Daily Archives: June 5, 2018

June 5: When Words Are Enough

2 Chronicles 11:1–13:22; Titus 2:9–2:15; Psalm 96:1–13

It’s not often that words change the course of history. But Shemaiah, a little-known prophet, was given such an opportunity. We can easily pass over these life-altering moments if we’re not looking for them.

Rehoboam had assembled 180,000 chosen “makers of war” to fight against Israel in hopes of restoring his kingdom. He was prepared to destroy a portion of God’s people in order to gain a temporary victory. Then Shemaiah—a “man of God”—came along (2 Chr 11:2).

When Shemaiah spoke for Yahweh, Rehoboam backed down; he sent the 180,000 men home (2 Chr 11:1–4). You can imagine Rehoboam trembling in fear as he told this enormous number of warriors, “Thanks for coming out today, but Shemaiah just told me that Yahweh doesn’t approve, so we can start fortifying this city instead (see 2 Chr 11:5–12), or you can just go home if you want.”

Trust goes both ways in this story. Rehoboam trusted that Shemaiah spoke the true word of Yahweh, and Rehoboam had the trust of his men, who chose to listen to him instead of independently heading into battle. All of the parties decided to trust Yahweh, whether directly through His oracle or indirectly through following the words of their leaders.

When things seem out of control, we expect God to show up. But we often make that request without regard for the foundation we should have laid before—when things were calm. Times of rest and waiting are not times to be stagnant; instead, they are times to get to know God better so that we are prepared for what’s next. Shemaiah prepared for this situation by knowing God—the best kind of preparation.

How can you establish the foundation for your future ministry experiences now?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

June 5 Being Slow to Anger

“Let every one be … slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19–20).

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If you resent God’s Word, you cannot grow in righteousness.

Have you ever started reading your Bible, thinking everything was fine between you and the Lord, only to have the Word suddenly cut deep into your soul to expose some sin you had neglected or tried to hide? That commonly happens because God seeks to purge sin in His children. The Holy Spirit uses the Word to penetrate the hidden recesses of the heart and to do His convicting and purifying work. How you respond to that process is an indicator of the genuineness of your faith.

“Anger” in James 1:19–20 refers to a negative response to that process. It is a deep internal resentment accompanied by an attitude of rejection. Sometimes that resentment can be subtle. Paul described those who “will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Tim. 4:3). These are the people who drift from church to church in search of someone who will tell them what they want to hear, or a congregation that wants a pastor who will make them feel good about themselves instead of preaching the Word and setting a high standard of holiness.

Sometimes resentment toward the Word ceases to be subtle and turns to open hostility. That happened when the crowd that Stephen confronted covered their ears, drove him out of the city, and stoned him to death (Acts 7:57–60). Countless others throughout history have felt the fatal blows of those whose resentment of God’s truth turned to hatred for His people.

Receiving the Word includes being “quick to hear” what it says and “slow to anger” when it disagrees with your opinions or confronts your sin. Is that your attitude? Do you welcome its reproof and heed its warnings, or do you secretly resent it? When a Christian brother or sister confronts a sin in your life, do you accept or reject their counsel?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the power of His Word to convict you and drive you to repentance. Welcome its correction with humility and thanksgiving.

For Further Study: Read 2 Timothy 4:1–5, noting the charge Paul gave to Timothy and his reason for giving it.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 169). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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June 5, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Voters in competitive congressional districts in New Jersey and California will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose candidates in primary elections that will shape the fight to control the U.S. Congress during the era of President Donald Trump.

The United States is pressing European allies to ready more NATO battalions, ships and planes for combat, officials say, in a fresh move to shore up NATO’s deterrence against a potential Russian attack.

The U.S. military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclear-capable missile, as well as track and target mobile launchers in North Korea and elsewhere.

A major legal fight similar to the blockbuster Christian baker case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday is already brewing in several U.S. states over laws allowing private agencies to block gay couples from adoptions or taking in foster children.

The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials say, in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing at a time when Sino-U.S. ties are under pressure from trade disputes and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Iran has begun preparations to boost its uranium enrichment capacity, its nuclear chief said on Tuesday, adding to pressure on European powers trying to save a nuclear accord with Tehran in peril after a U.S. withdrawal.

The EU’s top court, in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said on Tuesday that Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.

For U.S. companies trying to lure and retain workers now that unemployment is near an 18-year low, student loan repayment programs offer a way to specifically target millennial workers who are saddled with student debt. With only 4 percent of employers currently offering student loan repayment assistance, the possibility for expansion is immense. More than 44 million Americans have more than $1.5 trillion of student debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

AP Top Stories

Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, has a radical plan to combat poverty in his cash-strapped city: a “no strings” guaranteed basic income of $500 a month for its residents. Starting in early 2019, Tubbs plans to provide the monthly stipend to a select group of residents as part of a privately funded 18-month experiment to assess how people use the money.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to keep cooperating with Italy on migration issues, after the new Italian populist government detailed strategies for deporting migrants.

A former U.S. intelligence officer was charged with attempted espionage for trying to sell secrets to China, the Justice Department announced Monday. In a 41-page felony complaint, prosecutors claimed Syracuse, Utah, resident Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was paid up to $800,000 over several years for passing along technology and information about U.S. military and intelligence issues.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday on the second leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain Iran’s ambitions in the Middle East.

Turkish troops are advancing on the mountainous Qandil region of northern Iraq where the leadership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is based, a senior minister said Monday, as military operations are stepped up.

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov made it back to Earth Sunday along with an official match football that could be used later this month in the opening game of the World Cup in Moscow.

US forces have carried out their second Horn of Africa air strike in three days, killing another 27 Shabaab jihadists, the American military said on Monday.

U.S. job openings unexpectedly rose to a fresh record in April and further exceeded the number of unemployed workers, Labor Department data showed Tuesday. The number of positions waiting to be filled increased by 65,000 to 6.7 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.

Steve Easterbrook, the CEO of McDonald’s, says that the company is planning to add self-ordering kiosks to 1,000 locations a quarter.

BBC

Iran says it has begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacity, in case its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapses.

Saudi Arabia has issued driving licenses to women for the first time in decades just weeks before a ban on female drivers is lifted.

The Miss America beauty pageant is scrapping its swimwear segment and will no longer judge competitors on physical appearance. The evening gown section is also being axed, with contestants asked to wear something that makes them feel good and expresses their personal style instead.

A French swimmer has set off from Japan aiming to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte, 51, will swim for eight hours a day for more than six months as he heads towards the US west coast.

An early landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh has sold for $8.3m at an auction in Paris.

WND

Apple’s Vice President of Product Marketing Susan Prescott made an alarming announcement that Apple would be selecting the top news stories that appear in Apple News during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.

Acting as a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants, NY City released 440 “dangerous” criminal offenders sought for deportation over just three months this year, according to a new review.


News- 6/5/2018

FBI Agent In Charge Of “Russiagate” Operation And Clinton Email “Matter” To Testify Tuesday

All accounts say that Priestap is a cooperating witness. In other words, if there’s one person who can confirm that the FBI counterintelligence operation on the Trump campaign was politically motivated – or that malfeasance occurred during the process, it’s Bill Priestap. While the session will be closed-door, we imagine leaks will be forthcoming as seems to be standard operating procedure these days.

China Flight Tests New Multi-Warhead ICBM

China moved closer to deploying its newest and most lethal strategic weapon by conducting the 10th flight test of the DF-41 intercontinental-range missile last week. Defense officials said the flight test of the multi-warhead DF-41 took place May 27 at the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in northern China and flew overland several thousand miles to an impact zone in the western Gobi Desert.

Iran to prepare uranium enrichment within terms of 2015 nuclear deal

Following U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month, Tehran said it will inform the International Atomic Energy Agency Tuesday of its plans to increase the country’s uranium enrichment within the terms of the agreement. Iranian leader Ali Khamenei ordered his country’s atomic organization to notify the United Nations of plans to increase its capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride, a key ingredient for enrichment.

Trump effect hits Europe: ‘Let’s deport’

country after country is voting for political parties that want to close their borders, and it was Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that blamed Trump for the new perspective. Now come the newest developments. In a country that’s residence to a pope who has preached “it is not Christian to shut out immigrants,” political leaders are starting to move against uncontrolled newcomers.

Gay adoption fight looms after Supreme Court’s cake ruling

A major legal fight similar to the blockbuster Christian baker case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday is already brewing in several U.S. states over laws allowing private agencies to block gay couples from adoptions or taking in foster children.

Trump Picks ‘Christians United For Israel’ Regional Director For Commission on Religious Freedom

U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed Gary Bauer, the Washington director of the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Action Fund, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Bauer, an avowed Christian activist who formerly served in the Reagan administration, said he was “deeply honored and humbled” by the appointment.

