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March 9, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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One sign of how entrenched the revolving door has become in Washington: Experienced people are forsaking chances to fill key posts in President Donald Trump’s administration partly because of his executive order forbidding federal employees from lobbying for five years after leaving government service.

President Donald Trump’s administration is inviting a 68-nation coalition fighting Islamic State to meet in Washington later this month to plan their next moves as the group loses ground in its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria, according to two administration officials.

China is fuming about the U.S. deploying a missile defense system in South Korea — and Korean companies are feeling the impact. While the U.S. says the system, known as Thaad, is meant to defend against attack from North Korea, the Chinese see it as a threat. Now China is curbing travel to South Korea and targeting Korean companies that operate in the mainland.

The U.S. and Russia have found themselves teaming up for the first time in the war in Syria — against a country both call an ally: Turkey. The U.S. and Russia moved this week to block a threatened drive by Turkey to seize Manbij, a town in northern Syria about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Turkish border.

The American Society of Civil Engineers on Thursday assigned a grade of “D+” to the quality of U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure in a closely-watched assessment that the group publishes every four years. The rating was unchanged from 2013.

Oil dropped below $50 for the first time since December after concerns that OPEC’s output cuts aren’t tempering a surplus in the U.S. triggered the biggest slump in more than a year.

Harold Hamm, the billionaire shale oilman, said the U.S. industry could “kill” the oil market if it embarks into another spending binge, a rare warning in a business focused on fast growth to compete with OPEC.

Rents fell last month for Manhattan apartments of all sizes, the first across-the-board price decline in at least four years, as a construction boom brought more buildings to market and allowed some tenants to leave for bigger or newer units.

Staples Inc. shares fell as much as 7.4 percent in early trading after the company posted disappointing results and announced plans to shutter 70 stores in North America.

Gold is sliding toward $1,200 an ounce in its longest losing run since October as positive U.S. economic figures reinforce expectations that yields on other investments will rise this year.

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The number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico declined by 40 percent from January to February, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.

Police have found a large stash of explosives in northern Spain which they suspect belong to the Basque separatist group ETA, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

The top U.S. doctors’ organization and several hospital groups came out strongly on Wednesday against a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul America’s healthcare system, as Democrats mounted a fierce battle to thwart the bill.

An earthquake fault running from San Diego Bay to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that could affect some of the region’s most densely populated areas, according to a study released Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of women took to the streets across Turkey on Wednesday, marching for women’s rights while some also rallied against expanding the president’s powers.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said on Wednesday that it intends to expand mental health care to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.

Applications for U.S. jobless benefits rebounded last week from a 44-year low, returning to a range that still shows strength in the labor market. Jobless claims rose by 20,000 to 243,000 in the week ended March 4.

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Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up, killing 26 people, as wedding guests gathered in a village near the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Guatemala has declared three days of national mourning after a fire killed at least 28 teenage girls at a children’s care home.

A salt lake in Melbourne has turned pink due to a combination of sunlight, warm temperatures and low rainfall. Wildlife officers said algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of Westgate Park’s lake produce a red pigment.

China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output.

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The Disney company’s remake of “Beauty and the Beast” and its television show “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” have prompted a call by Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Association, for a boycott. “Disney has aired a cartoon with same-sex couples kissing. It has also been announced that their new movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will feature a gay character in an attempt to normalize this lifestyle,” he wrote on Facebook.

An Ohio community is seeking to wage a battle against the national opioid epidemic by bringing charges against people who survive a drug overdose. The offense is a misdemeanor, and can result in a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

Five-year-old Edith Fuller became the youngest person to win the 2017 Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee.

Billionaire George Soros gave $246 million to groups behind Wednesday’s “Day Without a Woman” protest, according to a report by a conservative think tank.


Top News – 3/9/2017

Putin Calmly Explains Why Liberals Hate Russia
Putin, in his own words: the moral values that are rooted in Christianity and other world religions, without rules and moral values which have formed and been developed over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity. AND RUSSIA THINKS IT IS RIGHT AND NATURAL TO DEFEND AND PRESERVE THESE MORAL VALUES.

Incredible Irony Revealed That ‘Day Without A Woman’ March Financed By Puppet Master George Soros
How incredibly funny is it, both ironically and humorously, that a march in Washington to celebrate women and promote women was created and financed by perhaps the most evil MAN on the planet, New World Order puppet master George Soros? All you liberal ladies who marched yesterday actually did the bidding of an evil man who is trying to destroy the United States of America.

