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March 15, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Mar. 15, 2017 |

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President Donald Trump’s promise to build a fortified barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border is about to hit a wall of its own: Members of Congress with different ideas on how to curb illegal immigration. The administration will seek billions of dollars to pay for it, with the first installment coming in the administration’s budget request to Congress on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security also will solicit bids as early as this week from companies for a barrier it has described as 30 feet tall, made of concrete and “hard to climb.”

Saudi Arabia, seeking to breathe life into its decades-old alliance with the U.S., claimed “a historic turning point” in bilateral relations after President Donald Trump welcomed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House.

President Donald Trump made more than $152.7 million and paid $38.4 million in federal taxes in 2005, according to two pages of his federal income tax return for that year that were broadcast by MSNBC and posted online.

Walt Disney Co. indefinitely pulled “Beauty and the Beast” from theaters in Malaysia rather than remove scenes involving a gay character to placate local authorities. “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney said in an emailed statement.

AP Top Stories

This past weekend, a Houston man was murdered in front of his 10-year-old daughter and wife for the simple fact that he owned a car with a manual transmission and a pair of would-be robbers couldn’t figure out how to work it.

Officers in a burgeoning Navy bribery scandal called themselves the Lion King’s Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids and the Brotherhood. They scouted for others who might also accept sex, trips and other lavish perks from a Malaysian defense contractor known as “Fat Leonard” in exchange for classified information.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the Congressional Budget Office to be abolished in the aftermath of a negative report about the proposed American Health Care Act legislation, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office,” said Gingrich in a Fox News interview Monday night. “It is corrupt, it is dishonest, it was totally wrong on Obamacare by huge, huge margins. I don’t trust a single word of what they’ve published, and I don’t believe them.

Six years ago, tragedy struck Japan when the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was hit by a tsunami wave, leading to three nuclear meltdowns. But now, several hundred former residents of the destructive “hot zone” are planning to return to the area.

A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight.

Vietnam police seized more than 100 kilograms of rhino horn smuggled into the country in suitcases from Kenya on Tuesday, the latest illegal haul in the wildlife trafficking hub. Vietnam is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation’s growing middle class.

OPEC said Tuesday oil producers have kept their promises to cut output, but the oil price plunged as traders doubted that they are doing enough to offset a global supply glut.

Conservation groups in Indonesia have returned 17 critically endangered orangutans to their natural forest habitat in the past month, airlifting some by helicopter to a remote area of Borneo where they hope the rehabilitated great apes will be safe from human encroachment.

General Motors Co plans next year to rehire 500 Michigan assembly plant workers who are to be laid off in May, citing increased demand for larger vehicles, the company said on Wednesday.

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At least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at the main court complex in the center of the Syrian capital, Damascus, state media report.

Hijackers holding an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia are demanding a ransom. The gunmen have however not given any details about the size of the ransom.

Large sacks containing bundles of “crispy” banknotes , in the local naira currency, worth a total of $155,000 have been seized at a Nigerian airport, officials say.

The Venezuelan government says it will expropriate bakeries which fail to abide by new government regulations aimed at tackling bread shortages. Severe shortages of basic goods mean that Venezuelans often have to queue for hours to buy essential items.

Two hundred and fifty skulls have been found in a mass grave in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. Drug traffickers had used Veracruz for many years as a dumping ground for bodies.

A large algal bloom has transformed an Australian beach into a glowing bright blue. The bioluminescent algae, commonly called sea sparkle, has delighted locals at Tasmania’s Preservation Bay.

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A new study shows that only 1-in-10 Oklahoma City kids ages 6-12 own a watch. And only 1-in-5 knows how to read it.

Hawaii is considering legislation that would require all pregnancy centers to refer patients to clinics that provide abortions, – a move pro-life centers say will violate their religious beliefs and their free speech rights.

White professors – especially “senior white males” – are under fire at Virginia Commonwealth University as an impediment to diversity and inclusion. Richmond-based public institution has found that the majority of employees are upset that not enough white male professors attend campus diversity trainings, not enough professors infuse social justice into their curricula, and not enough professors of color, especially female ones, teach at the school.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn his nominee for the Pentagon’s top civilian job after opposition from lawmakers concerned about her close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.


Top News – 3/15/2017

The Washington Post notices Turkey’s “downward spiral”
By this point I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve published on the subject. The rapid downward slide of a once very promising democracy in a primarily Muslim nation and the public rise to power of an aspiring tyrant is a very real tragedy playing on the world stage in front of us all.

The truth about Satan: Nuclear war in the 21st century
Late last year, the world’s news services were abuzz with articles about Russia’s new super weapon, an ICBM called Satan 2 that is alleged to have the capability to fly at 17 times the speed of sound, penetrate US ICBM defenses, and destroy an area the size of Texas. But do these claims hold water, and just how big is the nuclear threat that the world really faces in the 21st century? What is the truth about Satan 2?

