Daily Archives: June 21, 2015

William Lane Craig offers advice to Christians considering marriage

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This post is a 3 in one: one lecture, one question and answer, and another lecture – all on different topics. My friend Neil S. requested this so I’m posting it.

I got this lecture from the Reasonable Faith web site.

Dr. William Lane Craig is the top living Christian apologist and debater in the world today, and has 2 Masters degrees and 2 Ph.Ds. He also has scores of academic publications including books from Oxford University Press, etc.

The MP3 file is here. (14.5 Mb, about 41 minutes)

Topics:

  • the stresses of ministry on marriages
  • the Christian position on divorce
  • balancing marriage with academic pursuits
  • the importance of marrying the right person
  • Dr. Craig’s politically incorrect advice for choosing a spouse
  • Advice for men: Marry someone who believes in you and who supports you in your calling
  • Advice for women: Be the kind of person who can commit…

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Dylann Roof and the Gospel’s Advance

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Little did Dylann Roofknow that his actions would cause the Gospel to advance. Just think about how much we are hearing the Gospel and Christ’s offer of forgiveness through the media as a result of his actions. When Christians are persecuted, Jesus is made known, and it’s all part of His sovereign plan. Paul rejoiced in his persecution in light of this fact:

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, – Philippians 1:12

I don’t presume to know where those nine church-goers are now, but I am prepared to “believe all things, hope all things” (1 Cor. 13:7) based on what I’ve heard of the testimonies of those they left behind (not to mention their families’ readiness to forgive Roof, thus demonstrating the love and forgiveness of Christ. And, ironically, Roof has likely never had so many…

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June 20-21, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend News/Commentary Collection

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Top News – 6/21/2015

Islamic State crisis: ‘Mines planted in Syria’s Palmyra’
Islamic State (IS) militants have planted landmines and explosives around the ancient Palmyra ruins, according to a group that monitors the war in Syria. Activists said it was unclear whether IS had laid the bombs to destroy the ruins or make the site secure from Syrian government forces. IS fighters seized the city, which is one of the most important historic sites in the Middle East, in May.

Afghans counter Taliban offensive in northern Kunduz province
Government forces in northern Afghanistan have launched a counter-offensive against the Taliban, after they took control of a key district. Chardara is just a few kilometres from the city of Kunduz, and a major road to the capital Kabul runs through it. A Taliban website showed militants parading around a well-fortified police post they had seized.

Somalia jihadists al-Shabab launch Mogadishu attack
The Somali jihadist group al-Shabab has carried out an attack in the country’s capital Mogadishu. A suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked a training centre for the national intelligence agency on Sunday morning. Government officials said that soldiers “foiled the attack” and at least three militants died.

Netanyahu: Int’l peace proposals are forced on Israel, push it to indefensible borders
…Ahead of a visit by French Foreign Minister…Netanyahu said that “in the international proposals that are presented to us, and in fact forced upon us, there is no real addressing Israel’s security needs and its other national interests.” “They simply try to push us to indefensible borders, while completely ignoring what will exist on the other side of the border,” he said.

State of fear: Survivors tell of life under IS rule
When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble. Buthaina Ibrahim was an outspoken human rights advocate who had once run for the provincial council in Mosul. The IS fighters demanded she apply for a “repentance card.” Under the rule of the extremist group, all former police officers, soldiers and people whose activities are deemed “heretical” must sign the card and carry it with them at all times.

Ten shot, one killed, at Detroit block party: report
Ten people were shot, one of them fatally, at a block party in Detroit on Saturday, the Detroit Free Press reported on its web site. Three of the victims were women who ranged from ages 26 to 45, the newspaper said, citing police, who did not yet know the motive.

Roadside blast kills 14 family members in Afghanistan
A roadside bomb killed at least 14 members of an Afghan family, including women and children, in the country’s volatile south on Saturday, officials said, in the first major attack in the holy month of Ramazan.

How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight
Pope Francis was about to take a major step backing the science behind ­human-driven global warming, and Philippe de Larminat was determined to change his mind. After securing a high-level meeting at the Vatican, he was told that, space permitting, he could join. He bought a plane ticket from Paris to Rome. But five days before the April 28 summit, de Larminat said, he received an e-mail saying there was no space left. It came after other scientists — as well as the powerful Vatican bureaucrat in charge of the academy — insisted he had no business being there.

How Hillary “Identifies”
White? check. Woman? check. “Poor Progressive”? hhmm….

Meanwhile, Greece Is Quietly Printing Billions Of Euros
So, it is literally “deal or no deal” time, because if JPM is correct and eligible collateral was either exhausted two weeks ago or, in the best case scenario, is right at the limit, capital controls will need to be put in place as early as Tuesday at which point the ATMs will officially stop dispensing freshly-minted euros which, incidentally, brings up an important point. As Barclays notes, during the same period over which Greek banks lost nearly €30 billion in deposits, banknotes in circulation jumped by some €13 billion. In short, because Greeks are increasingly prone to stuffing their euros in mattresses, a large proportion of the deposit flight has come in the form of hard currency withdrawals, meaning the Bank of Greece is forced to (literally) print billions in physical banknotes:

Protesters throng London to oppose new UK government’s austerity plan
Tens of thousands of anti-austerity protesters massed outside Britain’s parliament on Saturday to demonstrate against the newly re-elected Conservative government’s plans for further public spending cuts.

Franklin Graham: ‘Godless’ Hollywood Causing Gun Violence
The only way to heal the nation after the massacre at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is to pass laws keeping “godless Hollywood” from “poisoning the minds of our young people” through violent films and video games, the Rev. Franklin Graham said Saturday.

Death toll from Mumbai liquor poisoning rises to 90
The death toll from India’s latest incident of mass alcohol poisoning following the consumption of toxic homemade liquor rose to 90 on Saturday, Mumbai


Top Headlines – 6/21/2015

Israeli-Palestinian conflict at risk of being set ‘ablaze’ without talks, French FM says

Does the State Department Terror Report Contain a Subtle Slap at Israel?

IAF chief: We will attack Hezbollah, Hamas targets in civilian areas if necessary

Sisi expects Assad regime in Syria to fall ‘at any moment’

A year on, no quick fix to halt IS ‘caliphate’

US struggling to recruit Iraqi troops to fight Isis, Pentagon chief admits

Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to ISIS fight

Angelina Jolie calls for international help for Syrian refugees living in Turkey camps

Steinitz: US report on Iran terrorism should end delusions about nuclear program

Arab theater asks EU for funds after state cancels subsidies over play about terrorist

Dutch populist blames ‘misunderstanding’ as Mohammed cartoons not aired

Christian Pastor Faces Prosecution in the UK for ‘Islamophobia,’ Calling Islam ‘Satanic’ and ‘Spawn of the Devil’

Saudi Arabia warns citizens against sharing ‘faked’ documents after Wikileaks release

Car Bombing in Yemen’s Capital Kills at Least 2

Roadside bomb kills 14 family members in Afghanistan’s Marja district

‘Distraught’ man kills three by driving car into pedestrians in Austria

NRA official blames slain South Carolina pastor for Charleston church shooting because he opposed concealed firearms

Nearly All Mass Shootings Have 1 Thing in Common… And It Isn’t the Weapon

Hillary Clinton Calls for “Common Sense” Gun Control, Decries “Institutional Racism”

Dylann Roof’s racist manifesto: ‘I have no choice’

Racist manifesto: ‘Jewish identity’ should be destroyed

Racist online manifesto mentions Charleston, includes images of Roof

Hundreds march in Charleston, Columbia to take down Confederate flag

Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt

Weekend of Fear in Greece as Banks, People Live Day to Day

As Greece stares into the abyss, has Spain escaped from crisis?

Thousands march in London against new UK government’s austerity plan

Earth’s Mysteriously Light Core Contains Brimstone

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Makry Gialos, Greece

A series of earthquakes rattle residents of Central Oklahoma

Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 24,000ft

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Bill’s Tropical Moisture to Trigger Storms, Flooding From the Mid-Atlantic to New England

Houses, Trees Wash Away From Massive Floodwaters in China

Obama’s penchant for desert golf faces scrutiny in drought

Capitol Hill abuzz after 15,000 honey bees swarm Senate entrance

How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

Feds Announce Largest Ever Criminal Medical Fraud Takedown

RMSF Epidemic hits Arizona – children account for half the lives lost

Colorado teen dies from rare case of plague

Chicago warns gay men to vaccinate against meningitis ahead of pride week

Turmoil Only Sure Thing If Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage

More Texas Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics Nearing Shut-Down

International Yoga Day: Yoga is important for evolution of humans, says India’s PM Narendra Modi


Top News – 6/20/2015

Second CME Extends G1 Watch, Now Valid 22-23 June
A second CME observed early 19 June is expected to arrive early on 23 June so the G1-Minor Watch has been extended to include this date. Stay tuned to see how these events unfold!

Texas and the gold bugs: Is the Lone Star State preparing to secede at last?
Late last week, the Republican governor signed a bill establishing the first state-run gold depository in the nation. The Texas Gold Depository will position itself as an alternative to the U.S. government’s Fort Knox and the vault beneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Shallow quake of 6.4 magnitude strikes off Chile – USGS
A shallow earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck off Chile on Friday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Seven Earthquakes Rock Logan Co.
The US Geological Survey says there were at least seven earthquakes centered just south of Guthrie. But, the largest was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that struck at approximately 12:10 a.m. Its epicenter was located seven miles south of Guthrie, nine miles north northeast of Edmond, and 21 miles north northeast of Oklahoma City.

Give children under 12 the right to die, say Dutch paediatricians
Doctors in the Netherlands have called for terminally ill young children to be given the right to die. The Netherlands is one of few countries in the world where euthanasia is permitted for terminally ill patients. But the Dutch Paediatric Association said that existing laws do not go far enough and called for an age limit to be scrapped.

School lunch program scans student thumbprints for ‘tracking purposes’
A Pennsylvania school district is scanning students’ thumbprints, tracking all of their lunch purchases, and turning the data over to the federal government. The Hazleton Area School District recently announced it would be providing free meals to all students, regardless of need.

Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent
A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics…found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.

