Daily Archives: May 2, 2018

May 2: Don’t Focus on Overcoming

Judges 2:11–3:31; Philippians 1:12–18; Psalm 63–64

When I go through difficult circumstances, I want the end. I’m so focused on escape and overcoming that I barely think about what God might be teaching me through that experience. And I’m certainly not thinking about how He might be using me to witness to others.

Paul was on a completely different wavelength. In his letter to the church at Philippi, he sets his Roman imprisonment in context: “Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have happened instead for the progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in Christ has become known in the whole praetorium and to all the rest” (Phil 1:12–13).

Paul wasn’t just enduring or anticipating the end of his imprisonment. He was using his experience to be a witness for Christ. His captors must have wondered: what makes a person willing to suffer like this? What makes his message worth imprisonment?

Paul’s circumstances didn’t merely create waves with those he was testifying to. Other believers were emboldened by Paul’s endurance and preached the gospel without fear (Phil 1:14).

It’s not natural to be filled with joy in the midst of difficult times. It’s not normal to have a sense of purpose when everything appears to be going wrong. We don’t expect much from ourselves or others during these times, but God wants to refine us and use us. He’s giving us a chance to display the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding”—as a testimony to Christ’s redemptive work (Phil 4:7). Are you responding?

How can you use your difficult circumstances to point others toward Christ?

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.

May 2 Exemplary Living

“Having summoned His twelve disciples . . .” (Matt. 10:1).

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A good example is the best form of teaching.

Matthew 10:1 is Christ’s official commissioning of the twelve men He handpicked to serve beside Him during His earthly ministry. Mark 3:13 says He “summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.” In John 15:16 He tells them, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit.” This is not their call to salvation but to service. With the exception of Judas, they were already saved. Before the foundation of the world God chose them to be redeemed in Christ, and they had responded accordingly. Now Jesus was calling them to a specific ministry.

God always chooses those who will be saved and serve within His church. But between salvation and service there must be a time of training. For the disciples it was a period of three years in which Jesus Himself trained them as they experienced life together from day to day. That’s the best form of discipleship. Classrooms and lectures are helpful, but there’s no substitute for having a living pattern to follow—someone who models Christian virtue and shows you how to apply Biblical principles to your life.

Paul understood the importance of such an example. In Philippians 4:9 he says, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things.” He said to Timothy, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:12). Peter followed suit, admonishing the church elders not to lord their authority over those in their charge but to be godly examples (1 Peter 5:3).

Whether you’ve been a Christian for many years or just a short time, you are an example to someone. People hear what you say and observe how you live. They look for a glimpse of Christ in your life. What do they see? How would they do spiritually if they followed your example perfectly?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank the Lord for those who are examples of godliness to you.

For Further Study: What do the following verses indicate about your salvation? John 15:16; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:4; and 2 Thessalonians 2:13. ✧ According to Ephesians 2:10, why were you saved?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 135). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

MAY 2 PRACTICING THE TRUTH

Cleanse your hands…and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

James 4:8

Christians habitually weep and pray over beautiful truth, only to draw back from that same truth when it comes to the difficult job of putting it into practice!

Actually, the average church simply does not dare to check its practices against biblical precepts. It tolerates things that are diametrically opposed to the will of God, and if the matter is pointed out to its leaders, they will defend its unscriptural practices with a casuistry equal to the verbal dodgings of the Roman moralists.

Can it be that there is no vital connection between the emotional and the volitional departments of life? Since Christ makes His appeal directly to the will, are we justified in wondering whether or not these divided souls have ever made a true commitment to the Lord? Or whether they have been inwardly renewed?

It does appear that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right! Jesus Himself left a warning: “Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1).

Lord, help me to do more than pay lip service to the teaching of Your Word. I invite Your Holy Spirit to point out any shortcomings I may be developing.[1]


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

April 2, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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To some of the biggest voices in U.S. economics, it could be 1930 all over again. More than 1,100 economists, including Nobel laureates and former presidential advisers, have signed a letter warning Donald Trump about his tariff-heavy approach to trade. Many of its passages quote directly from another letter sent in 1930, cautioning against protectionist measures the U.S. imposed at the start of what became the Great Depression.

The U.S. Treasury Department will boost the amount of long-term debt it sells to $73 billion this quarter as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to finance budget deficits set to widen further because of tax cuts and higher spending.

Militants killed at least 14 people at the headquarters of Libya’s elections commission, Interior Minister Abdel-Salam Ashour said, in a likely symbolic strike as the fractured country edges toward potentially stabilizing votes.

Australian authorities are formulating plans that would force public companies to reveal the proportion of women at various levels of their organizations, as well as steps they’re taking to increase female representation.

New Zealand’s jobless rate fell to a fresh nine-year low in the first quarter, adding to signs that sluggish wage growth will eventually pick up. The jobless rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent in the previous three months, the lowest since the final quarter of 2008.

Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un prompted 78 percent of respondents to a Korea Research Center poll published this week to say they trusted the North Korean leader. That’s a far cry from the 10 percent of South Koreans who said they approved of Kim in a Gallup Korea poll conducted just a month-and-a-half ago.

India has joined the U.S. and China as one of the world’s five biggest military spenders, reflecting geopolitical tensions as well as the country’s reliance on imported weapons and sprawling personnel costs.

Gas prices are soaring around the world-about 6.1 percent, on average, in the past three months.

China weakened its daily currency fixing by more than traders and analysts had expected before high-ranking U.S. officials arrive in the country to discuss trade issues.

AP Top Stories

The Trump administration’s decision to end a program that helped Central Americans legally residing in the U.S. bring their children here left 3,800 people, mostly kids, who were already being processed for admittance stranded in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras ― three of the countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

Two Arab Israelis went on trial in Saudi Arabia on Monday for allegedly plotting an attack during the Muslim hajj pilgrimage, according to the charge sheet and local media reports.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed claims that US troops stationed in the country would have to leave if a peace treaty was signed with the North.