Christians Worldwide Proclaim Jerusalem ‘Undivided Capital of Jewish State’
President Donald Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Wednesday that in order to stabilize Syria, it must not be allowed to remain a “safe haven for terrorists,” and that it is vital “we get Iran and their proxies out.”


UN Envoy Nikki Haley: Let’s Get Iran and their Proxies Out of Syria
President Donald Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Wednesday that in order to stabilize Syria, it must not be allowed to remain a “safe haven for terrorists,” and that it is vital “we get Iran and their proxies out.”

Philippines’ Duterte pleads with mayors to stop extremists, threatens martial law
Duterte on Thursday pleaded for help from mayors in Muslim parts of the south to deal with Islamist militants, and threatened to impose martial law there if the problem is not tackled. The largely Roman Catholic Philippines has been struggling to thwart two small but violent Islamic State-linked groups behind kidnappings, piracy, bombings and the recent beheading of a German captive.

Berlin concerned over possibility of new arms race in Europe – German FM
“We are concerned that a new spiral of the arms race may emerge in Europe,” he said, as cited by TASS. “It’s too early to say how and in what direction we could advance to prevent this.”

Russia: WikiLeaks dump shows CIA disguise capability
Russia’s foreign minister says the WikiLeaks dump of purported U.S. intelligence has highlighted the CIA’s reported capability to imitate an electronic trace usually left behind by hackers from other nations. Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that while Russia has been accused of leaving its “fingerprints” after hacks on the U.S., documents released by WikiLeaks show that “the CIA could get access to such ‘fingerprints’ and then use them.”

Almost 7,000 IRS Documents Relating To Targeting Scandal Found. Bad News: No Clue When They’ll Be Public
new documents obtained post-DOJ announcement revealed that Lerner might have broken the law when she requested 1.25 million tax records to be transferred from the IRS to DOJ’s criminal division in October of 2010. Some of the information in the documents had sensitive taxpayer information on them, according to Eliana Johnson, who was then still writing for National Review. Now, almost 7,000 more document shave been found relating to the scandal,

FBI Investigating WikiLeaks’ CIA Release to Find Mole
The 10,000 pages of documents expose the tools the agency uses to hack into electronic devices. The FBI has just launched an investigation to try and find the mole.

US envoy to UN: We must oust Iran, terror proxies from Syria
The United States supports the UN-led Syria peace talks, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Wednesday, saying Syria could no longer be a “safe haven for terrorists” and that it was important “we get Iran and their proxies out.” Haley spoke to reporters after UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura briefed the Security Council behind closed doors on 10 days of talks between the warring parties in Geneva, which ended last week.

Jordan: Israeli bill to quiet mosques is a violation of international law
Jordan on Wednesday bashed Israel for approving a preliminary reading of a bill that proposes to prohibit religious institutions from using outdoor speakers and is understood to be aimed mostly at the country’s mosques. Jordan, with whom Israel has had official diplomatic relations since the peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1994, voiced concern over the possibility of the bill being approved…

Turkish diplomat ‘seeks Swiss asylum’
Turkey’s deputy ambassador to Switzerland has claimed asylum, according to Swiss media. According to Tages-Anzeiger (in German), Volkan Karagoz is among a number of Turkish diplomats seeking protection from a purge of officials. After a failed coup in July 2016, Turkey arrested or dismissed tens of thousands of suspected followers of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Iraq: IS suicide bombers kill 26 at Tikrit wedding party
Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up, killing 26 people, as wedding guests gathered in a village near the Iraqi city of Tikrit. So-called Islamic State said two of its fighters had carried out the attack in the village of Hajaj on Wednesday. The first detonated an explosive vest among men who were dancing, then a second bomber targeted those who had gathered to help, officials said.

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race. The world-renowned physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate. “Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,” he told The Times.

As North Korea missile threat grows, Japan lawmakers argue for first strike options
Rattled by North Korean military advances, influential Japanese lawmakers are pushing harder for Japan to develop the ability to strike preemptively at the missile facilities of its nuclear-armed neighbor. Japan has so far avoided taking the controversial and costly step of acquiring bombers or weapons such as cruise missiles with enough range to strike other countries, relying instead on its U.S. ally to take the fight to its enemies.

