Daily Archives: October 19, 2018

OCTOBER 19 A LIBEL AGAINST GOD

He that believeth not God hath made him a liar.

1 John 5:10

Human sin began with loss of faith in God! When our mother Eve listened to Satan’s sly innuendos against the character of God, she began to entertain a doubt of His integrity—and right there the doors were opened to the incoming of every possible evil, and darkness settled upon the world.

Relationship between moral beings is by confidence, and confidence rests upon character, which is a guarantee of conduct. God is a being of supreme moral excellence, possessing in infinite perfection all the qualities that constitute holy character. He deserves and invites the unreserved confidence of every moral creature, including man. Any proper relation to Him must be by confidence—that is, faith.

Idolatry is the supreme sin, and unbelief is the child of idolatry. Both are libels on the Most High and Most Holy. John wrote: “He that believeth not God hath made him a liar” (1 John 5:10). A God who would lie is a God without character.

Repentance is a man’s sincere apology for distrusting God for so long, and faith is throwing oneself upon Christ in complete confidence. Thus by faith reconciliation is achieved between God and man!

Heavenly Father, I have complete trust and confidence in Your ability to always make the best choices for my life.[1]


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

OCTOBER 19 PURIFIED BY FIRE

And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

—Isaiah 6:7

We like Isaiah’s vision and awareness. But we do not like to think of the live coal out of the fire being placed on the prophet’s lips.

Purification by blood and by fire. Isaiah’s lips, symbolic of all his nature, were purified by fire. God could then say to him, “Thine iniquity is taken away” ([Isaiah] 6:7).

That is how the amazed and pained Isaiah could genuinely come to a sense of restored moral innocence. That is how he instantly found that he was ready for worship and that he was also ready and anxious for service in the will of God.

With each of us, if we are to have that assurance of forgiveness and restored moral innocence, the fire of God’s grace must touch us. It is only through the depths of the forgiving love of God that men and women can be so restored and made ready to serve Him. WHT077

Thank You, Father, that the fire of Your grace includes all the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. Cleanse me, purge me, purify me by His blood. Amen. [1]


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

October 19 Daily Help

“GOD is for me.” He was “for us” or he would not have given his well beloved Son. And because he is “for us,” the voice of prayer will always insure his help. “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies be turned back.” This is no uncertain hope, but a well-grounded assurance—“this I know.” I will direct my pryer unto thee, and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come, “for God is for me.” O believer, how happy art thou with the King of kings on thy side. How safe with such a Protector! How sure thy cause, pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for thee, who can be against thee?[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 296). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Much more good educational and edifying stuff this time.
The Good:
What does it mean that “God is the head of Christ”?
The 400 “years of silence” between the O.T. and the N.T.
Responding to the question, “Who Created God?
The number one crime — Naming names.
Colossians 2:8 does not condemn philosophy.  I never thought it did, but obviously there are people out there who think it does.
Annihilationism vs hell — collection of articles proving the former wrong.
The Unification Church, i.e., “Moonies.”  A good introduction to them.
The Bad and/or Ugly
I have previously written why Christians cannot justify voting Demokrat, yet Emergent “pastor” Doug Pagitt is doing his best to get Christians to vote for this ungodly political party. Of course the fact that he is doing this in cahoots with the apostate and heretical United Church of Christ should tell you a lot about his beliefs.
Yes, Tim Keller is a Marxist. Here’s a prime example of his promotion of “social justice.”
AAANNNDDD Matt Chandler.  Sigh. (And Chandler thinks Obama is a great man!!!)
More Beth Moore nonsense.  Guess what—NO one man can ask forgiveness for all men who have behaved badly. Kevin Jones behaved foolishly (obviously has no spine), but it’s all part of Moore’s emotion-driving “ministry.” Read more about this situation and an overall look at Moore’s continued descent into “social justice” nonsense. Then there is this:
Can you say, “BLASPHEMY”?

via Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Weekly Watchman for 10/19/2018

Questions, Comments, and a Call from Angry Listener

It’s Friday. There are always so many good questions and comments to get to, so her we go.

My daughter is 16 and wants nothing to do with church anymore, even though we raised her in church, the word, and prayer at home. She claims Christians are hypocrites and I fear she will be lost when she goes off to college.
I hear more Scripture in one hour on your show than I hear in a month coming from our pastor on Sundays.
Other than in Christ, is there any hope for our children and grandchildren to have a good life in such a dark culture driven by a godless, postmodern education system?
I am a “classical liberal” (not modern) but the primary reasons I vote for Republicans is they are pro-life and support free market capitalism.
Over the last several decades, we have been informed of how anti-Christian the progressive public schools are and that our children are being indoctrinated. Why is this not a bigger issue that Christians still send their children to such a hostile environment to be “educated”?
I am disappointed by your statements regarding the Ford/Kavanaugh allegations. You assume Kavanaugh is innocent, I believe Dr. Ford. Three people know the truth: Ford, Kavanaugh, and God.
The left doesn’t even know what “civil” means anymore. Their fruit is the opposite of truth: double-speak, hypocrisy, and often, outright lies.
I am a Christian and have supported the Democrat Party all my life, but cannot do so any longer. They are willing to destroy people to gain power. I was also supporting the killing of innocent children through abortion.
The #MeToo movement is causing many parents to be concerned for their sons in the future. We should raise sons of high moral character and integrity, but what about our daughters? They will be affected by this one-sided movement as well but I believe this should be a two-sided conversation in our society.
From that Barna survey you read, it sounds like many “professing born-again Christians’ are false converts that trusted an empty gospel of life enhancement.
I wish we would rethink denominations within Christianity. They seem to divide and do more damage than good, and often produce “fake Christians” – and impediment to true Christianity.

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 Growing Complexity of Freedom of Speech

The constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech and expression used to be a pretty straight forward issue. But with the advent of social media, corporate “branding”, and a society that is easily offended it has become a much more complex issue.

This morning we look at a couple stories that point out the new reality facing us in a society that claims to value freedom of speech but is becoming increasingly intolerant of any view that opposes a humanistic, God-hating agenda.

In our first segment Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to discuss the challenges we as believers face in sharing the gospel with people currently blinded to the truth about God. Jay will discuss a common question we hear from people who doubt God’s existence: “If God created the universe, who crated 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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What is Behind the Modern Liberal Curtain?

When you watch a movie with great special effects, what you see looks amazing (Buildings exploding, giant dinosaurs, super heroes flying). But when you look behind the curtain so to speak, and see how computer generated imaging produces these effects, the magic wears off and you realize it is all fantasy and illusion.

Today, we look at the hard core progressive movement in our nation and how it is built on contradiction and illusion, but sadly most Americans never take the time to look at what is actually going on or where we are being led. And this same deceit might just be infecting the very church you attend every Sunday.

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio is an authority on the real agenda and thought process of the hardcore Left joins us to help us take a peek behind the curtain of illusion that is modern Liberalism.

Quote from John Loeffler:

“Are we going to be a free society with the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of speech and religion and press and property – all of which have been under siege by judicial activism for the last 50 years – or will we go careening forward into some kind of oligarchic, progressive, socialistic dictatorship that we know from countries around the world that always fails with economic and social collapse?”

We discuss the difference between Left and Liberal, the contradictions within the very thinking of progressives, the long-term effects of the transgender movement and gender-fluid conditioning, and the failure of many churches to stand for the inerrancy of Scripture and biblical morality.

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

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A Contrast of Worldviews

The Word of God and the ways of this fallen world are in complete contradiction with one another. What God calls “evil” the world thinks of as “good”. A Biblical Worldview gives us eternal hope in spite of all we see around us. The world offers nothing but eventual despair and eternal separation from the One who created and sustains us.

Things are getting so bizarre in the world that as Christians we are often unsure how to react. Do we get angry or look with compassion upon those around us being deceived? Do we just hunker down and cry “maranatha” (lord come quickly)? Or do we stand up and decry the insanity all around us and work to change it?

This morning in our final segments we cover news from the world that covers the gambit from sad to worrisome to quite bizarre. In our first segment we check in with Dr. John Rosemond to discuss biblical parenting vs. the world’s philosophies, and the world’s attempts to convince parents that they have no authority over the decisions their children make.

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

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Postmodernism & America’s Failed Education System

Alarming things are going on behind the scenes in public education that many parents have no idea about while many others are too busy to care. Since the 1960s, the system has flipped on its head. Political correctness and postmodernism have ruled American education to the point that by the college level, there now exists an intolerance of opposing views if students do not support liberal ideology and the progressive left. Hostility toward Christianity has been cultivated for decades as well.

