Daily Archives: March 23, 2018

March 23: Reason: Not the Ultimate Power

Numbers 27:1–23; 1 Corinthians 10:1–22; Psalm 22:14–31

Reason is a gift from God, but that doesn’t make it a substitute for seeking God’s will through prayer.

Moses appears to have been an intelligent man. He figured out how to flee Egypt after killing an Egyptian, how to survive in the wilderness, and how to make his way back without prosecution. He also transformed non-militarized men into a military and taught them to craft the weaponry necessary to win countless battles. But Moses didn’t rely on these abilities; he relied on asking God His will and waiting for His guidance.

Moses relies on God’s will so often that I’m convinced that the actions that appear to come from great intelligence and reason—like his ability to escape and reenter Egypt and his ability to train people in combat—were based on God’s direct guidance.

We see Moses seek God’s guidance in matters that he could have used reason to discern as well. In Numbers 27, when Moses is asked if a family should receive an inheritance of land (in the promised land) even though their father died without a son to inherit it, he could have simply said, “Of course; God is gracious. He won’t punish your entire family forever for your father’s sins.” (That was the reason they weren’t granted the land automatically.) His simple reason of “God is good” probably could have answered this for him. But Moses seeks God’s guidance instead. That’s the right answer.

Our culture overemphasizes reason. Often, the people best at reasoning are promoted—in our workplaces, our churches, and our government—so it’s easy to see reason as the ultimate power. Instead, though, we should seek God in all things. His guidance is always needed. While He gave us our minds, He also gave us the Spirit; and while the mind can fail, the Spirit, if truly sought, listened to, and waited upon, cannot.

What do you need to seek the Spirit’s guidance on that you are relying on reason for instead?

John D. Barry[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 23 Praying Aggressively

“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

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Praying for God’s will to be done on earth is an aggressive prayer.

Many people assume that somehow everything that happens is God’s will. But that’s not true. Lives destroyed by murderous aggressors and families broken by adultery aren’t God’s will. Children and adults ravaged by abuse or crippled by disease aren’t God’s will. He uses sin and illness to accomplish His own purposes (Rom. 8:28), but they aren’t His desire.

Eventually God will destroy all evil and will fulfill His purposes perfectly (Rev. 20:10–14), but that hasn’t happened yet. That’s why we must pray for His will to be done on earth. We can’t afford to be passive or indifferent in prayer. We must pray aggressively and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).

That’s how David prayed. His passion for God’s will compelled him to pray, “Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders. … I shall run the way of Thy commandments, for Thou wilt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe Thy law, and keep it with all my heart. Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments, for I delight in it” (Ps. 119:27, 32–35).

But David also prayed, “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; and let those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish before God. But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; yes, let them rejoice with gladness” (Ps. 68:1–3). He loved God’s will, but he also hated everything that opposed it.

When you truly pray for God’s will to be done, you are aggressively pursuing His will for your own life and are also rebelling against Satan, his evil world system, and everything else that is at odds with God’s will.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for David’s example and for others who demonstrate a passion for God’s will. ✧ Ask for wisdom to see beyond your circumstances to what God wants to accomplish through them.

For Further Study: Read Psalm 119. ✧ How can God’s Word help you know and obey God’s will? ✧ What was the psalmist’s attitude toward the Word?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 95). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Holy Week Timeline Visualization

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week (or Passion Week)—the week that commemorates Jesus’ death and resurrection. Here’s a new visualization we created that harmonizes the four Gospel accounts of Holy Week and lets you examine the “who,” “what,” and “where” of events leading up to and through Easter:

Holy Week timeline visualization
Also available: PDF.

Follow the lines in the chart to see at a glance what people were doing, where they were, and whom they were with at any point during the week. For example, below is a closeup of the chart showing Jesus in Gethsemane and his betrayal by Judas. First Jesus draws aside Peter, James, and John and entreats them to pray while Jesus also prays. Then Judas and a crowd arrive; Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, Jesus is arrested, and the disciples flee, while Peter and John follow at a distance. The visualization shows you the main actors in the story and provides Bible references for you to read the story yourself.

Detail of Jesus and his disciples in Gethsemane

We’re releasing the visualization under a Creative Commons license, which means that you should feel free to print copies (we recommend printing the PDF) and share them with people at your church.

Because the Gospel writers weren’t concerned about writing strict chronological accounts, the details and timing of some events are open to interpretation. For example, when exactly did Judas meet with some of the Jewish leaders to agree to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver? What did Jesus do on Wednesday? The chart shows one of several possible sequences of events.

If you’re interested in reading a harmony of Holy Week that includes the text of the relevant Scripture passages, Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition put one together in 2010. Our visualization is based partly on Justin’s work (which in turn is based on work by Craig Blomberg); we also consulted study Bibles and other Bible reference materials.

The visualization format itself is based on a 2009 XKCD comic that illustrates the structure of several movies, including Lord of the Rings and the Star Wars trilogy.

We hope this chart leads you to contemplate more deeply the meaning behind the ancient words that Christ “was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures” as we move closer to celebrating his resurrection this Easter.

Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2011/04/holy-week-timeline-visualization/

MoviePass is offering an annual plan for new subscribers that works out to $7.50 a month (HMNY)

Business Insider

  • MoviePass is offering one of its lowest-priced subscription offers yet with the hope of adding subscribers.
  • New subscribers can temporarily get the service for a year at what works out to $7.50 a month.

Always looking for ways to beef up its subscription numbers, MoviePass announced Friday it was offering a discounted monthly offer for newbies.

For a limited time, new subscribers to MoviePass can get a yearly plan — which lets you see one movie a day in participating theaters — for what works out to $7.50 a month for the first year. For this yearly plan, MoviePass charges $6.95 a month and a one-time processing fee of $6.55. This is not the first time MoviePass has rolled out such an offer, but it isn’t something the company offers all the time.