Warming relations between Egypt and Hamas
While the warming relations between Hamas and Egypt is leading to a sense of relief which Gaza residents have not experienced for many years, it is also causing concern both in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Among other things…Egypt agreed to send concrete pumps into Gaza. According to an official in the Hamas-run enclave, two pumps were brought in on Tuesday through the Rafah crossing which they said were intended for private companies, not for Hamas.

George Soros gave $246 million to groups behind ‘Day Without a Woman’ protest
A report from the Media Research Center found that billionaire leftist George Soros gave nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to groups that backed the “Day without a Woman” protests Wednesday. The protests were scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day, and organizers say it’s meant to show solidarity among women and “gender-oppressed people” and tout their economic power by abstaining from economic activities.

Arab League Warns: Us Embassy Move Is ‘Serious Threat To World Peace’
One day after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with US Vice President Mike Pence, the Arab League on Wednesday voted unanimously in Cairo for a resolution blocking the proposed relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The establishment of any diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, or transfer of one to the city, is an explicit assault on the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians, and a serious violation of international law,” the League said.

An outbreak in Brazil has U.S. health experts wondering if yellow fever could be the next Zika
Yellow fever has broken out in the jungles outside Brazil’s most densely-populated cities, raising a frightening but still remote possibility: an epidemic that could decimate that country’s population and spread throughout the Americas, including the United States.

Public erupts on N.Y. Times promoting itself as ‘Truth’
Just last month, President Donald Trump labeled the newspaper as “fake news,” along with other outlets including NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. And now, an advertisement currently running on Facebook fighting the “fake news” label and encouraging people to subscribe to the Times is being pummeled by the public, some of whom can barely control their laughter.

Retired Russian Colonel Warns Trump: “We’re Seeding The US Shoreline With Nuclear Mole Missiles”
“…the Americans are deploying their tanks, airplanes and special forces battalions along the Russian border. And we are quietly ‘seeding’ the U.S. shoreline with nuclear ‘mole’ missiles (they dig themselves in and ‘sleep’ until they are given the command)”

The Most Shocking Revelation From The CIA-Spying Scandal
Privacy is no longer a Western value. Today, everything else is more important – transgender bathrooms, silencing hate speech, forcing elementary school children to feel guilty about their white privilege, and political correctness in extremis. This is what dominates the social conversation now in the Land of the Free.

Is The Left Trying To Start A Civil War?
“It is time for our society to acknowledge a sad truth: America is currently fighting its second Civil War. With the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War.”


Another temper tantrum on campus

Over at NewsOK, Bernard Goldberg reports that a group of “infantile college students refused to listen to ideas that make them feel uncomfortable” so the students raised such a ruckus that the conservative speaker was forced to leave.  Both he and the professor that was escorting him off campus were terrorized by the angry mob.  The professor, a woman, ended up in the ER and is now wearing a neck brace. So much for tolerance.

Bernard Goldberg has the story:

The cupcakes have struck again.

This time it was at Middlebury College, a small liberal arts school in rural Vermont, where hundreds of cupcakes (also known as snowflakes) disrupted a speech by the conservative scholar Charles Murray.

The cupcakes say he’s a bigot so they wouldn’t let him talk. They chanted, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray, go away.” I think they threw in the “anti-gay” part because they needed something to rhyme with “go away.”

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See also How to Stay Safe When Everyone’s Protesting by F.T. Cage


School Teaches Zi & Zir Without Permission from Mom & Dad

Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary, informs us that, unbeknownst to parents, children are being indoctrinated in the radical homosexual agenda in some public schools:

Indiana parents are furious after eighth graders at Lincoln Junior High School were exposed to a classroom lesson on sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity issues – without being notified in advance by the school district.

The 12-year-olds were required to watch a video titled, “LGBTQ: Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities.” They were also required to answer a questionnaire with all sorts of probing questions.

Among the questions….

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The Briefing 03-09-17

WikiLeaks, smart devices, and the CIA: New release of hacking documents compromises American security

Inflection point? Violent protests at Middlebury College and the state of higher education in America

The post The Briefing 03-09-17 appeared first on AlbertMohler.com.


