Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

February 17th The D. L. Moody Year Book

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?—Jeremiah 17:9.

NOBODY knows what is in the human heart but Christ. We do not know our own hearts; none of us have any idea how bad they are. Some bitter things have been written against me, but I know a good many more things about myself that are bad than any other man. There is nothing good in the old Adam nature. We have got a heart in rebellion against God by nature, and we do not even love God unless we are born of the Spirit.

This is a truth that men do not at all like, but I have noticed that the medicine that we do not like is often the medicine that will do us good. If we do not think we are as bad as the description, we must just take a closer look at ourselves.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 38). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Shea Houdmann: Got Questions? We Have Answers. — Stand Up For The Truth

TODAY’S GUEST – Shea Houdmann is the founder and CEO of GotQuestions.org. Shae received a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Calvary University and a Masters of Arts in Christian Theology from Calvary Theological Seminary.

Got Questions Ministries has been in existence since 2002 and seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by providing biblical, applicable, and timely answers to spiritually related questions through an internet presence.

Shea writes: “The internet is a spiritual battlefield. Cults, false religions, and other pseudo-Christian groups have websites as well. Some of these sites perform much the same function that we do. The answers these sites provide are often unbiblical and lead searching people down a false path—potentially to their own spiritual destruction.”

In order to expand our impact, we have launched several other websites focused on different audiences. We launched our Christian research search engine, our site for kids (GQKids), our apologetics and worldview focused site, a site for teens, and a Bible Commentary site in 2016.

SCRIPTURES Referenced Today

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 1 John 3:4-5

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15

Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

1 Timothy (entire book) especially 1 Tim. 3:1-13

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February 17, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Source of the Believer’s Inheritance

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1:3a)

Peter assumes it is necessary for believers to bless God. The intention is so implicit that the Greek text omits the word be, which the translators added. (In the original, the sentence literally begins, “Blessed the God,” which conveys Peter’s expectation that his audience “bless God” as the source of all spiritual inheritance.) The apostle adores God and implores others to do the same.

Peter further calls Him the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a phrase that identified God in a distinctly Christian way. Historically the Jews had blessed God as their creator and redeemer from Egypt. His creation emphasized His sovereign power at work and His redemption of Israel from Egypt His saving power at work. But those who became Christians were to bless God as the Father of their Lord Jesus Christ.

With one exception (when the Father forsook Him on the cross, Matthew 27:46), every time the Gospels record that Jesus addressed God, He called Him “Father” or “My Father.” In so doing, Jesus was breaking with the Jewish tradition that seldom called God Father, and always in a collective rather than personal sense (e.g., Deut. 32:6; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 3:19; 31:9; Mal. 1:6; 2:10). Furthermore, in calling God His Father, Jesus was claiming to share His nature. While speaking with the Jews at an observance of the Feast of the Dedication, Christ declared, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Later, in response to Philip’s request that He reveal the Father, Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9; cf. vv. 8, 10–13). Jesus affirmed that He and the Father possess the same divine nature—that He is fully God (cf. John 17:1, 5). The Father and the Son mutually share the same life—one is intimately and eternally equal to the other—and no one can truly know one without truly knowing the other (cf. Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22). No person can claim to know God unless he knows Him as the One revealed in Jesus Christ, His Son. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14:6–7).

In his writings, the apostle Paul also declared the Father and the Son to be of the same essence: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 1:3; cf. Eph. 1:3, 17). Likewise, John wrote in his second epistle: “Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (2 John 3). Whenever the New Testament calls God Father, it primarily denotes that He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 7:21; 10:32; 11:25–27; 16:27; 25:34; 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 10:21–22; 22:29; 23:34; John 3:35; 5:17–23; 6:32, 37, 44; 8:54; 10:36; 12:28; 15:9; 17:1; Rom. 15:6; 2 Cor. 11:31; cf. John 14:23; 15:16; 16:23; 1 John 4:14; Rev. 1:6). God is also the Father of all believers (Matt. 5:16, 45, 48; 6:1, 9; 10:20; 13:43; 23:9; Mark 11:25; Luke 12:30, 32; John 20:17; Rom. 1:7; 8:15; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; 4:6; Phil. 4:20; Heb. 12:9; James 1:27; 1 John 2:13; 3:1).

One commentator calls Peter’s use in verse 3 of Christ’s full redemptive name “a concentrated confession.” All that the Bible reveals about the Savior appears in that title: Lord identifies Him as sovereign Ruler; Jesus as incarnate Son; and Christ as anointed Messiah-King. The apostle personalizes that magnificent title with the simple inclusion of the pronoun our. The divine Lord of the universe belongs to all believers, as does the Jesus who lived, died, and rose again for them, and as does the Christ, the Messiah whom God anointed to be their eternal King who will grant them their glorious inheritance.

The Motive for the Believer’s Inheritance

who according to His great mercy (1:3b)

His great mercy was the motive behind God’s granting believers eternal life—sharing the very life of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Ephesians 2:4–5 also expresses this divine generosity, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (cf. Titus 3:5). Both here and in Ephesians, the apostolic writer added an enlarging adjective (great and “rich”).

Mercy focuses on the sinner’s miserable, pitiful condition. The gospel is prompted by God’s compassion toward those who were dead in their trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1–3). All believers were once in that wretched, helpless condition, compounded by a deceitful heart (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Eccl. 9:3; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:21–23), corrupt mind (Rom. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14), and wicked desires (Eph. 4:17–19; 5:8; Titus 1:15) that made them slaves to sin, headed for just punishment in hell. Therefore they needed God, in mercy, to show compassion toward their desperate, lost condition and remedy it (cf. Isa. 63:9; Hab. 3:2; Matt. 9:27; Mark 5:19; Luke 1:78; Rom. 9:15–16, 18; 11:30–32; 1 Tim. 1:13; 1 Peter 2:10).

Mercy is not the same as grace. Mercy concerns an individual’s miserable condition, whereas grace concerns his guilt, which caused that condition. Divine mercy takes the sinner from misery to glory (a change of condition), and divine grace takes him from guilt to acquittal (a change of position; see Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7). The Lord grieves over the unredeemed sinner’s condition of gloom and despair (Ezek. 18:23, 32; Matt. 23:37–39). That is manifest clearly during His incarnation as Jesus healed people’s diseases (Matt. 4:23–24; 14:14; 15:30; Mark 1:34; Luke 6:17–19). He could have demonstrated His deity in many other ways, but He chose healings because they best illustrated the compassionate, merciful heart of God toward sinners suffering the temporal misery of their fallen condition (cf. Matt. 9:5–13; Mark 2:3–12). Jesus’ healing miracles, which nearly banished illness from Israel, were proof that what the Old Testament said about God the Father being merciful (Ex. 34:6; Ps. 108:4; Lam. 3:22; Mic. 7:18) was true.

Apart from even the possibility of any merit or worthiness on the sinner’s part, God grants mercy to whomever He will: “For He [God] says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:15–16). Out of His infinite compassion and free, abundant, and limitless mercy, He chose to grant eternal life—it was not because of anything sinners could do or deserve (Ex. 33:19; Rom. 9:11–13; 10:20; 2 Tim. 1:9). It is completely understandable that Paul called God “the Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3).

The Appropriation of the Believer’s Inheritance

has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1:3c)

The prophet Jeremiah once asked the rhetorical question, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” (Jer. 13:23). His graphic analogy implied a negative answer to the question of whether or not sinners could change their natures (cf. 17:9). Humanity’s sinful nature needs changing (Mark 1:14–15; John 3:7, 17–21, 36; cf. Gen. 6:5; Jer. 2:22; 17:9–10; Rom. 1:18–2:2; 3:10–18), but only God, working through His Holy Spirit, can transform the sinful human heart (Jer. 31:31–34; John 3:5–6, 8; Acts 2:38–39; cf. Ezek. 37:14; Acts 15:8; Rom. 8:11; 1 John 5:4). In order for sinners to receive an eternal inheritance from God, they must experience His means of spiritual transformation, the new birth. Peter affirms that truth in this last portion of verse 3, when he says God has caused believers to be born again (see discussion on 1:23–25 in chapter 7 of this volume; cf. 2 Cor. 5:17).

