Daily Archives: March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Mar. 6, 2017 |


Japan moved to the highest possible alert level after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles simultaneously into nearby waters, the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime. Three of the missiles fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with one dropping about 350 kilometers west of the nation’s northern Akita prefecture.

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has caused $9 billion of damage in Nigeria’s northeast since 2009, destroying homes, schools, bridges and roads, according to the United Nations.

President Trump is set to issue a revised order restricting entry into the U.S. by people from six predominantly Muslim countries, reviving a signature initiative of his presidency that stalled in the face of court challenges and sparked global protests. The revised directive removes Iraq from an original list of seven countries whose citizens cannot travel to the U.S. for the next 90 days. The order’s scope will give more specifics about who is covered by restrictions on entering the U.S.

The U.K. government risks producing the “worst of all worlds” if it tries to tailor post-Brexit immigration rules for specific industries, according to a study by a House of Lords panel.

The U.S. Supreme Court canceled a scheduled showdown over the bathroom rights of transgender students in public schools, sending the case back to a lower court after the Trump administration changed a pivotal federal policy.

China indicated a continued slowdown in defense spending growth this year, as President Xi Jinping presses ahead with a sweeping military overhaul.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.

Chinese real-estate investors are losing interest in the U.S. as their concern over yuan depreciation eases and questions swirl around President Donald Trump’s stance on protectionism. That’s the view of Andrew Haskins, executive director of Asia research and advisory services at Colliers International, who expects Chinese capital to return to Asia as investors pull out of America.

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At West Emergency Hospital in Erbil, Iraq, five small children lie in beds, along with their mother, all wrapped in bandages, with chemical burns from a mortar attack that hit their house.

On Tuesday, a bomb hit his neighbor’s house releasing rancid-smelling white smoke, sickening the family and people in the surrounding area. It was one of at least four similar attacks in the past 10 days, prompting international organizations to warn that Islamic State militants could be using chemical weapons against civilians in eastern Mosul. Police confirm the bomb and another that hit a home in the nearby Mishraq neighborhood the same day contained homemade chemical poisons.

A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee’s Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday.

Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that at least 110 people had died from drought and drought-related illnesses on Thursday and Friday, the first reported deaths since the country declared a national disaster late last month.

Nigerian pirates have released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors after they were captured last month on the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean, Russian news agencies reported.


Police in the south Indian state of Karnataka have arrested three people in connection with the “human sacrifice” of a 10-year-old girl. The child was killed on the instructions of a “sorcerer” to “cure” a paralyzed man.

A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation.

Mexico has opened legal aid centers at consulates in 50 US cities, in a move designed to protect its citizens from tougher immigration enforcement.

At least 30 people have been killed on Myanmar’s border with China, after clashes between ethnic rebels and the security forces.

Shares in Deutsche Bank fell 5% in early trading on news it plans to bolster its finances through selling new shares. Germany’s biggest bank plans to raise about $8.5bn through the sale, due later this month.

The Israeli government has taken steps to reduce the penalties for personal marijuana use. It backed plans to issue fines initially, and only resort to criminal charges for repeat offenders.

Jordan has executed 15 prisoners, including 10 convicted of terrorism charges, officials said. The prisoners, all Jordanians, were hanged at dawn on Saturday in a jail south of the capital, Amman.


Republicans will introduce their much-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, a senior House Republican aide told NBC News on Sunday.

The European Union is not willing to play nice much longer with member states that refuse to share the continent’s “refugee” burden. Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said member countries have until September to take in 160,000 mostly Syrian refugees currently stranded in Greece and Italy.

Hundreds of students rioted at Middlebury College in Vermont this week, preventing a respected libertarian scholar from speaking and leaving one female professor in a neck brace.

Top News – 3/6/2017

In First, Conservative Synagogues Will Welcome Non-Jewish Members
The resolution, the first of its kind in the Conservative movement, passed overwhelmingly with a 94-8 vote during a Special Meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) General Assembly, JTA reported. “USCJ, as a valued and trusted partner, is committed to assisting welcoming, vibrant, and caring Jewish communities to fully engage the spiritual gifts of all community members,” the resolution read.

‘Trump will keep his promise to move embassy to Jerusalem
Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), a member of the delegation, told reporters at a press conference Sunday evening that President Trump intends to stand by his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Israeli journalists have been writing articles doubting Trump’s intentions since the inauguration.

Tony Blair, Jared Kushner Held 3 Secret Meetings on Mid-East Advisor Appointment
former Prime Minister Tony Blair (Labour) held a secret meeting at the White House to discuss his becoming an advisor to President Donald Trump on the Middle East. According to the reports, Blair has met three times in secret with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner since September 2016. It is possible that the fact that the meetings are being leaked suggest the appointment is about to be announced.

Trump to Let Jerusalem Embassy Veto Expire in Time for 50 Years of Reunification
President Trump would not renew the waiver that enables the President to postpone implementing the Congressional decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, on Sunday.

