Daily Archives: April 26, 2019

April 26 Our Great Salvation

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:44–48

Key Verse: Luke 7:47

Therefore 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.

Did you ever make a decision that proved to be full of unforeseen consequences? Things can snowball until the final product is far beyond what we could ever have imagined. Sometimes this can be positive and sometimes negative. So it is with Jesus. To accept Him introduces us to unimaginable glories, while to reject Him dooms us to unthinkable misery.

When we first get saved, we have little idea of the scope and depth of our salvation. As we progress to Christian maturity, however, we begin to discover the astonishing power of the gospel. This discovery is facilitated by a genuine understanding of how totally lost we were before Jesus found us. Jesus said that he who is forgiven much loves much (Luke 7:47).

The point is that, through the Cross, we have all been greatly forgiven, but few of us realize how much. If your unsaved heart were put under a divine microscope and you were allowed to fully view its desperate wickedness, you would have little trouble appreciating your great salvation. Any remedy that can present you blameless before the presence of His glory is a remedy that demands our entire life’s devotion.

The Bible says that God made us alive together with Christ so “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Apparently these riches are so unsearchable that it will take ages to properly display and understand them, but our gratitude can begin here and now.

Lord, through the Cross You have forgiven me of so much. Thank You for the divine remedy of the Cross that presents me blameless in Your presence.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26 The Offer of God’s Grace

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:5–25

Key Verse: Romans 5:6

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

It wasn’t long ago that a Texas toddler named Baby Jessica captured the hearts of Americans. Her plight dominated the media for days as she was trapped in a narrow, abandoned well shaft. Offers to help rescue the little girl poured in from across the nation, which celebrated her subsequent deliverance.

In a striking way, all of mankind, apart from God, is in a similar predicament. Paul put it this way: “While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6 nasb).

Baby Jessica, tightly wedged in the shaft, was utterly helpless to save herself. Left to her own devices, she would have perished. Her only hope was an able rescuer.

Hopelessly trapped in sin, man can receive salvation only through the grace of God. We are as helpless as Baby Jessica to extricate ourselves from our spiritual pit of death. It is tough to admit that we are powerless, but that is our condition before a holy God.

Either we must embrace the offer of His grace through Jesus Christ, or we shall die in our sins. Have you received the offer of God’s grace, the forgiveness of your sins through His death on the cross? Only His grace can save you.

Precious heavenly Father, I embrace the offer of Your grace through Jesus Christ. I accept its liberating truth to free me from the deep well of my sin. Thank You for rescuing me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26 An Ambassador of Peace

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:11–14

Key verse: 2 Corinthians 5:20

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Since the collapse of communism, many extraordinary events have occurred, most exemplary. However, there has been a darker side that exposes one of sin’s most subtle, yet heinous, streaks.

In parts of Europe, there is now much hatred and rivalry between nationalities formerly separated by political barriers. Various ethnic groups that were kept in check by the oppression of Communist rule now rage against each other.

Paul wrote that Christ broke down all barriers between Jew and Gentile—every man, woman, or child of non-Jewish descent. The cross of Christ transcends cultural obstacles.

As a Christian, you must realize that once you receive Christ, you have been placed into the body of Christ. All believers of every ethnic origin who put their faith in Christ are members together of that body.

As a believer, you are to work for peaceful relationships with the unsaved as well. You are an ambassador for Christ who looks at the souls of individuals, not skin color or cultural heritage. Only the Christian is equipped to bring true peace—God’s peace—to a world steeped in the evil of sin.

Thank You for making me a member of Your body, dear Lord. Make me an ambassador of Your peace who looks at the souls of individuals, not skin color or cultural heritage.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 121). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 26, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump is flatly refusing to cooperate in numerous U.S. congressional probes of himself and his administration, taking a defiant stance that could trigger protracted court fights with House of Representatives Democrats.

Senator Elizabeth Warren will introduce a bill Friday that offers new protections for U.S. military families facing unsafe housing, following a series of Reuters reports revealing squalid conditions in privately managed base homes.

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration rule that would prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will release an anti-monopoly plan in California on Friday that could challenge the dominance of such companies as Amazon and Google

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to boost morale at the State Department with an “ethos” statement that some former officials viewed with skepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

Yemeni authorities have rounded up about 3,000 irregular migrants, predominantly Ethiopians, in the south of the country, “creating an acute humanitarian situation.”

Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria’s ruling elite rallied peacefully in Algiers for a tenth consecutive Friday.

U.S. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by a smaller trade deficit and the largest accumulation of unsold merchandise since 2015, temporary factors that are likely to reverse in the coming quarters. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the first quarter.

China’s private rocket manufacturers are racing to develop small rockets capable of sending satellites into space at affordable prices, as part of a broader Chinese dream of building commercial satellites that can offer services from high-speed internet for aircraft to tracking coal shipments.

A nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday.

AP Top Stories

A Bahraini rights group said Thursday that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearlong crackdown.

The United Nations’ top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban’s chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement’s chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war.

The “commander” of a militia group that patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border was attacked in a New Mexico jail, officials said Wednesday.

Guatemala’s electoral court on Wednesday annulled the candidacy of a presidential hopeful who was arrested in the U.S. last week and is accused of ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

Brent crude hit $75 per barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months after quality concerns suspended some Russian crude exports to Europe while the United States prepared to tighten sanctions on Iran.

Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday.

A UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon Thursday said a tunnel discovered earlier this year by Israel had crossed the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the third such breach of a ceasefire resolution.

More than a thousand migrants broke out of a detention center in southern Mexico on Thursday evening, authorities said, in a fresh sign of how a surge in arrivals has stretched the country’s resources to the limit.

BBC

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled hundreds of flights globally leaving thousands of passengers stranded after pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark went on strike.

Microsoft has seen its stock market value top $1 trillion after reporting better-than-expected sales and profits. The US software giant passed the mark briefly on Thursday, before its share price fell back.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for insisting the country shouldn’t become a “gay tourism paradise”. “Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism.”

A vegan café in Australia that levied a tax on male customers is to close after becoming the “punching bag of the internet”. Handsome Her was accused of reverse sexism.

WND

The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called “Hail Satan?” announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church.

Amazon’s system tracks a metric called “time off task,” meaning how much time workers pause or take breaks. It has been previously reported that some workers feel so pressured that they don’t take bathroom breaks.If the system determines the employee is failing to meet production targets, it can automatically issue warnings and terminate them without a supervisor’s intervention, although Amazon said that a human supervisor can override the system.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 26, 2019

The Foundation

“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

Fake News About Fake News

Leftmedia outlets claim the Mueller report actually vindicates their reporting over the last two years.


NRA Sues LA Over Free-Speech Violation

City law requires all contractors employed by the city to disclose any association with the NRA.


How Are Corporations Paying No Taxes?

Some billion-dollar giants are paying $0, while small businesses pay out the nose.


NSA Metadata Collection May Be a Thing of the Past

The agency is now calling for an end to the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215 data program.


Hispanics Benefit From Trump Economy

Home ownership and income rates are increasing rapidly for Hispanics.


‘And It’s All Free!’

Except that someone has to pay for it. Who do you think that will be?


Video: Why ‘Reparations’ Will Never Happen

Steven Crowder breaks down the logistical and moral problems of slavery reparations.


Video: Kamala Harris Dodges ‘All the Time’

Her repeated “we should have that conversation” answer earns even CNN’s ire.



Today’s Opinion

Erick Erickson
Flat-Earth Christianity
David Limbaugh
Many University Campuses Are Playgrounds for Insanity
David Harsanyi
Islamic Terrorism Remains the World’s Greatest Threat to Peace
Michael Reagan
Good Luck, Old Joe
Marc A. Thiessen
Impeaching Trump Will Only Help Him
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Impressive first-quarter GDP, judicial activism on abortion, offshore-drilling moratorium, Green New Deal, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

“The man who WROTE the crime bill of 94 which led to the mass incarceration of black men is now running because he’s worried about white supremacy.” —Candace Owens



Today’s Meme

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News – 4/26/2019

CDC admits HIV is exploding among transgender women… total silence from left-wing media, just like with the spread of anal cancer among homosexuals
According to a CDC “Dear Colleague” letter, of the 14 percent of transgender “women” that are disease-ridden, the vast majority are either African American / black (44 percent) or Hispanic / Latina (26 percent). Conversely, only three percent of transgender “men” have HIV, the letter further reveals. As to why these transgenders have disproportionately higher rates of HIV and AIDS, it has nothing to do with their sexual perversion and promiscuity, claims the CDC. No, it’s supposedly because transgender people “face obstacles that make it harder to access HIV services

‘Police ignore court rulings on Temple Mount’
A group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount on the seventh day of Passover noticed Arab children playing ball in violation of a High Court ruling forbidding ball games on the Temple Mount. The group of Jews asked the policemen who accompanied her to boycott the ball and stop the games, in accordance with the aforementioned High Court ruling, but the police ignored their request and allowed the games to continue.

