Daily Archives: November 13, 2018


For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

—1 Samuel 16:7

“The accent in the Church today,” says Leonard Ravenhill, the English evangelist, “is not on devotion, but on commotion.” Religious extroversion has been carried to such an extreme in evangelical circles that hardly anyone has the desire, to say nothing of the courage, to question the soundness of it. Externalism has taken over. God now speaks by the wind and the earthquake only; the still small voice can be heard no more. The whole religious machine has become a noisemaker. The adolescent taste which loves the loud horn and the thundering exhaust has gotten into the activities of modern Christians. The old question, “What is the chief end of man?” is now answered, “To dash about the world and add to the din thereof.”…

We must begin the needed reform by challenging the spiritual validity of externalism. What a man is must be shown to be more important than what he does. While the moral quality of any act is imparted by the condition of the heart, there may be a world of religious activity which arises not from within but from without and which would seem to have little or no moral content. ROR084-085

Lord, yesterday I saw the need for loud exaltation at times; today I am reminded of the importance of internal meditation, and of guarding myself from mere external noise. Give me the right balance in my worship, I pray. Amen. [1]

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

November 13 The Source of Contentment

I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

Philippians 4:4

Existentialism, the dominant mindset of contemporary psychology, has infiltrated not only our country but also many churches. It implies that every man has the right to do whatever makes him feel good. But wrong thinking like that stems from self–centered pride. It’s the selfish person who says, “If it makes you feel good but hurts me, you can’t do it. But if it makes me feel good but hurts you, I can do it anyway.” Some deceive themselves by thinking their sin doesn’t hurt anyone, but sin always ends up hurting.

In contrast to self–love, Scripture says we’re to be humble and unselfish (Phil. 2:3–4), love those who mistreat us (Matt. 5:44), and extend mercy toward those who stumble repeatedly (1 Pet. 4:8). Those qualities enabled Paul to be content in any circumstances. In contrast, some believers take all that they hear and see and filter it through their minds to see if it wounds them in any way, which will result in immediate instability and anxiety.

When others mistreat you, humility will help you keep your balance.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 342). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

‘Did he forget the American Revolution?’ Twitter gives Trump a history lesson after France insults

US President Donald Trump’s early morning Twitter jibe at France over its historical war losses to Germany was met with ridicule on Twitter, with many reminding him that France played a crucial role in the American Revolution.

Source: ‘Did he forget the American Revolution?’ Twitter gives Trump a history lesson after France insults

‘It’s all acting’: NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick ‘f***ing stupid’ EU border guards

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ig4 RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc Check out http://rt.com Subscribe to RT!

3GT Episode 107: The Pragmatic-Driven Church

Pragmatics. The church can easily begin to do what works rather than what the Lord commands. The guys discuss the various ways the church can fall into the pragmatics trap, from using goofy (even blasphemous!) names for a church coffee shop to promoting a Reformed distinctive over the gospel. As the Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals warns, the modern church has turned “gospel preaching into marketing.”

Though they are not sure who it was, the 3GTers know someone once said, “What you win them with is what you win them to.” They then remind their listeners that rather than using gimmicks to draw people to the church, in essence “peddling the gospel,” instead the church needs to trust in the power of the gospel.

So hit the play button and think along with the pastor, parishioner, and professor on this week’s episode of 3GT!


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Source: 3GT Episode 107: The Pragmatic-Driven Church

RenewAmerica Newsletter for November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018
WES VERNON — The 100th year anniversary this month of the end of World War I gave us time to reflect on the worldwide disquiet that ensued after that bloody conflict and its long-lasting destructive effect that haunt us to this day. We were thus able to review this hugely pivotal dividing point in history and to see why much of the relative calm that prevailed before then is viewed by many historians as “strange.”… (more)

November 13, 2018
LET’S TALK AMERICA — Alan Keyes offers his thoughts on the Nov. 6, midterm election, and emphasizes the need to trust in God and seek His will in the face of destructive designs by those who wish to take control of our country and limit our God-given liberties and rights…. (more)

November 12, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel claims the forecasted Democratic Party blue wave tsunami turned into a ripple. In fact, Democrats could win 40 House seats, the most since Watergate. And another Watergate is what House Democrats have promised for President Trump. Democratic Party moneybags Tom Steyer spent more than $100 million promoting impeachment. He wants a return on investment…. (more)

November 12, 2018
TIMOTHY BUCHANAN — There’s a question that is difficult to ask except among friends who are committed disciples of Christ. Most people will either be provoked to launch a vicious attack against the interrogator or else attempt to deflect the question by appealing to specious arguments and bogus alternative “values.” But at this time in America’s history, it demands an answer…. (more)

November 12, 2018
CHUCK NORRIS — I read a great 100-year old true story the other day that testifies to soldiers’ and veterans’ courageous spirits. Here’s an inspiring story to rally our cheer for Veterans Day. Worchester News reported: “Private Leslie Friston signed up to fight in the First World War at the age of 21 and served with the 3/3rd Home Counties Field Ambulance unit in France and Belgium during the war years. His service number was 3621, later changing to 88882.”… (more)

November 12, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — I voted by absentee ballot during the 2000 Presidential election. I had to. I was stationed at Fort Hood, Tex., and I sent my ballot via UPS to the office of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections. The reason I used UPS was that I had been away from home for three weeks of temporary duty in Washington before the election. I barely made it back in time in time to vote and send in my ballot…. (more)

November 12, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles. Honea says he’s hopeful that more of those missing people will be located. The department initially had more than 500 calls about citizens who were unable to reach loved ones. But he says they’ve been able to help locate many…. (more)

November 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Sunday honored Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by paying tribute to America’s fallen heroes and the friendship with France that was “sealed in battle.” At Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in France, Mr. Trump recalled that French and American troops “shed their blood together” to bring a victorious end to World War I…. (more)

November 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared victory on Sunday as officials in his state announced there will be a recount in his U.S. Senate race against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, along with recounts in the races for governor and agriculture commissioner. “Bill Nelson’s a sore loser. We’ve won,” Mr. Scott said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’ve had to win this election twice now. I will be going to Washington as the next U.S. senator from Florida, and I’m going to work hard to change the direction of this country like we did in Florida.”… (more)

November 11, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — As I write on Friday, the restraining order hasn’t come down yet. But it’s just a matter of time. Some federal district judge, somewhere in the United States, will soon issue an injunction blocking enforcement of the Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum applications…. (more)