Today, Mike and David welcome back a very busy, Dr. Duke Pesta, host of the new Dr. Duke Show. Also in studio, we have first time guest, Katie Petrick, Freedom Project Media contributor and co-host of the Dr. Duke Show.

From Pre-K through graduate school, the Dr. Duke Show will keep you informed about the highly politicized world of modern education, alerting you to the dangers facing our republic under God due to generations of under-educated and wrongly-educated students. You can watch the Dr. Duke Show live ‘On Demand’ every Thursday at 2 pm Central time or on Freedom Project.com.

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

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When Do We Use the Word Sin, and Why?

A couple days ago, I wrote about how even the world of Reformedish evangelicalism is contributing to the sad “State of Theology” that is evidenced in the Ligonier Ministries’ survey. Bad theology is perpetuated in our own circles when ethics is prioritized over our theology of God, his Word, man, and the gospel.
And so I asked, why are we surprised by this? If we accept bad theology on the basics, our ethics are going to follow suit. Our updated survey is showing just that. And so we see that even the ethics that we held so dear are now falling apart:
An alarming 69% of people disagree that even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation, with 58% strongly disagreeing.
As the results reveal a low view of God and his Word, a high view of man, and a distorted gospel, it only follows suit that sin is no longer that big of a deal. I can’t tell you how many “Christian” books I’ve read by popular authors in our circles that don’t even use that word anymore. One of the most powerful books upholding the holiness of God and the evil of sin that I have ever read is Jeremiah Burroughs’, The Evil of Evils. If sin is a missing word in our vocabulary, evil is even more offensive. His premise is, “That it is a very evil choice for any soul under heaven to choose the least sin rather… Continue reading

October 19, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Love Your Enemies

But I say to you, love your enemies. (5:44a)

Here is the most powerful teaching in Scripture about the meaning of love. The love that God commands of His people is love so great that it even embraces enemies.

William Hendriksen comments,

All around him were those walls and fences. He came for the very purpose of bursting those barriers, so that love—pure, warm, divine, infinite—would be able to flow straight down from the heart of God, hence from his own marvelous heart, into the hearts of men. His love overleaped all the boundaries of race, nationality, party, age, sex.…

When he said, “I tell you, love your enemies,” he must have startled his audience, for he was saying something that probably never before had been said so succinctly, positively, and forcefully. (The Gospel of Matthew [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1973], p. 313)

The scribes and Pharisees were proud, prejudiced, judgmental, spiteful, hateful, vengeful men who masqueraded as the custodians of God’s law and the spiritual leaders of Israel. To them, Jesus’ command to love your enemies must have seemed naive and foolish in the extreme. They not only felt they had the right but the duty to hate their enemies. Not to hate those who obviously deserve to be hated would be a breach of righteousness.

Jesus again sets His divine standard against the perverted human standards of that heretical Jewish tradition and reinforces it with the emphatic I. In Greek verbs a pronominal suffix indicates the subject, as here with lēgo (I say), and the separate pronoun I would not have been necessary had Jesus intended simply to give information.

But here, as in each preceding instance in the sermon (vv. 22, 28, 32, 34, 39), the emphatic form (egōlegō) gives not only grammatical but theological emphasis. In placing what He said above what tradition said, He placed His word on a par with Scripture—as His hearers well understood. Jesus not only placed emphasis on what was said but on who said it. It was not just that His teaching was the standard of truth, but that He Himself was the standard of truth. “Your great rabbis, scribes, and scholars have taught you to love only those of your own preference and to hate your enemies, ” Jesus was saying. “But by My own authority, I declare that they are false teachers and have perverted God’s revealed truth. The divine truth is My truth, which is that you shall love your enemies.”

As we have noted, the Old Testament concept of neighbor included even personal enemies. That is the truth Jesus expands in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point of the parable is not primarily to answer the lawyer’s question, “And who is my neighbor?” though it does that, but to show that Gods’ requirement is for us to be neighbors to anyone who needs our help (Luke 10:29, 36–37).

The human tendency is to base love on the desirability of the object of our love. We love people who are attractive, hobbies that are enjoyable, a house or a car because it looks nice and pleases us, and so on. But true love is need-oriented. The Good Samaritan demonstrated great love because he sacrificed his own convenience, safety, and resources to meet another’s desperate need.

The Greek language has four different terms that are usually translated “love.” Philia is brotherly love and the love of friendship; storgē is the love of family; and erōs is desiring, romantic, sexual love. But the love of which Jesus speaks here, and which is most spoken of in the New Testament, is agapē, the love that seeks and works to meet another’s highest welfare.

Agapē love may involve emotion but it must involve action. In Paul’s beautiful and powerful treatise on love in 1 Corinthians 13, all fifteen of the characteristics of love are given in verb form. Obviously love must involve attitude, because, like every form of righteousness, it begins in the heart. But it is best described and best testified by what it does.

Above all, agapē love is the love that God is, that God demonstrates, and that God gives (1 John 4:7–10). “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us … [and] God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:5, 8). Because of His love, we can love, and “if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:11–12).

When Jesus told the disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13:34), He had just finished washing their feet as an example of humble, self-giving love. The disciples had done nothing to inspire Jesus’ love. They were self-centered, quarrelsome, jealous of each other, and sometimes even argued with and contradicted the One whom they confessed to be their God, Savior, and Lord. Yet everything that Jesus said to them and did for them was completely and without exception for their good. That was the kind of love He commanded them to have for Him and for each other. And that is the kind of love He commands all of His followers to have even for their enemies.

The commentator R. C. H. Lenski writes,

[Love] indeed, sees all the hatefulness and the wickedness of the enemy, feels his stabs and his blows, may even have something to do toward warding them off; but all this simply fills the loving heart with the one desire and aim, to free its enemy from his hate, to rescue him from his sin, and thus to save his soul. Mere affection is often blind, but even then it thinks that it sees something attractive in the one toward whom it goes out; the higher love may see nothing attractive in the one so loved, … its inner motive is simply to bestow true blessing on the one loved, to do him the highest good.… I cannot like a low, mean criminal who may have robbed me and threatened my life; I cannot like a false, lying, slanderous fellow who, perhaps, has vilified me again and again; but I can by the grace of Jesus Christ love them all, see what is wrong with them, desire and work to do them only good, most of all to free them from their vicious ways. (The Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel [Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1964], p. 247)

Love’s question is never who to love—because we are to love everyone—but only how to love most helpfully. We are not to love merely in terms of feeling but in terms of service. God’s love embraces the entire world (John 3:16), and He loved each of us even while we were still sinners and His enemies (Rom. 5:8–10). Those who refuse to trust in God are His enemies; but He is not theirs. In the same way, we are not to be enemies of those who may be enemies to us. From their perspective, we are their enemies; but from our perspective, they should be our neighbors.

In 1567 King Philip II of Spain appointed the Duke of Alba as governor of the lower part of the nation. The Duke was a bitter enemy of the newly-emerging Protestant Reformation. His rule was called the reign of terror, and his council was called the Bloody Council, because it had ordered the slaughter of so many Protestants. It is reported that one man who was sentenced to die for his biblical faith managed to escape during the dead of winter. As he was being pursued by a lone soldier, the man came to a lake whose ice was thin and cracking. Somehow he managed to get safely across the ice, but as soon as he reached the other side he heard his pursuer screaming. The soldier had fallen through the ice and was about to drown. At the risk of being captured, tortured, and eventually killed—or of being drowned himself—the man went back across the lake and rescued his enemy, because the love of Christ constrained him to do it. He knew he had no other choice if he was to be faithful to His Lord (Elon Foster, New Cyclopedia of Prose Illustrations: Second Series [New York: T. Y. Crowell, 1877], p. 296).

The Scottish Reformer George Wishart, a contemporary and friend of John Knox, was sentenced to die as a heretic. Because the executioner knew of Wishart’s selfless ministering to hundreds of people who were dying of the plague, he hesitated carrying out the sentence. When Wishart saw the expression of remorse on the executioner’s face, he went over and kissed him on the cheek, saying, “Sir, may that be a token that I forgive you” (John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, ed. W. Grinton Berry [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978], p. 252).

