Daily Archives: October 5, 2018

OCTOBER 5 THE WINSOME SAINTS

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:11

Much of Christianity overlooks the fact that if we are led by the Spirit of God and if we show forth the love of God this world needs, we become the “winsome saints.”

The strange and wonderful thing about it is that truly winsome and loving saints do not even know about their attractiveness. The great saints of the past did not know they were great saints. If someone had told them, they would not have believed it, but those around them knew that Jesus was living His life in them.

I think we join the winsome saints when God’s purposes in Christ become clear to us. We join them when we begin to worship God because He is who He is! Brethren, God is not a charity case—He is not some frustrated foreman who cannot find enough help.

Let us remember that God has never actually needed any of us—not one! But we pretend that He does, and we make a big thing of it when someone agrees “to work for the Lord.”

God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us—to worship and to enjoy Him forever!

Thank You, Lord, for the faithful men and women who have gone before us. Thank You for the example of their lives that delighted in having close fellowship with You.[1]


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

OCTOBER 5 PEACE IS GOD’S WORD

Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort.

—Psalm 71:2-3

David did well to seek God’s help in his troubles. When he faced confusion, he prayed, “Deliver me… and cause me to escape” (Psalm 71:2). God can deliver from confusion by establishing moral order within the life. When the eye becomes single, when the life becomes all one piece, inward antagonisms are abolished and internal harmony is restored.

It is not a wonder that there is so little of true joy among the sons of men. With the will at a perpetual stalemate, with the heart’s purposes constantly at an irritating impasse, with the mind at wit’s end and the whole life in a state of almost constant frustration, how can joy abide?

There is no way out of the woods except through full and quick surrender to the will of God. When such a surrender is made, God will soon bring order out of confusion. Peace is God’s word, and it follows faith and obedience as the harvest follows the seed. But the whole will of God is necessary to peace; half measures will only increase the confusion. TET048

In the midst of a confusing world, help me to find peace, Father, in full surrender to Your whole will. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Dealing with the Challenge of Agnosticism

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Over the years I have heard hundreds of objections to the Christian faith on a major college campus. One of the most common objections I hear is that there is no way to ‘prove’ or ‘disprove’ God’s existence. Sadly, this can allow a person to punt to some form of  agnosticism.

Note our chart here:

So here we see the problem is what apporach we can take to have knowledge of God. Some assume they are off the hook and and can ignore the God question. When this comes up, I now ask  students what they mean by ‘prove’ and then I ask them if they know the difference between deductive, inductive or abductive proof. Unless they have taken an intro to logic course, in most cases, they don’t know any of these terms. I don’t bring this up to be snarky. Nor do I do it to try to…

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

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President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence intensified Washington’s pressure campaign against Beijing on Thursday by accusing China of “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections and reckless military actions in the South China Sea.

Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Hundreds of members of a conservative Hindu group in southern India will lie down at the entrance of a hill temple to stop women of menstruating age from entering, its chief said, even after the top court last week lifted a centuries-old ban.

Russia’s deployment of the S-300 anti-aircraft defense system in Syria risks fuelling military escalation and hindering prospects for a political solution to the seven-year conflict, France’s foreign ministry said on Friday.

Interpol’s president Meng Hongwei has been reported missing after traveling to his native China last week, French police said on Friday.

U.S. job growth slowed sharply in September likely as Hurricane Florence depressed restaurant and retail payrolls, but the unemployment rate fell to near a 49-year low of 3.7 percent, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions.

The era of mystery-cloaked numbered Swiss bank accounts has officially come to a close as Switzerland, the world’s biggest center for managing offshore wealth, began automatically sharing client data with tax authorities in dozens of other countries.

AP Top Stories

More than 6.5 million pounds of beef products are being recalled nationwide due to a salmonella outbreak, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

An Italian-flagged rescue ship set sail Thursday for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea, challenging moves by Italy’s populist government to shut down such humanitarian operations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel late Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite differences between them on a range of issues.

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested Friday for graft, officials said, the latest corruption allegation against the Sharif political dynasty that was ousted from power by ex-cricketer Imran Khan in elections this summer.

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency said Wednesday that the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested and will face money laundering charges in a graft scandal involving the 1MDB state investment fund.

With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen’s most vital port, Hodeida, where Shiite rebels are digging in to fight to the last man. Thousands of civilians are caught in the middle, trapped by minefields and barrages of mortars and airstrikes.

A shortage of fuel triggered a mayday call on a United Airlines flight crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney Thursday, spurring Australian authorities into high alert.

BBC

Visitors to a renowned sex club in Berlin have been urged to seek medical treatment after a patron was taken to hospital with bacterial meningitis.

India has signed a deal with Russia to acquire the S-400 air defense missile system, despite the possibility such a move could trigger US sanctions.

