Daily Archives: April 10, 2018

April 10: Tent Making for Eternity

Deuteronomy 18:1–20:20; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10; Psalm 37:23–40

Paul, the tent maker, knew the temporal nature of human-made structures. For someone who made and probably repaired tents, he knew all their flaws and tendencies for wear. So it’s not a stretch for him to draw the connection from tents to mortality:

“For we know that if our earthly house, the tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor 5:1).

Paul is also making a connection to the tabernacle, the tent where the Israelites first regularly experienced God. Like the tents that Paul made, these earthly homes for God would eventually break down and be destroyed. But the Spirit and the heavens, where God actually dwelled, would live on. While temporal tent worship would fall apart, eternal worship in God’s heavenly “building” will remain.

Paul contrasts the art of tent-making and the beautiful worship places of Yahweh with God’s work (what He actually made), which was incorruptible. Right now, we have a “building from God” waiting for us—eternity made possible by the sacrifice of Christ.

He stresses that our eternal reality transforms our “meantime.” It clarifies what “we have as our ambition, whether at home in the body or absent from the body, to be acceptable to him” (2 Cor 5:9). While waiting, we don’t have to live with longing. We don’t need to escape. We can live for Him, spreading the news that the kingdom of God is at hand. Until then, God has given us someone who comforts us: the Holy Spirit (John 17). He reminds us of our eternal confidence and empowers us to live for God.

How would your perspective change if you looked at your daily tasks in light of eternal significance?

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.

April 10 Rejecting Worldly Ambitions

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6).

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Only Christ can satisfy your deepest needs.

Within every man and woman is a hunger and thirst only God can satisfy. That’s why Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Sadly, most people search for happiness in the wrong places. The prodigal son in Luke 15 is one example. He turned from God to pursue sinful pleasures, but he soon discovered that sin cannot satisfy a hungering soul. That’s when he returned to his father’s house, where he was given a great feast—a picture of salvation.

The rich fool in Luke 12 thought that amassing possessions was the key to happiness, saying to himself, “‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? … This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (vv. 17–21). Unlike the prodigal son, the rich fool never turned to God in repentance. Consequently he lost everything.

The rich fool is typical of many people today who ignore Christ and attempt to fill the void with worldly pleasures. Most are oblivious to the eternal peril that awaits them if they don’t repent.

Those who love God shun worldliness, pursue righteousness, and know the satisfaction that comes from pleasing Him. That’s the essence of the Sermon on the Mount: “Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness; and all [you need] shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). Keep that goal uppermost in your mind as you face the challenge of each new day.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God that He satisfies the deepest desires of your heart.

For Further Study: Read Daniel 4:28–37. ✧ What was Nebuchadnezzar’s sin? ✧ How did God punish Him? ✧ How did Nebuchadnezzar respond after being punished?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 113). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

A.W. Tozer Quotes

On Modern “Praise”
I’m always suspicious when we talk too much about ourselves. Somebody pointed out that hymnody took a downward trend when we left the great objective hymns that talked about God and began to sing the gospel songs that talk about us. There was a day when men sang ‘Holy, Holy, Holy,’ and ‘O Worship the King,’ and they talked objectively about the greatness of God. Then we backslide into that gutter where we still are where everything is about ‘I.’ ‘I’m so happy,’ ‘I’m so blest,’ ‘I’m so nice,’ ‘I’m so good,’ always ‘I.’ The difference between heaven and hell is the difference between God and I. Jesus Christ, by canceling His ‘I’ was the Christ of God, not as I will, but as Thou wilt. The devil by magnifying his ‘I’ became the devil — when he said, ‘I will arise, I will raise my throne above the throne of God’.” (Sermon, “Ezekiel”)
You’d think Tozer was sitting in today’s churches and listening to their “praise” choruses!
Was Tozer a “Mystic”?
Some of my friends good-humoredly – and some a little bit severely – have called me a “mystic.” Well I’d like to say this about any mysticism I may suppose to have. If an archangel from heaven were to come, and were to start giving me, telling me, teaching me, and giving me instruction, I’d ask him for the text. I’d say, “Where’s it say that in the Bible? I want to know.” And I would insist that it was according to the scriptures, because I do not believe in any extra-scriptural teachings, nor any anti-scriptural teachings, or any sub-scriptural teachings. I think we ought to put the emphasis where God puts it, and continue to put it there, and to expound the scriptures, and stay by the scriptures. I wouldn’t – no matter if I saw a light above the light of the sun, I’d keep my mouth shut about it ’til I’d checked with Daniel and Revelation and the rest of the scriptures to see if it had any basis in truth. And if it didn’t, I’d think I’d just eaten something I shouldn’t, and I wouldn’t say anything about it. Because I don’t believe in anything that is unscriptural or that is anti-scripture.  (What Difference Does the Holy Spirit Make?)
The Church’s Lost Testimony
The church has lost her testimony. She has no longer anything to say to the world. Her once robust shout of assurance has faded away to an apologetic whisper. She who one time went out to declare now goes out to inquire. Her dogmatic declaration has become a respectful suggestion, a word of religious advice, given with the understanding that it is after all only an opinion and not meant to sound bigoted. Pure Christianity, instead of being shaped by its culture, actually stands in sharp opposition to it. (Posted on the Apprising Ministries blog, but no reference was given).

APRIL 10 LEANING TOWARD HERESY

The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken…thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself.

Psalm 50:1, 21

When large numbers of adherents in the Christian churches come to believe that God is different from what He actually is, that concept becomes heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind!

When the Christian church surrenders her once lofty concept of God and substitutes for it ideas so low, so ignoble as to be utterly unworthy, her situation is tragic indeed. Into the life and the practices of the church comes a whole new philosophy; and the sense of the divine Presence and the majesty of God is no longer known.

Although “morality” is no longer a popular word in our world, it is apparent that such low and unworthy concepts of God’s Person actually constitute a moral calamity for professed believers in great segments of Christianity. The records of both sacred and secular history show that low views of God will surely destroy the appeal of the Christian for all who hold them!

To all sinners, Jesus said, “You must be born again—from above!” He knew that the gods begotten in the shadowy thoughts of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam will quite naturally be no true likeness of the true and living God!

Dear Lord, prevent me from ever diminishing Your greatness. I pray that You will reveal a glimpse of Your mighty power to all those in the world who hold You in low esteem.[1]


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

April 10, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump canceled a planned trip this weekend to South America where he was to participate in a summit with other Western Hemisphere leaders, the White House said, as he contemplates a military response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May or early June, and expressed hope they’d reach a deal on “de-nuking” the Korean peninsula.

Trade talks between the world’s biggest economies broke down last week after the Trump administration demanded that China curtail support for high-technology industries, a person familiar with the situation said, signaling that a resolution may be some ways off.

More young voters say they’ll definitely vote in November than have in the last two midterm elections and they increasingly would rather have Democrats than Republicans in control of Congress, a poll released Tuesday by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows.