This continues the company’s quest to amass 5 million subscribers by the end of the year, a number MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe has predicted. In February, the company announced that it had more than 2 million subscribers.

In the Friday announcement, the company also boasted of the contribution it said MoviePass had to the opening weekends of recent new releases. The company took credit for 17% of the box office for Paramount’s “Annihilation,” 10% for Orion’s “Every Day,” and 9% for Fox’s “Love, Simon.”

MoviePass also told Business Insider recently that it bought over 1 million tickets for the Disney/Marvel sensation “Black Panther.”

Source: MoviePass is offering an annual plan for new subscribers that works out to $7.50 a month (HMNY)

MARCH 23 HERE FOR OUR TIME

Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Esther 4:14

Just as those who lived in the past had the privilege of being God’s people of faith then, so do we in our own day! It is good to come to the understanding that while God wants us to be holy and Spirit filled, He does not expect us to look like Abraham or to play the harp like David or to have the same spiritual insights given to Paul.

All of the former heroes of the faith are dead. You are alive in your generation. A Bible proverb says that a living dog is better than a dead lion (see Ecclesiastes 9:4). You may wish to be Abraham or Isaac or Jacob, but remember they have been asleep for centuries, and you are still around!

You can witness for our Lord today! You can still pray! You can still give of your substance to help those who are in need!

In this, your own generation, give God all your love, all your devotion. You do not know what holy, happy secret God may want to whisper to your responsive heart!

Thank You, Lord, for the encouragement of this devotional today. It is what I needed to hear. Use me to advance Your kingdom, Lord. Whisper, and I will obey.[1]


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

March 23, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump said he’s considering a veto of the $1.3 trillion spending bill that won final passage by Congress Friday morning, reversing his administration’s previous statements and raising the prospect that he’ll shutdown the government over the failure to get a deal on immigration and his border wall.

U.S. agriculture and the president’s rural political base are in China’s sights as it weighs retaliation after Donald Trump slapped tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. In its initial counterstrike, China announced a 25 percent levy on U.S. pork imports — a heavy blow to Iowa, the top pork-producing state and a political battleground that swung to Trump in 2016 after going for Democrat Barack Obama in the previous two elections.

An Air India commercial airliner flying to Tel Aviv crossed through the skies of Saudi Arabia for the first time on Thursday, ending an era when a direct route was impossible because of Middle East tensions.

Political power in Norway is dominated by women. They hold the office of the prime minister, the finance minister, the foreign minister and the speaker of parliament. “It’s not a female conspiracy,” says Prime Minister Erna Solberg. So what gender issues do these politicians worry about? “The challenge in the Scandinavian countries is not to end up with a large group of young men who have no purpose in life, no hope for a job,” Solberg said in an interview in Oslo. The risk of men falling behind also makes them more vulnerable to losing their jobs to automation.

Idaho will require abortion providers to report how many times their patients have terminated a pregnancy in the past and other personal information under the latest anti-abortion law approved in the conservative state.

China’s ambassador to the U.S. warned Donald Trump the Asian nation would return fire on tariffs the U.S. president announced, saying the American middle class would pay the price.

Sales of new U.S. homes fell for a third straight month and supply swelled to the highest since 2009, suggesting that surging prices are increasingly deterring buyers, according to government data released Friday.

A gunman who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State took hostages at a supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France Friday. At least two people shot may have died during the incident, the head of the police there told Agence France-Presse.

AP Top Stories

Police on Wednesday said they had located a recorded “confession” on a cellphone found in the possession of the Austin, Texas, bomber.

A fire in a Ho Chi Minh City apartment block killed 13 and left 27 others injured people in the early hours of Friday, state media and a fire department official said.

Years-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader were published on a whistleblowing website this week, prompting a public pledge from the Utah-based church that it would discipline the alleged perpetrator if the claims were found to be true.

A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation on Friday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea.

Forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent’s economic development, the head of the African Union said Wednesday.

The man Hamas called the main suspect in a bomb attack against the Palestinian prime minister in Gaza was killed in an arrest raid on Thursday that also left two members of the Islamist movement’s security forces dead.

An airline passenger who was bumped from an oversold flight saw her luck change when United made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: A voucher for a whopping $10,000.

Pakistanis celebrated on Friday their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware. Troops, including female soldiers, marched past a stand with political and military leaders.

The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.

BBC

President Donald Trump is replacing US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with Bush-era defense hawk and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.

Spanish police have rescued 39 women and girls smuggled in from Nigeria and trafficked into sex work by a notorious Nigerian gang.

Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC.

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal. He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the country’s development.

About 150 whales have become stranded on a beach in Australia, prompting a major rescue effort. About half of the whales were already dead.

Major street protests are expected across cities in Poland against plans to further tighten the abortion laws, already one of Europe’s strictest. A bill in parliament seeks to ban abortions in cases of fetal abnormality, one of the few exceptions allowed under the current law.

WND

Border patrol agents are refusing to hand over illegal immigrants with felony warrants to police in California because they can’t be sure local authorities will return the criminal aliens to federal custody.

Planned Parenthood will continue to receive federal funding in the newly released omnibus spending bill, delivering a defeat to pro-life groups that have been seeking the defunding of the nation’s leading abortion provider.


The Briefing — Friday, March 23, 2018

1) What do the results of a special election in Pennsylvania tell us about the future of American politics?

Candidates Still Mattered, New York Times (Campbell Robertson) –
In Pennsylvania Election Shaped by Trump

Wall Street Journal (Peggy Noonan) –
Deliverance From Hillary Clinton

New York Times (David Brooks) –
Worthy Is the Lamb

2) Why the church should first ask ‘How do we lead persons to saving faith in Jesus Christ?’ rather than ‘How do we win friends and influence people?’

