“Through mortal sins the elect may altogether lose and banish the Holy Ghost, faith and the grace of God, and thus for a time become subjects of condemnation, yet they cannot be wanting to the end, and perish eternally. Total loss of grace is one thing, final loss of grace is another. That is total, by which any one is entirely deprived of the grace of God; that is final, by which any one, shortly before death, departs from the faith, and dies in unbelief.” — Johannes Quenstedt
1 Chronicles 16:1–17:27; 2 Timothy 1:3–18; Psalm 84:1–12
The general sense of what worship “is” is widely known, but the specifics of what it means are a little vague. Aside from obedience (i.e., avoiding sin and following what God asks of us), there are specific ways to show God admiration. In 1 Chronicles, during David’s many great acts, we get a glimpse into ancient worship practices that are still applicable today. We know that the biblical “editors” favored these practices because they would later ascribe countless psalms to David. His way of worship was deemed “the way to worship.”
After David and his comrades journey to Obed-Edom to bring back the ark of the covenant—the symbol of Yahweh’s provision and advocacy for His people—David appoints “some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of Yahweh” (1 Chr 16:4). The Levites, the tribe designated as religious teachers, are first to “invoke” Yahweh (call upon Him). They are then to do what should be natural in all encounters with Him: thank and then praise Him. These are all acts of worship and the way to worship: acknowledge Him by calling on Him, be thankful for His provision, and then praise Him for who He is.
David illustrates another part of worship in His song that follows this event: “Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!” (1 Chr 16:35–36). David petitions God, and he calls others to acknowledge His work by making their own petitions. It’s not that God needs to hear how great He is—that is not why we worship. It’s that we need to be reminded. In humbling ourselves before Him, we are demonstrating our rightful place in His kingdom as His servants, appointed for His great works (Eph 1:11).
Worship is really about longing for God. Our attitude toward God should be as Psa 84:2 proclaims: “My soul longs and even fails for the courtyards of Yahweh. My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
How can you instill these worship practices into your daily life?
John D. Barry
 Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
It’s been quite a month in the #MeToo era.
• Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of sexual assault.
• Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York Attorney General after three women accuse him of physically assaulting them.
• Pope Francis told a Chilean victim of clergy sexual abuse, “I was part of the problem, I caused this, and I apologize to you.”
• The bishops of Chile, another part of the problem, submitted their resignations.
• Michigan State agreed to pay $500 million to the victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the physicians who sexually abused hundred of female gymnasts in the guise of providing medical treatment.
• The elders of Willow Creek apologized for casting doubt on women’s allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of departing senior pastor Bill Hybels
• Paige Patterson, denigrator of women, was relieved of the presidency of Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.
• “The judgment of God has come,” wrote Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
• Harvey Weinstein left a New York Police Department precinct in handcuffs.
• And Morgan Freeman, aka the Voice of God.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up, saith the Epistle of James. This Memorial Day, let us remember the boons of humiliation.
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J.D. Greear, lead pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, posted a Facebook Live video on Thursday addressing things he felt needed to be changed within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Greear captioned the video with, “To my brothers and sisters of the SBC, God is trying to get our attention.” He refers to a “dizzying” amount of problems that have come out about SBC leadership.
In the eight-minute video, Greear discussed several things, from transparency to inclusivity to the power of leading with love.
To my brothers and sisters of the SBC, God is trying to get our attention.
Posted by J.D. Greear on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Greear’s first two points addressed inclusion. He said women need to be honored and mentored in ministry leadership, while also honoring complementarianism. He went on to say that people of color need to be represented in SBC leadership at proportionate rates.
Our failure to listen to and honor women and racial minorities and our failure to include them in proportionate measures at top leadership roles have hindered our ability to see sin and injustice and call it out. It’s not that we need a charitably invite them to the table as if we’re sharing something, we need them, because God has gifted them with a wisdom, because of their experiences that we have been neglectful and lax and have guarded our institutions and our positions of leadership at our detriment. I think God is showing us that we need to repent for that posture and include our brothers and sisters of color and women in leadership.
His next points seemed to allude to Paige Patterson. Greear called for a commitment to protecting vulnerable people and exposing abusers, as well as having more transparency in leadership throughout churches and communities.
He also called for people to speak with each other in love and remove immorality.
“We need to deal with the sin among us, seriously and soberly, but also just with grace toward each other,” he says.
Greear is up for SBC president against Ken Hemphill.
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The twelve apostles included “Thaddaeus” (Matt. 10:3).
Victorious Christian living requires great courage.
Thaddaeus was a man of many identities. In the King James translation of Matthew 10:3 he is called “Lebbeus, whose surname was Thaddeus.” He is also called “Judas the son of James” (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13) and “Judas (not Iscariot)” (John 14:22).
Judas, which means “Jehovah leads,” was probably the name given him at birth, with Thaddaeus and Lebbeus added later as nicknames to reflect his character. Apparently Thaddaeus was the nickname given to him by his family. It comes from a Hebrew root word that refers to the female breast. Basically it means a “breast-child.” Perhaps Thaddaeus was the youngest child in the family or was especially dear to his mother. Lebbeus comes from a Hebrew root that means “heart.” Literally it means a “heart-child” and speaks of someone who is courageous. That nickname was likely given him by his friends, who saw him as a man of boldness and courage.