Our “enemies,” of course, do not always come in such life-threatening forms. Often they are ordinary people who are mean, impatient, judgmental, self-righteous, and spiteful—or just happen to disagree with us. In whatever personal relationships we have, God wants us to love. Whether a conflict is with our marriage partner, our children or parents, our friends and fellow church members, a devious business opponent, spiteful neighbor, political foe, or social antagonist, our attitude toward them should be one of prayerful love.

pray for your persecutors

and pray for those who persecute you. (5:44b)

All men live with some sense of sin and guilt. And guilt produces fear, which in its ultimate form is fear of death and of what is beyond death. In various ways, therefore, most people have devised religious beliefs, rituals, and practices they are convinced will offer them some relief from guilt and judgment. Some people try to get rid of guilt simply by denying it or by denying the existence of a God who holds men accountable for sin.

Throughout history the worst persecutions have been religious. They have been the strongest against God’s people, because the divine standards He has given to them and which are seen in them are a judgment on the wickedness and corruption of false religion. God’s Word unmasks people at their most sensitive and vulnerable point, the point of their self-justification—whether that justification is religious, philosophical, or even atheistic.

Because persecution is so often the world’s response to God’s truth, the Lord assures us that, just as He was persecuted, so will we be (John 15:20). Therefore His command for us to pray for our persecutors is a command that every faithful believer may in some way have opportunity to obey. It is not reserved for believers who happen to live in pagan or atheistic lands where Christianity is forbidden or severely restricted.

Jesus taught that every disciple who makes his faith known is going to pay some price for it, and that we are to pray for those who exact that price from us. Spurgeon said, “Prayer is the forerunner of mercy,” and that is perhaps the reason why Jesus mentions prayer here. Loving enemies is not natural to men and is sometimes difficult even for those who belong to God and have His love within them. The best way to have the right attitude, the agapē love attitude, toward those who persecute us is to bring them before the Lord in prayer. We may sense their wickedness, their unfairness, their ungodliness, and their hatred for us, and in light of those things we could not possibly love them for what they are. We must love them because of who they are—sinners fallen from the image of God and in need of God’s forgiveness and grace, just as we were sinners in need of His forgiveness and grace before He saved us. We are to pray for them that they will, as we have done, seek His forgiveness and grace.

Our persecutors may not always be unbelievers. Christians can cause other Christians great trouble, and the first step toward healing those broken relationships is also prayer. Whoever persecutes us, in whatever way and in whatever degree, should be on our prayer list. Talking to God about others can begin to knit the petitioner’s heart with the heart of God.

Chrysostom said that prayer is the very highest summit of self-control and that we have most brought our lives into conformity to God’s standards when we can pray for our persecutors. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor who suffered and eventually was killed in Nazi Germany, wrote of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:44, “This is the supreme demand. Through the medium of prayer we go to our enemy, stand by his side, and plead for him to God” (The Cost of Discipleship, trans. R. H. Fuller [2d rev. ed.; New York: Macmillan, 1960], p. 166).

manifest your sonship

in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (5:45)

To love our enemies and to pray for our persecutors shows that we are sons of [our] Father who is in heaven. The aorist tense of genēsthe (may be) indicates a once and for all established fact. God Himself is love, and the greatest evidence of our divine sonship through Jesus Christ is our love. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16). In fact, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (v. 20).

Loving as God loves does not make us sons of the Father, but gives evidence that we already are His children. When a life reflects God’s nature it proves that life now possesses His nature by the new birth.

One of the commonest and most damaging criticisms of Christianity is the charge that Christians do not live up to their faith. Even though the world has a limited and often distorted idea of what the gospel is, they know enough about the teachings of Christ and the life of Christ to realize that most people who go by His name do not do all that He commanded and do not live as He lived.

But even a person who has never heard of Christ or the teachings of the New Testament would suspect there is divine power behind a life that loves and cares even to the point of loving enemies—simply because such a life is so utterly uncharacteristic of human nature. A life of self-giving love gives evidence of sonship of the Father who is in heaven. That phrase emphasizes the heavenly realm in which the Lord dwells, the realm that is the source of this kind of love.

Those who are God’s children should show impartial love and care similar to what God shows. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Those blessings are given without respect to merit or deserving. If they were, no one would receive them. In what theologians traditionally have called common grace, God is indiscriminate in His benevolence. His divine love and providence in some forms benefit everyone, even those who rebel against Him or deny His existence.

An old rabbinic saying tells of the drowning of the Egyptians in the Red Sea. As the story goes, when the Egyptians were destroyed the angels began to rejoice; but God lifted up His hand and said, “The work of My hands are sunk in the sea and you would sing?” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, 2 vols. [rev. ed.; Philadelphia: Westminster, 1975], 1:176).

“The eyes of all look to Thee, and Thou dost give them their food in due time,” the psalmist testifies. “Thou dost open Thy hand, and dost satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Ps. 145:15–16). There is no good thing—physical, intellectual, emotional, moral, spiritual, or of any other sort—that anyone possesses or experiences that does not come from the hand of God. If God does that for everyone, His children should reflect that same generosity.[1]


Matt. 5:44

From the man who cuts you off in traffic to the former friend who has offended you, you often get hurt by the thoughtless or deliberate actions of others. How do you typically react?

Jesus tells us that our behavior must radically differ from that of the world: “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44).

So what should you do when someone offends you? Follow a few basic steps to help move you toward a Christ-centered response.

  1. Forgive the offender.

Hurt, when not addressed properly, turns into bitterness and an unforgiving spirit. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, you have the spiritual resources to truly forgive others (Matt. 18:21–35; Eph. 4:32). When you release someone from the debt he or she owes you, you are free to see that person as Christ does—and anger and bitterness no longer have the power to rule your decisions.

  1. Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.

Practice the skill of listening, and try to imagine the perspective of the offender. What might have motivated his actions? What is going on in her life? Many times, a person who hurts you is also a victim of hurt. Understanding the offender’s private pains could be a key step toward reconciliation or preventing further conflicts.

  1. Speak with noncombative yet truthful words.

Speaking truth in love does not mean that your words will lack a sharp point; sometimes truth can feel very unsettling. The individual who has wounded you may need to grapple with some tough issues.

Only the Lord can work with a person’s heart, but He asks you to continue to extend patience and love. And who knows? Maybe someday your “worst enemy” could become your best friend in Christ. Whatever the result, you can be sure of God’s blessing as you seek His way of dealing with those who hurt you.

See the Life Principles Index for further study:

24. To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.

28. No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith.[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 343–349). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Mt 5:44). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

October 19, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

“When People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” —Samuel Adams (1775)


REUTERS

President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

A federal judge in Minnesota sentenced former FBI agent Terry Albury to 48 months in prison on Thursday for leaking classified information to a journalist, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Thousands of voters in Tennessee were at risk of being blocked from casting regular ballots when early voting opened this week, as officials struggled to process a surge of new registrations ahead of Nov. 6 elections to determine control of the U.S. Congress.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that it would ask the United Nations refugee agency for help coordinating with Central American governments related to people seeking refugee status at Mexico’s southern border.

Hundreds of residents in the Crimean port city of Kerch commemorated on Friday the victims of a college mass shooting in which an armed teenager killed 20 people, mostly his fellow pupils, and injured dozens more.

Pope Francis will seriously consider the possibility of an unprecedented visit to North Korea but some conditions will have to be met, a senior Vatican official said.

The leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France will hold a summit on the Syrian conflict in Istanbul next week, officials said on Friday, a month after Ankara and Moscow brokered a deal to create a demilitarized zone in the northwest Idlib region.

Disputes over U.S. tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signaling an escalation in global trade tensions.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign legislation on Friday raising the maximum penalty for fraternity hazing to a felony, carrying up to seven years in prison.

The U.S. Mega Millions lottery reached nearly $1 billion on Friday, the day of the drawing of what is now the second-largest lottery in U.S. history.

U.S. home sales fell in September by the most in over two years as the housing market continued to struggle despite strength across the broader economy.

AP Top Stories

As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them – a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of thousands of legal freight, vehicle and pedestrian crossings each day.

Only 2 of 25 U.S. burger chains were issued “A” ratings for serving beef that has not been raised with antibiotics. Both Shake Shack and BurgerFi strictly serve antibiotic-free beef to customers. A report explained that the use of antibiotics in food products has been linked to consumers developing antibiotic resistance which could then lead to potential death from infections.

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to shut the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming without evidence that several Central American countries are allowing “many criminals” to head to the U.S.

Republicans could make another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act if they retain control of Congress next year, the Senate’s GOP leader said on Wednesday.

General Abdul Raziq once boasted he had survived “countless” Taliban attempts to kill him. On Thursday the Afghan militant group finally succeeded when an assassin disguised as a governor’s bodyguard shot him dead. The controversial Kandahar police chief, described by Human Rights Watch last year as the southern province’s “torturer in chief”, had risen through the ranks to become one of the most powerful security heads in Afghanistan.

