Daily Archives: April 6, 2018

April 6 Mourning Over Your Sin

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).

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When your sins are forgiven, you are a happy person!

Human sorrow involves mourning over some tragic or disappointing turn of events. At such times believers are assured of God’s sustaining and comforting grace (2 Cor. 1:3–4). But when Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4), He was referring to godly sorrow, which involves mourning over your sin.

“Mourn” in Matthew 5:4 translates the strongest Greek word used in the New Testament to express grief. It is often used of the passionate lament expressed over the loss of a loved one (e.g., Mark 16:10). David was expressing that kind of sorrow over his sin when he wrote, “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever-heat of summer” (Ps. 32:3–4). His grief and despair made him physically ill.

At that point David wasn’t a happy person, but the blessing godly sorrow brings isn’t found in the sorrow itself, but in God’s response to it. As Paul said to the Corinthians, “I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God. … For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Cor. 7:9–10, emphasis added). Godly sorrow is the path to repentance and forgiveness.

After David confessed his sin, he proclaimed with great joy, “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!” (Psalm 32:1–2). When you understand that your sins are forgiven, you are a happy person!

How do you deal with your sins? Do you deny them and try to hide them, or do you mourn over them and confess them (cf. Prov. 28:13)?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you have allowed some sin to rob you of your happiness, don’t let it continue a moment longer. Like David, confess your sin and know the joy of forgiveness.

For Further Study: Read Luke 15:11–24. How did the prodigal son deal with his sin?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 109). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

April 6: A Letter of Recommendation

Deuteronomy 9:1–10:22; 2 Corinthians 3:1–8; Psalm 35:1–11

We file letters of recommendation from pastors, past supervisors, and teachers that highlight our skills, attitude, and work ethic. They present us as ideal candidates, glossing over the things we lack and the ways in which we’ve failed. But Paul’s letter of recommendation tells another story:

“You are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all people, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Cor 3:2–3).

Paul saw the work God was doing in the lives of the Corinthians. Through the work of the Spirit, they were drawn together as a community. Their response to the gospel testified that Paul was fulfilling the task that he was called to do.

But Paul doesn’t stay focused on himself in this passage. He switches the focus to the Spirit: “Now we possess such confidence through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Cor 3:4–5). Ultimately, Paul’s confidence finds itself in Christ’s work and the life-giving work of the Spirit.

Our successes and failures are put into a proper context when we read Paul’s message. All the good we do attests to the Spirit’s work in our lives; it is a testimony of a life redeemed by Christ. And the bad isn’t glossed over by God—it is paid for. It’s His letter of recommendation that really matters, for He knows who we really are.

How are you living a life that attests to God’s power in you, not your own qualities or traits?

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.

Pro-Gay Teacher, Tony Campolo, Hopes to Convert Evangelicals to Social Activism

Tony Campolo

Pro-gay Bible teacher, Tony Campolo, hopes to convert evangelicals to social activism through his “Red Letter Revival.” Ironically, evangelical leaders in once-conservative camps like the Southern Baptist Convention and The Gospel Coalition have already beat him to it. Following on the heels of their MLK50 conference, which served to venerate Dr. King and invigorate the evangelical base to embrace social justice, this has become a rare historical moment where prominent leftists like Campolo are actually behind the curve in the advance of blatant progressivism.

According to Baptist News Global…

A group of Christians often labeled as “progressive evangelicals” will hold a revival — in Lynchburg, Va., a center of conservative Christianity — designed to reconnect that old-time religion with concern and activism for social justice.

Friday and Saturday, the Red Letter Christians movement hosts its first “Red Letter Revival: A Revival of Jesus & Justice” at the E.C. Glass Civic Auditorium.

Tony Campolo, leader of the “Red Letter Christian” Movement, made the news most notoriously in the Fall of 2016 for simultaneously supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy and coming out in support for sodomy-based relationships.

The purpose of holding the Red Letter Revival social justice event in Lynchburg, Virginia – according to Campolo – is to send a statement to Liberty University, which is seen as the bastion of political Christian conservatism.

When asked by Baptist News Global if the social justice event was really a “revival” and if people would be asked to make a decision of some sort, Campolo responded by saying, “Exactly. That is so important. We are going to have a decision time when we will call people forward to kneel and pray to send Jesus and to send the Holy spirit [sic] to transform them from within. … But we also want to work hard to overcome the divorce between social justice and old-time evangelicalism. And that’s why we call it a revival.

