Daily Archives: May 4, 2013

Analysis: Israeli warplanes attack shipment of Iranian missiles in Syria even as whispers in Washington suggest Israel may wait to hit Iran until after June elections.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

israeliF15EagleWhispers in the Pentagon and elsewhere in official Washington seem to indicate the Israelis may wait to launch massive airstrikes against Iranian nuclear sites until at least after the elections this summer in Iran.

But in the last 48 hours, Israel launched surprise airstrikes in Syria territory. The targets: shipments of Iranian missiles moving through Syria and bound for the Hezbollah terror forces in Lebanon.

The message to the mullahs in Iran: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu isn’t hesitant to use force when he needs to.

“It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory,” noted the New York Times in its coverage.

As I’ve reported before, the Obama administration has long been pressuring Israel not to attack Iran. The latest reason: maybe the upcoming elections will lead to a change of policy in Iran. The first round of presidential and municipal elections will be held June…

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Equality AND Submission: S. Lewis Johnson on Feminism and the Trinity

Scripture Thoughts

From my recent studies with S. Lewis Johnson through the Gospel of John, and now 1 Corinthians 7, a good point often made by SLJ:  equality and submission co-exist within the same relationship.

1 Corinthians 7:1-7 tells us that equality exists between men and women in the marriage bed.  We find a parallel of both equality and submission within the Godhead: the Father and Son are equal, of one substance, both fully God – and yet at the same time the Bible also tells us that the Son is submissive to the Father.

S. Lewis Johnson’s observations here concerning feminism, submission and equality:

Now, we’ve had a lot of talk in our day about feminism, and it’s still going on and it has been introduced into evangelicalism.  And so today we have evangelicals who — or we have individuals who claim to be evangelicals — and I’m not denying that…

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The Lord Chiding His People

The Lord Chiding His People (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

“He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.” —Psalm 103:9 God chastens and chides his children, next, because if he did not so, others of the family would follow their ill example. If I knew a man who lived in sin, and yet enjoyed the light of God’s countenance, should…

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Question of Questions

Question of Questions (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? —John 9:35 Numbers of moral, amiable, generous, and even religious people have not believed on the Son of God. Excuse me, I cannot let you slip through in the crowd, I must…

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What must a person believe in order to be saved?

Gospel and salvation The question came up in yet another long and fraught debate about the divinity of Jesus whether belief that Jesus is God is required for salvation. Reference was made to an article by C. Michael Patton, who thinks that the following beliefs are essential for salvation: belief in God, in Christ’s deity and humanity, that “you are …

May  3   Friday –  http://www.postost.net/2013/05/what-must-person-believe-order-be-saved

The Single Hardest Question You’ll Ever Ask As A Christian

What is the single hardest question you’ll ever ask as a Christian? [Tweet this] I believe it’s a question posed through a new study by the Barna Group in conjunction with John Burke, author of Mud and the Masterpiece. Through a series of pointed questions, they examine how well Christians seem to emulate the attitudes and actions of Jesus. Their …

May  2   Thursday –  http://margaretfeinberg.com/the-single-hardest-question-youll-ever-ask-as-a-christian/

Proud vs. Broken People

Most of the Christian books, sermons and theological material that my father gave me as a boy failed to catch my attention; but, for some reason, I’ve never forgotten Nancy Demoss’ chart contrasting proud/broken people. I need this more today as a husband, father, pastor and friend than when I was young:

Proud, Unbroken People vs. Broken People
1. Focus on the failure of others
1. Are overwhelmed with their own spiritual need (Matthew 5:3, 7:3-5, Luke 18:9-14)

2. Are self righteous; have a critical, fault finding spirit; look at own life/faults with a telescope but others with a microscope
2. Are compassionate; have a forgiving spirit; look for the best in others (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12)

3. Look down, in a condescending spirit, at others
3. Esteem all others as better than self (Phil. 2:3, Rom. 12:10)

4. Are independent; have desires for everyone else to meet own personal needs
4. Are dependent on God and His grace; recognize others’ needs and seek to meet them (2 Cor. 3:4-6, Phil. 2:4)

5. Always manipulating circumstances to maintain control; must have everyone do it their way
5. Surrenders control by giving freedom for others to do or see things differently (Rom. 12:1-2)

6. Have to prove they are always right
6. Are willing to yield to the possibility that they could be wrong, and thus, yield the need to always prove they are right(Rom. 15:2)

7. Claiming personal rights
7. Yielding personal rights (Eph. 5:21)

8. Display a demanding spirit
8. Have a giving spirit (Rom. 12:13)

9. Self-protective of time, rights, reputation
9. Are self-denying (Luke 9:23)

10. Desire to be served
10. Are motivated to serve others (Matt. 20:26-28, Phil. 2:20-21)

11. Desire to be a success
11. Desire to be faithful to make others a success (John 3:30)

12. Desire for self-advancement
12 Desire to promote others (John 3:3)).

13. Are driven to be recognized and appreciated
13. Have a sense of unworthiness; are thrilled to be used at all; eager for others to get credit, honors and awards (I Tim. 1:12-16)

14. Cringe when others in the same field are praised, wishing it was them
14. Rejoice when others are lifted up (Rom. 12:15)

15. Think ‘the ministry is privileged to have me!’
15. Think ‘I don’t deserve to serve in this ministry (2 Cor. 4:7)

16. Think of what they can do for God
16. Know they can offer nothing to God, and seek for God to work through them in His power (Phil. 3:8-9, Titus 3:5)

17. Feel confident in how much they know
17. Are humbled by how much they have not learned and wish to learn (Phil. 3:12, Prov. 1:7)

18. Are self conscious
18. Have little concern with how others view them (Gal. 1:10)

19. Keep people at arm’s length
19. Risk getting close to others; are willing to take those risks for the sake of love for others (2 Cor. 6:11-12)

20. Are quick to blame others
20. Accept personal responsibility; can see and acknowledge personal failure (Matthew 7)

21. Are concerned with being ‘respectable’
21. Are concerned with being real (2 Cor. 4:3-5).

22. Are concerned about what others think
22. Know all that matters is God and what He knows (I Cor. 4:3-5)

23. Work hard to maintain image and protect reputation
23. Die to own reputation (Phil. 3:7, Rom. 14:7)

24. Find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others
24. Are willing to be transparent with others (2 Cor. 1:12)

25. Want to be sure no one finds out about their sin
25. Are willing to acknowledge and confess one’s sin; brokenness is the ultimate sign of personal success (Ps. 51:17)

26. Have a hard time saying, ‘I was wrong. Will you forgive me’
26. Are quick to admit fault and seek forgiveness (I John 1:9, James 5:1)

27. Deal in generalities when confession sin
27. Deal in specifics (Ps. 51:17)

28. Are concerned about the consequences of their sin
28. Are grived over the root of their sin (Ps. 51:5)

29. Wait for other party to come and ask forgiveness in a conflict
29. Take the initiative to be reconciled; gets their first (Matthew 5:23-24)

30. Compare themselves with others and feel deserving of honor
30. Compare themselves with God and feel desparate for mercy (Luke 18:9-14)

31. Are blind to their true heart condition
31. Walk in the light of true knowledge concerning their own hearts (I John 1:6-7).

32. Do not display any spirit of repentance, because they don’t need it
32. Continually display a spirit of repentance, sensing their need for fresh encounters with God and the filling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5;18), Gal 5:16)

33. Spent time reading these words and wondering if _____________ was reading it
33. Thanked the Lord for using words on the internet to bring brokenness to their lives.