Daily Archives: April 28, 2018

April 28: The Subtle Sinner

Joshua 19:10–20:9; 2 Corinthians 12:11–21; Psalm 57:1–58:11

Some sins slip through the cracks—the ones that emerge in hushed tones between like-minded Christians. Sometimes these sins seem respectable because they occur out of supposed concerns for the Church or others. But they can leave deep gashes in the life of a community because they often go unchecked. And it’s these sins that Paul addresses shortly before closing his letter to the Corinthians:

“For I am afraid lest somehow when I arrive, I will not find you as I want, and I may be found by you as you do not want. I am afraid lest somehow there will be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, pride, disorder” (2 Cor 12:20).

While the Corinthians were guilty of flagrant sins like impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness, they were also sinning in ways that subtly undermined Paul’s authority. Slander and gossip created deep divisions in the Corinthian church, just as they do in our churches today.

We often don’t realize we’re committing these sins until rumors reach the individual we’re gossiping about. Paul had been absent from the Corinthian community for some time. During his absence, dissenters slandered him. The Corinthians should have defended Paul while he was away, but instead, he was forced to defend his own ministry (2 Cor 13:2–3). He anticipated that his return to the community would reveal the true state of the situation.

Ultimately, these subtle sins were an attack on the good news—not just Paul. Because his integrity was brought into question, the authenticity of his message was also criticized. In addition, Paul was forced to address their sin before he could reach out to other communities with the good news (2 Cor 10:15).

The decisions we make on a daily basis can lead to division or unity in our community. And choosing to be a faithful peacemaker in the midst of divisive sins might have a bigger impact than we can imagine.

What are your subtle sins that are wrongfully condoned?

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 28 Three Kinds of Persecution

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me” (Matt. 5:10–11).


When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander.

Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. “Persecuted” (Matt. 5:10) and “persecute” (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root, meaning “to pursue” or “to chase away.” Over time it came to mean “to harass” or “to treat in an evil manner.” Verse 10 literally reads, “Blessed are those who have been allowing themselves to be persecuted.” You are blessed when people harass you for your Christian stance and you willingly accept it for the sake of your Lord.

The second form of suffering is “insults” (v. 11), which translates a Greek word that means “to reproach,” “to revile,” or “to heap insults upon.” It speaks of verbal abuse—attacking someone with vicious and mocking words. It is used in Matthew 27:44 of the mockery Christ endured at His crucifixion. It happened to Him, and it will happen to His followers as well.

The final category Jesus mentioned is slander—people telling lies about you. That’s perhaps the hardest form of suffering to endure because our effectiveness for the Lord is directly related to our personal purity and integrity. When someone’s trying to destroy the reputation you worked a lifetime to establish, that is a difficult trial indeed!

If you’re going through a time of suffering for righteousness’ sake, take heart—the Lord went through it too, and He understands how difficult it can be. He knows your heart and will minister His super-abounding grace to you. Rejoice that you are worthy of suffering for Him and that the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Pray for those who treat you unkindly, asking God to forgive them and to grant them His grace. ✧ Pray that you might always treat others with honesty and fairness.

For Further Study: Throughout history God Himself has endured much mocking and slander. Read 2 Peter 3:3–9, then answer these questions: ✧ What motivates mockers? ✧ What do they deny? ✧ Why doesn’t God judge them on the spot?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 131). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Corey Booker Hounds Mike Pompeo For Agreeing With Christianity On Gay Sex

“Pompeo is far from alone in his views of government affirmation for homosexual attraction. Most Christians believe this, as did Hillary Clinton — even during her own tenure as secretary of State. But that didn’t stop Booker from berating Pompeo in a self-important filibuster during which the man who’s supposed to be answering questions barely got two words in.” During Mike Pompeo’s Thursday confirmation hearing for secretary of state, Sen.

Source: Corey Booker Hounds Mike Pompeo For Agreeing With Christianity On Gay Sex

Physicist Victor Stenger debates William Lane Craig: Does God Exist?


This debate took place on March 1, 2010 at Oregon State University.

In this debate, Victor Stenger does affirm his belief that the universe could be eternal in his second rebuttal (1:02:30), thus denying the standard Big Bang cosmology. He also denies the law of conservation of energy and asserts that something can come from nothing in his concluding speech (1:33:50). He also caused the audience to start laughing when he said that Jesus was not moral and supported slavery. There is almost no snark in this summary. Instead, I quoted Dr. Stenger verbatim in many places. I still think that it is very entertaining even without the snarky paraphrasing.