Israel Strikes Back After 100 Rocket Attacks from Gaza

“This is full force terror. Israel will defend itself,” said Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett following an increase in rocket fire from Gaza. (video)

Netanyahu: ‘We are not surprised’ by inflammatory Khamenei remarks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “isn’t surprised” about Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s threat to destroy Israel and continue to enrich uranium… “Yesterday Ayatollah Khamenei, the ruler of Iran, declared that his intention was to destroy the State of Israel, and yesterday he explained how he would do it – with an unlimited enrichment of uranium to produce an arsenal of nuclear bombs … We are not surprised,” he said.

Putin says Russia not aiming to divide EU

President Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia is not trying to split the European Union. His remarks come ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country in almost a year. He told Austrian ORF television he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling it Russia’s most important commercial and economic partner.

Same-sex spouses have EU residence rights, top court rules

The European Union’s top court has ruled in favour of a Romanian gay man’s right to have his US husband live with him in Romania. The country, which does not recognise same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses. But the European Court of Justice said the term “spouse” was gender neutral.

Iran to boost uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

Iran says it has begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacity, in case its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapses. The head of Iran’s atomic agency told reporters it was developing infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges at the Natanz facility. The agency says it is officially notifying the United Nations’ nuclear agency about the move in a letter.

Department Of Homeland Security Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalists, & “Social Media Influencers”

Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother…instead it seems to be getting even worse. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.”, and collect any “information that could be relevant” about them.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado Christian baker who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs.

Arab report: Mossad killed Iranian military advisors in Libya

srael’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, was responsible for the liquidation of two Revolutionary Guards members in Libya, the Saudi Al-Arabiya news network reported Monday. Mossad agents allegedly followed the two men when they were still in Tunisia, and killed them after they crossed the border to Libya.

Exclusive: At delicate moment, U.S. weighs warship passage through Taiwan Strait

The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait… in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing… A U.S. warship passage, should it happen, could be seen in Taiwan as a fresh sign of support by President Donald Trump after a series of Chinese military drills around the self-ruled island. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.

Flash – California on front line as STDs run rampant in US

A billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood screams out a stark warning: “drug-resistant gonorrhea alert!” The words are set against a black background and accompanied by a microscope shot of the gonococcus bacteria, which causes the illness now running rampant in California.

Rev. Graham: San Diego Ed. Dept Seeks to ‘Lure’ Kids Into Sexual ‘Promiscuity’

Commenting on the Sexual Health Education Program implemented in the San Diego Unified School District — a sexually graphic “education” curricula for 6th grade, 8th grade, and high school students — Christian leader Franklin Graham said California, like many states, is trying to “lure” children into sexual “promiscuity” and accept “lifestyles” contrary to “God’s Word.”

Rise In Possessions Leads To Vatican Holding ‘Exorcist Training’

The Vatican held an “exorcist training” course for priests a few months ago in preparation for the rise in demonic possessions across the globe. Demands for the practice of exorcism have risen worldwide thereby prompting the demands for deliverance.

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption: 62 dead and hundreds injured as lava surge sweeps through villages

José Antonio Rivera counted to nine on the fingers of his grey ash-encased hands as he tallied relatives who had vanished in the torrent of mud and fire.

With Ebola at a ‘critical point’ in Congo, aid groups scramble to limit the outbreak

The two brothers of Adalbert Wanza made a 170-mile round trip voyage on foot, boat and motorcycle through Congo’s dense rain forest to bring him, and ultimately the rest of the world, grave news.

Opioids Responsible for 1 in 5 Young Adult Deaths in 2016

In 2016, one in 65 deaths in the United States involved opioids — and among younger adults, that number skyrocketed to one in five, according to a new study.

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI Threatens to “Eradicate” Israel, Orders Atomic Agency to Ramp Up Uranium Levels “Without Any Delay”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei threatened to eradicate Israel from the world in a Sunday tweet.

Muslims invade U.S. ‘in the name of Allah’

…The man who unsuccessfully challenged House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Republican primary last year is now releasing a documentary highlighting what he sees as a threat to the United States through a coordinated Muslim migration strategy.

Earth’s Crust In Turmoil – All-Time Record 500 Earthquakes Hit The Big Island As Rivers Of Lava Pour Out Of Volcanoes In Hawaii And Guatemala

Rivers of lava have been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii for weeks, a massive eruption of Mount Merapi just a few days ago shot volcanic ash 38,000 feet into the air, and now rivers of lava are pouring out of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano.

Nine in 10 crimes in Britain are NEVER solved, as police hunt for online “islamophobia”

…“Nine in 10 crimes in Britain are NEVER solved “Nine in 10 crimes in Britain are NEVER solved with police in Trafford area of Manchester bringing ZERO criminals to book for 225 reported offences last year,” by Bridie Pearson-Jones, Mailonline, June 4, 2018 (thanks to Lukasz): with police in Trafford area of Manchester bringing ZERO criminals to book for 225 reported offences last year,” by Bridie Pearson-Jones, Mailonline, June 4, 2018 (thanks to Lukasz):

Supreme Court rules for Christian baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Christian baker in its high-profile wedding cake case, deciding that the state of Colorado failed to respect the baker’s religious exercise rights.

Starting Jihad Early: Parents Film Under-Fives Dressed as Heavily Armed Jihadis Storming an Israeli Building, Acting Out the Killing of an IDF SoldierVideo footage that has just emerged shows children at a nursery school in Gaza dressed as jihadis and storming an Israeli building, carrying out a pretend killing of an IDF soldier.

Guess which country is the LARGEST donor to NGO’s hostile to Israel that seek the destruction of the Jewish State?

The German government provided some NIS 50 million to 39 NGOs over the last five years, according to a report released Monday by NGO Monitor. Germany was followed on the list by the European Union, Norway and the Netherlands.

The Islamic world is outraged that Italy’s new hardcore government warns Muslim migrants that the ‘FREE RIDE IS OVER’

At a rally, Matteo Salvini warned: ‘The free ride is over. It’s time to pack’  He joined Premier Giuseppe Conte and the newly sworn-in Cabinet at parade On Friday, Italy ended three months of political and financial turmoil

Obama Allies Scheme to Kneecap Trump’s New National Security Team

President Donald Trump will host a Ramadan dinner at The White House Wednesday to recognize the Muslim holy month, according to a Saturday report.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.” —John Adams (1770)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Bill Clinton fails to rewrite his #MeToo history.
  • What’s happening with college dropouts? Higher education is losing its value.
  • Planned Parenthood profits off of the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Big Labor cheats its way to unionizing some Boeing employees.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Trump Clips Eagles’ Wings, Disinvites NFL Champs

He cited the national anthem controversy and the small contingent of players willing to come.

Bill Clinton Defends Himself Against #MeToo

He insisted it was right not to resign because he was defending the Constitution.

Planned Parenthood Profits Off of Child Sexual Abuse

A new report indicates the abortion giant is ignoring reporting requirements for some rapes.

What’s Up With College Dropouts?

In 2016, more than 40% of students who started a four-year program in 2010 had not completed it.

Big Labor Cheats in Getting Union Into Boeing Plant

A “micro-unit” among machinists has been created in Boeing’s South Carolina plant.

Video: Adam Carolla Says Don’t Make Things Worse

So, you’re graduating and you’re all idealistic. You want to make the world a better place.

Tuesday Short Cuts

Great question: “Is there ANY reporter willing to ask Bill Clinton about RAPING me?” —Juanita Broaddrick

Tuesday Top Headlines

Trump, Mueller and Manafort, Eagles disinvited, “In God We Trust,” and more.

Today’s Opinion

The Center for Vision & Values

Colorado’s ‘Half-Baked’ Decision Nixed by SCOTUS

Ken Blackwell

Making Election Reform an Issue in November

Cal Thomas

Different Standards for the Left

Stephen Moore

Six Reasons to Still Hate ObamaCare

Dennis Prager

Google’s New Slogan


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 6/5/2018

Palestinian ‘Naksa Day’ protests come amid heightened Gaza tensions

Israel girds for fresh Gaza violence, but mass protest may only come Friday

Israel will have to retaliate for Gaza’s burning kites soon, army warns

Shaked: Incendiary kites as grave as rocket fire on Sderot

IDF force finds grenades, firebombs, pipe bomb near Gaza border fence

Axe-wielding Palestinian killed trying to enter Israel

Rivlin calls on Abbas to speak out against Gaza terrorism

US envoy to reporters: ‘Keep your mouths shut’ on criticizing Israel over Gaza

Swedish Minister to PA Arabs: We will fight with you and for you

Netanyahu: Israel wants to stave off ‘humanitarian collapse’ in Gaza

Knesset refuses to put bill rejecting Jewish, democratic Israel to a vote

For first time ever, Russia to celebrate independence in Jerusalem

Jordan’s King: I stand with the people, understand size of economic pressures

Jordan PM Hani Mulki quits after austerity protests

Turkey says troops closing in on Kurd stronghold in Iraq

Syria tells Lebanon it wants refugees to return

Rights group says US-led coalition destroyed Syrian city

Galant: Assad a ‘monster’ but not Israel’s problem

Netanyahu to Merkel: Iran’s goal is to wage religious war in the Middle East – it must leave Syria