Top Headlines – 3/9/2017

  • Investors Await ECB for Clues on Path of Policy (Read More)
  • U.S. crude slumps below $50 after stocks build (Read More)
  • Markets Are Selling Off as Dollar, Euro Gain (Read More)
  • Opposition Mounts as GOP’s Health Bill Undergoes Review (Read More)
  • Ryan Ready to Twist Arms to Sell Health Plan to House GOP (Read More)
  • Gutting Dodd-Frank Is Hard, So Republicans Turn to Easier Things (Read More)
  • How Stocks Are Doing Eight Years After the Crisis-Era Low (Read More)
  • China Inflation Heads Off in Two Directions (Read More)
  • Three-Way Contest for Raqqa to Shape Mideast (Read More)
  • FBI Eyes Contractors in CIA Leak (Read More)
  • China expresses concern at revelations in Wikileaks dump of hacked CIA data (Read More)
  • PPG Makes $22 Billion Offer for Paint Rival Akzo Nobel, Is Rejected (Read More)
  • Macron consolidates lead over Le Pen in French election poll (Read More)
  • Shale Industry Binge Can ‘Kill’ the Oil Market, Billionaire Hamm Says (Read More)
  • Rio Tinto Chairman Jan du Plessis to Step Down (Read More)
  • STMicro shares slump on concerns over Apple supplies (Read More)
  • Scotland’s Sturgeon says could hold independence vote in ‘autumn 2018’ (Read More)
  • How to Become an International Gold Smuggler (Read More)
  • Samsung Group chief denies all charges as ‘trial of the century’ begins (Read More)
  • Crashing Drones Into Test Dummies for Safety (Read More)
  • Toshiba’s Westinghouse calls in U.S. bankruptcy lawyers (Read More)
  • A Father of Fracking Seeks to Emulate U.S. Shale Boom in Alaska (Read More)

UK’s Johnson, in Ramallah, urges 2-state solution, says Trump brings fresh approach

Arab League warns: US Embassy move is ‘serious threat to world peace’

Liberman to Pence: We’re waiting for the embassy move

Liberman urges US to cut ties with Israel-bashing UN bodies

Weeks after berating Senegal and Venezuela for anti-settlement motion at UN, Israel seeks warmer ties with them

US ‘Women’s Strike’ platform calls for ‘decolonization of Palestine’

Israel moves to mute mosques’ call to prayer over loudspeakers

Jordan says ‘Muezzin Bill’ is discriminatory, violates peace treaty

Israeli envoy to Jordan ‘warns of growing instability’

Netanyahu: Israel can normalize ties with Arab states if ‘we act wisely’

Warming relations between Egypt and Hamas

Mosul offensive: Assyrian artifacts discovered in abandoned ISIS tunnels

Syria war: IS ‘loses key’ Aleppo water station to army forces

IS leader al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul, US official says

US considering sending 1,000 troops to Kuwait to expand ‘options’ in IS fight

Iran blames U.S. for ‘close encounter’ in Gulf

Gunmen dressed as doctors kill 38 in Kabul hospital attack

China urges US and N. Korea to avert ‘head-on collision’

US rejects China’s call to halt exercises if N. Korea stops nuke tests

As North Korea missile threat grows, Japan lawmakers argue for first strike options

NKorea Could Launch Attack on US in 5 Years

French Insurgents Thrust Establishment Aside in Crucial Vote

Iraqi insurgent fighter allegedly lied about identity, got through ‘extreme’ vetting

US hails ‘40% drop’ in illegal immigrants from Mexico

Trump’s get-tough policies credited for sharp plunge in illegal immigration

FBI chief Comey asserting power like no one in history

Comey: ‘There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America’

The Obama administration wiretapped Trump, world leaders, journalists, everyone?

