Establishment politicians from both major political parties are rushing to defend the NSA and condemn whistleblower Edward Snowden. They are attempting to portray Edward Snowden as a “traitor” and the spooks over at the NSA that are snooping on all of us as “heroes”. In fact, many of the exact same politicians that once railed against government spying during the Bush years are now staunchly defending it now that Obama is in the White House. But it isn’t just Democrats that are acting shamefully. Large numbers of Republican politicians that love to give speeches about “freedom” and “liberty” are attempting to eviscerate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The government is not supposed to invade our privacy and investigate us unless there is probable cause to do so. Apparently many of our politicians misunderstood when they read the novel 1984 by George Orwell. It wasn’t supposed to be an instruction manual. We should be thanking Edward Snowden for exposing the deep corruption that is eating away at our own government like cancer. Now the American people need to pick up the ball and start demanding answers, because without a doubt we are going to see establishment politicians from both major political parties try to shut this scandal down. Establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans both love the Big Brother surveillance grid that the U.S. government has constructed, and they are both making it abundantly clear that they will defend the NSA to the very end. The following are 22 nauseating quotes from hypocritical establishment politicians that show exactly how they feel about the NSA spying scandal… (Read More….)
The daughter of an imprisoned house church leader in China has issued an international plea because of her father’s deteriorating health….[view article]
Soloveitchik, a Boston-based rabbinical leader and one of the msot renowned of modern Jewish philosophers, delivered a powerful public address in 1956 on the occasion of Israel’s eighth Independence Day. In it, Soloveitchik argued that “all the claims of Christian theologians that God deprived the Jewish people of its rights in the land of Israel, and that all the biblical promises regarding Zion and Jerusalem refer, in an allegorical sense, to Christianity and the Christian Church, have been publicly refuted by the establishment of the State of Israel and have been exposed as falsehoods, lacking all validity.”
Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers
Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won’t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.
That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.
Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
A simple question about God tweeted Tuesday by Matt Drudge, creator of the popular Drudge Report, has turned into a slam session by some members of the national news media.
Drudge posted on his Twitter account: “Do you get the feeling God is no longer watching over America?”
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate.
How do you spell tyranny?
Paying for goods and services through fingerprint, palm and iris scanners is the most popular future technology choice for security-conscious shoppers, according to new research* from WorldPay, a global leader in payments processing.
One in two people surveyed (49%) stated they would like to have biometric payments, such as fingerprint, palm or iris scanners, far outweighing the popularity of emerging mobile technology options. Thirty per cent would like to use PIN based smartphone payments, 25% online wallets, and 23% are keen to use SMS payments. Paying through social media was the least popular choice, with only 12% expressing they would like to use it.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the bane of the US Constitution, has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court against James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Robert Mueller III for spying on Americans. The suit claims these agencies “practice is akin to snatching every American’s address book,” giving “the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious, and intimate associations.” The ACLU says they are violating its Constitutional rights.
If you are horrified by the teaching that the wafer offered in the Catholic mass is actually the flesh of Jesus Christ which you must eat to be right with God, you might want to understand that there is an intentional campaign going on to get you to drop your disgust and embrace this idea
Today we are seeing the mystical type of contemplative practices that date back to the eastern practices of Buddhists and Hindus, including a type of mantra-style breath prayer that many say can bring us to a higher consciousness to experience God.
I don’t think Rachel understands that the Church is the Body of Christ, subject to his lordship and his instrument of ministry in this world; not a place where people are called to feel good about themselves and live lifestyles contrary to the revelation of God’s purpose for humanity as found in Scripture:
Rachel, and all those who would find her views salutory, need to read Emil Brunner’s The Misunderstanding of the Church.
I’m sorry, this may represent my poor impulse control, but I just could not let this one pass.
Andy Nacelli has posted a children’s illustration from a sermon by John Piper. He apparently approves of the example, but I say “Nay, nay.”
