Daily Archives: March 14, 2018

March 14: A Psalm of Confidence

Numbers 15:1–41; John 20:1–31; Psalm 16:1–11

“You are my Lord,” the psalmist acknowledges. “I have no good apart from you” (Psa 16:2).

We know that God is everything we need, but somehow the details still get in the way. We want to alleviate our troubles through other means—that vacation, the position that will bring recognition, or the spouse who will complete us. The psalmist says that anyone who places their desire in anything other than God will only increase in sorrow (Psa 16:4).

It seems radical and difficult to live out the psalmist’s simple confession. The ancient practice of idol worship is alive and well in our modern-day culture and in our own hearts. (Just look at the magazine rack or tv shows if you think I’m wrong: what is worshiped there?) We are just like the Israelites—unfaithful and prone to “hurry after another god” (Psa 16:4).

For the psalmist, however, “Yahweh is the portion which is my share and my cup” (Psa 16:5). He is all the psalmist ever needs: “I have set Yahweh before me always. Because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken” (Psa 16:8). God brings the psalmist hope, and He can do the same for us. We just need to turn to Him.

Today, pray the words of Psalm 16: “You are my Lord. I have no good apart from you.” How can we remind ourselves that He is all we will ever need?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 14 Looking Beyond the Temporal

“Our Father who art in heaven” (Matt. 6:9).

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With God as your Father, your life has eternal significance.

Author H. G. Wells wrote of a man who had been overcome by the pressure and stress of modern life. His doctor told him his only hope was to find fellowship with God. The man responded, “What? That—up there—having fellowship with me? I would as soon think of cooling my throat with the Milky Way or shaking hands with the stars.” Poet Thomas Hardy said prayer is useless because there’s no one to pray to except “that dreaming, dark, dumb thing that turns the handle of this idle show.” Voltaire described life as a bad joke. He added, “Bring down the curtain; the farce is done.” Such is the blasphemy and despair of all who insist that God is uninvolved in human affairs.

The Greek and Roman philosophers of Jesus’ day rejected the Fatherhood of God because it contradicted their philosophical systems. The Stoic philosophers taught that all of the gods were apathetic and experienced no emotions at all. The Epicurean philosophers taught that the supreme quality of the gods was complete calm or perfect peace. To maintain their serenity, they needed to remain totally isolated from the human condition.

Scripture refutes all such heresies by declaring that God is an intimate, caring Father. The significance of that truth is staggering. He conquers your fears and comforts you in times of distress. He forgives your sins and gives you eternal hope. He showers you with limitless resources and makes you the recipient of an imperishable inheritance. He grants you wisdom and direction through His Spirit and His Word. He will never leave or forsake you.

When you humbly approach God as your Father, you assume the role of a child who is eager to obey his Father’s will and receive all the benefits of His grace. Let that take you beyond your present circumstances and motivate you to dwell on what’s eternal.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the joy and purpose He gives you each day. ✧ Commit yourself to pursuing His will today.

For Further Study: Read Exodus 3:1–5 and Isaiah 6:1–5. What attitude should you have when you pray to God? ✧ What does Hebrews 4:16 say you can receive when you approach God in prayer?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 86). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

March 14, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and black-hole theorist who brought science to a mass audience with the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time,” has died. He was 76.

In accepting the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Donald Trump described a nation plagued with problems and declared: “I alone can fix it.” Now, as he fires top aides who were a moderating force and replaces them with loyalists who share his world view and won’t object to his most controversial impulses, his administration is fast becoming a presidency of one.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will set out how she aims to retaliate against Russia over the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, deepening tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West.

Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning on British soil of a former spy and his daughter with nerve agent, escalating tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West. May said the U.K. will move to freeze Russian state assets where necessary in response to what she said was an “unlawful use of force” by Russia against the U.K.

The White House says Donald Trump will campaign to pass legislation this year to upgrade roads, bridges and other public works, as members of Congress from both parties say it will only happen with a push from the president.

U.S. unemployment is primed to fall significantly further and could drop below 3 percent for the first time since 1953, the year central bank chief Jerome Powell was born.

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell, 0.1%, in February for a third month, adding to signs that consumer spending will cool this quarter from the previous period’s hot pace, according to Commerce Department figures released Wednesday.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining the business practices of a cadre of funds set up to invest in cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings — digital-token sales that give buyers stakes in companies, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

Female doctors made about 28 percent less than their male peers last year, a gender wage gap that persisted across different medical specialties and different parts of the country, according to a survey of U.S. physicians. On average, male doctors made $380,866, while women made $275,311.

AP Top Stories

Students across the country and around the globe are coming together in a National School Walkout today in a call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws. The ENOUGH National School Walkout is taking place exactly one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people and sent shock waves throughout the United States. The event, which began at 10 a.m. across every time zone, lasts 17 minutes — one minute for each of the victims gunned down in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Two fertility clinics across the country from each other experienced equipment failures on the same day that may have damaged hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos, something that a fertility expert called a stunning coincidence and that is already producing lawsuits from crestfallen couples.

President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he was pulling the Philippines out of the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war.

Afghanistan has deployed more troops to a restive western province where a multi-billion-dollar pipeline is planned after the Taliban launched multiple attacks against security forces, causing heavy casualties, officials said Wednesday.

Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.

Turkish prosecutors have demanded a life sentence for an American pastor accused of being a member of the group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, in a case that has raised tensions with Washington, reports said Tuesday.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt in Gaza on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority said after an apparent roadside bomb targeted his motorcade.

US Air Force weapons developers plan to begin a new phase of construction and development for the emerging Long-Range Standoff Weapon in 2022, a move that will bring a new nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missile closer to operational status amid fast-growing global nuclear weapons tensions, service officials said.

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Ships sailing in the Caribbean have been told to steer clear of an underwater volcano after it started showing increased seismic activity. The volcano, called Kick ’em Jenny, is located 5 miles off Grenada.

Australia is looking into fast-tracking visas for white South African farmers who want to relocate to the country, its Home Affairs Minister Peter Minister Dutton has said, the UK Guardian reports. He said white South African farmers “deserve special attention” because of the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence in the country.

Children in Japan will be considered adults when they are 18 as opposed to 20, under a new proposal that is supported by the government.

WND

A minor solar storm is traveling toward Earth and is expected to hit as early as Wednesday. If a solar storm is powerful enough, it can damage satellites and cut power.

Six in 10 millennials claim to be going through a “quarter-life” crisis, according to a new study.


The Briefing — Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1) Personnel changes in Trump administration signal the importance of worldview

The Washington Post (Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, John Hudson and Carol D. Leonnig) –
Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

The New York Times (David E. Sanger) –
Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

2) An old Soviet plot reappears as Russian espionage looms over Britain

The Wall Street Journal (Wiktor Szary) –
U.K.’s May Says It Is ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Was Behind Skripal Poisoning

The New York Times (Ellen Barry and Richard Perez-Pena) –
Britain Blames Moscow for Poisoning of Former Russian Spy

Business Insider (Rob Price and Shona Ghosh) –
All the times Russia allegedly carried out assassinations on British soil

3) Lies speed ahead of the truth according to new scientific study

The New York Times (Steve Lohr) –
It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

Science (Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral) –
The spread of true and false news online


Independent Journalist Exposes How Social Media Companies Are Systematically Silencing Conservative Voices

Ben Swann has done it again.  A new video that he just released about the stunning purge of conservative voices that we are now witnessing has already been viewed more than 24,000 times on YouTube alone.  I have been writing about all of this censorship quite a bit recently as well, but up until now I have not revealed the true extent to which it has hit me personally.  Like President Trump and other prominent conservatives, engagement on my personal Facebook profile has fallen dramatically.  We are working like mad to keep engagement up on our official Facebook campaign page, but it has been a real battle, and today Facebook just banned me again from posting to groups for a few days.  The funny thing is that I had barely shared anything recently.  On Twitter, I have been told by a social media expert that my account has been “shadowbanned”, and that probably explains why engagement on Twitter is only a small fraction of what it once was.  Of course dozens of other prominent conservatives are suffering the same kind of censorship, and it is absolutely imperative that we stand up against this unprecedented assault on our ability to communicate with one another. (Read More…)


Outspoken atheist Stephen Hawking has died

(Danny R. Faulkner – Answers In Genesis) “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universeBut now science offers a more convincing explanationWhat I meant by “we would know the mind of God” is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’tI’m an atheist.” – Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking 1942–2018

Famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died todayInterestingly, Albert Einstein was born on the same date in 1879Furthermore, both men died shortly after their 76th birthdaysThese facts wouldn’t be remarkable if their work and writings were not so intimately related.