New York Times (Laura Holson) –
This Preacher Would Be Happy to Share Your Bowl of Açaí


News – 3/23/2018

Hungary Warns of ‘Global Government’ That Will ‘Strip People’ of Identities
Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér has warned in a conference speech that “both ethnic majorities and minorities” are facing the same threat: the possibility of “global government”.

MIT researchers create device they claim can “generate electricity from air”
To date, humanity has been able to discover and eventually tap on a number of renewable energy sources. From wind mills to solar panels, there have been all sorts of inventions and gadgets that come with the ability to generate electricity from certain natural sources. Now a team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new device that appears to generate electricity out of nothing but air.

Julian Assange Drops a Bomb: Implicates British Government in Dirty Anti-Trump Dossier
It truly was Donald Trump against the global elites in 2016.The New York businessmen had to defeat the Republican Party, the dirty Obama regime, the Clinton crime family, the corrupt US media, globalist leaders and foreign governments.

Enigmatic Dead Sea Scroll makes rare show in Jerusalem
Genesis Apocryphon, sole surviving copy of ancient text expounding on biblical tales of Noah, Abraham, to go up on display in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for first time since its discovery 70 years ago; scroll contains ‘parallel stories we don’t have in the Hebrew Bible,’ says exhibit’s curator. The Genesis Apocryphon’s Aramaic verses describe the lives of Noah, Abraham, Enoch and Lamech, characters in the book of Genesis, and are written in the first person. It opens up a new perspective on ancient Jewish history and civilization.”

Ancient Jewish Sources Indicate Trump Will Pave Way for Third Temple: Prominent Rabbi
Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi in charge King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, revealed to Breaking Israel News a 600-year-old Jewish source stating that the Third Temple will be prepared by descendants of Edom as a “reparation” for destroying the Second Temple. Additional hints from esoteric sources indicate that US President Donald Trump has already begun this process. “It sounds illogical that the Third Jewish Temple will be built by non-Jews,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “But Rabbinic sources state explicitly that this is what they must do to fix the historic wrongs that were committed.” “Many times in the Bible we find that the greatest spiritual light comes from the most hidden of sources.”

Trump ousts McMaster, taps Bolton as national security adviser
The news of Bolton’s appointment followed a meeting he had with Trump in the Oval Office. Even Bolton was caught by surprise. “I didn’t really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it’s obviously a great honor,” he told Fox News after the announcement. “I’m still getting used to it.” Bolton, 69, is a Fox News analyst who contemplated a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is a familiar figure in Washington, with a walrus-like mustache and hard-charging views on many global challenges.

Congress Advances Act Halting Aid to Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments
The Taylor Force Act, legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families, has been included in Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that is expected to pass in the coming days. “Passage of the Taylor Force Act will give us much needed leverage with the Palestinians to push back on this outrageous policy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Palestinian Authority Calls to Put US Ambassador on Global Terror List
On Thursday, the Ministry of Information in Ramallah issued a report titled, “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism,” in which they called for placing the US envoy on the terrorism list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”

Revealed: Forced Sterilization Programs in California Harmed More Than 20K From 1918 to 1953
Latinas disproportionately targeted

Facebook Can STILL TRACK YOU Even If You Delete Your Account
Facebook’s latest scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and Barack Obama’s campaign team allowed to break the user rules is prompting many to ponder whether deleting their Facebook account is the right move. But Facebook can still track you even if you delete your account.

China Readies For WAR With New Unmanned Super Tanks Powered By AI
The Chinese military appears to be bracing itself for a major war. The country just unleashed their new unmanned super tanks that are powered by artificial intelligence.

President Trump Imposes New Tariffs On China Over Continued US Intellectual Property Theft
President Trump just announced a new series of tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese imports. These new tariffs are the result of a seven-month investigation into China’s continued theft of US intellectual property. “We have a tremendous intellectual property theft problem. It’s going to make us a much stronger, much richer nation,” President Trump told reporters this morning. “This has been long in the making.”

After initially shunning Israeli water technology assistance to side with Muslims, South Africa reverses its decision as drought reaches biblical proportions
In the face of an apocalyptic scenario, the South African government has apparently been forced to eat humble pie in its ongoing spat with Israel.

Girl Scout Cookies Crumble
“The once great Girl Scouts USA took a tragic fall when it became a political advocacy group that promotes abortion and sexual promiscuity to innocent girls”

Rand Paul: ‘Deep State Is Trying To Bring Trump Down’ 
During an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show this week, Senator Rand Paul warned that “Absolutely, there is a deep state” and that it is actively working to “try to bring Trump down.”

FULL HOUSE: President Trump Stacks Pro-Israel Playing Field By Replacing H.R. McMaster With John Bolton
EDITOR’S NOTE: With each passing day, the ramp up of the Trump administration to a pro-Israel position is astounding. The pick of John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor, in light of the upcoming May 14th 70th anniversary of regathered Israel, is something right out of a Left Behind novel. You could not ask for someone who is more pro-Israel, and pro-Jerusalem for the Jews than John Bolton. The end times prophecy table is almost completely set now, nearly all the players have taken the stage, all we need is for the Lord to flip the switch and call us up and out of here. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines is now boarding…all eyes on May 14th.

Christians Beware of Disney’s New Movie ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Promoting Youth Bible Study
…Disney has partnered with Christian Resources to create a Bible study to go with the film that includes video lesson film clips, a three part study, and an advertising poster. Many are questioning the intention of Disney with this study due to the fact that Disney intentionally erased the Christian themes and scripture from the film in the first place. What kind of “Bible study” is this?