Early church tradition tells us that Thaddaeus was tremendously gifted with the power of God to heal the sick. It is said that a certain Syrian king named Adgar was very ill and sent for Thaddaeus to come and heal him. On his way to the king, Thaddaeus reportedly healed hundreds of people throughout Syria. When he finally reached the king, he healed him and then preached Christ to him. As a result, the king became a Christian. The country, however, was thrown into chaos, and a vengeful nephew of the king had Thaddaeus imprisoned, then beaten to death with a club. If that tradition is true, it confirms that Thaddaeus was a man of great courage.
It takes courage to die for Christ, but it also takes courage to live for Him. That’s why Paul said that God hasn’t “given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7). Each day trust in God’s promises and rely on His Spirit. That’s how you can face each new challenge with courage and confidence.
Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the courage He has given you in the past, and ask Him to help you face future spiritual battles without retreat or compromise.
For Further Study: Read Daniel 3:1–30. ✧ Why were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego punished by King Nebuchadnezzar? ✧ How did God honor their courage?
The reading below contains excerpts from Andrew Fuller’s article for The Biblical Magazine titled, “Progressiveness of sin and of holiness.” The headings have been added and some of the language contemporized but the included excerpts are exclusively from Fuller.
When our Savior spoke of his making men free, the Jews were offended. It hurt their pride to be represented as slaves; yet slaves they were—and such is every sinner, however insensible of it, till Christ has made him free. And the longer he continues in this state, the more he is entangled, and the less capable he becomes of making his escape. Sin is a master that will not suffer its slaves to rest, but is always hurrying them on from one thing to another, till, having finished its operations, it brings forth death. The way of sin is a way in which there is no standing still—a kind of down-hill road, in which every step gives an accelerated force, till you reach the bottom. Such is the import of those emphatic words of the apostle, “Ye were servants to iniquity, unto iniquity.”
Opening the Door to Sin
First, He that yields himself a servant to sin, in any one of its forms, admits a principle which opens the door to sin in every other form. This principle is, that the authority of God is not to be regarded when it stands in the way of our inclinations; if you admit of this principle, there is nothing to hinder you from going into any evil which your soul lusts after. You may not, indeed, commit every bad practice; but while such is the state of your mind, it is not the fear of God, but a regard to man, or a concern for your own interest, safety, or reputation, that restrains you. If you indulge in theft, for instance, you would, with the same unconcern, commit adultery, robbery, or murder, provided you were tempted to such things, and could commit them with the hope of escaping punishment. It is thus that he who transgresses the law in one point is guilty of all: for He that forbids one sin forbids all; and a deliberate offence against Him in one particular is as really a rejection of his authority as in many.
Destroying the Principle of Resistance
Secondly, Every sin we commit goes to destroy the principle of resistance, and it produces a kind of desperate carelessness. Purity of mind, like cleanliness of apparel, is accompanied with a desire of avoiding everything that might defile; and even where this has no place, conscience, aided by education and example, is a great preservative against immoral and destructive courses; but if we once plunge into the vices of the world, emulation is extinguished. The child that is accustomed to rags and filth loses all shame, and feels no ambition to appear neat and decent.
The first time a person yields to a particular temptation it is not without some struggles of conscience; and when it is past, his soul is usually smitten with remorse; and, it may be, he thinks he shall never do the like again: but temptation returning, and the motive to resist being weakened, he becomes an easy prey to the tempter. And now the clamors of conscience subside, his heart grows hard, and his mind desperate.
Feeding Sinful Desires
Thirdly, Every sin we commit not only goes to destroy the principle of resistance, but produces an inordinate desire after the repetition of it; and thus, like half an army going over to the enemy, operates both ways against us, weakening our scruples, and strengthening our propensities.—This is manifestly the effect in such sins as drunkenness, gaming, and fornication. It is one of the deceits of sin to promise that, if we will but grant its wishes in this or that particular, it will ask no more, or to persuade its deluded votaries that indulgence will assuage the torrent of desire; but though this may be the case for a short time, sin will return with redoubled violence. It rises in its demands, from every concession you make to it. He that has entered the paths of the destroyer can tell, from experience, that it is a thousand times more difficult to recede than to refrain from engaging. The thirst of the leech at the vein, and of the drunkard at his bottle, are but faint emblems of the burnings of desire in the mind in these stages of depravity.
Sin Leads to Sin
Fourthly, If we yield to one sin, we shall find ourselves under a kind of necessity of going into other sins, in order to hide or excuse it.—This is a truth so evident that it needs only to be stated in order to be admitted. Examples abound, both in Scripture and common life. When sin is committed, the first thing that suggests itself to the sinner is, if possible, to conceal it; or, if that cannot be, to excuse it. Adam first strove to hide himself in the trees of the garden, and when this refuge failed him, it was the woman, and the woman that God gave to be with him too, who tempted him to do as he did. Nearly the same course was pursued by David. Having outraged decorum, he first betakes himself to intrigue, in hope to cover his crime; and when this failed him, he has recourse to murder; and, this being accomplished, the horrible event is, with an air of affected resignation, ascribed to Providence: “The sword devoureth one as well as another!” Nor is this the only instance wherein that which has begun in a wanton look has ended in blood. What numbers of innocent babes are murdered, and one or both of their unhappy parents executed, for that which is resorted to merely as a cover for illicit practices!
