Daily Archives: March 9, 2018

March 9 Praying for Others

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

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Others should be the primary focus of your prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Further Study: Read John 17, noting how Jesus interceded for His disciples.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 81). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

March 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

U.S. President Donald Trump hailed “great progress” in talks with North Korea after agreeing to meet Kim Jong Un in what would be an unprecedented summit.

President Donald Trump threw his Nafta partners a bone while continuing to reframe trade talks with Canada and Mexico as a stark choice between lofty U.S. demands or steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Bipartisan proposals to address gun violence and school safety keep piling up in the U.S. Senate, but there are no plans to vote on them.

Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and his wife, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service.

The Trump administration rejected a plan by Idaho insurance regulators to sell health plans that don’t carry some of the consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration asked China for a plan to cut the annual U.S. trade deficit with the nation by $100 billion, a reduction of more than 25 percent from last year’s gap.

The U.S. government has failed to share enough information about cyber threats, including risks to election systems, with federal agencies and states.

Toys “R” Us Inc. is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt U.S. operations after so far failing to find a buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal with lenders.

Based on recent capitalization rates — net operating income as a share of the purchase price — office buildings in New York are overpriced by 20 percent, on average, compared with those in major West Coast markets, particularly West Los Angeles and downtown San Francisco.

China is cracking down on pollution like never before, with new green policies so hard-hitting and extensive they can be felt across the world, transforming everything from electric vehicle demand to commodities markets.

JPMorgan Chase executive Daniel Pinto warned equity markets could fall as much as 40 percent in the next two to three years.

AP Top Stories

American are still free to travel to the popular Mexican resort city, but after last month’s ferry explosion that injured at least 25 people, the U.S. Government is urging caution.

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it is offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, whose men shot Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

A suspected American airstrike in southeastern Afghanistan has destroyed a Pakistani Taliban-run suicide bombing training center, killing more than 20 militants.

A police officer remains seriously ill in intensive care after being poisoned by a nerve agent when he came to the aid of a Russian spy targeted in Salisbury.

President of China, head of its Communist Party, commander-in-chief of the military and now living Buddhist deity – Xi Jinping has added another title to his growing collection, at least in the eyes of some ethnic Tibetans.

China has taken a string of steps in recent months to clamp down on the cryptocurrency market, including closing exchanges and banning so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) – digital, token-based fundraising rounds.

Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid.

Buddhist mobs swept through Muslim neighborhoods in Sri Lanka’s central hills, destroying stores and restaurants and setting homes on fire despite a curfew, a state of emergency and a heavy deployment of security forces, residents said Thursday.

Turkey appears to be determined to press ahead with the purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems from Moscow even as the United States pressures Ankara to walk away from the deal. Turkey points out that NATO allies did not pressure Greece to drop its S-300 purchase in previous year, though that deal came under during a much less antagonistic period in the West’s relations with Russia.

The Brazilian government will try to negotiate its way out of newly announced U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports but could take stronger action to protect its industry if those talks fall through.

Bitcoin’s price plummeted below $9,000 as fears of a cryptocurrency crackdown by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CFTC escalate.

BBC

North Korea agreeing to discuss denuclearization “is evidence that President [Donald] Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working,” US Vice-President Mike Pence has said. He said the US had made “zero concessions” and “consistently increased the pressure” on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

India’s Supreme Court has allowed people to draw up “living wills”, meaning they can seek what is known as passive euthanasia. It means medical treatment can be withdrawn to hasten a person’s death, if strict guidelines are followed.

WND

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says North Korea has no intention of scrapping its nuclear program, it’s trying to sucker the United States into relaxing sanctions, and it’s now just months away from being able to deploy nuclear weapons capable of reaching any point in the United States.

Belgium has started to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million citizens in case of an accident at its ageing nuclear plants, while saying there is no “specific risk.”


The Briefing — Friday, March 9, 2018

1) New pressure on CEOs to become social activists presents a unique challenge for corporations

Wall Street Journal (Vanessa Fuhrmans and Rachel Feintzeig) –
CEOs Choose Sides on Gun Control at Their Own Risk

New York Times (Aaron K. Chatterji) –
Our Newest Culture Warriors: Activist C.E.O.s

2) As corporations flock to sponsor Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras, activists push back

New York Times (Tacey Rychter and Isabella Kwai) –
Gay Mardi Gras in Sydney Goes Corporate, Clashing With Activist Roots

3) Fifty years after ‘Sex Invades the Schoolhouse’ why all sex education is still moral education. The only question is, ‘Whose morality?’

The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf) –
‘Sex Invades the Schoolhouse’

4) Why a society that tries to look for the good in pornography is a society that has lost all moral sense

New York Times (Stoya) –
Can There Be Good Porn?


News – 3/9/2018

Israeli Rabbi: Religious Jews Aren’t Homophobic, We’re Just Not Insane
“I have invested many hours in helping people with difficulties in this area. But no, we’re not homophobes, we’re believers and we’re healthy people. And there is an illness which is growing and spreading, and more and more, we are becoming a country that looks like LGBTistan.

The Church Has a ‘Biblical Responsibility to Stand with Israel’ Says Filmmaker
“The film is meant to inspire and remind the global church of their Biblical responsibility to stand with Israel. Though the name of the film is Why Stand With Israel, its tag line is ‘A Film To Change Hearts.’ We believe this documentary will be the first of many films to educate the church and the world on the importance of standing with Israel,” he explained.

‘In the era of Trump, time is no longer on Palestinians’ side’
According to the Jewish Home chief, President Trump’s historic December 2017 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing plans for the relocation of the US embassy removed any incentive for the Palestinian Authority leadership to delay final status talks, potentially making negotiations with Israel more likely. The declaration, argued Bennett, has the potential to “allow, or accelerate peace, or enable peace.”

NAACP wants guns confiscated from blacks — what?
The NAACP wants to confiscate guns? What a sad commentary by NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson, calling for a national gun-confiscation program. What a complete sellout to the historical needs of black people to defend themselves against violence. Mr. Johnson has taken the sides of racist slave masters and the plantation mentality of the racist Democratic Party they serve. I wrote “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation” to illustrate that freedom was a journey. You must leave where you are in order to go where you are headed. The overwhelming aim at gun control legislation was to control blacks, Indians and poor people. It continues today,

Sessions Appointed Prosecutor Months Ago to Investigate Possible Crimes, Might Appoint 2nd Special Prosecutor
Sessions told Shannon Bream during an interview Wednesday. The attorney general has appointed a prosecutor with “many years in the Department of Justice” to investigate these things, and will “consider seriously” appointing a second special counsel to possibly bring criminal charges.

California Border Activists Back Jeff Sessions Against ‘Sanctuary State’
Californians who have long fought illegal immigration are lauding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision to sue their state over its “sanctuary” laws, despite backlash from state Democrats. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint on Tuesday that challenged three California “sanctuary state” laws under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. Those laws are SB54, HB 450, and HB 103.

Arab League secretary-general urges Guatemala to cancel embassy move
The Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit urged Guatemala to cancel its decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem on Thursday, according to the official Palestinian Authority news site Wafa. In an urgent letter to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Aboul-Gheit expressed his dissatisfaction with the president’s decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…

Trump Kim talks: US surprised at ‘dramatic’ North Korea shift
The US has expressed surprise at the “dramatic” shift in stance by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that has seen President Donald Trump agree to talks. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it would take “some weeks” to set up a meeting, due to take place by May. Mr Trump hailed “great progress” but said sanctions would remain in place.

Russian spy: Foreign minister says Russia willing to help in inquiry
Russia was not involved in the attempted murder of an ex-spy and is willing to help with a UK inquiry, the country’s foreign minister has said. Sergei Lavrov said Russia has not yet been approached by UK authorities investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the pair remained in a “very serious” condition.

White South Africans face genocide, ‘We are cutting the throat of whiteness’
Last week, the South African parliament voted to allow the seizure of land from white farmers without compensation. The motion was motivated primarily by the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Party, Julius Malema. During an EFF campaign speech Sunday, Malema cranked up the hate and hostilities toward South African whites, saying that his party had decided to remove the mayor of Port Elizabeth because he “is a white man.”

American troops ‘here to defend Israel’
The joint American-Israeli Juniper Cobra 2018 military exercise has reached its apex in the past few days, in preparation for a scenario the likes of which Israel had never experienced—dealing with thousands of rockets and missiles launched simultaneously from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

The Impending US, European Union Trade War Has Been A Long Coming
As an international relations theorist, it always baffled me that no one in the United States took the threat of European Union–U.S. confrontation seriously. There were no plans in either major party, not many serious research papers even dealing with this topic of an unlikely, but nevertheless, potential conflict of interest between two trade giants, one a slowly transforming empire, and another the undisputed hegemon of the Western hemisphere.

Taxpayers Have Shelled Out $1.5 Billion To Abortion Providers
American taxpayers have shelled out more than $1.5 billion in tax dollars over a three-year period, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office.

How ‘International Women’s Day’ Created The Soviet Union And Destroyed The 20th Century
…By 1917, Russian communists joined the festivities, which elevated International Women’s Day from a leftist eccentricity to the inciting event for the destruction of the twentieth century. On March 8, women textile workers launched a demonstration for “bread and peace” in the Russian capital of Petrograd. The agitated ladies demanded no less than the overthrow of the Russian constitutional monarchy, kicking off the Russian Revolution.