The Stock Market Falls Another 724 Points! What In The World Is Happening On Wall Street?
…So why are stock prices falling so much?  Well, USA Today is blaming the potential for a trade war with China, the latest Facebook scandal and “the impact of rising interest rates on the economy”…

World Famous Psychiatrist Warns That Increased Use of Psychiatric Drugs Will Translate to More Mass Shootings
…tasked with protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the nation – those with mental health issues – have adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil approach.” They happily look the other way as doctors and psychiatrists continue to prescribe antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs despite their dangerous side effects, which include mania, violence, psychosis and homicidal ideation (the desire to commit murder).


The Stock Market Falls Another 724 Points! What In The World Is Happening On Wall Street?

We just witnessed the 5th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history.  On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 724 points, and many believe that this is just the beginning of another huge wave down for stock prices.  After this latest dramatic decline, the Dow is now down 3.1 percent so far in 2018, and overall it is down 9.99 percent from the all-time high in January.  A 10 percent decline is officially considered to be “correction” territory, and that means that we are just about there. (Read More…)


RenewAmerica Newsletter

March 22, 2018
Congressman: ‘The way we negotiate in this institution is absolutely abominable’

GREG COROMBOS — The House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that has fiscal conservatives fuming about the price tag and a process that left everyone but the leaders out in the cold. The House passed the bill 256-167, with 145 Republicans voting for the increased spending and 90 lining up against it. Among Democrats, 111 voted for it and 77 opposed it…. (more)


March 22, 2018

NEWSMAX — H.R. McMaster is out as President Trump’s national security adviser and will be succeeded by John Bolton. The long-rumored change was announced by Trump on Twitter on Thursday, the latest shakeup of senior staff at the White House in recent weeks…. (more)


March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN. The committee’s final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review…. (more)


March 22, 2018
NEW YORK TIMES — Sometimes we see him as other hotel guests would have seen him: as the tall gambler intent on the video poker machine across the casino floor, or as the customer standing in line in front of you at the gift shop, buying snacks, or as the guy you briefly glance at as he waits for you to get off the elevator – – polite, unhurried, unmemorable…. (more)

March 21, 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW — The suspect in the Austin bombings blew himself up in his car early Wednesday morning as a SWAT team began to close in on his vehicle. Police used cell-phone technology to track the serial bomber to a hotel in the Round Rock vicinity after investigating suspicious store receipts and obtaining a warrant to scour his Google search history…. (more)


March 21, 2018

ART MOORE — “Devastated” and “broken” relatives of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt expressed shock that he was behind the deadly attacks over the past three weeks, saying they had “no idea of the darkness” he was in. Conditt, 23, blew himself up in his car in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday morning as authorities closed in on him…. (more)


March 21, 2018
‘6th-graders? 6th-graders? When do 6th-graders make decisions?’
WORLDNETDAILY — A California father is boiling mad, demanding to know who authorized 12-year-old children to walk out of their middle-school classes for an anti-gun protest last week. The father, identified as John Gunn, videotaped his confrontation with Anacapa Middle School Principal Barbara Boggio, with the Ventura Unified School District in Ventura, California. He posted the video on Facebook after young kids left class last Wednesday for the National School Walkout. Gunn said the school never told him that the students would be allowed to leave class…. (more)

March 21, 2018

CBS – SACRAMENTO — Last week they protested gun violence. This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life. “To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie…. (more)


March 21, 2018
BOB UNRUH — A university student who was expelled from a theology class for nearly three weeks for reciting biological facts to the professor has been reinstated, just as another university was offering the opportunity to finish his studies there…. (more)

March 21, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The White House national security team, already facing calls for the ouster of top adviser H.R. McMaster, was tagged by a key lawmaker with leaking confidential notes ordering President Trump not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin for his election win…. (more)

March 21, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — The gun control movement notched a public relations coup with last week’s massive school walkouts, but now school districts that pitched in to ensure the protest’s success are stuck with the rising political and legal fallout. A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card…. (more)


March 21, 2018

WORLDNETDAILY — It’s another prime example of how a good guy with a gun can save dozens of innocent lives when under attack by a madman hellbent on mass murder. A student gunman at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland tore through the campus at 8 a.m. Tuesday, shooting and injuring two students…. (more)


March 21, 2018

FOX NEWS — A gunman who opened fire at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed Tuesday after engaging an armed school resource officer, authorities said. The shooter, Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was the only fatality. Police said Rollins used a handgun to shoot a 16-year-old female student, who was identified by family members as Jaelynn Willey. She remains in the ICU with life-threatening, critical injuries…. (more)


March 21, 2018
DAILY CALLER — The student who shot two people at a Maryland school on Tuesday was legally prohibited from possessing or owning the firearm he used. The shooter, identified as 17-year-old Austin Rollins, was well below Maryland’s 21-year age requirement to purchase or possess a handgun. Nonetheless, he reportedly used a 9 mm Glock to carry out the shooting…. (more)

March 21, 2018
NEWSMAX — A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure. The Mississippi law would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, with some exceptions. It went into effect immediately after Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed it on Monday. State law previously banned abortion at 20 weeks after conception, in line with limits in 17 other states…. (more)

March 21, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Two Republicans have introduced a bill in Ohio’s House of Representatives that would ban all abortions statewide. While the legislation is unlikely to pass, sponsors hope it will “get the word out that life does begin at conception and move the debate in that direction,” said one of its two sponsors, state representative Ron Hood. The bill defines an “unborn human” as a person under Ohio’s criminal code…. (more)

