Daily Archives: March 4, 2019

March 4 The Sufficiency of Christ

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15–23

Key Verse: Colossians 1:18

He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

As Paul addressed the deity and power of Christ in the first chapter of Colossians, he continually stressed the preeminence of Christ. Paul said He is “the first-born of all creation,” “the first-born from the dead,” and the One who is “to have first place in everything” (vv. 15, 18 nasb).

Paul’s use of the term first place was not, however, the comparative term we sometimes imagine. He was not saying that Jesus is prominent—that is, Christ is first, my family second, the church third, my job fourth, and so on. That wasn’t Paul’s or God’s intention.

What Paul—and the Spirit who inspired him—was attempting to communicate was that Jesus is preeminent. Jesus is above and beyond anyone and anything. Jesus is to be first in our homes, first in our finances, first in our relationships, first in our jobs, first in our leisure time, first and foremost in every conceivable aspect of life. Nothing can compare to Christ. He came not to be on the top of a priority list but to fill all with His fullness.

Is Christ the undisputed Lord over all of your life, reigning supreme? Have you allowed Him “to have first place in everything”?

Jesus, You are above and beyond anyone or anything in my life. You are first in my home, my finances, my relationships, my leisure time, and my work. You are undisputed Lord over my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 4 The Priority of Prayer

Scripture reading: Daniel 6:1–28

Key verse: Daniel 6:10

When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw you off track when it comes to spending time in prayer. You finally get by yourself and bow your head, and the phone rings. You suddenly remember another obligation. One of the children runs in with a question or a problem that cannot wait. Or maybe you can’t concentrate, and you decide to give up and try again later.

For Daniel, not even the threat of becoming lunch for lions deterred him from his daily habit of prayer. The edict to worship the king was handed down, and the rulers waited with delight to catch Daniel in the act of defiance. Of course, they did not have to wait long. Daniel continued to pray before God three times a day, as he always did.

What gave Daniel his determination and resolve? He believed without a shadow of a doubt that God would honor his commitment to prayer and take care of any trouble. Daniel did not concern himself with who might see or what others would think; he focused on the Lord alone.

In the end, Daniel was saved, the king was awed, and the rulers got to meet the lions. And here is the good news: God protects and uplifts you, too, when you trust Him to handle the consequences of obedience in prayer.

Dear Lord, give me the determination and resolve to make prayer a priority. Make it the consuming passion of my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 67). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

LGBT Researcher With Ties to TGC and ERLC to be Keynote Speaker at ‘Gay Christian’ Conference — Reformation Charlotte

Mark Yarhouse is famously known for his extensive “research” into various sexually deviant behaviors, their causes, and his approach to dealing with them when they arise. Yarhouse is the author of the book Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends, which is promoted by the Southern Baptist Religious Liberty Commission which discusses various methods of embracing the homosexual as a friend and a fellow Christian.

Yarhouse is a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, and according to the website, “he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and Christian psychologists to discuss common ground in treatment options for those who experience sexual and religious identity conflicts.” He also wrote a white paper on sexual identity which D.A. Carson, a co-founder of The Gospel Coalition recently edited for him.

Yesterday, Yarhouse gleefully announced he would be the final keynote speaker at the infamous Revoice conference — a “gay Christian” conference that has been denounced by the wider Evangelical community.

The Revoice conference has been denounced by conservative Evangelicals, and even by some of the more mainstream “moderate” Evangelicals, such as Al Mohler. Further, much of the terminology to reference sexual deviants promoted by Yarhouse — like “sexual minorities” — have actually been denounced even by contributors of The Gospel Coalition.

The Gospel Coalition has no doctrinal standards and is pretty much a free-for-all for anyone to come on and promote whatever they want without distinction. It has been the mission of The Gospel Coalition to build bridges not only between the progressive wing and the conservative wing of Christianity but also between Christianity and the Pagan world. Hopefully, people will wake up and see that Christians are not called to build bridges with the world, but to send the life-saving flotation device — the gospel — to rescue people from the world.

via LGBT Researcher With Ties to TGC and ERLC to be Keynote Speaker at ‘Gay Christian’ Conference — Reformation Charlotte

Trump Will Sign Executive Order ‘Requiring Colleges and Universities to Support Free Speech’ — Christian Research Network

Williams, who works for the conservative Leadership Institute, thanked the president: “It’s great that I’m being recognized, but there are so many conservative students who are facing discrimination and harassment and worse if they dare to speak up on campus. So I’m glad that we could bring this to the forefront.” 

(Susan Jones – CNSNews) – During a two-hour speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, President Trump hailed the young conservative activist who was punched in the face at the University of California, Berkeley campus on Feb. 19.

Trump called the attack “disgusting,” and he urged Hayden Williams to sue the attacker, the university and “maybe sue the state.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us. Remember that,” Trump said. “And we can never allow that to happen.”

Then the president made an announcement:

“Today I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars.

(Chants of “USA! USA!” erupted)  View article →

via Trump Will Sign Executive Order ‘Requiring Colleges and Universities to Support Free Speech’ — Christian Research Network

Confirmed: Repeating False Statements Over And Over Magically Makes Them True — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—A new study found that repeating a false statement over and over, especially on Twitter or other social media websites, magically makes it true.

“It seems that as you say the completely untrue claim over and over again, the laws of morality suddenly begin to alter to conform to your beliefs,” said one expert. “We’ve never seen anything like this before, where a political movement repeats mantras over and over again in order to brainwash the people into committing mass atrocities. We’ve definitely not seen this in action in the past 80 years or so.”

Experts say you have to repeat the claim as many times as possible. Also, they believe that the more outrageous the false statement, the more times you have to repeat it before it becomes correct. “For instance, if you’re just repeating a small lie such as ‘Almond milk is good,’ then you could just tweet it with three or four repetitions and it would become true.”

“But if you’re going to want to make a big lie true, such as The Last Jedi being a good movie or abortion being health care, then you’ve got to post it a bunch of times—preferably in all caps.”

via Confirmed: Repeating False Statements Over And Over Magically Makes Them True — The Babylon Bee

The End of Parental Rights? A Chilling Case From Canada — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

The overload of media in the modern age has made it difficult to distinguish between the significant and the merely sensational. Sometimes, especially in this morally confused age, a story turns out to be both significant and sensational. That happened in Canada this past week—a story that bears enormous moral consequences and is utterly scandalous in its content.

Jeremiah Keenan, reporter for the Federalist, documented a decision last Wednesday in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The court ordered that a 14-year-old girl receive testosterone injections without parental consent. The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, the parents could be charged with family violence.

Evidently, the girl’s school counselor encouraged her to identify as a boy as early as the seventh grade. When Maxine—the name used in the Federalist article—turned 13, Dr. Brenden Hursh and his colleagues at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital decided that she, “Should begin taking testosterone injections in order to develop a more masculine appearance.” Keenan reported that while the mother accepted the idea of hormone injections, the girl’s father was “concerned about the permanent ramifications of cross-sex hormones.” Further: “Suspecting that his daughter’s mental health issues might be more of the cause than the effect of her gender dysphoria. He ultimately decided that it would be better for her to wait until she was older before she embarked on any irreversible course of treatment.”

Despite the father’s concerns and rights as a parent, the doctor informed the parents that hormone treatments would commence simply based on the expressed consent of the child and the agreement of doctors. The lead doctor claimed that he had the right to usurp parental control due to prevailing law in British Columbia known as the Infants’ Act. When the father sought an injunction from the court in British Columbia, a judge deemed that the daughter was empowered with “consent to medical treatment for gender dysphoria.” The father responded to the court’s decision, stating, “The government has taken over my parental rights. They’re using [his daughter] like she’s a guinea pig in an experiment.”

The father continued in his outrage, asking, “Is the British Columbia Children’s Hospital going to be there in 5 years when she rejects her male identity? No, they’re not. They don’t care. They want numbers.” Keenan aptly reported that the majority of children diagnosed by sex change clinics with gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder have actually returned to identify with their gender assigned at birth.

The sexual revolutionaries are scandalously dishonest about the consequences or implications of their worldview. Indeed, the father reflected on transgender clinics in England that, due to enormous activist pressure, fast track children into transition treatments. The father commented, “These activists are taking over and it’s not in the interest of our kids. It’s in the interest of self-promotion and the things that they want to do and accomplish.”

Indeed, the sexual revolution aims to normalize its entire transgender ideology. The LGBTQ revolutionaries have chipped away at the moral foundation of society—by opening the door to adult gender dysphoria, it would only be a matter of time before they extended their logic to young children who should have access to hormonal treatments and gender reversal medical procedures. No matter how hard they try, however, the sexual revolutionaries have no way to normalize what they propose for children. There is no way to look at this story without serious moral concern and outrage; an outrage not only directed at the indoctrination of young minds but the disavowal of parental rights.

This story out of Canada reveals the deeply subversive developments of the sexual revolutionaries and their agenda—they now target the rights of parents; they disrupt the life of the home and subvert familial bonds. The court’s decision in British Columbia opened the door to the nullification of all parental rights—the child, no matter the age, is increasingly considered to be autonomous. Children and teenagers, guided and advised and even pushed by activists and medical authorities, can decide what to do with their bodies. Not only that, if the parents dare to refer to their transgender child by their actual sex, the parents can be charged with violating the family violence laws.

This is not a twisted fantasy novel. It is a real case, with real people, with a real judge, and with massively real consequences.

A moral reorientation of society occurs when the revolutionaries enact the logical and consistent implications of their worldview. For the sexual revolution, it began with claims that, for adults, gender is merely a social construct and gender identity is up to the individual. But if that logic applies to adults, it will inevitable apply to adolescents and children as well. The fluidity of gender and its deconstruction as a fixed, moral norm must extend to every person at every age. Every individual, even little children, must possess legally protected autonomy to decide their gender identity, declare it, and seek hormonal treatments and more.

When that logic infects a society, moral absolutes disappear. In Canada, the sexual revolution has sacrificed parental rights on the altar of a perverse moral ideology.

The Supreme Court in British Columbia has handed down a terrible decision—it not only nullified parental rights over their children but made it criminal for parents even to refer to their child as the gender assigned at birth. The judge ruled, “Attempting to persuade [their daughter] to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria, addressing [their daughter] by his birth name, or with female pronouns, whether to him directly or to third parties shall be considered to be family violence under Section 38 of the Family Law Act.”

Like a destructive tidal wave, the moral revolution crushes the norms and moral structures that have guided human civilization for thousands of years. In this secular moment, parents no longer serve as the responsible authorities for the nurturing of their children but obstacles that must be removed.

Indeed, the sexual revolution continuously seeks to undermine parental authority as evidenced by another case in Alberta. Jill Croteau for Global News reported a story with the headline, “Gay-straight alliance law challenged at Alberta Court of Appeal.” Croteau writes, “A court of Appeal heard both sides on the impacts of Gay-straight alliances in schools. While one side argues they limit a parent’s right to know, the other says it protects children whose parents may not accept their sexual identity.”

The substance of this issue centers around schools which refer students to Gay-straight alliances, or clubs, without divulging that information to parents. Indeed, some schools will place students with an openly gay or LGBTQ counselor without every notifying the parents. These students will receive encouragement to accept a gay identity—conversations that go on while parents remain oblivious and intentionally left in the dark.

A moral meltdown has erupted. The forces of secularism and the moral revolutionaries have pressed an agenda with a ruinous fallout. The logic is clear: Parents must be severed from their children if the parents refuse to get on board.

The sexual revolution must push and invade. If it asserts the full autonomy of the individual, then it must extend that right to young children. If the moral revolutionaries fail in this endeavor, or agree that children should remain under the care of their parents, then they undermine the entire worldview and sexual agenda of the movement. If personal autonomy is absolute, then it absolutely must apply to every person at every stage of life.

Furthermore, the sexual revolution chooses its skirmishes in the battlefields of the courts—and they are winning those contests. Lawsuits and cases, timed just right, and placed in front of the right set of judges, will procure a ruling that will favor the sexual revolution. Rather than public discourse and debate over these enormous issues, the sexual revolution seeks judicial mandate. Through jurisprudence, the sexual revolutionaries build precedence. When one case goes their way, it lays a foundation for further cases that will extend their ideology. It has been an effective strategy, even in the United States with cases like Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges.

