the Devil and no desire to serve God, because you were slaves to Satan and his system (Heb. 2:14–15).

But all of that can and will change if you humbly switch your allegiance from Satan’s kingdom to God’s kingdom. In today’s verse the apostle James is promising you that as a part of that changed loyalty, you will automatically be in a position to take a stand against Satan. The minute you forsake Satan’s mastery he will flee from you.

Many Christians wrongly assume that Satan is much more powerful than he really is. But if you understand James’s promise you will know you have abundant spiritual resources to handle Satan’s empty threats. Being humble before God doesn’t mean being weak before Satan. God enables you to stand firm and resist.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the wealth of spiritual resources He provides for you to stand against the Devil.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:10–18. Make a list of the spiritual weapons God has given us. ✧ Pick one of these, and do some additional reading and study to improve your application of it.[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Numbers 3:1–4:49
Psalm 30:1-7
Proverbs 10:30-32
Mark 8:1-21
Notes:

Numbers 3:1 Aaron and Moses. Because Aaron and his sons are emphasized in this chapter, Aaron is named first. Mount Sinai. The Lord had first communicated to Moses His choice of Aaron and his sons as priests in Exodus 28:1–29:46, while he was in the midst of the cloud on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 24:18).

Numbers 3:4 Eleazar and Ithamar. All of the future priests of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant were descendants of these two sons of Aaron. Eleazar and his descendants would later be singled out for great blessing (see Num. 25:10–13).

Psalm 30:2, 3 You healed me. God alone is the unique healer (see Ex. 15:26; Deut. 32:39; Ps. 107:20). David is extolling God for bringing him back from a near-death experience.

Psalm 30:5 This stark contrast constitutes one of the most worshipful testimonies from the Scriptures (see the principle in Is. 54:7, 8; John 16:20–22; 2 Cor. 4:17).

Mark 8:2 I have compassion. Only here and in the parallel passage (Matt. 15:32) did Jesus use this word of Himself. When He fed the 5,000, Jesus expressed “compassion” for the people’s lost spiritual condition (6:34). Here, He expressed “compassion” for people’s physical needs. Jesus could empathize with their hunger, having experienced it Himself (Matt. 4:2).

DAY 3: What was the “leaven of the Pharisees and…of Herod” that Jesus warned about?

The skeptical Pharisees asked for a “sign from heaven” in Mark 8:11, demanding further miraculous proof of Jesus’ messianic claims. Not content with the countless miracles He had performed on earth, they demanded some sort of astronomical miracle. Having already given them more than enough proof, Jesus refused to accommodate their spiritual blindness. The supreme sign verifying His claim to be the Son of God and Messiah was to be His resurrection (Matt. 16:39, 40).

Jesus warned the disciples about “the leaven of the Pharisees and…of Herod.” “Leaven” is a yeast that multiplies quietly and permeates all that it contacts. In the New Testament, “leaven” most often symbolizes the evil influence of sin. The “leaven” of the Pharisees included both their false teaching (Matt. 16:12) and their hypocritical behavior (Luke 12:1). The “leaven” of Herod Antipas was his immoral, corrupt conduct (see 6:17–29). The Pharisees and the Herodians were allied against Christ (3:6).

To Jesus’ amazement, the disciples completely missed His point, thinking He was talking about physical bread. He was concerned with spiritual truth, not mundane physical matters. Jesus asks them, “Is your heart still hardened?” (v. 17), which implies that they were rebellious, spiritually insensitive, and unable to understand spiritual truth. And He also reminded them of His ability to provide anything they might lack.

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


March 3 – God the Source of Mercy

“‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy’” (Matthew 5:7).

Pure mercy is a gift of God that comes with the new birth. People can be merciful only when they have experienced God’s mercy.

God has both absolute and relative attributes. His absolute attributes—such as love, truth, and holiness—have characterized Him from all eternity. But His relative attributes—like mercy, justice, and grace—were not manifested until man, whom He created in His own image, sinned and became separated from his Creator. Apart from sin and evil, mercy, justice, and grace have no meaning.

When man fell, God extended His love to His fallen creatures in mercy. Only when they receive His mercy can they reflect His mercy. Thus God is the source of mercy. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness [mercy] toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11). It is because we have the resource of God’s mercy that Jesus commanded, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

We cannot have the blessing apart from the Blesser. We cannot even meet the condition apart from the One who set the condition. We are blessed by God when we are merciful to others, and we are able to be merciful to others because we have already received salvation’s mercy. Furthermore, when we share the mercy we have received, we will receive even more mercy.

Ask Yourself

When we talk about Christ’s character being formed in us, we understand the concept in theory. But what are some of the telltale signs that He is actually working His will through us in our interactions with others? How do you know when it’s Him, not you—when it’s the Spirit of God bearing fruit in your life?

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.


The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – Part Two

Theme: Eternity in hell is no joking matter

This weeks lessons describe the horrid nature of hell and the importance of knowing our destiny.

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 25:37-46

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

LESSON

This relationship of faith and works bothers some Christians. We know that we are saved by faith alone apart from works according to the explicit teaching of the New Testament. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through—faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” But if that is the case, as we believe it to be, how is it that the judgment can also be based upon works, as in the story of the separation of the sheep and goats or even in the parable of the talents?

The answer, of course, is that passages that speak of the judgment being based on works are merely saying that it, like all judgments, will be on the basis of demonstrable evidence. The works Christians perform do not save them, but they are evidence that they love and trust Jesus. In other words, it is judgment on the highest level of what we attempt on a much lower level when we admit people into membership in a particular church. When we do that we look for what we call a “credible profession,” meaning a verbal profession of faith in Christ supported by a consistent way of life. An inconsistent life invalidates the profession, however sincerely it may be expressed.

William Hendriksen is on target here when he says, “In the case of any given individual what matters is whether he has during his earthly life given evidence of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ therefore, of a life in harmony with Christ’s commands and example.”1

But there is a point worth noting. The evidence of a credible Christian profession mentioned here is not how many great works have been performed for Jesus, how many churches have been built or sermons preached or millions of dollars given to Christ’s cause. These are not “great” things at all. It is the little things, as most people think of them: sharing food with a brother who is hungry, giving water to sister who is thirsty, welcoming a stranger, offering clothes to one who needs clothing, caring for the sick or visiting a person who is in prison.

It is because these are little things that the righteous do not even remember they have done them. They ask Jesus, “When did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you” (vv. 37-39).

It is also because these are little things that the unrighteous did not do, They might have done them if someone important, like Jesus, had been there. But they hadn’t seen anyone like that. “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you” (v. 44) Of course, they only delude themselves by such comments, because they would not have helped even an important person in a truly selfless way. They would have done it only for what they could have gotten back from that important person in return.

1 William Hendriksen, New Testament Commentary: Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Grand Rapids; Baker Book House, 1985), p. 886.

STUDY QUESTIONS

Why is faith without works dead?
Why did the wicked not see Christ?

James Montgomery Boice


Freedom – Part Three

LESSON XLVII
FREEDOM – Part Three

Try to lead the children to Christ as Saviour and Lord.
1. We are free from bondage to sin.
2. We are free from the law.
Would a man who escaped and ran away from prison be free? He would no longer be behind the bars, and so he would be free in a certain sense, but all the police in the country would be looking for him, and waiting to put him back in prison again. That is not the kind of freedom that we have. Christ has made us free, and our old master, Satan, has no right to try to take us back into his slavery again. In our first lesson we said that we were in slavery to three masters—Satan, sin, and self. These no longer have any power over us, because Christ is our Saviour.

It is wonderful to know that we are free from sin. That does not mean only that we will not be punished for our sins. It means that our sins have been taken away. Sin was like a heavy burden that we had to carry. Now Christ has taken it all away, and we are free from it. We will prove it from our Bibles. Turn to Romans 6:18 and 22. Read them carefully and see what they say we are free from. Sin was not only like a burden, it was also like a terrible king ruling over us. But Romans 6:14 says that “Sin shall not have dominion over you,” which means that sin shall not rule over us any more. It can no longer make us obey it, for Christ is our King.

It used to be, before you were born again by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ you could not help sinning. In fact, everything that you did, whether it seemed good or bad, was really sin, for unsaved people cannot do anything that pleases God. But now that you are saved, you are free from sinning—you do not have to sin, for Christ has broken sins power over you. If you are tempted to do what is wrong, you do not have to yield to the temptation, because Christ has freed you from the power of sin. If you trust in Him, sin will not continue to rule your life.

Another thing from which we are made free by the death of Christ, is the law. Now the law is a very good thing, and we all want to keep the ten commandments. But the trouble is that the law cannot make us good, for we are all sinners, and so weak that we cannot keep the law perfectly. So, instead of making us good, the law just shows us that we are not good.

Try as we may, that is, of course, in our own strength, we find ourselves breaking God’s law every day. In Deuteronomy we read the commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart.” Now you know that you do not love God with all your heart, for you often do things that displease Him. So this part of the law makes you unhappy, for it shows you how bad you are. Yet the death of Christ has even freed us from this, for God tells us that we are no longer under the law. (Read Galatians 3:24-25; Galatians 4:5; Romans 7:6). This does not mean that we may break the law, but that God’s Holy Spirit who lives in all who are born again, will keep the law for us, so that all we will have to do will be to trust Him, instead of trying, trying, trying, to keep the law. If we yield our hearts to Him, and do as He shows us moment by moment, we will be happy for we will be pleasing our Lord.

STUDY QUESTIONS

Why does sin not rule over us anymore?
Why could we not help sinning? How is this changed when we become Christians?
Why can we not keep the law perfectly?

Donald Grey Barnhouse


Tue, March 03, 2015

EVERYDAY WORSHIP

It is my experience that the totality of our Christian lives—our entire attitude as persons—must be towards the worship of God! If you do not know the presence of God in your office, your factory, your home then God is not in the church you attend, either! I became a Christian when I was a young man working in a tire factory in Akron, Ohio. I remember my work there—but I remember my worship there, too! I had plenty of worshipful tears in my eyes. No one ever asked me about them, but I would not have hesitated to explain them. You can learn to use certain skills until they are automatic. I became so skillful that I could do my work and then I could worship God even while my hands were busy. If the love of God is in us and the Spirit of God is breathing praise within us, all the musical instruments in heaven are suddenly playing in full support! Even our thoughts become a sanctuary in which God can dwell.

Verse
Their heart is far from me… in vain they do worship me.
Matthew 15:8-9

Thought
I became so skillful that I could do my work and then I could worship God even while my hands were busy.

Prayer
In all that comes today and everyday, let me worship you with my life, my work, and everything that I do.

A. W. Tozer


 

[1] Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (pp. 74–75). 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. 75). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2004). God’s way day by day (p. 72). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 66). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 76). 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. 66). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 66). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[11] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 66). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Two: Tuesday)

Tuesday

Confession: Psalm 6:5–7

For there is no remembrance of you in death.

In Sheol, who will give thanks to you?

I am weary with my groaning;

I flood my bed every night.

With my tears I drench my couch.

My eye wastes away because of vexation;

it grows old because of all my oppressors.

Reading: Mark 10:46–52

And they came to Jericho. And as he was setting out from Jericho along with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road. And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many people warned him that he should be quiet. But he was crying out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up! He is calling you.” And he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may regain my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” And immediately he regained his sight and began to follow him on the road.

Reflection

O most kind, most loving Lord, whom I now desire to receive with devotion. You know the weakness and the necessity which I suffer, in what great evils and vices I am involved, how often I am depressed, tempted, defiled, and troubled.

