Monthly Archives: September 2018

Kanye West Goes Off on Liberal News on SNL: “90% of News Are Liberal, 90% of TV, LA, Writers and Rappers” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

As reported earlier by Cassandra Fairbanks, Saturday Night Live ended last night with Kanye West rocking a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat which caused some serious liberal tears.

Kanye also went off on the liberal establishment.
This was the edgiest SNL in decades!

Kanye West: “90% of News are liberal. 90% of TV, LA, NY writers and rappers.”

They cut his feed at the end of the show.
Enough was enought.

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September 30, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

15:22 to obey is better than sacrifice: Samuel emphasized that sincerity and obedience were the prerequisites for worship that pleased God. There are those who have used this and similar verses to argue that God never intended that sacrificial worship be used to honor Him. Yet such verses do not undermine sacrificial worship; they place it in the true context of the importance of the heart of the person who comes to worship the living God.[1]


15:22 — “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

Our heavenly Father places a high value on obedience, preferring it even to outward expressions of worship. In fact, our obedience is the ultimate expression of worship and service.[2]


15:22 to obey is better than sacrifice. This is an essential OT truth. Samuel stated that God desires heart obedience over the ritual sacrifice of animals (cf. Ps 51:16, 17; Is 1:10–17). The sacrificial system was never intended to function in place of living an obedient life, but was rather to be an expression of it (cf. Hos 6:6; Am 5:21–27; Mic 6:6–8).[3]


15:22 The Lord himself does not need sacrifices like gods in other religions. Rather, the people need to bring sacrifices in order to approach the holy God (see Leviticus 1–5). Even the best sacrifice without obedience gains nothing.

15:22 Sinners replace real obedience with outward tokens (see Mic. 6:6–8). Full obedience from the heart is found in Christ (Heb. 10:5–10).[4]


15:22 To obey is better than sacrifice Although the law required the Israelites to offer sacrifices to God, the sacrifices were never intended to take the place of obedience.

the fat of rams Consumed in the sacrifices.[5]


15:22 Samuel was not suggesting that the sacrificial system be abolished. Neither was he assigning these practices to a place of relative insignificance. Samuel was insisting that the symbols of the faith of the people were of no value when the disposition of the people was to disobey God and to refuse to listen for His voice. What was true for Israel is true for the church today. Rich symbols degenerate into empty and often superstitious ritual when the practitioners neither obey God nor seek to hear His voice. Saul claimed that he acted in a noble manner to preserve the best of the Amalekite flocks for sacrifice (v. 15; cf. 22:19). Samuel viewed the same act as rebellion, because Saul violated the command of God (v. 3).[6]


15:22 God gladly accepted the sacrifices of His worshipers during the OT era, as long as their gifts were accompanied by a proper attitude of the heart. People had offered sacrifices since the days of Cain and Abel, and God received them (Gn 4:3–4). In the law given at Mount Sinai, the Lord required the Israelites to bring burnt offerings and a variety of sacrifices to Him as part of their regular worship. But, as Cain learned (Gn 4:5–6), a sacrifice that was not matched with a life in submission to God was not acceptable (see Is 1:11–17; Ps 51:16–17; Pr 21:27; Jr 6:19–20; Am 5:21–24; Mc 6:6–8). Samuel, in the present verse, gives voice to that truth.[7]


15:22 Samuel’s words to obey is better than sacrifice drove home the point that partial obedience of God was really disobedience, and full obedience of God mattered more than any human-concocted alternatives.[8]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 365). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Sa 15:22). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Sa 15:22). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 516). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Sa 15:22). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., 1 Sa 15:22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 428). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[8] Beyer, B. E. (2017). 1 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 433). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

10 Things You Should Know about Scientism

by J.P. Moreland

1. Scientism is a philosophical thesis that comes in two forms.

Scientism is a position in philosophy, not science. The claims of scientism are assertions about science, not of science.