Forming a Habit of Sin
Fifthly, Every act of sin tends to form a sinful habit; or, if already formed, to strengthen it.—Single acts of sin are as drops of water, which possess but little force; but when they become a habit, they are a mighty stream which bears down all before it. The drunkard had no natural thirst for strong liquors. Some worldly trouble, or the love of loose company, first brought him to make free with them; but having once contracted the habit, though he knows he is every day wasting his substance, shortening his life, and ruining his soul, yet he cannot desist. Even under the power of stupefaction, he calls for more drink: his very dreams betray his lusts. “They have smitten me,” says he, “and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”—The gamester, at the first, thought but little of doing what he now does. He fell in company, it may be, with a card-party, or had heard of a lucky adventure in the lottery, or known a person who had made his fortune by a successful speculation in the stocks. So he resolves to try a little of it himself. He succeeds. He tries again; ventures deeper and deeper, with various success. His circumstances become embarrassed; yet, having begun, he must go on. One more great adventure is to recover all, and free him from his difficulties. He loses; his family is ruined; his creditors are wronged; and himself, it is not impossible, driven to the use of such means of support as shall bring him to an untimely end!—The debauchee was once, it may be, a sober man. His illicit connections might originate in what were thought at the time very innocent familiarities. But having once invaded the laws of chastity, he seta no bounds to his desires. “His eyes are full of adultery, and he cannot cease from sin.”
Trapped in Sin
Sixthly, When the sinner becomes thus besotted in the ways of sin, there are commonly a number of circumstances and considerations, besides his own attachment to it, which entangle his soul, and, if infinite mercy interpose not, prevent his escape. He has formed connections among men like himself … His interest will suffer.… His companions will reproach him.… The world will laugh at him. Many in such circumstances have been the subjects of strong convictions, have shed many tears, and professed great desire to return from their evil course; yet when it has come to the test, they could not recede: having begun and gone on so far, they cannot relinquish it now, whatever be the consequence.
Reader, is this, or something like it, your case? Permit a well-wisher to your soul to be free with you. Be assured you must return or perish forever, and that in a little time. Infidels may tell you there is no danger; but when they come to die they have commonly discovered that they did not believe their own words or writings. “Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth;” and before Him you must shortly give an account. Will you plunge yourself into the pit from whence there is no redemption? That tremendous punishment is represented as not prepared originally for you, but for the devil and his angels. If you go thither, you in a manner take the kingdom of darkness by force.
Let me add, It is not enough for you to return, unless in so doing you return to God.—“Ye have returned, but not unto me, saith the Lord.” If I felt only for your credit and comfort in this world, I might have contented myself with warning you to break off your outward vices, and cautioning you against the inlets of future evils. Animals, though void of reason, yet, through mere instinct, fly from present danger. “In vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.” The fishes of the sea avoid the whirlpool. And shall man go with his eyes open into the net? Will he sail unconcerned into the vortex of destruction? But it is not from present danger only, or chiefly, that I would warn you to flee. My heart’s desire and prayer to God for you is, that you may be saved from the wrath to come. Know, then, though you should escape the grosser immoralities of the world, yet you may be still in your sins, and exposed to eternal ruin.
Your danger does not lie merely nor mainly in open vices. Satan may be cast out with respect to these, and yet retire into the strong holds of proud self-satisfaction. It is not the outward spot that will kill you, but the inward disease whence it proceeds. “From within, even from the heart,’ proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” Every outbreaking of sin in your life is a proof of the inward corruption of your nature. If this fountain be not healed, in vain will you go about to purify the streams. I mean not to dissuade you from breaking off your sins; but to persuade you to break them off” by righteousness.” But the only way in which this is to be done is that to which our Savior directed in his preaching.… “Repent, and believe the gospel.” All reformation short of this is only an exchange of vices.
[Andrew Fuller, “Progressiveness of sin and of holiness,” in The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Expositions—Miscellaneous, J. Belcher, Ed. (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), Vol. 3:660-663.]
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by Todd Clay
God has imprinted his fingerprints on the universe in many ways. Here are 31 ways the God of the Bible has made himself obvious to the world.
According to the Bible, “God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them…so they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20). To the Apostle, the existence of God was so obvious nobody had an excuse not to know him.
God is not some microscopic amoeba at the bottom of an Amazonian jungle pond. Nor is he some lunar rock in a distant galaxy. Instead, he is nearby and obvious to anyone who wants to find him.
God has imprinted his fingerprints on the universe in many ways. Here are 31 reasons the God of the Bible has made himself obvious to the world…
Scientific Arguments for God’s Existence
1 The Fine Tuning Argument: Scientists have determined that life in the universe would be impossible if more than about two dozen properties of the universe were even slightly different from what they are. In short, the universe is “fine-tuned” for life. (Discovery.org)
2 Earth’s Perfect Size: Earth is the only known planet with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life. (everystudent.com)
3 Irreducible Biological Complexity: There are a number of biochemical systems that are irreducibly complex. Like the functions of a mousetrap, a cilium cannot perform its function unless its components are arranged and structured in precisely the manner in which they are. (talkorigins.org).