The Department of Homeland Security is giving states, including Colorado and Texas, a chance to game out how they might respond to a cyberattack on election systems ahead of this year’s midterm vote.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the suspected chemical weapon attack that killed at least 40 Syrian civilians as “horrific” and “reprehensible,” and said the U.K. is “working with allies on any action necessary” after Donald Trump said he’ll decide within two days on U.S. retaliation against Syria. Speaking in Stockholm on Monday, May said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and allies — including Russia — should be held to account if his regime was responsible.

The United Arab Emirates’ cabinet approved a bill guaranteeing equal pay for men and women as the Gulf nation strives to bring more females into its workforce.

Saudi Arabia wants to get oil prices near $80 a barrel to pay for the government’s crowded policy agenda and support the valuation of state energy giant Aramco before an initial public offering.

The greatest bubble in history is popping, according to Bank of America Corp. The cryptocurrency is tracking the downfalls of the other massive asset-price bubbles in history less than one year out from its record, analysts lead by Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett wrote in a note Sunday.

The U.S. budget deficit will surpass $1 trillion by 2020, two years sooner than previously estimated, as tax cuts and spending increases signed by President Donald Trump do little to boost long-term economic growth, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

AP Top Stories

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity, according to a filing published on Monday.

Republican House members are leaving Congress at the fastest pace in modern history, according to elections data compiled by Daily Kos. So far, 37 House Republicans have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning outright. Such an exodus usually precedes the beginning of every primary season, but this year is shaping up to break records.

China said on Monday that it opposed the United States selling weapons to Taiwan, after the Trump administration approved the marketing license required for American manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that would allow for building submarines.

China has banned exports to North Korea of electronics and other goods that can be used in making weapons, tightening U.N. sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development.

NATO said Monday that a U.S. airstrike in northern Afghanistan has killed a senior Islamic State commander.

Iran’s president lashed out at the United States on Monday as Iran marked “National Nuclear Day,” dedicated to its achievements in nuclear technology. Hassan Rouhani said that despite many attempts, the U.S. has “failed to destroy” the landmark 2015 deal between Iran and world powers.

Governments, businesses and individuals added $21 trillion of debt last year, bringing the total outstanding debt around the world to $237 trillion, the highest level on record, a new report from the Institute of International Finance (IIF) found.

BBC

Two of Europe’s biggest airlines have been hit by strike action, grounding hundreds of flights and affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 800 of its 1,600 scheduled flights because of a walkout by public sector workers. The stoppage is in force at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports.

US Senator Tammy Duckworth, 50, has given birth to a daughter, becoming the first sitting female US senator to give birth while in office.

Vanuatu has denied holding talks with Beijing to establish a Chinese military base on its soil.

Sierra Leone new president has declared “national cleaning” days as part of a campaign to improve hygiene. Julius Maada Bio said in a statement that the cleaning day will be held on the first Saturday of each month from 7:00am to 12:00 noon.

WND

Health departments in two states have opened investigations after a university student who contracted measles was determined to have been vaccinated.

Hell may not exist, according to Pope Francis, but the pontiff is creating one for his own flock in China, according to one of the most revered Roman Catholic cardinals in the Eastern world. Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, blasted Pope Francis’ deal to accommodate and appease China in its desire to control the church by having its functionaries choose its leadership.


The Briefing — Tuesday, April 10, 2018

1) A tempest not only in a teapot: Firing of Kevin Williamson exposes dominant worldview of secular culture

New York Times (Michael M. Grynbaum) –
The Atlantic Cuts Ties With Conservative Writer Kevin Williamson

2) Why threatening women who get an abortion with criminal action is not the way to limit abortion

The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf) –
A Dissent Concerning Kevin Williamson

Vox (Anna North) –
Plenty of conservatives really do believe women should be executed for having abortions

3) A controversy within a controversy: Who are the real abortion extremists?

Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) –
Kevin Williamson’s abortion comments were shocking. But at least he’s intellectually honest.

Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) –
I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.

Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) –
The silenced majority of women who would abort a fetus with Down syndrome

4) Liberal columnist argues that only one side—yes, his side—has actual ideas and real influence

New York Times (Paul Krugman) –
Unicorns of the Intellectual Right


Another False Flag – Will Trump Escalate In Syria?

https://www.youtube.com – Ron Paul Liberty Report

Rebel-allied organizations in Syria have claimed that the government has released chlorine gas near Ghouta, killing dozens. The Syrians and Russians deny the charges. Neocons are all demanding that Trump launch a bigger attack or America will “lose face.” Will the Russians sit back and allow another US attack on the Syrian government? And if they don’t?

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MUST WATCH: Tucker Carlson Unleashes the Perfect Take Down of the Establishment Push for War With Syria

Tucker Carlson went against the narrative being peddled by nearly everyone in establishment politics and media on Monday evening, unleashing a devastating monologue countering all of the talking points being used to attempt to push the United States into another war.

Carlson did not hold back during his nearly ten minute long take down of the war machine.

“Leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress, in the media, in our intelligence services and virtually every overfunded think-tank in Washington have suddenly aligned tonight on a single point of agreement: America must go to war in Syria immediately. Bashar al-Assad cannot continue to lead that country. He must be overthrown,” Carlson began.

The Fox News host then launched into the story being peddled by those who seemingly have a wish for World War III.

“Assad is an evil man they tell us,” Tucker continued. “Assad’s poison gas suffocated children. Pictures of the aftermath of that are all over the internet and they are horrifying. Assad is a monster. That’s the official story — almost everyone in power claims to believe it.”

Carlson then asked the question that nearly everyone on social media has been asking — how would a chemical attack that would vilify him on the world stage benefit the Assad regime in any way?

“All the geniuses tell us that Assad killed those children. But do they really know that? Of course, they don’t really know that, they’re making it up. They have no real idea what happened. Actually, both sides in the Syrian Civil War possess chemical weapons. How would it benefit Assad, from using chlorine gas last weekend?”

The host argued that there are currently horrific things taking place all over the globe, yet when carried out by our allies we turn a blind eye.

“There’s a devastating famine killing children in Yemen right now Saudis are causing that. Should we drop tomahawks on Riyadh in response? Not until it’s on YouTube apparently. When you conduct foreign policy by viral video, pictures are essential,” Carlson said mockingly.

The passionate monologue continued on to explain that we were fed a similar story about chemical weapons last April, which lead to an airstrike by the Trump administration. Yet, two months ago, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis admitted that we still cannot prove that the attack was carried out by Assad.

“The story, it turns out, was propaganda, it was designed to manipulate Americans, just like so much of what they say,” Carlson said.

He explained that the secular government would likely end up being replaced by Islamic militants who wish to kill those who do not conform to their religious beliefs and way of life — including the Christians that Assad is currently protecting.

“How exactly did regime change work in Iraq and Libya?” Carlson asked.

Carlson continued to dismantle the narrative piece by piece until he concluded by reading President Trump’s own tweets where he had urged then-President Barack Obama to stay out of Syria, noting that there is nothing to gain and a whole lot to lose.