Moxi is a “socially intelligent” hospital robot that can autonomously pick up and deliver medical supplies. The robot, developed by Diligent Robotics has gone into service at three hospitals in Texas as part of pilot program. Moxi takes on non-patient-facing logistical tasks and by reducing trips by nurses to supply rooms, Diligent believes Moxi can free up nursing staff for other duties.

Police in the northern Minnesota town of Gilbert say they have received reports of birds “flying into windows, cars and acting confused”. The intoxicated state of the birds is due to berries fermenting ahead of time due to an earlier than usual frost.

Zimbabwe’s economy is now 40% larger after their statistics agency rebased key data. The Zimbabwe Mail quoted Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube as saying, “Our economy is bigger than we think and the new calculations took into account the large informal sector for the first time.”

Ugandan Red Cross Society spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita confirmed that three pupils were killed after being struck by lightning in Uganda’s north-western district of Yumbe. The pupils aged between 9 and 10 died on the spot at Mungoyo Primary School on Wednesday.

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A new poll examining the political leanings of the next generation of leaders found 31 percent of millennials identify as “democratic socialist” or “socialist” while 40 percent of men in that age group say the same.

The Catholic bishops are gathering in Rome for a synod in a moment in which “the Church faces perhaps its gravest crisis since the Protestant Reformation in the form of the worldwide clerical sexual abuse scandals,” according to veteran Vatican analyst John L. Allen, Jr.

The quest for extreme selfies killed 259 people between 2011 and 2017, a 2018 global study has revealed. These would include the tops of mountains, tall buildings and lakes, where many of the deaths occurred. Drowning, transport accidents and falling were found to be the most common cause of death.


News – 10/5/2018

Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?

Creating a seamless interface between human and machine invokes images of brain implants and cutting-edge prosthetics. The webpage of DARPA’s program notes that “the most effective, state-of-the-art neural interfaces require surgery to implant electrodes into the brain.” The N3 program, however, falls in line with the current trend in U.S. military research: Figuring out ways temporary, non-invasive ways to enhance soldiers.

Interpol president Meng Hongwei vanishes during trip to China, official says

The president of Interpol vanished after traveling to his native China last month, a French judicial official announced Friday. The official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the wife of Meng Hongwei contacted authorities after Meng went dark sometime after arriving in China in late September.

Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend; protesters arrested

President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that his US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

State Dept. Issues New Policy: No Visas for Same-Sex Spouses of UN Staffers

The Trump administration issued a new policy effective Monday, in which domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations officials posted in the United States must show the State Department proof of marriage by December 31, or leave the country within 30 days. This means that same-sex partners of foreign staffers who are not legally married will no longer be eligible for a spousal visa allowing them to remain in the U.S.

White House outlines counterterrorism strategy, slams Iran

Strategy is broader than before, targeting not just Sunni ideologies espoused by ISIS, but also Iran-sponsored terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic jihad, says US national security advisor.

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers….investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

BBC publishes video showing 6-year-olds being made to write gay love letters to promote diversity

“This class of 6-year-olds is learning about gay marriage. In this fairy tale, the prince wants to marry his [male] servant. And the children are writing a love letter,” Hopson said. She noted that she believes it’s important for children to learn about gay marriage at such a young age because those same children would “go out into that world and find this diversity around them, and they’ll find that out at a young age as well.”

Abbas’s ultimatum to Hamas: ‘Four weeks to hand over Gaza’

In talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave Hamas an ultimatum – give the PA full control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month, or suffer the consequences, according to a statement made by an official in the PA presidency bureau to Kan news on Thursday night. Hamas leadership and senior Palestinian Authority officials concluded a round of talks in Cairo with little results, Israeli media reported Thursday night.

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

Default passwords such as “admin” and “password” will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices made or sold in the region. It demands that each gadget be given a unique password when it is made. Before now, easy-to-guess passwords have helped some cyber-attacks spread more quickly and cause more harm.

Downtown LA Hit With Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Typhus

An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday. Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans. While the fleas can come from cats, rats, and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus.

Thirteen states now investigating alleged sexual abuse linked to Catholic church

Florida’s attorney general said Thursday she is launching an investigation of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, making Florida at least the 13th state with an ongoing statewide probe of the church. “Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.

J&J, Arrowhead in gene-silencing drug deal worth up to $3.7 billion

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc (ARWR.O) said…Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) would develop and market its gene-silencing Hepatitis B treatment and buy a minor stake in a deal that could be potentially worth more than $3.7 billion, sending its shares surging 20 percent. Under the deal, J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit will obtain a worldwide license for Arrowhead’s ARO-HBV drug and an option to collaborate on up to three new RNA interference (RNAi) drugs, which use gene-silencing technology.

