Daily Archives: March 3, 2018

March 3 Uncompromising Prayer

“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus … I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer” (Dan. 9:1–3).

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Uncompromising prayer brings glory to God.

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:1–19 illustrates the key elements of effective intercessory prayer. Those elements will serve as the focus of our studies for several days, but first some background to Daniel’s prayer will be helpful.

Verse 1 says that Daniel prayed in the first year of the reign of King Darius, the first great king of the Medo-Persian Empire. About sixty-five years earlier, God had punished the sinful kingdom of Judah by allowing King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and take Israelite captives back to Babylon.

Subsequently the Babylonian Empire fell to the Medo-Persian Empire. Darius conquered Babylon on the night King Belshazzar threw a drunken festival at which God wrote the doom of his kingdom on the wall (Dan. 5:24–28).

Daniel was among the captives originally transported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Throughout the lengthy captivity period, he never forgot he was God’s child and always represented God properly despite his difficult circumstances. He was a man of uncommon wisdom and courage. His trust in God was unwavering and his commitment to prayer uncompromising—even when his prayers could have cost him his life (Dan. 6:4–11).

As a result, God protected him, exalted him, and was glorified through him—as evidenced by King Darius’ decree that everyone in the kingdom was to fear and tremble before Daniel’s great God (Dan. 6:26).

Since Daniel understood the priority of prayer, he refused to be intimidated or distracted from it. His commitment is worthy of imitation. Can that be said of you? If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Consistency is important in prayer. You might try praying for different requests on specific days. For example, on Mondays you could pray for your governmental leaders, on Tuesdays for your pastor and the ministries of your church, etc.

For Further Study: Read Daniel 6. ✧ What rank did Daniel hold? ✧ Why did King Darius want to promote Daniel? ✧ What was the reaction of the commissioners and satraps to Daniel’s popularity? ✧ How did they deceive the king? ✧ How did God protect Daniel?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 75). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

MARCH 3 SPIRITUAL EXCELLENCE: FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT

Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.

2 CORINTHIANS 3:17

The essence of true religion is spontaneity, the sovereign movings of the Holy Spirit upon and in the free spirit of redeemed men. This has through the years of human history been the hallmark of spiritual excellency, the evidence of reality in a world of unreality.

When religion loses its sovereign character and becomes mere form this spontaneity is lost also, and in its place come precedent, propriety, system—and the file-card mentality!

Back of the file-card mentality is the belief that spirituality can be organized. Then is introduced into religion those ideas which never belong there—numbers, statistics, the law of averages and other such natural and human things. And creeping death always follows!

Now a file card is a very harmless little tool and a very useful one for some purposes. Its danger comes from the well-known human tendency to depend upon external helps in dealing with internal things.

Here’s how the file card works when it gets into the Christian life and begins to create mental habits: it divides the Bible into sections fitted to the days of the year and compels the Christian to read according to rule. No matter what the Holy Spirit may be trying to say to a man, still he goes on reading where the card tells him, dutifully checking it off each day. This can be a deadly snare, and often liable to quench the spontaneous operation of the Spirit![1]


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

Facebook Threatens Christian Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story

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In a piece entitled “Facebook admits mistake in flagging satire about CNN spinning the news with a washing machine” uber liberal The Washington Post reports that Facebook flagged popular Christian satire site The Babylon Bee after the “independent fact-checkers” at Snopes reported that one of the site’s satirical articles was false. Eric Wemple has the story:

No, CNN doesn’t actually use a household appliance to prepare its daily output of scoops and analysis. That was the point that fact-checking site Snopes made in a March 2 story under the headline: “Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?”

Huh?

As it turns out, Snopes felt the need to set the record straight after the Babylon Bee published a story with precisely that implication. “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication,” reads its headline. If you thought that headline was a satirical stretch, your suspicions were confirmed by the text of the “story,” which includes this: “The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to ‘spin cycle,’ and within five minutes, receive a nearly unrecognizable version of the story that’s been spun to fit with the news station’s agenda,” it reads.