Trump plans to seriously slash funding for U.N.
The Trump administration has not been shy about its plans to cut the federal government’s size, spending, influence and control. Among the specific targets is funding of the United Nations, including its abortion and climate change agendas, according to ForeignPolicy.com.

Starquakes reveal surprises about birth of stars in our galaxy
“The results were unexpected,” says study team member UNSW’s Dr Dennis Stello. “We found that the spins of most of the stars were aligned with each other. “Previously it had been assumed that massive turbulence would have scrambled the rotational energy of the clouds where the stars were born, and prevented this alignment.

Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a “turning point” – Saudi adviser
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump agreed in a meeting on Tuesday that Iran represents a regional security threat, a senior adviser to the deputy crown prince said The adviser also said the talks marked a “historical turning point” in US-Saudi relations.

Iran vows to ‘liberate’ Golan Heights
A new Iran-funded Iraqi Hezbollah “brigade” aims to “liberate” the Golan Heights from Israel, spokesman Seyed Hashem Moussavi last week said last week at a news conference in Iran.

Only Whites Can Be Racist, Insists University
UC Davis defines “racism” as “the systematic subordination of marginalized racial groups … by members of the agent/dominant/privileged racial group who have relatively more social power (white),” clearly indicating that only whites are capable of racism.

Saudi Prince: Trump a ‘strong president’ in fight against dangerous Iran
Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in US-Saudi relations after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders’ shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat. The meeting on Tuesday appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues between Trump and Prince Mohammed, in a marked difference from Riyadh’s often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists
Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands in the first of three crucial eurozone elections this year. The race is dominated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right party and that of Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration platform. Mr Rutte has said the election is an opportunity for voters to “beat the wrong sort of populism”.

Syria conflict: Jets deliberately bombed Damascus spring – UN
UN human rights experts say the Syrian air force deliberately bombed a spring outside Damascus in December, cutting off the water supply for 5.5 million people living in and around the city. The Syrian government blamed rebels for damaging the Ain al-Fijeh spring during the battle for the Wadi Barada valley. But a new report by a UN commission of enquiry says evidence showed the damage was caused by at least two air strikes.

Poultry breeder Aviagen culls U.S. flock over bird flu fears
Aviagen [EWESJA.UL], the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has euthanized chickens at a farm in Alabama over concerns about bird flu, the company said on Tuesday, as likely cases of the disease emerged in a top chicken-producing state. Alabama officials said they suspected that poultry at three sites in the state were infected with the virus, about a week after some 90,500 chickens were culled over infections at two commercial operations across the border in Tennessee.

Number of sanctuary cities nears 500
Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that’s tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump’s election. The Ohio Jobs & Justice Political Action Committee has added more than three dozen new cities and counties to its list in 2017 alone…

Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a ‘turning point’
Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in U.S.-Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders’ shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat. The meeting on Tuesday appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues between Trump and Prince Mohammed, in a marked difference from Riyadh’s often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

CBO: Full Repeal of Obamacare Insures More Americans than Ryan’s Obamacare-lite Plan
According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections, a full repeal of Obamacare would insure more Americans than Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare-lite reforms. The CBO’s analysis on the Republican leadership’s plan to repeal Obamacare predicts it would drop insurance for 14 million people in 2018, while 24 million would lose insurance by 2026. Compared to these figures, the CBO’s research on the 2015 full repeal bill indicated it would insure more Americans than the Ryan plan.

US buildup near Korean Peninsula aimed at ‘incapacitating’ Kim: Report
A growing U.S. presence off the Korean Peninsula, which includes drone stations, military drills and even elite American special forces, is reportedly part of a plan aimed at “incapacitating” the rogue regime in Pyongyang should conflict break out.

Who is Attorney General Loretta Lynch? FISA court handled two requests to wiretap Donald Trump
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed off on both FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court requests to wiretap the Trump campaign, according to reports.All applications to the FISA Court were signed off on by the attorney general, ABC news confirmed.

US Seeks First-Ever Extradition for Palestinian Terror Killer
The U.S. Department of Justice is in the process of announcing its first-ever extradition request of a Palestinian woman behind a 2001 terror attack in Jerusalem that resulted in Israeli and American deaths.

Islamic State Expands Into North Africa
A new Islamic State affiliate is gaining strength in sub-Saharan Africa as part of efforts by the Syrian-based Islamist terror group to take over large parts of the continent.

Oh, Look–More Illegal Aliens On Virginia Voter Rolls
The Washington Free Beacon reported that more illegal aliens have been found on Virginia’s voter rolls. Other outlets, like the Daily Signal and The Washington Times, have reported about these issues with the voter rolls as well.