The Mega Millions and Powerball are now at more than $1.3 billion combined.

Taiwan said Friday it would continue to push for a papal visit to the island after the Vatican turned down its most recent invitation.

Two Catholic bishops from China who for the first time were allowed by the Beijing government to attend a Vatican meeting have invited Pope Francis to visit their country

Security guards aboard a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship repelled an attack by pirates in a gun battle off Somalia’s coast this week, the European naval force in the region said on Friday. It was only the second reported attempt by Somali pirates to seize a commercial ship this year, after a resurgence of attacks in 2017 following years of relative calm brought about by regular patrols of the European Union Naval Force

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Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approach from Guatemala.

Thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in a village in Burkina Faso. It is part of a project aimed at wiping out the malaria-carrying insects. It will be the first time genetically engineered mosquitoes have been released in any African country.

The Netherlands has issued its first gender-neutral passport. About 4% of the Dutch public identifies as neither male nor female. Despite the ruling, it remains a matter for courts to decide if an individual should receive an X designation for gender. Several countries already offer a gender-neutral option in passport applications. They are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan.

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Self-proclaimed “witches” are promoting through Facebook a “public hex” on newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh this Saturday.

China is teaching machines to “think” through artificial intelligence, which is expected to result in huge advances in military operations and capabilities.


News – 10/19/2018

Russia’s Vladimir Putin says ISIS has seized 700 hostages in Syria

Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Mr Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals, adding that ISIS was expanding its control in territory on the left bank of the River Euphrates controlled by US and US-backed forces. “They have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met, they will execute 10 people every day. The day before yesterday, they executed 10 people,” Mr Putin told the Valdai discussion forum in Sochi.

US To Impose Further Sanctions On Iran, Aim To Oust It From Syria

Short of a full-blown military plan, the strategy would stress political and diplomatic efforts to oust Iran out of Syria by weakening it economically. It would pause reconstruction assistance from areas where Iranian and Russian forces are present, three people familiar with the plan told the media outlet. An example of such an area is Aleppo, a rebel stronghold until the Syrian regime won it back in 2016. Additionally, the United States would impose sanctions on Russian and Iranian firms working on reconstruction in Syria.

Security Cabinet Green Lights IDF Stepping Up Reprisal Attacks for Gaza Terrorism

Housing Minister Yoav Galant warned that the rules of engagement with Hamas and Gazan terrorism are about to change. The former head of IDF Southern Command, who sits on the Security Cabinet, told Channel Two that although he could not speak about “the content of the cabinet discussions… I can say one thing very explicitly – the rules of the game are about to change. “We will no longer accept the arson terror and the border terror,” he warned. According to various reports, the Security Cabinet instructed the IDF to gradually implement a zero tolerance policy, beginning with Friday’s expected weekly mass demonstration on the border.

Report: Russia transferred highly-advanced S-300 system to Syria

According to the report, in addition to the “classic” S-300 anti-aircraft systems transferred to Syria, Russia has also moved three S-300PM-2 systems into the country. These systems, the report said, differ from the classic model in that they possess more advanced radars and target identification abilities, as well as a mobile command center. The systems can also reportedly intercept the most advanced fighter jets and medium-range ballistic missiles of up to 155 miles, and are capable of defeating electronic warfare systems.

ICE’s most wanted fugitive captured in Louisiana

A Mexican national and convicted child sex offender was arrested Wednesday morning at his Louisiana home by a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a Department of Justice press release said. Jose Melchor Martinez, 48, was arrested in his Church Point home by an Enforcement and Removal Operations team, which is a component of ICE. He is one of ICE’s most wanted fugitives, according to the release.

Witches Sell Out Event to Publicly Curse Brett Kavanaugh

Justice Brett Kavanaugh officially joined the Supreme Court this week amid high political tensions. A throng of real-life witches are fighting back by hosting a spell-casting ritual against Kavanaugh in New York. The event is set for Oct. 20 in Brooklyn, New York—and it’s already sold out.

Defense Intel Chief Worried About Chinese ‘Integration of Human and Machines’

The U.S. military’s top intelligence officer is increasingly worried about China’s research into “human performance enhancement,” including efforts to merge human and machine intelligence. It’s a “key area” of disruptive technology that will affect national security, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, told an audience at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference this week.

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

Friday’s anticipated Gaza violence to test fragile calm

Israel ramped up its forces along the Gaza border on Friday in advance of what it feared would be renewed violent riots and the launching of incendiary devices by Palestinians near the southern security fence. On Friday morning Israel’s police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld tweeted a photo of an officer diffusing a Palestinian launched incendiary device with the following text.

China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of Reuters analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling economy in recent months.

Migrant caravan: Mexico sends police to southern border

Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approaches from Guatemala. The move came after President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to completely close the US-Mexico border over the issue. He also said aid could be cut to countries allowing the caravan to pass.

Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked

The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday… The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.

South African city set to seize land in national ‘test case’

As South Africa’s passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing. Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in “informal settlements” and a shortage of land to build homes.

Russians ‘will go to heaven’ in event of nuclear war: Putin

Russians will “go to heaven” as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. “We have no concept of a preemptive strike,” Putin told a forum of international experts in the southern city of Sochi in response to a question from the audience.

Egyptian mediators step up truce efforts with Israel, Hamas

A team of Egyptian mediators on Thursday shuttled between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers in a stepped-up effort to forge a cease-fire between the two enemies. The series of meetings came a day after Gaza terrorists fired a rocket that struck a home in Be’er Sheva, triggering a series of Israeli airstrikes. It was the heaviest day of fighting in several months.

College Offers Credit Course on ‘Queering’ the Bible
A college course that plans to teach students how the Bible can be interpreted through “queer theory” will be offered at Pomona College in the 2019 spring semester.

Marijuana legalization: Canadians line up for hours to buy cannabis

EXCITED customers have lined up for hours in order to be the first to legally buy cannabis after Canada made the historic decision to decriminalize recreational marijuana use.

‘Typhus zone’: Rats and trash infest Los Angeles’ skid row, fueling disease

Wholesale fish distributors, produce warehouses and homeless encampments line Ceres Avenue downtown, creating perfect conditions for rats.

Proof Of George Soros Nazi Past Finally Comes To Light With Discovery Of Forgotten Interview
George Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “The Best Year of his Life.” 70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year, yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.

Soros: Trump Will “Disappear” In 2020, Or Even Sooner
Billionaire investor and political activist George Soros comments on the Trump administration in a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. Soros declared the Trump phenomenon will “disappear” in 2020, calling his presidency a “danger to the world.”

Group That Helped Women Abroad Have Illegal Abortions Now Sending Abortion Pills To US

A women’s group that has helped women end their pregnancies abroad by sending them abortion pills in the mail launched a new project to send pills to the U.S., according to a Thursday report.

Putin says IS executing hostages taken from Syria refugee camp
Islamic State fighters in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Russia Liquidates Almost All Of its US Debt, Starts Buying Gold
Russia has continued to get rid of US Treasury bonds as the country’s share in American debt is arriving close to zero.

As Honduran Caravan Reaches The Border, Trump Threatens To Send In The Military

President Donald Trump has threatened to send the military to the United States’ southern border with Mexico to stop a caravan of illegal immigrants coming from Honduras. As of now, the migrant caravan has grown in size to over 4,000 people.

Honduras’s paid caravan ‘refugees’ exposed as frauds by Venezuela’s real refugees

To hear the left and its complicit press tell it, the great 4,000-strong caravan of Hondurans snaking through Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the U.S. to claim asylum, are just desperate refugees, traveling in a group to ensure their safety. That was how the New York Times wrote it up.

In blow to Palestinians, US places Jerusalem consulate under embassy

Pompeo insists move doesn’t signal a change in administration’s position on city’s status; Ramallah accuses White House of adopting ‘Israeli narrative’

Salmonella Outbreak: Drug-Resistant Outbreak Reported In 29 States

A drug-resistant salmonella outbreak has been reported in 29 states.  The outbreak is related to raw chicken products according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an investigation is underway.

Trump Cuts ‘144-Year-Old’ Shipping Treaty With China As Trade War EscalatesAs President Donald Trump’s trade war with China escalates, The New York Times reports he now intends to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty which has allowed the country to send ultra cheap packages.

Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation

Newly launched 20-person team lends a human eye to company’s artificial-intelligence effort to detect attempts to illegitimately influence elections around the world

Their Population Control Agenda Is Working – The Birth Rate In the United States Has Fallen To Another All-Time Record Low

The elite have worked very hard to slow down birth rates all over the world, and their efforts appear to be working.

Pope Francis Denounces Morally ‘Rigid’ Christians

..In his homily at morning Mass at his Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Tuesday, the pope compared modern Christians hung up on doctrine, morals, or the liturgy with the “hypocritical” Pharisees and doctors of the law of Jesus’ time People followed Jesus because he was “attractive, touched hearts, made himself loved,” Francis said, unlike the Pharisees who scrutinized everything “under a magnifying glass.”


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Who Goes To Heaven And Who Goes To Hell?

More Fake News About the Rapture, the Antichrist, and the End Times

You’re Made out of a Lot of Water so You Know Water Demons Exist: LeClaire’s Odd Correlations

“Together 2018” – “A New Jesus Movement” for a Mystical All-Inclusive “Christianity”

Pat Robertson on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”

Obama Admin Took Teen Girls Out of State for Secret Abortions Without Their Parents Knowing

LifeSiteNews Blocked From Twitter


Headlines – 10/19/2018

Greenblatt: Trump Mideast peace plan ‘path to change’ for Gaza

White House denies Israeli TV report that Trump had sent WJC President to convince Abbas to resume peace talks

UN peace envoy warns Gaza is ‘imploding’

Israel, Gaza brace for Friday protests as region lurches between war and calm

Ministers rail at IDF chief for failure to stem Gaza violence

‘Game change’ coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says

Israel Sets New Red Lines Over Gaza as Hamas Warns of ‘Immediate and Decisive Response’

Cabinet instructs army to ramp up Gaza response if violence continues

Israel to allow soldiers to shoot Gazans at greater distance from border

Hamas-led committee to Palestinians: Don’t approach security fence

Hamas pledges probe of Gaza rocket fire, while threatening Israel

Terror leader tells Gazans to keep border protests nonviolent after flareup

Gaza protests to test Egypt cease-fire negotiation efforts

Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza border, Egypt intervenes

Egyptian officials resume truce talks in Gaza

Fatah leaders meet with Egyptian delegation in Ramallah

Israeli UN Ambassador: Palestinian Authority Leader Abbas Has ‘Done Nothing but Inspire Rampant Culture of Hate’

Ben Gurion Airport changes landing routes due to possible escalation in South

In blow to Palestinians, US places Jerusalem consulate under embassy

US offers reward for jihadist who urged attacks over Jerusalem embassy move

Indonesia warns it will ‘adjust’ policies if Australia moves Israel embassy

PA arrests Palestinian-American for property sale to Jews

‘Anti-racism’ rally in Berlin calls for destruction of Israel

Tens of thousands of documents reveal Argentina helped Nazi war criminals

One year after IS ‘defeat,’ Syria’s Raqqa still lives in fear

Putin says ISIS seized 700 hostages in Syria, executing some

Russia and Turkey give more time for Idlib deal in Syria – UN

Turkey, Russia, Germany, France to discuss Syria in Istanbul on October 27: Erdogan spokesman

Russia’s Putin to discuss Syrian refugees at summit in Istanbul

UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law

Report: Russia sends Syria improved S-300 to counter Israeli strikes

Putin: Russia ‘ahead of competition’ with latest weapons

Russians ‘will go to heaven’ in event of nuclear war: Putin

Putin Hails Sunset of U.S. Global Domination Due To Mounting ‘Mistakes’

Putin says it’s not up to Russia to persuade Iran to pull out of Syria

Putin: Iran pullout contingent on Syria security

Haley rips into Iran’s ‘crony terrorism,’ use of child soldiers in fiery return to Security Council

German banks report sharp fall in Iran exports amid new US sanctions

France says planned EU mechanism to enable Iran trade may have wider use

Yemen’s Vice President: Iran sponsors terrorism project in region

Putin: We won’t spoil relations with Saudi Arabia unless we have hard facts

Turkish FM says Turkey did not give ‘any kind of audio tape’ to anyone

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police ‘search forest’

Khashoggi’s alleged fiancee and ties to radical ‘charity’ linked to ISIS, Qaeda

Saudi who arrived in Turkey day of Khashoggi disappearance dies in ‘traffic accident’

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi prince under pressure to blame general for presumed death

UK and US pull out of Saudi event over alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Trump says it appears Khashoggi is dead and consequences could be ‘severe’

Pompeo stresses long-term strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia

Jared Kushner And Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Reportedly Talk On WhatsApp

CNN Contributor: Kushner an ‘Embarrassment’ and Unqualified to Deal With the Saudis

Biden knocks Trump for ‘coddling’ Saudi leaders after Khashoggi’s disappearance

Colbert Mocks Trump’s Evangelical Fans By Giving The Ten Commandments An Update Over Saudi Arms Deal

Commentary: Trump is crude on Saudi Arabia, but he’s simply continuing US policy

Germany Approves Half a Billion Euros Worth of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Wall St. slides as Saudi Arabia, Italy add to economic concerns

Taliban claims attack on Afghan-US security meet killing police chief

Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

Donald Trump Says He’s Too ‘Busy’ to Visit U.S. Troops Overseas but Has Played Golf Almost 70 Times

Ukraine and Russia step up a confrontation, and the US is not a bystander

New photos show Russia’s building up its military on NATO’s doorstep, but the alliance says it won’t be intimidated

China may ‘ease up’ on sanctions against North Korea as the trade war drags on

China’s Problems Keep Piling Up With Trump, Economy, and Markets

Uighur Americans Speak Against China’s Internment Camps. Their Relatives Disappear

Donald Trump threatens to close Mexico border over migrant caravan

Trump threatens to call US military to close southern border as 4,000-strong migrant caravan pushes north

Mexico asks U.N. for help with migrant caravan

Rosie O’Donnell on Trump sending military to border: I want to send them to the White House

Nancy Pelosi: If there is collateral damage to folks “who do not share our view, well so be it.”

Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked

EU’s Barnier says Brexit deal 90% done, but Ireland issue could derail it

Hungary bans homeless people from living in public spaces, in law described as ‘cruel’ by the U.N.

X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 400 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

China Plans to Launch an ‘Artificial Moon’ to Light Up the Night Skies

$3 billion already spent to end longest blackout in US history. Could renewable energy help Puerto Rico?

15 passengers injured after Miami flight to Argentina experiences severe turbulence

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kupang, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Cervantes, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tacna, Peru

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Amsterdam Island, France

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft

After historic Texas flooding, officials will likely open more floodgates on Central Texas dam

Confused by typhoons, Japan’s cherry blossoms are blooming in autumn

Red tide is spreading in Florida. Hurricane Michael didn’t stop it.

U.S. blocks pork from Poland over African swine fever

Mad Cow disease confirmed on Scottish farm

Michigan woman claims pharmacist denied her medication for miscarriage because of his religious beliefs

65-Year-Old Pro-Life Protester Punched in Face While Praying at Planned Parenthood Clinic

Christian Filmmakers Fight Back Against Minnesota Law Requiring Them to Work Same-Sex Weddings

Gay rabbi in training sues Jerusalem pizzeria for not serving him

Feds Launch Sex Abuse Probe Of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic Church

Biohackers Are Implanting Everything From Magnets to Sex Toys

Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there’s a robot for that


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 19, 2018

October 18, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — My Irish-American blood recoils whenever I hear the word “Fredericksburg.” So many young Irishmen were sent to a needless early death because of the slaughter that occurred in that Virginia city 53 miles south of Washington, D. C., during the American Civil War in December 1862…. (more)

October 17, 2018
TIMOTHY P. CARNEY — I began attending mass regularly in late 2000 at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill. The pastor was Fr. Paul Lavin. I didn’t know at the time, but in the prior decade, a man had accused Fr. Lavin of molesting him as a boy. A couple of years later, after I had moved to the other side of the Hill and mostly went to another parish, Fr. Lavin was suspended after a second accusation of sexual abuse came out…. (more)


October 17, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will try again to repeal Obamacare if they have the votes to do so after the November midterm elections. “If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it,” he told Reuters on Wednesday. “But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks… We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”… (more)

October 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new critic of her widely-panned DNA test: an actual descendant of Pocahontas. Debbie White Dove Porreco appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss findings that the Massachusetts lawmaker may have between 0.09 percent to 1.5 percent American Indian ancestry. The study, which counted Mexican, Colombian, and Peruvian DNA in Ms. Warren’s favor, prompted Ms. Porreco to demand an apology…. (more)