November 11, 2018
‘Media monopolies conspire to muzzle the ideals of faith and liberty in the public square’
WORLDNETDAILY — It has no nudity. No profanity. No sex, no gore, no torture. There’s no glamorized violence. Yet “The Reliant,” a faith-based movie about life, values and the threat of anarchy in the world, has been given an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America…. (more)

November 11, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Personal data including immigration status and employment information were compromised in a breach of HealthCare.gov that affected people who applied for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s hallmark healthcare reform law, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday…. (more)

November 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called what was happening in his state “an outrage” Friday night, as questions continued to swirl around the Senate and gubernatorial vote in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Days after the deadline for early voting and the closing of polls on Election Day, officials in those two counties continued to make sporadic announcements of new vote counts, but the process has been opaque. Neither the number of votes that were ever available to count or that remain to be counted has even been made clear, according to Mr. Rubio and attorneys involved in the process…. (more)

November 10, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — A Florida judge has ordered Broward County Board of Elections supervisor Brenda Snipes to turn over all records requested by Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott no later than 7 p.m. Friday. Scott filed suit against Broward County on Thursday, demanding that Snipes comply with public-records law by revealing the number of mail-in absentee ballots her office has received, as well as how many of those have been counted thus far…. (more)

November 10, 2018
SUSAN FERRECHIO — It could be almost two weeks before Florida determines who will serve as the state’s next governor and U.S. senator, but the countdown to determining the winners begins Saturday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, are currently separated by just 15,000 votes in the race for U.S. Senate…. (more)

November 10, 2018
New AG announces rule hours after replacing Sessions
WORLDNETDAILY — The Justice Department’s oversight of the special counsel Russia probe has been the focus of Matthew Whitaker’s days-old tenure as acting attorney general, but already his name is attached to a new rule that prevents people who enter the country illegally from claiming asylum…. (more)

November 10, 2018
WESLEY PRUDEN — The snowflake disease is catching. Donald Trump, of all people, tried to teach a couple of White House reporters a little needed manners this week and you might have thought he had repealed the First Amendment with an executive order. Several of the snowflakes, who make their living by posing embarrassing when not rude questions to nearly everyone they talk to in pursuit of a day’s work, took to the fainting couches in the White House press lounge after the president returned shot for shell…. (more)

November 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Late-night comedian Stephen Colbert slammed the leftist mob that showed up at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home Wednesday night as displaying “monstrous cowardice” that should not be tolerated. “Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right,” the CBS host tweeted Thursday. “Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening…. (more)

November 10, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — When a mob of left-wing antifa activists descended Wednesday night on Fox News personality Tucker Carlson’s D.C. home, it signaled a new phase in the political violence and angry confrontations that now are targeting the news media. Political violence has been rising in the U.S. since 2012, according to the Global Terrorism Database. Increasingly aggressive activists have pushed political confrontation to the limit since 2016, accosting Republican lawmakers and Trump administration officials in restaurants and in the halls of Congress. And now they’re going after conservative journalists at their homes…. (more)

November 10, 2018
TERENCE P. JEFFREY — The Census Bureau has released new data that strengthens the case for calling the current generation of American children “The Welfare Generation.”… (more)

November 10, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The federal government is set to reinstate its borrowing limit, and a new analysis indicates that it will be a record-high $22 trillion – – and then, it won’t provide enough money to fund the government past summer. The shocking number, however, is only slightly higher than the current actual debt of some $21 trillion…. (more)

November 10, 2018
DAILY MAIL — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Calabasas home, Caitlyn Jenner’s mansion in Malibu and even the famed Bachelor Mansion have been hit by the devastating wildfires overtaking Southern California. The Woolsey Fire reached the Kardashian-West pad in the Hidden Hills neighborhood on Friday afternoon, according to TMZ…. (more)

November 9, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — Well, whaddaya know? In the midterm elections of November 6, 2018, the American people rewarded the president – – for only the third time in almost a hundred years – – with a net gain of three and possibly four Senate seats, lost half the House seats that his predecessor lost, and left the radical left-wing Democrats not rejoicing at their meager gains, but still chomping at the bit to bring down the president who has effectively destroyed everything they believed in, worked for, and thought they achieved over the past 75 years…. (more)

November 8, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The election results are hardly the “great victory” claimed by President Trump. Republicans picked up a few seats in the Senate only because unpopular Democrats were up for re-election in conservative states, and lost the House. However, conservative Senator Ted Cruz barely survived in Texas, and the Republican gubernatorial candidate in conservative Georgia, Brian Kemp, only has a narrow lead…. (more)

November 8, 2018
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now. This is a fight to the finish. A post-election truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – – “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” – – was ancient history by nightfall…. (more)


Barna Update | Experts Weigh in on the State of Sacred Dialogue

How people, even Christians, broach the subject of faith has changed radically in the last 25 years. Exploring these shifts, Barna conducted a major study to examine faith-sharing and evangelism in today’s climate. In addition, Barna sought out the insight of other experts to shed light on the state of sacred dialogue today.

In this article, four authors and ministers weigh in on some of the key obstacles and opportunities of modern spiritual conversations, from avoiding disagreement online to encouraging vulnerability in the home.

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November 13, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (7:25)

Here is one of the most beautiful verses in Scripture. Like John 3:16, it contains the whole essence of the gospel. Salvation is the main theme of the entire Bible. Salvation is what the text is all about.

Jesus’ priesthood not only is eternal and unalterable, but is also unlimited in its scope. He saves forever (panteles). Although the meaning in the context of 7:25 can be that of eternal, the basic idea of the word is that of completeness or perfection. The King James translation (“to the uttermost”) is therefore accurate and significant. Jesus’ priesthood is no halfway measure, as were the old sacrifices that only symbolized removal of sin. The symbol was important for that covenant. It was God-given and God-required, but still was only a symbol. But Jesus Christ is able to save both eternally and completely.