Mexican official: 250 skulls found in clandestine graves
More than 250 skulls have been found over the last several months in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Mother and son are becoming father and daughter
A transgender dad and daughter from Detroit are revealing their incredible journeys as they transition from mom and son.

Jim Henson Studios Opens Doors for “R-Rated” Puppet Show that Zings Trump
‘Puppet Up! — Uncensored’ creator Brian Henson thinks his father, Jim, would have loved it: “His sense of humor was very naughty and very blue.”

MSNBC’s “Tax Records” Non-Story: Trump Made $150MM, Paid 25% Tax Rate, More Than Romney, Bernie
The real story here is that there is no story: what MSNBC confirmed is that Trump made more money than some of his accusers said he made, and that he paid a generous effective income tax rate, well above that paid by Mitt Romney.

Saudi King Arrives In Japan: 10 Aircraft, 500 Limos, 500 Tons Of Luggage, 12,000 Hotel Rooms, 2 Golden Escalators
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud landed in Japan on Sunday as part of his Asian tour, and brought with him 10 aircraft, 500 tons of luggage and 2 golden escalators; once on the ground, he was granted 500 limousines, and 1,200 rooms in Tokyo’s best hotels.

Illinois General Assembly Retirement System Only 13.52% Funded
Despite a massive rally in the stock market, Illinois public pension liabilities continue to grow. GARS, the Illinois General Assembly Retirement System, is only 13.52% funded, down from 17% funded in 2013. How long can GARS last?


The Briefing 03-15-17

Fact checking Sen. Schumer at the Washington Post: No, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms

Sore choice for liberal states under AHCA: Lose abortion coverage mandate or deny residents tax credit

Changing the story? The background to Disney’s new ‘Beauty and the Beast’

“Age compression”: Why our children are getting older younger

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Trump Embraces the PLO Fantasy

The new president is gearing up to make the same mistake as his predecessor.

US President Donald Trump is losing his focus. If he doesn’t get it back soon, he will fail to make America great again or safe again in the Middle East.

After holding out for a month, last week Trump indicated he is adopting his predecessors’ obsession with empowering the PLO.

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Evangelicals need to stop being wimps

I urge you instead to be offended by the way our God’s name is blasphemed in our country every day; by the 54 million children murdered in the holocaust of abortion since 1973; by the sordid sexual agenda that is eroding the very fabric of Western civilization; by the fact that Christians are dying for their faith, largely at the hands of Muslims, at a rate of 100,000 per year; and, most of all, by the reality that these things are being ignored, trivialized, or celebrated.

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What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You

Cell Phone Woman - Public DomainAs far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private.  And if the government really wants to see what is on your cell phone, they are going to get that information one way or another, even if that means resorting to physical violence.   On Monday, NBC News provided us with yet another glaring example of how the United States is being transformed into a Big Brother police state.  On January 1st, Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick from Buffalo, New York were coming back home from a trip to Toronto, and they didn’t anticipate any unusual problems when they got to the border.  Unfortunately for them, U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents decided to take their cell phones, demanded their passwords, and kept them in custody for the next two hours as they searched for anything that might be incriminating on those phones. (Read More…)


Top Headlines – 3/15/2017

  • What to watch at the Fed meeting (Read More)
  • Dutch vote in test of anti-elite sentiment in Europe (Read More)
  • Where Are the Battlegrounds in the Dutch Election? (Read More)
  • Erdogan says Dutch have ‘rotten character’ as row escalates (Read More)
  • How the Fed Convinced Markets It’ll Raise Rates This Week (Read More)
  • GOP Senators Say Health Bill Won’t Pass Unless Changed (Read More)
  • Merkel, Trump Face Host of Troubling Differences (Read More)
  • Oil Gains as IEA Says Time Needed to Drain Glut (Read More)
  • Trump to nominate Chris Giancarlo to head CRead MoreC (Read More)
  • Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a ‘turning point’: Saudi adviser (Read More)
  • How to Lose $4 Billion: Bill Ackman’s Long Ride Down on Valeant (Read More)
  • Conservative news site sole media outlet on Tillerson Asia trip (Read More)
  • Tillerson’s email alias was prompted by business needs, Exxon says (Read More)
  • Auto Industry Aims to Roll With Trump’s Nafta Changes (Read More)
  • House Republicans Take Their Own Path on Trump’s Border Wall (Read More)
  • Trump Shift Puts Landmark Korean Trade Pact at Risk (Read More)
  • It’s a Good Time to Find a Job in These Countries, But Don’t Expect a Big Raise (Read More)
  • Citi: Le Pen Win Would Wipe Out 25% From French Bank Shares (Read More)
  • Steve Cohen Said to Eye Computers to Model Top Traders’ Thinking (Read More)
  • UK Jobless Rate Matches Lowest Since 1975 (Read More)
  • After six years, Assad now secure but his country carved up as war thunders on (Read More)
  • Zara Owner’s Margin Shrinks to Eight-Year Low on Currencies (Read More)
  • G-20 Checks In for Detox as Germany Seeks Backing for Free Trade (Read More)
  • Heavy fighting as Iraqi forces set sights on Mosul’s Grand Mosque (Read More)