The debate includes 30 minutes of Q&A with the students.

Here’s the video of the debate:

Dr. Craig’s opening speech:

  • The ontological argument
  • The contingency argument
  • The cosmological argument
  • The moral argument
  • The resurrection of Jesus (3-fact version)
  • Religious experience

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False Love: Pursuing Purity after Pornography or Adultery (Podcast Step 3 of 9) — Brad Hambrick

This is the third podcast in a nine part series entitled “False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery.” False Love has a complementing seminar entitled “ 701 more words

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False Love: Pursuing Purity after Pornography or Adultery (Podcast Step 2 of 9) — Brad Hambrick

This is the second podcast in a nine part series entitled “False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery.” False Love has a complementing seminar entitled “ 725 more words

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False Love: Pursuing Purity after Pornography or Adultery (Podcast Step 1 of 9) — Brad Hambrick

This is the first podcast in a nine part series entitled “False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery.” False Love has a complementing seminar entitled “ 773 more words

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Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.

Matthew 11:11

The Bible record is very plain when it assures us that John the Baptist was a man sent from God.

Our generation would probably decide that such a man ought to be downright proud of the fact that God had sent him. We would urge him to write a book. Seminary leaders would line up to schedule him as guest lecturer.

Actually, John the Baptist would never have fit into the contemporary religious scene in our day—never! He did not keep his suit pressed. He was not careful about choosing words that would not offend. He did not quote beautiful passages from the poets. The doctors of psychiatry would have quick advice for him: “John, you really need to get adjusted to the times and to society!”

Adjust. That is a modern word I have come to hate. It was never an expression used to speak about human beings until we forgot that man has a soul. Now we have weird guys with mental “screwdrivers” adjusting one person a little tighter and another a little looser. John needed no adjustment. He gladly stepped down so that all eyes could turn to Jesus, the Lamb of God!

Lord, I pray that my church and other evangelical churches will exhibit the courage and boldness of John the Baptist and point many people to Jesus Christ.[1]

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

Defining Deception Interview with Pastor Anthony Wood and Costi Hinn

The Domain for Truth


We at The Domain for Truth would like to express our sincerest gratitude to you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do an interview with us.  It was not too long ago that SLIMJIM and myself fellowshipped briefly together at the Shepherds’ Conference with Pastor Costi.  Lord willing we will meet you one day Pastor Anthony.

For those of you who may not know, Pastor Costi and Anthony’s ministry does not comprise mainly on the WOF and NAR movements.  Both men spend a considerable amount of their lives devoted to expository preaching and shepherding a local church.  To find out more about their church you can visit: https://missionbible.org/

If the Lord leads, I encourage you to surf their site and pray for them.  They are one of the many good ministries out there that are aggressively and actively trying to reach folks enslaved to the WOF and…

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Corporate social media behemoths are systematically censoring independent media:

• Natural News

In fact, a major new study by the Media Research Center provides evidence galore that the social media behemoths are doing all they can to censor and downgrade content which does not promote Alt-Left social, cultural, and political views.

The center’s new report, “Censored! How Online Media Companies are Suppressing Conservative Speech,” explains in full detail how content that is pro-Trump, pro-Constitution, pro-small government, and pro-America First is being targeted.

“Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people,” says an executive summary of the report. “More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook. YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video. Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world.”

It adds: “War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media.” (Related: Tech industry trying to censor Gab.ai to shut down free speech and control the narrative.)

Here are some of the center’s findings:

— Project Veritas, founded and run by James O’Keefe, recently caught staffers at Twitter on video admitting that conservatives were being censored through a process known as shadow banning. The conservative user can tweet all he or she wants, but through technical means, Twitter programmers made sure that few of the user’s followers would actually see the tweet, even if the follower had tens or hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.

April 28, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Prophetical Setting

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every ravine will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be brought low; the crooked will become straight, and the rough roads smooth; and all flesh will see the salvation of God.’ ” (3:4–6)

Nothing more convincingly demonstrates God’s control over history than fulfilled prophecy. One such prophecy is Isaiah 40:3–5, the subject of these verses. It was written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet seven centuries before John’s birth, and has immense theological and historical significance. John’s fulfillment of this prophecy also shows the continuity between his ministry and the Old Testament, something critically important if the Jewish people were to accept him as a prophet of God.

