Daily Archives: March 14, 2015

March 14-15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Collection

A message of grace will attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. —Jared Wilson

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Obama legacy: 6 years, 38 vacations, 219 golf rounds … $40M+

When it comes to legacies for President Barack Obama as he passes the halfway point of his second term, visions of Obamacare, executive amnesty and Dr. James Dobson dubbing him as the “abortion president” come to mind. But less attention has been brought to his 38 vacations costing taxpayers more than $40 million … or to his 219 rounds of golf.

A Closer LookSo far, the Obama family has tallied up 38 holidays, fun trips and working vacations (that have been recorded). Early last year, Judicial Watch estimated the Obamas’ excursions running a tab of $40 million — before figuring in Michelle Obama taking her daughters to spring break in China, a family summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the first family’s 17-day Christmas on the Hawaiian Islands and holidays taken this year … and many other expenses, as well.

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Superintendent Stands Firm After Atheist Group Complains About Principal Quoting Bible Over Intercom

(CN) — The superintendent of a school district in Texas is standing firm after a prominent atheist activist group sent a letter of complaint regarding a high school principal who allegedly quotes Scripture over the intercom during the morning announcements.

According to KETK-TV, an anonymous student at White Oak High School contacted atheist blogger Hemant Mehta after recording Principal Dan Noll quoting from the Bible during the announcements. The practice reportedly goes back to the 1970’s according to former alumni.

Preachers’ Daughters Go Wild on ‘Missions Trip’: Booze, Brawls and Boys

(CN) — The new season of the reality show “Preachers’ Daughters” is being called “completely contradictory to Christianity” as it features several pastors’ daughters drinking, dancing sexually with boys and engaging in profanity-laced brawls all the while serving on a so-called missions trip to Mexico.As previously reported, the show was released by Lifetime in 2013, and was stated to be a “hard-hitting but often humorous look at the lives of these pastors’ daughters as they balance the temptations every teenager faces with their parents’ strict expectations and code of conduct as influenced by their faith.”

Photos of Baby Walter, Miscarried at 19 Weeks, Help Save Children from Abortion

(CN) — Photographs of a baby boy that was born at 19 weeks have been making an impact around the world for life as they demonstrate to viewers the humanity and perfection of the unborn child.“I shared these photos so my friends and family could see my perfect child,” Lexi Fretz of Greencastle, Pa. wrote in a blog post. “I never, ever could have imagined that it would spread across the world like this.”

Dangling Dead Bodies at City Entrance, Child Parading Head Through Streets Show ISIS’ Barbarity

(CN) —  The Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has released photographs of eight deceased persons suspended from the entrance to an Iraqi city months after an image surfaced online of a child parading a severed head through the streets, demonstrating the ongoing barbarity of the Muslim jihadist group.The gruesome photographs are believed to be from the city of Hawija, and show the men hanging upside down from a metal structure at the entrance of the city. An Islamic State flag is displayed on the top of the structure, under which a number of vehicles appear to be driving in and out of the city as several onlookers gather to observe the spectacle.

Other Top News Stories of Interest:

Over 300 Prominent Republicans Come Out in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’


Huge Announcement Due This Weekend As Unmarked White Trucks Flood Into Moscow’s Red Square Which Is Now Under Mysterious Construction As Putin Death Rumors Go Viral Across World

Posted: 13 Mar 2015 08:06 PM PDT

Huge Announcement Due This Weekend As Unmarked White Trucks Flood Into Moscow's Red Square Which Is Now Under Mysterious Construction As Putin Death Rumors Go Viral Across WorldFrantic Rumors are circulating all over the internet of the possible death of Russian president Vladimir Putin.  In a story now confirmed by the website Western Journalism, Russian media has been told to stay in town as a huge announcement will be coming this weekend that no one should miss. According to new reports of Vladimir Putin death rumors filling the internet and now mainstream media, we have just gotten access to pictures taken in Moscow a short time ago that seem to show something huge is going on as big white trucks are driven into the city, one by one, and construction is now taking place at Red Square as seen in the twitter images above and below. FULL REPORT

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Vanuatu hit by powerful cyclonePosted: 13 Mar 2015 07:59 PM PDT

Vanuatu hit by powerful cycloneReports indicate that a powerful cyclone has struck the islands in the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago after a westward change of course put populated areas directly in the path of its destructive 168mph winds, according to relief workers. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said there were unconfirmed reports of deaths in Vanuatu’s north-eastern islands after Cyclone Pam moved off its expected track. The Category 5 cyclone had average wind speeds of 155mph to 170mph, with gusts up to 210mph, according to the office. It said the periphery of the eye of the storm passed over islands that are home to several thousand people and it was expected to hit or come close to the island of Efate, home to the capital Port Vila. Located about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii, Vanuatu has a population of 267,000 spread over 65 islands. About 47,000 people live in the capital. FULL REPORT

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Revelation’s 6th trumpet about to sound?Posted: 13 Mar 2015 07:43 PM PDT

Revelation's 6th trumpet about to sound?Whether you believe we are in the Tribulation or about to enter the Tribulation, Christians around the country are noticing contemporary events are lining up with prophecy, especially the terrifying warning of a great war to come. Author Carl Gallups says Christians need to face the possibility that the “trumpet days” of Revelation already are here, and the sixth trumpet may be about to sound. Gallups details his views in “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation.” Even a brief introduction to his work reveals startling correlations between Bible prophecy and contemporary reality. Gallups notes: “The sixth trumpet vision (found in Revelation 9:13-21) speaks of a great war, bigger than anything the world has seen to date. The prophecy declares that this war will take place in the area of the Euphrates River – in the veritable heart of the Middle East. Bible students sometimes refer to the war of the sixth trumpet vision as The Coming World War III. “This ‘coincidence’ is simply too large to ignore. The Euphrates River begins in the mountains of northern Turkey and runs down through Syria, then through Iraq and into the Persian Gulf. This entire area just happens to be the current hotbed of the geopolitical focus of the world and the main stomping grounds of ISIS. These particular nations along the Euphrates, and the ones that surround them, are all major players in today’s terror climate and Middle East upheaval.” FULL STORY

 

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Former Atheist Declares Supernatural Healing Power of GodPosted: 13 Mar 2015 07:34 PM PDT

Former Atheist Declares Supernatural Healing Power of GodAn Amazing testimony has come forth from a former Atheists who experienced first hand the Supernatural Healing Power of God! According to his own testimony, Lee Strobel said “My wife Leslie found me on our bedroom floor, comatose. Frantically, she called the paramedics.” “I remember awakening in a hospital emergency room, a physician looking down at me. “You’re one step away from a coma,” he said, “and two steps away from dying.” I slipped back into unconsciousness.  An unlikely cascade of medical issues had put me on the edge of death as I approached my 60th year. A routine heart procedure a few weeks earlier had caused complications that were shutting down my kidneys. Pneumonia was developing in my lungs. I had a rare and severe allergic reaction to medication given to me for a voice problem. But my doctors were unaware that any of this was going on. Strobel went on to say “What threatened my life the most was hyponatremia”—my blood sodium level had plummeted to the point where life was unsustainable. Water was entering my cells and triggering dangerous swelling of my brain. Doctors needed to raise the level back to normal in order to stabilize me, but it had to be done slowly and carefully. If it were elevated too quickly, the brain could be irreparably damaged, leading to death or severe disability. FULL TESTIMONY

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Will America’s Growing Apostasy Provoke Prophetic Judgment?Posted: 13 Mar 2015 07:28 PM PDT

Will America’s Growing Apostasy Provoke Prophetic Judgment?Is America’s fate being sealed by her defiance against God Almighty? When President Barack Obama made an inscription on the highest beam of the One World Trade Center, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn says the president may have sealed America’s fate. “We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger,” the president wrote during a visit to ground zero during the summer of 2012. Cahn, author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, calls the inscription a vow and links it to God’s coming judgment.  According to reports “The president went down to ground zero and they showed him the tower and the beam that’s going to be the final beam on the tower,” Cahn said during the recent Prophecy in the News conference in Orlando, Florida. “They told him to inscribe words on the beam … What does he put in there? He writes in modern American prose … the vow of Isaiah 9:10—the vow that brought judgment to (ancient) Israel. FULL STORY

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Pastor Saeed Writes His Son Heartbreaking Birthday Letter From Iranian PrisonPosted: 13 Mar 2015 07:23 PM PDT

Pastor Saeed Writes His Son Heartbreaking Birthday Letter From Iranian PrisonEven though March 17th is American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s son’s seventh birthday.Tragically, Pastor Saeed remains imprisoned in Iran merely because of his Christian faith and will not be able to see him physically. This week, when one of his family members in Iran was permitted to visit him in prison, Pastor Saeed was able to send a heartfelt, and at the same time heartbreaking, letter to his son.Pastor Saeed told his son that it “breaks my heart” that he can’t be there for his son’s birthday. He wrote to Jacob, “[M]y chains are keeping me from you.”Earlier this year, President Obama told Jacob that he would “try” to bring Pastor Saeed home for his birthday. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.This week, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow testified before the U.S. Senate on Pastor Saeed’s case and the plight of persecuted Christians across the globe. At that hearing, the Obama Administration’s Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein, reiterated that the State Department remains committed to bring Pastor Saeed home.But as of right now, Pastor Saeed remains imprisoned. He is still suffering from injuries sustained in prison beatings. And now he’s had to break the news to his son that he will be forced to miss yet another birthday. FULL REPORT

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Street Preacher on Trial for Sharing Christ in PublicPosted: 13 Mar 2015 07:16 PM PDT

