Daily Archives: June 29, 2018

June 29: Behind the Scenes

Esther 3:1–7:10; 3 John 1:1–4; Psalm 117:1–118:16

Sometimes life can look so bleak that it seems as if all hope is gone. This was the situation for Esther and Mordecai: “Letters were sent by couriers to all the provinces of the king to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children” (Esth 3:13). Genocide was upon Esther, Mordecai, and their people, and it seemed that little could be done.

Yet God unexpectedly used Esther to do His work and made Mordecai a hero for thwarting the enemies’ plan to destroy God’s people (Esth 5–7). As a result, the people who wanted to kill Mordecai ended up dead (Esth 7:7–10). But these events depicted more than poetic justice; they provide an example of hope in the midst of adversity. This story shows that God is at work even when we don’t realize He is there—when even prayer feels like a waste of energy.

While God is not a “character” in the book of Esther, His presence is implicit in every scene of goodness coming out of chaos. We may not see Him talking in a burning bush, but we feel His concern in the tension; we note His love and compassion through His orchestration of events. These actions aren’t credited to God directly, but that, too, shows something about His character. He doesn’t need the praise that we so often do, so we need to acknowledge how praiseworthy He really is. Even when we don’t know how to pray, or don’t pray at all, God can still answer. And that’s goodness, above all else.

How is God at work in your life in ways you may not realize—even at this very moment?

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 29 Enjoying Friendship with God

“Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone” (James 2:21–24).


You are a friend of God if you love Him and obey His Word.

Can you imagine life without friends—those precious people who love you despite your failings and who stand by you through joys and sorrows—those to whom you’ve committed yourself and whose companionship you treasure? They are without question one of God’s greatest gifts, and yet there is an even greater gift—friendship with God Himself.

Jesus spoke of such a friendship in John 15:13–16, describing it as one of intimacy, mutual love, sacrifice, and commitment. In verse 14 He says, “You are My friends, if you do what I command you.” That’s the kind of friendship Abraham demonstrated when he obeyed God and prepared to offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:3–10). Isaac was the son through whom God’s covenant to Abraham would be fulfilled. Killing him would violate that covenant and call into question the character of God, whose Word forbids human sacrifice (Deut. 18:10). It took unquestioning trust for Abraham to obey God’s command. When he did, his faith was on display for all to see.

The Greek word translated “justified” in James 2:21 has two meanings: “to acquit” (treat as righteous) or “to vindicate” (demonstrate as righteous). James emphasized the second meaning. When Abraham believed God, he was justified by faith and acquitted of sin (Gen. 15:6). When he offered up Isaac, he was justified by works in that his faith was vindicated.

Faith is always the sole condition of salvation, but saving faith never stands alone—it is always accompanied by righteous works. That’s the test of true salvation and of friendship with God.

As a friend of God, treasure that relationship, and be careful never to let sin rob you of its fullest joy.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise God for the privilege of being His friend.

For Further Study: Read Genesis 22:1–19, noting the faith and obedience of Abraham.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 193). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

June 29, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump will be advised by a small group of deeply conservative lawyers, some inside the White House and at least one from outside, on choosing a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, said several sources familiar with the process. Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Nearly 600 protesters were arrested during a clangorous occupation of a U.S. Senate office building in Washington on Thursday, where they decried U.S. President Donald Trump’s “zero- tolerance” stance on illegal immigration.

California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed data privacy legislation aimed at giving consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal information, a proposal that Google and other big companies had opposed as too burdensome.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping farm bill without the food stamps changes approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

With John Kelly’s tenure as White House chief of staff possibly winding down, President Donald Trump has been consulting with some of his advisers on who should succeed Kelly in that post, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Thursday he cannot support for now a Trump administration plan to sell high-tech munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over concerns about the war in Yemen, a decision that could derail the sale.

European leaders have agreed to increase funds for Spain and Morocco to help deal with migration flows as more people choose the route between the two countries to cross to Europe, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday.

More than 120,000 civilians have been uprooted by a Syrian army offensive in the southwest since it began last week, a war monitor said on Friday, and a senior U.N. official warned of catastrophe as they risked being trapped between warring sides.

As a search in Thailand for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing inside a flooded cave entered a sixth day on Friday, police dropped survival packages through a shaft drilled in the mountainside not knowing if anyone was there.

AP Top Stories

5 dead, multiple people wounded at Maryland newspaper, suspect in custody. A single shooter killed five people Thursday and wounded others at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and police said a suspect was in custody.

A barrage of Russian air strikes on rebel-held areas of southern Syria killed 22 civilians on Thursday, a monitoring group said, most of them in a single battered town.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has canceled weekend events in Alabama and Texas due to a “very serious death threat,” according to a statement reported by CNN Thursday.

“We are in a very attractive oil price environment and our house view is that oil will hit $90 by the end of the second quarter of next year,” Hootan Yazhari, head of frontier markets equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said.


Secure centers for migrants may be set up in EU states to process asylum claims under a deal reached after marathon talks at a summit in Brussels. The controlled centers would be set up by EU states on a voluntary basis and migrants whose claims were rejected would be “returned”. Refugees could be resettled in EU states which agreed to take them.

Actress Susan Sarandon says she was one of almost 600 women arrested at a sit-in in support of migrants at a US Senate building. Police in Washington say 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating on Thursday.

Iraq has executed at least 12 people convicted of terrorism offences. On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the “immediate application” of death sentences against convicted terrorists. A day earlier the bodies of eight captives held by the Islamic State group (IS) were found on a road north of the capital Baghdad.

Digital rights campaigners are starting a legal challenge to a US law that seeks to fight online sex trafficking. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says the “poorly written” law can hinder attempts to help victims and prosecute traffickers.

British defense giant BAE Systems has won a multi-billion pound contract from the Australian government to build nine new warships, marking a significant victory for British military exports.

Two men have been arrested over the brutal rape of a seven-year-old girl in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh amid massive public anger. Hundreds of people have been out on the roads demanding justice for the victim, who is still in hospital with grievous injuries including stab wounds.

China’s authorities say they are capping the pay of actors as part of a move to crack down on tax evasion and “money worship” in the industry. Actors in Chinese films and TV programs will have their pay capped at 40% of total production costs. Meanwhile, lead actors cannot be paid more than 70% of total cast pay, the government said.


President Trump’s approval rating has ticked up to 47 percent in the new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill, a 2 point hike from last month.

In an apparent effort to normalize homosexual behavior, a school in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, showed school children videos produced by LGBT activists. Without telling parents. The parents now have deployed a legal team to demand that school officials give them access to the material.

A 12-year-old boy who lost his leg and a portion of his pelvis while camping at a public park is getting a $47.5 million settlement from a California municipality and utility. Zachary Rowe was camping in San Mateo County Memorial Park with family in 2012 when a 72-foot-tall rotten tree fell on his tent while he was asleep. He had 30 surgeries and spent six months in the hospital. Doctors had to amputate his right leg, pelvis and buttock to save his life.

News – 6/29/2018

Report: 45,000 Syrian Refugees Headed for Israel
Sources in the Syrian and Jordanian armies reported Thursday that due to instability in southern Syria and the shelling of the Daraa area in southwestern Syria which killed some 93 people, as many as 45,000 Syrian refugees are making their way to the border with Israel – after Jordan declared its refusal to absorb any more fleeing Syrian civilians.

‘US no longer talking about Israeli concessions’
The United States is no longer pressing the Israeli government to offer concessions or symbolic ‘gestures’ to the Palestinian Authority, a senior Israeli official told Arutz Sheva, marking a stark contrast with past US administrations.

Maxine Waters Cancels Events Following “Very Serious” Death Threats
Congresswoman Maxine Waters – who earlier this week urged her supporters to accost members of the Trump administration at restaurants and other public venues – has been forced to cancel a pair of public events after receiving a “very serious death threat.” The Congresswoman told CNN on Thursday that she’s seen an increase in threats since she made the controversial comments.

Global Stock Rally Halted By Report Trump May Withdraw From WTO
the sense of precarious peace was shattered shortly after 6am ET when Axios reported that after several days of calm, President Trump has repeatedly told his advisers he seeks to withdraw the US from the WTO – a decision that would “throw global trade into wild disarray.” Some excerpts from the report. The WTO is designed by the rest of the world to screw the United States.”

Anti-corruption watchdogs wonder: ‘Who is funding Mexico’s presidential candidates?’
Mexico’s three leading presidential candidates have not declared a single peso in direct private financial contributions to their election campaigns, federal records show, raising concerns from corruption watchdogs about the potential influence of dark money in a pivotal contest.

IDF: Israel will not open borders to Syrians, humanitarian aid to continue
The IDF will not allow the entry of Syrians…into Israel but will continue providing aid for those in tent camps in the Syrian Golan Heights, the IDF announced on Friday. “The IDF is monitoring the events in southern Syria and is preparing for a variety of scenarios, including continued humanitarian assistance to fleeing Syrians. We will not allow passage of Syrians fleeing the country and will continue to defend Israel’s security interests,”…

Palestinian Authority steps up activities in east Jerusalem
The Palestinian Authority and various Palestinian factions have stepped up their activities in east Jerusalem, while Israeli security authorities have intensified their operations to torpedo those efforts. “The Jerusalem Police have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian political factions trying to operate in the city in violation of the law,” a Palestinian lawyer…told The Jerusalem Post this week.