To you I come for help; to you I pray for comfort and relief. I speak to Him who knows all things, to whom my whole inner life is manifest, and who alone can perfectly comfort and help me.

You know what good things I am most in need of and how poor I am in virtue. Behold, I stand before you, poor and naked, asking your grace and imploring your mercy.

Feed your hungry beggar. Inflame my coldness with the fire of your love. Enlighten my blindness with the brightness of your presence. Turn all earthly things to bitterness for me, all grievance and adversity to patience, all lowly creation to contempt and oblivion. Raise my heart to you in heaven, and suffer me not to wander on earth. From this moment to all eternity do you alone grow sweet to me, for you alone are my food and drink, my love and my joy, my sweetness and my total good.

Let your presence wholly inflame me. Consume and transform me into yourself, that I may become one spirit with you by the grace of inward union and by the melting power of your ardent love.

Suffer me not to go from you fasting and thirsty, but deal with me mercifully as you have so often and so wonderfully dealt with your saints.

What wonder if I were completely inflamed by you to die to myself, since you are the fire ever burning and never dying, a love purifying the heart and enlightening the understanding.

—Thomas à Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

Response

Instead of “going on his way,” Bartimaeus followed after Jesus. What is your response to Christ’s intervention in your life? After reflecting on this, spend time praying Thomas à Kempis’ prayer.[1]

 

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

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure…

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

We have spent a large amount of time lately looking at forms of “Christianity” that are really forms of apostasy or heresy. We have also compared their false beliefs with those of other aberrant forms of our faith such as the Emergent movement and “liberal Christianity.” There are others to be sure, but what has been amazing is how they all do the same thing. They elevate Man and demote God. They teach salvation…

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March 2, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

One glimpse at the glory of God will do more than all the punishments in the world to make men holy. —Solomon Stoddard

March 2 quotes


Mar. 2, 2015

BLOOMBERG

In a speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN’s top human rights group, Secretary of State John Kerry showcased U.S. support for Israel just hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses pro-Israel activists in the U.S. about his alarm that the Obama administration is sacrificing Israel’s security in its effort to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Plans to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from Islamic State fighters may not be ready to begin this spring as some U.S. military officials have forecast, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Tens of thousands marched through Moscow to honor slain political activist Boris Nemtsov in the biggest show of support for Russia’s opposition in three years. The city’s police estimated 21,000 people attended, while Golos, a non-profit monitoring organization, said more than 50,000 took part.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address before Congress may have divided the country and angered the White House, but it’s being cheered loudly at the American Israel Political Action Committee conference.

Consumer purchases adjusted for inflation rose 0.3 percent in January; a sign the plunge in gasoline prices is helping boost the biggest part of the U.S. economy.

Senior Republican senators said Sunday that Congress would extend Obamacare health insurance subsidies for a “transitional period” should the Supreme Court rule that they aren’t allowed in at least 34 states.

Iraq is deploying 27,000 troops to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State, in a mission that will test the military’s ability to stage major offensives against the group before trying to capture its stronghold in Mosul.

Driven out of their best U.S. markets by the shale boom, Canada’s gas producers are turning to the power-hungry West Coast. Canadian gas shipments to Washington state are the highest seasonally since at least 2008, and exports through a border point in Eastport, Idaho, surged in November to a winter record, data compiled by Genscape Inc. show. Demand from California gas-fired power plants is increasing as a drought now in its fourth year cuts hydroelectric production.

Bill Gross said a global race to devalue currencies in an “undeclared” war risks slowing growth instead of stimulating it.

AP Top Stories

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, is announcing her retirement, Democratic officials say.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

The only woman on death row in Georgia is scheduled to be executed on Monday for her husband’s 1997 murder, barring last-minute legal action. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, would be the first woman executed by the state in 70 years.

It’s been 20 years since two Stanford University electrical engineering students created a small website that would become the tech giant Yahoo! Company founders Jerry Yang and David Filo debuted “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” in January 1994. It was not the massive searchable index of online destinations that the Yahoo! search engine is today. The site grew faster than the pair expected. They renamed it Yahoo!, an acronym for, “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,” and on March 2, 1995 it was incorporated.

Many parents ask doctors to spread out toddlers’ vaccines instead of following the recommended immunization schedule, according to a new study.

The US and Russian foreign ministers held “hopeful” talks in Geneva Monday to end fighting in Ukraine, where the UN says more than 6,000 people have died in less than a year.

Philippine soldiers have seized a Muslim rebel base and bomb factory in the south, a spokesman said on Monday, as a shaky peace process with the largest Muslim rebel group presents President Benigno Aquino’s with his toughest political test.

BBC

Bill Gates was declared the richest man in the world for the second year running by Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires.

Thieves took 15 “priceless” Chinese artefacts from Fontainebleau castle in France, in a raid that lasted just seven minutes.

A Saudi diplomat held hostage in Yemen for almost three years by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been released, officials said.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December.

WND

Information contained in newly declassified Pentagon documents may resurrect questions about claims the U.S. was running an interrogation center or secret prison in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks there.

The Department of Defense has issued new rules that American flags flown at military bases the world over must be U.S.-made.

A new tick-borne virus has been discovered in the U.S., called Bourbon virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bourbon virus may have killed a previously healthy man in Kansas last year.

One day after the University of Michigan sanctioned Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity for wreckage wrought by out-of-control partying at Treetops Resort, the Gaylord resort’s general manager said the price tag for the destruction is about $430,000, four times the original estimate.


The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored On The Internet

Can you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet? This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future. This is something that is being systematically implemented right now. In 2015, we already have “smart homes”, vehicles that talk to one another, refrigerators that are connected to the Internet, and televisions that spy on us. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and that opens up some wonderful possibilities. But there is also a downside. What if we rapidly reach a point where one must be connected to the Internet in order to function in society? Will there come a day when we can’t even do basic things such as buy, sell, get a job or open a bank account without it? And what about the potential for government abuse? Could an “Internet of Things” create a dystopian nightmare where everyone and everything will be constantly monitored and tracked by the government? That is something to think about. (Read More….)


When Technology Becomes Religion And Science Becomes God

Are we in love with how smart we are? In America today, there are technology companies that have a much larger “cult following” than any religious organization. And there are millions upon millions of Americans that freely confess that they “believe in science”. So what does this say about us? Does it say that we have discarded ancient “superstitions” and instead have embraced logic and reason? Sadly, in most cases the truth is that we have simply traded one form of religion for another. Scientists and technology gurus have become our new high priests, and most of us blindly follow whatever they tell us. But in the end, just like with so many religious organizations, it is all about the money. Those with the money determine what the science is going to say, who the high priests are going to be, and what messages are conveyed to the public. For example, once upon a time the big tobacco companies had armies of doctors and scientists that swore up and down that smoking cigarettes was not harmful. In fact, many doctors and dentists in America once personally endorsed specific brands of cigarettes. Of course millions of Americans were getting sick and dying, but this was dismissed as “anecdotal evidence”. And over in Germany, “science” was once used to prove that the Germans were the master race. We look back in horror now, but at the time the best “science” in the world was used as justification to promote some horrible untruths. And of course the same thing is happening today. We are told over and over that “the science is settled” regarding genetically-modified food, climate change and vaccine safety, and yet those of us that think for ourselves know that isn’t the case at all. But if you do not believe in the “official story”, you don’t get to be part of the “scientific establishment”. By definition, the only people that get to be “scientific experts” are the ones that embrace the “doctrine” of those that control the big corporations, that fund the research studies at the major universities and that own the big media outlets. Everyone else is not permitted to be part of the discussion. (Read More…)


Between Esther and Congress

Now the head of the Jewish state is traveling to the palace of Ahasuerus to cry out against the decree. The present-day Ahasuerus is not a king ruling over 127 states, but 50; he is not a drunkard or an idiot, but he is apathetic to the fate of the Jews. And this is the third year of his second term, just as Ahasuerus was in the third year of his kingdom, according to the Book of Esther. Esther arrived at the palace on the third day, after three days of preparations; Netanyahu will speak before Congress on the third day of its convening.

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7 Reasons Net Neutrality Is a Threat to Your Freedom

The FCC’s Democrat majority voted on Thursday to fix something that ain’t broken by approving new regulations for the Internet. Republicans are dissenting, darkly suggesting that the new rules in government hands are a threat.

The commission’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, said the new rules will ensure net neutrality by barring Internet service providers like Comcast from charging companies like Netflix for priority data transmission. Considering that ISPs don’t do this, and currently treat all data transmission equally, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, accused the FCC of trying to “fix something that is far from broken.”

Here are 7 reasons why the FCC’s new net neutrality rules could be a threat to your freedom.

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Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration ‘revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.’

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

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Daily Digest

March 2, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” –Benjamin Franklin, letter to Samuel Cooper, 1777

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

GOP Rends Over Immigration Fight

Congressional Republicans tried to defund Barack Obama’s unconstitutional immigration actions through a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but instead they suffered a political defeat that leaves the party uncertainly plotting the next move. As the Friday deadline loomed, Republicans taking a hard line on the immigration fight helped defeat House Speaker John Boehner’s bill to fund the department for three weeks. It was Nancy Pelosi who saved the night, telling Democrats to support a bill funding DHS for a meager seven days. Now, there are rumblings that some Republicans will try to force Boehner from his speaker position. And House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggests the Senate should simply press the red button and deploy the nuclear option. That’s the wrong answer. A Wall Street Journal editorial concludes, “Republicans need to do some soul searching about the purpose of a congressional majority, including whether they even want it. If they really think Mr. Boehner is the problem, then find someone else to do his thankless job. If not, then start to impose some order and discipline and advance the conservative cause rather than self-defeating rebellion.” This weekend showed Republicans have leadership issues, which Obama continues to exploit. More…

Left Changes Tone as Netanyahu Arrives in Washington

Just a few weeks ago, the White House threatened there would be consequences for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Congress. This Sunday, Netanyahu touched down in Washington to talk about the U.S.’s deal with Iran, and everybody has put on their politician smiles. Secretary of State John Kerry essentially denied the Obama administration was plotting to undermine both the event and Netanyahu’s administration. “The prime minister is welcome in the United States at any time,” Kerry told ABC. “We have an unparalleled close security relationship with Israel, and we will continue to. I talk to the prime minister regularly, including yesterday. We don’t want to see this turned into some great political football. Obviously, it was odd, if not unique, that we learned of it from the speaker of the House and that an administration was not included in this process. But the administration is not seeking to politicize this.” Politicize this? Democrat legislators have issued sound bite after sound bite saying Netanyahu doesn’t speak for them, or that they’ll boycott the speech. And that’s not to mention Obama’s political shenanigans. No, the Left has already succeeded in making a foreign policy speech by one of America’s closest allies into a partisan brouhaha. More…

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Lerner’s Email Cover-Up ‘Potential Criminal Activity’

Timothy Camus, Treasury deputy inspector general, told the House Oversight Committee “there is potential criminal activity” in how the IRS refused to give Congress Lois Lerner’s emails when it was investigating the agency’s political targeting of conservative groups. The Daily Caller reports, “Treasury Department inspectors general testified Thursday that they cannot provide any relevant information related to their search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails. But at least three bits of information came out: the investigation is on hold over software issues, there is potential criminal wrongdoing, and nobody at the IRS even asked for Lerner’s backup email tapes from the people in New Martinsville, West Virginia, who had them.” The IRS told Congress Lerner’s emails were destroyed and irretrievable. But the IG got the emails after two weeks of searching, and that may warrant a criminal investigation. It’s perhaps confirmed one thing that Americans have long suspected, though: The IRS is run by criminals. Oh, and by the way, one of Lerner’s emails to a colleague was this gem: “No one will believe your hard drive and mine crashed within a week.” No, no one will believe that. More…

Durbin: Constitution Was ‘Fatally Flawed’

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) defended Barack Obama’s executive amnesty in the Senate by declaring Obama was just doing what was necessary to save the Constitution from itself. “Before any of us can serve in the United States Senate, we stand in the well of the Senate chamber and publicly take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Durbin said. “I know we all take that seriously, as we should.” (Pause for laughter.) He continued, “This is not just another government document. It is really the inspiration of this government and it still governs our actions to this day. Yet, if we view this document with honesty, we know that it was fatally flawed from the start. It got the issue of slavery wrong, in addition to some other issues. It got the issue of race wrong. And since the days when the document was drafted and signed, we have struggled as a nation to right that wrong. It has taken a long, long time.” There’s no question that the Constitution, as a human document, has its flaws. That’s why our Founders set up an amendment process. But Durbin and his fellow Democrats think they are more enlightened than the Founders and, therefore, can do whatever they want with the Constitution — abandoning the legitimate amendment process altogether. And then they have the gall to claim they take their oaths seriously.