Pro-Pope Francis Cardinals Seek His Resignation to Avoid Schism, Reports Times of London
The London Times newspaper is reporting that a group of cardinals who supported Pope Francis now want him to resign and be replaced by Cardinal Pietro Parolin because they fear his reforms will cause a schism “more disastrous” than the Reformation. The Times article draws on a report by the Vatican expert Antonio Socci, a prominent Italian Catholic journalist

The Ark of the Covenant, which supposedly has contained the tablets with the Ten Commandments, is the subject of a new search
Researchers from France and Israel are getting together to search for this historical artifact. They believe the Ark rests in a Biblical site that has not yet been extensively explored. Kiriath-Jearim in West Jerusalem will be opened for research between August 7th and September 1st.

In Memory of Cris David Putnam
All at SkyWatch TV are saddened to learn of the death of Cris David Putnam. He passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening March 1, 2017 at the age of 51.

6.5-magnitude quake hits off PNG, no tsunami
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued.

Powerful aftershock leaves one killed, 41 injured in Mindanao city
The 5.9-magnitude quake struck the southern city of Surigao and surrounding areas, causing two houses and several walls to collapse, government seismologists and civil defense officers said. A 65-year-old woman died of a heart attack while 41 people were treated for injuries mostly caused by falling objects, civil defense officials said.

Liberman: Israeli annexation of West Bank will cause ‘immediate crisis’ with US
Applying Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank would lead to an “immediate crisis” with the new US administration, said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday. Liberman made the remarks in reference to statements made by MK Miki Zohar (Likud), who said on Sunday that he sought for Israel to annex the West Bank without granting full citizenship to its Palestinian inhabitants.

Israel eyeing Iran’s test of advanced Russian-made missile system
A day after Iran test its S-300 advanced missile defense system, Israel is cautiously monitoring the situation. After years of delay, the advanced Russian-made S-300 missile-defense system successfully completed a series of tests and has become operational, Iranians state media reported on Saturday.

North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea
North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a “new stage of threat”. They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North’s border with China, the South Korean military said.

Schumer’s plan to stop the wall
Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year. Trump needs 60 Senate votes to fund construction of his “great wall” along the Southern border. Unlike healthcare or tax reform, Republicans can’t use the budget process to ram the wall funding through Congress using only Republican votes.

U.S. Republicans expected to unveil healthcare bill this week
Republican U.S. lawmakers expect to unveil this week the text of long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law, one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities, a senior Republican congressional aide said on Sunday. Since taking office in January, Trump has pressed his fellow Republicans who control Congress to act quickly to dismantle former Democratic President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and pass a plan to replace it, but lawmakers in the party have differed on the specifics.

Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: ‘Jesus Saved Us’
Numerous Syrian Muslims who fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon have converted to Christianity despite threats and incidents of attacks on new converts, according to a report.George Saliba, Bishop of Syrian Orthodox Church in Lebanon, said he has baptized around 100 Muslim Syrian refugees since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011, according to USA Today.

UK will have to give up all EU perks after Brexit, François Hollande warns
The French president, François Hollande, has warned that Britain cannot hang on to the advantages of EU membership after it leaves, saying his message to Britain is: “That’s not possible; the UK will become an outsider to the European Union.” In an interview…Hollande said he regretted Britain’s decision to leave but stressed France’s long-held position that the UK could not exit the EU while holding on to any of the perks of membership.

Mosul exodus grows as Iraqi army advances towards Isil-held old city centre
The exodus from war-battered Mosul passed 200,000 people on Sunday, as US-backed Iraqi forces launched a fresh push towards the Isil-held old city centre. The speed of displacement has accelerated as fighting approaches the most densely populated areas of west Mosul, with more than 40,000 men, women and children fleeing in the past week alone. By Sunday evening, Iraqi forces were in sight of the main government complex in Mosul.

Netanyahu: 80% of security threats against Israel emanate from Iran
Iran is the source of the vast majority of Israel’s security concerns, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at an event commemorating the victims of a 1992 Iranian-sponsored terror attack against Israel in Argentina. “Iran is the greatest generator of terrorism in the world in the world and we need to to fight this terror because it is just one arm of Iranian aggression, which also seeks nuclear weapons and advances its ballistic missiles program,” he said at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

Russia’s developing 100 megaton dirty Tsunami Creating submarine drone bomb
The report outlines how when a nuclear weapon goes off underwater, it produces a cavity of hot gasses, which then collapses. If the explosion happens near the surface, it can create some pretty big waves—under some circumstances, they can be hundreds of feet high near ground zero.

North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into sea near Japan
North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war.

Flashback: Obama Promises “No More Illegal Wiretapping of American Citizens”
In 2007, Obama promised, “There will be no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.” Obama went on to say that under his administration, he won’t do that.

Predictive Programming: TNT’s The Last Ship
The term “predictive programming”, is used to refer to the conditioning of the masses to accept a bleak future planned by the globalists. The Last Ship, a TNT original series, is the latest in predictive programming. The show has been filled with tales of mass genocide involving pandemics, mass vaccinations, and civil war, as well as the breakup of the United States. The details are in the video.

Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use
The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

Deep State Preparing to Launch Paramilitary Operations Against Americans
Paul Martin of Revolution Radio.org, joined me for an emergency broadcast of The Common Sense Show in early morning hours of March 4th. Paul Martin’s best source, a high-placed operative in an intelligence agency, that he refers to as “East Coast’ told Paul that the Deep State is ready to make their move and that paramilitary activities are being prepared to be launched against the American people. For a variety of reasons Paul feels that there will be a biochemical nature to what is coming. This is all covered in the following interview.

The Briefing 03-06-17

Scientism and ethics: Scientist raises host of ethical questions in human embryo, “embryoid” research

Pew: Islam is only religion growing faster than world’s population, will outgrow Christianity in 2070

The debate isn’t over: California cities debate marijuana licensing even as it is legalized statewide

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There Is One Word Which Explains Obama’s Rage Against Trump: Globalism

By Geri Ungurean

As Paul Sperry writes in the New York Post, “Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.” Obama’s OFA Washington HQ is now the nerve center that coordinates 250 offices nationwide, which together with its Chicago-based sister organization, the Community Organizing Institute (COI), are planning to facilitate the “training [of] more than 2 million youths in Alinsky street tactics”….

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David Horowitz on Shadow Government

Freedom Center founder weighs in on the behind-the-scenes movement to take down Trump.

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Top Headlines – 3/6/2017

  • Geopolitics, Deutsche Bank drag global stocks lower (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Turnaround Plan Gets Mixed Reaction (Read More)
  • Conservative Groups Jeopardize GOP Plan to Repeal Health Law (Read More)
  • Russian Hackers Seek Hush Money From Liberal U.S. Groups (Read More)
  • Automakers Near a Victory on Rollback of Fuel Standards (Read More)
  • Brought Down by Long Bust, Texas Oilmen Pray for Another Boom (Read More)
  • General Motors Waves Goodbye to Europe (Read More)
  • PSA targets Opel turnaround as GM exits Europe (Read More)
  • GM to Take $4 Billion Charge on Sale of European Unit to Peugeot (Read More)
  • Standard Life to Buy Aberdeen in $4.7 Billion Stock Deal (Read More)
  • Bezos Expected to Unveil Further Plans for Private Space Exploration (Read More)
  • Ahmadinejad Joins Twitter in Political Comeback Bid (Read More)
  • How a $26 Billion Hedge Fund Lures the Beautiful Minds (Read More)
  • Sarkozy camp asks France’s Fillon to replace himself as candidate (Read More)
  • Juppe says no to French presidential bid but slams candidate Fillon (Read More)
  • TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs (Read More)
  • ECB unlikely to boost bond lending to ease end-March squeeze (Read More)
  • Charity Officials Increasing Get Million-Dollar Paydays (Read More)
  • America’s Treasuries Revolution in Limbo With Mnuchin in Charge (Read More)
  • German minister warns UK over trade, predicts Frankfurt to gain (Read More)
  • KKR Gets Record $13.9 Billion for North American Buyout Fund (Read More)
  • China has the right to ‘step in’ to Hong Kong election, top official says (Read More)
  • Rich Asian Millennials Pool Family Fortunes to Build Venture Fund (Read More)
  • South Korea prosecutor paves way for charges against Park if impeachment upheld (Read More)
  • Chinese Property Investors Could Exit U.S. as Asia Beckons (Read More)
  • Orphan Endowments of Dead Schools Bedevil States Across America (Read More)
  • Greek PM glosses over delays and weak data, says economy is recovering (Read More)
  • Verizon’s Unlimited Data Offer Puts Its Reputation for Reliability at Risk (Read More)
  • Alphabet lawsuit against Uber cements end of uneasy marriage (Read More)
  • UK manufacturers enjoy post-Brexit surge in orders (Read More)

Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

Netanyahu to urge Russia to say ‘nyet’ to Iranian ops near Israel border

Israel eyeing Iran’s test of advanced Russian-made missile system

Hezbollah-linked video threatens attacks on 9 Israeli nuclear, chemical sites

Coalition members push for new settlement to replace Amona

Arab Foreign Ministers at Cairo Summit Discuss ‘Palestinian Issue’ of Blocking Potential Relocation of US, Other Embassies to ‘Occupied Jerusalem’

US delegation in Israel to study relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

Trump will move embassy, one-congressman mission predicts

Toppled headstones in Brooklyn Jewish cemetery reportedly ‘not hate crime’

PA chairman reportedly objected to efforts to launch regional peace initiative with Netanyahu, causing latest tensions with Egypt

IDF boats and divers reportedly enter Lebanese territorial waters

Stranded in Aleppo: Syrians claiming to be Jews seek aid from Israel

Wave of ISIS car bombs targets Iraqi troops in west Mosul

Iraqi forces push into deadliest areas of Mosul as civilian exodus accelerates

Total number of people displaced from Mosul exceeds 200,000

UN says 66,000 displaced in 5 months of north Syria fighting

Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: ‘Jesus Saved Us’

Egypt Is Failing to Protect Christians From Being ‘Hunted Down and Murdered,’ Human Rights Group Says