Strong scientism is the view that the only knowledge we can have about reality are those that have been properly tested in the hard sciences (especially physics and chemistry). All other claims—e.g. theological, ethical, political, aesthetic—are mere expressions of emotion and private opinions.

Weak scientism allows that there may be modestly justified beliefs outside science, but the settled assertions of the hard sciences are vastly superior to claims outside science.

2. Strong scientism is self-refuting.

A statement/sentence is self-refuting if (1) it refers to a group of things; (2) the statement/sentence itself is included in that group; and (3) the statement/sentence does not satisfy its own requirements of acceptability.

For example, “All English sentences are shorter than three words” refers to the group of all English sentences. However, the sentence itself is a part of that group, and the sentence fails to satisfy its own requirements of acceptability (it contains eight words and, thus, is not shorter than three words).

“The only knowledge we can have about reality are those that have been properly tested in the hard sciences” is not itself a statement about reality that has been properly tested in the hard sciences, so it cannot be a knowledge claim about reality. It is actually a claim of philosophy to the effect that all claims outside the hard sciences, including those of philosophy, cannot be known to be true. Thus, it is an inherently self-refuting claim.

3. Weak scientism is a foe and not a friend of science.

Science rests on a number of assumptions, e.g., the laws of logic and math, the correspondence theory of truth, and the objectivity and rationality of the external world. Our faculties are suited for gaining knowledge of the external world, including its deep structure that lies underneath the everyday world of common sense and causes that world to be what it is. These assumptions cannot be formulated or tested within the limitations of science, especially the hard sciences. Yet every one of them has been challenged and rejected by many in the academic community.

One of the tasks of philosophy is to formulate and defend the assumptions of science so science’s claims can be taken as approximately true and rational. A theory, including a scientific theory, can only be as strong as the assumptions on which it rests. By disregarding the rationality of philosophy, weak scientism disallows the clarification and defense of science’s assumptions. Thus, weak scientism is a foe and not a friend of science…

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J.P. Moreland: We often fail in the church to teach people why to believe what they believe

We often fail in the church to teach people why to believe what they believe. And we often do not prepare our children to engage ideas in the culture. Scientism is at the very foundation of our secular culture, and its nature and weaknesses should be the first priority in this area of church teaching .

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Legend, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

Legend, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

by Ryan Leasure

It’s virtually undeniable that Jesus was a great moral teacher. But what about his divinity? That’s a different story. It’s common, therefore, to suggest that Jesus was a good moral teacher but that he wasn’t divine. But is this a valid claim? This is an argument that goes back hundreds of years, and it was common during C.S. Lewis’ day. Lewis thought this type of reasoning was illogical, which consequently led to his famous trilemma:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.1

NOT MERELY A MORAL TEACHER

Lewis argued that since Jesus made radical divine claims about himself, we’d be wrong to classify him as merely a moral teacher. After all, if someone claimed to be God and wasn’t telling the truth or was delusional, we wouldn’t classify them as good. We’d have a negative view of that person, not a positive one. For this reason, Lewis argued that Jesus was one of three options: liar, lunatic, or Lord — good moral teacher not an option.

Lewis’ trilemma is a popular argument among Christians, though skeptics have pointed out, and I think rightly, that Lewis left off at least one possible category — legend. In other words, for Lewis’ argument to be sound, he should have stated that Jesus was either a legend, liar, lunatic, or Lord. Does adding this category mean we’ll get to a different conclusion from Lewis? We’ll need to take a look at the different possibilities in turn to form our conclusion…

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Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Entertaining or Training?

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Sunday’s Hymn: Lord of the Worlds Above

Lord of the worlds above,
How pleasant and how fair
The dwellings of thy love,
Thine earthly temples, are:
To thine abode my heart aspires,
With warm desires to see my God.

O happy souls that pray
Where God appoints to hear!
O happy men that pay
Their constant service there!
They praise thee still; and happy they
That love the way to Zion’s hill.

They go from strength to strength,
Through this dark vale of tears,
Till each arrives at length,
Till each in heav’n appears:
O glorious seat, where God, our King,
Shall thither bring our willing feet!