Abbas to US envoy: Peace deal possible under Trump

Trump the change agent looks positively traditional on Mideast peace

PLO denies report it is anticipating ‘historic’ peace offer

Poll: Only 9% of Palestinians think Trump can restart peace talks

PM: No agreements on settlements in talks with Trump adviser

Ma’ale Adumim annexation vote delayed to avoid clash with Trump envoy

In face of ‘scary’ threats, US Jews keep calm and carry on

Leviathan 7 drilling to start soon

Revolutionary Guard commander: Hezbollah more prepared than ever to attack Israel

Jewish Iran MP brands Netanyahu ‘insane vampire’

Iran sets up underground rocket factories in Lebanon – report

Trump meets top Saudi prince in bid to rein in Iran

Saudi Prince Sees Trump as ‘True Friend’ to Muslims

Trump administration threatens to leave UN Human Rights Council

Report: Trump Commands State Department to Slash UN Funding in Half

U.S. sources claim Russia moving special forces into Libya to aid Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar

ISIS is cornered, desperate, and leaving trail of destruction in Mosul

UN: In war crime, Syria deliberately bombed Damascus water supply

UN: Syria has become a “torture-chamber”

Syria conflict study condemns ‘weaponisation’ of healthcare

Kremlin says Syrian peace talks in Astana are “hugely complex”

Syria govt says Turkey breaks commitments as rebels boycott talks

Turkey’s Autocratic President Tells NATO Allies, ‘Nazism Is Alive in the West’

Erdogan: Apology from Netherlands not enough, further sanctions may follow

Dozens of Myanmar soldiers killed in rebel clashes near China border

Employers can ban the burka, European court rules

Jihadis using religious visa to enter US, experts warn

Trump travel ban devastating for Somali refugees cleared for new life in US

Trump’s new travel ban faces day in court

Mexican official: 250 skulls found in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground

Number of sanctuary cities nears 500

Secret Service Has Its Eye on Snoop Dogg Over Video Featuring Mock Trump Shooting

Trump hammered for government cuts – but Clinton pursued similar strategy

Janet Yellen this week could tee up a stealth rate hike for later this year

Fed, in shift, may move to faster pace of rate hikes

Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns revealed on the Rachel Maddow show

White House calls Trump tax form disclosure ‘illegal’

Justice Department to announce indictments in massive Yahoo hack: source

German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts

This creepy facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their picture

Company offers ‘friends’ to pose for selfies with you so you look like you’re popular

Google’s Allo app can reveal to your friends what you’ve searched

North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes as U.S. carrier joins South Korea drills

US buildup near Korean Peninsula aimed at ‘incapacitating’ Kim: Report

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Meulaboh, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yunaska Island, Alaska

5.1 mangitude earthquake hits south of Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Karakul, Tajikistan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Winter Storm Stella hits US Northeast, NY dodges worst

Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 8,800 cancellations since Sunday

California flooding has exposed gold veins hidden for 200 years

Scorching heat to challenge records across southwestern US

Bird flu infects Alabama poultry, likely low pathogenic – officials

Planned Parenthood Would Lose $178 Million In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to thousands more births, CBO says

Kansas Sen. Steve Fitzgerald compares Planned Parenthood to Nazi death camp

‘Satirical’ Texas bill turns language of antiabortion laws on men

Meet the transgender father and daughter transitioning together

U. Minnesota drops homecoming ‘King and Queen’ – replaces with genderless ‘Royals’

Gay Man Blasts Disney for Caring More About LGBT Agenda Than Children’s Innocence

Christian Mom Cancels $6K Disney World Trip, Boycotts Company Over Gay Character in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Obama Pressured Pope Benedict to Resign, Suggests Archbishop

Mike Ratliff – Just doing church is nothing but the fruit of blind hypocrisy

Brian Houston confesses he covered up his father’s pedophilia

Todd Bentley reveals spirits of dead men imparted anointings on his ministry?

SBC Pastor Endorses Theology of The Shack, Compares It To Calvinism

Baylor University: ‘From a Christian Perspective, We’ve Confessed Our Sins’

Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism

Former Planned Parenthood Nurse: Abortionist Sorted Through Babies’ Remains to Ensure All Parts Removed

Mosul Church Turned into ISIS Police Base

Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine

PROPHECY WATCH: Is Russia Gearing Up For Another Intervention In A Middle East War?

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 08:52 AM PDT

If you aren’t familiar with Bible Prophecy then you may not be aware that the Nation of Russia will be directly involved in a War…

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What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You!