Jesus effectively explained the necessity of regeneration—the new birth—to Nicodemus, a prominent Jewish teacher.

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. (John 3:1–15)

To illustrate the means of the new birth, Jesus referred to the episode of the bronze serpent (Num. 21:4–9), an Old Testament narrative Nicodemus would have known well. When the snake-bitten Israelites in the wilderness acknowledged their sin and God’s judgment on them for it and looked to the means He provided to deliver them (a bronze snake on a pole), they received physical healing from their poisonous bites. By analogy, if sinners would experience spiritual deliverance, they must recognize their spiritual condition as poisoned by their sin and experience salvation from spiritual and eternal death by looking to the Son of God and trusting in Him as their Savior. Jesus cut to the core of Nicodemus’s self-righteousness and told him what all sinners need to hear, that they are spiritually regenerated only by faith in Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:12–13; Titus 3:5; James 1:18).

Peter goes on to declare that regeneration results in believers receiving a living hope. The unbelieving world knows only dying hopes (Job 8:13; Prov. 10:28; Eph. 2:12), but believers have a living, undying hope (Pss. 33:18; 39:7; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 4:4; Titus 2:13; Heb. 6:19) that will come to a complete, final, and glorious fulfillment (Rom. 5:2; Col. 1:27). It is a hope that Peter later described when he wrote, “according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). This hope is what prompted Paul to tell the Philippians, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). At death believers’ hope becomes reality as they enter the glorious presence of God and the full, unhindered, joyous fellowship with the Trinity, the angels, and other saints (Rom. 5:1–2; Gal. 5:5).

The means of Christians’ appropriating this living hope and eternal inheritance is spiritual birth, and the power for that appropriation was demonstrated by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus told Martha, just prior to the raising of her brother Lazarus from the grave, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25–26; cf. 14:19). Paul instructed the Corinthians concerning the vital ramifications of the resurrection, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Even if one hoped in Christ in this life, but not beyond it, he would be lost (v. 19). However, Christ rose from the dead, forever securing the believer’s living hope in heaven by finally conquering death (vv. 20–28, 47–49, 54–57).[1]


3 The parallels between the early Christian emphasis on “new birth” and that contained in mystery religions are fascinating, especially given the fact that 1 Peter is addressed to Christians scattered throughout Asia Minor, where mystery cults proliferated. Moreover, the verb ἐποπτεύω, epopteuō (GK 2227, “to be a witness”), and its nominal form ἐπόπτης, epoptēs (GK 2228), appearing in the NT only in Petrine literature (1 Pe 2:12; 3:2; 2 Pe 1:16), are employed in a technical sense to describe those individuals who have been initiated into the mystery rituals (TDNT 5:374). Nevertheless, resemblances in 1 Peter remain at the level of speculation.[2]


3  Peter begins his letter with the customary thanks to God (which in pagan letters would be thanks to the gods) for the well-being of the recipients, but, like that of Paul, who uses the identical wording in 2 Cor. 1:3 and Eph. 1:3, his content is distinctively Jewish and Christian. Blessing God is well known from the OT (Gen. 9:26; Ps. 67:20; cf. Luke 1:68), and this form of praise was taken over into the Christian liturgical tradition.  The One who is blessed, however, is not simply “God,” but that God who revealed himself distinctively as the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Since “Jesus is Lord” was the central confession of the early church (e.g., Acts 2:36; Rom. 10:9–10; cf. 1 Cor. 16:22), this expression encapsulates the core of Christian theology.

The specific act for which Peter blesses God is regeneration, which is not something deserved or produced by human beings, but a free act of God because of his character as a God of mercy or covenant-faithfulness (e.g., Exod. 20:6; 34:7, where the Hebrew term ḥesed, translated “lovingkindness” in the ASV and “love” in the NIV, is translated by the Greek term for mercy in the LXX). Regeneration, or being born again, is not an OT idea, although the Jews at times came close to it.  The terminology, however, was “in the air” of the Greek-speaking world in both secular and religious uses, and so it was natural for Christians to use it to explain what God had done for them. They used it to designate the radical change of conversion, which was like receiving a whole new life, life that was life indeed (e.g., Jas. 1:18; 1 John 1:13). It was often connected with baptism as the point of the new birth (see John 3:5, 7; Tit. 3:5, where a similar combination of mercy, regeneration, and future hope appears), and this connection would be stressed in the later church fathers, often without the caution that Peter will insert in 3:21. Regeneration itself was not a technical term but an idea that appealed particularly to the writers of the Catholic Epistles and the Johannine literature, for a variety of Greek words are used for it in the NT; in fact, Peter is the only one to use the term he uses here, anagennaō, and he uses it twice, here and in 1:23. But then in 2:2 he can refer to the same idea with different terminology.

Peter does not focus on the past, the new birth itself, but on the future, for the goal of this regeneration is “a living hope”; that is, it points to a bright future ahead, which will be discussed in the next verse. This fits the birth analogy in that birth, while wonderful, does not exist for itself but rather to start a child on its way to maturity and adult life. Pastorally this future orientation is important for our author, for a suffering people who may see only more pain and deprivation ahead need to be able to pierce the dark clouds and fasten on a vision of hope if they are to stay on track. This hope is not a desperate holding-on to a faded dream, a dead hope, but a living one, founded on reality, for it is grounded in “the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” As Paul had argued, because Jesus really did shatter the gates of death and exists now as our living Lord, those who have committed themselves to him share in his new life and can expect to participate fully in it in the future (Rom. 6:4–5; 1 Cor. 15). It is this reality which will enable the readers to face even death without fear, for death is not an end for the Christian, but a beginning.[3]


1:3 / Peter at once launches into praise of God for planning so magnificent a salvation. The Israelites of old praised God as the creator of the world (2 Chron. 2:12) and as their redeemer from Egyptian slavery (Deut. 4:20). Peter develops the characteristic Jewish approach by adopting an explicitly Christian stance. He praises God as the Father of his unique Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and as the One who raised this Jesus from the dead. As a Christian, Peter blesses God for the new creation, as expressed in the new birth of believers, and for divine provision for them of “an inheritance” of a promised land “in heaven,” safe beyond the slavery of sin or the frenzy of foes.

The experiences of new birth and of a living hope are beyond human procurement. They are God’s gracious gift and are bestowed solely on account of his great mercy, for there is no way in which they can ever be deserved or earned. They come to us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, as the direct consequence of his total triumph over the worst that the powers of evil can achieve; namely, death itself.

The concept of new birth is based on the teaching of Jesus (John 3:3–8). It speaks of the gift of spiritual life on a plane previously unknown in an individual’s experience. It can no more be acquired by self-effort than a babe can bring about its own physical birth.

The first result of this new birth, and the first characteristic of the new pilgrim life of the believer, is hope (anchor for the soul, firm and secure: Heb. 6:19). Hope is living (cf. 1:23; 2:4–5), not merely because it is active (Heb. 4:12), or is simply an improved version of the Jewish hope (Heb. 7:19). Nor are we to misunderstand the translation “have been born anew to a living hope” (rsv) to mean “hope has been restored.” Peter is referring to something of a different order: a sure and confident outlook which has a divine, not a human, source. That new quality of hope is generated in the believer by the new spiritual life brought about by the new birth. Peter is writing to encourage readers who face an uncertain future threatened by persecution of one degree or another. This living hope highlights the fact that the present life is by no means the limit of the believer’s expectation. As the word is used in everyday parlance, “hope” can prove a delusion (Job 7:6; Eph. 2:12; cf. Col. 1:5). The living hope in the newborn Christian has a vigor, a patient endurance, and an assurance beyond any human power: such hope can no more fail than the living God who bestows it. Peter elaborates the nature and the content of living hope in the following two verses.[4]


A Living Hope

1:3

Throughout his epistle, Peter encourages his readers to hope. Hope is based on a living faith in Jesus Christ. It characterizes the believer who patiently waits for the salvation God has promised to his people. “Hoping is disciplined waiting.”

