Daily Archives: January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Jan. 27, 2017 |

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President Donald Trump is willing to consider removing U.S. sanctions against Russia when he has his first official discussion with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday, according to senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.

The chaos surrounding U.S. and Mexico relations continued Friday, pushing the countries closer to a trade war that threatens to spoil decades of friendship and economic cooperation.

As Theresa May arrives at the White House on Friday, the fury that Donald Trump unleashed on Mexico is a reminder that relations can sour quickly with a leader who is rewriting the trade rulebook.

President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that would suspend all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, according to a draft proposal obtained by Bloomberg News. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.

UBS suffered a net 15.2 billion in withdrawals during the final three months of last year, in part because investors moved money out of Switzerland before the government shares their data with tax authorities, a trend that’s expected to continue this year.

After almost five years of negative interest rates, Danish households are richer than ever. With more cash than they know what to do with, households are stuffing their banks full of deposits. The upshot is that the country with the world record in negative rates now also boasts a record in bank savings. Negative rates — the benchmark deposit rate is minus 0.65 percent — have also coincided with a sustained rise in employment and, crucially, a thriving housing market. What’s more, banks have refrained from passing negative rates on to retail clients.

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In a rare move, China has publicly announced the deployment of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Dong Feng (“East Wind”) -41 missile, or DF-41, can carry up to a dozen nuclear warheads and China claims it has the longest range of any nuclear missile in the world. The announcement of the missiles is likely a warning to U.S. President Donald Trump, who is known for sharply worded anti-Chinese rhetoric and has announced plans for a new ballistic missile system.

Citing mounting evidence from recent US executions, a federal judge blocked the use of lethal injections to put to death three Ohio inmates, saying a drug cocktail was unconstitutional.

Skeletal remains discovered in Tennessee this week have been identified as those of a Fort Campbell soldier missing since September, officials said.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are moving forward with separate inquiries into Russian hacking of the 2016 election, including exploring allegations of communications between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian who drove at a bus stop in an attempted car-ramming attack Wednesday, a military spokeswoman told AFP.

The Philippine economy expanded at one of the fastest rates in Asia last year, data showed Thursday, with an acceleration expected despite many uncertainties surrounding President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has blocked for now the impending slaughter of hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison over disease concerns until a temporary home can be found for 40 of the animals wanted by an American Indian tribe.

U.S. businesses ramped up their investment in industrial machinery, semiconductors and other big-ticket items last month, boosting demand for factory goods. A measure that tracks business spending plans climbed 0.8 percent in December, after jumping 1.5 percent the previous month.

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Restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in France have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity. It is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free.

Top US diplomats in the State Department’s senior management team are leaving their posts during President Donald Trump’s first week on the job. Their departure puts more pressure on the incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is still awaiting confirmation by the Senate, to fill the crucial positions that keep the Department running smoothly.

More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia sent a super-tanker aircraft to douse the fires.

Islamist militant al-Shabab fighters have launched an attack on a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed more than 50 soldiers and seized military vehicles and weapons.

Turkey has threatened to cancel a deal with the European Union on taking back migrants who cross over to Greece.

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence. Under the proposed legislation, first-time offenders who do not cause serious injury will face a maximum of 15 days police custody instead of up to two years in jail. It now needs the approval of the upper house and President Vladimir Putin.

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A new initiative called Stop Operation Soros (SOS) is launching in the Balkan nation of Macedonia to counter the influence of globalist billionaire George Soros.

Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill supporters say would make California the first state to add a third gender option, non-binary gender, on state identifying documents.

As pro-life activists take part in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., they are more optimistic than any time in recent memory as a Republican Congress and a pro-life president take charge and more and more younger Americans join the cause, thanks to modern science.


Top News – 1/27/2017

Hybrid zoo: Introducing pig–human embryos and a rat–mouse
Scientists have published the first peer-reviewed account of creating pig–human hybrid fetuses, a step toward growing animals with organs that are suitable for transplantation into humans. The team that made these chimaeras also reports the creation of mouse–rat and human–cow hybrids on 26 January in Cell1. Such modified animals could provide researchers with new models for testing drugs and understanding early human development.

Putin and Trump to Speak on Saturday
The Kremlin announced on Friday that Russian President Vladmir Putin will speak with US President Donald Trump by telephone on Saturday night for the first time since he was inaugurated. The two spoke in November after Trump’s election victory.

German Newspaper Editor: Assassination Easiest Way To End “Trump Catastrophe”
Josef Joffe, the editor-publisher of German weekly Die Zeit, suggests the easiest way to end the “Trump catastrophe” is to murder the president in the White House.

Trump hopes to get along with Russia, ‘knock the hell out of ISIS together
In an interview to Fox News on Friday, Trump said it would be to the advantage of both Russia and the US to mend ties and pool their efforts in the fight against terrorism.  Speaking to Sean Hannity of Fox News, US President Donald Trump said that he looks forward to speaking with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

‘Now is the time to annex Judea and Samaria’
Earlier this month, Land of Israel Lobby Chairman Yoav Kish (Likud) proposed a bill to annex Maaleh Adumim, the third largest Israeli community in Judea and Samaria.

Islamic Cleric: Muhammed Will Marry Virgin Mary in Heaven
Dr Salem Abdel Galil, a theologian at Cairo’s prestigious Al Azhar academy and a former director-general of the Ministry of Religions, said on his television program that “Allah,… will marry the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus peace be upon him, as well as Asiya, Pharaoh’s wife and Kultum, the sister of Moses peace be upon him.”

Media already has verdict: There’s no voter fraud
Our audit team will include world-class technologists, researchers, data miners, statisticians, scholars, analysts, and subject matter experts. This isn’t B team stuff. The integrity of our elections is too important.” Those results then will be released, showing voter fraud does exist. Officials with the group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC have explained they have the world’s largest archive of details about illegal immigration and associated issues such as illegal alien crimes and voter fraud activity

Trump tells Republican lawmakers: Enough talk. Time to deliver
President Donald Trump pushed Republican lawmakers on Thursday for swift action on a sweeping agenda including his planned U.S.-Mexican border wall, tax cuts and repealing the Obamacare law, despite tensions over timetables and priorities.  “This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever,” Trump said in a speech to the lawmakers at a Philadelphia hotel.  “Enough ‘all talk, no action.’ We have to deliver,” Trump added.