4 DNA’s Function as Life’s Blueprint: DNA instructs the cell like your smartphone is programmed. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual for life. (everystudent.com)
5 The Human Brain’s Capacity: The human brain processes more than one million messages a second. Your brain weighs the importance of the data and allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world. (everystudent.com)
6 The Eye’s Complexity: The human eye has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages simultaneously. In addition, it can distinguish between seven million colors making it a highly complex organ. (everystudent.com)
7 Chaos Never Creates Order: Since everything in the universe tends toward disorder, it is a violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics if things become more orderly and complex by themselves. Hence, something must have put everything together originally…
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That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion.
1 Peter 4:11
Basic beliefs about the Person and the nature of God have changed so much that there are among us now men and women who find it easy to brag about the benefits they receive from God—without ever a thought or a desire to know the true meaning of worship!
I have immediate reactions to such an extreme misunderstanding of the true nature of a holy and sovereign God, for I believe that the very last thing God desires is to have shallow-minded and worldly Christians bragging about Him.
Beyond that, it does not seem to be very well recognized that God’s highest desire is that every one of His believing children should so love and so adore Him that we are continually in His presence, in spirit and in truth.
Something wonderful and miraculous and life changing takes place within the human soul when Jesus Christ is invited in to take His rightful place. That is what God anticipated when He wrought the plan of salvation. He intended to make worshipers out of rebels; to restore the place of worship which our first parents knew when they were created!
Lord, this morning I want to give You first place in my life all over again. It’s all about You, Lord. You deserve all my worship.
A fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added several defendants to a lawsuit claiming the Persian Gulf state of Qatar hacked his email accounts and shared the contents with news organizations.
President Donald Trump said on Friday it was possible a planned summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned.
Norway hopes to open bilateral trade talks with Britain before London’s transition period to leave the European Union ends in 2020, as Brussels seems willing to show some flexibility on the question, the Norwegian foreign minister said on Friday.
A Democratic candidate among front-runners in the race for Iowa governor dropped out on Thursday after accusations of sexual misconduct by three women.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.
A U.S. Senate panel has put a measure to tighten oversight of foreign investment in the United States into a must-pass defense policy bill, a Senate committee said on Thursday.
Berlin and Beijing must revamp their relationship to adapt to digital changes, said Angela Merkel, who has made the issue a top priority of her fourth term as German Chancellor.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Russia and Japan should sign a peace treaty so that they can realize their economic cooperation ambitions.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was quietly confident that a strong early turnout in Ireland’s abortion referendum on Friday would favor those seeking change in what only two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.
Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production by some 1 million barrels a day, sources said, while OPEC’s chief said a complaint from U.S. President Donald Trump over high prices had triggered the idea of upping output.
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The Senate judiciary committee voted Thursday to advance U.S. District Court nominee Wendy Vitter, a vocal opponent of abortion rights who initially didn’t tell senators about her past extreme comments on the topic.
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The Briefing — Friday, May 25, 2018
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3) Failing the intersectionality test: LGBT community deems pro-LGBT mayor unworthy of their support
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4) Remembering the lives of Richard Pipes and Bernard Lewis, two titanic figures in the world of foreign policy
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MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine
Australia and the Netherlands have formally accused Russia of being responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. On Thursday, Dutch-led international investigators concluded that the missile belonged to a Russian brigade.
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A third lava flow from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes.
Taiwan sends aircraft to shadow Chinese bombers around island
Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing Chinese pressure. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.
Mysterious Booms, House-Rattling Sounds In Pennsylvania Under Investigation By FBI
Federal and local authorities are investigating mysterious booms being reported in Upper Bucks and Lehigh Counties. Springfield Township police say there have been multiple reports of loud explosions, with the most recent one happening shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
Someone Has Infected At Least 500,000 Routers All Over The World And No One Knows Why
Unknown hackers have reportedly infected at least 500,000 routers and other network devices all over the world with sophisticated and potentially destructive malware—and the Ukrainian government believes Russian hackers may use this botnet in an attack ahead of the Champions League soccer final this week in Kiev.
Tropical cyclone Sagar cause deaths and floods in Somalia, Djibouti}
A tropical cyclone has wrecked havoc across the Horn of Africa, leaving at least 15 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.
Is East Africa is splitting in two? A big crack raises question
A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu Brings Life-Threatening Flooding Concerns to Oman, Yemen and Might Be an Unusual Landfall
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is strengthening as it tracks toward the Arabian Peninsula, where it is expected to make landfall near the border of Oman and Yemen late this week.
Paris hit by flash flooding in shock hailstorm
The streets and Métro stations in Paris have been flooded after unseasonal storms brought heavy rainfall and strong hail to the capital – while strong hail further south in Vaucluse has destroyed crops.