The post MUST WATCH: Tucker Carlson Unleashes the Perfect Take Down of the Establishment Push for War With Syria appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 10, 2018

Mueller Goes After Trump’s Attorney

The FBI raided the office and home of his personal lawyer, who’s at the center of Trump’s Stormy affair.

The Foundation

“Nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” —Benjamin Rush (1788)


RenewAmerica Newsletter

April 9, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In articles published earlier (read them here and here), I wrote about the strategic implications of Mexico’s involvement with the so-called refugee caravan that was making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. border. According to the latest reports available as I write this, President Trump’s firm, timely warnings to the Mexican government, along with the actions he has ordered to underline them, have had the desired effect…. (more)

April 9, 2018
Economy to surge, unemployment to hit record low under Trump
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans’ tax cuts and the new spending bill Congress approved last month will send the economy surging this year to 3.3 percent growth – – but will also send the deficit soaring back to the record levels of the early Obama years, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday…. (more)

April 9, 2018
The police will now stop and frisk people believed to be carrying knives.

DAILY WIRE — An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm…. (more)


April 9, 2018
ONE NEWS NOW — Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the addition of a knife control crusade to curb the endemic crime rate – after nearly 100 years of gun control enforcement in the city – but his recent move to lower searches he called “Islamophobic” could be responsible for the spike in violent crime…. (more)

April 9, 2018
Sense of vulnerability: ‘Unprecedented’ spike in firearm training courses after Parkland shooting
WASHINGTON TIMES — People are surging to sign up for training to carry concealed weapons in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, as experts say sustained media coverage and calls for more gun control encourage people to look for ways to protect themselves. Gun sales also appear to be on the rise, based on federal background checks…. (more)

April 9, 2018

NEWSMAX — Ripping FBI special counsel Robert Mueller as a political “zealot,” Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reminded staunch Mueller supporters about the former FBI director’s role in protecting “notorious mass murderer” Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant…. (more)


April 9, 2018
NEWSMAX — Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday offered a truce to Sean Hannity after several days of trading barbs with the Fox News host and apologized for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump…. (more)

April 9, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — One of the most vexing aspects of daily life is the nonstop flow of anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as news analysis. That is, unless you hate Donald Trump, as most of the media clearly do. Fake news oozes from nearly every media pore, some of it more subtle than others…. (more)

April 9, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Supreme CourtJustice Neil M. Gorsuch took the seat of the late Antonin Scalia a year ago Tuesday, but court watchers say he has staked out a path closer to another conservative icon: Justice Clarence Thomas. It’s early yet, and Justice Gorsuch has just 40 decided cases under his belt, but in 37 of those he agreed with Justice Thomas, including all 15 cases they both ruled on in the court’s previous term…. (more)

April 8, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — A former assistant special Watergate prosecutor suggested President Trump could be carted away by U.S. Marshals and brought before a federal judge if he were to defy a potential subpoena from the special counsel requesting an interview. “At that point, they would make a motion to hold Donald Trump in contempt,” attorney Nick Akerman told host Joy Reid Saturday morning on MSNBC…. (more)

April 7, 2018
He has not climbed into the ring with this breed of adversary before.
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — According to the Washington Post, Robert Mueller says President Trump is not “a criminal target at this point.” The Post’s anonymous sources claim that the special counsel has conveyed that assurance to the president’s private attorneys…. (more)

April 7, 2018

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — President Trump took a shot at the Justice Department on Saturday after the agency failed to turn over documents by a Thursday subpoena deadline set by the House Judiciary Committee regarding the FBI’s decision making during the 2016 presidential election…. (more)


April 7, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump will again skip the annual White House Correspondents dinner, but this time he’s encouraging his aides to attend. “The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment,” said White House Correspondents Association President Margaret Talev…. (more)


April 7, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — If there’s one thing the national media can thank President Trump for, it’s his completely turning the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner into a must-not-see bore…. (more)

April 7, 2018
Urge Trump to tuck conservative priority inside trade deal
WASHINGTON TIMES — Some of the conservative movement’s biggest names urged President Trump Thursday to use NAFTA negotiations as a way to get around a Democratic filibuster and push through major cuts to government regulations. In a letter to the president, the conservatives urged him to tuck the REINS Act, which would give Congress a veto over any new major Executive Branch regulations, inside a newly negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement…. (more)

April 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — Even in today’s world of cellphone cameras and relentless 24-hour news cycles, Sen. Ted Kennedy still would have ducked more serious charges from his car accident in Chappaquiddick in which passenger Mary Jo Kopechne died, says Howie Carr, author of “Kennedy Babylon: A Century of Scandal and Depravity.”… (more)

April 7, 2018

WASHINGTON TIMES — A Parkland student badly wounded while saving the lives of classmates has blamed the Florida mass shooting on the sheriff and the school district, saying the confessed gunman should have been kicked out long before the deadly rampage…. (more)


April 7, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Rev. Al Sharpton and Parkland shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond have joined forces to plan a gun control rally outside Trump Tower in New York City in June…. (more)

April 7, 2018

NEWSMAX — A 67-year-old man died Saturday from injuries sustained in a four-alarm fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City, according to news reports. The man, identified by NYPD as Todd Brassner, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, DailyMail.com reports…. (more)


April 7, 2018

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — In less than two weeks, James Comey is poised to begin a book tour and break his silence about his experience serving as FBI director before he was fired last summer by President Trump. Beyond the occasional tweet in which he has defended an embattled FBI from Trump’s criticisms, Comey has largely kept out of the public eye while wrapping up his book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” But with April 17, the day his memoir hits bookshelves, fast approaching, a number of potential complications have arisen…. (more)


April 5, 2018

NEWSMAX — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has given the FBI seven days to turn over unredacted documents that kicked off the Russia investigation. According to The Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent a letter to the FBI on Wednesday that carried an April 11 deadline. In it, he demanded original copies of a bureau document that outlined the probable cause to begin the counterintelligence investigation against members of the Trump campaign in 2016…. (more)


April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — On March 17, ex-CIA Director John Brennan tweeted about the current president of the United States: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. … America will triumph over you.”… (more)

April 5, 2018
DAILY CALLER — A book published in March offered a startling but little-noticed revelation about former CIA Director John Brennan. According to “Russian Roulette,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid believed Brennan was using him as a conduit to publicize possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government…. (more)

April 5, 2018

AMAZON — At 2:45 AM on Nov. 8, 2016, television networks announced to a stunned nation that Pennsylvania had gone for Donald Trump, making him the president-elect of the United States, defying all odds in a surreal victory that sent the Deep State – well-funded hard-left extremists, the mainstream media, Obama/Clinton holdovers in the government bureaucracy, and clandestine forces within the U.S. intelligence apparatus – into an immediate panic. By dawn on Nov. 9, they were already planning Trump’s demise…. (more)


News – 4/10/2018

National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border
National Guard members have started arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border with more expected as federal government officials continue to discuss what they’ll do about illegal immigration. The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he’s called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.