Migrant crisis: EU leaders plan secure migrant centres
Secure centres for migrants may be set up in EU states to process asylum claims under a deal reached after marathon talks at a summit in Brussels. The controlled centres would be set up by EU states on a voluntary basis and migrants whose claims were rejected would be “returned”. Refugees could be resettled in EU states which agreed to take them.

Syria war: Air strike on Deraa shelter kills 17 civilians
At least 17 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a basement shelter in south-western Syria, activists say, as warplanes pound rebel-held areas. A monitoring group reported that five children were among those who died when aircraft identified as Russian bombed Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa. Russia is backing an army offensive in the region, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Have Humans Reached Their Limit on Life Span? These Researchers Say No.
As technology advances, prospects for increasing the human life span are seemingly everywhere. But is there a limit to how long humans can live? According to a new study, published today (June 28) in the journal Science, the answer to that question is no. What’s more, the researchers argue that after age 105, the risk of dying each year remains the same.

Saudi-Russian axis rules oil markets as Trump fights Iran
Iran may be Russia’s ally in the Syrian conflict but when it comes to oil, Tehran’s arch-enemy Saudi Arabia takes precedence – if last week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna is anything to go by. Iran had been pushing hard for oil producers to hold output steady as U.S. sanctions are expected to hit its exports, meaning Tehran had little to gain from OPEC production increases that lower oil prices and cut its revenue.

Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’
Russia and China are developing new space-based weapons and they’ll be ready “in the near future,” Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Tuesday…The countries, which Ashley called “competitors,” are developing “the ability to interdict satellites both from a ground standpoint and from a space standpoint,” he said. “The technology is being developed right now. It is coming in the near future.”

20 fires break out in south due to incendiary balloons
Around 20 fires broke out on Thursday in various areas in south Israel along the Gaza border due to incendiary balloons being flown from the strip, with the largest conflagration erupting in Kibbutz Be’eri and Kibbutz Alumim. Fires also broke out throughout the course of the day in the Regional Councils of Eshkol, Sedot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev, as well as in several nature reserves, costing the lives of many animals.

First Trump-Putin summit has Cold War backdrop, U.S. allies nervous
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for their first summit on July 16 in Helsinki, a venue famed for its Cold War diplomacy. The Kremlin and the White House simultaneously announced the place and date a day after reaching agreement for the two leaders to meet following a visit to Moscow by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

Tens of thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees are flocking to Israel’s border
60,000 Syrians reportedly making their way from Syria towards Israelis border following bombings by regime forces.

Bombshell! Hillary Clinton NEVER Had A State Department E-Mail Address
Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server was not a secondary server to her State Department one, it was her only one.

The Genocide Of White South Africans Is In Full Swing
Jake Lloyd reads actual messages from a South African viewer and talks about the reality of the situation that the MSM ignores.

Prince William meets President Abbas in first West Bank visit by royal
Prince William has expressed hope for “lasting peace” between Israelis and Palestinians during a visit to the occupied West Bank.

Saddleworth Moor fire prompts evacuations near Manchester
A fire raging in northern England has prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes and forced firefighters to work in “tremendously difficult conditions”.

Jewish couple helps overturn ban in UK on heterosexual civil partnership
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan say marriage ‘treated women as property for centuries’ and they want to raise their children as equal partners

Putin: I’ve Withdrawn 1,140 Troops And 30 Aircraft From Syria
Russian president also promised he would increase monetary allowances for troops

STAND YOUR GROUND: Jerusalem mayor refuses to meet with Prince William outside Jerusalem – this is how you stick up for our country
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat canceled a meeting with Prince William after the latter refused to hold the meeting in Jerusalem, according to Channel 2.

Christians around the world outraged as Canadian leader Trudeau refuses to admit that Christians are being slaughtered by Muslims in the Middle East
Justin Trudeau’s failure to stand up against the persecution of Christians and other minorities around the world is completely unacceptable. Canada’s Conservatives will always defend human rights and the freedom of religion, at home and abroad.

Grocery Giant Kroger To Begin Home Delivery Service Of Groceries By Partnering With Driverless Car Company Nuro
EDITOR’S NOTE: Self-driving autonomous vehicles are on the verge of being perfected, and when fully operational it will cause a paradigm shift not seen since the beginning days of the 20th century. When the automobile was first introduced in the late 1890’s, it was seen as an interesting novelty that would soon fade away. Then Henry Ford came along with the moving assembly line and seemingly overnight America, and then the world, was driving.

NYT op-ed calls for the complete silencing of all conservatives, FOREVER… because liberals can’t win when public debate is tolerated
In a recent op-ed he wrote for The New York Times, Norden attempts to make the case that freedom of speech should end where ignorance begins – or at least his private interpretation as to what constitutes ignorance. In this case, Norden sees conservative viewpoints as being ignorant, and wants conservatives not to have a voice when it comes to influencing public opinion.

U.S. Pays for Palestinian School Books that Glorify Terrorism, Promote Extremism
In a ghastly waste of taxpayer dollars, the U.S. government helps pay for Palestinian school books that glorify terrorism and promote extremism. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) uses the radical material to educate about 300,000 students in grades 1 through 11 at hundreds of schools in Gaza and the West Bank. The curriculum and inciting materials are largely funded by the U.S., which is by far the UNRWA’s biggest financial supporter.

PICTURES: British Troops Deployed to Help Fight Worst Moorland Wildfire in Living Memory
Over 100 firefighters working in 12 hour shifts to contain the spread of significant wildfires in North-East England were reinforced overnight to Thursday by soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” —Tenth Amendment

In Today’s Edition

  • Replacing Kennedy might just mean overturning some really bad precedents.
  • Is Trump to blame for the Annapolis massacre? The media says so.
  • The economy is roaring, so why the tariffs?
  • Mexico’s rising communist regime is a threat to America.
  • Facebook cracks down on “bad actors.”
  • Gowdy says it’s time to finish the Russia probe.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Six Potential Targets of Trump’s Supreme Court

Replacing Kennedy might just mean overturning some really bad precedents.

Leftmedia: Trump Caused Newspaper Attack

The murderer was motived by his own personal animosity. It had nothing to do with Trump.

A Booming Economy, but Tariffs

The flap over Harley-Davidson reveals the dark cloud in an otherwise bright economy.

Mexico’s Rising Communist Regime

Our neighbors are about to elect a communist president backed by the drug cartels.

Facebook Cracks Down on ‘Bad Actors’

The social media giant takes another step to aggressively limit fake news and “hate speech.”

Video: Gowdy on Russia Probe: ‘Finish It the Hell Up’

“Russia isn’t being hurt by this investigation right now. This country is being hurt by it.”

Friday Short Cuts

“Kennedy’s decision … was seen as a personal betrayal, because the political has become so personal for so many.” —Jonah Goldberg

Friday Top Headlines

Annapolis attack, Waters cancels, SCOTUS vacancy, House grills, farm bill, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen

Congrats, Trump Voters. You’ve Been Vindicated.

Jonah Goldberg

‘Living Constitution’ Faces a Mercy Killing

Rich Lowry

The Tawdry and Dumb Nazi Charge

Michael Reagan

The Crying Kids Game

Erick Erickson

This Stuff Actually Matters

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 6/29/2018

Jordan, Saudis and Palestinians Warn Israel: Erdogan Operating in East Jerusalem Under Your Nose

Liberman rejects criticism from ‘impatient’ Israelis urging harsher Gaza policy

Israeli border communities fearful of Palestinian protests and threats of fire

Gaza balloons start 20 fires in Israel as communities help firefighters

IDF officer: Hamas ‘immensely’ improves its naval commando unit

Lieberman: Security of Israeli citizens is at the top of our agenda

Many Gazan Women Are No Longer Able to Enter Israel for Cancer Treatment

From the Inside: The Palestinian Authority’s suppression of protests and free speech

Nude model’s Western Wall photo shoot sparks anger

IDF chief in Washington to meet senior US defense officials likely to discuss latest offensive by Syrian regime on rebel-held areas near Israel’s border

50,000 Syrians flee Assad bombs to Jordan border; IDF chief in U.S. for urgent talks

Netanyahu warns enemies they’ll ‘regret dragging us into a conflict’

Netanyahu: We blew up Iran’s ATM – says Israel stopped cash flow to Iran

Amid fierce fighting, Israel fears flood of Syrian refugees converging on border

As Syrian refugees march on border, Israel raises alert in Golan Heights

Russian airstrikes in southern Syria kill 22 civilians, monitor says

Putin Says Russia Has Withdrawn 1,140 Military Personnel and 13 Warplanes From Syria