Trump Quotes Jeremiah 1:5 at Pro-Life Gala, Says ‘Every Life Has Meaning’
President Donald Trump assured a prominent gathering of pro-life leaders and activists Tuesday night that the pro-life movement will “never fail” as long as “we keep trusting God” and quoted the Old Testament to argue that “every child is a precious gift from God.”
Sweden distributes 4.8 million leaflets demanding their citizens be prepared for WAR – are they referring to Russia or Muslim migrants?
“The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.”
WATCH: Israeli “Flying Car” Makes Successful First Trip
A “flying car” being developed by an Israeli firm successfully completed its first trip over terrain this past November, Reuters reported Tuesday.
MEDIA BLACKOUT: Turkish soldiers shoot read Syrian refugees (including children) at the border, why no outrage?
Eight Syrian civilians, half of them are children, were shot dead by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross into Turkey, local activists reported.
Massive Explosions Reported From North Korea’s Nuclear Site
Witnesses have reported huge explosions from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site as North Korea announces it wants to achieve peace by destroying its nukes.
Surprise outcome for Iowa 4-H LGBT coup
After a major campaign to impose controversial LGBTQ policies on the state’s 4-H youth program – including the admission of biological males into female restrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations, as well as mandatory use of exotic transgender pronouns – those in charge of Iowa’s 4-H program now say they will not be adopting the transgender guidelines after all.
Valedictorian Ordered Not to Thank ‘Jesus’ During Graduation Speech
The valedictorian at a high school in Illinois is considering legal action after officials barred him from referencing God and Jesus during his graduation speech.
Population of England set to rise by 3.2million in 10 years, London by 774,000
The latest set of data from the Office for National Statistics shows the population of England is set to rise by 3.2million by mid-2026. As you would expect, migration plays a huge role in that population surge. In fact, in the North East of England, out of a projected population growth of 50,000, 44,000 is down to international migration.
Dartmouth Survey Finds Democrat Students Are the Most Intolerant
“also are much less likely than Republican students to study and work on course projects with those of differing ideology”
Headlines – 5/25/2018
|Amazon provides Police with scary facial recognition system that some deem as “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,”
Posted: 25 May 2018 07:11 AM PDT
In what’s been called a “recipe for authoritarianism and disaster,” Amazon has reportedly been selling a facial recognition software called “Rekognition” to law enforcement agencies in the United States since last fall. Civil-rights groups are crying foul while citing concerns about the potential misuse of such a tool, which can be utilized on a police officer’s body camera. Dozens of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, submitted a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, asking the company
to stop the distribution of their new tool. The statement read: “Rekognition is a powerful surveillance system readily available to violate rights and target communities of color. … With Rekognition, Amazon delivers these dangerous surveillance powers directly to the government.” But Amazon pushed back in an emailed statement about the program, saying that it had “many useful applications in the real world” and that the firm “requires that customers comply with the law and be responsible when they use” its products. READ MORE
|Canadian Authorities Search for 2 Men After IED Injures 15 at Toronto Restaurant
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:47 AM PDT
An explosion caused by an “improvised explosive device” ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said. Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the device and fled.
“We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act,” Bertram said. Peel Region paramedic Joe Korstanje said three people suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what he described as minor and superficial injuries. Police later updated the condition of the three critically injured patients to stable. READ MORE
|4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbles off Oregon coast
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:41 AM PDT
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rumbled beneath the ocean more than 100 miles west of Bandon early Sunday morning. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the quake occurred at 2:47 a.m. at a depth of more than six miles,
the third in the same general area off the southern Oregon coast reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude-3.1 quake was recorded April 20 and a 4.0 shook on April 29. Another, magnitude-3.8 earthquake struck April 26 a bit closer to shore, about 77 miles west of Coos Bay. READ MORE
|Is Amazon removing Conservative Sites?
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:34 AM PDT
A popular legal blogger whose site was abruptly terminated without an opportunity for appeal by the revenue-sharing program Amazon Associates has concluded that someone at the web retail giant “wanted us gone” for political and ideological reasons. William A. Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection said his participation in Amazon Associates was ended April 28 “without warning, with false and shifting explanations.” Amazon further told Jacobson it was holding back any accumulated money his site was owed.
“There was no prior indication of a problem, or chance to cure,” he said. Now, after the “month-long futile process of seeking reinstatement is over, it is clear to me that someone at Amazon wanted us gone.” “The wholesale effort to marginalize and silence voices that dissent from the Leftist agenda was not as obvious then as it is now, and at the time I thought the whole thing was just one of those inexplicable and unfortunate mistakes that happen sometimes,” Spencer wrote Thursday. Now, based on Amazon’s explanation of what happened to him and reading Legal Insurrection’s post, he said, “I realize that it was far more insidious.” READ MORE
|Atheists Declare War Against the Ten Commandments in Arkansas
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:26 AM PDT
(By American History and Heritage Foundation INC) “This week, I was informed that several anti-American organizations have filed two federal lawsuits basically declaring their own war on the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument and ACT 1231. I was proud to sponsor ACT 1231, which passed with an overwhelming majority by the Arkansas legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2015,” says Sen. Jason Raport. “I am encouraged that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and her office are prepared to defend the people of Arkansas and the Ten Commandments Monument, which honors part of the historical and moral foundation law.