Who Vets Fox News ‘Experts’?

STUPID, particularly when it comes to the Second Amendment, is almost exclusive to the Left, but occasionally it slips under the wire on the Right. That is certainly the case with this analysis from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News “2A expert” Regis Giles. Commenting on the absurd ATF ban of 5.56 M855 AR-15 rifle cartridges, Giles’ remarks were so profoundly ignorant that FNC should have preceded her segment with one of their ubiquitous “FOX NEWS ALERT!” graphics.

According to Giles, “To say that this [5.56 M855 round] is going to pierce through the armor of cops is ridiculous because it’s a tiny bullet like this big [demonstrating the size with her fingers]. And to say that the cop’s Kevlar isn’t tough enough to handle that ammunition is ridiculous. And, like the FBI said, no one has used this in a handgun to shoot a cop.”

Who vets Fox News guests? Giles must have been smoking “green tips.”

Now, for the record, according to the ATF and FBI, there IS NO RECORD of a police officer being murdered with a 5.56 M855 round — and, of course, the ATF ammo ban really has nothing to do with “protecting police” and everything to do with Obama’s incremental encroachment on the Second Amendment. But come on Carlson — giving a platform to Giles did nothing to help 2A rights.

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

Hillary Lied, Four Americans Died

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Judicial Watch confirmed Thursday what many Americans already knew: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attempt to blame the attacks in Benghazi on an “offensive video” was a bald-faced lie. As the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department, Judicial Watch obtained a series of critical emails that not only reveal State Department officials knew immediately the American compound in Benghazi was under attack but that the attack was perpetrated by assailants tied to a terrorist group. And despite the infamous exasperated question from the Democrats’ likely presidential nominee, the truth does make a big difference at this point.

The first email was sent Sept. 11, 2012, at 4:07 p.m. It was forwarded by former Clinton Special Assistant Maria Sand to Clinton’s former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Jacob Sullivan, former Executive Assistant Joseph McManus, and a host of other Special Assistants in Clinton’s office. It read as follows:

“The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM [Chief of Mission] personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.”

Another email arrived at 4:38 p.m. It was sent by the former director of the Diplomatic Security Service, Scott Bultrowicz, who was fired following the report issued by the Advisory Review Board (ARB) citing “systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department” responsible for security in Benghazi. That would be the same ARB that refused to interview Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation. State Department Foreign Officer Lawrence Randolph forwarded Mills, Sullivan and McManus the email from Bultrowicz with the subject line “Attack on Benghazi 90112012″:

“DSCC received a phone call from [REDACTED] in Benghazi, Libya initially stating that 15 armed individuals were attacking the compound and trying to gain entrance. The Ambassador is present in Benghazi and currently is barricaded within the compound. There are no injuries at this time and it is unknown what the intent of the attackers is. At approximately 1600 DSCC received word from Benghazi that individuals had entered the compound. At 1614 RSO advised the Libyans had set fire to various buildings in the area, possibly the building that houses the Ambassador [REDACTED] is responding and taking fire.”

At 12:04 a.m. Randolph updated Mills, Sullivan and McManus with another email with the subject line “FW: Update 3: Benghazi Shelter Location Also Under Attack”:

“I just called Ops and they said the DS command center is reporting that the compound is under attack again. I am about to reach out to the DS Command Center.”

Contained in that email is a series of equally damning updates:

4:54 p.m.: “Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site to locate COM personnel.”

6:06 p.m.: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU): (SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and call for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

11:57 p.m.: “(SBU) DS Command reports the current shelter location for COM personnel in Benghazi is under mortar fire. There are reports of injuries to COM staff.”

And finally, at 3:22 a.m., Sept. 12, Senior Watch Officer Andrew Veprek forwarded an email to numerous State Department officials, later forwarded to Mills and McManus. The subject line? “Death of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi”:

“Embassy Tripoli confirms the death of Ambassador John C. (Chris) Stevens in Benghazi. His body has been recovered and is at the airport in Benghazi.”

Two hours later, McManus forwarded the news of Stevens’ death to the State Department Legislative Affairs office — with instructions not to “forward to anyone at this point.”

Hillary Clinton’s response? An official statement calling the attack “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

As for her other, earlier response, blatantly ignored by the mainstream media? A 10 p.m. phone call between Clinton and Obama, completely contradicting the previous assertion by the White House that Obama made no phone calls the night of the attack. As National Review’s Andrew McCarthy sarcastically asked, “Gee, what do you suppose Obama and Clinton talked about in that 10 p.m. call?”

The rest of the orchestrated disinformation campaign — sending former UN ambassador, current National Security Advisor and reliable propagandist Susan Rice on network news shows to maintain the despicable lie, Obama’s assertion of same on the David Letterman Show and at the UN, the spending of $70,000 for a Pakistani ad campaign showing Obama and Clinton denouncing the anti-Islamic video, and a host of other insults to the public’s intelligence — can no longer be obscured.

America twice elected an inveterate liar as commander in chief. And the very same corrupt media that ran interference for Obama’s lies are gearing up to do the same thing for an equally inveterate liar. And make no mistake: All of Clinton’s critics will be characterized as perpetrating a war on women whenever the subject of her horrendous track record of prevarication arises — one that included another blatant lie about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire.

And that’s if those questions arise at all. Here are two separate Google Searches related to the revelations presented by Judicial Watch. Note that not a single mainstream media source has even filed a report, much less made this the kind of headline story, followed by a relentless series of updates, that would have attended any Republican caught doing exactly the same thing. An equal amount of calculated disinterest attends the scandalous conflict of interest surrounding the Clinton Foundation, which received millions of dollars from foreign governments while Clinton was secretary of state. Foreign governments and individuals are prohibited from giving money to a U.S. political candidate. Funneling those contributions through the Clinton Foundation allows Hillary to skirt such restrictions.

On Benghazi, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton gets it exactly right: “These emails leave no doubt that Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers knew the truth about the Benghazi attack from almost the moment it happened. And it is inescapable that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly lied when she planted the false story about ‘inflammatory material being posted on the Internet.’ The contempt for the public’s right to know is evidenced not only in these documents but also in the fact that we had to file a lawsuit in federal court to obtain them. The Obama gang’s cover-up continues to unravel, despite its unlawful secrecy and continued slow-rolling of information. Congress, if it ever decides to do its job, cannot act soon enough to put Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and every other official in these emails under oath.”

Whether Congress is up to the job or not, one thing is crystal clear: Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to lead this nation. Her election to the Oval Office would be a continuation of the lawlessness and lying this nation has endured for the past six years. Judicial Watch has produced the smoking gun. The voting public ignores it at the nation’s peril.

The CPAC Sizzler: Red Meat for Primaries

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The Republican presidential primary virtually began this past weekend right outside the Washington Beltway. The event is also known as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The gathering of thousands of activists was treated to candidates and experts engaged in extensive and serious policy discussions. There were no doubts where participants of CPAC stand regarding America’s exceptionalism, Liberty and the Constitution.

Some highlights:

In the face of growing threats in the world (and no, we don’t mean the climate), potential presidential contenders emphasized national security and foreign policy. The Islamic State was clearly identified as Islamic and named as a necessary target for destruction to end its evil and medieval barbarism.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio jumped from the obvious problem of ISIL and the cauldron of toil and trouble of the Middle East to pledging to reverse Obama’s cancellation of the missile defense installations in Europe to appease and pacify the angry Bear of Russia. Rubio pegged the KGB-raised Vladimir Putin as a danger in need of countering, arguing for an expansion of missile defense into Eastern Europe beyond Poland and the Czech Republic.

Rubio assessed Obama’s “JV” foreign policy, characterizing the commander in chief’s frame of reference thusly: “America, and American engagement, is more often the source of our problems than the source of our solutions.” Rubio slammed this view as wrong and dangerous.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hammered the administration’s “jobs for Jihadistan” approach: “We don’t need a war on international poverty, we need a war on the evil radical Islamic terrorism.” Furthermore, Jindal asserted, Obama’s administration has incompetently failed at formulating and executing a realistic plan aimed at “degrading and destroying ISIS.” Therefore, Jindal concluded, Obama “has shown himself incapable of being our commander in chief.”

On immigration policy, most all of the CPAC featured speakers were in unison in supporting a secured southern border and enforcement of existing laws to encourage and reward legal immigration.

Rubio — of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” fame — said he’s learned his lesson: “[Y]ou can’t even have a conversation about [illegal immigrants already in the country] until people believe and know — not just believe, but it’s proven to them — that future illegal immigration is brought under control.” He’s absolutely right, despite what many conservatives view as his blemished track record.

On the other hand — and this is no surprise — Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and wannabe-GOP-nominee with big donors on his side, was honest enough not to pander in his proclamation, “Yes, I support a path to legalization” for illegal immigrants currently in our nation. (He also began his tack Left on same-sex marriage, perhaps signaling he won’t even bother trying to convince voters a la Mitt Romney that he really is “severely conservative.”)

The CPAC speaker with the most election wins (three) over the last four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, clearly articulated the most basic spirit of America: “Up there in Washington, we have a president who measures success by how many people are dependent on the government. There’s a reason we celebrate the Fourth of July and not April 15, because in America we celebrate our independence from the government and not our dependence on it.”

And former Texas Governor Rick Perry offered up downright Reaganesque optimism: “I’ve never been more certain than I am today that America’s best days remain in front of us. The weakness and incompetence of our government shouldn’t be confused with the strength, the ingenuity and the idealism of the American people.” Perry listed the nation’s painful sufferings through the War Between the States, two world wars and the Carter administration before assuring CPACers, “We will survive the Obama years too.”

The economy, education, tax reform, God, guns and family were other key areas where speakers strummed the heartstrings of this constitutionally conservative crowd. Speeches are one thing, but the most important question left unanswered is this: Can the GOP win the White House in 2016? Or will the GOP lose in the same way it lost in 2012 — with lots of highly paid consultants, an embarrassing ground game and a timid approach to a vision for a great America? Based solely on the roster of CPAC speeches, we’re hopeful that history won’t repeat itself. But we’ll find out soon enough.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

The Gipper: “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

Columnist Jeff Jacoby: “[B]y reacting so poisonously to Netanyahu’s scheduled appearance, the White House has only fueled more interest in what he has to say. Obama may have guaranteed that Israel’s leader will give the speech of his career to a once-in-a-lifetime audience. Only at a superficial level is this about partisan or political loyalties. Immensely more important is the lethal threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Even without the bomb, Iran is the world’s most dangerous regime – apocalyptic incubator of terrorism and jihad, ruthless suppressor of human rights, unflagging zealot for wiping Israel ‘off the map,’ and fanatic about bringing ‘Death to America.’ Like any democratic politician, Netanyahu can be maddening or fickle. But there is no issue on which he has been so consistent, for so long, as preventing Tehran from acquiring the nuclear capability that would empower it to fulfill its genocidal goals. The fuss over protocol and personalities is interesting. It won’t keep Americans from giving their ally’s leader a respectful hearing.”