Street Preacher on Trial for Sharing Christ in Public

Matthew 5:11-13– “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Another Street Preacher is under fire for preaching the Gospel. According to recent reports from Charisma, Mike Overd, a Christian street preacher from Somerset, began his trial in Taunton March 11 for proclaiming the gospel in Taunton town centre. Mike has been preaching the gospel on the streets of Taunton for over five years. But he’s faced real opposition—police even appealed to the public in a local newspaper to record him preaching so that they could get evidence of him making “offensive remarks.” Now the Crown Prosecution Service is bringing charges against him under the Public Order Act. A number of witnesses say that they can’t remember what Mike said, just that it was “offensive.” Mike preaches on the street because he loves people and wants them to come to Christ. He says: “My motivation for preaching the gospel is my love for Jesus Christ and my deep concern for people who do not know His great love and are heading towards an eternity separated from God.” – FULL REPORT

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Rev. Graham: Obama, Holder Pushing a ‘New Morality That Does Not Include God’ — ‘An Anti-Christ Movement’Posted: 13 Mar 2015 07:10 PM PDT

Rev. Graham: Obama, Holder Pushing a 'New Morality That Does Not Include God' -- 'An Anti-Christ Movement'Franklin Graham is speaking out again and this time he is reportedly saying that President Barack Obama and his outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, are, along with “progressives” in government, forcing “a new morality” on the American people, a “morality that does not include God” and which is “an Anti-Christ movement,”  “There is an anti-Christian bias that is now in our government, has permeated our government, that’s also permeated Washington but [also] at the state and local level,” said Rev. Graham during a Mar. 11 interview on Washington Watch With Tony Perkins. “It’s the progressives, whatever you want to call them, that are trying — and the president is into this and the attorney general is into this 100% — and that is, forcing on the American people a new morality,” said Rev. Graham.  “And it’s a morality that does not include God or His standards. That’s what we’re facing today.” “It is an Anti-Christ movement that we’re seeing taking place,” he said. FULL REPORT

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PROPHECY WATCH: Magnitude of humanitarian crisis in Syria will impact world for generationsPosted: 13 Mar 2015 02:34 PM PDT

PROPHECY WATCH: Magnitude of humanitarian crisis in Syria will impact world for generationsOnce again we are seeing a headline that echoes an ancient prophecy spoken by Isaiah the prophet thousands of years ago speaking of the future ruin of an ancient city in Syria called “Damascus”. According to reports the world is “not even close to grasping the magnitude” of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, a top aid official said ahead of the fourth anniversary of the peaceful protests that marked the start of the devastating conflict.
“We may live with the aftermath of the Syrian conflict for generations,” said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and former UN humanitarian chief. The conflict has killed some 200,000 people, created more than 3.9 million refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and displaced 7.6 million people within Syria, UN figures show. New figures from UNICEF show 14 million children are affected by the conflict in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, with millions trapped in areas cut off from help due to fighting. “This is the biggest humanitarian crisis in a generation,” Mr Egeland said. FULL REPORT

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Time Magazine Denies Putting Devil Horns On Hillary Clinton’s Head In Cover Photo

Time magazine is denying charges that it put horns on the head of Hillary Clinton for magazine cover

Everyone quickly sees the obvious white horns over the top of Hillary’s head, but the real genius of the positioning are the smaller, blue horns that you don’t see right away. Those are the ones that look truly devilish. Excellent job on the graphics, Time magazine!

The controversy all centers on the cover of time’s latest issue which features a cover story on Clinton. If you look closely at Clinton’s head you can see what appears to be Devil horns.

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Time says it is simply an optical illusion because of the way the “M” in Time lays over Clinton’s head.  This week’s not-so-subtle jab at Clinton, intentional or not, comes as she is under fire for using a secret, private email system during her years as secretary of state. Democratic insiders are beginning to reconsider her role as the party’s ‘inevitable’ 2016 presidential nominee, and other potential candidates are testing the waters.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains her reasoning for not keeping a government-issued email address, saying that she didn’t want to manage two e-mail addresses, and that her government correspondence was transparent.

 

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Alabama House Approves ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 01:18 PM PDT

Alabama House Approves 'Religious Freedom' BillJudges may now be protected after an Alabama House ruling regarding a “Religious Freedom Bill”. According to reports the Alabama House of Representatives has approved legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to marry gay or other couples. The report indicated that Representatives approved the bill by a 69-25 vote Thursday. The bill does not mention same-sex marriage, but says judges, ministers and others don’t have to conduct weddings contrary to their religious beliefs. FULL REPORT

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IAF jets scrambled in North after Syrian warplanes spotted near Lebanon border

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 01:10 PM PDT

IAF jets scrambled in North after Syrian warplanes spotted near Lebanon borderAccording Israeli Sources IAF Jets were scrambled after Syrian Warplanes were spotted near the Lebanon Border. The government of President Bashar Assad has used aircraft in its efforts to quell a rebellion launched by a coalition of secular and religious Sunnis seeking to install a new regime in Damascus. FULL REPORT

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Cyclone Pam leaves swath of destruction in Pacific’s Vanuatu

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 01:00 PM PDT

Cyclone Pam leaves swath of destruction in Pacific's VanuatuA powerful cyclone has blown through the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths. According to reports Communication systems in many of the hard-hit outer islands remained down, meaning it could take some time before the full extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Pam is known. Chloe Morrison, a World Vision emergency communications officer who is in Port Vila, said the capital’s streets were littered with roofs blown from homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines. She said she’s hearing reports of entire villages being destroyed in more remote areas. FULL REPORT

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3 Kansas hospital patients die of ice cream-related illness

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 11:24 AM PDT

3 Kansas hospital patients die of ice cream-related illnessIf you have Blue Bell Ice Cream in the Freezer you may want to pay attention to this next report. Sources indicate that 3 fatalities have been reported from foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products that has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history.  Further reports indicate that five people, in all have developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement Friday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says listeria bacteria were found in samples of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars. Blue Bell says its regular Moo Bars were untainted, as were its half gallons, quarts, pints, cups, three-gallon ice cream and take-home frozen snack novelties. FULL REPORT

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Scientists Attempt To Modify Human Eggs Genetically

Posted: 14 Mar 2015 11:11 AM PDT

Scientists Attempt To Modify Human Eggs GeneticallyYet again Scientists are pushing the envelope of “Playing God” as according to new reports, American scientists have attempted to modify the DNA of human egg cells using a new gene-editing technique that could eliminate inherited diseases from subsequent generations of affected families, The Independent can reveal.  The research was carried out on ovary cells taken from a woman with inherited ovarian cancer to investigate the possibility of eventually using gene-editing to produce IVF embryos free of the familial disease. The results are yet to be published. Editing the chromosomes of human eggs or sperm to create genetically modified IVF embryos is illegal in Britain and many other countries because of concerns about safety and the possibility of the technique being used to create genetically enhanced “designer babies”.  FULL STORY

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Why Israel Needs Benjamin Netanyahu For One More Term

It’s now nearing Midnight in the valley of decision

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2 (KJV)

For exactly 1,878 years, the land of Israel, God’s holy land, lay empty of it’s Jewish inhabitants. This is the very land that God promised to Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and to Moses as well. Eretz Israel, the land of promise to God’s chosen people, the Jews.

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On May 14, 1948, the United States of America, under president Harry S. Truman, officially and formally recognized the regathered nation of Israel and in the blink of an eye, bible prophecy from both the Old and New Testaments was gloriously fulfilled. Israel was regathered according to the word of the Lord!

The prophet Zechariah said that in the last days, Israel would be the focus of the entire world, with Jerusalem in particular riveting people’s attention:

“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:1-3 (KJV)

While the precise time period Zechariah refers to will happen during the time of Jacob’s trouble, what Matthew calls the Great Tribulation, we are so close to that time now that we are already seeing the “birth pangs” for those events. All the nations of the world, including America, are saying that if Israel will just “part their land” and give it to the Palestinians, then we can finally have peace in the Middle East. They call this the Two State Solution. Well, the nations of the world might think it’s a good plan, but the bible says that God hates it. Read the scripture quote at the top of this article from the prophet Joel. God Himself comes down to fight all the nations that have “parted His land”. The entire battle of Armageddon will be fought over who controls the land.

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Why Israel needs Netanyahu for one more term. More than any other issue, even more than the idea of Iran getting a functional nuclear weapon, there is no greater issue for the nation of Israel in 2015 and beyond than who controls the land. All the land of Israel. What Israel needs is a champion who will not give in to the demonic Two State Solution, and boldly stand up and declare, against any and all opposition, that Israel shall not be divided for anyone.

The bible clearly declares that Israel shall be divided in the end times after they have been regathered, but woe unto them by whom it’s divided. Israel needs Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister because, whatever his faults and failings may be, he will never allow any of the land of Israel to be divided and given to the Palestinians. For that reason, and for that reason alone, Israelis must reelect Bibi to another term in office.

God is not so much concerned with which leader will institute what social programs, fund or not fund the military, or create or not create economic reforms. The bible clearly shows that God is jealous for His land of Israel, and that it stays with His people the Jews.

Yitzhak Rabin wanted to divide the land of Israel and create a Palestinian state. God allowed him to be shot and killed by one of his own people on November 4, 1995. Ariel Sharon wanted to divide the land to create a Palestinian state, and God allowed him to be taken down by a stroke in 2006 and eventually die in a coma.

The number one issue in Israel today is who controls the land. Reelect Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister for an undivided Israel with Jerusalem as it’s capital.

Am Yisrael Chai!

 

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Bipartisan Senate Panel Investigating Obama Administration Funding Anti-Netanyahu Effort

State Department documents say the grants to OneVoice were meant for the group’s work in encouraging both Palestinian grass-roots civic activism and Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit’s funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama administration’s State Department gave the nonprofit taxpayer-funded grants, a source with knowledge of the panel’s activities told FoxNews.com.

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The fact that both Democratic and Republican sides of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations have signed off on the probe could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama, who has had a well-documented adversarial relationship with the Israeli leader.

