To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.
It is certainly a reality in our day that too few men and women are willing to keep the “top side” of their souls open to God and to His light from heaven.
You may wonder about such expression as the “top side” of the soul, but I do think it is in line with Bible teaching, and certainly in line with all Christian experience.
The heart and soul are open to God in some people’s lives but certainly not in others.
We should be aware that man’s forgiveness is not always like God’s. When a man makes a mistake and has to be forgiven, the shadow may still hang over him among his fellows.
But when God forgives, He begins the new page right away. Then when the devil runs up and says, “What about his past?” God replies, “What past? He has been forgiven!”
Now, I think that kind of forgiveness and justification and acceptance with God depends upon a person’s willingness to keep the “top side” of the soul open to God and His saving grace!
Dear Lord, there are people at work and in my community whose hearts are not open to Your offer of forgiveness. I pray that each one will open his soul to God to receive His saving grace.
 Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
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And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
God being who He is must have obedience from His creatures. Man being who he is must render that obedience. And he owes God complete obedience whether or not he feels for Him the faintest trace of love in his heart. It is a question of the sovereign right of God to require His creatures to obey Him. Man’s first and basic sin was disobedience. When he disobeyed God he violated the claims of divine love with the result that love for God died within him. Now, what can he do to restore that love to his heart again? The answer to that question is given in one word: Repent.
The heart that mourns its coldness toward God needs only to repent its sins, and a new, warm and satisfying love will flood into it. For the act of repentance will bring a corresponding act of God in self-revelation and intimate communion. Once the seeking heart finds God in personal experience there will be no further problem about loving Him. To know Him is to love Him and to know Him better is to love Him more. ROR165
Lord, I mourn my coldness toward You and repent, that I may enter into a loving, intimate relationship with You. Amen. 
 Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump is under heavy criticism after announcing the deployment of thousands of troops to the United States-Mexico border, with critics slamming him for using the military for the bizarre purpose of defending the country.
The Trump administration’s decision to deploy the military for the nearly unheard-of purpose of defending US soil was widely panned by pundits.
No one is sure where Trump got this strange idea that the military is supposed to be used to secure the nation’s borders. “He must have read about it in an old document or something,” said Sarah Sanders at this morning’s White House briefing, shrugging her shoulders. “Frankly I never know what’s going through his head.”
The nation’s servicemembers were also nonplussed by the move. “I signed up to occupy Afghanistan, not defend the country,” said one soldier. “When I said I’d defend Americans’ freedoms, I meant I’d defend them abroad, not defend them at home.”
One MSNBC commentator called the move “unheard of and unprecedented,” further elaborating that a president who redirects US military resources from occupying other countries to defending the country is “one step away from using the tactics of Adolf Hitler.”
At publishing time, President Obama had come out hard against the deployment, saying that he favors drone striking civilians on the other side of the globe as the best way to secure our nation.
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REINER, SD—Many evangelical churches put on “hell house” attractions, attempting to use the imagery of Halloween to scare children into the Kingdom, just like the Bible tells us to. But one local church may have taken things too far: First Baptist Church put on a spooky haunted house that was just two hours of church small talk.
Horrified visitors from the community entered the haunted house and were paralyzed with fear upon discovering it wasn’t filled with ghosts, goblins, or witches, but with extroverted people trying to shake your hand and ask about your week.
The church even locked the doors behind hapless haunted house attendees, ensuring they would be compelled to make small talk for hours on end. After they were finally let free, visitors were given a gospel tract and the opportunity to accept Christ and attend the church’s remote streaming services, so they never have to talk to anybody again.
“We knew these things could be scary, but we wouldn’t have gone in if we’d known it would just be a time of forced church greetings,” said one mother from the surrounding neighborhood. “My kids are going to be scarred for life. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?” Several visitors even fainted and had to be transported to a local hospital after one too many church folk asked them about “this fine weather we’re having.”
Director Scott Derrickson is expected to make a feature film covering the extremely horrifying haunted house shortly after Doctor Strange 2 wraps. “The supernatural is real, and it can be terrifying,” he said. “If you thought Emily Rose or Sinister was scary, just wait until you see unsuspecting victims forced into an awkward half-hug for hours. Truly chilling.”
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US college campuses have traditionally been known as havens of free speech among students, but now professors are increasingly sharing their opinions — and many undergraduates are afraid to disagree with them, a new survey found.
Source: 53% of US undergrads afraid to disagree with outspoken professors on political, social issues — poll