Daily Archives: April 13, 2019

April 13 Oh, the Wonderful Cross!

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1–8

Key Verse: Romans 5:6

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

The Cross is where love became a five-letter word. Eternal, incomprehensible, unconditional love is spelled C-R-O-S-S.

Romans 5:1–5 explains this great love and how God expressed it by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. The Cross is the hinge point of history where a holy God made a way for fallen, sinful man to have a relationship and fellowship with Him.

In one awesome, indescribable moment, justice and mercy met at the Cross. There was enough justice at the Cross to punish every sin of all humanity. There was enough mercy at the Cross to envelop all of humanity in God’s wonderful, loving forgiveness. God not only poured out His wrath on sin—which is justice—but He even exhibited mercy by lovingly providing Jesus so we would not have to face the death penalty of sin.

God also demonstrated His wisdom at the Cross. His goal was the redemption of mankind, the forgiveness of mankind’s sins. God’s plan and purpose are always the very best, and He chose the best route to accomplish His plan when He sent Jesus to die on the cross.

Was there any other way in which a holy God could breech the divide between Himself and sinful man and still remain just? Think about it. No other plan could so perfectly accomplish His will and yet direct all of the honor and glory to God and not one shred of glory to man.

Lord, thank You for demonstrating Your love at the Cross. Thank You, Lord, that Your mercy was great enough to envelop all of humanity—including me![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 108). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 13 The Foundation of Forgiveness

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:8–2:2

Key Verse: Romans 6:6

Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Firemen ran, shouted, hauled hoses, and sprayed countless gallons of water. But within minutes the building was engulfed in flames. Just when they thought everyone was safely out, they heard another voice yelling for help.

One fireman chose to go inside. He knew the odds. The ceiling was ready to collapse at any second, but without hesitation he answered the call. Moments later, a man was pushed from a window into the net below. But the fireman never came out.

Moving stories like this one about heroism in the face of death are examples of the kind of compassion Jesus talked about when He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 nasb). When Jesus said that, He wasn’t referring to an abstract ideal that sounds good only on paper.

Jesus knew the cost. Long before you were even born, at the time of creation, God laid down the penalty for sin: death and separation from Him forever. And although God loves you dearly, He cannot overlook His own law; someone has to pay the price for your sin. Christ came to trade places with you, His innocent life taking the place of your guilty one.

Have you accepted the gracious offer of your Rescuer, or have you pushed Him away? He is the only One who can truly save you.

You laid down Your life for me, Jesus. You paid the penalty for my sin. You took my place. How I praise You![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 108). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 13 The Inner Sanctum of Your Heart

Scripture reading: Psalm 16:1–11

Key verse: Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

God will meet any real need when you set your mind and focus on Him. But sometimes you can confuse a quest for worldly pleasures as need. False teachers have spawned entire movements out of errant philosophy that says all you must do is name your desire and God will fulfill your every wish.

In his book Far from Home, Joseph M. Stowell explains in a compelling illustration:

We’re like kids at Christmas, begging “Give me the gift! Give me the gift!” and forgetting that it’s out of love that the gifts were given to us by our parents. Of course, our parents love to give to us and to bless us with gifts, but what they really want is a love relationship with us. Intimacy is about a relationship, not a gift exchange. When we live expectantly, serve Him purely, slow down and spend seasons on our knees with His Word in prayer and meditation, He fills our souls with Himself.

God doesn’t meet us at the mall. He seeks us in the inner sanctum of our hearts. If it’s intimacy we want, we need to be more intrigued with the Giver than the gifts. It’s not the stuff He does for us that we should be loving; it’s Him. If we want to experience Him more than we do, we need to love Him more than we do, more than all those other things we are attracted to, more than all the provisions we expect from Him.

Help me to slow down and spend more time with You in prayer and in the Word. Come and meet with me in the inner sanctum of my heart, Father.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 108). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Playtime in the Church — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Children’s ministries have for years focused on playtime and coloring; teens have been treated like large children who need to be entertained with contemporary music and a multitude of games and activities; adults are not to be bored with biblical exposition and theology. These practices stem from the late sixties, when the rebellious and spoiled baby-boomers…began to reshape everything (including the church) in their own image. Two generations of Christians have come and are moving through the church, many of whom have never experienced what a biblical church should be. So far removed are many Christians from the New Testament paradigm that many do not know that anything else exists or ever existed.
Gary E. Gilley with Jay Wegter, This Little Church Had None: A Church in Search of the Truth, by pg.222

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Tucker explains Democrats’ really racist reaction to Trump sanctuary idea

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out Democrats for their hypocrisy and “racist” reaction to President Donald Trump’s idea of relocating detained illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

“Talk about great news for Blue America,” Carlson said in the opening monologue of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday, referring to reports that the Trump administration had proposed a plan to release illegal immigrant detainees into sanctuary cities to relieve overcrowding at detention centers.

Carlson likened the idea to being given the “gift of a lifetime” by your sworn enemy, noting that “in the end, if you were smart, you’d take the gift.”

He explained how the president basically called the Democrats’ bluff in confirming the plan was under “strong consideration.”

Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

“The left really couldn’t be clearer on this question. All immigration is good. More immigration is better. There is no distinction between legal and illegal varieties of immigration. And if you disagree with any of this, you are a white nationalist,” Carlson said after airing several video clips of Democrats declaring how their support of illegal immigrants and how they would welcome them.

“That’s what they say almost every day for the past two years but we watch carefully, so have you,” Carlson added.