Theresa May evokes Reagan-Thatcher ties during address to Republicans in which she states US and UK have ‘defined the world’Theresa May has told Republicans in Philadelphia that relations between the UK and the US have “defined the world,” delivering a speech greeted by frequent loud applause. “I speak to you not just as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but as a fellow Conservative who believes in the same principles that underpin the agenda of your Party,” the Prime Minister said on Thursday

Trump to Sign Executive Order Ending Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Amnesty
Trump’s action to reverse executive amnesty will likely cause the most controversy of any so far and will certainly result in advocacy groups like the ACLU filing lawsuits. Sanctuary city mayors are also likely to triple down on their battle against federal immigration enforcement efforts. It is important to point out President Obama admitted numerous times he couldn’t issue amnesty through his pen. He did so anyway, knowing it was illegal and unconstitutional

Sanhedrin Calls on President Trump to Uphold Seven Noahide Laws
In an ancient and honored Jewish custom, the nascent Sanhedrin sent a letter to the new leader of the U.S., President Donald Trump, blessing him and calling on him to take the lead in restoring America and the world. The Sanhedrin also called on the new president to acknowledge and uphold the Seven Noahide laws. The letter follows the custom of the Jewish people to bless foreign kings as seen in a verse in Jeremiah

Putin-Trump phone call to take place on Saturday: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will speak by telephone on Saturday, the Kremlin said, a first step towards what Trump has billed as a normalization of relations after three years of tensions sparked by the conflict in Ukraine. Trump will also have a telephone conversation the same day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that call is expected to focus on Russia, a source in Berlin familiar with the matter said.

Pence tells Congress to ‘buckle up’ and get ready to enact major change
Vice President Pence told Republican members of Congress on Thursday to “buckle up” and get ready to work with the new Trump administration on everything from repealing Obamacare to confirming a “strict constructionist” to fill the Supreme Court. “My friends, this is our moment,” he told lawmakers… “We got this far because President Donald Trump marshaled a movement unlike any movement in American history.”

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers
Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted coup. Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically motivated”. The eight men fled in a helicopter to Greece after last July’s coup attempt but say they were not involved.

Al-Shabab fighters attack Kenya military base in Somalia
Islamist militant al-Shabab fighters have launched an attack on a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed more than 50 soldiers and seized military vehicles and weapons. But a Kenyan military spokesman said the dawn attack was repelled, the base was not overrun and scores of insurgents were killed in the fighting.

Prime Minister May aligns the UK with GOP on Israel and Iran
Britain’s prime minister embraced the Republican Party on Thursday in a speech to its lawmakers in Philadelphia, characterizing herself as a fellow conservative keen on renewing Western leadership around the world. Addressing a GOP retreat one day before meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House, May said that America must continue to fulfill its promise “of freedom, liberty and the rights of man.”

Trump: Too early to discuss moving US embassy to Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that it is “too early” to talk about moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”I don’t want to talk about it yet,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “It’s too early.”

Abbas, Hollande to meet to continue work of Paris peace conference
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and French President Francois Hollande will meet in two weeks to follow up on the results of the international conference which took place in Paris on January 15…Abbas said that he will travel to France on February 7 to thank Hollande and “set into place a clear and defined [international] mechanism,”…

Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig organs
A HYBRID human-pig embryo has been injected into a sow’s womb as scientists push the ethical boundaries of science in the hope that they can create lifesaving donor organs.

Brazil Orders 11.5 Million Vaccine Doses Amid Yellow Fever Outbreak
Brazil’s Ministry of Health has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to combat the largest outbreak of the disease in 17 years.

Bannon Declares War On The Media: “You Are The Opposition; Keep Your Mouth Shut”
Not one to mince words, Steve Bannon, Trump’s Chief White House strategist, eviscerated the mainstream media during an interview last night.  Commenting on their coverage of the Trump campaign, Bannon lambasted the disconnect of the media from everyday Americans saying, “They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

GOP leaders will fork over at least $12 billion for border wall
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will authorize $12 billion to $15 billion for a wall spanning the entire U.S.-Mexico border as soon as Sept. 30, the Republican leaders said Thursday.

GORBACHEV: ‘It looks as if world preparing for war’
The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.But no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.

Miami-Dade County Is First To Terminate Sanctuary Status
As we noted previously, Trump made it clear that he plans to make good on his campaign pledge to block federal funding to states and cities where local law enforcement refuse to report undocumented immigrants they encounter to federal authorities, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump
“Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day.  On January 21, some women’s rights groups organized “Women’s Marches” in many cities.   Ashley Judd, read a poem in Washington D.C. that asked why “tampons are taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not”.  As Ms. Judd talked about her devastating tragedy, thousands of Yazidi children and women were being forced into sexual slavery in Iraq and Syria at the hands of Islamic State

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms
Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms.

SCIENTISTS have confirmed there is “life” after death
A groundbreaking study has revealed after a person dies certain genes actually kick into life – and fight to bring a person back from the dead.


The Briefing 01-27-17

Abortion and the American conscience: 60 million dead, sacrificed at the altar of sexual freedom

ISIS’s theological claim: Terrorist group destroys ancient sites in the name of Allah

Where are all the children? Absence of future generation in San Francisco spells doom for the future

Should teenagers have their own rooms? New book challenges the conventional wisdom

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January 27, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — DeForest Rathbone, chairman of the National Institute of Citizen Anti-drug Policy (NICAP), says one of the most notorious examples of “fake news” in the media is the notion that marijuana is medicine. He is so alarmed by the misinformation being spread by the media about marijuana and other aspects of the growing drug problem that he sponsored a full-page advertisement in Monday’s Washington Times, urging President Donald Trump to personally follow through on his promise to address “the growing national public health crisis of soaring drug addiction and overdose deaths.”… (more)

January 26, 2017

NEWSMAX — The Trump administration is preparing executive orders to drastically reduce the U.S. role in the United Nations and other international organizations, The New York Times reported Wednesday…. (more)


January 26, 2017
TIMES OF ISARAEL — The Trump administration has informed the Palestinian Authority that it is freezing the transfer of $221 million which was quietly authorized by the Obama administration in its final hours on January 20, a senior Palestinian source has told The Times of Israel…. (more)

January 26, 2017

BOB UNRUH — Planning for a border wall to halt the flood of illegal aliens, including potential terrorists, entering the United States from Mexico begins immediately. And construction in only months. This is following President Donald Trump’s executive order on Wednesday that instructed federal managers to “immediately take the following steps to obtain complete operational control … of the southern border.”… (more)


January 26, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The Trump administration has blown into Washington like a whirlwind. Contrary to several Beltway-insider predictions, our new president’s Twitter output has not ebbed with his assumption of office…. (more)

January 26, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — This week pro-life marchers will pile into buses, cars, and airplanes to travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2017 March for Life. The annual event protests the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Roe decision imposed a right to abortion on demand throughout the entire nation…. (more)

January 26, 2017

NEWSMAX — All of the nation’s secretaries of state want to see President Donald Trump’s administration erase the Obama administration’s decree that made federal elections equipment “critical infrastructure” out of concerns that elections could eventually be taken over by the federal government…. (more)


January 26, 2017
MATT WALSH — I have long said that feminism and “transgenderism” are on a crash course. They cannot really coexist under the umbrella of the same ideology. Liberalism cannot put forward the notion that a woman’s reproductive organs afford her certain entitlements and special rights while at the same time putting forward the notion that a woman’s reproductive organs are not essential aspects of her womanhood…. (more)

January 26, 2017
FOX NEWS — The Obama administration pumped more than $7 billion into an education program, first authorized under President George W. Bush, that had no impact on student achievement – – according to a report released by the Department of Education in the final days of the 44th president’s term…. (more)