The development comes as Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel Two television station this week that there were “governments” that wanted to help with the “Just Not Bibi” campaigning — Bibi being the Israeli leader’s nickname.

It also follows a FoxNews.com report on claims the Obama administration has been meddling in the Israeli election on behalf of groups hostile to Netanyahu. A spokesperson for Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican and chairman of the committee, declined comment, and aides to ranking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, did not immediately return calls.

According to the source, the probe is looking into “funding” by OneVoice Movement – a Washington-based group that has received $350,000 in recent State Department grants, and until last November was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton administrations.

A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israel-based Victory 15 campaign, itself guided by top operatives of Obama’s White House runs, which seeks to “replace the government” of Israel.

“It’s confirmed that there is a bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee inquiry into OneVoice’s funding of V15,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity about the American group, which bills itself as working for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. source

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Transgender Teen Boy Jazz Jennings Is The New Face Of Clean & Clear

Transgender teen Jazz Jennings has been named the face of Clean & Clear’s new ad campaign, “See the Real Me,” a first for the skincare line.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:28 – 30 (KJV)

There is a huge push on today to instill gender confusion in our children. Jazz Jennings, born a boy, is a stark example of this disturbing new trend from the liberal progressive LGBT Movement. How ironic that a boy, pretending to be a girl, is now the spokesman for a beauty campaign called “See The Real Me”. The “real me” for Jazz Jennings is a boy, and all the makeup in the world will never change that.

We live in confusing, scary times that are only getting worse with each passing day. A beauty care company for girls with a boy in drag as their spokesperson is the perfect symbol for these end times in which we find ourselves.

Today in progressive humanity news, skincare company Clean & Clear has named transgender teenage advocate Jazz Jennings as the face of their new ad campaign “See the Real Me.” Not only does it endorse skincare products, but like many progressive companies, it contains a social message as well.

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According to Yahoo, the idea behind the campaign is to get people to send in their personal stories using the hashtag #SeeTheRealMe on social media to promote natural beauty.

“The ‘See the Real Me’ campaign is so great at helping girls find the courage to open up to their peers and be themselves, and I could really relate to that,” she told PopSugar. “I knew doing this campaign would help a lot of teens who are struggling like I did.” source

 

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American Baptist College President Invites Lesbian Pastor, Says The Bible Is An ‘Idol” To Christians

The American Baptist College is defending the invitation by their president to an openly gay minister from the Church of Christ. He maintains that the Bible has become an “idol” to Christians.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: What’s more shocking? That the President of the American Baptist College would invite an open lesbian “pastor” to speak at his school, or that the same man believes that the bible is an ancient book and “we cannot be guided by a first century world view”? Funny thing is, everyone is up-in-arms about the lesbian “pastor” invite, and rightly so, but why is almost no one is talking about the fact that a Baptist college president admits he doesn’t believe the bible? 

“It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris told The Tennessean on Wednesday.

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The publication then asked that he clarify his use of the phrase “idolatry of the Bible.” “When people say the Bible is synonymous with God and the truth,” Harris responded. “We can’t be guided and dictated by a first-century world view.”

The college had invited Yvette Flunder, a bishop at the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, Calif., to speak at its Garnett-Nabrit lecture series next week, which focuses on Christian leadership. The theme is “Ministry in Motion: Living Faith, Doing Justice.”

Flunder its expected to appear at next Tuesday’s evening worship service, and then again at the Nannie Helen Burroughs luncheon, where she is expected to talk about her work to combat HIV and AIDS. The United Church of Christ leader is “married” to her partner Shirley Miller. But after word of the invitation reached other pastors in Nashville, several denounced college administrators for their actions. Randy G. Vaughn of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church told local television station KMBT that he and other Baptist pastors from across the country will be present to protest Flunder’s appearance next week.

“We do not wear our sin as a badge and parade it,” Vaughn said. “When will the downward spiral end?”

We don’t feel you have the right to live any way you want and be respected in the congregation of our faith,” he continued. “There is nothing holy about lesbianism as there is nothing holy about heterosexual adultery.” According to a statement on the Refuge United Church of Christ website, Flunder believes that one’s self image can be harmed by believing that their lifestyle isn’t acceptable to God. [1] – source

Brethren, we are truly coming down to the last stretch, before our Lord Jesus comes to take us home!

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WVW-TV Presents: Proclaiming The Gospel with Mike Gendron

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March 14, 2015

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Creflo Dollar’s plan seeks $65M jet for global missions

by Marsha West

Word of Faith heretic Creflo Dollar preaches a false gospel, not the “gospel of grace” he claims to preach. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the prosperity preacher needs money to purchase a new private jet so that he can “safely spread the word of Jesus around the world,” as the multi-million dollar jet he now owns recently experienced engine failure.

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‘If I hear one homophobic word, I will arrest you:’ street preacher on trial for biblical preaching

by Marsha West
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A street preacher in the UK who is charged with making “homophobic” and “Islamophobic” remarks has just completed a two-day trial and awaits a verdict on whether or not biblical speech about the issues is considered a crime in the country.

Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, is accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He is now facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.

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Rapture As Reward

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Q. Let’s say a person fully leans on faith in God thru Jesus Christ, tries not to sin, prays, repents, is baptized, and reliant on Holy Spirit for daily life … also knowing that this life can change at any time according to the end times and God’s will.  Yet this person is not sure as to the mechanics or theology surrounding the “rapture”. Will such persons who are following Jesus, still be taken if indeed the rapture is the “reward” for being a believer?

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Destroying Iran?

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Q. I just read an interesting article about the possibilities if Israel was allowed to destroy Iran. It would prevent Persia from acting out her role in Gog and Magog for a generation, taking us beyond this generation that shall not pass before the Second Coming.   Thus Israel will be prevented,  as no nation can foil God’s prophetic word. Do you agree with this writer’s conclusions?

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Another Gap Of Time?

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Q.  I came to know the Lord in the 1970s and at that time we were taught that the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation were virtually synonymous.  Now all the teaching postulates a gap between the Rapture and Tribulation and this troubles me greatly as to what exactly this time period would be called in the nomenclature of dispensations and what would happen to believers in that time period who get saved after the Rapture but before the start of the 70th week. Are they part of the church or of Israel? Or is there something new?

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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 14-15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Blogroll Collection

A message of grace will attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. —Jared Wilson

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The Daily Discovery (March 14-15, 2015)

Cage-Stage Calvinism – “My friend Michael Horton often comments on the phenomenon of ‘cage-stage Calvinism,’ that strange malady that seems to afflict so many people who have just seen the truth of the Reformed doctrines of grace. We’ve all known one of these ‘cage-stage Calvinists.’ Many of us were even one of them when we were first convinced of God’s sovereignty in salvation.”

6 Ways to Become A Welcoming Church – “In his important book, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Jack Miller recounted an experience he had at a church in which he had been invited to speak. As he and his wife walked around and met people in the church, they continually heard the members saying things like, ‘We’re one of the friendliest churches in the community,’ and ‘we are a very friendly church.’ Sensing that something was not right (since he had been told that the attendance of this church had shrunk considerably over the past several years), Miller began asking individuals and officers in the church what was really going on. What he discovered was that the congregants were friendly–to one another in a cliquish way–but that the congregation had started relying on the pastor to do all of the welcoming of visitors.”

‘If I Hear One Homophobic Word, I Will Arrest You:’ Street Preacher on Trial for Biblical Preaching – “A street preacher in the UK who is charged with making ‘homophobic’ and ‘Islamophobic’ remarks has just completed a two-day trial and awaits a verdict on whether or not biblical speech about the issues is considered a crime in the country.”

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – “Although St. Patrick’s Day appears on our calendars each year, most modern celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day have little to do with the person behind the holiday. Next week many people will wear a little extra green, some will celebrate their Irish heritage, and more than a few will drink a pint or two in honor of St. Patrick. But my guess is that relatively few who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day know much about Patrick himself, and in fact, some of what is commonly ‘known’ about Patrick is actually mistaken.”

This ‘n’ That – “As far as I am concerned, communication is essential in all relationships, whether business or personal. We’ve all seen projects at our place of business become more conflated and confusing simply because team members failed to properly communicate. And of course, it is probably sadly safe to say that we all have experienced, or witnessed firsthand, a broken personal relationship due to a failure to communicate. Well, our relationship with our Creator, Lord and Savior is no different.  Don’t worry, I haven’t gone charismatic.”


SERMON:

Chris Rosebrough – Reformation Montana 2014


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I Can’t Repent – Ichabod Spencer (A Pastor’s Sketches)

Does The Discovery Of The Sayings Of Jesus Discredit The New Testament?


“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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Full Armor.

Ephesians 6:11-12 we are told to put on the whole armor of God. Many Christians are truthful. They have their heart free of sin, they are sure of their salvation, they rightly use the Word of God. But they are shoeless—they are not prepared to share the gospel. Those who do not advance the cause of the gospel are stationary soldiers; any evangelistic movement is too painful for them. If they are not seeking to save the lost, they are not taking ground for the kingdom of God. Paul climaxed his admonition to the Ephesians by highlighting what the battle is for. He pleads with them to pray for him to have boldness to reach out to the unsaved, citing his moral responsibility (see vs. 20).

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Jesus plus nothing equals everything

From Calvin, Institutes, 3.16.19

 

We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ.

We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else.

 

If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is “of him.”

If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing.

If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion;

If purity, in his conception;

If gentleness, it appears in his birth.

For by his birth he was made like us in all respects that he might learn to feel our pain.

 

If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion;

If acquittal, in his condemnation;

If remission of the curse, in his cross;

If satisfaction, in his sacrifice;

If purification, in his blood;

If reconciliation, in his descent into hell;

If mortification of the flesh, in his tomb;

If newness of life, in his resurrection;

If immortality, in the same;

If inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven;

If protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom;

If untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given to him to judge.