Snopes busies itself with investigations into plausible falsehoods — stuff about Harvey Weinstein, about the Parkland school shooting, about public health and so on. So why was it checking into the notion that the 24/7 network was spraying OxiClean on its interviews and then putting them on “Prewash”?

Here’s the site’s explanation:

Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media “bias” and “fake news,” some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally. But the site’s footer gives away the Babylon Bee’s nature by describing it as “Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.” The site has been responsible for a number of other (usually religiously themed) spoofs that have been mistaken for real news articles. View article →

Source: Facebook Threatens Christian Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story

CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication

ATLANTA, GA—In order to aid the news station in preparing stories for consumption, popular news media organization CNN purchased an industrial-sized washing machine to help its journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication. The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to “spin […]

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 03/03/2018

Harvard Places Christian Group on Probation for Asking Bible Study Leader in Same-Sex Relationship to Resign   Feb 26, 2018 01:54 pm

Photo Credit: Chensiyuan CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Harvard Office of Student Life has placed a Christian student group on administrative probation after it asked one of its leaders, found to be in a same-sex relationship, to step down as she would not agree to the group’s moral standards. “After a thorough review and finding that HCFA (Harvard College Faith…

Mother of Woman Who Gouged Out Eyes Near Church Speaks Out on Dangers of Illegal Drugs   Feb 27, 2018 12:54 pm

ANDERSON, SC — The mother of a 20-year-old woman who gouged her eyes out earlier this month while standing outside of a South Carolina church is speaking out against illegal drug use after the horrifying incident that left churchgoers in shock and her daughter completely blind. According to reports, Kaylee Muthart was standing across the street from the South…

North Korean Woman Turns to Christ as a Result of Her Torturer’s Questions   Feb 24, 2018 12:23 pm

Photo Credit: David Eerdmans North Korea (Mission Network News) — Kyung-ja’s* first experience hearing about God in North Korea wasn’t from a missionary or radio broadcast or pamphlet—but from her torturer. The North Korean guard continued to beat Kyung-ja with a club even as she faded in and out of consciousness. She had snuck into China to try and…

Man Arrested for Threatening Church for Offering Help to Girls Struggling With Homosexuality, Transgenderism   Feb 24, 2018 11:32 am

RIVERVIEW, Mich. — A man in Michigan has been arrested and charged with misuse of telecommunications after he allegedly threatened a church for offering a workshop designed to minister the gospel to girls struggling with feelings of homosexuality and transgenderism. Brian Begin II faces a potential of six months behind bars, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, for…

Texas Teen Accused of Killing Her Newborn as Child Found Dead With Stab Wounds in Shed   Feb 28, 2018 08:49 am

EL PASO, Texas — A Texas teenager has been arrested and charged with capital murder after her newborn baby was found in a storage shed with multiple stab wounds. Erica Gomez, 17, of El Paso was taken into custody on Friday following an investigation into the death of her newborn daughter. According to reports, Gomez gave birth at home on the morning on Feb….

Bill Clinton Pays Respects to Billy Graham, Who Claimed Former President Had a Heart to ‘Do God’s Will’   Feb 28, 2018 06:08 pm

Presidents Bush, Carter and Clinton join Graham for his 2007 library dedication CHARLOTTE, NC — Former president Bill Clinton paid his respects to Billy Graham on Tuesday, traveling to North Carolina for the public viewing of Graham’s casket at his Charlotte library. Graham, who had served as a counselor to a number of U.S. presidents, considered Clinton to…

Nevada Police Say Woman Went to School Playground With Ax, Threatened to Kill Everyone   Feb 28, 2018 09:52 am

(Fox News) — A woman in Nevada who reportedly carried a pickaxe as she shouted threats at a playground where hundreds of children were playing has been arrested. Kisstal Killough, 33, was allegedly carrying the hand tool and screaming threats as she climbed a chain link fence around noon on Tuesday to enter the Tom Williams Elementary School playground in North…