Columnist Star Parker: “The President has a bully pulpit waiting for him whenever he wants to use it to explain to the American people why he doesn’t want Benjamin Netanyahu to give this speech. Instead of shooting straight with us, the president is sending out his foot soldiers, his proxies, Democrats in Congress, including the black Caucus, to do his business for him, with flimsy explanations. What’s up with our President? And what’s up with the press? Why aren’t they asking penetrating questions? All of us recall as students reading about the tragedies in history and asking how they could have happened, why they weren’t prevented. We should hear the Israeli Prime Minster’s concerns. And our president, himself, should tell the American people why he so opposes this very sensible speech.”

Comedian Seth Meyers: “Obama’s former press secretary, Jay Carney, will reportedly become a senior vice president at Amazon. Carney says he’s excited to work for someone who doesn’t take six years to deliver.”

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British government conspires to sterilize mother of six with learning disabilities

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 07:46 AM PST

British government conspires to sterilize mother of six with learning disabilities How would you feel if you were a mother with children and a judge ruled to have you sterilized? According to reports out of London, A judge has ruled that health and social service authorities may forcefully sterilize a mother of six who has learning disabilities. Justice Steven Cobb of the Court of Protection ruled in favor of an application submitted by the authorities which requested permission to use “forced entry and necessary restraint” in the process of having the unnamed woman taken from her home to the hospital to be sterilized.  The judge referred to the case as being “exceptional” and said that, in this case, “therapeutic sterilisation” would be legal and in the best interests of the woman in question. Do you beleive the government has the right to force “sterilization” ? Or is there situations that make this practice exceptional? FULL REPORT

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Google Moving to Shut Down Alternative Media by Ranking Sites on “Facts” Rather than Popularity

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 07:38 AM PST

Google Moving to Shut Down Alternative Media by Ranking Sites on “Facts” Rather than PopularitySearch Engine giant Google, the major driver of traffic to the majority of media portals is moving to change the way it ranks websites, declaring that it intends to use known partisan debunking outlets to determine the “truthfulness” of content. In other words, Google will decide what is “Facts” and what isn’t!  Currently, Google rankings are determined by the number of incoming links to a web page, meaning that if a story becomes popular it can be driven to the top of search results, and by viewed by millions of people. However, this is a little too democratic for the liking of some, who only like to get their “facts” from pre-approved sources. So how will this change how you receive your news and information? Remember we have been warning of the soon changes to the Internet and how information would be given to us. It appears the noose is getting tighter and now with Net Neutrality only time will tell how tight it will get? FULL REPORT

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Big Bang Blunder: Scientists Retract Alleged Proof of Universe’s Beginnings

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 07:28 AM PST

Big Bang Blunder: Scientists Retract Alleged Proof of Universe’s BeginningsSo just who created the Universe? Our Schools have tried for years to convince our children that “Slime and Time” as a result of a “Big Bang” resulted in humanity but now according to reports a team of astronomers who jubilantly announced last year that they had found proof of the Big Bang have now retracted their statements, admitting that their evidence was faulty. In March of last year, astronomers using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole announced the discovery of “primordial gravitational waves” from the universe’s beginning. Proponents of the secular model of origins eagerly touted the discovery as “smoking gun” evidence for the universe’s rapid inflation during the Big Bang. “This is a genuine breakthrough,” declared Andrew Pontzen, as reported by The Guardian. “It represents a whole new era in cosmology and physics as well.” FULL STORY

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Northeast as cold as Siberia as more snow moves in

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 07:17 AM PST

Northeast as cold as Siberia as more snow moves in Just how brutal was the weather in February with record cold in seven cities and record snowfall in Boston? According to a report from the director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “Were the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano,  “It’s colder in Siberia, but we’re the farthest below normal.” The climate center shows the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca had their coldest months ever. The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The normal average temperature for February in Buffalo is 26.3. FULL REPORT

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Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 07:08 AM PST

Sign Of Judgment? Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red MoonsIt appears that many people are catching the revelation of the Signs in the Heavens and their significance in Biblical events including wars, famines, and economic disasters. The next wave of events is a total solar eclipse on March 20th falls on Nisan 1, which is the first day of the first month of the Biblical calendar. According to Jewish tradition, a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 is a sign of judgment. And this has certainly been true in the past. For example, there was a solar eclipse on Nisan 1 in 70 AD. Later that year, the Romans attacked Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Temple. What makes all of this even more interesting is the fact that the solar eclipse on March 20th falls right in the middle of the blood moon tetrad, and it also happens to fall during the Shemitah year. If you are not a believer, you may be tempted to dismiss all of this as some sort of extremely bizarre coincidence. If you are a believer, you also might be skeptical. But by the end of this article, at least you will understand what so many people are talking about right now. FULL REPORT

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Jerusalem Post senior editor blasts Obama on Netanyahu eve

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 06:41 AM PST

Jerusalem Post senior editor blasts Obama on Netanyahu eve It appears that tensions between Israel and America are spreading all the way to the newspapers and journalists. According to reports from WND Deputy editor for the Jerusalem Post has written a scathing editorial accusing the Obama administration of engaging in a concerted effort to enable Israel’s enemies, especially Iran in its drive to obtain nuclear weapons. The article, “In Israel’s Hour of Need,” by Caroline Glick comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to appear Tuesday before a joint session of Congress to discuss the looming Iranian nuclear threat. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner, bypassing the president, which some Democrats said was a breach of protocol. About 30 Democrats now say they’ll boycott Netanyahu’s speech. What’s your opinion? Is Obama intentionally sabotaging Israel and paving the way for her enemy to develop nuclear weapons? FULL REPORT 

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US Senator Feinstein slams Netanyahu: ‘He doesn’t speak for me’

Posted: 02 Mar 2015 06:30 AM PST

US Senator Feinstein slams Netanyahu: 'He doesn't speak for me'Democratic Senator from California Diane Feinstein let us know how she feels about the upcoming speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in an interview with CNN. Feinstein claimed speaking for all Jews in lobbying against an agreement between the US and Iran is “arrogant.”. Netanyahu, whose speech has triggered a great deal of friction with the White House said, “I am greatly concerned about the security of the citizens of Israel and I will do what is necessary in order to ensure our future.” “He doesn’t speak for me on this,” Feinstein told CNN’s State of the Union. “I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view. I think that arrogance does not befit, Israel, candidly.” FULL REPORT

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Iraq Deploys 27,000 Troops to Retake Tikrit From Islamic State

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 08:48 PM PST

Iraq Deploys 27,000 Troops to Retake Tikrit From Islamic StateLooks like Iraq has had enough of ISIS and now is deploying 27,000 troops to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State, in a mission that will test the military’s ability to stage major offensives against the group before trying to capture its stronghold in Mosul. According to reports their in the Mideast Shiite militias, are backing up police and army soldiers. The forces will also seek to liberate other areas in the Salahuddin province, where Tikrit is located. FULL REPORT

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Mysterious booms shake Washington state community, Rattle Windows and Floors

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 08:37 PM PST

Mysterious booms shake Washington state community, Rattle Windows and FloorsIf you live in the Port Angeles, Washington State area you may already know about the reports coming out of that region? A couple of mysterious booms Wednesday rattled residents of the Port Angeles area and seemed to be coming from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but the cause remains undetermined.  News agency “Peninsula Daily News” checked with the Clallam County sheriff’s office, the Coast Guard, Navy, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Canadian Forces and the Weather Service, and no one could account for Wednesday’s unusual sounds. One resident, Michelle Kaake, heard two booms at her home. The first vibrated the floor and rattled the windows. She heard another one about five minutes later. FULL REPORT

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Russia ready to repel any nuke strike, retaliate – missile forces command chief

Posted: 01 Mar 2015 08:28 PM PST

Russia ready to repel any nuke strike, retaliate – missile forces command chief

A Topol-M missile launcher rolls down Red Square in Moscow (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)

The Bear is ready to strike and ready to repel any aggression! A new report indicates Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces are ready to react to any nuclear strike even if it is lightning fast, SMF Central Command chief said. A retaliatory strike would take place in all circumstances, “without hesitation,” he added.  “If there’s a challenge to repel a lightning-fast nuclear in any given conditions – it will be done in fixed time, that’s dead true,” the Strategic Missile Forces Central Command’s chief, Major-General Andrey Burbin, told Russian News Service on Saturday. It seems as if the World is on verge of the next World War as threats are being issued by North Korea, Iran, Russia, China and the List keeps growing as time goes on! Bible prophecy is unfolding more and more and this story is yet another chilling warning from the pages of the New Testament where Jesus warned us that there would be “Wars and Rumors of Wars, Nation shall rise against Nation!” – Matt 24 – FULL STORY

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Where Is The US In Bible Prophecy?
Why Religious Jews See A Parallel Between The Netanyahu-Obama Rift On Iran And The Bible’s Book Of Esther

Religious Jews are drawing parallels between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address this week to Congress, which has earned the ire of the Obama administration, and the experiences of the biblical Esther who made the case to Persia’s king on behalf of the Jewish people to halt the designs of a hate-consumed official to annihilate the Jews ………….  Click here for full story

Israel: Gods Timepiece
Netanyahu Tries To Head Off Iran’s Machinations After Obama Empowers Tehran As Favored Mid East Ally

Tehran is not letting its oft-repeated threat to wipe Israel off the map hang fire until its nuclear aspirations are assured of consummation under the negotiations continuing later this week in the Swiss town of Montreux between US Secretary John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minsiter Mohammed Javad Zarif. In the meantime, without President Obama lifting a finger in defense of “Israel’s security,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps officers are drawing Israel into a military stranglehold on the ground. ……….  Click here for full story

Christian Worldview and Issues 
Prophecy Buffs Speculate About Possible Rise Of The Antichrist On World Stage

Alexios Tsipras has been prime minister of Greece for just over a month and is already a candidate for another office, according to some Christian prophecy buffs – the office of “Antichrist.”………..  Click here for full story

Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies
Swedish Office Building Tests Implanted RFID Microchips In Workers

Workers at a new high-technology office building in central Stockholm are doing away with their old ID cards on lanyards, and can now open doors with the swipe of a hand — thanks to a microchip implanted in the body………..  Click here for full story

Christian Worldview and Issues
These Stats About Who’s Consuming Christian Media May Surprise You

All the preaching, teaching, music and entertainment beamed by Christian TV and radio is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers—the folks most often found in the pews. Meanwhile, 2 in 3 Americans are tuned out, a new survey find ………  Click here for full story


Benjamin Netanyahu And Zionism Command The World’s Attention Today

Zionism is the belief that all the land of Israel, as promised to the Jews by the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, belongs to the Jewish people forever.

“The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:4,5 (KJV)

This week, through an amazing series of events, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will command the world’s attention by giving a series of speeches in Washington, DC, at the behest of Israel-loving politicians. No, Barack Obama is not one of those people.