Virginia’s Republican-led legislature is on the verge of doing something that would’ve been almost unthinkable just a year ago: approving legislation that would use money from the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to as many as 400,000 people.

Thousands of Philippine workers and activists marched in a May Day rally in Manila on Tuesday in protest against what they said was President Rodrigo Duterte’s failure to keep a campaign promise to get rid of short-term employment contracts.

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Tens of thousands of supporters of Armenia’s protest leader, Nikol Pashinyan, have responded to his call for civil disobedience, blocking key roads and government buildings.

The Dominican Republic has established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan.

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in an attack on Libya’s electoral commission headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, officials said.

At least 15 people, including a priest, have been killed in an attack on a church in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Fourteen Indian cities are among the world’s 20 most polluted, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data.

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George W Bush is running for parliament.

A Zimbabwean opposition leader has vowed to expel Chinese investors if he wins elections due in July. “They are busy asset-stripping the resources of the country.”

Singapore’s Changi airport is testing a facial recognition system it hopes will speed passengers through the facility. It is expanding existing uses of the smart ID system and is looking into ways it can replace passport checks.

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Facebook is launching a dating feature, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during the keynote address at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday. “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships – not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric.

A salvage expert has an ambitious plan to solve the crippling water shortage in South Africa. South African native, Nick Sloane, wants to capture an iceberg in Antarctica and tow it back to his homeland. The challenging mission would involve a 1,200 mile trip across open water and could provide millions of liters of clean water.

Texas and six other states are suing to end once and for all a program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation.


The Briefing — Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1) Religious liberty is once again the loser amidst the secularization of western societies

2) Why Artificial Intelligence is incapable of driving us toward a better system of morality

3) Conscious machines, cruelty, and conventional morality: Confronting the ethics of HBO’s ‘Westworld’

New York Times (Paul Bloom and Sam Harris) –
It’s Westworld. What’s Wrong With Cruelty to Robots?


News – 5/2/2018

End of Days Expert on Iran: ‘Things Are About to Get Biblical!’

“Things are about to get Biblical,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. “Some people thought the Bible was dead. They thought they could sit back and relax.That is clearly not the case in Syria and soon, that will be clear to everyone.”

End Of “Major Combat”: US Deactivates Anti-ISIS HQ In Iraq

According to the statement, the U.S.-led coalition “was deactivated today [Monday] at a ceremony in Baghdad” that included a casing of the colors. The command’s authorities have been transferred to the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve’s (CJTF-OIR) headquarters based in Kuwait that oversees the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Tehran terrified, U.S. expert says

The Iranian regime is “humiliated” after a daring Mossad operation seized scores of secret documents, the former Pentagon official said. …when things are not going well in Iran, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officials and rival ayatollahs start attacking each other in a public blame game that expresses how exposed and vulnerable they feel their rule has become.

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support

Ominously, the officials said Israel appears to be preparing for open warfare with Iran and is seeking U.S. help and support. “On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” said one senior U.S. official.

Israeli official says Israel should welcome Trump peace plan

Deputy minister for diplomacy in the PMO says Israel should accept Trump’s peace plan ‘with an open mind, if not open arms,’ stressing there never was a better ally to Israel in the White House. “My own feeling is to strongly recommend that the Israeli government accept this plan with an open mind, if not open arms, that we engage with it energetically and that we certainly don’t reject it out of hand.”

SUNSPOTS VANISHING FASTER THAN EXPECTED

Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots.

Guatemalan flag flies over new embassy building in Jerusalem

Israel’s Prime Minister has welcomed the controversial display of the Guatemalan flag over the country’s diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, which was raised ahead of the official embassy inauguration, scheduled for mid-May. On Tuesday, the new Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem raised the national flag over the building, which is officially slated to open its doors for business on May 16, just two days after the US plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv.

DNC officials tell Hillary they want their money back

Some top Democratic National Committee officials are requesting that former Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton return $1.65 million the party paid for her campaign email list and other data. “It would be a Christian thing to do,” Wahby said, according to the Huffington Post.

‘Int’l community must confront Abbas and his anti-Semitism’

PM blasts PA chief over speech blaming Jews for Holocaust. ‘Time for international community to condemn this, he needs to resign.’

DACA should be overturned — A new lawsuit might succeed in doing that

The lawsuit does not address the question of whether allowing the roughly 700,000 illegal immigrants protected from deportation under DACA is a good policy or a bad one. Instead, the suit contends correctly that President Obama exceeded his authority under law and under the Constitution to create DACA without the approval of Congress and without taking other required steps.

Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Reveals Hidden Script

The new script was discovered by Oren Ableman…when he examined a few dozen fragments that were discovered in “Cave 11” near Qumran. He was exited to discover traces of ink on many fragments that appeared blank to the naked eye. After a detailed study – that is being made public today – Oren successfully deciphered the script on many of the fragments and even identified the manuscripts some of the new fragments probably belonged to.

Former Ambassador to the UN: President Trump’s Capital Declaration is ‘Correcting Decades of Diplomatic Distortion’

The JCPA has found, and Gold maintained in his address, that despite the nearly unswerving belief in Israel that a unified Jerusalem is of utmost importance, a diplomatic assault on this topic has followed in recent years. This assault dates back to Roman times, when Jerusalem was renamed as “aelia capitolina,” and Judea was renamed “Syria Palestina” to erase its Jewish identity. “That was the methodology then, and this is the methodology today,” said Gold. “Attacking our identity and delegitimizing Israel didn’t work then, and it’s not going to work now,” he added.

