Daily Archives: May 21, 2017

May 20-21, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 05/20/2017

Georgia Woman Who Identified as Man Dies Following Surgery to Remove Uterus   May 19, 2017 05:56 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Georgia woman who made headlines last year in her quest to have her middle name changed from female to male has died of sepsis after having a hysterectomy reportedly as part of a sex change operation. Rebeccah Feldhaus, 25, who goes by the name “Rowan,” had the surgery to remove her uterus earlier this month, but was readmitted to the hospital…

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Christian Geologist Sues National Park Service for Denying Request to Conduct Research in Grand Canyon   May 15, 2017 09:55 am

PHOENIX – A leading Christian geologist has filed suit against the U.S. National Park Service, alleging that they wrongfully discriminated against him on the basis of his religious beliefs by not allowing him to conduct research in the Grand Canyon. Dr. Andrew Snelling is a research geologist who currently serves as director of research at Answers in Genesis. In…

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‘Pope Francis’ Declares ‘Saints’ Deceased Fatima Children Who Purportedly Saw Apparition of Mary   May 15, 2017 05:59 pm

FATIMA, Portugal — Jorge Bergoglio, the Roman Catholic leader known as Pope Francis, has “sainted” two of three Portuguese shepherds who purportedly saw an apparition of Mary a century ago and are credited with two miracles following their death. The occasion, which is widely accepted among Catholics worldwide, is rejected by evangelicals, who note numerous…

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Teens Charged With Attempted Murder for Shooting Girl in Head Over ‘Annoying’ Snapchat Messages   May 13, 2017 04:55 pm

LOGAN, Utah — Two 16-year-old boys who plotted to shoot a 14-year-old girl in the head because her Snapchat messages were “annoying” will be tried as adults, a judge ruled this week. First District Juvenile Court Judge Angela Fonnesbeck announced her decisions on Monday and Wednesday regarding defendants Colter Peterson and his accomplice Jayzen…

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Maine School Employee Reprimanded for Telling Churchgoing Coworker ‘I Will Pray for You’   May 17, 2017 02:42 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine — A special education technician at a public high school in Maine has filed a federal complaint against her school district after she was reprimanded for telling a coworker, who is a member of her church, that she would pray for them. According to her complaint, Toni Richardson began expressing concern last fall about a new member of her special…

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Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children   May 19, 2017 01:47 pm

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — “Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” That’s the question a man dressed as a woman recently asked children attending “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH) at a public library in New York. Since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope has been offering the storytime for children, bringing in various drag queens to read children’s…

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Jerry Falwell Jr., Who is ‘Convinced’ Trump is ‘Christian,’ Bestows Liberty University Doctorate on President   May 16, 2017 08:54 pm

Photo Credit: Liberty University/Leah Seavers LYNCHBURG, Va. — The president of what heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, who declared during the 2016 presidential election that he was “convinced” that Donald Trump is a Christian, conferred an honorary doctorate upon the nation’s leader on Saturday during his visit as commencement…

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Cuban Pastor Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Homeschooling His Children   May 18, 2017 06:52 pm

HAVANA, Cuba — A Cuban pastor has been sentenced to one year in prison for homeschooling his children, and his wife has been ordered to spend a year under house arrest. “This is a great injustice,” Ramón Rigal told the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). “They are trying to force us to send our children only to state schools—not having the…

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New Jersey Borough Agrees Not to Restore ‘Religious’ Veterans Display in Settlement With Humanist Group   May 13, 2017 11:23 am

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. — A New Jersey borough has agreed not to restore what was deemed a religious veterans display to the lawn of the public library in order to settle a lawsuit filed by a nationally-recognized humanist organization. On May 4, Roselle Park council members voted to approve Resolution 142-17, “Authorizing a Settlement Agreement in the Matter of…

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Texas Attorney General Moves to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Judge Sued Over Chaplain-Presented Prayers   May 18, 2017 10:45 am

AUSTIN, Texas — The attorney general of Texas has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against a judge who was sued by a prominent professing atheist organization over his practice of opening court with a chaplain-presented prayer. “The lawsuit against Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to push religious expression from…

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Weekend Snapshot

May 20, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“It is not breaking news that an adversary of the United States — Russia — tried to cause trouble for us by meddling in our elections. What is new and dangerous is that there are partisans in our intelligence agencies who are trying to destroy the duly elected president. They and their big media allies are doing far more to damage the U.S. than the Russians could have ever dreamed of.” —Gary Bauer

Top News – 5/20-21/2017

Netanyahu: ‘I’ll talk security and peace with Trump’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would discuss regional security and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Israel on Monday for a two day trip. “This is President Trump’s first visit outside the US, and the honor is ours that he has chosen to come to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, and – of course – to the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu orders reluctant Israeli ministers to greet Trump at airport
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered all Israeli government ministers to attend a reception ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport for US President Donald Trump when he arrives here on Monday. Netanyahu’s order came after he stopped short a meeting of the heads of the coalition on Sunday, after most ministers refused to come to the airport. The ministers allegedly did not want to attend the greeting event at the airport due to the long hours they would have to wait on the tarmac in the sun.

North Korea in new missile test, South says
North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea’s military has said. The White House said the medium-range missile had a shorter range than those used in North Korea’s last three tests. It comes a week after North Korea tested what it said was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

TPP trade deal will continue without Trump
Asia-Pacific trade ministers have agreed to resuscitate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, despite US President Donald Trump abandoning it. Mr Trump signalled in January he would block the passage of the 12-nation pact in order to protect American jobs. Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries have met in Vietnam to get the deal back on track.

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations
The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause.

Ebola Spreading: Infections Up 800% In Last Week: Officials Race To Track Down
Last week three suspected Ebola infections were detected in a remote region of the Congo. Since then, World Health Organization officials have been scrambling to contain the virus.

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God
A new Gallup poll shows that only 24% of Americans believe the Bible is the “literal word” of God, which is a decline from the 1970s, but the survey also shows that the number of Americans who think the Bible is the “inspired word” of God, 47%, has stayed pretty steady over the last 40 years.

At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials
At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in Taliban ambushes in south central Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, as security forces sought to dislodge insurgents in multiple districts.

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash
According to the Fed’s latest annual “household well-being” report, 23% of US adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full while 44% of respondents said they wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense like a car repair or medical bill.

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?
“Trump should be urging the Saudis to shift course by abiding by the laws of war and holding those responsible for past abuses to account. Instead he will effectively be telling them to continue as before and not to worry – the flow of US weapons will not stop. Trump will also be putting Americans at risk.”

CNN Reports Comey Has Changed His Mind, Now Believes Trump Tried To Influence Him
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says…

Jubilee Call To Temple Mount Echoes Six-Day War Victory Cry
A call by Knesset members and major rabbis is expected to bring record crowds to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem’s Jubilee next week. The United Temple Movements called the gathering as a joyous echo of the original declaration made by Israeli soldiers 50 years ago when they announced in victory, “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”

Israel Braces for its Latest Battlefront: The Sea
The new reality for Israel’s navy is that Hezbollah and Hamas are more than terrorist organizations—they represent new kinds of armies, and in Hezbollah’s case, an army with advanced state-level weaponry.

WannaCry ransomware decryption tool released
All victims have to do is download WanaKiwi tool from Github and run it on their affected Windows computer using the command line (cmd). WanaKiwi works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, confirmed Matt Suiche from security firm Comae Technologies, who has also provided some demonstrations showing how to use WanaKiwi to decrypt your files.

North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear program as US increases pressure
North Korea’s deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the country will continue to strengthen its nuclear program as a necessary measure needed to counter U.S. aggression.

Saudi King: Trump visit enhances global security, stability
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Saturday the visit of US.President Donald Trump to the kingdom would strengthen cooperation between the two countries and help enhance global security.

Rouhani re-elected in Iranian Presidential elections
Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli announced Rouhani’s victory on Saturday on state television. Rouhani secured 57 percent of the vote in Friday’s election…

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase
Reports suggest as many as 140 people, including civilians, may have died in an attack on an airbase in Libya. It was originally thought 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to take over the Brak al-Shati base on Thursday. The UN-backed government’s defence minister and the commander of the militia have both been suspended pending an investigation.

Trump peace initiative: Direct negotiations without stopping construction
US President Donald Trump will soon announced a political initiative that will bring Israelis and Palestinians back to direct negotiations between a year and a year and four months without stopping settlement construction, but with curtailing it. The report was published by London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat on Saturday uponspeaking to Western diplomats on the matter.

Syrian rebels begin to leave last opposition-held Homs district
Syrian rebels started leaving the last opposition-held district of Homs city on Saturday in the final phase of an evacuation deal that will see President Bashar al-Assad’s government take back the area in the seventh year of the country’s war. At least one bus left al-Waer carrying fighters and their families, and dozens more were expected to follow to bring some 2,500 people out of the district long besieged by government forces and their allies.

Assad Regime: U.S. Airstrikes on Infringing Syrian Militia Are ‘Government Terrorism’
“We discussed the massacre that the U.S. aggressor committed yesterday in our country,” Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari said…referring to the U.S. action as “government terrorism.” “At every meeting, we would like to remind the attendees that state terrorism is being practiced against our country,” al-Ja’afari alleged, tacitly referencing the isolated American military action…

ISIS Savages Dismember Children, Behead Women in Rampage in Central Syria
As many as 82 people have been killed in a wave of slaughter carried out by the Islamic State terror group in central Hama province in Syria, with reports that women and children have been beheaded and dismembered. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights provided the latest update on the slaughter on Friday…in what is the most violent single attack on the countryside of Salamiyah city in more than two years.

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent Of Anti-Trump Media Bias
They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations…

LIMBAUGH TICKED- ‘WAIT! Obama Actually Did What The Left Is ACCUSING Trump Of Doing!
What if you learned that Obama actually did exactly what President Trump is being accused of doing now? Would that surprise you? I doubt it, because it’s Obama, there is nothing he wouldn’t do if the results would benefit him. BUT, I bet you are hard-pressed to remember what and what it was right? I mean, after all you might not even have thought about it on your own because there was not big media uproar when Obama did it. NOTHING like it is now that the spotlight is on President Trump.

Turkish Passenger On American Airlines Flight Subdued After Trying To Breach Cockpit
An American Airlines crew and off-duty Honolulu police officer subdued a man Friday on board a Honolulu-bound flight after he tried to break into the cockpit, ABC and local news report. The flight, which took off from Los Angeles, landed safely about 11:35 a.m. with a military escort. Bloomberg adds that a laptop computer was placed near the cockpit door.

Russian Embassy Implicates Hillary In Tweet Asking: “Who Killed Seth Rich?”
“#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice.”

FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules 
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to advance a Republican plan to reverse the Obama administration’s 2015 “net neutrality” order.

Last Year, Obama Offered to Share U.S. Intelligence With Russia, and the Mainstream Media Was Fine With It
Russia-Gate remains in full swing, and the latest bout of hysteria is related to President Trump’s alleged sharing of intelligence with Russia. The original report about the supposed leak came from The Washington Post.