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 06:45 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private. And if the…

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Companies Could Soon Force Employees To Share Genetic Information

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 06:37 AM PDT

What would you do if you went to work one day and was told in a company meeting that you were going to be required…

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Bizarre Transformation Of Mother and Son becoming Father and Daughter

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 06:27 AM PDT

And now for today’s most bizarre headline, you will probably read.  According to reports a transgender Father and Daughter from Detroit are revealing their journeys as…

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Now the Game of “Tag” Has Just been Banned in this Elementary School!

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 06:11 AM PDT

Remember the good old days in school when we played dodge ball, hide and seek and even “Tag”? Well, one elementary school in California has…

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Does This Zephaniah 3 Sign Prove We Are in the End Times?

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 06:01 AM PDT

(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure speech that all of them may call on the name of…

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The Bible Says Perilous Times Will Come, and We’re There

Posted: 15 Mar 2017 05:57 AM PDT

Televangelist Jim Bakker says the prophesied perilous times have come to America. “You know we’ve been prophesying this for a long time, that civil war…

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Trump Puts UN Funding on the Chopping Block

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 09:07 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged an unswerving devotion to cutting UN funding. He cited various reasons for doing so,…

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Home Schooling Gets Degraded in Recent Article

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 08:59 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) This past week, the Washington Post published an article degrading the practice of home schooling, especially when the parents are fundamentalist Christians….

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Mark Cuban Reveals Key For World’s First Trillionaire

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 08:56 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) Want to make a Trillion Dollars? NBA owner and Billionaire Mark Cuban recently said that the world’s first trillionaire will be…

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Top EU Court Rules That Employers Can Ban Religious Symbols

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 08:54 PM PDT

(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) On Tuesday, the European Union (EU) Court of Justice released the ruling that employers can ban religious symbols. This issue came…

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Dreams And Visions Of Jesus Are Fueling The Explosive Growth Of Christianity In Muslim Nations Worldwide

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 04:48 PM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Millions of Muslims all over the world are giving their lives to Jesus Christ, and in many instances, this is happening…

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DEVELOPING: Alabama reporting bird flu at three poultry facilities…

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 04:39 PM PDT

First, we heard the news of Bird Flu detected at a Poultry Facility in Tennessee and now we are getting reports of Bird flu now…

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Is the Historic Coming Storm More Than a Physical One?

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 04:31 PM PDT

(By Jim Denison) While the East Coast braces for what USA Today calls a “historic storm,” an op-ed in this morning’s New York Times warns…

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Strong Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes Nicobar Islands Region Of India

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 01:49 PM PDT

According to a report from the USGS, a strong and shallow earthquake measuring 6.0 has struck the Nicobar Islands region of India. Reports of the…

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Strong 5.1 earthquake Strikes Burma: 2 Reported dead, 36 injured after temple collapses

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 01:42 PM PDT

Reports indicate that a strong earthquake struck Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon resulting in the death of two and at least 36 injuries after a temple…

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Ride the Wind: A Prophetic Word About the Holy Spirit’s Direction

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 01:05 PM PDT

(By Jennifer LeClaire) I was in prayer seeking the Lord about the season we’re entering into and He said something very distinct: Ride the wind!…

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NY Ditches Teacher Literacy Test Because It’s Deemed to promote “Racism”!

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 01:00 PM PDT

Who cares about education folks! Who cares that the United States has plummeted in the global rankings of education standards! At least that seems to…

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Five Reasons Why Pastors Are Getting Fired Because of Their Social Media Posts

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 12:43 PM PDT

(By Thomas S. Rainer) “It’s not fair I lost my job,” the pastor told me. “My church members post a lot worse things than I…

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Avian Flu strikes Nepal for first time; Vietnam reports H5N1, H5N6

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 12:36 PM PDT

For the first time documented,  Nepal’s livestock department has recently an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu virus which has reportedly stuck a commercial farm;…

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Chinese Christians Continue Serving Christ at Risk of Persecution

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 12:24 PM PDT

Matthew 11:12  – And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by…

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8 Powerful Weapons Of the Believer!

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 12:12 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss eight powerful weapons that the believer has at his disposal that can bring breakthroughs and victories…

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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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Obama Vs. Trump: Ex-President Returns to Radical Community Organizing to Save His Tattered Legacy

According to Breitbart:

As President Donald Trump plans a slew of policies that could dismantle key parts of Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, the former president seems to be returning to his roots as a Saul Alinsky-style radical community organizer.

This time Obama and his associates’ objective is to stop Trump’s domestic and foreign policy agendas on virtually all fronts – immigration reform, border security, the roll back of the controversial Obamacare system and more.  According to some accounts, Obama and his associates may be seeking no less than Trump’s impeachment.