Government said to use Canary Mission blacklist to bar visitors

Canary Mission is an anonymous website that aims to name and shame anti-Israel activists on campus.

Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple says no way

Data center equipment run by Amazon Web Services and Apple may have been subject to surveillance from the Chinese government via a tiny microchip inserted during the equipment manufacturing process, according to Bloomberg Business Week report on Thursday. The claims in the report have been strongly disputed by the technology giants.

Billionaire George Soros moves foundation from Budapest to Berlin

The foundation of American-Hungarian billionaire George Soros has completed its move from Budapest to Berlin and has already started work.

Calgary Just Had Its Snowiest Day in More Than Three Decades and Breaks October Record

An early-season winter storm pummeled Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday, vaulting the city to its heaviest single-day snowfall since 1981 and setting a new October snow record.

Drought may cost China US$47 billion a year as temperatures rise, study finds

Drought conditions could cost China US$47 billion per year in economic losses – more than double the current estimate – if global temperatures rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial baseline, according to a Chinese study.

Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast

Dozens of dead fish littered a Palm Beach County beach Wednesday as a toxic red tide appeared to spread along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Japan set to allow gene editing in human embryos

Japan has issued draft guidelines that allow the use of gene-editing tools in human embryos. The proposal was released by an expert panel representing the country’s health and science ministries on 28 September.

More Men Are Wearing Stilettos—if They Can Find Their Size

As fashion embraces fluidity, there’s just one problem: How do men fit into stilettos?

As World’s Opinion Of Trump Plummets, Israelis Love Him Even More

When it comes to their view of US President Donald Trump and the US in the age of Trump, Israel is exceptional. Whereas most of the countries polled in a 25-nation Pew Research Center survey take a dim view of the president and the role of the US under his helm, Israelis are pleased – very pleased.

Islamic refugees issue shocking declaration at Greek refugee camp, ‘if you are not Muslim, I can rape you’

According to Deutsche Welle reporters, a terrorist organisation that claims to be linked with ISIS, dominates Moria’s refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Every day hundreds of Dutch school children are forced to bow to Islam
Shocking video footage and a report from the Dutch organisation “Klap uit de school”, show that numerous Dutch children are forced to bow to Islam.

Islamic refugee violence has gotten so bad at Swedish schools, that many are forced to permanently close because they can’t ensure the safety of their citizens

A reverse in the trend is not in sight. On the contrary, violent incidents continue to increase. The violence varies from smashed up classrooms to robbery, stabbings and murder, and it is carried out by students against other students and teachers.

Explosive Report From Catholic Archbishop Names Pope Francis As Geopolitical Mastermind With ‘Back Channel Operatives’ In Vatican Intrigue
The United States bishops have petitioned the pope to launch an “apostolic visitation” — a full Vatican investigation — into the McCarrick case, which so far has fallen on deaf ears. The president of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, followed up on the petition by traveling to Rome last month to urge Francis to open the investigation but returned to the U.S. empty-handed.

FBI is Holding 37 Pages of Clintons’ Uranium One Deal Documents

A bombshell exposé by a top investigative journalist has revealed that the FBI is holding onto 37 pages of potentially key documents regarding the Clintons’ involvement in the infamous Uranium One deal.

THE ARRESTS BEGIN: Capitol Police arrest left-wing Senate staffer Jackson Cosko for allegedly doxxing GOP Senators as part of left-wing terrorism push

Last Friday, we warned that radical left-wing political activists were organizing “kill teams” to stage home invasions of U.S. Senators and murder their families as they swept.

Israeli disaster aid team to head to quake-hit Indonesia

A non-governmental Israeli aid group said Thursday it will send a team of disaster experts to Indonesia as the country recovers from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 1,400 people and left hundreds of thousands in need of assistance.


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Headlines – 10/5/2018

US envoy Greenblatt discusses Israeli-Palestinian peace plan with senators

In Jerusalem, Merkel says Palestinians must accept Israel as Jewish state

Jerusalem to remove UN agency for Palestinians from city

Jerusalem to remove UNRWA to ‘end lie of Palestine refugees’

Netanyahu to Merkel: Hamas Attacks Israel Because Abbas Suffocates Gaza

Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘stop strangling Gaza’

Abbas’s ultimatum to Hamas: ‘Four weeks to hand over Gaza’

Gaza’s Resistance Committee: ‘Blood will be answered with blood’

Analysis: IDF, Hamas one miscalculation away from another Gaza war

Defense minister orders IDF on high alert at Gaza border

‘The holidays are over,’ Liberman warns Hamas heads – Israel is ready to go to war over border violence

Egypt-Jordan Natural Gas Deal Could Undermine Israel’s Leviathan

Israel Must Rethink Its Syria Strategy After Downing of Russian Plane

Top US general: Russia’s S-300 deployment in Syria a ‘needless escalation’