A Massive Geomagnetic Storm Is Going to Hit Earth on March 18th
According to scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences, a huge magnetic storm is making its way here in current times. This storm will, as some have said, cause headaches and dizziness in people all over the world.

WW3 RED ALERT: Pakistan military shoots down India ‘SPY DRONE’ in Kashmir region
PAKISTAN shot down an Indian “spy drone” in the Kashmir region along the contested border known as the Line of Control (LoC) that has been a critical source of tensions between the two South Asian nations, it has emerged.

Male Escort Exposes 36 Gay Priests In File Sent To Vatican Containing Explicit Whatsapp Chats And Erotic Photos
A 1,200-page dossier containing the names of 34 “actively gay” priests and six seminarians in Italy has been sent to the Vatican by the archdiocese of Naples.

22K Needy People Died on a Medicaid Waiting List While 13 Million Able-Bodied People Got Coverage Under the Obamacare Expansion
At least 21,000 needy people have died while waiting for Medicaid coverage, while 13 million able-bodied adults received coverage from Medicaid in the states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, an explosive new study revealed Tuesday. At least 247,295 people are currently on waiting lists to enroll in Medicaid.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves first ever 3D-printed spine implant to treat injuries
It has become quite clear that there are many potential biomedical device applications for 3D printing technology. Now a medical device manufacturer based in Germany has announced that it has just received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) to expand their product offerings by producing a 3D-printed cervical device that can be used in the treatment of certain spinal defects and injuries.

Report: FBI Using Best Buy Employees to Search Computers Without Warrant
A bombshell report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation claims that Geek Squad, the computer repair division of Best Buy, has been paid by the FBI to dig through customers’ computers without warrants.

Scientists develop pigs for transplants
A team of scientists says it has created a pig that can be used in transplantations in humans.


RenewAmerica Newsletter

March 8, 2018
NEW YORK POST — President Trump has agreed to sit down with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong-Un sometime in the next two months to discuss stripping the hermit nation of its nuclear arsenal, it was announced Thursday…. (more)

March 8, 2018
GREG COROMBOS — Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says North Korea has no intention of scrapping its nuclear program, it’s trying to sucker the United States into relaxing sanctions, and it’s now just months away from being able to deploy nuclear weapons capable of reaching any point in the United States…. (more)

March 8, 2018
ART MOORE — A lengthy, glowing New Yorker magazine profile on the anti-Trump “dossier” author, Christopher Steele, reported the former MI6 agent knew that his work was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mitt Romney is being hit with the first attack ad of the Utah Senate race Thursday, a slickly produced video that portrays him as a darling of the D.C. establishment and gives him the nickname “flip-flopper Mitt.” The ad from Republican candidate Larry Meyers slams Mr. Romney, the presumptive front-runner in the GOP race, with accusations of not being conservative enough for Utah voters…. (more)


March 8, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that documents related to the failed Fast and Furious federal gun-running program that former Attorney General Eric Holder kept hidden are going to be released…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Border Patrol says it’s been forced to release a drunken driver back onto the streets, and nearly missed out on nabbing a fake UPS delivery van carrying 77 illegal immigrants – – all because California’s new sanctuary city laws have soured cooperation between police and federal authorities…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Progressives who have never quite cut the cord with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan despite his anti-Semitic rants are suddenly paying the price, starting with the Women’s March leaders. Calls for Women’s March president Tamika D. Mallory to resign erupted after she attended a Feb. 25 speech in Chicago at which Mr. Farrakhan railed against “the Satanic Jew,” saying “powerful Jews are my enemy” while singling her out for recognition…. (more)

March 8, 2018
NEWSMAX — The FBI has detailed to Congress a series of mistakes and missed opportunities to intervene before a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last month. FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich made the comments in a closed briefing Tuesday with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — If Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a reputation for anything, it’s keeping a cool head in a crisis. How he is navigating the latest may help determine whether he wins a new job in November. In the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Mr. Scott has begun drawing fine lines between himself and more unyielding positions of powerful groups…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — Despite alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, no evidence has been produced showing Moscow’s hackers – – or anyone else – – being able to remotely access and change votes on any of the 350,000 electronic voting machines used in the U.S…. (more)

March 8, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The FBI recruited computer technicians at Best Buy to inform them about illegal content on personal devices customers brought in for repairs, new Bureau documents show. The informants were discovered after Best Buy’s Geek Squad technicians at a Kentucky repair shop found thousands of child-pornography images on California doctor Mark Rettenmaier’s computer. The documents from the ensuing court case showed that eight informants were cooperating with the FBI to turn over illegal content…. (more)

March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Clinical psychologist and professor Jordan B. Peterson’s critics catapulted him into the news again this week with Queen’s University protests and the ominous threat, “Lock em in and burn it down.” The Amazon bestselling author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” has a chapter titled “Assume That The Person You Are Listening To Might Know Something You Don’t.” Canadian students decided on Monday night that it might be preferable to assault or kill their guest speaker – – and his audience – – instead…. (more)


March 7, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a new front in the legal war over California’s sanctuary city policies Tuesday, asking a federal court to halt three state laws that prohibit police and businesses from cooperating with federal agents. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Sacramento, says those laws not only trample on the federal government’s powers to set national immigration policy, but endanger communities by freeing criminals back onto the streets…. (more)


March 7, 2018
R. EMMETT TYRRELL JR. — President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy…. (more)


March 7, 2018
LARRY KUDLOW — One of the ironies of trade protectionism is that tariffs and import quotas are what we do to ourselves in times of peace and what foreign nations do to u‎s with blockades to keep imports from entering our country in times of war. Or consider that we impose sanctions on U.S. enemies such as North Korea, Russia and Iran because we want them to feel the economic pain of being deprived of imports. But now we are imposing sanctions on our own country by punishing with tariffs in order to make Americans more prosperous. If ever there were a crisis of logic, this is it…. (more)

March 6, 2018
FOX NEWS — CHRIS WALLACE, “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” HOST: I’m Chris Wallace. A wild week in Washington as President Trump splits with conservatives on two fronts. WALLACE: On trade. DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It will be 25 percent steel. It will be 10 percent for aluminum. It will be for a long period of time…. (more)

March 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Christopher Steele learned he was being paid by Democrats soon after beginning work on his unverified anti-Trump dossier, a timeline element that may contradict the FBI’s warrant application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. The FBI’s Oct. 21, 2016, application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge said Mr. Steele didn’t know who was paying him, thus giving him the aura of objectivity, but a House Republican intelligence memo shows that he was an acknowledged partisan…. (more)

March 6, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI’s abuse of snooping laws during the 2016 presidential campaign was so egregious that it merits a special counsel to conduct a full accounting, two top House Republicans said in an official request Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions…. (more)

March 6, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — A nautical research expedition sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the remains of an American aircraft carrier sunk by the Japanese during World War II. The crew of Allen’s personal research vessel, R/V Petrel, came upon the USS Lexington Sunday, two miles beneath the Coral Sea and roughly 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia…. (more)

March 6, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Wes Studi, a Cherokee Indian actor who served for 12 months in the Vietnam War with the National Guard, introduced the tribute video to the military and service members in film during the 90th Annual Academy Awards. While he didn’t take home any hardware, he won the night by trolling the Oscars audience over their lack of military experience…. (more)

March 6, 2018
ALAN KEYES — “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV star…to president of the United States (on my first try),” Mr. Trump said, referring to his “Apprentice” TV show and his real-estate empire. “I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…and a very stable genius at that!” (“Trump…says he’s a very ‘stable genius'”)… (more)

March 6, 2018
BRYAN FISCHER — For the left, it’s all about the children. At least, that’s what they want you to think. But my assessment is that they simply use children to shamelessly advance their regressive agenda. They try to bludgeon us into silence by accusing us of hating children if we disagree with them…. (more)

March 5, 2018
BLOOMBERG — The jokes were mostly on Donald Trump on Saturday as he spent the evening with a few hundred of his least favorite people – – the Washington press corps – – at its annual Gridiron Dinner. The president, though, as the guest of honor, got the last laugh, and even thanked the media…. (more)


March 5, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The security clearance process has tied the Trump administration in knots – – and that is exactly what the bureaucrats running the White House personnel security office intended, said a lawyer who has been battling the office. The problem is a small group of career bureaucrats holed up in the Old Executive Office Building who turned security reviews into quicksand to ensnare President Trump’s team, said Sean M. Bigley, a federal security clearance lawyer who represents several senior administration officials caught up in the process…. (more)

March 4, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — One of the most memorable lines in the 1991 Bill Murray comedy “What about Bob?” was spoken by child actor Charlie Korsmo. As his frustrated father, an insufferably egotistic shrink played by Richard Dreyfuss, fails to get the kid, Siggy, to dive off a lakeside dock, the boy lurches away, blurting out, “With all the horror in the world, what difference does it make?”… (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 9, 2018

Man of Steel Tariffs

Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs come with carveouts and are part of a more strategic agenda.

The Foundation

“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” —George Washington (1796)


This Is The Worst Purge Of Conservative Voices In The History Of The Internet

In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices.  YouTube’s war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants.  There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints, because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment.  If I win my race for Congress on May 15th, I am going to make fighting this sort of censorship one of my top priorities once I get to Washington. (Read More…)


Are The Social Media Giants Trying To Steal The 2018 Elections By Censoring Conservative Websites?