We can learn some things about God from nature. Paul recognizes that God’s “eternal power and divine nature,” that is, His greatness and His glory, are evident for every person to see (Rom. 1:18–20). We call such evidence natural revelation. But it is limited revelation. The birds can suggest to us God’s beauty, but they do not sing redemption’s song. The ocean and its pounding waves can suggest God’s greatness and His dependability, but they do not proclaim the gospel. The stars declare the glory of God, but not the way to get to Him. Natural revelation, like the Old Testament sacrifices, is God-given. It is the nature He Himself has made that proclaims His greatness and glory. But we can only learn about salvation from special revelation, from His written Word, the Bible. When people say they can find God on the beach or on the golf course or at the lake, it is a very superficial claim. In nature, we cannot possibly see clearly God’s judgment on sin or His goodness or His grace or His redemption or His Son. In nature we cannot see the need for salvation or the way to salvation. These are only seen with spiritual eyes, through the revelation of His Word.

Within the few words of Hebrews 7:25 we can see salvation’s basis, its nature, its power, its objects, and its security.

the basis of salvation

Hence, of course, refers to what has just been said—namely, that Jesus’ priesthood is permanent, eternal. He can save forever because He exists and ministers forever. The basis of salvation is Jesus Christ’s divine eternality.

the power of salvation

The power of salvation is Christ’s ability—He is able. Other priests were never able to save, not even partially or temporarily. The old sacrifices partially and temporarily covered sin, but they did not even partially or temporarily remove sin. They did not to any degree or for any length of time bring deliverance from sin. But Jesus Christ is able, perfectly able.

A friend of mine had a little boy who, at the age of four, was found to have leukemia. One of our own sons was the same age. When I visited the stricken boy in the hospital, I felt particularly heartbroken and helpless. I had the strongest desire to make him well. I would have done anything in my power to bring that little fellow back to perfect health. I was completely willing, but I was not able to. I did not have the power.

Many, perhaps most, of the priests of the Old Covenant were willing to cleanse the people of sin; but they could not, no matter how strongly they desired it. But our great High Priest is not only willing, He is also able—absolutely able. Praise God for Christ, who is able!

Evangelicals are often criticized for claiming that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. The reason we make this claim is that this is what the Bible teaches. Jesus Himself said “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus not only is able to save, but He is the only One able to save. He is the only One who has the power of salvation (Acts 4:12).

the nature of salvation

The nature of salvation is bringing men near to God. By delivering from sin, it qualifies believers to come to God. Deliverance from sin has all three of the major tenses—past, present, and future. In the past tense, we have been freed from sin’s guilt. In the present tense, we are freed from sin’s power. In the future tense, we shall be freed from sin’s presence. So we can say, “I have been saved,” “I am saved” (or “I am being saved”), and “I shall be saved.” All these statements are true; all are scriptural. Together they represent the full, complete nature of our salvation.

the objects of salvation

The objects of Christ’s eternal salvation, of course, are those who come to Him to be saved, those who draw near to God through Him. There are no restrictions but this, no other qualification but faith in God’s Son. “The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). There is no other way but Jesus, but this way is open to every person who puts his trust in Him. The other side of this truth is that Jesus can save only those who come to Him in faith. He is able to save all, but not all will be saved, because not all will believe.

We are tempted to think that when we have presented the gospel, presented the truth of salvation, that our obligation is over. But there must be a response to the gospel for it to be able to save. Parents need continually to remember this fact when teaching their children the things of God. We cannot make them believe or make them obey, but our responsibility is not over until we have urged them as strongly as we know how to trust in the Savior of whom they have heard.

the security of salvation

He always lives to make intercession for us. The security of our salvation is Jesus’ perpetual intercession for us. We can no more keep ourselves saved than we can save ourselves in the first place. But just as Jesus has power to save us, He has power to keep us. Constantly, eternally, perpetually Jesus Christ intercedes for us before His Father. Whenever we sin He says to the Father, “Put that on My account. My sacrifice has already paid for it.” Through Jesus Christ, we are able to “stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 24). In His Son we are now blameless in the Father’s sight. When we are glorified we will be blameless in His presence.[1]

25 It is Jesus’ eternity that makes him the perfect Savior. “Completely” translates the phrase eis to panteles, which can be taken either of degree (“wholly, totally”) or of time (“forever”). In this discussion of mortality and immortality, the latter sense would clearly be appropriate, but since a “total” salvation must be one that is “for all time,” the two senses are not in competition. The nature of that salvation is succinctly summed up in the phrase “come to God through him.” The Christian privilege of entering the presence of God, for which Paul uses the evocative term prosagōgē, “access” (Ro 5:2; Eph 2:18; 3:12), is expressed equally powerfully by our author with the simple term “to come to” God, which recurs in 4:16; 10:1, 22; 11:6 and will be vividly illustrated by the imagery of “coming to” the two mountains in 12:18, 22 (cf. “draw near to God,” v. 19). But just as the OT priests acted as intermediaries for the people, so we too need the services of a priest to introduce us to the divine presence; we come to God “through him.”

As the argument develops, it will become clear that the primary sense in which we come to God “through Jesus” is that he has offered on our behalf the perfect sacrifice. But the priests in the OT had also another function, not so often mentioned—the role of intercession for the people before God (perhaps best exemplified by Moses, Ex 32:11–14, 30–32, but also symbolized in the high priest’s “bearing the names of the sons of Israel over his heart … as a continuing memorial before the Lord,” Ex 28:29), and that role too is fulfilled by our high priest. Whereas his sacrifice was offered once for all, his intercession continues, and that is why we need a high priest who “always lives.” While he was on earth, Jesus prayed for his people (Lk 22:32; Jn 17), and Paul speaks in Romans 8 not only of the Spirit pleading on our behalf but also of Jesus interceding for us at God’s right hand (Ro 8:26, 34; cf. also 1 Jn 2:1). The theme may not be frequently mentioned, but it is a vital source of pastoral assurance and one without which the process of our salvation would be incomplete (cf. 9:24).[2]

7:25 / Because Jesus’ priestly work is not hindered by death, he is able to save completely (or “for all time,” rsv; cf. nasb) those who come to God through him. In view here is the quality of the salvation. By its very nature, what Jesus offers is an “eternal salvation” (cf. 5:9; 9:12; 10:14; 13:20) and a perfect or “complete” salvation, unlike the temporary and the incomplete work of the levitical priests. Because is added by niv, being inferred from the participial clause translated he always lives. The priestly work of Christ depends directly on “the power of an indestructible life” (7:16), and it is that same kind of permanence that determines the character of the salvation experienced by its recipients. They are sustained by the continual intercession of Jesus on their behalf. On this point the author is in agreement with Paul (Rom. 8:34; cf. 1 John 2:1).[3]

His limitless power (7:25a)

It is also possible to translate these words for all time (eis to panteles) as ‘completely’ (niv), ‘fully’, or ‘absolutely’ (neb). The phrase is doubtless a further reference to the far-reaching effects and unlimited adequacy of Christ’s saving work. His power knows no limits and his life knows no end. He is able to save his people fully and completely. Nothing is necessary to supplement their salvation. They are not saved by a little believing plus a little doing. He achieves it absolutely by his victorious work and, moreover, he can save them now. The tense of the verb is of the greatest importance here. It is present tense (sōzein), reminding us, as Westcott says, that ‘support comes at each moment of trial’.