Merkel, Netanyahu agree Iran is a concern for Israel’s security

Merkel: Germany will exert its influence to push Iran out of Syria

PM Leaves For Europe: ‘Now is the time to stop Iranian aggression, nuke program’

Khamenei: Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ that ‘must be eradicated’

Israel Responds With ‘Mean Girls’ GIF After Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei’s Nuclear Threats

Khamenei: Iran to continue backing resistance forces in the region

Iran’s top leader vows tenfold response to any attack

Khamenei says curbing Iran’s missile program a ‘dream that will never come true’

As nuke deal buckles, Iran says it is upping uranium enrichment capacity

Iran to inform IAEA of start of process to boost uranium enrichment capacity

UN nuclear watchdog chief renews call for Iran to cooperate on inspections

French carmaker PSA to exit Iran over US sanction risk

Qatar cash and cows help buck Gulf boycott

1 UN peacekeeper dead, 7 wounded in Central African Republic

US kills nearly 50 suspected terrorists in quiet war in Somalia

Putin signs Russian ‘counter-sanctions’ into law

Russia’s Lavrov praises US, North Korea nuclear efforts

Putin says US should reward North Korea if it suspends tests

Kremlin invites North Korea’s Kim to Russia

Kremlin says received no US communication on possible Trump-Putin summit

US Senate Democrats vow to oppose N.Korea sanctions relief without tough nuclear deal

Trump and Macron’s bromance might be in trouble after ‘terrible’ call over tariffs

Trump’s legal team readies for fraught showdown with Mueller, even as president declares broad powers

Mueller’s team accuses Paul Manafort of witness tampering

Trump: ‘I have the absolute right to PARDON myself’; calls special counsel appt. unconstitutional

France’s fake news law leaves media experts uneasy

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hopes bitcoin will become a single global currency

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Palue, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Champerico, Guatemala

Ebeko volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 14,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Guatemala volcano killed dozens with its pyroclastic flow. Here’s what that is.

Death toll in Guatemala volcano up to 69 as rescuers dig through ash

Supreme Court throws out lower-court decision that allowed immigrant teen to obtain abortion

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

Jewish groups decry Supreme Court ruling in gay wedding cake case

Gay adoption fight looms after U.S. Supreme Court’s cake ruling

Huge parade celebrates gay pride in Brazil


ApostasyWatch Daily News

Fred Butler – LGBT Christians

The Wickedness of the Political-Religious System of the Vatican

I Tried to Live Off Jim Bakker’s Disgusting Apocalypse Food

Minister stands by church flier that warns Judaism, Islamism ‘dangerous’

Finland – Doctors’ union calls for ban on faith healing for kids

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who rebuffed gay couple

How Jesus Died: Rare Evidence of Roman Crucifixion Found

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 62 killed and 300 injured from deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:47 AM PDT

UPDATE: Death toll rises to 62 killed and 300 injured from deadly volcanic eruption in GuatemalaA major eruption started at Guatemalan Fuego volcano around 16:00 UTC (10:00 local time) on June 3, 2018. The eruption ejected volcanic ash up to 10 km (32,800 feet) above sea level and produced massive lava and pyroclastic flows in its most violent eruption in more than 40 years. At least 62 people were killed and 300 injured. The death toll is expected to rise.  It was Fuego’s second major eruption this year and the most violent since 1974. Lava and pyroclastic flows descended down the

mountain and into nearby communities while volcanic ash rained down on communities up to 30 km (18 miles) from the volcano.  “It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the small town of El Rodeo. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s CONRED national disaster management agency, said.  “Unfortunately El Rodeo was buried and we haven’t been able to reach the La Libertad village because of the lava and maybe there are people that died there too,” Cabanas said. READ MORE

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Has Annual Budget of $90 Million: Here’s How That Money Is Spent

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:41 AM PDT

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Has Annual Budget of $90 Million: Here’s How That Money Is SpentPastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas has an annual budget of around $90 million, and their last fiscal year’s financial statement reveals how they use the money.  During the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017, the megachurch spent $31.7 million on its weekly services and programs, according to Houston Chronicle, which further says $6.7 million was spent on the church’s Night of Hope events, and $25.1 million on its television ministry. For general and administrative expenses, the church used $11.5 million, and another $11.9 million for fundraising. And the remaining

$1.2 million was spent on mission and outreach. Lakewood is America’s largest church, attended by about 50,000 people a week at the former Compaq Center where the NBA Rockets once played, the Chronicle notes in another article. The broadcasts of its services reach an estimated 10 million U.S. viewers weekly. Its roving monthly Night of Hope events fill stadiums across the country at $15 a ticket. On Facebook and Twitter, Osteen has 28 million followers. His 10 books, self-help manuals, have sold more than 8.5 million printed copies in the United States alone. READ MORE

Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Repentance, No Sermon at Annual Meeting: ‘We Need God to Break Us Down’

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:37 AM PDT

Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Repentance, No Sermon at Annual Meeting: ‘We Need God to Break Us Down’Amid the ongoing fallout from the firing of Paige Patterson, one of the most prominent leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, many are calling for “repentance” and “reformation” ahead of their denomination’s annual meeting.  In a Sunday blog post titled “What the Southern Baptist Convention Needs Right Now,” Sam Rainer, who is the lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in Florida, echoed The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler’s May 23 essay describing

how the judgment of God is on the denomination. “God’s wrath is upon us. Our God is a consuming fire. Excuses will work like tiny strands of straw standing against a raging wildfire. There should be no sermon at this year’s annual convention. Leave the pulpit vacant. Let the room be silent and call the messengers to prostrate themselves in repentance,” Rainer said. “We need humility, not charisma. READ MORE

Kilauea’s magnetic field goes OPPOSITE direction – sending compasses crazy

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:25 AM PDT

Kilauea’s magnetic field goes OPPOSITE direction – sending compasses crazyMount Kilauea, Hawaii’s erupting volcano, has a magnetic field which flows in the OPPOSITE direction to the rest of the planet, scientists have discovered.  The bizarre finding, which sends compasses into an uncontrollable spin, had scientists baffled – while locals linked it to Hawaiian folklore which attaches deep spiritual significance to the massive volcano which is almost one million years old.

But now the reason for the magnetic volte-face has been explained – and it’s even more mind-blowing. According to geologists the molten rock below the Mount Kilauea caldera contains vast amounts of iron and is effectively a sea of floating magnets. About 780,000 years ago the rock cooled and simultaneously the Earth’s magnetic field inexplicably FLIPPED – the South Pole became the North and the North Pole became the South. READ MORE

Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American Currency

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:11 AM PDT

Appeals Court Rejects Atheist’s Attempt to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From American CurrencyA federal appeals court has rejected an atheist’s continued attempts to have the motto “In God We Trust” removed from American currency, concluding that the printed phrase is not compelled speech and agreeing with a lower court ruling that the complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that much.  “Plaintiffs’ complaint does not allege that anyone has ever

attributed the motto to them. And the Supreme Court has strongly suggested that the motto’s inscription on currency does not compel speech,” wrote the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “Though access to credit or bank accounts is not universal, not one of the plaintiffs alleges that his or her financial situation forecloses access to credit or checks. Plaintiffs therefore have not plausibly alleged that they lack a feasible alternative to cash for engaging in commerce,” it said. READ MORE

Using the Gift of Tongues to Pray People out of the Fiery Pit

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:07 AM PDT

Using the Gift of Tongues to Pray People out of the Fiery Pit(By Becky Dvorak) The closer we are to the Lord’s return, the harder the enemy is at war against people to keep them from the loving arms of our heavenly Father and an eternity in heaven with our Savior. The demonic forces are out in full force to lead people astray from the truth that will set them free and into a living hell on this earth full of filthy bondage.  This week, my husband and I and our ministry partner and family friend, Palma, were called upon to make an emergency house call to a brother in the Lord who has opened himself up to the suffering and torment of Satan and his demons. He got caught up in the

sin of pornography, which has led him to utter bondage and misery. He’s been in a demonic state of mind, emotionally and physically. His wife and family have been fighting for his life as this demon has declared it will not leave until he and his family are destroyed. The man is not himself anymore. He has become possessed and violent towards his wife, and screaming lies at her, blaming her for his sinful choices. The demon has had the man at the point of death, collapsing to the ground, barely able to breathe. READ MORE

BIRTH PANGS – All-Time Record 500 Earthquakes Hit The Big Island As Rivers Of Lava Pour Out Of Volcanoes In Hawaii And Guatemala

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 06:02 AM PDT

BIRTH PANGS – All-Time Record 500 Earthquakes Hit The Big Island As Rivers Of Lava Pour Out Of Volcanoes In Hawaii And Guatemala(By Michael Snyder) What is causing our planet to shake so violently all of a sudden?  Rivers of lava have been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii for weeks, a massive eruption of Mount Merapi just a few days ago shot volcanic ash 38,000 feet into the air, and now rivers of lava are pouring out of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano.  Overall, Volcano Discovery is reporting that a total of 34 volcanoes around the world are erupting right now.  So what is causing so much seismic activity all of a sudden, and is this a new trend that is going to continue?