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A Manifesto of Christian Discernment

Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church penned some guidelines aimed at Church leaders that deal with the monumental lack of spiritual discernment in the Church visibleIncluded in the Kozar manifesto are several video clips of celebrity “pastors” jumping, skipping and flouncing around on church stages in an effort to entertain parishioners who expect their pastor to deliver a fabulous show each and every Sunday. Also included is a photo of Word of Faith prosperity preacher T.D. Jakes’ “ridiculous and obscene mansion.”

Steve Kozar offers some no holds barred–and biblical–advice for Church leaders, plus this reminder: You’re a sinner that deserves God’s wrath, just like the rest of us. Jesus took the punishment we deserve upon Himself to set us free from sin and death; you didn’t do anything.

We will maintain a healthy skepticism towards all the big-name leaders in the church. No matter how famous a Christian celebrity might be, we refuse to be gullible just because someone has become a “brand name.”

We will check everything any pastor/teacher says against God’s Word, and when it comes to the most powerful, multimillionaire “Super Pastors,” we will assume the worst until convinced otherwise.

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Obama Final Year: $36 Million in Taxpayer Money to Cover Legal Costs to Hide Records From the Press

Report – The Obama administration spent a record $36.2 million in taxpayer money in its final year to cover legal costs to hide documents from the press. 

Washington Times: via AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.

And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.

And here we have it folks, the most transparent administration in U.S. history.

Watch Obama in his own words here: ‘The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide’.

 

 

 

Read the rest of the report from the Washington Times here.

 

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March 15, 2017: Verse of the day

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Again going a little beyond the three disciples, Jesus fell on His face and prayed to His Father. Except at the time when He quoted Psalm 22:1 as He cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46), Jesus always addressed God as Father. In so doing He expressed an intimacy with God that was foreign to the Judaism of His day and that was anathema to the religious leaders. They thought of God as Father in the sense of His being the progenitor of Israel, but not in the sense of His being a personal Father to any individual. For Jesus to address God as His Father was blasphemy to them, and “for this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18).

Although Jesus consistently called God His Father, only on this occasion did He call Him My Father (cf. v. 42), intensifying the intimacy. The more Satan tried to divert Jesus from His Father’s will and purpose, the more closely Jesus drew into His Father’s presence. Mark adds that Jesus also addressed Him as “Abba! Father!” (Mark 14:36), Abba being an Aramaic word of endearment roughly equivalent to “Daddy.” Such an address would have been unthinkably presumptuous and blasphemous to Jews.

Jesus implored the Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” By asking, “If it is possible;” Jesus did not wonder if escaping the cross was within the realm of possibility. He knew He could have walked away from death at any time He chose. “I lay down My life that I may take it again,” He explained to the unbelieving Pharisees. “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17–18). The Father sent the Son to the cross, but He did not force Him to go. Jesus was here asking if avoiding the cross were possible within the Father’s redemptive plan and purpose. The agony of becoming sin was becoming unendurable for the sinless Son of God, and He wondered aloud before His Father if there could be another way to deliver men from sin.

God’s wrath and judgment are often pictured in the Old Testament as a cup to be drunk (see, e.g., Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17; Jer. 49:12). This cup symbolized the suffering Jesus would endure on the cross, the cup of God’s fury vented against all the sins of mankind, which the Son would take upon Himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God.

As always with Jesus, the determining consideration was God’s will. “I did not speak on My own initiative,” He declared, “but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak” (John 12:49; cf. 14:31; 17:8). He therefore said submissively, “Yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” This conflict between what I will and what Thou wilt reveals the reality of the amazing fact that Jesus was truly being tempted. Though sinless and unable to sin, He clearly could be brought into the real conflict of temptation (see Heb. 4:15).

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March 15, 2017: Daily Devotional Guide Collection

March 15

All Authority

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:18

 

Before Christ issued the Great Commission, to “make disciples of all the nations,” He had to establish His divine authority to give it. Otherwise, the command would have seemed impossible to fulfill.

As the disciples followed Jesus for three and a half years, they learned much about His authority. He showed them that He had authority over sickness (Matt. 4:23) and death (John 11:43–44). He gave His disciples the same power He had to overcome disease and demons (Matt. 10:1). He established that He had the authority to forgive sins (Matt. 9:6) and judge all men (John 5:25–29). And He proved that He had the authority to lay down His life and take it up again (John 10:18).

Submission to that absolute authority of Christ is not an option—it is your supreme obligation.[1]


March 15 Threats to Humility: Riches and Wealth

“Walk … with all humility.”

Ephesians 4:1–2

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Our possessions and positions in life are from God; we can’t take credit for them.

Many today take pride in their economic status. They boast about their riches and trust their money, thinking they must be great for acquiring all they have. But remember what Moses said to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land: “You may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth” (Deut. 8:17–18). Everything you have, God gave to you. Don’t parade your possessions as if you obtained them through your self–created abilities.