Nobody is disputing the fact that YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants are censoring conservative material.  In fact, this is probably the largest purge of conservative voices in the history of the Internet.  Obviously this is going to cause large numbers of people to stop using their platforms, so why would they do this?  Well, to some conservatives the answer is obvious.  These social media giants watched Donald Trump use their platforms extremely effectively in 2016, and many believe that they are absolutely determined to never let that happen again.  In fact, Mike Adams of Natural News is completely convinced that there is a concerted effort by these social media giants to steal the 2018 elections… (Read More…)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: March 9

  • Economists Forecasting Jobless Rate of 4%, the First Time Since 2000 (Read More)
  • Trump Launches Global Race for Exclusion From Steel Tariffs (Read More)
  • China, Europe Slam as U.S. Metalworkers Cheer (Read More)
  • Trump’s Historic Bet on Kim Summit Shatters Decades of Orthodoxy (Read More)
  • Over hotpot and soju, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un joked about himself (Read More
  • Trump Faces Prospect of Embarrassing GOP Loss in Pennsylvania (Read More)
  • Blown Earnings Calls Started the Bull Market. One Day They’ll End It (Read More)
  • Japan fears being sidelined (Read More)
  • NJ Transit Trains Delayed After Rush-Hour Disruption (Read More)
  • Boeing has ‘cash horsepower’ for targeted acquisitions (Read More)
  • Bitcoin’s Bad Week Is Getting Worse as Selloff Deepens to 20% (Read More)
  • Wynn Resorts Settlement Removes a Barrier to Steve Wynn Stake Sale (Read More)
  • UBS Boosts Compensation for CEO and Staff After Profit Rises (Read More)
  • The Capital of America’s Gun Industry Hates Guns (Read More)
  • Tesla chief Musk says China trade rules uneven, asks Trump for help (Read More)
  • At-Home Cancer-Risk Test Opens New—and Fraught—Field (Read More)
  • Broadcom says will not sell national security assets to foreign firms (Read More)
  • How Much Does Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Make for One Movie? (Read More)
  • Police Have a New Tool in Their Arsenal: Therapists (Read More)
  • Humanity’s Food Security Is More at Risk Than You Realize (Read More)

Headlines – 3/9/2018

Arabs advising Abbas to accept Trump peace plan or risk losing out – report

Part of new US embassy site in Jerusalem may be in disputed territory – report

Outrage over new Israeli law allowing Palestinians in Jerusalem to be stripped of residency

PM said to push funneling Palestinian refugee aid via Jordan

White House to convene Gaza ‘stakeholders’ for summit on saving Strip

Arab States Seeking to Keep Israel Off UN Security Council

Netanyahu calls Nikki Haley a ‘tsunami of fresh air’ at UN

Shaky coalition deal awaits Prime Minister Netanyahu’s okay

Amid graft investigations, Netanyahu complains he is ‘attacked all the time’

Netanyahu to US radio: Israelis support me despite corruption allegations

Former defense minister says Netanyahu tried to ‘take over’ Army Radio

IDF troops capture terrorists throwing Molotov cocktails at cars

U.S. and IDF troops, in major joint drill, simulating battle on 3 fronts

Israel, Lebanon talking ‘nearly every day’ in bid to avoid conflict

Why Won’t Israel Launch a Preemptive Strike on Hezbollah?

Hezbollah said to be on alert in fear of Israeli strike

New US Intelligence Report Highlights Global Security Threats From Iran and Hezbollah

Iran: We won’t negotiate with West over regional presence

Iran’s Supreme Leader Uses #MeToo Movement to Attack U.S. and Promote Islam on Twitter

Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves – and hoping for a ‘turning point’

“It’s Raining Rockets”: Deadly New Syrian-Russian Assault Kills Hundreds in Eastern Ghouta

UNICEF chief calls Syria’s Ghouta ‘hell on earth’ for children

Syria aid deliveries halted amid reports of chemical attacks

Syria after seven years of war

US drone kills 21 militants, including son of Pakistani Taliban leader, report says

Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearization

Kim and Trump to meet on North Korean nukes by May

S. Korea expects Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting to lead to N. Korean denuclearization

Asia-Pacific nations sign sweeping trade deal without U.S.

Tesla chief Musk says China trade rules uneven, asks Trump for help

Trump Authorizes Tariffs, Defying Allies at Home and Abroad

Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to an 18-count indictment in Russia probe

State Department warns of ‘security threat’ in Playa del Carmen, popular resort city in Mexico

International Dispute Causes European Clocks to Run Slow

Why populism is hurting Macron’s plans to reform the euro zone

U.S. Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into Record Territory

Hold the iPhone! Amazon primed to be larger than Apple

Millennials are starting to hate social media, too

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Swedish Jews complain Google searches returning anti-Semitic results

In landmark free speech case, judge urges Trump to ‘unblock’ Twitter users

NASA astronaut who spent a year in space now has different DNA from his twin

NASA planning to destroy asteroid headed toward Earth with nuclear bombs

Scientists unsure where Chinese space station will crash to Earth

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the West Chile Rise

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ranau, Malaysia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Anchor Point, Alaska

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern Pacific Ocean

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano in Japan erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Tropical Cyclone Hola to batter New Caledonia; New Zealand on alert

Second nor’easter kills 1, causes travel chaos and leaves nearly 1 million customers without power

Nor’easter unearths Revolutionary War-era shipwreck on Maine shoreline

Third Coastal Storm in 10 Days Could Affect the East Coast Early Next Week

Venezuela faces a terrible new crisis: A critical shortage of blood

Nursing home forced employee to get a flu shot despite her religious objections, DOJ suit says

Shock in Milwaukee over ‘cluster’ outbreak of HIV and syphilis, including babies and teens

Malfunction at egg freezing facility affects hundreds of patients

In a state with only one clinic, Mississippi approves most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S.

Catholic Bishops Urging Congress to Protect Freedom of Pro-Life Health Care Providers

Joy Behar called Pence to apologize for Christian ‘mental illness’ remark, Disney CEO says

Christian group sues Michigan university after it is kicked off campus

Tattoos are in, ties are out in office fashion

Second transgender individual signs contract with US military as Trump debates final policy

Women strike, protest as the world marks International Women’s Day

Apostasy Watch Friday 3-9-18

Rick Becker – 10 invalid arguments in defense of false teachers

Steven A. Kreloff – Is “Messianic Judaism” a Good Idea?

J.D. Hall – Why Conservative Christians – and not the LGBT or Liberal Lobby – Brought Down Greg Locke

Apostasy Watch Thursday 3-8-18

Ethan Renoe – The Tragedy of Dumbing Down Christianity

Ray Yungen – Evangelicals and Catholics Coming Together

Greg Locke: American Pastor

After Threatening Suicide, Pastor Ronnie Gorton Indicted on 47 Charges of Sexually Assaulting Boys

Texas Church Surprises Worshipers by Handing Out $250, $500, $1,000 Checks at Service

Hindu Extremists in Eastern India Attack Christians Coming Off Bus

JP Morgan chief warns stock markets heading for 40 percent crash

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 09:03 AM PST

JP Morgan chief warns stock markets heading for 40 percent crashStocks could fall by as much as 40 percent over the next two to three years, JPMorgan Chase co-president Daniel Pinto revealed as he issued a major warning to traders across the globe.  A plunge of this scale would effectively erase the recent gains for US stocks – the S&P 500 has increased by 38 percent over the past two years, while the Dow Jones Industrial has rallied a staggering 45 percent over the same period.

As investors worry about the consequences of central banks raising interest rates and rising inflation, the comments from a leader of one of the main US banking giants will not assuage any fears. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Mr Pinto warned: “We know there will be a correction at some point – it could be a deep correction. “It could be between 20 percent to 40 percent depending on the valuation.” READ MORE

Scientists claim nothing wrong with first cousins getting married

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 08:55 AM PST

Scientists claim nothing wrong with first cousins getting marriedA recent study is countering the mainstream thought that marriages with first cousins lead to birth defects.  Columbia University found that the risk of birth defects as a result of marriages between first cousins is no greater than that by women over that age of 40.  The research also found that first cousins share about 12.5 percent of the same DNA. Second cousins share just over six percent of their DNA and third cousins share about three percent.

Professor Diane Paul of the University of Massachusetts said women in their forties are not made to feel guilty about having babies and the same should apply to cousins who want to marry. Professor Hamish Spencer of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand noted that women over the age of 40 have a similar risk of having children with birth defects and no one is suggesting they should be prevented from reproducing. READ MORE

Prime Minister Netanyahu Likens Trump to King Cyrus

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 06:05 AM PST

Prime Minister Netanyahu Likens Trump to King CyrusPresident Donald Trump says he may travel to Israel for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem expected in May.  The president told reporters his staff is looking at the possibility during a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office Monday.The two men praised the close relationship between their two countries. Prime Minister Netanyahu says it’s “never

been stronger.” It’s his first visit to Washington since President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and started making plans to move the U.S. Embassy there. In his remarks, Netanyahu mentioned the great leaders through history who have had a profound influence on the Jewish people and the state of Israel, including King Cyrus, who liberated the Jews and issued an edict for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. CONTINUE

How the Tech Giant Cabal Shadow-Bans, Censors, and Snuffs Out Your Christian Voice

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 06:01 AM PST

How the Tech Giant Cabal Shadow-Bans, Censors, and Snuffs Out Your Christian VoicePowerful tech companies rule our communications today, and shocking stories are coming out about how they’re silencing the worldviews of millions of Christian and conservative Americans, censoring the messages you’re allowed to read and post online.  The latest high-profile case might be called a gaffe or “mistake,” but it actually exposes the tip of the iceberg in a much deeper, darker agenda. This week, social network powerhouse Facebook came under fire for a survey asking users whether

pedophiles should be able to ask underage girls for photographs.   The users were given multiple choice answers, none of which included “calling the police.” Instead the options ranged from: “This content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it” to “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it.” Evangelist Franklin Graham called the survey “ridiculous and shameful” in a post on his own Facebook page. READ MORE

Is China’s new social credit score paving the way for the system of the Beast?