January 25, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — When President Trump was greeted with cheers and strong applause at CIA headquarters, you knew that Obama’s CIA director John Brennan would decide to strike back. The liberal media were quick to quote Brennan as saying that he was “saddened” and “angered” by Trump’s remarks. But where did these quotes come from? Who provided them to the media?… (more)

January 25, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES — President Trump on Wednesday will order the construction of a Mexican border wall – – the first in a series of actions this week to crack down on immigrants and bolster national security, including slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States and blocking Syrians and others from “terror prone” nations from entering, at least temporarily…. (more)


January 25, 2017
NEWSMAX — The US Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, as US ambassador to the United Nations, delivering new President Donald Trump one of his most potent diplomatic tools…. (more)

January 25, 2017
LIFE SITE NEWS — President Trump will sign the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed the House today, if the legislation makes it to his desk. “The Administration strongly supports H.R. 7,” the White House said in a statement today. “If the President were presented with H.R. 7 in its present form, he would sign the bill.”… (more)

January 25, 2017
NATIONAL REVIEW — Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and made unconstitutional most state efforts to regulate abortion practices. The ruling rested on incredibly shaky legal reasoning, as the seven justices in the majority manufactured a mysterious “right to privacy,” discovered in the due-process clause of the 14th Amendment, to establish a woman’s right to choose abortion…. (more)

January 25, 2017
BUSINESS INSIDER — WASHINGTON – – President Donald Trump has narrowed his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy to three judges and said he expects to make his decision in the coming days…. (more)

January 25, 2017
DAILY WIRE — On Tuesday, President Trump restarted the efforts to complete the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines by imposing a deadline on the government’s environmental review of the pipelines. TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL would transport Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries…. (more)

January 25, 2017
NEWSMAX — Undercover videos by Project Veritas led Washington police to arrest one man and foiled an alleged scheme to spread acid at an event for President Donald Trump supporters at the National Press Club the night before his inauguration, according to news reports…. (more)

January 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules to be chief regulator of the nation’s airwaves and internet connections…. (more)

January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON TIMES — Putting into action his campaign’s tough talk on trade, President Trump signed an executive order Monday that formally withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. Mr. Trump could end the U.S. participation with 11 other Pacific Rim nations with the stroke of a pen… (more)


January 24, 2017
GARTH KANT — President Donald Trump hit the ground running with a flurry of executive orders on his first full weekday in office, including a hiring freeze on all non-military federal government workers…. (more)

January 23, 2017
PHILIP KLEIN — Now that President Trump has been sworn into office, congressional Republicans have the opportunity to do what they’ve been promising for years by repealing and replacing Obamacare. Their effort to balance ideology, politics and policy on healthcare in the coming months will be the mirror image of what Democrats encountered eight years ago…. (more)

January 23, 2017

BOB UNRUH — Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is on record stating her business is essential to American women because of the prenatal care it offers. She is emphasizing that point as a move develops in Congress to withhold the half-a-billion taxpayer dollars that each year goes to the abortion-industry behemoth…. (more)


January 23, 2017
JUDICIAL WATCH — From Investor’s Business Daily: “While everyone’s been gearing up for President Trump’s inauguration, the Clinton Foundation made a major announcement this week that went by with almost no notice: For all intents and purposes, it’s closing its doors. In a tax filing, the Clinton Global Initiative said it’s firing 22 staffers and closing its offices, a result of the gusher of foreign money that kept the foundation afloat suddenly drying up after Hillary Clinton failed to win the presidency…. (more)

January 23, 2017
STEPHEN STONE — I understand prayer to be an individual expression of submission to God’s will. By that I mean: (1) prayer is a petition to God springing from the depths of the soul of each petitioner, notwithstanding the group setting in which many prayers are uttered; and (2) prayer is a demonstration to God that we are individually willing to do, and accept, His will above our own, notwithstanding that prayer is frequently a request for blessings…. (more)

January 23, 2017
ALAN KEYES — With the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president upon us, all the usual suspects from the militant atheist crowd have been trying to block the Bible from being used – – a tradition that began with President Washington. Every president mentioned God in his inaugural address, even if speaking of the Lord in their own way, fitting with the times. (Dr. Jerry Newcombe, “43 inaugural references to the Almighty”)… (more)

Top Headlines – 1/27/2017

  • Mexico Dispute Could Overshadow May’s Free-Trade Message (Read More)
  • NATO, Russia and trade top the agenda for Trump talks with Britain’s May (Read More)
  • Trump’s plan for import tax worsens crisis with Mexico (Read More)
  • Nafta’s U.S. Impact is Modest (Read More)
  • Republicans Are Making Little Progress on Their Obamacare Repeal Strategy (Read More)
  • Ghost of 1990s Is Haunting Dollar and Slowing Further Gains (Read More)
  • Trump’s hopes for Syria safe zones may force decision on Assad (Read More)
  • Trump’s Gamble: Luring Countries Into Deals (Read More)
  • Trump tells Republican lawmakers: Enough talk. Time to deliver (Read More)
  • UBS Clients Pull $15 Billion in Quarter as Margins Decline (Read More)
  • GDP Growth Is Forecast to Have Slowed to 2.2% in Fourth Quarter (Read More)
  • Will Trump Make This $7 Billion Clean-Coal Plant Irrelevant? (Read More)
  • Border Wall Tax on Mexican Crude Oil Would Cost U.S. Drivers (Read More)
  • Weak exports may crimp U.S. fourth-quarter economic growth (Read More)
  • France’s Neighbors Sound Alarm Over Election ‘Catastrophe’ Risk (Read More)
  • Jilting Jefferies Said to Cost Credit Suisse Bankers $10 Million (Read More)
  • Fed to Align Itself With Government Hiring Freeze (Read More)
  • Challenging the U.S., Moscow Pushes Into Afghanistan (Read More)
  • Volkswagen’s Ex-CEO Winterkorn Probed on Suspicion of Fraud (Read More)
  • Toshiba to sell part of chip business, puts overseas nuclear ops under review (Read More)
  • Turkey threatens to cancel Greece migration deal in soldiers’ extradition row (Read More)

Stephen P. Cohen, Secret Broker of Mideast Peace Talks, Dies at 71

Netanyahu: World’s silence on Iran’s threats to destroy Israel will end with Trump

Netanyahu: Trump understands ‘danger’ of Iran nuclear deal

Our World: Israel’s moment of decision

In call, Mattis assures Liberman of ‘unwavering commitment to Israel’

Senior PA official: Trump’s silence on settlements encourages more building

Trump: ‘Too early’ to talk of moving embassy to Jerusalem

IDF: Proposed US embassy move not roiling Palestinian street

Palestinians more concerned about the Gaza Strip’s electricity woes than ‘who sits in the White House’

Gaza’s water shortage worsening

Shas moves ahead with anti-Reform Western Wall bill

Ahead of his third police grilling, Netanyahu laments ‘coup attempt’

Israel Plans to Decriminalize Small-Scale Marijuana Use

Nazi hunter says hundreds could still be at large

Report: Israel okays historic plan to absorb child refugees from Syria war

How ISIS-controlled drones like this are striking new fear within the U.S. military

Trump Will Call for a Pentagon Plan to Hit ISIS Harder, Officials Say

Turkey and Russia skeptical of Trump’s plan to create safe havens in Syria

Russia has made fake news into a weapon that threatens democracy in Europe

Mikhail Gorbachev: It ‘looks as if the world is preparing for war’ as nuclear threat re-emerges

US Navy To Go Full Star Trek With New Laser Weapons

The Doomsday Clock Is Reset: Closest To Midnight Since The 1950s

The Doomsday Clock just advanced, ‘thanks to Trump’: It’s now just 2 1/2 minutes to ‘midnight.’