At a relatively young age, Einstein developed the theory of general relativity, which for a century has been the dominant theory of space, time, and gravity. Not only was Hawking brilliant, he had good timing. When Hawking was in his 20s, most astrophysicists came to embrace the existence of black holes and the big bang cosmology. General relativity is the mathematical model used to understand both. Using general relativity, Hawking contributed more to the understanding of black holes and the naturalistic big bang model than any other person.

Hawking’s 1988 popular-level book A Brief History of Time was a huge successIt was well written, and it received rave reviewsThe book sold very well, for it offered the hope to millions that they, at last, could understand black holes and cosmologyAlas, a quote attributed to Einstein is that “everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” (though there is no evidence Einstein said this)This is complicated stuff, so many people who so enthusiastically began reading the book soon found that parts of it were very difficultA Brief History of Time has been described as the “least-read best-selling book of all time.” Hawking also authored the more-recent The Grand DesignMany of the views he presented in his books have been critiqued by AiG in articles such as “Stephen Hawking’s Emphasis on Universe Without God.”

While Hawking is famous for his contributions to astrophysics, his work may have escaped public notice if it weren’t for the diagnosis that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more than a half-century ago while he was in graduate schoolThis condition, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States for one of its more prominent victims, robs a person of bodily motor control.

Initially, physicians gave Hawking only a couple of years to live, but, obviously, this prognosis proved to be wrongWhile he had early onset of ALS, it proved to progress more slowly than usual in his caseHawking’s speech soon suffered, and as his control of his body continued to slip away, he was confined to a wheel chairAgain, Hawking’s timing was good, because advances in medical care extended his life far beyond what was possible only a few years beforeAnd advances in computer technology made it possible for him to continue communicating his work with others via voice synthesizers that were controlled by what few motor controls he retainedThe picture of Hawking in a wheel chair with a synthesized voice transformed him into an icon and folk hero.

As one might expect, the diagnosis of ALS had a serious impact on HawkingHe initially wanted to give up his graduate studies, thinking that there was no point in continuing, but he soon was convinced to returnIt also had a very negative effect upon his marriageHawking and his first wife, Jane, were married in 1965, shortly after his diagnosis of ALSThey remained married for 30 years, though it became increasingly strained as Hawking’s illness progressed.

After their divorce, Jane wrote her autobiography (1999), which went through an update (2007), and was adapted into the 2014 film The Theory of EverythingIn the books and in interviews, Jane described the ways in which Hawking changed during their marriage and how the Hawking she knew was very different from his public personaMost striking was Jane’s conviction that her Christian faith sustained her in all thisShe contrasted that with Hawking’s atheism.  View article →


Sorry, Ladies! Mother’s Day Is Going Gender Neutral

(DailyWire) Waitrose, a high-end grocery store chain in the United Kingdom, is going “gender neutral” for Mother’s Day (known there as “Mothering Sunday”), offering a series of cards that are “gender neutral,” just in case your mum happens to be your dad, or she prefers to be known by a series of unconventional pronouns.

The purpose of the shift, Waitrose says, is to make the holiday more “transgender friendly,” reports The Times UK. Since gender is just a fluid concept, why use an archaic word like, “mother” to represent a specific relationship a child has with its primary caregiver (or, in the case of families who don’t abide by traditional gender norms, its secondary caregiver)? View article →


Transgender employees vs. Christian business owners

(World) On the eve of International Women’s Day, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a man who identifies as a woman, ignoring appeals to religious liberty and declaring that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to those undergoing gender “transitioning.”

Wednesday’s decision marks the third time a federal appeals court has expanded the Title VII definition of “sex” beyond biological manhood and womanhood. Within the last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 2nd circuits both ruled that “sex” includes sexual orientation. Those decisions, until the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, stand as law, and employers in 10 states are required to recognize sexual identities as protected classes  View article →


News – 3/14/2018

Stephen Hawking, famed physicist, dead at 76
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

NASA Twins Study Verifies Long-Term Health Effects of Space Travel
The Twins Study went a step further, including surveying the brothers’ genomes and collecting data on Scott and Mark’s physical and psychological health. In the case of Scott, some of the changes to his body disappeared only a few hours or days after landing, while some remained after six months. Here are some of the major new findings:

‘Don’t threaten a NUCLEAR power’ Putin REJECTS British ultimatum on Russian spy attack
In a further blunt warning to the Prime Minister, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added nobody should threaten a nuclear power, according to the nation’s the state-run RIA news agency.

An Israel-Hezbollah war could draw in Iran, U.S. intelligence warns
“What if a war between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah that emerges is not solely between them but becomes a northern war that embroils more of the Levant in that?” Cattler asked. “What if Iran becomes a party to that war more directly and overtly rather than clandestinely or covertly, and that becomes a conflict that doesn’t just embroil Israel and potentially us by extension but also many of our other allies in the region? “It is a real potential that’s out there.

Trump gave Israel the greatest gift possible’
‘President Trump finally killed idea of making Jerusalem an international city,’ says former Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold. “When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he gave backing to Ben-Gurion’s declaration, and effectively put to rest the internationalization idea,”

UNRWA in urgent search for cash at global gathering
Global powers will gather in Rome on Thursday to discuss the future of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which faces an unprecedented crisis after the US froze tens of millions of dollars in funding. US President Donald Trump’s administration has so far committed only $60 million to the agency this year, down from $360 million in 2017.

Did Geologists Discover ‘Fountains of the Deep’ From Genesis Flood?
A team of scientists studying diamonds found as far as 500 miles underground has discovered a form of crystallized ice that has never been observed in nature before. The discovery indicates that huge water reserves flow through the earth’s mantle in a manner that very much resembles the “Fountains of the Deep” mentioned in the book of Genesis. The findings were published Thursday in the journal, Science.

Will Turkey Lead An End-of-Days Global Islamic Jihad Against Israel And The US?
the Turkish president’s call for 57 nations to join together to form an anti-Israel army of Islam could create the most formidable military force on the planet. One Israeli expert on Islam stated emphatically, “make no mistake; this is war,” and lest the message is missed, he also emphasized that this call for jihad includes a direct threat against the US. Once warm, relations between Turkey and Israel have been shaky in the last decade. But this call for a religious war against Israel is a relatively new development.

The third nor’easter in less than two weeks is on the horizon
The Northeast is bracing for its third nor’easter in less than two weeks, while some people are still feeling the effects of the last storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in some areas and left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.

CIA Whistleblower Exposes Global Crime Syndicate Run By Clinton, Obama, Soros
…The Russia collusion narrative always stank, and as Obama and his officers and appointees are being exposed for their involvement in illegal wiretapping and campaign tampering, everything is starting to add up.