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 05:56 AM PST

Is China’s new social credit score paving the way for the system of the Beast?If you have too much debt and bad credit, it may be tough to get credit cards and loans. The idea is that people who are less likely to pay pack lenders get less credit.  Well imagine if there was a social credit system. But it was the government that used it to decide who could travel, or live in certain apartments. Imagine if your social credit was too low to send your kids to a private school, or get a better job. But what kind of behavior would warrant such a score? China is about to answer all our questions.

The country has a pilot program for a social credit system. The government will rate citizens based on how loyal they are to the State. Already almost 10 million Chinese citizens have been blacklisted. The Chinese government has ultimate control over their citizens’ lives because almost everything requires the national ID card. And the number assigned to citizens can simply be restricted for whatever the government wants to take away. CONTINUE

 

 

Six Rwandan Pastors Arrested Following Shutdown of 700 Churches

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 05:51 AM PST

Six Rwandan Pastors Arrested Following Shutdown of 700 ChurchesSix pastors have been arrested and accused of “masterminding” a ploy to disobey the Rwandan government’s order to shut down over 700 churches in one province. The pastors were alleged to have held “illegal meetings with bad intentions,” the BBC reported. The churches in the central province of Kigali were ordered to halt operations until they meet building regulations, safety and hygiene standards, and pollution laws, according to South Africa-based News24. Rwanda National Police

spokesperson Theos Badage told journalists on Monday, March 5, that the six “ringleaders” were aiming to mobilize other clergies against the authorities. It is not clear when the arrested clergymen will appear in court. Other church representatives have criticised the government’s order. Bishop Innocent Nzeyimana, president of the Churches Forum in Kigali’s Nyarugenge district, said: “Those that failed to implement a few requirements should be reopened and allowed to work while fixing the problems raised.” READ MORE

4 Ways America—And the Church—Is on the Wrong Track

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 05:46 AM PST

4 Ways America—And the Church—Is on the Wrong Track(By Shane Idleman) “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Ps. 85:6).

I’m not referring to all churches collectively in this article, but to the large majority who have drifted away from God. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition. With rapid-fire changes within a culture saturated by political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what’s inside is spilling out.

But if God brings revival … if we once again set our hearts and minds on Him … there is tremendous hope. Revival means to awaken, restore, renew or repair. In churches across America, crowd appeal and pleasing the masses tend to be the goal rather than calling out destructive lifestyles, which can result in revival and renewal. A deep, deathlike slumber has overtaken the church: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Rev. 3:1). The beacon of light has faded, the salt has lost its savor, and the message of the cross has been edited out of most sermons. We have lost our fervor for the truth. Have we considered that we may have offended God? Consider the following: CONTINUE

Trump to meet Kim Jong-Un in surprise meeting

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 05:43 AM PST

Trump to meet Kim Jong-Un in surprise meetingPresident Donald Trump has accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s dramatic offer to meet, the White House has confirmed.  South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong first announced the face-to-face and claimed it was due to take place by May. However, a statement from the White House did not confirm the two-month timeframe and said the place and time of the meeting

was still being worked out. Governments around the world welcomed the announcement, with praise coming from the UK, Russia and Australia.  ‘President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement a half hour after South Korea’s announcement. READ MORE

 

 

Oral cancer epidemic growing among men

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 06:16 PM PST

Oral cancer epidemic growing among menFive years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened. He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of oral cancer among men. Since then, scientists have made headway in figuring out why HPV, the human papillomavirus, has this glaring gender bias.

Men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, a hard-to-detect, hard-to-treat disease that has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common HPV-related malignancy in the United States. To be sure, changes in sexual norms over the last few generations have played a role in this alarming trend. But research increasingly shows the real problem is something men have practically no control over: their immune response. READ MORE

Russian spy ship spotted off US coast near sub base…

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 06:09 PM PST

Russian spy ship spotted off US coast near sub base…A Russian spy ship is currently conducting surveillance operations in waters near a U.S. ballistic missile submarine base in Georgia, according to Navy officials. “We are tracking the Viktor Leonov’s presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States,” said Navy Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a Navy spokesman. “We respect the right and freedoms of all nations to operate in international waters in accordance with international law,” he added. A military official said

the Leonov, a ship known for conducting annual forays near sensitive U.S. military facilities off the East Coast, is currently operating off the Georgia coast near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to U.S. nuclear missile submarines. The ship for the past several days was located some 20 nautical miles offshore and has been closely shadowed by U.S. military ships and aircraft, including P-8 surveillance aircraft. READ MORE

Scientists develop pigs for human transplants…

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 11:02 AM PST

Scientists develop pigs for human transplants…A team of scientists says it has created a pig that can be used in transplantations in humans. According to the team, which includes researchers from Meiji University and Kyoto Prefectural University, the animal is the first to be developed for transplantation based on national guidelines for xenotransplantation, in which animal organs and cells are transplanted into humans.

The team will present its findings at a forum of the Japanese Society for Xenotransplantation in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Saturday, and plans to jointly supply the pigs with a private company early next year. More than 200 pig-to-human xenotransplantations have been conducted in New Zealand, Russia and other countries in response to a shortage of organs for transplant, as pig organs are functionally similar to those of humans. No such xenotransplantations have been conducted in Japan. READ MORE

Papua New Guinea rocked by powerful 6.8 earthquake amid Ring of Fire fears

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 10:50 AM PST

Papua New Guinea rocked by powerful 6.8 earthquake amid Ring of Fire fearsA 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea, according to disaster officials, putting the Ring of Fire on high alert.  The devastating quake hit at around 3:40am local time at a depth of six miles (10km), the US Geographical Survey (USGS) said. Officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that, based on the current evidence, there is no tsunami threat to nearby islands. A spokesman said: “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

No serious injuries were immediately reported following the incident this morning. At least 55 people died in a separate earthquake in Papua New Guinea last week, although authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. The 7.5 magnitude disaster, which took place last Monday, destroyed homes, triggered landslides and halted work at four oil and gas fields. READ MORE

Scientists warn that the world isn’t ready for Yellowstone eruption, Millions would die

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 05:34 AM PST

Scientists warn that the world isn’t ready for Yellowstone eruption, Millions would dieA Yellowstone volcano eruption could kill scores of people, rock economies, disrupt air travel and even threaten peace as the world is unprepared for the next major volcanic blast, scientists have warned.  A team of volcanologists said the next major eruption could very well happen in our lifetimes and urged governments to start making emergency plans. In a paper published in Geosphere, authors wrote: “A VEI-7 eruption could destabilize financial centers, air travel, national economies and even peace

between nations.” A city could be decimated if a VEI-7 hit, as hot gases, lava and ash can travel 60 miles from the volcano, researchers said. The study said: “Any town or city in the path would be destroyed, and death tolls could reach millions unless mass evacuations had been made.” Coastal communities could even be wiped out if the lava enters the sea triggering tsunamis. An eruption could also cause massive economic issues across the world. READ MORE

The FBI paid Geek Squad employees as informants

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 05:24 AM PST

The FBI paid Geek Squad employees as informantsThe FBI has been in cahoots with Best Buy’s Geek Squad for at least the past decade, new documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit reveal. An FBI memo obtained by the nonprofit digital rights group reveals that Best Buy in September 2008 hosted a meeting of the law enforcement agency’s Cyber Working Group at a Geek Squad repair facility in Kentucky. The memo indicates that the local FBI division “has maintained close liaison with

the Geek Squad’s management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs.” Revelations about the FBI’s relationship with Best Buy first surfaced last year during the prosecution of Mark Rettenmaier, a California doctor who was charged with possession of child porn after bringing his computer to Geek Squad for a repair. The relationship, according to the EFF, “potentially circumvents computer owners’ Fourth Amendment rights.” READ MORE

David Wilkerson Warned God Would Judge America With These 3 Things

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 05:16 AM PST

David Wilkerson Warned God Would Judge America With These 3 ThingsTelevangelist Jim Bakker says David Wilkerson’s prophetic warning about the punishment of America hits home today.  “I believe God is going to judge this nation with three instruments of destruction,”

Bakker reads from Racing Toward Judgment. “They are earthquakes, drought and financial disaster. Every nation God judged in the past was appointed special instruments of calamity.” Sound like today’s headlines? READ MORE

We Are Seeing the Worst Purge of Conservative Voices in the History of the Internet