His present ministry (7:25b)

Although this letter has so much to say about Christ’s redemptive work on the cross in the past, ‘once and for all’, it also emphasizes his present work for his people. His saving mission complete, he now supports and sustains us through his intercessory ministry. Day by day and hour by hour Christ prays for us. We ought to pay special attention to this aspect of Christ’s present work, especially in the light of this letter’s Jewish background.

The rabbis maintained that intercession on behalf of people was a ministry entrusted to the angels and especially to Michael the archangel. Here, yet again, Christ is portrayed as one who as priest exercises an intercessory role far superior to the angels in the Jewish tradition. He intercedes for us meaningfully for, unlike the angels, he has first-hand experience of our trials. He intercedes for us compassionately, for, unlike the angels, he knows exactly what we need. He intercedes for us effectively, for, unlike the angels, he has the power to meet our need.

During his earthly ministry Jesus prayed for his friends. The early Christian people rejoiced at the thought that his effective intercessory ministry was not confined to his life on earth; it is continued in heaven.7[4]

7:25. Jesus has a permanent high priesthood. As High Priest he prays always for his people. He pleads the cause of his people. The result of this priestly prayer is the salvation of his people. Because Jesus lives forever, he is able to save forever.

The word completely may mean that Jesus can save with totality or that he can save permanently. Either possibility supplies good meaning, but most commentators feel that here the emphasis is that Christ is able to save people entirely. Anyone who comes to God for salvation must come through Jesus, for salvation comes only through Christ.[5]

25. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

These verses form one lengthy sentence in the Greek text. They convey three basic ideas that can be described in the terms problem (v. 23), person (v. 24), and purpose (v. 25).

  • The problem relates to the length of the priest’s term in office. By law, the Aaronic priesthood would “continue for all generations to come” (Exod. 40:15), but in reality the priestly office was temporal. Every priest was subject to death, and therefore a seemingly endless succession of priests emerged. Death determined the extent of the high priest’s service, for death is no respecter of persons. The high priest was powerless in the face of death.

A somewhat literal translation of the first part of this verse reads, “and they that have become priests are many.” The list of names of high priests who served for long or short periods of time is extensive,28 but the concluding comment for every one of them is this: “and he died.”

  • Next, the author contrasts the Levitical priesthood with the person of Jesus. What a contrast when we look at Jesus! The priests were many; Jesus is the only priest. Their term of office was limited by death; “Jesus lives forever.” The Aaronic high priest was overcome by death; Jesus conquered death.

The writer of Hebrews has chosen the name Jesus to illuminate the earthly life of our Lord. This name describes his birth, ministry, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension. However, Jesus is no longer a citizen of this earth; his residence is in heaven, where he abides forever. Because of his eternity, Jesus’ high priesthood is unchangeable. That is, no one can terminate his priestly office. Death is conquered. And God has sworn an oath that his Son will serve as priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. No one can take Jesus’ place, for he is the one and only high priest.

  • What purpose does Jesus’ permanent priesthood serve? In fact, it serves many purposes. First, “he is able to save completely those who come to God through him.” Jesus is a Savior who does his work completely, fully, and to perfection. He sets man free from the curse of sin and accomplishes restoration between God and man; through Jesus man is united with his God (John 17:21).

Second, Jesus as eternal high priest lives not for himself, but for the people who look to him for help (2:17–18; 4:14–16). He is their Mediator, truly God and truly man. Without ceasing he pleads for us; standing between God and man, he constantly intercedes for those who come to God in prayer (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24). God grants us everything we need for the furtherance of his name, his kingdom, and his will. He answers our prayers for daily sustenance, remission of sin, and protection from the evil one.

Third, Jesus taught: “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The writer of Hebrews repeats this very thought and reminds his readers that prayers to God must be offered in the name of Jesus.

Fourth, knowing that Jesus is always praying for us in heaven, we long to be with him. We have the assurance that as he lives eternally before God so shall we live forever with him. Presently we come to God in prayer, but at the end of our earthly stay he will take us home to be with him eternally.[6]

7:25 Because He lives forever He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God by Him. We generally understand this to refer to His work in saving sinners from the penalty of sin, but actually the writer is speaking of Christ’s work in saving saints from the power of sin. It is not so much His role as Savior as that of High Priest. There is no danger that any believers will be lost. Their eternal security rests on His perpetual intercession for them. He is also able to save them for all time because His present ministry for them at God’s right hand can never be interrupted by death.[7]

7:25 Christ is … able to save because He is fully God and fully human (2:18; 4:15). Since this verse speaks of Jesus’ present intercession for us, the word save in this verse speaks of our sanctification, the continuing process by which we are freed from the power of sin. This continuing process of salvation will eventually be completed in our glorification, when we our saved from the presence of sin. The word uttermost may speak of this glorification, this “complete” or “whole” salvation. come: The Greek verb for come is in the present tense. Therefore, the word indicates that Jesus continues to save those who keep coming to Him. Our justification is a once-for-all event accomplished on the Cross, but our sanctification is a continuing process. Since Christ has a permanent priesthood, He can save to the uttermost (Gk. panteles), a word which means “completely,” or “wholly.” To be saved completely (1 Thess. 5:23), believers must come to God through Christ and Christ must intercede for them. This is the last and greatest of the three great “ables” in the book (2:18; 4:15).[8]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 199–201). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 100). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 110). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Brown, R. (1988). The message of Hebrews: Christ above all (pp. 135–136). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, p. 137). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 203–204). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2180). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1646–1647). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Stock market in serious downward spiral & for very good reason – investment guru Jim Cramer

The stock market is going through “a very serious correction,” which is underscored by several sound reasons for the market’s current downtrend, according to former hedge fund manager and financial author Jim Cramer.