Erdogan likens Germany’s blocking rallies to Nazis

Iran indicts ex-nuke negotiator likely on suspicion of espionage

Iran’s Ahmadinejad joins Twitter despite ban

North Korea fires four banned ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea’s Launch of Ballistic Missiles Raises New Worries

US ‘strongly condemns’ North Korea missile launch

Tokyo calls North Korea’s latest missile launch a ‘grave threat to national security’

Malaysia: Ambassador’s expulsion is a warning to North Korea

Afghan family of five detained in US despite valid entry visas

U.S. suspends fast processing of high-tech visa applications

Mexico opens legal aid centres to fight US deportations

Migrants Confront Judgment Day Over Old Deportation Orders

Nancy Pelosi calls her denial of meeting Russian envoy ‘completely different’ from Sessions’ case

White House Asks Congress To Investigate, Offers No Evidence of Wiretapping

Trump wiretap charge flummoxes law enforcement officials as FBI head reportedly asks DOJ to reject claim

Schumer on Trump claims: Either way, the president is ‘in trouble’

Former Bush attorney general: Trump likely right about surveillance

Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump

Newt Gingrich: Schumer’s plan to Keep Obama appointees in power

Are Attacks Against President Trump a Satanic Ploy to Destroy America?

A Conspiracy Theory’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter

Bashing and baiting the press – a tactic used by many world leaders

Jeff Bezos Expected to Unveil Further Plans for Private Space Exploration

Could Artificial Earthquakes Trigger Disaster? Oklahoma’s Risk “Now Equal To That Of San Francisco”

Papua New Guinea hit by 6.5 earthquake, no tsunami expected

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Suva, Fiji

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Possible dyke intrusion in Pordarhyrna volcano

Madagascar braces for life-threatening impacts from strengthening Tropical Cyclone Enawo

Zimbabwe seeks aid after floods kill over 240 in 3 months

Riverbanks collapse after Oroville Dam spillway shut off

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, WHO says

Bird flu detected in chicken breeding facility in Tennessee

Sickle cell anemia patient ‘cured’ by gene therapy, doctors say

Text of ObamaCare replacement bill coming this week, source says

Obamacare repeal prompts advertising flood

Tying ObamaCare repeal to Planned Parenthood worries some in GOP

Planned Parenthood funding threat could hit California hard

Smart condom i-Con will rate your sexual performance

Marines under investigation for sharing nude photos of women

British University Bans All “Politically Incorrect” Words: Here’s The List…

Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

MS-13 gang members accused of killing teen claimed Satan ‘wanted a soul,’ police say

Six days pass without any homicides in Chicago for first time in 4 years

Jane Whaley & WOFF – Church Members in Prosecutors Office Helped Obstruct Cases Against WOFF Leaders

Trinity Broadcasting Network sells its landmark Costa Mesa campus

Kappa award to Eddie Long not fitting, some argue

Eye Black Christianity: Tim Tebow, Clayton Jennings, and the Power of Celebrity

The 7 Spheres: exposing the NAR’s false commission

How to Grow Your Church – Steal Other Pastors Sermons

Mass graves found in disused sewers at a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers in Ireland

Catholic diocese in Minnesota files for bankruptcy over sex abuse

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Owner Taken to Court Over Website Suggesting Refusal of Homosexuals

Malaysian Christian Pastors Abduction Caught on CCTV

‘The Shack’ & the missing art of Evangelical Discernment

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 07:28 PM PST

(By R. Albert Mohler Jr) The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s “The Shack” has now exceeded even…

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UPDATE: National Weather Service Upgrades Perryville Tornado to EF-4

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 07:20 PM PST

The National Weather Service has upgraded the classification of the tornado that killed one motorist and destroyed dozens of homes in Perryville on Tuesday night…

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2 Studies Show 347 Native Bee Species ‘Spiraling Toward Extinction’

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 07:15 PM PST

(Reported By Claire Bernish) Having taken a backseat to any number of controversies surrounding the nascent Trump administration, pollinators should be back in the headlines…

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The Secret to Kathryn Kuhlman’s Powerful Healing Ministry

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 06:55 PM PST

(By J.D King) Although many were praying for the sick in the charismatic renewal, perhaps the most prominent advocate for healing was Kathryn Kuhlman (1907-1976)….

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North Korea’s Launch of Ballistic Missiles Raises New Worries

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 06:45 PM PST

North Korea launched four ballistic missiles from its long-range rocket launch site on Monday morning, the South Korean military said. The launch prompted an urgent…

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Applebee’s Restaurants Disappearing Across the US, Closing 40-60 Locations

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 06:39 PM PST

If you’re a big fan of Applebees this next story may be heartbreaking for you! Applebee’s will close between 40 and 60 locations this year….