Report: Trump administration ready to present peace plan
Plan to solve Arab-Israeli conflict reportedly does not mention Two-State Solution

Scientists Now Resort To Calling Christians Crazy – ‘New Study’ Attempts to establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage
Scientists from Northwestern University published a study in the journal Neuropsychologia attempting to establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain impairment.

He went ‘rogue’! Real reason Trump fired Tillerson
Even though tensions had been mounting between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for months, a new report indicates the president abruptly fired Tillerson because he went “rogue” and tried to save the Iran nuclear deal.

The Ongoing Plight of Christians
…The following is a small sampling of what Christians are facing, and the sad truth is that no one seems to be stopping the oppressors and punishing them.

Nerve Gas Scientist: 100s Of Britons At Risk, More Could Be Affected For Years
According to a Russian ‘chemical weapons’ scientist, the deadly nerve gas agent which was used to poison Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK, last week could endanger Britons to developing symptoms in years to come.

Human DNA found in hot dogs… 10% of veggie dogs made with meat… but private genomics lab censors brand names to appease food industry
…For starters, it found human DNA in hot dogs. “Two percent of all samples were found to have traces of human DNA in them. Veggie dogs were the worst off, accounting for 67 percent of the hygiene issues and two-thirds of the human DNA found,” reports Yahoo News.

Netflix Stock is Plummeting in Response To Obama Show
Last week, Big League Politics exposed how former President Barack Obama is in advance negotiations with video streaming service Netflix to have his own show. In response, Trump supporters across the country began boycotting Netflix by canceling their memberships.

Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 14, 2018

Dems on the Lamb in Pennsylvania

Much ado about nothing? Demo/MSM tout presumed election victory to motivate the donor base.

The Foundation

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)


Headlines – 3/14/2018

Israeli officials meet Qatari, Saudi and UAE counterparts at White House

Kushner and Greenblatt to host session on Gaza crisis

After Gaza summit, White House says ready to pursue projects there without PA

Solving Gaza ‘essential’ for peace, US envoy says at White House confab

Ex-State Department Official Skeptical of Trump’s Pending Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

UN Palestinian agency in urgent search for cash at global gathering

Palestinian PM’s convoy hit by explosion

Assassination attempt on Palestinian PM failed, but dealt mortal blow to reconciliation

Hamas condemns assassination attempt on Palestinian Prime Minister

Palestinian Authority blames Israel for assassination attempt on prime minister in Gaza

Arabs planning ‘day of rage’ on Friday

In last-minute deal, coalition okays compromise to dodge early elections in Israel

PM only agreed to end coalition crisis under threat of party mutiny – sources

Opposition slams compromise deal aimed at averting snap poll

Netanyahu derides opposition after coalition crisis solved

Amid coalition crisis, committee pushes ‘Jewish state bill’ forward

Knesset advances ultra-Orthodox enlistment bill as coalition deal clinched

Trump fires Rex Tillerson, selects Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State

With anti-Iran, pro-Israel stances, Pompeo may become Jerusalem’s new darling

Pompeo pick offers a window into Trump’s thinking on Israel, Iran

Tillerson sacking could spell doom for Iran nuclear deal

Tillerson: Important to ensure smooth transition, US must respond to Russia’s behavior

Democrats want next US secretary of state to be tougher on Russia

Russia doubts US nominee to replace Tillerson will take softer approach

Joel Rosenberg: Pompeo tapped as new Secretary of State. Fantastic choice. No one gets Putin threat better than he does.

Israel is one of world’s leading economies, OECD report finds

300 rabbis vow to ‘wake EU from its dangerous slumber’ to do more to combat anti-Semitism, defend religious freedom

University of Minnesota Students Narrowly Pass Pro-BDS Referendum That Fuels Discrimination’ Against Jewish Peers

An Israel-Hezbollah war could easily draw in Iran, US intel official warns

With Red Sea mega-city, Saudis eye economic unity with Egypt, Jordan

Egyptian authorities call on citizens to report on the media

Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

Syrian military pushes for victory in Ghouta, defying international outcry

Turkey, Allies Say They Have Laid Siege To Syrian Border City Held By Kurds

ISIS’s new insurgency in Kirkuk and Hawija in Iraq

Expert: Erdogan Regime Considers Christians, Jews ‘Enemies of the State’

Suicide bombing kills at least 10 in Yemen’s Aden

U.N. official says violence and torture continues on Rohingya

UN: Facebook had a ‘role’ in Rohingya genocide

Myanmar Rejects Reports That It Committed Extreme Human Rights Violations

Saudis, Chinese Beef Up States’ Power to Target ‘Corruption’

China’s Xi further expanding power with anti-corruption body

China Unveils Superagencies to Fight Pollution and Other Threats to Party Rule

‘Not My President’: Chinese Students Worldwide Protest Xi Jinping’s Indefinite Rule

Reporter’s viral eye roll causes trouble with Chinese censors

Britain and Russia brace for showdown as deadline expires for nerve attack explanation

May Plots to Punish Russia as Crisis Over Poisoned Spy Deepens

Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain ‘nonsense’

Snowden rips Trump’s CIA pick over torture program

John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign

Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise: Judge Napolitano

ICE Director Fires Back at Nancy Pelosi: ‘How Dare You’ Call ICE Agents ‘Cowardly’

ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief, Sessions about California immigrant arrests

In bow to NRA, Trump throws gun purchase age to states, courts

Florida school shooter faces death as students plan nationwide walkout

The unique terror of Austin’s deadly package bombs

Police Report 150 Calls As Deadly Package Bombings Put Austin On Edge

YouTube Will Link Directly to Wikipedia to Fight Conspiracy Theories

YouTube limits moderators to viewing four hours of disturbing content per day

US data breach victims can sue Yahoo

Why Trump blocked Qualcomm-Broadcom: It’s all about 5G

Elon Musk: ‘Mark my words – A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes’

Tech Bros Are Lining Up to Have Their Brains Preserved Forever – Nectome wants to upload your mind to a computer

Defense Agency To Begin Moving Classified Data to Amazon’s Secret Cloud After Protest

Trump floats the idea of creating a ‘Space Force’ to fight wars in space

Solar Storm to Amp Up Earth’s Northern Lights Wednesday

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Oxapampa, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft

Kirishimayama volcano on Japan erupts to 15,000ft

This 3-D-printed house costs $10,000 and can be built in 24 hours

More kids are going to emergency rooms with severe allergies

Drug-related deaths are up more than 600 percent over 35 years, study shows

Overdose antidote availability doesn’t always mean fewer deaths, study says

New study on cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jews aims to be model for genetic testing

Why some conservatives see Pope Francis as a threat

‘Vice President Pence is right’: Joy Behar publicly apologizes for mocking Christianity

‘The View’: Joy Behar apologizes for comment comparing religion to mental illness

Stephen Hawking, physicist who came to symbolize the power of the human mind, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking Says ‘There Is No God,’ Confirms He’s An Atheist

Church of Scientology Readies to Launch a TV Network

Russia issues new threat to UK as tensions reach boiling point!