Source: Stock market in serious downward spiral & for very good reason – investment guru Jim Cramer

Hillary Clinton Receives Large Cash Advance For ‘What Happened 2’ Ahead Of 2020 Presidential Run

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to sources close to the Clinton camp, Hillary has already received a large cash advance for a book to explain the imminent failure of her 2020 campaign.

What Happened 2 will explore all the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2020 race, from Russian hackers and ignorant bigots to extraterrestrials and global warming.

“If you didn’t get enough of Hillary blaming her 2016 failure on everyone except herself in the first book, you’ll love What Happened 2,” said a press release from the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster. “The chapter in which Hillary will blame the electoral college will be particularly interesting, as will the lengthy appendix listing over 4,500 scapegoats for her upcoming loss.”

Clinton’s take was estimated at over $5 million for the much-anticipated sequel.

The publisher also insisted they were not under any kind of duress when they gave Clinton the cash. “We want to reiterate that we are publishing this book entirely of our own volition, and we were not threatened by the Clintons in any way.”

Source: Hillary Clinton Receives Large Cash Advance For ‘What Happened 2’ Ahead Of 2020 Presidential Run

Time to Pay Attention: Facebook is Aiding the Police State By Purging Police Accountability Pages

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Facebook is actively engaging in the removal of pages who dare to hold police accountable for their actions, a damning precedent, indeed.

One month ago, Facebook and Twitter — without warning or justification — deleted the pages of Free Thought Project and Police the Police which had over 5 million followers. During this purge, they also removed hundreds of other pages including massive police accountability groups like Cop Block, Filming Cops, and stifled the reach of Photography is Not a Crime. We reacted to the purge by starting new pages with the 2.0 appendix at the end of them. On Sunday, exactly one month after they wiped these pages from the internet, Facebook struck again, and again, no reason was given.

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Horrible Pro-Abortion Ad Shows Beautiful Newborn Baby, Says It’s OK to Abort Her — Christian Research Network

It shows us not a “clump of cells” but a baby. It calls the baby “she,” not “it” or “that thing.” It seems almost to go out of its way to highlight the beauty and lovability of the child. It presents human life — wondrous, miraculous life — and says, “Yes, it is good to kill this person.”

(Micaiah Bilger – LifeNews)  A horrible new ad created for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood uses an adorable baby girl with big eyes and precious smile to advocate for abortion on demand.

The 40-second video, “The Chosen,” was created by the Agenda Project, a pro-abortion advocacy group, to promote the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

In the video, the baby girl smiles and coos among soft, white blankets while a lullaby plays in the background. “She deserves to be loved,” the ad says, between clips of the smiling infant. “She deserves to be wanted. She deserves to be a choice.”

It ends by urging people to “Stand with Planned Parenthood” – the largest abortion chain in America. Planned Parenthood aborts about 320,000 unborn babies a year, making up about a third of the abortion industry in the U.S.

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‘National treasure’: US veterans of ‘war on terror’ struggle to make ends meet

Disturbing numbers of US soldiers who’ve taken part in the international ‘war on terror’, the military campaign launched by Washington in 2001, are now struggling to make ends meet. And new studies find they are facing even worse hardship than veterans of previous wars.

Chick-fil-A now offers delivery nationwide, and it’s giving away 200,000 free chicken sandwiches to celebrate

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  • Chick-fil-A is rolling out delivery nationwide starting Tuesday through a partnership with DoorDash
  • The fast-food chain is giving away 200,000 chicken sandwiches to celebrate the delivery launch. 
  • Customers must live within a 10-minute drive from a Chick-fil-A restaurant to access the delivery service. 

Chick-fil-A is rolling out delivery service nationwide for the first time, and it’s giving away free food to celebrate.

Starting Tuesday, the fast-food chain’s full menu will be available for delivery from more than 1,100 restaurants through DoorDash, Chick-fil-A’s official delivery partner, the company said.

To celebrate the launch, Chick-fil-A plans to give away 200,000 free chicken sandwiches to customers who use the new service between now and November 20.

The giveaway is available after 10:30 a.m. through the DoorDash app and website with a $5 minimum order, using the promo code “CFADELIVERY.”

Chick-fil-A started testing delivery with DoorDash in select markets last year.

“So many of our guests’ busy lives and family commitments have them strapped for time,” Jon Bridges, Chick-fil-A senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said of the new partnership with DoorDash. “Delivery is one way we can help them get a quick yet high quality meal. If they’re unable to come to us, we’ll come to them.”

There’s a small catch with the new service, however: customers must live within a 10-minute drive from a Chick-fil-A restaurant to access the delivery service.

This is meant to “maintain both DoorDash’s commitment to high-quality service and Chick-fil-A’s food quality,” the company said in a release.

Source: Chick-fil-A now offers delivery nationwide, and it’s giving away 200,000 free chicken sandwiches to celebrate

CNN demands ‘rude’ reporter be allowed back in White House

Jim Acosta (CNN screenshot)

CNN is suing the Trump administration to restore White House access to reporter Jim Acosta, who was called “rude” by President Trump at a recent news conference when he refused to relinquish the microphone, pushing away the arm of a White House aide.

The Washington Times reported the network’s claim that the “wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment right of due process.”

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” the network said. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

WND reported when the White House suspended Acosta’s media credentials.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time. “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Jim Acosta grapples with a White House intern trying to take the microphone from him at a presidential news conference Nov. 7, 2018

Sanders said Acosta’s “conduct is absolutely unacceptable.”

“It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question.”

She contended Trump “has given the press more access than any president in history.”

“Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the president’s support for a free press than the event he held today,” Sanders said. “Only they would attack the president for not supporting a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

CNN released a statement standing by Acosta, indicating the revocation of his pass “was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today’s press conference. In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support.”

As WND reported, at the news conference Acosta began by challenging Trump’s description of the Central American caravan as an “invasion.”

“It’s not an invasion,” Acosta insisted.

“Thank you for telling me that,” Trump said. “I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.”

Acosta then asked, “Did you demonize immigrants?”

Trump explained he wants immigrants to come to America, because its expanding economy needs the workers, but they need to come legally.

Frustrated by Acosta’s criticism of a campaign ad, Trump finally said: “You should let me run the country and you should run CNN. If you did it well your ratings would be much better.”

He moved to another reporter, but Acosta refused to turn over the microphone.