The Trump “Dayenu”
This is the Dayenu for President Trump, based on the simple realization that there has never been a president as pro-Israel as Trump, and it is almost unthinkable that there will ever be another. Let us count the ways, individual acts for which alone we would sing Dayenu, “it would have been enough:”

Analysis: Are Iran and the United States heading for war?
Reports of US Naval buildup near Middle East as Iran threatens shipping lanes in response to US sanctions. The new measure aims to stop Iran’s oil exports altogether and will result in a critical loss of revenues since these exports make up 40 percent of the state budget in the Islamic Republic.

Putin: NKorea’s Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions
Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first.

DiGenova: ‘Bombshell’ report on Comey coming
While Washington is anticipating Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA court abuse by the Obama administration, a lesser known report centering on former FBI director James Comey will be released soon along with criminal referrals, declared a former U.S. attorney. The Comey report will be “a bombshell,” said Joe diGenova in an interview Wednesday night with “Ingraham Angle” guest host Mike Huckabee.

The founders had power-hungry Dems in mind
The Constitution is grounded in the natural-law principle that human beings derive their rights from God, not from government. On a more temporal level, governmental powers are deemed vested in the states, which delegated certain limited and enumerated powers to the federal government. (The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states this explicitly.)

Jewish Sages on the Global Islamist War Against Christians
In fact, the deadly Islamist campaign against Christians has already become a global war. In Europe, Islamist terror against Christianity is on the rise as well. In France, for example, 1068 attacks on Christian institutes, symbols or churches were recorded in 2018 an increase of 17 percent compared to 2017. The same trend is visible in Germany where not only anti-Semitism is on the rise again but also violence against the Christian community.

Scientists invent way to trap mysterious ‘dark world’ particle at Large Hadron Collider
“One particularly interesting possibility is that these long-lived dark particles are coupled to the Higgs boson in some fashion—that the Higgs is actually a portal to the dark world,” said Wang, referring to the last holdout particle in physicists’ grand theory of how the universe works, discovered at the LHC in 2012. “It’s possible that the Higgs could actually decay into these long-lived particles.”

Co-opting Jesus for unholy purposes
Today’s Progressives, for example, brazenly misquote the Sermon on the Mount as if it were the first draft of “The Communist Manifesto.” They claim that Jesus would back open borders, forced redistribution of wealth, seizure of private property and, most of all, sexual anarchy.

NASA Prepares For Asteroid Armageddon With Simulation Exercises
For over two decades, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), European Space Agency’s Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) have been identifying NEOs (Near-Earth Objects), asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and Earth as their highest priority.

The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and no one knows why
It’s become clear that something in the cosmos just doesn’t add up. The universe is getting bigger every second. In fact, it’s expanding at a much faster rate than it should. For some time now there’s been a mismatch in observations of the early universe done with the European Space Agency’s Planck Telescope and what astronomers see when they measure the more nearby, modern parts of space with NASA’s Hubble Telescope.

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems
The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges. An array of cases suggest serious problems with the tech tools used by federal authorities. But the private entities who developed these tools won’t submit them for independent inspection or hand over hardly any information about how they work, their error rates, or other critical information.

‘The Satanic Temple’ Has Evolved Into An Anti-Trump Movement, And Leftists Are Flocking To It
“The Satanic Temple is the perfect religion for progressives.  You can believe anything you want, as long as you hate what Donald Trump, Christians and conservatives believe…”

Church Pedophiles & Child Sex Trafficking Nests Intersect by The Thousands
Do not turn a blind eye. Pedophilia goes far beyond the walls of the church, and spreads much like the plague, infesting local communities and infiltrating daycares, schools, and foster care, while many remain protected by local community leaders and officials.

INSANE: Clinton Connected Dem Arrested For HORRIFYING Crime Against Young Children
A Clinton-connected Democrat has been arrested for horrifying crimes against young children.

Sri Lanka death toll revised down to 253 as top defense official resigns
Authorities in Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll in a spate of Easter bombings by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of the badly mutilated bodies had been erroneously double-counted.

Fake News Becomes Fake History: New Pearson history book claims President Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists
As part of the effort to push extreme leftist propaganda in the nation’s high schools, a new history textbook published by Pearson Education called, “By the People: A History of the United States,” describes President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists, Todd Starnesreported on Tuesday.  The book is reportedly going to be used to indoctrinate Advanced Placement student

Beto Responds To Late-Term Abortion Question By Saying Planned Parenthood Saves Lives
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to a question about late-term abortion at a Thursday campaign town hall event by bringing up his belief that Planned Parenthood is “saving the lives” of women.

Shingles vaccine responsible for causing huge number of shingles cases, vaccine injuries
Zostavax, a popular shingles vaccine, is in hot water: The inoculation has been tied to numerous cases of vaccine injury, and even shingles itself.

The Annihilation Agenda: Why globalists are actively working to exterminate 90% of the human race
Globalists are actively working to exterminate 90% of the human race, telling themselves that eliminating “useless eaters” is the only way to “save the planet.” The annihilation of the vast majority of humans on planet Earth is now openly advocated by left-wing influencers and the wealthy elite, including Bill Gates, Ted Turner and even comedians like Bill Maher who just wants people to, “Not have kids, DIE, and stay dead.”

Metals-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan given go-ahead to sue EPA over faked water quality “science” that exposed millions to heavy metals
Five years after residents of Flint, Michigan, were poisoned by lead in their drinking water, a judge has given them the go-ahead to sue the federal government for failing to act swiftly in ensuring the city’s drinking water was clean.

New One Dollar Canadian Coin Features Two Men Kissing
Canada has unveiled a new one dollar commemorative coin that features two men kissing. The Royal Canadian Mint said the new coin represented “a key milestone for lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two-spirited people.”

Archaeologists Discover Hidden Fortified Wall In The Ancient City Of Lachish Built By King Solomon’s Son Rehoboam That Sheds Light On Judah
2018 was an incredible year in the world of biblical archaeology, and today we read the story of the find of a fortified city in Lachish that looks like it was built by King Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. It’s amazing to me that, even with all these finds, you have people still debating the existence of people like King David, Solomon and all the others the bible mentions.

Assyrian Christians Warn of “Civil War” in Sweden
A prominent organization representing Assyrian Christians in Sweden has warned that “civil war” is looming, citing increasing threats from Islamists vowing to continue their persecution of the endangered group in Scandinavia.

Revelations From Insider Sources Reveal How Close America Is to Simultaneous Civil War and World War III (Part One)
The approach is “death by a thousand cuts”, and it has been very effective in the early stages. My previous articles are causing known sources and new sources to appear with intelligence information which confirms that both an internal and external threat are simultaneously underway.

Facebook Anticipates Fine Of Up To $5 Billion
… Their investigation began a year ago after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign, had obtained Facebook user data on millions of people without their knowledge or consent.

JUDGE RULES High School Girls MUST Shower With Boys…Girls Have No Right To “Visual Bodily Privacy”
Boys who claim to be girls are dominating in girls sports. And now, those same girls who are being beaten by boys in their sport are also being forced to shower and undress in the same locker rooms with them. We can thank the Obama administration and progressive Democrats for this nightmare.

Google Is Leading the Way In Shadow-Banning Jesus
Social Media is shadowbanning Christianity and Jesus. There is a concentrated and deliberate effort to avoid mentioning any aspect of the Christian religion. Why?  This broadcast covers this critically important topic.

The Latest Invention in the World of Google Tyranny
More big brother, more tyranny, more Deep State Surveillance, and now here comes Google Sensor Vault. This device can reveal your exact location going back 5 years.


Headlines – 4/26/2019

Friedman: U.S. thinking ‘out of the box’ with Trump peace plan

UN Peacekeepers Confirm Third Cross-border Tunnel Infiltrating Israel Was Built by Hezbollah

Swiss government found to be spending millions on anti-Israel lawfare

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law

Trump pressure will fail because Iran has a ‘Ph.D. in sanctions busting,’ says Iran’s Zarif

IS conflict: Coalition strikes on Raqqa ‘killed 1,600 civilians’

The Guardian view on Libya: this crisis is international

ICRC: Residential areas of Libya capital turning into ‘battlefields’

Sudan’s ruling military council will retain ‘sovereign authority’

Sudanese Judges Join ‘Million March’ Against Military Government

Sudan to Face Counter Coup Unless Power Handed to Civilians, Leading Opposition Figure Warns

US regrets Afghan civilian deaths, says answer is peace

After Sri Lanka Easter massacre, local Muslims, refugees fear backlash

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Quits After Suicide Bombings

Sri Lanka PM warns of more attacks as bombers still at large

Sri Lankan police looking for 140 with ISIS links, says President Sirisena

Sri Lanka death toll revised down to 253 as top defense official resigns

As Warning Emerges of New Sri Lanka Church Attacks, Global Christian Persecution Still ‘Obscured’

Putin says he’ll brief US on summit with Kim

N.Korea’s Kim to Putin: US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi talks