“Now, here, completely out of the blue, comes the man they despise the most in the world, Donald J. Trump, offering the one thing they want more than anything, more immigrants. Immediately delivered right to their door at federal expense,” he continued, referring to the president confirming what The Washington Post first reported about the administration’s two attempts to release the detainees into the so-called sanctuary cities, such as the San Francisco district represented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Enraged libs ‘destroy their own argument’ over report Trump admin wanted to release migrants in ‘sanctuary cities’ https://t.co/3ZZfVFlWam

— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 12, 2019

“It must’ve been like Christmas morning. You think you are getting another pair of socks, yet there it is. A pony tethered to your mailbox. Holy smokes, amazing. Best day of your life!” Carlson joked.

He slammed criticism from Democrats like Pelosi and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke who complained about the president “dumping” people.

“If you want to defile someone’s pristine city, you ‘Dump immigrants on it?’ Whoa. That sounds a little … Searching for the word here … Racist! A lot racist, actually!” Carlson exclaimed.

“But Nancy Pelosi agrees with it, turns out. She lives in one of these cities that might be dumped on, so she immediately issued a statement decrying it,” he added, reading the California lawmaker’s statement.

“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” the statement said. “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”

“This is getting really confusing,” Carlson said.

“It doesn’t seem to make sense – how can the presence of immigrants ‘Perpetuate fear’?” he asked. “Immigrants aren’t dangerous – they’ve told us that a thousand times. They’re safer than you are, they’re amazing. Much more amazing than you are.”

“So why is it bad that Trump wants to send more immigrants to San Francisco?” he continued, noting the city “subverted federal law in the hope that more illegal immigrants would come there.”

Carlson then challenged Democrats to put their money where their mouth is by listing affluent neighborhoods in the nation where liberals rally in the name of diversity and open borders but don’t actually house any of those illegal immigrants.

“Nobody hates diversity more than rich liberals, the very people pushing it,” Carlson said after positing that even former President Obama would not rail against illegal immigrants being dropped into his wealthy Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama.

“Let’s hope immigrants are watching all of this on TV and drawing their own conclusions,” Carlson wrapped up. “The left can say endlessly that they love you, but if they don’t want you in their neighborhood, they don’t want you going to school with their kids, they’re lying.”

Source: Tucker explains Democrats’ really racist reaction to Trump sanctuary idea

‘Hostile And Aggressive’ Migrants Break Through Border Into Southern Mexico, Join US-Bound Caravan

A group of around 350 Central American migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemala-Mexico border, forcing their way into Mexico to join a larger caravan of 2,000 or so migrants headed towards the United States, AP reports.

According to the National Immigration Institute, the migrants were acting in a “hostile” and ” aggressive” manner – and said that they were attacking local police in the Mexican village of Metapa near the city of Tapachula.

The incident echoed a similar confrontation on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year.

Migrants breach Guatemala-Mexico border in October, 2018

Several groups of migrants in the southern border state of Chipas have expressed frustration at Mexico’s cold attitude towards them, as they have been slowed or stopped during their northbound journey, according to AP.

A group of several hundred Cuban, African and Central American migrants have been waiting at the immigration offices in Tapachula for documents that would allow them to travel to the U.S. border, where most plan to request asylum.

Some members of that group have scuffled with immigration authorities and broken windows at the offices in recent days, accusing officials of making them wait too long for papers. –AP

One group of Central American and Cuban migrants estimated at 2,500 strong have been stuck for at least a week in the Chipas town of Mapastepec, north-west of Tapachula.

Source: ‘Hostile And Aggressive’ Migrants Break Through Border Into Southern Mexico, Join US-Bound Caravan

The Battlefield of the Mind — Christian Research Network

“As believers who are engaged daily in an ongoing battle for our mind there are only two choices to consider: either submit to the will of Christ who loves us or to the will of Satan who wants to destroy us. There is no third option.”

(Darrell B. Harrison – Just Thinking)  If I were to ask you where does Jesus rank among your daily priorities, how would you respond? Would your first impulse be to give a “spiritual” answer—that is, to say what you think you’re supposed to say as a Christian—or would you reply with what you know in your heart to be true?

These questions aren’t in any way meant to be presumptive or accusatory. Not at all. The truth is none of us, including yours truly, consistently gives Christ the rightful place He deserves in our life. In fact, if we were honest, most of us would have to admit that we are so preoccupied with worldly attentions and concerns that thoughts of God rarely cross our minds—until we need Him (Matt. 15:8).

It was several years ago that a former pastor of mine said something that I remember to this day, and hope hereafter to call to mind, that the battlefield of Satan is the mind. I have since discovered in my own life how right he was—and still is.

It is through the mind that Satan attacks believers. Since the Garden of Eden his modus operandi—that we exchange the truth of God for a lie—has not changed nor wavered. And why should it since it has served him so well for so long? As Jonathan Edwards said, “The devil can counterfeit all the saving operations and graces of the Spirit of God.” Conversely, A.W. Pink said that, “Satan is not an initiator, but an imitator.” View article →

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58 Years Ago President Dwight Eisenhower Warned The American People Of The Dangers Of A Permanent Military-Industrial Complex — Now The End Begins

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government.

Almost 3 months to the day before I was born, outgoing president Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell speech that was broadcast on the still-new medium called television. In it, he spoke openly of his time in office and warned future generations about something he called the military-industrial complex. That is to say a permanent armaments industry that would one day be a threat to democracy. Eisenhower also warned that technology, then in its infancy, would combine with the military in creating a nearly unstoppable monster. \

Eisenhower’s speech stunned the audience of his day because he had been one of the main architects of America’s victory in WWII, and here he was now warning that a full-time military presence could only serve to weaken a free society. In 2019, 58 years after this chilling speech, think of the world in which we now live in.

He warned about technology being twisted for evil purposes, today we see Google partnering with the Defense Department to create armies of killer robots. Robotics and AI are transforming our society to a degree only previously imagined in science fiction novels. How is it possible that a search engine company, started by nerds whose slogan used to be ‘Don’t Be Evil‘, become one of the Pentagon’s leading suppliers of military software, applications and technological weaponry?