Posted: 14 Mar 2018 06:30 AM PDT

Russia issues new threat to UK as tensions reach boiling point!Russia has hit back at Britain today as the Kremlin said it would not accept “baseless accusations” against Moscow or “language of ultimatum” from the UK.   Tensions between the two nations are reaching boiling point as the Kremlin reacted this morning to the latest from London. Theresa May has this afternoon imposed harsh retaliatory measures on Russia, including the expulsion of 23 high-level diplomats – the biggest such dismissal in 30 years. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov this morningreiterated Moscow’s claim the Kremlin had “no connection” to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury and issued a stark warning to the UK. Russian news agency Tass quoted Mr Peskov as saying: “Moscow’s stance is well-known, London was told about Moscow’s position through diplomatic channels. Moscow has no connection to the incident that took place in the United Kingdom. “Moscow won’t accept absolutely unfounded accusations against it, which are not substantiated by any evidence, and won’t accept the language of ultimatum.” READ MORE
Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel Breaks Down 4 Reasons Why Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are Absolute FACT

Posted: 14 Mar 2018 06:18 AM PDT

Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel Breaks Down 4 Reasons Why Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are Absolute FACTFamed author and apologist Lee Strobel recently revealed four reasons why he believes people can have confidence that Jesus truly died and resurrected.  Strobel noted in a recent video that he would have gotten a good laugh out of the fact that Easter falls this year on April Fools’ Day, as he believed that “anyone would have to be a fool to think that Jesus literally rose from the dead.” Strobel is a former

journalist who was once an atheist reporter for The Chicago Tribune, but today he is a devoted Christian who routinely writes books defending the Christian faith. In a video uploaded to Vimeo last week, Strobel broke down four reasons that he believes people can have confidence in the resurrection, as The Christian Post noted. First, he noted that scholars are in agreement and that there are early reports of Christ’s resurrection. “I found that there’s no dispute among scholars that Jesus was dead after being crucified,” Strobel said. “”We have early reports of the resurrection of Jesus — reports that come so quickly, you can’t just write them off as being a legend.” READ MORE

Mother’s Day Cards Go Gender-Neutral In UK

Posted: 14 Mar 2018 06:15 AM PDT

Mother’s Day Cards Go Gender-Neutral In UKA grocery chain in the United Kingdom has drawn media attention for selling gender neutral Mother’s Day cards to make the day more “transgender inclusive.”  Waitrose, an upscale grocery, stocked transgender-friendly cards among its selection for Mother’s Day s, which was March 11 in the U.K. Some examples of gender-inclusive card slogans and greetings include:

  • “Happy You Day.”
  • “Two Mums Are Better Than One.”
  • “Dad, thanks for being the most amazing mum.”

After The Times of London published an article March 9 on this news, Waitrose removed the cards from its website. Transgender rights campaigner Karen Pollock is credited with the push for such cards. Pollock says she is looking for ways to make Mother’s Day more gender-inclusive. She also suggests the name of the holiday be changed to “Mothering Sunday.” READ MORE

Russia warns that U.S. plans to strike Damascus could bring military response

Posted: 13 Mar 2018 03:58 PM PDT

Russia warns that U.S. plans to strike Damascus could bring military responseRussia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.  Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army.

He said the United States intended to use the fake attack as a pretext to bomb the government quarter in nearby Damascus where he said Russian military advisers, Russian military police and Russian ceasefire monitors were based. “In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used,” Gerasimov said in a statement. He did not say when the alleged attack would take place or provide detailed evidence to back his assertions. READ MORE

Pastor of 10k member Church says believing that Jesus is only way to Heaven is “insanity”

Posted: 13 Mar 2018 02:00 PM PDT

Pastor of 10k member Church says believing that Jesus is only way to Heaven is “insanity”Michael A. Walrond Jr., one of New York City’s most influential pastors who leads the more than 10,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, is coming under fire online for telling his congregants that the belief that Jesus is the only way to Heaven is “insanity.”  Prior to preaching one of his sermons at First Corinthian just over two weeks ago, Walrond asked the congregation to recite their purpose statement, which he said “shape[s] our identity as a congregation.”  “We are an ever-evolving community of visionaries, dreamers, and doers who have been called by God to live the lives we were

created to live; commanded by God to love beyond the limits of our prejudices and commissioned by God to serve,” the statement read.  It was while explaining the statement to those who were not familiar with the church’s position that he explained his multiple ways to God concept. “If you are a person who believes in God, these words can apply to you, no matter what your faith background. We get so twisted in this country and in many cultures, to create divides and boundaries and barriers between human beings because of our faith difference,” said the pastor, who was named “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers” by Newsweek magazine. READ MORE

More “Prophetic Previews” Accelerating in the Headlines

Posted: 13 Mar 2018 12:44 PM PDT

More “Prophetic Previews” Accelerating in the Headlines(By Ricky Scaparo) In this special message, we will discuss some recent headlines and how they are pointing to the soon fulfillment of major prophetic events on the horizon. For the entire update, watch the video below:

Yellowstone Supervolcano mutant virus capable of surviving extreme heat discovered

Posted: 13 Mar 2018 10:36 AM PDT

Yellowstone Supervolcano mutant virus capable of surviving extreme heat discoveredA mutant virus strand found in the scorching Yellowstone supervolcano pools that could cure cancer has been found to survive the most extreme heats, scientists warned.  A scientist who has dedicated seven years of her life to studying viruses thriving in the Yellowstone Hayden Valley claims to have come across a potentially game-changing discovery.  Deep in the bubbling hot springs of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Montana State (MSU) researcher,

Rebecca Hochstein says she has found a new resilient form of the pathogen.  Ms Hochstein came across her startling findings in an 80ºC (176ºF) degree pool, where she unearthed a mysterious lemon-shaped virus strand. Her findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America – the official scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences. READ MORE


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MARCH 14 WORSHIP—AND WORD

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men.

1 Thessalonians 3:12

I must take issue with those in the churches who insist that the worshiping saints do not get anything done but worship! Such an attitude reveals that they have not done their homework. The beautiful part of worship is that it prepares you and enables you to zero in on the important things that must be done for God.

Listen to me! Practically every great deed done in the church of Christ all the way back to the apostles was done by people blazing with the radiant worship of their God!

The great hospitals and the mental institutions have grown out of the hearts of worshiping and compassionate disciples. It is true, also, that wherever the church has come out of her lethargy and into the tides of revival and spiritual renewal, always the worshipers were back of it.

A survey of church history will prove that it was those who were the yearning worshipers who also became the great workers and the selfless servants. If we give ourselves to God’s call for worship, everyone will do more for the Savior than they are doing now!

Lord, I worship You this morning. I praise You for Your faithfulness and goodness. Glorify Yourself today in the lives of every true worshiper around the globe.[1]


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

Death Is a Pleasant Transition

Revelation 20:11–15

Code: B180314

We are all stalked by an insatiable, bloodthirsty killer. This murderer never misses—he has a 100 percent success rate. Nothing can shield us from his attention; nothing can mitigate his relentless slaughter.

Death itself will visit all of us. There are no scientific advances, no technological breakthroughs, and no miracle drugs that offer an escape from the death’s destruction. Only God can usher living men into heaven—and He does it so sparingly that we know by heart the names of those He has permitted to bypass the grave.

In some ways, those blessed with longevity know the personal sting of death more than most. They’ve often lost a spouse, parents, and many close friends—no one remains unscathed for long. However it visits you, the pain of death and loss forces you to stake out a position on your own inevitable demise. Most of the world clings to the blind and often baseless hope that its dearly departed are “in a better place.”

That’s understandable. In the face of mortality’s unstoppable march, sinful man will cling to any hope he can find—even something as empty as the familiar lie that death is a pleasant transition. That pervasive idea isn’t built on evidence or experience. People simply believe it because the alternative is too unthinkable to bear. Nobody wants to exacerbate the grief and sense of loss they already feel.

Deadly Presumption

Nobody wants to presume that a recently departed friend or family member who died in his or her sins will spend eternity in hell. We understandably don’t want to speculate about damnation—especially regarding loved ones.

But we must not make the same mistake in the opposite direction. We must not assume our loved ones are in heaven just because we want them to be there. That’s a dangerous self-deception—one that dilutes the clear teaching of Scripture and corrupts the gospel of Christ.