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In tweets over the past 24 hours, Netanyahu has said among other things that “I am leaving for Washington on a fateful, even historic mission. I am the emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me.” And that he certainly is. Like him or hate him, Benjamin Netanyahu is the face of Zionism and the de facto spokesperson for Jews worldwide.

What is Zionism? Simply put, Zionism is the belief that all the land of Israel, as promised to the Jews by the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, belongs to the Jewish people forever. Benjamin Netanyahu is a champion of Zionism. Israel was not created in 1948, Israel was established by God Himself nearly 3,500 years ago and after 2,000 years of Diaspora He regathered His chosen people in exactly the same spot from which they were scattered in 70 AD. On May 14, 1948, with the recognition of the nation of Israel by US President Harry S. Truman, prophecy was fulfilled according to what Jesus had spoken in the gospel of Matthew:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:32,33 (KJV)

Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace and safety for Israel, Barack Obama wants Iran to have nuclear weapons. In a nutshell, that’s the reason for Netanyahu’s visit today to Washington. Bible believing Christians all across America today should rise up in one voice with support for Netayahu’s mission, and prayers for his success. He faces tremendous opposition from the liberal Democrats, chiefly from Barack Obama who detests him and Israel.

From CNN:

Netanyahu’s visit is highly unusual. Not only will he not meet with Obama, but he is taking the most prominent stage outside the White House available to a foreign leader in Washington and directly campaigning against one of the president’s top second-term priorities — a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu appears to have concluded that the proposed agreement is so bad that, in a highly unorthodox move, he will actively join Obama’s political adversaries in an effort to derail the president’s Iran deal-making.

The Israeli leader will make the case against the proposed deal in an address to Congress on Tuesday, against the wishes of the White House, at the invitation of GOP House Speaker John Boehner.

The speech, likely to delight Republicans, who are also trying to thwart Obama’s Iran diplomacy, will be the starkest illustration yet of the estrangement between Netanyahu and Obama. source

Mr. Netanyahu, on behalf of America’s Christian population, we give you our love and support as you go to do battle today. You are God’s man in charge of Israel for “such a time as this”. Say what needs to be said, and the Lord will go before you and prepare the way.

Am Yisrael Chai!

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Perennial conflict between evolution and Christian faith acknowledged by journalist

Science And Religion: Surveying The Field Of Battle, Forbes (John Farrell)

2) Return of German edition of Mein Kampf reveals endurace of even wicked ideas

‘Mein Kampf’: A historical tool, or Hitler’s voice from beyond the grave?, Washington Post (Anthony Faiola)
In other news…

Husband, 108, wife, 105, celebrate 82 years married, USA Today (Alex Taylor)

The religious states of America, in 22 maps, Washington Post (Niraj Chokshi)
Meet the new trophy husbands, Fortune Magazine (Jill Hamburg Coplan)

The Christian “Quiverfull” Movement Pushing Women to Procreate for “God’s Army”

Alabama Pastor’s Wife, Son Working at Abortion Facility in Bible Belt

Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across Europe

American Missionaries Are Detained in Venezuela

Islamic State murders 15 Christian hostages, beheads woman…


Life On Earth In The Millennium

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Hal Lindsey once speculated that at his judgment Satan hurled two accusations at God. “You’re not just and You have no love.” In past studies we have seen how God demonstrated His perfect justice through Israel and His perfect love through the Church. In this study, we’ll talk about a time in the future when both perfect justice and perfect love will govern the lives of people on Earth.

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The Gathering Storm

Jan talks to Dr. Robert Jeffress for two segments about radical Islam, end-times, and current events in light of the Bible. We carry his new book, “Countdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola are Only the Beginning.” Find ite here. With everything falling apart, Dr. Jeffress reminds us to be salt and light. Then Jan Markell gives a short commentary about the importance of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress March 3. Obama continues to turn on old allies and befriend terrorists. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

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Rev. Graham: ‘Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic’ Muslims Influencing WH Against Netanyahu

Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said the liberal media, Congress, and the White House were shunning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic” Muslims were influencing the Obama Administration against Israel.

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AFA’s anti-Christian-bigotry map

In 2007, and with that same nauseating arrogance that has come to define him, then presidential candidate Barack Obama duplicitously quipped, “I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are just so ‘90s. Their days are growing dark.” Dark, indeed. America’s soon-to-be cultural-Marxist-in-chief would then spend the greater part of a decade waging war against our nation’s Judeo-Christian culture and heritage at levels, and in ways, unseen in our storied history.

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Presbyterian Church USA under heat for meeting Hezbollah

by Marsha West

According to the Israeli National News:

In response to the Presbyterian Church USA’s (PCUSA) decision to divest from American companies doing business with Israel, Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) filed a whistleblower action against the organization with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) over meetings PCUSA held with Hezbollah terrorists.

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Apostate Presbyterian Church USA voting on redefining marriage

by Marsha West

According to the Christian News Network:

Regional presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting on whether to ratify a vote taken by the General Assembly and regional delegates last year to change the definition of marriage in its law book and to allow ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” in states where the practice is legal.

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Our Time is Short

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


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March 2, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

The Daily Discovery (March 2, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching – “Despite the many books on preaching, bad homiletical models of expository preaching still exist. They come from various sources and are influenced by a variety of factors. Often it is not the model itself that is at fault, but the use made of it. They include…”

Pastoring Women in Complementarian Contexts – “Complementarians celebrate that men and women are not interchangeable, that while we are created equal in value and dignity as image-bearers and co-rulers of creation, we are distinct from one another in good and mutually beneficial ways. Unless your church is a statistical outlier, more than half of its seats are filled each week by women, which means that a majority of your congregation is not like you in some fairly significant ways. Studies show that women form moral judgments differently than men do, that they have different communication styles and different relational needs.”

How to Memorize the Biblical Narrative (Part 1) – “Christ can only be truly and properly known through the revelation presented in the entirety of God’s Word. The British theologian Alister McGrath notes that Scripture is regarded as a channel through which God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ is encountered. Faith accepts Scripture as a testimony to Christ, and submits to Christ as the one of whom Scripture speaks.”

Who? – “The heavens are not pure in thy sight, and thou chargest thine angels with folly, who then of mortal mould shall dwell with thee, thou dread consuming fire? A sense of the glory of the Lord and of the holiness which becomes his house, his service, and his attendants, excites the humble mind to ask the solemn question before us.”

Equipping Eve: Sad Church Visits – “I haven’t been church shopping, but I have been visiting other churches to observe their style of worship. In this episode, I’ll share what almost brought me to tears during one of these excursions. Bring your Bibles, ladies, as we hold this church’s teaching up to the light of God’s Word.”


SERMON:

James White – 2015 G3 Conference


VIDEOS:

How to Recognize a Real Church, Part 1

Is There a Cultural Key in Evangelism?


“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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Shades of Grey: 3 ways to deal with ethical dilemmas

“Knock, knock.”knocking

-“Who’s there?”

“The Nazis.”

-“The Nazis wh—” [SLAP]

“Vee vill ask de questions!”

Many a debate about ethical systems gets illustrated by the Corrie Ten Boom conundrum posed as Nazis knocking on your door to enquire whether you are hiding innocent Jews in your home. You can either tell the truth and sacrifice the lives of your refugees, or you can lie and, assuming you have the world’s most gullible Nazi at your door, spare the lives of those you have committed to protect.

This scenario captures a classic question of which sin is the greater, and it presumes that there is no other option.

There are three main ethical systems by which people try to attack the problem…

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Pastor Right After the Sermon

I’ve actually assembled more than ten things church members have told pastors immediately after they preached. But these are ten responses where pastors have had the most visceral reactions.

  1. “I am going to be late for lunch because you preached so long.”
  2. “You must not have had much time to prepare that sermon.”
  3. “My former pastor preached a much better sermon from that text.”
  4. “I wish {fill in the blank} would have heard that sermon.”
  5. “You act like you weren’t feeling well while you preached.”
  6. “I’m sorry I fell asleep while you were preaching. Your voice just puts me to sleep.”
  7. “Your subject/verb agreement was incorrect three times in your sermon.”
  8. “I wish you wouldn’t preach from the Old Testament.”
  9. “Let me tell you what you missed in your sermon.”
  10. “Are we ever going to be done with this sermon series?”

Pastors often take 10 to 20 hours to prepare a sermon. They pray for God to speak through them. They preach with conviction and fervency. And then they hear one of these sentences.

These ten responses are close approximations of what pastors have actually told me. I am sure there are many more. Let us hear what they are.

The post 10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Pastor Right After the Sermon appeared first on ThomRainer.com.

 


Euthanasia Comes to Canada

This month, the Canadian Supreme Court trampled democratic deliberation by unanimously conjuring a constitutional right to “termination of life” for anyone who has an “irremediable medical condition” and wants to die. Note the scope of the judicial fiat is not limited to the terminally ill: The ruling grants competent adults a right to die if they have an “illness, disease, or disability that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual,” including “psychological” pain.

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The Relationship Between Corporate Worship and Pastoral Care

Pastoral counseling is a very important means of pastoral care. But corporate worship is a most necessary component for the care of souls. Not only does pastoral counseling guide God’s people toward fuller worship of him, corporate worship is the primary means through which God strengthens his hurting, grieving, broken and trembling sheep in this their pilgrim journey. Let us never lose sight of this fact in our preaching, public prayer, and leading of worship.

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Do We Live in a Well-Run World?

But because God is good, and because of his great love for his people, he will not let us have that word. His Word is much better. And it commands the water into position. It controls the darkest places that we cannot fathom. It is the source of true light. It puts the angelic stars in motion. And it made an oath for the salvation of his beloved.

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The Myth of the Gullible Ancients

One belief that is ubiquitous among those who write off Christianity is the suspicion that the persons who lived in biblical times were highly gullible. When I was an atheist teenager I looked down on the Biblical authors because I thought they didn’t understand the physical world and thought that it was inhabited by fairies and trolls at every turn. I found comfort in writing them off in this way.

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The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 2

The gospel is the only story that offers real hope and the only story that celebrates what the world fears. Principalities and powers offer many plans but no real hope. The gospel offers a hope that celebrates the breaking down of ethnic barriers and celebrates the sound of the gospel in different languages and tongues.

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What Do You Really Want Your Church to Be Known For?

I definitely want to pursue excellence in our preaching of God’s word for the sake of strengthening God’s people, and proclaiming the Gospel. And I want our worship to be as excellent as possible to encourage us to glorify Jesus with our singing. But I don’t want these things to be the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they talk about our church. I hope the first thing that comes to peoples’ minds is what came to mind in those who heard Charles Spurgeon: “What a Savior!”

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Barnabas Aid Director Resigns after Sexual Assault Conviction

Patrick Sookhdeo has resigned his posts as a trustee and international director for Barnabas Aid International. Board member Julian Dobbs confirmed the resignation this morning. Dobbs said the board has accepted Sookhdeo’s resignation as a trustee, and is considering his resignation as international director of the organization.

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The Word-less “Church”

What solution does the Bible teach for this sad situation? The short but profound answer is given by Paul in Colossians 3:16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” We need the Word to dwell in us richly so that we will know the truths that God thinks are most important and so that we will know His purposes and priorities. We need to be concerned less about “felt-needs” and more about the real needs of lost sinners as taught in the Bible.

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Flowers for Gay Weddings – Church & Culture Blog

By now, most have heard of the many and varied court cases related to conscientious objection, usually of a religious nature, to serving gay weddings. They are filling the courts as bakers and florists, bed and breakfast operators and caterers, are being sued for not wanting to engage in activity they deem supporting the wedding itself.

But now we are starting to get the decisions.