North Korea sends US $2 million medical bill for Otto Warmbier’s care: report

France’s Macron offers tax cuts as part of moves to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire Mueller from Russia probe

Clinton-Ukraine collusion allegations ‘big’ and ‘incredible,’ will be reviewed, Trump says

Embattled Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore complains: ‘They’re pulling a Kavanaugh against me’

Biden launches 2020 presidential bid, says ‘we are in a battle for the soul of this nation’

Regulators Around the World are Circling Facebook

Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

$220,000 For Every Man, Woman And Child – America Is Now 72 Trillion Dollars In Debt

NASA Prepares For Asteroid Armageddon With Simulation Exercises

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and no one knows why

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Taltal, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Luwuk, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near General Luna, Philippines

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Flood disaster to unfold after Cyclone Kenneth makes historic landfall in northern Mozambique

Tornados, heavy rain kill 5, leave behind severe damage in Louisiana and Texas

Israel reports highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at turkey farm

UCLA, Cal State LA To Quarantine Students Who Cannot Prove They Had Measles Vaccination

Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Abortion

LGBT rights movement a threat to Poland, says conservative party chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Bolsonaro: Brazil must not become ‘gay tourism paradise’

Pete Buttigieg, a gay Christian, is driving the religious right nuts

Evangelist Graham Called Out for Hypocrisy After Telling Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay

The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Info on Their Surveillance Systems


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 26, 2019

April 25, 2019
Fighting for injured workers’ rights
RENEWAMERICA STAFF — In Utah, unethical “insurance medical examiners” hired to deprive injured workers of guaranteed Workers Compensation medical and other benefits are protected by “state policy” from any liability for harm resulting from their fraudulent examinations…. (more)


April 25, 2019
IAMTV — Join Dr. Alan Keyes and IAMtv for an evening of Truth and Entertainment. Special Concert with Grammy Award and 13 Time Dove Award Winner… Michael English will be performing his hits!… (more)

April 25, 2019
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime…. (more)


April 25, 2019
Pat Buchanan sees today’s politics increasingly bringing disunity
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN — President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to win in 2020.”… (more)

April 25, 2019
DAILY WIRE — Green New Deal proponents, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have long claimed that the GND, an expansive, costly, and dramatic change in the American economy (and in American infrastructure), would be worth it if it such extreme measures would in the long run lessen our impact on climate…. (more)


April 25, 2019
‘Maybe make smelling the hair an additional $50’
WORLDNETDAILY — Longtime politician Joe Biden, vice president under Barack Obama, on Thursday added his name to the long list of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president in 2020. So talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh immediately offered him a solution to the still-developing scandal over women who have accused him of hugging or touching them inappropriately and sniffing their hair…. (more)


April 24, 2019
NEWSMAX — In the wake of federal raids at the homes and City Hall offices of embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, one report asserted she has skipped town. The first-term Democratic mayor slipped out of sight April 1, citing deteriorating health, just as Gov. Larry Hogan called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations of “self-dealing.” She has not been heard from since…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — College students in Los Angeles will now be quarantined if they cannot prove they have received the measles vaccine after being exposed to a confirmed case of the viral infection. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a partnership on Thursday with the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University Los Angeles…. (more)


April 24, 2019
AP NEWS — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country’s prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still at large…. (more)

April 24, 2019
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A massive caravan of approximately 10,000 migrants traveling through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States is expected to arrive in Mexico City this week, according to local media reports on the group’s movements…. (more)

April 24, 2019
NATIONAL REVIEW — The two Nigerian brothers who claim to have helped Jussie Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime earlier this year said Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack” in a defamation suit filed Tuesday against the Empire actor’s attorneys…. (more)

April 23, 2019
YOUTUBE — An 8-year-old girl does a spot-on impersonation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… (more)

April 22, 2019
Ex-president ‘is implicated in her scheme’
WORLDNETDAILY — A senior FBI official has admitted under oath the bureau found emails sent from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server in President Obama’s executive office in the White House. E.W. Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue, the Washington watchdog said Tuesday…. (more)

April 22, 2019
WES VERNON — Mitt Romney admits Donald Trump has been cleared of charges of obstructing justice. Yet he still says the president makes him “sick,” even though the two men have few disagreements on policy issues…. (more)

April 22, 2019
Alan Keyes says Dems’ agenda of ‘self-willed licentiousness’ will doom it
ALAN KEYES — Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, That rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with hell, we are at agreement; When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” (Isaiah 28:14-15)… (more)

April 22, 2019
JOAN SWIRSKY — Just a few months ago, in an article entitled “Still the Smartest Guy in the Room,” I wrote the following about President Trump: Well, whaddaya know? In the midterm elections of November 6, 2018, the American people rewarded the president – – for only the third time in almost a hundred years – – with a net gain of three and possibly four Senate seats, lost half the House seats that his predecessor lost, and left the radical leftwing Democrats not rejoicing at their meager gains, but still chomping at the bit to bring down the president who has effectively destroyed everything they believed in, worked for, and thought they achieved over the past 75 years…. (more)

April 22, 2019
At least 207 dead, more than 450 injured in 8 explosions
CNS NEWS — Sri Lanka police declared an overnight curfew after Easter Sunday’s deadly bombing spree targeting churches and five-star hotels. The country’s prime minister confirmed that authorities had received prior warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack…. (more)


April 19, 2019
Frank Ancona shot because he wanted divorce; 42 cats removed from ‘trashed’ house
USA TODAY — The wife of a deceased Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri admitted in court Friday to his 2017 shooting death after initially saying two years ago that her son was the murderer. Now, she says her son didn’t help commit the homicide. Malissa Ancona, 46, pleaded guilty in St. Francois County Circuit Court in Farmington, Missouri, to second-degree murder in the death of Frank Ancona Jr., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, as well as tampering with evidence and the abandonment of a corpse…. (more)


April 19, 2019
DAILY SIGNAL — Elisha Doerr would not have had an opportunity to attend Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a Milwaukee-based private boarding school, if it weren’t for a school choice program. The school’s excellent curricula and the religious community were valuable to Doerr, 18, who now attends Harvard University and is deciding between majoring in government or computer science…. (more)

April 19, 2019
YOUTUBE — Last year, President Donald Trump delivered an Easter message from the Oval Office that was remarkable in its unprecedented, God-centered message. The timely message, given March 30, 2018, bears repeating this Easter season…. (more)

April 19, 2019
MEDIAITE — Noam Chomsky, the noted progressive scholar, believes Democrats have focused far too much on Russia. And he thinks it might earn them four more years of President Donald Trump. Speaking at a forum in Boston with Amy Goodman, Chomsky stated his view that he always believed there was going to be little to no proof of collusion in the Mueller Report…. (more)


April 19, 2019
THE HILL — The walls were not coming down. They were not closing in. There was, at the end of the day, no evidence whatsoever of any collusion – – and there was nothing but a president frustrated at being wrongly accused and wrongly investigated over a very effective hoax…. (more)

April 19, 2019
‘Blithely…reversed the burden of proof’
WORLDNETDAILY — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which may have cost taxpayers more than $30 million, concluded there was no Trump campaign collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. None whatsoever. But Mueller waffled on the claims of “obstruction.” He listed 10 “episodes” that potentially could be instances of obstruction…. (more)


April 19, 2019
AG accused of being too ‘generous’ to Trump
WORLDNETDAILY — In a refrain that was to be heard countless times by Democrats and media members Thursday, a CBS reporter accused Attorney General William Barr of acting as if he were President Trump’s personal attorney in his recounting of Robert Mueller’s evidence regarding the allegation of obstruction of justice…. (more)

April 19, 2019
CONRAD BLACK — The crisis of the Democrats is becoming more evident each week. Those of us who have been loudly predicting for years that the Russian-collusion argument would be exposed as a defamatory farce, and that the authors of it would eventually pay for it, are bemused at the fallback position of the Trump-haters: that the distinguished attorney general has whitewashed the president in his summary and his decision that there was no obstruction of justice…. (more)

 

Weekly Watchman for 04/26/2019

Fear of the Lord

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America’s Battle for the Soul of Institutions and our Society

Institutions in our nation and around the world are going through monumental change.  We are seeing governments, media, education, businesses, political parties, and sadly even churches embracing change in direction as well as values. John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio has studied this metamorphosis and the worldview behind the decline, and joins us to discuss the changing fabric of society and its institutions.  How should we as disciples of Jesus Christ understand and respond to this caustic progression (regression?) around us?

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We All Have Assumptions; Plus, ‘Using Jesus to Promote Evil’

Anyone can say they’re a Christian. If you ask most Americans, including our politicians, they will probably say they “believe” in Jesus.  But if we don’t take the time to ask them exactly what they think about Jesus or who they believe He is, we can’t possibly know for certain if they are converts or counterfeits.  Progressive “Christians” claim they are doing the work Jesus commanded us to do.  The only problem is they are teaching and promoting the exact opposite of what Jesus taught, especially on major biblical issues.  When we assume a person is a Christian just because they say so, we are easily deceived.Speaking of assumptions, we welcome a new guest to Stand Up For the Truth, Dave Richardson.  He wrote a powerful book about assumptions and how they can deceive us and even hinder us in our walk with Jesus Christ. Richardson’s book is critically acclaimed and comes highly recommended, as it discusses how our deepest assumptions often control our lives for better or for worse.