Welcome to the  Military-Industrial-Technological Complex, and it’s bigger and more powerful than anything Eisenhower ever dreamed about.

Ike’s Warning Of Military Expansion, 58 Years Later

FROM NPR: He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces. Eisenhower, a retired five-star Army general, the man who led the allies on D-Day, made the remarks in his farewell speech from the White House.

As NPR’s Tom Bowman tells Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, Eisenhower used the speech to warn about “the immense military establishment” that had joined with “a large arms industry.”

Here’s an excerpt:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

Since then, the phrase has become a rallying cry for opponents of military expansion.

Eisenhower gave the address after completing two terms in office; it was just days before the new president, John F. Kennedy, would be sworn in. Eisenhower was worried about the costs of an arms race with the Soviet Union, and the resources it would take from other areas — such as building hospitals and schools.

Bowman says that in the speech, Eisenhower also spoke as someone who had seen the horror and lingering sadness of war, saying that “we must learn how to compose differences not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”

Another concern, Bowman says, was the possibility that as the military and the arms industry gained power, they would be a threat to democracy, with civilians losing control of the military-industrial complex.

In his remarks, Eisenhower also explained how the situation had developed:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of ploughshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.”

The difference, Bowman says, is that before the late 1950s, companies such as Ford built everything from jeeps to bombers — then went back to building cars. But that changed after the Korean War.

Bowman says that it’s important to note that during the Cold War, the U.S. military didn’t draw down its troops like it did after World War II.

“It kept a large standing army after the Korean War,” he says.

America’s new reliance on sophisticated weapons technology also helped bring about what Bowman calls “a technology race with the Soviets.” And that meant that weapons manufacturing became more specialized.

“So for a company like Ford, going from cars to jeeps is one thing; cars to missiles is quite another,” Bowman says.

In an effort to control the expansion of the military-industrial complex, Eisenhower consistently sought to cut the Pentagon’s budget. The former general wanted a budget the country could afford, Bowman says. He upset all the military services with his budget cuts, especially the Air Force.

Citing another quote from Eisenhower — this one from another speech on military spending — Bowman says, “The jet plane that roars overhead costs three quarters of a million dollars. That’s more than a man will make in his lifetime. What world can afford this kind of thing for long?”

In today’s government, Eisenhower has a fan in his fellow Kansan Secretary of Defense Robert Gates — who keeps a portrait of the former general in his office at the Pentagon, Bowman says.

Speaking at the Eisenhower Library last year, Gates talked about America’s insatiable appetite for more and more weapons:

“Does the number of warships we have, and are building, really put America at risk, when the U.S. battle fleet is larger than the next 13 navies combined — 11 of which are our partners and allies?

Is it a dire threat that by 2020, the United States will have only 20 times more advanced stealth fighters than China?

These are the kinds of questions Eisenhower asked as commander-in-chief. They are the kinds of questions I believe he would ask today.”

But, Bowman says, it has only become more difficult to control the size of the nation’s military industry.

First, “there are only a handful of defense giants,” he says, “which means you can’t shop around for a better price.” And companies such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are also adept at both lobbying and marketing to promote their interests.

Bowman says, “they also spread the jobs around the country, to lock in political support.”

Gates has also discussed the difficulty of cutting military spending:

“What it takes is the political will and willingness, as Eisenhower possessed, to make hard choices — choices that will displease powerful people both inside the Pentagon, and out.”

Bowman says that some industry observers believe that “the one thing that could create that political will is the nation’s huge deficit.” Only that might force cuts in the overall defense budget. READ MORE

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Democrats file legislation to force all Americans to accept the LGBTQ agenda

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi March 13 introduced the so-called Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law.

The legislation, known as the Equality Act would specifically include all LGBTQ definitions and would penalize everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.

While liberal Democrats and some liberal Republicans in the House of Representatives are lauding the proposed legislation, some conservatives are calling it a “frontal assault on religious liberty.”

If the Equality Act becomes law, it would impact essentially every part of American life. It would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms or else lose their businesses and jobs. It would force hospitals and insurers to provide and pay for these therapies against any moral or medical objections. It would force parents to provide sexual reassignment treatments for their children who are confused about their sexual identity. It would force religious institutions that provide adoptions to permit same sex couples to adopt children, and the list goes on.

Monica Burke, a research assistant in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, in a critique of the proposed legislation noted that most Americans “don’t want a nationwide bathroom requirement, health care mandate, or “preferred pronoun” law based on gender identity, but congressional Democrats seem to think it’s time to impose them.”

April 13, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Steadfastness in the Faith

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were thus occupied were not benefited. (13:7–9)

I believe the primary appeal of this passage is for Jews who had heard and professed the gospel not to return to legalism. The New Covenant in Jesus Christ has standards, very high standards, but they do not involve ceremonies, rituals, holy days, and formalities. They are internal, not external.

Just as those who led [us] who spoke the word of God, and just as Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, so we should be in our doctrine and practices. We are not to be carried away by varied and strange teachings. One of Satan’s most subtle approaches to the Christian is to move him away from sound doctrine, to get him wrapped up in beliefs that are unfounded, uncertain, and changing. Bad doctrine results in bad living.

purity of doctrine

One of the saddest things in the world is for a Christian to get drawn into false doctrine and be rendered ineffective, to lose his joy, reward, and testimony. Yet such has been happening since the earliest days of the church. Paul was amazed that some of the Galatian believers were “so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6–7). Sometimes false teachers are kind, likable, and perhaps even sincere. It is often difficult to believe they would teach anything false or misleading. But we are to judge doctrine by God’s Word, not by the appearance or personality of the person who holds it. “Even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (v. 8). In other words, even if Paul changed his teaching from the revealed truths he had been preaching, he should not be followed. Even an angel is not to be believed above God’s Word. The point is so important that Paul repeats it in the next verse: “As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.”