Here Are 12 Times Liberal Democrats Refused To Impeach Barack Obama After He Broke The Law EDITOR’S NOTE: The very same Liberals, Democrats and fake news media pretend journalists who are now calling for President Trump’s impeachment, were strangely silent during the 8 long years of absolutely jaw-dropping scandals and egregious lawbreaking done by the Obama administration. Have you forgotten the 4 dead Americans directly killed in Benghazi by Obama’s “leadership”, and then how he lied about a “video” being the cause? So in case you have somehow forgotten just how illegal and subversive Barack Hussein Obama and his minions really were, here are some stellar and actionable offenses in no particular order to help jog your memory.


95% of Fed Gov Employees who gave gave to Clinton, Department of Justice 97%, State Department 99% (This is the deep state and they are comfy – right now)

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(From FOX News)

The constant, anonymous leaks from disgruntled federal bureaucrats aim to provide ammunition for the propaganda news media to press the attack.

The Left’s dance of destruction is stunningly choreographed.

I have been overseas for the last three days, and it has been sickening to see so many foreigners terrified because they unknowingly believe the news media’s false reports and vicious attacks. The only version of President Trump they know is the one portrayed in the 24-hour cesspool of CNN and the daily acrimony of the New York Times.

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Mark Steyn: Congressional Republicans ‘Sending a Dangerous Message’ Saying ‘Elections Don’t Matter’

Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn opined on the “dysfunctional” state of the federal government. By not taking action that reflected the sentiment of the voter, Steyn said congressional Republicans were sending a dangerous message.

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Rush Limbaugh: ‘We Are Watching a Silent Coup Here to Oust a Duly Elected President’

Limbaugh said despite the lack of evidence of such ties, there are these investigations underway and that it goes beyond incompetence, which he called a “silent coup.”

Limbaugh went on to criticize former FBI Director James Comey, who he suggested exhibited odd behavior regarding his interactions with Trump.

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NYC, San Francisco Public Libraries Host Monthly ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Kids

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?”

The Associated Press released video footage from inside a Brooklyn public library as it hosts Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, something that has been scheduled every month since last fall.

The children sit around as a man who calls his alter-ego Lil’ Miss Hot Mess reads them stories and leads them in sing-alongs about drag queens.

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Surrender or fight – our country is at stake

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich urges American’s not to surrender to the Left.  Following is an excerpt from a recent column he wrote:

We are today in a one-sided cultural civil war. The Left has picked the battlefield and defined the terms of engagement. If conservatives respond to this aggressive, sometimes violent hostility from the Left with confusion, uncertainty, and appeasement, we are guaranteed to lose the struggle to drain the swamp and reform Washington.

Further, surrendering will destroy America as we know it. Far from making America great again, we will have yielded our country to left-wing thugs, liars, and intimidators.

Now to his column:

Republicans, in particular the Trump administration, are approaching a historic decision that will shape America for generations to come.

The endless hostility of the Left, exemplified by violent fascists on college campuses, thugs in the streets, determined disrupters at town hall meetings, and the dishonest elite media are all part of their efforts to defeat the reforms and changes that President Trump was elected to implement.

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Research Claiming Sex-Change Benefits Is Based On Junk Science

According to former transgender Walt Heyer, who says he has a passion to help trans people, “Research about transgender people is biased toward reporting success.” This is because LGBTQ studies “purposefully exclude anything that would reflect badly on their overblown trans agenda,” says Heyer. He writes:

Caitlyn Jenner has perfected the art of cashing in on each step of gender transition. A few short weeks before the release of his new book, Jenner acknowledges the boys are now gone. Adios to his life-long companions in gender reassignment surgery (known as bottom surgery).

Jenner is wealthy and can cash in on celebrity, but a large portion of the transgender population remains lost and unaccounted for. Did they die, detransition, or commit suicide?  All we know is the attempted suicide rate for transgender people has remained above 40 percent for many years.

Doctors jam trans kids with puberty blockers and trans adults with cross-gender hormones, then recommend irreversible genital surgery, all without having long-term systematic studies of the effectiveness of such invasive treatment. Parents of trans kids don’t have the benefit of trustworthy information on the probable outcomes of up to 90 percent of gender changers.

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The Truth Behind The ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbors’ Propaganda Campaign Promoted By The Radical Left

How to Prepare for a ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbors’ Event

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors,” “Ask A Muslim,” “Coffee, Cake, and Islam.” These are some of the welcoming names for these events you may have seen advertised recently, events at which local imams and other Muslims promise to tell visitors “the truth about our faith.”

These events are highly scripted — and highly predictable. What they actually deliver: a well-practiced lecture that sanitizes Islam, confirming the rose-colored, politically correct concept of the religion that dominates the political Left.

The event ordinarily begins with a fulsome welcome. The Muslim hosts mention being thrilled that so many have come out to “meet your Muslim neighbors” because “so many of you, I know, want to learn more about our faith.” Most importantly, “you are probably confused by all the stories in the media, so we thought we’d try to set the record straight. For there can be no better way to learn about Islam than by meeting Muslims themselves to tell you what it’s all about.” Then a short lecture is given, with a Q and A afterwards. And — an important part of the charm offensive — generally some amazing Middle Eastern food is laid out to end the evening, leaving everyone sated and content.

The lecture generally begins with the declaration by the hosts that “Islam means peace,” and this is flatly false. Any Arabic speaker would know that Islam means “submission.”

But who would be impolite enough to take issue with a welcoming Muslim telling you that he believes Islam means peace? Probably, some guests may think there’s room for doubt in translation, but in any case, why would they cause a fuss already when they are all trying to get along?

Then it’s on to the Five Pillars of Islam, which are always given pride of place: the Shahada (profession of faith); Salat (the five canonical prayers); Zakat (the required charitable giving); Sawm (the fasting at Ramadan); and Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca that a believer should make, if he can afford it, at least once in his life).

The list is winningly exotic, great fun for the guests to take notes on — oh, but there’s no need, they’ve been given a sheet that lists all five and their supposedly authoritative definitions — and memorize. The Five Pillars may seem comforting, too, because they do sound familiar to Judeo-Christian guests: a profession of faith, prayers, fasting, charitable giving, pilgrimage.

Yet these presentations never inform the audience that the Five Pillars are not shared elements of the Abrahamic religions, but in fact radical departures.

For example: Salat, the five daily prayers, include the repeated recitation — 17 times a day — of a phrase condemning Jews and Christians from the Fatiha, the first sura of the Qur’an. The last two verses of the Fatiha ask Allah:

Show us the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast favoured; not the (path) of those who earn thine anger nor of those who go astray.

According to virtually all Muslim Qur’anic commentary, including that deemed most authoritative both today and throughout Islamic history, those who “earn thine anger” are the Jews, and those who “go astray” are the Christians. These descriptions of the Jews and Christians appear elsewhere throughout the Qur’an, removing any doubt. In both cases they are to be avoided by Muslims; they are cursed people.

But what Muslim host will admit “we curse the infidels 17 times a day”? And what infidel guest who attends such an event will know enough about the Fatiha to ask about the matter?

Brigitte Gabriel tells you the truth about Islam:

Similarly, Zakat is described as the charitable giving required of Muslims, and this certainly puts Muslims in a good light. But what will not be explained is that charity is to be given only to fellow Muslims. These may include recent converts to Islam who may be wavering, and need a kind of bribe, in the form of zakat, to guarantee their continued allegiance. The infidel guests at these events will not be told any of this, and again, likely would not know to ask.

Then it’s on to the Qu’ran. The hosts will explain that “Muslims believe the Qur’an is the immutable word of God.” The “suras,” these are “our chapters,” and some of the titles of the 114 suras will be given — “The Cow,” “The Bee, “The Ornaments of Gold,” “The Small Kindness” — to amuse the infidel guests. It’s all so new and exotic! The Muslim hosts may mention that “just as you have Bible competitions, we have Qur’an competitions to see who has memorized all of the Qur’an; we call such a person a hafiz. We have contests to see who can recite the Qur’an most beautifully.” Continuing in this insubstantial vein, they may explain why Muslims treat the physical Qur’an with such respect. And why Muslims should ideally read the Qur’an in Arabic; how beautiful it sounds to those who know the language.

A lot of time is being used up, and the guests are under the illusion they are learning something of substance. They are not.

On to the Qur’an itself: Whatever other verses the Muslim hosts may choose to discuss, two that are almost certain to be mentioned are 2:256 and 5:32. Qur’an 2:256 states:

There is no compulsion in religion.

This seems unambiguous. But if we know just a little about Islam, which our Muslim hosts hope we do not, we may be aware that the penalty for apostasy in Islam is death. Could there be a more severe kind of “compulsion in religion”?

If we also know about the treatment of the dhimmi — a word that will never be brought up by the Muslim hosts — we will have a still more skeptical view of 2:256. An unbeliever has only three choices in a Muslim state, according to the Qur’an: to convert to Islam, to be killed, or to endure life as a dhimmi by paying a heavy tax called the jizyah and submitting to many other humiliations. This is, of course, as severe as “compulsion” gets. But most infidels would simply take Qur’an 2:256 at face value during these events.

The second verse that is certain to be quoted is 5:32:

[W]hoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

Well, that sounds like proof the “real,” peaceful Islam we’ve all been hearing about. But the Muslim hosts never get around to reading the very next sentence, 5:33, because all of this hinges on the word “innocent”:

The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after  corruption in the land  will be  that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.

Who “makes war upon Allah and His messenger”? Why, the infidels, of course. But who among the guests at these Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor nights will know enough to question this deceptive matter of quoting 5:32 without 5:33?

Just as there are a handful of verses sure to be quoted, there will be others left carefully alone. No Muslim at these Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor affairs wants you to know about Qur’an 9:29:

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (the Jews), until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Nor will they want you to know about Qur’an 9:5:

Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

There are more than 100 other Jihad verses, similarly blood-curdling, including several that command believers to “strike terror” into the hearts of non-believers, which will also be left carefully unremarked.

And that’s not all that will be left out. What about Muhammad, the Perfect Man? What Muslim at these affairs will willingly discuss little Aisha, whom Muhammad married (and consummated the marriage) when she was nine and he was in his 50s? What Muslim will talk about how Muhammad had certain people who had mocked him assassinated (Asma bint Marwan, Abu ‘Afak, Ka’b ibn al-Ashraf)? What Muslim will want to talk about Muhammad as a slave-owner?

  • What Muslim will discuss Muhammad’s ordering and participating in the slaughter of 600-900 prisoners of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe?
  • What Muslim will talk about Muhammad’s raid on the Khaybar oasis, where he seized Safiyya after having killed her husband, father, and other relatives, and “married” her?
  • What Muslim will want to discuss Kinana, a Jewish man from Khaybar, tortured gruesomely on Muhammad’s express orders just to extract information about hidden treasure?
  • What Muslim would want to explain, given all that, that Muslims consider Muhammad to be “the Perfect Man” (al-insan al-kamil) and the “Model of Conduct” (uswa hasana)?

By all means, go to these events. Shunning them simply leaves the floor wide open for Muslim apologists and propagandists. You have a duty to inform your fellow infidels about all these misrepresentations and evasions.