Holocaust row: Abbas accused of anti-Semitism

Remarks by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas about the Holocaust have been condemned as anti-Semitic by Israeli politicians and rights activists. Mr Abbas told a meeting in the West Bank the Nazi mass murder of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, not anti-Semitism. He described their “social function” as “usury and banking and such”.

Tick, mosquito-borne infections surge in United States: CDC

The number of Americans sickened each year by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 2004 through 2016, with infection rates spiking sharply in 2016 as a result of a Zika outbreak, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that some 96,075 diseases caused by bites by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas were reported in 2016, up from 27,388 in 2004…

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

A spiraling controversy over anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories has roiled the city government, seemingly getting worse with every public attempt to ease the tensions. The issue nearly derailed a Washington City Council meeting Tuesday morning and resulted in the resignation of a city official who organized a disastrous “unity rally” that featured a speaker who called all Jews “termites.”

Tehran terrified, U.S. expert says

The Iranian regime is “quaking in its boots,” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed secret nuclear-program documents appropriated by the Mossad, an ex-Pentagon Iran expert told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Harold Rhode spent 28 years at the Pentagon and studied in Iran before the 1979 revolution there.

Mark of the Beast now active in India as government requires biometric scanning for food purchases and government benefits

…In an unprecedented move that has civil libertarians horrified, India has created an identification system that scans the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its residents and connects the gathered information to everything from welfare benefits and entitlements to cell phones.

Zuckerberg’s Announcement Means Final Remaining Conservative Voices on Facebook Will Be Eliminated by Election Day

Since the 2016 election Facebook has been cracking down on conservative and pro-Trump content. Top conservative websites have seen a stunning drop in their Facebook traffic. This was no accident. This was the plan.

CENSORED REPORT: Trump Knows Obama Armed Iran To Trigger Islamic Armageddon

Mike Adams joins Alex Jones live in studio to break down the state of Iran’s nuclear program and shed light on former President Obama’s secret motivation in crafting the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Conservative Lawmakers Deliver Panic-Inducing News To Rosenstein

…House Republicans in the Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of lawmakers that’s gotten increasingly agitated with the partisan nature of Mueller’s probe, have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, The Washington Post reported.

MAGA for Man’s Best Friend

For conservatives, the recent blockbuster $1.2 trillion government spending bill signed by President Trump brought mixed results. But one cost-cutting item in the omnibus that Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike are applauding is a defund of painful and needless taxpayer-funded lab experiments on dogs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Paris a War Zone On May Day

Riot police have been deployed on the streets of Paris as anarchists and aligned radicals kicked off violent and destructive ‘May Day’ demonstrations around the city.

DOJ OIG Releases Report on Retired FBI Special Agent Found Involved in Numerous Corrupt Criminal Acts

Earlier today the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General released a report on the review of a retired FBI Special Agent involved in numerous activities that appear criminal in nature.

WAR ON NEW WORLD ORDER: New Israeli Knesset Bill Would Cancel All Cooperation With Soros-Backed ‘New Israel Fund’

A new bill aims to cut all governmental cooperation with the New Israel Fund and other foreign bodies in Israel that support organizations funded by foreign governments.

California to start recycling sewer water into tap water… and yes, it’s full of insane chemicals

Water has apparently become so scarce in the Golden State that some municipalities are about to begin piping recycled sewer water back into people’s homes, new reports indicate.

RAGING INFERNO: New kind of ‘Palestinian’ terrorism – firebomb kites – sows fear in Israel

Palestinians rioting near the Israel-Gaza border send kites armed with incendiary devices to crash over the fence • Ensuing fires have destroyed hundreds of acres of farmland in nearby Israeli communities, and residents fear for their safety.

Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs claims country’s elderly, not Muslim migrants, are “the big problem”

Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs, Annika Strandhäll, told newspaper Aftonbladet that the country’s elderly and not refugees, are overloading the healthcare system….

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: How Israel obtained Iran’s nuclear secrets will truly blow you away

Sources reveal how Mossad agents smuggled half a ton of top-secret records from Iran’s nuclear program from Tehran to Israel.

Outrage After Arabic Lesson Students in Swedish Schools Were Just Learning The Quran, Islamic Prayer

Two schools in Sweden have come under fire from school inspectorate authorities after it was revealed that migrant-background children being taught lessons in their native language were actually just learning the Quran.

Modern-day France replaces churches with mosques

…France has a long history. That history is interwoven with its Catholic faith. That interwoven history has resulted in many churches all over France. Now, thousands of churches are waiting for their destruction. The government has done the math, and it is cheaper to demolish century old building than to renovate them. Thus, in come the wrecking ball.


Headlines – 5/2/2018

U.S. says Israeli nuclear arms not up for debate without Middle East’s recognition of its right to exist

Scent of anti-Semitism in Abbas’ speech doesn’t change his support for two states

Lipstadt: With ‘classic anti-Semitism,’ Abbas ending career the way he started

American ambassador says Abbas ‘reached new low’ in speech denigrating Jews

Palestinian forum convenes after 22 years, beset by division

Japan’s PM said to tell Abbas there are no plans to move embassy to Jerusalem

Despite support for Palestinians and as China grows stronger, Japan seeks closer ties with Israel

Palestinian terror groups trying to kidnap soldiers on Gaza border – IDF chief

Islamic Jihad accuses Abbas of sanctioning Gaza

Mossad agents snuck nuclear files out of Iran with authorities ‘on their tails’

Iran nuclear row: Tehran says Israel’s Netanyahu lied

Netanyahu: We invite world to examine new materials we revealed on Iran’s nuclear program

Netanyahu: European officials will come to see secret Iran nuclear archive

Shaked: Nuclear documents a wake-up call to Europe

After Netanyahu speech, UN reiterates it found no traces of Iran nuclear arms program