October 17, 2018
BEN SHAPIRO — Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run:… (more)


October 17, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Two Republican candidates for state office in Minnesota have been physically assaulted in recent days, leading prominent Republican lawmakers to caution their Democratic colleagues against employing inflammatory rhetoric…. (more)

October 17, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. has requested audio and video recordings that reportedly show the horrific death of Saudi Arabian Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul…. (more)

October 17, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the opposition research firm that compiled a salacious anti-Trump dossier, on Tuesday invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before a House committee investigating the Justice Department’s actions during the 2016 presidential election…. (more)

October 17, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A federal judge said he was “shocked” to find out that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills had been granted immunity from the Justice Department during the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s server…. (more)

October 17, 2018
CNBC — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations…. (more)

October 17, 2018
NEWSMAX — Once considered a posting for politicians trying to revive their fading careers, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations job has become a high-profile springboard to even greater political heights. “She’s made it a very glamorous position,” President Trump said of outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, “a more important position.”… (more)

October 16, 2018
Call comes after Trump threatens to stop U.S. aid
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Honduran government called on 2,000 immigrants Tuesday to give up their trek north and return home, just hours after President Trump threatened to withhold $65 million in U.S. money if the country’s leaders don’t find a way to head off the caravan. Honduras’s foreign ministry, in a statement reported by local news, said the caravan was being politically manipulated in order to make the country look bad, just days after leaders were in Washington promising better cooperation with the Trump administration…. (more)


October 16, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the Senate’s leading Republicans joined the mockery of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Indian ancestry with one of the oldest techniques Tuesday – – oneupmanship. Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said in an interview that he might be more of an Indian than the Massachusetts Democrat widely dubbed “Pocahantas” and “Fauxcahontas” by President Trump and other Republicans. And he said he’ll prove it…. (more)


October 16, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — President Trump continued to mock Senator Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry Tuesday, citing the Cherokee Nation’s rejection of the Massachusetts lawmaker’s use of a DNA test to substantiate her Native American heritage…. (more)

October 16, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Roseanne Barr’s eponymous character did die of an opioid overdose. The Tuesday night premiere of the rebooted “Roseanne” spin-off “The Conners” proved actress and comedian Roseanne Barr’s claims last month about how she would be killed off on the show…. (more)


October 16, 2018
ALAN KEYES — This morning, the title of Erik Rush’s column for this week captured my attention: “Leftists No Longer Merit Constitutional Protections.” I found myself at once agreeing and disagreeing with its implications. Truth to tell, this dialectical quandary is often my state of mind, which is why I have to spend so much time thinking things through. Let me explain…. (more)

October 15, 2018
BRYAN FISCHER — Above is a screen shot of the Focal Point Facebook page shortly after I posted the daily prayer that I provide for our Facebook followers. You will notice, immediately below the posted prayer, in boldface letters, “Web Site Blocked.” The website in question, as you can see right above the “The Web Site Blocked” message, is “pray.afa.net” That is the link to AFA’s prayer website, which features a Scripture passage for each day and a fresh prayer formed by using the words of the passage for the day…. (more)

October 15, 2018
Came in No. 12 overall, was No. 8 in per screen averages for new films
WORLDNETDAILY — On Friday, just as the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” was set to open, Facebook was busy trying to limit its publicity. And talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh was recommending people see it because “the story itself is heart-stopping enough.”… (more)

October 15, 2018
Part of purge of 800 conservative pages just before midterm vote
WORLDNETDAILY — Could it be it’s not the Russians tampering with U.S. elections, but Facebook and Google? Maybe the whole Russian thing is just a façade – – a cover for a political coup by the two monoliths of social media and search? Those are the questions being asked around the nation today as Facebook may have reached a bridge too far in what many in independent media circles assert is blacklisting, censorship and the creation of enemies’ lists…. (more)


October 15, 2018
NEWSMAX — Israel’s prime minister says he favors appointing an envoy to the Christian world, a sign of Israel’s efforts to foster close ties with its Christian allies. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Sunday at a meeting in Jerusalem of visiting journalists from Christian media, where he was warmly received by reporters. He welcomed the idea suggested by one journalist to appoint such an emissary as “a great idea.”… (more)

October 15, 2018
THE DAILY BEAST — In November 1996, President Clinton visited Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. Protests raged in the streets, with American flags being burned, so local police closed down many roads, allowing the Secret Service to chart a specific route for the president’s motorcade. As the president and members of his cabinet traveled from their hotel to the first venue of the day, “There was intelligence that came in, and we at the last minute decided to change the motorcade route,” a former Secret Service agent recalls. “It was determined that al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden had placed a bomb along the route in anticipation of the motorcade coming that way.”… (more)

October 15, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — When I was a Los Angeles Times news editor many years ago in Orange County, California, I suggested to my liberal boss that we should have at least one conservative columnist. She looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. The Times’ Orange County edition’s editorial pages stayed 200-proof liberal…. (more)

October 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Well, that didn’t go according to plan. After making a big show of taking a DNA test to determine her ancestry, it turns out that Elizabeth Warren has negligible Native American roots. Not only is the Massachusetts Democrat white, she’s really, really white, possessing less Native American blood than the average European-American…. (more)


October 15, 2018
YOUTUBE — ‘Lord Of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson has seen footage of a mine explosion that his own grandfather was only a hundred yards away from on the Western Front at the time. He spoke about his new film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ with our reporter Lisa Hartle…. (more)

October 14, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — When they go low” . . . that’s where they are sure to find Eric Holder. Sometimes, the former attorney general is excusing hard-Left, unrepentant, anti-American FALN separatists by helping a Democratic president spring them from imprisonment for their terrorist crimes. Sometimes, he is helping a Democratic president commute the sentences of hard-Left terrorists whose only regret was their failure to shoot it out against police who interrupted another bombing spree in their war against the United States…. (more)

 

Matt Chandler’s Vice Interview — Christian Research Network

The most recent edition of The State of Theology survey from Ligonier shows that the majority of evangelicals believe Jesus is the first being created by God (more than 80%), that even the smallest sins don’t make a person worthy of hell (about 70%), and that God accepts the worship of all religions (more than 50%). So according to the results of this survey, most American evangelicals believe heresy. And Chandler thinks the problem with evangelicals leaving the church is we don’t address enough culturally relevant topics?* 

(Gabriel Hughes – Junction City)  I originally wrote this piece on September 12 but never published it. The discussion has resurfaced, and I’ve decided to share. I’ll explain more at the very end.

On Sunday, September 9, Vice News (think Dateline for millennials on HBO) interviewed Matt Chandler about the changes that are happening in evangelicalism. Nothing of the interview was informative to me, mostly because the intended audience was unchurched millennials. I already know what’s going on in the church. They don’t.

Another reason this interview wasn’t very informative was because Chandler’s answers did more to muddy the waters than offer clarity. I’ve listened to the guy for over ten years, though increasingly less often. His preaching and his views have taken a turn into progressive territory. If you’ve been with him for a while, and you’re reading the same directions he is (I’m referring to the Bible), you’re going, “Um, where are you headed, Matt?”

The following is the interview between Chandler and Vice’s Gianna Toboni. (By the way, “vice” means “immoral or wicked behavior,” a curious title for a liberal news outlet.) The transcript is provided word-for-word in bold. My responses are in regular type.

Gianna Toboni: Evangelical America is changing quickly. At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical denomination in the country reported that it had lost more than 200,000 members in one year alone. But a new class of evangelical leaders are pushing through these challenges. We spoke to Matt Chandler, who is considered a rising star among young pastors, about how evangelicalism is changing in today’s political environment.

So there’s our lede. Evangelicalism in America is experiencing rapid change, mostly in terms of people leaving evangelical churches. To try and solve this problem, evangelicals are turning to new leaders who look, talk, and present themselves differently than those often termed the “old guard.” Matt Chandler is considered one of the faces of the new class. What does Chandler think about how politics are affecting evangelicalism? Note that this will mostly be about how politics are affecting evangelicalism, not how evangelicalism is affecting politics.

Toboni (to Chandler): Can we agree that President Trump isn’t of the utmost moral character? Chandler: Absolutely. Like are people arguing other than that? Toboni: So this is what I want to ask you– To me, evangelicals prioritize morality, being Christlike, and yet they played a huge part in getting him elected. How did that happen? What do they like about him? Chandler: I think people are frightened. I think they’re frightened at the speed at which things are changing culturally. And so I think they began to grasp for something that might help.