GEFIRA: In 2020, German Society Will Start Collapsing
Since the German population is declining at a staggering pace, before the end of the century there will only be 22 million indigenous Germans left. Currently the working population has already begun to shrink. This drop is still moderate compared to what will come after 2020. The disappearing of the nation that has just begun will have catastrophic consequences. The German government recorded a large budget surplus last year, a sign that the authorities are not willing or able to invest in their own country.

Islam’s ‘Abrahamic’ Dilemma
After a Muslim from an Oklahoma City mosque decapitated a woman, “an official from Washington D.C. flew into Oklahoma to present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation.” He read them a message from former President Barack Obama: “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.” Indeed, Obama has often spoken of “the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.” Also, those who ascribe to the “three Abrahamic Faiths” theory never mention—or bother to learn—the key problem: Islam does not treat biblical characters the way Christianity does.

Israel Notified US Ahead of Syrian Airstrike: Report
Israel reportedly informed the United States in advance of its airstrike in Syria early Monday morning, two U.S. officials told NBC News. While the Israel Defense Forces has not confirmed it was behind the airstrike, both Russia and Syria have blamed Israel for the military attack on the T-4 base in Homs province, which has reportedly killed 14 people. Notably, the Kremlin said that Israel did not notify Russia ahead of the airstrike on the Syrian base. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Israel’s actions “a cause for concern.”

Top Iranian official says Israel to face ‘response’ over air base attack
Syria, Iran and Russia have accused Israel of being behind a strike on a Syrian air base – something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied. “allegations from Tehran and Moscow that Israel carried out the aerial bombing and caused serious damage to the Iranian target raises the likelihood of a deterioration in the military situation between Iran and Israel. Iran may increase its attempts to strike at Israel via the Golan Heights using Hezbollah and Shiite proxies from the ‘Foreign Legion’ that it established in Syria.

China’s Xi renews pledges to open economy, cut tariffs this year as U.S. trade row deepens
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Tuesday to open the country’s economy further and lower import tariffs on products including cars, in a speech seen as an attempt to defuse an escalating trade dispute with the United States. While most of the pledges were reiterations of previously announced reforms, which foreign businesses complain are long overdue, Xi’s comments sent stock markets and the dollar higher on hopes of a compromise that could avert a trade war.

Ground broken on high-priority stretch of Trump’s border wall in New Mexico
On a remote stretch of border in New Mexico, the newest installment of President Donald Trump’s border wall began construction Monday. “It’s 18 feet high. The bollards are filled with concrete. You got rebar running up inside. It goes six feet underground and two feet of concrete on top of that,” says El Paso Sector Chief Aaron Hull. “A wall isn’t designed to stop everybody. But you would have to be one of the more determined illegal aliens to scale it, get through it or dig under it.”

Trump strikes back against Mueller ‘witch hunt’
At the start of a meeting with senior military leadership Monday night, President Trump blasted the FBI’s raid of his personal lawyer’s office, calling it a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense … an attack on what we all stand for.” “It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. I’ve given over a million pages in documents to the special counsel.

Moscow calls in Israeli ambassador after alleged attack in Syria
A day after Russia accused Israel of attacking the T4 airbase in Syria, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov summoned Israel’s Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren to the Foreign Minister to discuss the matter, TASS reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Bogdanov said that this conversation was needed to prevent further escalation and to look for ways to normalize the situation.

No more a shadow war: Confrontation between Israel and Iran intensifies
Israel does not acknowledge or confirm the attack in Syria at the T4 base near the city of Homs. At the same time, it seems that the US and Russia have completely shattered Israel’s ability to deny the action. While the public debate and the struggle for national interests and prestige are increasingly heated between Trump and Putin, they may also have implications for Israel’s security.

Ahead of U.S. nuke deal deadline, Iran threatens to renew enrichment
Iran will be able to restore its halted uranium enrichment process in a matter of hours and produce enriched uranium stockpiles in less than two days if the nuclear deal is discarded, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Spokesperson Behrouz Kamalvandi warned Monday according to Iranian Fars News Agency. Kamalvandi explained that there are currently 1,600 centrifuges at the Fordow reactor, spinning idly, that could be used for enrichment.

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump pledges ‘forceful’ US response
US President Donald Trump has promised a “forceful” response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, as Western leaders consider what action to take. “We have a lot of options militarily,” he told reporters. He added that a response would be decided “shortly”. Mr Trump said the US was getting some “good clarity” on who was responsible for the incident in Douma on Saturday.

FBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer: sources
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said that U.S. prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.

Russia: Israeli use of force against Palestinians ‘unacceptable’
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the IDF’s use of force against Palestinians at protests inside the Gaza Strip was unacceptable. Palestinian demonstrations, which began on March 30, have been dubbed “The Great March of Return” of refugees and their descendants to ancestral homes now in Israel. In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized what it described as Israel’s “indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population.”

U.S. backs EU Iran sanctions push, warns firms against Tehran trade
The United States on Tuesday welcomed a push by some EU states to impose new sanctions on Iran and warned firms considering doing business with the Islamic Republic that they could be funding militant groups and regional instability. U.S. President Donald Trump has set European allies a May 12 deadline to revamp an international deal agreed with Tehran in 2015 that lifted international sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Ukraine to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs: president
Ukraine will impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs including Oleg Deripaska, following the lead of penalties ordered by the United States, President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday. A new round of U.S. sanctions, announced on Friday, target officials and business people around Russian President Vladimir Putin, in response to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

North Korean foreign minister, on Moscow visit, calls for closer Russia ties
North Korea’s foreign minister, on a visit to Moscow, said on Tuesday that the situation on the Korean Peninsula and world events showed that his country and Russia needed to forge stronger ties. Ri Yong Ho spoke before holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the situation around North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme and tensions involving Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington.

Multiple Earthquakes strike Midwest USA — Superfracture spreads at Fracking Operations
Major increase in seismic unrest across the Midwest USA……

DARPA’s ‘Prosthetic’ Memory & Biometric ID To Buy Food
India & China are already rolling out population control technologies like requiring biometric ID to even buy food, but DARPA is making huge leaps in their ability to selectively remove memories or implant them, with the focus now on non-invasive brain interfaces.

WikiLeaks Offers $100,000 Reward for Information Showing Who is Responsible for Alleged Douma Chemical Attack
Despite their publisher being gagged and silenced for the past couple of weeks, WikiLeaks is still functioning and seeking to bring truth to the public.

California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE “fake news” about medicine, politics and government
 In the latest stunning assault on the freedom to think, California state senator Richard Pan— known as the “Mercury Joker” super villain for pushing mandatory vaccines into law via SB 277 — now wants to criminalize all bloggers and independent journalists who dare question the official narratives on vaccines, medicine, politics and government.

