Daily Archives: November 14, 2013

Hillary 2016 Campaign Hides 47 Unexplained Deaths Of Her Former Political Associates

The Return of the Clinton Death List Yes, the time is getting closer … when Hillary throws her long-pointed hat into the Presidential ring: Flying monkeys and all. But based on a recent 2-part article by Tami Jackson at The Black Sphere, that expounds on the coincidental deaths of 47 people associated with Hillary Clinton: Knowing Hillary may also be hazardous to your health. Here’s just a few of those who were unfortunate enough to have worked with the Clintons:

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Rebuke Rightly

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FingerIn our modern day of sissified christianity, those who preach an unbalanced message of love and tolerance would rebuke even the Apostle Paul for how he spoke to the false prophet, Elymas, who sought to snatch the seeds of truth out of the heart of one who had ears to hear God’s Word:

When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all…

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The FAQs: ENDA

What is Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. Certain religious organizations as well as the military would also be exempt.

215761_5_Is this new legislation?

Not exactly. ENDA has been introduced in every Congressional session since 1994, with the e exception of the 109th (Jan. 2005 – Jan. 2007). The bill gained its best chance at passing after the Democratic Party broke twelve years of Republican Congressional rule in the 2006 midterm elections. In 2007, gender identity protections were added to the legislation for the first time. The Senate voted last week (64-32) to pass the legislation, though it is opposed by a majority in the House.

What does ENDA do?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 currently prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. ENDA would add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protections.

What are the primary objections to the legislation?

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Sin Metrics: The Sins that Christians Condemn & Excuse

“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.” ~ Philip Yancey

I grew up in a denomination that made homosexuality the gravest of all sins, trumping every other transgression (except murder, maybe).

Many of the people in that church were dutifully self-righteous when it came to certain sins. Those who didn’t commit the sins they deemed the worse (externally, that is) saw themselves as more “pure” than their fellow brethren who may have stumbled in those areas.

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Do I Need Medication, or Prayer? Counseling, or More Faith? Yep.

The soul is a complex thing. Our intellect, emotions, and will or decision-making capabilities are all wound up together in the psyche, the soul. And God designed a pretty amazing engine called a brain to drive the soul. But sometimes, our engine needs a tune-up.

I believe that God is the Creator and Healer of body, mind, and spirit. But I also believe that in most cases, He chooses to work through long-term solutions such as medicine or therapy to bring about healing. And I also believe that Satan is alive and real, but I don’t feel that every difficulty I face can be handled by a prayer to bind some particular “spirit.” And sometimes I feel that our faith borders on a kind of superstition that puts people in harm’s way.

So, here’s my pastoral word to anyone who struggles with mental illness to any degree, or to those who aren’t sure what to think about mental illness.

1. Pray for healing, but take your medicine.

2. Pray for deliverance, but see a counselor.

3. Ask God for the miraculous, but commit to the long-term hard work He often uses to heal.

4. Stop offering guilt trips to people with an illness of the mind unless you’re ready to start making people feel guilty for having cancer too.

5. Be there for someone with mental illness. Your friendship may be their only lifeline on a really bad day.

6. Know that you can’t keep people well mentally any more than you can magically cure them of physical illnesses.

7. Love people who struggle with mental illness. Jesus does. He died for them. He’s a friend to them.

8. If you struggle with irrational or persistently self-defeating thoughts, talk to someone. Get help today.

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3 Ways Christ Can Be Outside Your Church

A few months before coming to the United States, I caught up with a professor from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who was speaking at a conference in England. He wasn’t a member of the congregation I was coming to serve, but he knew the church well. I was eager to get his impressions of the suburban Chicago church I’d soon be serving.

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I asked him what he thought would be my biggest challenge, and I’ll never forget his answer: “Your greatest challenge will be knowing what to do. They already have everything.”

That was the reputation of the church in Laodicea. It was a church of relentless activity and apparent success. A remarkable confidence characterized the people, evidenced by their self-assessment: “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing” (Rev. 3:17). Laodicea was a congregation with a 5-star rating. Visitors who came would say, “What more could you want? They’ve got everything here.” If the pastor at Laodicea had called the congregation to a season of reflection regarding their spiritual life, the members would have said, “We are doing quite well, thank you.”

Christ Outside the Church

Yet here’s the great irony: For all its fine reputation, Jesus was standing outside the door of this dazzling church, knocking (Rev. 3:20). To me, this is one of the most extraordinary pictures in the Bible. Christ outside his own church! Jesus knocking on his own people’s door!

I know this text is often used to invite unbelievers to open their hearts to Christ. And that’s fine. But the first application is not to unbelievers, but to the church.

Think about who is knocking at the door: he’s the glorified Lord, the head of the church, which is his body and his bride. Christ loves the church and, without him, there would be no church to love. On the cross, he gave himself to bring the church into being. Now, enthroned in heaven, he directs the church in her mission, sustains her amid all the assaults of her enemies, and one day he will usher her into the joy of his presence forever.