 

In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in his, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.

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LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM? Housing for 15 Alternative Sexualities Is OK, but Men-Only Fraternities Are Not, Wesleyan University Says

“The move to make fraternities accept women was in response to concerns about campus rape. A group of faculty and students argued last Spring that frat parties encourage sexual assault by men against women. The solution was to place more women in fraternities.”

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Liberals Outraged that University Won’t Regulate What Students Wear Off-Campus

“School administrators decided that although they would work to educate the frat members about cultural sensitivity, they could not punish anyone formally because the party was off-campus. After all, a university can hardly dictate to students what to wear everywhere they go.”

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“Woven into the fabric of our country”? Islam In Early America

“Part of the reason that the president gave few details about Islam and the founding era is that most of Islam’s role at that time was either in negative associations, or in real Muslim slaves. Neither gives much fodder, I’m afraid, for positive examples that the president might cite.”

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I Believe in the Seeker Driven Church

“While we run from God and seek him not, he pursues us through his Holy Spirit, his Holy Word, and his Holy Church. And with sovereign ease, in his own timing, we, who are lost, are found. Friends, aren’t you glad God is the Master Seeker and his church is a Seeker Driven fellowship?”

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Mark Cuban: This Is Just The Start Of The College Implosion

“Debt ultimately will outweigh most of the potential benefit you’re getting from the college education, Cuban said. “What you thought you were going to get in quality of life by going to that college, you’ve just undermined with the amount of debt you’re taking on.”

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Supreme Court Says Obama Admin Can’t Make Notre Dame Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

“University of Notre Dame’s pursuit of higher education is defined by its religious convictions. Its mission statement reads: “A Catholic university draws its basic inspiration from Jesus Christ as the source of wisdom and from the conviction that in him all things can be brought to their completion.”

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Jesus and Israel: One Covenant or Two?

“Through a careful and fascinating look at various passages in Matthew, Holwerda concludes that Jesus is the true Israel. In the opening genealogy, for example, Matthew links Jesus to Abraham and David in order to show that the promises of blessing given to Abraham and David are now being fulfilled in and through Jesus, the true Son of Abraham and the true Son of David.”

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Murphy Now To Talk Baseball Only

“Maybe, as a Christian … we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree [with] the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me.”

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Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Gay Marriage

“The church isn’t giving an inch on this issue. Sure, there are scattered congregations who are moving in this direction. But in terms of tens and tens of thousands of local churches from a wide array of denominations filled with people of all races and backgrounds who simply love God’s inerrant Word, we aren’t moving an inch. We’re not scared; we’re not intimidated; we’re not even impressed.”

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Mission, Ministry, and Same-Sex Ceremonies

As it stands today, what sort of gospel do these various same-sex couples know from their interactions with the various Christian bakers, photographers, florists, and caterers making the news of late? Even if there has been a history of good relationship and employment of LGBT persons, would not it have been better to eschew discrimination, provide exquisite service, build a relationship, and demonstrate the love of Christ for sinners?

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How the Supreme Court Should Decide the Same-Sex Union Cases

The court should practice self-restraint here if for no other reason than the centrality of traditional marriage to the well-being and stability of American society. The court should not lend its authority to those who are intent upon jettisoning traditional marriage like so much unwanted cargo. The justices should resist those who want to make marriage into an “anything goes” institution guided by unfettered personal preference.

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Spotsylvania Church And Denomination Make Efforts To Protect Children

One robust move in the past year was the unanimous adoption of Overture 6 by the theologically conservative denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In it, the denomination acknowledges the epidemic nature of child sexual abuse in this country and argues that the silence of churches on this topic renders it complicit with God. Essentially, the declared that if the church doesn’t speak out against child sexual abuse, the church thinks God is okay with it. To fight that silence, the PCA urged church leaders to protect children in both practice and in their teaching.

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Everyday Christianity: A Faith Free From The Accidental Pharisaism of Missional, Radical, Crazy and Other Superlatives

Christians don’t need adjectives, trending tribes, or superlatives that make them vulnerable to narcissism and shame to know what it “truly” means to follow Christ. The Bible’s language is sufficient. Instead, God’s people are invited to live lives free (Gal 5) from any from of direct or accidental legalism everyday. The good life, then, the one that God has always used in his redemptive mission, is the one that brings glory to God by loving him and loving neighbor.

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Civil War At Home

Biblically speaking, sin and its manifestations in our children should not surprise us. As parents, we cannot eliminate sin no matter how well intentioned we may be…. Sin should not surprise us. However, we should not allow sin to fester unaddressed in our families. We must train ourselves to correct the sin and instruct our children in the opposite virtue.

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Voluntourism: More Harm than Good

The “mission trip model“ has been praised for the individuals willing to sacrifice their time and money for impoverished communities, doing as Christ would. However, without knowledge of language, local culture, societal nuances, and the economical framework of the community, this type of “voluntourism” is sometimes wasteful at best, and possibly destructive to the community at worst.

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A Bright Song From A Deep Darkness

A week or so ago, I received an email from Brad Hansen with the lyrics of a song he had composed while in a recent dark spell with depression. I was deeply touched by the words, and asked if I could share his song and story on the blog. He replied: “I would be glad to share my story. I decided long ago that I would open my life and struggles to others, with the hope that people could know that they’re not alone.” So here’s a little of Brad’s testimony to God’s grace followed by the song.

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The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors

From an outsider’s perspective, it’s hard to imagine how any school with such extensive grounds, impressive buildings, and a full staff that educated only a few hundred women could remain financially viable. The restrictions outlined in Sweet Briar’s former missions, wills, and trusts made change all but impossible. Still, as inevitable as it may be, it’s worth acknowledging that the school’s closure has taken an enormous toll on people who’ve devoted their lives to liberal-arts education. And many fear that Sweet Briar serves as a case study for what will play out at similar schools in the coming years.

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Four Characteristics of Legalism

by C Michael Patton

Legalism is something we all lean toward in one way or another. Humanity has been plagued by this from the very beginning as we see in Job’s friends. Why is this? Well, we like to have everything under control. We don’t like risk. We don’t like it when things get uncomfortable. And showing grace, to ourselves and others, takes the ball out of our court. Rule, laws, and lists of requirements are so much easier than grace and freedom.

These characteristics of legalism that I am going to list here are not to mean that anyone who ever does any of these things is a legalist. Think of legalism as a sliding scale. Some of us practice legalistic tendencies here and there (I know I sure do). Some can find themselves practicing more of these on a regular basis and are more legalistic. Some can be full-blow legalists in all of these areas.

Here are the four characteristics of legalism (and I have more coming):

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“I Don’t Limit God Like That.” Really?

by Ben Edwards

A common tactic used in discussions about God and His actions is to claim that the other person is limiting God. It comes up in questions about creation (“I don’t limit God to just six days for creation like you do. I think He could use evolutionary processes and take billions of years”), about the sufficiency of Scripture (“I don’t limit God to speaking in the Bible like you do. I think He still speaks to people today”), and about the way of salvation (“I don’t limit God to saving people through faith in Jesus Christ like you do. I think He can save people who never hear about Jesus.”) This tactic may intimidate a person. After all, who wants to limit God, or “put Him in a box”? We would never want to impose our restrictions on God. Surely a more open-minded and broad approach to these issues gives more honor to God and His ability, right?

There are at least two problems with the accusation that the person who holds these beliefs is limiting God.

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A Marriage Preparation Inventory

Note: This is the introduction to a six-part premarital conseling curriculum that anyone can download and use. Below are links to the complete series:

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Fleecing the Flock of God

by Bill Muehlenberg

One of the most shocking passages in all of the Old Testament is Jeremiah 5:31: “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” Sadly, churches today are far too much like this.

They are filled with these false shepherds and false prophets. Why is that? Because the people in the pews just love it this way. They love to be told what they want to hear. They love to soak up false gospels. They love to have their ears tickled.

All that sure beats getting the real gospel message which commands us to renounce self, deny the flesh, and pick up our cross daily. Who wants to hear that sort of message? Hardly anyone, which is exactly why we so rarely hear it any more. But what we do get by the bucketful are messages catering to our carnality and our flesh.

Tell people they can get rich and live the good life and you will have a megachurch overnight. People love the sham prosperity gospel because it speaks to everything the flesh desires. Indeed, it is no surprise that the most greedy, materialistic, selfish and consumeristic nation on earth – America – is the birthplace of this pernicious false gospel.

dollar 3And examples of just how bad it really is are so easy to come by. Consider this recent story about yet another American prosperity preacher who is again fleecing his people – and they seem to lap it up! The story begins:

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More Chrislam Idolatry

by Bill Muehlenberg

It is as if the Ten Commandments had never been written – or at least the first one. But given that they have been written, it is as if they were never read. That certainly seems to be the case with clueless and compromised “Christian” leaders who proudly jump into bed with Islam.

And that figure of speech is of course fully appropriate – as well as profoundly biblical. Scripture tells us constantly that idolatry and the worship of false gods is a type of spiritual adultery. It even speaks about whoring after other gods, and so on.

Thus when people claiming to be God’s shepherds push for alliances with false religions, they are sinning big time, and asking for trouble. They are certainly violating the first and chief commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me”. And they are doing the very thing we so often read about in the Old testament.

chrislamTime and time again the Israelites made alliances with foreign religions and false gods, and Yahweh could not sit back and do nothing – he had to punish his people for doing this. As he warned them so very clearly, “I will not share my glory with another”.

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How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: The Pastor

Seminary professors who come to the classroom with missionary and pastoral experience can offer immense practical value to men preparing for ministry.

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Problems With Bestselling Book “Jesus Calling”

Posted by Christine Pack

“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.” (Deut 18:9-14)

 Did Author Sarah Young Write Jesus Calling Using Automatic Writing? 

