“You … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers.Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear a man might attempt to appease his idols, but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them.Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to Him. The average Jewish person could commune with God through prayer but was forbidden to approach Him physically. Only the high priest was allowed to enter into God’s presence in the Holy of Holies—but only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. Even then he had to go through a ceremonial washing and offer a sacrifice for his own sin. If he failed to prepare himself properly, he could forfeit his life.Anyone daring to usurp the office of a priest was also in danger of severe punishment by God. King Azariah (also called Uzziah) was afflicted with leprosy, King Saul’s lineage was cursed, and Korah and his rebellious followers were destroyed when the ground opened and swallowed them.However, we as Christians enjoy unlimited access to the Father through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:19–22 says, “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”As a member of God’s royal priesthood, you can approach Him with confidence, knowing He loves and welcomes you into His presence as much as He welcomes His own Son. Take full advantage of that access by communing with Him in prayer and offering each day as a spiritual sacrifice to Him.✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer: Praise Jesus for shedding His precious blood so you can have access to the Father. ✧ Praise the Father for being a personal and approachable God.For Further Study: Read Exodus 19. ✧ What did God tell Moses? ✧ For what were the people to prepare themselves? ✧ Was God approachable to the people?
If ye will not obey…then shall the hand of the Lord be against you.1 Samuel 12:15 Independence is a strong human trait, so men and women everywhere bristle when anyone says, “You owe obedience!” In the natural sense, we do not take kindly to the prospect of yielding obedience to anyone.Both Old and New Testaments of the Bible make it plain that sin is disobedience to the law of God. Paul’s picture of sinners in Ephesians concludes that the wrath of God will come upon those who are “the children of disobedience” (2:2–3).So, we live in a generation of men and women alienated from God, and who make a great case for individualism and “the right of self-determination.” The individual’s strong statement is this: “I belong to myself. No one has the authority to require my obedience!”Now, if God had made us to be mere machines, we would not have the power of self-determination. He made us in His image, to be moral creatures with the power, but not the right, to choose evil. We have the right to be good. We never have the right to be bad because God, the Creator, is good. If we choose to be unholy, we are using a right that is not ours! Lord, thank You so much for Your willingness to forgive when Your children err. What other religion can boast such a loving and merciful God?
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07-06-2018 • http://www.dcclothesline.com(Natural News)In a December 2015 column, Natural News founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote that President Obama was a “sleeper cell” and he was overseeing the destruction of American traditions, culture, security, and liberty.“As President Obama is about to make a televised speech this evening, it’s important that America realize who he really is. Obama is a sleeper cell who’s intent is the deliberate destruction of America’s culture, economy and national defense. When President Obama speaks, he’s speaking not as an American, but as a radical communist Muslim pretending to be an American,” he wrote.As you can imagine, while the column was widely read Adams was widely mocked, especially by members of the pretend media. But as it turns out, Adams isn’t the only one who thinks Obama was a “Manchurian candidate.” He was just one of the first ones.In an analysis for the Washington Times published July 1, L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others, wrote of his conclusion, “If you look at the evidence, there really is no other conclusion. The calamitous consequences of the Obama presidency will be felt for the foreseeable future.”The term “Manchurian candidate” comes from a novel by that name written in 1959 by Richard Condon. It is about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy.Obviously, Obama wasn’t an assassin but the point Adams and Wood are making is that he wasn’t who he said he was, either — that his real objective wasn’t to be president but to subvert our country and weaken it.
— Read on www.dcclothesline.com/2018/07/06/washington-times-awakens-to-the-truth-that-once-seemed-bizarre-obama-was-a-sleeper-cell-in-the-white-house/
ICC Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India has recorded 101 incidents of violence against Christians in just the first five months of 2018. This new report details the number of attacks on Christians across India and only records incidents that are verified by ADF. Will this report spark a movement to end the violence against Christians in India?07/06/2018 India (Agenzia Fides) – Violence against Christians in India continues to rise. 101 episodes were registered in the first five months of 2018 according to a new report published by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India, a Christian-inspired NGO that “promotes religious freedom and the sanctity of life in India”.“About 20 episodes of violence against Christians took place every month from January until the end of May 2018”, says A. C. Michael, a Catholic layman and ADF advisor. Out of 101 episodes of violence against Christians in India, 21 occurred in January followed by 19 in February, 20 in March, 17 in April and 24 in May.According to the document sent to Agenzia Fides, the dangerous tendency of threats and intimidation or the aggressions during peaceful meetings of Christians gathered in prayer is increasing. In the same way, attacks against Christian women and children are growing.It should also be noted that believers have difficulty registering complaint against the guilty, due to the unwillingness of the police.…[Full Story]
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