March 21, 2018
LEE HIEB, M.D. — At a time we are worried about school shootings and gun violence, keep in mind the FDA/CDC Pharma consortium is getting away with mayhem and murder on a much larger magnitude. And only the victims are paying attention and the price…. (more)

March 21, 2018
Tops ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Tomb Raider,’ ‘Wrinkle in Time’ per screen

WORLDNETDAILY — On a per-screen basis, the new movie about one of the most popular Christian songs of the modern era beat out a trio of heavy hitters at the box office last weekend. “I Can Only Imagine,” earning $17 million in its first weekend, was No. 1 with a $10,400 per-screen average across 1,600 screens. That was double the average against its competition, “Black Panther,” “Tomb Raider” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”… (more)


March 19, 2018
WES VERNON — We fought a Civil War to force rebellious states to remain in the Union. Has anyone ever contemplated the possibility that at some point there may be movement to eject rebellious states out of the United States, to leave – – with or without their agreement to leave?… (more)

March 19, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Like a phantom blip on a radar screen, the special election in Pennsylvania is the result of a momentary systemic anomaly. Democrat Conor Lamb’s apparent victory may not be a harbinger of things to come. Thanks to a federal court decision, district lines in that region of Pennsylvania have changed…. (more)

March 19, 2018

CNN — Austin police just confirmed what residents have feared for weeks – – a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city. For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on Austin residents. What makes Sunday night’s blast especially terrifying is that the device was left on the side of a residential road and triggered by a tripwire, police said Monday. Investigators have found similarities between that device and three previous bombs, which were stuffed inside packages and left on residents’ doorsteps, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said…. (more)


March 19, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — Mississippi’s governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is “saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday in a closed ceremony, according to a video his office posted to social media…. (more)


March 18, 2018

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — The last time Mitt Romney ran against a Kennedy for the U.S. Senate, he lost a bitter 1994 campaign in Massachusetts against liberal icon Ted Kennedy. Now, he is facing a Kennedy in Utah, but this one is a conservative Republican and not a member of that famous clan. Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Romney for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah…. (more)


March 18, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution – – crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel’s jurisdiction…. (more)

March 18, 2018

BYRON YORK — Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. (Majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee recently announced they were unable to find evidence proving collusion.)… (more)


Mid-Day Snapshot

Mar. 23, 2018

Leftmedia Churn and the Cost of Trump’s Affairs

Conservatives must deal forthrightly with the fact that an immoral man is the party’s standard-bearer.

The Foundation

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)


Headlines – 3/23/2018

US May Postpone Peace Proposal Due to Palestinian Rejection

Saudi crown prince reportedly bragged he had Jared Kushner ‘in his pocket’

Abbas to Hamas: You ‘hijacked’ Gaza, now give it back

Failing health? PA hires cardiologist to monitor President Abbas

Jerusalem on high alert ahead of holidays

Palestinians call to put US ambassador Friedman on ‘global terror list’

Israel, US end biennial Juniper Cobra exercise with live-fire air defense test

John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as White House national security adviser, Trump says

Bringing in Bolton, White House appears to stiffen against Palestinians, Iran

Israeli ministers praise appointment of John Bolton

Bolton, Trump In Sync on Iran Nuclear Deal But Hold Different Views on Russia

Netanyahu: Israel has consistent policy – prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons

Assad’s Deafening Silence on That Nuclear Reactor

Israeli policy paper calls for international recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Golan

Israel-bound plane flies over Saudi Arabia for first time

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta rebels announce ceasefire

Russian military: Around 6,500 civilians return to Syria’s Ghouta

Trump Administration To Approve $1 Billion Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper

Tariffs show Trump doesn’t want China’s help with North Korea

Trump slaps China with tariffs on up to $60 billion in imports: ‘This is the first of many’

China responds to Trump tariffs with proposed list of 128 US products to target

Dow closes more than 700 points lower as trade fears spark plunge

US added 700,000 new millionaires in 2017

Venezuela president solution to inflation: Change money

Venezuela knocks three zeros off ailing currency amid hyperinflation

Russia blasts Boris Johnson’s Putin-Hitler comparison as insulting, ‘totally irresponsible’

Trump’s Lead Lawyer, John Dowd, Resigns as Mueller Closes In

The Latest: Trump says he’d like to testify in Russia probe

Cyberattackers strike city of Atlanta

Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership called into question over Facebook controversy

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Probe Into Apps Won’t Uncover All Data Abuse

If Facebook controls your mind, so do a lot of other tech companies

Google’s Francois Chollet: AI researchers with a conscience shouldn’t work at Facebook

Walmart Launches Small Army Of Autonomous Scanning Robots

Amazon patents delivery drones that can react to people screaming and flailing

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

Second 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast: USGS

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

It’s official: NYC hasn’t seen snow like this in 130 years

World’s largest collection of ocean garbage is now twice the size of Texas

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

135 Pilot Whales Dead In Horrific Mass Beaching As Rescuers Rush To Save Those Still Alive

Rabbi says meat from genetically cloned pig could be eaten by Jews – including with milk

Denmark to build wild boar fence on German border to prevent spread of African swine fever

Officials: Drug Laced With Bug Spray Causes ‘Zombie’-Like Reaction

Drug stocks dive as Trump says he’s considering suing drugmakers over opioid crisis

Demand for American Sperm Is Skyrocketing in Brazil

Planned Parenthood Still Funded in New Federal Spending Bill

Idaho to require personal details of women getting abortions, including how many in past

Austin Bomber Was Christian, Homeschooled and Opposed Gay Marriage, Abortion

Austin bomber’s chilling ‘confession’: ‘I wish I were sorry but I am not’

The Austin bombings weren’t labeled ‘terrorism.’ Here’s why

After Parkland shooting, worldwide ‘March for Our Lives’

Americans in Tel Aviv to join US student protest for gun control

The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress


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Fighting Off the Wolves

Michelle Lesley

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I love pastors. I really do. As a minister of music’s wife, church member, and through involvement in other ministries, I’ve known a lot of them. They have a tough job that most of us wouldn’t take on in a million years. I pray for and encourage my own pastor and my pastor buddies regularly, and try to remind y’all to do the same from time to time. All this to say, I’m not a preacher-basher. Far from it.