Posted: 08 Mar 2018 05:11 AM PST

We Are Seeing the Worst Purge of Conservative Voices in the History of the Internet(By Michael Snyder) In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices. YouTube’s war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally, hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants. There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment. If I win my race for

Congress on May 15, I am going to make fighting this sort of censorship one of my top priorities once I get to Washington. How would you feel if you spent years creating videos and building up a subscriber base, only to have all of that work wiped out in a single moment by a leftist YouTube moderator? Sadly, that is precisely what is happening to dozens upon dozens of conservatives right now… Writing for Polygon.com, Julia Alexander noted that, “Whenever YouTube institutes a tougher moderation stance, a common debate emerges over censorship—especially from notable conservative voices.” READ


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This ‘n’ That 03/09/2018

  • Indeed, sometimes this life really is a vale of tears. Praise God for the hope that is ours in Christ!
  • Women, on staff in a church? Gasp! In all seriousness, I really appreciate this article by Dr. Kruger.
  • The Lord is a King.
  • Some people may write this off as a waste of research, but, if used properly, this could be a valuable treatment.
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Secular research has concluded the following: people lie, and it is better to be honest.
  • I won’t laugh at this because, if I were there, this would totally happen to me.
  • How beautiful! What an amazing Creator our God is!
  • Take this quiz and then check your answers.
Great is the power which Christ displays in building His Church! He carries on His work in spite of opposition from the world, the flesh, and the devil. […] We ought to feel deeply thankful that the building of the true Church is laid on the shoulders of One that is mighty. If the work depended on man, it would soon stand still. But, blessed be God, the work is in the hands of a Builder who never fails to accomplish His designs! Christ is the almighty Builder. He will carry on His work, though nations and visible Churches may not know their duty. Christ will never fail. That which He has undertaken He will certainly accomplish. —J.C. Ryle

Weekly Watchman for 03/09/2018

Your Questions & Comments

It’s your show today and every Friday as we turn the microphones over to you to talk about anything you want. Here are some of the subjects on your mind this week:

Unitarian Universalism.
The Oscars.
Is baptism necessary for salvation?
The transgender agenda in public schools.
What is the “sin unto death” in John’s Epistle?
The great tribulation.
‘Christian’ yoga?
Is “Lordship Salvation” biblical?
Should a believer go to an open house for a Muslim Mosque as an opportunity to share the gospel?

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Is the Middle East About to Erupt?

Here in our nation we have been focused on tragic school shootings and the continuing probe into potential “collusion” with Russia by the Trump Administration. Occasionally we turn an eye to the growing threat of a nuclear North Korea, but we hear little about rapidly changing and threatening events in the Middle East.

The Islamic world is fighting a civil war between Sunni and Shiite; Iran is threatening to attack neighboring Sunni nations and testing Israeli defenses; and Syria has been decimated with civil war, killing tens of thousands. And Turkey, once an ally of Israel, has become a radical Muslim nation and a true wild card in all this turmoil.

This morning Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now on-fire born-again believer in Jesus Christ, joins us for his perspective on the Middle East and the growing threat of Islamic terrorism here in the United States.

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When Harry Became Sally & Hollywood Hypocrisy

Today we touch on reviews of a new book by Ryan T. Anderson titled When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, a comprehensive look at the transgender movement sweeping our nation.  Anderson’s book is being proclaimed a “comprehensive, compassionate look” at this phenomenon sweeping our nation and changing the landscape of public education, social media and the legal system.

In the first segment, we catch up with Tina Marie Griffin, Counter Culture Mom to discuss how parents can safeguard their children against unbiblical influences of movies, television and video games.  We touch on a new television show, “Living Biblically,” and ask if it’s an attempt by CBS to give Christianity a fair shake or is there a hidden agenda here?

Other topics include the lowest Oscar ratings in history, Jimmy Kimmel insults Mike Pence, and Hollywood hypocrisy on promoting violence.

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Are We Prepared to Lead People to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to shine brightly in a dark world, pointing lost people to the only hope: Jesus Christ and the gospel. But just how brightly do we shine these days? Are our lives a powerful light reflecting the glory of God? Or are we a flickering candle about to be snuffed out at the first sign of trouble?

Shining brightly begins with knowing the nature and character of God and then living our lives secure in this understanding. And how we as disciples react to life’s challenges speaks to our willingness and ability to be a faithful witness to Jesus as well as the gospel of repentance and salvation.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute wrote a book a decade ago titled Beyond the Deception: Learning to Defend the Truth, and he joins us for a self-examination of our lives and depth of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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Young People Abandoning the Christian Faith

The statistics are not very encouraging: between 75% – 90% of Christian teenagers decide to leave the faith once they become young adults and go off to college. As the Word of God and disciples of Jesus Christ come under increased attack, the trends seem to indicate the problem will only grow worse.

Too many Christian parents have faced it; after doing their best to raise their children in the ways of God and His Word, they end up seeing them choose to walk away from the faith. What are the causes of this mass exodus and what, if anything, can be done to reverse this tragic, dangerous trend?

Julie Loos of Ratio Christi Ministries joins us to discuss these challenges and provide insights.

“Beyond the Church Walls” is a Ratio Christi conference in our RCCP (College Prep) division dedicated to training youth leaders and parents to disciple the next generation so that they retain their faith during college and become a passionate missional force therein.

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People Are Basically Good

John 3:19-20

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“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” [Citation Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition, Translated by Susan Massotty (New York, NY: Doubleday, 1995), 333.] Those are heartbreaking words for a couple of reasons.

They were penned by Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, while she spent two years hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland. She died tragically in a concentration camp soon after, but her writings would go on posthumously to become a widely celebrated bestseller: The Diary of a Young Girl.

It’s staggering to think that in spite of the unimaginable atrocities she must have witnessed and experienced, she still clung to the belief that people are basically good. She even admitted her beliefs were “in spite of” the evidence, not because of it. For her, the alternative was simply too unthinkable. It would seem her beliefs hinged more on hope than conviction.

The other reason Anne Frank’s words are so heartbreaking is because she believed a widespread and popular lie.

Pelagian Origins

The belief that people are basically good is an ancient falsehood going back to the fourth-century AD. It was first propagated, at least in a theological sense, by a British monk called Pelagius. He fervently and persuasively argued against the biblical doctrine of original sin—the belief that all of mankind has been morally corrupted through Adam’s fall.

The Pelagian heresy was defeated at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD. But Pelagius’s beliefs have been readily imbibed by most secular cultures and are alive and well in the present day. Atheism and Darwinism may have toned it down by embracing an anthropology of moral neutrality rather than goodness. But their worldview remains essentially Pelagian because they still deny the inherent sinfulness of man.

In that sense, Pelagius still stalks the hallways of government, higher education, and the mainstream media. Most foreign policy disasters are connected to the naïve assumption that people are basically good. Welfare programs flounder because of beneficiaries who prefer to extort the system rather than behave ethically. Psychologists continue to exclude the possibility of a sinful nature from their study of the human experience. Behavioral experts relentlessly try to solve bad behavior with better education. And society at large is now burdened with a younger generation that identifies as victims rather than perpetrators, refusing to be held accountable for its actions.

The realm of parenting has also been poisoned by the belief that people are basically good. Our children should be the greatest empirical proof of original sin. After all, we don’t have to teach them to lie, throw tantrums, or be selfish—they are all born with ready-made expertise in sinning. But like Anne Frank, many parents prefer to believe in the inherent goodness of their kids despite the massive weight of evidence to the contrary. Consequently, appeasement and medication have usurped the role of discipline in far too many families.

We get an even harsher dose of reality when we honestly assess our own lives. God has written His morality upon our hearts and consciences (Romans 2:14–15)—we instinctively know right from wrong. But we live with the natural desire to rebel against what we know is right. Those who choose to deny this truth end up affirming it through their denial anyway.

Clearly then, the Pelagian lie is incredibly pervasive in the world. Churches thus carry an enormous responsibility to repudiate it. Unfortunately, that isn’t happening. The belief that people are basically good is now a thriving heresy in some of the most popular churches in America.

Pelagian Churches

Bethel Church in Redding, California, is a prime example. Pastored by Bill Johnson, Bethel is perhaps the most influential charismatic church in the country. They are most widely known for their Jesus Culture music, testimonies of trips to heaven, gold dust “miracles” pouring out of their ventilation system, and many other bizarre claims and antics. But undergirding these strange recent phenomena is well-worn ancient heresy.

Eric Johnson (the son of Bill Johnson) is one of the pastors on staff at Bethel. In his sermon “The Joy of Consecration,” [1] he argues:

You’re not born evil. It’s amazing how many teachings and theologies start with that thought. Anytime you start with that you will create a controlling, manipulative environment.

Every government, every structure . . . every system fundamentally and theologically must start with the concept and the idea that people are good and they mean to do good. Even if they are not saved, we have to start from that premise.

Like a pope speaking ex cathedra, Eric Johnson usurps the clear teaching of Scripture and insists on redefining it according to his own theological preferences. And just to make himself clear, Johnson explicitly restates his Pelagian worldview later in the sermon:

We have to adjust our theology. We have to adjust our fundamental stance when we look at people. . . . We have to adjust our perspective of people. We have to realize that people are good and they mean to do good.

Johnson’s error is nothing short of catastrophic. In one fell swoop he has made repentance redundant in the lives of his massive audience and completely obliterated the reason for the gospel. His false gospel will damn those who embrace it.