Satanic Temple of Arizona Files Suit for Not Being Allowed to Deliver Invocation at City Council Meeting   Mar 01, 2018 01:38 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Satanic Temple of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale for ultimately turning down its request to present an invocation at a city council meeting in 2016. The group, which is non-theistic and doesn’t actually believe in a literal Satan, but only views the fallen angel as a metaphor for rebellion, is claiming that it…

‘You Will Listen to Us Now’ Putin Says in Unveiling Hypersonic Nuclear ICBM Called ‘Satan 2’ by NATO   Mar 01, 2018 02:43 pm

(Newsweek/Yahoo News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is developing a new generation of advanced nuclear weapons including a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach almost anywhere in the world and cannot be shot down by anti-missile systems. Putin made the claim during his annual presidential address to the Federal…

Christian Displays Removed From Elementary School Classroom Following Atheist Complaint   Feb 26, 2018 11:42 am

KENOSHA, Wisc. — A number of Christian displays have been removed from an elementary school classroom in Wisconsin after one of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist organizations sent a letter asserting that the posters and symbols were unconstitutional. Rob Moore, the local chapter president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), told WTMJ-TV…

Billy Graham’s Funeral Attracts Gaggle of Heretics

(Pulpit & Pen News) Like moths to a flame, a gaggle of the world’s most notorious false teachers have flocked to eulogize and celebrate the death and life of Billy Graham. Attendees at the private, invitation-only event included Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick, survival-slop peddling doomsday felon, Jim Bakker, and wild-eyed prophetess, Beth Moore.

Held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, the whos-who of evangelicalism gathered for the occasion.

Appearing as though it were a red carpet event, the attendees all gathered in fashionable garb and bright smiles, angling for camera spotlight and the attention of others.

Beth Moore and Mr. Beth Moore, posing for the camera at the private event.

Bakker, who was credibly accused of raping a woman with another evangelist by his side and which the allegation and subsequent pay-off to the victim led to his eventual incarceration for fraud, waxed eloquent about the evangelist who warmly embraced him.

Bakker said of Graham a few days prior…

The day before, I had heard that he had been voted one of the top three most respected men in the world and now he was in my prison comforting me. The week I was released from prison, I was sitting in the Graham home eating chicken dinner.

That first Sunday, out of prison, I was surrounded by the Graham family. If there was and is an example of a Godly, Christ-loving family, it is the family that Ruth and Billy raised. That heritage lives on in their children, Franklin, Anne, Ruth, Gigi and Nelson.

This follows up on a heart-warming tribute to Billy Graham by the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump (who did not make the event, but arranged for Graham to be laid in honor at the U.S. Capitol).

Controversely, it was much harder to find more-solid evangelical leaders at the funeral of Graham, although many – including Albert Mohler and Russell Moore – gave tributes and accolades in social media and to the press.

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).

Republished with Pulpit & Pen’s permission (Source)

Attendees not mentioned in P&P’s piece are Word of Faith prosperity preacher Brian Houston and Roman Catholic mystic Roma Downey.

See also:

John MacArthur on Roman Catholicism, Billy Graham and ‘Evangelical’ Inclusivism

Source: Billy Graham’s Funeral Attracts Gaggle of Heretics

March 3, 2018 Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week

Weekend Snapshot

Mar. 3, 2018
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“Interesting fact: Planned Parenthood has killed 330,000 more children than the NRA in the past year.” —Matt Walsh

Weekly Watchman for 03/02/2018

The Word or the World?

Truth is the self-expression of God. Either His Word is right, or the world is right. Which is it? Enemies of God have caused people to doubt the truth about creation, our origins and gender, life’s meaning, marriage, sin, eternity, judgment, and the deity of Jesus Christ.

WHY do you think there is confusion today about what bathroom people are supposed to use in public? Why wasn’t this an issue 100 years ago? 1,000 years ago?