C.I.A. Scrambles to Contain Damage From WikiLeaks Documents

WikiLeaks Claims 99 Percent Of Its CIA Documents Not Yet Released

FBI’s specialized mole-hunting team deployed to catch CIA leaker

Dennis Kucinich: New WikiLeaks reveal proof we are sliding down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

An Economic Perfect Storm Is Causing Oil Prices to Drop to New Lows

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Bogoslof volcano on the Aleutian Islands erupts to 34,000ft

Bezymianny volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Klyuchevksoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Three killed as cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar

This desert in the Southwest is experiencing a wildflower ‘superbloom’

With help of lasers, NASA hopes to create the ‘coldest spot in the universe’

Time Crystals Created, Suspending Laws of Physics

An outbreak in Brazil has U.S. health experts wondering if yellow fever could be the next Zika

Doctors, hospitals and insurers oppose Republican health plan

Trump goes into dealmaking mode, works behind the scenes on health bill

Md. bill would direct state money to Planned Parenthood if Congress cuts funding

‘Day Without a Woman’ supporters got $246M from Soros

Alabama radio station takes women off air, only playing songs by men in ‘Day Without a Woman’

Secret Marines group is still sharing nude photos amid scandal

Couple ‘detained in UAE for sex outside marriage’

Torture and Killing of Transgender Woman Stun Brazil

Alleged Bieber impersonator charged with more than 900 child sex offenses

Police Hunt Teen Suspected of Killing 9-Year-Old Boy and Posting Images of His Body Online

Mindfulness, Meditation Techniques Being Used in Public School Classrooms Across County on 750,000 Students

Arizona police chief says “meditation” should be a key piece of officer development

Outrage as CNN host eats human flesh for special on Hinduism

Christians Warn Pope Francis: Making Deal With China Is Big Mistake, Would Worsen Persecution

Shack Author Shares His New Age Mystical Side

Todd White Flees Rebuke of Woman, Threatens to Call Police

Pentecostalism condemns Bill Johnson, Oral Roberts, Che Ahn & Yonggi Cho

Coming into “Alignment”

Jane Whaley /WOFF – D.A. responds to accusations about ADAs affiliated with Word of Faith Fellowship church

N.C. Republican Backed House Bill Could Criminalize Free Speech, Classify as “Terrorism”

Cattle In South Dakota Infected with Bovine Tuberculosis

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:51 AM PST

Cattle in South Dakota has been diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis that is a chronic bacterial disease found to impact cattle that occasionally affects…

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Can the Brain Have Activity After Death?

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:43 AM PST

(By Kelly McDonald Jr) Recently, doctors in Canada discovered an unusual phenomena: someone who died had brain activity 10 minutes after death. This occurred despite…

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Israel Moves to Limit Muslim Calls to Prayer

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:39 AM PST

(By Kelly McDonald Jr) Israel is swiftly moving to limit Muslim calls to prayer in Israel according to one report. Presently, Islamic believers have calls…

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Breaking News: Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:34 AM PST

(By Kelly McDonald Jr) A recent report from the LA Times shows that yellow fever has broken out in areas near Brazil’s most densely populated…

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Powerful volcanic eruption in Alaska threatens villages with ash

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:33 AM PST

Reports coming out of Alaska are indicating that a volcano has just experienced its largest eruption to date producing a huge ash cloud. This volcano has…

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Radioactive wild boars seen roaming Fukushima’s nuclear wastelands

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:44 AM PST

Apparently, there has been rumors and testimonies of residents seeing radioactive boars roaming the nuclear wastelands of Fukushima. These outlandish claims have been scorned and ridiculed until…

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DEVELOPING: Trump sends B-52 Nuclear Bombers to South Korea

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:31 AM PST

The saber rattling continues as we are now receiving reports that the president of the United States Donald Trump is sending nuclear bombers to the…

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Welcome to the Robot that will replace “Burger Flippers”

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:22 AM PST

Did we really not see this one coming? How long did we think it was going to be until we saw robots being rolled out…

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Iranian commander warns US of ‘Irreversible Consequences’ over actions in Gulf

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:12 AM PST

If the United States isn’t haveing tensions with North Korea it seems it’s continually having them with Iran. Now reports are indicating that an Iranian…

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8-Year-Old Boy Claims Angels of God helped Him Lift Car off Dying Dad

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:02 AM PST

Do you believe in Angelic assistance? If not you need to hear this powerful testimony that is emerging from an 8-year-old boy by the name…

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Get ready for “Gender Equality” Traffic Lights!