In the aftermath of Nelson Mandela’s death, many Christian leaders rushed to publish their lamentations of loss and presumptions of eternal reward for the fallen civil rights icon. In response, Conrad Mbewe, a Reformed pastor from Zambia, issued the following caution:

My chief concern is with the ease with which many evangelical Christians have used the words, “Rest in peace” as they have bade farewell to Madiba. I am also an evangelical. I take my Bible seriously and interpret it literally. In my understanding of the Bible, the only persons who will rest in peace in eternity are those who have repented of their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ as their only hope of acceptance with God. The Bible says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36, ESV).

I have a friend who once worked in the Zambian High Commission in South Africa. He wrote a book entitled, Why Is God Silent About Mandela? It was a clever way of asking the question, “Why is Mandela silent about God?” He noted that although Mandela did not vilify religion in general and Christianity in particular, neither did he say anything that showed his faith in God and especially in his Son Jesus Christ. Yes, Mandela had a Methodist background. However, any evangelical will know that growing up in church does not make one a Christian. You must personally turn to God in repentance and put your trust in Jesus Christ. On this matter, Mandela was conspicuous by his silence.

As is always the case regarding those who die without any concrete evidence of saving faith, it is foolish to speculate about what we don’t know. We shouldn’t read repentance and faith into the past lives of the dead. We must not imagine that the departed’s spiritual fruit blossoms upon further inspection.

Moreover, we must not ignore the things we do know. In the rush to usher friends and heroes into sainthood, believers often whitewash the very lives they’re hoping to celebrate. But there is no spiritual benefit to such willful ignorance. Pretending lost loved ones lived better lives than they did might help us sleep better, but it dishonors the Lord and devalues His righteous standard.

If you’ve been to a funeral lately, you have likely heard at least one of those errors committed—probably both! But Jesus did not share the foolish optimism of most clergy today. He said:

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13–14)

Hell is heavily populated with people who did not expect to be there. Whether through rebellion or self-deception, they will spend eternity separated from God in torment that should make us shudder. Christ made that very point in Luke’s gospel.

My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! (Luke 12:4–5)

The biblical reality is that death is not a pleasant transition for the hordes of people who end up in hell. Scripture tells us that we shall all have our day in God’s heavenly courtroom where we will have to give account for the lives we have lived. For “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Death Leads to Judgment

The book of Revelation paints a vivid and frightening picture of the Day of Judgment.

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11–15)

The apostle John makes it abundantly clear that death represents the most horrifying transition imaginable for most people. John MacArthur offers the following commentary on this terrifying passage of Scripture.

The books contain the record of every thought, word, and deed of every unsaved person who ever lived. God has kept perfect, accurate, and comprehensive records of every person’s life, and the dead will be judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. Sinners’ deeds will be measured against God’s perfect, holy standard, which Jesus defined in Matthew 5:48: “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” In his first epistle Peter wrote, “Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15–16). To the Galatians Paul wrote, “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them’” (Galatians 3:10)—a truth also taught by James: “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 2:10). No prisoner before the bar of divine justice will be able to claim the perfect obedience to God’s holy standards that He requires. They “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). [1]

In light of Revelation 20:11–15, the question mankind must ask itself is, if the Lord perfectly knows all our thoughts, words, and deeds, and the depth of our depravity, how can we possibly escape His righteous wrath?

God’s justice demands payment for every person’s sins. Christ paid that penalty for believers: “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:5–6). “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13). God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “[Christ] Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). But unbelievers, not having Christ’s righteousness imputed to them (Philippians 3:9), will themselves pay the penalty for violating God’s law—eternal destruction in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:9). [2]

We can either spend eternity being punished for our litany of crimes against God, or place our trust in Christ as our sin-bearing substitute. And death will only be a pleasant transition for the latter.

The onus is on us as Christians to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Those who presume upon eternal life without having repented of their sins and trusted in Christ must be warned of their impending doom. Conversely, those who despair at the hopeless thought of God’s sure judgment can be comforted in the knowledge of Christ’s substitutionary work as our righteous Savior and Redeemer.

 


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Herescope: Another Jesus Part 4

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“Sanctify them through Thy truth:
Thy Word is truth.”
(Jesus, John 17:17)
 
The Pied Piper


A Report by Barbara Wilhelm


DENIAL OF SCRIPTURE IN JESUS CALLING 
Sarah Young denies the Words of Scripture. In fact, she nullifies the entire book of Hebrews and every other book in the New Testament. Notice the clarity – and finality – of Hebrews 1:1-2 and the confirmation provided by Jude 1:3:

Hebrews 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 

Jude 3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 

One of the versions of Jesus Calling

In the last of these days God has spoken to us in the Person – not the “Presence” of His Son. He has spoken “once, for all time.” Jesus in His Word has emphatically stated that He is completely finished speaking any more words for publication. How then can a “Presence” of “Jesus” contradict Jesus? These inner voices of the “Presence” are assumed by Sarah Young to be Jesus. Therefore, she encourages her readers to assume the same. She uses journaling or, more accurately, automatic writing to keep track of these voices. She encourages listening to these voices spoken by the “Presence” as a means of direct communication between the readers and the “Presence” themselves. Normally we have been told throughout our Christian walks that our Lord Jesus speaks through His Bible to us. Now we are being encouraged to listen to the mystical voice of a “Presence” whose words contradict the Bible. This will, ultimately, lead to great confusion for the readers… or worse.

The idea of following the voices of a “Presence” reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper which, as I just discovered, is based on an apparently true event. [See: https://theportalist.com/the-chilling-true-story-behind-the-pied-piper-of-hamelin] A Pied Piper is defined as someone who induces others to follow him/her by means of false promises. [Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/pied-piper] I often have wondered where the children went after they were lured to follow this very colorful person who was so enticing to their eyes and ears. The children listened to an enchanting sound and it led them… to where? Isaiah 53:6 comes to mind: “All we like sheep have gone astray.” 

Yet another Sarah Young book

WHY HAVE REVISIONS HAD TO BE MADE TO JESUS CALLING IF THIS IS TRULY JESUS SPEAKING? 
One of the most important characteristics of the Bible is that the Words are never to be added to or subtracted from (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19). This is because Jesus Himself is unchangeable. Considering that, the question has to be asked: why have revisions been made to Jesus Calling if this is truly “Jesus” speaking in Sarah Young’s book? Yet this is precisely what has happened. The August 23 devotion in the 2004 version of her book speaks of Abraham and Isaac and accuses Abraham of “son worship.” However, while the August 23 devotion in the 2011 edition begins the same as the 2004 edition, it changes mid-stream and talks – not about Abraham and Isaac – but about Jacob and Joseph. Has the true Jesus ever been known to edit His Own Words? Has He ever re-phrased one of the books of the Bible? The real Jesus has not, and according to His Own Word, could not revise His Words. The only assumption I think we can make is that the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling is not the real Jesus.

DISCERNMENT WRITER CHALLENGES AUTHENTICITY OF JESUS CALLINGMESSAGES
Warren Smith examined the multiple versions of the Jesus Calling book that were published over the years. He has published booklets and articles that elaborate even further the problems discussed above: the authenticity and trustworthiness of the messages from the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling. Warren Smith is eminently qualified to write a detailed analysis of Jesus Calling. He is an ex-New Ager and an expert on the many false New Age “Jesus” and “God” entities whose channeled transmissions appear in popular books. The very title of one of his articles/booklets – “Changing Jesus Calling – Damage Control for a False Christ” – brings to my mind the cautionary verses below:

Warren Smith’s booklet

2 Corinthians 11:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it! 

In his article, Warren Smith writes:

Sarah Young and Thomas Nelson have been systematically deleting controversial material from Jesus Calling. Adding, subtracting, cutting, pasting and completely eliminating problematic words, sentences and even whole paragraphs, Young and her editors do not hesitate to put words in the mouth of their “Jesus,” even as they take others away. But… these tactics are doing more to expose their problems than cover them up….