  1. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Filled to overflowing with spiritual blessings which he wants to convey to his readers, Peter writes one long sentence in Greek (vv. 3–9). In our modern versions, translators have divided this lengthy sentence. Nevertheless, the sentence itself reveals the intensity of the writer and the fullness of his message. In the introductory part of this sentence we observe the following points:

  1. “Praise.” This word is actually the first word in a doxology, for instance, at the conclusion of many books of the Psalms: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 41:13; and with variations 72:18; 89:52; 106:48). The word praise is common in the New Testament, too. Zechariah begins his song with an exuberant burst of praise: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people” (Luke 1:68; also see Rom. 1:25b; 9:5).
  2. “God and Father.” Within the early church, Jewish Christians adapted the benedictions of their forefathers to include Jesus Christ. Note that the doxology in verse 3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” is identical to the wording of 2 Corinthians 1:3 and Ephesians 1:3 (compare also 2 Cor. 11:31).

God has revealed himself in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, all the elect share in his sonship. Through him they call God their Father, for they are his children. With the church universal, the believer confesses the words of the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

Because of Jesus Christ, we call his Father our Father and his God our God (John 20:17). Fatherhood is one of the essential characteristics of God’s being; it is part of his deity. God is first Father of Jesus, and then because of Christ he is Father of the believer.

Peter indicates our relationship to the Father and the Son when he uses the personal pronoun our (“God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”). Also, in the next sentence, Peter discloses that God is our Father because God “has given us new birth.” That is, the Father has begotten us again in giving us spiritual rebirth. The Father has given us rebirth because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. “Lord.” Verse 3 is the only text in this epistle in which Peter writes the title and names our Lord Jesus Christ. With the pronoun our, Peter includes himself among the believers who confess the lordship of Jesus Christ. “To call Jesus Lord is to declare that he is God.” Moreover, in the early church Christians confessed their faith in the brief statement Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3). The name Jesus encompasses the earthly ministry of the Son of God, and the name Christ refers to his messianic calling. Four times in three verses (vv. 1–3) Peter employs the name Jesus Christ.
  2. “Mercy.” Peter describes our relationship to God the Father by saying, “In his great mercy he has given us new birth.” We read almost the same wording in one of Paul’s epistles (“God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ” [Eph. 2:4–5]). Apparently Peter was acquainted with Paul’s epistles (see 2 Peter 3:15–16). Together with the other apostles, Peter presents Christian doctrine on regeneration (e.g., see John 3:3, 5).
  3. “Birth.” Notice that we receive a new spiritual birth from God the Father. Peter writes that God “has given us new birth” (v. 3), and later he continues, “For you have been born again” (v. 23). Just as we are passive in natural birth, so we are in spiritual birth. That is, God is active in the process of begetting us, for he causes us to be born again. With the words new and again in these two verses, Peter shows the difference between our natural birth and our spiritual birth.

Peter speaks from personal experience, for he remembers when he fell into the sin of denying Jesus. Later, when Jesus restored him to apostleship, he became the recipient of God’s great mercy and received new life through restoration. Therefore, he includes himself when he writes, “He has given us new birth” (italics added). Incidentally, the passages in which Peter uses the personal pronouns our or us are few (1:3; 2:24; 4:17). First Peter is an epistle in which the author addresses his readers as “you.” The infrequent use of the first person, singular (2:11; 5:1, 12) or plural, is therefore much more significant.

  1. “Hope.” What is hope? It is something that is personal, living, active, and part of us. In verse 3, it is not something that pertains to the future (compare Col. 1:5; Titus 2:13). Instead, it brings life to God’s elect who are waiting with patient discipline for God’s revelation in Jesus Christ.
  2. “Resurrection.” What is the basis for our new life? Peter tells us that “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” God has made us alive and has given us living hope. Without the resurrection of Christ, our rebirth would be impossible and our hope would be meaningless. By rising from the dead, Jesus Christ has given us the assurance that we, too, shall rise with him (see Rom. 6:4). Why? As Peter preached on Pentecost, “God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Jesus is the first one to break the bonds of death, so that through him we have our rebirth, and in him we have eternal life (1 John 5:12).

Peter speaks as an eyewitness, for he had the unique experience of meeting Jesus after he rose from the grave. Peter ate and drank with Jesus and became a witness of Jesus’ resurrection (refer to Acts 10:41).

Doctrinal Considerations in 1:3

Twice in this short epistle Peter introduces teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1:3; 3:21). This teaching, to be sure, is central to the Christian religion. When the eleven apostles came together after Jesus’ ascension and prior to Pentecost, they chose a successor to Judas Iscariot. Peter, as spokesman, declared that this person had to be a follower of Jesus from the day of his baptism to the time of his ascension, and that he had to be a witness of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 1:22).

As an eyewitness to the resurrection of Jesus, Peter proclaimed this truth in his sermon to the multitude gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:31). When he preached to the crowd at Solomon’s porch, he said that God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 3:15; compare 4:2, 33). And last, when Peter spoke in the home of Cornelius at Caesarea, he taught the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 10:40). Peter testified to this truth throughout his ministry of preaching and writing.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 30–34). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 301–302). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Davids, P. H. (1990). The First Epistle of Peter (pp. 50–52). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 31–32). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 39–42). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Death Has Died — Key Life Articles

If Jesus got up out of the grave (and He did), what difference does it make? It makes a lot of difference. It means that everything He said is true, that the teaching He gave is practical, and that the life He lived and still lives can make your life different. Two facts: We’re all going to die. And we’re all afraid of death. Death is an awesome reality, one with which most of us would rather not deal. We do everything possible to cover it up, making a corpse look alive. How often have you heard someone standing at an open coffin say, “My Sam (or Sally, or Joe) really looks good.” He doesn’t look good! He’s dead! We cover the corpse with polished wood, heap it with flowers, dim the lighting, and place it in a beautiful setting. We do everything possible to hide the reality that someone has become a corpse. How much better was it when the family had to do all the “dirty work” of preparing the loved one for burial. The family made the coffin, laid out the corpse, used their home for the wake, dug the hole, and buried the loved one. That may seem harsh, but psychologically it was very healthy. People faced the reality of death and were able to deal with it. Grief was hard work, but it was short. Today years sometimes pass before a family fully recovers from a loss. And still we don’t want to think about death. And when we do, we usually say something silly like, “Death is a normal part of living,” or, “”Just like birth, death is natural.” Let me tell you something important: Death is not normal. You were not created to die. In fact, the Bible teaches that you were created to live forever. When Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the dead, He did it so that you could fulfill your eternal destiny of living forever. Paul made a startling statement in his first letter to Corinthians: Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [i.e., die], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:50-58) Do you know why you have to die? You have to die because you have sinned. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (see Rom. 6:23). No one wants to hear that; nevertheless, it is true. If you jump off a fifteen-story building, you are going to kill yourself. If you put your hand on a hot stove, you are going to get burned. If you sin, you are going to die. On the Cross, Jesus took our sin and declared us forgiven. The penalty of sin (death) has been borne by Christ for us. Because the sin is gone, the death is gone. And Jesus came back from the grave to prove it. Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). If Jesus stayed in the grave, the first part of His statement is not true; and therefore, it follows logically that the second part of His statement is not true either. If Jesus did not live, then we won’t. But if He did live, if He did get up out of the grave, if He did break the bonds of death, then we will too. He promised that we would; and He is the only one who has the right to make that promise. The next time you face the reality of death, don’t cover it up; fight it with the truth: Death has died. It died at the hands of Jesus our Lord. Jesus has risen from the dead, and has given immortality to all who follow Him. That is a fact, and you can hang your hat on it. Adapted from Steve’s book, If Jesus Has Come.