Russia warns Sweden it will face military action if it joins Nato
Russia would take military “countermeasures” if Sweden were to join Nato, according to the Russian ambassodor. …Viktor Tatarinstev warned against joining the Nato alliance, saying there would be “consequences”. Decrying what he called an “aggressive propaganda campaign” by the media, Tatarinstev stressed that “Sweden is not a target for our armed troops”.

What next in Hong Kong-Beijing democracy tussle?
Lawmakers in Hong Kong have rejected a highly controversial proposal by the government to change the way the territory chooses its top leader. The vote failed after only eight members of the Legislative Council voted for the motion, with 28 against it. Most of the other lawmakers in the 70-member council staged a dramatic walkout.

West Bank shooting leaves Israeli man dead, another wounded
One Israeli civilian has been killed and another wounded in a shooting attack believed to have been carried out by a Palestinian gunman in the occupied West Bank on Friday, hospital and security officials said. The men, both 25, were shot at in their car near the Jewish settlement of Dolev in the central West Bank.

Greece could be forced to lock down savers’ cash as debt crisis worsens
Greece’s central bank has issued the clearest warning yet that the country is on course to default on its sovereign debt at the end of the month and crash out of the single currency, while finance ministers across Europe also confirmed they are making contingency plans for a messy ending to the crisis.

US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears
Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

Why isn’t suspected Charleston shooter Dylann Roof called a terrorist?
The white man who was charged with nine counts of murder Friday after opening fire on a Bible study group held in a historically African-American church has been tied to racist ideologies and has reportedly confessed to the shooting, telling investigators that he “wanted to start a race war.”

Moment of truth nears for nuclear waste time bomb
More than half a century after the world’s first commercial nuclear plant went into operation in the United States, the industry may finally be nearing a way to store radioactive waste underground permanently.

Netanyahu denounces UN’s Ban over Gaza children remarks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday denounced what he called the “hypocrisy” of the United Nations after UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Israel protect the lives of children in Gaza.


Top Headlines – 6/20/2015

US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears

US details Iran funding of terror proxies targeting Israel in new report

Herzog to French FM: Israel, world will pay heavy price for mistake in Iran negotiations

French FM Headed to Middle East for Peace Push

PA says it will hand ‘incriminating evidence’ against Israel to ICC

Netanyahu: We cannot be disillusioned by relative peace, attempts to hurt us are constant

Bayit Yehudi MK: Freezing of settlement construction interpreted as weakness by terrorists

One Israeli shot dead, one wounded in West Bank terror attack

Cell claiming Hamas ties says it killed Israeli in West Bank

Hamas Welcomes Shooting Attack as ‘Heroic Operation’

Rivlin: West Bank shooting another step in escalation

UN Envoy Urges ‘Restraint’ After Shooting Attack

Jihadists staged mock executions before killing Israeli ‘spy’

As minorities come under attack, Hezbollah portrays itself as their defender

ISIS Holds 227 Assyrian Christians Hostage as World Watches Genocidal ‘Ethno-Religious Cleansing in the Middle East,’ Says Relief Worker

Billions already spent on war against ISIS despite strategy concerns

US man arrested for attempting to provide support to Islamic State

Terror Report: Attacks soared in 2014 as ISIS, Boko Haram unleashed violence

Syrian insurgents claim to have begun campaign to take Aleppo

Putin reaffirms support for Syria’s Assad, hopes for Iran deal soon

WikiLeaks publishes more than 60,000 leaked diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia

Leaked Saudi diplomatic cables reveal skepticism on Iran nuke talks

UN needs over $1.6 bln to tackle looming catastrophe in Yemen

US says Yemen talks ‘useful start’ to what may be long process

Yemen peace talks end with no deal

Yemeni foreign minister says no ceasefire agreed, blames Houthis

Al Shabaab kills 8 officers in Somali police station raid

77 Civilians Killed in Burundi Unrest, Says Rights Activist

Pakistan Army Chief: Terrorists, Their Facilitators Will Be Brought to Justice

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders vows to broadcast cartoons of prophet Muhammad on TV

Cameron: Some UK Muslims ‘quietly condone’ IS ideology

Houston Teachers, Students Prepare For New Arabic Immersion School

Russia warns Sweden it will face military action if it joins Nato

Moscow views EU decision to extend sanctions against Crimea as economic, political blackmail

Cybertheft and island-building stoke US-China tensions ahead of high-level talks in Washington

School installs microphone network to detect gunfire: ‘Next wave of student safety’

Uber Bans Weapons in Cars Amid Gun-Control Debate

Nikki Haley: Death Penalty for Charleston shooter Roof, Not Gun Control

‘Repent, Give your Life to Christ;’ Relatives of Charleston Church Massacre Victims Forgive Dylann Roof at Bond Hearing

Charleston shooting prompts gun-rights supporters to call for more concealed-carry at churches

Obama rejects mass shootings as ‘new normal’ in America

Obama says he’s not ‘resigned’ to losing gun-control battle

Charleston shooting: Barack Obama says US gun laws will ‘eventually’ change

Why isn’t suspected Charleston shooter Dylann Roof called a terrorist? Suspects tied to Islam are labeled terror, but white suspects are often seen as mentally ill.

Obama says South Carolina shooting shows racism remains a ‘blight’ in US

Some blacks feel fatigued after barrage of racial incidents

Senators Want Answers: 121 Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation, Now Charged With Murder

GOP Senators Demand ICE Answers on Repeat-Offender Criminal Illegals

Greek Island Swamped by Refugee Flood; No Relief in Sight

French invent robots to replace border police

Unemployment rates rose in half of US states last month

Obama Looks to Mayors to Bypass Congress on Economic Agenda

Ron Paul: Stock market ‘day of reckoning’ is near

Fed’s Williams: Greek woes pose worrisome ‘tail risk’ to U.S

Greece says ECB won’t let its banks collapse

ECB boosts emergency funding as Greek banks bleed, Tsipras calm

Russia willing to consider loans to Greece

Aliens are out there and Area 51 is real, head of Nasa says

USGS: Shallow quake of 6.4 magnitude strikes off Chile

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Earthquake warning issued for Reykjanes peninsula

Watch pyroclastic flow surge down the hillside during Sinabung volcano eruption

Japan’s Mount Shindake erupts for second time

Flooding From Bill May Spread From St. Louis to NYC, DC

Moment of truth nears for nuclear waste time bomb

Study warns of sixth mass extinction: ‘Species disappearing at alarming rate, human race at danger’

Pets can contract Lyme disease: Sudbury vet

Tick Infection Epidemic Among American Indian Tribes in Arizona: CDC

West Nile virus a concern following heavy rains

Thailand says 175 people had exposure to its MERS case

Company Stops Testing of Ebola Drug in Sierra Leone

New York to require schoolkids receive meningitis vaccine

Study says repealing ‘Obamacare’ would add to budget deficit

Dutch Pediatricians Want to Allow Doctors to Euthanize Children Under 12

Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

Huckabee: Gay Marriage Could Criminalize Christianity

Texas Supreme Court allows same-sex divorce

Google cracks down on ‘revenge porn’ under new nudity policy

Pope Francis Warns That Social Media Produces ‘Mental Pollution’

Latest species to be tracked in national parks: Homo sapiens

School lunch program scans student thumbprints for ‘tracking purposes’


Illegal Immigration Nightmare: Obama Has Been Releasing 1000s Of Convicted Criminals Back Into Our Communities

Obama LaughingWhy has Barack Obama been releasing thousands of illegal immigrants that have been convicted of crimes back on to the streets of our cities?  According to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, more than 36,000 were released from custody in Fiscal Year 2013 alone.  These individuals were actually convicted of committing crimes, and many of them went on to commit new crimes once they were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  In fact, Senator Grassley says that 121 of the criminals that were released during Fiscal Year 2013 were subsequently charged with committing murder.  That means that more than 100 American citizens are now dead because of Obama’s foolish policies.  Why is Obama doing this?  He knows that one out of every five illegal immigrants has a criminal record, and he knows that many of these convicted criminals that he is releasing will go on to commit new crimes.  What possible justification could Obama have for doing this to our communities? (Read More…)


Signs Of Financial Turmoil In Europe, China And The United States

Earth In Peril - Public DomainAs we move toward the second half of 2015, signs of financial turmoil are appearing all over the globe.  In Greece, a full blown bank run is happening right now.  Approximately 2 billion euros were pulled out of Greek banks in just the past three days, Barclays says that capital controls are “imminent” unless a debt deal is struck, and there are reports that preparations are being made for a “bank holiday” in Greece.  Meanwhile, Chinese stocks are absolutely crashing.  The Shanghai Composite Index was down more than 13 percent this week alone.  That was the largest one week decline since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.  In the U.S., stocks aren’t crashing yet, but we just witnessed one of the largest one week outflows of capital from the bond markets that we have ever witnessed.  Slowly but surely, we are starting to see the smart money head for the exits.  As one Swedish fund manager put it recently, everyone wants “to avoid being caught on the wrong side of markets once the herd realizes stocks are over-valued“. (Read More….)


Every Mass Shooting Has One Thing in Common – LewRockwell.com

Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and it’s not the weapons used.

The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more than a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. http://www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 “ Mainstream Media “ reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs.

The following list of mass shooting perpetrators and the drugs they were taking or had been taking shortly before their horrific actions was compiled and published to Facebook by John Noveske, founder and owner of Noveske Rifleworks just days before he was mysteriously killed in a single car accident. Is there a link between Noveske’s death and his “outting” of information numerous disparate parties would prefer to suppress, for a variety of reasons?

I leave that to the individual readers to decide. But there is most certainly a documented history of people who “knew to much” or were considered a “threat” dying under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances.

From Katherine Smith, a Tennessee DMV worker who was somehow involved with several 9/11 hijackers obtaining Tennessee Drivers Licenses, and was later found burned to death in her car, to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb, who exposed a CIA Operation in the 80’s that resulted in the flooding of LA Streets with crack cocaine and was later found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head, but was officially ruled as a “suicide“, to Frank Olson, a senior research micro biologist who was working on the CIA’s mind control research program MKULTRA.