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Are Americans Losing Faith in Church?

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After Easter: Jesus is Lord and the Gospel must Advance

We are fresh off of Easter weekend as many of us celebrated the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ—God in the flesh who shed His blood for our redemption.  He has freed us from the power of death and sin.  But with the simple yet profound message of the gospel, many Christians are still often confused about what this life should look like.  Did Jesus die so I could be healthy, wealthy, or comfortable in this life?  Are my physical sufferings or trials a sign of a lack of faith?  If the Bible says Jesus has taken our sorrows, then why do we still struggle with sadness and anxiety?Pastor Randy White joins us to look at the promises of Jesus Christ and how we apply them in correct context to our lives as His disciples.

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Op-Ed: I’m Chris Tomlin, It’s Who I Am (Repeat) — The Babylon Bee

Verse 1My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh
My name’s Chris Tomlin, oh oh ooooh

ChorusI’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.
I’m Chris Tomlin, it’s who I am.

You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
You’re reading this op-ed, yes you are
(Repeat to taste)
(To Verse 2 first time)
(To Bridge next 14,000 times)

Verse 2I write lots of songs, oh oh ooooh
I write lots of songs, oh oh ooooh
You probably sing them every Sunday despite making fun of me oh oh oooooh
Yes you do, yes you doooooooo

BridgeIt’s rising up, all around, my name’s Chris Tomlin, I like the sound
My heart will sing, my name is Chris Tomlin
(Key change)
(Back to chorus)

OutroCome thou fount of every blessing,
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
Before the throne of God above,
I’m Chris Tomlin yes I aaaaaaaaaaaam

via Op-Ed: I’m Chris Tomlin, It’s Who I Am (Repeat) — The Babylon Bee

‘I Was an…Addict’: Inside My Pillow Inventor Mike Lindell’s Amazing Transformation — CBN News feeds

Millions of Americans know Mike Lindell from his popular commercials for MyPillow, but many people are likely unaware of the iconic pillow magnate’s incredible backstory of overcoming addiction, finding faith and using his massive platform to help transform the lives of others.

Lindell, who is the CEO and inventor of MyPillow, helped finance “Unplanned,” a film about abortion clinic director-turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson’s life that has been sparking headlines and is currently in theaters nationwide.

READ ALSO: Ex-Planned Parenthood Director on the Moment She Fled Her Clinic

He poured $1 million into the production, telling PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk” that he got involved after producers reached out and revealed their plans. Lindell was so moved by Johnson’s real-life story that he prayed over it and instantly decided to fund the movie and film a cameo.

“I said, ‘Are you short any money?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, we’re short about a $1 million and … I just felt right there through the holy spirit — ‘Send this money,’” Lindell explained.

He also shared details of his personal faith journey, revealing that he was a drug addict for nearly three decades before finally stopping in 2009.

“I was a crack cocaine addict,” Lindell said. “I was a very functioning cocaine addict.”

Watch Lindell share his amazing journey:

He was so bad, in fact, that his drug dealers staged an intervention in 2008 and refused to sell to him. They cut him off, and a year later he was done using.

“I got freed of all of my addictions January 16, 2009, but at that point I didn’t do a full surrender to Jesus,” he said. “I didn’t give a full surrender until February 18, 2017, so there’s quite a story in between where God was still chasing me.”

READ ALSO: Inspired by ‘Unplanned’? 5 Pro-Life Movies You Can Watch Now

Now, Lindell travels the country and speaks about his Christian faith and the values that stem from it. He views MyPillow as a platform through which he’s able to have a positive influence — and “Unplanned” is just his latest effort to achieve that goal.

“I really believe you’re not just saving the unborn and the babies, but the peoples’ hearts are changing and healing,” he said of the impact of “Unplanned.” “It was God. Everybody who was involved in that movie, God put them there.”

You can get tickets to “Unplanned” here.

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via ‘I Was an…Addict’: Inside My Pillow Inventor Mike Lindell’s Amazing Transformation — CBN News feeds

Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is Bad, And a Symptom of Our Self-Obsessed Culture — Faithwire

Taylor Swift just released a brand new song, and one thing is very obvious: She has her finger on the pulse of our culture. And it’s obnoxious.

The latest cringefest to come from the ever-changing pop star is titled “ME!” And it’s just a little on the nose.

If you haven’t had the (dis)pleasure yet of listening to Taylor’s new song, here you go:

Wittingly or unwittingly, Taylor created a song that has no meaning and no message but will nevertheless bubble to the top of the charts because of its shallow hat tip to a society of people obsessed with themselves.

In case you’re not convinced, or you’re concerned I just really don’t like Taylor (which is an astute observation), here is an actual line from the song: “Girl, there ain’t no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ but you know there is a ‘me.’”

I like a pointless, fun song just as much as the next person, but most of this cheeky ode to self-centeredness is just vapid lyrics strung together to an obviously made-for-radio beat, punctuated by occasional shouts of “ME!” from Taylor.

If you’ll humor me, I am going to Jesus juke this song for just a moment (feel free to roll your eyes). Taylor’s song is not the sickness; it’s just the latest symptom. We are a culture drunk on our own self-fascination and I’m not sure when — or how — we’ll sober up.

The apostle Paul warned us in Romans 8:8 that people who are “in the realm of the flesh” — in other words, concerned only with ourselves and our desires — “cannot please God.” And in 1 Corinthians 10:24, he wrote, “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Taylor’s message in her zany new song, featuring Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who is the tune’s only saving grace, preaches the exact opposite message.

“I’m the only one of me, baby, that’s the fun of me,” Taylor declares in singsongy style. She’s not wrong, despite the lazy rhyme. We are all unique, and that should be celebrated, but our worth goes much deeper than that. If I’m just “me” and you’re just “you,” there’s no point to any of this.

Songs don’t all need to be preachy and singers don’t need to always wax philosophical, but Taylor’s latest bop is about an inch deep, and really, it’s just boring and pretty un-unique — she just took 2013 Katy Perry and repackaged it.

I’ll wrap this up by noting that if a Christian song were this bad (and there are plenty that are), and it was for some reason considered alongside secular music, it would certainly be tossed aside. Don’t believe me? Look how quickly faith-based movies are bashed for being too cheesy.

Taylor’s song is bad, so what do you say we give it the Christian movie treatment?

via Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is Bad, And a Symptom of Our Self-Obsessed Culture — Faithwire

Letter to the Editor: Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Taking SBC Far From Its Biblical Moorings — Lighthouse Trails Inc

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

As a Southern Baptist, I am concerned that powerful leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are taking the denomination far from its biblical moorings. Bureaucracy within the organization is to blame, as are a few mega-church pastors who take turns filling decision-making posts whether elected or appointed. What can Southern Baptists do to stop the march toward progressivism and apostasy?

Most Southern Baptists who believe the denomination is standing strong on moral issues would be shocked to hear leadership double-talk concerning the normalization of LGBT behavior and involvement in Revoice. Also shocking are stances on contemplative spirituality, immigration, social justice/social gospel, and wealth re-distribution. Alliances with Muslims, Mormons and the Pope have led to compromises in the presentation of the Gospel. The Gospel has also been distorted through LifeWay Bookstore’s sale of books and literature written by false teachers.

It appears some SBC policymakers care more about what is politically and spirituality “correct” than what is biblically correct. We must remember not to be “unequally yoked with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness and what communion hath light with darkness.”

Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are behind much of what is wrong in the SBC. In an article titled “Cultural Seduction and the Demise of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Jeff Maples said Moore has “dedicated his life and career to changing the dynamics of a denomination that once stood on the authority of the Scripture and the power of the gospel . . . to a voting bloc that seeks to radically change the culture in ways that true conservatives would detest.”

Maples went on to say, “Whether it’s calling Jesus an ‘illegal migrant’ in his push for open borders and immigration amnesty, his advocacy of environmentalist ‘creation care’ his ecumenical worship with adherents of other religions like at the Becket Fund’s multi-faith gathering, his ethical compromise to attend gay wedding celebrations but not the wedding itself, calling conservatives who believe in national sovereignty idolaters, Moore certainly has more in common with Nancy Pelosi than he does Bible-believing Christians.” The article also addresses actions by SBC President J.D. Greear. [https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/01/31/cultural-seduction-and-the-demise-of-the-southern-baptist-convention/]

Controversy erupted when a sermon Greear gave on homosexuality was released. In Mississippi’s Baptist Record, Tommy Jamison compared God’s Word to Greer’s troubling views. Another controversy arose after Greear called on the SBC to place women in the highest levels of leadership. Since then Beth Moore’s name has been floated as president of the convention, possibly in 2020.