Go prepared: learn about the Fatiha’s kuffar-cursing, about zakat, about the two Qur’anic verses you will definitely be force-fed, and about the “Jihad” verses that will be deliberately kept from you. Bring a dozen of the most disturbing verses on notecards, ready to be rattled off. Know the more piquant details of Muhammad’s life, beginning with little Aisha, that suggest Muhammad was not a “Model of Conduct.” Ask your host to comment on Aisha, or Asma bint Marwan, or the Banu Qurayza. Ask, as innocently as you can, why Qur’an 98:6 describes infidels as ‘the vilest of creatures.”

You can help undermine the meretricious farce of these Meet-Your-Muslim affairs. Even a little learning about the Qur’an and Muhammad can be, if you are rightly guided, a dangerous thing for your hosts and a service for your community. source


Lawsuit Threatens To Destroy The DNC For Election Rigging — “MSM Blackout” Ensues

05-21-2017 • DC Clothesline

“This seems like an important case,” attorney Cullin O’Brien implored the apathetic American corporate press, discussing a class-action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee with LifeZette this week, “as important as you can get.”

If you aren’t familiar with the lawsuit in question, blame the mainstream presstitutes — and the corporations responsible for their organizations — who are apparently otherwise preoccupied regurgitating unconfirmed, flimsy ‘reports’ from unnamed ‘officials’ declaring President Trump a de facto Enemy of the State for sharing classified information on Daesh with the Russians, just as his predecessor did, last year.

But the mainstream press has effected a “total blackout.”

To wit, Jared Beck, lead attorney in the case, lamented the “mainstream media blackout,” and told Redacted Tonight‘s Lee Camp the same outlets plastered headlines during the cases of OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, and George Zimmerman — a logical comparison, given the potential for suit to shred the Democrat establishment.

Attorneys for supporters of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election brought the class-action suit against former DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC over allegations of fraud — a case strongly supported in communications between the campaign of Hillary Clinton and officials with the Democrat organization.

Schultz stands accused, per the complaint, of “intentional, willful, wanton, and malicious” conduct for violating the DNC charter, whose Article 5, Section 4 states, the chair must “exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns.”

Fraud is only one example of the misbehaviors 150 donors to the DNC and Sanders campaign allege occurred throughout the election season — and attorneys say all the evidence necessary can be found in authenticated documents published by Wikileaks.

“We are bringing fraud claims on behalf of those who paid money to the Bernie Sanders campaign, believing that they were participating in a fair and impartial political process,” Beck told Camp. “And that turned out not to be the case as WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 documents show us beyond dispute.”

But the DNC bit back, pompously arguing its charter does not hold the weight of contractual obligation — thus, the organization remains unbeholden to follow its own rules.

“It’s not a situation where a promise has been made that is an enforceable promise,” contended Bruce Spiva, lawyer for the DNC, according to transcripts of court proceedings. “We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.'”

Spiva and other defense counsel justifying the astonishing scale of unethical behavior by Schultz and the DNC as adhering to the rules dismiss the gargantuan elephant in the room — legality in no way equates morality. Nor does proffering such an argument do anything to mend the deep and bitter ravine cleaved by the DNC for cold-shouldering millions of Bernie Sanders supporters when it instead proved obstinate fidelity to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

But the law might not stand with the DNC.

Parties to the lawsuit, LifeZette reports, “also accuse the DNC and its chairwoman, Wasserman Schultz, of negligent misrepresentation, violation of a local District of Columbia law, unjust enrichment, breachof fiduciary duty, and negligence for failing ‘to use and exercise reasonable and due care in obtaining, retaining and securing the personal and financial information provided to them’ by people who donated to the committee.”

On April 25, DNC attorneys filed a second motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is currently pending and is the last obstacle before the discovery process — when evidence, primarily from the private communications in documents and emails, will be presented.

Beck told the Redacted Tonight host, “There can be no reconciliation between the victim and the defendant — the perpetrator of frauds — until there has been justice. Honestly, if the Democratic party is seeking unity in a bona fide manner, then it also needs — I believe as part of that mission — has to come to terms with the fact that the people that we represent demand and need justice for what happened.”

Support, however, could be difficult to garner under the oppressive silence on the lawsuit — particularly as it extends well beyond traditional media.


John Podesta Received $35 Million from Russia While Advising Clinton and Obama

05-21-2017 • DC Closthesline

JOHN PODESTA, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON’S 2016 NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, MAY HAVE VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE THE RECEIPT OF 75,000 SHARES OF STOCK FROM A KREMLIN-FINANCED COMPANY WHEN HE JOINED THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE IN 2014.

The outlet also states that Podesta appears to be linked to a $35 million transaction between a Kremlin-funded company and a company he sat on the board of.

Making these claims is none other than Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer – the author of “Clinton Cash.”

Speaking on Fox & Friends, Schweizer said the following:

In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts. About two months after he joins the board of a Russian entity called Rusnano, puts a billion rubles which is about 35-million-dollars into John Podesta’s company.

Now, what is Rusnano? It’s not a private company. It is directly funded by the Kremlin. In fact, the Russian science minister called Rusnano Putin’s child.

So, you have the Russian government investing in one John Podesta’s business in 2011, while he is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

It gets deeper.

Schweizer went on to point out that Podesta went to the White House in 2013 “to be a special counselor to Barack Obama.”

He said:

That requires that you have financial disclosures every year. In his financial disclosure form in 2013, [Podesta] not only fails to disclose these 75,000 shares of stock that he has in Joule Energy which is funded in part by the Russian government.


Weekly Watchman for 05/19/2017

The Truth about American Christianity & Islam

Today’s guest is Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries. We discuss the president’s visit to the Middle East and what’s on the table as he meets with Israeli leaders as well and Palestinian Authority leaders. Will America still defend Israel if they are attacked? What about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? Does the Trump administration still oppose a two-state solution?

Where Christians and the American church are concerned, too many churches and leaders have backed away from preaching the hard truths of Scripture while many of us struggle with conforming to this world. Since the average believer has not been well equipped to do ministry and accurately handle God’s Word, what are some of the steps we can take to be more disciplined in prayer and Bible study so we can be effective and fruitful witnesses for Jesus Christ?

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National Security, Religious Freedom, and Biased Media

With terrorism on the rise, many Americans are naturally concerned with safety, wanting the federal government to inform us about hateful ideologies and protect us from terrorist organizations like ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. But safety usually comes with a potentially severe price: Freedom. It is a difficult balance to maintain maximum safety without government intrusion into privacy, freedom of speech, or other liberties our Constitution guarantees us as citizens.

Also, there is a potentially dangerous trend within our National Security Agencies to become political as we are witnessing holdover members of the Obama Administration leaking damaging innuendo or facts about the Trump Administration to the press. Few would argue the media doesn’t want to undermine the President’s agenda and see him fail.

Ryan Mauro is a national security expert withe The Clarion Project and a Shillman Fellow. He joins us to discuss President Trump’s trip to the Middle East this weekend, as well as the growth of terrorism and what can be legally done about it.

Next, David Fiorazo presents another Media Watch segment concerning what he calls hypocritical, irresponsible, malignant media bias, and we discuss the increasing discrimination against Christians and conservatives in America.

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God’s Perfect Timing in Christ, the Beginning and the End

If you have ever been disappointed with God, His answer to your prayers or His timing, then welcome to the overcrowded club! Maybe we can all learn something from these experiences. Slow down and trust in Jesus; love God and love your neighbor, submit to God’s sovereignty. Obey His commandments and walk by faith (not by sight) a day at a time.

While we were still sinners, Christ redeemed us at just the right time, forgave our sins, and will return to deliver us eternally. He’s got us covered past, present, and future!

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)

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Bright Light in the Midst of Great Darkness

Though you may not hear this in the news, Christians continue to be the most persecuted group around the world according to recent studies. Nearly 600 million believers were prevented from practicing their faith openly in 2016. Many are imprisoned or killed for their profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Are you and I prepared for increased discrimination and persecution here?

Today we are joined by Pastor Tom Doyle, who has spent 15 years as a Christian Missionary, and is VP and Middle East Director for e3 Partners based in Dallas, Texas. Tom has authored four books including his latest, Standing in the Fire: Courageous Christians Living in Frightening Times. Tom joins us to discuss how the gospel is being spread in the most dangerous places in the world.

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Does North Korea fit in Biblical Prophecy?

Understandably when most Christians consider biblical prophecy we look to Israel and the growing tension in the Middle East. And while many events in the Middle East seem to be lining up prophetically, are we over looking a tiny nation in Asia with nuclear weapons who is threatening to destroy America and plunge the world into global war? We’re talking of course about North Korea. At least one pastor and student of biblical prophecy thinks it is a mistake to discount North Korea’s influence on end times prophecy.

Pastor Carl Gallups, a best-selling author and radio show host joins us to take a world-wide view of biblical prophecy and the increasing tension in the world.

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Discrimination… to Persecution… to Martyrdom

First, a reality check. As Christians living in America, with the exception of a little discrimination, we are quite comfortable and surely not undergoing persecution (at least as many in the world are experiencing). What we see is increasing ridicule and hostility toward the gospel and true believers. But this mockery and discrimination has an historic pattern of leading to persecution and even martyrdom. We saw it in the early formation of The Soviet Empire and Communist China, where hundreds of thousands of Christians were murdered in the name of Communism. Biblical Christianity stands in direct contradiction to socialism, (the modern definition of) liberalism, Communism and totalitarian rule.

William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition joins us today as we look at several news stories of persecution of Christians around the world. We also look at stories here in the U.S. where ridicule and growing discrimination of Christians might well be leading our beloved nation to one day join the list of nations where Christians risk their lives for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Are Today’s Charismatic Manifestations of The Gifts Real?

In less than two minutes, this video demolishes the modern claims of manifestations of supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. Enjoy.

Which Bible Translation Is Most Accurate? (Video)

Todd Friel asks James White the question.


Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
5 signs your church might be heading toward progressive Christianity.
Don’t compromise creationism with any hint of secular science ideology.
Who are the real Pharisees?
What does the Bible teach about abortion?
The Bad:
Beth Moore continues her false teaching joining hands with other false teachers and heretics.  She has absolutely NO credibility.  And if that isn’t enough, she has another new book with more false teaching.
Another Catholic institution favors the LBGTQ crowd over true Christians.
The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel is a charismatic denomination founded by Aimee Semple McPherson, a woman of not only questionable doctrines but also of questionable character.  Perhaps members of this groups should think about whether they should be a part of such a church.  I’ve known members who are quite off base with some of their charismatic ideas.
The Ugly:
An example of all that is wrong with Michael Brown as a theologian/Christian teacher.  But it gets even worse.  Then his dishonesty raises up to protect himself from exposure.
Benny Hinn is NOT a real Christian, rather he is a wolf who has led millions of people astray.  This article is a good summation of why no one should be promoting him, appearing with him, following him in any way.
Steven Furtick has gone full-blown New Apostolic Reformation, joining lots of NAR heretics.

This Week in Calvinism – May 19, 2017

  • Mark Peterson takes issue with what he calls “careless Calvinism” in health care.
  • Chuck McKnight continues discussing the acronym WHEAT, which “parallels the TULIP of Calvinism, the DAISY of Arminianism, and the ROSES of Molinism.”
  • Limited (or definite) atonement is beautiful.
  • According to D. G. Hart, “At some point, even evangelicals will leave evangelicalism. [David] Gushee is only the most recent indication of evangelicalism’s hollow identity.”
  • D. A. Carson on why God demands worship.
  • Enter to win the The Gospel for Life book series.