Survival Condos: A Tour of Bunkers for Rich People in the Middle of Kansas
This time, we’ll travel a bit closer to home – right in the middle of…Kansas. In the small town of Glasco, Kansas, population 473, lies the ultimate in luxury bunker destinations: Survival Condos.

ANALYSIS: Russia is aiding Iran Axis prepare for war with Israel
Netanyahu has always said that deployment of the Iranian-backed pro-Assad coalition near the Israeli border, constituted a red line.

US TO STRIKE SYRIA TONIGHT? American destroyer off the coast of Syria being harassed by Russian warplanes as conflict reaches boiling point
The United States could be set to launch air strikes against Syria as soon as tonight, with a Tomahawk missile-armed destroyer already in place.

Amazon Patent Admits To 1984-Style Spying…That Could Lead To Your Arrest
…If you were suspicious of technology like Siri and Alexa, you’ve got good instincts–it turns out that Amazon’s voice-controlled “personal assistant” technology is being used to spy on you.

WW3: Japan Activates Marines For First Time Since WWII On Chinese Border
Fears of a third world war spiked over the weekend as Japan activated their marines for the first time since World War 2. About 2,100 members of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) were activated in a ceremony in which the troops wore camouflage.

Rev. Graham: University of Tennessee’s ‘Sex Week’ ‘Simply Promoting Sin’
…Franklin Graham, son of the late-, world-renowned preacher Billy Graham, further said that some media refer to the week-long event (April 6-12) as “Sodom & Gomorrah,” and that the university is “pushing this filthy trash on young people whose parents are paying good money to send them [their children] for a quality education.”

China’s Xi to U.N. Chief: ‘We Need to Be Pushing for’ Global Governance
Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Beijing this weekend and reportedly urged the leader to further promote “global governance” to solve the world’s problems.

Two-thirds of ‘child refugees’ in UK who were questioned are actually adults
Hundreds of supposed unaccompanied ‘child refugees’ who came to Britain have actually been found to be adults, according to a new report from the immigration watchdog. In a ridiculous state of affairs, two-thirds of those scrutinised turned out to actually be over the age of 18. 

Headlines – 4/10/2018

Amid controversy, Honduran president backs out of Independence Day event

East Jerusalem Is the Double-edged Sword of Israel’s Capital

Arab citizens back Israel, slam Hamas over Gaza border protests

Hamas vows Gaza protests to last until Palestinians ‘return to all of Palestine’

IDF probes video of troops cheering as sniper shoots Palestinian near Gaza fence

As Fatah-Hamas feud deepens, PA withholds salaries from workers in Gaza

PA lifts ‘disguise’ on ‘martyr’ payments, defying Taylor Force Act

Netanyahu meets families of IDF soldiers whose remains are held by Hamas

Russia slams Israel’s use of ‘indiscriminate and unacceptable’ force against Palestinians

Syria and Russia accuse Israel of missile attack on Assad airbase

Russia outs Israel, says two Israeli fighter jets struck Iranian base in Syria

Tehran accuses Israel of strike that killed 4 Iranians in Syria

14 said killed in attack on Syrian facility previously targeted by Israel

US said to confirm Israel hit Syria base, as Russia complains it was not warned

Israel has launched countless strikes in Syria. What’s new is Russia’s response

Syria: Israel’s attack not possible without US support

After Syria strike, Netanyahu says Israel will hit all those who seek to harm it

Analysis: Strike in Syria shows Netanyahu follows through on threats

Syria airstrike attributed to Israel was attempt to curtail Iranian air power

Target of Syria base strike was likely Iranian drone base

Israeli officials warn against Iran’s ‘dangerous empowerment’ in Syria

Syria strikes spotlight Israel’s nightmare: Iran on its border

UN unable assign responsibility for Syria airbase attack

Initial US assessment suggests nerve agent used in Syria attack

2013 Syrian Gas Attack Survivor: Whole World ‘Should Be Ashamed’

Israel: Alleged Syrian chemical attack a ‘crime against humanity’

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Calls for Immediate Action to Stop ‘Little Holocaust’ in Syria

White supremacists defend Assad, warn Trump: Don’t let Israel force you into war with Syria

Why did Assad use chemical weapons? Because he can

Trump Condemns ‘Sick’ Syria Disaster Yet Slams The Door On Countless Refugees

Trump calls Syria chemical attack ‘atrocious,’ says U.S. to make ‘major decisions’ in coming hours

If Trump Bombs Syria, He’ll Be Doing It Without Congress’ Authorization

Haley urges UN to ‘see justice done’ in Syria, vows US response

US: Syria doesn’t have moral authority to lead UN forum on disarmament

Nikki Haley to UN on Chemical Weapons: ‘Only a Monster Does This’

The Latest: UN seeks way to address chemical arms in Syria

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia and US in fierce row at UN

Putin warns against ‘provocation and speculation’ on Syria chemical attack

Russia says it has warned US of ‘grave repercussions’ if Syria is attacked

Report: Erdogan and Putin discussed need to halt civilian deaths in Syria’s eastern Ghouta

Haley: Russia has blood of Syrian children on its hands

How Putin’s Folly Could Lead to a Middle East War – Russia’s intervention in Syria has brought the region to the brink of disaster

Kremlin aide: Russia’s centuries-long romance with West over

“Toxic Assets”: Ruble Crashes, Russian Stocks Plunge Most In 4 Years After US Sanctions

Iran Vows to Halt Currency Slump as Rial Weakens to Record

Iran says chemical attack charges are ‘conspiracy’ against the Syrian regime

Rohani: Iran’s response to U.S. exit from nuclear deal will be ‘stronger than imagined’

Iran’s President Celebrates Nuclear Tech Day, Warns Trump He Will ‘Regret’ Ending Deal

Iran Threatens to Restart Nuke Enrichment Program in Matter of Days

Bolton takes the helm on national security at time of tumult

Gulf feud hits new low with proposal to make Qatar an island

New foam armor for tanks can pulverize enemies

Amazing military ATVs armed with laser weapons will blast drones out of the sky

Marines’ ultra-powerful heavily-armed mega-drone will devastate enemies of the US

Troops sent by Trump to border will fly drones, gather intel – and clear brush, too

After sweeping win, Hungary’s Orban sets sights on Soros

The Liberal Press Rebelled Against Reality – and Lost

Trump furious after FBI seizes documents from his lawyer

Trump slams ‘disgraceful’ FBI raid of lawyer’s office: ‘It’s an attack on our country’

Trump attorney Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations

Shock: Facebook Is Tracking You Even If You’re Not on Facebook

Police: Online Global Threat Game Shuts Down Schools

Chinese facial recognition company becomes world’s most valuable AI start-up

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Aoba volcano in Vanuatu erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

The $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger just got a major green light – but farmers are terrified

Marijuana linked to ‘unbearable’ sickness across US as use grows following legalisation

CDC turns to Google searches, tweets to predict syphilis outbreaks

Warning that sex robots could ‘change humanity forever’ thanks to ‘too easy’ sex

After ‘no hell’ report, Pope gives the devil his due

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Who or what is an antichrist?