These Galatians had started out in grace but were falling back under the law. They had begun in the Spirit, but were now trying to continue in the flesh. The Jews being addressed in Hebrews 13 were in danger of doing the same thing. The varied and strange teachings were not necessarily new teachings. They are not named, but it is likely that many, if not most, of the teachings were traditional Jewish beliefs. But they were strange to the gospel of grace.

Paul also warned the Ephesian elders of this danger. “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29–30). The apostle commended them to God’s Word, the only resource they had for staying true to the faith (v. 32). The closing appeal of the book of Romans is, “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them” (Rom. 16:17).

The worst false teachers are those who go under the guise of orthodoxy. An avowed liberal, cultist, or atheist is easily seen for what he is. Satan’s best workers are the deceptive ones, who know they will get a better hearing from God’s people if their heresy is coated with biblical ideas. “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:13–14). Satan’s primary target is the church. He does not need to pervert the world, because it is already perverted, already in his camp. This is why the New Testament is so filled with warnings for Christians to beware of false teaching. Satan does wish to destroy the power of the truth in the church.

God knows that the greatest battle His church faces is purity of doctrine, because that is the basis of everything else. Every bad practice, every bad act, every bad standard of conduct, can be traced to bad belief. The end result of the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and of believers becoming unified in the faith and maturing in Christ, is that “we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Eph. 4:14). A church that is not sound in doctrine is unstable and vulnerable.

One of the marks of small children is lack of discernment. They have no way of telling what is good or bad for themselves. They judge only by feeling and whim. If something looks attractive, they may try to pick it up, even if it were a poisonous snake. If something looks remotely like food, they try to eat it. A child of three left to select his own diet would never live to four. He would either sweeten or poison himself to death.

Some Christians, unfortunately, show little more discernment than this in the spiritual realm. They have been so little exposed to sound doctrine, or so long removed from it, that they judge entirely by appearance and feeling. Consequently, the church is filled with babes, who swallow almost any teaching that is put before them, as long as it is not blatant heresy and the teacher claims to be evangelical. As a body, and as individual Christians, we cannot be steadfast in Christ unless we are “constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:6). As long as believers are immature, false doctrine is a major danger (cf. Eph. 4:11–16).

rejection of legalism

Jews were used to having religious regulations for everything, and it was hard for them to adjust to freedom in Christ. It was difficult for them to accept the truth Paul expresses in 1 Corinthians 8:8, that “food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.” All their lives they had been taught and had believed that what you ate and did not eat was extremely important to God. Even how it was prepared and eaten was important. Now they are told that those who were thus occupied were not benefited. Spirituality comes not by foods.

Being spiritually concerned about food is unnecessary under the New Testament. In fact, insisting on dietary regulations for religious reasons is against the gospel. Paul uses the harshest possible words to describe those who propagate such ideas.

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. (1 Tim. 4:1–5)

God had a hard time convincing Peter that the dietary and ceremonial restrictions of Judaism were no longer valid. Peter even argued with God when He commanded him in a vision to kill and eat a variety of unclean animals. The Lord had to tell him three times, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy” (Acts 10:15). Christ has rendered all external observances invalid and useless. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). The Colossians were exhorted: “let no one act as your judge in regard to food” (2:16). As Christians, our hearts are only strengthened by grace.[1]


8. Jesus Christ the same, &c. The only way by which we can persevere in the right faith is to hold to the foundation, and not in the smallest degree to depart from it; for he who holds not to Christ knows nothing but mere vanity, though he may comprehend heaven and earth; for in Christ are included all the treasures of celestial wisdom. This then is a remarkable passage, from which we learn that there is no other way of being truly wise than by fixing all our thoughts on Christ alone.

Now as he is dealing with the Jews, he teaches them that Christ had ever possessed the same sovereignty which he holds at this day; The same, he says, yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. By which words he intimates that Christ, who was then made known in the world, had reigned from the beginning of the world, and that it is not possible to advance farther when we come to him. Yesterday then comprehends the whole time of the Old Testament; and that no one might expect a sudden change after a short time, as the promulgation of the Gospel was then but recent, he declares that Christ had been lately revealed for this very end, that the knowledge of him might continue the same for ever.

It hence appears that the Apostle is not speaking of the eternal existence of Christ, but of that knowledge of him which was possessed by the godly in all ages, and was the perpetual foundation of the Church. It is indeed certain that Christ existed before he manifested his power; but the question is, what is the subject of the Apostle. Then I say he refers to quality, so to speak, and not to essence; for it is not the question, whether he was from eternity with the Father, but what was the knowledge which men had of him. But the manifestation of Christ as to its external form and appearance, was indeed different under the Law from what it is now; yet there is no reason why the Apostle could not say truly and properly that Christ, as regarded by the faithful, is always the same.[2]


8 This famous verse has neither verb nor immediate link with what precedes and follows to clarify what is its intention in context. Probably it is to be understood as summing up the faith of the church’s founders (its epigrammatic form suggests a well-memorized creedal “motto”), which the readers are now called to imitate. Following the mention of the “outcome” of these earlier leaders’ lives, it serves to reassure the readers that, whereas their founding fathers may have died, Jesus remains and always will remain a secure foundation for their faith. The unexpected word order that separates the first two time references from the last—“Jesus Christ yesterday and today the same, and forever”—is perhaps intended to emphasize that the fact that he has proved unchanged so far (“yesterday and today”) assures us he will remain the same for the future. Following the assurance of vv. 5–6, this verse thus locates the reliability of our unfailing God more specifically in the unchangeability of Jesus—and thus, as so often in this letter, places Jesus alongside God without distinction. (Cf. 1:12, where our author has quoted the description of God’s unchangeability in Ps 102:27 [using the same phrase “the same”] as though speaking of the Son; for the threefold division of time, cf. the doxologies of Rev 1:4, 8; 4:8.)[3]