God is our Sun and Shield,
Our Light and our Defense;
With gifts his hands are filled;
We draw our blessings thence.
Thrice happy he, O God of hosts,
Whose spirit trusts alone in thee.

—Isaac Watts

 

This is the usual tune for this hymn.

 

This one is composed by Ben Allaway and sung by the St. Olaf Choir.

 

Other hymns, worship songs, or quotes for this Sunday:

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Wycliffe Bible Translators Completes 1,000th Translation; Christians With Nothing Give Themselves to God

Hundreds of Christians, with nothing to give, gave themselves to God as Wycliffe Bible Translators completed its 1,000th full translation of the Bible in South Sudan.

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Are all sins equally bad? Or are there degrees of severity for different sins?

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This question came up recently so I did some digging on theology web sites to find what Bible verses applied to the question.

Here’s what Ligonier said:

It’s clear that we have different degrees of sin when we consider the warnings of Scripture. There are at least twenty-two references in the New Testament to degrees of rewards that are given to the saints in heaven. There are different levels, different rewards, and different roles in heaven. The Bible warns us against adding to the severity of our judgment. Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, “He who delivered me over to you has the greater sin” (John 19:11). Jesus measures and evaluates guilt, and with the greater guilt and greater responsibility comes the greater judgment. It’s a motif that permeates the New Testament.

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Irascible, unrepentant, and contrarian…deal with it. — SBC Voices

Only a few…I have to pace myself these days. And would you dour Calvinists kindly force yourselves to allow for sardonic humor?

Coffee is coffee. You effete javasseurs who sip the expensive lattes, frappes, and  cappuexcretas are nothing more than affluent, status-seeking wannabes. Note that the decline of the country’s moral tenor tracks inversely with popularity of overpriced flavored water.

The Cooperative Program is a flawed system. It allows some organizations and some parts of organizations to be propped up when they have only marginal use. It also is addictive and prevents organizations from making it on their own if they are able. It is also a great system and I wish we would work harder to negate the flaws rather than just cheerlead the system.

Every search committee should embargo the phrase “God’s man.”  Why would you even talk to anyone who is not “God’s man” anyway? Want to curse your choice, call him this.

Those who lead groups to do ministry in the Carribbean or Central America should be more discerning. Wake up to the reality that most every “partner” in these popular locales knows how to appeal to rich Americans for a never ending stream of support. Independence and autonomy should be the goal, not an endless stream of needy mission tourists.

Major league baseball is a complete waste of time until the playoffs. Frittering away three hours from April through September watching an entire game is near insanity.

Our seminaries are filled with wonderful staff who genuinely care about training Christian workers…but…the bottom line is always enrollment and leaders will market and finagle to get the numbers up.

A prospective pastor (and that’s a senior pastor) should understand that he is likely to be in small congregation much of his ministry, because that’s where most of the churches are. But, take heart, God will be there first.

The term “author” has been devalued to the point of meaninglessness. If you want to self-publish some online, so-called book and vitae it shame on you. Do something worth bragging about, or better, let other’s praise you. I’ll confess that putting “blogger” in your resume is about as bad.

The term “missionary” has been devalued to the point of meaninglessness. Look around and see who is so called and check where they are and what they do.

I defiantly read a newspaper. That’s a collection of thin sheets of paper with printing on them all very nicely folded up. I like to hold a newspaper in my hands and get ink on my fingers. It is emotionally satisfying to me to do that. But you peruse your cute device, look important, and believe that it conveys status on you if you wish.

The weakest part of our SBC system is the trustee system as we manage and implement it. The SBC has a dozen major entities. About half have had major problems within the last decade or so. Trustees are at fault.

No, we can’t all be megapastors. Any fool can see that. You aren’t one, so stop acting like one.

We’d all be a lot better off if every pastor would read the comic section first thing on Sunday mornings. Oh, you don’t read papers. A pity.