If you have followed my work for an extended period of time, you already know that I tend to track these things very carefully.  Major changes appear to be happening to our world, but most people have not been paying much attention up until now. For most Americans, what is going on around the rest of the globe is of little interest, but all of the shaking in Hawaii sure is starting to get a lot of attention from the mainstream media.  On Sunday, the Big Island was hit by a huge 5.5-magnitude earthquakeREAD MORE

Governments and Social Media Companies collaborating to remove “Fake News” from the Internet

Posted: 05 Jun 2018 05:58 AM PDT

Governments and Social Media Companies collaborating to remove “Fake News” from the Internet(By Michael Snyder) The era of free and unfettered speech on the Internet is rapidly ending. All over the world, national governments are working very closely with social media companies to take control of “Internet news”. Up until recently, the Internet really was a wonderful marketplace of ideas, and ordinary people like you and I were empowered to share information with one another like never before in human history. But now the elite have seen the power that this can have, and they are

cracking down hard. The term “fake news” has come to mean any source that would dare to question the official narratives that are being fed to us from the mainstream media, and in reality the push to censor “fake news” is really just an all-out effort to eliminate independent thought. Before the Internet, it was much easier for the elite to control the flow of information, and now they are taking unprecedented measures to control the flow of information in the digital age. CONTINUE

When God uses DREAMS and VISIONS to reach the Lost

Posted: 04 Jun 2018 02:59 PM PDT

When God uses DREAMS and VISIONS to reach the LostIn this message, You will discover how the Lord is still using dreams and visions today to reach the lost in locations around the World that is untouched by missionaries, evangelists, and the Internet!

Experts warn of super storms and call for new category 6 for the oncoming Hurricane Season 2018

Posted: 04 Jun 2018 02:13 PM PDT

Experts warn of super storms and call for new category 6 for the oncoming Hurricane Season 2018A new analysis of global hurricane data since 1980 shows the number of storms with winds over 124 mph has doubled, and those with winds over 155 mph has tripled. As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, scientists are worried that U.S. coastal communities could face more super storms with winds, storm surges and rainfall so intense that current warning categories don’t fully capture the threat.

Therefore, scientists call for expanding the hurricane scale for better warnings that could save lives.  This year’s forecast is about average and much more subdued than last summer’s hyperactive season turned out to be, partly due to cooler ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic, as well as a nascent El Niño pattern. But that doesn’t mean an individual storm won’t blow up to exceptional strength, as Andrew did before striking Florida in 1992, an otherwise relatively quiet year.  READ MORE

500 Quakes rock Hawaii in 24 Hours!

Posted: 04 Jun 2018 02:08 PM PDT

500 Quakes rock Hawaii in 24 Hours!A 5.5-magnitude quake rattled the Big Island Sunday afternoon, US Geological Survey officials said.No tsunami is expected from the quake, which is among the strongest of recent quakes felt around the Big Island. The quake rumbled an area near Kilauea Volcano just before 4 p.m., sending an ash cloud 8,000 feet into the air. A Civil Defense alert went out across the state informing Hawaii residents of the quake, but there is no statewide danger.

“What is happening here is that this is an explosion that’s actually giving rise to this earthquake,” said Westen Thelen, a United States Geological Survey seismologist. “It does measure a 5.5, but as it turns out, that energy is being released so slowly that for the most part it doesn’t feel like a standard magnitude 5.5 earthquake would.” Officials say that the afternoon explosion happened in a shallow

part of the crust near Kilauea, right up next to the service. Thelen says that despite its magnitude, only people in the area of the volcano would have felt any tremors. For the most part, if you have a regular 5.5 magnitude earthquake on the Big Island, everyone on the island feels it, everyone on Maui feels it, (even) a few people on Oahu feel it,” Thelen said. As of 11 a.m. Sunday, officials said 500 smaller earthquakes were recorded near the summit within the last day — it’s the most earthquakes recorded in a 24-hour period on Hawaii Island. READ MORE

Baby’s first word is ‘Alexa’

Posted: 04 Jun 2018 11:51 AM PDT

Baby’s first word is ‘Alexa’Mama, Dada . . . Alexa?  It’s not a classic “baby’s first word,” but it was 1-year-old Joe Brady’s pick. The British baby was trying to activate Amazon’s virtual assistant, parents Lottie Ledger and Mark Brady tell Caters News Agency.  Joe was introduced to the device when he was an infant at his grandparents’ home in Gateshead, England.  “It was one of the few things he could get a reaction from at that time.

Alexa would say ‘Sorry, I didn’t get that,’ ” Ledger, 21, tells Caters.  Joe heard his parents ask Alexa for help, and soon followed suit.  “One day he managed it. We thought it was funny at first so we encouraged it,” Ledger says. “He actually said Alexa before he said Mum or Dad.” But Joe, who’s now 18 months old and has a wider vocabulary, is actually more interested in traditional toys for tots. READ MORE

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Posted: 04 Jun 2018 11:40 AM PDT

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay coupleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory on narrow grounds to a Colorado Christian baker who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stopping short of setting a major precedent allowing people to claim exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs.

The justices, in a 7-2 decision, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed an impermissible hostility toward religion when it found that baker Jack Phillips violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by rebuffing gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. The state law bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. The ruling concluded that the commission violated Phillips’ religious rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. READ MORE


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Presbyterians Face Steep Decline as General Assembly Approaches — Juicy Ecumenism

Institute on Religion & Democracy Press Release
June 5, 2018
Contact: Chelsen Vicari, Cell: 540-239-2170, E-mail: cvicari@TheIRD.org

Washington, DC—The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), whose General Assembly convenes June 16-23 in St. Louis, is struggling with steep, undeterred membership decline. The latest membership statistics show a net loss of nearly five percent (67,714) in 2017, following declines of 5.7 percent each of the two previous years. While deaths accounted for a decline of 25,565 and 20,162 members departed via certificate last year, 74,129 simply vanished and are listed as “other.”

Nearly two out of five Presbyterians have disappeared in the past decade. Membership is now down to 1,415,053 from 2,313,662 active members in 2005, signifying a problematic doctrinal path. In 2010, the PCUSA voted to remove a clause requiring pastors to practice fidelity to traditional marriage and chastity in singleness, provoking a mass exodus of traditional Presbyterians from the denomination.

At this year’s upcoming General Assembly, Presbyterians will consider overtures skeptical of religious liberty claims, among other left-leaning policy proposals. The PCUSA Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy will ask the General Assembly to oppose state religious freedom legislation and consider filing amicus curiae or “friend of the court” briefs against cases citing the First Amendment as a supposed pretext for discrimination.

Jeffrey Walton, IRD’s Communications Director, commented:

“For all the talk of inclusion and ‘drawing the welcome circle wider’ in the PCUSA, the denomination includes fewer worshipers each year and is relegating itself to status as a niche boutique church catering to older white liberals.

“Presbyterians are struggling to broaden their niche footprint of older, white congregants. The denomination is 91 percent white, not reflective of a diversifying U.S. population. In 2012, the PCUSA reported that it was 89.9 percent white, indicating that the denomination has somehow become both numerically smaller and less diverse in the same period of time that the U.S. population grew in size and became more diverse.

“While there are several causes contributing to PCUSA membership decline, one major factor is the denomination’s decision to redefine Christian marriage as between any two persons. PCUSA membership was in a state of gradual decline in the early 2000s, then accelerated downhill with disputes about scriptural authority and sexuality, with no interruption in attendance and membership drops descent since.

“Overtures under consideration at General Assembly are decidedly left-leaning, uniquely critical of Israel, tout statist government solutions and demanding disarmament of the U.S. and its allies.”

via Presbyterians Face Steep Decline as General Assembly Approaches — Juicy Ecumenism

JUNE 5 DO THINGS POSSESS US?

Nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:17

I think a lot of people in our congregations get confused when some learned brother advises us that we must all join in a fervent fight against “materialism.”

If men and women do not know what materialism is, how can they be expected to join the battle?

Materialism in its crisis form occurs when men and women created in the image of God accept and look upon matter as “the ultimate”—the only reality.

The advice, “We must fight materialism,” does not mean that everyone should get a sword and run after a fellow named Material and cut him down.

What it does mean is that we should start believing in the fact of God’s Creation and that matter is only a creature of the all-wise and ever-loving God! The believer is not deceived into believing that the physical things we know and enjoy are the ultimate end in themselves.