If the Ten Commandments are good enough to be displayed in the United States Supreme Court Chamber and other state capitol grounds in Texas and around our nation, then they are good enough to be displayed in Arkansas. I look forward to a vigorous defense of the law in Arkansas.” The state of Arkansas installed the second Ten Commandments Monument donated by the American History & Heritage Foundation on April 26, 2018. On April 8, 2015, the Arkansas General Assembly passed SB939—The Ten Commandments Monument Act—and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill into law becoming, ACT 1231. READ MORE
|No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to cancer experts
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:20 AM PDT
No amount of alcohol, sausage or bacon is safe according to a new global blueprint on how to beat cancer. Even small amounts of processed meats and booze increase the risk of a host of cancers outlined in World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) guidelines updated every decade. The respected global authority has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%. Brits
have been told to banish favorites such as ham, burgers and hot dogs from their diets by experts who say they are a direct cause of bowel cancer. Processed meats also cause people to be overweight which can trigger many more cancers. But UK experts have disagreed with the draconian advice insisting the odd bacon sandwich “isn’t anything to worry about”. READ MORE
|Facial recognition can now identify liars
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:15 AM PDT
Surveillance cameras at airports could be used to identify passengers who are not telling the truth, helping better identify terrorists and drug-smugglers while minimizing instances of racial profiling. The artificial-intelligence programme was developed by a team of computer scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, using crowdsourcing technology to build the largest public data
resource of liars’ facial expressions. Researchers used a machine-learning algorithm to analyze over 1.3 million frames of one-to-one interactions. Among the most common traits associated with lying identified by the programme was a high-intensity version of the so-called Duchenne smile, in which people effectively smile with their eyes. READ MORE
|DAYS OF NOAH: Half Human-Half Chicken abomination created in lab…
Posted: 25 May 2018 06:11 AM PDT
A team of stem cell researchers has done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life. Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves. But
now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment. By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists were for the first time ever able to observe how cells organize themselves. The study was published this week in the science journal Nature where the scientists unveiled the inner machinations of so-called ‘organiser cells’. READ MORE
|DAYS OF LOT: America’s LGBT Population Rises to 4.5 Percent, Mostly Among Millennials
Posted: 24 May 2018 12:35 PM PDT
In the United States, the percentage of adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased to 4.5 percent, according to a year-long survey, which also shows that the biggest increase has been among millennials. Gallup’s daily tracking in 2017 has found that more than 11 million adults now identify as LGBT in the country, which is 4.5 percent of the population — up from 4.1
percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012. The increase is driven primarily by the millennials, meaning those born between 1980 and 1999, as those from this group who identify as LGBT rose from 7.3 percent in 2016 to 8.1 percent in 2017. It stood at 5.8 percent in 2012. In Generation X, meaning those born from 1965 to 1979, the LGBT percentage was up 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017. READ MORE
|Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi and death toll could rise
Posted: 24 May 2018 12:29 PM PDT
A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organization said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist. The heatwave has coincided with power outages and the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. Temperatures hit 44 degrees Celsius (111
Fahrenheit) on Monday, local media reported. Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation that operates morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s biggest city, said the deaths occurred mostly in the poor areas of Karachi. “Sixty-five people have died over the last three days,” Edhi told Reuters. “We have the bodies in our cold storage facilities and their neighborhood doctors have said they died of heat-stroke.” READ MORE
|Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump ‘worst president’ on LGBT issues, says she won’t support his re-election
Posted: 24 May 2018 12:23 PM PDT
Though she’s an unapologetic Republican, Caitlyn Jenner says she won’t be supporting President Trump’s 2020 re-election because she has been “disappointed” in his views on LGBTQ issues. Jenner called Trump the “worst president we have ever had” when it comes to representing the LGBTQ community in a recent interview with Broadly. The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star has
Watch the latest video at foxnews.comfaced fierce backlash from peers since she revealed she voted for Trump in the 2016 election. At the time, she said it was harder to come out as transgender than as a member of the Republican Party. “I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive financially and economically,” Jenner told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in April 2017. READ MORE
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- So, this has happened. The Washington Post has a report on the same. Seems to me like that’s a pretty cushy package considering the circumstances.
- In light of the above, let’s remember how to approach scandal in the church biblically.
- I shared this sermon on the believer’s assurance of salvation with a follower this week, and thought I’d post it as encouragement for others as well.
- On discerning well.
- Did you join in on the Royal Wedding buzz last weekend? It was a beautiful sight! And in case you were wondering, here’s the reason for that empty seat next to Prince William.
- This was a good article critiquing the sermon that was delivered at the wedding.
- Glad to hear this movie has been pulled from theaters.
- The glory of God in Isaiah.
- Yep, this is what happens when you unhitch the Old Testament from the rest of the Bible.
- Oh, brother. I guess Driscoll still has clout. How utterly unsurprising.
- You guys, Phil’s back.
The Bible is clear: God created man in His own image, but as absolute truth and morality continue to be attacked, we see this truth being denied as more and more professing Christians see God as they would like to see Him. We should rather surrender to Him and acknowledge His eternal nature and character. This is one of the subjects a listener sent in which we will address today. Other topics people want to touch on include:
What does Calvinism teach regarding salvation and evangelism?