This is how a moral change takes place within a society—not only aided and abetted by the courts but driven by the courts. The headlines that demand our attention often include the names of one judge or another; one justice or one court after another. That is no accident. That is the strategy to transform the culture—and, as court decision after court decision indicates, the revolutionaries are winning.

via The End of Parental Rights? A Chilling Case From Canada — Blog – AlbertMohler.com

March 4, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Contact

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” (4:7–15)

As Jesus sat beside the well that evening, tired and thirsty from His journey, there came a woman of Samaria to draw water. The cool of the evening was the time when women customarily performed that chore (Gen. 24:11). This woman came at high noon, perhaps because of her desire to avoid public shame. What was also unusual was that this woman came such a long distance to this well when there were other sources of water closer to the village. But she, for reasons that will soon become evident, was an outcast. She would rather walk the extra distance in the hottest time of the day than face the hostility and scorn of the other women at the closer well earlier or later in the day.

The Lord’s simple request, “Give Me a drink,” was in that culture a shocking breach of social custom. Men did not speak with women in public—not even their wives. Nor did rabbis associate with immoral women (cf. Luke 7:39). Most significant of all in this situation, Jews customarily wanted nothing to do with Samaritans (cf. the discussion of v. 9 below). But Jesus shattered all of those barriers. The parenthetical note that the disciples had gone away into the city to buy food explains why Jesus was sitting at the well by Himself. It also indicates that our Lord did not pay attention to the taboos of the strict Jews, who would not eat food handled by Samaritans.

Taken aback that Jesus spoke to her, the Samaritan woman said in astonishment, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” As noted above, it was culturally incorrect for a man, especially a rabbi, to speak to any woman, particularly an immoral outcast. But her question reveals that what she found most surprising was that Jesus, being a Jew, would speak to her, a Samaritan woman since, as John explained in an understated way, Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Even more astounding was His willingness to ceremonially defile Himself by drinking from her water pot, since He had no vessel of His own from which to drink (v. 11). (The word translated dealings in John’s explanatory note literally means “to use the same utensils.”) But Jesus was the infinitely holy God in human flesh. He could not be defiled by a Samaritan water pot. Whatever He touched—even corpses (Luke 7:12–15) or lepers (Matt. 8:2–3)—did not taint Him, but instead became clean.

The bitter rivalry between the Jews and the Samaritans had been going on for centuries. After the fall of the northern kingdom to the Assyrians, the ten tribes of

Israel [were] carried away into exile from their own land to Assyria … [and] the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva and from Hamath and Sephar-vaim, and settled them in the cities of Samaria in place of the sons of Israel. So they possessed Samaria and lived in its cities. (2 Kings 17:23–24).

The foreign non-Jews intermarried with the population of Jews who had not been deported, forming a mixed race known as the Samaritans (the name derives from the region and capital city, both called Samaria). The new settlers brought their idolatrous religion with them (2 Kings 17:29–31), which became intermingled with the worship of Yahweh (vv. 25–28, 32–33, 41). In time, however, the Samaritans abandoned their idols and worshiped Yahweh alone, after their own fashion (for example, they accepted only the Pentateuch as canonical Scripture, and worshiped God on Mount Gerizim, not at Jerusalem).

When the Jewish exiles returned to Jerusalem under Ezra and Nehemiah, their first priority was to rebuild the temple. Professing loyalty to Israel’s God, the Samaritans offered their assistance (Ezra 4:1–2). The Jews’ blunt refusal (Ezra 4:3) enraged the Samaritans, who then became their bitter enemies (Ezra 4:4ff.; Neh. 4:1–3, 7ff.). Rebuffed in their attempt to worship at Jerusalem, the Samaritans built their own temple on Mount Gerizim (c. 400 b.c.). The Jews later destroyed that temple during the intertestamental period, further worsening relations between the two groups.

After centuries of mistrust, there was a deep animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans. The writer of the apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus expressed the scorn and contempt the Jews felt for the Samaritans. Claiming that God detested the Samaritan people, he derisively referred to them as “the stupid people living at Shechem” (50:25–26). The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day manifested this same prejudice. In fact, when they wanted to insult Jesus, the worst they could do was to call Him a Samaritan (8:48). The Samaritans, of course, reciprocated the Jews’ hostility—as was illustrated when one of their villages refused to receive Jesus because He was on His way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51–53).

In response to the woman’s query, Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The Lord’s reply turned the tables on her. When the conversation began, He was the thirsty one, and she the one with the water. Now He spoke as if she were the thirsty one and He the one with the water. The woman’s reply reflected her confusion. Still thinking in terms of physical water she asked, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep (cf. the discussion of v. 6 above); where then do You get that living water?” She did not understand that Jesus was talking about spiritual realities. The living water that He offered her was salvation in all its fullness, including forgiveness of sin and the ability and desire to live an obedient life that glorifies God.

The Old Testament uses the metaphor of living water to describe the spiritual cleansing and new life that comes at salvation through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Disobedient Israel was guilty of having foolishly “forsaken [God], the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:13). Later Jeremiah warned that “all who forsake [the Lord] will be put to shame. Those who turn away on earth will be written down, because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the Lord” (17:13). Both passages emphasize that God is the only source of salvation; He alone is the “fountain of life” (Ps. 36:9), and in Him the redeemed “will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation” (Isa. 12:3; cf. Isa. 1:16–18). Isaiah 55:1 echoes God’s gracious offer of salvation: “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters,” and this invitation is reiterated in the book of Revelation (21:6; 22:17). As God Himself promised regarding the new covenant:

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. (Ezek. 36:25–27; cf. Isa. 44:3)

John applies these themes to Jesus as the living water, which symbolizes eternal life (v. 14; 6:35; 7:37–39).

The woman’s question, “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” expects a negative answer. She was skeptical of this stranger’s ability to provide the living water He offered. Even the revered patriarch Jacob could not provide water without expending the effort to dig this well. And in her mind this Jewish traveler certainly was not greater than Jacob. But as D. A. Carson notes, “Misunderstanding combines with irony to make the woman twice wrong: the ‘living water’ Jesus offers does not come from an ordinary well, and Jesus is in fact far greater than the patriarch Jacob” (The Gospel According to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991], 219).

Patiently, Jesus answered her skeptical question and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Jacob was rightly accorded a place of honor by both Jews and Samaritans. Yet, as Jesus pointed out, everyone who drank of the water from his well would thirst again. It is a measure of Jesus’ incomparable greatness that whoever drinks of the water that He will give him shall never thirst; but the water that He will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life (cf. Isa. 12:3). Here was the living water of spiritual life (cf. 7:38) that her parched soul desperately needed (cf. Ps. 143:6).

Still thinking primarily on the physical level, she replied eagerly, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” Her response parallels that of the Galilean crowd, who responded to Jesus’ teaching about the bread from heaven, “Lord, always give us this [physical] bread” (6:34; cf. v. 26). Whatever else the living water did, she was ready to receive it if it would eliminate her daily trip to the well and give her also eternal life.

At this point, the woman does not appear to have been clear on the matter of spiritual transformation. Jesus had spoken to her about the water of eternal life, and she seemed willing to accept it, but no conditions had been stated. As with any lost sinner, this woman needed to understand two crucial issues before she could receive the living water of eternal life—namely, the reality of her sin and His identity as Savior. In these last two points, Jesus addressed both of those issues.[1]


Living Water

John 4:7–14

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

In the city of Philadelphia, where I live, there is a beautiful drive that leads out of the city along the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River. Along the drive there is a section of the riverbank lined with boathouses, called Boathouse Row; and across from Boathouse Row there is a statue of a pilgrim with a Bible under his arm. Many who pass the statue by car never see more than the pilgrim. But if a person is on foot and is exploring the riverbank, he soon finds a stream that empties into the Schuylkill near the pilgrim, as well as a trail that winds along it. If he follows this trail up over Sedgley Hill toward Brewery Town, he comes upon the source of the spring. There, over the spring’s source, he sees an inscription once placed by the city government—“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again.”

The quotation over the source of Sedgley spring is true, so far as it goes. No one would think of denying it. But it is only half a quotation. For the other half of the quotation one must turn to Christ’s words to the woman of Samaria when she came to Jacob’s well to draw water.

As Jesus spoke to the woman about water he made the obvious statement—“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” But then he also made a second statement, and in this statement there is a great promise. He offered a new kind of water, saying, “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). This promise is the basis for our study in this chapter.

A Weary Christ

It is not often that I have been really thirsty—certainly not in this country—but of one thing about thirst I am convinced: most people understand very little about it until they spend time in a tropical land, particularly an arid and extremely warm land such as the Middle East. Several times when I have been traveling in the Middle East I have found myself in places where a traveler dared not drink the water. I remember vividly how uncomfortable and at times almost desperate one becomes until a place is reached where the water is drinkable and intense thirst can be quenched. People seldom experience this in America and other English-speaking lands. So in our literature water appears often as a symbol of beauty or perhaps (in great quantities) even of destruction but seldom as a symbol for life. It is entirely different in a culture where water is a symbol of that without which a person will surely die.

We must see this as we turn to Jesus’ conversation with the woman of Samaria, for the point there is that Jesus is as necessary for spiritual life as water is for physical life.

Jesus had been traveling with his disciples from the area of the lower Jordan to Galilee and had to go through Samaria, as the story tells us (v. 4). This was not entirely true in a purely geographical sense. From the area of the lower Jordan to Galilee there were two routes. One led through Perea on the eastern side of the Jordan to the northern end of the valley where it crossed over into Galilee. The other, the way Jesus took, went through Samaria, the country west of the Jordan. Normally, orthodox Jews would take the eastern route; it was longer but it avoided Samaria. They did this because of their hostility toward the Samaritans. When John tells us, then, that Jesus “must needs” go through Samaria, he obviously means Jesus had to go that way to meet the Samaritan woman.

So Jesus went through Samaria. About noon on the second day of travel he came to the vicinity of the Samaritan town of Sychar. Being tired from his journey, he sat at the foot of the hill leading up to Sychar, on the edge of Jacob’s well. The disciples were sent off to the city to buy something to eat while Jesus rested.

What a picture of Jesus! Here was a Jesus who was not wearied merely by the heat. He could have stayed in the cooler area of the Jordan. Here was a Jesus who was wearied in his search for sinners and who had become thirsty seeking those to whom he was to offer the water of life. On the same errand he would one day experience an even greater thirst on the cross. One of the great devotional writers of our time, Geoffrey T. Bull, a missionary the Chinese imprisoned on the Tibetan border from 1950 to 1953 but later released, remarks on this aspect of Jesus’ encounter with the woman: “If she could have seen just then what Jesus saw, she would have glimpsed another noonday when the sun would mourn in blackness and this same Stranger cry out from a Roman cross, ‘I thirst!’ She would have seen in him the shadow of a great rock in a weary land, the smitten Christ from whom the living waters flow. … He was thirstier than she knew. He was speaking for the very heart of God. He was moving in the travail of his soul and looked for satisfaction in the restoration of this sin scarred woman.”

Jesus became man and experienced all that we experience, but the point of the incarnation is that he did this to redeem men. So if he was weary, thirsty, hot, and on the road to even greater suffering, he was weary and hot for your sake and mine. Jesus suffered for the Nicodemuses, the women of Samaria, and the others whom this world holds. If you are already a believer, perhaps you should ask yourself whether you have ever wearied yourself in the pursuit of other men and women. Have you ever become hot or uncomfortable trying to communicate the gospel to others?

A Thirsty Woman

There is another picture in the first verses of John 4. The one picture is of a wearied Christ. The second is of the woman. She was a Samaritan, and she undoubtedly had had many opportunities to return the hatred of the Jews for the Samaritans by hating the Jews in return. Perhaps she had even had a taste of their hostility a few minutes before meeting Jesus, for she was coming down the hill at the same time that Peter and the other disciples had gone up, and we can be certain that at this stage of their lives, Peter and the others would never have moved off the path for any woman, much less a Samaritan and one with loose morals at that. Perhaps she had been pushed aside or made to wait while the body of Galileans marched by.