Dear Lord, You are the reality that so many people today fail to see. Make me more sensitive to Your spiritual realm all around me.[1]


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

Molech’s Victory — TruthXchange

One purpose of a dam is to hold back destructive flood waters from a nearby settlement, city, or town. They serve as barriers against the annihilation of a people group, protection against forces that would render their way of live uninhabitable. In largely secular Europe, this is the role Ireland played in the battle against abortion. Abortion has been prohibited in Ireland since the Offences against the Person Act 1861, but this was later “upgraded” in 1983 when the Eighth Amendment was added to Ireland’s constitution, which legally secured the right to life to the unborn fetus.

May 25th marked a day of mourning, loss, weeping, and confusion. On that day, the flood waters broke loose. Ireland, through means of a referendum, has officially repealed its ban on abortion. “The final official count recorded 66.4% in favor” of repealing the ban.[1] Ireland was one of the last remaining countries in Europe to legally see abortion for what it truly is and what it is not. It is not a woman’s medical service. It is not health care. It is the intentional destruction and elimination of what we know to be unique, distinct, and precious biological life from what should be the safest place in the world for a child, the very womb of their mother. As far back as the sixteenth century, this logic was clear to Reformer John Calvin:

The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.[2]

The dark forces standing against God have always been on a mission to stamp out God from his creation. This is the plan of Oneist spirituality. They have many strategies, but only one goal: eradicate God. This can be done by eliminating the foundational distinction between Creator and creature, doing away with the graciously-given distinctions God has embedded into our world which ultimately point to him (such as the one-flesh union in marriage between one man and one woman), and it can be done by eradicating divine image-bearers with no means of defending themselves.

A Bible-shaped conscience is sensitive to note that demonic forces have murderous intent since their leader has been a murder from the beginning (Jn. 8:44). In the days of Moses, their plan was to destroy infant life (Ex. 1:15-22). Later in Israel’s history, the demon Molech required child sacrifice (Lev. 20:2-5, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Chron. 28:1-4). But perhaps the most vivid biblical rebuke of this practice is found in the words of Jeremiah. The prophet speaks on behalf of God when he writes,

They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin” (Jer. 32:35).

Here God, in his utter repudiation of such detestable acts, says that the sacrifice of children is so horrible, so counter to his intentions for the relationship between parents and children, and so utterly contrary to the nature of true and undefiled worship, that it never even crossed his mind! Jeremiah stretches anthropomorphic language (language of God in human-like terms) for the purpose of conveying his divine outrage. Finally in the days of Christ’s childhood children were the targets of systematic, government-sponsored elimination (Matt. 2:13-18).

Today, Molech is back. But whereas in the past he promised national security of prosperity, today he offers individual peace of mind, financial stability, freedom of sexual expression, and convenience- all for the “mere” price of a human sacrifice. Today his priesthood is garbed not in ritualistic garments, but in hospital scrubs and white lab coats. The altar may appear more sanitary, but make no mistake; the presence of sinister spiritual forces has never been more present.

Ireland has made peace with Molech.

Where do we go from here? Is the battle lost? The biblical vision remains where it has always been, on the triune God and his written revelation in the Bible. In the days of Elijah, God used the prophets to speak truth to power. He called Israel’s people to repentance — prince and pauper alike— from foreign idols and back to God. In his confrontation with the death-obsessed prophets of Baal, he called out to God who answered by fire (1 Kings 18). Like the prophets, we must speak the truth to those who trade the life of their children for the sake of their own freedom and convenience. And when we do that, we too will be seen as cultural instigators and troublemakers, those who simply cannot keep the peace.

The hope of life is not rooted in mere activism. But we too must turn to God as the only source of power, the only One who can pour out the fire of the Holy Spirit. As the Spirit wills, he can send not just a change of conscience to embrace an ethic of life, but he can turn hearts to embrace “the Lord and Giver of Life” (Nicene Creed).

[1] Paul Hannon, “Ireland’s Vote to Legalize Abortion Reflects a Nation in Transition,” found at https://www.wsj.com/articles/irelands-vote-to-legalize-abortion-reflects-a-nation-in-transition-1527337110

[2] John Calvin, Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses Arranged in the Form of a Harmony, Vol. 3, translated by C. W. Bingham (Grand Rapids: Baker, reprinted 1979), 41-42.

via Molech’s Victory — TruthXchange

Catholicism is a Cult: But Satan’s Church of Rome is Presented to the World As Christianity

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

My husband and I no longer watch Fox News.  Though we did watch Fox for many years, the shakeup of sex scandals, coupled with new ownership rendered this station “unwatchable” for us.

But even during the years that we were able to tolerate Fox News, whenever they spoke on Christian matters, did you notice that they invariably brought in their resident “Catholic priest” Jonathan Morris?

In essence, the powers that be at Fox News have always considered Catholicism as a representation of true Christianity.  How devilish!

Also, have you noticed that when Fox did bring a pastor from an Evangelical church onto the program, most of the time the pastor would be ridiculed for their “homophobic” and “Islamophobic” views.  TRUTH is definitely labeled as Hate Speech in these last days.

Satan Approached me using a Catholic right after I was born again

After I was born-again from above in 1983…

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June 5, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Purpose of the Lord’s Table

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. (11:23–26)

These verses are like a diamond dropped in a muddy road. One of the most beautiful passages in all of Scripture is given in the middle of a strong rebuke of worldly, carnal, selfish, and insensitive attitudes and behavior. The rebuke, in fact, is of Christians who have perverted the very ceremony that these verses so movingly describe.

As he often did when about to present an especially important or controversial truth, Paul makes it clear that what he is teaching is not his own opinion but God’s revealed Word. From the tenses in verse 23 we know that what he is about to tell the Corinthian believers is not new to them. He is reminding them of what he had already taught them. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you.

Most conservative scholars agree that 1 Corinthians probably was written before any of the gospels. If that is true, Paul’s account here is the first biblical record of the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and includes direct quotations from Jesus. It is perfectly consistent with the gospel accounts, but Paul’s revelation most likely was received from the Lord directly, not through the other apostles (cf. Gal. 1:10–12), even though the terms here speak of a chain of tradition that had come from the Lord to Paul and then to the Corinthians.

In the night in which He was betrayed gives the historical setting, which many of the believers may not have known, because, as just noted, probably none of the gospels was yet written. Again we see a jewel against a filthy backdrop. This most beautiful and meaningful of Christian celebrations was instituted on the very night the Lord was betrayed and arrested. In the midst of the world’s evil, God establishes His good; in the midst of Satan’s wickedness, God plants His holiness. Just as, by contrast, the fleshly factions cause the Lord’s approved saints to “become evident” (11:19), so Jesus’ betrayal and arrest cause His gracious sacrifice to become more evident. In the midst of Satan’s absolute worst, the condemnation of the Son of God on the cross, God accomplished His absolute best, the sacrifice for the redemption of the world through that cross.

Although Jesus was celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples in the upper room, neither the gospels nor Paul’s account here give all the details of the meal. They concentrate on Jesus’ institution of the new meal, the new supper, which now supersedes the old.

The Passover meal began with the host’s pronouncing a blessing over the first cup of red wine and passing it to the others present. Four cups of wine were passed around during the meal. After the first cup was drunk bitter herbs dipped in a fruit sauce were eaten and a message was given on the meaning of Passover. Then the first part of a hymn, the Hallel (which means “praise” and is related to hallelujah, “praise ye the Lord”), was sung. The Hallel is comprised of Psalms 113–118, and the first part sung was usually 113 or 113 and 114. After the second cup was passed, the host would break and pass around the unleavened bread. Then the meal proper, which consisted of the roasted sacrificial lamb, was eaten. The third cup, after prayer, was then passed and the rest of the Hallel was sung. The fourth cup, which celebrated the coming kingdom, was drunk immediately before leaving.

It was the third cup that Jesus blessed and that became the cup of Communion. “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood’ ” (Luke 22:20). After Jesus gave some brief words of warning, rebuke, and instruction (vv. 21–38), the meal was concluded with the singing of a hymn (Matt. 26:30).

When He, that is, Jesus, had given thanks, He broke it (cf. John 6:11). In the Greek had given thanks is a participle of eucharisteō, from which we get Eucharist, the name by which some Christians refer to the Lord’s Supper.

The bread that had represented the Exodus now came to represent the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. To the Jewish mind the body represented the whole person, not just his physical body. Jesus’ body represents the great mystery of His whole incarnate life, His whole teaching, ministry, and work—all He was and all He did.

The word broken (as in the KJV of verse 24) does not appear in the best manuscripts or in most modern translations. Though the Romans frequently broke the legs of crucified victims in order to hasten death as an act of mercy, John specifically tells us that Jesus’ legs were not broken. In order “that the Scripture might be fulfilled, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken’ ” (John 19:33, 36). The best reading therefore is simply This is My body, which is for you.