Here it is:
Scripture: “I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” ( Luke 6:27-28 )
What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you? How difficult is it to love someone who has offended or hurt you? A few years ago, our family was very hurt when some really good friends (or so we had thought) tried to sabotage our adoption of a baby. They lied to the adoption agency and even told them we were bad parents to our own daughter. We were so angry and felt so betrayed!
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Will you pray this week:
• You will thank God for providing Church leaders
• You will understand that His will for you is to love your enemies and pray for Him to bless them
• You will build short- or long-term relationships with the lost people around you
• You will take care of the needs of people God puts in your path, by doing, encouraging or praying
• You will start praying for your enemies or those who mistreat you.
Where can you go online to talk about friendship in Christ and pray for friends who need His salvation? Visit the GodLife Facebook Page where we can gather daily to share our stories, to express ourselves, and to pray for one another!
“Who needs to be told in church that they’re going to hell? We all pretty much know that.”
These unfortunate and ignorant words were penned by pastor David Crank of Faith Church in St. Louis. Crank and his wife, pastrix Nicole Crank, are friends with such influential names as Steven Furtick and Joel Osteen. This ought to offer one an idea of the theology and methodology that can be found at Faith Church.
The quote above is taken from Crank’s 11 June 2013 blog post entitled, “Is God Mad at You?” In this post, Crank displays what is commonly taught about sin and salvation from many pulpits today. He writes:
This Sunday is the day Americans set aside to honor their fathers. Here are 9 things you should know about dads and Father’s Day.
1. After listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash. wanted a special day to honer her father, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. The first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, was proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.
2. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
3. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while white one represents a deceased father.
4. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries in the world, including Canada, China, France, Greece, India, and Japan.
5. According to a 2012 poll from market-research firm Ipsos, most dads would prefer to either spend quality time with their families on Father’s Day (40%) or receive no gift at all (22%). Gift cards were a distant third, at 13%.
6. Based on the unpublished Census data (2008), there are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the nation. 24.4 million were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2012. 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
7. In the U.S., there are an estimated 189,000 stay-at-home dads (compared to 5 million stay-at-home moms). These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for upward of 369,000 children.
8. There are 1.96 million single fathers (compared to 10.3 million single mothers) living with children younger than 18 in 2012; 16 percent of single parents were men. About 44 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 20 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.
9. Fathers have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend with their children, from 2.5 hours in 1965 to 7.3 hours per week in 2011, according to a Pew Research report that analyzed years of time-use data. Despite that increase, 46% of fathers said they spent too little time with their children, compared with 23% of mothers who said the same; half of dads said they spent the right amount of time.
In every relationship, every day you harvest what you previously planted and plant what you will someday harvest. When division and acrimony take place in a relationship, we aren’t experiencing mysterious difficulty. No, sadly, we’re harvesting what we’ve sown. In this fallen world, where we’re always sinners in relationship with sinners, one of the most beautiful and protective things God calls us to is forgiveness. But forgiveness doesn’t always look beautiful to us. Sometimes holding onto a wrong seems to us to be a better way. Isn’t it amazing that we who rest in and celebrate the forgiveness we’ve been given, find forgiveness often difficult and unattractive! Forgiveness and unforgiveness are not neutral; each plants certain seeds and each produces a certain kind of harvest. So it’s important to consider the relationship-damaging stages of the harvest of unforgiveness. I am deeply persuaded that many, many people are in some way following this path and many of them don’t know it.
1) Immaturity and Failure
Not only are all people in relationships sinners, but most of us live in our relationships all too casually and naively. Often we really do have an immature attitude toward the relationships in our life. Because of this we do dumb, selfish, sinful things – things that none of us thought the other would do. In our surprise and hurt, we give way to accusation, blame, judgment, and punishment rather than to honest confrontation, confession, and forgiveness. What we fail to realize is that not only are we responding poorly to the present moment, but we’re beginning to set the direction of the relationship. Each selfish act followed by a bitter response, damages the affection and loyalty we have for one another and the unity and respect we are meant to enjoy.