IAEA declines to directly address Netanyahu’s Iran accusations

UK: Israel PM speech shows important to keep Iran deal constraints

France says Israeli information on Iran could be basis for long-term deal

France: Israeli information on Iran could prompt long-term monitoring

‘US knew info Netanyahu presented – we expected Iran to lie’

White House: Iran nuclear capabilities ‘far more advanced’ than implied in 2015

TV report: Iran’s storage, transfer of nuclear files may breach 2015 accord

Iran may not be violating nuclear pact, but file trove shows it was born in sin

White House blames typo for statement saying Iran ‘has’ robust nuke program

Netanyahu says not seeking Iran war as US faces deadline

U.S. officials: Israeli F-15s struck Syrian base storing Iranian anti-aircraft missiles

Former defense minister: Israel’s northern home front unprepared for war

How Putin’s Syria gambit could end with Israel revealing its military superiority

Iran’s proxy wars: Can Trump help Saudi Arabia turn the tide?

US-backed Syrian forces resume battle against ISIS

ISIS Drops Human Bomb In Graphic Execution Footage As Russia and Syria Close In

Egyptian army amasses forces on Israel border for extensive campaign against ISIS

Saudi armed forces participate in joint military drills in Turkey

UAE minister: Qatar crisis won’t be solved by non-Gulf mediation

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was part of Pentagon’s counterterrorism mission

Russia’s ‘Nuclear Titanic’ Heads West, Raising Fears of ‘Chernobyl on Ice’

Nearly 80 Percent of South Koreans Say They Trust Kim Jong Un

S. Korea says it wants US troops to stay regardless of any treaty with N. Korea

In Venezuela, five years of severance pay now buys a coffee

UN Official Warns: Migrant Crisis 2.0 Might Come From Africa

IRS Defends Giving Refunds to Illegal Immigrants

Texas, six other states sue Trump administration to force an end to DACA

Almost 1,500 Migrant Children Placed in Homes by the U.S. Government Went Missing Last Year

State of American democracy: mean

Mueller told Trump legal team a presidential subpoena could be possible, ex-attorney says

Trump blasts leak of questions he could face in Russia probe

Banks, Credit-Card Companies Explore Ways to Monitor Gun Purchases

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook’s fight against fake news, data misuse

Facebook Asks on Every Post: ‘Is This Hate Speech?’

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Enarotali, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Yasuj, Iran

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Lautoka, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Easter Island region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hualian, Taiwan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Marapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 22,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Japan erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

In Devastated Puerto Rico, Universities Get Just a Fraction of Storm Aid

Nine out of 10 people breathing polluted air: WHO

Diseases Spread By Insects Have More Than Tripled, CDC Says

Tick, mosquito-borne infections surge in United States: CDC


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Mike Ratliff – Objective (true) Christianity vs subjective religiosity

Mike Oppenheimer – Beware Of

Chuck Missler’s extra biblical eschatology – Nephilim Subhumans

Charisma Conference: Mark Driscoll Joins Katie Souza, Real Talk Kim, and Jonathan Cahn

Pastor Mac Brunson Resigns From Jacksonville Megachurch; No ‘Scandal’ Involved, Officials Say

The Saga of Tom Rich Versus Mac Brunson and First Baptist Church, Jacksonville

Dr. Phil Investigates Controversial Church Accused Of Drugging And Indoctrination

15 Christians Slaughtered by Gunfire, Grenades During Church Service in Central African Republic

FALLING AWAY: Episcopal Church Removes Terms Husband, Wife and Procreation from Marriage to Make it More LGBT Compliant

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:32 AM PDT

FALLING AWAY: Episcopal Church Removes Terms Husband, Wife and Procreation from Marriage to Make it More LGBT CompliantThe Episcopal Church (TEC) is removing the terms husband, wife, and procreation from its marriage service in favor of creating a more modern, LGBT compliant service. The terms will be replaced with gender-neutral pronouns such as two people or spouse.  The task force proposed several resolutions regarding same-sex marriage and requested commentary from other Church leaders about the matter. The question posed to other churches; “From your perspective and specific setting, what has been the impact of the Episcopal Church’s authorization and use of liturgical rites for same-sex marriage and the

blessing of the same-sex unions on “the-Church?”  Dating as far back as 1976, the Episcopal Church has engulfed itself in a controversy surrounding its goal of becoming a radically inclusive church, regardless of Biblical doctrine. “In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.”  READ MORE

65% of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading…67% Not Proficient in Math

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:25 AM PDT

65% of Public School 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading…67% Not Proficient in MathSixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education.  The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts.  Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department

of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading. Only 5 percent of Detroit public-school eighth graders were proficient or better in math. Only 7 percent were proficient or better in reading. In the Cleveland public schools, only 11 percent of eighth graders were proficient or better in math and only 10 percent were proficient or better in reading.  READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Hawaii volcano could erupt after 250 quakes in 24 hours…

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Hawaii volcano could erupt after 250 quakes in 24 hours…A Hawaiian volcano could be set to erupt after hundreds of earthquakes and the collapse of a crater floor. Lava may burst through the ground east of Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the state’s main island, geologists have warned. Authorities urged the public to be on alert after scientists

noted underground magma flowing beneath a main road near houses in the district of Puna. More than 250 earthquakes have been detected since a crater floor collapsed at the Pu’u O’o vent in the shield volcano’s eastern rift zone earlier this week. Most were minor but many were felt by locals, including one with a magnitude of 4.2, which shook the coast on Tuesday morning. READ MORE

Archaeologists Uncover Ruins of Ancient Christian Hideout

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:15 AM PDT

Archaeologists Uncover Ruins of Ancient Christian HideoutThe ancient ruins of a Christian refuge or early church dating as far back as the first centuries of the Roman Empire were recently discovered in Manbij, Syria. The area, which was formerly under ISIS control, managed to escape the attention of the terror group known for destroying churches and other Christian artifacts of the regions they conquer.