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February 17 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

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Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch; Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. And seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.—Jeremiah 45:2–5.

Here, my soul! take an instruction, and a blessed one it is, when applied by the Holy Ghost, suited for God’s people in all ages of the Church, and in all generations. At all seasons, it is unbecoming in a believer in Jesus to have a mind hankering after things of the world, which the carnal seek; but the evil is increased in times of general calamity. Baruch, though the Lord’s servant, yet felt too much desire of the world’s ease. My soul, learn to avoid every thing which may lead to an attachment to things below; that when called upon to leave them, their hold may be too little to be felt. And in a day like the present, doth not thy Lord speak to thee in the same language as to the prophet: “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.” If I have been with Jesus, and given in my name to him, “what have I to do any more with idols?” It is remarkable, that after the Lord Jesus had instituted his holy supper, and put the cup into his disciples’ hands, he observed, “I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom;” hereby teaching us, that in the dedication of the soul to him, an exchange is then made of earth for heaven. And as from that hour Jesus’s cup was the cup of trembling, and of wormwood and the gall, so the disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. And they that are Christ’s are said to have crucified the flesh, with its affections and lusts.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 53–54). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

A.S.K -Feeling God is Far Away — TheWeeFlea.com

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BIBLE READING: Psalm 13

TEXT: How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)

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Often I feel that God is far away. There are times when I really sense his presence but many more times when that is not the case. The worst times are when I long for his presence, but although I know he hears and answers, yet I do not ‘feel’. What are we to do in such circumstances? This short psalm really helps us.

David feels that God has forgotten him. He cannot see God’s face – this was a way of expressing that he thought that God’s favour was not upon him and that God had looked away from him. This caused him to wrestle with his thoughts and have sorrow in his heart. He felt that his enemy was triumphing over him. Things are not good for him – so what does he do? He prays in verses 3-4. He takes every circumstance to the Lord. His doubts, his fears and what is happening to him. We don’t just pray when we ‘feel’ close to God. Perhaps we need to pray all the more when we feel far away.

But you will notice that he doesn’t just pray for his own feelings, but he prays for God’s glory. That is what really bothers him. There is also an element of despair in his prayer. Sometimes the Lord lets us come to an end of ourselves so that we will truly turn to him. One of our great fears is that because of our feelings we think that the Lord has forgotten us. In that case we need to turn to the Word of God, and not our feelings.

What does God say should be the question – not what do I feel. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:14-15) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

The fact is that our hearts will often condemn us – but God is greater than our hearts. Paul for example felt that he was under great pressure and despaired even of life (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). But such trials are designed to bring us closer to God, not take us further away. Often what we thought were deep experiences of the presence of God were actually quite shallow. In order to go deeper sometimes God has to cut deep.

Recognising the problem – seeking the Lord’s face – asking him if there is any blockage, any hidden sin within us – and looking to his Word rather than our feelings will eventually lead to what David experienced in verses five and six. He Praises –There is a transformation in attitude if not in circumstances. There is no indication that what had caused his despair and feeling far away was changed. But what changed was his perception and his focus. Now he trusts in God’s unfailing love, not his feelings. It’s not that the feelings are unimportant. He wants to feel close to God. It’s just that he does not rely on, or begin with the feelings. He rejoices in God’s salvation and he is then able to sing his praises. That is often the pattern. For you and your family it is important to look to Christ and seek him as you find him in his Word. Pray, have fellowship with his people, and hold on in the dark hours.

I have often found books such as the one I suggest below really helpful, because they take time to assess our hearts and gently lead us back into the presence of Christ.

CONSIDER: Why do you think you might feel far from the presence of God? What is the danger of relying on your feelings rather than the Word of God? How important are your feelings?

RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING: The Bruised Reed – Richard Sibbes

PRAYER: How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:1-2

A.S.K – Loving Yourself

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February 17 Life-Changing Moments With God

The whole bull he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire.

They took You, Jesus, and led You away. And You, bearing Your cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified You. The bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore You also, that You might sanctify the people with Your own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let me go forth to You, outside the gate, bearing Your reproach, the fellowship of Your sufferings.

I rejoice to the extent that I partake of Your sufferings, Jesus, that when Your glory is revealed, I may also be glad with exceeding joy. My light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Your death was brutal; Your suffering, excruciating; Your love, immeasurable. May I willingly suffer on Your behalf, my King and my Lord—and then may I joyfully celebrate Your future glory.

Leviticus 4:12; John 19:16, 18; Hebrews 13:11–13; Philippians 3:8–10; 1 Peter 4:13; 2 Corinthians 4:17[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 58). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How Can A Loving God Send Someone to Hell? | Sean McDowell

This short video is part of the AWANA apologetics and worldview curriculum for students. On location in the desert, Sean addresses the Q of the reality of hell.

Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, the National Spokesman for Summit Ministries, a best-selling author, popular speaker, and part-time high school teacher. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Source: How Can A Loving God Send Someone to Hell?

The Fed Has Created A Monster Bubble It Can No Longer Control | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The Fed must now accept responsibility for what happens in the end-game of the Moral-Hazard Monster Bubble it created.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Federal Reserve didn’t set out to create a Monster Bubble that has escaped its control. Also contrary to popular opinion, the Fed will be unable to “never let stocks fall ever again–ever!” for the simple reason that the monster it has created– a monster mania of moral hazard in which all risk has vanished because the Fed will never let stocks fall ever again–ever!–is now beyond its control.

And that’s a problem for the Fed, which above all else needs control of interest rates, financial markets and the economy.

The problem is that bubbles always pop, and they pop regardless of what central banks do. This is contrary to the popular opinion that if only the Fed had saved Lehman Brothers, the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008 would never have happened.

Wrong. Bubbles pop when too much risky debt unbacked by collateral is issued to marginal borrowers who inevitably default, triggering massive losses in the financial sector, an equally massive unwind of speculative debt and risky gambles and a deep recession as all the debt-fueled malinvestment dries up and blows away.

The 2008 Global Financial Meltdown was the inevitable result of subprime and other debt bubbles bursting which then triggered a panic to unwind trillions of dollars in high-risk speculative gambles in stocks, real estate, junk bonds, etc.

The Fed has another problem which it hasn’t been able to solve despite 12 years of trying: to save the financial system from collapse, the Fed has to re-inflate the debt-fueled speculative mania that just popped from unstable excesses of debt, leverage and moral-hazard speculative fever, all piled on a diminishing foundation of actual collateral.

We can see the manic progression of each Fed rescue in this chart: note the compression of time as the periods between each Fed rescue shrink and the spectacular rocket-ship ride of debt, leverage and moral-hazard speculative fever adds another 1,000 points to the S&P 500 in ever shorter manic stampedes of front-running the next the Fed will never let stocks fall ever again–ever! bubble.

Advances that recently took years now take months. The 700 point advance that required 4.5 years back in the previous bubble of 2003-2007 now required only 4.5 months. The next iteration is 700 points in 4.5 weeks, then in 4.5 days, and then the oblivion of collapse.

The Fed’s balance sheet has gone nowhere for eight weeks while the bubble in stocks gathered the manic momentum of the Fed will never let stocks fall ever again–ever!:

  • 12/25/19 $4.165 trillion
  • 1/1/20 $4.173 trillion
  • 1/8/20 $4.149 trillion
  • 1/15/20 $4.175 trillion
  • 1/22/20 $4.145 trillion
  • 1/29/20 $4.151 trillion
  • 2/5/20 $4.166 trillion
  • 2/12/20 $4.182 trillion

That’s a total range of $0.017 trillion–essentially signal noise. This strongly suggests that the Fed is hoping–foolishly, of course, as it stumbles around in a hubris-soaked fantasy that it can really, really, really control the moral-hazard monster it created–to keep stocks on a “permanently high plateau” which somehow avoids the two disasters that history records as inevitable: either an immediate collapse of the bubble or a Fed-fueled “rescue” that adds another 1,000 points in six months, and then another 1,000 points in three months, and then a collapse that cannot be rescued, as the entire financial system implodes.