Mattis: Russia violation of missile treaty ‘untenable’

Erdogan: ‘Turkey won’t leave Syria until Syrian people have an election’

Alleged Iranian bomb plot in France is a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe, U.S. says

US targets Iran, proxy groups in new counterterror blueprint

Bolton: ‘Radical Islamist’ groups are top foreign terrorist threat to US

NATO: US soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can ‘defy Armageddon’

New US nuclear bombs and futuristic stealth aircraft to provide mind-boggling military might

NATO warns Russia to halt “reckless” behavior

NASA Astronauts Return To Earth Amid US-Russia Space Tensions

Russia claims US running secret biological weapons lab in Georgia

US military plan to spread viruses using insects could create ‘new class of biological weapon’, scientists warn

U.S. plans to rewrite rules that impede self-driving cars

Latest federal self-driving car guidelines stick with self-policing approach

Google and Facebook Join Forces on AI Tech

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

China used tiny chips on US computers to steal secrets: report

US Navy proposing major show of force to warn China

Pence attacks China on ‘predatory’ trade, ‘coercion’ and military ‘aggression’

Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S. Elections

Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant

Top Republican says FBI probe found ‘no hint of misconduct’ by Kavanaugh

Passion, chaos as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Doug Jones says female staffers have been threatened by Brett Kavanaugh supporters

Scores of Kavanaugh protesters arrested after descending on Senate building

Planned Parenthood Threatens Senators Who Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh: ‘We’re Coming for You’

Trump calls Dems ‘party of crime’ at Minnesota rally, says they’re ‘trying to destroy’ Kavanaugh

Donald Trump: Voters will reject ‘rage-fueled resistance’ to Kavanaugh; Democrats disagree

GOP Senator: Democrats Using ‘Tactics of Brownshirts in 1930’s Germany’

Democrats Fear the Party’s Kavanaugh Obsession Could Backfire

Kavanaugh does not belong on Supreme Court, retired Justice Stevens says

Kavanaugh pens op-ed, decries ‘vicious’ attacks while saying he ‘might have been too emotional’ at hearing

Intercessors Declare National Day of Prayer Over Brett Kavanaugh

Time magazine cover art captures ‘moment in our country’s history’ with Christine Blasey Ford illustration

May: France Believes Brexit Can Be Blocked, Will Push Bad Deal to Force Second Referendum

Campaigners hit the streets in bid to reverse Brexit

‘Tragedy Everywhere’: Aid Groups Scramble Against Time After Indonesian Tsunami

U.S. promises to send aid to Indonesia after 1,400 killed in earthquake and tsunami

Booming San Francisco takes unprecedented step to target earthquake-vulnerable high-rise towers

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Tomakomai, Japan

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Checca, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nago, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Sabancaya in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Ulawun volcano on Papau New Guinea erupts to 15,000ft

Soputan volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Kong-rey to slam South Korea, Japan after battering Ryukyu Islands

Hurricane Walaka continues to batter portions of Papahanaumokuakea

Hurricane Sergio may swing eastward, deliver more rain to southwestern US in wake of Rosa

Remnants of Hurricane Rosa Rainfall Produces Unprecedented Flooding On Tohono O’odham Nation

Rosa storm flooding threatens dam in southern Arizona

Tropical storm may aim for Gulf, perhaps flood portions of southern and eastern US next week

Near-record low for tornadoes nationwide

Florida’s coming King Tides may carry something different onshore – red tide

Red tide closes Florida beaches, could impact millions in tourism dollars

Scientists call for ‘Noah’s Ark’ of human microbes to prevent ‘growing global health crisis’

Health Officials Warn of Measles Exposure at Newark Airport, Village in Rockland County

Downtown LA Hit With Outbreak Of Flea-Borne Typhus

Alarm as Red Cross workers attacked in Congo Ebola efforts

Deadly bacteria warning goes out to visitors of Berlin sex club

Social media reacts to Houston’s sex robot brothel ban

Nobel Peace Prize honors fight against sexual violence, in nod to #MeToo

Report: Catholic Church Faces Gravest Crisis Since ‘Protestant Reformation’

Thirteen states now investigating alleged sexual abuse linked to Catholic church

Anti-abortion doctors petition Irish government ahead of abortion bill debate


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John Owen on the Holy Spirit

John Owen is among the theologians whose thoughts most closely mirror my own and this particular book of his could easily be called a manifesto of monergistic, God-honoring theology. I agree with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson when he says, “Whenever I return to read Owen I find myself at least in part wondering why I spend time reading lesser things.” I would unhesitatingly put this book up there among Christian classics, and, probably, at least in my opinion, is one of the top ten Christian books ever written. This book will magnify your understanding of the Holy Scriptures and its divine author and make you wonder what ever happened to all the churches who preached from this perspective. Here are among my favorite quotes from the books’ abridged edition …

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To say that we are able by our own efforts to think good thoughts or give God spiritual obedience before we are spiritually regenerate is to overthrow the gospel and the faith of the universal church in all ages.