But sometimes there’s a bit of a veering in a dangerous direction, like a vehicle heading towards the center line, among (some, not all) pastors who are momentarily distracted and might need a friendly “Hey, did you see that truck we’re about to crash into?” from their terrified, front seat passenger.

Color me terrified.

There are pastors out there who treat false teachers with kid gloves. They refuse to label anyone…

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Mark Zuckerberg Promises To Do Better At Hiding Facebook’s Data Mining Activities

MENLO PARK, CA—Finally emerging after days of silence following the revelation that millions of Facebook accounts had their data underhandedly exploited for political purposes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed to do better at hiding such shady activities in the future. Speaking in an interview with CNN, the Facebook chief sincerely apologized for getting caught, and committed […]

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Invalid reasons for staying in a church you know teaches false doctrine.

A very important topic is addressed here in Rick Becker’s latest article from ‘Famine In The Land’.  We are sure that many of our readers will relate to what he has to say.

‘Come out from among them and contend earnestly for the faith!  Resist, rebuke and run from those who distort the faith.’


When the scales of deception are removed from their eyes, many find themselves in a dilemma.  They realise that the church that they love, attend, and where they were possibly even saved, teaches false doctrine.  False doctrines such as word of faith, the prosperity gospel, dominion theology and of course the unhealthy mixture of all three found in the New Apostolic Reformation are working their leaven in the visible church.  Furthermore, accompanying these false doctrines are false practices and manifestations.  Individuals are torn in two.  Should they leave? or should they stay and attempt to navigate…

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John Macarthur: Tithing, Women Elders, Calvinism vs Arminianism

https://player.vimeo.com/video/261378549?app_id=122963

– Episode 2253 –

John Macarthur: Tithing, Women Elders, Calvinism vs Arminianism

Segment 1 (00:00) – The tithe amount in the New Testament

Segment 2 (09:56) – Women elders is actually a question of scriptural authority

Segment 3 (19:56) – Offending everybody else!

Wretched Surprise! (26:09) – Grace Gem, Henry, Meekness

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4 Purposes for Which God Created You

God offers a life of meaning and purpose to you. Christ lived, died, rose from the grave, and ascended to the right hand of the Father for the sins of the world to reconcile a broken relationship, to inaugurate his kingdom of peace, and to establish a good rule in the beginning of a new creation.

Since the one God is three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—God did not need to create us. Still, God had a purpose when he created you and me and took good pleasure in his creation (Gen. 1:31). Here are four purposes for which God created you:

1. God created you to know him.

I could marshal an army of passages to make this point, but I will offer only one, my favorite, which is John 17:3. This passage is not immediately obvious. In John 17:3, Jesus prays to God the Father revealing his mission to restore people to their proper relationship to God. Jesus tells us that he came to reconcile a broken relationship. He came to bring eternal life to us who were under a sentence of death. Jesus said, “This is eternal life that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

2. God created you to love him.

When God saved his people Israel out of Egyptian slavery, he gave them a law. At the end of that law, God reveals that the main point of the law is love. God desires for you and me to love him: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart” (Deut. 6:5–6).

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Charles Spurgeon on the Entertainment-Driven Church

Charles Spurgeon on the Entertainment-Driven Church

Even today, many churches are tempted by a form of the attractional model, seeking to lure devotees through prizes, expensive giveaways, games, fairs and promises of fun.

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The Theology of the Thief

Luke 23:39-43

Code: B180323

What is a theologian?

For many in the church, it’s an intimidating term applied only to spiritually elite believers. It’s an achieved status—one earned through years of seminary, writing, and the other exploits of ivory tower academics.

But that is not a biblical distinction. The truth is, everyone is a theologian.

In simple terms, theology is what we believe about God. And in that sense, everyone has a particular theological perspective. Practically speaking, even atheists are theologians.

The real question then is not who is or isn’t a theologian, but what is the quality of a given person’s theology? Is it biblically based and doctrinally sound? Or is it a carelessly constructed hash of worldly wisdom and pseudo-scriptural ideas? Perhaps even more tragic are those who fight for precision on peripheral theological issues while confusing and corrupting the essentials.

We must not make the mistake of assuming we can spot good theologians by their clerical garb or credentials. We have to measure them by their fidelity to the gospel. On the other hand, if they’re wrong about the gospel, they might as well be wrong about everything.

In Luke 23 we observe an encounter between Christ and a truly great theologian. His brief, four-verse cameo succinctly communicates a tremendous wealth of doctrinal truth. In fact, widely-celebrated scholars have spent thousands of pages muddling what this man clearly enunciated in three short sentences.

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39–43)

The thief on the cross presents us with a basic but powerful systematic theology. His words give us a synopsis of essential gospel truth.

The Fear of the Lord

The first essential truth the repentant thief (from now on referred to as “the thief”) understood was that God should be feared. In fact, his first recorded words are a stern rebuke to the unrepentant thief: “Do you not fear God?” (Luke 23:40). John MacArthur points out that this sudden outburst represented a startling change considering both thieves had earlier hurled insults at Christ in unison (Matthew 27:44).