ISIS invaded Manbij in 2014. During this time, Abdulwahab Sheko, head of the Exploration Committee at the Ruins Council in Manbij, was studying the area. In an interview with Fox News, Sheko noted that the site was lucky to have escaped the group’s attention. He kept quiet about the ruins until 2016, when ISIS was driven out by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).  READ MORE

CDC warns of Tick and mosquito-borne infections surging in United States

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:09 AM PDT

CDC warns of Tick and mosquito-borne infections surging in United StatesThe number of Americans sickened each year by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 2004 through 2016, with infection rates spiking sharply in 2016 as a result of a Zika outbreak, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that some 96,075 diseases caused by bites by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas were reported in 2016, up from 27,388 in 2004, in an analysis of data from the CDC’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Infections in 2016 went up 73 percent from 2015, reflecting the emergence of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects. Zika was the most common disease borne by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas reported in 2016, with 41,680 cases reported, followed by Lyme disease, with 36,429 cases, almost double the number in 2004.  READ MORE

Facebook ‘Bug’ reveals companies plan for flagging ‘Hate Speech’

Posted: 02 May 2018 06:06 AM PDT

Facebook ‘Bug’ reveals companies plan for flagging ‘Hate Speech’Facebook accidentally rolled out what appeared to be a crowd-sourced “hate speech” flagging system, in which users were asked whether a post constituted hate speech or not.  Earlier today, Facebook users began reporting that questionnaires had been attached to innocuous posts, asking them if they

considered the content of the posts to be “hate speech.”  It quickly became apparent that the feature had been rolled out in an unfinished state:  Facebook VP of product Guy Rosen said that the feature was a “bug” and a “test” that had been incorrectly applied to all posts, including Mark Zuckerberg’s. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Experts Baffled By Thousands Of Dead Fish Turning Up In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor…

Posted: 02 May 2018 05:59 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Experts Baffled By Thousands Of Dead Fish Turning Up In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor…Thousands of dead fish have ended up in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and experts still aren’t sure why. “We got first reports on Friday afternoon around–between Key Bridge and Fort McHenry, and by Saturday it spread to the Lighthouse Point Marina near Canton,” according to Blue Water Baltimore’s Waterkeeper Angela Haren.

Maryland’s Department of Environment estimates as many as 30,000 fish died, nearly all of them Atlantic menhaden. In the past, fish kills have been triggered by algae blooms, which use up all the dissolved oxygen in the water, but not this time. “We’re still doing testing,” Haren said. “At this point, it looks like there’s no harmful algae bloom.” READ MORE

Facebook begins to rank news organizations…

Posted: 02 May 2018 05:55 AM PDT

Facebook begins to rank news organizations…Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric.  Zuckerberg said the company has gathered data on how consumers perceive news brands by asking them to identify whether they have heard of various publications and if they trust them.

“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” he said. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.” Zuckerberg met with a group of news media executives at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park after delivering his keynote speech at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday. READ MORE

Quakes continue to rattle Iran as 5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes region

Posted: 02 May 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Quakes continue to rattle Iran as 5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes regionIran’s state TV is reporting a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in a remote, mountainous region in the country’s south, with no immediate word on casualties or damage.  It says the temblor rocked the town of Sisakht, some 700 kilometers (430 miles) south of Tehran, on Wednesday.

The town has a population of 10,000. Iran is prone to near-daily earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines. In November, a 7.2-magnitude quake hit western Iran, killing more than 600. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.  READ MORE


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May 1, 2018 RenewAmerica Newsletter

May 1, 2018
Government’s vicious assault on parental authority
ALAN KEYES — One thing right- and left-wing totalitarian regimes have in common is their hostility, in practice, toward parental authority. The “property right” they target most consistently is the one by which children belong to their parents – – not just in the existential sense in which objects belong to the people who possess and use them, but in the sense of the shared way of being in which all humans belong to the same species…. (more)

April 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country closes its nuclear test site in May, Seoul officials said on Sunday, as U.S. President Trump pressed for total denuclearisation ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with Kim…. (more)

April 30, 2018
HAARETZ — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a cache of documents he says proves Iran lied to the world about its nuclear program for years, even after the 2015 nuclear deal with the world. “Iran did not come clean about its nuclear program,” Netanyahu said in a prime time address in English. Iran, for its part, blasted the speech as “propaganda.”… (more)

April 30, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Iran nuclear deal was “built on Iran’s lies,” and was not established “on a foundation of good faith or transparency,” after Israel announced it had obtained 110,000 files from an Iranian storage facility on Iran’s efforts to develop a secret nuclear weapons program…. (more)

April 30, 2018
NEWSMAX — The reviews are in: President Donald Trump gave a thumbs-down Sunday to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, offending present and past members of his administration, including one who walked out in protest…. (more)

April 30, 2018
Snopes.com plays fast and loose with the First Amendment and makes Christianity a target
ROBERT KNIGHT — Snopes.com is handy at times. The “fact check” site is useful when vetting a news story that favors a progressive take. If even the left-leaning Snopes finds it false or mostly false, that’s pretty persuasive. But not so much when it comes to something involving conservatives or conservative causes…. (more)

April 30, 2018
FORBIDDENKNOWLEDGETV.NET — A video by filmmaker Alexandra Bruce, posted at her website ForbiddenKnowledgeTV.net, reveals the striking fact that local news stations throughout the U.S. share identically-worded scripts in order to control the public’s views and attitudes. Exactly who controls the shared scripts is the question, since the local stations are affiliates of different networks…. (more)