Top Headlines – 5/20-21/2017

Palestinians protest throughout territories in ‘day of rage’

The six-day war: why Israel is still divided over its legacy 50 years on

Old City bathed in blue and white ahead of Jerusalem Day

Israel’s demographic future: Crowded and very religious

Bennett’s demands for peace negotiations

Trump peace initiative: Direct negotiations without stopping construction

Saudi King Tells Trump: Convinced You Can Make Progress Toward Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Warmth and scale of Trump-Saudi embrace could spell trouble for Netanyahu

Escaping troubles in DC, Trump basks in lavish Saudi welcome

Trump receives Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor

‘Trump, servant of Allah’: How Saudis are viewing his visit

Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

Saudi King: Trump visit enhances global security, stability

US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 years

After Saudi arms deal, ministers fret about Israel’s military edge

Why Is The Trump Administration Rewarding Saudi War Crimes With More Weapons?

‘Drain The Swamp’: Saudi Foreign Minister Borrows Trump Slogan

In Saudi Arabia, Tillerson argues Iran is Trump’s top Gulf region concern

Iran’s President Rouhani secures second term in decisive win

After Rouhani re-election, expect hardliners to ‘settle scores’

Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West

Hezbollah leader praises ‘greatness’ of Iranians

NBA player claims passport revoked for criticizing Turkish president

Iraq’s special forces declare their Mosul mission complete

Two suicide car bombs kill 10 at Baghdad checkpoint – police, medics

Iraq: Suicide attack near oil-rich Basra kills at least 8

US pitches plan to Russia to avoid armed conflict in Syria

Assad Regime: U.S. Airstrikes on Infringing Syrian Militia Are ‘Government Terrorism’

ISIS Savages Dismember Children, Behead Women in Rampage in Central Syria

Bin Laden’s son poised to become Al Qaeda leader, letters seized in raid reportedly reveal

Libya death toll ‘rises to 140’ at Brak El-Shati airbase

North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear program as US increases pressure

Wives of Imprisoned Chinese Rights Activists Detail Their Husbands’ Torture, Persecution to Congress

China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say

As Leaks Pile Up, It’s Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff

Rogue Agent Scandal Clouds Efforts to Expand Border Patrol

Twitter leader laments role in Trump’s election

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash

Venezuela anti-government unrest marks 50th day with huge marches

Could microchip tagging help in daily life?

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Drought affects 1.4 million in Angola: UNICEF

This isn’t a cicada year, so why are they now showing up across the Mid-Atlantic?

1,000 in Romanian gay pride march amid moves to limit rights

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God

Embassy decision coming ‘after Trump visit,’ US official says

Top Fatah official: Time for two embassies in Jerusalem

Trump faces diplomatic hurdles during 28 hours in the Holy Land

What has changed that Israel went from ecstasy over Trump to near-mourning?

Settler leaders to greet Trump at airport, say settlements don’t block peace

Settler attacked by Palestinian rioters opens fire, kills 1 man, injures journalist

US Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Greater Oversight on European Antisemitism

Netanyahu Seeks ‘Dirty Harry’ Moment With Iran as Trump Arrives

Iran: Hassan Rouhani set for landslide in huge victory for reformists

Saudis eye Iran and ignore Trump’s temperament as red carpet rolled out

Trump lands in Saudi Arabia, opening first presidential trip abroad

Trump to tell Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists

UN counterterror chief: Europe faces return of ‘dangerous’ IS fighters

Turkish Passenger On American Airlines Flight Subdued After Trying To Breach Cockpit

Military jets scramble to escort Honolulu-bound American Airlines flight after cockpit incident

Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented

As Syria war enters new phase, U.S. looks to expand communications with Russia

Syrian peace talks break up after making only ‘incremental progress’

US jets attack Iran-backed militiamen in south-eastern Syria

Pentagon plans to ‘annihilate’ IS fighters

Attack on Libyan airbase by troops loyal to UN-backed faction kills 141

Opening First Foreign Trip, Donald Trump Tries to Leave Crisis Behind

Jeb Bush: I predicted Trump would be a ‘chaos president’

Networks: The White House Leaks We’re Receiving Are Aimed at Undermining the President

Donald Trump told Russian officials that firing ‘nut job’ Comey ‘eased pressure from investigation’

Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources

White House legal team said to be researching impeachment

Intel officials scoff at hype over Trump’s reported sharing of information with Russians

Russian officials ‘boasted of their ability to influence Trump through Flynn’

Rush Limbaugh says like Donald Trump, Barack Obama also meddled in an FBI investigation

Here Are 12 Times Liberal Democrats Refused To Impeach Barack Obama After He Broke The Law

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent Of Anti-Trump Media Bias

Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets ‘new standard for negativity’

George Soros boosts another DA candidate, in Philadelphia race

Venezuela general orders snipers to prepare for clash with protesters

Venezuela: The incredible legacy of an experiment with socialism

Venezuelan president slams Trump after new sanctions

Venezuelan president to Trump: “Get your pig hands out of here”

‘The war has just begun’: Julian Assange defiant after Swedes drop investigation

Ecuador government asks UK to give Assange safe passage

North Korea says linking cyber attacks to Pyongyang is ‘ridiculous’

Victims Call Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Nears

AI can doctor videos to put words in the mouths of speakers

Court strikes down rule forcing toy drone users to register with govt

Worker’s Clothing Exposed to Radioactive Contamination at Hanford Nuclear Site

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Loay, Philippines

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near San Patricio, Mexico

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bobon, Philippines

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 20,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,500ft

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Single mosquito bite might be enough to transmit multiple viruses, study finds

Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children

Doctors worry as Texas lawmakers OK vaccine restrictions

CO man accused of removing a transgender woman’s testicles

‘I Have A Sickness:’ Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Teen Girl

Trump Signs $110 Billion Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia

Posted: 20 May 2017 07:34 AM PDT

President Trump in Saudi Arabia on Saturday signed a nearly $110 billion arms deal to help the Persian Gulf ally with its military-defense system. “The…

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Barack Obama Talked Directly with Mark Zuckerberg About Facebook Concerns

Posted: 20 May 2017 07:29 AM PDT

Former president Barack Obama spoke directly with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the latter’s drafting of a 5,700-word manifesto outlining the company’s future goals. Obama…

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Tornado rips through Toluca, Mexico, damaging at least 25 homes

Posted: 20 May 2017 06:07 AM PDT

A damaging tornado ripped through northern parts of the city of Toluca, Mexico during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Toluca Mayor, Fernando…

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Actor Val Kilmer Says Faith in Love of Jesus Healed Him of Cancer

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Devout Christian Scientist and actor Val Kilmer is attributing his recent recovery from oral cancer to his faith in the love of Jesus.  Responding to…

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Grove City College Students and Faculty Furious Over Pending Mike Pence Visit

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:50 AM PDT

Days after Grove City College in Pennsylvania announced that Vice President Mike Pence would deliver the keynote address at their annual commencement to the largest graduating…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Worker’s Clothing Exposed to Radioactive Contamination at Nuclear Site…

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:45 AM PDT

A worker’s clothing was exposed to radioactive contamination at a former nuclear-weapons production site in Washington state late Thursday, in what Gov. Jay Inslee called an…

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Instagram deemed worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal…

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White House Omits Golan, Judea and Samaria From Israel Map – Later Removed with no Explanation

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:33 AM PDT

The White House on Friday released a video detailing President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to the Middle East, but which omitted the Golan Heights, Judea…

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Students ‘Intimidated’ by ‘Masculine’ Wood Paneling in Academic Buildings

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:28 AM PDT

Students at the prestigious University of Michigan are claiming to be “intimidated” by the “masculine” wood paneling on the walls of academic buildings on campus….

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‘Kissing bug’ Disease More Deadly Than Previously Thought

Posted: 20 May 2017 05:24 AM PDT

The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs. Their name stems from the fact that they like biting…

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Out of the Tomb but still in the Grave Clothes

Posted: 19 May 2017 05:11 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) In this segment, we will discuss how as believers we are raised from the dead by being born again through the Lord…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

Posted: 19 May 2017 04:59 PM PDT

The Senate Intelligence Committee said ousted FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session. The committee said in a late Friday…

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UNRAVELING: Trump Officials Accuse President Of Looking More and More Like a Complete Moron’

Posted: 19 May 2017 04:56 PM PDT

Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI director James Comey in…

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School Suddenly Finds Itself Covered In Dead Fish In Middle Of The Day – And No One Knows Why

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:30 PM PDT

Something fishy happened this week at Stanford Avenue Elementary School in Oroville.  A typical Tuesday took a turn for the weird just before noon when…

Read more at End Time Headlines.

RUMORS OF WAR: US Warns Kim Jong-Un Military Conflict Would Be Devastating

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:16 PM PDT

North Korea has been warned US military intervention would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” amid fears of WW3. As tensions escalate on the Korean…

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These 12 Teachings Are Poison to the Body of Christ

Posted: 19 May 2017 01:08 PM PDT

(By Joseph Mattera) I have heard it said “balance is the key to life.” I agree with that statement, as I have found that any…

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NYT Reports Trump Bragged to Russians about firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:52 PM PDT

ATTENTION: The following report is from the New York Times and is not a personal reflection or opinion of ETH President Donald Trump bragged to…

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5-year-old Walks Two Blocks in Dark to Save Parents Lives After Overdose

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:44 PM PDT

Ohio police are crediting a five-year-old boy with saving his parent’s lives after they overdosed on heroin. On Thursday, the brave child walked about two…

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Russia attempted to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:36 PM PDT

Russia tried to gain access to the Twitter accounts of Defense Department officials using messages carrying malware, according to Time magazine.  Russia is said to have sent…

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Sheriff ordered to remove “Blessed are the Peacemakers” decals

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:30 PM PDT

(Reported By Todd Starnes) The peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia. The sheriff was ordered on May 17 to remove…

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LIVE Prayer Session

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:25 PM PDT

In this segment, we take the time to thank many of our Ministry partners and supporters as well as Pray for many of the needs…

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Massive sandstorm shuts down airport and streets in Eilat, Israel

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:20 PM PDT

A huge and unexpected sandstorm engulfed Eilat, shutting down the airport on May 18, 2017.  The main roads leading into Red Sea resort also closed…

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Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:16 PM PDT

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation. Next up could be jobs at your local stores. Between 6 million to 7.5…

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Alaskan Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Criminalize Abortion as Murder

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:12 PM PDT

An Alaskan lawmaker has proposed a bill that would abolish abortion in the state and criminalize the act as murder.  Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, recently…

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Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:07 PM PDT

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” That’s the question a man dressed as a woman recently asked children attending “Drag…

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ICE Agents Caught Staking Out Church During Services…

Posted: 19 May 2017 12:01 PM PDT

Fears of deportation have placed a cloud over a Sacramento church.  The Del Paso church  La Vida serves as a sanctuary for the local Hispanic…

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Alarming Number of Churches Could Face Extinction Under ‘Mafia State’

Posted: 19 May 2017 11:58 AM PDT

The influential South African Council of Churches has warned corruption is turning South Africa into a “mafia state” under a government that intimidates whistleblowers, local media…

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NYT Warns Of Global Warming Floods Of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:37 AM PDT

The New York Times has taken warnings about global warming to a whole new level, publishing a three-part series suggesting a “potential apocalypse” from melting…

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Secular Group Forces Michigan School District to End Students’ Off Campus Bible Study

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:23 AM PDT

A school district in Michigan has canceled a Bible course offered at a church during students’ lunchtime hour, prompting outcry from local parents.  Fremont Public…

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Foreign-born workers now account for 17 percent of U.S. labor force

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:19 AM PDT

Immigrants represent a steadily growing share of the American workforce, a trend that could be interrupted by U.S. efforts to overhaul immigration policy. The number…

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Russia is Buying up more of America’s Debt.