Probably she came to the bottom of the hill with this fresh reminder of the hatred of the Jews in her mind, and as soon as she got to the well the first thing that she discovered was another Jew. She could tell he was a Jew by his dress. She was silent. She wasn’t about to speak to him! While she was getting ready to lower her bucket into the well, however, Jesus made a request. He asked for a drink. When she remarked at the fact that he, a Jew, should do something as unheard of as to ask water of a Samaritan woman, he aroused her curiosity even further by offering her a new kind of water, “living water,” that would be a spring of water within her “welling up to eternal life.”

This is always the way it is in the spiritual realm. Jesus comes to us first. If we were left to ourselves, we would leave him sitting on the edge of the well forever. But he does not leave us to ourselves. Instead he comes to us. He asks the first question. He initiates the conversation. He uses all devices to break through to our hearts. Sometimes it is a question, sometimes a command, sometimes a chance remark made by someone else, but it is always from him.

Jesus offered the woman “living water.” But what does that mean? What does it mean when he offers it to us? The woman, of course, at first understood the words with crude literalness, just as Nicodemus had understood the words about being “born again” literally. In Jewish speech the phrase “living water” meant water that was flowing, like water in a river or stream, as opposed to water that was stagnant, as in a cistern or well. Living water was considered to be better. Therefore, when Jesus said that he could give her “living water” the woman quite naturally thought of a stream. She wanted to know where Jesus had found it. From the tone of her remarks it is evident that she even thought his claim a bit blasphemous, for it was a claim to have done something greater than her ancestor Jacob had been able to do. Had Jacob been able to find a stream he would certainly not have taken the trouble to dig a well that was roughly a hundred feet deep. This was the level on which the woman was thinking.

Still the phrase should have meant more than this to anyone who was accustomed to thinking biblically. It should have meant more than this to the woman. Many times in the Old Testament God is pictured as the One who alone can supply living water to satisfy the thirst for God that exists in man’s soul.

Isaiah wrote, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa. 12:3). David said, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Ps. 42:1). God declared through Jeremiah, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jer. 2:13). In Isaiah 44 God makes the promise, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land” (Isa. 44:3). In chapter 55 he declares, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!” (v. 1). Several times in the writings of Ezekiel and Zechariah there is a picture of a river of life flowing out from God’s presence in Jerusalem (Ezek. 47:1–12; Zech. 13:1; 14:8). In the New Testament, in the Book of Revelation, there is a reference to these themes in the promises for the end time, “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7:17).

Much of the Old Testament is filled with this pictorial religious language revealing the thirst of the soul, a thirst that can be satisfied only by God. However, the woman chose to misunderstand Christ’s words by taking them literally. She was blind because she would not see.

Jesus was claiming to be the One who alone can satisfy human longing. Have you tested his claim? You may try to fill your life with the things of this world—money, fame, power, activity—but though these will satisfy for a time, they will not do so permanently. I have often said that they are like a Chinese dinner. They will fill you up well, but two or three hours later you will be hungry again. Only Jesus Christ is able to satisfy you fully.

A Springing Fountain

There is one more point that is of great importance to this study. Up to now we have been thinking mostly about the phrase “living water” from verse 10. Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” This verse is important, but we must not overlook the point that four verses further on, in verse 14, Jesus repeats his offer with a significant variation. In verse 14 he says, “But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

No one has ever seen a well of water springing up. Only the water in a spring springs up. The water in a well just lies there. So Jesus is not talking about a well. The woman had come to a well. Jesus has invited her to a spring. Now he adds that if she allows him to place this spring within her, the spring will never cease but will continue to bubble away forever.

Imagine, if you will, that you have just purchased a piece of property upon which you are going to build a house. There is water on the property. If the water is in a well, the water will give you no trouble. If you are there with your bulldozers to clear the ground for your house, all you have to do is push some dirt into the hole and the well will be gone forever so far as you are concerned. It is entirely different, however, if the source of the water on your property is a spring. Try to do the same as you did with the well. You push some dirt over a spring, and it seems to be gone. Five o’clock comes. The workmen go home. But the next morning, when the workmen come back, the stream will be there again, having simply pushed its way through the ground. A well can be covered. A spring seeps through anything you may place over it.

This is what the Lord Jesus Christ is saying. He is promising to place a spring within the life of anyone who will come to him. This spring will be eternal, free, joyous, and self-dependent. But he is also warning you that you will never be able to bulldoze anything over it!

We try, of course. I have done it myself. I know of many who have believed in Christ but who have come to a place in their lives where his way seems inconvenient and who have tried to stifle his presence by piling some foreign substance over the spring. Some have said, “I’m glad that I’m saved, but I’m going to go my way while I’m young. I paid too much attention to religion in my youth. Now I’m just going to cover it up.” So they try. But instead of succeeding they discover that God just comes bubbling through.

Let me ask another question: What happens when a spring comes bubbling through dirt? The answer is: It produces muddy water. Is it the spring’s fault? No! The fault lies in the dirt that has been pushed on top of it. Does this describe your life? Are you a Christian who has run from God, trying to cover over his presence, but instead only had your life filled with muddy water? If this does describe you, why don’t you allow the Lord Jesus Christ to remove the dirt and purify the spring of his life within you?

Let me warn you that you cannot go your own way indefinitely. You will never get away with that. God must be true to his character, and God says that in his holiness he is determined to perfect the image of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, within you. If God were to allow you to go any way you want and make a success of it, then he would be a liar when he says that Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. God is no liar. So he will make a mess of your life, a ruin of your life, if he has to, until you come to the point where you will let him perfect that work in you he began when you first tasted of the Lord Jesus.

Will you yield to him? If you do, he will satisfy any longing that you may ever have had. He put it there in the first place. And he will do with you that which is pleasing in his sight and which will bless others.[2]


Living Water

John 4:10–14

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13–14)

In 1509, Don Diego Columbus arrived on the island of Hispaniola to rule as Spanish governor in the West Indies. Don Diego, the son of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, arrived with several relatives, a large retinue of cavaliers, and a troop of well-bred ladies sent to marry and civilize the leading colonists of New Spain. Among those colonists was Juan Ponce de Leon, governor of Puerto Rico. Ponce had distinguished himself in battle and was revered as a personal companion of Christopher Columbus. Though an old man, he was animated with the ambitions of youth. He watched in frustration as the young courtiers took their young wives and set off for wealth and renown. One biography relates, “The enjoyment of life had ever been an exquisite pleasure to him, and his desire to prolong his earthly existence in vigor was intense.”

Because of this desire, Ponce was inspired by legends he had heard of “crystal waters flowing from living springs … in which he who bathed would be instantly endowed with immortal youth and great beauty.” Outfitting a small fleet, he began searching for this “Fountain of Youth.” Being first directed to the Bahama Islands, he bathed in every stream and lake there. Disappointed, he extended his search northwest. On Easter Sunday he landed at what is now St. Augustine, having been drawn there by the perfume of flowers wafting over the ocean. Believing himself to have discovered paradise, he claimed the land for Spain and named it Florida in honor of the flowers. Certain that the Fountain of Youth must be among the magnolia-laden streams nearby, and eager to taste the promised golden fruit proffered by the hands of lovely maidens, Ponce searched in earnest but also in vain. Frustrated at his failure to find the fountain, Ponce returned to Puerto Rico having gained not immortal youth but immortal fame for discovering Florida and for seeking eternal life.

Jesus’ Offer of Living Water

If Ponce de Leon had trusted his Bible instead of native legends, he would have learned that the fountain of eternal life is found not in the Bahamas or Florida but at an ancient well outside the town of Sychar in Samaria. According to Jesus, the source of living water was not in Jacob’s well itself, on which he sat with the Samaritan woman. Rather, Jesus himself is the fountain of eternal life. “If you knew the gift of God,” he said, “and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Pointing to the well, he added, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (4:13–14). Though lacking the scented flowers, the golden apples, and lovely maidens, here was a fountain of youth and vigor from which Ponce de Leon might have drunk without sailing in ships, and from which any one of us may benefit simply by believing in Jesus Christ.

Jesus employs the Bible’s frequent use of the link between water and life. Water is absolutely necessary for life in this world. If you are flying over the Great Plains in the Central United States, you will look down on a brown landscape slashed with green lines and dotted with green squares and circles. The green lines are rivers, where water brings life to the earth; the squares and circles are farmlands watered by irrigation systems. Where there is water, there is life. Jesus is using his earthly situation, sitting on a well, to make a point about spiritual life. As a well gives water for our bodies, so also does God give life to our souls.

In Jesus’ day, the expression “living water” referred to fresh, running water, in contrast to the stagnant water found in wells. But those familiar with the Bible will also see this as a reference to the gift of abundant life through the Holy Spirit that God promised through the Messiah. In Jeremiah 2:13, God described himself as “the fountain of living waters.” Psalm 36:9 says, “For with you is the fountain of life.” Isaiah 44:3 tells of the coming day of salvation: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring.” The last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 22, depicts “the river of the water of life,” flowing from the throne of God and of his Son, the Savior-Lamb (Rev. 22:1). One writer therefore describes living water as “the soul-satisfying grace of God, or that which only God can give to satisfy a soul. It is … the transforming life and power that God alone gives in and through the gospel of His Son, that leads to eternal life, and that satisfies as nothing else can.”

In making this offer, Jesus summarized his entire gospel in terms of two things that the world needs to know. He notes, “If you knew the gift of God.” This is what we need to know: God has life as a gift for those who will receive it. He says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters” (Isa. 55:1), and we may bring the parched soil of our hearts to be watered by him. Second, Jesus says, “If you knew … who it is that is” speaking (John 4:10). We need to know who Jesus is as well: the Savior sent by God to bring eternal life to this dying world. In these two statements is our whole gospel; this is what we and others need to know in order to be saved: what is the gift of God and who Jesus is as the One who offers it. Then we must ask of him, and he will bring eternal life as living water for our souls. We need it—God’s gift of eternal life—from him—the Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus promises: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (4:10).

Unquenched Thirst

Jesus’ offer produced a revealing response from the woman: “The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?’ ” (John 4:11). Here we have another depiction of unbelief. We saw in John 3:19 that unbelief is caused by a moral commitment to sin: Jesus said, “Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” We also observed that many people are kept from God by cultural barriers, which Jesus crossed in speaking to this Samaritan woman. Now, in her response, we see yet another reason for unbelief: spiritual inability. She simply was not able to grasp what Jesus meant in his offer of salvation. She was an earthly, worldly person, unable to think in spiritual terms.

The Bible teaches that fallen mankind is dead to spiritual things (see Eph. 2:1–3). Paul explains, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). This woman was a perfect example of this teaching, for she could think only in terms of physical water and literal wells. Nicodemus was similarly unable to understand Jesus in John 3. Jesus said to him, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

The woman’s reply to Jesus was almost comical. She did not see how he could offer what she understood only as running water. First, Jesus had no pail: “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” (John 4:11). Second, she could not see how Jesus could do better than so great a man as the patriarch Jacob: “Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock” (4:12). Jacob’s well remains in Samaria today; it is over a hundred feet deep and was likely deeper then. Some scholars believe that Jacob’s well might have been the deepest in all of Palestine. How could this stranger—a man with no apparent distinction or station—hope to do better than Jacob and his well?

People think the same way today. Jesus is not someone they take seriously because he does not head a powerful organization or command worldly resources. The people who matter, they think, are those who allocate riches and promotions, or who provide valued goods and services. Despite his unparalleled religious status, Jesus is thought to be of little earthly good—and most people, like this Samaritan woman, think only of earthly things. Jesus did not bring any advanced technology and simply could not compare with people who really matter—such as Jacob, who at least was head of a great nation. She was interested in plumbing, not salvation; she wanted an easier way to get better water from the well. Likewise, people today want advice on relationships, work, and play, not theological jargon about Jesus.