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Russia May Ban Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ For Gay Character

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 05:19 PM PST

Russian leaders are under pressure to ban Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” because of a 2013 law that prohibits “gay propaganda” aimed…

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Mysterious black cube hovering over top-secret military research complex raises concerns

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 04:08 PM PST

The terrifying black cube was snapped over El Paso on the Texas border just a few miles from White Sands – the infamous US military…

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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea fires projectile into Sea of Japan

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 04:02 PM PST

North Korea has fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, which is also known as the East Sea, according to a South Korean Defense…

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DEVELOPING: Bird Flu Detected In Chicken Facility in Tennessee

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 03:09 PM PST

A commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu, agriculture officials said Sunday. The state Agriculture Department…

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US wages secret cyber operations against North Korea missile program

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 11:57 AM PST

American cyberwarriors are trying to sabotage North Korea’s missile program — but analysts argue over whether the effort has had real results, a New York…

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What is The Gospel?

Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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:


While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!


God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”


Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).


Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.


Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.


All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”


Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

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The Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13-16

Code: B170306

Jeremiah Johnson

From certain perspectives, you could say the world is constantly improving. Science and technology have helped all but eradicate many diseases that once plagued the world. Information has never been more accessible, and keeping in touch with other people has never been easier.

But as John MacArthur explains, those advances can’t fully mitigate the world’s consistent downward spiral.

Man has increased in scientific, medical, historical, educational, psychological, and technological knowledge to an astounding degree. But he has not changed his own basic nature and he has not improved society. Man’s knowledge has greatly improved, but his morals have progressively degenerated. His confidence has increased, but his peace of mind has diminished. His accomplishments have increased, but his sense of purpose and meaning have all but disappeared. Instead of improving the moral and spiritual quality of his life, man’s discoveries and accomplishments have simply provided ways for him to express and promote his depravity faster and more destructively. Modern man has simply invented more ways to corrupt and destroy himself. [1]

In short, he says, “The biblical world view is that the world is corrupted and decayed, that it is dark and darkening.” [2] Apart from that perspective, Christ’s words in Matthew 5:13-16 make no sense.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can I be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven.

The pervasive decay and darkness of the world are unmistakable. In this short passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Christ is calling His followers—and in particular, His disciples—to stand apart from the corruption that consumes the world. More than that—we’re called to exert a sanctifying influence in this sinful society.

We cannot reflect the world’s corruption back to it. Nor can we simply withdraw from society altogether. Instead, as John MacArthur writes, Christ has called us to be a preserving and illuminating force in the world.

The church cannot accept the world’s self-centeredness, easy solutions, immorality, amorality, and materialism. We are called to minister to the world while being separated from its standards and ways. Sadly, however, the church today is more influenced by the world than the world is influenced by the church.

In both verse 13 and verse 14 the pronoun you is emphatic. The idea is, “You are the only salt of the earth” and “You are the only light of the world.” The world’s corruption will not be retarded and its darkness will not be illumined unless God’s people are its salt and light. The very ones who are despised by the world and persecuted by the world are the world’s only hope. [3]

In simple terms, we are to be in the world, but not of it.

In this short passage, Christ used two practical analogies to make His point clear to His audience. John explains the significance of the Lord’s first illustration: salt.

Salt has always been valuable in human society, often much more so than it is today. During a period of ancient Greek history it was called theon, which means divine. The Romans held that, except for the sun, nothing was more valuable than salt. Often Roman soldiers were paid in salt, and it was from that practice that the expression “not worth his salt” originated. . . .

In numerous ways Jesus’ hearers-whether Greek, Roman, or Jewish-would have understood “salt of the earth” to represent a valuable commodity. Though most could not have understood His full meaning, they knew He was saying that His followers were to have an extremely important function in the world. Whatever else it may have represented, salt always stood for that which was of high value and importance. [4]

Several scholars and commentators have suggested a variety of interpretations regarding the specific quality of salt Christ was referring to. Some say the Lord was talking about the purity of salt and the need for Christians to be similarly pure in heart. Others claim Christ was teaching that Christians simply add flavor to the world. Some believe the point was that Christians are to bring a sting to the world, making it uncomfortable. Still others argue that, like salt, Christians are supposed to create a thirst in the world for God and His truth.

While all those interpretations have some measure of validity, John MacArthur makes a convincing case that Christ had a different characteristic in mind when He said His followers were the salt of the earth.

I believe the primary characteristic Jesus emphasizes is that of preservation. Christians are a preserving influence in the world; they retard moral and spiritual spoilage. When the church is taken out of the world at the rapture, Satan’s perverse and wicked power will be unleashed in an unprecedented way (see 2 Thessalonians 2:7–12). Evil will go wild and demons will be almost unbridled. Once God’s people are removed it will take only seven years for the world to descend to the very pits of hellishness (see Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6–19). [5]

Serving as the salt of the earth—as God’s own agents of preservation against the creeping decay of this dying world—is a tremendous responsibility. One that we must take seriously, and guard against forfeiting.

There is a sense in which salt cannot really become unsalty. But contamination can cause it to lose its value as salt. Its saltiness can no longer function.

Jesus is not speaking of losing salvation. God does not allow any of His own to be taken from Him. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand,” Jesus assures us (John 10:27). Christians cannot lose their salvation, just as salt cannot lose its inherent saltiness. But Christians can lose their value and effectiveness in the kingdom when sin and worldliness contaminate their lives, just as salt can become tasteless when contaminated by other minerals. It is a common New Testament truth that although true believers are identified as righteous, godly, and salty, there are times when they fail to be what they are (cf. Romans 7:15–25), which Peter says leads to loss of assurance (2 Peter 1:9–10), not loss of salvation.