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:15 AM PDT

In March, the country bought $13.5 billion of US government bonds — better known as “Treasury securities.” Russia’s total holdings of US debt have now…

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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea fires Ballistic Missile

Posted: 21 May 2017 04:11 AM PDT

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from an area near Pukchang, according to the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The missile flew…

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Single mosquito bite might be enough to transmit multiple viruses

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:39 PM PDT

Mosquito bites aren’t just a nuisance but can be a serious public health threat as seen during the mosquito-borne Zika outbreak that spread through much…

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Texas Pastors Getting ‘Sermon Protection Act’

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:07 PM PDT

Three years ago, Christian pastors in Houston were in a pitched battle with their mayor, lesbian Annise Parker, who had forced her “open bathrooms” agenda…

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One Thousand in “Gay Pride” March In Romanian capital of Bucharest

Posted: 20 May 2017 08:02 PM PDT

Some 1,000 people joined a gay pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest Saturday, demanding greater rights amid government moves they say will curtail…

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Number of young girls admitted to hospital for self-harming quadruples in last five years

Posted: 20 May 2017 04:11 PM PDT

The number of girls aged 12 and below hospitalized for self-harming has increased almost fourfold in the last five years – with cases of cutting…

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Planned Parenthood Clinics Closing Rapidly

Posted: 20 May 2017 04:04 PM PDT

Despite increases in taxpayer funding and donations from celebrities, Planned Parenthood facilities are closing rapidly throughout the country due to financial problems. Three of the…

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Trump shakes hands with Saudi leader, Doesn’t bow as Obama appeared to do

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:55 PM PDT

President Trump upon arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday did not bow to the Gulf leader as former President Barack Obama appeared to do — a…

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3 Warning Signs You’re Under Fiendish Spiritual Attack

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:41 PM PDT

(By Dr. Carol Peters Tanksley) Do you ever find yourself trudging along as if in a fog? Something’s off and you can’t nail it down….

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Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded After Permafrost Melts

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:28 PM PDT

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But…

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‘I Can’t Take Christ Off Like a Sweater,’ Says Christian Woman Penalized for Religious Beliefs

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:21 PM PDT

A number of American Christian business owners and professionals have spoken out about their need for religious freedom and to be protected from LGBT discrimination…

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Is Trump About to Unveil a New Mideast Peace Plan?

Posted: 20 May 2017 03:13 PM PDT

US President Donald Trump will soon announce a political initiative that will have Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) conducting direct negotiations for a period…

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Christian Astrophysicist Discovers New Planet Size of Seven Earths Using Kepler Spacecraft Data

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:54 PM PDT

Using data from the Kepler spacecraft, a Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet the size of seven Earths orbiting the star KPLR 7826659. Dr….

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Quarter Of Americans Can’t Pay Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400…

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:48 PM PDT

There was some good news and some not so good news in the Fed’s latest annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households.  First…

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Trump Orders Pentagon to “Annihilate” the Islamic State

Posted: 20 May 2017 12:42 PM PDT

President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to “annihilate” the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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May 21, 2017: Verse of the day

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Prayer (108:12)

Without the Lord the situation is hopeless, no one else will do. David had lived long enough to know that man’s help is useless. He asks the Mighty God to take up Israel’s cause again by giving help on the battlefield.

Prospect (108:13)

As soon as he leaves the place of prayer, the psalmist is singing a note of triumph. “Through God we will do valiantly,” for it is He who will crush the opposition and give victory to His beloved ones. This is the confidence, born of faith, that Paul Gerhardt expressed so eloquently:

Is God for me? I fear not,
Though all against me rise;
When I call on Christ my Savior,
The host of evil flies.
My Friend, the Lord Almighty,
And He who loves me, God;
What enemy can harm me,
Though coming like a flood?

The world may pass and perish,
Thou, God, wilt not remove;
No hatred of all devils
Can part me from Thy love;
No hungering nor thirsting,
No poverty nor care,
No wrath of mighty princes
Can reach my shelter there.

My heart with joy upleapeth,
Grief cannot linger there,
She singeth high in glory,
Amidst the sunshine fair.
The sun that shines upon me
Is Jesus and His love,
The fountain of my singing
Is deep in heaven above.


MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 720). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

May 21 – Beyond Doubt to Hope (Thomas)

The twelve apostles included “Thomas” (Matt. 10:3).

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Jesus can replace your doubts with hope.

When Jesus was crucified, Thomas was shattered. He loved Jesus deeply and wanted always to be with Him. He’d even been willing to die with Him, but now his greatest fear had been realized: Jesus was gone.

Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. John 20:25 says, “The other disciples therefore were saying to [Thomas], ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’” Thomas was emotionally spent and was unwilling to subject himself to any further pain. So he retreated behind a wall of empiricism, saying in effect, “I’m not going to believe this on your word alone. I need proof! I must see Jesus myself.”

Because of that, people have labeled him “Doubting Thomas,” but remember, none of the disciples believed the resurrection until Jesus appeared to them. Thomas wasn’t a compulsive doubter—he was a loving pessimist.

As it turned out, Thomas didn’t need as much proof as he thought. When Jesus finally appeared to him and invited him to touch His hands and side, Thomas didn’t do either. Instead he immediately cried out, “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28)—which is the greatest single confession of faith ever made.

Thomas struggled with doubt because he didn’t understand what Jesus had said about His own death and resurrection, and he wasn’t with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. He failed to understand God’s Word and forsook the company of believers—two common mistakes that can lead to doubt.

Jesus doesn’t condemn you when you have doubts. Instead, He gives you His Spirit, His Word, and the fellowship of His people to encourage and strengthen you. So, commune with the Spirit in prayer, know the Word well, and never forsake the fellowship of believers. That’s how to change your doubts into hope!

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the presence of His Spirit, the power of His Word, and the fellowship of His people.

For Further Study: Read Luke 24:13–35. ✧ Why didn’t the two disciples recognize Jesus? ✧ How did Jesus change their doubts to hope?[1]


Thomas

Probably since the first century, Thomns has been known primarily, if not almost exclusively, for his doubt; and “doubting Thomas” has long been an epithet for skeptics. But a careful look at the gospel accounts reveals this disciple was a man of great faith and dedication.

As with several other apostles, all that is known of him besides his name is found in John’s gospel. While Jesus was ministering on the other side of the Jordan River near Jericho, the report came that Lazarus had died. On hearing the news, Jesus said to His disciples, “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him” (John 11:15). Even after witnessing so many miracles, including the raising of the dead, the twelve were still lacking in faith, and Jesus determined to perform this last great miracle for their benefit. He had already decided to go back to Judea, despite reminders by the disciples that it would cost His life (vv. 7–8). Because Bethany was a near suburb of Jerusalem, for Jesus to go there was almost as dangerous as His going into Jerusalem. Fully realizing the danger for all of them, “Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with Him’ ” (v. 16).

Thomas, and doubtlessly the other disciples as well, believed that, because of the hostility of the Jewish establishment, going to Jerusalem would be virtual suicide. But he took the initiative to encourage the twelve to go with Jesus and suffer the consequences with Him. He was obviously pessimistic about the outcome of the trip, but the pessimism makes his act all the more courageous. As a pessimist, he expected the worst possible consequences; yet he was willing to go. An optimist would have needed less courage, because he would have expected less danger. Thomas was willing to pay the ultimate price for the sake of His Lord.

Such unreserved willingness to die for Christ was hardly the mark of a doubter. Thomas was willing to die for Christ because he totally believed in Him. Thomas was perhaps equalled only by John in his utter and unwavering devotion to Jesus. He had such an intense love for the Lord that he could not endure existence without Him. If Jesus was determined to go to jerusalem and certain death, so was Thomas, because the alternative of living without Him was unthinkable.

Herbert Lockyet has commented: “Like those brave knights in attendance upon the blind King John of Bohemia who rode into the battle of Crécy with their bridles intertwined with that of their master, resolved to share his fate, whatever it might be … so Thomas, come life, come death, was resolved not to forsake his Lord, seeing he was bound to Him by a deep and enthusiastic love” (All the Apostles of the Bible [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1972], p. 178)

Thomas had no illusions. He saw the jaws of death and did not flinch. He would rather face death than face disloyalty to Christ.

In the Upper Room following the Last Supper, Jesus urged the disciples not to be troubled in heart and assured them that He was going to prepare a heavenly place for them and would come again and receive them to Himself, in order that they might forever be with Him. He then said, “And you know the way where I am going” (John 14:1–4). Puzzled at this, Thomas asked, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (v. 5).

Only a few days earlier Thomas had declared his determination to die with Christ if necessary. His devotion to Christ was unqualified, but like the other disciples he had almost no understanding of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, for which his Master had been preparing him for three years. Thomas had little comprehension of what Jesus had just said, apparently assuming Jesus was only talking about taking a long journey to a distant country. He was bewildered, saddened, and anxious. Again the disciple’s pessimism and also his love are revealed. His pessimism made him fear that he might somehow be permanently separated from his Lord, and his love for his Lord made that fear unbearable. Understanding Thomas’s heart as well as his words, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (v. 6). “If you know Me,” Jesus was saying, “you know the way. And if you are in Me, you are in the way. Your only concern is to be with Me, and I will take you wherever I go.”

The third text in which John tells us about Thomas is by far the best known. When Jesus was crucified and buried, all of Thomas’s worst fears had seemed to come true. Jesus had been killed, but the disciples were spared. Their Master was gone, and they were left alone, leaderless and helpless. For Thomas it was worse than death, which he had been perfectly willing to accept. He felt forsaken, rejected, and probably even betrayed. From his perspective, his worst pessimism had been vindicated. Jesus’ promises had been empty-sincere and well meaning, no doubt, but nevertheless empty. Because he loved Jesus so much, the feeling of rejection was all the more deep and painful. The deepest hurt is potentiated by the greatest love.

When the other disciples told Thomas they had seen the Lord, he probably felt like salt had been poured into his wounds. He was in no mood for fantasies about His departed Lord. It was unbearably painful trying to adjust to Jesus’ death, and he had no desire to be shattered by more false hopes. When Thomas heard that Jesus was raised from the dead and alive, he declared, “Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).

A person who is depressed, especially if he is naturally pessimistic, is hard to convince that anything will ever be right again. Because he is convinced his plight is permanent, the idea of improvement not only seems unrealistic but can be very irritating. To the person confirmed in hopelessness, even the idea of hope can be an offense.