All men can be divided into two groups. They are either regenerate or unregenerate. All men are born unregenerate (John 3:3-8). …Spiritual darkness is in all men and lies on all men until God, by an almighty work of the Spirit, shines into men’s hearts, or creates light in them (Matt 4:16; John 1:5; Act 26:18; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 2:9). …The nature of this spiritual darkness must be understood. When men have no light to see by, then they are in darkness (Exod. 10:23). Blind men are in darkness, either by birth or by illness or accident (Psa. 69:23; Gen 19:11; Acts 13:11). A spiritually blind man is in spiritual darkness and is ignorant of spiritual things.

There is an outward darkness on men and an inward darkness in men.

Source: John Owen on the Holy Spirit

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This ‘n’ That for October 5, 2018

  • I can’t even fathom paying only $1756 for a car. Nor can I imagine paying $1 million for that car today. It sure would be a lot of fun to drive, though!
  • It’s October, which means it’s time for articles about Martin Luther.
  • This is why I sometimes wear gloves inside.
  • Interesting look into the past.
  • This is why certain things trigger in our brains as being adorable.
  • Speaking of, here’s your weekly (though slightly less orthodox than usual) dose of adorable.
  • Aw, I hope this puppy finds a good home!
Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue but of the life. —John Calvin

Weekly Watchman for 10/05/2018

Listener Questions & Comments

The Bible warns us that in the final days good would be seen as evil and evil seen as good. This is to be expected of a fallen, sinful world, but not within the Church itself. Anyone with a modicum of common sense can see what is happening in the Senate confirmation meetings over Judge Brett Kavanaugh: godless radicals are stooping to new lows to destroy a man they think might one day hinder a woman’s “right” to kill the child in her womb. Make no mistake: this spiritual war is over abortion, a Sacrament of the Democrat Party.

Stalin and Lenin referred to them as “useful idiots” blind to truth because they rejected God and are rallying behind lies and slander in order to allow legalized abortion to remain unhindered. Sadly, even in the American church, a number of these evildoers have infected church leadership in every denomination of Christianity. For example, the National Council of Churches has called for Judge Cavanaugh to step aside, officially siding with evil and the murder of innocent children.

LISTENER QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

What is the proper, biblical stance? Pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib?

How can there be accountability in a church when there are no elders and little discipleship?

Why do so many churches avoid teaching about Bible prophecy when it’s nearly a third of Scripture?

I think the era of Big Brother is being implemented right before our eyes.

Thanks for having guests like Elijah Abraham and James Walker, and reminding us that Christians are to love and share the truth with Muslims, not fear them.

I am no fan of most Republicans in Washington, but the Democrat Party has turned evil right before our eyes in their zeal for political power and are willing to destroy anyone who stands in their way. They’ve sold out to the LGBTQ movement and radical Marxists.

Can you explain why some Christians defend Andy Stanley while others criticize him regarding his comments on unhitching from the Old Testament?

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Voting in Wisconsin; Welcoming Baal to Washington D.C.

There is always a certain arrogance to our sin. And the greater the pride or arrogance, the greater the sin. America, founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values, is rapidly turning away from God in her arrogance, symbolized best by our very own government and the nation’s capitol in Washington D.C.

America’s defiance of God has now reached a new level as a replica of the Arch of Baal has taken up residence on the National Mall of Washington D.C.—and lawmakers republican and Democrat alike are giddy about it. We’ll cover the story in our second segment today. In segment three, we’ll continue our look at the Barna Research study from 2017 that reveals exactly what professed born-again believers actually believe about God and the Bible.

In our first segment we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action and Council. There is so much to talk about including the upcoming state and national elections and how we can cut through the noise of all the TV ads, mailings, and social media nonsense.

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Countering Culture & Defining ‘Born-Again’ Christian

Words are meaningless without clear definitions. When we misrepresent the meanings and definitions of important words God uses in Scripture, all sorts of problems result including professing Christians being either ignorant or deceived.

This morning Mike and David look at eye-opening Barna Research from 2017 that shows the deeply-held beliefs of those who profess to be born-again Christians. We will compare what people believe to what the Bible teaches us about God and the Christian worldview. The results range from interesting to staggering.

In our first segment we check in with Tina Griffin, Counter Culture Mom, to look the ways secular culture, Hollywood, and television are poisoning and destroying the morality of our children.