“That’s enough. That’s enough,” Trump said.

When Acosta asked about the Russia investigation, Trump said: “It’s a hoax. Put down the mic.”

Trump continued: “CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

Acosta tried to interrupt, asserting Trump was being unfair.

“The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible,” Trump said. “The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people like that.”

Acosta still refused to quit badgering, prompting Trump to say: “Just sit down please. When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are an enemy of the people.”

“This conduct is beyond reprehensible,” said Sean Hannity on his Fox News broadcast. “Imagine anybody doing this to Obama.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace called Acosta’s behavior “shameful.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Wallace said.

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said the confrontation was “a microcosm of the media’s relationship with Trump from the get-go.”

“It was filled with disrespect and effrontery. … Acosta did try to take over the entire press conference.”

The White House Press Correspondents Association sided with Acosta.

Source: CNN demands ‘rude’ reporter be allowed back in White House

Michelle Obama’s New Book ‘Becoming’: Readers May Find Her Political Commentary Unbecoming — Laura Ingraham

By Laura Ingraham | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Michelle Obama is rolling out her new memoir titled “Becoming” with exactly the sort of fanfare we’ve come to expect from the Obama’s 13-city book tour and touchy-feeling arena interviews by celebrity moderators.

Monday, the former first lady gave a pre-launch sit down with “GMA’s” Robin Roberts. And the issue of race figured prominently. Even when Mrs. Obama spoke of meeting her husband. Here’s this exchange from the show:

Robin Roberts, ABC host: He comes blowing into town, a little bit famous already, late for the first meeting.

Michelle Obama, former first lady: Late. Late. I was like, is he trifling? The black man’s going to be late on the first date? I’m like —

Roberts: You went weren’t overly impressed in the beginning?

M. Obama: I wasn’t, you know, I had my suspicions when a bunch of white folks are falling over a black man because I sort of think, OK, he can talk straight, so they think he’s wonderful. So, that was my theory.

Stereotyping much?

Well, for all of her beauty, her glamour, her obvious accomplishments, the former first lady just can’t get past race.

It’s like a loop that almost seems to play on her head, one that surfaces repeatedly in her public comments.

Here’s more from the interview:

Roberts: What do you wish you could tell your pre-White House self?

M. Obama: You know, the hard parts were the things that I expected. That it was going to be hard, you know. So much of this country lives in isolation and we just don’t know each other. And so there were people who didn’t know what a black woman was and sounded like. So, I knew that was going to be a challenge, that I would have to earn my grace.

Wait, wait, wait. Americans didn’t know what a black woman was and sounded like? What America is that?

Long before anyone had ever heard of Barack or Michelle Obama, America had already made enormous progress vis-a-vis race.

Think about it. Some of the biggest names in business, medicine, the law, entertainment, sports, and media are African-American.

But, of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Mrs. Obama share her feelings about America. Remember this comment she made after her husband won the nomination in 2008?

“Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

Now, that was before she and her husband won the nomination, but you get the point.

Related: Michelle Obama Is Making Money Off Hating Trump

Again, until the Obamas showed up, America was in sad shape racially. At least we’re led to believe that.

Well, contrary to her well-cultivated public image, Michelle Obama, from her earliest years at Princeton, was extremely political.

Well, that’s fine. No big deal. And she grew up in a middle-class Chicago household.

Here’s how she described it to ABC’s Robin Roberts:

Michelle Obama: Across the street, I usually meet my friend Terry Johnson right in front of that garage. This is my block.

GMA co-host Robin Roberts: Three generations of Robinson’s lived here on Euclid Avenue, a home owned by Michelle’s great Aunt Robbie and Uncle Terry.

Well, she was a daughter of a Democrat ward boss and she worked her way up to the Ivy League. Laudable, no doubt.

But contrast the gauzy media coverage of Michelle Obama’s personal story with the way another black female brainiac had been treated over the years, conservative scholar Condoleezza Rice.

Condoleezza Rice became the first female African-American secretary of state in 2005 long before anyone heard of Michelle or Barack Obama.

Now, Rice grew up in far worse conditions, in the segregated south. She would earn degrees from the University of Denver, Notre Dame, and a fellowship at Stanford University where she eventually became a professor and a provost. Oh, and she did become the first female African-American secretary of state in 2005 long before anyone heard of Michelle or Barack Obama. Now, I guess Condoleezza was just unable to show us what a prominent woman was like or sounded like. Huh?

Again, it’s all who tells the story. I mean, Michelle Obama collected more magazine covers than vegetables from that White House garden. While a real cover girl, First Lady Melania Trump, of course, an actual supermodel, is lucky if she gets her picture in the “Parade” magazine insert.

This Michelle Obama book launch, when you really think about it, is just one more example of someone cashing in for trashing Donald Trump. And also, of course, it helps set the table for 2020.

The Obamas still want to be the big power brokers in the Democratic Party, and Michelle is a global superstar, so she helps frame the issues for a Democratic Party still straddling the old and the new.

In the aftermath of the election, Hillary Clinton tried to explain, remember, why 52 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump. She said this is why it happened. Remember this comment: “A sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Now, Michelle Obama takes that snide condescension a step further, writing in her memoir “Becoming,” “I will always wonder about what led so many women, in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president.”

Very nice.

Now, remember, she wasn’t paid that huge advance that she got for her book to share fashion tips or pumpkin pie recipes, but to deliver body blows to Trump with a velvet glove.

Here’s one more comment from the “Good Morning America” interview: “I said what I continued to say. Being a commander-in-chief is a hard job and you need to have discipline and you need to read and you need to be knowledgeable. You need to know history. You need to be careful with your words. But voters make those decisions and once the voters have spoken, you know, we live with what we live with.”

Drat. It’s that thing called democracy.

Well, Michelle Obama’s attack on the president and her dismissive writing off of a whole chunk of the American electorate, and a sizable group of women that she claims that she cares so much about, maybe it’s surprising to some but it’s really not unexpected.

She is, for all of her protestations to the contrary, a political actor. Wrapped in the glittery embrace of celebrity, Michelle hopes women will look past some of that along the edges, some of it acidic in her memoir, because Oprah today named it one of her book club picks.

But if Michelle Obama continues the divisive and racially obsessed politics she’s been pedaling in advance of this release, readers may consider it one of their least favorite things. And they may even find some of her political commentary unbecoming.