With great responsibility there is often great danger. We cannot be an influence for purity in the world if we have compromised our own purity. We cannot sting the world’s conscience if we continually go against our own. We cannot stimulate thirst for righteousness if we have lost our own. We cannot be used of God to retard the corruption of sin in the world if our own lives become corrupted by sin. To lose our saltiness is not to lose our salvation, but it is to lose our effectiveness and to become disqualified for service (see 1 Corinthians 9:27). [6]

Ultimately, if we’re going to have any preserving influence in the world at all, we must first be distinct from it. We must be set apart, and maintain that distance if we have any hope of influencing the world for the sake of God’s kingdom.

But it’s not just about keeping our distance. As we’ll see next time, God has not just called us to preserve the world, but to illuminate it with His truth.

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Trusting Christ Alone

Unfathomable Grace

Today, we will be tempted to doubt our salvation. We will take our eyes off of Jesus Christ alone, and find ourselves with diminishing assurance that all is well with our soul.

For example, we will look at our actions with the intent of proving we are growing in holiness. However, the more we look at ourselves in comparison with God’s Law, our awareness of sin will only grow and not lessen. We will read God’s Word, examine our conduct, compare the two, and be reminded again of our falling short. It will not take us long to recognize we are not loving God supremely and thoroughly. We also will see that we do not love acceptably our brothers.

Then we will hear someone say, “Well, goodness is a matter of the heart.” At first, such sentiment will appear to apply some healing balm to our troubled soul. However, after careful examination of our affections…

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They Hate Everything We Love

“Why do liberals hate God?” inquires Lee Duigon? “Because they’re after His job. They want to sit where He sits, and they insist that they can and will do all the things He should have done, but couldn’t do because He doesn’t exist.”  In his piece over at News With Views, Duigon considers the affect liberalism has had on society.  He writes:

Remember when they booed God at the Democrat National Convention, 2012? It should have told us what we were in for, but Mitt Romney found a way to lose the election in spite of that display.

Now, five years later, we have managed to win a national election—and Democrats are back to booing God. The latest example was at a Republican town hall meeting in Louisiana, hosted by Sen. Bill Cassidy, at which Democrat “protesters”—do they even know what they’re “protesting”?—loudly booed both the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The prayer got them really riled up. “Prayer? Prayer?” cried one incredulous progressive. “Pray on your own time!” bellowed another. And a woman, at the top of her lungs, invoked the name of Lucifer, who runs American leftism when George Soros is otherwise occupied. They got especially raucous at the mention of Jesus’ name; and then they heckled and booed the recitation of the Pledge. At this point we usually hear liberals deny they’re anti-Christian and angrily declare, “Don’t you dare question our patriotism!”

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Albert Mohler Blog: “The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment”

In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. discusses the theology of the The Shack. Mohler writes:

“In evaluating the book, it must be kept in mind that The Shack is a work of fiction. But it is also a sustained theological argument, and this simply cannot be denied. Any number of notable novels and works of literature have contained aberrant theology, and even heresy. The crucial question is whether the aberrant doctrines are features of the story or the message of the work. When it comes to The Shack, the really troubling fact is that so many readers are drawn to the theological message of the book, and fail to see how it conflicts with the Bible at so many crucial points.”

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March 6, 2017: Verse of the day


When the redeemed obeyed the command from the heavenly voice and added their voices to the heavenly chorus, the dramatic sound John heard was something like the voice of a great multitude. The loud chorus of praise rose to a deafening crescendo, which the apostle likened to the sound of many waters (cf. 1:15; 14:2) and … the sound of mighty peals of thunder (cf. 6:1; 14:2). The fitting finale to the heavenly oratorio of praise is a fourth “Hallelujah!” followed by the motive for it—“For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” The evil world system has been completely destroyed, and God’s kingdom has come in its fullness. This usage of Hallelujah is reminiscent of Psalms 146–50, which repeatedly offer praise for God’s sovereign rule and eternal fellowship with the redeemed. The title Almighty is used nine times in Revelation (v. 15; 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 21:22).

MacArthur New Testament Commentary

6 Finally the cycle of praise is completed with the reverberating sounds of another great multitude. If the multitude in v. 1 was angelic, then this one would most certainly be the great redeemed throngs (cf. 7:9). They utter the final Hallel in words reminiscent of the great kingship psalms (93:1; 97:1; 99:1). The first of these psalms is used in the synagogue in Sabbath morning and evening services and also in the Armenian church liturgy for Easter Sunday (Werner, Sacred Bridge, 153). It is also the prelude to the messianic Psalms 95–99 and has as its theme the eternal sovereignty of God, who will conquer all his enemies (cf. Hertz, Daily Prayer Book, 362). The Greek verb ebasileusen (“reigns”), an ingressive aorist, may better be rendered, “has begun to reign.”

Expositor’s Bible Commentary

March 6, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 6

Called to Suffer

For to this [suffering] you were called.