13:8 / This remarkable verse does not intend to represent Jesus in the abstract and timeless categories of Platonic thought. It is not meant as a description of the transcendent and eternal nature of Jesus Christ. The main point of the verse is that because of his past and present work Jesus Christ is sufficient to meet all needs that Christians have. This is apparent not only from the context but also from the actual structure of the verse, which reads, literally, “Jesus Christ yesterday and today is the same, and until the ages.” His work of yesterday, the sacrificial and atoning work as high priest, has been expounded at length by our author. That is the very basis of Christianity. Today his work continues in the intercession he makes for us at the right hand of God (7:25; cf. 4:14–16). It is also true, as a kind of surplus, that the future of the readers remains secure. The faithfulness of Christ in the past and present will find its counterpart in the future when he returns to consummate the saving purposes of God (9:28). The faithfulness of Jesus Christ is unchanging (cf. 7:24) and is thus something upon which the readers may depend in living the life of faith.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 435–438). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (p. 345). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 185). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (pp. 239–240). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Triablogue: Easter Resources 2019

For several years, I’ve been posting a collection of resources for each Easter season:

2009 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 
2015 
2016 
2017 
2018 

You can find an archive of our posts with the Easter label here. You can also search for posts with other labels by replacing the word Easter in the URL with another phrase (Resurrection, Empty Tomb, etc.). And keep clicking on Older Posts at the bottom of the screen to see more posts.

We’ve also written some e-books that address Easter issues. See the e-books section of the sidebar to the right.

A few years ago, I posted a collection of articles on skeptical myths about the church fathers. Many of those articles address Easter issues.

Here are some examples of posts we’ve written on Easter subjects over the years:

Resurrection Evidence Outside The New Testament
Evidence For The Empty Tomb
Early Affirmation Of The Empty Tomb From Gentile Non-Christians 
Jesus’ Burial And Empty Tomb Outside The Gospels And Acts
Early Non-Extant Documents On The Resurrection
Evidence For The Shroud Of Turin 
The 1982 Carbon Dating Of The Shroud Of Turin
Easter Prophecy Fulfillment
Alleged Errors And Contradictions In The Resurrection Accounts
Fifty Agreements Among The Resurrection Accounts
The Consistencies Among The Resurrection Accounts In 1 Corinthians 15, The Gospels, And Acts
The Restrained Nature Of The Resurrection Accounts
The Context In Which The Gospels Were Composed
How Early The Synoptics And Acts Were Written
The Authorship Of Matthew 
The Authorship Of Mark 
The Authorship Of Luke And Acts 
The Authorship Of John 
The Authorship Of The Pauline Letters (see the comments section)
The Historicity Of Acts 
Why It’s Significant That The Earliest Sources Don’t Narrate The Resurrection Appearance To James 
Evidence That Saul Of Tarsus Saw Jesus Risen From The Dead 
The Spiritual Body Of 1 Corinthians 15 
Why Didn’t The Risen Jesus Appear To More And Different People?
Why Doesn’t Jesus Appear To Everybody? 
Matthew 27:52-53 
How The Apostles Died 
Miracles In The Modern World 
Reviews Of Debates On Jesus’ Resurrection 
How To Make A Case For The Resurrection
Independent, Converging Lines Of Evidence For Jesus’ Resurrection
What If Alleged Miracles, Like Jesus’ Resurrection, Were Caused By A Currently Unknown Natural Process?

We wrote a lot of posts on Easter-related issues after the 2018 Easter resources post linked above. I posted about why we don’t have any sources on Jesus written prior to his death. I also wrote about acceptance of the empty tomb among early non-Christian Gentiles. I then put up a post on evidence for Jesus’ burial and empty tomb outside the gospels and Acts. Later, I wrote about how a lot of the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection comes from former opponents of Christianity. Steve Hays addressed some alleged parallels between accounts about Romulus and the accounts we have of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He also discussed some corroboration from Richard Carrier of Christian views of Easter prophecy fulfillment. He then addressed some of Carrier’s comments on the nature of the resurrection appearances. I wrote a post about early, non-extant documents related to Jesus’ resurrection. Steve wrote about the historicity and consistency of what the gospels say Jesus spoke while on the cross. I posted on Jesus’ fulfillment of Psalm 22. Steve linked a discussion of the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection, involving Darrell Bock and Gary Habermas. He also posted about the possibility that an angel at Jesus’ tomb would be visible to one individual, but not another. And here and here are some posts he put up linking Easter music videos. I wrote about how Jesus’ work on the cross and in his resurrection has changed the world. Steve wrote a response to Bart Ehrman on the significance of the empty tomb. He also linked an article by Lydia McGrew responding to William Lane Craig on minimalism with regard to the resurrection and other issues. In a later post, Steve addressed some objections to Matthew 27:51-53. And he wrote about what the resurrection of the just might look like. In a response to a book by Thomas Joseph White, Steve addressed topics related to the resurrection body, among other issues. He also linked an article by Joseph Bergeron and Gary Habermas on the hallucination hypothesis. Then he responded to Frank Turek on the resurrection and Biblical inerrancy. In another post, he discussed views of apologetics that take the resurrection as a starting point. He later addressed some unusual aspects of the resurrection accounts in John’s gospel, such as why Mary Magdalene initially didn’t recognize Jesus. He also wrote about the scars Jesus retained after his resurrection and why resurrected individuals might retain scars. In another post, he discussed different views of resurrection. He later responded to a book by Michael Martin and Keith Augustine that, in part, addresses issues surrounding the resurrection and the afterlife. He also linked a video of the Hallelujah chorus. In another post, he summarized the evidence for a Christian view of Jesus. He later wrote about how Jesus’ death and resurrection illustrate the roles of providence and miracles. And he addressed the notion that the resurrection entails the deity of Christ. He also linked an article by Lydia McGrew on the historicity of the raising of the saints in Matthew 27:52-53. He later wrote about why people react so differently to Christmas than to Easter. In another post, he addressed the possibility that alleged miracles, like Jesus’ resurrection, were caused by a currently unknown natural process. He also linked an article by Timothy McGrew on the historicity of the guard at the tomb, then an article on whether Jesus’ mother and John were at the foot of the cross, followed by an article on the historicity of the early accounts of Jesus’ burial. Then he addressed the significance of the resurrection. He also linked an article by Wesley Huff on Lent, Easter, and the hope of spring. In another post, he discussed some alleged Bible contradictions, including some related to Easter. He then wrote about supposed inconsistencies among the accounts of the women who went to the tomb.