But Thomas’s attitude was basically no different from that of the other disciples. They, too, were incredulous when first told of Jesus’ resurrection. When Peter and John ran to the tomb and found it empty as Mary had said, “as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead” (John 20:9). Even with evidence of the resurrection, they did not search for a risen Lord but went back home (v. 10). When Christ appeared to the ten disciples (Judas was dead, and Thomas was elsewhere), who huddled behind closed doors “for fear of the Jews,” they were not certain that it was the flesh and blood Jesus until after He “showed them both His hands and His side” (vv. 19–20). Nor had the two disciples to whom Jesus appeared on the Emmaus road believed the reports of His resurrection (Luke 24:21–24). None of the disciples believed Jesus was alive until they saw Him in person.

Because they all doubted His promise to rise on the third day, Jesus allowed Thomas to remain in his doubt for another eight days. When He then appeared again to the disciples, He singled out this dear soul who loved him enough to die for Him and who was now utterly shattered in spirit. “Reach here your finger, and see My hands,” He said to Thomas, “and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:26–27). In one of the greatest confessions ever made, Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” Now all doubt was gone and he knew with full certainty that Jesus was God, that Jesus was Lord, and that Jesus was alive! The Lord then gently rebuked Thomas, saying, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (vv. 28–29). But His rebuke was fully as much of the other disciples as of Thomas, because his doubt, though openly declared, had been no greater than theirs.

If Jesus is not God and is not alive, the gospel is a foolish and futile deception, the furthest thing from good news. “If Christ has not been raised,” Paul told the Corinthian skeptics, “your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins … If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:17, 19).

Tradition holds that Thomas preached as far away as India, and the Mar Thoma Church, which still exists in southwest India and bears his name, traces its origin to him. He is said to have had died from a spear being thrust through him, a fitting death for the one who insisted on placing his hand in the spear wound of his Lord.)[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 154). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Mt 10:3). Chicago: Moody Press.

MAY 21 – NO TASK IS TOO BIG IF GOD IS IN IT

But Jesus beheld them, and said…With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible…

MATTHEW 19:26

Young people are concerned and some people are worried, they say, about whether we have the infallible Word of God.

As far as I am concerned, grant me God Himself, and I am not worried about His writing a book. Grant me the Being and Presence of God, and that settles it!

Whenever I find men running to science to find support for the Bible, I know they are rationalists and not true believers!

If God said that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, then the whale swallowed Jonah, and we do not need a scientist to measure the gullet of the whale.

Why are we fussing around finding out the collar size of a whale, or how big his neck is? Grant me God and miracles take care of themselves!

“Is healing for us today?” someone asks. My reply to that: “Is God still alive?”

And the answer is, “Yes, God is still alive!”

All right, then, healing is for us today. Whatever God did and was able to do and willing to do at any time, God is able and willing to do again, within the framework of His will.

It is not whether we can understand it or not it is whether God said it or not. If God said “I AM,” I respectfully bow and say, “O God, Thou art!”

Letting God prove Himself through the channels of our lives is the answer. Grant me God, and the task will not be too big![1]


And looking upon them Jesus said to them explicitly what the Mosaic law said implicitly: “With men this is impossible.” Just as it is not merely difficult but impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it is not merely difficult but impossible for men to please the Lord and come into His kingdom on their own terms and by their own efforts. In one simple declaration, Jesus utterly destroyed the current perspective in the religion of Israel and, at the same time, all hope in works-righteousness. Whatever his material possessions and earthly accomplishments, every person stands totally helpless and powerless before God. He stands condemned before a righteous God, and in his depraved nature he can do nothing to make himself holy and worthy of God’s forgiveness and acceptance. With that statement Jesus swept all religions of human achievement and works-righteousness into hell. Left to any work of man, salvation is impossible.

“But with God all things are possible,” Jesus went on to say. Because God is able to change sinful hearts, it is possible for Him to save helpless men. God can do what men cannot do. The rich young ruler went away without eternal life because he sought it on the impossible basis of his own human resources and goodness. Salvation is entirely a gracious and sovereign work of God, and the work of His human witnesses is simply to proclaim the full truth of the gospel as clearly and lovingly as possible and to rely on God to apply that truth to an unbeliever’s heart and bring him to recognize his spiritual bankruptcy and come to repentance and obedient faith. Although repentance and faith require an act of human will, they are prompted by the power of God.

“No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him,” Jesus said (John 6:44). That is why Paul admonished that “the Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:24–26).[2]


The beautiful and reassuring answer is found in verse 26. Fastening his eyes on them Jesus said, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. In this dramatic moment the eyes of Jesus, as he fixed them on his disciples, must have been filled with deep earnestness and tender love. When he now tells them, “With men this is impossible,” he means exactly that. At every point, beginning, middle, end, man is completely dependent on God for salvation. Of himself man can do nothing. If he is to be saved at all he must be born again or “from above” (John 3:3, 5). Even when by faith—God-given faith! (Eph. 2:8)—he reaches out to God, yet in order to do this he must be enabled and supported every day, hour, minute, and second by God’s omnipotent grace. For the religion of the rich young ruler (see verses 16, 20), which was the religion current among the Jews of that day and age, there is no room here. Not only Pelagianism but even Arminianism stands condemned.

Glory be to God, however: there is a way out. What is impossible with men is possible with God, with whom all things are possible. It is he who, through Christ, is able to save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25). His grace extends even to the determined and relentless persecutor Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1; 26:9–11; 1 Cor. 15:8–10; Gal. 1:15, 16; 1 Tim. 1:15). Just how, through the Mediator, this salvation is brought about, Jesus has already begun to reveal (Matt. 16:21; 17:22, 23). He will continue to do so with increasing clarity (see 20:17–19; especially 20:28; 26:26–29).

Peter is still thinking about the words which the Master had addressed to the rich young ruler (see verse 21). Jesus had asked him to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor, promising that if he did this he would have treasure in heaven. So Peter “answers,” that is, he reacts to that statement (that demand plus promise) of Jesus, as follows:[3]


19:26 The Lord replied, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Humanly speaking, it is impossible for anyone to be saved; only God can save a soul. But it is more difficult for a wealthy man to surrender his will to Christ than for a poor man, as evidenced by the fact that few rich men are converted. They find it almost impossible to replace trust in visible means of support for faith in an unseen Savior. Only God can effect such a change.

Commentators and preachers invariably inject here that it is perfectly all right for Christians to be rich. It is strange that they use a passage in which the Lord denounces wealth as a hindrance to man’s eternal welfare, to justify the accumulation of earthly treasures! And it is difficult to see how a Christian can cling to riches in view of the appalling need everywhere, the imminence of Christ’s Return, and the Lord’s clear prohibition against laying up treasures on earth. Hoarded wealth condemns us as not loving our neighbors as ourselves.[4]


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

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Mt 19:23). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 728–729). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1277). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

MAY 21 – GEARED INTO THINGS ETERNAL

Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God.

Hebrews 9:14

The coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was a gracious experience of fulfillment and blessing and direction for the Christian church.

It was the continuing emphasis for believers that we must live to gear ourselves into things eternal and to live the life of heaven here upon earth. We must yield our first obedience and loyalty to Jesus Christ, at any cost!

Anything we try to offer God that is less than that really is a degradation of the Christian church.

Frankly, I would rather be a member of a group that meets in a little room on a side street than to be part of a great activity that is not New Testament in its doctrine, in its spirit, in its living, in its holiness, in all of its texture and tenor. The Spirit-filled and Spirit-led congregation will be a joyful people. Beyond that, it will be useful and caring and compassionate! I do believe that the Christian church ought to be a helpful influence to the whole community!

Lord, empower the local churches in this community to reach out in Your name with love and compassion to those who are spiritually needy.[1]


The New Significance

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (9:13–14)

If the Old Covenant, weak and imperfect as it was, served its purpose, how much better will Christ’s New Covenant, powerful and perfect, serve its purpose. The new not only has a better purpose, but accomplishes its purpose in a better way, a perfect way. The purpose of the old sacrifice was to symbolize, externally, the cleansing of sin. It accomplished this purpose. The purpose of the new sacrifice, however, was to cleanse actually, internally (where sin really exists). It accomplished its superior purpose in a superior way.

Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain,

Could give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain.

Christ the heavenly Lamb takes all our sins away,

A sacrifice of nobler name and richer big than they.

Isaac Watts

Jesus did everything He did on earth in obedience to the Father through the Spirit. Even, in fact especially, in His supreme sacrifice He through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God. In doing so, He provided the cleansing of our consciences from dead works to serve the living God. He frees our consciences from guilt, a joy and a blessing that no Old Testament saint ever had or could have had. In Christ we can “draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22).

The former priests cleaned up the outside, and even that only symbolically, imperfectly, and temporarily. But Christ cleanses from the inside, where the real problem is. He does more than cleanse the old man; He replaces it with a new man. He cleanses our conscience, but He recreates our person. In Christ, we are not cleaned-up old creatures but redeemed new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17).

An evangelist tells a story from the days when he held tent meetings many years ago. One day, after a series of meetings was over, he was pulling up tent stakes. A young man approached him and asked what he had to do to be saved. The evangelist answered, “Sorry, it’s too late.” “Oh no,” was the response. “You mean it’s too late because the services are over?” “No,” the evangelist said, “I mean it’s too late because it’s already been done. Everything that could be done for your salvation has already been done.” After explaining Christ’s finished work to the young man, he led him to saving faith.

Our salvation is based on the covenant whose redeeming work is finished—on a sacrifice that has been offered once and for all, that is complete and perfect and eternal.[2]


14 With Christ all is different. This is no unwilling animal but rather the voluntary self-offering of the Son of God; his offering is not according to human routine but “through the eternal Spirit”; whereas OT sacrifices had to be physically “unblemished” (e.g., the red heifer, Nu 19:2), Christ was spiritually perfect, without sin (4:15; 7:26); and whereas OT sacrifices cleansed the flesh, this one cleanses the conscience and sets us free from a round of “dead works” to serve the living God.

The mention of the Holy Spirit in connection with Christ’s self-offering serves to locate it in the spiritual realm as opposed to that of earthly ritual, and in the process affords one of those intriguing NT pointers toward the doctrine of the Trinity, in that all three Persons are involved in the work of atonement. “Conscience” recalls the comment in v. 9 that the OT sacrifices were unable to “perfect the conscience”; but Christ’s offering can cleanse the conscience from “dead works.” This is the same phrase as in 6:1 (see note there), and here, as there, it may be understood either morally as “works that bring death” (so the NIV and many commentators) or religiously as “useless rituals” (NIV footnote), which therefore cannot bring eternal life. Here the latter sense seems to me not only the natural sense of the Greek phrase but also more relevant to the immediate context. The “dead works” here stand over against the worship of “the living God” (see on 3:12), and the sense of “lifeless” (rather than “fatal”) makes a more appropriate contrast with “living”: it is when we are set free from the round of ineffective sacrifices offering only external cleansing that we can offer the spiritual service appropriate to the living God.[3]


9:14 If the ashes of a heifer had such power to cleanse from one of the most serious forms of outward defilement, how much more powerful is the blood of Christ to cleanse from inward sins of the deepest dye!