The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs published by Harvest House Christian publishers specifically describes God Calling as a channeled New Age book. In their lengthy chapter on channeling and spiritual dictation, authors/apologist [Christian] John Weldon and John Ankerberg explain that channeling is a form of New Age “mediumship” and according to the Bible it “is a practice forbidden (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).” Under the subheading titled “Impersonations of Christianity,” the authors describe God Calling as a New Age book “replete with denials of biblical teaching” as it “subtly encourages psychic development and spiritistic inspiration under the guise of Christ’s personal guidance… and often misinterprets Scripture.” Yet Sarah Young wrote that it was God Calling that inspired her to receive her own messages from “Jesus.” In her original introduction to Jesus Calling, Young praised God Calling as “a treasure to me”….

Yet another Sarah Young book

The Damage Control
In recent editions of Jesus Calling – including the 10th anniversary edition–the preceding paragraph regarding God Calling – has been removed from the author’s longstanding introduction. No explanation. No apology. Nothing. Suddenly and completely gone is any mention of God Calling – how it had inspired her to receive her own “messages” from “Jesus” and how it was a “treasure” to her. Her previous praise of God Calling had become problematic as it had drawn obvious New Age comparisons to her own book. It had also become apparent that her original endorsement of God Calling was helping to popularize this New Age book among believers! While Christian leaders have been strangely silent about Jesus Calling, it was the secular media that took Sarah Young and Thomas Nelson to task for changing and deleting the problematic material in their best-selling book.

Ruth Graham, writing in The Daily Beast, a popular online American news reporting and opinion website formerly associated with Newsweek magazine, wrote an article to question the changes being made to Sarah Young’s original introduction. Graham wrote:

The latest edition of Jesus Calling includes some important changes. The paragraph about God Calling has been deleted, and references to received “messages” have been changed to the less mystically inflected “writings and devotions.” In a passage in which Young recounts her early attempts to write down what God told her, the new version characterizes this as “focusing on Jesus and His Word, while asking Him to guide my thoughts.” Thomas Nelson refers to the books as “Sarah’s prayer journal,” emphasizing that Young is not claiming to speak for Jesus. A skeptical reader, comparing the two introductions, would see an effort by a publisher to bring an increasingly controversial but lucrative best-seller into line with mainstream evangelical orthodoxy.

In that same article, Ruth Graham also questioned the explanations offered by Thomas Nelson publicist Katie Powell:

In an email responding to my questions, the book’s publicist at Thomas Nelson, Katie Powell, wrote that the reference to God Calling was never meant as more than “a nod,” and it was deleted because it had “created some confusion.” “The book’s theology has always been sound,” she wrote. “The changes were made to make the introduction easier to understand especially since Jesus Calling is now being read by such a wide variety of people” Thomas Nelson did not call attention to the changes, Powell wrote, because the introduction’s “content did not change” between editions. But it’s hard to square that with the similarities between Young’s book and Jesus Calling–right down to the title.

Yet another Sarah Young book

Graham’s skepticism was right on target. And contrary to the statement by the Thomas Nelson publicist, the content of the introduction has changed in recent editions. The unexplained changes have caused many former supporters of Jesus Calling to stop using the devotional. Christian online newspaper WorldNetDaily (WND) picked up on the controversy and published two articles, “Top Christian Bestseller Accused of Heresy,” and “Is Hit Book ‘Jesus Calling’ Publishing New Age?” Charisma magazine followed up with a similar article that noted the growing controversy. It was titled “Critics Accuse ‘Jesus Calling’ of Mixing Truth With New Age Error.”…

The Damage Control 
In recent editions of Jesus Calling, all ten references to the words “message” and “messages” have been deleted from her otherwise longstanding introduction. What were originally described as “messages” she “received” from “Jesus” are now being described as “writing” and “devotions” that she “gleaned” in her “quiet moments.”…

Since this unbiblical contradiction was brought to light in my book “Another Jesus” Calling, Sarah Young and Thomas Nelson have eliminated this obvious contradiction in their 10th anniversary edition. In other words, they had their “Jesus” correct himself. Compare the original January 28th and October 15th statements that have been in Jesus Calling for the last ten years, with the replacement statements now inserted in the new 10th anniversary edition.

January 28th Original Statement 
I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. These were the last words I spoke before ascending into heaven. I continue to proclaim this promise to all who will listen. [bold added]

January 28th Replacement Statement 
I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. I spoke these words to My disciples after My resurrection. I continue to proclaim this promise to all who will listen. [bold added]

October 15th Original Statement
TRY TO STAY CONSCIOUS OF ME as you go step by step through this day. My presence with you is both a promise and a protection. My final statement just before I went to heaven was: Surely I am with you always. That promise was for all of My followers, without exception. [bold added]

October 15th Replacement Statement 
TRY TO STAY CONSCIOUS OF ME as you go step by step through this day. My Presence with you is both a promise and a protection. After My resurrection, I assured My followers: Surely I am with you always. That promise was for all of My followers, without exception. [bold added]

Note: One of the 250 “messages” Sarah Young included in her yet-to-be-corrected Jesus Calling Devotional Bible (NKJV) is the original October 15th “message” from Jesus Calling–“My final statement just before I went to heaven was: Surely I am with you always.” Given that this statement is clearly unbiblical, Young’s justification for her messages to be included “alongside the biblical text” falls a little flat. She wrote:

Since my writings are rooted in the infallible, unchanging Word of God, having them appear alongside the biblical text would seem to be a natural place for them.

Yet another Sarah Young book

Jesus Corrects Himself? 
Sarah Young might argue that because Jesus never contradicts Himself, she must have heard it wrong. But if that were the case, she had to hear it wrong on two separate occasions because the unbiblical statement is in two different messages. With this in mind, an important question must be asked. Who was Sarah Young listening to when she “received” these two “messages?” Obviously the real Jesus does not contradict himself–much less correct Himself in regards to His own words and actions.

And for those who might argue that there is no longer a problem because this contradiction and other problematic areas have been corrected, several more questions must be asked. What about the ten million readers who have trusted these unbiblical messages over the last ten years? Do you just pretend it never happened? Aren’t they owed some kind of explanation as to how Sarah Young’s “Jesus” could make mistakes of this magnitude? But perhaps most importantly, how can an author and publisher–or anyone for that matter-believe they have the right to put words in and out of the mouth of Jesus Christ like He is some kind of literary device–and most especially when it is for the purpose of damage control. [Extended excerpts used with permission of the author. Read the entire piece at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16349]

The Pied Piper

FROM MY HEART:
Before I close this report there is one more thing on my heart that I feel I must share. John 10:10 tells us that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. How many people who previously would have gone to their Bibles when they needed comfort now go to Jesus Calling? How many who started their days reading the Bible (2Timothy 3:16, the God-breathed Word) now go to these questionable words channeled through a woman? As a result, their relationships with the true Jesus have been stolen and destroyed. He is our Shelter, our Refuge, our very present help in time of need, our Comfort, our Life, our Daily Bread, our Soon and Coming King, our Savior. This is the Jesus of the Bible. Can this “Jesus” of Jesus Calling offer all that… or is he a thief who has stolen away our relationships with the true Son of God?

Life Application: 
1Thessalonians 5:21 commands us to prove all things. This entire series of lessons is an example of obedience to that command by a variety of those in His body who care for the safety of His people. If you or someone you know have read these books, would you go back to the very beginnings of these lessons and see this action as a “kindness” that has been done to the body of Christ and share it with them to keep them safe?