The problem with such thinking goes back to Jesus’ offer: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is [speaking] to you” (John 4:10). The truth is that the spiritual realm is superior to the material realm; God’s gift of spiritual life is more valuable than earthly riches. Moreover, though Jesus Christ seems so easy to dismiss, in fact God has “seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet” (Eph. 1:20–22). Even when it comes to our earthly concerns—jobs, families, and health—Jesus has far more power than any earthly authority. But more importantly, Jesus has authority over our eternal souls. Unless we come to him in faith, we are condemned already, John says, for not believing in the name of God’s only Son (John 3:18).

Does this not inspire us to tell people what they do not know? This woman had many needs—she needed relationship advice, she had the stress of being rejected by other women, and she needed help getting water from this well, surely along with many other problems. But her greatest need was to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. This is why we need to preach the gospel—not lifestyle tips or the self-help plumbing that today’s worldly men and women also crave. The Bible says, “The gospel … is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16), so we must proclaim it.

With this very thing in mind, Jesus replied to the woman, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again.” Every earthly source of life and satisfaction will always fail to satisfy our souls. The woman might get beautiful pipes bringing the well water all the way to her house. Yet she would thirst again. Thirst is one of the strongest cravings, and the souls of men and women are thirsty for God, whether they know it or not. Nothing but God satisfies the soul made by God for himself. St. Augustine wrote at the beginning of his Confessions: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Whether we know it or not, Psalm 42:1 speaks for us all: “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”

This was true for this Samaritan woman, and it is true for you. You might have all that this world can offer—riches, rank, place, and power—yet be utterly unfulfilled. Isn’t this the story of our own time? Amid gaudy affluence and ever-ready entertainment, with unparalleled leisure and earthly excitements, ours is a generation aching with thirst. A. W. Pink summarizes the human condition:

Whether he articulates it or not the natural man, the world over, is crying “I thirst.” Why this consuming desire to acquire wealth? Why this craving for the honors and plaudits of the world? Why this mad rush after pleasure, the turning from one form of it to another with persistent and unwearied diligence? Why this eager search for wisdom—this scientific inquiry, this pursuit of philosophy, this ransacking of the writings of the ancients, and this ceaseless experimentation by the moderns? Why the insane craze for that which is novel? Why? Because there is an aching void in the soul. Because there is something remaining in every natural man that is unsatisfied. This is true of the millionaire equally as much as the pauper: the riches of the former bring no real contentment. It is as true of the globe-trotter equally as much as of the country rustic who has never been outside the bounds of his native country: traveling from one end of the earth to the other and back again fails to discover the secret of peace. Over all the cisterns of this world’s providing is written in letters of ineffaceable truth, “Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.”

Remember Ponce de Leon? The tragedy of his life is not that he never found the Fountain of Youth. The tragedy is that even if he had found it, its unending earthly pleasures would not really have satisfied him. So what are you seeking? Riches? Pleasure? Fame? The tragedy today is that people seek these things but find no satisfaction when they gain them. Jesus warns that regardless of whatever earthly fulfillment you might gain, you will only thirst again. Especially when our seeking leads us into sin, we end up like broken cisterns not even capable of being satisfied, no longer even able to hold water, unless Christ should come and heal our souls.

Malcolm Muggeridge was one of the leading journalists and writers of his generation. Through the thirst of his own soul, he learned what Jesus sought to communicate to this Samaritan woman. He reflected:

I may … pass for being a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets—that’s fame. I can fairly easily earn enough to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Inland Revenue—that’s success. Furnished with money and a little fame … [I] may partake of trendy diversions—that’s pleasure. It might happen once in a while that something I said or wrote … represented a serious impact on our time—that’s fulfillment. Yet I say to you, and I beg you to believe me, multiply these tiny triumphs by a million, add them all together, and they are nothing—less than nothing, a positive impediment—measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty.

God’s Gift of Life

That was Jesus’ message to the woman at the well. He told her that by drinking from worldly troughs she would always thirst again, but he added, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

There is a condition for what Jesus offers. He specifies: “Whoever drinks.” Jesus did not direct us to fulfill some quest or perform morally or religiously at a certain high level. He does not place a price tag on his living water, but simply says, “Whoever drinks.” He is speaking, of course, of simple faith. John 3:16 told us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Leon Morris explains: “The gift of the living water is not a reward for meritorious service. It is a gift that brings to anyone who receives it, no matter how insignificant and limited he or she may be, a totally new experience, a new power, a new life—the life that is eternal.”

Notice that this woman’s sins did not keep Jesus from offering her salvation. He brings up her sins later in the conversation, not before but after he offers salvation, knowing that if she believes, his death on the cross will cleanse her from all sin. George Hutcheson writes, “Christ, who makes offer of grace before we seek it, will not refuse it to them who ask it, nor will former sins hinder their acceptance who come to seek grace; for even to this wicked woman he saith, ‘Thou wouldest have asked, and he would have given thee living waters.’ ”

When we fulfill the condition of salvation—receiving God’s gift through faith alone—there is a glorious consequence: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” Jesus offers to satisfy our souls. This does not mean that all our trials cease and that life in this world is transformed into unending ease. Far from it! To follow Jesus is to pick up his cross and endure many hardships in life—not the least of which is our warfare with sin. But we gain soul-fulfillment through our fellowship with God. Earthly things lose their appeal—the more worldly and sinful they are, the more thoroughly their luster fades—and we find permanent satisfaction for the thirst of our souls.

Finally, Jesus speaks of a change that will result: “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). This refers to the new birth by the Holy Spirit. To be born again is to have a spiritual fountain welling up within you, as God himself lives and moves in your heart.

The results of this change, with the ever-flowing fountain of spiritual power that it opens up in us, are faith, godliness, and unfailing spiritual joy. Psalm 16:11 says, “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Do you experience that? If you are not a Christian, this is what Jesus offers you—not the dreary, negative lifestyle you have been told that Christians endure. If you come to Jesus, he will save you through faith and give you life abundant (see John 10:10).

If you are a Christian, are you experiencing this? Do you enjoy the blessings of the Holy Spirit’s fountain in your heart? The tragedy of Ponce de Leon was that he sought a Fountain of Youth that did not exist. But how much greater is the tragedy of Christians who have found the true fountain of eternal, spiritual life, but who know little of its blessings of righteousness, peace, and joy.

The sad fact is that far too many Christians live without enjoying the spiritual blessings that Jesus has given them. This is one reason why our witness is often ineffective. There are a number of explanations for this. Some Christians live close to the world and fill their hearts with worldly things. Are you like that? Are you still filling your soul with water that will leave you thirsty again? If so, wean your heart from earthly pleasures and treasures and start serving Jesus at home, in your work, and in your play. Stop craving for worldly success, stop drinking from worldly troughs, and renew your commitment to Christ, and you will find refreshing waters flowing freely once again. Others have stopped up the spring of the Holy Spirit with sinful habits or attitudes. If you are truly a Christian, you can never ultimately block God’s Spirit, but how much better for you to repent or forgive as needed and to walk in the light, cleansed by Christ’s blood and refreshed by his fellowship. Jesus says to all who come to him, for the first time or once again: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.”

The woman heard Jesus’ offer of life—its condition, its consequence, and its change—and still responded with only worldly understanding. She said, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water” (John 4:15). Jesus was not done with her, and he would continue working into her heart until she understood and believed. When she finally did, she responded with a joy that changed her life and the lives of many others. May we likewise know the gift of God and the Savior who offers it, and may many others drink from his living water through our witness in the world.[3]


10. Jesus answered. Christ now, availing himself of the opportunity, begins to preach about the grace and power of his Spirit, and that to a woman who did not at all deserve that he should speak a word to her. This is certainly an astonishing instance of his goodness. For what was there in this wretched woman, that, from being a prostitute, she suddenly became a disciple of the Son of God? Though in all of us he has displayed a similar instance of his compassion. All the women, indeed, are not prostitutes, nor are all the men stained by some heinous crime; but what excellence can any of us plead as a reason why he deigned to bestow on us the heavenly doctrine, and the honour of being admitted into his family? Nor was it by accident that the conversation with such a person occurred; for the Lord showed us, as in a model, that those to whom he imparts the doctrine of salvation are not selected on the ground of merit. And it appears at first sight a wonderful arrangement, that he passed by so many great men in Judea, and yet held familiar discourse with this woman. But it was necessary that, in his person, it should be explained how true is that saying of the Prophet, I was found by them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me. I said to those who sought me not, Behold, here I am, (Isa. 65:1.)

If thou knewest the gift of God. These two clauses, If thou knewest the gift of God, and, who it is that talketh with thee, I read separately, viewing the latter as an interpretation of the former. For it was a wonderful kindness of God to have Christ present, who brought with him eternal life. The meaning will be more plain if, instead of and, we put namely, or some other word of that kind, thus: If thou knewest the gift of God, namely, who it is that talketh with thee. By these words we are taught that then only do we know what Christ is, when we understand what the Father hath given to us in him, and what benefits he brings to us. Now that knowledge begins with a conviction of our poverty; for, before any one desires a remedy, he must be previously affected with the view of his distresses. Thus the Lord invites not those who have drunk enough, but the thirsty, not those who are satiated, but the hungry, to eat and drink. And why would Christ be sent with the fulness of the Spirit, if we were not empty?

Again, as he has made great progress, who, feeling his deficiency, already acknowledges how much he needs the aid of another; so it would not be enough for him to groan under his distresses, if he had not also hope of aid ready and prepared. In this way we might do no more than waste ourselves with grief, or at least we might, like the Papists, run about in every direction, and oppress ourselves with useless and unprofitable weariness. But when Christ appears, we no longer wander in vain, seeking a remedy where none can be obtained, but we go straight to him. The only true and profitable knowledge of the grace of God is, when we know that it is exhibited to us in Christ, and that it is held out to us by his hand. In like manner does Christ remind us how efficacious is a knowledge of his blessings, since it excites us to seek them and kindles our hearts. If thou knewest, says he, thou wouldst have asked. The design of these words is not difficult to be perceived; for he intended to whet the desire of this woman, that she might not despise and reject the life which was offered to her.

He would have given thee. By these words Christ testifies that, if our prayers be addressed to him, they will not be fruitless; and, indeed, without this confidence, the earnestness of prayer would be entirely cooled. But when Christ meets those who come to him, and is ready to satisfy their desires, there is no more room for sluggishness or delay. And there is no man who would not feel that this is said to all of us, if he were not prevented by his unbelief.

Living water. Though the name Water is borrowed from the present occurrence, and applied to the Spirit, yet this metaphor is very frequent in Scripture, and rests on the best grounds. For we are like a dry and barren soil; there is no sap and no vigour in us, until the Lord water us by his Spirit. In another passage, the Spirit is likewise called clean water, (Heb. 10:22,) but in a different sense; namely, because he washes and cleanses us from the pollutions with which we are entirely covered. But in this and similar passages, the subject treated of is the secret energy by which he restores life in us, and maintains and brings it to perfection. There are some who explain this as referring to the doctrine of the Gospel, to which I own that this appellation is fully applicable; but I think that Christ includes here the whole grace of our renewal; for we know that he was sent for the purpose of bringing to us a new life. In my opinion, therefore, he intended to contrast water with that destitution of all blessings under which mankind groan and labour. Again, living water is not so called from its effect, as lifegiving, but the allusion is to different kinds of waters. It is called living, because it flows from a living fountain.[4]


10 Jesus does not give the Samaritan woman a direct answer to her question but points out that if she had realized who he was, she would have asked, not for water from Jacob’s well, but for living water. Like the encounter with Nicodemus, which turned on a misunderstanding of what it meant to be “born again,” Jesus now speaks of a water described as “living” in contrast to water from a well. On one level, “living water” would be fresh or flowing water. But Jesus uses the term in a higher and metaphorical sense. In the OT, God identified himself as “the spring of living water” (Jer 2:13; cf. 17:13). Zechariah spoke of the day when “living water will flow out from Jerusalem” (Zec 14:8). This living water is the “gift of God,” which the Samaritan woman would have received had she asked for it.