After Olson expressed his desire to leave the program, he was with a CIA agent in a New York hotel room, and is alleged to have committed “suicide” by throwing himself off the tenth floor balcony. In 1994, Olson’s sons were successful in their efforts to have their fathers body exhumed and re examined in a second autopsy by James Starrs, Professor of Law and Forensic science at the National Law Center at George Washington University. Starr’s team concluded that the blunt force trauma to the head and injury to the chest had not occurred during the fall but most likely in the room before the fall. The evidence was called “rankly and starkly suggestive of homicide.” Based on his findings, in 1996 the Manhattan District Attorney opened a homicide investigation into Olson’s death, but was unable to find enough evidence to bring charges.

As I said, I leave it to the individual readers to make up their own minds if Noveske suffered a similar fate. On to the list of mass shooters and the stark link to psychotropic drugs.

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The Stock Market’s Day of Reckoning – LewRockwell.com

“I am utterly amazed at how the Federal Reserve can play havoc with the market,” Paul said on CNBC’s “Futures Now” on Friday morning. The S&P 500 closed near its all-time high Thursday. “I look at it as being very unstable,” says Paul. “The fallacy of economic planning” has created such a “horrendous bubble,” that when it pops there will be “chaos.”

RON PAUL: You don’t know the timeline on this, it could be tomorrow, it could be a month, or it could be a couple years from now, because it all depends on a psychological acceptance of the system. So a lot of people who are still making a lot of money know the system is not going to collapse, but they figure that if everybody else thinks it is going to collapse, just keep owning bonds and buying stocks. Next week they may sell them all again!

I don’t think there’s any way to know what the time is, but after 35 years of a gigantic bull market in bonds, believe me they cannot reverse history and they cannot print money forever, seed the market forever. Eventually, the markets will rule. And of course that is only a question of when this will happen.

Of course, I run a little bit scared, I think there will be a day of reckoning…

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Americans Have Lost Confidence … in Everything

Time to put confidence in God . . .

All in all, it’s a picture of a nation discouraged about its present and worried about its future, and highly doubtful that its institutions can pull America out of its trough.

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Security Expert: My Fear Is That More Churches Will Be Targeted

And one of the nation’s foremost experts in church security fears the Charleston massacre could only be the beginning.

“Violence directed against the church has been growing over the past decade,” said Tim Miller, the president of LionHeart International Services Group. “My fear is what we saw in Charleston is one incident of many more to come.”

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‘I Forgive You’: Families of Charleston Shooting Victims Urge Killer to Repent, Trust Christ

Christian News Network reports:

Family members of those who were shot and killed Wednesday night during a Bible study at a historic African American church in South Carolina addressed the gunman on Friday, forgiving him and calling him to repentance and faith in Christ.

“You took something very precious from me,” declared Nadine Collier, daughter of victim Ethel Lance, during a bond hearing in which gunman Dylann Roof, 21, appeared via video. “I will never talk to her again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you and have mercy on your soul.”

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“Manifesto” where killer unveils Charleston as target of church massacre

Berean Research reports:

Several photos of mass-murder suspect Dylann Roof burning an American flag and posing with weapons at Confederate gravesites are shown in a piece over at Daily Mail (DM). Also included is a racist manifesto but it is unclear whether it was written by Roof. There’s no two ways about it — Dylann Roof is in the grip of evil.

Before I get to the article, I need to remind my brothers and sisters that we are not to be surprised by all the evil in the world, we are to expect it. The Bible tells us that since the fall of mankind a battle has been raging in the invisible realm between two opposing forces– good and evil. (Ephesians 6:10-19) The aim of the evil forces (Satan and his demons) is to deceive, devour and destroy. God’s people are aware of the spiritual battle. We know we’re being assaulted. We know we need protection from the enemies of the Cross, both spiritual and human. That protection comes from wearing what the Apostle Paul called spiritual armor. So every day, without fail, get dressed! By that I mean “put on the full armor of God.” This is not an option, brethren, it’s a command!

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40 People, Mostly Kids, Sick After Visiting Northern California Water Park

Posted: 20 Jun 2015 08:30 AM PDT

BREAKING NEWS – A water park in northern California is closed after dozens of people there became sick Thursday afternoon, officials said. Seventeen people, mostly children, were transported to the hospital and released after they went to the Prewett Family Park in Antioch, California; another 23 were treated onsite, according to Randall Sawyer, Contra Costa Health Services’ chief environmental health and hazardous materials officer.

One witness told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco that he heard a child screaming and complaining of a burning throat and a number of children began vomiting. The facility, which is managed by the city of Antioch, includes five pools for fitness and swimming instruction, plus slides and attractions. Officials believe people were exposed to a high level of sodium hypochlorite, which is a form of chlorine.

“Every few years we do get something that happens like this,” said Robert Marshall, fire marshal for the Contra Costa County fire protection district. “We have several water parks. It’s not unheard of. This one is unusual because of the number of people.” The city’s hazardous materials and environmental health team is working with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, to find the cause of the exposure, Sawyer told ABC News. He said the investigation is ongoing and the city is expected to make any necessary changes so an incident like this doesn’t happen again. FULL REPORT

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Obama thinks Confederate flag ‘belongs in a museum’Posted: 20 Jun 2015 08:25 AM PDT

President Obama believes the Confederate flag “belongs in a museum,” the White House said Friday amid calls for it to be taken down, following a mass shooting in South Carolina. “The president has said before he believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, and that is still his position,” spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One. A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., has renewed the debate over whether the Confederate battle flag should continue to fly in the state. The suspected shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, reportedly drove a car with Confederate flag license plates.

And while the U.S. and South Carolina flags were lowered to half-staff following the shooting, the Confederate flag that flies near the state capitol flew at full height, a move that drew criticism. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s office said Thursday she could not lower the flag without approval from the state legislature. The GOP governor has dismissed calls to remove it in the past. FULL REPORT

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Thousands March in Central London to Protest AusterityPosted: 20 Jun 2015 08:13 AM PDT

Thousands marched in central London Saturday to protest against British government austerity programs and spending cuts in a massive show of force meant to win attention to the plight of the poor. The march began with a festive mood. Red flares exploded as the rally got underway at the Bank of England, sending plumes of scarlet smoke through the financial district’s narrow and winding streets. Brass musicians offered a tune as demonstrators waved placards, balloons and banners on the way to Parliament Square.

The event is intended to vent outrage, albeit peacefully, over the Conservative government’s plan to slash millions of pounds in public spending to address the deficit, which ballooned after the nation rescued its troubled banks during the 2008 financial crisis. Social activists, union leaders and campaign groups joined forces to protest cuts in public services, welfare and education that are expected when the government unveils its budget next month. Demonstrators argue the public is being punished for a crisis it did not cause. FULL REPORT

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Weekend Of Fear In Greece As Monday Brings Salvation Or RuinPosted: 20 Jun 2015 08:07 AM PDT

Dorothea Lambros stood outside an HSBC branch in central Athens on Friday afternoon, an envelope stuffed with cash in one hand and a 38,000 euro ($43,000) cashier’s check in the other. She was a few minutes too late to make her deposit at the London-based bank. She was too scared to take her life-savings back to her Greek bank.

She worried it wouldn’t survive the weekend. “I don’t know what happens on Monday,” said Lambros, a 58-year-old government employee. Nobody does. Every shifting deadline, every last-gasp effort has built up to this: a nation that went to sleep on Friday not knowing what Monday will bring. A deal, or more brinkmanship. Shuttered banks and empty cash machines, or a few more days of euros in their pockets and drachmas in their past – – and maybe their future. FULL REPORT

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Woman Who Caught Dylann Roof: ‘It Was God Who Made This Happen’Posted: 19 Jun 2015 08:26 PM PDT

Debbie Dills was just going about her day when she felt the Holy Spirit prompting her to look closer. The North Carolina woman was driving along when she noticed a South Carolina license plate in front of her. And in that moment, she knew that God was using her to help in the manhunt for Dylann Roof,

who has confessed to brutally murdering nine people at an AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. “I know that all the way. It was Him from the beginning, it was Him from the time I left my house this morning,” says Dills. FULL REPORT

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Tylenol’s Pro-Gay Campaign Aims to Change Face of American FamilyPosted: 19 Jun 2015 08:20 PM PDT

DAYS OF LOT – Gay and lesbian couples are featured prominently in Tylenol’s new #HowWeFamily campaign, which aims to change the face of the American family. A same-sex prom couple and two gay dads with a baby are among those featured in the campaign’s first TV ad. A voiceover declares, “Family isn’t defined by who you love, but how.” Tylenol is glorifying all modern family types by stating a family is based on love not traditional marriage, and then showing gay couples with their children. One Million Moms believes family is based on love, but this does not justify normalizing sin. 1MM does not agree with the need for Tylenol to support same-sex marriages or couples.

Plus, Tylenol recently used a lesbian couple shown nose to nose in a printed magazine ad. It was included in Good Housekeeping’s June 2015 issue on page 21, to name one example. At the bottom of the ad it states that Tylenol is a national corporate partner with the Human Rights Campaign. Companies should advertise the quality of their products, or in this case, how and when to take a medication and why it works. They should not be highlighting who is attracted to whom or who sleeps with whom. This is a marketing decision Tylenol will regret. FULL REPORT

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‘God Allows Terrorists to Strike,’ Says Billy Graham’s DaughterPosted: 19 Jun 2015 08:16 PM PDT

Because we have turned our faces from God and our attention to superficial and often sinful pursuits, He has removed his protective covering and allows acts of terror and mass murder to occur, according to evangelist and author Anne Graham Lotz. Most of Americans only cry out to God in the event of a tragedy such as 9/11 or Wednesday’s mass murder at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, ignoring Him and His ways the rest of the time.

“In the days of Noah, they were eating, drinking, getting married. There is nothing wrong with any of that. All of those are normal everyday activities. But in Noah’s day they did it all apart from God,” Lotz said on Jan Markell’s Understanding End Times radio program. “There was no acknowledgment of God. God was irrelevant to them. … I think that is where we are today.” Preoccupied as our culture is with celebrities, entertainment and media-fueled controversies, we neglect to give God the attention He deserves, she argues. FULL REPORT

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Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their ConsentPosted: 19 Jun 2015 08:01 PM PDT

A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.

In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of the cases because he/she was comatose, had dementia, or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest,” according to the study. Belgium passed the Euthanasia Act in 2002, which states that only voluntary euthanasia is legally permissible. FULL REPORT

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Dylann Roof Is The 21st American Mass Shooting Killer Since Obama Became PresidentPosted: 19 Jun 2015 07:57 PM PDT

When you add up the numbers, a very disturbing picture of Obama’s presidency begins to unfold. He was elected as the “racial uniter”, the Nobel Peace Prize president who was going to“stop the rise of the oceans” and “heal our planet.”