His offering was through the eternal Spirit. There is some difference of opinion as to the meaning of this expression. Some interpret it to mean, “through an eternal spirit,” meaning the willing spirit in which He made His sacrifice in contrast to the involuntary character of animal offerings. Others understand it to mean, “through His eternal spirit.” We rather believe that the Holy Spirit is in view; He made His sacrifice in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It was an offering made to God. He was the spotless, sinless Lamb of God whose moral perfection qualified Him to be our Sin-bearer. The animal sacrifices had to be physically spotless; He was without blemish morally.

His blood cleanses the conscience from dead works to serve the living God. It is not merely a physical purging or a ceremonial cleansing but a moral renewal that purifies the conscience. It cleanses from those dead works which unbelievers produce in an effort to earn their own cleansing. It frees men from these lifeless works to serve the living God.[4]


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

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 230–231). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 118). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2185–2186). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

May 21 – How His Kingdom Comes

Your kingdom come.—Matt. 6:10a

It is obvious that Christ is not physically ruling on earth today, but one day He will. Therefore we should pray that God would hasten that time when His Son returns to establish His earthly kingdom, defeat sin, and ensure obedience to God’s will. After a thousand years, this kingdom will merge into the eternal kingdom, and His earthly and heavenly rule will be the same (see Rev. 20–21).

There are two major ways in which God’s kingdom comes, and they ought to inform our prayers as we ask Him to complete His purpose. First, His kingdom comes by means of conversions. Thus we should pray for sinners to repent (Mark 1:14–15) and to embrace the gospel (Luke 9:61–62). Our prayers must be simply that the Spirit will add new citizens to God’s kingdom.

Second, the kingdom comes through believers’ commitment. If we pray as Jesus commands, we will constantly ask that our lives and those of other Christians might obediently honor and glorify God in heaven.

The kingdom that we hope and pray for is of infinite value. Jesus elsewhere teaches that it “is like a treasure hidden in the field” or like “one pearl of great value” (Matt. 13:44–46). When the kingdom fully comes at His return, God will have completely answered our prayers. As the hymn says, “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does its successive journeys run. His kingdom spread from shore to shore, ’til moon shall wax and wane no more.”

ASK YOURSELF
How focused are you on these twin elements of kingdom advance? How do these priorities show themselves in your daily choices and activities? If they are commonly missing from your field of reference, ask yourself why this is the case.[1]

God’s Program

Thy kingdom come. (6:10a)

Frances Havergal wrote these beautiful words of tribute to her Lord in her hymn “His Coming in Glory:”

Oh, the joy to see Thee reigning,

Thee, my own beloved Lord.

Every tongue Thy name confessing,

Worship, honor, glory, blessing,

Brought to Thee with glad accord.

Thee, my Master and my Friend,

Vindicated and enthroned,

Unto earth’s remotest end,

Glorified, adored, and owned.

Our greatest desire should be to see the Lord reigning as King in His kingdom, to have the honor and authority that have always been His but that He has not yet come to claim. The King is inseparable from His kingdom. To pray Thy kingdom come is to pray for the program of the eternal Deity to be fulfilled, for Christ to come and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. His program and His plan should be the preoccupation of our lives and of our prayers.

But how self-centered our prayers usually are, focused on our needs, our plans, our aspirations, our understandings. We are often like tiny infants, who know no world but the world of their own feelings and wants. One of the greatest struggles of the Christian life is to fight the old sinful habits, with their constant and unrelenting focus on self.

Even problems and issues outside of ourselves can cloud our supreme concern for God’s kingdom. It is our responsibility to pray for our families, pastors, missionaries, national and other leaders, and for many other people and things. But our prayers in every case should be that God’s will be done in and through those people, that they would think, speak, and act in accordance with God’s will. The best we can pray for any person or for any cause is that God’s kingdom be advanced in that person or that cause.

The holy purpose of the divine Father is to exalt Christ in the consummation of history when the Son rules and reigns in His kingdom. The Talmud is right in saying that if a prayer does not name the kingdom of God, it is not a prayer (Berakoth 21a).

The greatest opposition to Christ’s kingdom, and the greatest opposition to Christian living, is the kingdom of this present world, which Satan rules. The essence of Satan’s kingdom is opposition to God’s kingdom and God’s people.

Basileia (kingdom) does not refer primarily to a geographical territory but to sovereignty and dominion. Therefore when we pray Thy kingdom come, we are praying for God’s rule through Christ’s enthronement to come, His glorious reign on earth to begin. Come translates the aorist active imperative of erchomai, indicating a sudden, instantaneous coming (cf. Matt. 24:27). It is the coming millennial kingdom (Rev. 20:4) of which the Lord is speaking, not an indirect effort to create a more godly society on earth through the progressive, human-oriented work of Christians.

To pray Thy kingdom come is to pray for God’s kingdom, the kingdom over which He, and He alone, is Lord and King. It will be a kingdom on earth (v. 10a), but it will not be a kingdom of this world-that is, of this present world system. “My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus told Pilate (John 18:36). No human kingdom could dovetail with God’s kingdom, even partially. Sinful man could not be a part of a divine reign. That is why we do not advance God’s kingdom by trying to improve human society. Many good and worthy causes deserve the support of Christians, but in supporting those causes we neither build the earthly kingdom of Jesus Christ or bring it closer. Even the best of such things are but holding actions that help retard the corruption that will always and inevitably characterize human societies and human kingdoms-until the Lord returns to establish His own perfect kingdom.

The kingdom of God, or of heaven, was the heart of Jesus’ message. He came to “preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 4:43). There is no other gospel but the good news of the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. Always and everywhere He went, Jesus preached the message of salvation as entrance to the kingdom. He even stated that He “must preach the kingdom … for I was sent for this purpose” (Luke 4:43). For the forty days that Jesus remained on earth between His resurrection and ascension He spoke to His disciples “of the things concerning the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).

God’s kingdom is past, in the sense that it embodied Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matt. 8:11). It was present in the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, in the sense that the true divine King was present “in the midst of you” (Luke 17:21, lit.). But the particular focus of our praying is to be on the kingdom that is yet to come.

God now and always has ruled the kingdom of the universe. He created it, and He controls it, orders it, and holds it together. As James Or comments, “There is therefore recognized in Scripture … a natural and universal kingdom or dominion of God embracing all objects, persons, and events, all doings of individuals and nations, all operations and changes of nature and history, absolutely without exception.” … (cited by Alva J. McClain, The Greatness of the Kingdom [Winona Lake, Ind.: bmh Books, 1980], p. 22). God’s is an “everlasting kingdom” (Ps. 145:13), and even now “His sovereignty rules over all” (Ps. 103:19; cf. 29:10; 1 Chron. 29:11–12; etc.).

But the most obvious fact of life is that God is not now ruling on earth as He rules in heaven (Matt. 6:10c)-and it is the divine earthly kingdom we are to pray will come. Our praying should be for Christ to return and to establish His earthly kingdom, to put down sin and enforce obedience to God’s will. The Lord will then “rule them with a rod of iron” (Rev. 2:27; cf. Isa. 30:14; Jer. 19:11). After a thousand years His earthly kingdom will blend into His eternal kingdom, and there will be no distinction between His rule on earth and His rule in heaven (see Rev. 20–21).

The Greek of this verse could be translated “Let Thy kingdom come now.” There is therefore a sense in which we pray for God’s kingdom to come presently. In a present and limited, but real and miraculous way, God’s kingdom is coming to earth each time a new soul is brought into the kingdom.

First of all, the kingdom comes in this way by conversion (Matt. 18:1–4). So prayer should be evangelistic and missionary-for new converts, new children of God, new kingdom citizens. Conversion to the kingdom involves an invitation (Matt. 22:1–14), repentance (Mark 1:14–15), and a willing response (Mark 12:28–34; Luke 9:61–62). The present existence of the kingdom on earth is internal, in the hearts and minds of those who belong to Jesus Christ, the King. We should pray for their number to mightily increase. Praying for the kingdom to come, in this sense, is praying for the salvation of souls. Every believer should seek others who can sing, “King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be” (“Lead Me to Calvary,” by Jennie Evelyn Hussey).

The kingdom for which we are to pray, and of which we now have a taste, is of infinite value. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field” or a “pearl of great value” which a person sells all his possessions to buy (Matt. 13:44–46). Its value is so great that each of those parables emphasizes that the procurer sold all he had to purchase salvation (cf. Matt. 10:37).

Second, the kingdom comes now through commitment. The desire of those already converted should be to respond to the rule of the Lord in their lives now so that He rules in them as He rules in heaven. When we pray as Jesus teaches, we will continually pray that our lives will honor and glorify our Father in heaven.

The call for the kingdom to come is also related to the second coming of the Lord. John says in the last chapter of Revelation: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (22:20).

In that day, our prayers will finally be answered. As the hymn by Isaac Watts begins, “Jesus shall reign where’ere the sun does its successive journeys run. His kingdom spread from shore to shore, ’til moon shall wax and wane no more.” Paul emphasizes that waiting for the kingdom to come in its final form is not so much looking for an event as for a person-the King Himself (1 Thess. 1:10).[2]


10a. Thy kingdom come. For the meaning of the concept “kingdom of heaven” or “of God” see pp. 249, 250. The second petition implies the following:

  1. It is only when the heavenly Father, on the basis of the Son’s atonement, and through the operation of the Holy Spirit, rules in men’s hearts that true and lasting betterment in individual, family, social, national, and international conditions can be expected (Ps. 20:7; Zech. 4:6).
  2. This is a prayer. In the history of missions it has been demonstrated again and again that the coming of the entrance of the reign of God into human hearts requires earnest prayer (Matt. 7:7; Mark 9:29; Acts 4:31; 13:3).
  3. Until the moment of the second coming there is need for this prayer; for, though the kingdom is here already (Luke 17:21), it is still absent from many hearts. In fact, there is every reason to doubt that progress in evangelization is keeping pace with progress in iniquity.
  4. The transforming grace and power of God is required before a man changes from the ardent yearning, “My kingdom come,” and from the boast, “By my own effort I am already on the way to the realization of this goal,” to the humble petition, “Thy kingdom come.” As to the boasters and their fall, think of Korah and his company (Num. 16), Sennacherib (Isa. 37:10–13, 37, 38), Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 4:30–33), Edom (Obad. 1–4), Haman (Esther 3–7; especially 5:11, 12), Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:21–23), and “the rich fool” of the parable (Luke 12:18–20).
  5. Prayer for the establishment of the kingship of Christ in human hearts does not exclude the necessity of work. There must be preaching, visits to the homes, Bible translation and distribution, follow-up work, etc. Cf. Acts 20:17–38; 1 Thess. 2:9–12.
  6. “Thy kingdom come” is clearly a prayer for the progress of missionary activity (Rev. 6:2);

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

Does his successsive journeys run;

His kingdom stretch from shore to shore

Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

(Isaac Watts)

  1. The desire of the supplicant is, however, not only that the kingdom mar come extensively but also that it may more and more be established intensively, that is, that he himself and all those already converted may increasingly acknowledge God in Christ as their sovereign Ruler:

Fill thou my life O Lord my God

In every part with praise,

That my whole being may proclaim

Thy being and thy ways.

Not for the lip of praise alone,

Nor e’en the praising heart

I ask, but for a life made up

Of praise in every part.

