Daily Archives: March 10, 2019

March 10 Amazing Grace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:13

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

It is little wonder that the hymn “Amazing Grace” is sung so resoundingly in churches across the world. Its vivid imagery reminds us of the preeminence of grace and its indispensable role in our salvation and sanctification. But what makes grace so amazing?

God’s grace is amazing because it is free. No currency exists that can ever purchase grace. We are usually suspicious of anything free, but God’s offer is without any hidden strings. He bore the cost for our sins (therefore, it is not cheap grace) so that He could extend it freely to any man on the basis of faith—not intellect, status, or prestige.

God’s grace is amazing because it is limitless. His grace can never be exhausted. Regardless of the vileness or number of our sins, God’s grace is always sufficient. It can never be depleted; it can never be measured. He always gives His grace in fullness.

God’s grace is amazing because it is always applicable. Do you need wisdom? God’s grace provides it through His Word. Do you need strength or guidance? God’s grace sustains you by His Spirit. Do you need security? God’s grace supplies it through His sovereignty.

The amazing grace of God! Full and free! Without measure! Pertinent for your every need!

It’s free! It’s limitless! It is applicable to my every need today! O Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace. I praise You that it flows full and free in my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 73). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 10 Open Your Heart to God

Scripture reading: Luke 2:25–40

Key verses: Luke 2:36–38

There was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty–four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Anna’s husband died when she was quite young. They had been married only seven years before death took his life. Alone she took up the mantle of prayer and devoted herself to seeking God for the coming of the Messiah (Luke 2:37).

How many of us would have done this? There’s no mention of worrying about her state of widowhood or how her needs would be provided. No record of anger over being left without her husband, her friend, and her beloved at such an early age. These elements are especially important when we look at her life in the context of Judaism.

Most women were married and had children. To be barren was a disgrace, but not for Anna. Her devotion was solely to the Lord. Day and night, her heart’s desire was to seek audience with almighty God through prayer. Times of fasting gave her a spiritual sensitivity that few experience.

When Christ came to earth, one of the first places He went was to the temple. Even as a baby, Jesus was God. He had heard this woman’s fervent petition, and with His birth God answered her call.

Prayer transports us into the presence of God. Anna did not concern herself with the talk and gossip of her day. She was focused on the coming of the Messiah. Have you made the decision to open your heart only to God?

Lord, I focus my attention upon You right now as I kneel in Your presence. I open my heart to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 73). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How to Understand Reprobation, the Rejection of the Gospel, and the Sovereignty of God — Reformation Charlotte

Many professing evangelicals, perhaps even most (I think so), claim that the decision for belief or unbelief is made by the hearer of the Gospel, through his own independent, sovereign decision-making process. Every person is equally able to believe the word preached, or to reject it. Where that idea originates, other than the obvious spiritual explanation (Genesis 3:15), has always eluded me. Doesn’t calling oneself an “evangelical” include the belief in sola scriptura?

The reason I ask that is that such a major spiritual doctrine is asserted without biblical support. Not that its supporters don’t claim biblical support, of course. But show me a case which does not boil down to either a supposed requirement that God must respect “free will” (another extra-biblical doctrine), or to some supposed moral requirement that a choice necessarily implies the natural and equal ability to choose either option. Either way, the reasons aren’t biblical but based on a humanistic presupposition. God is not bound by humanistic presuppositions. Just sayin’!

However, beyond the extra-biblical reasoning on which this choice doctrine is based, there is plenty of biblical evidence to the contrary. And here I refer not even to something that an Apostle wrote, but to words from the mouth of Jesus Himself. Surely no evangelical can question the final authority thereof!

In His final week of life, when He was performing ministry in Jerusalem, the earthly capital of the historical biblical faith, Jesus faced some Jews who were unsure of His messianic office. Most Jews still held to the erroneous view that the Messiah would be a political figure who would drive out the Romans and reestablish the Davidic kingdom. We are told, “Though He had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in Him” (John 12:37). If the passage stopped here, the average American Christian would claim that He had simply failed persuade the free will of these people to believe.

However, the passage continues, giving the inerrant, divinely-inspired explanation, which is very different.