The Fed managers are foolish but not stupid. They realize they cannot let the moral-hazard mania move into the phase where an irretrievable collapse becomes inevitable.

The problem here is history has never recorded a bubble which settled magically onto a “permanently high plateau” and stayed there for months or years. So the Fed has finally reached the point of no return: either it accepts a painful bursting of the monster moral-hazard bubble it has created or it lets the monster lead the stampede over the cliff to a financial collapse that the Fed can’t rescue with the usual tools of lowering interest rates and bailing out banks.

It’s worth recalling that the Fed can’t actually force insolvent lenders to lend more money to insolvent borrowers. It also can’t squeeze blood from stones; insolvent borrowers default, period. The losses can be buried in the Fed balance sheet but that doesn’t create income for shuttered enterprises or laid-off workers, or generates taxes for local governments watching their tax base melt away.

Even the hubris-soaked fools in the Fed realize this bubble has disconnected from financial realities. One glance at the operating income of Apple shows that everyone’s favorite stock has soared even as operating income has been essentially flat for years. There’s a phrase for this: disconnect from reality, all driven by the manic certitude that the Fed will never let stocks fall ever again–ever!

After 12 long years of ever-riskier bubble-blowing, the Fed is now boxed in. Instead of reassuring markets that the next 1,000 points are guaranteed and all in only a few more months of mania, the Fed will either have to offer false assurances while it attempts an impossible “soft landing”, i.e. a controlled deflation of the Monster Bubble, or it grimly accepts that a 1,000 point decline in the S&P 500 now is a better choice than an implosion later if the Monster Bubble breaks completely free and rampages higher even as the Fed pulls the plug.

Moral-Hazard Monster Bubbles cannot be controlled. Human greed guarantees that the Fed will never let stocks fall ever again–ever! will generate self-reinforcing stampedes of speculative mania that no long respond to the signals of the Fed balance sheet.

At this point, the Fed will be hoist on its own petard: by claiming god-like control of interest rates, financial markets and the economy, the Fed must now accept responsibility for what happens in the end-game of the Moral-Hazard Monster Bubble it created: either allow a 25% to 30% wipeout of speculative excess now or feed the final stampede to financial collapse.

It’s not a happy choice, but if we’re honest (gasp), there really is no choice: the Fed cannot let the moral-hazard mania run to complete collapse, which is now only one iteration away.

Source: The Fed Has Created A Monster Bubble It Can No Longer Control

Chinese police put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized Xi Jinping over the coronavirus | Business Insider

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  • A Chinese professor who wrote a scathing essay criticizing President Xi Jinping’s handling of the novel coronavirus was placed under house arrest and had his internet services cut, The Guardian reported, citing his friends.
  • After returning from his Chinese New Year holiday, Xu Zhangrun was put under house arrest, with several people patrolling the entrance of his home in Beijing.
  • Friends of the professor told The Guardian that Xu’s social media accounts have either been removed or suspended.

A Chinese professor who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been put under house arrest, banned from social media, and denied access to the internet, his friends told The Guardian.

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, published a scathing attack on the government’s response to the virus outbreak on February 10. You can read an English translation of it on China File.

The essay — titled “Viral Alarm: When Fury Overcomes Fear” — condemned the government’s “authoritarian” system of control and strict censorship in the country, saying they were hampering efforts to control the spread of the virus.

The essay was immediately taken down, The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof reported.

Xu, 57, was also put under house arrest as soon as he returned to Beijing from the Chinese New Year public holiday — which was extended until last week to due coronavirus fears — The Guardian reported, citing an unnamed friend. It was not immediately clear when he returned to Beijing.

“They confined him at home under the pretext that he has to be quarantined after the trip,” the friend said. “He was in fact under de facto house arrest and his movements were restricted.” (Beijing announced late last week that anyone returning to the city would be quarantined for two weeks to check for the coronavirus.)

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Last week two people were seen patrolling the entrance of Xu’s house, and a car with a signal box was parked on his street, The Guardian reported.

Xu’s internet was also cut and his account on the WeChat messaging platform was suspended, The Guardian reported. Calls to his mobile phone were also left unanswered over the weekend, the newspaper said.

“He tried to get it [the internet] mended but found out that his IP address has been blocked. He lives on the outskirts of Beijing and is far away from shops and other services. Under the current [coronavirus] situation, things are very difficult for him,” the unnamed friend said.

Xu’s name was also scrubbed from the Weibo microblogging site, The Guardian reported, suggesting that posts that discussed his essay and wellbeing were censored and removed.

The patrol guards outside Xu’s house have since left, but the professor remains largely incommunicado, The Guardian said.

Only one acquaintance, who was also unnamed, said they had managed to correspond with him but that he did not directly answer their questions, and “just told me not to worry,” The Guardian said.

“I fear he might be under surveillance,” the friend told the newspaper.

Screenshot YouTube/Chen Qiushi

Xu’s house arrest comes amid growing anger and suspicion over China’s censorship during the coronavirus outbreak, and scrutiny of President Xi, who has remained largely silent throughout the virus outbreak.

Earlier this month Chen Qiushi, a Chinese lawyer who posted viral videos about the virus on YouTube and Twitter, went missing. Police told Chen’s family he was “detained in the name of quarantine,” but nobody has been able to reach him.

People quarantined due to the coronavirus have largely been able to access the internet, with many resorting to making memes on Weibo to pass the time under lockdown.

The death of Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan — where the virus broke out — who was censored for sounding the initial alarm on the virus, also enraged citizens this month and prompted them to call for freedom of speech. This was a rare rebuke of the authoritarian government.

Even Xu appeared to realize that he might get in trouble for writing his critical essay on Xi.

At the end of the essay, he wrote: “I can now all too easily predict that I will be subjected to new punishments; indeed, this may well even be the last piece I write.”

Source: Chinese police put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized Xi Jinping over the coronavirus

Trump campaign fires back after Obama claims credit for economic boom

The Trump campaign fired back Monday after former President Barack Obama, in a subtle swipe at President Trump, claimed credit for the economic gains in both their terms.

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10 reasons everyone should admire George Washington | WND

What do you know about George Washington? Do you know the real Washington or just the one liberal academia wants us to believe?

With Feb. 17 being President’s Day and Feb. 22 being the actual day George Washington was born, I thought it was no better time to honor again what I consider one of the greatest leaders ever born anywhere. I want to give the 10 reasons I believe everyone should admire Washington, no matter their political persuasion.

Let me begin by highlighting a few bullets of background for some who might not be as familiar with this pillar of American life beyond the basics, as documented by the University of Virginia and the History Channel.

According to Encyclopedia Virginia and history.com, on Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington was born to a family of middling wealth in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner.

In 1752, at 23 years young, Washington joined the British army and served as a lieutenant in the French and Indian War.

In 1759, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow, and adopted her two children (she had two other children, but they had passed).

In 1775, at 43 years old, Washington became the commander in chief of the Continental Army, and, in 1783, led America to victory over the British after eight years of war.

As far as his political career, Washington served as a member of the House of Burgesses of Virginia from 1759–1774. He was also a member of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775. But while others were signing the Declaration of Independence, Washington was already on the battlefield fighting for independence. As the president of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, however, Washington was the first signer of the U.S. Constitution.

In 1789, Washington became the first president of the United States of America. He was unanimously elected by the 69 presidential electors to serve his first term from 1789 to 1793. He was then again unanimously elected for his second term, 1793 to 1797. He declined a third term.

So here are my Top 10 reasons why I think everyone should admire George Washington, and why I believe his life and model is still worthy to reflect today. (These are also the reasons I often cited the father of America’s words and works among our other founders in my New York Times bestseller, “Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.”)