A judge ruled that a Washington state florist who refused to provide a flower arrangement for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.

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Three Muslim Misconceptions About Christians

by Pastor J.D.

The history of Islam and Christianity is hardly an amiable one. Many people from both religions view the other with suspicion (at best) or fear and hatred (at worst). This suspicion existed from day one, and centuries of violence have only served to heighten it. Tragically, the border between Christianity and Islam has all too often been a bloody one.

A dicey past, of course, makes for a dicey present. But it isn’t just our history that transforms the border between Christians and Muslims into a dangerous fault line. A lot also rests on uninformed misconceptions. There are, of course, substantive theological differences between the two religions. And these differences can lead to legitimate conflict. But conversations can’t move forward unless we dispel some pervasive myths. I learned these the hard way, through dozens of awkward and often painful conversations with Muslims in Southeast Asia. You can do what I never could—learn from my mistakes without actually making them.

Many obstacles stand in the way of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus—theological confusion and the cost of conversion being two of the most daunting. And of course the most common reason why Muslims are not coming to Christ is that most have simply never heard the gospel.

That said, there is a set of misconceptions that most Muslims have about Christians that keep them from even considering the gospel. On Wednesday, we’ll look at the flip side—Christian misconceptions about Muslims. But here are three of the biggest misconceptions Muslims have about Christians:

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Discerning or discriminating?

This morning Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the United States to address congress about an Iranian nuclear deal. Iran has said once it gets its bomb, Israel will be wiped off the map. More than 30 Democratic legislators have announced they are going to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, some saying he’s trying to stir the […]

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How Many People Died in the Inquisition?

Nathan Busenitz provides a solid answer. “Some suggest that just a few thousand people were executed during the Inquisition, while others project that there were tens of millions of victims. So how can the estimates be so widely divergent?”

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Fireworks And Brimstone: The Personal God Of Katy Perry

The pop star’s Pentecostalism asserts that God plays an intimate role in every decision she makes, no matter how large or small.

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Report: Obama threatened to fire on Israeli jets attacking Iran

Via Allen West: “Middle East news sources have been buzzing the last six hours over a report on Saturday from a Kuwaiti based news paper Al-Jarida made against President Barack Obama. If this turns out to be true…” BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military […]

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Our Time is Short

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


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The Dangers of a Hardened Heart

Originally posted on THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.-Hebrews 3: 7-12

Introduction

Over the years I have seen a lot of hardened hearts. This doesn’t pertain just to skeptics. Christians can succumb to the same problem. Obviously, when we talk about the heart, we are not literally saying somebody’s heart (that pumps blood) is hardened. What we are…

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No Creeds! (Except What Celebrity Preacher Says)

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

Democratization of American Christianity  “The study of the religious convictions of self-taught Americans in the early years of the republic reveals how much weight was placed on private judgment and how little on the roles of history, theology, and the collective will of the church.”

So writes Nathan Hatch in his assessment of American religion in his excellent book, The Democratization of American Christianity.  Many of the major weak spots in the American church today were already prevalent in the 19th century (e.g. “no creed but the Bible” was a common sentiment in the 19th century).  Hatch writes,

“In a culture that mounted a frontal assault upon tradition, mediating elites, and institutions, the Bible very easily became, as John W. Nevin complained, ‘a book dropped from the skies for all sorts of men to use in their own way.’ …In the assertion that private judgment should be the ultimate tribunal in religious…

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Obama administration giving away the store in nuclear deal with Iran

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Map of Iran Nuclear Facilities Map of Iran Nuclear Facilities

(Source: BBC)

The Wall Street Journal reports.

Excerpt:

Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress this week that no one should pre-judge a nuclear deal with Iran because only the negotiators know what’s in it. But the truth is that the framework of an accord has been emerging thanks to Administration leaks to friendly journalists. The leaks suggest the U.S. has already given away so much that any deal on current terms will put Iran on the cusp of nuclear-power status.

The latest startling detail is Monday’s leak that the U.S. has conceded to Iran’s demand that an agreement would last as little as a decade, perhaps with an additional five-year phase-out. After that Iran would be allowed to build its uranium enrichment capabilities to whatever size it wants. In theory it would be forbidden from building nuclear weapons, but by then all sanctions…

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March 2, 2015 Daily Devotional Guide Collection

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March 2

JESUS LOVES ME

Anna B. Warner, 1820–1915

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Luke 18:17)

The story is told of a brilliant professor at Princeton Seminary who always left his graduation class with these words: “Gentlemen, there is still much in this world and in the Bible that I do not understand, but of one thing I am certain—‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so’—and gentlemen, that is sufficient!”

Without doubt the song that has been sung more by children than any other hymn is this simply stated one by Anna Warner. Written in 1860, it is still one of the first hymns taught to new converts in other lands.

Miss Warner wrote this text in collaboration with her sister Susan. It was part of their novel Say and Seal, one of the best selling books of that day. Today few individuals would know or remember the plot of that story, which once stirred the hearts of many readers. But the simple poem spoken by one of the characters, Mr. Linden, as he comforts Johnny Fax, a dying child, still remains the favorite hymn of countless children around the world.

Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.

Jesus loves me! loves me still, tho I’m very weak and ill, that I might from sin be free, bled and died upon the tree.

Jesus loves me! He who died heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! He will stay close beside me all the way. Thou hast bled and died for me; I will henceforth live for Thee.

Chorus: Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

William Bradbury, the composer of the music, was one of the leading contributors to the development of early gospel music in America. He became recognized as one of the pioneers in children’s music both for the church and in the public schools. In 1861 Bradbury composed the music for Anna Warner’s text and personally added the chorus to her four stanzas. The hymn appeared the following year in Bradbury’s hymnal collection, The Golden Sower. It had an immediate response.

For Today: Genesis 33:5; Psalm 127:3; Matthew 11:25; Mark 10:16

“If there is anything that will endure the eye of God, because it still is pure, it is the spirit of a little child, fresh from His hand, and therefore undefiled.” Ask God to give you this kind of spirit.[1]


March 2: The Power and the Glory

Numbers 1:47–2:34; John 11:28–57; Psalm 2:1–12

In our day-to-day life, we acknowledge God’s power and encourage others to believe in it. Yet sometimes it takes a trial for us to realize the extent and reality of our confession.

The disciples misunderstand Jesus’ reference to death and resurrection (John 11:11–12), so He displays His power through a trial and a miracle—the death and raising of Lazarus. Before Jesus has raised Lazarus, Mary and Martha express, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, 32). While their statement is a confession, it reveals their limited view of Jesus’ power. The crowd echoes Mary and Martha’s sentiment: “Was not this man who opened the eyes of the blind able to do something so that this man also would not have died?” (John 11:37). Yet, they don’t realize that Jesus has been planning for this moment to provide them with a chance to believe. (Of course, Jesus knows He could have come earlier; He chose not to so He could use this as an example.)

Jesus uses this miracle to challenge and encourage them while showing them that He is the source of life. The question He poses to Martha should be one we all consider: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die forever. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26).

What trials has God used to show you that He is the true life?

Rebecca Van Noord[2]


March 2

Intro

Welcome to Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Today’s reading is Job 41 and 42. Our lesson is from Job 42:5–6, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.” (NASU)

Lesson

We are at the end of the book of Job. Much has happened to Job in these chapters. He has lost wealth, health, prestige and family. However, he has remained faithful to God throughout it all. Our verses demonstrate Job’s transparency and humility before the Lord. Let’s examine Job’s three actions.

First, Job admits he knew about the Lord. One of the astounding statements in this chapter is that God comes to the aid of Job. Immediately after this verse, the Lord reveals to Job’s friends their error in judging Job.

God has become very real to Job. After the trials and tribulations, he acknowledges that before his troubles he knew about God but now he has seen him and knows God. Difficult times drive a person to be more intimate with God. Job obviously now had a relationship with the Lord that is closer than before.

Second, Job retracts what he had previously said about the Lord. Although Job never denied the Lord or cursed Him, he now knows that some of his comments and attitudes were immature because he did not know the Lord intimately. When someone makes a retraction it is because they admit that they have made a mistake. It also shows a sense of taking responsibility for the error. This demonstrates Job’s humility and tender heart before the Lord.

Last, Job repents before God. True repentance is the mark of a mature person. The Lord delights in a person who is repentant, because such a person He will restore. This is exactly what has happened to Job. He is blessed in everything that Satan had taken away plus more. Job’s response to his shortsightedness is sorrow and penitence before God. He knows very well that only God can fully restore him.

In conclusion, Job admits he knew about God. Job retracts about what he had previously said about God. And Job repents before God.

The book of Job can be divided into three parts: First, Job had it all (Job 1); next, Job lost it all (Job 2–42:6) and finally, Job recuperated it all (Job 42:7–16).

Job’s character and faithfulness were tested. He trusted and waited on God. The result was that the Lord exalted Job among his friends. Job knew what was truly important and valuable. He was a man of integrity who loved and believed in God. He also grew in intimacy with the Lord. Job served and feared God.

May we learn from Job. Reflect on God’s goodness to you and thank Him right now.

End

It has been a pleasure to share with you Daily Treasures from the Word of God. Tomorrow’s Bible reading is John 1 through 4. Let’s not forget the words of the psalmist, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Until tomorrow and may God bless you in abundance as you study the Word of God.[3]


March 2

Unlimited Prayer

“Men ought always to pray” (Luke 18:1, kjv).

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Prayer should never be limited to certain times, places, or circumstances.

As a child I was taught to pray with my head bowed, eyes closed, and hands folded. Even as a young man I thought that was the only acceptable mode of prayer.

In my seminary days I sang in a quartet that traveled to various churches throughout the United States. The first time I traveled with them we had a prayer meeting in the car, and the driver prayed with his eyes open. All of us were glad he did, but I wondered if God really heard his prayer.

I have since learned that praying with my eyes closed is a helpful way to avoid distractions, but it isn’t mandated in Scripture—nor are most of the other limitations people often place on prayer. For example, some people want to limit prayer to a certain posture, but Scripture tells of people praying while standing, sitting, kneeling, looking upward, bowing down, and lifting up their hands.

Some try to limit prayer to certain times of the day, such as morning or evening. But in the Bible people prayed at all times: morning, evening, three times a day, before meals, after meals, at bedtime, at midnight, day and night, in their youth, in their old age, when troubled, and when joyful.

Similarly, Scripture places no limits on the place or circumstances of prayer. It tells of people praying in a cave, in a closet, in a garden, on a mountainside, by a river, by the sea, in the street, in the Temple, in bed, at home, in the stomach of a fish, in battle, on a housetop, in a prison, in the wilderness, and on a cross.

The point is clear: there is no specific correct mode or kind of prayer, and prayer isn’t limited by your location or circumstances. You are to pray always. That includes any kind of prayer, on any subject, at any time of the day or night.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Make a list of your current plans, thoughts, and concerns. Have you made each of them a matter of prayer? Commit yourself to sharing every aspect of your life with God.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 136. Note how the Lord is intimately involved in the lives of His people.[4]


March 2

Digging into God’s Word

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.

Joshua 1:8

To meditate on God’s Word requires first that we read it. You can’t think all day about something you haven’t read!

To meditate means to dig into the deeper meaning of what God is saying in His Word. We aren’t just to skim the Bible’s pages, limit ourselves to our favorite verses or passages, or read at the surface level. We are to read the whole of God’s Word so we can avail ourselves of the whole of God’s truth. We are to read slowly, intently, looking for new insights.[5]


March 2

Resolving Conflicts

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:26–32

Key verse: Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Conflicts come in many packages, from children punching each other on the playground to international intrigue in times of war.