President Trump Says Military More Important Than Balanced Budget

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America’s Ominous Post-Election Statement

US man accused of attacking Muslim airline employee at JFK

Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump

Madeleine Albright, of Jewish Ancestry, Stands With Muslim Immigrants

Madeleine Albright says she is prepared to register as a Muslim under Donald Trump

Prime Minister May aligns the UK with GOP on Israel and Iran

UK’s May ‘absolutely’ condemns torture ahead of Trump visit

Britain and America will no longer invade foreign countries ‘to make the world in their own image’, PM says

Theresa May evokes Reagan-Thatcher ties during address to Republicans in which she states US and UK have ‘defined the world’

Germany’s Merkel faces harsh new reality in the era of Trump

Euro could ‘collapse’ in next 18 months, warns the man tipped as Trump’s EU ambassador pick

Free cash machine threat: Banks accused of forcing ‘cashless society’ as MPs threaten investigation

Peso smacked after Mexican president cancels meeting in latest international Twitter spat

Trump floats 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall, but considering other options

White House Sows Confusion About Plan for a 20% Import Tax

GOP leaders will fork over at least $12 billion for border wall

Border patrol chief out one day after Trump wall announcement

Border Patrol Chief Says He’s Been Forced Out

Officials announce proposal that would establish California as separate nation

Trump Administration to Publish Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens in Sanctuary Cities

Miami-Dade County Is First To Terminate Sanctuary Status

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens to oust officials who promote sanctuary cities

Restaurants: The next front for the immigration debate?

Civil Liberties Groups to Donald Trump: ‘See You in Court’

Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave

Democrats reportedly plan scorched-earth approach to fighting Trump

Democrats hold lessons on how to talk to real people

Donald Trump Blasts ‘Ungrateful Traitor’ Chelsea Manning

Defying Trump, Twitter feeds for US government scientists go rogue

Trump’s Still Using His Old Android Phone. That’s Very, Very Risky

“Die!” High school teacher stages mock assassination of Trump

6 Shot at Memorial For Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

2 Teens Arrested After Planning Mass Shooting at Florida Middle School, Police Say

Actor Kills Himself On Facebook Live After Sexual Assault Arrest

Katla volcano has magnitude 4.3 earthquake

Bogoslof volcano on the Aleutian Islands erupts to 35,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 30,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Chirinkotan volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Langila volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Chile’s worst wildfires destroy town as death toll rises to 10

Beijing tells officials not to set off fireworks to stop smog

End of tasteless tomatoes as scientists discover long-lost ‘flavour genes’

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

Brazil Orders 11.5 Million Vaccine Doses Amid Yellow Fever Outbreak

Washington state mumps outbreak nears 300 cases

Scientists are making genetically modified cyborg dragonflies

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms

First human-pig embryos made, then destroyed

Hospital accidentally implants woman with wrong fertilized egg

Sperm theft lawsuit leaves appeals court weighing how much a life is worth

President Trump calls out mainstream media for failing to cover March for Life

Vice President Pence to speak at anti-abortion march

Arkansas Legislature Passes Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

LGBT groups want halt to Utah school laws involving homosexuality talk in schools

Mike Ratliff – Separating the sheep from the goats

Lance Wallnau & A Trump Prophecy: Foretelling By Mishandling Scripture

Michael Brown Issues Thumbs-Up to Joseph Prince

Elevation Church is ready to PUMP YOU UP!! (Is this a church or a fitness club?)

ISIS magazine calls for attack on First Baptist Dallas

Satanic Temple’s Quest to Erect Homage to Satan at Arkansas Capitol to Have Public Hearing

Missouri Lawmaker Introduces ‘Right to Life Act’ to Outlaw Abortion in State

Netanyahu Warns ‘Enemies of Israel Will End Up in Ash Bin of History’

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:48 AM PST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning enemies who threaten Israel that they will end up in the “ash bin” of history. The prime minister…

VP Mike Pence Making History at the March for Life

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:43 AM PST

After years of hiding in the shadows, this year’s March for Life is stepping into the spotlight, thanks to support from President Donald Trump and…
France enforces ban on unlimited soda drinks…

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:38 AM PST

Restaurants in France face prosecution starting today if they offer unlimited soda drinks to customers in the latest Gallic crackdown on obesity. France had already…

Miami Mayor Orders Jails to Comply With Federal Immigration Plan…

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:32 AM PST

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday ordered jails to comply with federal requests to detain immigrants, citing President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this…
Facial Recognition Cameras Coming to Bridges and Tunnels in NYC

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:27 AM PST

The state of New York has privately asked surveillance companies to pitch a vast camera system that would scan and identify people who drive in…
Economy Slows to 1.9% Rate in 4th Quarter of 2016…

Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:24 AM PST

The U.S. economy’s expansion slowed in the fourth quarter, and annual growth failed to reach 3% for an 11th straight year, reflecting the huge hurdles…

North Korea threatens to Destroy Los Angeles With Nuke If US Continues Threats

Posted: 26 Jan 2017 07:46 PM PST

Man, Kim Jong Un just really didn’t like “The Interview.” More than two years after North Korea hacked Sony Pictures over the release of its…

Trump could cut ties with UN over its support for the PA

Posted: 26 Jan 2017 07:39 PM PST

The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way for the United States to reduce ties with organizations that support the Palestinian…

Satanic Temple’s Quest to Erect Homage to Satan at Arkansas Capitol to Have Public Hearing

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


Do You Know Him?


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


A Gospel Presentation

God is Holy

The Bible teaches that the entire universe was created by God. And that God who has created everything has spoken to humanity in the Bible. And the Bible tells us that a fundamental characteristic of God is that He is holy. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” That’s a way of saying that He’s entirely pure. God’s character is one of perfect moral uprightness. He is the essence of all that is good—so much so that, as the verse says, He can have absolutely no fellowship with “darkness”—no fellowship with that which is not perfectly holy, righteous, and pure.

God’s righteous character was expressed in the law He gave to Moses and the Israelites. You’ve heard of the Ten Commandments. They summarized the perfection of God’s character. These laws were directives for how people who were in a proper relationship with God must act.

We are Sinful

The problem is: all of us are sinful. We have all broken God’s law. All humanity has “gone astray like sheep, and each one of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We’ve tried to live our lives without God, according to our own standards, in our own ways. Whether we’re drug addicts and murderers, or white collar, well-to-do, upstanding citizens, we do what we do because we want to do it, with no consideration for God and what He would have us to do. The Bible calls that sin. It is the missing of the mark, the falling short of God’s standard of righteousness.