Am I doing something wrong if I make a huge decision and don’t wait to hear from God?

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Does the Bible speak to whom we should marry? Which college to attend? Whether to join the Army? Should we relocate to another state? Change careers now, later, or never? Go back to college?

Christian decision-making … I’m often asked these very questions by women who care about being obedient to the will of God. But the Christian culture of the last generation has introduced a mysticism to decision-making (and to Christian life in general) that unfortunately includes waiting for personalized whispers, looking for signs, or other extra-biblical methods that will guide them along in deciding things that aren’t directly in the Bible.

Phil Johnson has explained about inner promptings and whispers, (transcript here from Super Session at the 2002 Shepherds’ Conference, audio here)

Now this kind of thinking is totally at odds with the principle of Sola Scriptura. We believe as Protestants don’t we…

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The Sabbath, Jordan Peterson, Tone of Voice – Polemics Report April 9, 2019

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Pastor JD Hall of Pulpit & Pen compares what people are saying about God to the Word of God. A podcast designed to train your ability to discern between right and almost right. Highlighting the “downgrade” of modern Christianity.

Source: The Sabbath, Jordan Peterson, Tone of Voice – Polemics Report April 9, 2019

Trump trolls the Democrats to highlight their hypocrisy

The Left’s hysteria over Trump’s suggestion that the many thousands of illegals who have invaded the country be sent to sanctuary cities would be hilarious if it were not so unspeakably hypocritical.

It is difficult to grasp the scope of Democrat and media hypocrisy.  Regarding immigration, it is beyond description.  They are making their disingenuousness so obvious that they might as well put it on billboards. Tolstoy wrote:

“Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.” (Anna Karenina)

President Trump suggested, perhaps seriously, that the hundreds of thousands of illegals whom the Democrats insist be allowed to flow into the country unimpeded be distributed to those states and cities throughout the nation that have designated themselves sanctuaries to such migrants.  After two years of doing everything in their power to keep our borders open to all comers, asserting that these illegal aliens are “gifts of love” (Pelosi) to America, you would have thought Trump suggested depositing dumpsters full of fetid rodents to all those virtue-signaling cities and states.

The leftist media spent the day hysterical that he would dare imagine such a ploy.  They called it retribution, illegal (sanctuary cities are illegal), inhumane, vengeful, and worse.  In short, they had a full-blown meltdown that rivaled the hysteria of a few days ago after A.G. Barr confirmed that spying on the Trump campaign and presidency did occur.

The Democrats, having lost their minds, leaped at the chance to display for all their blatant hypocrisy.  They demand that those pawns (the migrants) in their game of remaking America for their purposes not be shipped to their their cities!  No way, Jose.

For the duration of Trump’s presidency, the Democrats have done their level best to foil his promise of immigration reform, no matter how many rapes, murders, and other crimes are committed by such non-citizens, who for the Left deserve more rights and more compassion than Americans.  Pelosi, Schumer, and their acolytes have once again proven beyond all doubt that they value the prerogatives, if not the lives, of illegal aliens over American citizens.  But they don’t value lives at all — not those of American victims or those of the thousands of migrants who die on the long journey here because the left has lured them with promises of government largesse.  This on the same day that the New York State Assembly blocked a bill to help Gold Star families with college tuition but approved $27M for tuition for illegals, even those present in the U.S. for only thirty days!  What a murder of crows, our progressives!

The Democrats’ loving embrace of illegal immigrants is a scam.  They do not want them in their own sanctuary cities, the biggest of them already fraught with homelessness, drug abuse, and all that accompanies those pathologies.  Nancy Pelosi’s city of San Francisco, like Seattle and Los Angeles, has been disfigured by leftist notions of compassion.  Tourists, long a mainstay of the local economy, are appalled.  Those who still come are given maps in order to avoid the paths benighted by fecal matter and discarded, contaminated needles.

The progressive vision for the Obama-imagined transformed America is a Democrat-created bust.  Obama’s polices transformed the country, all right; he nearly destroyed us, which is why Trump won in 2016.

All of this leads us to the Left’s refusal to admit that the Obama administration did indeed weaponize our alphabet agencies in order to take Trump out.  E. Nesbit, the British author of children’s books, wrote, “Trying not to believe things when in your heart you are almost sure they are true, is as bad for the temper as anything I know.”  The Left has for over two years now refused to acknowledge that a group of self-appointed thugs at the top of those institutions did indeed violate countless laws in order to sabotage a candidate they opposed.  They surely know that it is true; there is too much evidence available to all to deny it.  Still, they pretended to be shocked when A.G. Barr pronounced that spying did take place.  They’ve spent two years trying not to believe that what is true is, in fact, true.  “One thing you can’t hide — is when you’re crippled inside” (John Lennon).  The Democratic Party is crippled, economically, ethically, and morally.  All they have is their exposed hypocrisy and their rage at losing an election they took for granted.