That’s a safe opinion, but I don’t think most people voted for Donald Trump because they’re afraid. I think people are more like Donald Trump than we want to admit.

It’s true that many voted for Trump because there was no other winnable option. Hillary Clinton would have been worse. Anything but Hillary. So they voted Trump. But the majority of Donald Trump’s supporters were not concerned citizens who simply didn’t want Hillary. The majority of his voters really, really like Donald Trump. He was always the front-runner in a crowded GOP pool full of a lot of options. I think Toboni is more aware of that than Chandler was in this interview.

I said in September of 2015, over a year before Trump was elected, that I believed Trump was going to be our next president. The reason why I thought so was because he talked like most evangelicals that I encounter: he always goes to church on Easter and Christmas, always on a major occasion, he drinks his juice and eats his little cracker, he tries to be a good person, and the Bible is his favorite book. Meanwhile, he’s incredibly self-centered, loves a good conspiracy theory, has a perverted mind, and can’t control his mouth. This is like many Americans, even in red states. View article →

Research:

Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

What is the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? 

via Matt Chandler’s Vice Interview — Christian Research Network

70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously? (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

What if only 3% of Americans took seriously the comprehensive life- and culture-defining reality of the Gospel-fueled Great Commission?

What if a mere 3% of Americans were consecrated by the grace of God to the propagation of His Kingdom through loving obedience to His crystal clear command to take every thought captive and make obedient disciples  of  all  nations (including – and starting with – our own)? (See: Matthew 28:18-20)

What would our law, politics, economics, art, and culture begin to look like then?

Put another way: What if just 3% of those living in “the Christian nation” of America were actually Christians?

We know now firsthand what a dedicated 3% of actual believers can do to a culture.

Isn’t the power of 3% amazing?

Isn’t the faith in action of 3% awe-inspiring?

Isn’t the amount and depth of profound change made possible by a believing 3% incredible?

Yes, yes, and yes.

3% can do otherwise unimaginable, unbelievable things through the persistent application of their faith in the real world.  (Continue reading)

I have nothing to add to Buss’s stinging rebuke, except that reading his piece made the hair on my arms stand up.  So – I’ll conclude with the wise words of The Cripplegate blogger, Mike Riccardi, as he passes on what the Church’s mission should be — with no hint that he has a fear of man:

That means that our mission, my fellow followers of Jesus, is not to retreat from this depraved culture, but to go into this depraved culture and herald the message of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To tell a world drunk on its own arrogance that God is God, and they are not. That He makes authoritative declarations and pronouncements and judgments, and they do not. It is to tell this lost world that their sovereign Creator has made a declaration, and it is this: that all people everywhere must repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. And that on that day, at the name of His Son, the Lord of all the earth, Jesus Christ, every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ—not themselves—is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Source)

Recommended Resources:

Homosexual Agenda

What is the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments

1 John 3:4-10

Copyright by Marsha West, 2015.

via 70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously? (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

Elitist Left Won’t Be Satisfied Until Trump Is Out of the Oval Office

Conservative media are having a field day reporting on the daily, targeted, and very public confrontations perpetrated by the progressive Left. Seems a right-winger can’t buy a hamburger and soda these days without some angst-ridden protester wrecking the occasion.

Things have gotten so out of hand that none other than New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is now calling for some restraint — recognition that social bullying may not be the correct foundation for a Democratic comeback in three weeks. Alas, de Blasio’s call for a modicum of civility is far more the exception than the rule these days.

Of course, such protests began the very moment Donald Trump was declared president-elect. Progressives immediately took to the streets in order to register their disgust at losing a third Obama term, let alone the chance to elect our first female president.

Underlying it all was profound resentment at what flyover America had dared pull off, a result of “misinformation” possessed by “low information voters” (translation: stupid), according to left-wing pundits and politicians.

“The contrast is clear. When the Right loses, we tend to cry in our beer, retreat to our conservative think tanks — watch more Fox News — and get to work on winning the next election.

The central villain was (is) Trump. And why not? The political novice encompasses all that progressives truly resent: He is a wealthy businessman hellbent on rebooting the military, protecting the border, cutting taxes and regulation. And he is decidedly anti-PC to boot.

Worse, this president would refocus his office on American interests.  Maintaining high poll numbers in other countries was never going to be part of Trump’s DNA.

So a domestic opposition quickly morphed into a resistance: a radically different movement intent on immediate reflexive, utter and complete opposition to everything proffered by the new Republican administration. It is this widely held attitude that should concern all who worry about our deepening cultural divide.

A few reminders:

We have seen this movie before. The modern Left acts out whenever threatened — whenever their access to governmental power is at risk.  Think Bush/Gore, Bork/Thomas, and any number of “Million Man/Woman” marches on behalf of progressive causes.

I would add the now largely forgotten but instructive progressive takeover of Minnesota Democrat Sen. Paul Wellstone’s wake — the one wherein Republicans were called out and demonized during a memorial service.  The emotional opposition to Judge Kavanaugh applies here, too, because a long-term originalist Supreme Court majority is simply too much for progressives to countenance.

Compare my eight-year despair over the Obama presidency wherein I (and many millions of other Americans) would mutter to like-minded deplorables about the latest progressive assault on our values — but never once thought to riot, knit funny hats, or shout down a leftist speaker at a college campus.

Related: Here Are 12 of the Left’s Worst Recent Attacks on Conservatives

The contrast is clear.  When the Right loses, we tend to cry in our beer, retreat to our conservative think tanks — watch more Fox News — and get to work on winning the next election.

The new Left looks to act out — now mulling nullification (recall December 2016 and more recent collateral attacks on the Electoral College) and even more recent calls for “court packing” in their never-ending attempt to retain power.

The other half of the equation is more dangerous because it concerns a virulent dogmatism more than legitimate disagreement over issues. It’s called “elitism,” a sense of intellectual superiority that compels wholesale rejection of opposing viewpoints.

Webster defines ‘elitism’ as leadership or rule by an elite; the selectivity of the elite especially; SNOBBERY elitism in choosing new members; consciousness of being or belonging to an elite.

In the real world, we know it when we see it. Flyover America saw it front and center in President Barack Obama’s infamous (intended to be off-the-record) condemnation of the great unwashed between the coasts:

“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

“Webster defines ‘elitism’ as leadership or rule by an elite; the selectivity of the elite especially; SNOBBERY elitism in choosing new members; consciousness of being or belonging to an elite.”

Here, “professor” Obama covers all of the hot-button issues in one easy indictment:  guns, religion, immigration, trade. Such a concise condemnation was no doubt enthusiastically received in faculty lounges and newspaper editorial boards throughout the land. The deplorables likewise received the message. Their distrust of the Washington elites only grew stronger.

Diagnosis, of course, leads to treatment. In this case, the hoped-for removal of Trump from office. Impeachment? Yep. Invoke the 25th Amendment? Why not! But leave it to our old friend, California Gov. Jerry Brown to capsulize the charge: “Something’s got to happen to this guy.”

The none-too-subtle point is impossible to miss: POTUS needs to go. He challenges our assumptions — he disrupts our values and conventions — he feeds the worst inclinations of those who are too simple minded to understand what is best for them. He gets in our way.

Brown and his progressive sycophants simply know better — just ask ‘em. Elitism, indeed.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich was Maryland’s chief executive from 2003 to 2007. He previously served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. He is the author of “Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming: Obama, Trump and the End of Washington’s Regular Order.”
— Read on www.lifezette.com/2018/10/elitist-left-wont-be-satisfied-until-trump-is-out-of-the-oval-office/

Kamala Harris, Democrats push to repeal and replace Trump tax cuts

The measures are significantly more dramatic than some previous Democratic proposals a reflection of the proximity to the midterm elections and the early interest surrounding the presidential race in 2020.
— Read on www.cnbc.com/2018/10/19/kamala-harris-democrats-push-to-repeal-and-replace-trump-tax-cuts.html

Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation – Tim Challies

As Christians we believe that Satan exists. While he is not equal in authority and power to God, and is a finite created being, he is still very powerful. Join me as I talk about some of the ways Satan tempts us to doubt our salvation.

Transcript

As Christians, we believe there is a devil, we believe that Satan exists. Now, it’s important to know, he’s not the opposite of God, he’s not equal in power or authority to God. Nothing like that. He was created by God. He’s a created, finite, limited being, but he is still very powerful. And he is the great enemy of humanity, especially the great enemy of saved humanity, of Christians. Today I want to talk about some of the ways that Satan tempts Christians to doubt their salvation.