John perfectly fulfilled this prophecy. He was the voice … crying in the wilderness, where he lived most of his life and where he ministered (see the discussion of the geographical setting above). In keeping with his role as Messiah’s forerunner, John called on the people to make ready the way of the Lord, to make His paths straight. The imagery is of an Oriental monarch on a journey sending a messenger ahead of him to make sure the roads were cleared of debris or other hazards. In the process ravine[s] would be filled in, mountain[s] and hill[s] brought low, crooked paths made straight, and … rough roads made smooth.

Chapter 40, the source of this prophecy, is a pivotal point in the book of Isaiah. The first thirty-nine chapters focus largely on God’s coming judgments on Israel and the surrounding nations. The opening words of chapter 40, “ ‘Comfort, O comfort My people,’ says your God,” mark a dramatic change in tone. The message of Isaiah’s prophecy changed from judgment to salvation, which is the theme of the rest of the book. The same God who judged Israel for her sins will one day have mercy on her; His ultimate purpose for the nation is not judgment but the salvation of the believing remnant, based on His unmerited grace (cf. Rom. 11:1–32). The theme of God’s comforting of Israel runs throughout the last half of Isaiah’s prophecy (cf. 40:6–11, 28–31; 41:8–10, 13; 49:14–16; 51:1–3, 12; 52:9; 54:4–8; 57:18; 61:2; 66:12–13).

Ultimately, God’s comfort of Israel will culminate in the millennial kingdom. Human history will end when the Lord Jesus Christ establishes His earthly kingdom and reigns over the entire world (Ps. 2:6; Isa. 2:2; Jer. 33:15; Ezek. 34:23–24; Dan. 2:44–45; Hos. 3:5; Rev. 20:4–6). Politically, the millennial kingdom will be characterized by Christ’s universal, absolute, and righteous rule. Physically, the curse will be lifted, resulting in abundant provision, health, and long life for all. Spiritually, knowledge of the Lord will be universal (Isa. 11:9), and the believing remnant of Israel will be saved (Zech. 13:1, 8).

The words of Isaiah’s prophecy quoted here also serve as an analogy of the repentance John preached. The wilderness pictures the sinful heart, and repentance involves bringing to light the deep, dark things of the heart, pictured by filling in the ravines, and humbling human pride, depicted in the imagery of bringing low the mountains and hills. The crooked, deceitful, devious perverse things must be made straight, and any other rough places in the heart, whether self-love, love of money, love of the world, the lust of the flesh, indifference, or unbelief, must be smoothed out. Only then will the truly repentant see the salvation of God.[1]

4–6 In its OT context, Isaiah 40:1–11 points to the arrival of the time of consolation. This eschatological tone is heightened in Malachi 3:1, where the way of the Lord is understood in a metaphorical sense. In the intertestamental period, Isaiah 40:3 became a symbol for the Jewish expectation of the end-times (e.g., Pss. Sol. 8:17; T. Mos. 10.1; 1 En. 1:6; cf. Carl J. Davis, The Name and Way of the Lord [JSNTSup 129; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996], 61–102). Isaiah 40:3 was also used by the community at Qumran as rationale for leading a separated life in the desert, where they believed they were preparing the way for the Lord by means of a constant reading of the law (1QS 8.12–16; 9.19–20).

For Matthew and Mark, the Isaiah passage was a clear prophecy of the ministry of John the Baptist. Luke includes more of the quotation than Matthew and Mark do. He first cites the extraordinary way in which, on the analogy of preparations made for a royal visitor, even the seemingly immovable must be removed to make way for the Lord. What needs removal is the sin of the people. Luke then concludes the Isaiah quotation with words that aptly describe his own evangelistic and theological conviction: “And all mankind will see God’s salvation.” Luke finds here, following the LXX, a biblical basis for his own universal concern and his central theme of salvation (cf. Morris, 95). The words concerning the appearance of God’s glory (Isa 40:5) are omitted. Luke does stress the glory of God often elsewhere, beginning with 2:14; but for some reason he apparently does not think it appropriate to stress it here.

