Daily Archives: March 2, 2019

March 2 Facing the Jerichos of Life

Scripture Reading: Joshua 6

Key Verse: Joshua 1:6

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

No military officer worth his stripes would go into conflict unprepared, without a clear and cogent plan of attack. The risk would be too great, and the chances of winning slim. Yet that was exactly what God wanted Joshua to do—approach the awesome, fortified city of Jericho without the first conventional military procedure. Literally all God gave to Joshua was his marching orders and the promise that the Israelites would be the winners.

How could Joshua hold his head high and approach the battlefield with confidence? He knew who was in charge. He did not have to worry about defeat or loss. Any momentary feelings of weakness came crashing down with the walls and were forgotten in the glory of taking the city for the Lord.

When you face a Jericho in your life—a problem you cannot solve, the seemingly impenetrable fortress of a broken relationship—trust God for the conquest. Obey His Word and apply His principles to each situation.

You may not understand how the sequence of events will unfold, and you may not feel the emotions of triumph while you wait for the outcome. But in the Lord you cannot lose; the victory is yours.

Heavenly Father, as I face the Jerichos of life, give me assurance that victory is mine. I want to respond to Your marching orders and not worry about the seemingly impenetrable fortresses ahead.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 65). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why Was Elijah so Unpopular? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We see Elijah as a trailblazing prophet and faithful servant of the Lord. He decried idol worship, performed miracles, was taken up into heaven on a chariot of fire, and would have special significance in the coming of the Messiah.

But that’s not how King Ahab saw things. To him, Elijah was the “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). For Ahab violated God’s law—and Elijah called him on it. When Ahab and Jezebel his wife worshiped Baal, a pagan idol of rain and fertility, Elijah prophesied drought and famine. And the more they transgressed God’s commands, the more Elijah rebuked them.

In today’s message from his video teaching series Dust to Glory, R.C. Sproul reminds us why prophets were often so unpopular. A primary role of the prophet was to pronounce God’s judgment. And to a wayward, sinful people, the voice of the prophet was hardly welcome.

Ahab and Jezebel ruthlessly hunted Elijah, but they failed to silence him. And Elijah’s message—his prophetic call to repentance—is one that still needs to be heard today.

via Why Was Elijah so Unpopular? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The Creeds Agree on the End Times

The world gives us many reasons to despair. Open a news feed app or scroll through social media for even a minute and you’ll find a day’s worth of events and perspectives to grieve.

Despite this, Christians ought to have an eschatology of hope.

And it’s not a hope we need to conjure out of thin air. For centuries, the Church has found profound hope in the return of Christ—it’s written into our creeds.

In recent centuries, the Church has argued more and more about the end times, but the bulk of our history is united on the matter, all sharing a common hope. Look at what the three creeds affirm together:

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in . . .

The resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ . . .

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end . . .

I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Athanasian Creed

[Christ] rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, is seated on the right hand of the Father, whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming, all men shall rise with their bodies and give an account of their own deeds. Those who have done good will enter eternal life, and those who have done evil will go into everlasting fire.

No Charts, but Hope

Though there are no charts or timelines in these creeds, they are profound. Christian hope is plain in Scripture, and it’s mirrored clearly in our creeds: Christ will come again to establish justice and peace forever.

So, as Dayton Hartman writes, “Resist the urge to despair at the state of affairs in our nation and our world by joining the early Church in simply and confidently confessing: Jesus is coming soon, and Jesus wins” (Jesus Wins, p 58).


Learn more about the new book from Dayton Hartman, Jesus Wins.

Source: https://blog.logos.com/2019/02/the-creeds-agree-on-the-end-times/

The Roman Catholics Of Brazil Mark The Beginning Of Lent With Their Annual 5-Day ‘Carnival’ Brimming With Tribal Paganism — Now The End Begins

Carnival celebrations making the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent began across Brazil last night, with revellers swarming the streets in a sea of colour, glitter and feathers.

The Catholic Church in America is relatively conservative, at least outwardly, but all that changes when you go overseas. In many foreign countries Roman Catholicism is much more open about their pagan Babylonian and Egyptian roots, where you will frequently encounter Catholic occultism, Catholic exorcisms, and Catholic voodoo. In Brazil last night, they kicked off the start of Carnival which celebrates the Roman Catholic festival of Lent. As you can see from the main article photo, it is openly demonic and pagan.

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:20,21 (KJV)

The Catholic Church instituted Lent as a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls. Laodicean non-Catholic churches like the United Methodists also celebrate Lent. The origins of Lent go all the way back to the start of the Roman Catholic Church in 313 AD.