Check out this video:

Michelle Obama: ‘Forever First Lady’?

The former first lady declared herself America’s “forever first lady” to a crowd of high school students at a College Signing Day in Philadelphia on Wednesday …

This Fox News opinion piece is used by permission; it’s adapted from Laura Ingraham’s monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on Nov. 12, 2018. Laura Ingraham is the host of Fox News Channel’s (FNC) “The Ingraham Angle” (weeknights 10 p.m. ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.

Source: Michelle Obama’s New Book ‘Becoming’: Readers May Find Her Political Commentary Unbecoming

Letter to the Editor: My Church—Heading Into Troubled Waters With One Deceptive Teacher After the Next — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I recently began reading A Time of Departing. A very well-documented book. I am blown away by the amount of research Ray Yungen put into that book! Thank you for publishing it. Thank you also for your posts dealing with the Spiritual Formation movement, contemplative prayer, etc. I do not know exactly how I first got onto the scent of the Spiritual Formation trail about two years ago, but I think it was through research I was doing into some “worship” songs that were being used at our church. While concerned for different reasons, I was introduced into Bethel Church (directly through our church’s music selection) and Spiritual Formation indirectly as I was becoming aware of the broader things that ail the “evangelical” church. Initially, I was concerned enough about what I was discovering about Spiritual Formation to learn more about it, but at the same time I was thinking, “this is important to know about, but I can’t see this affecting the Christian circles I run in.”

I was wrong.

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MORE COWBELL: Fake News CNN Sues President Trump And Sarah Sanders For Barring Crybaby Jim Acosta From White House Press Pool — Now The End Begins


CNN is filing a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House.

When your ‘news’ network comes in after the Cartoon Network in the Nielsen Ratings, you’ve got a problem. How do you fix that problem? Easy, you hire clowns with balloons. One of those clowns is Jim Acosta whose main schtick, as they used to say in Vaudeville, is to relentlessly fire off loaded questions in order to achieve that ‘gotcha’ moment CNN so desperately needs to reverse their ratings decline.

Acosta has crossed the line so many times in previous attacks on both Sarah Sanders and President Trump, that you wonder why it took so long for him to get banned from the White House. So now fake news CNN has filed a lawsuit to have him reinstated to the Press Pool.

MEMO TO CNN: You’re good with clowns and balloons, now you need more cowbell.

CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acosta

FROM CNN: The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

The suit is being filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, a CNN spokeswoman confirmed. Both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There are six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday. The officer is identified as John Doe in the suit, pending his identification.


The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta’s suspension. Last Wednesday, shortly after Acosta was denied entry to the White House grounds, Sanders defended the unprecedented step by claiming that he had behaved inappropriately at a presidential news conference. CNN and numerous journalism advocacy groups rejected that assertion and said his pass should be reinstated.

“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court,” the statement read. “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”

On Friday, CNN sent a letter to the White House formally requesting the immediate reinstatement of Acosta’s pass and warning of a possible lawsuit, the network confirmed.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, CNN said it is seeking a preliminary injunction as soon as possible so that Acosta can return to the White House right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta’s pass in the future.

CNN also asserted that other news organizations could have been targeted by the Trump administration this way, and could be in the future. READ MORE

CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acosta

If you wonder why CNN comes in last after the Cartoon Network in the ratings, just watch this video. 

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Women Called to Ministry: An Interview with Kristen Padilla — Bible Gateway Blog

Kristen PadillaWhat does it mean to be called to ministry? What does the Bible say about men and women in ministry? Who are the examples in the Bible of being called to ministry? What are the practical tools to help you pursue God’s call for your life?

Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Padilla (@kristenpadilla) about her book, Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry (Zondervan, 2018).

What does the Bible say about ministerial calling?

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Kristen Padilla: Scripture is not a ministerial calling textbook. However, we can extrapolate from Scripture a loose definition of a ministerial calling.

Humans were created to be in relationship with God and to govern over creation. After the Fall, God employs humans to be involved in his plan of redemption. He reveals himself to individuals like Abraham, Jacob, Moses, etc., to do something on his behalf. Abraham’s task is to travel throughout the land, to believe and to obey. God makes a covenant with Abraham and promises to create a people through Abraham’s line for himself, who will also be part of this covenant.

The Old Testament narrative’s focus is largely on the covenant people of God. As the narrative unfolds, we watch as God calls and sends out individuals to serve on his behalf for the people of God communicating his word to them. These people serve in various shepherding, leadership, and intercessory roles for the purpose of God having a people for himself.

In the incarnation event, God continues to call out and set apart individuals for special roles in salvation history: Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. In Jesus’ ministry, Jesus calls and sends out his 12 disciples and a larger group of 72 disciples to minister in his name and on his behalf. After his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus commissions all his disciples to make disciples and baptize.

After his ascension, Jesus himself calls Saul to apostolic ministry. We also find other individuals in the New Testament set apart for ministry. These individuals receive their calls within the context of the church and prayer (for example, Barnabas in Acts 13:1-3). Paul writes in Ephesians that Christ has given to the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” and “for building up the body of Christ” (4:11-12).

Thus, what we find in the New Testament is God continuing to set apart individuals to serve the people of God by feeding them the Word of God.

Can women be called to gospel ministry?

Kristen Padilla: The answer to this question might be an obvious “Yes!” for some, but for many women this question poses a stumbling block. I read a book once that made a differentiation between ministry that every Christian is called to and “the ministry” reserved only for those called to pastoral ministry. Because pastoral ministry is a vocation solely for men, this author would say, women cannot be called to “the ministry.” Unfortunately, the discussions about women and gospel ministry are most often framed around what women cannot do or around the ministries of women and children (or the nursery). When the discussion is framed around the latter, it’s usually done so not from the approach of calling but out of the need of volunteers or programming. It’s important to recognize this background before attempting to answer this question.

However, Scripture makes clear that:

  1. God’s plan of salvation history has always included women (for example, Eve, Sarah, Tamar, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, etc.).
  2. God delights in using women to serve as leaders and to communicate his word to others (for example, Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Mary, Phoebe, Priscilla, Euodia, Syntyche, etc.).
  3. Women were called co-workers in ministry (for example, Rom. 16:12; Phil. 4:2-3).
  4. Women serve at the pleasure of the Triune God. True Christian ministry only occurs by the initiative and as a work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the one who gives gifts to the ministers that are needed for ministry, who interprets God’s Word and who enables a Christian ministry. God says in Joel 2 and Acts 2 that the Holy Spirit will be poured out equally on men and women. The Spirit does not make gender, economic, or age differentiation. Likewise, the gifts of God are not gendered, meaning that only one gender receives a particular gift. If God called women to various Spirit-led ministries in Scripture (for example, shepherding, prophecy, teachers, evangelists, etc.), then he’ll continue to do so today.