2) Falling into Comfortable Patterns
Since confrontation, confession, and forgiveness are all hard work, it’s easier to give way to lower urges. It‘s easier to harrumph and walk away, to rehearse in your mind the other’s wrongs, to compile your list, to yell in anger, and to level a threat. So many people allow themselves to fall into comfortable but relationally destructive patterns. Meanwhile, the affection and respect between them is weakening, and the distance between them is widening.
3) Establishing Defenses
Rather than hope and courage growing as the result of a healthy relational lifestyle of honesty and forgiveness, many people learn how to construct walls of defense against each other’s irritated accusations. And we soon learn that the best defense is an offense, so we tackle the increasing criticism of the other by reaching into the list we’ve compiled and remind the other how imperfect he or she is and, therefore, how difficult it is to have a relationship with them. This combination of self-righteousness (convincing ourselves that we are not the problem) and accusation (telling the other person that he or she is the problem) precludes relationship. We’re not standing together seeking to defend this relationship against attack. No, we’re viewing each other as adversaries and throwing up walls of defense against one another.
4) Nurturing Dislike
Because we’re allowing ourselves to meditate on what‘s wrong about the other rather than celebrating the good God has done in and through him or her, our perspective becomes increasingly negative. Since human beings don’t live by the facts of their experience but by their interpretation of the facts, this globally negative assessment becomes the interpretive lens through which we begin to see all that the other person says and does. So what we once wouldn’t have seen as negative, we now interpret as negative. I have counseled many people, who once had great appreciation and respect for one another, who simply don’t like one another very much anymore. If fact, I’ve had people say to me that it’s hard for them to look back and remember when the relationship was peaceful and good.
5) Becoming Overwhelmed
At some point, being in a relationship with someone you don’t like very much and feeling the need to daily defend yourself against attack becomes very exhausting and discouraging. The same offenses are taken and the same accusations are leveled over and over again. The same debate over who’s the harder to relate to happens again and again. You come to the point of dreading seeing the person and you avoid it if you can. You walk on eggshells, wondering when the next bomb will drop and shatter what little peace is left.
6) Envy of Others
It’s hard when you live like this not to look over the fence or across the room and envy relationships that seem to have everything you don’t. And when you do this, it’s tempting to doubt God’s love and wisdom when you feel that you’ve been singled out for difficulties that others aren’t facing. Comparing your relationship to the distant, airbrushed public persona of another relationship is always dangerous but particularly destructive to a relationship where day after day you’re already not giving yourself much reason to continue.
7) Fantasies of Escape
If kept alone, unforgiveness always seems to lead here. You’re angry, hurt, and overwhelmed. You don’t really like the other person very much, and you don’t look forward to the times when you’re together. You feel overwhelmed and smothered. You tell yourself that you’re the daily victim of the other’s sin. You can’t imagine that the other person is really going to change. It all seems impossible, so you begin to fantasize about escape. At first, it’s just the unrealistic daydreams of the tired, but it becomes more than that. The road between fantasy and obsession or fantasy and resolve is often not very long. You’re in a place of being very susceptible to walking away; allowing this relationship to be yet another casualty in your relational history.
You may be thinking, “Wow, Paul, that’s a very bleak picture!” Well, I would ask you this: do you have a relationship in your life that’s moving or has moved down this pathway? The God of forgiveness and grace enables you by his forgiveness and grace to live in relationships of forgiveness and grace. By his grace you can plant seeds of forgiveness that grow relationships of appreciation, respect and love even though you’re always in relationship with sinners. By God’s grace you don’t have to lug yesterday’s hurt into today’s relationship. Jesus died, not only to forgive you, but by his sin-conquering death, to enable you to forgive others. By his grace reconciliation and restoration really are possible. He really is the Prince of Peace.