The celebrity speaker and writer, whose imagination gets in the way of sound exegesis has been criticized for having “wild-eyed prophetic visions;” aligning herself with false teachers including Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and Christine Caine, and promoting contemplative spirituality. Despite Beth Moore’s lack of biblical adherence, her women’s Bible studies continue to be favorites and are financially lucrative for LifeWay. Rick Warren’s books also provide big profits tor LifeWay, so it is doubtful the well-documented problems with his Daniel Plan, P.E.A.C.E. Plan and collaboration with Fabian Socialist Tony Blair will lead to disgrace and ouster from the SBC.

I believe most Southern Baptists are oblivious to duplicity in the denomination and in the “Christian” world because pastors are silent. Until pastors begin warning their sheep, I don’t see a resurgence of biblical understanding and action. In the Book of Hosea, priests had led the people away from the knowledge of God. Hosea prophesied that unless the Northern Kingdom repented, God would destroy it and allow the people to be taken into captivity. This was a popular message before the conservative resurgence in the 1980s. We should take heed for the sake of our Christian witness and for our children and grandchildren. Pray God will awaken us and raise up leaders to the message of Hosea.

Sincerely,

Lettie McNeece

lmcneece@yahoo.com

LTRP Note: Mrs. McNeece has been pro-active in trying to help Southern Baptist pastors in her own home state. For over two years, she has been purchasing Lighthouse Trails booklets and having them sent out to over 1500 Baptist pastors so they might become aware of the apostasy that has entered the church. We commend her for these efforts and also for this open letter.

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via Letter to the Editor: Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Taking SBC Far From Its Biblical Moorings — Lighthouse Trails Inc

First, TGC Pushes Gay Singleness, Now, Single-Parent Adoption — Reformation Charlotte

Back in January, The Gospel Coalition began an endeavor to promote single-parent adoptions and enlisted a gay Anglican priest as the poster child for this push. Sam Allberry, founder of the gay Christian ministry, Living Out, asks churches to get behind singles in their congregation who want children and help them to adopt. You can see that here.

The notion that singles — particular, same-sex attracted singles — are fit to adopt children is biblically absurd. Allberry, who describes himself as someone who has “sexual, romantic and deep-emotional attractions to people of the same sex” and is a regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition advocates for a life of singleness and abstinence (rather than repentance and sanctification) for homosexuals who sexually deviant desires. In 2018, Allberry spoke at the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) advancing these ideas and called for a redefinition of “family” to include — instead of one mother, one father, and their children — the entire church.

Read more: First, TGC Pushes Gay Singleness, Now, Single-Parent Adoption — Reformation Charlotte

SBC President Claims Peter Was the Rock that Jesus Built the Church On — Reformation Charlotte

Roman Catholicism has long held to the unbiblical heresy that Peter was the first pope and their go-to verse to support Matthew 16:18,

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Scholars, clergy, and laypeople alike have debated this verse for centuries, but one thing Protestant evangelical Christians have agreed on — Peter is NOT the rock. Jesus is. The Greek language in this passage and the context of the Scripture as a whole in no way supports the idea that the Church was built on Peter.

Previously, he called on Christians to stand up for LGBT rights and now, the Southern Baptist President, JD Greear once again displays his theological ineptitude and claims in his Easter Sunday morning worship service that “the resurrection turned Peter into the rock that the Church was built on.”

via SBC President Claims Peter Was the Rock that Jesus Built the Church On — Reformation Charlotte

The days of Christian persecution in America are coming — The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

My good friend Pastor Phil Andrukaitis wrote this on Facebook this morning, with the accompanying photo-

The days are fast approaching when Christians in this country will be confronted face-to-face because of their faith in Jesus. Some saints will fearfully remain silent while other saints may fearfully proclaim the gospel in love. Either way, stand strong in the Lord. Scripture states that God will never leave or forsake those who trust in the Lord. He is our Rock and salvation.

 

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Many faithful pastors have been reminding and warning for years that Christians everywhere, including America, will face persecution. Scripture says,

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33).

strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. “We must endure many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22).

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. (1 Peter 4:12-13).

I’ve noticed, as I’m sure you have, that the unsaved world is blind to the glories of Christ.

They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch. (Matthew 15:14).

He does not understand the glories of Christ.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14).

But there’s not understanding and not understanding. There’s blind and there’s blind. Let me explain.

Some in the Gospels who heard the Good News went away sad, as the Rich Young Ruler did. (Matthew 19:22). Others, even disciples, simply could not accept the hard truths Jesus was teaching, and simply drifted away. (John 6:60, 66).

However, others who were confronted with the truth had a much more drastic reaction. The Bible tells us that some will react harshly. We are actually warned against approaching these kind of people with holy words or deeds-

Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.  (Matthew 7:6).

The NASB says “tear you to pieces” which is apt for today’s discussion.

For example, anyone who rebuts, protests against, or refuses to bend to the homosexual agenda on the basis fo Christ is torn to pieces. Their business is ruined. Their character is assassinated. Their person or family is threatened. Their straits become dire because of the lawsuits they must defend or the job they lost, and so on.

Many Christians who who speak in the political arenas for conservative issues, or in any way positively about the current (or any Republican) President has been on the receiving end of all of the above as well.

Anti-abortion on the basis of what the Bible says? You’re torn to pieces.

Many people in these days who make a strong stand for Christ in the workplace or out, are also attacked viciously and bitterly. These kind of attacks are becoming more common in America. Social media makes it very easy to assassinate a person’s character in a moment’s time, with flash mobs inciting others getting whipped up so quickly. This is a fascinating article about that, and the subject who was fired was not even Christian:

The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
How a character assassination unfolded on Twitter
By David Murray

We here in the States are not experiencing the hard persecution that our brethren do in places elsewhere. But we will. Jesus promised that we will have trouble, persecution, and anger against us. Should we escape the perils that Paul underwent? Should we be less hated even though our Savior was more hated? No.

The Hatred of the World
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[a] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ (John 15:18-25).

They will hate you. They will hate me. We can be the kindest, most compassionate and personable people in the world, but holy words and holy deeds will incite them to violence. It’s only word violence now, though sadly with real and devastating consequences. But soon enough, as Pastor Phil noted above, we will suffer. It won’t be just character assassination any more, but bodily assassination.

Did you know that 16 of the 26 worshipers killed at Zion Church in Sri Lanka on Easter morning were children?

“How many of you are willing to die for Christ?” asked the teacher on Easter morning. Every one of the children dutifully raised their hands. [A few minutes later} Half the children died on the spot.

More of the story here. Had those children done anything to warrant assassination? Had they even thrown anything holy tothe dogs? No. As a matter of fact,t he suicide bomberwho detonated the bomb at Zion Church was in fact looking for the nearby Catholic church in Batticaloa but discovered on Easter morning that they had no Easter service and the church was empty. He wandered to the next available target instead, which happened to be Zion.

They were killed, just because.

I know you noticed that the politicos commenting on the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka refused even to mention those who were killed as Christians. That’s a soft persecution and one that shows their hatred even to the point of refusing to speak of the Name.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11).

They refuse to bow. They refuse to name the name. But they will bow. Every tongue will confess to God. (Romans 14:11).

But between now and then, be prepared for hatred,persecution, anger, and trouble.

“The days are fast approaching when Christians in this country will be confronted face-to-face because of their faith in Jesus. Some saints will fearfully remain silent while other saints may fearfully proclaim the gospel in love. Either way, stand strong in the Lord. Scripture states that God will never leave or forsake those who trust in the Lord. He is our Rock and salvation.”

via The days of Christian persecution in America are coming — The End Time

5 Reasons to Believe the Bible, Resurrection of Jesus — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

 

If Jesus was not raised from the dead, then the Bible isn’t true, heaven isn’t real, and this life is as good as it gets. But thank God the evidence proves otherwise. Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and for over two thousand years, no one has proven it to be false.

Jesus once said the truth will set you free. It’s not that people can’t know the truth, the problem is they don’t like what they find because they don’t want to change how they live. Let’s look at a fraction of the overwhelming evidence supporting the historical resurrection of Jesus as well as the accuracy and reliability of the Bible.

1. Minimal Facts Agreed Upon

First, even liberal scholars and historians agree on these basic facts:

  • Jesus was publicly executed and died by crucifixion
  • His tomb was empty; the body was missing
  • His disciples believed he rose and appeared to them
  • James, former skeptic and half-brother of Jesus, was suddenly changed.
  • The church persecutor Paul was suddenly and radically changed

How do you explain the fact Christianity rapidly expanded in the first century? Within one generation of the death of Christ, this movement spread from Israel to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Where did it start and is there a way to know for sure?

In Luke 1:4, he gives the reason for his gospel;

“…so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”

Christianity is the only religion which bases its faith on a verifiable event.

2. Extra-Biblical Sources

Second, if you’re not a believer yet and are skeptical about the Bible’s claims, consider a few ancient historians.