For you are two of the most beautiful words in all of Scripture. Jesus gave His body, His entire incarnate life, for us who believe in Him. “I became a man for you; I gave the gospel to you; I suffered for you; and I died for you.” Our gracious, loving, magnanimous, merciful God became incarnate not for Himself but for us. Whether a person wants and receives the benefit of that sacrifice is his choice; but Jesus made it and offers it for every person. He paid the ransom for everyone who will be freed.

The cup that had represented the lamb’s blood smeared on the doorposts and lintels now came to represent the blood of the Lamb of God, shed for the salvation of the world. The Old Covenant was ratified repeatedly by the blood of animals offered by men; but the New Covenant has been ratified once and for all by the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:28), which God Himself has offered. The old deliverance was merely from Egypt to Canaan. So Jesus took the cup and said it is the new covenant in My blood. It is important to realize that this was not new in the sense that it was a covenant of grace replacing one of works. It is new in that it is the saving covenant to which all the Old Testament shadows pointed. The new deliverance is from sin to salvation, from death to life, from Satan’s realm to God’s heaven. Passover was transformed into the Lord’s Supper. We now eat the bread and drink the cup not to remember the Red Sea and the Exodus but to remember the cross and the Savior.

Do this in remembrance of Me is a command from the lips of our Lord Himself. Sharing in the Lord’s Supper is therefore not an option for believers. We must have Communion on a regular basis if we are to be faithful to the Lord who bought us through the act we are called to remember. Not to partake of the Lord’s Supper is disobedience and a sin.

For the Hebrew to remember meant much more than simply to bring something to mind, merely to recall that it happened. To truly remember is to go back in one’s mind and recapture as much of the reality and significance of an event or experience as one possibly can. To remember Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross is to relive with Him His life, agony, suffering, and death as much as is humanly possible. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper we do not offer a sacrifice again; we remember His once-for-all sacrifice for us and rededicate ourselves to His obedient service.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. As often as we are willing to remember and to proclaim the death of Christ, we will celebrate Communion. No frequency is given, but it is a permanent feast. It is more than a remembrance for our own sakes; it is also a proclamation for the world’s sake. It is a testimony to the world that we are not ashamed of our Lord or of His blood, that we belong to Him and are obedient to Him.

Communion is also a reminder of the Lord’s coming again, for He tells us to proclaim His death by this means until He comes. It helps keep us looking forward to the day when we will be with Him. It is a celebration of His present life and of His future return in glory.

There is much involved in that remembrance. When a believer comes to the Lord’s table, he remembers Christ’s work on the cross (11:25), he partakes of Christ’s spiritual presence in the fellowship, not the elements themselves (10:16), he communes with the saints (10:17), he worships in holiness (10:20–22), he proclaims salvation in Christ (11:24–25), and he anticipates the return of the Lord (11:26) and the coming Kingdom (Matt. 26:29).[1]


26 Paul asserts that through continual celebrations of the Lord’s Supper, believers “proclaim” (katangellō, GK 2859) the Lord’s death. This verb occurs only in Acts and Paul’s letters and for the most part refers to proclaiming or preaching Christ (see 1 Co 2:1; 9:14; Php 1:17–18; Col 1:28; cf. Ac 4:2; 13:38; 17:3, 23). In other words, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a visible means of telling the story of Jesus’ passion and death. (To be complete, I should note that the bread and cup also demonstrate our participation with him in that event; cf. 1 Co 10:16.)

Moreover, we are to celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly “until he comes” again. There is also an eschatological element in this supper, for by it we testify to the truth that Jesus will return. This element is apparent in the original Last Supper, since Jesus said to his disciples: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.… I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes” (Lk 22:15–18). The Lord’s Supper becomes a foretaste of the great wedding banquet in store for believers (Rev 19:6–9).[2]


11:26 / In bringing this formal, traditional segment of his teaching to a conclusion, Paul extends the repetitive theme and brings together the bread and cup in the declaration you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. In referring to the Lord’s death in this way, Paul connects it with God’s future in the Lord’s coming. In the context of this discussion, particularly in the framework of this letter, this concluding note places the observation of the Lord’s Supper in the larger conceptual framework of apocalyptic eschatology. It takes the Supper as a prescribed celebration that is essential for the time between the cross and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul has already dramatically registered the importance of the cross as the foundation of God’s salvation in chapter 1, especially 1:17–25. In turn, in chapter 15 he will take up the eschatological issues of resurrection and “the end”; but at this point, he is focused on the present as a concrete form of life that finds its shape and direction from Christ’s cross and God’s ultimate reign over all.

In reminding the Corinthians that they are proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes, Paul highlights the essentially missional nature of even so congregationally oriented a ritual as the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The participation in the Supper was to have an evangelistic cast, for one was not merely receiving the elements for one’s own sake (or the sake of the community). The believers gave themselves to the celebration as a means of proclaiming the death of the Lord, a death that yielded mysterious salvific benefits for all who heard and believed the proclamation. Note, the Supper is not presented as a means of strengthening believers so that they could proclaim the Lord’s death; rather, participation in the Supper is understood to be that proclamation itself. By manifestly observing Jesus’ self-giving death and the formation of the new covenant, the believers made known a christological truth of eschatological importance.[3]


The significance of the meal (23–26)

Paul then reminded the Corinthians what the Eucharist-plus-Agape was originally meant to be. He recalled the actual institution by the Lord Jesus himself on the night when he was betrayed. Paul’s anonymous reference to Judas may have been an incidental challenge to the Corinthians in their own behaviour.

He passed on to the Corinthians what he personally received from the Lord himself. We cannot be sure precisely how Paul received this revelation. He did not receive the gospel itself ‘from man, nor was I taught it; but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ’. He could have been claiming the same direct revelation concerning these words of instituting the Lord’s Supper. However, the word translated received (parelabon) is the technical word for oral transmission down the generations and across different groups. Perhaps the facts came from oral transmission, but their interpretation and application came directly from the Lord. Whatever the nature of their source, these words are to determine the whole meaning, atmosphere and behaviour in any celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It is pre-eminently the death of the Lord which must dominate the proceedings, and this was clearly not the case at Corinth.

The head of any Jewish home would have performed such actions with bread and wine at any meal, and with special solemnity at the Passover-meal. It is, thus, the words which give the actions their unique significance, as well as the identity of the Person who uttered the words. He took bread … He gave thanks … He broke it … He said, ‘This is my body which is for you’ (23–24). And then he added the world-shaking statement/command: ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ He followed these actions with similar ones with the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me’ (25).

The words over the cup would have evoked memories of key Old Testament passages, but Paul’s own stress is on the way every such celebration is a public proclamation of the Lord’s death, until he comes (26). There is an anticipatory element in every celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It looks back to his death; it looks forward to his return.

The main word Paul uses to describe what has happened is covenant. Through the shedding of the blood of Jesus, the paschal lamb (5:7), it is now possible for Jews and Greeks, rich and poor, libertine and rigorist, men and women to know the glorious freedom of forgiveness and to have personal knowledge of God. Those who enter into this personal relationship, this covenant-relationship, with the Lord naturally enter at the same time into a covenant-relationship with one another. Thus, the covenant community is established—and that is precisely what the Corinthians were undermining by their behaviour. For them the death of Christ was not central; the return of Christ was not dominant; the love of Christ was not in control. It was, in a word, not ‘the Lord’s Supper’.[4]


11:26. Paul closed his account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper with an explanation of his unique repetition of the remembrance of Christ. Why should eating and drinking in the Lord’s Supper focus on the remembrance of Christ? It is because whenever the church participates in the Lord’s Supper, Christians proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The expression “proclaim” (katangello) occurs many times in the New Testament to describe the ministry of the church to the unbelieving world. It is the prophetic announcement to those outside the church that Christ is the only way of salvation.

When the world sees the church eating and drinking in order to remember the significance of Christ’s body and blood, the word of the gospel is made visible. The expression “the Lord’s death” represents the whole of Christ’s saving ministry on behalf of the church: his life, death, resurrection, and ascension.[5]


26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

  • “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup.” Of all the New Testament writers who record the words of the institution of the Lord’s Supper, only Paul has Jesus’ command: “Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.” Paul adds his own summary of and insight into the Lord’s Supper. With the conjunction for, he summarizes Jesus’ formulary. He repeats the words as often as and links them to both the eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup. These two actions must always be equal elements of this sacrament. At the Corinthian love feasts and Communion services, irregularities occurred which Paul now seeks to rectify.
  • “You proclaim the death of the Lord.” Paul teaches that all those who eat the bread and drink from the cup symbolically proclaim Jesus’ death. By his death, Jesus has made them partners of the new covenant that God established with his people and of which Christ is the mediator. Paul reminds them of the spiritual benefits that accrue from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and they by partaking of the bread and the cup acknowledge unity one with another in Christ.