Yet his 6 and one half years of occupying the desk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue hide a sinister statistic – America has had 20 mass shootings since he became president, and yesterday’s shooting in Charleston now brings that total to 21. And since this is a list of shootings only, it does not include the Boston Bombing Massacre that Obama used to roll out martial law for a 24-hour period in Boston. How do you explain that? FULL REPORT

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21 of the world’s 37 biggest sources of drinking water are on the verge of disappearingPosted: 19 Jun 2015 07:51 PM PDT

The world is running out of water. New NASA satellite data shows that a majority of the world’s largest underground aquifers — the predominant source of our drinking water — are being depleted faster than they can be refilled. From its recent 2003 to 2013 study, NASA concluded that 21 of the 37 largest aquifers (underground reservoirs that store groundwater from rain and snow) are running out too fast to be replenished. An additional 13 are declining at a rate that puts them in a category NASA calls the “most troubled.”

Here’s a map from the report showing the 37 largest aquifers in the world and their state of depletion. Red indicates aquifers that are being depleted faster than they can be replenished (in millimeters). Cream indicates aquifers that have remained relatively stable, and blue aquifers are in good shape: FULL REPORT

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Dylann Roof Is The 21st American Mass Shooting Killer Since Obama Became President

Obama using tragedy as excuse for enacting gun control

When you add up the numbers, a very disturbing picture of Obama’s presidency begins to unfold. He was elected as the “racial uniter”, the Nobel Peace Prize president who was going to“stop the rise of the oceans” and “heal our planet.”

Yet his 5 and one half years of occupying the desk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue hide a sinister statistic – America has had 20 mass shootings since he became president, and yesterday’s mass killing in Charleston now brings that total to 21. And since this is a list of shootings only, it does not include the Boston Bombing Massacre that Obama used to roll out martial law for a 24-hour period in Boston. How do you explain that?

June 17, 2015 — Charleston, SC — 9 dead. Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire inside a historically Black church in Charleston, S.C., killing 9. The next morning, Obama spoke from the White House about the shooting. “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is the time for mourning and for healing,” he said.

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HERE ARE THE OTHER 20 MASS SHOOTINGS SINCE 2009:

February 10, 2015 — Chapel Hill, NC — 3 dead. Craig Hicks allegedly shot three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. Three days later, Obama issued a statement. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” he said.

May 23, 2014 — University of California, Santa Barbara— 7 dead (including gunman). A drive-by shooter went on a nighttime rampage near a Santa Barbara universitycampus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. President Obama, as of this writing, has not issued an official statement or comment on the shootings.

April 2, 2014 — Fort Hood (Second Shooting). — 3 dead, 12 injured. In a second shooting at Fort Hood, Ivan Lopez shot and killed 3, injuring a dozen more. A week later, Obama spoke at a memorial service on the base. “This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more, soldiers who survived foreign warzones were struck down here at home, where they’re supposed to be safe. We still do not yet know exactly why, but we do know this: We must honor their lives, not “in word or talk, but in deed and in truth,” he said.

September 16, 2013 — Washington, DC. — 12 dead. Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 inside Washington’s Navy Yard. Six days later,Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims. “Alongside the anguish of these American families, alongside the accumulated outrage so many of us feel, sometimes I fear there’s a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We can’t accept this,” he said.

December 14, 2012 — Newtown, Conn. — 27 dead (including gunman). The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, leaving 27 dead — including 20 young children. President Obama gave an emotional address, calling for “meaningful action”

September 27, 2012 — Minneapolis, Minn. — 7 dead (including gunman), 2 injured. Andrew John Engeldinger, a recently laid off employee of Accent Signage Systems, entered the office building and opened fire(No public comments from the president.)

August 5, 2012 — Oak Creek, Wis. — 7 dead (including gunman), 4 injured. White supremacist Wade Michael Page entered a Sikh Temple, opening fire on congregants. He later shot and injured a police officer responding to the scene.

July 20, 2012 — Aurora, Colo. — 12 dead, 59 injured. During a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” a gunman opened fire on the suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 and injuring dozens of others. Two days later, Obama delivered a ten-minute speech from the University of Colorado that made no mention of gun control.

May 31, 2012 — Seattle, Wash. — 6 dead (including gunman). A man opened fire in a cafe, fatally wounding four people, then killed another in a carjacking before killing himself.
(No public comments from the president.)

April 2, 2012 — Oakland, Calif. — 7 dead.
 A former student of Oikos University, a Korean college, entered a building on the campus and shot repeatedly at random targets. (No public comments from the president)
February 22, 2012 — Norcross, Ga. — 5 dead (including gunman). A man shot and killed two of his sisters and their husbands and then himself in a Korean health spa. (No public comments from the president.)
October 12, 2011 — Seal Beach, Calif. — 8 dead, 1 injured. Scott Evans Dekraai, 41, stormed a hair salon where his ex-wife worked and killed eight people.
(No public comments from the president.)
January 8, 2011 — Tucson, Ariz. — 6 dead, 14 injured. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing six people and injuring others including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head at point-blank rangeTwo months later, Obama addressed gun control issues in an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star
August 3, 2010 — Manchester, Conn. — 9 dead (including gunman), 2 injured. A driver for Hartford Distributors killed eight people and then himself in this workplace shooting. (No public comments from the president.)
November 29, 2009 — Parkland, Wash. — 5 dead (including gunman). A Washington man walked into a coffee shop and shot four police officers execution-style(No public comments from the president.)
November 5, 2009 — Fort Hood, Texas — 13 dead, 30 injured (including gunman). In the deadliest shooting to ever happen on an American military base, an Army Major serving as a psychiatrist went on a shooting spree that killed 13.
April 3, 2009 — Binghamton, N.Y. — 14 dead (including gunman), 4 injured. Jiverly Wong, a naturalized immigrant from Vietnam, gunned down students and employees at the American Civic Association, where he had been taking English lessons.
March 10, 2009 — Geneva County, Ala. — 11 dead (including gunman), 6 injured. A 28-year-old man killed his mother then drove ten miles to kill several members of his extended family, neighbors and a bystander. The victims ranged in age from 18 months to 74 years old. (No public comments from the president.)
March 29, 2009 — Carthage, N.C. — 8 dead, 3 injured (including gunman). A gunman opened fire on a nursing home, killing seven residents and a nurse. (No public comments from the president.)

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Top Headlines

Golden State’s Andre Iguodala: ‘God is Great’ as Team ‘Full of Believers’ Wins Championship

Minister Calls on Pastors to Bear Arms to Protect Their Flocks

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Slams Prosperity Gospel and Creflo Dollar

Teenage Children of Pastor Killed in Church Shooting Forgive Gunman

Morgan Freeman to Visit Joel Osteen’s Church for ‘The Story of God’ Series

Franklin Graham Honors Elisabeth Elliot

Russell Moore: Parents, Don’t be Ashamed of Your Gay Kids

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Church’s Right to Post Road Signs

Charleston Shooter’s Facebook Photo Has One Comment—and It Will Make You Cry

23 Dead in Nigeria after Confiscated Boko Haram Bomb Explodes

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Charleston Attack: When God is at Work, Satan Reacts

How Abortion Affects Men

Why Donald Trump’s Campaign is Good News

17 Books You Need to Read This Summer

CEO Will Pay College Tuition for Employees’ Kids


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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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June 15 Quotes


Praising a Matriarch: The Honoring of Elisabeth Elliot

“Heaven has received a truly beautiful woman, but the church has lost an incredible matriarch. Therefore, in an attempt to be one of her children and “call her blessed,” it is fitting to present some of her most famous quotes. As we read, let us thank the Lord for this spiritual helper he provided for us.”

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Saving Faith

“They are not saved however, unless they have fiducia.  They need to trust their eternal destinies to the work of Christ and nothing else.  Until they trust that Jesus Christ did these things for them and they trust their lives (present and future) to Him and to His saving work (his passive and active obedience) they are not saved. “

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From Franklin Graham to Tony Campolo, Some Evangelical Leaders Are Splitting Over Gay Marriage

“Just in the past few days, Tony Campolo announced his support for same-sex couples’ inclusion in the church, while Franklin Graham announced that he would pull Billy Graham Evangelistic Association accounts from LGBT-friendly Wells Fargo bank. On top of that, retired editor of Christianity Today David Neff announced his support for gay marriage.”

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The Incarnate King for a World at War

“I am afraid that the majority of U.S. citizens see the U.S.A. simply as the “good guys” and the terrorists as the “bad guys.” Indeed, there are relative degrees of goodness or wickedness between nations (leading to conflicts between them). But we have to recognize that the ultimate conflict on this earth is the opposition between all the kingdoms of this world, to one degree or another, and the kingdom of God, the rule of Jesus Christ.”

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Schools Told to End Religious Instruction and Teach Morality Instead

“In recommendations that will be studied keenly by faith and schooling experts, they argue that the emphasis should shift away from merely religious education, with pupils being taught religious and moral education instead.”

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Encouragement for Pastors

“Our moderator, Rev. Jamie Hunt, made two books available to the delegates attending the meeting: Joel Beeke’s Developing Healthy Spiritual Growth and Encouragement for Today’s Pastors by Joel Beeke and Terry Slachter (the RPCNA also provided copies of Dennis Prutow’s Public Worship 101). The subtitle of Encouragement for Today’s Pastors is Help from the Puritans. I began reading this book and have already found it to be profitable.”

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The Kingdom of God in the Old Testament: The Prophetic Hope

“Many important prophetic passages reveal that the only hope for the establishment of an enduring and faithful kingdom in Israel lies in a future work of God’s redemption. The human heart is too corrupt for God’s purposes for the world to be accomplished through Israel’s fallen and sinful kings.”

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Charleston and Newtown–A Familiar Pattern?

In short, the depravity evident at Columbine, and Aurora, and Newtown is of a particular sort involving distorted masculinity and the misuse of power.  There is tremendous truth in St. Augustine’s contention that evil is not a thing in itself but rather the distortion and misdirection of God’s good creation. 