The ongoing controversy and potential schism within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Why is it so hard to focus and why is prayer so difficult at times?
Jehovah’s Witnesses concept of the 144,000 “chosen ones” – the only ones who will be saved?
How pastors and teachers can reach both the unsaved and teach holiness to dedicated disciples in the same message.
Why don’t pastors and youth group leaders discuss the lies young believers are facing today about creation, sexuality and gender confusion.
Anti-Christian Senator Cory Booker and the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.
Several comments on an article about this generation “building their own god.”
Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
The first century church faced the constant persecution and even death if they were caught gathering to worship Jesus Christ. Every time they got together they were risking their lives. In countries like North Korea, Iran and China, that threat is still real as every year, thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters are beaten, imprisoned, tortured and some killed for the sake of the gospel.
Here in America we take our historic religious freedom for granted, but there has been a clear increase in violence against churches in our nation and some are warning this is just the beginning. Safety concerns within Christian Churches have become an important issue and today, Tim Miller of Lionheart International Services Group joins us for a discussion on how churches of every size can protect their families worshiping together.
In our final segment, we talk about spreading the gospel in the poorest of nations as we are joined by Micah McElveen, founder of VAPOR Ministries. Meeting the poverty needs of the poor is a great way to share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Micah tells us how VAPOR is doing that, and about an event in Green Bay June 16 where we can get involved in spreading the gospel in Haiti.
Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
It is interesting and often sad to compare what many of our modern churches look like to the gathering of the saints in the Book of Acts. The early church had commitment, focus, passion and a deep desire to learn the Apostles’ teachings. They were thankful for every blessing and even trials and challenges God allowed in their lives. They pursued holiness in a world where their very lives were in danger for following Jesus Christ. Today in America, the pursuit seems to be geared toward self, comfort, and convenience where we try to fit God into our schedules and our worship. We have divided hearts that want the blessings of salvation but not the responsibilities of holy living.
Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to look at what lessons and principles we can glean from the book of Acts and the early church. We also touch on Britain’s “royal wedding” last week and discuss marriage, idolatry, secular humanism, multiculturalism.
Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
I am not suggesting the Christian faith should be the only one allowed in public schools – although that is what took place for over a hundred years in America when our country was very different morally and spiritually. I am asking for fairness and justice.
If schools discuss one religion, then others should be allowed as well. But the left won’t go for that because they believe in the total separation of Christianity and state. Keep Jesus out, and anything else goes.
God is eternally and flawlessly just. Human beings are not. But something in every man wants to make sure we are treated justly and to see justice, particularly as Christians. Is it illogical to expect a fallen world to treat us justly? Does the Bible teach us to demand justice or accept that one day God’s justice will prevail? A combination perhaps? How do we react when we are treated unjustly by others? By the world?
Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss justice and our role in God’s plan. We also look at how young people are forming their own version of God based on their individual beliefs and moral code. It’s called creating a god in their own image.
In our final segment this morning, we look at the Trump Administration’s efforts within the Department of Education to reverse some of the horrible damage done by President Obama’s radical pro-LGBTQ and anti-Christian mandates.
But first we look at the most powerful weapon in the Christian arsenal: prayer. An all-powerful, just and righteous God actually invites us to come to Him with our hopes, concerns, requests, and fears. But do we fully understand the power of prayer and even how to pray? Do we sometimes pray as a last resort when our human efforts have been exhausted and proven ineffective? Are there restrictions or obligations God puts on our prayers? And how do we respond when God does not answer our prayers exactly as we think they should be answered?
Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at the power and privilege of prayer in our lives as born-again believers in Jesus Christ. This includes three major categories of prayer.
By James Boice on May 25, 2018 12:00 am
I wrote earlier in the week that I wanted to say more about this refrain the second time around, and we come to it the second time now. It is a great testimony, of course (“O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God”), particularly when we remember that outwardly the psalmist’s circumstances had not changed a bit. The same situation that caused David to cry out to God in verses 1 and 2 are still there. But here at the very end he is not only testifying that God is his strength and his fortress. He is actually singing praises to God in the very midst of his danger. In fact, the singing begins even a verse before this, in verse 16.
Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. Acts 9:40-41
This is a marvelous miracle — a restoration from the dead. Here is a woman known for her ministry of love and selflessness, and then this ministry was interrupted by death. But now, by the hand of God and the power of Jesus Christ, she is restored to ministry and she resumes her good works. Of course she later died again because this is but a picture, intended to teach us that this can happen to the human spirit too. Something can interrupt the progress of a spiritual life which is beginning to blossom, to flourish and bear fruit, to grow and minister to others. Some circumstance, some event or experience, can interrupt and change it and cause it to die. The person loses that zeal, earnestness, and eagerness, and becomes cold and hard, indifferent and unconcerned, bitter of spirit. He literally is like someone dead.
Many people are like that. Some have been dead for years and are still walking around. That reminds me of the famous comment by Dorothy Thompson, the newspaper reporter, when she heard of the death of Calvin Coolidge. She said, “How could they tell?” Many are like that. Their life of service has been interrupted by some incident which has been like the hand of death laid upon a zealous and earnest ministry. They have grown cold and indifferent, the very picture of death.