When the church celebrates the Lord’s Supper in the setting of a worship service, ministers of the Word ought to proclaim the significance of Christ’s death. Whenever they expound the Word verbally, the worshipers proclaim it silently by partaking of the sacramental elements.

  • “Until he comes.” The members of the church proclaim both Jesus’ death and his return. They look forward to the day when Christ shall return and they shall be forever with the Lord. In the church of the second half of the first century, believers celebrated Communion and then prayed Maranatha (Come, O Lord).

Christians cannot suppress their desire to be with Jesus; they must proclaim his death, resurrection, and return. In a similar vein, the prophet Isaiah notes his inability to suppress this desire:

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,

till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,

her salvation like a blazing torch.

[Isa. 62:1][6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 270–273). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 360). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (pp. 241–242). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Prior, D. (1985). The message of 1 Corinthians: life in the local church (pp. 187–188). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, p. 201). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 398). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Report: Wasserman Schultz Tried to Shield IT Aide from Capitol Hill Hacking Probe — National Review

The Florida Democrat was alleged to have pressured House officials to kill the probe into aide Imran Awan, who is currently under federal indictment.

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June 5 His Name is Holy

He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be your name…’” (Luke 11:2b)

The second petition of the Lord’s Prayer is one of surrender, “Hallowed be your name.” I am quite sure this is the petition that makes hypocrites out of most of us. For we can say, “Father” with grateful sincerity, but when we pray “Hallowed be your name,” we say this with the guilty knowledge that, as we pray, there are areas of our life in which his name is not hallowed and in which, furthermore, we don’t want it to be hallowed. When we say, “Hallowed be your name,” we are praying, “May the whole of my life be a source of delight to you and may it be an honor to the name which I bear, which is your name. Hallowed be your name.”

The trouble is that we so frequently know there are great areas of our life that are not hallowed. There are certain monopolies which we have reserved to ourselves, privileged areas which we do not wish to surrender, where the name of our boss or the name of our girl friend or some other dear one means more to us than the name of God. But when we pray this, if we pray it in any degree whatsoever of sincerity or openness or honesty, we are praying, “Lord, I open to you every closet, I am taking every skeleton out for you to examine. Hallowed be thy name.” There cannot be any contact with God, any real touching of his power, any genuine experiencing of the glorious fragrance and wonder of God at work in human life until we truly pray, and the second requisite of true prayer is that we say, “Hallowed be your name.”

But we are not only aware that in each of us there are areas where God’s name is not hallowed, but furthermore we are aware deep in our being that no matter how we may try to arrange every area of our lives to please him, there is a flaw that somehow makes us miss the mark. Even when we try hard we find ourselves unable to do this. But you will notice that this prayer is not phrased as simply a confession or an expression of repentance to the Father. We are not to pray as so frequently we do pray, “Father, help me to be good,” or “Help me to be better.” Throughout this whole pattern for prayer, not once do you ever find an expression of a desire for help in the sanctification of life. No, Jesus turns our attention entirely away from ourselves to the Father. This phrase, “Hallowed be your name” is really a cry of helpless trust, in which we are simply standing and saying, “Father, not only do I know that there are areas in my life where your name is not hallowed, but I know also that only you can hallow them, and I am quite willing to simply stand still and let you be the Holy One who will actually be first in my life.”

The person who lets God be his Lord and surrenders to him is drawn quite spontaneously into a great learning process and becomes a different person. Martin Luther once said, “You do not command a stone which is lying in the sun to be warm. It will be warm all by itself.” When we say, “Father, there is no area of my life that I’m not willing to let you talk to me about, there is no area that I will hide from you, my sexual life, my business life, my social life, my school life, my recreation times, my vacation periods,” that is saying, “Hallowed be your name.” When we pray that way we discover that God will walk into the dark closets of our life where the odor is sometimes too much even for us to stand, and clean them out and straighten them up and make them fit for his dwelling. “If we walk in the light,” John says, (and that is not sinlessness, that means where God sees everything), “If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7 RSV)

Father, teach me to say these words, “Hallowed be your Name,” with a heart of both complete surrender and faith that you are the only One who can make me holy.

Life Application

What is our attitude toward the hallowed name of our Father? Do we use his name with shallow flippancy? Or evading the implications of being his name-bearers? Do we experience prayer as a personal, awesome encounter with our awesome, holy Father?

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June 5 Tuesday: The Rock That Is Higher Than I

By James Boice on Jun 05, 2018 12:00 am

It’s important to notice the image David uses for God in verse 2, calling him “the rock that is higher than I.” The idea of God being a rock is common in the psalms, appearing twenty times.1 In fact, it occurs three times in the next psalm, Psalm 62. We have already looked at it at some length in our study of Psalm 18, where alone it is used four times in an interesting progressive sequence: “The LORD is my rock (v. 2); “My God is my rock” (v. 2); Who is the Rock except our God?” (v. 31); and “Praise be to my Rock” (v. 46)!

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SBC Leaders Float Idea of Beth Moore As Next Denomination President — Pulpit & Pen

Beth Moore, who is best known as Lifeway’s Cash Cow of Bashan, the extremely popular women’s teacher whose increasingly wild-eyed prophetic visions have gained prominence in a wide berth of evangelicalism well outside the SBC (especially in charismatic circles, as she coalesces with other egalitarian prophetesses like Anne Voskamp, Joyce Meyer, and Christine Caine), may very well be promoted as the next president of the SBC after the upcoming term of JD Greear.

Greear, who is seen as the favorite for the 2018 SBC election, holds to a modified Complementarian position that is, for all intents and purposes, Egalitarian. Also a Continuationist and a #woke Social Justice Warrior, the megachurch satellite campus pastor is well departed from Southern Baptist historic orthodoxy on a number of points. This will unlikely stop the young, popular and charismatic mega-pastor for winning the June election handily, as the SBC reels in shock from the firing of perhaps the oldest and most prominent standard-bearer of SBC conservativism, Paige Patterson, in a cultural bleed-over of the #metoo movement into the denomination in what is an increasingly speculative and questionable decision of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Executive Board. Greear has presented himself as a fully “woke” and politically savvy public relations specialist, who along with certain other leaders in the SBC (like Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, Danny Akin, Matt Chandler and other New Calvinists), are intent on rebranding the denomination in the name of saving it. One such overture to “saving the denomination” in recent days has been talk of electing a female president, which has received no shortage of support in social media. The name for such a female leader of the country’s largest Protestant denomination that has risen to the top of discussion is none other than the recently woke prophetess, Beth Moore.

Following on the heels of a conference that should have been seen as spitting in the face of the #MeToo Movement, MLK50 – a conference venerating a man who literally trafficked in female prostitutes – many SBC leaders began to vocalize the need for leadership chosen not by the content of their character, but the color of their skin. In true Marxist Intersectionality fashion, these same leaders started to include women in the long list of underrepresented minorities who had to be placed at the top tiers of leadership if the SBC was to survive the impending tide of cultural opinion. JD Greear, on May 25, posted a video in which he called on the SBC to place women at the highest levels of leadership. He stated:

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.

The politically correct virtue signaling of Greear did not go unnoticed. Soon, names began to surface of women who could take the top leadership spot in the SBC. In the last several days, one name, in particular, seemed to echo throughout social media. That name is Beth Moore.

Dwight McKissic – or Marxissic, as he is known among the discernment community – is the African American race-baiting pastor who supported Hillary Clinton and leftist-progressives, and who most notably designed a resolution at the 2017 SBC meeting to condemn the so-called “alt-right,” simultaneously orchestrating mainstream media outrage at SBC messengers who originally balked at the politically motivated propaganda. SBC leaders, eager to avoid any negative media attention, scrambled to pass an amended form of the resolution, pleading with messengers to consider how it would look in the press. Currently, Marxissic is planning a resolution with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Danny Akin, which will yet again focus on racial reconciliation. Akin, who founded an Affirmative Action department at SEBTS called “The Department of Kingdom Diversity” and hosted a “Malcolm X Read-In” for seminary students this year, has joined Marxissic to denounce “White racism” and demand social justice, which eerily seems like something out of the 1970s United Methodist playbook or that of any of the mainstream liberal denominations that have experienced severe, anti-Gospel mission drift in the latter 20th Century. It was McKissic himself who similarly floated the idea of nominating Moore as president of the SBC.

McKissic wrote:

If I thought Beth Moore would accept the nomination or be agreeable to being nominated, because of her qualifications and the current context the SBC finds herself in…I would nominate her for SBC President.

Of course, the SBC has never considered a female president of the SBC because it has always fallen to the role of pastor, and eldership is limited to male leaders. The position also requires a good deal of preaching, which has always been seen by the denomination as a job for men, in light of the prohibition against women teaching in the church. With the promotion of so many female preachers by SBC’s retailer, Lifeway, one could have guessed it would only have been a matter of time before the Convention as a whole would see little problem with that gross and profane departure from orthodoxy.