April 30, 2018
DHS vows ‘prosecution’ for those that break the law
WASHINGTON TIMES — The illegal immigrant caravan swamped border officials in San Diego Sunday as hundreds of people showed up at the San Ysidro port of entry and demanded admittance and asylum as reporters, immigrant rights activists and Mexican watched. After a month of traveling across Mexico, hundreds of people, most of them from Honduras, massed in Tijuana and began to present themselves to U.S. border officials, reciting the script they’ve been coached to deliver to clear the first hurdles toward asylum…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation. The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program ahead of planned summit meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Former CIA Director John Brennan ripped President Donald Trump on Saturday for his attacks on former DNI chief James Clapper, who was cited in a House Intelligence Committee report for his role in the release of an unsubstantiated Russian dossier shortly before Trump’s inauguration last year…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — The parents of a terminally ill British toddler whose case drew attention from Pope Francis and others around the world say they are “heartbroken” that their son has died. Kate James and Tom Evans said on Facebook that 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who had an incurable degenerative brain condition and was at the center of a legal battle over his treatment, died on Saturday morning…. (more)

April 29, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The parents of Charlie Gard have expressed their solidarity with the mother and father of Alfie Evans, the terminally ill tot who has been forbidden by British courts from being taken to Italy for further treatment. “With heavy hearts we have watched as Alfie’s case has unfolded,” Chris Gard and Connie Yates wrote Friday on the “Charlie’s Fight” Facebook page. “For those who have not been in a situation like this, it is impossible to understand the pain Tom and Kate are going through.”… (more)

April 29, 2018
‘You don’t need to know how to integrate a function to take care of a newborn’
BOB UNRUH — The District of Columbia has begun putting much-needed day cares out of business because their operators are not college graduates. The new requirement, just approved and retroactively affecting day-care providers who have successful provided working parents help for decades, comes from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education…. (more)

April 29, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Michelle Wolf, who was brought in for the comedy routine Saturday for the White House Correspondents Association dinner, told a groan-inducing joke about abortion that afterwards drew a wave of backlash from conservative figures…. (more)

April 29, 2018
After months of silence, Stein says she will withhold information from Congress
THINK PROGRESS — Jill Stein ended months of silence and speculation about her role in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, announcing this week that she would not be complying with a documents request put forth by the Senate intelligence committee…. (more)

April 28, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Friday that he’s ready for nuclear talks with North Korea and won’t “be played” by the secretive nation. “We will not be played by North Korea,” Mr. Trump said. “The United States in the past was played like a fiddle.” Mr. Trump was referring to past deals struck with North Korea that won the communist regime what it wanted but did not stop its development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles…. (more)

April 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released a much-anticipated report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that accused former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of orchestrating the release of an anti-Trump research report and providing “inconsistent testimony” about his contact with the media…. (more)

April 28, 2018
Congressman calls for end to Muller probe ‘built on sand’
ART MOORE — The House Intelligence Committee released a heavily redacted final report Friday on its yearlong Russia investigation documenting its previously reported conclusion that it found no evidence of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election…. (more)

April 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Russian lawyer involved in the controversial meeting with Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower has admitted she’s a Kremlin operative, The New York Times reported Friday…. (more)

April 28, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Pro-life activists will protest outside of more than 100 Planned Parenthood locations on Saturday to urge President Trump to cut off a significant portion of the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding. The third annual National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood will feature rallies at more than 140 locations in 37 states…. (more)

April 28, 2018
Privacy group urges algorithm transparency after YouTube acquisition ‘skewed’ search results
BOB UNRUH — As the House Judiciary Committee addresses censorship by social media companies, a privacy advocate is asking Congress to require the companies to make public their algorithms, the computer coding that buries some content sources and promotes others…. (more)

April 28, 2018
But claim they’re not ‘diagnosing’ prez – just citing his ‘dangerousness’
BOB UNRUH — All presidents undergo regular physicals – – and sometimes their medical status is reported publicly, since the free world depends on a healthy U.S. president. But before now, there’s been no insistence on a mental health evaluation – – not while John F. Kennedy was turning the White House into the Playboy Mansion, or while Bill Clinton was carrying on with an intern in the Oval Office, or when George W. Bush was under intense stress after 9/11, or when Barack Obama tried to cancel the First Amendment religious rights of nuns around the world and demand they pay for their employees’ abortions…. (more)

April 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that an ongoing probe into President Trump “needs to conclude” in order to let him focus on North Korea, the U.S.-Mexico border and other world negotiations. Mr. Sessions also said he expects the Justice Department inspector general to finish his investigation into the department’s and FBI’s handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election in a “few weeks,” saying that will provide more information for decisions on whether there was wrongdoing…. (more)

April 27, 2018
The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he ignores the actual lawbreakers
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck. In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016…. (more)

April 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Senate on Thursday approved former CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the nation’s next secretary of state, overcoming heavy resistance once again from Democrats to a top Trump nominee. The vote puts an energetic new manager with a strong rapport with the boss in charge of the demoralized State Department, which has often found itself sidelined in recent months at a time when mounting crises in hot spots such as Iran, Syria and North Korea are confronting the administration…. (more)

May 2, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

5 The Lord is the host at a banquet (cf. Isa 25:6–8) prepared for his child. The “table” is laden with food and drink. Before entering into the banquet hall, the host would anoint the honored guest with oil (45:7; 92:10; 133:2; Am 6:6; Lk 7:46) made by adding perfumes to olive oil. The “cup” symbolizes the gracious and beneficent manner of entertainment. The overflowing cup pictures the Lord as giving the best to his child. It symbolizes the care and provision of God, previously represented by “green pastures” and “quiet waters.” Moreover, the Lord vindicates his servant “in the presence of [his] enemies,” expressing both the adversities of life itself as well as God’s demonstration of his love toward his own. In the presence of God, the fragrance of his rewards (“oil”) and the bounty of his provision (“cup”) make one forget troubles and tears. His is “the cup of salvation” (116:13) that pertains to both body and spirit.[1]


God as host in this life (v. 5)

David affirms that God’s provisions for his guests are both constant and abundant.