10) Even as a youth, Washington was a role model for many. At just 14 years of age, young George wrote out in freehand on his own volition, “110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” At age 17, George’s first official job was as official surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia.

9) Washington epitomized courage. While others were frightened by signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington was on the front lines battling for its tenets. He faced his fears, endured grave hardships and even stared death in the eyes while helping others to do the same. Who can forget the severe conditions of Valley Forge? And what about the repeated threat of personal injury?

Washington even dodged bullets on several occasions. The University of Virginia documents a few of them: “at Braddock’s Defeat where two horses were shot under him and he had four bullets in his clothes; at the final skirmish of the Forbes expedition, on November 12, 1758, where he rushed between two parties of British who were firing at each other; at Kip’s Bay skirmish on September 15, 1776, where he rashly exposed himself in an attempt to rally the militia; at the battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777; and when making a reconnaissance of the British after the landing at the Head of Elk on August 26, 1777.”

8) Washington wasn’t afraid of public opinion or challenging the status quo. As the History Channel explained, “He struggled with advisers over what sort of image a president should project. He preferred one of dignity and humility and stumbled when encouraged to act out of character or monarchical. … A member of the Virginia planter class, he grew increasingly uncomfortable with the hypocrisy of owning slaves, yet publicly he promoted a gradual abolition of slavery. In his will he requested that his slaves be freed upon Martha’s death.” As far back as 1786, Washington said, “There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it.”

7) Washington was a man of integrity and character, and yet just as human as the rest of us. Again, the History Channel explained, “Washington possessed that intangible quality of a born leader and had earned a reputation for coolness under fire and as a strict disciplinarian during the French and Indian campaign. … An extraordinary figure in American history and unusually tall at 6′ 3″, Washington was also an ordinary man. He loved cricket and fox-hunting, moved gracefully around a ballroom, was a Freemason and possibly a Deist, and was an astute observer of the darker side of human nature. His favorite foods were pineapples, Brazil nuts (hence the missing teeth from cracking the shells) and Saturday dinners of salt cod. He possessed a wry sense of humor and, like his wife Martha, tried to resist the vanities of public life. Washington could also explode into a rage when vexed in war or political battles. Loyal almost to a fault, he could also be unforgiving and cold when crossed. When Republican Thomas Jefferson admitted to slandering the president in an anonymous newspaper article for his support of Federalist Alexander Hamilton’s policies, Washington cut Jefferson out of his life. On at least one occasion, Washington’s stubbornness inspired John Adams to refer to him as Old Muttonhead.”

6) Washington was a first-class servant leader, who walked what he talked. He believed so firmly in our newly founded but poor republic that he took no pay for his service during the Revolutionary War (besides official expenses). And after eight long years of leading the war and retiring to his peaceful estate at Mount Vernon, he reenlisted rather than stay retired. It is amazingly commendable – if not astonishing – that Washington came out of military retirement to serve two terms as president. He even had to borrow money to pay off debts and travel to his own inauguration.

5) Washington didn’t allow personal obstacles to hinder his service to God, country and his family. Beginning at the age of 17, Washington suffered multiple malaria attacks throughout his life. He even had a case of smallpox and dysentery, and he struggled with depression and hearing loss.

In 1779, during the middle of the Revolutionary War, Washington “feared for his survival,” not from bullets but an abscess of the tonsils. And after all he had been through, at 57 years old with his war-torn body and reportedly a single real tooth in his mouth, Washington left behind the comfort of his estate on the edge of the Potomac River and traveled eight days to New York, where he was sworn in as president.

4) Washington was a devoted family man. In 1759, at 27 years of age, Washington married widow Martha Dandridge Custis. Though Martha and George had no children, he adopted her daughter and son from her former marriage. They also provided personal and financial support to nephews, nieces and other extended family members.

If it’s true that behind every great man is a great woman (and it is, as proof even with my wife, Gena, who does more for me and others than the world will ever know), then Washington’s wife, Martha, is definitely to be credited for part of the power behind the myth of the Father of our Nation. For example, for each of the eight years of the Revolutionary War, Martha came to Washington’s winter encampments (including Valley Forge) to boost his morale as well as the other officers.

No doubt Martha struggled to support Washington’s departure as general and president. Imagine how she must have repeatedly worried about him and his welfare over the years on the battlefield. Imagine her relief as he finally came home from eight years of leading the Revolutionary War only to “give him up again” for his country’s service as president. Though Martha refused to attend his inauguration, she stood by her man living with him at the temporary U.S. capitals of New York and Philadelphia, before the capital was moved to the District of Columbia.

Although Martha and George had a strong relationship, there’s no doubt he had a lifelong love interest in the beautiful and intellectually astute Sally Fairfax, the wife of his friend George William Fairfax, whom he had met when he was just 16 years of age. Sally’s father would never allow her to marry someone other than from a wealthy, upper class like her family, and Washington didn’t fit the bill.

Mount Vernon historians noted how Sally “remained ever faithful to her marriage” and yet “a good friend of Washington and his wife Martha.” In 1773, she moved with her husband to England, where he died in 1787. In 1798, just a year before Washington’s death, he wrote Sally, urging her to return to Virginia. He added that nothing could “eradicate from my mind the recollection of those happy moments, the happiest in my life, which I have enjoyed in your company.” Sally never returned and died alone in England in 1811.

George was married to Martha for roughly 40 years. Just prior to her own death in 1802, Martha understandably destroyed nearly all of Washington’s letters to Fairfax, though three did survive.

Regarding Sally Fairfax, no man is perfect, and that included George Washington. He himself confessed: “We must take human nature as we find it. Perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” Remembering that was likely the key to his humility, service and mercy to others.

3) Washington revered God and religion, often elevating their irreplaceable and invaluable roles in our republic. For example, in 1789, during the same time when the First Amendment was written, then-President Washington signed into law the Northwest Ordinance, which states, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

On Oct. 3, 1789, George Washington issued the First Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation to God: “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

Regarding Washington’s often quoted practice of leaving church services before receiving the Eucharist (Communion), maybe his own struggle was born from his wrestling with his own humanity and immoral thoughts of Sally Fairfax or possibly even the human toll that incurred when leading the war. His refusal to receive the Eucharist doesn’t prove his unbelief in Christ but rather supports it and his reverence for what the Communion elements represented. (That makes more sense to me than Paul F. Boller, respected presidential historian, who wrote in 1963, “It cannot be said that Washington ever experienced any feeling of personal intimacy or communion with his God.”)

For a true reflection of Washington’s genuine Christian faith and intimacy with God, one must-see at Washington’s own Mount Vernon estate the museum’s exhibition display and video (set up within a mini-chapel setting) of how he esteemed and served God and churches – not exactly what you read in today’s public school textbooks or hear in classrooms. What you’ll watch and read there is that he was as passionate a believer in Jesus Christ as most Christians today. If only we taught about his religion what they display at Washington’s Mount Vernon museum, rather than trite comments that he was liberal, a deist and not intimate with his Savior.

2) Washington led our nation with frugality and self-sacrifice. As mentioned, throughout the Revolutionary War as commander in chief of the Continental Army, Washington refused to accept any pay, except that he was reimbursed by Congress for expenses accrued during the war. He was reluctant even to be paid as president, but was convinced by others it would not be a good precedent for future presidents. So, Congress gave Washington $25,000 a year, the largest salary in the U.S. for personal service at the time (2% of the national budget).

It should be noted, however, that being president then didn’t have the thousands of perks that come with the position today, including a free house or mansion in which to live. For example, after staying for 16 months in New York, George and Martha rented (initial lease was two years) a mansion in Philadelphia (the nation’s capital before D.C.), where they lived from 1790-1797. Washington had to use his salary for both official duties and to maintain his personal affairs, too – an amount he even complained was scarcely enough.

