Daily Archives: April 8, 2019

April 8 Our Ultimate Assurance

Scripture Reading: John 20:19–29

Key Verse: John 20:29

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Resurrection sometimes loses its powerful meaning with us. We forget that Jesus rising from the dead was more than a mere miracle from God. Jesus’ resurrection was the beginning of the fulfillment of all God’s promises to us.

This was not simply an event to change the minds of a few doubting men and women in that day. It was an event God used to change the hearts of men and women forever. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we realize that God’s promises are real, not manipulative double-talk to keep us hoping that one day our lives will change. God’s Word is true. Everything He has said about Himself is undeniably the truth.

Following Jesus’ resurrection, the early church began to see how all of God’s promises had been—and still were being—fulfilled. They began to understand that Jesus was indeed the Savior, regardless of what they expected the Messiah to be. They saw that a personal relationship with God the Father was possible. And they began a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would be the help they needed after He left earth.

Through Jesus’ resurrection, we discover that God’s promises are the basis by which we can live our lives. Faith in His promises guarantees a changed life forever.

Jesus, with Your resurrection, we caught our first glimpse of what Messiah means. Thank You that You are still showing us. Please help my heart to understand.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 103). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 8 The Great Decision

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1–14

Key Verse: Romans 6:11

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All day long he had barked orders at his detachment of soldiers. If there was a job lower than this one, he couldn’t name it. No one volunteered for this detail; they were sentenced to it. A cold rain washed over the centurion’s face as an intense storm swept over Jerusalem. The earth rolled and shook in response to each bolt of lightning. There amid the wind and rain, he found himself face-to-face with the cross of Jesus Christ.

Earlier he had witnessed the jeers of the crowd and the hate that had poured out of their mouths. And though he didn’t show it, his heart mourned for the crucified man’s family. How helpless and vulnerable they appeared. Then in a loud outcry, begging God to forgive those who had harmed Him, Jesus died.

The centurion knew what anger looked like. He had seen it often among his fellow soldiers. He also knew the contempt of betrayal and what it felt like to be rejected. But he saw none of that on Christ’s face. There were only love and forgiveness.

Looking up to the cross, the centurion proclaimed in a loud voice: “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matt. 27:54 nasb). Whether or not he understood all that had happened, he recognized the identity of the Man on the cross.

The greatest decision you will ever make has to do with the cross of Christ, where the Son of God gave Himself for you. Acknowledge Him and receive eternal life.

Precious Lord, I acknowledge the Cross and what You did for me there. You gave Your life for me. Thank You for Your love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 103). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

FOLLOWING JESUS: What A Christian Must Do To Take Up His Cross And Do The Impossible For God — These Christian Times

 

What makes someone a follower of Jesus? Going to church? Donating money to good causes? Trying to be a good person? The answer is actually much simpler: all we have to do is follow the Leader. In this message, Dr. Stanley outlines exactly how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, surrendering our lives and mirroring His life of prayer, service, and sacrifice.

via FOLLOWING JESUS: What A Christian Must Do To Take Up His Cross And Do The Impossible For God — These Christian Times

April 8 An Infinite Treasury

Scripture reading: Romans 5:1–11

Key verses: 2 Peter 1:2–3

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.

The elderly couple had lived modestly for years on their small farm. The land was not the best, but they always had raised enough to survive. They eventually sold the farm to a developer. Working on a hunch, the new owner drilled for and discovered oil—a well worth millions of dollars. For years, the couple had lived on top of untold wealth and never knew what they had been missing.

Many believers do not understand the vast riches they already possess in Jesus Christ, an infinite treasury of wisdom and knowledge and all good things. The moment you accept Him as your Savior you receive everything God is, everything God does, and everything God provides. You lack nothing; God’s immeasurable, overflowing love and power are available to you by His grace for every trial, every decision, every challenge.

The apostle Peter explained how God gives you these astounding resources: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:2–3). Today, you can embrace the fullness of His grace and live the abundant life He has planned.

Lord, I embrace the fullness of Your grace today. I choose to live the abundant life You have planned for me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 103). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Chick-fil-A leads the pack as teens’ favorite restaurant chain in America

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • Chick-fil-A is American teenagers’ favorite restaurant chain, according to a new Piper Jaffray survey.
  • This is the third biannual survey in which the chicken chain has kept the No. 1 spot.
  • Chick-fil-A beat out chains including McDonald’s, Chipotle, and Starbucks.

Chick-fil-A is keeping its crown as teenagers’ favorite restaurant chain.

The chicken chain nabbed the No. 1 spot in Piper Jaffray’s biannual survey of teenagers across the US.

Chick-fil-A took over as teenagers’ favorite restaurant a year ago, following the chain’s steady rise as an obsession among young people. The chicken chain first made Piper Jaffray’s top-five list in spring 2012, and it spent the next five years edging up the list one spot at a time.