Man Is Totally Depraved

The undeniable truth is that man is totally depraved. That doesn’t mean unregenerate sinners are incapable of doing anything good or noble. But it does mean that sin has permeated every part of their nature, and even the seemingly good things they do are ultimately done with sinful motives.

Keeping one’s head in the proverbial sand is the only way to ignore the doctrine of total depravity. It is the reason we have arguments, assaults, and wars. It’s the reason we need governments, police, and the military. It’s the reason for locks on our doors, walls around our prisons, and armed guards at our borders.

And the wrong things people do aren’t because of ignorance or a lack of education. Sinners deliberately rebel against what they know to be true about God and His righteousness. As the Lord Jesus Himself said,

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19–20)

As far back as Genesis 6—prior to God’s judgment in the Flood—the depravity of man’s sinful heart was obvious. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

The apostle Paul delivered a powerful reminder to all believers that the primary struggle for unbelievers is never the lack of evidence for God, but their love for every form of defiance against Him.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18–20)

Atheism, Darwinism, hedonism, and victimhood are all excuses for the fact that people love sin, hate God, and refuse to be held accountable for their guilt. And that’s because all people are sinners by nature—a nature passed on to every descendant of Adam after the Fall (Genesis 3). “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). “Through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19).

In his book The Gospel According to Paul, John MacArthur explains the imputation of Adam’s sin to all of his descendants:

All humanity was plunged into this guilty condition because of Adam’s sin. “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19). This is the doctrine of original sin, a truth that is expounded by Paul in Romans 5:12–19. . . . We prove our willing complicity in Adam’s rebellion every time we sin. And since no one other than Jesus has ever lived a sinless life, no one is really in a position to doubt the doctrine of original sin, much less deem it unjust. [2]

We need to abandon the lie that people are basically good, and instead embrace the truth that man is totally depraved. Understandably, it is an unsavory subject for most people. And without the gospel, it is only bad news.

But without the bad news, the gospel becomes strange and nonsensical. The cross becomes confusing. And there is no good reason for Christ to die as a sin-bearing substitute. If mankind is basically good, the gospel is an unnecessary farce, and the death of Christ a tragic waste. Choosing to deny the imputation of Adam’s sin demands that you also reject the imputation of our sin to Christ, and the imputation of His righteousness to our account. It cuts you off from the Savior, and any hope of salvation.

Ultimately, the difference between believing the soothing lie of Pelagius or the harsh truth of depravity is the doctrinal divide that separates heaven from hell.

 


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How to Rejoice in Hope When Life is Hard

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

In any walk of life, there will be times of great blessing and times of great difficulty. There will be times when you feel full of joy, and there will be times when you feel quite desperate.

In his Word, God calls us to steady tenacity, sticking at it, persevering over the long haul. The hope that Paul speaks about here is what the New Testament calls “the hope,” the great and glorious hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. This hope is located, not in this world, but in the new world, into which Christ will bring us at the time of his second coming.

How to Rejoice in Hope When Life Is Hard

Whatever our circumstances today, God says to us, “Rejoice in hope.” The question of course is, How are we to do that, especially when life is hard?

1. Stop indulging false hopes.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick. (Proverbs 13:12)

If you keep thinking something is going to happen, and it doesn’t, you end up feeling sick. It breaks your heart. So don’t put yourself in that position. Don’t live your life in such a way that you set yourself up to be disappointed.

Think about the last several decades of world history: 14 years into the 20th century, we had the First World War. People said it would be “the war to end all wars,” but it was only a matter of 20 years before the Second World War. After that came The Cold War for 50 years, but then we ended the 20th century with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Less than 20 years later, we are immersed in a whole new kind of war: “the war on terror.”

People say, “When are we going to see the kind of world we had hoped for?” The answer is: You aren’t going to see it here! All visions of utopia are doomed to failure in this world. It is in the nature of the human spirit to think we can redeem the world, but a brief look at world history shows us that we never have, and we never will.

2. Recognize short term uncertainty.

Listen to what God says in the letter of James: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring” (4:13-14).

It is good to have plans, but remember, when you plan for the future, you don’t even know if you will be here tomorrow! “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:15). Everything we hope to do depends on God’s grace and strength; therefore the wise person says, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that” (Romans 4:15).

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I do know the final outcome of my life.

3. Rejoice in long term security.

…our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
(Titus 2:13)

In heaven, sin will be no more. It will not be in you, and it will not be around you. Never again will you grieve your Savior. You will be a joy to him, and he will be a joy to you forever.

You will serve the Lord as you always wished you could. Never again will you be tired, weary, or discouraged. You will explore the joys of the new earth, freed at last from the curse—no floods or raging fires, and no storms, earthquakes. or mudslides. You will enjoy the blessings of a world where every person truly loves his sister and brother—no violence, no hatred, no fear.


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You will enjoy this life in a resurrection body (modeled after the resurrection body of Jesus), in which the dark cloud of depression can never cast its shadow over you, the strong pull of temptation will never rise from within you, and the sharp anguish of pain will never torment you.

You will be at home and at peace. All tears will be wiped from your eyes. There will be no death, no mourning, no crying, and no pain. And then you will see the King in his beauty. Your eyes shall behold him. In your flesh, you shall see God, and in his presence you will find fullness of joy.

What Rejoicing in Hope Produces

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

As you learn to rejoice in hope, you will not be overcome by life’s hardships. Instead, you will overcome them with good:

You will learn to have patience in tribulation.

“Tribulation” means to be crushed, pressed, squeezed, stressed, burdened, or troubled. If your hope is in this world, then when your life in this world is crushed, your hope will be crushed with you. But when your hope is in another world, when you are crushed here and now, you will have the capacity to endure it with patience. Rejoicing in hope makes it possible for you to be patient in affliction.

You will learn to be constant in prayer.

There is more here than praying once in a while when you feel the need. Make prayer the habit and pattern of your life. The more you believe that God is merciful, the more you will be drawn to come to him in prayer. We have a merciful High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God. He knows what it is to suffer. He is able to sympathize with us because he has been through it himself. Therefore let us come confidently to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).

Hope in Hard Times

Do you have a hope in which you can rejoice? Do you have a patience with which you can endure? Do you know the help of God on whom you can call? Because all of this is offered to you by God in Jesus Christ!

When your hope is in him, and in all that he holds in store for you, your hope will touch and change every area of your life. Place all your troubles into the hands of Jesus Christ, and look in hope to him.

[This article is an adaptation of Pastor Colin’s sermon “Overcoming Evil with Steadiness.”]
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A Hyper-Charismatic Guide to Losing your Mind

(Steven Kozar – Messed Up Church) If you want to abandon your Christian faith and become mentally unstable, just follow these simple steps:

    • “It all starts with a Dream! A God-Sized Dream!” To get started, you must believe that God expects you to dream up some outlandish desire in order to accomplish your Destiny. Because if you attempt to “do the impossible,” God will miraculously answer your prayers and thus “get all the glory.” You must take risks, step out in faith, and do something impossible.
  • You then step out in faith and do something really stupid. (Often, this involves giving money to someone who teaches this stuff.)
  • Next, this ridiculous thing you’ve attempted doesn’t work and you’ve got big problems. (Wow, what a surprise.)
  • Instead of admitting your big mistake, you will now focus all of your attention on the future and the great things that you’ll accomplish after you get your breakthrough (your “Destiny”). Because the finished work of Christ dying on the cross to pay for our sins happened a long time ago, you will forget about it. Christianity gradually becomes a magic wand you keep waving around in order to get God to do stuff, and the “holy spirit” will demand more and more attention as he continually confuses you, embarrasses you and demands that you become more hungry, desperate and broken. He also wants you to be on fire.
  • At this point you’ll latch onto all of the sermons about fighting battles, getting a fresh new word from God, and fending off demons, pythons, and sneaky squids. “The devil knows about your Dream Destiny Thingy and he wants to stop you!” You take your last few bucks to buy yet another book/DVD/CD/conference ticket, hoping to learn the “secret” to getting your breakthrough; you know, the breakthrough you wouldn’t even need if you hadn’t done something stupid…View article →

See Berean Research’s White Paper on the New Apostolic Reformation

Source: A Hyper-Charismatic Guide to Losing your Mind

3 Ways God Speaks to You

Does God talk to you? Does God communicate with people? On its February 13, 2018,broadcast, viewers heard Joy Behar, ABC daytime talk show co-host of “The View” say, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you, that’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.” During the episode, talks revolved around criticisms on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”

It’s sad that communicating with God, which is a primary Christian truth, can be viewed as a mental illness. It’s sadder to think that like these well-known personalities, many think that way. They view God as inaccessible and silent. They believe that it’s not possible to hear Him speak. In refusing to accept this fact, the world loses out. They are missing a lot.

Hearing God speak is one great blessing every child of God enjoys. God’s Words bring life and joy. His messages bring direction and enlightenment; they bring healing.

God speaks through nature.

Engaging with nature is always a fruitful time. We feel serenity setting in and we find ourselves at rest. Marvellous scenes and amazing creatures amaze and baffle us. We feel humbled, we feel thankful. We see an awesome Creator who is all-powerful. We see a faithful God sustaining all He has created. Every time we come out of a nature experience we are recharged, we are repurposed.