Has God changed or has America changed?

Malcolm Muggeridge stated:

“One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.”

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Your Questions & Comments

On Fridays, we turn our microphones over to you, our listeners, to discuss what’s on your heart. Among the topics you have asked about this week:

Our legal challenge to the City of DePere’s “non-discrimination” ordinance
The good, bad and ugly about Discernment Ministries
School violence and the call for gun control
A national newspaper column titled “The God Squad”
Is baptism necessary for salvation?
Does suicide mean a person will not enter heaven?
Should Christians attend a homosexual union ceremony of a family member?

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The United States of Insanity

The growth rate of depravity, immorality, and non-Christian spirituality in our nation is reaching alarming levels. In Romans Chapter 1, Paul says that because men rejected the truth of God, He turned them over to a debased mind to think and do unspeakable evil.

The United States of America, established by our founding fathers on Judeo-Christian, biblical principles, is on a steady march toward complete moral and spiritual destruction. How do we, as committed disciples of Jesus Christ who love God’s word and what our nation once stood for, fight the good fight and continue to point people to the only hope: the gospel of Jesus Christ?

This morning, we cover more shocking news and trends including the State of Delaware poised to allow 5 year-old children to decide their gender and race without their parent’s consent. And, a substitute teacher in Wisconsin is under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation for sharing the gospel with students.

We kick off today’s program with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action.

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Using Fascination with Dinosaurs to Share the Gospel

Everyone is fascinated with dinosaurs.  The Jurassic Park movies have been seen by almost everyone and museum exhibits of dinosaur replicas or excavated dinosaur bones draw millions of people every year. We are told the bones are millions of years old and apparently so is the earth. Is this true?

But most people only know what they do about dinosaurs from what they have seen in fiction movies, atheist scientists, or by watching National Geographic, The History Channel, etc. If we don’t know by now, these networks as well as other publications will not give the true biblical account.

How can we use the fascination with dinosaurs to open the door for sharing the gospel?  What were the dinosaurs really like and when did they disappear?  Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us this morning.

In our third segment, Mike and David clarify our ministry stance as well as any misunderstandings on our legal challenge to the city of De Pere, Wisconsin on the so-called non-discrimination (transgender, LGBTQ) ordinance passed by the city council.

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The Coming One World Government

The Bible tells us it will happen and today’s news confirms it: we are rapidly headed to a one world government that will demand our allegiance to the state over God.  The enemy and the world have successfully distracted us with busyness—sports, entertainment, the pursuit of leisure, wealth, and social media—all the while setting the table for Satan’s one world system of domination.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has been studying and writing about a one world government and religion for more than 30 years.  He joins us this morning to put national and world events into proper perspective and reminds us of our eternal hope in Jesus Christ. Discussion points include Israel and the Middle East, Iran with nuclear capability, Russia in Syria, the European Union, and the vast influence of Free Masonry.

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Satan’s Globalist Pawns

The Bible warns us that one day Satan would seek to control humanity and this world through his pawn the Anti-Christ. And with the rapid advances in technology and the deceptive propaganda of globalists through issues like “climate change” it seems we move closer each year to buying the lies and walking ourselves into captivity.

This is a multi-faceted problem with many tentacles: Indoctrination through education and media; lies about the dangers of climate change; a government with representatives more interested in personal power instead of serving and leading; and a society fascinated with new technology that says it will make our lives easier and more productive. And you can add to that a professing Christian Church in America that ignores or dismisses biblical prophecy.

We are joined this morning by Patrick Wood who has studied and written on what is called “technocracy”: a move toward global domination by a handful of intellectual elites.