The constancy of God’s provisions means that God’s people have them in every situation and circumstance. We have already noted that the saints of God have enemies in the hour of death. They have them all through life as well. These enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil.

Knowing about these enemies, David here subjects God’s care to what we might call the ultimate test. He asserts that God’s care cannot be negated or destroyed by these fierce enemies. David sees himself sitting at a banquet table while they gather all around. While they threaten and snarl, he feasts. Such is the care of God!

David emphasizes the abundance of God’s care in these terms:

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

(v. 5b).

It was customary in those days to receive a guest by anointing him with fragrant perfume and with a cup filled with a choice wine. In this way, the host indicated that nothing was to be considered too good for his guest.

David declares that God’s care surpasses even this. His head had been anointed, and his cup was overflowing.

Such care compelled David to say:

Surely goodness and mercy

shall follow me

All the days of my life; …

(v. 6a).

God’s goodness is that disposition which causes him actively to seek the wellbeing of his creature. His mercy is that quality that inclines him to relieve misery. Because he had seen so very much of God’s faithful care in every conceivable situation, David knew he could count on God’s goodness and mercy every step of the way.[2]


23:5 In the meantime, the Shepherd prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. On the table are spread all the spiritual blessings which He purchased for us with His precious blood. The table pictures everything that is ours in Christ. Though surrounded by enemies, we enjoy these blessings in peace and security.

J. H. Jowett illustrates:

Eastern hospitality guarantees the security of the guest. “All the hallowed sanctions of hospitality gather around him for his defense. He is taken into the tent, food is placed before him, while his evaded pursuers stand frowningly at the door.”

He also anoints our heads with oil. Shepherds anoint the heads of their sheep to soothe the scratches and wounds. For priests the anointing oil speaks of consecration to their work. For kings the anointing oil is associated with coronation. Every believer is anointed with the Holy Spirit the moment he receives the Savior. This anointing guarantees him the teaching ministry of God the Spirit.

When we think of all the riches of grace which we have in Christ Jesus, we burst forth with the grateful acknowledgment, “My cup runs over!”

His love has no limit,

His grace has no measure,

His power has no boundary known unto men:

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Annie Johnson Flint[3]


23:5a table before me: God’s provision is so luxurious, it is as though He has prepared a banquet. anoint: Typically an honored guest in the ancient Middle East was anointed with olive oil that contained perfumes. My cup: God’s provision is as abundant as the wine offered to a guest by a generous host. The lavish treatment of the guest is indicative of the loving care of God for His people.[4]


The Lord as Provider (23:5)

23:5. In this verse the scene changes to a banquet hall where a gracious host provides lavish hospitality. Under this imagery the psalmist rejoiced in the Lord’s provision. What was comforting to David was that this was in the presence of his enemies. Despite impending danger, the Lord spread out a table for him, that is, God provided for him.

The image of anointing the head with oil, which was refreshing and soothing, harmonizes with the concept of a gracious host welcoming someone into his home. In view of the table and the oil David knew that his lot in life (his cup) was abundant blessing from the Lord.[5]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 255–256). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (pp. 50–52). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 581). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 664). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 812). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

MAY 2 HOLY, HOLY, HOLY: KNEEL AT JESUS’ FEET

My brethren, have not the faith of our LORD Jesus Christ, the LORD of glory, with respect of persons.

JAMES 2:1

A system of literature has grown up around the notion that Christianity may be proven by the fact that “great men” believe in Christ!

A magazine article carries the caption that “Senator So-and-So Believes in Christ.” The implication is that if the senator believes in Christ, then Christ must be all right.

When did Jesus Christ have to ride in on the coattail of a senator, or a governor, or some other well-known man?

No, no, my brother! Jesus Christ stands alone, unique and supreme, self-validating, and the Holy Ghost declares Him to be God’s eternal Son. Let all the presidents and all the kings and queens, the senators, and the lords and ladies of the world, along with the great athletes and great actors—let them kneel at His feet and cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!”

Only the Holy Ghost can do this, my brethren. For that reason, I don’t bow down to great men. I bow down to the Great Man, and if you have learned to worship the Son of Man, you will not worship other men.

The Holy Spirit is God’s imperative of life. If Christ is to be the Christ of God rather than the Christ of intellect, then we must enter in beyond the veil, until the illumination of the Holy Spirit fills our hearts and we are learning at the feet of Jesus—not at the feet of men![1]


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

May 2 Jesus on God’s Love: To Show Our Sonship

… so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.—Matt. 5:45

God Himself is love, and the best evidence that we are His children through faith in Jesus Christ is our love for other believers. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35; cf. 1 John 4:20). Our divine sonship is further evidenced when love leads us to pray for our opponents.

Even though the world often has a faulty understanding of what the gospel is, it knows enough about Christ and His teachings to see that believers do not obey all His commands or live consistently as He lived. People in the world who are the furthest from saving faith nevertheless often sense the divine power that underlies the loving and caring Christian life—simply because such a life that goes far enough to love enemies is so uncharacteristic of human nature.

In this way we show our family likeness, an increasing resemblance to our heavenly Father. For example, God provides His general blessings on everyone, with no respect for merit or deserving; otherwise no one could receive them. The psalmist writes, “The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Ps. 145:15–16). If God is so generous, we who claim to know Him ought to show similar love and impartial concern for everyone, even those who don’t like us.