France calls on Russia to stick to southwest Syria de-escalation deal

Syria treads carefully amid Russian airstrikes near Golan

Iranian MP: Syria and Russia are sacrificing Iran

Report: US to discuss Iran’s withdrawal from Syria

Several hundred Syrian refugees in Lebanon begin returning to Syria

Iraq to execute Islamic State prisoners in revenge for killings

Turkey’s Erdogan, alliance partner agree to lift state of emergency

Top Houthi leader killed, while 70 militias killed in fighting with Yemeni Army

Saudi-Russian axis rules oil markets as Trump fights Iran

EU leaders meet for “make or break” migration talks

Migration Divides Europe Union and Threatens to Stall the Bloc’s Business

Media frowning in disapproval as high court upholds Trump travel ban

Justice Kennedy Warns Trump to Respect Religious Freedom in Travel Ban Case

Hundreds arrested in DC protesting Trump immigration policy

Central America battles corruption, violence despite billions in US aid

Ivanka Trump helps unveil administration report that decries the effect of separating children from parents

UN: 10,000 children killed, maimed in conflicts worldwide

Report: US Secretary of State to visit North Korea next week

Pompeo: N. Korea understands US on ‘complete denuclearization’

Sanctions stay till North Korea takes ‘irreversible’ steps: South Korea, U.S. defense chiefs

Kim Jong Un ordered army officer executed after giving soldiers extra food: report

New ‘medically confirmed’ case of US employee in Cuba hit in mystery health incidents

Man suspected of killing 21 co-workers by poisoning their food: Authorities

Five dead in ‘targeted attack’ at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, police say

5 killed in Maryland newspaper attack, suspected explosive device found at scene

Sean Hannity Immediately Blames Maxine Waters for ‘Capital Gazette’ Shooting

The Red Hen restaurant that refused to serve Sarah Sanders was hit by a cyberattack

‘Canadians Are Livid’ About Trump And Are Hitting Back By Boycotting U.S. Goods

Pence urges Latin American countries to isolate Venezuela

A minimum-wage worker in Venezuela could afford 5 cups of coffee each month – and nothing else

America’s trucker shortage could undermine economy

Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

The US has an anti-drone gun that shoots drones at other drones

Robot with artificial intelligence about to invade space

Paranormal Investigator Claims To Find ‘Time Warp’ Near Las Vegas

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pamandzi, Mayotte

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Piru, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 23,000ft

Several flights to Bali cancelled after volcano spews smoke and ash

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,500ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Dangerous, excessive heat expanding in central US, moves into Northeast over weekend

A city in Oman may have just had the hottest night ever recorded on Earth

End Times? Thousands are Having Microchips Implanted in Their Hands

Have Humans Reached Their Limit on Life Span? These Researchers Say No.

U.S. charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

Half of Churchgoers, 36 Percent of Pro-Lifers, Hold Favorable View of Planned Parenthood: Gallup

Battle Lines Already Being Drawn in Fight to Fill U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy

Democrats sat out the 2014 midterms and lost the Supreme Court for a generation

Democrats Tie Trump Supreme Court Pick To Russia Investigation

Plaintiff in same-sex marriage case doesn’t believe Trump when he says issue is settled

Netanyahu Rejected Request to Consider Allowing Surrogates for Single Men, Same-sex Couples

Netflix under fire for film critics say contains child pornography

2 men with 29 wives and 160 children between them sentenced to house arrest following polygamy conviction

Jim Bakker claims God told Him the first “Horse of the Apocalypse” is now released

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 10:04 AM PDT

Jim Bakker claims God told Him the first “Horse of the Apocalypse” is now releasedControversial televangelist Jim Bakker has claimed that God spoke to him as he was reading Revelation 6 in the Bible and told him that the first horseman of the Apocalypse has been released upon the world, with President Donald Trump being a “respite” before the End Times.  Bakker, who regularly talks about the end of the world on his weekly television show, and sells food items and survival gear meant to aid

believers in perilous times, said earlier this week that he recently asked God some big questions in prayer. “You need to give me some answers. What is going on in this crazy world — there is such warfare amongst our own people, in America,” he pleaded. He then said that he opened up his Bible, and God “brought me back to where I preach all the time, Revelation 6,” namely the narrative about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. READ MORE

Over 200,000 without power as severe thunderstorms hit parts of US

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 09:59 AM PDT

Over 200,000 without power as severe thunderstorms hit parts of USMore than 200,000 homes and businesses were left without power after severe thunderstorms swept through parts of the United States on Thursday, June 28, 2018. One man was killed in a storm-related accident in Lineville, Alabama.  Strong winds and heavy rain affected areas from mid-Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast on Thursday, downing trees and power lines and leaving over 200,000 people without power.

As of 13:00 UTC on June 29, more than 56,000 customers were still without power in Alabama, 42,000 in Illinois, 24,000 in Missouri, 13,000 in Minnesota and 9,600 in Oregon, according to PowerOutage.us. Almost all of Thursday’s outages were in Alabama where a 70-year-old woman from Huntsville was struck by lightning. State emergency officials confirm that they transported her to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit. READ MORE

Our Culture Is Drunk on This Corrupting Evil—Here’s How to Avoid It

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Our Culture Is Drunk on This Corrupting Evil—Here’s How to Avoid It(By Gary Curtis) Last week, President Trump visited the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with Republican members of the House of Representatives. Videotape captured the sound of a female Congressional intern yelling an expletive at him from across the other side of the rotunda, as Mr. Trump was walking through the Capitol Building.  The echoed obscene outburst is a current example of prevalent vulgarities in public discourse and the present degradation of the political process. Many modern politicians and political

leaders (both men and women) seem unashamed to dish out vile obscenities—in public and in private. For instance, the new leftist chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, who sets the style and substance of the party’s platform and policies, recently went on a disgusting profanity-laced anti-Trump rant. Trump also has been known to have his share of “salty language” in public and private, though his courting of certain evangelical leaders has tamed this somewhat. These outbursts of profane epithets are not only obnoxious and offensive to many but also tend to further the corrosion of civil dialogue regarding public policy. READ MORE

Denver breaks heat record at 100 degrees as intense heat wave set to grip north

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 09:49 AM PDT

Denver breaks heat record at 100 degrees as intense heat wave set to grip northXcel Energy says that they anticipate Thursday to be the highest-usage day of 2018. Denver broke the heat record which was previously at 99 degrees by reaching 100 degrees at 11:31 a.m. Thursday. Denver would go on to tie the all-time heat record in the city, 105 degrees, at 2:20 p.m. That ties the all-time heat record set on June 26, 2012. Water World hosted it’s annual Belly Flop Contest on Thursday morning,

when it had already reached 100 degrees. The belly floppers said they have been training and thinking up unique moves for the competition. “Anyone out there who wants to belly flop you definitely have to get the technique down. The closer you get to hitting the water at once the more perfect your flop is going to be,” said Belly Flop contestant Nikko Bermea. READ MORETemperatures will soar across much of the U.S. the next few days, approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) from Chicago to New York as the summer’s first heat wave takes hold and spurs electricity demand. Heat advisories and excessive heat warning stretch from Minnesota to Louisiana and from Nebraska to Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. Bulletins have also been posted in New York and Vermont.  “That is a huge area,” said Bob Oravec, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “I bet today they expand it all the way across the eastern U.S.” to include the southeast.READ MORE

Sierra Negra volcano erupts, Prompting evacuations, 13 years since last eruption

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:46 AM PDT

Sierra Negra volcano erupts, Prompting evacuations, 13 years since last eruptionThe Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos erupted on Tuesday, causing evacuations and triggering an orange alert.  Two strong 5.3-magnitude earthquakes shook the Sierra Negra volcano, triggering a new eruptive period for the volcano. Strong lava fountains and multiple flows of lava were seen on Tuesday, June 26.

It has been 13 years since Sierra Negra last erupted and 10 days since La Cumbre volcano erupted on neighboring island Fernandina. Fernandina Island is uninhabited but endangered nearby wildlife with a lava flow that entered the ocean. Isabela Island has a population of 1,748 and is the largest island in the Galapagos with volcano Sierra Negra at the southeastern end of the island. READ MORE

Probability of a major earthquake occurring within the next 30 years has increased significantly in northern Japan

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:38 AM PDT

Probability of a major earthquake occurring within the next 30 years has increased significantly in northern JapanThe probability of a major earthquake occurring within the next 30 years has increased significantly in eastern Hokkaido, including Kushiro and Nemuro, according to a new seismic hazard map released by a Japanese Government committee.  The 2018 national seismic hazard map indicates the danger of an earthquake measuring at least lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7. A review of the scale

and the probability of a quake occurring in the Chishima Trench on the Pacific side of Hokkaido led to the indication of a higher danger level for eastern Hokkaido.  The probability for Kushiro in eastern Hokkaido rose 22 percentage points from the previous map to 69 percent, while Nemuro saw its figure rise 15 points to 78 percent. The increases are attributed to the scale and probability of an earthquake occurring in the Chishima Trench, which was revised last year. READ MORE

Pennsylvania homes raided in investigation into mystery explosions

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:32 AM PDT

Pennsylvania homes raided in investigation into mystery explosionsFBI agents and state and local police have swarmed two homes as part of an investigation into a series of mysterious explosions around a county about an hour north of Philadelphia. Police have been investigating reports of about three dozen explosions across Upper Bucks County since early April, typically in the middle of the night. No one has been hurt.