He confronted the tragic condition that only moments before had been his own. In a moment, he went from being part of it to being unable to comprehend it. He was convicted by the Holy Spirit that he was a violator of God’s law. By his own admission, his sentence from a human judge was fair and just, and he realized that the torment he was enduring for breaking the law was insignificant compared to what he could expect for his sin from the divine Judge. He was afraid, not of those who were destroying his body, but of God, who would destroy both his body and his soul in hell (Luke 12:4–5).

It is characteristic for the unregenerate to have no fear of God (Romans 3:18). But the conviction wrought by the power of the Spirit of God produces a holy fear of divine judgment. Convicted sinners cry out like the repentant tax collector in Luke 18:13, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” True salvation is not from material poverty or poor self-esteem, but from God’s wrath, justice, and judgment. [1]

As the thief faced the just consequences of his wicked lifestyle, he clung to the foundation of all true knowledge—“the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:7). He heeded Solomon’s counsel: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). That was clearly evident in his refusal to join the chorus of unbelievers surrounding him.

The words of the thief stand in stark contrast to the blasphemous utterances coming from everyone else around him. The unrepentant thief, the Jewish rulers, and the Roman soldiers were all scornful and irreverent in their mockery of Christ. Their behavior showed no fear of God whatsoever—if anything, they were gleefully venting their unbelief.

The Jewish “rulers were sneering at Him, saying, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One’” (Luke 23:35). The Roman “soldiers also mocked Him . . . saying, ‘If You are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’” (Luke 23:36). The unrepentant thief “was hurling abuse at Him, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’” (Luke 23:39). Their taunting statements eerily echo Satan: “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” (Luke 4:3); “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here” (Luke 4:9).

Those disparate people shared one thing in common: they refused to acknowledge the deity of Christ. They would only worship God on their terms, according to the evidence they demanded. They stood in judgment over who God is and how He reveals Himself. In essence, they established themselves as sovereign over the Lord and Creator of the universe.

In a situation where all the visible power on display belonged to those on the ground—religious leaders, political rulers, and Roman soldiers—the thief made his appeal to the Man hanging beside him. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” (Luke 23:42). Surrounded by sneering human authorities, the thief recognized who was really in charge, and cried out to the King of God’s kingdom.

Note also that the thief didn’t make demands or deliver ultimatums. He recognized the Lord Jesus as Messiah, and pleaded with Him for his soul. The thief understood the guilt he bore, and the righteousness of the One crucified next to him: “This man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:41). And although he hadn’t read a book on the attributes of God—he probably couldn’t even read—the thief could recognize true sovereign authority when he saw it.

What we initially see in the thief’s cry of repentance and faith is a healthy, reverential fear of God. It’s the starting point of all good theology, and it set him on a path that culminated with his humble willingness to beg for forgiveness and salvation. His right view of God led him to, among other things, a right view of himself and his sin.

And that’s where we will pick it up next time.

 


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Living UNbiblically: 4 Reasons CBS’s “Living Biblically” ISN’T (And Why Christians Should Watch it Anyway)

Michelle Lesley

Have you ever had to stand by helplessly and watch as a friend – or maybe even your child – headed down the wrong path, seemingly oblivious to the right path that’s just inches away? You stand behind him, cheering him on, hoping and praying he’ll go the right direction, only to watch him make wrong turn after wrong turn.

That’s what it’s like being a biblical Christian watching CBS’s new sitcom, Living Biblically, currently airing Monday nights at 8:30 Central time.

Meet my new friend, Chip, the main character of the show. His best friend has recently died, and as a result, Chip becomes somewhat out of control – depressed, drinking, and not working. In the midst of this crisis, Chip’s wife Leslie arrives home one day, announces that she’s pregnant, and that Chip needs to snap out of it and get his life back on track. Chip…

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Europe’s Youth Abandoning Christianity

(Michael W. Chapman – CNSNews) “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good — or at least for the next 100 years.”

A new report, Europe’s Young Adults and Religion, reveals that European youth (ages 16-29) have abandoned the Christianity of their ancestors in large numbers, and now many young people, in some countries more than 50%, do not identify with any religion at all. In addition, large majorities of young Europeans say they never pray.   View article →

Source: Europe’s Youth Abandoning Christianity

Weekly Watchman for 03/23/2018

No More Safe Haven

A very simple observation: As foretold in the Bible the world is growing more and more evil. War in the Middle East could break out at any time as Iran and Turkey vow to destroy Israel; evil regimes possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons that could devastate humanity; governments grow in power, controlling what we do, say and even think more and more each day.

Humanity collectively thumbs its nose at God. Public education and media pollute the minds of our children, indoctrinating them into a world view that opposes God and His Word.

Historically Christians have two “safe havens” where we could retreat from the insanity and growing evil of this world: Our churches and homes. Well sadly a growing number of churches are selling out to the world so as not to offend it; and now even the privacy of our homes and our very minds are under attack by the dangerous growth of highly invasive technology.

Eric Barger has been extensively researching how technology is being set up to manipulate and one day control us. This morning he joins us to discuss his new series “Home Invasion”.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Danger of Ignoring the Old Testament

Remember “Cliff’s Notes”? They were short summaries of books that would perhaps give a student enough information to pass an exam on the book, but not enough to understand the depth and importance of the written work. Many of us who were students before the invention of the internet probably relied on Cliff’s Notes more than we should have.