Q. How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, (John 1:18) by his Word, (John 20:31) and Spirit, (John 14:26) the will of God for our salvation.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism
When it comes to evangelism, we often hear about “asking Jesus into your heart” or “making a decision for Christ.” But condensing the whole process of repentance and faith into a short—and often unbiblical—phrase like that trains us to emphasize the wrong things in evangelism. Instead, we need to emphasize biblical methods and models of what it means to preach the gospel.
To that end, we’ve been examining Christ’s interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well, looking at their conversation as a model for our own personal evangelism. We’ve already seen how the Lord initiated the conversation, identified her spiritual need, offered God’s mercy, confronted her sin, and exhorted her to reject her false worship. Today we’ll look at the wonderful conclusion of their conversation and see how Christ revealed the truth about who He is and what He came to accomplish.
We’ll pick up their discussion in John 4:25, as she responds to Christ’s exhortation to reject her false worship. “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.’”
As we previously discussed, the Samaritan religion was a hybrid of the Pentateuch and pagan idols and rituals adopted during the Assyrian captivity. It’s not clear exactly what this woman believed prior to her divine appointment with Christ. What is clear is that she held on to at least some kind of Jewish Messianic theology—possibly based on Genesis 3:15 or Deuteronomy 18:15-18.
Regardless of what specific prophecy she was referring to, she knew something about Messiah. She knew the Messiah is God’s anointed One who would come to fill the earth with righteousness and truth. She’s just been told she needs to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). And implied in her response is the understanding that she won’t know the full truth until it’s revealed in Messiah’s arrival.
That makes Christ’s response to her in John 4:26 all the more glorious: “Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’” There is no “He” in the original text—this is an I AM statement, where Christ self-applies the name of God. In essence He’s saying, The one speaking to you is the I AM. She’s asking for the truth and He unveils that He is in fact the Truth incarnate.
When they first began talking, she was completely ignorant and completely disinterested in who He was and what He had to say. After a few short minutes, she wants forgiveness for her wretched life, she is repentant, and she’s hungry for God’s truth about eternal life.
We don’t know what else was said between Christ and the Samaritan woman, but it’s safe to assume the conversation didn’t abruptly end there. And we do know from further into John’s gospel that her repentance was real and that she was converted. In fact, John goes on to explain how her salvation was the first of many conversions in her community.
From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:39-42)
The transforming work we see so vividly in John 4 is only accomplished by God. As believers, our job is to initiate evangelistic conversations, identify sinners’ spiritual needs, offer the surpassingly rich mercy of God to meet those needs, confront their sin, and exhort them to reject their false worship and turn to the true worship of the true God. And we can’t do any more than that. It’s up to the Lord to disclose Himself to them—to penetrate the darkness of their hearts and reveal His true nature to them. It’s a divine work that we cannot manufacture or duplicate. In terms of salvation, only God can reveal the life-transforming truth about His Son (cf. John 1:15-26).
Admittedly that means many of our evangelistic encounters may end without a clear resolution. How and when the Lord reveals Himself to people is beyond our control or influence. Our task is to look for opportunities to proclaim the person and work of Christ to the people we encounter, and to make the most of those opportunities. We have to trust the Lord to bring forth the spiritual fruit how and when He chooses.
From a results perspective, that might initially seem frustrating. But from an eternal perspective, it’s liberating. Our job is to faithfully sow the seed of the gospel. We leave the spiritual harvest up to the Lord.
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One of the strangest new tenets being taught by the Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) leaders is that of a resurrection of the mythological god Apollo. In their emerging eschatology scenarios the ancient god Apollo (a.k.a. Apollyon, Osiris or Nimrod) will resurrect from the dead, via satanic genetic tampering, and morph into the one-world dictator that the Bible calls the Antichrist. In this fanciful scenario—based solely on extra-biblical illumination, occult lore and human speculation—this “Man of Sin” will be much more than a mere man energized by Satan. He will be the king of the Nephilim (ancient “Nimrod”): part man, part devil (the literal offspring of Satan).