What are your “hot spots” of conflict? You might have difficulty getting along with others at home or on the job, with someone whose personality just doesn’t fit with yours.

Whatever the case, conflict is a part of your life. Some Christians mistakenly believe that since Jesus lives in and through them, they’ll be able to end all disagreement and trouble with others.

But that’s not what Christ promised. He never intended for you to spend your energy trying to avoid tension. He wants you to let Him help you work through your anger with His grace.

When you are angry with someone, the Lord wants you to resolve the conflict as soon as you can: “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Eph. 4:26–27 nasb).

Have you ever gone to bed at night with an argument unsettled? How did you feel the next morning?

Your own health and well-being are not the only reasons for quick resolution. The deeper principle at work is one of avoiding bitterness. When you don’t address a hurt, bitterness takes over and spreads its poison into your innermost parts.

Dear Lord, give me grace to work through my anger. Help me to resolve the conflicts of my life.[6]


March 2

A View to Obedience

Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:20

You cannot be a disciple apart from a life of obedience and a desire to follow Christ as Lord. One of the most important ways we obey is by teaching others to obey His commands.

Regarding the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things I said to you” (John 14:26). Through the Word of God, the Spirit has made that teaching available to every believer. And every believer is to submit himself to it in obedience.

Only a true convert will obey Christ. Only as you “present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Rom. 6:13) do you exhibit obedient faith.[7]


March 2       Why?

scripture reading:
Psalm 57

key verse:
Matthew 27:46

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

“Why?” That is the universal response to adversity.

“Why did our child die?”

“Why did our business fail?”

“Why did our son reject us?”

Jesus, the all–knowing One, asked why as the darkness of separation from His Father reached its black climax.

David asked why as he sat in a wilderness exile imposed by treacherous King Saul (Ps. 57).

Moses asked why as millions of Hebrews clamored for food (Num. 11:11).

Jeremiah asked why as he mourned the destruction of Jerusalem (Lam. 5:20).

In On Asking God Why, Elisabeth Elliot describes the proper context in which we should echo the same probing cry when suffering buffets and baffles us:

I seek the lessons God wants to teach me, and that means I ask why. There are those who insist that it is a very bad thing to question God. To them, “why?” is a rude question.

That depends, I believe, on whether it is an honest search, in faith, for His meaning, or whether it is a challenge of unbelief and rebellion.

You may ask, but ask rightly. For God is the Potter, and you are the clay.

I often ask it, Lord: Why? Thank You for the times You answer and I learn from it. Help me accept the times when there seems to be no answer.[8]


March 2

Praying to Your Father

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:9–13

Key verse: Matthew 6:6

You, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

On the subject of prayer, A. B. Simpson writes,

The first view given of God in the Lord’s Prayer is not His majesty but His paternal love. To the listening disciples this must have been a strange expression from the lips of their Lord as a pattern for them. Never had Jewish ears heard God so named, at least in His relation to the individual … No sinful man had ever dared to call God his Father.

They, doubtless, had heard their Master use this delightful name of God … but that they should call Jehovah by such a name had never dawned upon their legal and unillumined minds. And yet it really means that we may and should recognize that God is our Father.

The entire idea of Jesus addressing God as Father is one of personal love and devotion. You cannot know a person unless you love him. And you certainly cannot love God unless you know Him and realize He is intimately in love with you.

The idea of God as your Father is one of extreme love. Regardless of what your earthly father was like, God is a Father of love, and He cares for you. His parental love offers security, encouragement, and nurturing. Therefore, know that He has the ability to step aside from the occupation of the world’s demands to listen to your heart. For the believer, prayer is a lifeline of eternal love and hope.

Listen to my heart today, Father. You are my lifeline in the midst of the storms of life.[9]


March 2

Facing the Jerichos of Life

Scripture Reading: Joshua 6

Key Verse: Joshua 1:6

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

No military officer worth his stripes would go into conflict unprepared, without a clear and cogent plan of attack. The risk would be too great, and the chances of winning slim. Yet that was exactly what God wanted Joshua to do—approach the awesome, fortified city of Jericho without the first conventional military procedure. Literally all God gave to Joshua was his marching orders and the promise that the Israelites would be the winners.

How could Joshua hold his head high and approach the battlefield with confidence? He knew who was in charge. He did not have to worry about defeat or loss. Any momentary feelings of weakness came crashing down with the walls and were forgotten in the glory of taking the city for the Lord.

When you face a Jericho in your life—a problem you cannot solve, the seemingly impenetrable fortress of a broken relationship—trust God for the conquest. Obey His Word and apply His principles to each situation.

You may not understand how the sequence of events will unfold, and you may not feel the emotions of triumph while you wait for the outcome. But in the Lord you cannot lose; the victory is yours.

Heavenly Father, as I face the Jerichos of life, give me assurance that victory is mine. I want to respond to Your marching orders and not worry about the seemingly impenetrable fortresses ahead.[10]


March 2

Victory Through Life’s Ups and Downs

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1–9

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

And 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.

Life sometimes feels like an endless roller coaster, full of surprising twists and turns—some that excite us and others that severely disappoint us. And during the ride of life, our weaknesses are revealed. As believers, we need to know how to handle the ups and downs so that our relationship with Christ remains consistent in its nature and we can have a victorious walk.

When our weaknesses are revealed, we discover our inability to accomplish something to its full potential. The world leads us to believe that weakness is a liability; however, in our relationship with Christ, it can oftentimes be our greatest asset.

Paul realized his weaknesses. Agonizing over them and bemoaning his situation never accomplished what was necessary. Yet Paul’s accepting attitude of his weaknesses resulted in the avenue God needed to intervene.

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul wrote, “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Paul discovered that strength was found in weaknesses. Instead of trying to lug his cross up a hill, Paul decided it was best turned over to the Lord. When Paul’s strength was insufficient, he turned to God. As a result, Paul humbly walked through life’s ups and downs with a perspective that kept his eyes forever focused on Jesus.

Lord, I realize that my weakness is an opportunity for Your strength to be revealed. Through You, I can have victory over the ups and downs of life.[11]


March 2

Coming under God’s Authority

“Submit therefore to God.”

James 4:7a

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The truly humble will submit to God’s authority.

Most people understand the basic requirements of military service. The first thing anyone experiences when he enlists is his rank within the chain of command under the commanding officer. Implicit in such lining up under the leadership of a superior is that the soldier, sailor, airman, or marine will obediently carry out all he is commanded to do.

However, the military is not the only context in which the concept of submission applies. James 4:7 uses the term “submit” in the far more important arena of our relationship to God. We are to submit to Him and come under the sovereign authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the basic requirement for anyone who would be humble before God. Since Scripture often uses military terms to describe our service to God (Phil. 2:25; 2 Tim. 2:3), it is appropriate to see ourselves as enlisting in God’s army, willingly obeying His commands, and following His leadership.

This kind of humble, willing submission to God’s authority is what Jesus meant when He told the disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). This concept of submission simply means doing God’s will from the heart, no matter what the cost.

The story of the rich young ruler provides a good measuring rod of our submissiveness to God. After the young man professed obedience to God’s law, Jesus tested him further by commanding him to “go and sell all you possess, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Mark 10:21). At that point the young man was not willing to obey Jesus. Instead, “his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property” (v. 22).

How would you have reacted? Would you have willingly obeyed Jesus’ command, or would you have allowed your pride to keep you from submitting to Him? If you have humbly lined up under God’s authority, the proper response is not difficult.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord to remind you throughout this day of your need to submit all you do to His authority.

For Further Study: Read the Acts 9:1–22 account of the apostle Paul’s conversion to Christ. What do you notice about his obedience and humility? ✧ What is noteworthy about Ananias’ behavior?[12]

 


Reading for Today:

Numbers 1:1–2:34
Psalm 29:7-11
Proverbs 10:26-29
Mark 7:14-37
Notes:

Numbers 1:2 a census. In Exodus 30:11–16, the Lord had commanded that a census of the males in Israel over 20 (excluding the Levites) be taken for the purpose of determining the ransom money for the service of the tabernacle. The result of that census is recorded in Exodus 38:25–28. The total number, 603,550 (Ex. 38:26), equals the number in 1:46.

Numbers 1:3 go to war. The purpose of this census was to form a roster of fighting men. The Book of Numbers looks ahead to the invasion of the land promised to Abraham (see Gen. 12:1–3).

Numbers 1:51 The outsider. This word often refers to the “alien” or “stranger.” The non-Levite Israelite was like a “foreigner” to the transporting of the tabernacle and had to keep his distance lest he die.

Mark 7:19 Since food is merely physical, no one who eats it will defile his heart or inner person, which is spiritual. Physical pollution, no matter how corrupt, cannot cause spiritual or moral pollution. Neither can external ceremonies and rituals cleanse a person spiritually. thus purifying all foods. By overturning the tradition of hand washing, Jesus in effect removed the restrictions regarding dietary laws.

Mark 7:20 What comes out of a man. A person’s defiled heart is expressed in both what he says and what he does.

DAY 2: Did Moses perhaps inflate the numbers of Jews in the wilderness?

Twice during the wilderness wanderings a census of the people of Israel was taken (Numbers 1:46; 26:51). Each time the resulting total count of fighting men exceeded 600,000.These numbers indicate a population for Israel in the wilderness of around 2.5 million people at any time. Viewed naturally, this total appears too high to sustain in wilderness conditions.

Before concluding that Moses inflated the numbers, several factors must be considered. First, the Lord supernaturally took care of Israel for 40 years (Deut. 8:1–5). Miraculous provision of food was a daily event. Second, God also spelled out sanitary practices that prevented the kind of health crises that might have occurred under those conditions. Third, while Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, they only moved camp about 40 times. Spending about a year in each campsite allowed for some normal life without creating a permanent settlement. This preserved some grazing for the herds while keeping the people’s pollution to a manageable amount. Each census was meant to be an accurate accounting of God’s people. They ought to be taken at face value.

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


March 2 – Mercy and Justice

“‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy’” (Matthew 5:7).

The relationship of mercy and justice is a confusing one because on the surface they seem the exact opposite. Justice gives exactly what is deserved; mercy gives less punishment and more help than is deserved. So the great question is: How can God be both just and merciful at the same time? The truth is God does not show mercy without punishing sin. For Him to offer mercy without punishment would negate His justice.

Mercy that ignores sin is false mercy and is all too common today. Some think it is unloving and unkind to hold people responsible for their sins. That is what is known as cheap grace—which is neither merciful nor just, nor does it offer punishment or pardon for sin. Because it overlooks sin, it leaves sin untouched and unforgiven. The one who relies on this sort of mercy is left in his sin.

The good news of the gospel, however, is that Christ paid the penalty for all sins so that God might be merciful to all sinners. On the cross Jesus satisfied God’s justice. And when a person trusts in His sacrifice, God opens the floodgates of His mercy. God did not gloss over sin and compromise justice. The good news is that in the shedding of Christ’s blood, He satisfied His justice, forgave sin, fulfilled righteousness, and made His mercy available. There is never an excuse for sin, but there is always a remedy.

Ask Yourself

What is true of God’s mercy should be true of ours. Rather than simply letting people get away with abuse, mistreatment, or destructive habits, we must realize that for mercy to truly be merciful, it must lead others toward health and holiness. Mercy is tougher than we think. How then might it look in practice?

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.


The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – Part One

Theme: Eternity in hell is no joking matter

This weeks lessons describe the horrid nature of hell and the importance of knowing our destiny.