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Have a good Lord’s Day.

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September 30 Who Is Your Neighbor?

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 13:9

When Paul says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, he means that we should have the same care and concern for others that we have for ourselves. Paul said the same thing in this way: “Let each of you look not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). You should be just as concerned about the comfort, happiness, peace, and joy of others as you are about your own.

Whose face do you wash in the morning? Whose hair do you comb? Whose wardrobe do you buy? Whose comforts are you concerned about? You are concerned about your self–preservation and self–comfort and should be concerned about others in the same way. Pay as much attention to them as you do yourself. That’s loving your neighbor as yourself.

Who is your neighbor? Anyone who comes across your path. Although it is hard to love everyone, you have a new capacity within you to do that (Rom. 5:5).[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 295). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

September 30 Using Spiritual Gifts

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”

1 Corinthians 2:12

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To be effective, spiritual gifts must be used in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in the power of the flesh.

One of the constant battles all believers face is to avoid ministering their spiritual gifts in the power of the flesh. Even those of us who are called to be preachers (prophets) need to subject our spirits to other mature believers (1 Cor. 14:32). As a pastor, I am not spiritual just because I stand behind a pulpit and preach. Paul instructs us, “Let two or three prophets speak, and let others pass judgment” (1 Cor. 14:29). Those who teach God’s Word are not infallible; therefore, they must allow other qualified believers to verify the truth of what they proclaim.

Whenever Christians rely on their own strength, wisdom, and desire to minister, whatever they accomplish is a mockery and a waste. But whenever they minister by the Spirit’s power, the result is pleasing to God and has lasting value (“gold, silver, precious stones…. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward,” 1 Cor. 3:12, 14). Essentially, all a believer needs to pray is, “Spirit of God, use me,” and divine energy will activate and flow through his or her ministry to fellow believers and unbelievers.

You can use your spiritual gift effectively by faithfully following three basic steps: Pray—continually confess and turn from your sins (1 John 1:9) and ask God to use you in the Holy Spirit’s power. Yield yourself—always determine to live according to God’s will, not the world’s (Rom. 6:16; 12:1–2). Be filled with the Spirit—let the Spirit control all of your thoughts, decisions, words, and actions. Commit everything to Him, and He will minister through you.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Confess any and all times lately that you have counted on your human ability rather than on the Spirit’s power to minister to others. ✧ Pray that this week God would give you a clear opportunity to exercise your spiritual gift for His glory.

For Further Study: Read 1 Samuel 15:1–23. In what way did King Saul use his own insight rather than follow God’s command? ✧ What can be the consequence of such disobedience (vv. 22–23; see also 1 Sam. 13:8–14)?[1]


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

China’s Pastors Take Their Stand: Jesus Is Lord

(PHOTO: CHINA AID)Christians worship in the rubble of their demolished church in China’s central Henan province.

There’s a golden age for the church going on right now—with the same kind of courage, persecution, and Spirit-empowered growth. Where is it? In communist China.

I want you to meet some brave Christian leaders pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

When thinking of the golden age of the Church, many of us hearken back to the book of Acts, when Peter and John stood up to the religious authorities, who told them to be silent about Jesus the risen Messiah. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God,” they answered, “you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Then they prayed for boldness, and the Church exploded across much of the ancient world.

But there’s a golden age for the church going on right now—with the same kind of courage, persecution, and Spirit-empowered growth. Where is it? In communist China.

World missions historians tell us that when all the foreign missionaries were kicked out of Mao’s China a few years after the Second World War, there were probably no more than 3 million believers in Jesus Christ in the whole, vast nation. But today, seven decades later, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life counts 67 million Christians of all kinds—35 million independent Protestants, 23 million Protestants in government-sanctioned churches, and 9 million Catholics. Other estimates go even higher.

Whatever the true number is, it’s almost as many as there are members of the Communist Party! Maybe that’s why the government is cracking down on Christians. According to Christianity Today and other news outlets, Under President Xi Jinping, China’s government has been tightening its grip on religious affairs.