Francis Chan Warns Those Who Criticize Christian Leaders: “God Will Destroy You”

Mitzi Bickers, Atlanta Pastor Accused of Taking $2M in Bribes, Tells Church to Turn ‘Worry Into Worship’

The late C. Peter Wagner highlighting the reorganizing of his NARpostolic network and agenda

Kenneth Copeland and Oral Roberts Brag About Being RICH

Most Pastors Say Their Churches Never Discipline Members for Sinful Misconduct, Survey Finds

Former Word of Faith members claim they were coached as children on lying to DSS

Egyptian Christians: Multitudes Come to Christ After Church Bombings, West ‘Doesn’t See, Hear’


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Wretched Radio 04/09/2018

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•Racism is contentious, and the Gospel Coalition isn’t helping
•Thabiti Anyabwile’s inflamatory words about race and Martin Luther King Jr.
•Is “corporate accountability” a Biblical doctrine?
•Martin Luther King Jr. was a heretic. Did he ever repent?
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Facebook Staffers Coach Mark Zuckerberg On Humanlike Behavior Ahead Of Congressional Testimony

MENLO PARK, CA—According to sources from within Facebook headquarters, interns and staffers at the social network were training Mark Zuckerberg on how to act human ahead of his expected congressional testimony this week. The team of employees instructed the Facebook CEO in disciplines like smiling without looking like a robot, laughing at the correct moment, […]

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Voddie Baucham: Do NOT forget your sinful past

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– Episode 2265 –

Voddie Baucham: Do NOT forget your sinful past

Segment 1 (00:00) – Understanding the truth about our sin

Segment 2 (09:17) – Don’t forgive and forget!

Segment 3 (18:20) – God’s use of sin

Wretched Surprise! (26:11) – Answers Magazine

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Pulpit & Pen: Who is the Man Afraid to Be Alone with James White, Kyle J. Howard?

Ironically, Howard (left) was raised with significantly more privilege than Moore (right).

With James Riady, a corrupt Globalist and leftist financier funding Reformed Theological Seminary and other Calvinist-leaning institutions, and with George Soros funding projects of evangelicals like Russell Moore through his Open Societies Foundation, it’s reasonable to question whether or not outspoken individuals in our institutions are change agents for well-funded political causes. How do Marxists, leftists and globalists get placed in ostensibly conservative evangelical institutions? Moreover, how do those change agents become prominent? And in the case of Kyle J. Howard, how does a lowly student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – who seems to be a rabid leftist who is ardently and vocally opposed to what Southern Baptists traditionally (and currently in the majority) oppose wind up at the head table with evangelical elites at the recent MLK50 event?

I’ve hosted conferences with “big names.” I’ve organized those lunches. And, I can tell you, not just anybody gets to sit at the lunch table with the featured guests. Although I found the speakers who came at my invitation – like Paul Washer, Voddie Baucham, James White, Justin Peters, Phil Johnson – all to be found incredibly personable and relatable people, speaker luncheons were typically reserved for speakers and conference organizers. And then I saw this ironic photo tweeted out by Russell Moore.

Ironic, I say, because at the virtue-signaling MLK veneration conference – which was designed to change the way people vote and little more – Russell Moore failed to the see irony of the folks at the table being self-segregated by melanin count. PR-wise, the photo seemed woefully lacking in self-awareness. Aside from this chuckle of oversight, the photo included some VIPs, including – other than Russell Moore – Matt Chandler, Beth Moore, Phillip and Jasmine Holmes (the son-in-law and daughter of Voddie Baucham), and…Kyle J. Howard (second from front, left side). One of these people is not like the other.

And yet, for whatever reason, Howard has become the latest product of the theological left. He appears to have been bought and paid for by Soros or Riady types like Kunte Kinte on the Marxist auction block. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a seminary student is wining and dining with Russell Moore and Matt Chandler, and being love-tweeted by Beth Moore or promoted by Russ Moore or by the Boyce College ambassador.

Howard started to blog on May 18, 2016. Only recently, however, did it take on a “professional” design. Something has been happening, behind the scenes, to promote Howard’s thoughts and racially divisive ideas. It’s almost as if there’s…money behind it.

B-rad?

Howard is of mixed ethnicity, of which he chooses to identify with only one. He was born with a proverbial “silver spoon,” both of his parents being trial attorneys. Today, Howard’s brother is an attorney in affluent Atlanta and Kyle Howard himself is a student at Southern Seminary. However, Howard claims in his website bio that in High School he became “heavily immersed” in the Crips gang. Howard claims he carried a razor blade in his mouth, a .38 revolver on his hip and drugs in his pocket. Also according to Howard, he lived a double life, selling drugs at night but doing high school debate and keeping up his academics during the day. His parents apparently weren’t aware of his secret life as a Crips member because he would intellectually debate his parents over supper and then go smoke weed and live the thug life. Howard posts a photo of himself in a sideways ballcap as apparent evidence of his thuggishness.

Howard also claims he was a “battle rapper” in the “underground circuit” while excelling at his High School Latin class. There is no indication that Howard spent his summers hunting wolverines in Alaska with his uncle, but that’s a possibility.

Howard claims that upon meeting his future wife, he gradually walked away from all the gang activity (in the 11th grade – lol). Howard states that his then future wife was oblivious to his gang activity as well (this leaves a total of zero people that can substantiate Howard was anything but Malibu’s Most Wanted). Howard then claims to have come to Christ as a freshman in college.

So, just to clarify…his parents can’t corroborate his gang testimony because he outwitted them over nightly dinner together. His wife can’t corroborate his gang testimony because he didn’t let her see that side of him. In the meantime, an online criminal background check doesn’t find anything on Howard’s record that might indicate in trouble with law-enforcement for his “heavy immersion in the Crips gang. Who knew that all you had to do to get out of the Crips was to graduate high school and go to college? Interesting

So then, except for Howard’s own word to vouch for his supposed Crips gang membership, all evidence points to the fact that Howard was raised in an affluent, high-income, loving home by two highly educated parents. Howard’s positive, high-incoming loving home environment allowed him to excel in high school in classes like debate and Latin, and he did extracurricular activities like “mock trial.” Howard’s affluent, privileged, educated brain then did reasonably well on the SATs and he immediately went to college. His brother is a high-profile, successful attorney in Atlanta. Howard is a And now…Howard is “fighting the power” of white privilege and racism.

Today, Howard is a 33-year-old perpetual student activist and a self-described “racial trauma counselor.” He is singularly focused on the issue of race, and regularly speaks out himself as a victim of racism and white privilege. We first caught a blip of Howard on our radar when he tweeted out this nonsense after John Piper cast a very short and quick aspersion on the doctrinal fidelity of Martin Luther King, the one and only time (so far as we know) the theology of King was challenged at the veneration event.