This can go on for years. Edwin Markham, the great Christian poet, once knew a banker whom he entrusted with the settlement of an estate. The banker betrayed him, and Markham lost all his money and was rendered penniless by the deed. It made him bitter and for several years he could write no poetry. Then one day as he was trying to write he was sitting at his desk aimlessly scrawling circles. As he doodled, making these circles, suddenly the thought struck him of the great circle of God’s love, of how it takes us in. He was struck with inspiration and wrote these words:
I drew a circle and shut him out;
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
He forgave the banker and was able to resume his ministry. After that came some of his greatest poems. This is what Jesus Christ can do. He can heal a dead spirit, raise it to life and restore it. He can heal the bitterness that may be in your life, rendering you cold and indifferent to the needs of others.
Lord, I pray that your Spirit would keep me alive and responsive to you, confessing my sin and allowing your life to work through me.
‘To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.’ Are we choosing life, seeking the renewal of our minds through honest confession of named sins? The alternative is spiritual death, the wages paid by sin.
For more on this portion of Scripture read the message:
For months now, Democrats and their media allies have been saying that Trump colluded with Russia and has threatened American democracy. But it’s starting to look like the opposite is true. It looks like the Democrats and the Obama administration are the guilty ones.
Adriana Cohen has a column on the subject that is going viral.
She writes at the Boston Herald:
Democrats’ Russia truth coming out
A Democratic Watergate is unfolding before our eyes.
It’s no wonder Obama’s former CIA chief John Brennan is tweeting like a madman, attacking President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Brennan’s running scared because it’s starting to look like he may have been a co-conspirator in the biggest political scandal since, well, Watergate.
Yesterday, Trump met with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inquire if Brennan’s CIA and the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign, as reported by The New York Times and other media last week.
If it’s confirmed that the Obama administration used U.S. intelligence agencies and the Justice Department to go after political opponents — to keep Democrats in power through a presidential election cycle — Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately un-recuse himself from the Russia “collusion” witch hunt, shut it down and open a criminal investigation into all parties involved.
And to think that Democrats and their puppets in media have been calling Trump the greatest threat to democracy all this time when their party may have been using authoritarian tactics against the leader of the opposition party and his associates.
This could get really ugly, folks.
President Donald Trump hammered Democrats and their Deep State partners in government and the media on the Obama Spygate scandal on Friday morning.
The president called out the Democrat-Media Complex on their ‘spy-informant’ word games. Democrats and their mainstream media are working feverishly to downplay the spying inside the Trump Camapaign in 2016.
President Trump also called out the media for ignoring and lying about the timing of the investigation.
It looks like all of the lies may be catching up with the Democrats.
President Trump: The Democrats are now alluding to the the concept that having an Informant placed in an opposing party’s campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be. But what about an “Informant” who is paid a fortune and who “sets up” way earlier than the Russian Hoax? Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole purpose of political advantage and gain? And to think that the party in question, even with the expenditure of far more money, LOST! Everyone knows there was a Spy, and in fact the people who were involved in the Spying are admitting that there was a Spy…Widespread Spying involving multiple people.” Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist Senior Editor But the corrupt Mainstream Media hates this monster story!
(Judy McCloud – Canada Free Press) Boom! and Bingo! all at once.
The celebratory sound of Barack and Michelle Obama hitting Netflix pay-dirt.
Until Jan. 20, 2017 they were just U.S. President and First Lady where they got to torment half of the masses they were elected to serve for eight, miserable, long years.
Suddenly and out of the blue, now the entire world and not just the White House is their proverbial oyster.
The Obamas will now be in your face; your unsolicited life professors; your entertainment and the leaders pioneering the path to a Brave New World.
Barack and Michelle are the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minus the innocence of the past, and there’ll be no escaping the monumental propaganda that Netflix is putting at their arrogant disposal.
“Earlier this week, Netflix announced it is partnering with Barack and Michelle Obama to develop original content for the video streaming giant. Initially, no real details were released — including the actual price tag of the contract. But three days later Obama has filled in some of the blanks about his plans, Business Insider reported. (Breitbart, May 24, 2018)
“Speaking at a Las Vegas tech conference hosted by cybersecurity company Okta, Obama waxed poetic about the “stories” Americans have to tell and said he wants to use his multi-year contract with Netflix to help “train the next generation of leaders.”
“Barack Obama said he relied on “stories” to fuel his political career. “Everyone has a story that is pretty sacred” about their life, Obama said. Listening to people’s stories is what helped him better serve, he explained.
Does anyone remember when Obama better served?
“Confused” made the following comment on Michael W. Chapman’s piece:
“…half of Hollywood is gay…”. He forgot bipolar, antisocial, leftist, narcissistic, alcoholic, drug-addicted, pedophilic, presumptuous, prima donnas. Or maybe he figured all that was understood.”
Here’s Chapman’s piece over at CNSNews:
Award-winning actor Sir Ian McKellen, who played “Gandalf” in the Lord of the Rings series, is openly gay and in a recent interview about his life said that “Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way” and that “half of Hollywood is gay.”