Psalm 141:5 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
“Let the righteous [thoughtfully] strike (correct) me–
it is a kindness [done to encourage my spiritual maturity].
It is [the choicest anointing] oil on the head;
Let my head not refuse
[to accept and acknowledge and learn from] it;”

Bibliography: 
Bulle, Florence God Wants You Rich and Other Enticing Doctrines, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bethany House Publishers, 1983.
A.J. Russell ed. God Calling, by Two Listeners, Old Tappan, N.J., Fleming H. Revel., 1936.

The author of this 4-part series, Barbara Wilhelm, is a long-time discerner. She recently started her own blog, Holding His Word Higher: https://holdinghiswordhigher.com.Visit her site for her weekly posts.

Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel Breaks Down 4 Reasons Why Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are Absolute FACT

Famed author and apologist Lee Strobel recently revealed four reasons why he believes people can have confidence that Jesus truly died and resurrected.

Strobel noted in a recent video that he would have gotten a good laugh out of the fact that Easter falls this year on April Fools’ Day, as he believed that “anyone would have to be a fool to think that Jesus literally rose from the dead.”

Strobel is a former journalist who was once an atheist reporter for The Chicago Tribune, but today he is a devoted Christian who routinely writes books defending the Christian faith.

In a video uploaded to Vimeo last week, Strobel broke down four reasons that he believes people can have confidence in the resurrection, as The Christian Post noted.

First, he noted that scholars are in agreement and that there are early reports of Christ’s resurrection.

“I found that there’s no dispute among scholars that Jesus was dead after being crucified,” Strobel said. “”We have early reports of the resurrection of Jesus — reports that come so quickly, you can’t just write them off as being a legend.”

He continued, “We have one report of the resurrection, including named eye-witnesses, that has been dated back by scholars to within months of the resurrection of Jesus. Friends, that is historical gold.”

Watch the video below to see Strobel break down his other points of proof:

Leftism and Degeneracy: A Beautiful Thing

Back in 2015, Tom DeLay exposed an Obama DOJ memo spelling out 12 perversions it wanted to legalize, including pedophilia and bestiality.  So don’t call me crazy for saying the movie The Shape of Water is the leftists’ step one in warming people up to legalizing bestiality.

When five out of nine SCOTUS justices basically said screw the Constitution to incorporate a redefinition of marriage into the law of the land, here is what Justice Thomas said in rebuke: “Our Constitution – like the Declaration of Independence before it – was predicated on a simple truth: One’s liberty, not to mention one’s dignity, was something to be shielded from – not provided by – the State.  Today’s decision casts that truth aside.”

Meanwhile, Obama lit up the White House in rainbow colors and tweeted #Love Wins!  Leftists celebrated the unconstitutional ruling, calling it a beautiful thing.  We dare not mention the unnaturalness of using an exit as an entrance.  It’s a beautiful thing.

I was rebuked for posting photos from gay pride parades in my column.  We’re told their lifestyle is beautiful, the new normal.  So why not show pictures of the beautiful things going on at gay pride parades – naked men performing mock sodomy in the streets, people in giant penis and vagina costumes, men and women dressed in BDSM nun outfits?

If homosexuals want to be thought of as normal, why not dress like the mainstream in their parades, rather than outfits promoting extreme deviancy and blasphemy?  Google “gay pride parade” [if you dare –ed.].

Ponder this, folks.  If a guy tells his wife of 30 years he is leaving her for a woman half her age, leftists brand him a sexist jerk.  If that same guy told his wife he is leaving her to “become” a woman and “have sex” with men, leftists would call it a beautiful thing, embracing his true nature.  Leftists would tell his devastated wife and children to support the wondrous removal of their patriarch’s penis – a beautiful thing.

At the Women’s March rally in D.C., thousands proudly wore “pussy hats.”

Leftist female speakers passionately dropped numerous F-bombs, called for violence against President Trump, and spoke of menstrual blood in gross graphic detail.  Leftist fake news media called the rally a beautiful thing.

The left’s illegal sanctuary cities like San Francisco call themselves compassionate havens for angelic illegals – a beautiful thing.  The reality is that rejecting federal immigration law is destroying California.  In San Francisco, a map was created to help people avoid mounds of feces left by the homeless.  Sanctuary cites turn a blind eye to gangs of illegals terrorizing U.S. citizens by means of murders, rape, and robberies.  The San Francisco Bay area is experiencing a massive exodus due to crime, skyrocketing taxes, insanely high housing costs, and welfare benefits for illegals.  California is the poorest state in the USA.  Still, leftists tell us sanctuary cities are saintly, beautiful things.

Leftists demand that we stop saying, “Merry Christmas,” teachers must stop addressing students as “boys and girls,” and stop saying you’re proud to be an American – all in the name of inclusion, a beautiful thing.  Most recently, leftists forbade us saying, “God bless you,” claiming that it is insensitive and intolerant.

I disagreed with a well intentioned minister on TV who said Christians should not respond angrily, saying we will not buy your coffee if you don’t say, “Merry Christmas.”  Leftist businesses are cramming their anti-God agenda down our throats.  What is wrong with us expressing our disapproval with our dollars?

Righteous anger is an act of love.  Jesus expressed anger at evil.

Decades of passivity have allowed leftists to indoctrinate our kids and transform our culture.  Who would think leftists would boldly promote lesbianism in Disney’s new animated family movie, Frozen 2, calling it a beautiful thing?

It is time for Christians to be salt as God commanded – making a difference, adding godly savor to our culture.  That truly is a beautiful thing.

— Source:  www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/leftism_and_degeneracy_a_beautiful_thing.html

March 14, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

2 And Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the LORD;
my horn is exalted in the LORD.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.

2  “There is none holy like the LORD:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Sa 2:1–2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


1–2 Although 1 Samuel 2:1–10 is a prayer, as v. 1 indicates and the NIV section head acknowledges, it is commonly referred to as the “Song of Hannah” because of its lyrical qualities and similarities to other ancient OT hymns (e.g., the Song of Moses and Miriam [Ex 15:1–18, 21]; the Song of Moses [Dt 32:1–43]; the Song of Deborah [Jdg 5]; and esp. the Song of David [2 Sa 22]). Robert Lowth, eighteenth-century doyen of Hebrew poetic structure, called it a “thanksgiving ode” (Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews [London: Chadwick, 1847], 216). Sigmund Mowinckel, calling it a psalm of thank offering, stated that it was sung in celebration of victory over enemies (Samuelsboken [Oslo: Aschehoug, 1936], 152). Like the Song of Hannah, Jonah’s song of thanksgiving (though much later) is also called a prayer (Jnh 2:1, 7, 9).

John T. Willis, 139–54, has shown that the Song of Hannah is a royal song of victory/triumph that is to be classified among the other ancient hymns listed above, all of which reflect traditional combat motifs, are composed in the first person singular, and emphasize the Lord’s everlasting and universal power and sovereignty. In terms of poetic style, all contain repetitive parallelism in both bicola and tricola, exhibit a staccato effect, and tend to repeat important words in sequence (see Notes on v. 3). Characteristic expressions and ideas also recur in these victory hymns; those that appear in both 2:1–10 and 2 Samuel 22 will be especially noted in the commentary. First Samuel 2:1–10 may have originated as a song of triumph at the Shiloh sanctuary in connection with Israel’s victory over an enemy. Such songs would then have been taught to worshipers, and this one perhaps became a personal favorite of Hannah. Therefore, when she brought Samuel to Shiloh to dedicate him to the Lord, she sang it as a means of expressing her gratitude and praise to the Giver of life (cf esp. v. 5).