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 25:31-46

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

LESSON

We come now to the last recorded teaching of Jesus Christ in Matthew’s gospel. It is called “The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats,” but it is not strictly a parable. It is a dynamic description of the last judgment, using a few symbolic elements, like the shepherd, sheep, and goats. This story is unique to Matthew and is an appropriate ending to the chapters in which Jesus speaks of his return.

The story builds on the two previous parables and on the illustrations in chapter 24. The illustrations in chapter 24 and the first of the parables of chapter 25 stressed the need to be ready when Christ returns. The parable of the talents taught the need for faithful work and service, to be rewarded or disapproved at the judgment. The final story is of the judgment itself. There is also a progression. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the women who were not ready are only shut out from the banquet. In the next parable the wicked, lazy servant is thrown out into the darkness. In the story of the sheep and the goats those who have ignored the needs of Christ’s brothers are cursed with an eternal punishment.

We might expect that a story as straightforward as the separation of the sheep and the goats would be easy to interpret, but that does not seem to be the case judging from the interpretations given to it by generations of Bible students. There seem to be four main views, depending on how the interpreter understands the words “the least of these brothers of mine” (v.40).

1. The words might refer to anyone who is hungry or has other physical needs. This has been the majority view in church history, and it has led to many sentimental and sometimes fanciful stories. Gregory the Great tells of a monk named Martyrius who came upon a deformed man lying exhausted by the roadside. He carried him to the monastery, and when the abbot saw him coming he called to the other monks, saying, “Open the gates; our brother Martyrius is coming; he is carrying the Lord.”1 A fanciful story concerns Francis of Assisi. Francis was a wealthy, careless man before his conversion. But one day he was out riding and saw a loathsome leper. Something moved Francis to dismount and fling his arms around the leper; when he did, the face of the leper changed to the face of Jesus Christ.2

Stories like that are characteristic of medieval piety. But the same view is expressed by persons such as William Barclay who concluded from these verses, “God will judge us in accordance with our reaction to human need”3 or a teacher who wrote, “The Son of Man sees in any wretch his brother.”4

2. “The least of these brothers of mine” might mean the Jews. This is the dispensational view, which understands the judgment to be one of several judgments; this one placed it at the close of the Great Tribulation after Christians have been removed from the world by the rapture. It is usually described as a judgment of literal nations on the grounds of their treatment of the Jews. Harry Ironside wrote, “My brethren’… are those of Israel who are related to Christ, both according to the flesh and the Spirit, and will be his authoritative witnesses in the coming time of tribulation, when the present church age is ended.”5 This view is possible only if the entire dispensational understanding of prophecy is valid.

3. “The least of these brothers of mine” could refer to the apostles and other Christian missionaries. It would mean that the reaction to them and their gospel determines the nation’s fate. This is closer to the text than the other ideas, and it has support from Matthew 10:40-42, where Jesus said to the disciples, “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me… And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

Some of these views are better than others, as I have indicated. But the trouble with all of them is that Jesus does not use the word “brothers” in those ways in this gospel. In Matthew “brothers” means “disciples,” all who follow Christ or all Christians(Matthew 12:48-50; 23:8; 28:10). “Those who are least” also refers to Christ’s followers (Matthew 5:19; 11:11; 18:3-6 and 18:10-14). This use of the terms means that the fourth interpretation is the right one, namely…

4. “The least of these brothers of mine” refers to Christ’s disciples or all Christians. This does not mean that the Bible is unconcerned for the poor and the oppressed. It is. We read about it often, but that is not the thought here. What Jesus means here is that the fate of individuals depends on how they relate to Christ’s followers, which means how they also relate to him. John A. Broadus puts it like this: “Our Lord is not expressly speaking of benevolence to the poor and suffering in general, but of kindness to his poor and suffering ‘brethren’ for his sake.”6 D.A. Carson says similarly, “True disciples will pass an examination not because they are trying to pass an examination but because they will love his brothers and sisters—and therefore Jesus. Goats will fail because, of course, they will not particularly care for Jesus’ brothers and sisters, and thus will be rejecting the Messiah himself (10:40-42)—just as Saul, in persecuting Christians, was actually persecuting Jesus (see Acts 9:5).”7

This understanding of the separation of the sheep and the goats should not surprise us, because it is one of the tests John gives in his first letter for how we can know we are Christians. He has three tests. The first is whether we believe that Jesus is God come in human flesh (1 John 2:20-23; 4:2-3; 4:15; 5:1). The second is whether we obey Christ’s commands (1 John 2:3-6; 3:4-10; 5:2). The third is whether we love other Christians (1 John 2:9-11; 3:14; 4:7-21). This last test is the one on which the story of the separation of the sheep and goats depends, for the issue is whether or not we love and care for Christ’s followers, hence, whether or not we love Christ. It is this that determines our destiny,

1 G. Barrois, “On Medieval Charities,” in Service in Christ, ed. James I. McCord and T. H. L. Parker (London: Epworth Press, 1966), p. 72.

2 William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, vol. 2, Chapters 11 to 28 (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1958), p. 360.

3 William Barclay,The Gospel of Matthew, vol. 2, p. 359.

4 David Hill, The Gospel of Matthew in “The New Century Bible Commentary” (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, and London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1981), p. 331.

5 H. A. Ironside, Expository Notes on the Gospel of Matthew (Neptune, N.J.: Loizeaux Brothers, 1948), pp. 339,340.

6 John A. Broadus, Commentary on Matthew (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1990), p. 510.

7 D.A. Carson, God With Us: Themes from Matthew (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1985), p. 150

STUDY QUESTIONS

What is the dilemma in the first three interpretations of the phrase, “the least of these brothers of mine?”
Name the three tests found in 1 John for identifying yourself as a Christian?

James Montgomery Boice


Freedom – Part Two

LESSON XLVI

Freedom – Part Two

Try to lead the children to Christ as Saviour and Lord.

1. The believer is free from future judgment.

2. The believer is free from present condemnation.

Slavery, and especially slavery to sin, self and Satan, is a very unhappy state. But I am not unhappy today, and I do not feel like a slave. I believe I am free. But you might ask me, “How do you know you are free” If a man came to you and said he felt like a policeman, you would not believe him unless you saw his badge. I have a proof that I am free, though, and I am going to show it to you. When a slave was freed in the old days, he was given “emancipation papers.” I have an emancipation paper which you may see. It has a black cover. Do you know what it is? Yes, the Bible. There I find that I am no longer a slave, but free, because I have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Turn in your Bible to John 8:36. There you read, “If the Son (the Lord Jesus) therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” The Lord Jesus is the one who freed me from sin, by dying on the cross; from self, by dying on the cross; from Satan, by dying on the cross. Everything that he has done for me is written down in the Bible, and my freedom is written there in this verse. Another verse is Galatians 5:1, where Paul wrote to some believers to stand fast in the liberty with which Christ had made them free. Because of these verses, since I believe in the Lord Jesus, I know that Satan is no longer my master, and that the collar and chain of self and sin have been broken off and I am free.

If you should set a black slave free he would not understand at first just what his freedom meant. He might think it meant only that he did not have to be whipped when he did not do enough work. You and I need to know just what our freedom means, too.

First, we are set free from judgment. You know that God has said, “‘The wages of sin is death.” We have “all sinned and come short of the glory of God,” so we have all earned those wages, and we deserve to be judged. But Christ died to set us free from that judgment. He took our punishment for us so we would not have to be punished. Before we were saved we were like people in a prison cell, waiting to be sent to the electric chair. We were prisoners of Satan, and we were waiting for judgment, which would send us to hell. But Christ came, and freed us from this. He said we need not be punished; we need not be judged. When the great judgment day comes, not one saved person will be judged. Read John 5:24. The long word “condemnation” is the same as the word “judgment.” Read the verse again with that word instead. It might be a good plan to write the word “judgment” in the margin, so you will remember what the verse means.

Yet a man in a prison cell would not be entirely free, just because he was not to be sent to the electric chair. He would need to be let out of his cell. And God has let us out of the cell of present condemnation. All who do not believe in Jesus are “condemned already” (John 3:18); that is, they are as good as judged even while they are still alive, but we who believe are free from the fear of judgment, and free from Gods sentence of “guilty,” even now. Romans 8:1, and John 3:18 are two verses to prove it all to you. Read them at least twice, so you will never forget them.

STUDY QUESTIONS

How do we know we are free?
How does our life change when we are set free?
Who sets us free? How?

Donald Grey Barnhouse


Monday, March 2, 2015

The Worm

At dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. Jonah 4:7 (NIV)

Jonah woke up ready for another day of comfort, joy, and blessing, only to find the vine chewed up and withered. It’s gone!

Put yourself in Jonah’s shoes: “God, what in the world are you doing? You give me comfort, joy, and blessing in a vine and then a worm comes and destroys my happiness! One day you pour out your blessing, the next day you take it away!” One day the vine brought comfort, joy, and blessing into Jonah’s life. The next day the worm brought sorrow, loss, and disappointment.

You marry in the confident expectation of having children, but a child is not born. Then when God gives you children, they grow up and leave, and it feels like a hole in your world.
You build a business and it is a source of blessing, but as times change, it becomes a burden. Your ministry sees evangelistic success. It grows like the vine, but then the worm comes and destroys all the good work you’ve been doing.

Think about our economy today. God sends a bull market, and we all rejoice in the vine. Then God sends a bear market and we all complain about the worm. The Lord gives; the Lord takes away. This is painful stuff.

This is also a helpful picture of those times when you fall back into an old sin after you thought you had victory over it. The victory made you happy like the vine, but then it gets chewed up by the worm of a fresh failure. Your victory has withered.
What is your worm? What is the source of sorrow, loss, and disappointment in your life right now?

That’s this week’s LifeKEY!

Colin S. Smith

This devotional is taken from the sermon series “How to Avoid a God-Centered Life” by Pastor Colin S. Smith.


INTERCESSION: Introduction and Exhortation to Pray for the Whole Lost World of Mankind

Of the Fifth Part of Prayer, which is Intercession, or Address and Supplication to God for Others

The Lord Jesus has taught us to pray, not only with, but for others; and the apostle has appointed us to make supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18(ESV) and many of his prayers in his epistles are for his friends. And we must not think that when we are in this part of prayer, we may let fall our fervency and be more indifferent because we ourselves are not immediately concerned in it; but rather, let a holy fire of love, both to God and man, here make our devotion yet more warm and lively.

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We must pray for the whole world of mankind, the lost world; and thus, we must honor everyone, 1 Peter 2:17(ESV) and, according to our capacity, do good to everyone. Galatians 6:10(ESV)

We pray, as we are taught, for all people, believing that this is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth and of Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:3-4(ESV) who gave himself as a ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:6(ESV)

O look with compassion upon the world that lies in the power of the evil one, 1 John 5:19(ESV) and let the ruler of this world be cast out, who has blinded their minds. 2 Corinthians 4:4(ESV)

O let your way be known on earth, Psalm 67:2(ESV) that barbarous nations may be civilized, and those who live without God in the world may be brought to the service of the living God; Ephesians 2:12(ESV) and thus, let your saving power be known among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; yes, let all the peoples praise you: O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Psalm 67:2-4(ESV)

O let your salvation and your righteousness be revealed in the sight of the nations, and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of our God. Psalm 98:2-3(ESV)

O make the nations your Son’s heritage, and the ends of the earth his possession; Psalm 2:8(ESV) for you have said, “It is too light a thing for him to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel”; but you will make him as a light for the nations. Isaiah 49:6(ESV)

Let all the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ. Revelation 11:15(ESV)

Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer


 

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