The Left’s hysteria over Trump’s suggestion that the many thousands of illegals who have invaded the country be sent to sanctuary cities would be hilarious if it were not so unspeakably hypocritical.  It is the Democrats who have done everything in their power to encourage these people to come, to breach our borders.  But they do not want them in their communities.  Trump, as usual, trolled them into revealing who they really are: disingenuous, elitist snobs.  The man is a genius, and he is the best president since Reagan.

“It takes a common thug to commit injustice, but it takes an exceptional thug to call it “social justice.” (Jakub Wisniewski)

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (cropped).

Source: Trump trolls the Democrats to highlight their hypocrisy

Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals – (April 7 2019 Florence International Conference – Article)

This text prepared in the context of the April 7 2019 Florence International Conference: No War, No NATO will centre on the key relationship between US-NATO military operations directed against targeted countries and the imposition of  far-reaching neoliberal economic reforms both before and in the wake of US-NATO military interventions. 

This article will also address the dangers and consequences of a Third World War as well the nature of advanced weapons systems deployed by the broader US-NATO coalition.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg meets with NATO troops in Poland, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Extensive war crimes have been committed by NATO member states.

The object of the Florence Venue is NATO-EXIT. The Dismantling of NATO and the closure of US military bases. 

There is a (somewhat contradictory) clause within the Treaty of the Atlantic Alliance (Article 13) which enables withdrawal from NATO. This clause has to be examined and a strategy must be envisaged.

In our conclusion we will address what types of actions are required by mass movements to reach this objective, bearing in mind that since the war on Iraq (2003), protest movements have been coopted and manipulated. While global warming makes the headlines, the dangers of nuclear war are barely mentioned. Why?

Why?

Odeon Theatre, Florence, Sunday April 7, from 10am to 18pm, Italian and English

Source: Dismantle NATO, Close Down 800 US Military Bases, Prosecute the War Criminals

California Here They Come, Trump Promises Flood Of Illegals For Sanctuary State

President Donald Trump is not playing games with the sanctuary state of California whose politicians keep saying they are going to protect illegal immigrants.

The message he is sending is that the idea to flood the state with illegals is being strongly considered by the administration.

Speaking to reporters on Friday the president said that the idea is still being considered and he could give California all of the illegal immigrants it wants.

“”California certainly is always saying, ‘Oh we want more people,’ and they want more people in their sanctuary cities.,” he said.

“Well, we’ll give them more people. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply — and let’s see if they’re so happy,” he said.

President Trump: “California certainly is always saying, ‘Oh we want more people,’ and they want more people in their sanctuary cities. Well, we’ll give them more people. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply — and let’s see if they’re so happy.” pic.twitter.com/veO3Hl0X9G

— The Hill (@thehill) April 12, 2019

“We are giving very strong consideration to having people, after a 20 day period–because legally we’re not allowed to hold them for more than that–we will move them to sanctuary cities,” he said.

“We are giving very strong consideration to having people, after a 20 day period–because legally we’re not allowed to hold them for more than that–we will move them to sanctuary cities.” -President Trump on plan to release immigrants in DHS custody in sanctuary cities. pic.twitter.com/XYa6b7bCg0

— CSPAN (@cspan) April 12, 2019

President Trump said in a series of tweets that the idea, that was reported by The Washington Post, was genuine.

The Washington Post issued a report on Thursday that said that the White House had considered deploying illegal aliens in sanctuary cities.

The idea being if these cities actually want to welcome illegal aliens he would steer them there rather than cities that did not welcome them.

Democrats went insane at the news and said that it was a publicity stunt, showing how disingenuous they are when it comes to welcoming illegals.

But instead of backing off of the report from the Washington Post the president decided to confirm it, and he said he is still considering it.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” he said.

“Only The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” he said.

Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

Source: California Here They Come, Trump Promises Flood Of Illegals For Sanctuary State

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 04/13/2019

Wife of Missionary Killed in Cameroon Walking Through ‘New Valley’ as Masses Discovered on Liver   Apr 07, 2019 11:41 pm

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — The wife of an American missionary killed in Cameroon in October is asking for prayer for herself and her eight children as she has now learned that she has a number of masses on her liver. The Praying for Stephanie Wesco Facebook page outlines that Wesco went to the emergency room last month to have herself checked for appendicitis due to…

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Texas Committee to Hold Historic Public Hearing for Bill That Would Outlaw Abortion in State   Apr 06, 2019 07:45 pm

Photo Credit: Kumar Appiah AUSTIN, Texas — The state of Texas will make history on Monday as it becomes the first ever in the nation to hold a public hearing for a bill that would outlaw abortion in the state altogether. The hearing for House Bill 896, also known as the “Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act,” will be held at the Texas Capitol building before…

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Former SBC President Jack Graham Praises Chairman Who Killed Bill to Outlaw Abortion as ‘Courageous’   Apr 11, 2019 07:24 pm

Photo Credit: Screenshot YouTube/Prestonwood Baptist Church PLANO, Texas — Despite the mass outcry to outlaw abortion in Texas and grant the unborn equal protection under the law, megachurch pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham has praised his church member and Republican House Chairman Jeff Leach after he decided that he could…

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Hundreds Flocking to Texas Capitol to Testify in Support of Bill to Abolish Abortion in State   Apr 08, 2019 04:47 pm

Photo Credit: Rolando Garcia/Facebook AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds are flocking to the Texas capitol building today to testify in support of a bill that would completely outlaw abortion in the state, and supporters are encouraging fellow residents of the Lone Star State to still arrive at the capitol this evening to be a part of the historic hearing. According to…