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 05:53 AM PST

Looks like Australia is taking “Gender Equality” to the next level especially in the city of Melbourne. The traditional figures of the traffic light are…

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Examples Of Why We Are the Generation of The End Times

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 05:43 AM PST

In this segment, we will show you why I believe we are truly the generation of the End Times and how Technology and Transporation have…

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1,000 ‘Faith Leaders’ Endorse ‘Shack’ Film Based on Universalist Novel Depicting God as Woman

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 08:05 PM PST

According to a new report from the Christian News Network, The website dedicated to marketing the highly controversial film “The Shack” states that a stunning…

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Stephen Hawking Urges “World Government” to Spare Humanity From technology

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:51 PM PST

Stephen Hawking is sounding the alarm that technology needs to be controlled by a “World Government” in order to prevent it from destroying humanity!  According…

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DAYS OF LOT: Are you ready for the First Transgender Doll for Kids?

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:45 PM PST

Just when we didn’t think the Transgender trend would go any further, it just did! In fact, it is looking to end up in children’s…

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Signs of the End: Increased Volcanic Activity in Pacific Region

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:26 PM PST

In the past few days, five volcanoes have erupted in the Pacific Region, including the coast of Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru. The coastlines…

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Tornadoes Tear Through Midwest US

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:20 PM PST

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr.) On March 6, 2017 at least 36 Tornadoes erupted across four Midwestern States: Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. Northwest Arkansas and…

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Major Company Considering Shift From Mexico to United States

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 07:12 PM PST

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) This week Samsung, a Korean-based company, announced that they were making serious plans to shift production away from Mexico and into…

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How to Recognize the Spirit of Infirmity

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 01:58 PM PST

In this segment, we will discuss how many believers in the Body of Christ are dealing with and possibly oppressed with a “Spirit of Infirmity”…

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Major Networks Now Airing Atheists Propoganda

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 01:38 PM PST

While the Main Stream Media and Society continue to rid humanity of any influence of Christ or the Word of God, An ad inviting viewers…

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Television Show Depicts Entire Trump Administration Killed!

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 01:09 PM PST

So where is the outrage over the recent episode of FOX’s post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth” airing an episode that depicted President Donald…

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China Warns N. Korea to Stop Nuclear Missile Tests to Prevent Confrontation with US

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 01:00 PM PST

China is stepping into a very volatile situation and is urging North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities to avoid a “head-on collision”…

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Former Porn Star Gets Saved and Becomes Pastor

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 12:49 PM PST

I love amazing stories like this one coming out regarding a former porn star who reportedly has given her heart to Jesus and has totally…

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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea Now Capable of Launching Attack on Hawaii

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 12:15 PM PST

North Korea continues to make threats against the United States, and now reports indicate that they could soon have the capacity to launch an attack…

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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:

JESUS IS GOD

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!

JESUS IS HOLY

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.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

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).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

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.

JESUS IS LORD

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.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

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.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

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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March 9, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 9

The Thrill of Grace

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

John 1:16

 

Is the experience of God’s grace in your life a thrilling thing? It is for me! Just thinking about the fact that God, by His own sovereign plan, decided to be gracious to me is overwhelming.

He poured out His grace on me. He forgave all my sins. He granted me the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He gave me an understanding of His Word. He called me to spiritual ministry. Every day He gives me a rich communion with the saints, and I relish being a part of His redeemed people. He enables me to see the world as His handiwork. I am His child, and He loves me in a personal way.

There is nothing greater than receiving grace upon grace. I pray that is your experience.[1]


March 9 Honor for the Humble

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

James 4:10

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God graciously bestows every spiritual blessing on the humble.

Those who are scripturally humble will recognize their unworthiness when they come before God. They will be like the prophet Isaiah who, in seeing God, cursed himself: “Woe is me, for I am ruined [damned]! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa. 6:5). Whenever you see who God really is—infinitely holy, sovereign, mighty, majestic, and glorious—all you can see about yourself is your own sin.

Every time Isaiah or any other person in the Old Testament came face to face with the reality of God’s holy presence, he was overwhelmed with fear. A sinner in the presence of a holy God is overpowered by his sense of exposed sinfulness and has every reason to fear. It was the same in the New Testament, such as when the disciples were afraid after Jesus stilled the storm on the Sea of Galilee: “And they became very much afraid and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?’ ” (Mark 4:41). If we are humble before the true God, we’ll have the same response.

But God does not leave us bowed down in awe or cowering in fear. James promises us that the Lord will exalt the humble. And if we are humble in spirit and saved by grace, we will be sanctified and ultimately glorified. The apostle Paul summarizes this so well in Ephesians 2:4–7, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God today for His holiness and His sovereign control over all things, especially how He is leading you to spiritual maturity.