[This ooccurred] so that the word spoken by the Prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ Therefore, they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, ‘He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them’

(John 12:38-40)

Thus, the Holy Spirit tells us, through the Apostle John, what our eyes and minds could not otherwise have understood: the unbelief of these people was because God had blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts. He had made them unable to believe!

There is no respect for free will here. There is no sovereignty in the choices of men. Rather, there is a choice given to men, in which their natures were made able only to answer with unbelief.

via How to Understand Reprobation, the Rejection of the Gospel, and the Sovereignty of God — Reformation Charlotte

Meeting with the President and VP to discuss Israel, Iran, North Korea and the future of peace. I told him I was once a Never Trumper. I also told him I’m deeply grateful for many of the actions he’s taken in office & pray for him daily.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

POTUS-Joel-VP-OvalOffice-March72019(Washington, D.C.) — Last Thursday, I was humbled to be invited to the White House for four hours of meetings regarding the upcoming rollout of the President’s Middle East Peace Plan, as well as the threats posed to the U.S., Israel and our allies by the rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea.

  • The morning began with a “listening session” with Jason Greenblatt, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, and a group of high-profile American Evangelical leaders. Greenblatt is one of the chief architects of the Mideast peace plan with Jared Kushner and David Friedman. While I’m not at liberty to share what Greenblatt told us, I was encouraged by the conversation and by the Administration’s desire to answer Evangelicals’ questions and address our concerns. (see this article, “White House working to reassure Evangelicals on Middle East peace plan,”for more.)
  • Next, I had a private…

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March 10 The World Is Not Winning

Scripture reading: Romans 8

Key verse: Romans 8:37

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

As you go about your daily routine, do you sometimes feel as though the world is winning? From the irritations and conflicts of your personal circumstances to bad news in the marketplace and the media, it’s easy to become discouraged and focused on the negative.

The victory over sin and death that Christ won on the Cross can seem remote from daily application. But the truth remains: “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4–5 nasb).

You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:37). Does this mean that you will feel successful in every encounter and conflict? No. God may allow you to go through times when His truth working within you is obscured to another’s eyes. He may need to do more work in the other person’s heart before he is ready to listen. God is taking care of the consequences; your job is to trust Him for the outcome.

Ultimately the victory is yours in the Lord. In the meantime, you can cling to this promise: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun” (Ps. 37:5–6 niv).

Thank You, Lord, that I can trust the outcome to You. Victory is mine through You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 73). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

U.S. Support for Israel in Decline

Israeli flag superimposed on U.S. flagThe latest nationwide poll shows that American support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians is lower than it has been in a decade – while backing for Israel’s militant Arab neighbors stands at an 18-year high.

Results released from the Gallup poll on Wednesday indicate that even though roughly three times as many Americans favor Israel than the Palestinians, support for the Jewish State in the United States is on the decline.

“The majority of Americans remain partial toward Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 59 percent saying they sympathize more with the Israelis, whereas 21 percent sympathize more with the Palestinians,” the Gallup poll report revealed. “While still widespread, sympathy toward Israel is down from 64 percent in 2018 and marks the lowest percentage favoring Israel since 2009.”

Anti-Semitic movement in U.S. working?

In addition to American support for Israel being on the decline, Palestinian support is higher than its been in nearly two decades – an indication that the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement sweeping university campuses across the U.S. might be working.

“Meanwhile, the 21 percent sympathizing more with the Palestinians – statistically unchanged from a year ago – is the highest by one point in Gallup’s trend since 2001,” Gallup divulged regarding Israel’s longstanding skirmish with its militant occupying Arab neighbors in the Middle East.

Anti-Semitism amongst Democrats appears to be high of late – especially with Muslim Democrats such as Somali refugee Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) clearly siding with the Palestinians over the Jewish State while making remarks directed against supporters of Israel.

“The 2019 poll was conducted Feb. 1–10, prior to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent remarks questioning U.S. support for Israel and suggesting that some supporters of Israel are pushing for ‘allegiance to a foreign country,” the Gallup report pointed out. “Omar’s statements have sparked a firestorm, with some in Congress calling for her to be censured or removed from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, while others, such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have come to her defense.”

Even though Israel support from Republicans hit a high last year, the number of those with an allegiance to the GOP who sympathize with the Jewish State has declined over the past year.