What then is this gift of God that Jesus refers to as “living water”? Many understand it as Jesus himself, but in the context of the historical encounter it would seem strange for Jesus to be offering himself to the woman. Later in John (7:38–39) Jesus speaks of “streams of living water” that will flow from within the believer and distinguishes this as “the Spirit” they are to receive. Against this background it is best to understand “living water” as the new life in the Spirit that Jesus came to give, in contrast to the old forms of Judaism represented by the water of Jacob’s well.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 142–146). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 276–281). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 225–233). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Gospel according to John (Vol. 1, pp. 147–150). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 410). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Fake News Hacks FREAK OUT When President Trump Lectures at CPAC on Birth Control and Widespread Rape of Female Illegal Immigrants — The Gateway Pundit

During his marathon speech Saturday at CPAC President Trump lectured on women illegals and the widespread reports of rape on the their way to the US.

President Trump: “Mothers who love their daughters give them massive amounts of birth control pills, because they know their daughters are going to be raped on the way up to our southern border. Think of that. True story told to me by the Border Patrol. Think of how evil that is.”

Of course anti-Trump fake news reporters FREAKED OUT over the subject.

Caleb Hull reported:

Yet, there have been numerous reports over the past several years on women raped traveling illegally to the United States.

The Gateway Pundit reported on coyotes loading up women on birth control before their trip to the US.

And Caleb Hull has several more reports on the subject.

via Fake News Hacks FREAK OUT When President Trump Lectures at CPAC on Birth Control and Widespread Rape of Female Illegal Immigrants — The Gateway Pundit

Why are Arab leaders working so hard to win over U.S. Evangelicals? An Israeli reporter asked me to go on the record about the Delegations my colleagues and I have led. Here is his report. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

(Washington, D.C.) — This morning, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz published an article by its Washington correspondent, Amir Tibon, examining a very interesting question: Why are the leaders of so many Muslim and Arab countries reaching out to American Evangelical leaders, and why now?

The story looks at a number of Evangelical Delegations that have visited the region, including the ones that my colleagues and I have led to Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia over the past eighteen months.  At Amir’s request, Johnnie Moore, Larry Ross and I were happy to go on the record to discuss what is going on.

Please click here to read the full story.

Here are a few excerpts:

  • There are an estimated 60 million evangelicals in the United States, and under President Donald Trump they have enjoyed historical levels of political influence in Washington — especially with regard to foreign policy. This has led countries that are seeking to gain more influence in D.C. to reach out to prominent evangelicals in a bid to win their support….
  • Prominent U.S. evangelicals have met with leaders from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the past 18 months, while Qatar and Bahrain have separately made their own outreach efforts. While there have been ties between the evangelical community and Muslim governments for years, the cooperation since Trump entered the White House in January 2017 is unprecedented….
  • One person who has played a key role in advancing these new relationships is Joel C. Rosenberg, a best-selling author who was born in the United States but currently lives with his family in Israel.
  • Rosenberg, himself an evangelical Christian, has written a number of political thrillers on the Middle East, including one in which ISIS conquers Jordan and another focusing on Iran’s war efforts in the region.
  • None of his books, however, has featured a scene in which an Israeli citizen sits next to the Saudi crown prince. Something like that could only happen in real life….
  • It all began in April 2017, when Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi arrived for his first visit to Washington since assuming power in 2013. During that visit, aside from meeting with Trump in the White House (an honor not bestowed on Sissi by the Obama administration, which had criticized his violent rise to power and his government’s widespread use of torture), the Egyptian president also held an off-the-record discussion with “opinion shapers” who deal with the Middle East.

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  • Rosenberg was in town at the time and was invited to attend the briefing, alongside former U.S. officials, senior fellows at various think tanks and the leaders of American-Jewish groups.
  • Rosenberg tells Haaretz he was a bit surprised to receive the invitation. After the discussions were over, though, he walked over and introduced himself to the Egyptian president.
  • “I told him I had observed that in recent years he held meetings with Jewish-American leaders, invited the pope to Egypt and met with the leaders of other Christian denominations — but he has never had an interaction specifically with evangelicals,” Rosenberg recounts.
  • Rosenberg says he told Sissi, “You may want to try and do that,” explaining that in addition to the 60 million evangelicals in the United States, there were 10 times as many worldwide. “Without blinking, he immediately told me, ‘Would you be interested in organizing such a meeting?’” Rosenberg recalls.
  • Some seven months later, in November 2017, a dozen influential evangelicals — including several members of Trump’s evangelical advisory board — arrived at Sissi’s presidential palace in Cairo.
  • It was the first time an Egyptian president had ever….

[To read the full article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, please click here.]

via Why are Arab leaders working so hard to win over U.S. Evangelicals? An Israeli reporter asked me to go on the record about the Delegations my colleagues and I have led. Here is his report. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

The James MacDonald Audio From the Mancow Show: What’s MacDonald Like Behind the Scenes? — The Wartburg Watch

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Recently, Mancow played the following recording on his show. It is my understanding that a number of listeners recorded the broadcast. One of those alert readers thought I, along with TWW readers, might be interested in listening to the show. I miss the show and jumped at the chance.

Warning: this recording is disturbing on a number of levels and will reveal the *man behind the scenes.” I wanted to get this recording up so readers can begin to listen to it. I will be posting a number of my comments about this recording shortly.

Here is a list of the people you will hear or will hear mentioned in the program. Mancow and Julie Roys discuss and introduce the recording.

Who is on the recording?

  • James MacDonald
  • Johnnie Moore (PR guy): Johnnie is on the speaker phone with James MacDonald while Wayne Shepherd and others listen in.
  • Wayne Shepherd (Walk in the Word host)
  • Jeremy Weber who appears later in the audio is the deputy managing editor of Christianity Today (CT)

Who is mentioned by MacDonald and Moore in the recording?

  • Jeremy Weber, deputy managing editor of Christianity Today (CT)
  • Harold Smith, President and CEO of CT
  • Ed Stetzer, contributing editor of CT, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, and Moody Radio host
  • Mark Galli, editor-in-chief of CT
  • Julie Roys, journalist and former Moody Radio host who’s working on an investigative story on Harvest for WORLD Magazine (at the time of this audio)

Who is Johnnie Moore?

  • Member of President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board
  • President of the KAIROS Company
  • Board member of the National Association of Evangelicals
  • Hired by James MacDonald to guide him through PR regarding Julie Roys’ investigation for WORLD Magazine and the lawsuit he filed against Roys and The Elephant’s Debt bloggers and their wives.

What is the timing of this recording?

Christianity Today had just  published James MacDonald Sues Harvest Bible Chapel Critics for Libel, Oct. 30, 2018, and MacDonald. is displeased. MacDonald wants CT to post an article written by him, explaining his *side of the story.* Surprisingly, CT decides to go ahead and give MacDonald carte blanch (in my opinion) to write an Op -Ed. James MacDonald: Why Suing is Sometimes the Biblical Choice,” Nov. 2, 2018 (just s few days later!)

It appears that Moore is advising MacDonald on how to manipulate CT so they’ll change how the portray MacDonald and allow MacDonald publish an op-ed (in other words- written by him.). Then, MacDonald takes a call by Jeremy Weber (CT.)

Mancow Show audio

via The James MacDonald Audio From the Mancow Show: What’s MacDonald Like Behind the Scenes? —

March 4, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump’s administration has restored a higher protocol status to European Union diplomats in Washington after a snub that highlighted how the traditional allies were becoming estranged.

President Donald Trump said on Sunday the reason he wanted to curb military drills with South Korea was to save the United States hundreds of millions of dollars in costs, and suggested it could also reduce tensions with North Korea.

The White House is advancing plans to form a presidential panel that will question science used in U.S. military and intelligence reports showing that human-driven climate change poses national security risks, according to a source briefed by participants in the negotiations.

The House Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organizations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

More than 90 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants that are required to monitor groundwater near their coal ash dumps show unsafe levels of toxic metals, according to a study released on Monday by environmental groups, which cited the potential harm to drinking water.

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he would vote in favor of a resolution to end President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border emergency declaration, according to a media report, likely giving Democrats the votes to pass the measure in the Senate.

The U.S. military has deployed its most advanced air and missile defense system to Israel for the first time, U.S. and Israeli military officials said on Monday.

Saying the “Church is not afraid of history”, Pope Francis announced on Monday he plans to open fully the Vatican’s secret archives on the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII, a historic move that Jews have sought for decades.

Two teenagers were killed in knife attacks in Britain over the weekend, bringing the total number of people killed in stabbings this year to at least 24 and pushing the bloodshed to the forefront of national concern.

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

AP Top Stories

Indonesian authorities said Monday they’re not certain how many people were buried in the collapse of a remote gold mine nearly a week ago but that the number could be as high as 100.

Bangladesh forces handed back on Sunday a Myanmar soldier more than two months after he strayed across the border into a jungle in the Muslim-majority nation, a senior official said.

The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel.

The Turkish government’s campaign of threats, fines and deep discounts to curtail runaway food costs has paid off with a bigger-than-forecast decline in inflation. Consumer prices in February rose 19.7 percent from a year earlier after a gain of 20.4 percent in the previous month

Ilhan Omar has defended herself in the face of criticism after saying she should not need to “have allegiance [or] pledge support” to Israel to serve in the US Congress.

Taliban insurgents targeted an Afghan army corps at their camp in the southern Helmand province, killing at least 23, officials said Saturday.

Russia is ready to take part in bilateral talks with the United States over the issue of Venezuela, Russia’s foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart late on Saturday.

Hundreds of people including fighters from the Islamic State group evacuated their last foothold in eastern Syria Monday hours after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were forced to slow their advance because the extremists are using civilians as human shields.

The number of cases of measles in the Philippines has exceeded more than 14,000 and the count is still rising even as the government steps up its campaign against a vaccine scare that was triggered by deaths allegedly caused by Dengvaxia, a vaccine against dengue.

BBC

Rescue teams in eastern Alabama have resumed search operations a day after two tornadoes caused extensive damage to buildings and roads. At least 23 people are known to have died in Lee County, some of them children, with the youngest believed to have been six years old. There are fears that the death toll will rise.

America’s new astronaut capsule has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) as part of its demonstration mission. The Dragon vehicle, launched by California’s SpaceX company on Saturday, made the attachment autonomously. It is the latest in a series of tests the capsule must pass in order to get approval from NASA to transport people.

Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months.

Police in Tanzania have arrested 65 witchdoctors suspected of involvement in the barbaric ritualistic killings of children in the south-west and northern part of the country.

WND

China has blocked millions of travelers from purchasing train or plane tickets as part of the Communist country’s controversial “social credit” system, which has drawn the ire of privacy advocates who fear the surveillance-based system could lead to dystopian outcomes.

A Colorado high school student forfeited the state tournament match rather than wrestle a girl during the match.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 4, 2019

The Foundation

“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

Socialist Green New Deal Rejects Nuclear Energy

The goal isn’t “saving the planet.” It’s more power for government brokers.


Polling Populist Socialist Support

More and more voters — especially Democrats — are opting for a deadly ideology.


Methodists Hold Firm to Scripture … for Now

The nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination keeps the Biblical stance on homosexuality.


Embracing Caesar at the Expense of God

The Catholic Church’s recent summit on sexual abuse was a disgraceful failure.


Trump and Pence Speak at CPAC

Touting accomplishments made thus far and laid out their America First agenda moving forward.


Black History Month: What Do Black People Actually Want?

It’s a diversion to keep black people focusing on the past while letting the future slip away.


Humor Video: Bedtime Stories With Bernie Sanders

Putting kids to sleep with the ridiculous requirements of government regulation.