The life of Christ centers on the church. But in Laodicea, the life of the church didn’t center on Christ. He was outside, knocking on the door.

How can Christ be outside a church? Here are three ways.

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Will God Be Faithful?

Will God Be Faithful?

Psalm 22 contains some of the most heart-wrenching cries to God recorded in all of the Psalms. God Himself is on trial and David asks, “Will God remain faithful?” This is the song of a believer who experiences great suffering and wonders where God is. It is a psalm that, in the midst of injustice, wonders if God Himself will be faithful to His promise.

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Question 45-Puritan Catechism

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Spurgeon 3Q. What is required in the second commandment?

A. The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, (Deuteronomy 32:46; Matthew 28:20) and keeping pure and entire all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his Word. (Deuteronomy 12:32)

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A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine-4-Original and Present Condition of Man

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Original and Present Condition of Man

 

1. In what condition was man originally created?

He was created in the image of God, and free from sin.

2. How did he fall from that condition?

Satan tempted him to disobey God, and he did so.

3. Did Satan himself tempt Adam?

No; he tempted Eve, and used her as his instrument in tempting Adam.

4. In what form did he present himself to Eve?

In the form of a serpent.

5. What evil effect followed the sin of Adam?

He, with all his posterity, became corrupt and sinful, and fell under the condemnation of the law of God.

6. Have not all men been wilful transgressors of the law in their own persons also?

Yes; as soon as they have become old enough to know what is right and what is wrong.

7. Who has been the only exception to…

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Bible Summary / Survey: Book of Judges

Author: The Book of Judges does not specifically name its author. The tradition is that the Prophet Samuel was the author of Judges. Internal evidence indicates that the author of Judges lived shortly after the period of the Judges. Samuel fits this qualification.

Date of Writing: The Book of Judges was likely written between 1045 and 1000 B.C.

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Judges can be divided into two sections: 1) Chapters 1–16 which gives an account of the wars of deliverance beginning with the Israelites’ defeat of the Canaanites and ending with the defeat of the Philistines and the death of Samson; 2) Chapters 17–21 which is referred to as an appendix and does not relate to the previous chapters. These chapters are noted as a time “when there was no king in Israel (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25).” The Book of Ruth was originally a part of the Book of Judges, but in A.D. 450 it was removed to become a book of its own.

Key Verses: Judges 2:16–19: “Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD’s commands. Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their fathers, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.”

Judges 10:15: “But the Israelites said to the LORD, ‘We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.’ ”

Judges 21:25: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”

Brief Summary: The Book of Judges is a tragic account of how Yahweh [God] was taken for granted by His children year after year, century after century. Judges is a sad contrast to the book of Joshua which chronicles the blessings God bestowed on the Israelites for their obedience in conquering the land. In Judges, they were disobedient and idolatrous, leading to their many defeats. Yet God has never failed to open His arms in love to His people whenever they repent from their wicked ways and call upon His name. (Judges 2:18) Through the 15 judges of Israel, God honored His promise to Abraham to protect and bless his offspring (Genesis 12:2–3).

After the death of Joshua and his contemporaries, the Israelites returned to serving Baal and Ashtaroth. God allowed the Israelites to suffer the consequences of worshiping false gods. It was then that the people of God would cry out to Yahweh for help. God sent His children judges to lead them in righteous living. But time after time they would turn their backs on God and return to their lives of wickedness. However, keeping His part of the covenant with Abraham, God would save His people from their oppressors throughout the 480-year span of the Book of Judges.

Probably the most notable judge was the 12th judge, Samson, who came to lead the Israelites after a 40-year captivity under the rule of the ruthless Philistines. Samson led God’s people to victory over the Philistines where he lost his own life after 20 years as judge of Israel.

Foreshadowings: The announcement to Samson’s mother that she would bear a son to lead Israel is a foreshadowing of the announcement to Mary of the birth of the Messiah. God sent His Angel to both women and told them they would “conceive and bear a son” (Judges 13:7; Luke 1:31) who would lead God’s people.

God’s compassionate delivery of His people despite their sin and rejection of Him presents a picture of Christ on the cross. Jesus died to deliver His people—all who would ever believe in Him—from their sin. Although most of those who followed Him during His ministry would eventually fall away and reject Him, still He remained faithful to His promise and went to the cross to die for us.

Practical Application: Disobedience always brings judgment. The Israelites present a perfect example of what we are not to do. Instead of learning from experience that God will always punish rebellion against Him, they continued to disobey and suffer God’s displeasure and discipline. If we continue in disobedience, we invite God’s discipline, not because He enjoys our suffering, but “because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son” (Hebrews 12:6).

The Book of Judges is a testament to God’s faithfulness. Even “if we are faithless, He will remain faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13). Though we may be unfaithful to Him, as the Israelites were, still He is faithful to save us and preserve us (1 Thessalonians 5:24) and to forgive us when we seek forgiveness (1 John 1:9). “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:8–9).[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.