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

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Swimming in a Cesspool & Thinking We’re Clean

Our nation, not to mention the entire world, is in deeper trouble every passing day. Moral boundaries and clear lines that used to delineate right from wrong have become blurred and minimized; they are now moving targets that have no basis in the consistent moral standards of God’s Word. Instead, in our ill-fated attempts to make this a better world, we impose constantly changing human standards on society and individuals: standards that change from year to year ushering confusion and intellectual paralysis.

And in the midst of this increasingly confused and evil world are a group of people called born-again Christians. And these peculiar people are forced to live in a world that contradicts everything they know and believe. We are to love others around us but not love what this world stands for.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss how true Christians navigate life in a world that opposes God more with each passing year.

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

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The Challenge and Opportunity of Islam’s Growth

When you see someone who is a Muslim, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Fear that he might be a radical terrorist? Or an opportunity to share the Gospel with him? Truth be told many Christians probably experience both initial reactions to some extent. Or perhaps you feel nothing because you believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The relationship and conflict between Biblical Christianity and Islam is a unique one; and there is a systematic attempt to blur the lines between Christianity and Islam, the world’s two largest religions. All of this creates a type of “spiritual paralysis” for Christians when the subject of Islam comes up.

James Walker of watchman.org has written a new book contrasting the “Jesus” in the Quran with the true Jesus of the Bible. He joins us to draw those distinctions and give some practical advise on how we can share the gospel with Muslims or people who think both religions worship the same 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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The Kavanaugh Nomination: “An Absolute Political Acid Bath” — Denny Burk

Albert Mohler comments on the controversy surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. He notes that opponents of the nomination are now saying that Kavanaugh is too “political” to be confirmed. Mohler responds:

It is the United States Senate that has the constitutional authority of advice and consent. It is that process that over the last several decades has devolved into an absolute political acid bath. Thus, it’s politically and intellectually dishonest now to argue that partisanship has entered into the equation. It has always been right there under the surface. But, ever since the Bork hearings in the 1980s, it’s no longer under the surface…

It’s intellectually dishonest for either side to say that this is a process that began with some kind of political neutrality or has ever been marked by a nonpartisan character in any moment, any hour, even any second of this process.

Those paying attention know that this analysis is spot-on. Mohler goes on to remind listeners of a little history. Throughout its history, the Senate has elevated open partisans and political figures to the high court.

When I thought of these controversies, my mind immediately went back to the late Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court during the last half of the 20th century, Earl Warren, who of course became a liberal lion, an icon of the Supreme Court. Earl Warren had served as Governor or California, had been deeply involved in Republican presidential politics, had himself served President Eisenhower as Solicitor General of the United States, and was in that position when was nominated as Chief Justice. Needless to say, it was a highly partisan environment, and when you’re looking at individuals to sit on the court, Chief Justice Earl Warren had a clearly partisan background. By the way, when Warren did become Chief Justice, three members of the court serving with him had been former members of the United States Senate, and two had served as Attorney General under President Eisenhower. Again, all of them very politically active.

Bottom Line: To argue that Judge Kavanaugh is any more partisan than these precedents is just not credible.

You can download the rest of Mohler’s commentary here or listen below.

 

via The Kavanaugh Nomination: “An Absolute Political Acid Bath” — Denny Burk

October 5 Daily Help

HE has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows. Never could there be a better Master, for his service is freedom, his rule is love. The ancient saints proved him to be a good Master, and each of them rejoiced to sing, “I am thy servant, O Lord!” I will bear this witness before my friends and neighbors, for possibly they may be led by my testimony to seek my Lord Jesus as their Master. Oh that they would do so! They would never repent so wise a deed. If they would but take his easy yoke, they would find themselves in so royal a service that they would enlist in it forever.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 282). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

The Enemy is Among Us! – Progressive Ideology — Pulpit & Pen

 

The Enemy is Among Us! – Progressive Ideology

The progressive ideology that speaks of systemic victimization is actually a mask for a pervasive, systemic, anti-Christ ideology.

Ironically, Progressive Ideology victimizes EVERYONE. It is the oppressor and the worst victims are those who are caught up in its deception.

One cannot hold to Progressive Ideology AND Christianity without radically distorting the later. One cannot hold to Progressive Ideology and love his brothers and sisters in Christ in the way described and commanded in the Scriptures. Indeed, it promotes bitterness, envy and strife—the antithesis of the fruits of the Spirit.

This is a spiritual war, not one of mere politics. Don’t be deceived. The Christian should resist Progressive Ideology tooth and nail. We must resist it in our culture, in our institutions, in our media, AND ESPECIALLY IN OUR CHURCHES! With our words, with our prayers and with our actions, we must wage holy warfare.

The night is spent, the day has come. The great day of battle so long in the making us upon our generation!