Today’s Opinion

Guest Commentary
Why Ending U.S.-South Korea Joint Exercises Was the Wrong Move
William Federer
Forefathers Sacrificed for Posterity — The ‘Unborn Millions’
Tony Perkins
Sloppy Joe Biden Makes a Decent Mess
Gary Bauer
MS-13 vs. The Thin Blue Line
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Troubled Times Demand Focus, Not Distraction
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top Headline Summary

House obstruction probe, Omar’s anti-Semitism, John Hickenlooper, CPAC, Rand Paul’s vote, tax refunds, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Slippery slope: “You cannot go too far on the issue of climate change. The future of the planet is at stake.” —Bernie Sanders



Today’s Meme

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Today’s Cartoon

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News – 3/4/2019

Bin Laden: US offers reward for Osama’s son Hamza
Hamza Bin Laden is emerging as a leader of the Islamist militant group, officials say. He is thought to be based near the Afghan-Pakistani border. In recent years, he has released audio and video messages calling on followers to attack the US and its Western allies in revenge for his father’s killing. In 2011, US special forces killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He approved the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed. On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry announced it had stripped Hamza Bin Laden of his citizenship.

India, Russia to ink $3 billion nuclear submarine deal this week
India is set to sign a $3-billion deal with Russia this week to lease another nuclear attack submarine that will be customised and fitted with indigenous communications systems and sensors. The deal for the Akula class submarine — dubbed Chakra III after the first two similar vessels India obtained from Russia — will be the biggest signed with Moscow since the $5.5-billion contract for the S-400 air defence system was finalised last year.

A relationship in need of Reform
A recent survey about the growing rift between the world’s two largest Jewish communities (Israel and the US), came up with interesting, but somewhat worrying, results. Apparently, some 50 percent of Israelis still consider Israel’s relationship with US Jewry as positive, while only 7% defined it as poor. A somewhat embarrassing result, however, shows that 34% of Israelis consider American Jewry to be a financial asset for the country, first and foremost.

At least fourteen dead in Alabama tornado -sheriff
At least fourteen people, some of them children, died after a tornado swept through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday, destroying numerous homes and leaving a death toll that could rise as rescuers sift through the rubble, Sheriff Jay Jones said. Emergency workers were expected to toil through the night, pulling bodies and the injured out of the wreckage of destroyed homes and businesses.

Support abortion? Then you better know how it’s done
The following column contains graphic descriptions which may be unsettling to some readers.
When you hear or see a medical doctor who does those abortions describe with clinical coolness how the about-to-be-born infant is dismembered in the womb, taken out piece by piece, and how the doctor must keep count of all the parts to be certain nothing is left inside the mother – you will never forget it. There are descriptions of using care to preserve certain organs, how to cut the spinal cord or crush the child’s head.

Socialism destroyed black America
Democrats used blacks to test socialism, and the results have been catastrophic. Liberal Democrat policies wiped out two-parent black families across the U.S. by encouraging welfare and dependency on government programs. For the past 60 years, the federal government encouraged and rewarded single black female-headed households, and it became the daddy and provider. Today, 77.3 percent of black babies are now born out of wedlock, and most black men are nothing more than sperm donors.

Greenpeace co-founder erupts on AOC: ‘You’d bring about mass death’
Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has launched a ferocious attack on U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., calling her an “immature bully” and “pompous little twit” with “ZERO expertise” who is “going for the jugular of civilization” and “would bring about mass death.”

Locusts May Arrive in Israel in Time to be Served for Passover Seder
A plague of locusts that has been creeping across the Middle East is set to hit Israel just in time for the Passover holiday, commemorating the original pre-Exodus plague in Egypt.

Israel ranks as 8th most powerful country – U.S. News report
Israel was ranked the eighth most powerful country in the world, according to the US News and World Report’s power ranking in 2019. The power ranking was based on leader, economic influence, political influence, international alliance and a strong military. This ranking was part of a subcategory ranking for the US News’s annual Best Country ranking.

Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first
And we ought to expect even more countries to use behavioural economics to nudge good citizen behaviour, says China commentator Tom McGregor. Western media reports have swirled about China’s social credit system, which is intended to nudge Chinese citizens to adopt good behaviour, including motivating them to pay outstanding debts and fines, as well as encouraging them to obey the country’s laws and regulations.

US officially closes Palestinian consulate in East Jerusalem
The United States on Monday officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy.

The Real Reason Why Globalists Are So Obsessed With Artificial Intelligence
Whenever the establishment attempts to saturate the media with a particular narrative, it is usually with the intent to manipulate public perception in a way that produces self fulfilling prophecy… The globalists have long held AI as a kind of holy grail in centralization technology. “

4 months’ worth of rain in 30 hours floods desert city of Kandahar, Afghanistan – At least 20 killed, 2000 homes damaged
Yesterday, heavy floods devastated the southern parts of Afghanistan, thereby leading to several adults and children reported getting drowned in this mishap. An official report was released by the United Nations (UN) regarding the heavy loss that has been reported as a result of heavy floods.

‘Godzilla’ El Niño in 2015-16 to blame for worldwide surge in cases of killer viruses
The ‘godzilla’ weather phenomenon El Niño in 2015-16 has been blamed for the worldwide surge in cases of killer viruses.

Pro-Life Groups Promise Democrats Will Face “Political Consequences” for Supporting Infanticide
Democratic presidential candidates will have to answer to voters why they support abortion up to birth and infanticide ahead of the 2020 election.

At least 14 dead as tornado hits Alabama
A sheriff confirmed at least 14 people were killed by a possible tornado in Alabama on Sunday as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trial of destruction and weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

KOLB: Pope Francis Has A Pedophile Problem
… Today’s Roman Catholic Church has a major crisis with thousands of pedophile priests who have abused young children for years without any accountability — secular or spiritual. The current crisis in the United States began in 1985; the scope is now global, but the problem is much older. French novelist Octave Mirabeau, himself a victim of priest abuse, published an 1890 novel about the church’s cover-up of sexual abuse by priests entitled “Sebastien Roch: The Murder of the Soul of a Child.”

3.8 Million Drop Off Food Stamps Under President Trump
More than 3.8 million people dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Hackers scrawl ‘Jerusalem is capital of Palestine’ across many Israeli web pages
An apparent attempt to plant ransomware and freeze more than one million Israeli web pages over the weekend failed, but not before the hackers had managed to deface multiple pages with the words “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine,” and in so doing underline the failure of some of Israel’s major companies to ensure that their computer systems are sufficiently protected.

Feds opening door to ‘privacy’ in medical ‘privacy’ law?
The federal government is asking for input to improve the so-called “privacy” law for medical records and information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPPA.

Snopes Defends Pedophiles by Giving us ‘Mostly False’ Rating on Article that’s 100% True
Snopes (democrat led opposition media) created their own Fake News by giving us a ‘Mostly False’ Rating on an article in a pathetic attempt to defend pedophiles, (ironic enough, the article was about Democrats defending pedophiles).

Jesus is stone-cold killer in new graphic novel
What’s the last taboo? Maybe it’s the new graphic novel from Image Comics, publisher of “The Walking Dead” series and other hits – “Jesusfreak,” in which Jesus of Nazareth is portrayed as a stone-cold killer. Oh, and by the way, it comes out just in time for Lent.

UPS stops deliveries to Muslim ‘no-go zone’
The international delivery company UPS will no long deliver packages in a Muslim-majority neighborhood in Malmo, Sweden, for security reasons.

As President Trump Approaches his Third Year In Office, Christians Need To Be Reminded Why God Put Him There In The First Place
Donald John Trump was elected as the 45th president of these United States by the sovereign act of an almighty God’s will to place into power, and to remove from power, anyone He so chooses. So as we are passing the two and a half year mark of his presidency, a message from my pastor and a recent exchange with longtime NTEB reader Laura earlier today made me realize it was time to once again check in with some of the reasons behind why God would choose to use a man like Donald J. Trump. So let’s take a look, shall we?


Headlines – 3/4/2019

US closes Jerusalem consulate, demoting Palestinian mission

Palestinians: No role for U.S. in peace after closure of J’lem Consulate

Blue and White said to oppose dividing Jerusalem, evacuating settlement blocs

Hackers scrawl ‘Jerusalem is capital of Palestine’ across many Israeli web pages

Israel strikes Hamas post in response to Gaza border riot

Two IDF soldiers wounded in West Bank car-ramming; 2 attackers killed

Afghanistan donates $1 million to UN agency for Palestinians

Israel bans Head of Waqf and others from Aqsa mosque

Netanyahu Goes Full Trump, Posts ‘Fox & Friends’ Clip Claiming ‘Israeli Deep State’ Behind Pending Indictment

Top prosecutor rejects Netanyahu’s claim graft charges are politically motivated

Likud, after AG’s decision to indict: ‘We’re going to war’

After Latest Antisemitic Incident in Strasbourg, Israeli PM Calls for Global Condemnation of Jew-Hatred

New York synagogues prepare for attack

Polish anti-Semitism festers on the internet

Corbyn calls on UK to freeze arms sales to Israel after UN Gaza report

In rare visit to Iraq, Abbas offers Palestinian ‘expertise’ to help rebuilding

Hezbollah: British ban an insult to Lebanese people

Syria reports Israeli shell fired at town across Golan Heights border

Israel, Russia to cooperate on foreign forces exit from Syria: Netanyahu

Assad wants to be back in the Arab fold. The U.S. stands in the way.

On brink of Syria defeat, ISIS unleashes car bombs

The caliphate is a hellscape of smoke and fire – Isis has nowhere left to go

Iran official warns Gulf countries of uprising if they continue to rely on the US

Turkish interior minister says Turkey spans from Damascus to Medina

Yemen peace process in ‘last chance saloon’, says Jeremy Hunt

Algerian president announces departure plans after mass protests

Sudanese protests continue despite president’s ban

Washington Investigating if Pakistan Downed Indian Warplane With U.S.-made F-16

India-Pakistan border quiet but Kashmir tense amid militancy crackdown

If India and Pakistan have a ‘limited’ nuclear war, scientists say it could wreck Earth’s climate and trigger global famine

As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations

Trump blames Cohen testimony for failed deal with North Korea

China to endorse new tech law in bid to defuse Trump trade war

Trump’s ordering security clearance for Kushner ‘an abuse of power,’ lawmaker says

U.S. House panel launches probe into possible obstruction by Trump

Over 60 Trump-related documents to be requested from WH, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says

Emboldened Democrats set stage for post-Mueller world

Mueller’s Final Report Will Ignite an Epic War Over Disclosure

Hillary Clinton says country is in ‘full-fledged crisis’ during speech in Selma to mark ‘Bloody Sunday’

Jewish Democrats condemn W. Virginia poster linking Muslim congresswoman to 9/11

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls On Leaders To Denounce “Blatant” Islamophobic Attacks on Ilhan Omar

Donald Trump Is Less Interested in Terrorism Threats At Intelligence Briefings, Complains His ‘Generals Don’t Understand Business’: Report

Rand Paul to vote to block emergency declaration, forcing Trump veto

Bolton Claims Trump’s Venezuela Strategy Goes Back to the Monroe Doctrine

Venezuela’s Guaido urges supporters to protest

It’s so dangerous to police MS-13 in El Salvador that officers are fleeing the country

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Poas volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Toronto under extreme cold weather alert as temperature set to plunge

Blistering winds turn Upstate New York homes into ‘ice houses’ along Lake Ontario

UK Weather: Brace Yourselves, ‘Blood Rain’ Is Coming After Warmest February On Record

What is ‘blood rain’? The weather phenomenon expected to hit UK after winter wildfires

At least 23 dead after tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Georgia

The Weirdly Quiet Sun May Get Even Quieter

Company uses 3D printer to create steak

Vaccination deniers gaining ‘traction’ on social media, health chief warns

Fury as ex-Olympian Sharron Davies says trans women should not compete in women’s sport

Husband and wife co-pastors are trending, but scholars dispute whether it’s biblical

Scammers posing as pastors: Churches nationwide issue urgent warning


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Alexandria pastor gets 8 years for $2 million Nigerian oil scheme victimizing congregation

NewSpring Church battling 2 lawsuits after day care volunteer molests 14 children

Breaking: Clayton Jennings doxes, attacks his abuse victims

Canadian Court Rules Parents Can’t Stop 14-Year-Old From Taking Trans Hormones

She lived as ‘Jake’ for nearly 10 years before realizing it was all a lie

Arkansas: Public high school students use art to learn Islamic faith


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Why Ash Wednesday Is Not Christian, But Unbiblical – Reformation Charlotte

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the six weeks prior to Easter Sunday that mainly Roman Catholics, but some Protestant denominations celebrate annually by drawing a cross on their foreheads with ashes. As it is the first day of Lent, it begins a season of fasting and penitence generally as a means to try to gain favor with God. While the intentions of Ash Wednesday observers may seem good, the bible never mentions the day — or Lent for that matter — and actually explicitly prohibits some of the ritualistic behavior of Ash Wednesday.