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March 3, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6 The use of the third person in reference to God—בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים (beṣelem ʾelōhîm, “in the image of God”)—as opposed to the first person, suggests that v. 6b is to be understood as a comment of the narrator and not the words of God speaking to Noah. Thus at this point in the narrative the author has inserted an explanation (כִּי, , “for”) for the prohibition of manslaughter—namely, a reference back to the creation of humankind in God’s image. Already the narrative has become a platform for the development of the biblical law.[1]


9:6, 7 These verses are poetry for impact and memorability. The image of God (1:26, 27; 5:1) is still in man (or is man); sin did not destroy it. God values humans more highly than animal life because only humankind possesses God’s image.[2]


9:6 For in the image of God. The reason man could kill animals, but neither animals nor man could kill man, is because man alone was created in God’s image.[3]


9:5–6 Following his comments about the killing of animals, God addresses the issue of homicide. Violence by “all flesh” (v. 11), i.e., by man and animals, prompted God to send the flood (6:11, 13). If human nature has not improved after the flood (6:5; 8:21), how is violence to be prevented in the future? This legal enactment is the answer: From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. This means that any animal or person that takes a human life will be held accountable by God, working through human representatives (e.g., Ex. 20:13; 21:28). Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed. Here the principle of talion, a life for a life, is applied (see Ex. 21:23). This measured response is preferable to Lamech’s seventy-sevenfold vengeance (Gen. 4:24). Human life is to be valued so highly that it is protected by this system of punishment because God made man in his own image, and so to murder another human being is to murder what is most like God, and is thus implicitly an attack on God himself. Many would see this statement as establishing the moral principle permitting the death penalty in cases of murder—with the understanding that the person charged would have been justly tried and his guilt established beyond any reasonable doubt (cf. the OT requirement of two or three witnesses, Deut. 19:15; repeated in the NT, e.g., Matt. 18:16; Heb. 10:28). A further requirement is that such a death-penalty verdict must always be carried out under the jurisdiction of the established authorities (cf. Deut. 19:15–21; Rom. 13:1–5). The difficulty of establishing guilt beyond any reasonable doubt and the difficulty of ensuring justice in a modern, complex urban society (as compared to an ancient village-based society) underscore the great care and caution that must be taken in applying this principle today.[4]


9:6by humankind his blood shall be shed Establishes the principle of capital punishment as the consequence for the intentional murder of an innocent human life. This crime results in the forfeiture of one’s own life—the offender can no longer be protected by the principle that safeguards innocent human life.

This principle is based on people being divine imagers—representations of God on earth (Gen 1:27). Taking an innocent human life was viewed as murdering God in effigy. Later, Mosaic Law (as primarily seen Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) made capital punishment mandatory for murder, allowing no alternative form of punishment (see Num 35:31).[5]


9:6 by man. See v. 5; 4:16 and notes. God’s endowment of humans with this judicial authority shows they stand in God’s stead as rulers (1:26), and lays the foundation for government by the state (Rom. 13:1–7).

image. Though distorted by sin, the image of God continues in man (1:26 and note; 8:21). This explains why homicidal blood, in contrast to animal blood, must be compensated for. See “The Image of God” at 1:27.[6]


[1] Sailhamer, J. H. (2008). Genesis. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 132). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 22). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 9:6). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 65). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 9:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 23). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

Facebook enlists left-wing Politifact and Snopes to censor criticism of Democrats

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This week, I was appalled to see that the Babylon Bee, a Christian satire web site, was attacked by Facebook for writing a satire critical of the radically leftist CNN.

Look:

Facebook is so good at checking facts and censoring conservatives Facebook is so good at checking facts and censoring conservatives

This is what Facebook sent to Adam Ford for his satire of CNN. Since Facebook cited Snopes, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about two Facebook “fact checkers”, and an example of their “fact-checking”.

First, a story from The Daily Signal. Then, we’ll see examples of how Facebook’s censorship allies are biased against conservatives.

Let’s look at the first far-left Facebook partner: Politifact. Politifact is just a group of journalists from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

Avik Roy, health care policy expert at Forbes magazine, writes about Politifact’s assessment of Obama’s promise to Americans about keeping their health plans after Obamacare.

2008 PolitiFact…

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