Of course, a student at Southern Seminary should probably know what the Gospel is, and that means they should know that works of justice do not make someone saved. Furthermore, pitting the sacrificial lives of Whitefield and Edwards (the latter died of illness while in exile, taking the Gospel to the Indians) against the sacrificial life of King is probably an even draw (unless we want to make that decision based upon who had few bisexual orgies, at which point King would lose handily). However, without a clear repudiation on the part of King regarding his denials of the deity and resurrection of Christ, it could – and should – be fairly assumed the man split hell open.

I digress…

We continued to see Howard throughout the MLK holy week make absolutely insane – if not downright racist – assertions. I could provide a list of screenshots here, but you probably know how Twitter works and you can see the man bleed Cultural Marxism for yourself. There is one social media thread you need to see, however. This is Kyle J. Howard speaking of James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries, regarding some mild criticism White had given regarding some of the more inflammatory language at the MLK beatification celebration.

 

So, let me get this right. A guy who was a member of one of the most dangerous gangs on the planet – who walked around with razor blades in his mouth, a revolver on his hip, and drugs in his pocket, a guy so bad-to-the-bone the Crips let him leave the gang in the 11th grade just because – that dude is afraid of James White? Color me consider me incredulous.

You see, Kyle J. Howard is not about religion. He’s about politics. Consider this tweet from Howard:

Thabiti, Howard and company have been trying like crazy to put out the word, “Marxism” as though it were a fire. Of course, Cultural Marxism is exactly what they espouse, and they doth protest too much. In the meantime, Shapiro, Walsh and Peterson represent a Judeo-Christian worldview, even though none of three are any more saved than was Martin Luther King. The real issue behind the weird, rising star of Kyle J. Howard is the same issue behind Riady and Soros’ shadow-funding of TGC and the ERLC…politics.

Get woke.

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If Jesus Wrote a Letter To Your Church – What Would He Say?

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Have you ever thought about that?  

It’s actually the perfect way to honestly access your church from a Scriptural and Spiritual perspective.  I believe that the words from Jesus about the churches mentioned in Revelation were purposely given to us for many reasons; and among those reasons was for us to be able to take a hard look at our own churches.

No church is perfect because it is made up of imperfect people.  But I believe that the key to an acceptable church in the eyes of God is whether the Holy Spirit is not quenched, but allowed to do His work among the people.

Let’s first look at the Seven Churches from Revelation and and summarize what Jesus had to say about them:

  • Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – The church that had forsaken its first love
  • Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – The church that would suffer persecution
  • Pergamum (Revelation…

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April 10 The Present Glory

Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Lev 9:23

What a dramatic scene! The whole camp of Israel, a million or more people, are somehow gathered at vantage points where they can observe what is happening in the open space before the door of the tabernacle. They watch Aaron and his sons kill these animals and put them on the altar and sprinkle the blood and pour it out. When everything is completed exactly as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron go together into the tabernacle. A hush falls on the whole assembly.

Then Moses and Aaron come out again and they bless the people. Suddenly the glory of the LORD appears. This was a shining cloud of light, the Shekinah, a radiant glory of light which suddenly appeared and filled the whole area. And then a supernatural fire proceeds from it which consumes in a flash all the rest of the offerings upon the altar. A most impressive scene! No wonder the people fall on their faces and shout. This is a shout of victory, an expression of their sense of awe and wonder at the fact that the God of glory is in their midst.

All of this is designed for our instruction (1 Corinthians 10). What is the lesson? We are to be priests like these, and the objective of priesthood is to produce the glory of the LORD. That is what is manifest when the priesthood is operating properly. When all is done as God commands, then it works out to produce the glory of the LORD.

The counterpart of that glory in our lives today is the beauty of the character of Jesus. The New Testament says that the Spirit of God is at work in our hearts to produce glory unto glory. And Paul, in 2 Corinthians 4:6 says that the glory of God is found in the face of Jesus Christ. So it is God’s character, the character of Jesus, appearing in you and in me in our daily encounters with people, which is represented by the glory of the LORD here in Leviticus.

Father, help me to stop resisting what you are doing in me so that I might be a minister and priest of your glory to others.

Life Application

Is the glory of God the chief end for which we love and serve? Have we grasped the joy of spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere? Shine, Jesus, shine, to show your glorious power in our jars of clay!

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Tuesday: A Psalm That Is Repeated

By James Boice on Apr 10, 2018 12:00 am

The only significant variation in Psalm 53 is verse 5, which replaces verses 5 and 6 of Psalm 14. The earlier psalm seems to be addressing fools in Israel, saying, “There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.” The later psalm is addressing evildoers who have attacked Israel, presumably Gentiles, whom it refers to saying, “There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you, you put them to shame, for God despised them.”

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04/10/18 God for Us

READING: Psalms 56, 120, 140-142

“I cry to you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living.’”

Psalm 142:5

David may have written Psalm 56 in a time when he was threatened by the Philistines. Regardless of the background, though, it’s evident the psalmist felt some sense of fear, but he made the deliberate choice to trust God anyway. He would not fear, for what could man do to him if God were for him? God was well aware of all the psalmist faced, and none of his sufferings escaped His view. Not a tear would fall from his eyes that God would not take note of. The psalmist’s enemies would not win, for God was on the side of the psalmist: “Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me” (Psa. 56:9).

How much do we know for certain simply because we know that God is on our side? We know that God works all things together for good for those who love Him. He forgives our sin and drops it to the bottom of the ocean. He has already disarmed the powers that battle against us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He meets all of our needs. He has given us eternal life, and nobody can pluck us from His hand. He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

These thoughts, of course, are just a starting point. There is much we can count on because God is with us and for us. Our problem is that we too often forget these truths when the circumstances we face seem overwhelming. We need to remember to cry out to the Lord and trust that He hears.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Cry out the Lord with whatever you face today.
  • Thank God that He is with you.

PRAYER: “God, I praise You. Thank You for being with me.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  1 Samuel 25-27; Psalms 17, 73

Source: 04/10/18 God for Us

April 10, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

15Laziness, its consequences. Those who are lazy waste time and lose money. These loosely synonymous clauses stress one basic point. “Laziness” (ʿaṣlâ) brings on a “deep sleep.” Tardēmâ is used to describe complete inactivity (see Ge 2:21; Jn 1:5); here it probably signifies lethargy (Whybray, 110). This individual wastes time that is needed to provide for himself and his family. Parallel is the “shiftless man” (remîyâ) who goes hungry. Once again the first line presents the cause (“deep sleep”) and the second the effect (“goes hungry”).[1]


19:15 / Synonymous, with specification in verse 15b. The deep sleep is the word used of Adam in Genesis 2:21 and the participle appears in Proverbs 10:5. Here it is induced by laziness (cf. 6:9–11 for another association of laziness and sleep). The result is that one does not earn enough to feed a hungry appetite (Hb. npš).[2]


19:15 Laziness is like a drug that casts one into a deep sleep. An idle person courts poverty and will suffer hunger.