Read more: Teens have a new favorite fast-food chain

Here are teens’ favorite restaurant chains in America, according to the latest Piper Jaffray survey.

5. McDonald’s

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderRead more: Leaked documents reveal that McDonald’s is about to slash items from its late-night menu

4. Dunkin’ Donuts

Hollis JohnsonRead more: Dunkin’ execs reveal why they want customers to ‘order through a robot’ in the near future

3. Chipotle

Hollis JohnsonRead more: Chipotle is adding new menu items to win over vegan and vegetarian customers, using an ingredient the CEO says ‘nobody’ knows about

See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:

SEE ALSO: These are the restaurant chains that Gen Z eats at most, according to a survey of more than 1,800 young Americans

Source: Chick-fil-A leads the pack as teens’ favorite restaurant chain in America

LOCH HER UP HATE SPEECH: CNN Host Wants First Amendment Rights Stripped Away From Trump Supporters — These Christian Times

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour wasn’t happy that James Comey’s FBI never took action against one very vocal group. She wants to have Trump Supporters rights taken away. Here is what she claims was hate speech.

via LOCH HER UP HATE SPEECH: CNN Host Wants First Amendment Rights Stripped Away From Trump Supporters — These Christian Times

Why Are Democrats Kissing The Ring Of Al Sharpton? — The Federalist

Many of the same Democrat hopefuls who boycotted AIPAC could be found yucking it up with infamous race-baiter Al Sharpton this week.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s fortunes have been on the upswing. A few years ago, in a Politico whitewashing of his career, we learned that Sharpton had been transformed into the go-to civil rights guru for the Obama administration. “If anything,” Glenn Thrush noted at the time, “the Ferguson crisis has underscored Sharpton’s role as the national black leader Obama leans on most, a remarkable personal and political transformation for a man once regarded with suspicion and disdain by many in his own party.”

The former president claimed that Sharpton was “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” In the real world, of course, the only downtrodden Americans helped by Sharpton’s activities are the ones who find themselves on the payroll benefitting from his numerous corporate shakedowns.

Yet apparently Obama’s resuscitation of Sharpton (who, since 2011, has been at MSNBC, a cable news network that interminably lectures uncouth Americans on proper tone) has worked.  Many of the very same Democratic Party hopefuls who boycotted the tepid bipartisanship of an AIPAC conference last month, could be found speaking at Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention in New York this past week, pandering to a charlatan with a history of inciting violence and racism.

There was Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who this week accused 12-year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being a “racist” and a false leader of Israelis, was there, obsequiously telling Sharpton he would support a study on reparations. He wasn’t alone. Many of the people who had recently defended anti-Semite Ilhan Omar—Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, among others—were yucking with a guy who once said, “We taught philosophy and astrology [sic] and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”

Sharpton most famously threw an entire city into turmoil in 1987 when he cynically exploited the hoax of a black teen named Tawana Brawley—who claimed to have been raped, kidnapped, smear with feces, and left wrapped in a plastic bag by a group of white men in Dutchess County, New York—for attention. To the surprise of absolutely no one, a state grand jury would find that her claims had been fabricated, perhaps as a way of avoiding punishment from her dad for staying out late.

When Sharpton and Brawley lost their defamation suits, it would not be the founder and president of National Action Network Convention who would struggle. After 26 years, Brawley was the one who couldn’t pay her debt.

Then again, ruined lives are strewn across Sharpton’s career. Maybe Democrats need to be reminded that Sharpton used a 1991 tragic car accident to incite a four-day race riot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Or maybe they just don’t care. It was Sharpton who stoked anger over the imaginary nexus between “Tel Aviv” and “South Africa” and the “diamond merchants right here.” After the Jewish community protested, Sharpton said, “Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

But, of course, Sharpton’s bedazzled and rotund frame was, as always, hiding behind bodyguards. It was his mob that took over. And one man who forgot to pin back his yarmulke was Yankel Rosenbaum, a 29-year old Orthodox Jew visiting from Australia, who, after turning down a wrong street, was dragged from his car to the shouts of “Kill the Jews!” by throngs of angry protesters and stabbed to death. Never once has Sharpton shown any remorse for his role in this bloodletting.

When, in 1995, Fred Harari, a Jewish sub-tenant who operated a store called Freddie’s Fashion Mart, evicted his own sub-tenant, a black-owned record store owner, Sharpton, who told the protesters, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business,” saw another opportunity to provoke chaos.

Never mind that it had been a black Pentecostal Church that had asked the Harari to evict the record store owner. If you’re inclined you can listen to his ceaseless race-baiting and anti-Semitism that Sharpton allowed, and engaged in, on his show, day in and out. The venomous protests, fueled in part by his show and his presence, soon began to resemble a mob. And when Roland Smith Jr. went in with a gun, he asked all the black patrons to leave before killing everyone else. The “white interloper,” as Sharpton perceptively predicted, “did not expand his business in Harlem.”