The bestselling book Jesus Calling was almost surely written through the occultic practice of “Automatic Writing.” A shocking claim? All right, then, I will grant that some of the book could have come from the author’s own imagination. However, I also believe it is entirely possible that the book is truly from the spiritual realm; only, it is not the Jesus of the Bible with whom the author got in touch, but rather a demon. And I’m saying this not as just a Christian researcher, but as a former New Ager who practiced Automatic Writing. I should also point out that Christians don’t get to flip some switch somewhere and turn occultic practices into biblical practices just by adding biblical terminology to what they are doing.

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Are you a god?

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We Need Less Goliath, and More Bathsheba


This Week in Calvinism – March 13, 2015

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This ‘n’ That

  • “Our souls have taste buds, just like our tongues, and we can train the soul-buds by exercising the tongue-buds.” I don’t understand The Gospel Coalition’s weird obsession with food analogies lately. First, gospel cupcakes and now ‘soul-buds’ and honey? Their bizarre dessert theology is giving me cavities.
  • That being said, I actually really appreciated this article (though not everything in it made me jump for joy) over at TGC explaining 3 reasons why women need good theology.
  • While I don’t agree with everything the author says in this article, I do think all of these “Christian” phrases need to go. They’re pointless and they make Christians sound, well, for lack of a better word, silly.
  • I haven’t yet had a chance to listen to Sproul’s message from the Shepherd’s Conference, but I heard a bit of scuttling about it. Anyway, Fred Butler suggested this as a helpful refutation.
  • Are we sure those are teenagers? And you thought everything in the 40s was squeaky clean. Just look at that cheek-to-cheek dancing.
  • Hope I can read this book…you know, someday.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don’t even know what to do with this.
  • Um, didn’t Rachel Held Evans leave evangelicalism a long time ago?
  • I already wrote my check.
  • This is a good link for the ladies reading, and somewhat goes along with a thought I shared on Facebook earlier this week.
  • Not that anyone is surprised, but Christianity Today posted something that is kind of appalling.
  • I agree with much of this call to retire the so-called ‘worship leader’.

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How we read the Bible
Mar 13, 2015 10:07 am | A. S.

Sanctification is a long process, and sometimes we can lose patience with one another. What is the biblical way to contend for the faith? Guest Jay Seegert joins us today. Jay is an author, international speaker and co-founder of the  Creation Education Center. Jay knows well the attacks on God’s Word, and has been on the […]

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Raising the Bar on Salvation?
Mar 13, 2015 07:15 am | mlemay

I had an interesting conversation with a Christian brother a few weeks ago.  He is adamant on his beliefs on “sola scriptura” and frustrated that some Christians seem to be “raising the bar” on salvation by preaching what he calls a “works based salvation” through ideas like the Social Justice Movement. The conversation moved on […]

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Suffering and Prayer in the Christian Life
Mar 12, 2015 05:20 am | mlemay

Today we look at two important, yet often misunderstood doctrines in the Bible: Suffering and Prayer. No one really wants to suffer.  We would all prefer a life of comfort.  But the Bible warns us that suffering is an important part of the Christian life–and that when it happens we should rejoice!   Tough teaching indeed. […]

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What are you known for?
Mar 11, 2015 12:04 pm | A. S.

If you’ve ever had one of those red discernment flags pop up about a theological matter with, say, a church event, a conference speaker, a book or a podcast, you’ve probably been confronted for speaking up. In fact, if you are known as that person who always speaks up, you may have been told that […]

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What you’re for and against?
Mar 11, 2015 08:59 am | A. S.

I’m “For” It.  by Pastor Chris I hear people say, from time to time, that those who take the narrow view of sticking to God’s Word and who reject the modern church culture are “against” everything and not “for” anything. So, as a public service to those critics, allow me to look at a passage […]

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The 7 Mountains of Culture: Must you reclaim them?
Mar 10, 2015 08:47 am | A. S.

Have you heard of the so-called “7 Mountains” theology? It’s also known as DOMINION THEOLOGY, the idea is that we as Christians must occupy and subdue the world as God’s stewards of the earth.   While we are called to live in the world, making disciples and and spreading the Good News of the gospel, some […]

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What is the “Restoration” Movement?
Mar 09, 2015 10:37 am | A. S.

Will God use our broken stories and the loving influence of the visible church to “restore all things?” Well, not exactly. He is God, and we… well. We are not. There is a “restoration movement” that has been seeping into the visible church and convincing Christians that we are God’s solution and His instrument to […]

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A pivotal time for our economy
Mar 09, 2015 08:43 am | A. S.

Are you aware that this next week his a history-maker for America’s financial outlook? How prepared are you if the almighty dollar goes away? Most economists agree it’s not “if,” but “when.” Our guest today says the financial rug being pulled out from under us sooner than we thought, and when that happens, it will […]

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Why treating God like Charlie Brown’s mom is a really bad idea.
Mar 08, 2015 06:19 pm | Scott Alan Buss

For the vast majority of professing Christians in America, their claim to Christianity centers on little more than their claim to Christianity. Put another way, they are Christians because they say that they are Christians. Their emotions tell them so. Their pastors or priests tell them so. So it must be true. And if you even […]

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Father of “holy laughter” to bring New Apostolic Reformation gathering to Washington D.C.
Mar 08, 2015 04:05 pm | A. S.

The last time we interviewed author Warren Smith, he warned us about “Holy Laughter” guru Rodney Howard Browne’s star-studded two-week “Celebrate America” event over the 4th of July last summer (2014) in Washington D.C., featuring pastor/author Jonathan Cahn, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and many others. “Celebrate America” was sponsored by a number of organizations […]

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Articles of the Week

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Nine Marks of an Unhealthy Church, Kevin DeYoung. Sure, it would be easy to come up with a whole lot more than nine. But DeYoung puts his finger on an important group of bellweathers—signs that are easy to spot, but that many people wouldn’t recognize as red flags. If you see these creeping into your church, it’s time to call the doctor.

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church, Julie Roys. “One in every five women who gets an abortion identifies as evangelical… And according to Christian ministries working with this population, a vast majority of them will never reveal their secret. In interviews with about a dozen post-abortive Christian women, I heard each say they deeply regret their abortions and experienced profound emotional and spiritual trauma as a result. Without a place to confess and seek recovery, women who’ve had abortions remain shackled by fear, grief, and guilt.”

Who Should Raise Your Children? Trevin Wax. It sounds like a silly question. And it should. But it was a real debate in 1935, between a brilliant atheist and an equally brilliant Christian—Bertrand Russell and G. K. Chesterton. Wax takes a look at the debate, and brings it forward into the twenty-first century. This is a helpful primer for the way Christians should view public debate and natural law, whether talking about child-rearing or any other public issue—marriage, immigration, economics…the list goes on.

Six Reasons Sexual Predators Target Churches, Tim Challies. “It is terrible but true—sexual predators target churches. In the mind of a predator, a church offers a compelling target and, too often, and easy target. I recently worked my way through On Guard by Deepak Reju and learned that there are at least 6 reasons why sexual predators specifically target churches.”


Blog Highlights of the Week

Three Roads to Joy in Bi-vocational Ministry | Challies Dot Com

A Brief Defense of Infant Baptism | TGC

Pyromaniacs: If a “faithful Jew” would agree with my OT sermon, have I failed?

60 Ways the Inerrant Word Blesses Us | Counseling One Another

Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? An Interview with Dick Belcher | Canon Fodder

What Happens to Babies That Die?

Avoiding Catechetical Snobbery | The Christward Collective

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

All The Radical I Can Manage | The Blazing Center

Where To Find Joy | Tony Reinke

A Glimpse of Grace: This is NOT a Disney World…

4 Ways to Raise Up Godly Girls | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Credo Magazine » How Do You “Read So Much?” – Part 1 (Timothy Raymond)

View from the Office of a College President | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

Making it clearer – Reformation21 Blog

The 3 Sieves | Challies Dot Com

Something positive – Reformation21 Blog

Our deepest cultural problems are spiritual, not political | Denny Burk

6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches | Challies Dot Com

An exercise club allows men into women’s locker rooms, and vice versa | Denny Burk


 The Nine Types Of Christians You Meet On Facebook

Yep.

Cage-Stage Calvinism

R.C. Sproul:

Cage-stage Calvinists are identifiable by their insistence on turning every discussion into an argument for limited atonement or for making it their personal mission to ensure everyone they know hears—often quite loudly—the truths of divine election. Now, having a zeal for the truth is always commendable. But a zeal for the truth that manifests itself in obnoxiousness won’t convince anyone of the biblical truth of Reformed theology. As many of us can attest from personal experience, it will actually push them away.

A Good Mentor Points Out the Cliffs

Mike Leake:

This is why we need mentors. We need people who have felt the pull of the plummet. We need those who have tasted the lustrous fruit and found it empty—men and women who know where the edge of the cliff is to be found.

Why Can’t the Church Just Agree to Disagree on Homosexuality?

Kevin DeYoung:

All of these third ways regarding homosexuality end up the same way: a behavior the Bible does not accept is treated as acceptable. “Agree to disagree” sounds like a humble “meet you in the middle” com­promise, but it is a subtle way of telling conservative Christians that homosexuality is not a make-or-break issue and we are wrong to make it so. No one would think of proposing a third way if the sin were racism or human trafficking. To countenance such a move would be a sign of moral bankruptcy. Faithfulness to the Word of God compels us to view sexual immorality with the same seriousness. Living an ungodly life is contrary to the sound teaching that defines the Christian (1 Tim. 1:8-11; Titus 1:16). Darkness must not be confused with light. Grace must not be confused with license. Unchecked sin must not be con­fused with the good news of justification apart from works of the law. Far from treating sexual deviance as a lesser ethical issue, the New Testament sees it as a matter for excommuni­cation (1 Corinthians 5), separation (2 Cor. 6:12-20), and a temptation for perverse compromise (Jude 3-16).