Campolo continued, “We see ourselves as heirs to Charles Finney … who was the Billy Graham of the 19th century and who called people down the aisle to accept Christ. … But those who were converted at his meetings were called to be involved in the anti-slavery and women’s suffrage movements. These preachers came to be known as fire brands and they were very instrumental in stirring religious fervor against slavery. … We’re saying when you commit yourself to Christ you commit yourself to what Christ through the Holy Spirit is doing in society today. … We want the values of Jesus to be propagated in the church today.” 

Campolo’s event will likely attract hundreds of progressive Christians who will be encouraged to take up the mantle of social justice in the name of the Gospel. At the MLK50 event hosted by the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition, nearly four thousand ostensibly conservative evangelicals gathered to commit themselves fully to social justice. It’s a strange world we live in.

[Editor’s Note: HT Baptist News Global]

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Hijacking ‘Evangelicalism’

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As increasing numbers of professing Christians subscribe to a gospel of social justice – a fundamental tenet of which is the resurrection and prosecution of past sins committed primarily by white evangelical Christians against black people whether by commission or omission – the term ‘evangelical Christian(ity)’ has become synonymous with historical and present-day attitudes of white oppression and white supremacy in America, whether perceived or real.

But a fundamental problem with this perspective is that it paints an entire ecclesiastical population, namely, white evangelical Christians, with a very broad and subjective brush, having judged them collectively guilty of harboring such sinful attitudes solely on the basis that they are white and evangelical.

Ironically, seldom, if ever, is the term ‘evangelical’ used in that same context when referring to Christians who are black. Unlike white evangelical Christians, black Christians are considered just, well, Christians, and under that generic descriptor are generally…

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Movement That Demands Forceful Silencing Of All Opposing Viewpoints Unsure Why Nation So Divided

U.S.—A political movement that immediately demands that people they disagree with be forcefully silenced by myriad means such as having their sponsors pulled and having them fired from their jobs expressed Friday that they weren’t 100% sure why the nation was so polarized and divided. Lamenting the significant problem of America’s deep divisions while simultaneously […]

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April 6, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. markets could face some “pain” from the trade standoff with China and other countries but claimed that Americans would be better off in the long-run due to his protectionist actions.

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces time in prison after the Supreme Court rejected his request to appeal at liberty a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

France and the European Union staked out strong positions on trade with the U.S. as global tensions escalated in the face of tariff threats.

While slower to emerge than in the U.S., the #MeToo movement is reverberating quickly in South Korea where a flurry of headline-grabbing accusations have ignited calls for overhauling one of the world’s worst workplaces for women.

President Donald Trump said his plan to protect the southern U.S. border may require deploying as many as 4,000 National Guard troops until his long-sought border wall is built, though his top aides say that many key details about the proposal remain unresolved.

President Donald Trump said his administration is considering taking extraordinary steps to keep some money-losing power plants alive.

U.S. hiring cooled in March following a strong February while wages picked up, returning labor-market progress to a more sustainable pace that keeps the Federal Reserve on track for further interest-rate increases. Payrolls rose 103,000, compared with the median estimate of economists for 185,000.

Aurora Station, billed as the “first luxury hotel in space,” may be for you. Houston-based Orion Span Inc. hopes to launch the modular station in late 2021 and welcome its first guests the following year, with two crew members accompanying each excursion. The platform would orbit 200 miles above Earth, offering six guests 384 sunrises and sunsets as they race around the planet for 12 days at incredibly high speeds. Beyond the physical limitations to embarking, there are also the fiscal ones. The 12-day stay starts at $9.5 million per person, or about $791,666 a night.

China’s tariffs in one corner of the energy market signal U.S. shale fields may follow the nation’s farms as a target if a trade war escalates.

AP Top Stories

A woman who accused a former Mormon leader of rape filed a civil lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, claiming the church did not properly respond when she reported the abuse decades ago.

A retired Russian general says that relations between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than during the Cold War.

Searchers recovered the body of a South Korean pilot who was killed Thursday when his F-15K fighter jet crashed into a mountain in the country’s rural south, the air force said. Workers planned to resume their search Friday for the co-pilot, who was also presumed dead.

The U.S. Air Force says the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bagno (del BAG’-noh) who died in the crash of a military fighter jet in central Nevada was 34 and lived in Valencia, California.

Facebook has admitted it may have “improperly shared” the personal data of up to 2.7 million people in the European Union, the bloc announced Friday, saying it would demand further answers from the social media giant.

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Southern California early Thursday afternoon causing shaking across the region, including in downtown Los Angeles. This is the strongest earthquake to shake Southern California since a magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled the region in 2014.

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Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users’ information. The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been “paused” while the company dealt with its privacy crisis.

The doctor tasked with overseeing US public health has issued an advisory calling upon more Americans to carry a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in the first advisory issued since 2005, said more people need to recognize the risk of overdose and carry naloxone.