The most recent explosion happened June 14, not far from one home investigators raided on Thursday. A municipal worker on a ride-on mower was cutting grass along a roadside when he ran over something that exploded. He wasn’t injured, but the blast left a crater about 2 feet deep and 2 feet across. READ MORE

Faith Leaders Urge Prayer for President and Wisdom as Search Begins for Justice Kennedy’s Replacement

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:19 AM PDT

Faith Leaders Urge Prayer for President and Wisdom as Search Begins for Justice Kennedy’s ReplacementFaith leaders are reacting to the announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that he’s retiring after serving on the high court for three decades.  Evangelist Franklin Graham issued a call to prayer. “During the last presidential election, I encouraged people to vote and reminded them that election was not about bad language or one’s emails—but it was really about who did you trust most to nominate a justice or justices to the nation’s highest court,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

“President Donald J. Trump has already nominated a conservative, Neil Gorsuch; and now he has a historic opportunity to nominate another justice to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place who is stepping down next month,” Graham continued.  “Let’s pray for the president, that he will select a justice who fears God, who will uphold the Constitution, and who will defend the liberties of all Americans,” he said. READ MORE

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Deemed Too Racist for Kids

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:14 AM PDT

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Deemed Too Racist for KidsThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a prominent children’s literature award.  Her crime? Racist stereotypes in her iconic children’s book series Little House on the PrairieThe organization says the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award will now be called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.  “Wilder’s books are a product of her life experiences

and perspective as a settler in America’s 1800s. Her works reflect dated cultural attitudes toward Indigenous people and people of color that contradict modern acceptance, celebration, and understanding of diverse communities,” the ALSC said in a statement. “Changing the name of the award should not be viewed as an attempt to censor, limit, or deter access to Wilder’s books and materials, but rather as an effort to align the award’s title with ALSC’s core values,” it continued. READ MORE

Deadly flooding leaves at least 23 killed and 11 missing in northern Vietnam

Posted: 29 Jun 2018 05:08 AM PDT

Deadly flooding leaves at least 23 killed and 11 missing in northern VietnamAt least 23 people have been killed and 11 are still missing after severe storms hit Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces. The worst affected are Hà Giang, Lai Châu, Lào Cai and Điện Biên. Authorities said that water level in upper reaches of rivers had reached record levels during the past 20 years. Heavy

rain started falling throughout the region on Saturday, June 23, killing 5 people and leaving 12 missing in the province of Lai Châu. Floods and landslides swept away or damaged hundreds of homes, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said, adding that some sections of national and provincial roads were damaged, causing serious traffic jams. READ MORE

The Activist Mommy Warns of ‘God’s Wrath’ as Ashley Madison Releases Top 20 US Cities for Adultery

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 06:28 PM PDT

The Activist Mommy Warns of ‘God’s Wrath’ as Ashley Madison Releases Top 20 US Cities for AdulteryAshley Madison, the infidelity website that helps adults find willing partners for affairs, has released a list of the top 20 cities in America where users most look to cheat.  Conservative activists, such as Elizabeth Johnston, who’s known online as “the Activist Mommy,” have warned that Americans are

eager to attract “God’s wrath” by engaging in such deceit.  Ashley Madison shared its 2017 numbers with USA Today last week, revealing that a little over half of the website’s 54 million users are female. “We know that these women are coming to our site because we provide a discreet platform for like-minded adults to connect and potentially meet,” Ashley Madison’s president and CTO, Ruben Buell, said. READ MORE

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman’s Right to Pray in Her Own Home

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 06:08 PM PDT

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Woman’s Right to Pray in Her Own HomeIn a stunning reversal of a lower court decision Thursday, the US Supreme Court sided with religious liberty, ruling unanimously that a Kansas woman does indeed have the right to pray in her own home.  The case, Sause v. Bauer, centers on Mary Anne Sause, a devout Catholic who was playing her radio in her home when, according to her attorneys, police were called to investigate “a minor noise complaint.”

Sause says the cops harassed her and threatened to take her to jail when she asked why she would be arrested. Sause says that’s when things escalated. According to The Christian Post, when the retired nurse asked the officers for permission to pray silently, the officers allowed it and then ordered her to stop praying. READ MORE

Paranormal Investigator Claims To Find ‘Time Warp’ Near Las Vegas

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 06:00 PM PDT

Paranormal Investigator Claims To Find ‘Time Warp’ Near Las VegasApparently what happens in Vegas, may not actually stay in Vegas.  A paranormal researcher named Joshua Warren claims he is the first person to ever discover a time warp, which he found near the city. Warren said he has been measuring the rate of time all over in areas between Las Vegas and the top-secret Air Force site known as Area 51.

Last week he found a spot in the desert just north of Vegas where he claims time has slowed down. Using what’s known as a “differential time rate meter,” also known as a “DT meter,” he claimed that for the first time ever he was able to record a measurement showing time had been slowing down for 20 microseconds — something that laws of physics prove should not occur. READ MORE

Severe drought grips 40% of Inner Mongolia, China

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 05:46 PM PDT

Severe drought grips 40% of Inner Mongolia, ChinaA persistent drought is affecting as much as 40% of China’s remote northwestern region of Inner Mongolia, causing over US$91 million in direct economic losses.  The regional weather bureau said Inner Mongolia has seen 25% less rainfall since mid-June and is around 1 °C (1.8 °F) higher in temperature than during the same period in previous years. By June 27, 2018, nearly 37 million hectares (91 million

acres) of grassland and over 35 million livestock had been affected, according to data provided by the regional department of agriculture and animal husbandry. The conditions caused rat plague which is threatening more than 4 million ha (10 million acres) of grassland throughout the region. Officials said Inner Mongolia’s northeastern and eastern areas suffered their worst drought on record in 2017. READ MORE

New eruption of Mount Agung disrupts air travel, Bali, Indonesia

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 05:40 PM PDT

New eruption of Mount Agung disrupts air travel, Bali, IndonesiaSeveral eruptions were registered at Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano in Bali on June 27 and 28, 2018. The eruptions produced a dense ash plume that rose up to 5 km above sea level and forced AirAsia to cancel numerous flights on June 28. Officials in Ngurah Rai International Airport are still assessing whether to halt operations again.  Agung erupted on Thursday, June 28, 2018, producing a dense white

and black volcanic ash plume that rose up to 1.5 to 2 km (5 000 – 6 500 feet) above crater summit. This is up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above sea level.  Ashfall was reported in nearby communities. At least 27 AirAsia flights scheduled to arrive to and to depart from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar have been canceled or postponed and the company urged all guests to update their contact details at airasia.com to ensure that they are notified of any updates to their flights. READ MORE

Five dead, others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis

Posted: 28 Jun 2018 05:29 PM PDT

Five dead, others ‘gravely injured’ in shooting at Capital Gazette newspaper in AnnapolisAt least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.  A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect, but said he was a Maryland resident in his late 30s and had specifically targeted the Capital.  “This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette,” said Anne Arundel County Deputy Police Chief William Krampf.

“This person was prepared today to come in. He was prepared to shoot people.” Police said a “long gun” was used in the incident, but did not specify which kind. They said officers did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who was now being interrogated. They said officers had recovered “smoke grenades” used by the suspect in the building, located at 888 Bestgate Road. About 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting, police said. READ MORE

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — In Hillary’s cringe-producing appearances over the past year and a half – – since she lost the U.S. presidency in 2016 to Donald J. Trump – – she has offered upward of 38 excuses to rationalize her loss, which Amanda Prestigiacomo has documented here exquisitely…. (more)

June 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Youth is a factor as President Trump searches for his pivotal nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, a task that the president said Thursday is already in high gear. The president is looking for a nominee who can leave a conservative mark on the high court for most of the next half-century, extending Mr. Trump’s impact far beyond his presidency. “We have to pick one that’s going to be there for 40 years, 45 years,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday night…. (more)

June 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — The House approved a Republican-backed resolution demanding that the Justice Department turn over all remaining documents sought by congressional committees on the investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump’s campaign…. (more)

June 28, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The Bible is being used by both sides in the current immigration debate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quoting Romans 13 on how we should obey the government, since it’s been ordained by God…. (more)

June 28, 2018
AP NEWS — Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s decisive man in the middle on abortion, gay rights and other contentious issues, announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court…. (more)

June 28, 2018
ART MOORE — The longtime swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court and the architect of the landmark same-sex marriage decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy, announced his retirement Wednesday, setting up an epic confirmation battle in the Senate, with Democrats facing the possibility of a generational shift to the right…. (more)

June 28, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — America has been living in Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s world for the past 12 years. The 81-year-old jurist, who announced his retirement Wednesday, has been the decider in chief on most of the major controversial cases to reach the Supreme Court ever since 2006, which was when the court’s balance shifted to him after Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement…. (more)

June 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — Legal experts say the Supreme Court justice to succeed retiring Anthony Kennedy might ultimately be the end of legalized abortion, Law & Crime reported. University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone told the legal news website conservatives currently on the nation’s hight court bench have a history of overturning precedent – – including Wednesday’s ruling in a union fees case…. (more)