As stated, the purpose of Ash Wednesday is to kick off the first day of Lent by painting a cross of ashes on one’s forehead. This practice contradicts the biblical design for fasting, which states,

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)

The point is, fasting is not to be a public or corporate action. It is to be private and kept between you and God. The public spectacle made out of the Roman Catholic and mainstream observance of Ash Wednesday is an affront to the Scriptures, and Jesus said that the attention they receive on Earth is their reward.

It was common for the Pharisees to practice their righteousness before men because they were not regenerate, true believers in Jesus. They were, in fact, self-righteous and their strict observance to the law was not to honor God but to make themselves look righteous before men. This is the same practice we see in the throughout the Roman Catholic Church — not just with Ash Wednesday, but with the entire practice of works righteousness. The idea is to try to earn favor with God by practicing your righteousness before men while, in reality, you have no real love for the God who has revealed himself to us.

It is important to remember that while the Scriptures don’t strictly prohibit the observance of special days — even when their not explicitly mentioned in Scripture — that many of the ritualistic practices in some of these extra-biblical holidays are forbidden and should be avoided. Further, it is important to remember that no amount of ritual or special day observance is going to earn you favor with God.

See also: Five Reasons Not to Observe Lent

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MEDIA SILENCE CONTINUES: Clinton Foundation Connected AGT Forwarded Top Secret US Intel to RUSSIA – Made Bribes to Seal Deals – FBI/DOJ Covered It Up – Part VI — The Gateway Pundit

 

A 2016 DOJ criminal investigation was suppressed and buried by the DOJ/FBI that involved a major NY Democratic power broker and the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation.

The investigation revolved around the illegal sale of controlled US Homeland Security technology to Russia and China in the years before the 2016 election by a company named AGT.

The DOJ terminated its internal investigation in 2016 despite clear and irrefutable evidence of criminal activity and hid it from the public!

In Part I of our series we discussed the Clinton Foundation and the donations to the Foundation from the COB (Martin L. Edelman) and CEO (Mati Kochavi) of AGT International as well as from Sheikhs in the UAE. These donations in the millions of dollars were for favors from the Clintons. In return the Clintons helped promote AGT –

In Part II of our series we discussed the illegal actions that AGT International took to generate revenues around the globe. Highly sensitive US defense technology and ITAR classified products were provided to China, Russia and other countries in the name of sales growth. These actions were beyond criminal, they were treasonous.

(Below is an AGT article about its premier defense software from its company 4D Security Solutions.)

In Part III of our series we discussed the investigation that the FBI/DOJ started into AGT and the Clinton Foundation but then terminated and covered up before the 2016 Presidential election despite irrefutable crimes!

 

In Part IV of our series we discussed the activities by individuals associated with AGT in obtaining entrance to a highly sensitive US Intel facility circumventing the controls in place that prevent illegal entries to the facility.

In Part V of our series we discussed the efforts by AGT to obtain top secret US Intel for the sole purpose of selling to the Russians.  AGT personnel used the information as a means to entice sales from US adversaries.  AGT offered Russians the ability to conduct counter-Intel operations (e.g. cell phone intercepts, object and vehicle tracking, etc.).  All of this information provided to the Russians was highly classified and never should have been placed in their hands. This information was provided by AGT senior managers like Gadi Lenz, a US national who also held a key executive position at the US based defense contractor 4D Security Solutions.

Below image shows the LinkedIn profile of Gadi Lenz that identifies him as a CTO at 4D Security Solutions and a chief scientist at AGT.

Below is an image showing a Cyber Security solution AGT offered to the Russian government –

Image below shows an AGT C4I system deployed in Liaoyuan China. The system among other things was designed to automatically track and create a detailed pattern of motion of vehicles belonging to western embassies.

Today we’ll continue with our series and show the shady efforts AGT took to obtain contracts in the US.  AGT utilized its COB and the Clintons to gain access to highly placed Law Enforcement Agents (LEA’s) and former Federal and political figures in order to open doors and gain access to  federal, state, and political leads that helped the company penetrate the US market.

What would another Clinton scandal be without the likes of former Clinton Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson?  For example, in a meeting designed help an AGT company (3i-MIND) sell to the US law enforcement market, Thomas Betro, the head of 3i-MIND’s Global Law Enforcement practice and the former National Counterintelligence Executive arranged for some “Consulting” Services with the following participants:

  1. John Magaw– President Clinton’s Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) from 1993 to 1999. Prior to that he was Director of the United States Secret Service from 1992 to 1993. Magaw took over the ATF after the Waco siege that ended when the FBI attempted to overrun the Branch Davidian compound resulting in a fire that killed more than 70 people.
  2. Bradley Buckles– President Clinton’s former Director of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives beginning in 1999.  Buckles followed Magaw in this role.
  3. Governor Bill Richardson– President Clinton’s Former U.S. Ambassador to United Nations and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Richardson was later elected Governor of New Mexico.

While Secretary of Energy, Richardson’s Energy Department was marred by an incident where a Chinese man by the name of  Wen Ho Lee was charged with spying at the Los Alamos National Laboratories.  Later a couple of computer drives were found missing at the same location.  After delays in providing information on the lost drives, in June 2000 the FBI baled Richardson out –

Two highly sensitive computer hard drives that were missing from the Los Alamos National Laboratories earlier this year never left the premises, and the FBI has uncovered no hints of espionage in the case, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Richardson was later considered for a position on the Obama Administration but Richardson withdrew his nomination because of an investigation into whether he exchanged New Mexico state government contracts for campaign financing.  Obama’s Department of  Justice eventually killed the investigation into these pay-for-play allegations.

It seems expected that Clinton Foundation donors Edelman and Kochavi would involve the likes of Richardson and the Clintons in their efforts to promote their company – AGT.  On August 3rd and August 9th, 2011, AGT held meetings with the three experts above.

As a result of these meetings, AGT lined up contracts in the following police departments around the country –

  • Tucson
  • Newark
  • Boston
  • Colorado Springs
  • San Diego
  • Riverside
  • Memphis
  • Jacksonville

AGT regularly utilized and paid off highly placed former military, LEA and former Federal and political figures to open doors to obtain classified information.  For example, below is an image showing a cash envelope used to pay off officials in one Asia Pacific country –

The AGT family of companies participated in numerous suspect, if not criminal activities. The leaders of the company were Clinton friends and major donors to the Clinton Foundation. The Clintons in turn helped promote AGT.

AGT then participated in numerous shady and criminal activities, the worst of which were selling US ITAR regulated products and information to the Russians and Chinese.

The DOJ/FBI started an investigation of AGT but then covered it up. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation and AGT was material to the 2016 US election and yet the FBI and DOJ concealed it from the American public.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  The Clinton Foundation and the DOJ and FBI must be investigated and the crimes committed by these entities must be brought to justice!

via MEDIA SILENCE CONTINUES: Clinton Foundation Connected AGT Forwarded Top Secret US Intel to RUSSIA – Made Bribes to Seal Deals – FBI/DOJ Covered It Up – Part VI — The Gateway Pundit

The Lies of Feminism — Founders Ministries

Sometimes we think of the early feminists as though they were just sweet little ladies who wanted more legal rights. They didn’t deny the existence of God, and they pleaded for fair treatment for both women and slaves. They played an instrumental role in the ending of slavery in America, a work for which we should be grateful. This monumental work alone should be our first clue: they were not sweet little old ladies. They were not wallflowers. They were tenacious, hard-working, and knew how to land a political punch.

But let’s be clear about something: what you believe about women and men is not a political issue, it’s a theological one. What you believe about people—our nature, our purpose—flows from what you believe about God. What the early feminists believed about God’s design for women and men, particularly in how we relate to each other, is still alive today. A quick perusal of the writing of women such as Susan B. Anthony and Emma Goldman tells us that they believed that being a wife means little more than being a housekeeper. It is a life of drudgery, mistreatment, and servitude. Wives are essentially parasites that are socially and individually useless. One must be stupid to believe that marriage is anything other than a commitment to failure and misery. In order for a woman to be truly free, she must not enter into a marital union. Women must be freed not from sin, but from men.

This is part of why it is so befuddling that Christians today are increasingly comfortable with labeling themselves as feminists. In our historically ignorant meme generation, it’s difficult to overcome the supposedly simple definition of feminism that is often accompanied by an image of those early feminists as doily-loving grandmas. Some still try to sell the “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people” line. It’s a lie that is somehow both blithe and misleading, but at least it’s short enough to fit in an Instagram post.

The #MeToo Lie

Feminism got a new lease on life when virtue-signaling tweets became a new kind of currency. One must not be actually virtuous anymore, they just must appear to be online. So while none of us who have read Proverbs were taken by surprise to learn that there are evil men in Hollywood, a refusal to audibly gasp can get you metaphorically sent to the gulag. Hollywood will continue to churn out blockbusters that celebrate sexual deviancy as art, all the while hanging their sins around the neck of the next goat whose reprehensible behavior comes to light. That goat has “#MeToo” spray-painted on his sides.

I have no intention of beating the “maybe they have good intentions” drum here. Christians who toe the line with the world are sorely deceived. There is no doubt that women in our nation regularly experience the heinous crime of sexual abuse. As the church, we should be angry and vocal about this. We should be a safe haven for victims. We should see sexual abuse as the reprehensible sin that it is, and be prepared to offer the hope of Jesus Christ, while seeking justice for victims.

Dealing with wickedness righteously requires that we understand the grievous nature of sin. Unfortunately, the #MeToo movement cannot see sexual abuse rightly because it was created by a world that loves sexual sin. If statistics can tell us anything, it tells us that at least 75% of the men behind the infamous #MeToo-pushing Gillette ad are regular users of pornography, an abominable industry that has done an untold amount of harm to women. But because they are willing to stand with #MeToo, we are supposed to believe that there is great virtue in their midst. No one is wondering just what their browser history would reveal about their actual hearts toward women. Men who regularly consume the abuse of women for enjoyment are able to hide behind the hashtag without having to do anything. They sail with a broken compass, and yet many Christians are willing to follow them.

#MeToo does harm to victims of sexual violence because it makes no distinction between kinds of sins. Because God is just, He makes distinctions for us between sins and crimes. All sins are evil, but not all sins are crimes, and should not be dealt with in the same manner. The man who whistled at you as you walked by is guilty of a great many things (not the least of which being stupidity), but he is not guilty of a crime punishable by death, such as a rapist or murderer should be. #MeToo makes no necessary distinction here, thereby doing great harm to real victims of sexual violence. Since what the Bible says is true, since women are made in the image of God, our treatment of crimes against women should not carry the margin of error that is inherent in the #MeToo movement.

The God of the Old Testament, the One who looked with wrath at those who sexually abused women, is the same God the church serves. He is coming again—and He’s coming as the Judge. His standards are just and right. As believers, we are required to live as though this is true, as though God has spoken, and it has real-time effect in our lives. When God defines sin and justice, we must act accordingly. You’d fire a doctor who recommended a leg amputation for every ill. So why are we still listening to feminist movements who diagnose societal problems with a similar amount of acuity?

The Intersectional Lie

The rise of Intersectionality explains a lot of what we see going on around us. Intersectionality is a humanistic religion, born from a feminist Critical Theorist, of which we cannot remain ignorant. Strict adherence to its principles grants one access to book deals, research grants, university tenure, job security, blue checkmarks, and a pass for men to wear long, flowy skirts on the red carpet.