The fact that Luke includes an extended quotation from Isaiah 40 also points to the significance of that chapter for the understanding of his entire gospel. As Isaiah 40 calls attention to the arrival of salvation for God’s people, the inclusion of the Gentiles, and the irresistible power of the Word, Luke carefully describes how this wider program is being fulfilled in the early Christian movement. Moreover, using the language of Isaiah 40:3, Luke later describes the church as the “Way” (Ac 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22; cf. Pao, 45–68).[2]

3:4–6. Strange activities renew God’s prophetic actions and prepare the way for the Worthy One. At least, that is what John said. What authority did he have to make such claims? He rested completely on the authority of Scripture. As seen in chapters 1–2, Luke sought at each step to show that God’s good news is based on God’s old news. Isaiah 40:3–5 promised Old Testament Israel God’s deliverance from Babylonian exile along a path God would provide in the wilderness. John’s audience was promised an even greater experience of deliverance—salvation from sin. Such salvation was not a secret that God hid in the wilderness. It was a salvation God was proclaiming for all mankind (literally, “all flesh”).

God is consistent. He sticks to his purposes. He fulfills his word and then uses the word to bring new fulfillment and meaning to a new generation. For John’s generation, salvation came in the same setting as for the exiles: the wilderness. It came in a new way. People did not have to cross the dry desert between Babylon and Palestine. They had to cross the hard line from self-centered religious pride and piety to humble acceptance of baptism based on confession of their sins. Then they would be ready to see the salvation God had prepared in Jesus.[3]

3:5 The effects of Christ’s coming are described as follows:

Every valley shall be filled—those who are truly repentant and humble would be saved and satisfied.

Every mountain and hill shall be brought low—people like the scribes and Pharisees, who were haughty and arrogant, would be humbled.

The crooked places shall be made straight—those who were dishonest, like the tax collectors, would have their characters straightened out.

The rough ways shall be made smooth—soldiers and others with rough, crude temperaments would be tamed and refined.

3:6 A final result would be that all flesh—both Jews and Gentiles—would see the salvation of God. In His First Advent the offer of salvation went out to all men, though not all received Him. When He comes back to reign, this verse will have its complete fulfillment. Then all Israel will be saved, and the Gentiles too will share in the blessings of His glorious kingdom.[4]

3:4–6Prepare the way: This citation from Is. 40:3–5 declares the coming of God’s deliverance. Luke cites the text more fully than Matthew or Mark. He carries the passage through to its mention of salvation being seen by all flesh (v. 6), thus highlighting that the gospel is for all people. The preparation for the arrival of a king typically meant that a road was prepared for his journey. This is what Isaiah compares to the arrival of God’s salvation, both after the Babylonian captivity and in God’s final work of salvation. Isaiah 40 introduces the entirety of Is. 40–66, which discusses both these events (Is. 49:8–11; 52:11, 12; 62:6–10, especially 57:14–17). One event pictures, to a lesser degree, the other greater event, since God works in patterns. The Gospel writers compare John to the one who announces that the time is right to get ready for such an arrival. The preparation alluded to here is spiritual, the readiness of the heart, as his preaching shows.[5]

3:3–6. John’s message was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John’s baptism was associated with repentance, that is, it outwardly pictured an inner change of heart. The word “for” (eis) refers back to the whole “baptism of repentance.” The baptism did not save anyone, as is clear from what follows (vv. 7–14). Repentance was “unto” (lit. rendering of eis; cf. comments on Acts 2:38) or resulted in sins forgiven. Since John’s function was to be Christ’s forerunner, so also his baptism prefigured a different baptism (Luke 3:16). Luke noted that John’s baptizing work was in the country around (perichōron) the Jordan. Because John was visibly taking on himself the role of Elijah, it is possible that he picked this area on the lower Jordan because that was where Elijah spent his last days (cf. 2 Kings 2:1–13). Luke quoted from Isaiah 40:3–5 concerning John’s ministry. Isaiah was writing of God’s smoothing the way for the return of the exiles from Babylon to Judah. But all three Synoptic Gospel writers applied Isaiah’s words to John the Baptist.

Isaiah wrote, “A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert, prepare the way for the Lord.’ ” But Matthew, Mark, and Luke each wrote, A voice of one calling in the desert—the words “in the desert” going with the “voice” rather than with the preparing of the way. Why? Because they quoted from the Septuagint. Of course both are true—the voice (of John the Baptist) was in the desert, and the desert was to be smoothed.