June 28, 2018
‘When I confronted her on Capitol Hill, she ASSAULTED me’
WORLDNETDAILY — Charging that Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., assaulted her, a journalist has filed a complaint with U.S. Capitol Police. BizPac Review said journalist Laura Loomer was doing to Waters what “the California Democrat urged liberals to do to Trump aides: Confront them in public.”… (more)

June 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s travel ban policy is both legal and constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, delivering a massive victory to the White House and dashing hopes of Democrats and activists who hoped the justices would join the resistance. Instead, the court, in a 5-4 ruling, said the president has broad powers to control who is admitted to the U.S. The ruling said those powers are strongest when the president is acting on national security grounds and, in this case, Mr. Trump gave sufficient justification for the need to restrict entry from some uncooperative countries…. (more)

June 27, 2018
DAVID FRENCH — Today, a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court demonstrated unequivocally that it can read and apply the plain language of a federal statute. The only surprise in the Court’s travel-ban ruling is that four dissenting justices tried to find a way around the express will of Congress. The message here is clear: If the American people don’t want the president to exercise a breathtaking degree of control over American immigration policy, then Congress must act. The courts won’t save you from the law…. (more)

June 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — California can’t force pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion as a health care option, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, saying the state’s attempt to do so violated the groups’ First Amendment speech rights. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, said a 2015 state law requiring the centers to post notices about obtaining an abortion, including state assistance in paying for the procedure, amounted to government-coerced speech…. (more)

June 27, 2018
Growing deficits to push debt to almost 100 percent of GDP by 2028
ROLL CALL — Debt as a share of the United States economy is on track to blow through the previous World War II-era record within two decades and keep rising from there, the Congressional Budget Office said in its annual long-term budget report…. (more)

June 27, 2018
Dem urged supporters to ‘create a crowd’ and ‘push back’ on Trump officials
BOB UNRUH — Washington watchdog Judicial Watch sent a letter Tuesday to the House Office of Congressional Ethics asking for an investigation of the statements made over the weekend by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif…. (more)

June 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — It turns out that two of the most anti-Trump FBI officials outed in the Justice Department’s Inspector General report also happened to be key figures in the guilty pleas of George Papadopoulos and Lt. Gen Mike Flynn. The two figures were also dismissed from Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation when their anti-Trump activities were revealed…. (more)

June 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The showdown between Congress and the Justice Department over Russia escalated Tuesday after the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a resolution demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hand over sensitive documents related to the investigation into suspected meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. Committee members approved the resolution on a 15-11 party-line vote. It is now up to Republican leaders to decide whether they will bring the measure for a vote before the full House…. (more)

June 27, 2018
Information giant, bureaucrats united by progressive ideological agenda
ART MOORE — Amid growing calls to break up Google, is the public missing a quietly developing merger of the universal information engine with government? That’s the question posed by a lengthy analysis in the New Atlantis, a journal that focuses on the intersection of technology and society…. (more)

June 25, 2018
WES VERNONOn – ahem – respect for opposing views — In what appear to be his waning days, John McCain is preparing to leave a legacy of settling scores. Some others are tearing open the wraps that until now have kept some deeds of the senator and /of his aides hidden from public view…. (more)

June 25, 2018
Alan Keyes stresses ‘the common sense of moral purpose’ in America’s Creed
ALAN KEYES — Recent headlines about the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council have me thinking about the Reagan years and the time I spent at the United States mission to the United Nations (USUN) as ECOSOC (the United Nations Economic and Social Council) ambassador, under the leadership of our Permrep Jeanne Kirkpatrick; and subsequently as International Organizations Assistant Secretary, working out of the State Department…. (more)

June 25, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The refusal of a Virginia restaurant owner to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the latest incident in the escalating public hostility directed at President Trump and his aides, raising concerns among some conservatives about the potential for partisan-inspired violence…. (more)

June 25, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The mother and child in that now-iconic photo of family separation not only weren’t separated, but their claims of asylum are also likely bogus, experts tell the Washington Times. The woman, identified in news reports as Sandra Sanchez, was deported from the U.S. in 2013, which analysts said suggests her latest attempt to enter the U.S. is likely about illegal immigration rather than asylum…. (more)

June 25, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — The mental health industry isn’t what it used to be, although there are plenty of brilliant and compassionate analysts and counselors who help lots of people. Effective treatment depends a great deal on what is considered healthy and normal. And that keeps changing with the times, sometimes based on demands from identity groups…. (more)

June 24, 2018
NEWSMAX — House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows took to Twitter on Saturday to attack the Justice Department for only turning over “a small percentage” of the document Congress has subpoenaed on the Russia investigation…. (more)

June 24, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — There are lots of strange things throughout Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz’s massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality…. (more)

June 24, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — A new report from Judicial Watch reveals a concerted effort from Sen. John McCain’s office to urge the IRS under Lois Lerner to strike out against political advocacy groups, including tea party organizations. Thanks to the results of an extensive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that has been delayed for many years, Judicial Watch has obtained several key emails from 2013 that chronicle McCain’s and Democrat Sen. Carl Levin’s efforts to reign in the advocacy groups that sprouted immediately following the Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court…. (more)


Weekly Watchman for 06/29/2018

Great Comments and Questions From Our Listeners

The political rhetoric in our nation is reaching a dangerous level based on recent comments from Peter Fonda, Robert DiNiro, Maxine Waters, and so many others. Disagreement has spilled over into hatred, and many wonder if the lack of civil discourse will escalate even further when President Trump nominates another Supreme Court Justice in the coming weeks.

Culture has been divided for decades, but when the church starts dividing over political issues, conflict and confusion will rule the day. Other topics that our listeners want to discuss today include:

Can a person support abortion and still be a ‘true’ Christian?
Andy Stanley’s comments on the Old Testament.
Is Trump dividing the nation or did it start under the Obama admin?
Distinguishing Biblical Christianity from Islam.
Parents concerned about comprehensive sex-education being rolled out in public schools
Has Liberalism captured the pulpits in American Churches?
Shouldn’t Nancy Pelosi be excommunicated from the Catholic Church according to its teachings?
What are your thoughts on people joining home churches?
Why is the modern church seem to be all about grace with little thought of holiness or submission to God?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Real Hate Speech

Liberals have mastered the art of accusing people of hate speech when someone disagrees with the leftist agenda. If you dared oppose President Obama’s agenda, they label you a racist; if you oppose abortion you are, of course, against women. With the news about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring next month, we are almost guaranteed to hear some choice accusation and hate speech as liberals smear any pro-life, conservative – or God-forbid – Christian Supreme Court candidate President Trump might nominate. What Judge Clarence Thomas experienced nearly 30 years ago will look like a walk in the park compared to what the President’s nominee is sure to face, as liberals fear an unraveling of their pro-abortion, Marxist, pro-LGBTQ agenda.

How should we as Christians respond to the caustic culture and stay above the fray? How can we freely express our views and respond biblically to the onslaught of hateful rhetoric we are sure to experience for daring to support a Trump nominee that believes in the sanctity of human life? Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss this challenge along with looking at the “perpetual adolescence” of some professing Christians. Is growth in holiness a necessary requirement for those who claim to be saved and born-again?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Fabricating Jesus: Creating a god to Our Liking

Almost everyone believes or at least acknowledges that Jesus is a real person who once walked the earth. The historical evidence clearly points to that fact. And most will say that he was an influential man or good teacher.   Hundreds of millions, especially in America, claim they are Christians or claim to “believe in Him” as the means to salvation and eternal life.  But ask 100 people what they actually believe about His nature, word, and character and you might get 90 different answers.  Even within those who profess to be Christians you see a wide variety of opinions on the nature and character of the one who is Lord and Creator of all things.

Jesus warned His followers that false Christs would come and deceive many. If we are not diligent in the study of God’s Word we can easily be deceived by any of these false Christs. Today hundreds of millions follow a “false Christ” fabricated from a variety of ideas, sources and beliefs.

Tony Gurule of Ratio Christi Ministries has studied cults and false religions in great depth and joins us to discuss how people create a god to their liking (Fabricating Jesus) and believe in a false version of the one who died for our sins by taking the wrath of God against sin upon Himself.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Leading Children Into Destructive Lifestyles

The unbridled passion of the radical left to indoctrinate our children into their world view is starting to reap devastating problems onto them. Recent studies show a rapid increase in destructive behaviors among teens who are embracing the LGBTQ propaganda, and some of the decisions they are making will have lifelong negative effects.

Linda Harvey of Mission America joins us to discuss these dangerous trends and how we can combat them.

We also look at the interesting story of President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, being kicked out of a restaurant she hoped to dine in because her presence was causing “severe microaggressions” among the LGBTQ employees of the restaurant. Is this the new battle front of the Left? And how does this equate or relate to the jack Phillips case recently decided by the Supreme Court?

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Social Justice History of Public Schools leads to Radical New Sex Ed

Where do we even start? For decades, the national education system has been hijacked as social justice themes permeate what is being taught to children under the guise of health, growth, history, and socialization. At younger and younger ages, kids are learning about progressive ideas including inappropriate sexual content and the total eradication of the Christian worldview (biblical morality) from public school curriculum.