  • According to Thallus, there was a darkness during the day for three hours followed by an earthquake that occurred at the point of Jesus’ crucifixion.
  • Jewish historian, Josephus lived in the first century and wrote about events surrounding Jesus in more detail than any other non-biblical source.
  • Roman historian, Suetonius wrote about new levels of punishment Nero inflicted on Christians, and described Jesus as having had immediate impact on His followers.
  • Tacitus confirms Christianity was founded by a man named Christus, whom he said was “put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberius.”

Some used to claim Pilate and Caiaphas never existed. A first-century inscription discovered at Caesarea in 1961 confirms Pontius Pilate was indeed procurator of Judea from 26-36 A.D.

Jesus was on trial before the high priest, Caiaphas before He was taken to Pilate. The tomb of the Caiaphas family was discovered in Jerusalem in 1990 and inside were the very bones of the infamous high priest mentioned in the Gospels! History and archaeology are very inconvenient for mockers and skeptics.

3. Eyewitnesses to the Resurrection

Third, this is one of the most compelling proofs of the resurrection of Jesus. Thousands of people saw Jesus’ miracles, at least hundreds of people were eye-witnesses who saw Him after being raised from the dead, and many were mentioned by name in the Bible. You better make sure you have your facts straight if you name names.

The eyewitnesses include:

  • Mary Magdalene (John 20:10-18),
  • the other women at the tomb accompanying Mary (Matthew 28:1-10),
  • the Roman guards (Matthew 28:4),
  • the Eleven disciples (John 21),
  • two others on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35),
  • over five-hundred people at once (1 Corinthians 15:6),
  • James, and then Paul (1 Corinthians 15:7-9)

Jesus lived on earth another forty days before ascending to Heaven so it’s safe to suggest there were many more eye-witnesses.

The disciples truly saw the resurrected Christ. Only an event of this magnitude could turn scared, scattered, and skeptical disciples, with no prior concept and expectation of a crucified and risen Messiah, into courageous proclaimers of the gospel willing to suffer and die for their belief that Jesus rose bodily from the grave.

4. Early Dating of New Testament Manuscripts

Fourth, this is such an important point regarding the resurrection of Jesus: we have books in the New Testament that were written during the period when eye-witnesses were still alive! At least two books may have been written within fifteen years of the resurrection. The earliest documents include James, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, Romans, and perhaps Mark or Luke. No wonder the Jews and Romans couldn’t refute the facts.

The Bible includes both primary and secondary sources of reference. Primary means the books were written by eye witnesses while secondary means other books were written by men who interviewed eye witnesses – those who saw the actual events. Fortunately for truth seekers, there’s an abundance of historical manuscript evidence in both categories.

5. Missing Motives

Fifth, if it was a lie, what were the motives of Jesus’ disciples? Certainly not popularity! Experts suggest when a conspiracy is formed, the basic motivating factors are:

  • Money or greed
  • Power or fame
  • Lust or sexual passion

Most of the disciples were killed for their faith. Christianity faced huge obstacles because it was a brand new movement. They had no money, they taught about love, sacrifice, and self-denial, and they were subject to intense hatred and persecution.

Why then, have so many Christian martyrs through the centuries been willing to go to prison or even die for their faith instead of deny Jesus? The only logical reason to believe the gospel is because the resurrection actually occurred.

The Jews and Romans did not refute Jesus’ resurrection and stop Christianity from spreading. Why? Because they could not.

Anyone living around Jerusalem could have examined the empty tomb for themselves, and thousands probably did go to the tomb of Christ to look for His body. The historically indisputable fact is that something happened to the body.

After thousands of years of attacks, opposition, and scrutiny by critics − warfare that no other work has ever seen − the Bible has withstood the onslaught, has gained credibility, and the Christian faith has continued to thrive throughout the world. No other written work has the power to convict people of their sin, the ability to change human nature, and offers a permanent solution to man’s greatest problem.

There are no second chances after you die. You can ignore the evidence and deny the truth – or acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus, believe in Him, confess your sins and be forgiven, and have everlasting life. This could be the most meaningful Easter season you will ever have!

BELIEVE THE GOSPEL! 1 Cor. 15:3-8, Romans 10:8-10, John 3:16-18, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:11-13

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

Hope in the Resurrection and Return of Jesus Christ – teaching by David Fiorazo

via 5 Reasons to Believe the Bible, Resurrection of Jesus — Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America

Thousands of Illegal Aliens to March Nationwide For Right to Drive Without a License — The Gateway Pundit

Thousands of illegal immigrants are planning to march in twelve states on May 1 demanding they be allowed to get driver’s licenses, and for people to stop being arrested for driving without them.

May 1 is ‘May Day’ when leftists, anarchists and socialists tend to march for whatever their pet cause happens to be.

While many of the marches are aimed at granting illegal immigrants the ability to obtain driver’s licenses, the campaigns in Georgia and Indiana are focused on “demanding the stop of arrests for driving without a license.”

“Immigrant leaders are calling for the community to stand with them on May 1st to put pressure on their county and state politicians demanding drivers licenses and dignity and for all undocumented immigrants as massive marches and daylong strikes are expected,” the organizers, Movimiento Cosecha, said in a press release.

The group is also demanding that they be able to leave the country and come back, despite the fact that they are not citizens and have no right to be here.

“We are demanding permanent protection from deportation for the 11 million undocumented immigrants; the right to travel freely to visit our loved ones abroad, and the right to be treated with dignity and respect. After years of broken promises from the Democrats, dehumanization from Republicans,  raids, driving in fear of being pulled over, not being able to bury our loved ones, immigrants are taking matters into their own hands.” says Juan Pablo Orjuela-Parra

Twelve states have already passed legislation that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

via Thousands of Illegal Aliens to March Nationwide For Right to Drive Without a License — The Gateway Pundit

April 26, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Jesus’ Superior Office: As Apostle and High Priest

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. (Heb. 3:1)

The Holy Spirit was speaking directly to Christian Jews who were looking at Jesus with one eye but glancing back to Judaism with the other. The word therefore always refers back to something previous. “On the basis of what I’ve just said,” the writer is saying, “consider Jesus.” The term consider (katanoeō) implies attention and continuous observation. The idea is, “Put your mind on Jesus and let it remain there, that you may understand who He is and what He wills.”

His recovering of man’s lost destiny, His humbling Himself and becoming our Substitute, our Author of salvation, our Sanctifier, our Satan-Conqueror, and our Sympathizer—all these more than qualify Him for the most serious consideration possible. Jesus is the supreme Apostle, the Sent-One from God, and the perfect High Priest. He is powerful, sympathetic, merciful, faithful, saving, reconciling, protective, helpful, brotherly. On the basis of who He is and what He has done, every person should consider Him. Every person should focus on the absolute sufficiency of Jesus and drop everything else. We have a new High Priest and a new Sent-One from God. He is all anyone will ever need. What an amazing message.

Holy Brethren Are Fellow Believers

As believers, we are brothers with Christ because we are identified with Him, as adopted children of the heavenly Father. Many people studying the book of Hebrews have assumed, therefore, that it must have been written exclusively to Christians, since the readers are so often addressed as “brethren.” But Scripture recognizes types of brotherhood other than spiritual. Both Peter (Acts 2:29) and Paul (Acts 13:38), for example, addressed unbelieving fellow Jews as “brethren.” But holy brethren refers to fellow Christians, to those who are true brothers. This particular passage is written to Christians, holy Jewish brothers in Christ. “For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Heb. 2:11). These were spiritual brothers, sanctified, set apart, and made holy in Christ.

This section is written to partakers of a heavenly calling, who desired a heavenly country (11:16), and who had come to the heavenly Jerusalem (12:22). All of these blessings show the superiority of Christianity to Judaism. Judaism was an earthly calling with an earthly inheritance. Christianity is a spiritual and heavenly calling with a spiritual and heavenly inheritance. It is, therefore, far superior.

Paul said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.… For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:14, 20). Our true home is in heaven and we live spiritually right now in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3; 2:6). As true believers we are brothers of Jesus by position and are thereby holy. We are only strangers and pilgrims on earth. Our bodies are in this world but we do not really belong here.

The writer is saying to his Christian Jewish readers, “You are citizens of the heavenlies, so why don’t you let go of the earthly things? Why do you want to hang on to the earthly rituals, the earthly symbols, when you have the heavenly reality?” As Christians we do not need religious ritual because we have spiritual reality. Jesus said that now—that is, since He has come—anyone who wants to worship the Father truly, must do so in spirit and in truth, not in rituals and ceremonies (John 4:23). There is no place in biblical Christianity for externalism because Christians have continual access to spiritual reality.

All of us, at times, are tempted to think that our works and our religious trappings are all-important. Even when we know better, we often feel most comfortable and “religious” in traditional, familiar worship settings and when we perform certain religious acts or good deeds that we believe are particularly pleasing to God. We know and accept God’s free grace complete in Christ, but we hang on to some form of artificial legalism rather than live a positive, Christ-controlled, Spirit-energized life. Considering and experiencing Christ’s sufficiency should shatter all legalistic efforts, whether Judaistic or any other kind.