Because Washington conducted presidential business from that residence as well, he also supported a robust staff in addition to his family. The U.S. History website notes, “In November [1790], when the presidential household moved in, there were up to thirty people living on the premises: Washington, his wife, Martha, and her grandchildren, Nelly and G. W. Parke Custis; Chief Secretary Tobias Lear, his wife, and the three male secretaries; eight enslaved Africans from Mount Vernon; and about fifteen white servants.”

Much is made today of Washington’s financial fortune (USA Today once labeled him “the big daddy of presidential wealth”), but most overlook that his wealth was largely amassed in the Mount Vernon estate – which he inherited from his elder half-brother in 1761, Martha’s land and slaves inherited from her former husband, and in Washington’s presidential salary, which started after he was 57 years old.

Sure, he had lots of assets, but his liquidity didn’t flow like the wealthy today. Remember, back then there was no established national banking system. Bartering and oscillating state currencies and commodities were the names of the game (until the 1792 Coinage Act), with the value of land fluctuating sharply based upon weather and crop production. As the Atlantic put it, “Because there was no central banking system and no regulatory framework for commodities, markets were subject to panics in ways unknown today.” Again, consider that at 57 years old, Washington even had to borrow money to pay off debts and to travel to his own inauguration.

1) The No. 1 reason why I think everyone should admire George Washington is because his character, integrity and leadership are rare and desperately needed today as much if not maybe even more so than they were in our republic’s formation.

In 1797, after winning the Revolutionary War and serving two presidential terms in office, Washington finally retired to Mount Vernon at 65 years of age, but he would only enjoy his rest for two years.

On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington died of a severe respiratory sickness. His beloved Martha died only three years later, on May 22, 1802.

In his will, he humbly and simply referred to himself as “George Washington of Mount Vernon, a citizen of the United States, and late President of the same.”

At first, the Washingtons were laid to rest in an inconspicuous unmarked brick tomb at Mount Vernon. But their final resting place was in a crypt there that bears the title of him whom refused to be king. The engraved words over the tomb make known the title by which people knew Washington best back then – not as president but general.

The inscription reads: “Within this enclosure rest the remains of Gen. George Washington.” And over the door of the inner tomb is inscribed these large words from Jesus Himself in the Gospel of John (11:25): “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

Washington’s good friend, Henry Lee, probably summarized his life, leadership and legacy best in the eulogy for the father of the United States: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

And so he remains, or should remain, always.

During this week we honor President’s Day at one end and Washington’s own birthday at the other, please consider sharing this article’s information on your social media and with those you love so that they can also know the real George Washington.

God, please give the U.S. more men and women like George and Martha Washington.

(For more on the monumental figure of George Washington, I recommend the amazing book, “Sacred Fire,” by Peter Lillback and Jerry Newcombe.)

Source: 10 reasons everyone should admire George Washington

Wuhan Hospital Boss Dies, Beijing Finally Accepts American Infectious-Disease Experts | ZeroHedge News

Summary:

  • China finally allows US experts in
  • Singapore reports 3 new cases, DP reports 90
  • Beijing weighs postponing National Congress
  • Japan delays Tokyo Marathon, raising concerns about the Olympics
  • 14 Americans aboard evacuation flight found to have virus
  • 5 virus-linked deaths rumored in Tibet
  • WHO reiterates that signs of slowdown in new China cases doesn’t mean outbreak is slowing
  • Wuhan hospital boss dies

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Update (1515ET): State media reports have confirmed that Liu Zhiming, the boss of one of the Wuhan hospitals battling the coronavirus, has died.

It’s the first death of a major figure on the front lines of the epidemic since Dr. Li Wanliang succumbed to the virus last week.

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Update (1030ET): For what seemed like weeks after the outbreak began, Tibet repeatedly reported that it had zero confirmed cases of the virus, even after it had spread to every other Chinese province (there are 31 in total).

Now, online rumors might shed some light on why: It’s not that the virus hadn’t arrived, it’s that party leaders in Tibet – for whatever reason (lack of resources, a motivation to impress Beijing) – didn’t report the full breadth of the problem.

Unconfirmed reports claim 5 have died in Tibet from the virus.

It’s just another reminder that…

We wonder what the ‘real’ North Korea numbers are looking like?

Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros reiterated on Monday a sentiment he first expressed over the weekend: That though Chinese data appear to show a decline in the number of new cases, this isn’t necessarily a guarantee that the virus is slowing: “Every scenario is still on the table.”

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Update (1000ET): As the velocity of the outbreak moves toward ‘exponential’ territory – it’s doubling every six days…

…here are some updates on the latest cases confirmed outside of China.

First, we’d just like to comment on the numbers above and explain why we think they’re important for investors and the general public to keep in mind.

Though deaths and confirmed cases outside China are still far below the number confirmed inside China, since nobody trust’s China’s numbers given the current state of the economy (why would so many people – 760 million – need to be on lockdown for a problem that’s mostly localized to Hubei?) the trajectory of these numbers is probably the best barometer for how the outbreak is going.

It’s just the latest sign that it will be up to the international community to ascertain how bad this outbreak could really get, despite the WHO’s praises of China, which – surprise, surprise – likely were motivated by an “ulterior motive” (like China’s enormous contribution to the annual WHO budget).

Singapore has reported two additional confirmed cases, taking the country’s total to 77.

Japan says 454 passengers and crew from the ‘Diamond Princess’ have been confirmed infected – that’s another 90 cases.

Last night, Reuters reported that police across China have carried out raids on homes, restaurants and makeshift markets and arrested more than 700 people accused of violating the nationwide ban on the selling or consumption of wild animals. This is part of the reason why Beijing wants to reconsider its regulations on the trade and consumption of wildlife.

Though leftists denounced criticisms of food items like “bat soup” and “three squeaks” as racist, the Chinese government and the bulk of the Chinese people now view the consumption of animals like reptiles, civet cats and hedgehogs as “fundamentally unsafe,” per the NYT.

Beijing is considering postponing its annual meeting of top Communist Party officials, sources said.

In Cambodia, health authorities have stopped more passengers from disembarking from the Westerdam cruise ship after one elderly passenger was found to be infected with the virus.

The Politburo Standing Committee, the highest authority in the country, will meet on Feb. 24 to discuss whether to delay the National People’s Congress, an annual meeting of 3,000 party leaders from across the country descend on Beijing to pass new laws and discuss government plans and the national budget. The meeting typically takes place in early March “like clockwork” and postponing it would be a gesture packed with symbolism for the Chinese people. The NYT said the delay is now “virtually certain.”

After a host of unsettling outbreak-related developments, the PBOC swooped in to rescue markets on Monday by cutting a key medium-term lending rate as it attempts to prop up the economy. China’s yuan climbed on the news for the first time in four sessions.

Finally, the SCMP reports that a WHO team of medical experts set to depart for China to assist in research and response to the crisis will include several Americans, though no exact numbers were given.

Many suspected that Beijing’s refusal to allow Americans to help with the epidemic was a sign that the government was hiding something about the virus, probably the true number of cases and deaths, which many feared might be much higher than the official numbers.

Here’s the latest count on global cases/deaths from the SCMP:

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It’s like the ‘Alien’ franchise: The evacuation ship always carries the monster.

Unfortunately, in this instance, the monster is an invisible, inaudible yet highly infectious virus. And instead of the Nostromo, we have two chartered Boeing 747s.

According to the New York Post, 14 Americans among the more than 300 US citizen passengers being evacuated from the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ after nearly two weeks of quarantine have tested positive for the virus. Officials said they didn’t learn of the positive tests until the flight was about to take off.

Ahead of the flight, the State Department said that 40 Americans who had tested positive wouldn’t be eligible for the evacuation flight, and would instead be entrusted to Japanese authorities. Of course, all of the Americans who traveled on the evacuation flights had to agree to a two week quarantine after returning to the US.

The sick individuals were reportedly “isolated” during the flight (but in a closed environment like an airplane during flight, how secure could they possibly be?).

“These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols,” the statement said. “During the flights, these individuals will continue to be isolated from the other passengers.”