When a king traveled the desert, workmen preceded him to clear debris and smooth out the roads to make his trip easier. In Luke the leveling of the land was a figurative expression denoting that the way of the Messiah would be made smooth because through John a large number of people were ready to receive Jesus’ message (cf. Luke 1:17).

Typical of Luke’s emphasis on the universal availability of the gospel are his words in 3:6, And all mankind will see God’s salvation.[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2009). Luke 1–5 (pp. 210–211). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 89). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 47–48). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1377). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1255). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Martin, J. A. (1985). Luke. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 210–211). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Kim Jong-un Has Fooled His Own People: Will He Now Fool the Whole World? (VIDEO) — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I am certainly conflicted about the upcoming meeting between the brutal dictator Kim Jong-un and the leadership of South Korea. I wrote an article recently in which I spoke about the collapse of the North Korea’s Nuclear facility. Why Kim Jong-un Really Froze His Nuclear Testing I say I am conflicted because I would love […]

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Vindicated — Practical Theology for Women

Sometimes a news story guts me, usually because I can empathize with some aspect of the feelings of those involved. This week’s news of the conviction of Bill Cosby of drugging and assaulting a woman did not actually gut me. But what did cause me to suck in my breath and tear up in…

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/28/2018

Christian Woman in Pakistan Dies After Being Set on Fire for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Marry Muslim   Apr 23, 2018 10:28 pm

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A Christian woman in Pakistan died on Sunday night (April 22) after a Muslim in the Sialkot area set her on fire for refusing to convert to Islam and marry him, relatives said. Muhammad Rizwan Gujjar poured kerosene on 25-year-old Asma Yaqoob and set her on fire on Wednesday (April 17), resulting in burns on 80 percent of…

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Minnesota School Bus Driver Removed From Route for Praying With Students   Apr 21, 2018 06:14 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A school bus driver and pastor in Minnesota was recently removed from his route for praying with students on the way to school. George Nathaniel, 54, has been driving students to Nasha Shkola charter school for the past year, and over the winter months, he began a tradition of prayer during the trip. The school is focused on Russian…

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Suicide Machine Sparks Euthanasia Debate   Apr 22, 2018 09:26 am

(The Independent) — Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine,” which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke. The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”. Having developed machines in the past that could be used by…

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Emergency Hearing Scheduled After Alfie Evans Survives Night Following Withdrawal of Life Support   Apr 24, 2018 11:27 am

Photo Credit: Save Alfie Evans/Facebook LIVERPOOL — An emergency hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. UK time today after toddler Alfie Evans survived the night following the removal of his life support. “Ventilation support was withdrawn at 9:20 p.m. . Contrary to all the expectations of the doctors, Alfie continued to breathe independently,” the Christian Legal…

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Iran Tells Israel: ‘Our Fingers Are on the Trigger, Missiles Are Ready to Launch’   Apr 22, 2018 09:15 am

(Newsweek) — The second-in-command of Iran’s most elite force has warned Israel against moves that further threaten Tehran’s interest in the region, especially Syria, where the West and its allies have targeted Syrian government positions. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, said Friday that a war between Iran and…

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UK Judge Again Rejects Parents’ Request to Allow Alfie Evans to Be Transported Abroad for Experimental Treatment   Apr 24, 2018 06:18 pm

LIVERPOOL — A judge in the family division of the UK’s High Court of Justice has again rejected the request of the parents of Alfie Evans to allow the child to be transported abroad to hospitals willing to take him for experimental treatment. Evans’ case marks at least the third of its kind in the past year where the UK courts have rejected parents’ pleas to obtain…

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Navy Upholds Inclusion of Bible on POW/MIA Table Following Mikey Weinstein Complaint   Apr 21, 2018 12:00 pm

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The U.S. Navy has upheld the inclusion of the Bible on a “missing man” table at a Naval hospital in Okinawa, Japan after an organization that seeks to separate the Messiah from the military submitted a complaint about the Bible’s presence and a notation of America being “one nation under God.” “As one of nine symbolic references on the…

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Parents of Alfie Evans Seek to ‘Build a Bridge’ With Hospital, Ask Supporters to ‘Return to Everyday Lives’   Apr 26, 2018 06:09 pm

Photo Credit: Kate James/Facebook LIVERPOOL — The parents of Alfie Evans have issued a statement asking their supporters to “return back to their everyday lives” and to allow them to “build a bridge” with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where their son has remained since December 2016 due to an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition. “We are very…