A related area is pride in one’s class, which involves looking down on those in “lower” levels of society. Such people don’t want lower–class people in their neighborhoods and certainly wouldn’t invite them to dinner. If you are guilty of this sort of pride, keep in mind that God loves poor people. Jesus Himself was poor in this world and spent most of His time ministering to the poor.

Sometimes in moving up the social ladder, people may demand a certain kind of treatment. They expect the best of everything and get offended when they don’t receive it. One of the things Jesus criticized the scribes and Pharisees for was this: “They love the place of honor at banquets, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called by men, Rabbi” (Matt. 23:6–7). Resist the temptation to seek worldly honor, glamour, and privileges.

Advertisers today continually entice us to draw attention to ourselves by what we wear. But undue attention to appearance can make people haughty, boastful, and indulgent, trying to show themselves as better than others. God hates that sin (Isa. 3:16–26).

John said, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world…. The world is passing away, and also its lusts” (1 John 2:15, 17). Don’t let the world tell you what you should seek or value. Remember instead that “the one who does the will of God abides forever” (v. 17).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord to give you contentment with your present status and to help you reach out to those not so blessed.

For Further Study: Read Luke 14:8–10; 1 Timothy 2:9–10; and James 2:2–8 and see if you are guilty of materialism or social pride.[2]


MARCH 15

FULL COMPREHENSION IS YET TO COME

And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

—Exodus 24:16

We know very well that the human mind cannot comprehend or encompass the person of God. We can know what God is not, but in this earthly life it is impossible for us to say, “I know what God is.” We never can know because God belongs to a realm entirely different from ours. The great God exists in awesome wonder. He is uncreated holiness, high above all the things that the hands of mankind have made….

There is neither preacher nor teacher anywhere in the world who can say, “Let me tell you all about God!” God told Moses and Israel, and He tells us: “Always there will be the cloud about Me. Always there will be a veil covering My person. While you are on My earth, you will sense this obscurity, for I Am who I Am!”…

And I can say this from personal experience: After you have known God and walked with Him by faith for fifty years, growing daily in His grace and the knowledge of Him, you will still see a cloud on Mount Sinai. You will still sense the obscurity. Your mind and your spirit will still bow before Him. Your day of full comprehension is yet to come. MMG082-083

I long for that day, Lord, when the cloud is completely removed and I shall know You completely. Amen. [3]


March 15

The Prize of Peace—Eternal Sonship

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.—Matt. 5:9

The result of peacemaking is eternal blessing as God’s children in God’s kingdom. Peacemakers “shall be called sons of God.”

Most of you are thankful for your heritage, your ancestors, your parents, and your family name. It is especially gratifying to have been influenced by godly grandparents, parents, or both. But even the greatest human heritage cannot match our heritage in Christ (Rom. 8:17). After all, what could compare to being a child of God?

Peacemaking is a hallmark of God’s children. Only God determines who His children are, and He has determined that we are to be humble, penitent over sin, gentle, seekers of righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, and ultimately peacemakers.

As the next beatitude makes abundantly clear, we often don’t have peace in the world; we have persecution instead. In Christ we have forsaken the false peace of the world, and consequently we won’t find much peace with it. But as God’s children we can always have peace within, even while we are in the world—the peace of God, which the world can’t give and the world can’t take away.

Today begin to live as a peacemaking child of God—it is your calling.

ASK YOURSELF
Review the beatitude summaries mentioned in today’s reading—those qualities of life that distinguish the sons and daughters of God from others. Is anything worth keeping you from exemplifying these characteristics? Can anything rival being known as a child of God?[4]

MARCH 15

“TEARS OF JOY—AMEN!”

He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

Luke 3:16

 

We need not be afraid of a genuine visitation of the Spirit of God!

Blaise Pascal, the famed seventeenth-century French scientist and philosopher, experienced in his lifetime a personal, overwhelming encounter with God that changed his life. Those who attended him at his death found a worn, creased paper in his clothing, close to his heart—apparently a reminder of what he had felt and sensed in God’s very presence.

In Pascal’s own hand it read:

From about half past ten at night, to about half after midnight—fire! O God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob—not the God of philosophers or the wise. The God of Jesus Christ who can be known only in the ways of the Gospel. Security. Feeling. Peace. Joy. Tears of joy—Amen!

Were these the expressions of a fanatic, an extremist? No; it was the ecstatic utterance of a yielded man during two awesome hours in the presence of God. The astonished Pascal could only describe the visitation in one word—“Fire!”

 

Dear Lord, I pray that I will experience the “fire” of Your holy presence in my life. Burn away all the dross by Your Spirit. I want to live for You and You only.[5]


March 15 Putting God First

“Hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9).

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Prayer should always exalt God.