The Australian government says it will investigate how thousands of sheep died on a live export ship last year. About 2,400 animals succumbed to heat stress while travelling from Perth to three nations in the Middle East in August.

Australia’s biggest winemaker, Accolade Wines, is to be bought by a US private equity firm.

India’s central bank has announced a ban on the sale or purchase of crypto-currency. In its first policy statement for the current fiscal year, the bank said that financial institutions can no longer deal with entities that trade in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.

Unrest between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces has erupted along Gaza’s border with Israel, a week after similar unrest left 16 people dead. The Gaza health ministry said one protester had been killed by Israeli forces on Friday and 80 others wounded.

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A Texas megachurch has blessed more than 4,000 families within a 20-mile radius of each of its five campuses this Easter by paying off their medical debt totaling more than $10.5 million.

A Texas student alleges that he was demoted from his position as student government president for voicing support for the Second Amendment during a private conservation.


The Briefing — Friday, April 6, 2018

1) A tension that will not last: LGBT policies lead to a theological identity crisis at some Christian colleges

NPR (Tom Gjelten) –
Christian Colleges Are Tangled In Their Own LGBT Policies

2) Is there a theological dimension to Catholic colleges’ success on the basketball court?

New York Times (Marc Tracy) –
Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball

3) Evolution can’t explain babies’ unique ability to learn

The Guardian (Alex Beard) –
How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

4) A higher form of nonsense: Why grandparents are not the gift of evolution, but the gift of God’s perfect plan

Wall Street Journal (Alison Gopnik) –
Grandparents: The Storytellers Who Bind Us


‘You Have No Idea of the Extent of Surveillance’

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Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology warned the audience at the Breitbart News “Masters of the Universe” town hall event to the extent to which major technology companies such as Google are surveilling their users.


Why Google — Not Facebook — Should be Your Main Concern

A software developer — who didn’t want to be identified — told news.com.au the social media giant should be the least of our worries, saying Android apps available on Google Play are often “saturated by spyware”.

“Google has given apps a wide open ‘side-door’ to collect personal info to all apps if users simply download and accept the listed permissions,” he said.

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Answering Sixteen Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus

Answering Sixteen Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus

by Eric Chabot

There are several approaches to defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Skeptics have offered a wide range of natural explanations throughout history to explain away the bodily resurrection of  Jesus. In this post, I will go ahead and several of them and try to give a response. In some cases I will leave some additional reading.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Andreas Kostenberger co-authored this statement about historical investigations (published through B&H which has SBC ties). Kostenberger, along with Bock and Chatraw, write:

“With regard to the past, one cannot empirically prove a historical event in the same way in which one proves a mathematical equation or verifies that someone is six feet tall or has blue eyes, though historical evidence can point strongly in one direction. Historical truths are tested by assessing hypotheses in view of the evidence and then accepting the hypothesis that best explains the evidence.”-Köstenberger, Andreas J.; Bock, Darrell L.; Chatraw, Josh. Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible (pp. 166-167). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Let’s assess some of the hypotheses that best explains the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus:

#1: Legends Hypothesis: This hypothesis states that the New Testament accounts of the disciples who gave testimonies of the postmortem appearances are all legends that were invented much later.

Response: This can’t be supported by the evidence. From about AD 48 until his death, Paul wrote at least 13 of the New Testament’s books. Given that historians look to those who are contemporaries of the events, Paul is an important resource for what historians can know about Jesus of Nazareth. Furthermore, the earliest documents we have for the life of Jesus are Paul’s letters. To see common objections to Paul, see here.

Paul was a very competent rabbi who was trained at the rabbinic academy called the House of Hillel by ‘Gamaliel,’ a key rabbinic leader and member of the Sanhedrin. Of his 13 books, critical scholars even accept six of them as being authentic in that we can be certain of the author and date of these writings. Of course, there are other scholars such as Luke Timothy Johnson and Raymond Brown that think more than six of them are authored by Paul. But of the 13 books, the six are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians and 1 Thessalonians. And it is fairly well known that Bart Ehrman has written a book called, Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.

In this book, he discusses the other Pauline books that are in question to authorship. I will provide a response to this here by Mike Licona. I think Mike shows there can be a plausible case for the traditional authorship of the disputed New Testament letters that are attributed to Paul.

30 A.D.—–33A.D.—-40 A.D.—-50 A.D.—-55 A.D.—60 A.D.—65 A.D—70 A.D.

(CREED OF 1 Cor. 15:3-8 received before 55 A.D.)