What’s the difference between spiritual gifts and ministerial roles within the church?

Kristen Padilla: Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that the Spirit gives to each of God’s children gifts “for the common good” (12:7). The gifts are “empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (12:11). In Ephesians 4:11-12ff, the roles or people listed are descriptive of the gifts they’ve been given. So the one who has been given the gift of evangelism is an evangelist; the one who is given the gift of prophecy is a prophet; the one who is given the gift of teaching is a teacher; and so on. Paul is an apostle, a missionary, teacher, preacher, church planter, etc. Timothy is a missionary, church planter and elder, teacher, etc. We should not think of Paul and Timothy (or anyone for that matter) as having only one spiritual gift. Rather, we should think of spiritual gifts as a package. While we won’t have every spiritual gift, we will likely have more than one.

Today, ministerial roles are not necessarily designed according to gifting. Most church staffs do not have positions for prophets or evangelists, for example. And, which gifts do you need to be a youth minister or a children’s minister? You probably need more than just one gift, and the gifts needed for one role may be different for another.

However, any ministerial role that is over a sector of God’s people, whether that is men, women, senior adults, singles, college, youth, children, etc., providing soul care, spiritual formation and administering God’s Word is one that requires the gift of shepherding. And, any ministerial role that is “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” will necessarily need someone with a gift packaging as found in Ephesians 4:11-12.

Is there value in obtaining a theological education?

Kristen Padilla: The purpose of theological education is to provide a biblical, theological, and practical foundation for faithful gospel ministry. Theological education teaches students how to read and study Scripture; how to think theologically; and how to exegete, teach, preach, and apply Scripture. Students also learn doctrine and hermeneutics within the context of church history, the value of spiritual formation, and the fundamentals of counseling. Theological education at its best is formation for lifelong ministry.

A call to speak about and on behalf of the living God for the people of God is a serious calling. It’s a calling that has eternal weight, and because of its weightiness those who are teachers will be judged more strictly (James 3:1). Therefore, any man or woman who will be in a position of leadership within the church or parachurch providing soul care, teaching authoritatively on Scripture, and administering the sacraments needs adequate preparation.

What if women feel called to ministry, but don’t know what type of ministry?

Kristen Padilla: I remember hearing a man in his 50s talk about his call to ministry. He gave three reasons for his call: strong Christian family, strong Christian church, and strong sense of calling to minister to people and teach God’s Word. He went to seminary and then straight into pastoral ministry. As I listened, I realized I could give the same three reasons to explain my call to ministry, but because there was little to no vocational space for women in my church and denomination, the path wasn’t so clear as his. I knew I was called to ministry but not necessarily what type of ministry.

This is the reality for many women called by God. They want to serve God’s people; they want to communicate God’s Word. They’re open to many positions, but the issue is finding the right one. Many churches want to pigeonhole women into women’s or children’s ministry, but this poses some challenges if you’re in your 20s ministering to women who are older, married, and have children, or if you’re not suited to working with children.

I advise women who feel called but don’t know to what type of ministry to seek internships or volunteer in various types of ministry. I’ve worked in children’s, youth, college, camp, and discipleship ministries. I participated in different types of mission trips. Being exposed to differing types of ministries helped me to discern which types would be a good fit according to my spiritual gifting and which types would not. Also, I believe God calls us to ministry and gifts us for ministry, but the type of ministry may change. As we read the New Testament we encounter many characters that work out their calling in various settings and ways. God may place someone in a type of ministry for a season before moving them to another type down the road. I encourage women to remember that the God who calls us will place us. The calling belongs to him and he will see it through.

What is a favorite Bible passage of yours and why?

Kristen Padilla: I love the Psalms. Just when I think I have a favorite Psalm, I read another one and that one grabs my heart. The Psalms provide a theological framework for my prayers. In the Psalms I am reminded that I have a faithful and mighty God who loves me and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. As a Christian, I can’t help but read the Psalms with Jesus Christ. The Gospels interpret the Psalms for me so that as I read, for example, “the Lord opens the eyes of the blind” in Psalm 146, I see Jesus opening the eyes of the blind man in John 9.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App and Bible Audio App?

Kristen Padilla: When I wrote my book, I used Bible Gateway every day to look up various passages of Scripture in different translations. The website was a helpful tool that I depended heavily upon and continue to do so in my daily life. I am very grateful for Bible Gateway; it is my go-to Bible resource on the web.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Kristen Padilla: First, the church is often described as a family (1 Thess. 4:10; 1 Tim. 3:5; 1 Peter 2:17) and as the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:25-32). These metaphors point to a complementarity of the sexes. Ideally, families have fathers and mothers serving together, side-by-side, raising children. Unfortunately, many churches look more like businesses run by CEOs than families run by fathers and mothers. When the church functions like a secular business, it sends a very different message to the world. However, if the church is to function like a family and if we say that the best-case-scenario for children is to have a father and mother, then where are our mothers in the family of God, specifically in the leadership of the family of God? This is a question I hope the church and those in leadership will ask and wrestle with.

Second, I want to encourage churches, elders, pastors, etc., to formulate a theology and vision for women in ministry. If God calls women to minister, then how can we join with God to provide space and roles for them within the church? How are we encouraging women to receive orthodox, solid theological education; and are we hiring women with theological education? How are we stewarding the gifts of the Spirit given to women?

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Bio: Kristen Padilla received a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and has been involved in mentoring young women called to ministry, writing Bible studies, and teaching Scripture at women’s events since graduation. She also has written for Credo magazine, IVP’s The Well, and The Gospel Coalition. She currently serves as the marketing and communications coordinator for Beeson Divinity School, where she produces a weekly podcast, magazine, and devotional booklets and she mentors seminary women. Kristen, along with her husband and son, are actively involved in their church, The Cathedral Church of the Advent. You can find her at http://www.kristenrpadilla.com.

via Women Called to Ministry: An Interview with Kristen Padilla — Bible Gateway Blog