This is true in connection with Bible study and prayer.[3]


19:15 The proverbs have no kind words for laziness, the habit of the sluggard (6:6, 9). The proverbs call for mercy and compassion on the poor and the weak, but only contempt for the lazy (v. 17; 10:4, 5).[4]


19:15. The words deep sleep refer to a heavy sleep (cf. Job 4:13; 33:15) sometimes induced by God (Gen. 2:21; 15:12; 1 Sam. 26:12). Laziness can cause a person to be so inactive that he easily falls into a deep sleep, totally oblivious to the precious time he is losing (cf. Prov. 20:13). A shiftless man is literally, “a soul (or person) of laxness” (remiyyâh is used four times in Prov. and once elsewhere, Jer. 48:10, “lax”). Laziness leading to hunger is also seen in Proverbs 6:9–11.[5]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 168). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 95). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 840). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 766–767). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 947). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

APRIL 10 A BEAUTIFUL REALITY: WE DO LOVE CHRIST, NEVER HAVING SEEN HIM

That the trial of your faith…might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love.

1 PETER 1:7, 8

The Apostle Peter, who had seen Jesus Christ in the flesh with his own eyes, passed along to every believing Christian the assurance that it is possible for us to love the Saviour and to live a life that will glorify Him even though we have not yet seen Him!

It is as though Peter is urging: “Love Him and work for Him and live for Him. I give you my testimony that it will be worth it all when you look upon His face—for I have seen Him with my own eyes, and I know!”

In his epistle, Peter, who had known Jesus in the flesh, was moved to write to the strangers scattered abroad—the Christians of the dispersion—to remind them that they should love Jesus Christ even though they had not seen Him in the flesh.

The Lord Jesus Himself had set His own stamp of approval and blessing upon all Christians who would believe, never having seen Him in the time of His own flesh. He told Thomas after the resurrection, “Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

God has seen fit to give us wonderful and mysterious faculties, and I truly believe that God has ordained that we may actually know Jesus now, and love Him better never having seen Him, than Peter did when he saw Him![1]


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

April 10 Warning against Partial Righteousness

For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.—Matt. 5:20

The righteousness practiced by the religious leaders further displeased God because it was partial, falling way short of His perfect standard. Again in Matthew 23, Jesus illustrates this phony righteousness: “You tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others” (v. 23).

The Jewish leaders were conscientious about making nonessential tithes of the smallest plants and seeds, yet they totally neglected showing justice and mercy to others or having heartfelt faithfulness to God.

To a large degree this sin of partial righteousness flows directly from externalism. Unregenerate people disregard justice, mercy, and faithfulness because those traits basically reflect a divinely transformed heart. Without a new heart no one can accomplish “the weightier provisions of the law.”

In a separate encounter, the Lord quoted Isaiah and further warned the Pharisees of their empty and misdirected religion: “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men” (Mark 7:6–7). Like the religious leaders and many of the people of Jesus’ day, professing believers today can be constantly exposed to Scripture but only superficially responsive to it. Their watered-down, partial obedience to God’s commands demonstrates their failure to grasp the profound spiritual intent of God’s law and their probable unsaved condition.

ASK YOURSELF

Realize afresh today that the only obedience which interests God is total obedience—the kind that can only be accomplished through Christ’s righteousness, imputed to His redeemed children. What instances of partial obedience need to be converted to full obedience in your life?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 109). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

April 10 Living in a Hostile World

Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

1 Peter 2:12

You may not have realized it before, but living as a Christian in this world is like being a foreigner without a permanent home or citizenship. The apostle Peter referred to believers as “sojourners and pilgrims” (1 Pet. 2:11). You should consider yourself as a temporary citizen and abstain from participating in the world’s ungodliness.

That’s an important perspective to maintain as hostility toward Christianity mounts in our society. Many unbelievers treat immorality as an alternative lifestyle and believe man can solve his problems any way he chooses.

To live in such a society, you need to arm yourself with a trust in the power of righteousness to triumph over persecution and suffering. During times of hostility, you’re to have confidence and not get caught up in turmoil.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 115). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

April 10, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

16 “But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. 17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. 18 Even when they had made for themselves a golden calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies,

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ne 9:16–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


17 The forefathers “refused to listen” (cf. 1 Sa 8:19; Jer 11:10) and “failed to remember the miracles” (cf. Mk 6:52).

Seven Hebrew manuscripts and the LXX read bemiṣrāyim (“in Egypt”) instead of bemiryām (“in their rebellion”). Numbers 14:4 reports the proposal of “appointed a leader.”

“A forgiving God” (lit., “a God of pardons”) renders the plural of selîḥâ, a rare word that occurs only here, in Psalm 130:4, and in Daniel 9:9. In Modern Hebrew it is used in the expression “Excuse me.” God is “gracious” (cf. v. 31; Ex 34:6; 2 Ch 30:9; Pss 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jnh 4:2).[1]


9:16, 17 But they: These words stand in shocking contrast to the description of God’s actions in vv. 9–15. The sin of the Israelites was that they acted proudly—that is, they behaved toward God in the same way that the people of Egypt had behaved toward them. The primary reference here is to the rebellion of Israel against the Lord at Kadesh (Num. 13; 14). The people’s rebellion went so far that they appointed a leader to take them back to Egypt. But You: These words contrast the words “But they” at the beginning of v. 16 (Ex. 34:6). Ready to pardon means abounding in forgiveness. Slow to anger: This phrase translates a Hebrew idiom (“long of nose”) that has the same meaning as the English expression “to have a long fuse.” Kindness, from a word that means “loyal love,” is used often in the Book of Psalms (Ps. 13:5). Because of the God’s loyalty and steadfastness, He did not forsake His people.[2]


9:17 they … appointed a leader. The Heb. of this statement is almost a repeat of Nu 14:4, which records the discontent of the people with God’s plan and Moses’ leadership.[3]


9:16–18 Israel has often rebelled against God and must rely on his grace (see Deut. 9:4–6). appointed a leader. See Num. 14:4. The people must have gone ahead and chosen a different leader, though Numbers 14 contains no record of the actual appointment. Golden calf refers to the apostasy committed while the covenant was still being made at Sinai (Exodus 32; Deut. 9:7–21). Yet God was ready to forgive, gracious and merciful (Neh. 9:17). See Ex. 34:6–7. God immediately made a new covenant and promised his continued presence, despite Israel’s sin.[4]


9:17 slow to anger, abundant in loyal love This echoes Exod 34:6–7 (compare Psa 103:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2).[5]


9:16–17 In v. 10 it was the Egyptians who arrogantly mistreated Israel, but now the same verb (Hb ziyd) is used to describe the arrogance of Israel’s ancestors (lit “fathers”) against God and his commands, in spite of his care and provision. Their rebellion against God (v. 17) was both deliberate (they refused to listen) and nonsensical in their appointment of a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt.[6]


[1] Yamauchi, E. M. (2010). Ezra and Nehemiah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 Chronicles–Job (Revised Edition) (Vol. 4, p. 527). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 596). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ne 9:17). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 839). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ne 9:17). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Anderson, C. R. (2017). Nehemiah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 734). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.