Don’t believe me? Today we have an expert on the subject, Dr. Duke Pesta of Freedom Project and the Dr. Duke Show. Pesta is an educator, writer, and commentator who helped lead the fight to raise awareness about the dangers of Common Core ‘State Standards’ several years ago. His concerns fell on many deaf ears but today, you will see how he was proven right. The system as a whole is beyond redemption and parents must decide how their children will be educated.

Reports have been done. Whistles have been blown. Information has been available that has been rightly critical of the NEA, but the problem is too many parents are either misinformed or they are too busy to do anything about the state of public schools today. And even fewer seem concerned about the unbiblical sexual ethics being shoved down kids throats. Duke Pesta has a few solutions, but we cannot introduce them until we address a few of the major problems with the system today and why you should care. Please share today’s podcast and help raise awareness!

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The high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity…with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.

Isaiah 57:15

The only reason that men and women can be saved is the fact that God has put eternity in our hearts!

Man is fallen—yes! Man is lost, a sinner and needs to be born again—yes!

But God made man in His own image and He keeps the longing after eternity and a desire after everlasting life there within the hearts of men.

What, then, is the matter with man? Like the lion in the cage, he paces back and forth and roars to the heavens before he dies.

I think this is the truth—we are disturbed because God has put everlastingness in our hearts. He has put a longing for immortality in our beings, something that demands God and heaven. Yet, we are too blind and sinful to find Him or even to look for Him!

As Christian witnesses, we must be faithful and timely in our preaching and teaching. There is a note of warning in this—telling men and women why they are lost and that if they will not repent they will certainly perish!

Lord, at times I have felt that this world is not my real home. I have a longing for things eternal. Yet, Lord, there are still so many people whose hearts are stone cold and who need to be told about Your free gift of eternal life.[1]

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

Hillsong Worship Pastor’s Evolution Comments Spark Fierce Debate Among Christians — Christian Research Network

“After seeing the intense reaction that arose from suggesting evolution is “undeniable,” Houston  hedged a bit by offering some context  to his earlier tweet.”

(Faith Wire)  Hillsong Church has, over the years, hardly avoided the limelight, often finding itself at the center of hotly-contested debates. Now one of its biggest leaders is running headlong into the creation debate.

Joel Houston,  eldest son of the Sydney-based church’s founders, lead musician in the worship band Hillsong United, and co-pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, tweeted Monday that “evolution is undeniable.”

See Joel Houstons Tweet on the site

Houston is certainly not the first to raise questions about the six-day creation story outlined in Genesis, but the affirmation of evolutionary theory nevertheless remains controversial in many — if not most — Christian circles today.

In 2014, Christian musician Michael Gungor stirred up controversy for a blog post he actually wrote in 2012 in which he explained he had “no more ability” to believe “that the first people on earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago.”

He continued, according to Relevant:

“I have no ability to believe that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an ark and then somehow walked or flew all around the world from a mountain in the Middle East after the water dried up.” View article →

via Hillsong Worship Pastor’s Evolution Comments Spark Fierce Debate Among Christians — Christian Research Network

Rachel Held Evans Acknowledges Abortion Targets Minorities; Is Still For It — Pulpit & Pen

The eventuality of President Donald Trump nominating a second Supreme Court Justice in the first year-and-a-half of his presidency has liberals in a tizzy (the previous two presidents were only able to nominate two justices over the two full four-year terms). Likewise, social conservatives are elated with the possibility of a second pro-life appointee to the highest court by President Trump. Many evangelical voters have felt vindicated for voting for Trump, even in spite of his personal wretchedness, with the possibility of overturning Roe v Wade closer than at any time in history. And many evangelical leftists are sore losers, angry that conservative evangelicals aren’t laden with guilt and clothed in sackcloth over their decision to vote for Trump. In the last several days, leftist Christians like Ron Burns (Thabiti Anyabwile) have made the argument that even if abortion is criminalized, the lives saved won’t be worth the “compromise” necessary to work with Trump. Rachel Held Evans has now made the same argument.

We presume the reader is familiar with Held Evans, the progressive-leftist who officially abandoned evangelicalismseveral years ago for not being open enough to sodomy. If not, you can peruse our links about Held Evans, here.

Held Evans issued the following tweet.

Uh, yes. Yes, we realize that the abortion industry targets minority populations for brutal extinction. Apparently, Held Evans also realizes that, according to her tweet. What’s bizarre is that she doesn’t seem to get the irony of it.

While she puts “millions of lives” in “scare quotes,” as though 1.2 million dead babies per year aren’t really “lives,” she does acknowledge that a significant percentage of these lives are in “communities of color.”

One would think that if you truly think the Trump administration is actively oppressing communities of color that they would rejoice that he’s taking a great first step in protecting them by nominating a pro-life Supreme Court justice. While it remains unclear how POTUS is actively oppressing minority groups (unemployment in the black community is at an all-time low and their income is at an all-time high), with no single action taken by POTUS that liberals can point to as “oppressive,” it is good that Held Evans recognizes abortion affects blacks more than whites. It’s not good that she doesn’t think ending abortion is worth celebrating.

Matt Walsh and other social media savvy conservatives quickly took Held Evans to task on Twitter, pointing out the callousness of her position and coldness toward the unborn.  They also pointed out her apparent cognitive dissonance; her reasoning that protecting lives of minorities is somehow at odds with helping minorities. Held Evans was so bombarded with tweets that she deleted the original thread and said she was going to “sign off” for a while. She was back at it, however, defending her comments, in a short period of time.

Please note that Held Evans says that she is “pro-life” in her convictions, but doesn’t necessarily think abortion should be illegal (hint: that’s not being pro-life). Then, Held Evans engaged in victimology, claiming that she had received “disturbing responses and threats.” However, NO such disturbing responses OR threats were seen in the ensuing thread.

Finally, “systemic injustices” don’t “contribute to abortion.” Abortion IS the systemic injustice. Oh, and by the way, people who commit abortions are, indeed, baby killers.

via Rachel Held Evans Acknowledges Abortion Targets Minorities; Is Still For It — Pulpit & Pen

Todd Friel on the Gospel Coalition and Critical Race Theory — Pulpit & Pen

Watch this important clip from Wretched Radio. Friel has it figured out. He discusses Critical Race Theory and how it’s being advanced by The Gospel Coalition. Please help maintain this site by donating here. The post Todd Friel on the Gospel Coalition and Critical Race Theory appeared first on Pulpit & Pen.

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06/29/2018 — Wretched


•Todd’s next book ideas
•What is the difference between being offended and being hurt?
•The Gideons deal with women in leadership and tax-exempt status
•Does God use dreams at all?
•The role of Joy in sanctification
•The Gnostic tone of Critical Race Theory
•Should we reserve expository teaching for Sunday School?
•Can a Christian use Binaural beats?

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June 29, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Our Defense and Great Reward

Genesis 15:1

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,

your very great reward.”

It is sometimes strange what a person remembers from the past. When I was in high school, I took a year-long biology course that I assume covered all the standard matters taught in beginning biology courses. But thinking back on it, I cannot remember a single specific thing that was taught in that course except the answer to the following question: “Why does an insect have six legs?” There are probably very few people in the world who are currently puzzling over that question, so there are probably very few interested in the answer. But here it is anyway. Six legs is two times three legs, and three legs are the minimal number necessary to give the insect stability when it walks. An insect moves three legs at a time, so the other three are always anchored on the surface.

A three-legged stool is stable. A football player crouching at the line of scrimmage puts one arm down to give himself a three-point stance. The oil drilling platforms standing off the coast of many countries are anchored to the bottom by only three legs, thus gaining maximum stability at minimum cost.

The reason these matters cross my mind now is that we have come to a section of Abram’s life in which the third of three great spiritual moorings is introduced for our consideration: God’s power. The first two have already been studied: God’s calling, which is grounded in his eternal counsels or decrees; and God’s faithfulness, which tells us that God’s intentions in our calling will not change. We have already seen how God called and then proved himself faithful to Abram. These are great truths, but by themselves they would not be enough to assure either stability in the midst of life’s troubles or survival in the midst of life’s storms. We can’t imagine a case in which God would want to help and be faithful in standing by us but unfortunately not be strong enough to deliver us when the going gets tough. That is why we need this third leg.

The text is Genesis 15:1. “After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.’ ” In these words, God teaches Abram (and us) that he has power to protect his own—whatever the circumstances.

Our Sure Defense

Since Genesis 15 begins with the words “after this,” it is clear that the promise of God relates to what has gone before. That is, the specifics of the promise relate to the battle against the four kings described in Genesis 14.

Some time before the battle that this chapter describes, Abram and Lot had separated, and Lot had gone to live in Sodom. Sodom was not the place of God’s blessing; hence, Lot and his family had problems there. A time came when four kings from distant Mesopotamia began marauding on the eastern edge of Canaan; eventually they came to make war on Sodom and the nearby cities. Sodom’s king and his allies were routed. Sodom was overrun, and Lot, his family, and his possessions were captured. News of the battle came to Abram. When he heard that Lot had been captured, Abram set out to rescue the family. The Bible says, “When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people” (Gen. 14:14–16).