Also, the creed that Paul lists in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8  has been dated very shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus. Even the skeptical scholar Gerd Lüdemann says about the creed, “I do insist that the discovery of pre-Pauline confessional foundations is one of the great achievements in New Testament scholarship.” (1)

Even if the four Gospels were written some 30-70 years later, we still can posit that there was an entire oral history before the Gospels reached their written form. We can say confidently that there was simply not enough time for exaggeration or a legend to develop…

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Weekly Watchman for 04/06/2018

Finding the Right Church, and Other Great Topics!

If your church has been veering away from traditional biblical doctrines and teachings, and you feel led to consider another church, what questions should you ask those pastors before becoming a member?

This is one of the questions one of our listeners posed this week. Other questions include:

Is God capable of hatred?
How can I defend hyper-feminism and the increasing demonization of men?
Are Christians required to tithe?
Our son’s youth pastor advised the kids to abstain from sex, but if they choose not to, they should take precautions. What?!
Can a person be “trapped” or born in the wrong body?
How do we refute the arguments of those who believe gender is fluid and can be (“assigned”) chosen?
What if my pastor doesn’t teach the Old Testament or prophecy?

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

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Christian Alternatives to Public Education

It is pretty clear what Christian parents can expect if they send their children to government-run schools. Whatever basic Christian worldview their children have will be challenged and probably mocked, that is, if other kids find out they’re Christians. There’s also a very good chance that by the time they head off to college their children will want nothing to do with the Christian faith.

There are alternatives. Why send your children to reputable Christian schools or take a step of faith and homeschool? But many parents are intimidated by what they perceive to be a tremendous commitment of time or money needed for homeschooling their children.

We discuss a new Christian Home School Organization to offer assistance to parents who choose to home school their children. We talk with Andrew Pudewa, director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, who is very involved in the advancement of quality homeschooling. He will be speaking at the Wisconsin Homeschool conference April 20-21 in Milwaukee.

In our first segment, we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to discuss the recent election of a liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. We also address disturbing trends we see in government, as well as a dangerous ordinance in Milwaukee that will prevent Christian churches and counselors from helping young people who are confused about their sexuality or gender identification.

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 Cesspool of American Pop Culture

In previous generations, children could just enjoy being young and relatively carefree. They were able to actually go outside and play and put off until later the responsibilities and pressures of adulthood. But today’s children have not only become addicted to social media, but also political pawns of the left, helping advance the culture of sin and depravity. Hollywood and government schools are submerging young minds into a world view that directly opposes God and His Word.  In the coming years, as this younger generation becomes adults and leaders in society, we will see the damage that was done.

Tina Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, joins us to expose some of he darkness and look at ways parents can be educated about pop culture and protect our children from a world looking to destroy them spiritually.

And in our final segments, we address the continued censoring of Christian messages on Facebook, and a report of a child being sexually assaulted in a bathroom of a Target Department Store.  Target was one of the first department store chains to allow people to go into the bathroom or changing room of their choice, depending on what gender they “felt like” on any particular day.  Are these stories being covered up at the risk of our children being sexually manipulated and attacked?

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

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Living in Prophetic Times

Why don’t we talk about prophecy more than we do? Nearly one third of the Bible is prophecy. Today’s guest says we are living in the most prophetic times since Jesus Christ Himself lived on earth. Things seem to be falling into place as the world rushes toward a one world government and evil continues to grow, God, His Word, and His people are hated more and more each day.

What are some of the specific biblical prophesies we might be witnessing in our life times? And what does the Bible teach about Elohim and the Nephilim in the Old Testament? Pastor and best-selling author, Carl Gallups joins us to discuss his latest book, Gods and Thrones.

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

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Confronting the Destructive Lies of Transgenderism with Truth and Compassion

The times in which we live as disciples of Jesus Christ grow more and more bizarre just as the Bible told us they would. Ten years ago, which of us would have ever thought a defining issue in society and even in some churches would be whether God really made humans male or female?

But we are witnessing a growing number of people, including professing Christians wondering if gender might be fluid. How do we respond to this crisis about identity? The Bible teaches us to speak the truth with love and compassion for the lost. But how do we respond when no matter how compassionate and loving we are, some react with accusations of bigotry?

Dr. Ryan Anderson wrote a groundbreaking book on the subject titled When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. He joins us to help us understand this groundbreaking issue and how Christians should respond.

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 04/06/2018

  • This story is hilarious. And true.
  • Ew, ew, ew, no, no, NO!
  • A few more thoughts to think before making that difficult decision.
  • On turning to Christ and His church in difficult seasons.
  • We must be committed to the sound preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
  • I am not a journal as we typically define it, but I really appreciate Michelle Lesley’s biblicaldefinition of journaling.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

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