When you watch how the Catholics in Brazil celebrate their pre-Lent Carnival, to me it’s like what I imagine the One World religion under Antichrist will look like. Now, of course, Catholics will write in to say that these people in Brazil are not “true Catholics’, and that this pagan festival does not represent the global Catholic Church. Well, if that were true, why is not the pope denouncing it for the end times mess that it is? The Vatican must have no problem with it because they have never rebuked Brazil for doing it over the last nearly 200 years.

Brazilian party-goers turn Sao Paulo into sea of colour, glitter and feathers on first night of five-day festival to mark start of Lent

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Party-goers showed off their opulent costumes in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during the first night of celebrations for the five-day festival which marks the start of Lent.

This year’s event is the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office, and it is expected that the festival will target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities.

At Carmelitas, one of Rio’s most traditional street parties, revelers sang along to a samba song titled: ‘Blue or pink, it’s all the same,’ a reference to Bolsonaro’s human rights minister, Damares Alves, who declared: ‘It’s a new era in Brazil, boys wear blue and girls wear pink,’ soon after she took up her post.

‘This parade is an act of resistance to the oppressive new government,’ said Monica Machado, a percussion player in the band.

The song’s lyrics went, ‘On the train of history, we can’t go in reverse,’ a reference to the Brazilian president’s open admiration of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro has famously said he would rather have a dead son than a gay son and that police who kill criminals should be given medals not prison sentences. Several party-goers’ costumes targeted an early corruption scandal in the Bolsonaro government.

Carnival began in the 1830s as a continuation of the Portuguese tradition of celebrating and indulging on the day before Lent begins. Lent is the 46-day period observed primarily by Roman Catholics as a means of sacrifice and abstinence in preparation for Easter. During the late 1800s, street musicians and dancing were introduced in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, in addition to themed costumes and the tradition of electing the Carnival’s “king.” The celebration includes live music, street performances, dancing, floats, costumes, food and beverages. Rio de Janeiro has one of the most well-known Carnival celebrations. source

Vinicius Alves, a university student, wore all orange with a headband adorned with fake money and orange slices, a nod to the Brazilian expression ‘orange employee,’ which refers to politicians’ use of ghost employees to launder money.

Rio’s evangelical bishop-turned-mayor, Marcelo Crivella, came under fire on the party’s first day for skirting his duty to kick off the celebrations by handing over the key of the city to the king of Carnival for the third consecutive year.

He told reporters that he would be turning in the keys to Carnival, not the keys to the city as is tradition.

‘It’s very disrespectful. I’m trying to understand why they wouldn’t want to participate in this ceremony,’ said Mauricio de Jesus, the president of the cultural center where the key is held.

The evangelical Crivella has made negative comments about African-rooted religions, which many Brazilians practice and have great cultural influence on Carnival celebrations. ‘This is disrespectful to the black population, to the black community, to our roots,’ de Jesus said. READ MORE

Rio Carnival 2017

GRAPHIC WARNING: There is much in this video of Carnival from Brazil that you might find offensive. That said, you will easily see the New Age and pagan influences that the Catholics in Brazil display as they prepare for Lent. 

via The Roman Catholics Of Brazil Mark The Beginning Of Lent With Their Annual 5-Day ‘Carnival’ Brimming With Tribal Paganism — Now The End Begins

March 2 Praying to Your Father

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:9–13

Key verse: Matthew 6:6

You, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

On the subject of prayer, A. B. Simpson writes,

The first view given of God in the Lord’s Prayer is not His majesty but His paternal love. To the listening disciples this must have been a strange expression from the lips of their Lord as a pattern for them. Never had Jewish ears heard God so named, at least in His relation to the individual … No sinful man had ever dared to call God his Father.

They, doubtless, had heard their Master use this delightful name of God … but that they should call Jehovah by such a name had never dawned upon their legal and unillumined minds. And yet it really means that we may and should recognize that God is our Father.

The entire idea of Jesus addressing God as Father is one of personal love and devotion. You cannot know a person unless you love him. And you certainly cannot love God unless you know Him and realize He is intimately in love with you.

The idea of God as your Father is one of extreme love. Regardless of what your earthly father was like, God is a Father of love, and He cares for you. His parental love offers security, encouragement, and nurturing. Therefore, know that He has the ability to step aside from the occupation of the world’s demands to listen to your heart. For the believer, prayer is a lifeline of eternal love and hope.

Listen to my heart today, Father. You are my lifeline in the midst of the storms of life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 65). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.