This anti-Christ must be slain for the sake of our children and our children’s children. We stand upon the field and the legions of Hell have not only advanced, but we have been flanked and they are within our own ranks wrecking havoc! Satan has prepared for this since The Enlightenment and has now unleashed His horde.

We are at war and the battle is raging. WAKE UP! TO ARMS!

[Contributed with permission Robert Truelove]

The Enemy is Among Us! – Progressive Ideology — Pulpit & Pen

Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was first published October 18, 2012.

Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to agonize over it? Should a believer make a decision without first spending hours in prayer, asking God to reveal His will? Must a Christian avoid making a decision until he or she has a “peace about it”? What about waiting for a “sign” from God? Is it okay for a Christian to consult a psychic or a Ouija board to seek God’s guidance?

Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret — Christian Research Network

Flashback Friday: Our Teacher: Grace

The Outspoken TULIP

3D CrossThis article first appeared in The Outspoken TULIP on September 5, 2016. I sure needed to read it today. Maybe you do too.

The doctrine of grace indeed teaches that Christians neither earn nor maintain salvation by our own efforts. Hebrews 12:2 identifies Jesus as “the founder and perfecter” of our faith, Who promised that those to whom He has given eternal life cannot be snatched from His hand (John 10:28). Therefore, a believer who lapses into sin, even for extended periods, has not lost his salvation because salvation depends solely on Jesus’ work on the cross. Our works of obedience contribute absolutely nothing to the transaction!

Some people, however, misunderstand the doctrine of grace to mean that we can give in to various temptations because God forgives us. That misunderstanding needs to be addressed. Not only does it deceive false converts into supposing that God tolerates their…

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October 5, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

1 The community protests against the Lord. They protest because they have suffered. The cause of the suffering is not important, nor is the general spirit of the prayer. With the adversity of God’s people, the glory of the Lord is at stake; therefore, they begin by repeating that they do not pray for themselves (“not to us”). Instead, they are concerned about the honor and glory of the name of the Lord (cf. Isa 48:9, 11; Eze 20:9, 14; 36:21–23; Da 9:18–19; see Reflections, p. 135, The Name of Yahweh). God’s “glory” is directly related to the prosperity of his covenantal people. Only after making their protest with an appeal to his glory do the godly remind the Lord of his promised “love and faithfulness” (ḥesed, ʾemet; cf. Ex 34:6–7; Ps 138:2).[1]


115:1. Because of all the Lord has done (as presented in Ps 113 to needy individuals and in Ps 114 in delivering Israel from Egypt), the glory (the thanksgiving, praise, and adulation) for these benefits belongs not to us, but to God’s name (cf. 113:1–2; see comment on 20:5). All these benefits are ultimately an expression of God’s lovingkindness (cf. 5:7 and comments there) and truth (cf. 92:2).[2]


115:1 — Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.

God’s mercy and truth make up a large part of His glory, and when we pray that He might gain glory for Himself by answering our requests, we pray with the kind of power that can move mountains.[3]


115:1 to Your name give glory. God declared He would share His glory with no one (Is 42:8; 48:11).[4]


115:1 God is supremely glorified and his faithfulness manifested in Christ’s work (John 13:31–32; 17:1–5).[5]


115:1 Not to us The psalmist requests for God to act and protect His reputation. He emphasizes that God’s actions would not improve the reputation of Israel, but would increase God’s own fame.

your name Refers to God’s essential character and nature. See note on 91:14.[6]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, pp. 838–839). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 854). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 115:1). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 115:1). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1088). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 115:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Trump Slams Protesting “Elevator Screamers”: ‘They’re Paid For By Soros’ | Zero Hedge

“Look at the professionally made identical signs…They are not signs that were made in a basement with love!”

Thousands of demonstrators, including celebrity “feminists” like Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to protest Trump SCOTUS pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI once again found no evidence of sexual misconduct in the SCOTUS nominee’s past. Their concerns were promptly ignored by the Senate, which is planning to hold a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh as soon as tomorrow. But in response to the revelation that several of the professional activists, including the two young women who accosted Senator Jeff Flake last week, were exposed as “employees” of a non-profit organization funded by George Soros,President Trump has weighed in on Twitter, blasting the “elevator screamers” in a tweet that was essentially red meat for his base.

Trump slammed the “very rude elevator screamers”, accusing them of being “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad” before warning the American people “Don’t fall for it!” As evidence of the coordination behind the supposedly grass roots protest, Trump pointed to the signs carried by demonstrators and their suspiciously polished appearance “Look at the professionally made identical signs,” Trump said. “Paid for by Soros and others.’

“They are not signs that were made in a basement with love!” the president said, concluding the tweet with the hashtag ‘#Troublemakers’.