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 6. What is the focal point of God’s nature in this chapter? ✧ What could help you to be as willing as Isaiah was to serve God (v. 8)?[2]


MARCH 9

THE ABILITY TO WONDER

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

—Psalm 8:3-4

God made the world; it is a beautiful thing and something to venerate. It’s a great loss—a tragic loss—that we’ve suffered in the last generation. We have lost the ability to wonder. We know so everlasting much and we’re so sure of ourselves. But David stood and wondered in the presence of God’s creation; he raised his eyes and said, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4). And Isaiah and Jeremiah and Ezekiel and all the rest of them stood and wondered in the presence of God Almighty’s creation….

The footprints of God are everywhere about us. And while we can’t see Him, we can see His luminous trail like a bird that sings while hidden in a tree. As Middleton said, “The bird sings darkling.” We can’t see the bird, but we can hear her sing. God sings among His branches and sings in His universe. You and I cannot gaze upon Him, for no man can see God and live. But we can hear Him sing His song of creation and redemption. And we can feel the pressure of His breath upon us as we move through the world. We’ll never see things rightly till we see them as the garments of God. SAT104-105

I’ll watch for Your footprints, God. I’ll listen for Your song and be sensitive to Your breath. I will stand in wonder at what I see. Amen. [3]


March 9

Results of Obtaining Holiness

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

The great blessing of those who are pure in heart is “they shall see God.” Notice that it is only “they”—the pure in heart—who shall see God. Intimate knowledge of and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure.

When our hearts are purified at salvation, we begin to live in the presence of God. We begin to see and comprehend Him with our new spiritual eyes. Like Moses, who saw God’s glory and asked to see more (Ex. 33:18), the one who is purified by Jesus Christ sees again and again the glory of God.

To see God was the greatest hope of the Old Testament saints. Like Moses, David wanted to see more of God: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” (Ps. 42:1–2).

Purity of heart cleanses the eyes of the soul so that God becomes visible. One sign of an impure heart is ignorance, because sin obscures the truth (John 3:19–20). Other signs of an impure heart are self-centeredness (Rev. 3:17), pleasure in sin (2 Tim. 3:4), unbelief (Heb. 3:12), and hatred for purity (Mic. 3:2). But if you belong to God, you will exchange all of those things for integrity and purity.

ASK YOURSELF
How have you “seen” God during long stretches of faithful, obedient living? If this is not your current experience, don’t you long to return to this kind of lifestyle—to the daily joys of animated, refreshing, ongoing interaction with your Lord and Savior? Take steps toward a fresh start with Him today.[4]

MARCH 9

“AUTOMATIC” SAINTS?

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest.

2 Corinthians 4:10

 

Not everyone agrees with me that full qualification for eternity is not instant or automatic or painless.

I can only hope that you are wise enough, desirous enough and spiritual enough to face up to the truth that every day is another day of spiritual preparation, another day of testing and discipline with our heavenly destination in mind.

I hope too that you may begin to understand why many evangelical churches are in such a mess. It has become popular to preach a painless Christianity and automatic saintliness. It has become a part of our “instant” culture—“just pour a little water on it, stir mildly, pick up a gospel tract, and you are on your Christian way!”

“Lo,” we are told, “this is Bible Christianity!”

“It is nothing of the sort!”

To depend upon that kind of a formula is to experience only the outer fringe, the edge of what Christianity really is. For when the new birth is real and the wonder of regeneration has taken place, then comes the lifetime of preparation with the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

 

Dear Lord, I’m not interested in putting on a religious façade for people to see. I want to make progress in becoming more like You today.[5]


March 9 Praying for Others

“We have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances. … We have not listened to Thy servants the prophets. … Open shame belongs to us, O Lord … because we have sinned against Thee. … Indeed all Israel has transgressed Thy law and turned aside, not obeying Thy voice. … Thy people have become a reproach to all those around us” (Dan. 9:5–16).

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Others should be the primary focus of your prayers.

In verses 5–16 Daniel identifies with his people and intercedes on their behalf. That’s a common practice in Scripture. For example, Moses interceded for the Israelites after they sinned by worshiping the golden calf (Ex. 32:11–13).