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Fragile Foundation of Marriage Equality, Part 1

But what appears to be an unstoppable movement or a step forward in human history could be anything but. How many times in history has there been excitement about a new idea or some form of “progress” and the whole matter became either a footnote or an embarrassment of history? Plenty. Below are just a few: The Bay of Pigs, Prohibition, and RMS Titanic.

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Pope Francis’ Stern Climate Encyclical Faces Deep Political Divides

Pew Research’s survey of 5,122 adults, including 1,016 self-identified Catholics, finds that most overall (68 percent) say they “believe the Earth is warming” and a majority of Catholics of all parties agree (71 percent). But there’s a 34-percentage-point gap between Catholic Democrats (85 percent agree) and Republicans (51 percent agree), with independents landing in between at 72 percent.

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The Benefits of Catechetical Preaching

The Catechism can help us better plumb the depths of the riches of our great salvation. When blessed by the Holy Spirit, catechism preaching kindles in our hearts a love for the God who has saved us by his boundless grace. Isn’t that what all preaching is meant to do?

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Daddy, Does It Matter If I Sin?

So does it matter if we sin? From a salvation perspective, the works of Christians do not contribute to our eternal condition. Therefore our sins do not affect our standing before God. They are forgiven and cannot be unforgiven. Yet, our sins are grievous in God’s sight. Each time we sin, we demean the sacrifice of Christ. Sin is a clinging to our pre-redemption condition and a denial of what we are called to do as God’s people.

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Faith Drives Golden State Warriors Point Guard Stephen Curry

“I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment, but I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross,” Curry wrote.

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Homosexual Sharia In Action (2)

Whenever Islam becomes the dominant political ideology, sharia is established, democracy is jettisoned, and those who do not fit in are turned into hapless dhimmis. It is no different as the homosexual juggernaut continues to steamroll its way throughout the West. Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and religious freedom are all being trampled on as the homosexual activists use the heavy hand of the law to ensure that everyone submits, and no one demurs. Thus the secular left state is marching arm in arm with the homosexualists to enforce their coercive utopianism.

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Why I Don’t Dedicate Babies in the PCA

Infant baptism is not primarily a promise of parents to God, but first and foremost a promise of God to the parents.  If there is any dedication, God is dedicating himself to his oath to be a God to both the parents and to the child.  It is true that parents are bound by oath to raise the child according to the principles of God’s word, but this is not a dedication.  It is a conditional covenant promise on the part of the parents.

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The Remedy for Our Idolatry

As He made His way to Calvary, Jesus crossed over the Brook Kidron (John 18:1) to symbolize everything He had come to do. He was burnt, crushed, and ground by the wrath of God on the cross. Jesus is the cure for our idolatry. God the Son took to Himself flesh and blood, so that He might bear the penalty for our idolatry in His own body on the tree. Then He rose bodily from the dead. The Father now commands us to worship a man—even the God-Man, Jesus Christ.

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God Stepped In, Says Debbie Dills, Who Spotted Alleged S.C. Killer

Dills’ expression of gratitude is deeply theological. Underneath her deflection of glory is a robust confidence that the world is governed by a sovereign God whose ways we may not always understand, but whose ultimate purposes are good. This God is active in the world, restraining evil and unleashing good, often through ordinary followers of Jesus who trust him and dedicate themselves to his will.

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Families of Charleston victims forgive the killer and call him to repent

This is one of the most gut-wrenching and beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Through tears and raw emotion, the families of Charleston victims forgive their loved ones’s killer and call him to repent. I can hardly imagine how difficult it must have been for them to offer these gracious words. Even more unimaginable is how they will maintain this grace in the long days ahead. The Lord will sustain His people.

This testimony needs to be seen far and wide.

Matthew 5:44-45, “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”

1 John 4:18-19, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.”

Matthew 12:50, “Whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

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A small prayer circle forms nearby where police are responding to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015.

Grieving relatives of the nine worshipers gunned down at a Bible study in the basement of a South Carolina church Wednesday painfully forgave the confessed gunman, Dylann Roof, and urged him to “repent” during his bond hearing Friday. Judge James Gosnell set his bond at $1 million and he remained in custody late Friday afternoon.

The tearful family members of the victims who died in the massacre at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, expressed their pain and heartache between sobs while speaking at 21-year-old Roof’s bond hearing. The cuffed Lexington resident, who was dressed in a prison jump suit, appeared at the hearing via video link and looked calm and expressionless as he listened.

Myra Thompson, 59, was also among the nine killed on Wednesday night. One of her grieving relatives urged Roof to “repent” and give his life to Christ.

“I forgive you, my family forgives you,” Anthony Thompson told Roof. “But take this opportunity to repent. Repent. Confess. Give your life to the one that matters the most — Christ — so that He can change you and change your ways no matter what happened to you, and you’ll be OK. Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.”


Top News from Christian News Network

ISIS Crucifies, Hacks Off Limbs of Spy in Accordance with Koran in Barbaric Online Video

(CN) — The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, released a disturbing new video online this week, this time showing a man deemed a spy being crucified and having his limbs hacked off with knives.

The four-minute video, entitled “The Deterring of Spies I,” features the alleged confession of an Iraqi man who had been accused of spying on the Islamic terror group with the Kurds. A quote from the Koran then appears.

Southern Baptists Declare: No Court Can Change ‘God’s Definition of Marriage’

(CN) — Delegates of the Southern Baptist Convention voted on Tuesday to pass a resolution declaring that the denomination will stand by the biblical definition of marriage found in the book of Genesis and that no court or government authority can change God’s definition.Southern Baptist President Ronnie Floyd, an Alabama megachurch pastor, spoke to those gathered earlier in the day, being met with a standing ovation.

Video of Young Boy Dancing Sexually in Streets as ‘Gay’ Pride Attendees Cheer Raising Concerns

(CN) — A video recently posted to YouTube that shows a young boy dancing in a sexual manner during a “gay” pride event while onlookers cheered him on is raising concerns from viewers nationwide.The video was posted on Thursday by an online publication called “Ovenworthy,” and was entitled “This Is the Future You Chose.” It shows a young child believed to be no older than 12 years old grinding and twerking to the song “Sissy That Walk” by drag queen RuPaul at the Sao Paolo Pride Festival in Brazil. The boy, shirtless and wearing very short jean shorts, is surrounded by event attendees who cheer on his moves.

Support for a Young Earth? Scientists Baffled by Preserved Dinosaur Blood Cells

(CN) — The discovery of well-preserved blood and proteins in a supposedly 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossil has stumped secular scientists and led one Christian apologist to herald the findings as evidence of a young Earth.A team of scientists at the U.K.’s Imperial College London carefully examined eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones discovered in North America, scrutinizing the bones’ interiors with an electron microscope. The researchers were stunned when they discovered what appeared to be red blood cells in one of the specimens.

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This is How the Left Thinks (And It Sure Ain’t Pretty)

by Bill Muehlenberg

I have discovered, in a nutshell, how the secular left in fact thinks about some of the key controversies of our day. So let me see if I have this straight:

-People are born male but can change to female.
-People are born white but can change to black.
-People are born homosexual but can never change.

OK, makes perfect sense to me. This is now the reigning paradigm of the way the secular left thinks (actually, emotes) on many of the hot potato issues of the day. Let me tease this out a bit further for you if you are still having a hard time wrapping your head around all this:

-If I guy decides he is a girl and identifies as one, well, he is one, and that is just peachy.
-If I white person decides he is a black person and identifies as one, well, he is one, and that is just peachy.
-If I guy decides he no longer identifies as homosexual, he is deluded and denying reality, because you are born that way and you can never change. Even to suggest that a person can change is utterly evil. And the state should punish anyone seeking to say otherwise.

moonbattery 3I could conclude my article here, and just let all this sink in for a while. But let me continue. This is in effect the way our activists, leftists, media, and ruling elites now actually “think”. As I say, it sure ain’t pretty. It certainly is not rational, logical, sensible or realistic.


Articles of the Week

The Church Is Not a Sanctuary: Reflections on Charleston, Peter Beck. This week was no different than the Wednesdays before it. Our Charleston church gathered together. We spent 30 minutes in prayer worshiping God and making supplication for those in need. . . . Fifteen miles away, another church gathered for the same purpose. Their meeting, however, didn’t end the same way. After nearly an hour in prayer, shots rang out as a visitor assassinated eight members and the beloved pastor of Emanuel AME Church. They’d gone to church to find peace in a turbulent time and they entered their eternal peace instead.”

Ten Roles Dads Play with Their Kids, Danny Akin. You’ve been put on notice: this Sunday is Father’s Day. So get your snazzy ties, comfy socks, or personalized coffee mugs before it’s too late! And for all the dads out there, listen to what Akin has to say: you can no longer plead ignorance about your role in the life of your children.

Elisabeth Elliot Passes Through Gates of Splendor, Kate Shellnutt. Elisabeth Elliot stands as one of the most influential Christians of the past century, no mean feat considering the trials she had to endure. Her husband Jim was made famous for his martyrdom in Ecuador, but Elisabeth picked up right where he left off, taking the gospel back to the very people who murdered her husband. The church has lost a dear saint.

Stop Using Superlatives So Much Already, Mark Jones. This seems to be a human malady, particularly afflicting 21st century Americans. But Christians are just as susceptible to inflating their language as everyone else. The new book is described as “the definitive work” on marriage, or the “most important book you’ll own outside of the Bible.” Hyperbole has a place, of course, but we could use a dash of temperance, now more than ever (see what I did there?).


This ‘n’ That

  • The Grace to You blog has some good articles on hyper grace and the notion of abusing grace.
  • So, is this true? Has James MacDonald announced that Harvest Bible Chapel will be joining the Southern Baptist Convention?
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The Pope has everyone in a tizzy over climate change. You know, I really wish these climate change crusaders would stop imposing their values on me. And yes, I wrote that as I took a sip of bottled water from a bottle that I won’t recycle.
  • Here is John MacArthur’s response to the shooting in Charleston, SC.
  • Everyone loves a good Gregorian chant, I guess. It kind of gives me the creeps.
  • Charisma magazine is asking about modern day ‘resurrections.’ And note the interesting role Beth Moore’s teachings play in this story (HT to Philip for this link).
  • Oh, Lifeway, you never fail to disappoint.