Questioning Scientific Consensus

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Some Here, Some There — March 13, 2015

by Dan Phillips

Here y’go. Updates through noon, TX time.

  • Over at the indispensible (I keep telling you that) DBTS blogJohn Aloisi fills in popular gaps about Patrick, missionary to Ireland.
  • God gave cats a lot of the ‘tude quotient of the animal kingdom. Deal with it.
  • So much damage has been done by incomplete and false repentance, and by confessions that aren’t really confessions, that you will want to bookmark this fine essay by Doug Wilson. Anymore, I find I have to listen to confessions like a lawyer reads a document.
  • Ah, Christianity Today.
  • It’s sad. When I was a young Christian, Christianity Today was a terrific magazine, with substantive articles and book reviews and all. And even then, in the 70s, it wasn’t fully what it had been. Then came embrace of female preachers, shoddy handling of the days of creation… and it’s been downhill since.
  • Now some female writer tried to redeem the monstrous Margaret Sanger. In Christianity Today!
  • Thankfully, the indispensable Denny Burk tersely notes that “Sanger’s legacy has a body-count,” and pretty thoroughly fisks the CT article. Denny’s piece features many quotables… and the meta isn’t even too bad! (Yet.)
  • Doug Wilson writes about the same issue, noting that the pro-aborts “disproportionately target black boys and girls — with the connivance of black quislings”, and that “they have a kill rate much higher than that of the Ferguson Police Department.” He adds that, “as bad as Sanger was, she wasn’t as ghoulish as her heirs are.”
  • Check out what William Gurnall has to say to those who choose to sleep during sermons.
  • Bacon donut hot dog. That is all.
  • For good reason, at one point, Stan Gale did not want a funeral to be held when he died. But now, for good reasons, he’s changed his mind.
  • No, the order of the last two items is not meant to send a message.
  • Me, I’d like one. Not for dueling hagiographies, but to give “me” one last chance to preach Christ, in the person of whoever does the funeral preaching Christ. Funerals are, or should be, a great opportunity (Eccl. 7:1-4).
  • Here’s a post from 2009 about paper pastors vs. local church pastors.
  • Here’s a post from this month about podcast preachers vs. local church pastors.
  • BTW, in case you didn’t notice: I posted on one of my “off” days, telling how to search Pyro for past articles.
  • If the Lord doesn’t come first, one day I’ll die. I just don’t want to die in a dumb way.
  • Aimee Byrd commends a book offering help and encouragement to women who have suffered a miscarriage.
  • The popular atheist dodge-topic of slavery in the Bible receives a treatment by Fred Butler.
  • Concluding with one of my very favorite Po-Motivators:

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TGC Spotlight 03.12.15

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TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

TGC SpotlightFeatured TGC Articles

Jonah and the Art of Being Broken | Irene Sun

Guilt and remorse are weighty things, but they are not enough to break the prideful heart.

 

The One Who Showed Mercy | Raleigh Sadler

When we ignore the poor, we show that we have not yet understood our own poverty.

 

4 Reasons To Beware The Goodness Gospel | Christine Hoover

The goodness gospel is an unbearable burden to place on others, but the true gospel leads to the abundant life Jesus promised us.

 

3 Reasons Women Need Good Theology | Alyssa Poblete

Why did my friend wish to dissuade women from pursuing a better understanding of Scripture?

 

How Long Till I Can Die? A 5-year Journey In Hospice Caregiving | H. Curtis McDaniel

Our years providing hospice care-giving to our mothers were not easy. But through them we came to understand more deeply God’s care for us in the gospel.

 

Featured TGC Contributor Articles

Are the Religion Clauses of the Constitution Contradictory? | Justin Taylor

Some people suggest that they are contradictory: the Establishment Clause encourages the exercise of “religion” in every possible sense, and at yet the purpose of the Free Exercise Clause is to keep religion from being practiced to such a degree that politics are influenced.

 

A Brief Defense of Infant Baptism | Kevin DeYoung

It sounds like the beginning of a joke or a support group introduction, but it’s true: some of my best friends are Baptists. I speak at conferences with and to Baptists. I read books by Baptists (both the dead and the living).

 

The Gospel According to N. T. Wright: A Review of “Simply Good News” | Trevin Wax

N. T. Wright has been a favorite author of mine for more than a decade now. His work always challenges me to take a step back and analyze my overall approach to interpreting Scripture, and his ”big picture view” usually reveals things I’ve missed. That said, when I get back into the nitty gritty of textual study, I discover aspects of the biblical story Wright doesn’t do justice to — emphases and themes prominent in the storyline that are sparsely treated in Wright’s work.

 

How Deep the Root of Racism? | Thabiti Anyabwile

When my wife and I purchased our first home, I determined our lawn would be at least comparable to that lovely lush landscape of the guy two doors down. Our street took a lot of pride in curbside appeal. I joined them in the weekly ritual of weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, watering, raking, trimming and brimming with pride.

 

Orthodoxy and love | Ray Ortlund

“As for orthodoxy, it is cold and dead and grim without the warmth and life and beauty with which love invests it. The Ephesians even hated the evil deeds and words of the Nicolaitans, so unimpeachable was their theological correctness. But to hate error and evil is not the same as to love Jesus Christ.”

 

A Prayer for Rejoicing in the Main Thing | Scotty Smith

Dear Lord Jesus, you’ve given us so many reasons to be a people of joy—even in the midst of a “wad” of brokenness. You’ve created a world for us to enjoy, and though it’s lost the perfections of Eden, creation still loudly proclaims your majesty and reveals your beauty.

 

Preachers, Keep A Close Watch On Your Life and Illustrations | Jared C. Wilson

Sermon illustrations. They can make or break your message, or so we’re told. In my time at Docent Research Group, working as a pastoral research assistant, I remember the high premium put on killer illustrations.

 

Helping You Delight in God’s Word | Erik Raymond

It is truly astounding that we can come to the Bible everyday and we are met, fed, and sustained by the Word of God and the God of the Word. This is a tremendous privilege. In fact, it is such a privilege that we ought to be carefully intentional as to how we use the time.

 

Other Links from Around the Web

American Culture

Transcript: Read Full Text of President Barack Obama’s Speech in Selma
Maya Rhodan, Time

The President spoke on Saturday on the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Disenchanted by Civilian Life, Veterans Volunteer to Fight ISIS
Dave Phillips, New York Times

Last fall, Patrick Maxwell, a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran now selling real estate in this bustling city, saw something in news footage of Islamic fighters in Iraq that he never saw as an infantry Marine there: the enemy.

U.S. approves sale of powdered alcohol
Meghan DeMaria, The Week

Forget cocktails — soon, you could ingest alcohol just by pouring a powder packet into water.

Bioethics

The Growing Risk of Suicide in Rural America
Julie Beck, The Atlantic

Young people in the countryside have more guns, fewer doctors, and are more isolated than their urban counterparts—and a new study says they’re killing themselves in greater numbers.

Why Poor Women with Unintended Pregnancies Are Less Likely to Get Abortions
Amber Lapp, Family Studies

The class gap in abortion rates isn’t just about accessibility. Poor women are also more pro-life.

What everyone forgets about euthanasia
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

France’s socialist government has decided to allow discussion on a bill that will, in practice, legalize euthanasia. French law already allows some forms of excessive care to be withheld from terminally ill patients.

Christianity and Culture

Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across Europe – MPs
John Bingham, The Telegraph

Nursery worker challenges sacking over views on sexuality as Council of Europe warns of ‘intolerance’ towards Christian beliefs.

After Speaking Honestly About His Religious Views, Baseball Player Instructed to Only Talk Sports
Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal

Baseball player Daniel Murphy thinks it’s wrong to practice a gay “lifestyle.” Now he’s no longer allowed to talk about his religious beliefs.

Health Issues

CDC report: Suicide rate for young women and girls in the U.S. continues to rise
Catherine Garcia, The Week

A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the suicide rate for girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 is increasing, and at a pace faster than for males in the same age group.

International Issues

Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Pledges Allegiance to ISIS in New Audio
NBC News

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has pledged official allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio statement released online Saturday. In the audio, a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appears to address ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and also calls on Muslims throughout the world to declare a similar loyalty.

Marriage Issues

Memo to Supreme Court: Nothing in the Constitution Requires States to Redefine Marriage
Gene Schaerr and Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal

Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the constitutional status of state laws defining marriage as the exclusive union of husband and wife.

Politics

How Republicans Should Respond To A Supreme Court Marriage Ruling 
Robert P. George, First Things

Dred Scott v. Sandford was the infamous case in which the Supreme Court of the United States, usurping the constitutional authority of the people acting through their elected representatives in Congress, purported to deny the power of the United States to prohibit slavery in the federal territories. It is very much worth recalling that Dred Scott was not just a case about slavery. It was a case about the scope and limits of judicial power.

Religious Liberty

States Weigh Legislation to Let Businesses Refuse to Serve Gay Couples
Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder, New York Times

As it looks increasingly likely that the Supreme Court will establish a nationwide right to same-sex marriage later this year, state legislatures across the country are taking up bills that would make it easier for businesses and individuals to opt out of serving gay couples on religious grounds.

Sexuality Issues

Planet Fitness cancels woman’s membership after her complaints of transgender woman in locker room
Jessica Shepherd, MLive

A Midland County woman’s gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members “a man” was using the woman’s locker room.

US Army eases ban on transgender soldiers
German Lopez, Vox

The US Army on Friday made it more difficult to discharge openly serving transgender soldiers.

UK: Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds
BBC

Children from the age of 11 are to be taught about sexual consent under new government plans.


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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Southern Seminary – The office of deacon: Character

It’s often said that one of the most important aspects of leadership is simply showing up. Just be there, and people will follow. People like their leaders to be visible. This attests to the truism that leadership begins and ends with example.