And in your heart of hearts you know you’re a sinner. I don’t know anyone who would say that they are perfect, even by their own standards. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” And if God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all, then in order to have fellowship with Him, we’d need to be perfectly holy like Him. But we’re not. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are stained by the “darkness” of our sin. And this is a problem, because if darkness can’t dwell with light, and we’re darkness and God is light, we’re cut off from a relationship with Him. We become absolutely incapable of doing the very thing we were created and designed to do: to enjoy a relationship with our Creator.

There is a Penalty for Sin

But it’s not just that we and God can’t be friends. There’s a penalty to be paid for sin. The Bible tells us that that penalty is death, Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” But the death that Paul talks about there isn’t just physical death. It’s not like we pay for our sins by going out of existence. The death talked about in that verse is a spiritual death. This is hell: eternal conscious torment. Jesus Himself calls it “a furnace of fire,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:50).

The idea of hell grates against the sensibilities of modern people, because nobody thinks they’re really bad enough to deserve something like eternal torment. They might admit that they’re not the greatest of people, but surely they don’t deserve that. But their reasoning is skewed. The punishment for sin isn’t merely measured by the sin itself. In other words, while there are qualitative differences in the experience of divine punishment, murder, lust, and lying all receive the sentence of an eternity in hell. That’s because punishment for sin is measured by the One sinned against. All sin is fundamentally a sin against God, and He is infinitely holy. Therefore, sin against an infinitely holy God demands an infinite punishment. That’s why the punishment is so serious: because God is actually that righteous.

And so the bad news is that we’re sinful, separated from God, and doomed to spend eternity in hell. There’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t simply tell God we’re sorry and we won’t do it again. What would you say about a judge who let a guilty, convicted criminal go free because he was sorry and said he wouldn’t do it again? You’d call him an unjust judge. But God is a perfectly just, perfectly righteous Judge. God’s justice demands that sin be punished, and the only payment is eternal spiritual death.

God Became Man

But the Good News is: God saw the miserable condition of humanity, and took pity on us. He knew that there was no way we could ever earn our way back to Him. We could never pay for our sins. But just when man was absolutely hopeless, when we were all doomed to spend eternity in hell with no way to pay our penalty, God the Father sent His Son to the earth on a mission. He was miraculously born to a virgin. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit miraculously conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb. And so being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was God. And being born to a human being, He was human. This is the greatest mystery in the universe. As finite human beings, we can’t entirely wrap our minds around this, but it’s true: Jesus was fully God and fully man.

He lived for 33 years on the earth. He grew up just like every other child. He became a carpenter like Joseph, His earthly father. The great difference, though, between Jesus and every other human being, was that He never sinned. Never once did He ever break God’s law. He always loved God with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength in everything He did. He never sought satisfaction outside of the Father Himself. He never disobeyed His parents, He was never selfish, He never spoke sinful words. In a word, He lived the life that you and I should have lived, but failed to live. He lived a life totally worthy of God, a life that was purely “Light,” like we said before, with no darkness at all.

Jesus Paid the Penalty

And because He was perfectly righteous, He was fit to be the substitute for sinners. The Bible records for us that the Jews plotted to kill Jesus because He preached a message that was very different to the religious establishment of His day. It was against the Jewish law to put people to death, so they sought help from the Romans, who were the governing body in Israel. Because the governor, Pontius Pilate, feared that the people would riot if he didn’t give them what they wanted, he agreed to crucify Jesus.

At the same time, Scripture also tells us that God sent His Son to die this way. It was all part of God’s plan. God used the sinful desires of the Jews and the Romans to accomplish something for His own good purpose. On the cross, Jesus suffered for sins. But He didn’t suffer for His own sins. He had no sins. He lived an entirely perfect life. No, on the cross, God “caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”

The verse right before that, Isaiah 53:5, says, “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.” What was happening on the cross was: God was carrying out the punishment against my sins—i.e., the pouring out of His wrath—on His innocent Son. Jesus voluntarily laid down His life in order to pay the penalty for sins. On the cross, God treated Jesus if He lived my life. And because I believe in Him, He treats me as if I lived Jesus’ life. See, because God is perfectly righteous, the only way to get to heaven is to be perfectly righteous. But because Jesus was perfectly righteous, and traded places with me on the cross, the perfect righteousness I need to go to heaven is His righteousness applied to my account.

After Jesus died, God miraculously raised Him from the dead three days later in order to show that He was satisfied with His sacrifice. Jesus was dead, but then He came back to life! It was a miracle. The Bible says God did this to “furnish proof to all men” that this message is true (Acts 17:30-31).


Law or Gospel — Which comes first?

Sometimes in life, the question is posed to us, “Which do you want first — the bad news or the good news?”

In response to this question, some choose to hear the good news first. It appears they desire to be thoroughly overwhelmed with the positive before getting their dose of the negative.

Others choose differently. They would rather hear the bad news first, get it out of the way, and put behind them their wonder and worry. Then, after processing the ramifications of the bad news, they hope to soothe the pain an end the conversation on a good note with positive vibes.

Well, Scripture does not offer us options. The Bible makes the choice for us, and it chooses to present the negative before the positive. The Bible declares bad news before declaring good news. It first presents the holy, wise, beneficial and condemning Law, then it publishes the “good tidings of great joy” or the Gospel. (Is. 60:1-2)

Understanding God’s Law

God’s Law was first presented in the opening chapters of Genesis. Some of it was stated; all of it was written upon man’s heart. Adam and Eve were to be entirely holy and obedient. They were to worship God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, all the time. Whether they ate, or drank, or whatsoever they did, they were do to it all for the glory of God. As image-bearers, they were to keep up God’s image. As men and women created in his likeness, they were to be like God. Vocationally, they were to enjoy and steward the garden and all God’s creatures. Relationally, they were to love one another and populate the planet. Ceremonially, they were to enjoy and glorify the Lord by walking with him in the cool of the day and never eating from the forbidden tree. These were some of their obligations, and as long as they performed perfectly they were guaranteed life in the family and kingdom of God.

However, things soon went from glorious to ghastly. Outside of them, they experienced the testing of God and the temptation of Satan. Within them they chose to question God’s truth, wisdom, and affection. Then, drawn away by their own lusts and enticed, they followed their internal sinful inclinations and externally ate of the forbidden fruit. Therefore, the holy, wise, and beneficial Law became a harsh taskmaster. It showed them the standard, showed them their guilt, and plagued their consciences. It encouraged them to hide, fear, and religiously self-medicate. It declared them wicked, separated from God, at enmity with God, and deserving of death, and it promised this for both them and their children. Yes, the Law of God promised to give them that which they deserved. It promised to pay them based upon performance, and this proved to be very, very bad news.