The Disciples’ Prayer illustrates the priority that God should hold in our prayers. Jesus began by exalting the Father—“Hallowed be Thy name” (v. 9), then requested that the Father’s Kingdom come and His will be done (v. 10). He concluded with an anthem of praise: “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (v. 13). His prayer literally begins and ends with God.

“Hallowed be Thy name” exalts the name of the Lord and sets a tone of worship and submission that is sustained throughout the prayer. Where God’s name is hallowed, He will be loved and revered, His Kingdom eagerly anticipated, and His will obeyed.

“Thy name” speaks of more than a title such as “God,” “Lord,” or “Jehovah.” It speaks of God Himself and is the composite of all His attributes. The Hebrews considered God’s name so sacred they wouldn’t even speak it, but they missed the point. While meticulously guarding the letters of His name, they slandered His character and disobeyed His Word. Because of them the name of God was blasphemed among the Gentiles (Rom. 2:24).

Psalm 102:15 says, “So the nations will fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory.” It’s not the letters of God’s name that the nations fear; it’s the embodiment of all He is. As Jesus prayed, “I manifested Thy name to the men whom Thou gavest Me” (John 17:6). He did that by revealing who God is. John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus told Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus is the manifestation of all that God is.

Manifesting the priority of God in your prayers involves acknowledging who He is and approaching Him with a reverent, humble spirit that is yielded to His will. As you do that, He will hallow His name through you.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for His holiness. ✧ Ask Him to use you today to demonstrate His holiness to others.

For Further Study: Read Numbers 20. How did Moses show irreverence for God’s name?[6]


MARCH 15

GOD’S VOICE STILL ENTREATS LOST MANKIND

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

ROMANS 8:19, 22

Why is it that the shining world of which men have dreamed, and that every man secretly believes is somewhere before him, is nevertheless lost to men?

It can only be because we are out of the way.

The world we inhabit is a lost world. It is a sick, fallen planet upon which we ride. The sacred revelation declares plainly that the inhabitants of the world are also lost, by a mighty, calamitous visitation of woe which is still upon them.

But with this, it also tells us a glorious fact—that this lost race has not been given up!

Thankfully, there is a voice that calls, a voice that entreats! If we were not lost, there would be no voice behind us saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.”

I say again that we have not been given up. That is plain from the book of Genesis. Recall that the sound of God’s gentle voice was heard saying, “Adam, where art thou?”—and that voice has never died out!

All of His entreating calls blend into one, whether it be the voice of God’s love, or the voice of Jesus’ blood, or the voice of conscience, or the voice of the dead or of the living, or of the lost or of the saved!

So, the holy writer says the lost planet is full of vanity and has lost its meaning, crying like a woman in travail but waiting, as it were, to be born again into the liberty of the sons of God, and saved from decay and corruption![7]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 88). 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. 83). 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. 87). 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 Two: Wednesday)

Wednesday

Confession: Psalm 32:1–5

Happy is he whose transgression is taken away,

whose sin is covered.

Happy is a person to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity

and in whose spirit there is not deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones were worn out

due to my groaning all the day.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me.

My vigor was changed into the dry heat of summer. Selah

I made known my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not cover.

I said, “I will confess concerning my transgressions to Yahweh,”

and you took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

Reading: Mark 11:1–11

And when they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village before you, and right away as you enter into it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say ‘The Lord has need of it, and will send it here again at once.’ ” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” So they told them, just as Jesus had said, and they allowed them to take it. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, and he sat on it. And many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches they had cut from the fields. And those who went ahead and those who were following were shouting,

“Hosanna!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

And he went into Jerusalem to the temple, and after looking around at everything, because the hour was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Reflection

Consider the great virtues Christ showed us by His human nature in this procession: While He was supreme and rich and powerful above all—as the true Son of God according to the divinity—He did not display the excellence of His majesty before the people by worldly pomp. But with much humility and meekness [He] approached the city, rebellious against Him. This is our king, whom John Baptist proclaimed as the lamb, that was to come into the world: Who for the salvation of the human race drew near to the place of suffering to accomplish the work of our redemption, as it had been revealed to the holy patriarchs and prophets.

He did not turn aside from the face of His enemies, nor dread the holy place because of the malice of the people. Yet, with the greatest charity and compassion, [He] approached the envious and enraged to calm their passions. Moreover, for their coming excesses and evil deeds, He mourned and wept.

—Thomas à Kempis

A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ

Response

The people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus into the city with shouts and praise because they believed He was going to be a political savior. Do you turn to God only in times of personal crisis or when you need something from Him?[1]

 

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

If you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (NASB) 

Deception is our enemy’s most powerful weapon. When a person is deceived into believing a lie they are not intending to participate in something that is wrong. No, they believe they have the truth and all those who oppose what they believe are just wrong. When the lie leads people to believe that their form of ‘religion’ is true Christianity, regardless of how unbiblical it is, they are not actually intending to be evil following an evil system…

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