“The percentage of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict fell from an all-time high of 87 percent in 2018 to 76 percent today,” Gallup reported. “Last year’s reading was taken as the Donald Trump administration was preparing to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – a change that highlighted Trump’s strong support of Israel.”

The drop in support for Israel was less significant among those from the other major party – and virtually the same with independents.

“The percentage of Democrats siding more with Israel fell less sharply, from 49 percent to 43 percent,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad informed. “The views of political independents are unchanged.”

Despite the modest decline in Israeli support from Democrats, the party’s sentiment for the Middle East’s sole democracy is lower than it has been in nearly a decade and a half.

“However, Democrats’ sympathy for the Jewish State approaches the lowest level since 2005,” CBN News reported from the poll results. “Support for Israel within both major parties is also influenced by how conservative or liberal party members are.”

Less Dems supporting Israel

While there has been a slight decline in Republican support for Israel of late, Democrats’ shift away from Israel over the past several years has become more prominent, as more and more from the blue party are siding with the Palestinians.

“In terms of recent changes, however, most of the decline in net sympathy for Israel has occurred among liberal Democrats – from +17 in 2013–2016 to +3 in 2017–2019,” Saad added. “What this means is that nearly as many liberal Democrats now sympathize more with the Palestinians (38 percent) as with the Israelis (41 percent), with the rest favoring neither side – or unsure.”

Regardless of the fluctuations, it was found that the closer Americans are to the political right, the more disposed they are toward the Israelis.

“[I]t’s clear that conservative Republicans have long been the most partial to Israel in the conflict – given their consistently high net-sympathy ratings,” Saad explained. “Moderate/liberal Republicans have the second-highest net-sympathy for Israel, followed by moderate/conservative Democrats, while liberal Democrats have the lowest net sympathy for Israel. Apart from the rank order, the gaps in net sympathy for Israel between the groups have been widening, with sympathy for Israel increasing among both Republican groups and decreasing among both Democratic groups.”

When Americans’ overall views toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority were surveyed on a four-part scale from “very favorable” to “very unfavorable,” results have been reported as relatively unchanged over the past several years.

“Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults view Israel very or mostly favorably – down from 74 percent last year, but within the 66 percent to 72 percent range seen between 2010 and 2017,” Gallup disclosed from its annual polls. “Twenty-one percent view the Palestinian Authority favorably – identical to last year and similar to the finding most years since 2010.”

Global view of Israel plummeting

According to a BBC poll administered last year to 22 nations, Israel is among the most disliked countries in the world.

“Israel is extremely unpopular worldwide,” Vox.com reported last May. “In one BBC poll of 22 countries, Israel was the fourth-most-disliked nation – behind only Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea.”

Even though most nations support Israel’s right to exist, a majority of countries surveyed side with the Palestinians in the ongoing struggle.

“Non-Muslim countries recognize Israel’s legitimacy and maintain diplomatic relations with it, but most are critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and ongoing occupation of the West Bank,” Vox.com’s Zack Beauchamp explained. “Global public opinion at present is generally more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, creating real concern among Israelis that an international boycott movement, called BDS, could pick up some support.”

More than eight out of 10 nations consider Israel to be a legitimate country.

“Eighty-three percent of the world’s countries – and almost every country that isn’t Arab or Muslim majority – recognizes Israel,” Beauchamp noted.

The dispute over Israel’s West Bank settlements is a major reason many Palestinian advocates give for their anti-Israel stance.

“It’s clear that West Bank settlements are a key cause of Israel’s poor global standing,” Beauchamp continued. “Most of the world believes that Israel’s continued control of the West Bank is an unlawful military occupation, and that settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention. Though this view is supported by most legal scholars, Israel and pro-Israel conservatives dispute it. They argue that the West Bank isn’t occupied, and even if it were, the Fourth Geneva convention only prohibits ‘forcible’ population transfers – not voluntary settlement.”

For nearly 15 years, BDS activists have been selling the Palestinian victimization narrative to generate hatred for Israel.

“The BDS movement – which coalesced in 2005 – aims to capitalize on international anger with Israel,” Beauchamp stressed. “The movement’s strategy is to create costs to Israel’s Palestinian policy through boycotts of Israeli goods and institutions, divestment from Israeli companies, and sanctions on the nation itself – hence the name BDS.”