At this point, Abram was in great danger. Here were four powerful kings who had laid waste large areas of the land and carried off spoils from many cities. They had presumably spared Abram only because he was so insignificant and so far away. Now this nobody had attacked them. He had attacked with a small force, but he had won and recovered the spoils. They must have been furious, and Abram must have been wondering about the consequences of his heroic rescue of his nephew. While he was wondering, God came to him with a promise of protection, precisely the promise he needed. God said, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Whom Do You Trust?

Are you shielded as Abram was? Is God your shield? Do you trust him? Many men and women trust other things. They trust the government or their investments, their friends, family, wealth, or popularity. But these things ultimately disappoint the one who trusts them. If you want a real shield, trust God.

Let us think briefly of some of the things against which God promises to shield the one who trusts him. First, God promises to shield the believer from his enemies. David knew this truth. David had made many enemies. He had welded a nation together, and no one can do that without making enemies. He was threatened by the hostile nations that surrounded Israel, old friends of the former king, factions within his own government, and even by rebels within his immediate family. Yet David knew the protective power of God. He wrote, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior” (2 Sam. 22:2–3).

God will be your shield against enemies. You may say, as some people do, “Oh, I don’t have any enemies!” That may be true; but if it is, I suspect that you are not bearing a very dynamic witness for Jesus Christ. The gospel hardens some hearts as it melts others. Even Jesus had enemies. But if you do have enemies or if you encounter them for the gospel’s sake in days to come, you may be sure that God will be your shield against them.

Second, God promises to shield the believer against Satan. The Bible tells us that our adversary, the Devil, “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But it also speaks of deliverance: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

The truth of these verses is illustrated by Job’s experience. Job was a righteous man who was severely attacked by Satan. He lost flocks, camels, asses, sons, and daughters; yet he did not yield to Satan. A main point in Job’s situation is that God had placed a hedge around him. Satan could do nothing to him until God permitted the hedge to be lowered a little in order to demonstrate Job’s character; and God did this only with the full knowledge that Job would triumph and that all that Job had lost would be restored.

The account spells this out in an interesting way. When Satan and his angels came to present themselves before the Lord on one occasion, God called attention to Job, saying, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8).

Satan’s reply was that Job was indeed a religious man but that he was so for obvious reasons. Satan could not see Job’s heart, as God could. So he concluded that Job worshiped God merely for what he could get out of it. God had prospered Job. Why shouldn’t Job worship him? After all, it was an arrangement advantageous to Job. Satan believed that if God would allow him to take away Job’s possessions, Job would curse God to his face. In presenting this argument, Satan makes an interesting admission. He admits that God is protecting Job: “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” (Job 1:10). Presumably Satan had tried to attack Job before, but the hedge was in the way, and he was not able to do it. He makes his slander against both Job and God, but in doing so he admits both his weakness and God’s faithfulness to those who trust him.

God replies that he is going to put the matter to a test. He is going to lower the hedge so that Satan may attack Job’s possessions, but it is still going to remain high enough to protect Job personally. Satan goes off, lays waste the property, kills the children. Job gets up, displays evidence of mourning, but says,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

and naked I will depart.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;

may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job 1:21

“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22).

Satan was proved wrong in this first accusation, but he was soon ready with another. He said that although Job valued his possessions, he valued his life even more. It was not love of God that kept Job faithful; it was fear. Job was afraid for his health: “Stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face” (Job 2:5). God answers by lowering the hedge still further. Satan may touch Job’s body, but he may not take his life. Accordingly, Satan proceeded to afflict Job with boils. Job mourned the day he was born. But in all this, “Job did not sin in what he said” (Job 2:10).

We are no different from Job, except that most of us do not have the strength of character he had. We are God’s, as he was, and God is also our protector. God is our shield not only against our enemies but against Satan, the greatest enemy of all. There is nothing that Satan will ever be able to do to you that will not first pass through the will of God, who allows it only in order to bring about a spiritual victory.

Third, God is our shield against temptation. Paul writes, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Cor. 10:13).

This verse says two things. The first is that no temptation is ever going to come into your life that is too strong for you. God promises that you will never experience temptations you cannot overcome. Are you tempted by sex, by a chance to be dishonest and escape detection, by a cutthroat way to achieve promotion, by an occasion to gossip? If you are, God knows that, and he knows that you can bear that temptation. You must say, “Lord, I claim your promise that no temptation will come to me that is beyond my overcoming it. Help me to overcome it through your strength and show me the way of deliverance.”

The second thing that Paul says about temptation is that God always makes a way for us to bear up under it. The trouble with most people is that they do not look for the way to escape but instead become fascinated by the temptation, like the bird fascinated by the snake that is about to devour it. Do you do that? If so, you need to get out of the habit. Learn to look for God’s deliverance. Then your life will go on from strength to strength, and you will realize that God is your shield against temptation.

Finally, God is our shield against bitterness. In Philippians 1:12, Paul says that the suffering he endured actually “served to advance the gospel.” For that he was rejoicing.

A woman in Washington, D.C., told me a story that is worth mentioning here. She and her husband had been missionaries to Pakistan but had been sent home suddenly in the middle of one term. They settled in Portsmouth, Virginia, and had not been there long when a gang of youths led by a fourteen-year-old and a seventeen-year-old attacked their young son. The boy was struck about the face and neck with a nail-studded rope and was left ninety percent blinded in his left eye and with no central vision in his right eye. About half-normal vision was later restored to his right eye.

In time, the boys involved were tried and sentenced by the courts. Throughout the course of the trial, the parents of the injured boy refused to give way to bitterness or to indulge their feelings of disappointment. They gave a Christian witness to the offenders. The mother told the newspapers, “If necessary, we can live with a physical handicap. But we can’t live with bitterness.”

She told me of her many opportunities to speak of Christ’s love and power and said that she trusted the Lord to spread the gospel through such suffering. In the same way, God can be your shield against bitterness.

Abram’s Reward

Divine protection is only half the story of God’s promise to Abram in this verse. God said, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield.” But he added, “your very great reward.” The meaning of that phrase is found in the second half of Genesis 14.

When Abram returned from the battle against the four kings, he met Melchizedek, the king of Salem. Salem was probably the ancient city of Jerusalem, and Melchizedek was a king and a priest of God Most High. We know that Abram had great respect for him, for he gave Melchizedek tithes of the spoils of the battle. Abram returned the rest of the spoils to the king of Sodom. In ancient times, the spoils of a battle were the warrior’s reward. They were a badge of his daring and success. Abram had every right to keep the spoils that he had brought back from the battle, but he forfeited them. It was then that God came to him and said, “I am … your very great reward.”

That is a great promise. God himself was to be Abram’s reward. He is your reward also. Do you seek for things? Do you think that your reward consists of what you can earn? or do? or know? If you think that, you will certainly be disappointed.

To have God as your reward means, first of all, that you share in all that God has. Abram received many revelations from God during his lifetime, and many of these had a name of God connected with them. At one point, Abram came to know God as Jehovah-jireh, which means “the God who provides.” In this incident, he came to know him as El Elyon, “the God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.” It was this God who promised to be a reward to Abram.

Moreover, he will share heaven and earth with you, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that we are God’s children, adding, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17). You are a co-heir with Christ. There is a great difference between an heir and a co-heir. If you are a single heir, you alone inherit everything. If you are one of four heirs, then you receive only one-fourth of the inheritance. If, however, you are one of four co-heirs, you inherit all, for co-heirs possess the inheritance together. In the same way, all Christians are co-heirs with Christ. All that God has is ours. We possess it jointly. And we shall enter into it one day as we receive our inheritance with Jesus.

To have God as our reward also means that we share in all that God is. We possess it in part even now. Many of God’s attributes mentioned in the Bible are to be ours in Christ Jesus. Is God wisdom? We share that wisdom. Is God holy? We share that holiness. Is God almighty? We share that power.

How do you live your life as a Christian? You can live it in either of two ways. You are already secure in God, more secure even than the oil rigs off the coast; you are anchored in God’s character. You have a great inheritance. But you can either rest in that or be fearful. You can sit on the platform, watch the storms come, and say, “Oh, what if the thing falls over? What will become of me then? What if I prove unfaithful?” Or you can be like Abram and grow strong in faith, resting in him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before his presence with exceeding joy. Is your faith like that? If it is not, God can teach you. Then you will grow strong in faith, giving glory to God. You will learn that what God has promised he is able to perform.[1]

1 There are several features of the picture of Abram in this chapter that distinguish it from the picture of him found thus far in the patriarchal narratives:

  1. For the first time Abram answers (speaks to) the Lord when the Lord speaks to him (vv. 2, 8).
  2. The introductory phrase, “the word of the Lord came to Abram/him” (vv. 1, 4), is unique.
  3. The Lord appears to Abraham in a vision (v. 1).
  4. Abraham “believed” (v. 6).
  5. When God speaks to Abraham, God identifies himself (v. 7).
  6. Explicit future events are revealed to Abraham (vv. 13–16).[2]

15:1 / Sometime after Abram had rescued Lot, the word of Yahweh came to him in a vision. The formula “the word of Yahweh came,” though unique in Genesis, appears frequently in the writings of the prophets. God gave Abram a word of confidence, Do not be afraid, and backed it by identifying himself as Abram’s shield. A shield symbolizes protection during conflict (Ps. 3:3; 84:11), and “shield” (magen) establishes a connection with Melchizedek’s blessing the Most High for “delivering” (miggen; 14:20) Abram’s enemies into his power.