It would be difficult to imagine a leadership role where this is more true than that of a deacon. A deacon’s example is his means of leadership. Since a deacon isn’t required to teach, his service is how he leads. He doesn’t lead with his mouth, but with his hands. And so the quality of a deacon’s life must be exemplary. He must be elder-like in his character.

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul lists seven qualities that must be true for a deacon. We’ll tackle the first four in this post. Paul starts with one positive characteristic, and then moves to three negatives.

The first thing Paul lists is the deacon’s dignity. Deacons can’t be silly and frivolous. Even in service and menial tasks, a deacon must carry himself with gravitas. Of course, he can laugh and smile and have fun, but when it comes time to serve, deacons must be serious, not glib or superficial. The diaconate doesn’t demand sullenness, but it does demand dignity.

The following three negative characteristics help us define what that dignity looks like. The deacon can’t be double-tongued. He must be trustworthy when he talks, not a whisperer or a gossip. His speech must be consistent, not duplicitous. People must know that their deacons are trustworthy, and that they tell the truth.

Next, the deacon can’t be addicted to much wine. In fact, deacons shouldn’t be addicted to anything. They must maintain control of their faculties, and not give control to any substance.

Lastly, a deacon’s dignity means he can’t love money. A deacon can’t be drunk with greed. This is important because deacons often handle a church’s finances. Money has the power to corrupt, so a deacon must beware the temptation of greed.

If someone’s dignity isn’t clear to all in the areas of speech, control, and finances, then he’s not qualified to be a deacon. He either sets a dignified example, or he’s no deacon at all.

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GTY Blog – Jonah: The Rogue Prophet

Jonah 1:1-17

Code: B150313

by John MacArthur

The sea is no place to go for peace and quiet. Modern meteorology has documented the destructive power rogue waves, tropical cyclones, microbursts, and other weather phenomena that pose unique threats to ships at sea. But the storm described in the first chapter of Jonah was different. It was personal.

While the Gentile sailors frantically scurried about, bailing water and tossing any unnecessary cargo overboard, a seemingly oblivious Hebrew prophet was sound asleep in the hold of the ship. The boat may have been tossing and turning, but, incredibly, Jonah was not. It was only the ship’s captain waking him that brought Jonah to conscious awareness of the chaos and deadly danger of the storm.

Once awake, however, Jonah soon found himself in even greater danger. When the crew cast lots to find who was to blame for angering the gods, Jonah was singled out and his suspicions were confirmed—he was God’s target in the tempest. This storm, in fact, had been sent by the Lord both to chastise him for his flagrant disobedience and to halt him from running farther away. With bewildered and anxious faces, the pagan sailors looked to Jonah for an explanation.

Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. (Jonah 1:8–10)

A short time earlier, perhaps only a few weeks or even days, the Lord had come to Jonah with a simple command, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me” (Jonah 1:2). The mandate was clear and direct: Preach a message of repentance or judgment to the Assyrians in their capital city of Nineveh.

For Jonah, however, submitting to that directive proved to be inordinately difficult. Instead of heading east toward Assyria, the reluctant prophet fled in the opposite direction. He boarded a ship bound for Tarshish—the westernmost port on the Mediterranean Sea, near modern-day Gibraltar in Spain. But he would soon learn in an astounding way that it is dangerous to try to outrun God (cf. Psalm 139:7–12).

Why Did He Run?

Jonah had his reasons for fleeing in the direction away from Nineveh. The Assyrian capital was situated along the Tigris River (in modern-day Iraq) and boasted a population of six hundred thousand—making it an exceptionally large metropolis for that time. The city was originally built by Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah, who was likely in charge of the building of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10:8–11, 11:1–9). It had become the capital city of a pagan enemy nation and represented everything evil that the Israelites hated.

Nineveh was as wicked as it was impressive. The Assyrians were a notoriously brutal and wicked people. Assyrian kings boasted of the horrific ways in which they massacred their enemies and mutilated their captives—from dismemberment to decapitation to burning prisoners alive to other indescribably gory forms of torture. They posed a clear and present danger to the national security of Israel. Only a few decades after Jonah’s mission, the Assyrians would conquer the northern tribes of Israel and take them into a captivity (in 722 B.C.) from which they would never return.

Jonah, who ministered in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II (ca. 793–758 B.C.), had prophesied that the borders of Israel would be restored through the military victories of their king (2 Kings 14:25). To subsequently take a message of repentance and hope to Israel’s hated pagan enemies was unthinkable. The Assyrians were a civilization of murderous terrorists bent on the violent annihilation of all who stood in their path. If anyone deserved God’s judgment, thought Jonah and the Israelites, it was the Ninevites. They were not worthy of divine compassion and forgiveness.

Of course, God was fully aware of Nineveh’s iniquity. In fact, a century after Jonah and the repentance of the Ninevites, the Lord would condemn a subsequent generation in that same city through the prophet Nahum for its arrogance, deception, idolatry, sensuality, and violence. But before dispensing His wrath on that future generation, God determined to first offer the people of Nineveh mercy and forgiveness through repentance and trust in Him. Jonah was commissioned to deliver that message.

But the rebellious prophet did not want to see Israel’s enemies receive mercy. He knew the Lord would forgive the Ninevites if they repented. And he hated that thought (cf. Jonah 4:2). So he determined not to offer that message to them and boarded a boat heading west.

Jonah’s hatred of sinners, regardless of how he rationalized it, put him in a dangerous position. As a prophet of God, he surely knew his duty—but he would rather take the chastening of the Lord (seeing it as the lesser evil) than be instrumental in Gentile conversions. That is a bizarre perspective for a preacher! Perhaps he also thought that by going far enough away, in the opposite direction, he would no longer be available for the task, and God would have to find someone else to go to Nineveh. He could not have been more wrong.

Man Overboard

Jonah’s attempt to run from God did not end well for the recalcitrant missionary. Spiritual rebellion reaps what it sows, as God reproves and corrects those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6). In Jonah’s case, that correction came swiftly and in dramatic fashion—as his Tarshish-bound vessel was suddenly engulfed by a furious storm.

After identifying Jonah as the target of the storm, the frightened sailors looked to him for a way to appease his angry God.

So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” (Jonah 1:11–12)

God would have been pleased if the prophet had fallen to his knees in repentance and promised to head back to Nineveh. Such a response surely would have stopped the waves. Jonah, however, stubbornly demanded to be thrown into the sea. In effect, he was saying he would rather die than fulfill his mission to the Ninevites. Sadly, the pagan sailors showed a lot more compassion to Jonah than he displayed toward the Assyrians. Rather than immediately tossing him overboard in hope of ending the danger, they attempted to fight the waves and row the ship to shore. Though kindly motivated, their efforts failed. With no other options, they submitted to Jonah’s request and

. . . called on the Lord and said, “We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.” So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. (vv. 14–15)

The supernatural character of the raging storm became immediately apparent as soon as Jonah hit the water—the wind instantly stopped and the massive waves flattened! The astonished sailors responded in reverent awe and repentant faith, “Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows” (v. 16).

Despite Jonah’s determined disobedience, God used him to display His power to a crew of Gentiles. The Lord would do the same for Nineveh—reaching that pagan population and bringing them to penitent faith by the same reluctant preacher.

Jonah was gone, and so was the storm. As he slipped beneath the ocean’s surface, the suicidal castaway surely thought he had escaped his unwanted mission. But the Lord was not done with him yet. Rather than allowing him to drown, “the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights” (v. 17).

(Adapted from Twelve Unlikely Heroes.)


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Cold Case Christianity: Four Reasons the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable (Free Bible Insert)

When I first examined the New Testament Gospels as an atheist, I was completely uninterested in their claims related to the Deity of Jesus. As a philosophical naturalist, I rejected the supernatural claims of these narratives. I was merely interested in mining the wisdom of Jesus as an ancient sage, in much the same way someone might read the words of Aristotle, Buddha or Bahá’u’lláh. But as I read the accounts as a detective, I became intrigued with features reminiscent of eyewitness accounts I’d investigated. Could these ancient narratives be true eyewitness statements, and if so, could I evaluate them as I had evaluated hundreds of witness statements in the past? This became an obsession and it eventually led to my becoming a Christian and writing the book, Cold-Case Christianity.

There are four criteria by which I typically assess eyewitness reliability. The Gospels “pass the test” in these important areas. For this reason, I believe there are four good reasons to accept them as reliable accounts:

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Truthbomb Apologetics Blog: Resurrection Research Links


ArticlesChristianity, the Resurrection, and the Mystery Religions by John Ankerberg and John Weldon

Contemporary Scholars and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Dr. William Lane Craig

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by Mike Licona

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ by Dr. Peter Kreeft

Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell

Explaining Away Jesus’ Resurrection: The Recent Revival of Hallucination Theories by Dr. Gary Habermas

Outlining the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth

The Case for Christ’s Resurrection by Dr. Gary Habermas

The Earliest Record for The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7 by Eric Chabot

The Resurrection as a Historical Problem by N.T. Wright

The Resurrection of Jesus Research Page by Christian CADRE

Audio

Claims of Jesus and Resurrection by Doug Groothuis

Did the Resurrection Happen? (Radio Interview) featuring Dr. Gary Habermas

Evidence for the Resurrection with Mike Licona

Resurrection of Jesus: Interview with Gary Habermas

The Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth by Dr. William Lane Craig

The Minimal Facts Approach by Dr. Gary Habermas

The Resurrection of Jesus by Tim McGrew

Debates

Gary Habermas vs. Kenneth Humphreys: Resurrection- Religious Fiction or Historical Fact? (2008)

Michael Licona vs. Richard Carrier Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (2010)

William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman: Is there Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? (2006)

William Lane Craig vs. James Crossley Debate: Was Jesus Bodily Raised from the Dead?