There are four major goals of the BDS movement – with the ultimate objective being the elimination of Israel from the face of the Earth.

“BDS plans to continue boycotting Israel until 1) all of the settlements are dismantled, 2) they believe Palestinians have been given equal rights inside Israel’s borders, and 3) Palestinians refugees are granted the ‘right of return,’ which means to return to the land and homes they used to inhabit in what is now Israel,” Beauchamp outlined. “That last goal has led BDS’s critics to label it a stealth movement to [4] destroy Israel’s existence as a Jewish State.”

Source: U.S. Support for Israel in Decline

Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for mass murders?


I have a key that will unlock a puzzling mystery I have a key that will unlock a puzzling mystery

Let’s take a look at what Josef Stalin did during his rule of Russia in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Library of Congress offers this in their “Soviet Archives exhibit”:

The Soviet Union was the first state to have as an ideological objective the elimination of religion. Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools. Actions toward particular religions, however, were determined by State interests, and most organized religions were never outlawed.

The main target of the anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and 1930s was the Russian Orthodox Church, which had the largest number of faithful. Nearly all of its clergy, and many of its believers, were shot or sent to labor camps. Theological schools were closed, and church publications were prohibited. By 1939 only about 500 of over…

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UK’s Socialized Healthcare (NHS) Satisfaction Hits An 11-Year Low | Zero Hedge

9% of physician posts are vacant making that a disastrous and deadly shortfall of nearly 11,500 doctors. The NHS is also short 42,000 nurses…

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The National Health Services, the United Kingdom’s socialized “Medicare for all” government-run single-payer healthcare is not faring too well.  The satisfaction rate is now at an 11-year low as people die waiting days for care in corridors and those wait times reach historically high levels.

The British Social Attitudes poll of nearly 3,000 people found 53% of in England, Scotland, and Wales were satisfied with services last year, according to a report by theBBC.  That is a three percentage point drop since 2017 and the lowest level since 2007. A peak of 70% was seen in 2010.

Record long wait times and a lack of staff are going to be the result of a government-run program of any kind, which is why it’s so deadly when governments take over that segment of a person’s life.

The United Kingdom’s horror stories should dissuade Americans from accepting any form of single-payer.  National Health Service, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on July 5, is imploding rapidly, according to Forbes.

The NHS has struggled to fully staff its hospitals and clinics since its inception in 1948. But today, the shortages are growing worse. 9% of physician posts are vacant making that a disastrous and deadly shortfall of nearly 11,500 doctors.  The NHS is also short 42,000 nurses. In the second quarter alone, nurse vacancies increased by 17%. Meanwhile, in the United States, nearly all states will have a surplus of nurses by 2030. Doctors and nurses simply don’t want to work for the state, which makes their lives far too difficult and their job far too intense for the money.

And it really isn’t that surprising that people don’t want to work as nurses in Great Britain; it’s a stressful job, with long hours and terrible working conditions – all implemented by the authoritarian government control. Some NHS nurses are taking positions at supermarkets because stacking shelves comes with better hours, benefits, and pay, according to a report in the London Economic. Imagine that; a private job is much superior to a government job. –SHTFPlan

Ruth Robertson, from the King’s Fund, said the issues identified by the public were “long-standing” problems that the government had not yet managed to deal with.  Helen Stokes-Lampard, of the Royal College of GPs, said GPs always wanted to provide the best care they could, so it was “disappointing” to see the drop. “We know that general practice is currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures and while GPs are working incredibly hard to combat these, we understand that many patients are still waiting too long to see their doctor – something we find just as frustrating,” she added.

While the satisfaction with NHS is low, it isn’t as low as it has been historically, but it could continue to drop rapidly as people who need care continue to suffer while waiting. The solution? Of course, the government will throw more money at the NHShoping that the horrific conditions they created will evaporate in the face of the almighty pound.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-08/uks-socialized-healthcare-nhs-satisfaction-hits-11-year-low

Bruce Ohr’s Testimony Contradicts Testimony Provided By Rosenstein And Simpson | Zero Hedge

It also reveals that many questions are still left unanswered…

Authored by Sara Carter,

Department of Justice senior official Bruce Ohr’s testimony contradicts testimony given by other senior government officials and key witnesses who testified before Congress regarding the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign and alleged collusion with the Russian government, according to the full transcripts released Friday.