Next God promised Abram a very great reward; the niv, however, renders the line so that God is Abram’s reward. However, the context of the preceding battle favors the former reading. “Reward or pay” refers to the pay soldiers receive from the spoil (Ezek. 29:19), but Abram had refused to take any of the spoil from his defeat of the kings of the East (14:23–24). Therefore, in making this assertion, God sanctioned Abram’s generosity in paying a tithe to Melchizedek and giving back the spoils to the cities of the plain. Yahweh promised to be his protector and to make sure that Abram was well paid.[3]

[1] Boice, J. M. (1998). Genesis: an expositional commentary (pp. 526–531). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Sailhamer, J. H. (2008). Genesis. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, pp. 170–171). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hartley, J. E. (2012). Genesis. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 154–155). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Biblical Doctrine and Extrabiblical Terminology — The Cripplegate

During the Arian controversy of the fourth century, the Arians employed many arguments against the doctrines of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ. Perhaps one of the most popular arguments was that men like Athanasius were using unbiblical terminology to describe the nature of God and the person of Christ. The famous word homoousios — i.e., “same substance,” indicating that the Son was of the same substance of the Father, not merely of similar substance — was nowhere to be found in Scripture, while the Arians insisted upon the “plain sense” of texts like John 14:28, where Jesus confesses, “The Father is greater than I.” In the sixteenth century, the anti-Trinitarian Socinians leveled this same argument against historic orthodoxy. “Trinity” was a word that was absent from the Bible. The Reformed Orthodox were simply imbibing man-made tradition, whereas they (the Socinians) were aiming to be true to Scripture by using strictly biblical language.

John Owen saw it as a personal calling to answer the numerous heresies of Socinianism, and the church has been the richer for his efforts. Early on in his “A Brief Declaration and Vindication of The Doctrine of the Trinity,” Owen answers this common objection, and explains why employing extrabiblical terms like “substance,” “subsistence,” and “Trinity” is not only permissible but necessary for faithful biblical interpretation and theological discussion. He writes:

“And herein [i.e., in discussing the Trinity], as in the application of all other divine truths and mysteries whatever, yea, of all moral commanded duties, use is to be made of such words and expressions as, it may be, are not literally and formally contained in Scripture; but only are, unto our conceptions and apprehensions, expository of what is so contained.

“And to deny the liberty, yea, the necessity hereof, is to deny all interpretation of the Scripture, — all endeavors to express the sense of the words of it unto the understandings of one another; which is, in a word, to render the Scripture itself altogether useless.

“For if it be unlawful for me to speak or write what I conceive to be the sense of the words of the Scripture, and the nature of the thing signified and expressed by them, it is unlawful for me, also, to think or conceive in my mind what is the sense of the words or nature of the things; which to say, is to make brutes of ourselves, and to frustrate the whole design of God in giving unto us the great privilege of his word.

“Wherefore, in the declaration of the doctrine of the Trinity, we may lawfully,nay, we must necessarily, make use of other words, phrases, and expressions than what are literally and syllabically contained in the Scripture, but teach no other things.

“Moreover, whatever is so revealed in the Scripture is no less true and divine as to whatever necessarily followeth thereon, than it is as unto that which is principally revealed and directly expressed. For how far soever the lines be drawn and extended, from truth nothing can follow and ensue but what is true also; and that in the same kind of truth with that which it is derived and deduced from. For if the principal assertion be a truth of divine revelation, so is also whatever is included therein, and which may be rightly from thence collected.

“Hence it follows, that when the Scripture reveals the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to be one God, seeing it necessarily and unavoidably follows thereon that they are one in essence (wherein alone it is possible they can be one), and three in their distinct subsistences (wherein alone it is possible they can be three), — this is no less of divine revelation than the first principle from whence these things follow.”

Several comments are worth making.

via Biblical Doctrine and Extrabiblical Terminology — The Cripplegate

D is for Deception: The Language of the “New” Christianity — Lighthouse Trails Inc

By Kevin Reeves and the Editors at Lighthouse Trails A number of years ago, a book written by emerging-church leaders Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet was released. The book was called A is for Abductive: the language of the emerging church. Going through the alphabet, the authors identified many terms they hoped would be picked … [Read more…]

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Senate Democrats Demand Supreme Court Nominee Not Be Unduly Influenced By U.S. Constitution — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Still reeling from Trump’s previous Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Democrats plan to scrutinize any new nominee to ensure that he or she isn’t yet another crony of something called “The Constitution,” Senate Democrats announced Friday. “Time and time again, we find progressive laws getting struck down,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in…

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June 29 Two Destinations

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.—Matt. 7:13–14

Both the broad and narrow ways point to the good life, to salvation, heaven, God, the kingdom, and blessing—but only the narrow way actually leads there. The broad way doesn’t have a road sign on it with hell as the destination. Jesus’ point is that this way is marked “heaven” but it doesn’t lead there.

That is the great lie of all false religions. The Lord makes clear the ultimate destinations of these two ways: the broad way leads to destruction; the narrow way leads to life. Every religion except Christianity follows the same spiritual way and leads to the same spiritual end, to hell.

There are many of those roads, and most of them are attractive, appealing, and crowded with travelers. But not a single one leads where it promises, and not a single one fails to lead where Jesus says it leads—to destruction, to total ruin and loss. It is a complete loss of well-being and the destination of all religions except the way of Jesus Christ.

But God’s way—the way that is narrow—leads to eternal life, to everlasting heavenly fellowship with God, His angels, and His people. Everlasting life is a quality of life, which is the life of God in the soul of man (see Ps. 17:15).


Celebrate today the eternal life promised to those who embrace the call of the narrow gate and the narrow way. Be grateful that none of the carry-ons and extras will ever give us the satisfaction we hope to find in them, but that in the wake of their emptiness we will be drawn ever deeper into the One whose way is both single and secure.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 189). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God….

1 JOHN 3:10

Do you realize that there are many, many in the churches of our day who talk some of the Christian language but who know God only by hearsay?

Most of them have read some book about God. They have seen some reflection of the light of God. They may have heard some faint echo of the voice of God, but their own personal knowledge of God is very slight.

Many Christians are staking their reputations on church attendance, religious activity, social fellowship, sessions of singing—because in all of these things they are able to lean upon one another. They spend a lot of time serving as religious props for one another in Christian circles!

Let us look at the example of Jesus. When He was here upon earth, the record shows that He had work to do and He also knew the necessity for activity as He preached and healed, taught and answered questions and blessed the people. He also knew the fellowship of His brethren, those who followed Him and loved Him. But those were the incidental things in Jesus’ life compared to His fellowship with and personal knowledge of the Father. When Jesus went into the mountain to pray and to wait on God all night, He was not alone, for He knew the conscious presence of the Father with Him![1]

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

June 29 Exposing Sin

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 5:11

Rather than doing what people in the world do, we ought to be exposing their evil. You could call us the spiritual CIA: our job is to expose the crimes of darkness. Our tool is the Word of God: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16, nasb; emphasis added). Our life and our words should expose evil.

Sometimes just the way you live can expose the evil in people’s lives. Have you ever walked up to people who know you’re a Christian and who happen to be in the middle of a filthy conversation? Does it suddenly turn clean? When some unbelievers I happened to be playing golf with found out I was a pastor, their words and attitudes changed immediately.

We also are commissioned by God to verbally expose the evil of the world. We must diagnose it, confront it, and then offer the solution. Sin is a cancer that must be removed. You aren’t helping anyone by ignoring it. People need to be convicted about their sin before they will ever see their need for a Savior.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 198). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Friday Briefing June 29, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

A political earthquake in New York as Democrats continue their leftward march

New York Times (Shane Goldmacher and Jonathan Martin) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Joseph Crowley in Major Democratic House Upset

Why it’s significant that a deep red state like Oklahoma voted to legalize medicinal marijuana

Forbes (Tom Angell) — Oklahoma Voters Legalize Marijuana For Medical Use

Vox (German Lopez) — Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana

Orthodoxy of the sexual revolution questioned in one of the nation’s most influential magazines

The Atlantic (Jesse Singal) — When Children Say They’re Trans

Is everything biological or is nothing biological? Examining the biological basis of transgenderism

Washington Post (Alex Barasch) — Biology is not destiny
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/06/29/briefing-6-29-18/

June 29 Friday: Sudden Destruction for the Wicked

By James Boice on Jun 29, 2018 12:00 am

For five verses the wicked have been hatching their nefarious plots against King David. They have done it secretly, cunningly and with mutual bucking one another up and with encouragement. They have reached the point of congratulating themselves on their efforts, saying, “We have devised a perfect plan” and “Who will see us?” But suddenly, just when they think they have succeeded brilliantly, God, who has been watching it all from heaven, launches his bolt against them and quickly brings them down. Indeed, they have been in his sights all along, and it does not require a quiver full of arrows to destroy them. One arrow does the job.

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