Today I’m talking about how Satan convinces Christians to doubt their salvation, and here’s number one. He causes you to think more about your sin than about your savior. I wonder if you’ve heard that quote from Robert Murray McCheyne, he said, for every one look at yourself, take ten looks at the cross, ten looks at Jesus Christ. Satan wants you to do the exact opposite. Instead of looking to Christ and His great finished work, he wants you to look to yourself and your unfinished sanctification. Instead of looking to the great atoning work of Jesus Christ, he wants you to look and to fixate on your own sin. What does Satan do? He wants you to focus on you, on your sin, rather than on your Savior.

The second way Satan causes you to doubt your salvation is to have you wrongly define salvation. He helps you to define salvation as too broad a term. He wants you to define salvation in such a way that it includes complete assurance of salvation. But the Bible doesn’t say that justification, that salvation includes that full assurance. We can go through periods of doubt, we can go through that kind of temptation, that kind of trial. So Satan wants you to define salvation as including assurance of salvation so that when you lack it, you’ll doubt that you’ve even been saved by Jesus Christ.

The third way that Satan causes you to doubt your salvation is to have you make false conclusions from your circumstances. So you’ve labored over something in prayer, you’ve longed to have something, you’ve claimed promises from scripture, and still, God hasn’t given it to you. What Satan wants you to do in that moment is to say, well if God really loved me I would have this. The fact that I don’t have what I long for, the fact that I don’t have what I’ve prayed for, this is proof that I’m not a Christian because surely if I was saved God would grant me something I long for so much, something that is so good to desire. I don’t have it, therefore, God must not love me, therefore I must not be saved.

The fourth way that Satan causes you to question your salvation is to suggest to you that the evidences of grace in your life are counterfeit rather than genuine. He wants you to look at those things that could be fruit of the Spirit but instead of saying, God has worked that within me, here’s proof that the Spirit is at work within me, he wants you to say, well I’m just naturally gifted that way. That’s just a talent, I’ve always been able to do that. He wants you to see this fruit of the Spirit, this evidence of His grace, and instead of attributing it to the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit, instead, to say, that’s just me, that’s just my own power, that’s just my own strength, that’s just my own ability. He wants you to turn away from what Christ is, and what the Holy Spirit has worked within you. Instead just conclude, no, that’s just me.

The fifth way Satan causes you to question your salvation is to convince you that the kind of battle you are experiencing with sin is a battle only an unbeliever could have. He wants you to believe that this kind of battle, this hard battle, how hard I’m fighting, how little success I’ve seen, he wants you to believe, that is not proof of God working within you to hate sin and to overcome sin. Rather that’s proof that God is not within you at all. Surely, surely not a true believer could battle against sin to this extent, to this degree, this hard. Surely this must mean I’m not saved at all.

The sixth way Satan causes you to question your salvation is to suggest to your soul that the fact you have less joy in Christ right now than you did before proves that you’ve not actually been saved. So what he wants you to do is to think back to one of those good times, back to one of those times when your soul was just overflowing with joy, when you were delighting in the Lord. He wants to fix that in your mind, so you can compare that to today. Or maybe you’re feeling dull, or maybe your heart isn’t stirred in the same way, and maybe joy is hard to come by, and he wants you to look back to that time and conclude, I must not be saved at all. Surely I’m not in Christ, if I’m not experiencing that kind of joy today. He wants you to focus on the past so you can doubt the present.

The seventh way Satan causes you to question your salvation, he wants to work within you, to make you believe that any relapse into sin, even sin you’ve labored so hard to overcome is evidence that you are not a believer. And so you know you’ve been laboring against the sin and you’ve seen some success against that sin. You know Satan has been bringing waves of temptation against you and you have seen success, you have seen that sin put to death, and yet you have a relapse, yet you commit that sin again. Satan wants you to latch onto that relapse, forget all the grace, forget all the success you’ve had. He wants you to latch onto that one relapse as proof you’re not in Christ at all, you do not have the Spirit dwelling within you or surely you would not still succumb to that sin.

And finally, number eight, he convinces you that only an unbeliever could face the kind and the strength of the temptation you’re facing right now. He wants you to believe that the kind of temptation you’re facing is one only an unbeliever could face. Think about this, Satan knows you pretty well. He has been studying you since the moment you were born. He knows how to suite a temptation perfect to you. He knows how to craft a temptation that will perfectly align with your sinful desires and he’ll bring waves of that specific temptation, different from mine, different from anyone else’s, custom crafted to you. He’ll bring wave after wave of that temptation and then use that to try to convince you that only an unbeliever could face that specific temptation. Surely if I was actually in Christ, that temptation would have no hold on me, no power over me. Do you see his genius? Do you see his craft in causing you to doubt your salvation?

I want to read to you from a quote. Everything I’ve said here is drawn from a theologian named Thomas Brooks who’s been so, so important to me. I want to leave you with a quote from him that I hope will be, will be so encouraging to you, so empowering to you. Listen to this. He says, we, who are Christians, we have all things in Christ. Christ is all things to a Christian. If we’re sick, Jesus is a physician. If we thirst, Jesus is a fountain. If our sins trouble us, Jesus is our righteousness. If we stand in need of help, Jesus is mighty to save. If we fear death, Jesus is life. If we’re in darkness, Jesus is light. If we’re weak, Jesus is strength. If we’re in poverty, Jesus is plenty. If we desire heaven, Jesus is the way. The Christian who has Jesus, has all he needs, fully, perfectly and eternally. My friend, if you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are saved, you are secure, because in Christ you have all you need.
— Read on www.challies.com/vlog/eight-ways-satan-tempts-you-to-question-your-salvation/

October 19 Asking in Faith

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting.

James 1:6

A believer should request wisdom in confident trust in God. If you lack wisdom, it’s not God’s fault. If you don’t understand your trial—why your spouse died, your health is deteriorating, your finances are a mess, or why you are having problems with your car, your job, or your children—then you probably haven’t asked God with unwavering faith to give you wisdom.

Perhaps you have prayed somewhat insincerely with wrong motives like those whom James condemned as praying for wisdom only to help with their lusts (4:3). Maybe you’re not praying in accord with 1 Timothy 2:8, which says to pray “without wrath or doubting,” and you doubt whether God is able or willing to help.

Unwavering faith simply believes that God is a sovereign, loving God who will supply everything needed for understanding the trial and being able to endure it. Whatever the trial is, you can believe that God allowed it for His purpose and your spiritual maturity.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 316). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Random Ramblings, Ruminations, and Resources

Michelle Lesley

Some days you wake up and you just don’t know what to write about, and it’s a beautiful fall day – which is rare as hens’ teeth in south Louisiana – and you just don’t feel like writing, anyway. Writer’s block: it’s the bane of a blogger’s existence.

I have a Google Docs file I’ve entitled “Scratch Pad”. Whenever I get a good idea for an article, I jot down the gist of it there. Then, when it’s one of those “meh” weeks when I’m not overwhelmingly passionate about anything in particular, I can thumb through those ideas for some inspiration.

It’s one of those “meh” weeks.

I started sifting through my scratch pad, and I noticed some of those article starters had been on the list for a while, mostly because they could really be addressed in a paragraph or two and didn’t need to be stretched out into…

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Twitter Locks LifeSite Account for “Hate” — Pulpit & Pen

LifeSite

October 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter has just locked LifeSiteNews out of our Twitter account over an article we posted four years ago that provided expert analysis on the rise in sexually-transmitted diseases among homosexuals.

The 2014 piece by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, a molecular biologist and microbiologist who is also president and CEO of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, responds to media coverage of what was at the time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new annual report on STDs.

READ: Why HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea are rising among homosexuals

Contrary to the consensus that the “reason for the documented continued rise in syphilis (primarily affecting homosexuals) has more to do with homophobia than anything else,” Dr. Nadal attributes the rise to factor such as an “upward trend in unprotected sex” and 60% of homosexual men failing to disclose their symptoms or status to sex partners.

He cited data from mainstream sources such as the CDC, a then-recent New York Times report, and a 2006 study in the journal AIDS Behavior.

On October 18, 2018, however, LifeSiteNews received the following message, notifying staff that Twitter was locking the account because the 2014 tweet sharing the story’s neutral, factual headline violated “our rules against hateful conduct,” and somehow “promote[d] violence against, threaten[ed], or harass[ed] other people on the basis of […] sexual orientation […], or serious disease.”

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Twitter Locks LifeSite Account for “Hate” — Pulpit & Pen