The Song of Hannah appears near the beginning of 1 Samuel, and the Song of David appears near the end of 2 Samuel. These two remarkably similar hymns of praise thus constitute a kind of inclusio framing the main contents of the books and reminding us that the two books were originally one. (For a convenient comparison of the songs’ similarities see Polzin, Samuel and the Deuteronomist, 33–34.) Both hymns begin by using “horn” (1 Sa 2:1; 2 Sa 22:3) as a metaphor for “strength,” referring to God as the “Rock,” and reflecting on divine “deliverance/salvation” (1 Sa 2:1–2; 2 Sa 22:2–3). Both end by paralleling “his king” with “his anointed” (1 Sa 2:10; 2 Sa 22:51).

It may well be that Hannah’s song served as the seed plot for Mary’s Magnificat (Lk 1:46–55; cf. also the Song of Zechariah in vv. 68–79). The two hymns begin similarly, and certain themes in the Song of Hannah recur in the Song of Mary (cf. 1 Sa 2:4, 7–8 with Lk 1:52; 1 Sa 2:5 with Lk 1:53; notice also that Lk 1:48a—“for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant”—is obviously dependent on 1 Sa 1:11 LXX: “if you will only look upon the humble state of your servant”). Both Hannah and Mary became pregnant miraculously (though admittedly in quite different ways), in due course each presented her firstborn son to the Lord at the central sanctuary (1:22; Lk 2:22), and both sang a hymn of thanksgiving and praise (Hannah after the birth of Samuel [1 Sa 2:1–10], Mary before the birth of Jesus [Lk 1:46–55]). Further parallels between the two hymns, as well as expansions and reappropriations of Hannah’s song in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber antiquitatum biblicarum (first century AD) and the Targum of the Prophets (second century AD), are offered in Joan E. Cook, “Hannah’s Later Songs: A Study in Comparative Methods of Interpretation,” in The Function of Scripture in Early Jewish and Christian Tradition, ed. C. A. Evans and J. A. Sanders (JSNTSup 154; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1998), 241–61. Compare further D. J. Harrington’s translation of and introduction to Pseudo-Philo in The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, ed. J. H. Charlesworth (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985), 2:297–377, esp. 365–66.

The songs of Hannah and Mary, together with their contexts, have in turn influenced a second-century-AD pseudepigraphal work known as the Protevangelium of James. It tells the story of Mary’s elderly parents independently praying for a child. The old woman vows that the child will be “a gift to the Lord my God” (cf. 1 Sa 1:11). Mary is born in response to the prayers, and at the age of three she is presented by her parents to the priests in the temple at Jerusalem. The name of Mary’s aged mother—Anna—is the same as that of Samuel’s aged mother, Hannah.

The Song of Hannah begins on a note of grateful exuberance: “Heart, strength, mouth—all that she thinks and does and says is centered in the great act of God on her behalf” (Hubbard, 13). Like that of the psalmist (Ps 9:1–2; cf. also 5:11), Hannah’s heart rejoices in the Lord—and in his deliverance (or salvation) as well (see Pss 9:14; 13:5; 35:9; Isa 25:9). The metaphor of one’s horn being lifted high (see also Pss 89:17, 24; 112:9) perhaps comes from the animal world, where members of the Cervidae family (deer et al.) use their antlers in playful or mortal combat (cf. Dt 33:17; Ps 92:10). “Horn” thus symbolizes strength (see NIV note). Whereas here Hannah is grateful that her own “horn” is lifted high (i.e., that Samuel has been born—cf. 1 Ch 25:5 NIV note; so McCarter, I Samuel), in 2 Samuel 22:3 David refers to God himself as “the horn of my salvation.”

For Hannah, the Lord is holy, unique, and mighty (v. 2). She therefore celebrates God’s holiness, his otherness, in righteous victory (as in Ex 15:11; Ps 99:3, 5, 9; Isa 5:16). She then connects his uniqueness with the metaphor of the “Rock,” exactly as David later does (2 Sa 22:32). However rocklike others—human or divine—may consider themselves, “their rock is not like our Rock” (Dt 32:31). God as the Rock is one of the most recognizable and familiar images of divine refuge and strength, not only in the OT (cf. Ge 49:24; Dt 32:4; Isa 26:4; Hab 1:12; frequently in the Psalms) but also in Christian hymnody (“Rock of Ages,” “O Safe to the Rock That Is Higher Than I,” et al.).[1]


2:2No one is holy like the Lord: That which is holy (Heb. qadôsh) is marked off, separated, and withdrawn from ordinary use. Holy is the opposite of profane or common. The image of a rock when applied to God, speaks of His eternality, stability, and reliability (Deut. 32:4; 2 Sam. 22:2, 3).[2]


2:2 rock. A metaphor for God that emphasized His strength and the security of those who trust in Him (see Dt 32:4; Ps 18:1, 2).[3]


2:2 The first and third lines of this verse are parallel: holy is parallel to rock, and the Lord is parallel to God, with different structure but similar meaning. The formula “there is no … like …” denotes incomparability. Thus, there is none besides you states that there is no absolutely holy being besides the Lord; moreover, only the Lord is God, i.e., “monotheism” is true (see Deut. 4:35; 32:39; 2 Sam. 22:32). “Rock,” a common OT epithet for God (e.g., Deut. 32:4, 15; 2 Sam. 22:2; 23:3), indicates God’s protection and strength. In Ps. 118:22 and Isa. 8:14; 28:16; as well as in 1 Pet. 2:6–8, “rock” has a messianic significance (see note on 1 Sam. 2:10). With “our God,” Hannah speaks as a member of the covenant community, whom she addresses in the next verse.[4]


2:2 rock. As a metaphor for God, this term is concentrated in poetic passages such as the song of Moses in Deut. 32; the song of David in 2 Sam. 22; Psalms; and Isaiah. The metaphor suggests God’s strength and sovereignty, and the security of those who trust in Him. Here the focus is on the uniqueness of the one true God as opposed to false sources of security (compare the contrast with false gods, also called “rock,” in Deut. 32:31, 37; Is. 44:8).[5]


2:2 The twofold occurrence of no one emphasizes God’s uniqueness. Rock denotes an immovable, jutting cliff, not a mere stone. This word commonly occurs in the Bible to describe God’s support and defense of his people (Ps 18:2; 95:1; Is 44:8).[6]


[1] Youngblood, R. F. (2009). 1, 2 Samuel. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 Samuel–2 Kings (Revised Edition) (Vol. 3, pp. 54–55). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 348). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Sa 2:2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 493). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 379). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Beyer, B. E. (2017). 1 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 413). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

MARCH 14 MEN WILL NOT PRAISE YOU FOR GENUINE SPIRITUALITY

But as we are allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men but God….

1 THESSALONIANS 2:4

What we do for God must be done in the power of the Holy Spirit and we know and accept the fact that we may have little praise from men.

But what we do accomplish for Him as true spiritual work done with eternity in view will have His praise written across it!

Most of us have never heard, or do not remember, the name of the humble sixteen-year-old girl whose singing ministry brought such spiritual results in the Welsh revivals with Evan Roberts.

This quiet, humble girl would sing the gospel songs and much has been said about her spiritual gift—the Spirit-given ability to glorify Jesus Christ as Saviour when she sang. Not too much has ever been said about her voice, but the record is clear that she was a gifted soul—that the Holy Spirit seemed to be singing and moving through her yielded expression.

Evan Roberts would then rise to preach and there was little left for him to do. He said that he would quote from the Scriptures and add an exhortation and the people were ready to come to Christ. She had melted them with the warmth and the power of the Spirit!

Oh, what we would be tempted to do with her ministry in this day! We would put her on the coast-to-coast network and show off her talent—and spoil her! Thank God that they knew better than to start writing her life story.

She was a beautiful example of the humble use of our spiritual gifts for the glory of Jesus Christ—a simple Welsh girl willingly controlled by the Holy Spirit of God![1]


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