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Come, Lord Jesus, But Not Too Soon

Jan Markell’s guest for the hour is Pastor Jack Hibbs, one of our conference speakers October 2-3 near Minneapolis. They talk current events, the silence of the church on important issues, and end-times. They discuss the forthcoming Fox TV show, “Lucifer” which glorifies Satan and makes him a good guy living in Los Angeles. The church remains in a “daze” of deception in spite of the turmoil of our times. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.

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Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore to Parents: Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Gay Kids

Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, advised parents to not throw their gay children out of the house. The sin of pride is what leads them to be ashamed when their children struggle with same-sex attraction, he explained.

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Shadowy Treaties and Agreements – Hal Lindsey

Back here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, the Obama administration and its Republican allies (you heard me right) were busy trying to give the President the authority to “fast track” plans to include America in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Trade in Service Agreements.

These are binding agreements and treaties that will cede many of our sovereignty rights to shadowy “commissions,” “councils,” and “boards” that administer the agreements. Further, these pacts declare that the commissions can change the agreements in any way they wish, and the signatories cannot do anything about it.

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Climates and Pontiffs change, Christ never does

What advancing the status of man-made global warming has to do with religion leaves countless Christians scratching their heads.

Most know that while the papal environmental encyclical will be officially released tomorrow, its unofficial release came days before from a leaked document Vatican-identified as a “draft” report, courtesy of an Italian reporter fired for breaking an embargo that allegedly didn’t exist.

Few know that Pope Francis now rides Internet fame as Earth’s newest ‘superhero’ in an epic, mock Hollywood trailer, courtesy of a Brazilian-made video the lib-left works to send viral.

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The Homosexual-Ruling Elites Complex

Back in my hippy days when I was a raging lefty we used to rail against what we called the “military-industrial complex.” We believed the two shared an unholy alliance of evil where profit and killing went hand in hand. Now that I have renounced my juvenile and naive leftism, I can rightly question whether any such thing ever existed.

But I can more reliably make the case for another complex: militant homosexual activists who are in bed with much of the media, education, the judiciary and even the corporate world. The militants have managed to seduce most of our ruling elites into fully supporting their agenda.

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Talk Show Host Michael Savage Announces Pope Francis Is The False Prophet From Revelation

Pope Francis is on an unstoppable collision course with prophetic destiny

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Revelation 16:13 (KJV)

Radio talk show host Michael Savage must be a regular reader of NTEB, because we’ve been saying this from the moment Pope Francis was elected to rule the Vatican corporation. People used to laugh when we said that Francis was fulfilling the role of the False Prophet from the book of Revelation, but after 2 years of his rule, no one is laughing any more.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11,12 (KJV)

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” Michael Savage lit into Pope Francis over his encyclical on climate change, calling him “a danger to the world” who wants to impose “global tyranny.”

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“The Pope is a Marxist,” Savage said. “He is a wolf in pope’s clothing, he is an eco-wolf in pope’s clothing, he’s a stealth Marxist in religious garb.”

Savage continued that Francis “sounds just like the false prophet in Revelation, an ecumenical spiritual figure directing mankind to worship the Antichrist.”

I think it is up to the Catholic people to turn their backs on this Pope before it is too late, before they wake up and find out that they are in chains, this man is a Marxist through-and-through,” Savage said, claiming that he was “picked by the New World Order the way Obama was.” source


Willow Creek and Christian Leadership
Jun 19, 2015 10:16 am | Mike

I have been thinking a lot lately about some closing comments I did on Stand Up For the Truth about 4 years ago. I compared our role to a pesky alarm clock that wakes you up at 4am out of a deep sleep, letting you know it is time to wake up and go to […]

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Is Your Church and You a “Right Fit”?
Jun 19, 2015 05:59 am | Mike

The Bible teaches us that Christian fellowship is crucial to our lives as believers.  In this “market/consumer driven” era in which we live church hopping has become the norm as a growing number of professing Christians seek comfort over growth.  We would rather have a church that fits our lifestyle than be in a fellowship […]

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Guiding the Church in Challenging Times
Jun 18, 2015 06:13 am | Mike

The first century Christian Church faced a variety of threats from outside and within.  Roman and Jewish persecution of believers and an influx of false teachers inside causing people to stray from the true faith were constant challenges the apostles wrote about to the early churches. God’s Word also wrote of the final days when […]

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Get with the Big Gay Program…or suffer the economic consequences.
Jun 17, 2015 08:56 am | Scott Alan Buss

The anti-Christian economic momentum spearheaded by unbelieving elites atop Corporate America seems to shift into a higher gear with each passing month. Where once it was stunning to hear of such things as Christians being fired for their fidelity to Scripture on the subjects of family, marriage, and sexuality, now such tales have become the expected norm. In […]

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Ten problems with the “salt and light” excuse for feeding children to the State.
Jun 14, 2015 11:23 am | Scott Alan Buss

Here in 2015 America, there is little doubt that we are being blessed by God with a return by more and more of His people to the loving detail of His Word when it comes to the vital, culture-shaping subject of children’s education. Let’s not lose sight of this beautiful truth. Let’s celebrate it and thank God […]

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When the Bible gets hairy. (Or: Is it right for men to have long hair?)
Jun 13, 2015 11:23 am | Scott Alan Buss

For some strange reason, I seem to be asked far more than most about the propriety (or impropriety) of men wearing long hair. Okay, so maybe my being asked about this fairly regularly really isn’t so strange, weird or surprising at all, since I just happen to have long hair myself. Very long hair, actually, and I tentatively […]

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Men: Do you know more about sports than you do about Scripture?
Jun 12, 2015 11:23 am | Scott Alan Buss

What with gay rodeos going on in Arkansas; the NCAA, NFL, ESPN, and pretty much every other Sports Corporation wholly embracing (and enforcing) a pro-homosexual agenda), and things like American Pharoah’s “eternal glory” attaining win over the weekend, it’s pretty clear that Corporate-produced sports theater plays a major role in captivating, defining and controlling the […]

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Notable Voices: June 20, 2015

Millennials Search For Religious ‘Authenticity’ — Gracy Olmstead

We discovered this in our research for The Millennials. If authenticity is lacking, Millennials won’t hang around. They won’t make time for something that is fake or manufactured—especially in churches.

 


7 Tips for Hiring the Right Person for the Church Staff — Ron Edmondson

As Jim Collins says, you’ve got to get the right people on the bus and in the right seats. Ron provides seven suggestions for churches to get those seats filled correctly.

 


Five Basic Qualifications for Church Revitalization — Bill Henard

Bill Henard has an excellent new book out on church revitalization. In this excerpt, he shares the basic qualifications for those looking to undertake revitalization in a church.

 


Women in Leadership: For Such a Time as This — Faith Whatley

Women have more influence than ever before, so it’s important they steward it well. Faith is one of our leaders at LifeWay who does just that.

 


How Younger Preachers Can Help Their Hearers — Eric Davis

Eric shares eight tips for young pastors looking to engage and inform their hearers. Number eight might be the most important one for young pastors to remember.

 


7 Words of Advice For The First-Time Pastor — John Powell

First-time pastors will make mistakes. So will pastors who’ve been pastoring for a while. But for first time pastors, this advice is important because it can set you up for the best possible pastorate to begin your ministry.

 


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Is Same-Sex Marriage a Good Policy Decision?

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Today we’re going to look at a controversial policy issue. As Christians, we believe it’s our responsibility to stay informed about our faith and understand how our views translate into not only our personal lives but also our culture and government. One of the most debated topics in our country is same-sex marriage, and we think there’s a respectful, loving, and logical way to address this subject, so that’s what we’re going to do…

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Why Would God Choose Me?

If someone asked me to explain election, I would start by asking this person to describe to me how he got saved. Tell me how you were converted.


Why Are So Many Christians Unhappy?

Joy is the emotion of salvation. We rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory (1 Peter 1:8). If you’re a Christian, the Spirit gives you soaring delight in Christ.


Why did Paul spank the Galatians so hard?

Last week I wrote Should We Love False Teachers? in which I took a look at the aforementioned question and put forth an answer. (Answer: no).

O you foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you!?

I’m reading the book of Galatians this month, and the associated commentaries. The book I finished before this was 1 Corinthians, all about that rowdy crowd of raucous Christians Paul had to tame by reminding them that Christian liberty is not license to sin. The book of Galatians is a book about defending salvation by grace and not of works. In it, Paul refutes the Judaizers, a gang of false teachers who upset the Galatians into thinking they had to be circumcised and do other Mosaic law keeping in order to be saved. Paul had to remind the Galatians of their freedom in Christ is given by grace and not of works.

When you start reading the book of Galatians, one thing immediately strands out. Paul cut to the chase. Paul is usually blunt, but in no other book, however, did Paul fail at first to give a loving greeting full of thanks toward the recipients. He always found something to commend, even in the rowdy Corinthians.

Not so with the Galatians.

He says, “Hi, it’s me, Paul, and WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?!” to paraphrase.

Wait, weren’t the Corinthians worse? Why was Paul being so tough on the Galatians? The answer is, because sinful doctrine is worse than sinful behavior. Here is John MacArthur on the Galatian situation from his commentary.

After exposing the dangers of the false doctrines that threatened the Galatians, Paul exposes the wicked character of the men who espoused the doctrines. Like his Lord, Paul had great patience with those who were caught in even the deepest moral sin. As much as they condemned the sin itself and warned against its consequences, their love for the sinner was always evident. For the oft-divorced woman at Jacob’s well and the woman caught in the act of adultery, Jesus’ rebukes were gentle, and His offers of help were kind and encouraging (John 4:7 26; 8:3-11). And even before the hated and larcenous Zaccheus repented and came to saving faith, Jesus was not ashamed to eat with him (Luke 19:1-10).

But for the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees—whose outward lives were ceremonially impeccable, but who refused to recognize their spiritual need and Who continually corrupted the people’s minds with their legalistic perversion of true Judaism—Jesus had only condemnation. The scribes and Pharisees were the primary teachers and interpreters of Scripture. When a man was initiated into the scribal office, he was given a key that symbolized his qualification to teach. Yet Jesus called them hypocrites, deceivers, extortioners, misguided proselytizes, blind guides, fools, inwardly corrupt and foul, partners with those who killed the prophets and murderers themselves, serpents and vipers, and future persecutors of His church (Matt. 23:13-36). Their worst evil, however, was one that Isaiah had prophesied of them more than six hundred years earlier: “In vain do they worship Me, leaching as doctrines the precepts Of men” (Matt. 15:9; cf. Isa. 29:13).