Job articulates it beautifully in Job chapter 12, reminding us that the very creatures that exist around us testify of our creator God and in His hand is the breath and life of all creation. Psalm 19 talks of the skies and heavens proclaiming the greatness and praise of our God.

The child of God must make a habit of pausing and taking in the beauty of nature. There is a great benefit in sitting back in solitude around greenery or around tranquil waters. It is there we can still our hearts, see God afresh, and hear Him say, “Be still and know I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

God speaks through the Written Word.

The Bible is God’s special blessing upon us. He selected believers of different background and experiences to put into writing His very words. Scriptures are ever alive. Its truths relate to people of any generation. The desiring heart will read it and experience its truths alive and active, insightful, cutting through the very core of one’s being. (Hebrews 4:12)

The child of God who seeks to know God and His plans will find direction for living within its pages. Through His Word God empowers us. Through His Word, God draws close to us, and makes Himself known to us.

The child of God must make a habit of opening God’s Word for one cannot begin to understand if one does not know. We can’t prove the truthfulness of God’s Word and promises if there is no knowledge to hold onto and prove. We must open the living Word and allow God’s voice to be heard. Open it and we will hear Him speak.

God speaks through music.

There is something in music that is very powerful. Research proves that it can influence behaviour and it can better one’s physical conditions. Music can change one’s mood and emotions. For instance, classical music can draw one’s mind out of chaos into calm and resoluteness.

There is something even more powerful in worship music. They can uplift your spirit and carry your mind towards greater heights and depths of learning and joy. God places in musicians the inspiration to pen biblical truths so beautifully. Through their meditations and personal journeys, we tap into the very heart of God. We get an overwhelming sense of His desire for our lives, what we need to change, what we need to surrender, and what we need to remember and be assured of.

The child of God must make a habit of listening to and singing Christian songs. It is a wonderful ingredient to private and corporate worship. From a multitude of worship songs, believers find spiritual growth. How many verses from the book of Psalms have taught you great things about God and man? How many verses from Psalms have caused you to understand yourself and others more? Those are Christian songs God uses to teach and encourage us.

Hearing God speak is a normal yet a special thing. God talks and He loves talking to you. He will speak lovingly and meaningfully if you only pose yourself to listen.

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A Wrinkle In Time: A Disney Film Devoted To Pagan Self-Worship

Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, a dimension-travelling regal entity.

In a piece titled A Wrinkle In Time Sells the Cult of Oprah, Armond White of National Review states that the film pushes for “social justice, self-worship, and girls-are-smarter-than-boys bromides.”

The film also pushes Oprah’s New Agereligiosity.

In a piece over at Pulpit & Pen we’re informed of this troubling news: “Religious entrepreneurs intent on entertaining people into Heaven have already capitalized on the film to turn it into a Bible study to reach America’s pop-culture-saturated youth.”

Starring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kalling and Reese Witherspoon, the film centers around the character Meg Murry (Storm Reid), who is a typical schoolgirl struggling with self-esteem issues who’s  desperate to fit in.

In their piece Disney’s New Oprah Film Provided As Bible Study to Teens P&P reports on Oprah’s latest attempt to draw children into the world of the occult through entertainment. And not surprisingly, The Walt Disney Company partnered with Oprah in her endeavor to brainwash movie-goers. As P&P’s title suggests, Disney is offering free resources to youth groups to turn the film into “Bible studies.”

Here’s their report:

[Meg] is the daughter of two famous physicists, is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has low self-esteem. Complicating her life is the disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which bothers Meg terribly and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. A friend introduces Meg to Calvin (Levi Miller) and to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their journey. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space through magical methods, they are soon transported to various worlds to fight evil. To get back home, Meg must accept her flaws and embrace her strengths. In other words, self-esteem, bla bla bla.

Disney, working in partnership with ChurchResources.org, has produced a youth “Bible study” revolving around the film. It provides “video lesson film clips,” a three-part study, and free advertising posters, which you can find here.

Of course, Disney is not a Christian corporation, and – in fact – has internal corporate policies that are very hostile to Christianity and a Biblical worldview. They produce films approved by the LGBT sensitivity boards and have injected gay characters into their films, in movies like their recent Beauty and the Beast to (reportedly) the upcoming Frozen sequel. None of the directors or producers of the film are known to be professing Christians. Its chief draw – Oprah Winfrey – is clearly not a Christian. And finally, the film has nothing to do with Christianity whatsoever.

So why is Disney offering FREE resources to youth groups to turn the film into “Bible studies?” It’s very simple. It’s great marketing, and ensures busloads of youth groups are brought to the theaters to see the film.

It’s genius, really. At least, in a sinister sort of way.

Republished with Pulpit & Pen’s permission.

Source: A Wrinkle In Time: A Disney Film Devoted To Pagan Self-Worship

MARCH 9 CHRIST ESTABLISHED TRUE VALUES FOR THE HUMAN RACE

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

HEBREWS 9:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That place will be in a world divinely ordered, beyond death and parting, where there is nothing that can hurt or make afraid.[1]


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

March 9, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

16:12It may be … that the Lordwill repay me with good for his cursing today. Cf. the opposite perspective in Prov. 24:17–18: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls … lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him” (cf. Prov. 26:2; also 1 Pet. 2:19–23; 3:9).

16:12 David leaves vengeance to God, prefiguring the patience of Christ before his enemies (1 Pet. 2:23).[1]16:12the Lord will repay me with good: David hoped that the Lord would look upon his repentant heart and render a blessing to compensate for Shimei’s curse.[2]


[1] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 568). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2]The NKJV Study Bible. (2007). (2 Sa 16:12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

MARCH 9 “AUTOMATIC” SAINTS?

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

2 Corinthians 4:10

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

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

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

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

“It is nothing of the sort!”

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

Dear Lord, I’m not interested in putting on a religious façade for people to see. I want to make progress in becoming more like You today.[1]


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

40 Days to the Cross: Week Three – Friday

Confession: Psalm 143:1–6

O Yahweh, hear my prayer;

listen to my supplications.

In your faithfulness answer me,

and in your righteousness.

And do not enter into judgment with your servant,

because no one alive is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;

he has crushed my life to the ground.

He has made me dwell in dark places

like those long dead.

And so my spirit grows faint within me;

my heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of long ago;

I meditate on all your doings.

I muse on the labor of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you;

my soul longs for you like a dry land. Selah

Reading: Mark 12:38–44

And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like walking around in long robes and greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets, who devour the houses of widows and pray lengthy prayers for the sake of appearance. These will receive more severe condemnation!”

And he sat down opposite the contribution box and was observing how the crowd was putting coins into the contribution box. And many rich people were putting in many coins. And one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins (that is, a penny). And summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than all those who put offerings into the contribution box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in everything she had, her whole means of subsistence.”

Reflection

An ungodly world may reckon the poor in spirit to be contemptible, but God writes them down among His peers and princes. His judgment is true and far more to be esteemed than the opinions of men or angels.

Only if we are poor in spirit do we have evidence that heaven is ours. But having that mark of blessedness, all things are ours—whether things present or things to come. To the poor in spirit belong all the security, honor, and happiness which the gospel kingdom is calculated to give upon earth; even here below they may eat of its dainties without question, and revel in its delights without fear.

Theirs also are the things not seen as yet, reserved for future revelation, theirs the second advent, theirs the glory, theirs the fifth great monarchy, theirs the resurrection, theirs the beatific vision, theirs the eternal ecstasy.

—Charles H. Spurgeon

The Beatitudes

Response

The Pharisees’ pride shows their self-sufficienct spirituality. Are there areas in your life where you feel like you do not need God’s intervention? Write those areas down and ask God for His help in becoming reliant on Him in all things.[1]


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

March 9 Results of Obtaining Holiness

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

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

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

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

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

ASK YOURSELF

How have you “seen” God during long stretches of faithful, obedient living? If this is not your current experience, don’t you long to return to this kind of lifestyle—to the daily joys of animated, refreshing, ongoing interaction with your Lord and Savior? Take steps toward a fresh start with Him today.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 77). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

March 9 The Thrill of Grace

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

John 1:16

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

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

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


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 82). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

March 9, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

20:12 our eyes are upon you A statement showing Jehoshaphat’s reliance on God.[1]


20:12 we are powerless. Confession of human impotence, humility, and reliance on divine power also appear in Asa’s prayer (14:11 note).[2]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Ch 20:12). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 619). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

MARCH 9 THE ABILITY TO WONDER

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

—Psalm 8:3-4

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

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

I’ll watch for Your footprints, God. I’ll listen for Your song and be sensitive to Your breath. I will stand in wonder at what I see. Amen.[1]


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

March 9 Honor for the Humble

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

James 4:10

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God graciously bestows every spiritual blessing on the humble.