In February, regulations aimed at religious groups have brought increased pressure on churches to be “Chinese” culturally and to submit to the authority of the Communist Party. Churches are being told to burn their crosses and replace them with Chinese flags and to display slogans praising the Communist Party. Some are being forced to join the government-sanctioned churches and permit video surveillance of their services.

Meanwhile, in Jiangxi province, authorities have forced at least 40 churches to display banners forbidding foreigners from preaching and anyone under 18 from attending. In August, they even published new rules stating, “Party members who have religious belief should have strengthened thought education.”

In the spirit of Peter and John, a group of at least 250 Chinese pastors has publicly signed a joint statement opposing the new regulations. In the statement they declare that Jesus is Lord of all, offering eternal life to anyone who will repent and believe in Him.

But they also say, in a challenge to the Chinese communists, “God hates all attempts to suppress human souls and all acts of persecution against the Christian church, and he will condemn and judge them with righteous judgment.”

Read more about Chinese Christians on The Christian Post.

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Worldview and Apologetics in the News

New California Law Allows Children to Get Transgender Treatments Without Parental Consent

LISTEN: Avril Lavigne Reemerges After 5-Year Hiatus With Worship Song, Releases Statement On Faith

Exodus PROOF? Wilderness ruins may be lost Israelite village – experts in Bible BOMBSHELL

Gender Ideology over Science: How the New Sexual Orthodoxy Endangers Kids

China’s Pastors Take Their Stand: Jesus is Lord

Critic of Intelligent Design Acknowledges: “Bad Design” Arguments Don’t Work

J. P. Moreland’s new book on scientism is out

10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas

Five Proofs on Fox News Radio

In Arizona, Science Education Goes to a Vote

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad
Last week’s edition is here.

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September 30 Belief Contrasted with Unbelief

He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.—John 3:18–21

Although God graciously has offered the world salvation through the work of Christ, that salvation is not appropriated except by penitent faith. The lost are condemned because they have “not believed in [literally, “believed into”] the name of the only begotten Son of God.” While the final sentencing of those who reject Christ is still future (cf. 5:28–29), their judgment will merely consummate what has already begun.

Jesus described judgment by contrasting light and darkness. Christ is the Light—He came into the world and “enlightens every man” (John 1:9). But people refuse to come to the Light because they love the darkness where their evil deeds will not be exposed. The Light reveals their sin. But as a result, they seal their own condemnation because they reject the only One who can save them from their spiritual darkness.

In contrast, believers hate their sin and love righteousness (1 John 2:3–6), so they willingly come to the light because they have nothing to hide and no reason to fear what the light will reveal.

ASK YOURSELF

How many times a day do you participate in activities you hope no one else knows about? Aspire to the freedom of being the same person in private that you are in public—unashamed at and unexposed by the Light.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 282). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

09/30/18 What Should We Do? — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Luke 2-3*

“What should we do then?

Luke 4:1

John the Baptist preached repentance in preparation for the coming Messiah, and he was apparently unafraid to take on anyone. In fact, his willingness to call Herod the tetrarch to repentance cost him his freedom (Luke 3:19-20), and ultimately his life. Entire crowds came to him for baptism, so I suspect he preached loudly and clearly.

What catches my attention in today’s reading are the responses of those who heard him preach as recorded in this gospel. He warned the Jews not to depend on their heritage for salvation, instead demanding that they produce good fruit. Their response was to ask for detail: “What should we do then?” (Luke 3:10).

The tax collectors — those often rejected by the community — also came to John for baptism, and they asked the same question: “Teacher, what should we do?” (Luke 3:12). Even the soldiers, who may have been local “police” or guards, came to the prophet with the exact question, “And what should we do?” (Luke 3:14).

In each case, John’s responses to the question (e.g., give to the poor, be honest with others, don’t extort funds) were illustrations of outward actions that showed inward transformation. Genuine repentance of the heart must be evident in obvious change of life.