Paul, too, was longsuffering with those who were caught in sin, as his letters to the immature, factious, and immoral believers at Corinth attest. But also like the Lord, the apostle’s most scathing denunciations were reserved for those who pervert God’s truth and lead others into falsehood.

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Paul extols the Law for its place to remind us of mercy. However, misuse of the Law condemns! THAT is the horror of false teachers! Wrong behavior is external and can be corrected, a poisoned heart full of false notions about Jesus is condemning!

Charles Spurgeon said, in his sermon on Galatians 3:13, “The Curse Removed“,

O ye who trust in the law for your salvation! ye have erred from the faith; ye do not understand God’s designs; ye are ignorant of every one of God’s truths. The law was given by Moses to make men feel themselves condemned, but never to save them; its very intention was to “conclude us all in unbelief, and to condemn us all, that he might have mercy upon all.” It was intended by its thunders to crush every hope of self-righteousness, by its lightnings to scathe and demolish every tower of our own works, that we might be brought humbly and simply to accept a finished salvation through the one mighty Mediator

Anyone who believes – or teaches – differently is ignorant:

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. (1 Timothy 6:3-4)

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Seeking Justice in the Wake of Tragedy

A horrible tragedy occurred earlier this week, when a young white male walked into Emanuel A.M.E. church in historic Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine congregation members. Unfortunately, many common responses to the massacre threaten to undermine efforts to seek real, substantive justice.

First, many people have condemned the act as “senseless violence.” Calling the violence “senseless” implies that the shooter did not have moral agency. What occurred on Wednesday night was not “senseless violence”: it was a cold, calculated, act of racial hatred.

Others have suggested that the shooter’s actions were due to “mental illness.” But mental illness does not make us kill each other—and mental illness is something to be treated with compassion. When we use the phrase “senseless violence,” or equate racism with mental imbalance, it becomes difficult to distinguish between evil and illness. If we refuse to use moral language in our discussion, we lose our ability to hold the perpetrators of such acts responsible for their actions. If we are to have any hope of seeking justice for the victims of attacks like these, we must call things what they are.

Third, a number of people have used the occasion to bring up the issue of police brutality and systematic racism. Police brutality warrants the attention of anyone who purports to be concerned with justice. However, it is not a bad thing that the shooter was apprehended peacefully, or that he will go to trial. It is a bad thing that some law enforcement officers do not treat everyone justly. Protesting an occasion when the criminal justice system worked (a suspect was quickly identified and apprehended, and will go to trial) seems misguided, if we seek justice for those who have been failed by the criminal justice system. Don’t protest a job well done: protest all the jobs poorly done.

Responding correctly to situations such as these is critically important. Characterizing a killer’s actions as senseless, racism as mental illness, or an efficient and safe arrest as wrong severely curtails our ability to reveal racism, murder, and injustice for what they are: evil.

Matthew H. Young is a summer intern at First Things. His writing has been published in Civitas Review, the Carolina Journal, and other publications.

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How the Busiest Person Can Find Time to Blog

I talk to many people who want to blog but find it hard to set the time aside. I understand that. At certain times in my blogging career, I have let it slip. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Let me show you a plan.

BlogBefore giving my advice, I will put out two assumptions: 1) you think blogging is valuable and 2) you already have a blog. If the first assumption is not you, skip this post. If the second one is you, this plan may still help.

Here is how even the busiest person can blog once a week. Yes a weekly blog is still considered regular. There is no reason why you have to blog daily. The point is consistency and not frequency.

Monday: Take a piece of paper and brainstorm ten things that you would like to blog about. Put down the paper and do your busy stuff for a couple of hours. Then come back to your list and cross off the five topics that you are least interested in. Now you have your blog topics for the month. Take Mondays off from blogging for the rest of the month.

Tuesday: Look at your list and pick one that you are going to blog on this week. Spend the day just thinking about it.

Wednesday: Come up with a title (this may change) and write down a quick skeleton of your post. Nothing fancy, just the basics of what you want to to write about.

Thursday: Write your blog post. You don’t have to write it on your blog software or host. It can be in a word processor. Some like Scrivener because it does not have any of the bells and whistles that often distract. Do not check for grammar or spelling. Do not format or insert any images. This is to be a rough draft. Please note that you don’t have to write the entire post in one sitting. Break it up into three chunks to be done throughout the day.

Friday: Now is the time to edit it. Put your draft into your blog post. Make it as pretty as you want. Do the formatting, find your images, make it look nice. This may be the time to change the title that you came up with on Wednesday. Press “publish.”

There you go, an easy way to get a blog post out every week that will not interfere with your busyness. Even the very busy can implement this plan.

And remember, you don’t have to blog, you get to blog. Have the right mindset.

If you are interested in starting a blog or becoming more intentional in your blogging, I recommend my free eBook, How to Be a Christian Blogger. You can get it free when you subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Apologetics into Your Preaching

Every pastor should realize he is an apologist.  However, I know that sometimes pastors struggle with how to incorporate apologetics into their preaching.  The following are some ideas that have worked for me and that are easy to implement.

1. Discuss Authorship

When preaching from a certain book of the Bible, take the time to explain to your congregation some of the reasons why the church believes the listed author actually wrote the book.  Or, if you are preaching, for example,  from Philippians, share facts (such as New Testament Scholar Daniel Wallace contends) that among NT scholars it is virtually unanimous Paul wrote the book. [1]

Also, if you are preaching from a book in which authorship is unsure of or undecided, don’t be afraid to explain that.  Then, when one of your parishioners hears an overblown claim such as Bart Ehrman has made, they won’t be blindsided, but informed and equipped to stand firm.

The Christian Apologetics Study Bible is a great resource that can will equip you to argue for traditional authorship and as well as discuss some of the challenges offered by skeptics against traditional authorship.

2. Offer a Resource

When you are preaching, you don’t have time to discuss every issue you are addressing in exhaustive detail. Therefore, it can be helpful to offer resources for those in your congregation that might want to learn more about a given topic.

For example, if you are preaching from the Old Testament and come across a difficult passage involving OT ethics, offer a resource such as David Lamb’s God Behaving Badly or Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster?.  These resources will allow those in your congregation that struggle with such matters the ability to seek answers to their questions.  You don’t have to have all the answers, you just need to know where you can find the answers!

3. Share Archaeology

If you are preaching from a text that includes, for example, the Pool of Bethesda or the synagogue in Capernaum, show a picture of the location to your congregation.  This serves to ground the passage in reality.  It also helps the listener picture the historical event that occurred there.

Moreover, you might want to share with your congregation, when preaching from the Book of Luke for example, that scholar and historian Colin Hemer has identified 84 facts in the last 16 chapters of the Book of Acts that have been confirmed by historical and/or archaeological research.

You can find them here.

4. Share an Argument

When you are preaching, don’t be afraid to share an argument for the existence of God or the reliability of the Bible.  Some of these arguments can be given in a short, memorable way that could affirm the faith of your congregation and possibly challenge the listening skeptic.

5. Share a Video Clip

There are outstanding ministries such as Stand to Reason and the One Minute Apologist. Their short video clips offer credible answers to some of the most difficult questions aimed towards Christianity. These videos can easily be incorporated into your sermons.

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The Cross and the Confederate Flag

This week the nation reels over the murder of praying Christians in an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the same time, one of the issues hurting many is the Confederate Battle Flag flying at full-mast from the South Carolina Capitol grounds even in the aftermath of this racist act of violence on innocent people.


The Holiness of God – A Video Series from R.C. Sproul

This is the first video in R.C. Sproul’s 6-part series on the holiness of God. This teaching series is incredibly helpful in developing your sense of awe and reverence for our Creator.


This Week in Calvinism – June 12, 2015

  • Calvinism is not new to Baptists. In fact, “Calvinists once dominated Baptist church life in America.”
  • Ben Witherington is beginning a series of blog posts on Jacob Arminius. His reason: “Especially in the wake of the recent resurgence of certain very conservative kinds of Reformed thinking in America … it is a good time to take a careful look once more at Arminius and his heirs.”
  • Roger Olson on prevenient grace:

    There are hints here and there in Arminius that he wanted to believe God is an equal opportunity savior, but I’m not convinced he really believed that. This is a point of difference among Arminians. Some (e.g., Wesley) believe God is an equal opportunity savior; others believe prevenient grace is attached to the gospel message and its communication (even if that happens sometimes supernaturally via angels or whatever). I do not think Arminius or any classical Arminian would say prevenient grace is given only to those God foreknows will respond positively to the gospel.

  • Mark Jones discusses New Calvinism, Trinitarian worship, and American Flags.
  • According to The Washington Post, American environmentalism has its roots in Calvinist churches.

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Articles, Resources, and More . . . Oh My! (06/19/15)

The Essence of Femininity: A Personal Perspective

The world said goodbye to a godly woman whose shoes won’t soon be filled, Elisabeth Elliot. She was a model of Christ-like femininity—bold, courageous, full of grace and truth, and abandoned to her Savior. She discusses her experience in the jungle and roles among men and women in this article.

Attention from Jesus in Heaven?

I always appreciate the questions Randy Alcorn tackles on his blog. In this article, he addresses the most popular question that followed the first edition of his book Heaven: How can millions of people all be with Jesus in heaven and receive personal attention?

Moms with Hands Full Need the Church

Emily Morrice: “If ever there were a segment of our church body that we tend to exempt from the active participation of church membership, it’s families with young children. I write as a mother, in the throes of raising my three little ones (all younger than five), and I understand the frenzy of Sunday mornings. Further, I know all too well the temptation to skip church when the kids are a handful, or worse, to resent the church when our expectations aren’t met.”

What If God Wants Me to Marry Someone Ugly?

I had to giggle at this question because I have thought it in the silence of my mind. Stacy Reaoch, in answering her daughter’s question, reminds all of us that God is in the business of giving good gifts to His children, even if they are different than we first expected.