Ohr’s 268-page testimony, released by Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, reveals inconsistency and contradiction in testimony given by Glenn Simpson, founder of embattled research firm Fusion GPS and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is set to leave his post sometime this month.

It also reveals that many questions are still left unanswered.

The Contradictions and The Revelations 

1. Glenn Simpson suggests in his testimony to the Senate that he never spoke to anyone at the FBI about Christopher Steele, the former British spy he hired to investigate the Trump campaign during the election. However, Ohr suggests otherwise telling former Rep.Trey Gowdy under questioning “As I recall, and this is after checking with my notes, Mr. Simpson and I spoke in August of 2016. I met with him, and he provided some information on possible intermediaries between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.”

2. In another instance, Simpson’s testimony also contradicts notes taken by Ohr after a meeting they had in December, 2016. Unverified allegations were decimated among the media that the Trump campaign had a computer server that was linked to a Russian bank in Moscow: Alpha Bank. Simpson suggested to the Senate that he knew very little about the Trump -Alpha Bank server story and couldn’t provide information. But Bruce Ohr’s own handwritten notes state that when he met with Simpson in December 2016, Simpson was concerned over the Alpha Bank story in the New York Times. “The New York Times story on Oct. 31 downplaying the connection between Alfa servers and the Trump campaign was incorrect. There was communication and it wasn’t spam,” stated Ohr’s notes. This suggests that Simpson was well aware of the story, which was believed by congressional investigators to have started from his research firm.

3. Ohr testified to lawmakers that Simpson provided information to federal officials that was false regarding Cleta Mitchell, a well-known Republican campaign finance lawyer, and information regarding the National Rifle Association. Sean Davis, with the Federalist pointed this out in a tweet today. Read one of those stories here.

4. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would not answer questions to lawmakers during testimony about when he learned that Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS. Just check this out from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News.

“Rod Rosenstein won’t tell us when he first learned that Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS,” said Gaetz, in August, 2018.

“So I want to know from Bruce Ohr, when did he tell his colleagues at the Department of Justice that in violation of law that required him to disclose his wife’s occupation his sources of income. He did not do that. So when did all of the other people at the Department of Justice find this out because Rod Rosenstein, I’ve asked him twice in open hearing and he will not give an answer. I think there’s a real smoking gun there.”

However, in Ohr’s testimony he says he told the FBI about his wife’s role at Fusion GPS but only divulged his role to one person at the DOJ: Rosenstein. At the time, Rosenstein was overseeing the Trump-Russia probe, and had taken the information from Ohr and gave it to the FBI. Just read The Hill’s John Solomon full story here for the full background on Ohr’s testimony. I highlighted an important date below: remember Rosenstein wouldn’t answer lawmakers questions as to when he knew about Nellie Ohr. It also appears he failed to tell lawmakers about the information he delivered to the FBI.

Ohr stated in his testimony: “What I had said, I think, to Mr. Rosenstein in October of 2017 was that my wife was working for Fusion GPS… The dossier, as I understand it, is the collection of reports that Chris Steele has prepared for Fusion GPS.”

Ohr added: “My wife had separately done research on certain Russian people and companies or whatever that she had provided to Fusion GPS…But I don’t believe her information is reflected in the Chris Steele reports. They were two different chunks of information heading into Fusion GPS.”

5. Ohr also told lawmakers in his testimony that the former British spy, Christopher Steele was being paid by the FBI at the same time he was getting paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. However, there was another player paying Steele and it was a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska, a tycoon connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin, had well known animus toward his former friend Paul Manafort.

Rep. Mark Meadows asked Ohr during testimony “Did Chris Steele get paid by the Department of Justice?

Ohr’s response: “My understanding is that for a time he was a source for the FBI, a paid source.

In the testimony Ohr also revealed that Steele had told him details about his work with Deripaska saying Deripaska’s attorney Paul Hauser “had information about Paul Manafort, that Paul Manafort had entered into some kind of business deal with” Deripaska. Ohr said Manafort “had stolen a large amount of money from” the Russian Oligarch and that Hauser was “trying to gather information that would show that.”
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