While we do not know how genuinely committed John’s questioners were, we can know that their question was a proper one.  It is right for each of us to ask today, “Lord, what must I do today that is evidence of Your transformational power in my life? In what areas of my life must I repent?”

In what area of your life must you repent today?

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Prayerfully ask the question that echoes throughout this devotion. Listen closely to God’s Spirit and His Word.
  • Genuinely repent. Even as believers, we must daily deny ourselves and trust Him.

PRAYER: “Lord, what should I do? Teach me. Convict me. Change me. Bring me to repentance.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Matthew 4:23-25, 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-39; Luke 4:31-44

* first published in 2016

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My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness — The Upward Call

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who bore my pain,
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again,
Who crushed my cruse of sinfulness
And clothed me in his light,
And wrote his law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who walks beside,
Who floods my weaknesses and strenghts
And causes fear to fly,
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who reigns above,
Whose widom is my perfect peace,
Whose ev’ry thought is love.
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all
To love and follow him.

 

via My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness — The Upward Call

WALKING IN THE FAVOR OF GOD: Evidence That God Is Walking With You When You Walk The Spiritual Life PART 3

INTOUCH.ORG: The world was a sinful and wicked place, and it grieved God so much that He regretted ever creating mankind! Noah was the only one who found favor in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:5-7). But what set Noah apart? In this three-part series, Dr. Stanley uses both the story of Noah’s obedience to God and examples from his own life to help us discover how we can listen, trust, and obey the Lord. God may not be calling you to build an Ark, but He is most certainly calling you to fulfill His will. When we make wise decisions that honor and bring glory to Him, we will find His favor in our own lives.

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The Holiness & Transcendence of God

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We no longer live in a world in which God is conceived as being transcendent and holy. When people think about God today, they rarely conceive of him as “the Holy One of Israel,” but are more likely to think of him as a kind of buddy or friend. Though we are sometimes inspired in our worship to say “Wow!,” we are seldom induced to cry “Woe!” On this edition of White Horse Inn, the hosts will explore the Bible’s teaching on this crucial topic of the holiness and transcendence of God.

 

Host Quote

“‘Maybe the most tragic indictment of fallen humanity in the Apostle Paul’s litany is that ‘there is no fear of God before their eyes.’ Humanity was made to glorify and enjoy God forever, to turn to him in praise and thanksgiving. But ever since the fall, we’ve been curved in on ourselves. The apex of this sinful condition isn’t merely particular acts of wickedness like idolatry and immorality. The real measure of how far it’s gone is that ‘there is no fear of God before their eyes.’

“In sharp contrast is Isaiah’s vision: ‘In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim and one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke and I said, ‘”Woe is me for I am lost. For I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the king, the Lord of Hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar and he touched my mouth and said, “Behold. This has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”’ Notice the progression in this episode. It’s only when we behold God in his majestic holiness that we really feel our unworthiness to stand in his presence until he acts in mercy to forgive all our sin. It begins with the holiness of God.”

–Michael Horton

 

Term to Learn

“The Holiness of God”

In general terms, holiness underscores the Creator-creature distinction. God is majestic, glorious, beyond reproach. In a certain sense, holiness characterizes all of God’s attributes. Yet, holiness typically refers in Scripture to God’s ethical purity, which is especially evident against the backdrop of human sinfulness. However, because of God’s mercy, God’s holiness not only highlights his difference from us; it also includes his movement toward us, binding us to him in covenant love. In this way, God makes us holy. Nevertheless, only in Christ can God’s holiness be for us a source of delight rather than of fear of judgment.

Therefore, God’s holiness is a marker not only of God’s distinction from the creation, but also God’s driving passion to make the whole earth his holy dwelling. Although God alone is essentially holy, he does not keep holiness to himself but spreads his fragrance throughout creation. God is holy in his essence; people, places, and things are made holy by God’s energies.

(Adapted from Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, pp 268–69)

Source: The Holiness & Transcendence of God