Understanding God’s Gospel

God, through the Law declared to Adam and Eve who they were, what they had done, and what they had justly earned — condemnation. Then God mercifully, graciously, and lovingly went to work. He performed on their behalf and promised them an eternity of undeserved blessings:

He predetermined to love his enemies.
He sought out his enemies while they hid from him in fear.
He called to the man and woman who vainly had self-medicated themselves.
He promised to rescue them and their children; they would be removed from Satan’s family.
He promised to do so by means of a special Son – one to come who would be fiercely bitten yet ultimately victorious.
He promised to damn the Evil One.
He then covered or clothed Adam and Eve by means of his ceremonial sacrifice.
He perfectly performed for and made promises to them who had performed so wickedly for him.
Friends, are we seeing the difference? The Law presents our duty to perfectly perform, and it only results in bad news. For there is none who keep all the Law, all the time, both internally and externally. However, the Gospel is not like the Law. The Gospel presents not our duty to perform for God, but it presents God’s performance and promise for us. Through the Law we lose our credentials to be a part of God’s family and enjoy his kingdom. Through the Gospel we gain credentials that cannot be earned or lost.

A Great Illustration

Perhaps nowhere is the distinction better seen between Law and Gospel than on Calvary’s cross. On that day, the Law had placed a criminal beside Jesus. There he was guilty, vile, dying, hopeless, and still hurling insults at the Son of God. He was getting that which he earned and deserved. He was being treated justly and fairly. His payment was based upon his performance, and he had hell to pay. The Law had nothing good to say to the thief on the cross. But then God went to work; Jesus granted the Law-breaking criminal complete pardon, intimate communion, and never-ending paradise. These blessings were not based upon any labors of his own, but only based upon the performance and promise of God. These blessings were not earned; they were a gift. A divine swap occurred. Jesus (The Law Keeping Man) received that which he did not deserve so that the thief (The Law Breaking Man) might also receive that which he did not deserve. And this is a fantastic picture of the Gospel. Communion with God that was lost by man seeking to keep the Law, was granted to man as a gift of God.

Responding to the Gospel

Therefore, how should we respond to the Gospel? While believing in divine sovereignty, what is our human responsibility?

Let us make the Gospel our Gospel. Along with the Apostle Paul let us call it “mine.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit offer this gift to you. They command you to receive it and enjoy it. If you find yourself with faith, willing to repent and receive, call out to Jesus in prayer right now. Call Jesus, “My Jesus.” Call Jesus’ righteousness, “My Righteousness.” Call Jesus’ Gospel, “My Gospel.” (Rom. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:8) Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. As a matter of fact, if you draw near to God, it is only because he has already been drawing nearer to you.

Let us not water down the Gospel. This is always our tendency, to add human works to the sufficient work of Jesus Christ. Friends, re-read the letter to the Galatians. If we must perform, it is not Gospel. If we must labor, it is not Gospel. If it involves our works, it is not Gospel. If it is conditioned upon us in anyway, it is not Gospel. If it is a contract, it is not Gospel. If it can be lost, it is not Gospel. The Gospel represents the unilateral work of God on behalf of men. The Law ought never be divorced from the Gospel, but it must never be confused either.

Let us celebrate the Gospel. William Tyndall wrote of the Gospel, “It makes a man’s heart glad, and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy.” It is the best of news. It means we can sabbath. It means we can boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence. It means we are seen as Christlike image-bearers. Give God the celebratory praise he deserves. He has labored perfectly on your behalf, give him reverent and radical praise and worship.

Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel. (Rom.1:16) Paul wrote, “Woe if I do not preach the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:16) He wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who spread the Good News.” Friends, just as Adam and Eve were to physically reproduce, we are to spiritually reproduce around the world. This is our mission. This is our great mission. This is our Great Commission. Let us be humble, for we cannot make someone believe. Let us be zealous, for God has a tendency to honor those who labor hard. And let us become flexibly relevant in order to better spread the Gospel. (1 Cor. 9:22-23) As Gospel-lovers and Gospel-beneficiants, let us do that which is Lawful and bring in the Gospel-harvest.

Then, let us live Lawfully in accordance with the Gospel. Now that we have been saved from having to perform, let us perform. Yes, with Gospel-eyes, let us look at the Law and enjoy practicing that which is holy, wise, beneficial, and worshipful. Living in the power of the Gospel, let us enjoy becoming more and more like Jesus — the Author and Finisher of our Faith. And when we look at the Law, let us not get frustrated and despondent. Instead, let us glory in the Law, for there is the description of who we are in Christ today, and it also shows us all we will be in glory tomorrow when our old flesh is finally exterminated.

Bottom line, the Law shows us how to perform for God, but the Gospel shows us how God performs for us. This is radical. This is crazy. This is beautiful. This is truth.


Our Response

And now, God promises that…

  • if you acknowledge that you are a sinner—that you have broken His law,
  • and if you admit that there is no way that you could earn His favor and His forgiveness,
  • and if you purpose to turn away from your life of sin and commit your life to Him,
  • and if you trust in Jesus’ righteousness alone for your acceptance before this holy God,

…then He will have treated Jesus as if He lived your life, and will treat you as if you lived Jesus’ life. You will be saved from the penalty of your sin, and will be able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in heaven, and even fellowship with Him starting now.

In other words, if you believe that you’re a sinner and deserve God’s punishment because of your sin, but you also believe that God sent Jesus to endure that punishment in your place, and that His sacrifice is the only way you can be forgiven, then God promises that He will forgive you and you will be saved. You’ll know the God who created you.

Don’t Waste Your Life

God designed your soul. And He designed you so that, just as a car engine is designed to run on gasoline, you’re designed to run on Him. He is what life is about. All of the disappointments, discouragements, and uncertainties of your life find their resolution in Him. And all of the satisfactions, fun experiences, and joys of life find their consummation in Him. Everything good in our lives is like a trail of breadcrumbs that leads us to the feast of God Himself. And everything bad in our lives is a reminder that life lived apart from knowing God in Christ is not the way it was meant to be.

And I also don’t want to see you waste your life. God created us for the purpose of rightly knowing and worshiping Him. That’s the meaning of life. That’s where true happiness and satisfaction are found. When you don’t live your life for that purpose, you waste it. So many people go through life seeking that happiness, but never find it because they don’t know what life is really about. I don’t want that for you. I don’t want you to suffer God’s wrath eternally for your sin. I want to spend eternity in heaven worshiping God with you, praising Him for how gracious He was to forgive our sins because of Christ’s sacrifice.

Receive Forgiveness

So would you receive Christ? Would you acknowledge your sinfulness before God and admit you can’t do a thing about it? Would you turn from your sin, and seek to live your life in submission to Jesus Christ? Would you trust in Jesus alone for your righteousness before God? Would you join me in worshiping the God we were created to know?

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Ready to start your new life with God?

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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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Does Planned Parenthood provide prenatal care and mammograms to women?

WINTERY KNIGHT

How many abortions does Planned Parenthood perform? How many abortions does Planned Parenthood perform?

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A new video put out by Live Action takes a look at the claim that Democrats make that Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care to pregnant women.

But that’s not all – what about the claim made by Democrats that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms to women?

Life Site News explains the myth and the reality.

Excerpt:

The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities.

The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms.