McKissic went on to explain his reasoning:

The SBC is a parachurch organization—not a church. Therefore, there is absolutely not one Bible verse, or SBC constitutional bylaws prohibitions, nor any BF&M 2000 prohibitions against a woman serving as SBC President. Tradition, sexism, fear and other non-biblical factors would probably prevent any woman, including Deborah, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Lydia, Junia or Priscilla, or Lottie Moon from being elected President of the SBC; but, I repeat…there is not one Bible verse or SBC constitutional prohibition.

Therefore, I could vote for a qualified woman with a clear conscience for President of the SBC. The I Timothy 2:12 passage is reference to local church leadership, not parachurch leadership. The statement on gender roles in the BF&M 2000 does not prohibit female leadership in the SBC Convention or entity life. To impose I Timothy 2:12 as a prohibition on a female SBC President would be tantamount to imposing Genesis 9:25-27, as a prohibition for a Black, Asian, or Hispanic SBC President. Neither Scripture is addressing prohibitions in parachurch offices. Historically, though, they have been used or misused to draw such erroneous conclusions.

The problem with Marxissic’s theory, other than his use of Deborah – an Old Testament political judge who served as God’s judgment upon a leadership-weak nation – and New Testament Saints (who were NOT appointed to spiritual ecclesiastical authority, even by the Lord Himself), thus demonstrating massive hermeneutical failure and tragic inability to reason, is that the issue of Complementarianism vs Egalitarianism is one of ecclesiastical authority and not one only of eldership within the local church.

There is another problem with Marxissic’s theory; the SBC, although not a local church, is ecclesiastical. How do we know this? The SBC – officially, legally, and on-the-record – calls itself an ecclesiastical authority.

For example, just this year the SBC’s North American Mission Board (NAMB) argued in court that a lawsuit against it should not proceed because of a “ministerial exemption” due to the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine” (source link). In other words, the SBC entity claimed to be ecclesiastical. Regarding the lawsuit of Will McRaney, NAMB attorneys argued according to the Baptist Message:

On the matter of the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine” (which prevents a court from interfering in decidedly church issues such as theology), [the judge] affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court position that churches have the “power to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.” However, regarding NAMB’s claim that “adjudicating McRaney’s defamation claim would require the Court to decide matters of internal church governance,” he said he “disagrees.”

Furthermore, all local SBC churches needing proof of tax exemption as a religious institution fall under the “umbrella 501(c)3” of the Southern Baptist Convention, meaning that the only recognition many churches have with the federal government as a house of worship is their legal identity with the SBC, which is recognized as a “church.” Baptist autonomy aside (and the attitude of Greear and McKissic seem to be “to hell with Baptist polity” anyway), like it or not, the SBC is ecclesiastical.

On top of these inconvenient truths, the fact is the presidency of the SBC is, in nature, pastoral. These are men who – like all SBC entity heads – make doctrinal decisions (like IMB President, David Platt, approving tongue-speakers to serve as missionaries or former SBC President, Ronnie Floyd, deciding to partner in prayer with IHOP). The office itself is one of the highest authority, and one prohibited to women. Welcome to complementarianism.

Many of the SBC blogger-class seconded the notion of McKissic that the office should not be limited to men, and that Beth Moore would be a suitable candidate for the position, including bloggers at SBC Voices, Dave Miller, Brent Hobbs, and AlanCross.

See also: Revoice Conference: Connecting the Dots from Russell Moore to Drag Queens, RuPaul

via SBC Leaders Float Idea of Beth Moore As Next Denomination President — Pulpit & Pen

Supreme Ruling: You Don’t Have to Bake the Cake, Jack!

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

You’ve probably heard the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of Colorado baker, Jack Phillips; that the State violated his religious freedom when they punished him for operating his business according to his Christian faith.

Even though the Court ruled 7-2 Monday in favor of Phillips who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, we must not relax. This is good, yes, but it is an incremental victory in the religious freedom battle. Expect LGBTQ activists to regroup and react with force.

Unbelievably, Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner, Diann Rice once compared Phillips to a Nazi because he believes in natural marriage. Ironically, Phillip’s father was a WWII veteran who helped storm the beaches of Normandy and liberate Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

Regarding the decision, Justice Kennedy wrote:

“The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner…

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Justice Thomas: America Now in Conflict Between Religious Liberty and Court’s Decree on Gay Marriage — Christian Research Network

 

(Terrence P. Jeffrey – CNSNews) – In his dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, Justice Clarence Thomas predicted that the court’s declaration that same-sex marriage is a right would ultimately lead to conflict between that purported right and religious liberty.

In his concurring opinion today in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Thomas concludes: “This case proves that the conflict has already emerged.”

In Obergefell, decided by a 5-4 vote in 2015, the Supreme Court declared that the 14th Amendment creates a right for people of the same sex to marry one another.

“The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built,” Thomas wrote in his dissent in Obergefell. “Since well before 1787, liberty has been understood as freedom from government action, not enti­tlement to government benefits. The Framers created our Constitution to preserve that understanding of liberty.

“Yet the majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a ‘liberty’ that the Framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect,” Thomas continued. “Along the way, it rejects the idea—captured in our Declaration of Independence—that human dignity is innate and suggests instead that it comes from the government. This distor­tion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic. I cannot agree with it.”

In his Obergefell dissent, Thomas went on to warn:

“In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples.”  View article →

via Justice Thomas: America Now in Conflict Between Religious Liberty and Court’s Decree on Gay Marriage — Christian Research Network

June 5 Using Wealth Wisely

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.—Matt. 6:19–21

There is a great potential for your possessions to become idols when you accumulate them for yourself. But possessions that are wisely, willingly, and generously used for kingdom purposes can be a means of accumulating heavenly possessions. When they are hoarded and stored, they not only become a spiritual hindrance but also are subject to loss through moth, rust, and thieves.

In ancient times, wealth was frequently measured in part by clothing. The best clothes were made of wool, which the moths loved to eat. Wealth was also often held in grain. The Greek word for “rust” means “an eating.” That’s the application here, since grain was often ruined by rats, mice, worms, and insects. Also, almost any kind of wealth can be stolen. Many people in those days buried their nonperishable valuables in the ground, away from the house, often in a field.

Nothing we own is completely safe from destruction or theft. But when our time, energy, and possessions are used to serve others and to further the Lord’s work, they build up heavenly resources that are completely free from destruction or theft.

Make sure you are living by this principle: “Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Prov. 3:9–10).

ASK YOURSELF

How many of your worries revolve around financial issues? What kind of stress and strain does this place on your mind and spirit—whether your problem involves being anxious about the prospects of the money you have, or anxious about the money you don’t have?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 165). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

How John MacArthur began (and ended) His 42 Year Journey — Tim Challies

On June 5, 2011, John MacArthur completed a remarkable feat. He finished his 42-year journey of preaching through the New Testament verse-by-verse. In this episode of the Great Sermon Series, we will examine how John MacArthur began with a sermon that would prove to set the stage for the next 42 years of his ministry…

via How John MacArthur began (and ended) His 42 Year Journey — Tim Challies

JUNE 5 BELIEVE THAT GOD IS INFINITELY GENEROUS

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

PSALM 107:43

To think rightly of God we must conceive of Him as being altogether boundless in His goodness, mercy, love, grace, and in whatever else we may properly attribute to the Deity.

Since God is infinite, whatever He is must be infinite, also; that is, it must be without any actual or conceivable limits. The moment we allow ourselves to think of God as having limits, the one of whom we are thinking is not God but someone or something less than and different from Him.

It is not enough that we acknowledge God’s infinite resources; we must believe also that He is infinitely generous to bestow them!

The first is not too great a strain on our faith. Even the deist will admit that the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth, must be rich beyond the power of man to conceive. But to believe that God is a giver as well as a possessor takes an advanced faith and presupposes that there has been a divine revelation to that effect which gives validity to our expectations. Which indeed there has been—we call this revelation the Bible!

Believing all this, why are we Christians so poverty-stricken? I think it is because we have not learned that God’s gifts are meted out according to the taker, not according to the giver!

Though almighty and all-wise, God yet cannot pour a great gift into a small receptacle![1]


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

June 5 Living in Light

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14

The apostle Paul looked at the evil pagan world and concluded that its self–centered, useless thinking leads to darkened understanding and a hard heart. That, in turn, leads to insensitivity to sin and shameless behavior, which then leads to unblushing obscenity. And it’s not really much different today.

As believers we shouldn’t even dabble in any of the evils characteristic of unbelievers. We are to be a light on a hill, separate from the evil around us. We are to be different. A city that’s set on a hill can’t be hidden. We must stand as salt and light. But if we’re corrupted by the system, we become useless.

Our blessed Lord Jesus Christ purchased us at the cost of His own life. He gave us a new nature that is holy, undefiled, and sanctified forever. He simply asks us to live up to what He has given us by discarding our old lifestyle and taking on our new one.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 174). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.