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

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

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

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

For Further Study: Read Isaiah 6. What is the focal point of God’s nature in this chapter? ✧ What could help you to be as willing as Isaiah was to serve God (v. 8)?[1]


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

March 8 Daily Help

OH! who shall measure the heights of the Saviour’s all-sufficiency? First, tell how high is sin, and, then, remember that as Noah’s flood prevailed over the tops of earth’s mountains, so the flood of Christ’s redemption prevails over the tops of the mountains of our sins. In heaven’s courts there are to-day men that once were sinners, but they have been washed—they have been sanctified. Ask them whence the brightness of their robes hath come, and where their purity hath been achieved, and they, with united breath, tell you that they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 71). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

March 8, 2018 Evening Verse Of The Day

David Prays in the Assembly

10 Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”
20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the LORD your God.” And all the assembly blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to the king.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ch 29:10–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


10–20 This exquisite piece of poetic prayer spoken in the midst of the “whole assembly” (vv. 10, 20) flows from the atmosphere of wholehearted giving and joyful celebration on the part of the king, leaders, and Israelite community (v. 17; cf. vv. 6–9). David’s prayer radiates the recognition that all glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving belong to God and God alone (vv. 10–13, 20; note the number of times “yours” and “you” appear in the prayer). Moreover, David’s words over and again declare the reality that every good and perfect gift comes from God (vv. 12, 14, 16; cf. Jas 1:17).

In addition, the Chronicler once again stresses that the kingdom of Israel is ultimately God’s kingdom (“yours, O Lord, is the kingdom,” v. 11; “you are exalted as head over all,” v. 11; “you are the ruler of all things,” v. 12; also note v. 23: “Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord” cf. 1 Ch 17:14; 28:5; 2 Ch 9:8; 13:8). David’s simple response to these theological realities is one of awe and humility: “Who am I, and who are my people … we are aliens and strangers in your sight … our days on earth are like a shadow” (vv. 14–15; recall David’s similar response to God’s promise of a Davidic dynasty [17:16]). For the Chronicler, the reminder of these divine qualities and covenantal truths provide the theological foundation for the rebuilding done by the postexilic community.

The crux of David’s appeal to God is that God may continue the good work he has begun in the hearts of Solomon and the Israelite community: “Keep their hearts loyal to you … give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees” (vv. 18–19; cf. Php 1:6). David’s prayer is similar to Paul’s understanding of God’s effectual grace in the hearts of his children: “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Php 2:13). The “whole assembly” responds to God’s goodness and sovereign rule in corporate praise and submission to God and God’s chosen king (v. 20).[1]


You are blessed! (vv. 10–14)

David picks up where he left off in chapter 16 as he begins to pray: blessing the ‘Lord, the God of Israel’ (16:36; 29:10). He starts, just as our Saviour taught us, by hallowing his name and recognizing that the kingdom is his (vv. 10–11). He moves on to acknowledge that this God is a giving God, and praise turns to thanksgiving as he begins to think about what he and his people have received from this blessed, bountiful God (vv. 12–13). As he surveys what God has done, his reaction is the same as when he received the covenant promises from God back in chapter 17: ‘But who am I …?’ (v. 14; see 17:16).

This time, though, he also asks, on behalf of ‘all Israel’, ‘Who are we?’ (see v. 14). This is the natural response to grace. Grace, in the Bible, means ‘free, undeserved favour’. If we’ve understood God’s grace we will no longer ask sullenly, when we face difficulties, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ Instead, we will use the same words as a statement of uncomprehending wonder at all that we receive from the Lord: ‘What have I done to deserve this!’ And when we surprise ourselves by doing something that we know we would never have done if God hadn’t been at work in our lives, like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:8 we’ll say, ‘Behold, Lord!’ too. We won’t mean, ‘Look at me, Lord!’ in a proud way, but, ‘Look at what you’ve done in me!’ in a profoundly humble way. That is what David does here. When it comes to sin in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to me’, but when it comes to evidence of God’s grace at work in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to you’. It’s frighteningly easy to do quite the reverse![2]


29:10–19 / First Chronicles 29:10–19 contains the remarkable prayer of David, which sets the theological scene for his son Solomon’s reign. The introduction to the prayer in 29:10 states that David praised the Lord. The Hebrew word used here can also be translated “to bless” or “to speak words invoking divine favor.” David’s prayer is spoken in the presence of the whole assembly, and it therefore has a liturgical character.

God is addressed in the prayer with the expressions O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting (29:10) and O Lord, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel (29:18). It is clear that David acknowledges that the God who is building “a house” for himself and for David is the covenant God of Israel’s ancestors. These divine titles establish continuity with the religious traditions of the past.

David’s words in 29:14 resemble those used in the prayer reported in 17:16. David confesses that everything he and his people have donated willingly for the construction of the temple comes from the Lord, who is the provider of everything. David confesses that all this abundance … comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you, and he expresses his joy about the freewill offerings of the people.

With the second invocation of God’s name in 29:18 David presents a petition. He asks that the people will keep this desire in their hearts and will keep their hearts loyal to God. He furthermore asks for wholehearted devotion for his son Solomon … to keep the Lord’s commands, requirements and decrees. He also asks that his son will have the “devotion” to build the palatial structure.[3]


29:10–19 David then offered a magnificent prayer of worship and thanksgiving. He eulogized the Lord as worthy of all honor, exalted as head over all, and as the Source of all riches and honor. He acknowledged that he and his people were unworthy to give to God, and that what they gave had come from Him anyway. He prayed that the present devotion (an uprightheart, v. 17) of his people would become a permanent trait (a heartfixed on God, v. 18), and that his son would have a loyal heart (v. 19) in building the temple.[4]


29:10–20 The great thanksgiving. Those living in the Chronicler’s times may have had no hope of ever experiencing such a splendid occasion as this, but he wants to bring out the underlying principle: this God is real in all ages (10, 18) and to him belong all things (11, 14). Naturally therefore all this abundance (16), everything that any generation sees when it counts its blessings, comes from God too. This truth arouses once more wholehearted joy and generosity (17, 19).

There are parts of this memorable prayer which God’s people have made their own ever since. Even the solemn words of v 15 should, paradoxically, inspire confidence: the golden age of David has no more permanence than any other, and that age, like every age, finds its hope (its ‘abiding’, rsv) only in David’s never-failing Lord.[5]


29:10–15 David responds to the phenomenal offering expressing amazing sacrifices of wealth with praise in which he acknowledges that all things belong to and come from God. He concludes that God is everything and that man is nothing, much like Ps 8. This magnificent prayer of thanks gives God all credit, even for the people’s generosity (v. 14).[6]


29:10–19 David’s great prayer of praise and supplication marks the climax of his reign. Israel’s king praises God for his universal kingdom and recognizes him as the source of all wealth and strength (vv. 10–13). Indeed, even the generosity of David and the people in providing for the temple comes from God himself (vv. 14, 16). They depend entirely on God for their security and well-being, and even in the Promised Land they are strangers and sojourners before God (v. 15). David then reflects that God examines the human heart for uprightness or integrity (v. 17), a further indication that the Chronicler cares above all for the inner reality of faith. David concludes by praying that God will keep the people in the same purpose and mind as they have shown this day, and will give to Solomon a whole heart in obedience to God’s commandments (vv. 18–19).[7]


Church Life: Worship

1 Chronicles 29:10–19

For more on worship see:

2 Chron. 5:1–14

Ezra 3:1–13

Neh. 12:27–43

Ps. 63:1–11

Ps. 100:1–5

Ps. 148:1–14

Ps. 150:1–6

John 4:24

Rev. 4:1–11

David assembles and exhorts Israel’s leaders in Jerusalem and then leads them in freewill offerings for Solomon’s use in building the temple (28:1–29:9). The offerings are essential because “the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God” (29:1). David sets a grand example by giving out of his own treasury 3,000 talents of gold and 7,000 talents of silver, in addition to much bronze and many precious stones (vv. 2–5). His challenge to contribute leads to lavish giving of precious metals and stones for the new temple (vv. 6–8). Predictably, joy abounds (v. 9).

David then praises God in the presence of all with a prayer marking the zenith of his reign (vv. 10–19). To the blessed God belong greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty. Acknowledging that everything in heaven and earth is God’s alone, David praises him for his kingdom and exaltedness. God is sovereign and bestows wealth and fame as he pleases (vv. 11–12). The only proper response is to declare as David did, “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name” (v. 13).

With awe and humility David considers the inestimable privilege of contributing to God’s house of worship in light of two truths. First, the abundance that they gave belonged to God in the first place and was his gift to them: “For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you” (v. 14). Second, David is overwhelmed that the holy, sovereign, and heart-searching God of their fathers should grant the honor of building his temple to such insignificant, short-lived people (vv. 15–17)!

David concludes by imploring the God of his fathers to continue the wonderful work he began in the hearts and minds of Solomon and the people (vv. 18–19). David then tells those gathered to bless the Lord, and they do, after which they offer sacrifices. The next day they make even more sacrifices and rejoice before the Lord (vv. 20–22).

Theology for Life—More important than the form of worship is our heart attitude, as this account and David’s magnificent prayer teach us.[8]


29:14who are my people Compared to the greatness and sovereignty of God, David recognizes their humble position. He acknowledges their place as sojourners in God’s creation and recognizes their mortality.[9]


[1] Mabie, F. J. (2010). 1 and 2 Chronicles. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 Chronicles–Job (Revised Edition) (Vol. 4, pp. 153–154). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Thomson, A. (2011). Opening Up 1 Chronicles (pp. 108–109). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Jonker, L. C. (2013). 1 & 2 Chronicles. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (p. 163). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 441). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Wilcock, M. J. (1994). 1 and 2 Chronicles. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., pp. 401–402). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Ch 29:10–15). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 741). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[8] Crossway. (2017). ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible: Notes (p. 480). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

[9] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Ch 29:14). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.