1 Peter 2:21


Though today’s verse seems to point out that we are called to suffer, it actually refers back to the last part of verse 20, which says, “When you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.” When Christians endure suffering with patience, it pleases God.

That shouldn’t surprise us. Earlier in this chapter of First Peter, the apostle Peter states that Christians “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (v. 9). Our dark world resents and is often hostile toward those who represent the Lord Jesus Christ. That resentment and hostility may be felt at certain times and places more than others, but it is always there to some extent as a part of the privilege of being His own.[1]

March 6 Cleansing Our Hands and Hearts

“Cleanse your hands … and purify your hearts.”

James 4:8


Clean hands and a pure heart will always characterize the humble.

Hands represent our behavior, the pattern of our outward actions. Scripture uses that symbol when it encourages people to abandon their sinful behavior: “So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of bloodshed” (Isa. 1:15).

Today’s verse uses “hands” in reference to the Jewish ceremonial requirements. The priests were required to wash their hands before they entered the presence of God in the tabernacle and temple (Ex. 30:19–21). Therefore, a call to have clean hands was not just a strange figure of speech for James’s audience. As Jews, they would know that a person needed to go through a cleansing process and have a clean life if he wanted to be close to the Lord.

This cleansing process, however, includes more than correcting the outward behavior and lifestyle represented by the hands. The inward dimension of the heart must also be involved, which is why James 4:8 says, “Purify your hearts.” The heart is what’s inside a person—his thoughts, motives, and desires—the essence of his being. The apostle James is telling anyone who would be genuinely humble and want to be right with God that he must deal with his real self, the heart that is so corrupted and deceived by sin. The humble sinner will hear and obey words such as Ezekiel’s: “Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ezek. 18:31).

Clean hands and a pure heart are essential traits for anyone who would be counted among the humble. If you have not submitted yourself to God, you won’t have these traits, and you need to heed James’s commands. If you are one of the humble, you will want to maintain a close relationship with the Lord. For you, therefore, it is crucial to remember what the apostle John promises in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that all your thoughts and actions today would be pure and pleasing to the Lord.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 55. What does it say about the transformed heart and life? ✧ Commit verses 6–7 to memory.[2]



The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

—Psalm 19:1

Consider why we think like we do in today’s society. We are participants in a new age—a scientific age, an atomic age, a space age. We have been conditioned by our sciences. No longer have we any great sense of wonder or appreciation for what God continues to do in His creation. Amid our complex engineering and technological accomplishments, it is difficult for us to look out on God’s world as we should.

As believers in God and in His plan for mankind, we must not yield to the philosophies that surround us. We have a God-given message to proclaim to our generation: The world was made by Almighty God. It bears the stamp of deity upon it and within it.

An architect leaves his stamp upon the great buildings he has designed. A notable artist leaves his mark and personality on his paintings. The same principle applies to the visible and invisible worlds. JMI050

Great Creator, Your stamp is so evident, yet I so often credit Your work to less noble sources. I bow in wonder and in worship before my Creator God. Amen. [3]

March 6

Significance of the Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.—Matt. 5:8

Throughout Scripture the heart is used metaphorically to represent the inner person, the seat of motives and attitudes, the center of personality. But in Scripture it also includes the thinking process, particularly the will. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (kjv). The heart is the control center of the mind and will, as well as emotion.

Jesus said that it is in the inner person, in the core of our very being, that God requires purity. This was not a new truth but an old one long forgotten in ceremony and tradition. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life,” counseled the writer of Proverbs 4:23.

God has always been concerned above all else with the condition of a person’s heart. When the Lord called Saul to be Israel’s first king, “God changed his heart” (1 Sam. 10:9). Until then Saul had been handsome and athletic, but not much more. Soon the new king began to revert to his old heart patterns. He refused to live by the new heart God had given him.

Consequently, the Lord took the kingdom from Saul and gave it to David because David was “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14). David’s deepest desire was, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Ps. 19:14). May that be your desire as well.

What are some things you’ve learned about your heart over the years? What motivates it to action? How trustworthy is it? Where does it usually like to lead you? When do its passions most vividly fire into flame? How inclined is it to purity?[4]



As he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled.

Acts 24:25


We who rejoice in the blessings that have come to us through the Savior need to bear in mind that the gospel is not good news only!

The message of the cross is good news indeed for the penitent, but to those who obey not the gospel, it carries an overtone of warning.

The Spirit’s ministry to the impenitent world is to tell of sin and righteousness and judgment. For sinners who want to cease being willful sinners and become obedient children of God, the gospel message is one of unqualified peace, but it is by its very nature also an arbiter of the future destinies of man.

Actually, the message of the gospel may be received in either of two ways: in word only without power, or in word with power.

The truth received in power shifts the bases of life from Adam to Christ—a new and different Spirit enters the personality and makes the believing man new in every department of his being!


Loving Father, thank You that You are a patient and loving God. I pray again for those in my community and around the world who do not know You. Will Your Spirit convict many of them today?[5]

March 6 Praying with Fervency

“I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Dan. 9:3).


The more you understand God’s holiness, the more you’ll recognize your own sinfulness.