For more debates and outstanding apologetics audio, go here.

Video

Did Jesus Rise from the Grave? The Resurrection Reality featuring Lee Strobel

Did the Disciples Lie about the Resurrection? by J. Warner Wallace

Is There a Case for the Resurrection of Jesus? (7:30) featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

Investigating the Resurrection by Chad A. Gross

Making a Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by J. Warner Wallace

The Top Ten Myths about the Resurrection featuring Mike Licona [10 video series]

Things Which Ought To Be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus by Peter J. Williams

Was Jesus Really Crucified? (3:20) featuring Mike Licona

Was there Really an Empty Tomb? (3:00) featuring Mike Licona

What do Scholars believe about the Resurrection of Jesus? (4:26) featuring Dr. William Lane Craig

Why the Resurrection is Important (1:30) by Dr. Gary Habermas

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March 14, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Young Christian man tortured and beaten to death by Pakistani police

Police in Pakistan brutally murdered a young Christian man, 20-year-old Zubair, after torturing him at the Harbans Pura police station in Lahore’s Shera Kot District.


Two pastors in Sudan to be tried for evangelising Muslims

Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith have been transferred to prison from the security section in Khartoum after they were detained by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).


Operation Nehemiah: News Update #175

Italy – Italians worried about Islamic State threat against Rome
With Libya just 300 miles away from Sicily, 250 miles from Malta and only 100 miles from Lampedusa, Islamic State (IS) can easily reach Italy and Greece from the Libyan coast.


Son of Pakistani Christian Murdered by Police Following Theft Allegation

ICC Note:

A 20-year-old Pakistani Christian was tortured to death while in police custody after his mother was accused of theft by a Muslim employer. Christians in Pakistan are often mistreated by police and torture is not an uncommon report.


Police in India Accused of “Roughing Up” Peaceful Christian Protestors

ICC Note:

Police in India’s capital have been accused of “roughing up” peaceful Christians protestors demonstrating against the rise of Christian persecution in India. After a string of attacks on churches and Christian institutions in New Delhi, Christians took to the streets demanding police investigate the crimes against their community.


Islamic State ‘Accepts’ Boko Haram’s Allegiance Pledge

ICC Note: In an audio message awaiting confirmation of authenticity, a spokesperson for the Islamic State has accepted the pledge of allegiance from Nigeria-based, radical Islamist group Boko Haram


Michigan Mayor to Counter Atheist Booth by Distributing ‘In God We Trust’ Posters

ICC Note: Last year, a resident of Warren, Michigan and member of the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation requested the use of Warren’s city hall to create an atheist “reason station” next to the already established “prayer station.” Mayor Jim Fouts initially denied the request but was threatened with a lawsuit by FFRF, the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Supporting The Rights Of Christians And Other In Middle East

ICC Note: The incredible persecution of Christians around the world has captured the attention of religious and political leaders around the world. Ahead of a UN Security Council meeting next week, and a UN Human Rights Council meeting the Vatican and other groups have presented recommendations for what the international community can do to ensure the protection of religious communities in the Middle East that are on the verge of vanishing from their homelands.


Fresh assaults against Christians in Syria’s Khabur villages: Will you help them?

Islamic State (IS) jihadists have launched fresh attacks on several Christian villages that line the Khabur river in north-eastern Syria after crossing over to the north side of the river on 7 March.


Boko Haram declares allegiance to Islamic State

Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, has announced the group’s allegiance to the caliph of the Islamic State (IS), promising to “hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity”, in an audio statement posted online on 7 March.


Much Needed Aid for Christians in Iraq

As many as two hundred thousand Iraqi Christians were driven from their homes by ISIS. As winter set in the needs continued to be massive. Just putting basic food on the table was nearly impossible, much less to think of anything special for Christmas time.


Daily Prayer – Saturday 14 March 2015

“In spite of the silence of the media about Syria and mainly Aleppo, we are back to the early days of the war, where there is a lack of every essential thing: electricity, water, gas and fuel for heating in such a bitter winter.

Justified By Faith(fulness)??

The Reformed Reader

 (This is a slightly edited repost from August, 2008)

Today, many people like to talk about a “living faith” or a “faithful faith” or “obedient faith” which justifies.  Though some of these terms may be new, this discussion is not.  The Reformers rejected this type of language when they clearly taught (echoing Scripture) that a sinner is justified by faith alone, or apart from works (Rom. 3:28).   Horatius Bonar said it well:

“Faith may seem a slight thing to some; and they may wonder how salvation can flow from [simply] believing.  Hence they try to magnify it, to adore it, to add to it, in order that it may appear some great thing, something worthy of having salvation as its reward.  In doing so, they are actually transforming faith into a work, and introducing salvation by works under the name of faith.  They show that they understand neither the nature…

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Book review of Frank Turek’s “Stealing from God”

WINTERY KNIGHT

This book review was posted at Apologetics 315.

It says:

From the very onset of the book, it is clear that Turek has the so-called “new atheists” in his crosshairs and his main contention is that “atheists are using aspects of reality to argue against God that wouldn’t exist if atheism were true. In other words, when atheists give arguments for their atheistic worldview, they are stealing from a theistic worldview to make their case. In effect, they are stealing from God in order to argue against Him.” [p. xviii]

[…]The author explains that since stealing is a crime, and atheists are stealing from God to make their case, the book will use CRIMES [1] as an acrostic to demonstrate the intellectual crimes atheists are committing. Each letter in CRIMES is representative of “one or more aspects of reality that wouldn’t exist if atheism were true.” [xviii]
They are:

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Village Apologists: The Economy of Theonomy

Polemics Report

There are five primary schools of Christian Apologetics.  Classical Apologetics relies on philosophical arguments to demonstrate God’s existence.  Evidentialist Apologetics relies upon demonstrating the truth of Christianity through the evidence of history and science.  Reformed Epistemology relies upon the reasonableness of “properly basic” indefeasible internal beliefs to prove God’s existence.   Presuppositional Apologetics presupposes the truth of scripture and relies upon it to demonstrate that nonbelievers have a contradictory worldview.  Cumulative Case apologetics utilizes all the four of the previously mentioned schools.  Many in the reformed community, holding to an appropriately high view of scripture, are fond of using presuppositional apologetics.  To use this school of apologetics, one needn’t have a vast knowledge of history, science, and philosophy.  Rather, one must merely know the bible inside-and-out.  For faithful Christians, this is the easiest type of apologetics in which to engage because the faithful Christians spend their lives studying and learning God’s…

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Can atheists be moral? Sean McDowell and James Corbett debate

WINTERY KNIGHT

I got the audio for this debate from Apologetics 315, linked below.

Here is the MP3 file.

Sean’s case is similar to the one I make, but he only has 3 minimal requirements for morality.

First, he explains the difference between objective and subjective truth claims, and points out that statements of a moral nature are meaningless unless morality is objective. Then he states 3 things that are needed in order to ground objective morality.

  1. an objective moral standard
  2. free will
  3. objective moral value of humans

The question of the foundations of morality is without a doubt the easiest issue for beginning apologists to discuss with their neighbor. If you’re new, then you need to at least listen to his opening speech. He’s an excellent speaker, and his rebuttals are very, very smooth. The citations of atheist philosophers like Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, e.g. – to show that “religious” wars…

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On Not Raising Narcissistic Children

The Reformed Reader

Last week I mentioned a helpful book for parents on how to “unspoil” their children (HERE).  Along those same lines I found some helpful parenting advice in Keith Campbell and Jean Twenge’s The Narcissism Epidemic.  This is not a Christian resource for parenting, but it should be read alongside Christian parenting books and the biblical principles for parenting.  Here are some (edited) steps that Campbell and Twenge give to help “temper narcissistic impulses” in our children:

1) Say no, and mean it.  There’s nothing wrong with saying no to your child.  If you say no and your child whines and screams and then you give in, you’ve just taught your child that whining and screaming is effective.

2) Don’t give your child too much power.  Five-year-olds should not be picking out the family car, their bed, or even their own clothes all the time.  …Yes…

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Three: Saturday)

Saturday

Day 22: Did Paul actually see the risen Jesus, or did he simply have some sort of vision – one that was not visible to his companions?

Confession: Psalm 143:7–11

Quickly answer me, O Yahweh;

my spirit fails.

Do not hide your face from me,

or I will become

like those descending to the pit.

Cause me to hear your loyal love in the morning,

for I trust you.

Cause me to know the way that I should go,

for I lift up my soul to you.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Yahweh.

I take refuge in you.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;

your Spirit is good.

Lead me onto level ground.

For your name’s sake, O Yahweh, preserve my life;

in your righteousness bring me out of trouble.

Reading: Mark 13:1–8

And as he was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What great stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another stone that will not be thrown down!”

And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” So Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that no one deceives you! Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and they will deceive many. And when you hear about wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines. These things are the beginning of birth pains.”

Reflection

The great charge against Jesus—which His accusers brought forward—was that He said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days” (Matt 26:61 nrsv). But in so saying, He spoke of the temple of His body. They thought, not being able to understand the meaning of the speaker, that His reference was to the temple of stone. This temple was treated by the Jews with greater respect than He was who ought to have been honored as the true temple of God—the Word, the sisdom, and the truth.

And who can say that “Jesus attempted to make His escape by disgracefully concealing Himself”? Let any one point to an act deserving to be called disgraceful. And when he adds, “He was taken prisoner,” I would say that—if to be taken prisoner implies an act done against one’s will—then Jesus was not taken prisoner. For at the fitting time, He did not prevent Himself falling into the hands of men as the Lamb of God—that He might take away the sin of the world.

—Origen

Origen Against Celsus

Response

Reflect on the sins in your life and how Christ’s willing payment of your debts frees you to serve God with thankfulness. What is your response to His sacrifice? How does the hope of His resurrection transform your life right now?[1]

 

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

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