“There are millions of women all across the country…

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Forty-Four Years and Sixty Million Dead Babies

Conservative radio host and activist Chuck Baldwin penned a provocative blog post to bring attention to the 60 million womb babies who have lost their lives to abortionists since Roe v Wade became the law of the land.  Baldwin believes the slaughter of babies could have been stopped decades ago. In his piece he lays into the Republican Party and pro-life groups like Focus On The Family and National Right To Life Committee for their opposition to former Senator Ron Paul’s “Sanctity of Life” Act and state personhood bills. Their reasoning? “Since it was a Supreme Court ruling that instituted abortion-on-demand, we must wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling reversing the decision.”

Balderdash! says Baldwin. He writes:

Last Sunday, January 22, was the forty-fourth anniversary of the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion-on-demand. Since those dreadful decisions, nearly sixty million helpless, innocent unborn babies have been mercilessly slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers.

Think about it: an American fifty years of age or younger has no conscious recollection of a country where abortion-on-demand was NOT legal. And the truth is, both major parties and the vast majority of America’s pastors and churches are equally culpable for this slaughter of innocents.

The Republican Party touts itself as being “pro-life.” The claim is so much hot air. The GOP controlled the entire federal government for six of G.W. Bush’s eight years in office. They did nothing about Roe. This in spite of the fact that every year Congressman Ron Paul would introduce the “Sanctity of Life” Act; and every year the GOP leadership in Congress let the bill collect dust in the document room and die. And President Bush never once voiced his support for the bill. NOT ONCE. The bill was never voted on by a congressional committee, much less by the Congress as a whole.

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Weekly Watchman for 01/27/2017

Cliff’s Notes Christianity?

The growing crisis of biblical illiteracy in Evangelical Christianity has been well documented. Some professing Christians just don’t take the time to read the Bible while others read it, but don’t take the time to study or understand the depth of its wisdom and application. Today we discuss the crisis of watered-down doctrine that is having huge eternal consequences for those who profess to be Christians and others who are being robbed of the whole gospel.

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Abortion Hurts Us All, Especially Women – Part 2

It is also indisputable and documented that babies in the womb have a developed nervous system and feel pain. How irrational to think a baby senses or feels nothing until the very moment they are delivered, and then all of a sudden upon seeing daylight or when the umbilical cord is cut, pain receptors kick in.

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A Rose By Any Other Name…

Author and radio show host Steve Deace joins us to discuss how the modern progressive movement has left (pun intended) the mainstream of American thought and politics, and why that should be a serious concern for all of us.

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Living and Passing on Our Faith to Others

In many ways the Book of Hebrews, particularly in Chapters 11 and 12 symbolizes what the Christian life should look like in these perilous days. We are reminded of the early men in world history who walked with God by faith in the Old Testament and encouraged to live a life of radical faith pointing others to Jesus Christ. It also reminds us of the many who suffered scorn, persecution and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us for a challenging and encouraging look at the Book of Hebrews.

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What do you mean, ‘God is Sovereign’?

When we claim to know and love God, but cannot give an answer when tragedy happens around us, we look foolish to the world. When Rob Bell was doing a book tour for “Love Wins”, he appeared on MSNBC to promote his book right after the tragedy in Japan where a tsunami killed hundreds of people. Martin Basheer of MSNBC asked Bell a question: “With this tsunami that killed hundreds of people—did it happen because God was not powerful enough to prevent it or because He didn’t care that hundreds would die?” Bell fumbled around, as he usually does on any deep theological question and then just said something like “Well some things are just best left alone and not talked about…” Rob Bell missed a golden opportunity to share the gospel with millions of viewers that day, but given his misguided theology we have no reason to believe he would have presented the true gospel anyway.

But the point is that the sovereign nature of God, along with man’s ability to have free will and make decisions on his own, is an important issue we should discuss and understand to the best of our ability so we can answer serious questions unbelievers—and even Christians—may have when tragedy strikes.

Our guest this morning Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss what it means that God is sovereign and how we reconcile that with the fact God has given men free will to act.

Today, we look at Abendroth’s previous book, The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus: Bowing to the Gracious Despot.

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Understanding the Battle for Our Nation

This morning, we discuss an article from conservative columnist Dennis Prager, outlining the fundamental differences in the values and beliefs of progressives and conservatives. Left vs. Right in a nutshell. In our first segment, we introduce you to Mark Taylor, General Manager of KNEO radio in Missouri.

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January 27, 2017: Verse of the day

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The contrast between the scribes and Pharisees, who were indifferent to the plight of the lost, and God, who seeks them and rejoices when they are found, is striking. That those who claimed to officially represent God did not understand His mission or share His joy at the recovery of lost sinners reveals that their thinking was alien to His. The scribes and Pharisees lived within the narrow confines of superfi ciality and triviality while all around them souls were perishing. They were hypocrites, false shepherds who knew nothing of the compassionate, caring, loving heart of God; they were depicted by the ninety-nine self-righteous persons who saw no need for personal repentance and brought no joy to heaven.

The story also contains Christological overtones. God incarnate in Jesus Christ is the good shepherd (John 10:11, 14), who came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He has compassion on lost sinners, whom He likened to sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36; Mark 6:34), and bore the full burden of their restoration to God by laying down His life for them (John 10:11; cf. Isa. 53:4–6; 1 Peter 2:24–25).

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January 27, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

January 27

Something of Eternal Value

I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.

Romans 1:11

Some years ago, a young woman in our church who was a student at a local university said to me, “I learned a great lesson from one of your sermons on love. I always told myself that I loved the little girls in my fourth–grade Sunday school class. They all have small, frilly dresses and the cutest smiles.”

She went on to say, “One Saturday I was attending a football game at my school—something I do every Saturday—and the Lord convicted me about not adequately preparing my Sunday school lesson. Because I attended the games on Saturday, I was in the habit of teaching a lesson on Sunday morning that was very shallow and superficial. God pointed out that I didn’t really love those girls the way I thought I did because I made no sacrifice in my own life to give them something of eternal value.”

She ended our conversation by saying, “So from now on, I will not be attending any more football games until my lesson is completed and I feel I can impart to them something of eternal value.”[1]


January 27 Seeking Righteous Attitudes

“I … entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Ephesians 4:3

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God is most concerned about who we are, because who we are determines what we do.

Now that we’ve looked in depth at Ephesians 4:1–3, let’s take a step back. These verses reveal a basic truth: the Christian life is not primarily about what we do but who we are. When Paul teaches about the worthy walk, about how we live each day, he never discusses actions, only attitudes.

It is possible to have what I call “action fruit”—such as praise (Heb. 13:15), giving (Phil. 4:17), evangelism (Rom. 1:13), and other good works (Col. 1:10)—without “attitude fruit,” which is the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self–control” (Gal. 5:22–23). Plenty of people can do good deeds without inner righteousness. But that’s legalism; that’s the hypocrisy that the Bible speaks so much about. The right path to true spirituality is to have proper attitudes first. The Holy Spirit works through our attitudes to produce right actions.

Unfortunately, many Christians miss this point. To them, being a Christian is primarily a list of do’s—going to church, putting money in the offering, carrying a Bible—and don’ts—not cursing, not drinking, not murdering. They see external behavior as the fact of Christianity instead of the manifestation of it. They don’t cultivate the inner graces.