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The Comfort of Jesus’ Prayers

R.C. Sproul writes:

“One of the chief emphases of the New Testament in terms of His present work for His people is His intercession. Christ’s priestly work did not end on the cross. Every day, in the presence of the Father, Christ intercedes for His people. If, as James says, the fervent prayer of a righteous person ‘has great power as it is working’ (James 5:16), how much more do Jesus’ prayers avail for His people?”

Read the rest of Dr. Sproul’s thoughts in The Comfort of Jesus’ Prayers.

Has the Old Really Gone?

What really happens at salvation? Is there a definitive heart change that leads to demonstrative life change? Julie Ganschow addresses these questions in Has the Old Really Gone?

Curving My Affections Toward God

At the Gospel-Centered Discipleship site, Rachael Starke writes about Curving My Affections Toward God.

How Do I Know That I’m a Christian?

At the Association of Biblical Counselors site, Pastor Kevin DeYoung answers the age-old and eternally-significant question, How Do I Know That I’m a Christian?

If Rachel Dolezal Isn’t Black, How Is Caitlyn Jenner a Woman?

At The Federalist, Sean Davis asks an intriguing and important question, If Rachel Dolezal Isn’t Black, How Is Caitlyn Jenner a Woman?


Fatherhood Lost

It’s good that women are finally beginning to share the pain of their past abortions. But the fathers of those lost children need to be heard — and helped — as well.
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Our Old Natures Never Die

In this devotional/teaching Pastor Ray Stedman reminds us that our old natures never die and we can be confused by its deceptiveness. His teaching is from Genesis 20:10: “And Abimelech asked Abraham, What was your reason for doing this?”

Has anyone had to say to you, As a Christian, what were you thinking of when you did this thing? Have you ever had to say it to yourself: What got into me anyway? I thought I was further along in the Christian life than this. Here I have done this thing that I thought had long ago passed out of my life. Whatever got into me? If you have ever had to ask yourself that, you need to learn the lesson Abraham had to learn here.

You are still capable of the worst sin that you have ever committed—and more. Abraham has been a coward for thirty years, and he is still capable of being the same coward he was at the beginning, hiding behind his wife, subjecting her to dishonor and disgrace and shame in order to protect his own skin.

This old nature with which we are born, which is perverted and twisted so that it never operates as God intended it to, is totally depraved. That does not mean that it cannot do what appears to be nice things in the eyes of others and even of ourselves. There is something about the old self, the flesh, which is able to simulate righteousness. In the flesh’s pursuit after pseudorighteousness, even if it succeeds in an outward demonstration of a sweet and lovely nature, it has never achieved anything but self-righteousness. Self-righteousness always demands self-praise, a longing to be admired and to win the attention of others. If you fail in your pursuit of self-righteousness, the result is self-pity. Either way, it is the flesh, and it can never please God. This is why when God comes into the human heart through Christ, He never tries to do anything about cleaning up that old nature. He writes it off as worthless. No matter how it looks in the eyes of others, if it comes from the self-advancing, self-centered core, it is worthless, and it always will be. What you now are in the flesh you always will be, if you live a hundred years. If you lay hold of that concept, you will find it one of the most encouraging truths in your Christian life, because it will release you from that awful burden of self-effort that tries to make the old nature behave itself. You must renounce self as the Word of God tells you to and quit feeding it, protecting it, polishing it up, trying to make it look good. Give it up. Accept all that Jesus Christ is in you and wants to be through you, for His nature is perfect.

Any dependence upon self always results in the kind of experience that Abraham had. After thirty years of walking with God and learning wonderful lessons in the spiritual life, the minute he steps out of a dependence upon God, he steps back into that same ugly nature he had in the beginning, and it is unchanged after thirty years. Old natures have to be kept under control by walking in the Spirit. Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, Paul tells us (Galatians 5:16).

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Seeking the perfect church

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Give yourself to the Church. You that are members of the Church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all!

And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us…

All who have first given themselves to the Lord, should, as speedily as possible, also give themselves to the Lord’s people. How else is there to be a Church on the earth? If it is right for anyone to refrain from membership in the Church, it is right for everyone, and then the testimony for God would be lost to the world!

As I have already said, the Church is faulty, but that is no excuse for your not joining it, if you are the Lord’s. Nor need your own faults keep you back, for the Church is not an institution for perfect people, but a sanctuary for sinners saved by Grace, who, though they are saved, are still sinners and need all the help they can derive from the sympathy and guidance of their fellow Believers.

The Church is the nursery for God’s weak children where they are nourished and grow strong. It is the fold for Christ’s sheep—the home for Christ’s family.”

Charles Spurgeon, “The Best Donation,” (No. 2234) an exposition of 2 Corinthians 8:5 delivered on April 5, 1891 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England.

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Further reading

Essay: Pew-Hoppers: How to Shepherd Church Shoppers – Part 1
Essay: Pew-Hoppers: How to Shepherd Church Shoppers – Part 2

Sermon: Personal commitment to the church – Part 1


How About Some Good News?

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Q.  I enjoy your sharing Gods truth everyday. But lets shake it up a bit and post a few happy one’s. We seem to be in a rut about the end times. How about we praise together one day a week with your articles.  I think God will like that also.

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Joel And Malachi

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Q. My question concerns Joel 2:31 and the opinion of another teacher. This teacher says that Joel 2:31 will take place before the tribulation.He also says Elijah will come before the tribulation according to Malachi 4:5-6. I I find this fascinating and exciting,but I also realize that the rapture could occur before these two events even though they will be pretrib. I value your opinion so much. I would really appreciate a response.

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Limiting Family Size

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Q. My husband and I are considering having our son be our only child. Some people in our families are suggesting that choosing to have only one child goes against God’s will. What are your thoughts on this topic? I looked through your site somewhat and cannot find anything on this.

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The Daily Discovery (June 20-21, 2015)

Our Secularist Funhouse and the Impotence of the Gospel – “Our secularist age has had it. Yesterday at the ACCS convention Al Mohler reminded us of Elton Trueblood’s spot-on metaphor, when he said that our civilization was a cut flower civilization. And he said this back when the flowers were still nice looking — we have now come to the point in the metaphor that is a lot more brown, and a lot more of us are curled up petals all over the coffee table. And as Mohler argued, this secularism has no way of repairing itself. The elites have consumed the Christian legacy they inherited, and the prodigal son is wondering how he can possibly afford to host the next bash. He is not quite yet at the point where he wants to eat the pig food, but we can see the trough from here.”

Summer Reading Suggestions – “I’m a voracious and omnivorous reader. While necessity dictates that I focus much of my attention on Christian books, I supplement with all kinds of other genres. Here are a few of those other books I have enjoyed over the past couple of months. (If you are looking for Christian book suggestions, you can browse myBook Reviews section.)”

Five books Christian dads should read – “I’m a first generation Christian—meaning I’m the first in my family (as far as I’m aware) to come to faith in Christ. As you can imagine, that means I’m flying by the seat of my pants as a Christian parent. Though, to be fair, that’s probably all parents (at least more than we’d like to admit). As a dad, I’ve tried to read as many helpful books as I can, as well as modelling for my kids what a Christian man looks like (and often having to apologize for not modelling it well).”

Ecclesiology of Union, Ecclesiology of Mission – “Modern civilization, aghast at the results of a conflict between societies which had acknowledged no higher ideal than the pride of an ignorant nationalism, looks forward fearfully and almost helplessly to a yet mightier conflagration of the hates and passions it has nurtured. Remembering the holocaust which ethical stupidity has ignited and science fed with fuel, it fears to face its foreboding of a yet more fateful application of the destructive knowledge which its warriors are feverishly seeking. . . . It recalls and foresees the murder of its millions of young men, the destruction of its treasures, the enslavement of debt-ridden population.”

My Take on Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Brilliant and Beautiful – “When a studio partnership has engendered as much success as Disney/Pixar has over the years, it’s easy to judge a film by how it measures up to previous successes. Is it as emotionally compelling as Toy Story 3? Does it delight like Finding Nemo? Does it contain the artistry of Wall-E? With each release, Pixar hopes to continue its streak of excellent and beautiful films that exceed the audience’s ever-growing expectations. With Inside Out, rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action, Pixar has delivered.”


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Charles Spurgeon – Heaven and Hell


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“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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Am I Being Selfish?

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Q.  I have a question that bothers me very much, my husband (not a Christian) and I have supported a various children in other countries for the past 16 years. Also at my church I give what I can when I can, yet every time our Pastor prays he includes giving to God what is God’s, and being generous. I feel bad that I can’t give more than I do already. My husband and I are on an old age pension, and sometimes its hard. Am I being selfish?

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More On Forgiving Others

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Q.  After the recent horrendous shooting at a church, we saw our brothers and sisters in Christ immediately offer forgiveness to the deranged shooter.  I applaud their stand in the faith. But I do ponder this and am hoping for some of your sage insight.  If the shooter is demon possessed, when we forgive, are we somehow giving a pass to demonic activity?

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Why Did He Ask Me That?

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Q. Recently my husband asked me this question. “If Jesus was standing before you today and gave you the choice of going with Him or staying with me, who would you choose?” I answered my husband honestly “I would choose Jesus”, my husband said that our marriage vows and marriage couldn’t mean very much to me then. I told him not to lay this guilt trip on me, that he asked the question and I answered him honestly. I told him that Jesus comes first. He took it quite well. I am stumped about why he asked me that out of the blue. What do you think?

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What is The Gospel?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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GodLife: What is God’s Favor?

Scripture:

“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered…When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes…” Genesis 39:2-4

If your life includes some trouble and suffering, you are not alone. Think of Joseph’s story. (Genesis 37, 39-50) He was the favorite of his father’s twelve sons. He became second-in-command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. He even saved the ancient world from famine. Surely this was a man in God’s favor!

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A Horse, A Mule, or a Wicked Fool

Unfathomable Grace

Wouldn’t we like to be spiritually blessed? Wouldn’t we like to know that our transgressions are forgiven and our sins are completely covered? Wouldn’t we like to walk in joyful transparency before the Lord all the day long and enjoy his sacred presence? Can’t we imagine the awesomeness of enduring our various storms of life with God as our shelter and hiding place? And wouldn’t it be fantastic as we continually grew in knowledge and wisdom? Friends, how ought we to pursue such ends? Let us read the inspired words penned by the Psalmist:

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength…

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