People view prayer differently. For some it is a last resort after all human options have been exhausted: “All I can do now is pray for you!” Others liken it to a spiritual spare tire—something used only in the event of an emergency. Many who should thrive on prayer have been lulled into complacency by an affluent and godless society.

Daniel, however, saw prayer as an opportunity to express the passion and fervency of his heart to the God he loved and served. In Daniel 9:3 he says, “I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him.” That implies he set apart a specific time to devote to thoughtful, earnest, and fervent prayer. That is further supported by the way he prepared himself through fasting and donning sackcloth and ashes—symbols of humility and deep contrition over sin.

It might seem unusual for a man of Daniel’s spiritual stature to be overwhelmed by his sense of sin, but the closer one draws to God, the more aware he is of his sinfulness. We see that in Paul, who called himself the “foremost” of all sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). That might seem like a ridiculous statement to us, but Paul saw sin for what it was. So did Daniel.

The title “Lord God” in verse 3 emphasizes God’s sovereign rule over all things. Daniel knew that God had permitted the Babylonian Captivity and that He alone could deliver His people from it. Consequently, Daniel gave the Lord his undivided attention as he prayed and sought mercy for himself and his people.

Daniel’s fervency is a rebuke to much of the flippancy we hear in prayer today. It was profound because it was generated by God’s Word and grounded in His will.

James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (kjv). Be like Daniel—a righteous person who prays fervently with great effect.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to give you a greater sense of fervency in prayer. ✧ Be sensitive to any sin that might be hindering your prayers.

For Further Study: Read Luke 11:5–13. ✧ What parable did Jesus tell to illustrate the benefits of humble, persistent prayer? ✧ How did Jesus contrast earthly fathers with their Heavenly Father?[6]



…To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one LORD Jesus Christ, by whom are all things….


I do not mind telling you that I have always found Jesus Christ beckoning to me throughout the Scriptures. I am convinced that it was God’s design that we should find the divine Creator, Redeemer and Lord whenever we search the Scriptures.

The Son of God is described by almost every fair and worthy name in the creation. He is called the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings. He is called the Star that shone on Jacob. He is described as coming forth with His bride, clear as the moon. His Presence is likened unto the rain coming down upon the earth, bringing beauty and fruitfulness. He is pictured as the great sea and as the towering rock. He is likened to the strong cedars. A figure is used of Him as of a great eagle, going literally over the earth.

Where the person of Jesus Christ does not stand out tall and beautiful and commanding, as a pine tree against the sky, you will find Him behind the lattice, but stretching forth His hand. If He does not appear as the sun shining in His strength, He may be discerned in the reviving by the promised gentle rains.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was that One divinely commissioned to set forth the mystery and the majesty and the wonder and the glory of the Godhead throughout the universe. It is more than an accident that both the Old and New Testaments comb heaven and earth for figures of speech or simile to set forth the wonder and glory of God![7]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 79). 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. 74). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

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

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 78). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week One: Monday)


Confession: Psalm 25:1–5

To you, O Yahweh, I lift up my soul.

O my God, I trust you; let me not be put to shame.

Do not let my enemies exult over me.

Indeed, none who wait for you should be put to shame.

Those who betray without cause should be put to shame.

Make me know your ways, O Yahweh.

Teach me your paths.

Cause me to walk in your truth and teach me,

because you are the God of my salvation.

I await you all day long.

Reading: Mark 9:30–32

And from there they went out and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples and was telling them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the statement, and they were afraid to ask him.


Oh, do not forget to admire infinitely more the dear Lord Jesus, that promised seed. He willingly said, “Lo, I come,” though under no obligation so to do, “to do your will,” to obey and die for men, “O God!” Did you weep just now, when I bid you fancy you saw the altar, the wood laid in order, and Isaac laid bound on the altar? Look by faith. Behold the blessed Jesus, our all-glorious Emmanuel—not bound, but nailed on a cursed tree. See how he hangs crowned with thorns and in derision of all that are around Him. See how the thorns pierce Him, and how the blood in purple streams trickle down His sacred temples! Hark how the God of nature groans! See how He bows His head, and at length humanity gives up the ghost! Isaac is saved, but Jesus, the God of Isaac, dies. A ram is offered up in Isaac’s room, but Jesus has no substitute. Jesus must bleed. Jesus must die. God the Father provided this Lamb for himself from all eternity. He must be offered in time, or man must be damned for evermore.

And now, where are your tears? Shall I say, refrain your voice from weeping? No; rather let me exhort you to look to Him whom you have pierced. Mourn as a woman mourneth for her first-born. For we have been the betrayers, and we have been the murderers of this Lord of glory. Shall we not bewail those sins, which brought the blessed Jesus to the accursed tree? Having so much done, so much suffered for us, so much forgiven, shall we not love much! Oh! let us love Him with all our hearts, and minds, and strength, and glorify Him in our souls and bodies, for they are His.

—George Whitefield

Abraham’s Offering Up His Son Isaac


Christ willingly died for you and has forgiven you. Consider the paths you have turned from and the roads that you are treading on right now. Pray that you would do everything out of love for Him and a desire to use your time for Him.[1]


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