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University of New Mexico Erects ‘Free Speech Zone’ Signs to Alert Students of ‘Uncomfortable’ Speech, Including Gospel Preaching   Apr 25, 2018 06:13 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a newly-devised policy, the University of New Mexico has enacted a practice of erecting signs to advise students that a “free speech zone” with potentially “uncomfortable” or “controversial” content is ahead, including this week when a gospel preacher visited the campus to talk about repentance and faith in Christ. The controversial…

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California Man Who Fatally Stabbed Pastor Outside Home Sentenced to 38 Years to Life   Apr 27, 2018 10:49 am

SALINAS, Calif. — A California man who fatally stabbed a pastor last year with a drywall blade after he stepped out of his house to pray for him has been sentenced to 38 years to life behind bars. Servando Silva, 39, did not speak at his sentencing, but the wife and three daughters of Herbert Valero of Victory Outreach Church in Salinas delivered victim impact…

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Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week for 04/28/2018

Weekend Snapshot

Apr. 28, 2018
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Quote of the Week

“Britain outlaws guns, started taking knives and now starves toddlers to death. Something tells me the first 2 had to happen before the 3rd.” —Bethany S. Mandel


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.


The assumption that human beings are born “to be happy” is scarcely questioned by anyone in today’s society and the effect of this modern hedonism is felt also among the people of God.

The Christian gospel is too often presented as a means toward happiness, to peace of mind or security. There are even those who use the Bible to “relax” them, as if it were a drug.

How far wrong all this is will be discovered easily by the simple act of reading the New Testament through once, with meditation. There the emphasis is not upon happiness but upon holiness. God is more concerned with the state of people’s hearts than with the state of their feelings.

Undoubtedly the will of God brings final happiness to those who obey, but the most important matter is not how happy we are but how holy!

The childish clamor after happiness can become a real snare. One may easily deceive himself by cultivating a religious joy without a correspondingly righteous life. For those who take this whole thing seriously I have a suggestion: Go to God and have an understanding. Tell Him that it is your desire to be holy at any cost and then ask Him never to give you more happiness than holiness! Be assured that in the end you will be as happy as you are holy; but for the time being let your whole ambition be to serve God and be Christlike![1]

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

April 28 Jesus and Non-retaliation: Liberty

Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.—Matt. 5:41

The concept of liberty is much cherished in the United States and other democratic nations. The Declaration of Independence famously speaks of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Patrick Henry of Virginia used the bold oratory, “Give me liberty or give me death!” These sentiments were derived from biblical principles, although sometimes altered from those ancient origins.

God’s intention from the beginning was for mankind created in His image to live in perfect liberty, both spiritually and physically. But the Fall ruined this ideal and introduced such corrupt concepts as slavery and subjugation to totalitarian governments. Democratic governments have tried, although imperfectly, to protect the liberty of their citizens—sometimes even extending such freedoms to foreign visitors and immigrants. However, civil liberties should not supersede our duties to righteousness or our obligations to display a faithful witness.

Jesus here makes the analogy between surrendered liberties and the Roman law that could force civilians to carry a soldier’s pack for a mile. Except for facing them in battle, Roman troops were not as despised by their opponents as when those people were obligated to carry the troops’ packs or other equipment.

Yet our Lord teaches that we should be willing to go the extra mile for someone else—even at the expense of our cherished liberty. In so doing, we are worthy ambassadors for Christ, realizing that in Him we have an eternal liberty that can never be taken.


Who in your life regularly asks you to go the second mile for them? What is your usual response to their demand for your time and energy? How do you strike the balance between being sacrificial and maintaining boundaries that help you protect other godly priorities?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 127). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

April 28 Illustrating Salvation

[God] waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

1 Peter 3:20

Genesis 6:9 through 8:22 tells how Noah and his family were delivered through the Flood. They were the only people who believed God’s warning of the coming worldwide catastrophe. As a result, all mankind was drowned in judgment, except them.

Noah preached the righteousness of God for the hundred and twenty years it took him to build the ark. The size of a modern ocean liner (Gen. 6:15), it was sure to attract attention. But it must have been discouraging to build that ark and preach its meaning for over a century, yet have only your immediate family believe.

Noah’s tremendous effort was spent on building a vessel he would spend only a year using, but those eight people were safe from God’s judgment when it came. The ark served as their shelter from the encompassing judgment of God. What a graphic illustration of salvation![1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 133). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.