All Paul’s recorded prayers are intercessions. In Ephesians 6:18 he instructs us to “be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” In 1 Timothy 2:1–4 he says, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Similarly, the Lord’s prayers are replete with intercessions. Even when hanging in agony on the cross, He prayed for His persecutors: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

When God placed us into the Body of Christ, He made us dependent on one another. When one member suffers, all suffer with it; when one is honored, all rejoice with it (1 Cor. 12:26). That’s why Jesus instructed us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts. … And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:11–13, emphasis added).

Let your prayers reflect a corporate and selfless mentality that embraces the needs of others.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the people who have prayed for you over the years. Be aware of those for whom you should be praying. ✧ Sometimes the demands of prayer can seem overwhelming because there’s so much to pray for, but be faithful, knowing that your prayers are a delight to the Lord (Prov. 15:8).

For Further Study: Read John 17, noting how Jesus interceded for His disciples.[6]


MARCH 9

CHRIST ESTABLISHED TRUE VALUES FOR THE HUMAN RACE

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

HEBREWS 9:28

The Christian faith engages the profoundest problems the human mind can entertain and solves them completely and simply by pointing to the Lamb of God!

The problems of origin and destiny have escaped the philosopher and the scientist, but the humblest follower of Christ knows the answer to both.

“In the beginning” found Christ there at the creation of all things, and “the world to come” will find Him there at their regeneration.

There is about the Christian faith a quiet dogmatism, a cheerful intolerance. It feels no need to appease its enemies or compromise with its detractors. Christ came from God, out of eternity, to report on the things He had seen and heard and to establish true values for the confused human race.

Then, He drew a line between this world and the world to come and said, in effect: “Choose ye this day.”

The choice is between an earthly house which we can at best inhabit but a little while and the house of the Lord where we may dwell forevermore.

The church is constantly being tempted to accept this world as her home, but toward the world to come we are all headed.

How unutterably wonderful that we Christians have one of our own kind to go ahead and prepare a place for us!

That place will be in a world divinely ordered, beyond death and parting, where there is nothing that can hurt or make afraid.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 82). 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. 77). 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. 81). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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

Resource: How to Recognize Lies.

churchwatch central

This article is designed to educate people on identifying lies.

To make it easy for readers to remember the many types of lies, we have renamed some of them. We encourage readers to see the good resources at the bottom of the page if you want to look into this complex topic further.


Although this article is in the Fallacy Index, technically, a fallacy is not a lie. A fallacy can be presented by accident or out of ignorance. However, ChurchWatch has seen skilled liars argue fallaciously – which is why we constructed this article.

Rather than ‘reinvent the wheel’, we’ve found more simple ways to cover this complex topic. As a result, we’ve compiled this article to simplify the various types of lies into easy categories to remember.

We examine the three features of a lie, the three categories of lies, the three types of lies and many other common forms of lies people…

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Why do the Saints persevere?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (NASB) 

Why do authentic Christians persevere? Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post. Genuine Christians persevere to the end because God is faithful. The faithfulness of man is at best unreliable. Also, notice that Paul did not say that…

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

Thursday

Confession: Psalm 25:16–18

Turn to me and have mercy on me

because I am lonely and afflicted.

Remove the troubles of my heart;

bring me out from my distresses.

Consider my affliction and trouble,

and forgive all my sins.

Reading: Mark 10:1–12

And from there he set out and came to the region of Judea and the other side of the Jordan, and again crowds came together to him. And again, as he was accustomed to do, he began to teach them. And they asked him if it was permitted for a man to divorce his wife, in order to test him. And he answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” So they said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hardness of heart. But from the beginning of creation ‘he made them male and female. Because of this a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh,’ so that they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

And in the house again the disciples began to ask him about this. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Reflection

See a teacher’s wisdom.… By His argument He showed that it was the commandment of His Father, and that not in opposition to Moses did He command these things, but in full agreement with him. Notice Him arguing strongly not only from the creation, but also from His command. For He not only said that He made one man and one woman only, but that He also gave this command that the one man should be joined to the one woman.… But now both by the manner of the creation, and by the manner of lawgiving, He showed that one man must dwell with one woman continually, and never break off from her.

—John Chrysostom

Homolies of St. John Chrysostom

Response

Jesus comes with authority. How are you eager for Him to reign in all parts of your life—your relationships, your work, your thoughts, and your goals?[1]

 

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