Never once, as far as I can tell, has any of his didactic colleagues on cable news asked him about these career highlights. Not once did a reporter ask any of the presidential candidates about Sharpton’s history.

As a native New Yorker, I hold a grudge. That doesn’t mean others can’t forgive Sharpton for the horrible things he’s done. It’s something else, however, when a remorseless man with a history of hucksterism and cruelty is not only being flattered as national moral leader by presidential candidates but that those same politicians are being given a free pass as they kowtow to a reprehensible character.

via Why Are Democrats Kissing The Ring Of Al Sharpton? — The Federalist

Worldview and Apologetics in the News for April 8, 2019

On the 15th Anniversary of The Privileged Planet: An Update

Eric Metaxas Interviews Michael Behe

‘Unplanned’ actress on Twitter backlash: ‘I couldn’t even follow my own movie’

Unplanned Doubles Box Office Expectations, Twitter Explains Why Unplanned Account Was Suspended

Transgender Ideology is More Irrational Than You Realized

Breakthrough, a Film Based on a True Story of a Teenager’s Death then Resurrection, in Theaters April 17

WATCH: Farrakhan Claims Jesus Didn’t Die On The Cross, ‘God Does Not Love This World’

How Abdu Murray went from being a devout Muslim to defending the Christian faith

At Forbes: Fine-Tuning Really Is A Problem For Cosmology, About Which Nothing Can Be Done

Can you doubt that 2 + 3 = 5?

Courage and Godspeed,

Chad
Our last edition is here.

Source: Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Harry Reid lost his civil lawsuit against TheraBand (opposing counsel noted his problems telling the truth)

Former Senator Harry Reid lost his civil case against TheraBand last week. Reid was seriously injured in 2015 while exercising with the band in his bathroom. He later sued the manufacturer claiming its product was unsafe for use by elderly people like himself. But during the trial, attorney Laurin Quiat who represented the company that manufacturers ThereBand, showed clips of Reid telling various stories about his injury, some of which contradicted things he said on the stand during the trial. Quiat argued that Harry Reid seemed to have difficulty telling the truth, which won’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Harry Reid. Let’s count the shifting statements with some help from the Associated Press. First, his reason for not running for office again:

Reid testified last week his injuries were “the main factor” why he decided not to seek a sixth Senate term in 2016. Quiat, however, showed the jury a 2015 video news release in which Reid said his decision not to run had “absolutely nothing to do with my injury.”

Here’s an interview where he says the inijury “wasn’t the decision-maker” with regard to running for office again.

Second, Reid initially claimed the band broke then later claimed it slipped from his hand. And third, the location where the band was attached changed from a hook to a shower door:

He noted that Reid at first said the band broke, not that it slipped his grasp, and that it had been attached to a metal hook in the wall of the bathroom in his suburban Las Vegas home.

On the witness stand, Reid testified he looped a band through a shower door handle, not a hook, and that he spun around and fell face-first against hard-edged bathroom cabinets when it slipped from his grip on New Year’s Day 2015.

I walked through his shifting explanations on the band breaking here a couple of weeks ago.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, after playing the clips showing Reid telling various stories that differed from his testimony in the case, Quiat concluded, “The one thing we do know is he struggles with telling the truth.” Well, duh.

But it seems the biggest problem with Reid’s case wasn’t his shifting stories, it was the fact that he couldn’t even prove the band he’d been using that day was manufactured by the people he had sued. That’s because his son threw it away after the accident.

Reid’s family threw out the band after he was hurt. Months later, he and [his wife Landra] Gould lodged a product liability lawsuit against three defendants: Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Co., the Hygenic Corp. and Performance Health LLC.

But jurors decided that the defendants did not manufacture the exercise band involved in Reid’s accident…

Asked whether the verdict may have been different if the band had not been discarded, Wilkes replied, “That’s called speculation. There’s no way I can say.”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that even if he’d kept the band, he’d have lost this case. For one thing, the band would not have been broken as he initially claimed in media interviews. That would prove that the band itself hadn’t failed. What failed was Reid’s grip. But the defense had evidence that physical therapists had been working with Reid for months to get him to use a proper stance when using the band. Also, he should never have been exercising in a bathroom full of hard surfaces. There’s a reason gyms have wide spaces and rubberized floors.

Quiat, the attorney for the defendants, really summed up this case when he said, “This case is about taking responsibility for one’s own actions.” It’s unfortunate that after his long career as a leading Democrat, Harry Reid still hasn’t learned that lesson.

Source: Harry Reid lost his civil lawsuit against TheraBand (opposing counsel noted his problems telling the truth)