For Christians to hang on to earthly religious trappings not only is unnecessary and pointless but also spiritually harmful. To do so keeps us from experiencing the fullness of our new relationship with God and from being able to follow Him as faithfully as we ought. These things are barriers, not means, to blessing. Since believers share in the righteous nature of Christ and in His heavenly calling, they live in a heavenly existence. They ought to concentrate on that heavenly existence, not the earthly. It is not just the unsaved who need to consider Jesus. Believers also, no matter how mature, need to consider Him in everything they do.

Keep Your Eyes on Christ

Why do we need to keep considering Christ, when as Christians we are already in Him and identified with Him? Simply because all of us are far from fully discovering all of His glories, all of His beauties, all that He is. So the Spirit says to us, as to those early believers, “Gaze on Jesus. Keep gazing on Him and don’t look around at all the rituals and all the problems and all the persecutions. Keep considering Jesus. You don’t need anything else. He is sufficient for everything. Now that you have the supreme Reality, keep your attention on Him.”

There may have been a greater Christian than Paul, but I cannot imagine who he could have been. Yet this great apostle said that his greatest desire was to “know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; … Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:10, 12). Even Paul had not plumbed the full depths of Christ.

The reason so many Christians are weak and worried is that they do not keep considering Christ, and so His full strength and comfort and guidance are not theirs. The Holy Spirit continually says to every believer, “Consider Jesus.” When life gets rough and problems seem to have no solution and everything goes bad and disappointment and depression become “normal” and temptations seem impossible to resist—put your gaze on Jesus and keep it there intently until He begins to unfold before your very eyes in all His glorious power.

Jesus said, “Learn from Me” (Matt. 11:29). He did not say, “Learn about Me” but “Learn from Me.” Do you really enjoy your Christian life? Do you get up in the morning and say, “Lord, I just can’t wait to see what You’re going to do today?” Do you go through the day and say, “Lord, Your fellowship and Your presence are thrilling?” Do you enjoy Jesus Christ? Do you sometimes want to stand up and shout? You ought to enjoy Him like that. But many Christians do not enjoy Jesus. They appear to be miserable and unhappy, and they do not know anything about His joy. They may think the only thing the Lord does for us is to give an occasional rebuke. They see Him this way because they do not walk with Him day by day. They do not know Him richly and deeply and intimately. They need to consider Jesus and learn from Him.

When I was in college, I used to pay fifty cents to go through the back door of the orchestra hall in Los Angeles. I would go up into the balcony with two or three books and sit there and listen to a whole concert by myself while I did homework. I listened to Bartok and Moussorgsky and other great composers. As I listened, I began to gain an appreciation for the masters. To anyone who says he does not appreciate great music or great art, I would say, “My friend, go to the orchestra hall and the art museum and stay there until you enjoy it.” You have to learn to love the masters. You have to learn to recognize and enjoy great beauty and genius.

If you want to enjoy Jesus you have to stay with Him until you learn to enjoy Him. Stay there until your Christian life is one thrill after another. Until every waking moment of every day is joy upon joy upon joy. Consider Him. Focus your attention on Him.

When Timothy was still a young man, he began to have stomach trouble. Paul advised him to take some wine (1 Tim. 5:23). Among other things, he was being criticized by some of the Ephesian Christians. He became discouraged and was hurting. In his second letter to his young son in the faith, Paul tells Timothy to keep going, to be like a good soldier, a well-trained athlete, a hard-working farmer (2 Tim. 2:3–6). But his most important counsel was, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel” (2:8). There are many practical things, such as taking medicine when we are sick, that Christians can and should do. But when we face spiritual problems, serious problems, insurmountable problems, the really worthwhile prescription is “Remember Jesus Christ. Gaze on Him. Learn from Him.”

In Hebrews 12:1–2, the writer says, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” If we are going to run the Christian race, we must look at Jesus.

I ran the 100- and 220-yard dashes in college. We learned very soon that you cannot run while watching your feet. You look straight ahead. When we ran sprints we set our eyes on the tape, and we kept our eyes on it until the finish. Looking at the tape helped motivate the desire to win and it kept us going in the right direction. It also kept our attention off ourselves and those running next to us. When we are running in the Christian race, we must get our eyes off our feet, get them off ourselves, and off those around us. We look to Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. We look at Him and then we are able to run. Looking at Him we know why we are running and where we are running, and have the power and the joy to keep on running.

christ an apostle

Jesus is to be considered as the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. The fact that He is both of these is the first way in which He is superior to Moses. Though he was never called such in Scripture, Moses could be considered an Old Testament apostle in the basic sense of the word. Apostolos means “sent one” and was a title often used for official ambassadors. In this sense Moses was God’s apostle, His sent-one to bring His people the law and the covenant. But Jesus was both Apostle and High Priest. Though Moses could be considered a type of apostle, he was not a priest at all, much less high priest. Jesus is superior to Moses in office because He has two offices, whereas Moses had only one.

Even in the office of apostle, Jesus is superior—first of all because He brought a better covenant, and second, because He was Himself the sacrifice that made the better covenant effective. Jesus is the supreme Apostle, the supreme Sent-One from God.

What are the characteristics of an apostle or an ambassador? First, he has the rights and the power and the authority of the ruler who sends him. Jesus came in the power of God, with all of God’s grace, all of God’s love, all of God’s mercy, all of God’s justice, and all of God’s power. Second, an ambassador speaks completely on behalf of the one who sent him. Jesus said, “I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak” (John 12:49; cf. 8:28, 38). Jesus was the perfect Ambassador, the perfect Apostle sent from God.

christ the high priest

Jesus is also our great High Priest. But since His role as High Priest is dealt with in such detail in Hebrews 4 and 5, we will not elaborate on it here. Suffice it to say that He is the supreme Priest, the supreme Mediator, between God and man. He not only is the Sent-One from God with all God’s power, speaking with God’s voice, but He is the One who brings man and God together. Thus He brings God to man and man to God.[1]


1. Wherefore, holy brethren, &c. He concludes the preceding doctrine with a necessary exhortation, that the Jews should attentively consider what sort of being and how great Christ is. As he had before, by naming him a teacher and a priest, briefly compared him with Moses and Aaron, so he now includes both clauses; for he adorns him with two titles, as he sustains a twofold character in the Church of God. Moses was a prophet and a teacher, and Aaron was a priest; but the two offices belong to Christ. If then we seek rightly to know him, we must inquire what sort of being he is; yea, he must be clothed with his own power, lest we lay hold on an empty shadow and not on him.

First, the word consider, is important, for it intimates that singular attention is required, as he cannot be disregarded with impunity, and that at the same time the true knowledge of Christ is sufficient to dissipate the darkness of all errors. And to encourage them the more to pursue this study, he reminds them of their calling; as though he had said, “God favoured you with no common grace when He called you into his kingdom; it now remains that you have your eyes fixed on Christ as your leader in the way.”3 For the calling of the godly cannot be otherwise confirmed than by a thorough surrender of themselves to Christ. We ought not therefore to regard this as said only to the Jews, but that it is a general truth addressed to all who desire to come into the kingdom of God; they ought sedulously to attend to Christ, for he is the sole instructor of our faith, and has confirmed it by the sacrifice of himself; for confession, or profession, is to be taken here for faith, as though he had said, that the faith we profess is vain and of no avail, unless Christ be its object.[2]


1 For the first time the author addresses his readers directly (though he will revert to his more typical first-person address in v. 6). Picking up the significant term “brothers and sisters” from 2:11–12, 17, he enhances it by adding “holy,” a term which here, as in 6:10 and 13:24, and as often in the NT, distinguishes this religious brotherhood, “made holy” by Christ (2:11), from mere earthly kinship. The reminder that they are called to heaven (the adjective “heavenly” characterizes Christian salvation also in 6:4; 8:5; 9:23; 11:16; 12:22) reinforces their special status and also prepares for the warning that follows in 3:7–4:13 concerning the danger of losing that heavenly goal.