ASK YOURSELF

Though God does possess qualities we can never attain as mortals, He has given us—by virtue of our adoption into His family—the privilege of looking more like Him in our attitudes and behaviors. Why is pursuing this so important?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 131). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

May 2 Leading Us in Triumph

Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2 Corinthians 2:14

There are many possibilities that arise out of unjust suffering for Christ’s sake. God may use your suffering to lead someone to Christ. He may use it to help you triumph over demonic persecution, or it may enable another who sees your godly response to persecution to respond in the same way.

Whatever the triumph of your suffering, you may be sure of one thing: if you suffer for Christ’s sake, God will lift you up and exalt you into His very presence. Christ will always cause us to triumph even though we suffer unjustly. Don’t underestimate the potential of unjust suffering for Christ’s sake. So endure whatever suffering comes your way in the light of your coming triumph in Christ![1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 139). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Why are so many famous and ordinary people’s lives imploding? – Religion News ServiceReligion News Service

(RNS) — Well-respected community leaders, coaches, and pastors seem to be imploding at epidemic levels. Stories of abuse, affairs, lapses in integrity, and self-destructive behaviors seem to fill our news feeds at a relentless and alarming pace. We should not be surprised.
— Read on religionnews.com/2018/05/01/why-are-so-many-famous-and-ordinary-peoples-lives-imploding/

Journalist Posts Dossier Timeline, Confirms Deep State and Media Colluding to Trounce Trump – Conservative Tribune

For more than a year, the liberal mainstream media — and particularly CNN — have gleefully perpetuated a conspiracy theory regarding alleged collusion between the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government as an explanation for Hillary Clinton’s surprising electoral loss in 2016. The centerpiece of that claim are the contents of a “salacious…

The post Journalist Posts Dossier Timeline, Confirms Deep State and Media Colluding to Trounce Trump appeared first on Conservative Tribune.

— Read on www.westernjournal.com/ct/journalist-dossier-timeline-media/amp/

May 2 Opposition to the World Brings Hatred

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

John 15:18–19

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Because they are not part of the world’s system, Christians should expect it to hate and oppose them.

If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you doubtless remember how soon you realized that you were no longer in step with the world’s culture. You were no longer comfortable with its philosophy. You no longer had the world’s desires and yearnings. You no longer felt good about doing some of the things the world takes for granted. In fact, you even felt constrained to speak out against such things and urge unbelievers to turn from their sins and embrace Christ. All that opposition to worldliness, when added up, can and will result in hatred toward us from people in the world.

In John 15, the Greek word translated “world” (kosmos) refers to the world’s system of sin, which is devised by Satan and acted out by sinful people. The Devil and his angels sometimes make it even more difficult for us by subtly presenting their “religion” as if it were true. Such deception can lull us into complacency and leave us spiritually weak when persecution comes.

Because of the world’s relentless opposition to God’s kingdom, it is crucial that we remember Christ’s call to stand for Him in our sinful society. The apostle Paul exhorts us to be “children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation” (Phil. 2:15).

If we take Scripture seriously and prayerfully spend time in it daily, we will not be caught off guard when our faith is opposed. Instead, we will be heartened by Jesus’ words, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord to strengthen you today and to remind you that even though you are not of the world, you are to be a light to it.

For Further Study: Read the account of John the Baptist’s death in Mark 6:14–29. How did John suffer before he was killed? ✧ What character differences do you see between John and Herod?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Objective (true) Christianity vs subjective religiosity

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 (NASB) 

There is a form of religion in the world today that calls itself by many names and in each of those forms it is seen as a type of Christianity, but is, in fact, nothing more than a man-made facsimile of true Christianity. However, its foundation is not the same. True Christianity is built upon the foundations of Christ, Him Crucified, God’s Eternal Word, The Holy Trinity, and the Sovereignty of…

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Why Legalism Destroys Churches and Kills Christians — The Aquila Report

While few of us today seek to follow the Pharisaical model, this level of misery is alive and well among those who misunderstand the complementarity of law and gospel and seek to earn favor with God through both keeping the law and misappropriating it to extrapolate a set of personal convictions—often related to modes of…

via Why Legalism Destroys Churches and Kills Christians — The Aquila Report

Five Onramps to Joyful Prayer — Unlocking the Bible

If you had to describe your prayer life in one word, what would you choose? Fulfilling? Effective? Joyful? Or do words like irregular, inconsistent, or blah ring truer? I’ve been there. And up until fairly recently, I haven’t been concerned, thinking it was normal, and thus OK. What I soon realized is that being content…

via Five Onramps to Joyful Prayer — Unlocking the Bible

05/02/18 Give Thanks — ChuckLawless.com

READING: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalms 20, 53, 60, 75 “We give thanks to you, for your name is near.” Psalm 75:1 It’s not Thanksgiving, but it’s still a time to give thanks. It always is, actually. That’s because we can—and must—always give thanks because the Lord’s “name is near” (Psa. 75:1). Representing the…

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More Hillsong Theo-eroticism — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

One of the more popular songs invading churches during worship is Hillsong’s Oceans. The trouble with this song, as with so many, it that there are some good (well, okay) lyrics which become subtly undermined by what is becoming known as “theo-eroticism” (i.e., “Jesus/God is my boyfriend/lover” theology). That is what we have with this…

via More Hillsong Theo-eroticism — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Moody Professors Protest: Will Sign Chicago Statement but it “Means Nothing to Me” — Julie Roys

Several Bible and theology professors at the Moody Bible Institute (MBI) are openly protesting the board’s decision about a month ago to adopt the Short Statement of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and to require all faculty to sign it. The professors, who all served on an ad-hoc committee on inerrancy, voiced their opposition…

via Moody Professors Protest: Will Sign Chicago Statement but it “Means Nothing to Me” — Julie Roys