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Lesbians Agreed to Murder-Suicide Pact that Killed Their 6 Children, Says NorCal Coroner’s Inquest   Apr 07, 2019 10:27 am

(SFist) — The tragic and confusing tale of the Hart family, who all died last March when their car drove off a cliff in the California coastal town of Fort Bragg, has come to a final if tragic conclusion following a coroner’s inquest. It was the first such inquest in Mendocino County in 52 years, and it concluded Thursday after a jury deliberated for less than an…

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Texas Chairman Kills Bill to Outlaw Abortion for ‘Criminalizing Women’ Involved in Murdering Their Babies   Apr 10, 2019 10:01 pm

AUSTIN, Texas — Despite testimony from hundreds on Monday that went on for hours into the night, Republican House Committee Chairman Jeff Leach has decided to kill a bill that would outlaw abortion altogether in the state of Texas because it “subjects women who undergo abortions to criminal liability.” Click to enlarge. The two-paragraph statement released…

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‘End This Holocaust’: Hundreds Testify Into the Night Before State Committee to Outlaw Abortion in Texas   Apr 09, 2019 09:08 am

More than 300 people testified on Monday evening in favor of a bill that would outlaw abortion in Texas in a legislative hearing that lasted for over eight hours, continuing into the night to 3 a.m. Pastors, women who have had abortions, fathers who regretted taking their girlfriend for an abortion, men and women who could have been aborted themselves, and children…

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Imam in Eastern Uganda Faces Wrath of Muslims After Putting Faith in Christ   Apr 09, 2019 01:57 pm

(Morning Star News) – Sheikh Hassan Podo, a 28-year-old imam in Kerekerene village in eastern Uganda, missed mosque prayers for three consecutive weeks and was seen entering a church building around noon on March 16. He had kept his faith in Christ a secret for three weeks. The young Muslim who saw Podo enter the church building in Katira Sub-County, Budaka…

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Lesbian Michigan AG to Prohibit State-Contracted Adoption Agencies From Turning Away Homosexuals   Apr 06, 2019 12:17 pm

YouTube Screenshot/Michigan Attorney General channel LANSING, Mich. — The attorney general of Michigan, who identifies a lesbian, has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that will prohibit State-contracted foster care and adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents, which includes homosexual…

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Oklahoma Baby Surrendered Through Safe Haven Law Now Thriving as Toddler With Forever Family   Apr 06, 2019 03:28 pm

Photo Credit: News on 6/Screenshot TULSA, Okla. — Surrendered at an urgent care clinic by his homeless mother, an Oklahoma toddler once referred to as “Baby Boy Unknown” is now thriving with his forever family, which credits the Lord for bringing the child into their life at just the right time. The Epoch Times recently shared the story of Todd and Amy (last…

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Weekend Snapshot · Apr. 13, 2019 – Top Stories This Week

Pollaganda: Why Americans Don’t Think They Got a Tax Cut

Most people believe something that isn’t true. Blame Leftmedia dezinformatsiya.


DHS Reset to Battle Border Crisis

Trump’s withdrawal of ICE nominee and DHS Secretary Nielsen’s resignation leave many befuddled.


Rigging Electoral Demo-Graphics to Guarantee Leftist Rule

The Demo strategy to transform our Constitutional Republic into a permanent populist democracy.


The Real Fraud of Medicare for All

This kind of redistribution is all about the Left’s very twisted interpretation of “rights.”


Leftist Gov’t Officials Discriminate Against Chick-fil-A

Cities of San Antonio and Buffalo cite antidiscrimination law to ban the chicken chain.


No Holds Barr: Spying Did Occur Against Trump

Democrats blast Barr for stating the obvious about FBI surveillance.


The Assange Arrest

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will finally face justice for leaking intelligence.


The Peter (Buttigieg) Principle

The Millennial mayor of South Bend is homosexual, but he’s also a white male.


Not Everything Is ‘Equal’

Democrats’ “Equality Act” is about anything but equal treatment under the law.


No, White-Supremacist Violence Is Not a Major Problem

The New York Times peddles a false narrative that violent white extremism is on the rise.


Iran Revolutionary Guard Finally Gets Terrorist Label

The U.S. already recognizes Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, so this was a long time coming.


Facing Down Russia and China on the African Front

Africa is becoming a key geopolitical battleground, and it’s time for America to get on the field.



Quote Of The Week

“Eric Swalwell Campaign slogan: I see you. I hear you. I’m for you. I AM you. But if you don’t turn in your guns I’ll nuke you.” —Kyle Kashuv

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April 13 The High Cost of God’s Grace

scripture reading: Luke 7:36–50
key verse: Luke 7:47

I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

The evening was cool—the Capernaum sky clear and alive with the brilliance of thousands of twinkling stars. Mary knew where she could find Jesus. That night He was at the home of Simon the Pharisee.

Clutching the bottle of expensive perfume, she moved through the doorway to where Jesus and the others were seated. She realized her actions would draw their scorn. Only Jesus would understand the motive of her heart.

As she knelt and broke the seal of the fragrant oil, her eyes met His, and something passed between them. Feelings of love, yes, but not human or emotional love. It was something that was holy and pure. No matter what her past contained, the moment she bowed her heart in repentance, God’s forgiveness was hers.

Mary responded in humility and repentance. His grace sufficiently covered and cleansed her sin. Many think the idea of unconditional love cheapens God’s grace. But nothing can devalue such an expensive gift.

The high cost of God’s grace meant Jesus had to die so that you, like this woman, could experience forgiveness and eternal life. Only Christ can save you from your sins, and only He can offer the grace you need to live confidently and securely.

It was costly, God, but Your Son paid the price so that I can experience forgiveness and eternal life. Thank You for Your unconditional love![1]


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