Intersectionality is the idea that we all exist under different layers of oppression based on what social identities we can claim. Its framer, Kimberle Crenshaw, explained this idea as an “intersection”. Say, for example, you are a woman. In this worldview, it is understood that women as a group experience a sort of oppression that men don’t. But if you are also a woman of color, you experience oppression that women not-of-color won’t experience. So if you imagine that each of the identities you can claim experience a certain kind of oppression simply by their nature, where these identities overlap, you experience an “intersection” of oppression that someone who doesn’t share the same identities would experience. The more identity groups you belong to (these false categories of identity are typically race, gender, and “sexual orientation”, and so on), the more intersections, and therefore oppression, you experience.

If you don’t experience the same intersection as someone else, you are often treated as though you simply cannot understand that intersection because you haven’t lived in that intersection. “Lived experiences” become an ultimate standard for understanding the world. This idea imbues those with more identity intersections as inherently more perceptive and intuitive than those who can claim less intersectional categories.

The religion of intersectionality is having its heyday and it’s easy to understand why. Ultimately, intersectionality is the religion of me, who I am, and why I’m more imbued with understanding than you. It’s a study of the self, born out of love for the self, and an insistence that your self is really what matters. Disagreeing with someone’s lived experience makes you anathema.

Intersectionality assumes a kind of ungodly partiality that Christians are consistently warned away from in Scripture (Acts 10:34, 35; Leviticus 19:15; Jude 1:16). We are not to judge a person based on their appearance, social strata, income, background, or ethnicity. Intersectionality insists that we can only understand ourselves and others through making judgments regarding ethnicity, background, income, social strata, and appearance. Intersectionality swaps out the idea of original sin for privilege, making all those with “privilege” the source of societal ills.

Again, this powerhouse in the feminist movement fails to properly diagnose the world around us, leading many into the virtue signalling trap. If it is a grievous sin to question a lived experience, what right do any of us have to insist that biological males abstain from competing in women’s sports? After all, the lived experience of a person who was born male but feels as though he is a female cannot be questioned by those of us who have not lived the same experience. Virtue, in the religion of intersectionality, often requires silence in the face of evil.

In Acts 6, there was a dispute among the Hellenistic Jews and the Hebraic Jews regarding a distribution of food among their widows. In response, the Apostles did not analyze which group of women belonged to a more oppressed category in order to determine who the oppressor was. They did not appoint women to ensure that the women were taken care of because women understand women better. They appointed men of good repute, known for being wise and “full of the Spirit” to address the issue. It is people who are Spirit-filled who are wise in God’s eyes, who are best equipped to handle disagreements among us. It is not those who look just like us or think just like us who are imbued with the most understanding. It is people who think and act like God that are the most equipped to speak into our lives. When we are suffering, it is the person who knows God best that is best equipped to minister to us.

The Lie of Unbelief

Feminism is not a particularly tricky form of unbelief—it’s regular, old unbelief. It gives the appearance of being rather benign. It whispers to us in ASMR-like tones. It tells us it is not against us, it is for us. It suggests that we can be free from the drudgery of obedience to God’s design.

This lie is old, and we can find it all throughout history. Much like early feminists Emma Goldman and Susan B. Anthony, the pope of Martin Luther’s day despised women and found marriage repulsive. He believed that “one cannot serve God and be married.” The Catholic Church the Reformation fought against would agree with feminism that a married woman at home is useless.

But then the Reformation happened, and the Reformers had a very different view of women and marriage. The Reformers said that women’s work has immeasurable value. They agreed with Scripture that he who finds a wife finds a good thing. Martin Luther’s words about his wife were nothing short of glowing praise. He wanted people to know that he could not have done the work he did without his co-laborer, Katherine.

We must affirm with the Reformers, and against both the ancient Catholic Church and every wave of feminism, that the most noble calling of women does not necessitate a suppression of our nature. Scripture is clear about the value, importance, and purpose of womanhood. We are to be women who nurture, grow, beautify, and pour ourselves in to whatever setting God has placed us, single or married. Given that we are the children of the Reformation, how is it possible that so many of us have become sympathetic to a movement that disdains womanhood?

Our fear of Biblical womanhood is a commitment to unbelief. Look around you. It is common to read blogs aimed at Christian women who want to assure you that “Proverbs 31 is not all there is to being a woman!” Instead of thinking critically about the picture of womanhood that Proverbs 31 paints and asking, “Do we look like this?” it is popular now to assure women they don’t have to look like this. We all know that we will fall short. We are afraid of failure. We don’t lay hold of God’s promises to sanctify us and grow us. We don’t believe.

The prayer of every Christian woman should be that God would grant her the grace to look more and more like the Proverbs 31 woman. Instead of turning our noses up, digging our heels in, and being fearful of doing the work of obedience, we should repent and believe God. It is because of God’s work in our hearts that we will bear fruit. The woman described in Proverbs 31 did not become praiseworthy through dependence on herself. She was obedient to God, and she flourished. She embraced her design, planted the seeds she was given, and became praiseworthy. Our job is the same. Are we doing it? Do we believe that the work God planned for us before the foundation of the world is good? Do we believe Ephesians 2:10?

You can be a virtuous woman today. You can love women well today. You can do these things by battling unbelief. Believe what God says about women, not what our unjust, evil society says about women. God says that you must lay down your life, take up your cross, and follow Him. God requires our obedience, and that is a truth that feminism cannot bow down to. In this path of life, there is fullness of joy. Joy for the brokenhearted, and the wounded. There is joy for struggling wives and moms and single women. Joy for the sexually broken. Healing for the abused. Don’t turn to the wisdom of the world for fleeting joys that require a marathon-runner-like endurance to maintain day after day. Feminism is a marathon run of bitterness and resentment. It’s a swapping out of Biblical truth for the appearance of wisdom.

Stop partnering with the world. Scripture commands it. You are not friends with the world. Their starting point is not your starting point. Their end point is not your end point. They hate your Father God. Christians laugh at those “coexist” bumper stickers while practically living out a pagan philosophy that’s been mildly Christianized.

It’s time to reflect. What philosophies have you allowed yourself to be swayed by? Who are you trying to impress? Who do you represent? Is He impressed with you? Are you a committed member of a local body, busying yourself with becoming the kind of woman described in Titus 2? Do you strive to look like the Proverbs 31 woman, or are you hoping for a more “safe” form of Christianity that won’t call you to radical obedience to Christ?

Psalm 16 tells us that, “The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply.” Don’t run after other gods. Don’t bow down to the spirit of our age. Don’t support movements that require you to separate yourself from Biblical truth, Biblical unity, and Biblical standards. It’s time to log off the internet and call someone in your church. Find out from your pastors and deacons how you can serve. Get in the Word every single day. Be obedient to God. Be prayerful. Ask Jesus to make you more and more into a godly woman. Psalm 16 ends with the promise that God will show us the way we should walk, and in His presence we experience the “fullness of joy”. Experience the fullness of joy, dear sisters! Walk with Him.

 

Summer Jaeger is a married homeschooling mom of four. She is the cohost of the podcast Sheologians, which is a terrible pun she has to live with. You can listen to the podcast or read more of her blogs at Sheologians.com.

via The Lies of Feminism — Founders Ministries

GOLD Records Large Bearish Reversal at Triple Resistance — Kimble Charting Solutions

Precious metals have been a hot topic for investors and the financial markets. Gold, in particular, has caught the eye of market participants.

After a 6 month rally into February, Gold futures reversed hard to the downside. This reversal came as gold prices tested triple resistance (1) at the same time that momentum was overheating (2).

The move lower created an ugly bearish reversal candlestick on the “weekly” chart. That reversal also saw Gold break its steep up-trend support line.

Rough start to the new month for Gold bulls.

Careful here. Volatility is ticking higher. No need to be a hero – gold bulls will now look for a higher low to form in weeks ahead.

This chart was first written for See It Markets.com. To see original post CLICK HERE

via GOLD Records Large Bearish Reversal at Triple Resistance — Kimble Charting Solutions

March 4 How You Profit from Suffering

scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:9–11
key verse: 2 Timothy 2:12

If we endure,
  We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
  He also will deny us.

We go out of our way to avoid suffering. We want winter homes in Florida and summer homes in Maine. We’ll do all we can, humanly speaking, to keep in our comfort zone.

But if suffering is not desirable, does that also mean it cannot be profitable? Does the pain have no purpose or meaning? Since “God causes all things to work together for good” (Rom. 8:28 nasb), suffering must have some positive consequences.

For one, it drives you deeper to the heart of God. Your ultimate purpose should be not to achieve pleasure or happiness but to know Christ and become like Him. Real trouble facilitates that goal, driving you closer to Him.

For another, suffering causes You to receive more of God’s marvelous, merciful grace. You think you are strong, but suffering reveals your weaknesses. That’s when you discover the inexhaustible resources of God. He gives you all you need to endure. His strength replaces yours.

Still another, you develop a base of reality and compassion with which you can minister to and love others. The former or present cancer sufferer best helps another cancer patient.

Suffering is never desirable. But your sovereign, loving God can make it profitable.

I must be honest, Lord. I don’t like suffering. Help me realize that trouble drives me closer to You. As my weaknesses surface, reveal to me Your inexhaustible resources.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

4 march (1855) 365 Days with Spurgeon

The peculiar sleep of the beloved

“So he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2

suggested further reading: Psalm 4

It is God who steeps the mind in drowsiness, and bids us slumber, that our bodies may be refreshed, so that for tomorrow’s toil we may rise reinvigorated and strengthened. O my friends, how thankful should we be for sleep. Sleep is the best physician that I know of. Sleep has healed more pains of wearied bones than the most eminent physicians upon earth. It is the best medicine; the choicest thing of all the names which are written in all the lists of pharmacy. There is nothing like sleep! What a mercy it is that it belongs alike to all! God does not make sleep the boon of the rich man, he does not give it merely to the noble, or the rich, so that they can keep it as a peculiar luxury for themselves; but he bestows it upon all. Yes, if there is a difference, the sleep of the labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much. He who toils, sleeps all the sounder for his toil. While luxurious effeminacy cannot rest, tossing itself from side to side upon a bed of soft down, the hard-working labourer, with his strong and powerful limbs, worn out and tired, throws himself upon his hard couch and sleeps; and waking, thanks God that he has been refreshed. You know not, my friends, how much you owe to God, that he gives you rest at night. If you had sleepless nights, you would then value the blessing. If for weeks you lay tossing on your weary bed, you then would thank God for this favour. But as it is the gift of God, it is a gift most precious, one that cannot be valued until it is taken away; yea, even then we cannot appreciate it as we ought.

for meditation: Possession of spiritual blessings in Christ should not make us forget to thank God for our continued enjoyment of his common grace (Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17).

sermon no. 12[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 70). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

4 MARCH 365 Days with Calvin

Deep Forgiveness

If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments … Psalm 89:30–31

suggested further reading: 2 Samuel 12:1–14

The psalmist does not speak of total apostasy here, implying the total absence of godliness in people who forsake God’s law and do not walk in his judgments. But sometimes the faithful cast off the yoke of God and break forth into sin in such a way that the fear of God seems to be extinguished in them. Therefore it is necessary for God to promise the pardon even of heinous sins, so that those who commit them are not overwhelmed with despair.

David, who seems by outward appearances to be wholly deprived of the Spirit of God, thus prays to be restored to him. God provides hope of pardon even for those who commit detestable and deadly transgressions so that the enormity of their sins may not keep them back or hinder them from seeking reconciliation with him.

From this we may condemn the undue severity of the fathers whose scruples did not allow them to receive those who repented from falling for the second or third time. Due care must be taken lest by too great a forbearance we give loose reins to people to commit iniquity. But there is no less danger in exercising an extreme degree of rigor. We should note that when God declares that he will show himself merciful toward sinners who have violated his law and broken his commandments, he purposely employs those odious terms to excite our hatred and detestation of sin, not to entice us to commit it.

Although the faithful may not always act in a manner worthy of the grace of God and may therefore deserve to be rejected by him, yet he will be merciful to them because the remission of sins is an essential article promised in God’s covenant with us.

for meditation: What a comfort it is to know that God’s forgiveness is deep enough to cover all sin and terrible times of backsliding! Praise God for this forgiveness and for its purpose: to make sin more repulsive and Christ more attractive. How does its depth motivate us toward holiness rather than sinfulness?[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 82). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Monday Briefing March 4, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

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