(Horatius Bonar)

Just as the first petition already implied the second, so the second implies the third, for God’s kingdom will not come unless his will be done.[3]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 150). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (pp. 379–381). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 330–331). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

MAY 21 – AN EVERLASTING NOW

But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

—Psalm 102:27

Time cannot apply to God. C.S. Lewis gave us an illustration which I’d like to pass on to you. If you can, think of eternity, of infinitude, as a pure white sheet of paper extending infinitely in all directions. Then think about a man taking a pencil and drawing a line, one inch long, on that infinitely extended sheet of paper. And that little line is time. It begins and it moves an inch and ends. It begins on the paper and it ends on the paper. So time began in God and will end in God. And it doesn’t affect God at all. God dwells in an everlasting now….

You and I are creatures of time and change. It is in “now” and “was” and “will be” and “yesterday” and “today” and “tomorrow” that we live. That’s why we get nervous breakdowns, because we’re always just one jump ahead of the clock. We get up in the morning, look at the clock and let out a gasp of dismay. We rush for the bathroom, brush our teeth, tear downstairs for breakfast, eat a half-cooked egg and rush out to catch the commuter bus. That’s time, you see—time is after us! But God Almighty sits in His eternal now. And all the time that ever was is only a tiny mark upon the infinitely extended bosom of eternity. AOGII058

No beginning, no ending, no time limitations, no start, no finish…. I am so small, Lord, and yet You care for me. Thank You, Loving Father. Amen. [1]


27 In contrast to all created existence, the Lord “remains the same” (cf. Heb 13:8). He is the “first and last” (Dt 32:39; Isa 41:4; 46:4; 48:12). The phrase “but you” is an emphatic contrast to “they” (v. 26), i.e., all created existence (v. 25). He remains the same and undergoes no change over the “years” (cf. v. 24). He is the Creator (v. 25; cf. Heb 1:10–12), who remains forever.[2]


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

[2] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 754). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

May 21 – Evaluating Our Suffering

“By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler.”

1 Peter 4:15

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We must not presume that God blesses every possible kind of suffering a Christian may become involved in.

It’s quite obvious that some sufferings and trials are not part of God’s plan for us. Believers should never suffer because they’ve murdered, robbed, or done evil. But in today’s verse Peter mentions a fourth category—“a troublesome meddler”—whose meaning is not as apparent and whose application might be more in dispute.

“A troublesome meddler” interferes with everyone else’s business, and Paul says we should avoid such persons (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:14; 1 Tim. 5:13). But I believe Peter also uses the term to refer to a political agitator, someone who actively tries to disrupt the normal function of the government. If this understanding is correct, then Peter is commanding Christians to be good citizens in their non–Christian cultures (cf. Rom. 13:1–7). We are to go to work, live peacefully, witness to others, and exalt Christ.

Believers are not to act like radicals who are intent on overthrowing existing authority or imposing Christian standards on society. Getting into trouble with your employer or being fired by him because of disruptive activities, even those done in the name of Christ, is not honorable but disgraceful.

Most believers would never even consider the possibility of being involved in militia groups that are engaged in separatist activities and are violently opposed to all legitimate governmental authority. Yet some Christians wrongly see validity in strategies of civil disobedience and violence as they oppose some government–sanctioned acts, specifically abortion. They are not satisfied with simply providing biblical counsel or material and educational assistance at a local pro–life agency, as many believers have done over the past twenty–five years.

Therefore, if we would seek to promote what is right and redress injustices, we must use scriptural discernment regarding which strategies to implement or support. Similarly, the Lord wants us to evaluate all our trials and sufferings and be sure they are placing us in the center of His will. Otherwise, we can claim to suffer righteously when we are not and merely be “a troublesome meddler,” which is not pleasing to God.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Pray that your church would always have biblical reasons for supporting any efforts at redressing social wrongs.

For Further Study: What areas does Peter include in 1 Peter 2:11–19 when he encourages obedience to authority?[1]


Not all suffering brings Holy Spirit relief. Trouble stemming from lawless actions obviously does not constitute suffering for righteousness. If any believer is a murderer, or thief (capital crimes in the ancient world), he or she has no right to complain about being punished, nor any right to expect the Spirit’s graces. The same applies if any should suffer as an evildoer (kakopoios), a more general term that encompasses all crimes without exception (cf. 2:14; 3 John 11).

The surprising inclusion of the term rendered troublesome meddler (allotriepiskopos), used only here in the New Testament, and at first seemingly minor in comparison to Peter’s previous terms, shows that all sins, not just crimes, forfeit the Holy Spirit’s comfort and rest. The word literally means, “one who meddles in things alien to his calling,” “an agitator,” or “troublemaker.” Paul’s exhortations to the Thessalonians illustrate the word’s meaning:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you. (1 Thess. 4:11)

For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. (2 Thess. 3:11–12)

Christians are never to be troublemakers or agitators in society or in their places of work (cf. 1 Tim. 2:1–3; Titus 3:1–5). They may confront the sins in the lives of other believers, help administer church discipline, challenge unbelievers with the gospel, and exhort fellow saints to greater levels of godliness; but regarding others’ private matters that do not concern them, believers should never intrude inappropriately. More specifically, Peter was referring to political activism and civil agitation—disruptive or illegal activity that interferes with the smooth functioning of society and government. Such activity would compel the authorities to mete out punishment (Rom. 13:2–4; for a broader discussion of these issues, see chapter 13 of this volume). It is wrong for believers to view that punishment as persecution for their faith. If they step outside the faith and bring trouble, hostility, resentment, or persecution on themselves, they have no more right to expect Holy Spirit relief than if they were murderers. That Peter here includes allotriepiskopos in his list of sins may mean that some disciples, in their zeal for the truth and resentment of paganism, were causing trouble in society for reasons beyond a sincere and legitimate concern for the gospel.

I remember a conversation I once had with a Russian pastor who had suffered greatly under Soviet communism. I asked if he or his fellow Christians ever rebelled against that form of government. He replied that it was all their convictions that if they were ever resented and persecuted by the secular authorities, it would be for the gospel only. The Russian church actually grew strong in that environment, and he wondered how pastors in America could have holy people without their suffering for the gospel.[2]


  1. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

“If you suffer.” In an earlier context Peter teaches that God sends governors to punish those people who do wrong (2:14). Paul, too, teaches that a ruler “does not bear the sword for nothing,” but to punish the wrongdoer (Rom. 13:4).

Peter mentions three categories: the murderer, the thief, and the evildoer. He implies that for someone to be so designated he must engage in criminal activities that are punishable by law. He warns that a Christian ought to live such an exemplary life that he can never be classified as a criminal who is guilty before a court of law. Perhaps the warning reflects the earlier life of the Christians to whom he is writing this letter. Now they are no longer part of the world. However, should they suffer for criminal deeds, they would no longer be a testimony for Christ.

“Or even as a meddler.” Peter adds still another category: meddler. Because this word appears only once in Greek literature (including the New Testament), scholars are not certain of its meaning. In fact, translations range from “meddler” (NIV, MLB) to “spy” (Phillips), “informer” (JB), “revolutionary” (Moffatt), and “embezzler.” We assume that Peter advises the reader not to be a busybody. By interfering in the lives of others, a meddler disrupts the peace and harmony in the local church and community.[3]


15 Earlier in the letter, Peter intimated that not all suffering is because of Christ; it is possible to suffer because of wrongdoing (2:14, 20; 3:17). For this reason the believer is called to self-examination, in order that no one suffers “as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.” Three of the four categories of wrongdoing are specific, but, more important, the list moves from heinous crime to common fault, i.e., “meddling” (allotriepiskopos, GK 258) in the affairs of others. Suggested in this descending order is the fact that we all can easily become open to criticism by actions or attitudes that undermine our faith—criticism that in fact is deserving.[4]


4:15 A Christian should never bring suffering upon himself for wrongdoing. He should never be guilty of murder, stealing, evil in general, or meddling in other people’s matters. There is no glory for God in this—only shame for the testimony of Christ.[5]


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

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 254–255). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[3] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 177–178). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 350). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2278). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

May 21 – The Failure of Leaders

I have no one like–minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

Philippians 2:20

Church history may record ours as the era of disastrous collapse within the leadership of the church. The standards for leadership have been lowered, and many thousands have tragically lost their way.

Where are the godly and truthful men? Where are the humble, unselfish models of virtue? Where are the examples of victory over temptation? Where are those who show us how to pray and overcome trials or adversity?

We have a sick and distorted church because we’ve lost sight of Christ, His Word, and the Spirit. We’ve lost sight of our clear pattern for growth in the life of the apostle Paul. And we have tolerated a lower standard for leadership than the Bible allows. The essence of Christianity is becoming more like Christ. Matters such as right relationships, service, and evangelism will be taken care of if we just pursue that one holy goal.[1]


Timothy also had the virtue of being sympathetic. With the utmost confidence, Paul could assure the Philippians that Timothy will genuinely be concerned for their welfare. The verb merimnaō (concerned for) expresses a strong feeling for something or someone, often to the point of being burdened. Jesus used the verb to speak of needless anxiety and worry (cf. Matt. 6:25–28; 10:19; Luke 10:41), and later in the present letter it is rendered “anxious” (4:6). But Paul here uses it in a positive sense to describe Timothy’s great concern for the welfare of the Philippian church. Like his Lord, Paul had constant “concern for all the churches” (2 Cor. 11:28) and was confident that Timothy shared that concern. They were true shepherds, whose foremost concern was for the welfare of their sheep.[2]


As far as temperament, disposition, and inclination were concerned, and this especially with a view to the present assignment, there was no one who could compare with Timothy. There was no one with a heart like his. His was a fine, sympathetic, amiable spirit. It is as if Paul were saying, “You, Philippians, must not be disappointed if upon my release I cannot in person immediately come to see you. As soon as ever possible (see verse 23) I will dispatch Timothy. No one is better qualified and more favorably disposed. Already as a child he was an eager student of the sacred writings, a teachable and obedient son (2 Tim. 3:15). As he grew up he was highly recommended by those who knew him best (Acts 16:2). Upon his conversion to the Christian faith he became my beloved and faithful child in the Lord (1 Cor. 4:17), and a little later my special deputy and fellow-worker (Rom. 16:21), always ready to go wherever I sent him or to be left behind wherever I told him to remain (Rom. 16:21). To top it all, he is God’s minister in the gospel of Christ (1 Thess. 3:2). And do not forget either that from the very founding of your church he has known you, and you have known him, for not only was he present when your church was established (Acts 16:11–40; 1 Thess. 2:2) but subsequently he has also visited you upon more than one occasion (Acts 19:21, 22; 20:3–6; 2 Cor. 1:1). He therefore is a natural. Yes, you can surely bank on it that he will be genuinely interested in your welfare (literally, in the things concerning you).”[3]


2:20 Among Paul’s companions, Timothy was unique in his unselfish care for the spiritual condition of the Philippians. There was no one else whom Paul could send to them with the same confidence. This is a high commendation indeed for one as young as Timothy![4]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 158). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2001). Philippians (pp. 197–198). Chicago: Moody Press.

[3] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Philippians (Vol. 5, p. 134). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1969). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.