Of course, God wants us to live righteous lives. But to those with merely external actions, Jesus said, “Woe to you … hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self–indulgence…. First clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also” (Matt. 23:25–26).

Don’t let yourself become a slave to external religion. Make sure you do your good works out of love for God and others, as part of the overflow of the spiritual fruit in your life.

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Suggestions for Prayer: If you see hypocrisy in yourself, ask God to purge it. Pray for and diligently seek attitude fruit.

For Further Study: Jesus warned about internal sinfulness in Matthew 5:21–22, 27–30 and external righteousness in 6:1–18 and 7:1–5. How is Proverbs 4:23 an antidote to those?[2]


JANUARY 27

NOT MERE WORDS ALONE

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

—Psalm 119:130

Thanks to our splendid Bible societies and to other effective agencies for the dissemination of the Word, there are today many millions of people who hold “right opinions,” probably more than ever before in the history of the Church. Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb.

Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts. POG009

Lord, as I study Your Word may I not merely read the words on the page but personally experience their truths, that I may know You and genuinely delight in Your presence. Amen. [3]


January 27

The Lord’s Ministry All According to Plan

He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea.—Matt. 4:12b–13a

Nothing was accidental or happenstance about Jesus’ earthly ministry. He did not go from Judea to Galilee because Herod or the Jewish leaders forced Him to or because He had nowhere else to go. He left Judea because His work there was finished for the time being. And He came to Galilee because that was the next place, according to the Father’s plan, for Him to minister.

Humanly speaking, Jesus left the lower Jordan region for Galilee because of the Jewish leaders (cf. John 4:1, 3). His close association with John the Baptist as well as His growing number of followers had caused the scribes and Pharisees to hate Jesus as much or more than they hated John. Jesus was not afraid of their hatred but removed Himself from the leaders’ immediate influence because it was not yet time for them to fully turn their wrath on Him.

The Lord by no means avoided the Jewish leaders permanently, for at the appropriate, foreordained time, He faced them without flinching and denounced them far more harshly than John the Baptist ever did (cf. Matt. 23:1–36). Jesus was simply forever safe from wicked human schemes and devices. He knew He would die, but it would be according to the will of His Father, not that of His earthly enemies (cf. John 10:17–18). He also knew He would rise from the dead, all according to the divine plan.

ASK YOURSELF
Can Christians live with the same kind of bold assurance that Jesus did, fearlessly walking through life at the Spirit’s direction? If the worst that could happen would only put us that much closer to Jesus, what reason do we have for fear? Why not resolve to follow Jesus’ example?[4]


January 27 Trusting in God’s Power

“I pray that … you may know … the surpassing greatness of [God’s] power toward us who believe” (Eph. 1:18–19).

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The same divine power that created, sustains, and controls the universe secures your salvation.

God’s power is awesome! David wrote, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in Thy hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name” (1 Chron. 29:11–13).

In Ephesians 1:19 Paul focuses on one key feature of God’s power: His ability to secure the salvation of His people. And he prays for you to understand the surpassing greatness of that truth.

The Greek word translated “power” is dunamis, from which we get dynamite and dynamo. This power is active, dynamic, and compelling—and it is mightily at work on your behalf. You might not always sense it, but it’s there nonetheless.

Peter expresses the same thought in 1 Peter 1:5, where he says you are “protected by the power of God through faith” in Christ. In that verse “protected” means “to keep or guard” and reflects Peter’s confidence that salvation is inviolable.

The same limitless power that created, sustains, and controls the universe saved you and keeps you saved. That’s why Jesus said no one can snatch you out of the Father’s hand (John 10:29). Not even Satan has the power to do that. Paul confidently added that nothing therefore can separate you from God’s love (Rom. 8:38–39). That’s the confidence you should have as you live each day.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Pray for greater spiritual enlightenment and a clearer understanding of your security in Christ. ✧ Nothing will rob you of your assurance quicker than unconfessed sin. If that has happened to you, confess it immediately and turn from it. Then ask God to restore to you the joy of your salvation.

For Further Study: Read 1 Chronicles 29:11–13. ✧ What prerogatives did David attribute to God (vv. 11–12)? ✧ What was David’s response to God’s power (v. 13)?[5]


JANUARY 27

WE GET AROUND IT

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:14

The lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to our hymnbook, where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion.

The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute and final authority over all its members in every detail of their lives is simply not accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians.

To avoid the necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instructions of our Lord in the New Testament, we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. We find ways to avoid the sharp point of obedience, comfort carnality and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that “Christ simply could not have meant what He said.” Dare we admit that His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by “interpretation”? Dare we confess that even in our public worship, the influence of the Lord is very small? We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere!

Dear Lord, I have to admit that there have been times when I have conveniently ignored the clear instructions of Your Word. Help me to give someone a cup of cold water—in Your name—today.[6]


JANUARY 27

KNOWING GOD: GOAL OF ALL CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with thee.

PSALM 5:1, 4

Among Christians of all ages and of varying shades of doctrinal emphasis there has been fairly full agreement on one thing: they all believed that it was important that the Christian with serious spiritual aspirations should learn to meditate long and often on God!

Let a Christian insist upon rising above the poor average of current religious experience and he will soon come up against the need to know God Himself as the ultimate goal of all Christian doctrine.

Let him seek to explore the sacred wonders of the Triune Godhead and he will discover that sustained and intelligently directed meditation on the Person of God is imperative. To know God well he must think on Him unceasingly. Nothing that man has discovered about himself or God has revealed any shortcut to pure spirituality. It is still free, but tremendously costly!

Of course this presupposes at least a fair amount of sound theological knowledge. To seek God apart from His own self-disclosure in the inspired Scriptures is not only futile but dangerous. There must be also a knowledge of and complete trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Redeemer.

Christ is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way, “the way, the truth and the life.”

To believe otherwise is to be something less than a Christian![7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 38). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[2] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[3] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 35). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 39). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[6] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

There are Leaders who Sacrifice, and then there are Leaders who Sacrifice

Unfathomable Grace

There have been many leaders willing to sacrifice anyone and everyone in the pursuit of their own self-interests.


In the Old Testament, Pharaoh was an example of one such leader. In the pursing of gain and glory, he harshly led Israel. He took away their freedom, their ability to profit, and their male prodigy. However, he harmed many more than his Hebrew slaves. In the end, despite warning after warning, he harmed his own household and nation as he recklessly pursued his own glory. In the end, Pharaoh spent his land, wealth, people, son, and army seeking to promote himself and his own interests. Pharaoh was the ultimate narcissistic political leader.

Ezekiel described the ministers of his day. God saw them as shepherds willing to sacrifice their sheep as they pursued their own pleasures. Weak sheep who should have been nurtured, and wandering sheep who should have been pursued and rescued, were left alone; they were not worthy…

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Separating the sheep from the goats

Possessing the Treasure

By Mike Ratliff

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NASB) 

12 So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. 13 And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. Luke 19:12-15 (NASB) 

26 I tell you that…

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