Well, are we as Christians approaching God’s Word with a “Cliff’s Notes” attitude? We understand enough to think we are saved, but we fail to grasp the eternal truth and principles of what God has given us in His Word, often at our own peril. Bible studies tend to concentrate on the New Testament, ignoring the rich history and timeless principles God gave us going back to Genesis.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to discuss one of the most fascinating accounts of the Bible in 1 Kings Chapter 18. The unique list of characters in this account include the Prophet Elijah; Ahab, one of the worst kings of Israel; Jezebel his scheming, idolatrous wife; and the false prophets of the false god Baal. What lessons can we learn and apply from this biblical account to our world today?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Reviving an Increasingly Sleepy Church

As we see the wickedness and evil of this world increase at an alarming rate, the beauty of the bride of Jesus Christ, His Church, should be shining all the more radiantly. But while several churches remain faithful to God and refuse to compromise on His Word, a growing number seek compromise with the world for a variety of reasons. Perhaps fear, money or popularity are ruling the hearts of many church leaders instead of a passion for God and His Word.

But there is another culprit in this problem: A growing number of professing Christians prefer a message from the church that validates the desire of their flesh instead of challenging us to walk in holiness by the power of God’s Word and Spirit. And if the pastor dares teach a message about sin, confession and repentance—well they will just pick up and find a more accepting church where they can feel good about themselves.

Today we take an honest look at why the Christian Church in America is failing to shine brightly and point people to their only hope–the gospel of Jesus Christ–at a time when people feel more hopeless than ever. Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel Church in Madison, Wisconsin joins us for a frank discussion of the crisis we face and the only lasting solution: God and His complete Word.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Rumblings of a Major Earthquake

Catastrophic earthquakes are often preceded by minor tremors as the earth beneath us begins to prepare for a major shaking. To ignore these tremors is to court disaster as we are unprepared for what is about to happen.

The Bible tells us that in the final days this world will go through cataclysmic change never seen before on both a physical and spiritual level. And many biblical scholars believe we are now witnessing these minor tremors warning us that everything around us is about to change in a very profound and eternal way.

One of these biblical scholars is Pastor Carl Gallups, author of several best-selling books that warn us of what the Bible prophesies in these final days. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of this world and the soon return of Jesus Christ to judge mankind and establish His everlasting Kingdom?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This ‘n’ That for 03/23/2018

  • Things that never get old? The gospel. It never gets old, it only gets better every time you hear it.
  • Well, this poses a problem for me. I always try to get an aisle seat on an airplane to accommodate my long legs and my slight claustrophobia. On the other hand, at least this article validates my decision to disinfect my seat before I get settled in. That’s right, if you need me, I’ll be the one wiping down her aisle seat with Clorox wipes.
  • It’s always nice to be reminded that you aren’t the only one facing difficult decisions.
  • I haven’t listened to the audio that’s linked here yet, but I am eager to because I do believe that every woman should be a theologian.
  • This needs to be addressed, for the sake of the gospel.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • A great deal on this resource.
  • These are the things that fascinate me, in spite of my non-scientific brain.
  • Lots of books sitting on your shelves? Read them!
  • An interesting look at an unbeliever’s thoughts about the connection between the ark and the apocalypse.
There are people who have an almost perfect knowledge of the letter of the Scripture but have never known the message of the Scripture. —D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

March 23, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

31:5 Into Your hand. This is applied to both the lesser David and the Greater David (Lk 23:46); here it involves the common denominator of trust. This is a metaphor depicting God’s power and control (cf. v. 15a; contra. vv. 8, 15b).[1]


31:5Into your hand I commit my spirit. Jesus uses these words on the cross (Luke 23:46); he dies as the innocent sufferer, trusting in God for vindication (cf. note on Psalm 22). On redeemed, see note on 25:22.

31:5 Trust in God for deliverance anticipates Christ’s trust as he dies (Luke 23:46).[2]


31:5I commit my spirit In the face of his troubles, which include sickness (Ps 31:9–10) and social alienation (vv. 11–13), the psalmist entrusts himself to Yahweh’s faithful care.

Jesus repeats these words as He dies on the cross (Luke 23:46). Just as the psalmist entrusts himself to God as he suffers, Jesus entrusts Himself to God the Father as He dies. In Luke, this phrase emphasizes Jesus’ willingness to submit Himself to His Father’s will (Luke 22:42; compare Isa 53:12).

Luke 23:46 CNTUOT

You have redeemed me The word padah (“to redeem”) frequently occurs in the context of ransoming people from trouble (Deut 7:8; Mic 6:4).[3]


31:5 I commit my spirit. Jesus quoted these words on the cross (Luke 23:46). The desperate cries of lament found in the psalms often express Christ’s own anguish as He faced the rejection of the world (Ps. 22 and 69).[4]


31:5. With confidence in the Lord (vv. 3–4) he committed his spirit into the hands of the Lord, praying that the God of truth (cf. Isa. 65:16) would redeem him (see comments on Ps. 26:11). The same confident resting in God during the onslaught of the wicked was expressed by the Savior (Luke 23:46). A sufferer who has faith in God may pray to Him and leave the problem in His hands (1 Peter 4:19).[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 31:5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 974). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 31:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 761). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[5] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 817). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

MARCH 23 THE TRUE MINISTER: MAN OF GOD SPEAKING TO MEN

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2 TIMOTHY 4:5

The Christian minister, as someone has pointed out, is a descendant not of the Greek orator but of the Hebrew prophet!

The differences between the orator and the prophet are many and radical, the chief being that the orator speaks for himself while the prophet speaks for God.

The orator originates his message and is responsible to himself for its content. The prophet originates nothing but delivers the message he has received from God who alone is responsible for it, the prophet being responsible to God for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message clearly and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men!

It is a dubious compliment to a preacher to say that he is original. The very effort to be original has become a snare to many a young man fresh out of seminary, who rejects the pure wheat of the Word and tries to nourish his congregation on chaff of his own manufacture. It may even be golden chaff, but chaff nevertheless that can never feed the soul.

The true preacher is a man of God speaking to men; he is a man of heaven giving God’s witness on earth. Because he is a man of God he can decode the message he receives from heaven and deliver it in the language of earth![1]


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