Trump isn’t the first Republican to criticize activists for their ties to Soros: Earlier this week, Louisiana Senator David Perdue pushed back against two activists who had confronted he and his wife at an airport, pointing out that they were employees of the Center for Popular Democracy – the same group that employed the two women who famously confronted Flake in the Senate elevator – which is financed by Soros’ Open Society foundation.

For decades, Soros has financed groups to spread his liberal political ideology across the West. But it’s Russia and China that have been accused of “election tampering.”
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-05/trump-slams-protesting-elevator-screamers-theyre-paid-soros

Kavanaugh Confirmation: Not just Abortion, Huge Impact on Religious Liberty

Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Relentless attacks on religious liberties are increasing across America. A Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is one of the few things that could help protect our most basic freedoms.

There’s a problem when Pro football players can kneel on the field in protest of the National Anthem, but high school football players are not allowed to kneel and pray for a little girl with a life-threatening illness.

We can now add the description “heartless” to the Left and the agenda of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Their end goal is to force into silence hundreds of millions of Americans who believe in prayer to never utter a word of it in public. Keep your religion to yourself and behind church walls.

Their end goal is to force into silence hundreds of millions of Americans who believe in prayer to never utter a word of it…

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Sen. Hatch Details The Evidence Against The Kavanaugh Accusations — Christian Research Network

“…the lowest, most vile, most dishonest attempt at character assassination that I’ve ever seen in all my 42 years in the Senate.”

Watch the video at the bottom of the article.

(James Barrett – Daily Wire)  On the floor of the Senate Thursday, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah made his closing arguments for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, providing evidence against the uncorroborated allegations and condemning the Democrats’ manipulative and partisan handling of the allegations.

The senator began by stressing Kavanaugh’s unquestionable qualifications for the position, noting that he is “among the most distinguished and most influential judges in the entire country” (full transcript, video below). His decisions have influenced the Supreme Court “no less than eleven times,” said Hatch, and he has taught courses “at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.”

But his impeccable record has not been the focus of the last few weeks, Hatch underscores; rather, uncorroborated and often absurd on their face accusations given credence by the Democrats. The result as been “the lowest, most vile, most dishonest attempt at character assassination” he’s ever seen.

“We’ve had protestors in halls and hearing rooms and elevators. We’ve even seen the miraculous return of Spartacus,” he said. “And, Mr. President, we’ve had the lowest, most vile, most dishonest attempt at character assassination that I’ve ever seen in all my 42 years in the Senate. We may never know who leaked reports of Dr. Ford’s allegations to the press. We do know it was someone in the Democratic orbit. This was followed by the most appalling smear campaign imaginable. No accusation was too heinous, no claim too far-fetched.” View article →

Sen. Hatch Details The Evidence Against The Kavanaugh Accusations — Christian Research Network

Donald Trump: Brett Kavanaugh Protesters ‘Paid Professionals’ by George Soros

President Donald Trump dismissed the hordes of liberal protesters flocking to the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill on Friday.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Don’t fall for it!”
— Read on www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/05/donald-trump-brett-kavanaugh-protesters-paid-professionals-by-george-soros/amp/

What are the historical arguments for the post-mortem appearances of Jesus?

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Eric Chabot of Ratio Christi Ohio State University has a great post up about the post-mortem appearances of Jesus.

The post contains:

  • a list of the post-mortem resurrection appearances
  • quotations by skeptical historians about those appearances
  • alternative naturalistic explanations of the appearances
  • responses to those naturalistic explanations

Although there is a lot of research that went into the post, it’s not very long to read. The majority of scholars accept the appearances, because they appear in so many different sources and because some of those sources are very early, especially Paul’s statement of the early Christian creed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-7, which is from about 1-3 years after Jesus was executed by the Romans. Eric’s post lists out some of the skeptical scholars who the appearances, and you can see how they allude to the historical…

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Let the Word Do Its Work — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Martin Luther simply preached and taught God’s Word—and it spread like wildfire. In this brief clip, Steven Lawson explains the power of the Word for reformation.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for a donation of any amount this month only, you can also receive a copy of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, a documentary featuring interviews with R.C. Sproul and several Ligonier Teaching Fellows, on DVD. Offer ends 10/31/18.

Transcript

As the Reformation began to break, Luther was approached: “Explain what is taking place here in Europe?” “Explain the Reformation?” Luther gave this famous answer: “I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word. Otherwise, I did nothing. And then I slept. And the Word so greatly weakened the Papacy that never a prince and never an emperor inflicted such damage upon it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.” We’re not looking for gospel gimmicks in these days. We’re not looking trendy little techniques. We’re looking for men, and women, and churches, and seminaries, and ministries, and denominations who will stand up with the Word of God—teach it, preach it, write it, sing it, counsel it, lift it up, let it out, and let it fly. And let the Word do its work.

Let the Word Do Its Work — Ligonier Ministries Blog