His invitation to “fix your thoughts on” (katanoeō, perhaps better here “take notice of”) Jesus alerts them that he is now about to explain another aspect of Jesus’ special significance. He introduces him with a unique double title, “our apostle and high priest” (TNIV). This is the only time Jesus is described as “our apostle” in the NT. The title denotes the one sent by God (cf. 1:6a; 10:7–9) as his representative (Montefiore translates “envoy”), as when it was applied to the original disciples sent on mission. By this time, however, it was no doubt already familiar as a term for the founding leaders of the Christian movement and so might also convey the same sort of idea as “pioneer” in 2:10 and 12:2. “High priest” echoes 2:17 and will be developed more fully as the letter proceeds; it attributes to Jesus a role that was allocated not to Moses but to his brother Aaron, despite Moses’ evident role as intermediary and intercessor for the people. “Apostle” and “high priest” are thus two different aspects of the special authority Christians “acknowledge” (TNIV, for the NIV’s “confess”) in the one through whom they come to God.[3]


3:1 / The author appeals to his readers, placing himself together with them, in the words holy brothers, a common designation for the community of the faithful, who share in the heavenly calling. The readers, affirmed in their identity, are to fix your thoughts on Jesus, that is, resolutely to focus their thoughts on his true significance. He is the apostle. There are many apostles, but Jesus is the supreme Apostle, sent by God. Only here in the nt is Jesus so called. He is indeed both the apostle and high priest whom we confess. That is, the objective truth that we profess as Christians has been delivered by Jesus as apostle and accomplished by Jesus as high priest. Jesus as the one sent by God represents God to humanity; Jesus as high priest represents humanity to God. Jesus is therefore God’s revelation and makes possible human response. He is, as the author will describe him later, even if in a different connection (8:6; 9:15; 12:24), well qualified to be the “mediator” (cf. 1 Tim. 2:5).[4]


3:1. The opening words link this chapter with the preceding chapter. The Therefore tells us that not only is Christ superior to prophets and angels, but he is also superior to Moses.

The author of Hebrews used two designations of New Testament Christians. First, they are called “holy brothers.” This reminded them that God had set them apart to live in separation from sin. Second, he called them sharers in the heavenly calling. God had given them the task of helping to complete his spiritual purposes. They carried out their jobs on earth, but they lived as citizens of a heavenly kingdom.

The command to fix your thoughts on Jesus called them to reflect firmly on the true significance of Jesus in God’s plan. They would then understand clearly that he was an apostle and high priest. Apostle presented Jesus as God’s representative to human beings. High priest presented him as our representative before God. Jesus was God’s perfect revelation to us. He also represented the perfect picture of our response to God.[5]


1. Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

The word therefore links chapter 3 to the immediately preceding discourse on the unity Jesus has with his brothers. Together they belong to the family of God. The brothers are holy because they are made holy by Jesus (Heb. 2:11), and on that account Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

In 3:1 these people are, for the first time in Hebrews, specifically addressed as “holy brothers.” The adjective holy reveals that the brothers have been sanctified and may enter the presence of God, for sin has been removed through the suffering and death of Jesus. The term brothers also applies to the author of Hebrews. In fact, he is one of them in the family of God (Heb. 3:12; 10:19; 13:22).

The recipients of the epistle are also sharers in the heavenly calling. This is a unique calling, a heavenly invitation to enter the kingdom of God (Rom. 11:29; Eph. 1:18; 4:1, 4; Phil. 3:14; 2 Thess. 1:11; 2 Tim. 1:9; 2 Peter 1:10).

The privilege of being called by God is coupled with a command. The charge is not difficult and complicated, and the brothers are able to comply with it. They are asked to fix their thoughts on Jesus and to do this diligently. Apparently the readers of the epistle are not doing this at the moment, for they seem to drift away. Already in Hebrews 2:1 the writer exhorts them to “pay more careful attention” to the gospel they have heard, for knowledge about Jesus is essential. As the author prepares to teach about Jesus, he does not call Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the Son of man, or Lord and Savior, but calls him the apostle and high priest. Interestingly, the word apostle appears first in this verse, even though we would have expected the expression high priest to have precedence because of its use in Hebrews 2:17.

The term apostle refers to the one whom God has sent—a concept repeatedly used by the evangelist John in his Gospel (3:17, 34; 5:36–38; 6:29, 57; 7:29; 8:42; 10:36; 11:42; 17:3) and even in his first epistle (1 John 4:10). The word apostle has the deeper meaning of ambassador. The apostle is not merely sent: he is empowered with the authority of the one who sends him. Furthermore, he can and may speak only the words his superior gives him. He is forbidden to utter his own opinions when they are at variance with those of the one who sends him. Jesus, then, proclaims the very Word of God. He brings the gospel, the good news.

Whereas the term apostle relates by comparison to Moses, the designation high priest is reminiscent of Aaron. The separate functions of these two brothers are combined and are fulfilled in the one person of Jesus. And in his work Jesus is greater than both Moses and Aaron.

The congregation that received the author’s epistle confessed the name of Jesus. I do not think that the church of that time had a standard confession apart from the saying Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3) and a few hymns (Phil. 2:6–11; 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Tim. 2:11–13). After all, the author of Hebrews instructs his readers about the apostleship and high priesthood of Jesus. In subsequent years, however, a carefully worded confession may have begun to circulate in the early churches.[6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 74–79). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (pp. 77–78). 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. 59). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[4] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 59). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, pp. 44–45). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 82–84). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

April 26 Satisfying Your Greatest Need

scripture reading: Luke 10:38–42
key verse: Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

What would you list as your single greatest need today? A new house? A better job? A marriage partner? A genuine friend? An increase in income? What if that need were dramatically met before this day was over? You moved into a beautiful home, got the job you wanted, found the perfect mate, met a true friend, and came into a healthy inheritance. Would you still have a pressing need in a week or two?

You’re never without needs. That’s why the answer to the original question—“What would you list as your single greatest need today?”—can only be, “An intimate, steadfast, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” That is your greatest need.

When you know Christ, you can have all of your emotional needs met: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy–laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 nasb).

When you make knowing God your chief priority, your physical needs are met: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things [clothing, food, drink, the necessities of life] shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33 nasb).

To know God is to have a vital relationship with the Author, Sustainer, and End of all things. That is really the only necessary thing. Is it yours?

I have many needs, but my greatest need is for an intimate relationship with You, Lord. Make this the primary focus of my life. I really want to know You.[1]


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

26 april (1857) 365 Days with Spurgeon

David’s dying prayer

“Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:19

suggested further reading: Isaiah 6:1–8

Is there not one among you that can win a laurel wreath? Have I not one true Christian heart here that is set for work and labour? Have I not one man that will devote himself for God and for his truth? Henry Martyn! Thou art dead; and is thy mantle buried with thee? Brainerd, thou sleepest with thy fathers; and is thy spirit dead too, and shall there never be another Brainerd? Knibb, thou hast ascended to thy God; and is there nowhere another Knibb? Williams, thy martyred blood still crieth from the ground; and is there nowhere another Williams? What! Not among this dense mass of young and burning spirits? Is there not one that can say in his heart, “Here am I, send me”? “This hour, being saved by God’s grace, I give myself up to him, to go wherever he shall be pleased to send me, to testify his gospel in foreign lands”? What! Are there no Pauls now? Have we none who will be apostles for the Lord of hosts? I think I see one who, putting his lips together, makes this silent resolve—“By God’s grace I this day devote myself to him; through trouble and through trial I will be his, if he will help me; for missionary work or for anything else I give up my all to God; and if I may die as Williams did, and wear the blood-red crown of martyrdom, I will be proud; and if I may live to serve my Master, like a Brainerd, and die at last worn out, here I am, do but have me, Master; give me the honour of leading the forlorn hope, of leading the vanguard of Christianity; here I am, send me.”

for meditation: The earth is going to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God (Habakkuk 2:14). Every believer has a contribution to make towards that goal, big or small. Are you playing your part?

sermon no. 129[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H., & Crosby, T. P. (1998). 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (p. 123). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

26 APRIL 365 Days with Calvin

Rejoicing on the Eve of Exile

For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Jeremiah 31:7

suggested further reading: Acts 16:16–34

Jeremiah now asks God’s people to sing and shout for joy. This prophecy is given not long before the utter destruction of the people, the city, and the temple. But the prophet’s intent here is to comfort everyone, even the dead in their graves, so that all might patiently wait for the promised deliverance. The people could be assured of deliverance because it is no more difficult for God to raise the dead than to heal the sick. This prophecy becomes especially helpful when the Jews are driven into exile and become so miserably scattered that they have no hope of deliverance.

So that his teaching might more effectively enter their hearts, the prophet exhorts people to rejoice, to shout for joy, and to sing. Not only the people of God, but also strangers, are told to do so. For though the joy of believers is not like that of unbelievers, the prophet seems purposely to address his words to aliens so that the Jews might be ashamed for not believing the promises offered to them.

The prophet says, “Ye alien nations, shout for joy, for Jacob.” What should Jacob do in the meantime? We now see the purpose for the prophet’s vehemence in bidding all to rejoice for the redemption of the people. His intent is that this prophecy might not only bring some comfort to the miserable exiles, but also assure them that even in the midst of death they can live before God, provided they do not despair.

In short, the prophet’s intent is not only to mitigate the sorrow of God’s people, but also to fill them with spiritual joy so they might not cease to entertain hope and to take courage. They must not only patiently but cheerfully bear their calamities because God promises to be propitious to them.

for meditation: Singing and shouting for joy when we face profound setbacks in life seems incredibly idealistic. Yet, if we are believers, that is what God asks us to do, for even on the eve of calamity we know that we will eventually come through safely because of the gracious hand of our Savior, Christ Jesus.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 135). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.