One of the evacuation flights is headed to Travis Air Force Base in California, and another for Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. At this time, it’s unclear which plane the infected are traveling on, where they are going, or where they’ll be treated.

In other news, Japanese health authorities have decided to cancel a major public sporting event despite there only being 65 confirmed cases of the virus in Japan (outside the Diamond Princess): The Tokyo Marathon, which was set to begin later this month, has been cancelled

The annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch more than 20,000 runners compete in one of the six ‘World Marathon Majors’.

Many international events and trade shows have been cancelled because of the outbreak, including events like the Mobile world Conference in Barcelona, an area with zero confirmed COVID-19 infections, and the Beijing Autoshow, which was cancelled Monday morning, according to Reuters.

But the Tokyo Marathon is an important attraction for Tokyo’s tourism industry. Furthermore, it doesn’t bode well for another high-profile sporting event: The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

At this point, we suspect the biggest tail risk for global markets involving Japan would be a decision to cancel or postpone the Olympics (it’s not like they can simply pick another venue). That would ignite a wave of hysteria and uproar that even these Fed-assisted markets likely wouldn’t be able to withstand.

Source: Wuhan Hospital Boss Dies, Beijing Finally Accepts American Infectious-Disease Experts

UPDATE FROM HONG KONG: Over 71,000 Now Infected with Coronavirus – Hubei Province on Lock Down Til April 15 – China Economy Devastated — The Gateway Pundit

Live from Hong Kong

China’s Wuhan coronavirus has reached over 71,000 confirmed cases and over 1,700 confirmed deaths.  China’s Hubei is now reporting that citizens will be allowed to travel starting on April 15  – only two more months of isolation.

The local communities are being shut off from any sort of travel in Hubei province.

Below was a clip from flights traveling back to the US:

Locals throughout China and Hong Kong are all staying inside, only going out for bare necessities:

Air travel across China and Hong Kong is nearly totally shut down:

The only real theory for how this started is out of a lab in Wuhan:

Today the province of Hubei stated that citizens will be free to travel starting April 15.

This will not be over soon.  It’s doubtful China’s economy can recover.

Hat tip Doug Ross

via UPDATE FROM HONG KONG: Over 71,000 Now Infected with Coronavirus – Hubei Province on Lock Down Til April 15 – China Economy Devastated — The Gateway Pundit

Coronavirus: Chinese media reports Head of Wuhan has died before official denies

The conflicted reports resemble the coverage of the death of Dr Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm over the coronavirus and was killed by the disease earlier this month.

Source: Coronavirus: Chinese media reports Head of Wuhan has died before official denies

WHO Holds Secret Talks With Tech Giants To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus “Misinformation” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

The World Health Organization has held talks with tech giants to stop the spread of coronavirus “misinformation,” despite the fact that some things once labeled “misinformation” have since turned out to be true.

The meeting was organized by the WHO but hosted by Facebook at its Menlo Park campus in California. Attendees included representatives from Amazon, Twilio, Dropbox, Google, Verizon, Salesforce, Twitter, YouTube, Airbnb, Kinsa and Mapbox.

According to the WHO’s Andy Pattison, an “infodemic” of misinformation has accompanied the coronavirus outbreak and big tech giants need to respond by censoring “fake news” content.

Both Facebook and Twitter already announced that they would remove content deemed to be misinformation regarding the virus, a dangerous new lurch to mass censorship given that what is considered “misinformation” is totally subjective and beholden to partisan bias.

Two clear examples of “misinformation” surrounding the coronavirus subsequently turned out to be true.

The first example was claims that China was hiding the true number of coronavirus victims, once labeled a “conspiracy theory” by the media but subsequently proven accurate on Friday when 14,800 new coronavirus cases were reported in a single day.

The second example was suspicions that the virus could have emerged from a bio-safety level 4 research lab in Wuhan.

This contention has been aggressively attacked by the media and big tech giants – Zero Hedge was even banned by Twitter for reporting it – but a new study by scientists at the prestigious South China University of Technology in Guangzhou has confirmed that “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

Chinese dissidents and others have been defamed and in some cases imprisoned by authorities, but the media continues to treat any questioning of the official Chinese Communist Party narrative with disdain.

Source: WHO Holds Secret Talks With Tech Giants To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus “Misinformation”

US Firms In China Suffering “Severe Shortages Of Workers,” Warn Virus Impact Hitting Supply Chains | ZeroHedge News

The global supply chain Armageddon is happening. The economies of the world are more interconnected than ever. There are many ‘single points of failure’ in these complex and global operations, of which many of them originate in China.

A new poll via Shanghai’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) discovered that 50% of US firms operating in China say shutdowns of factories have impacted their global operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, reported Reuters.

About 78% of these firms warn that their staffing is currently short at the moment, which would prevent the resumption of full production, leading to massive shortages of products in the next several months for Western markets.

Many of these companies, about 109 in total, have operations in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, and across the Yangtze River Delta, are regions currently experiencing mass quarantine of citizens, industrial hubs shuttered, and transportation networks halted.

“The biggest problem is the lack of workers as they are subjected to travel restrictions and quarantines, the number one and number two problems identified in the survey. Anyone coming from outside the immediate area undergoes a 14-day quarantine,” said AmCham President Ker Gibbs.

“Therefore, most factories have a severe shortage of workers, even after they are allowed to open. This is going to have a severe impact on global supply chains that are only beginning to show up.”

As we noted earlier this month, many companies were slated for last Monday to resume production, with full production expected by the end of this month. However, that’s likely not going to happen, throwing much of the world’s complex supply chains into chaos.

The economic impact of shutting down major industrial hubs in China with more than 400 million people in quarantine, some reports actually indicate the total could be 700 million, is generating a massive shock that could tilt the global economy into recession. These disruptions will cause world trade growth to plunge. Already, recession bells are ringing in Japan and Singapore, as it appears, these two countries are on the brink of disaster.

It has also been reported that supply chain woes are expanding outwards from China, moving from East to West.

Last month, several car factory plants in South Korea were crippled because they could no longer source parts from China.

Several days ago, it was reported that a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in Serbia was halted because it ran out of parts sourced from China.

It was also reported that General Motors could halt some operations in the US because it soon might not be able to receive parts from China.

As we noted on Sunday night, the world is witnessing the “ugly end of globalization.” Trade war and virus impacts on global supply chains have sent de-globalization into hyperdrive and could trigger the next worldwide recession.

US firms with severed operations in China are already working on contingency plans to rework their operations out of Asia and bring a more localized approach to sourcing parts.

The AmCham survey also said US firms with operations in China are expected to cut revenue for the year because of the disruption.

To sum up, severing a complex supply chain with international exposure will only lead to lower world trade growth and increased de-globalization that could very well trigger the next financial crisis.

Source: US Firms In China Suffering “Severe Shortages Of Workers,” Warn Virus Impact Hitting Supply Chains

375,00 Illegal Immigrants Released in US in 2019

More than 375,000 of the 473,682 illegal immigrants who were captured going across the U.S.-Mexican border with a family member in 2019 were released into other parts of the United States, the Washington Examiner reported on Monday.

Source: 375,00 Illegal Immigrants Released in US in 2019

The State of the Conservative Christian Union — Christian Research Network

“For the moment, it’s sufficient enough to note the long-term shortcomings of these two conservative Christian organizations regarding their ability to coalesce or be “together.” They are still chugging along, though, evolved as they are, serving a purpose in the Christian culture. Yet, at the same time, there is a third, fresh, growing alliance within conservative Christianity that not only exists apart from TGC and T4G — it exists with little to no overlap with the present-day forms of TGC and T4G. It exists as its own train, that may or may not be coasting down the same track as the other locomotives (depending on how you interpret the metaphor).”

(Jeremy Howard)  Let’s be open and honest, here. Evangelicalism is a complex world. It’s a sub-culture of what has been called “Christendom,” and it has diverse definitions. Furthermore, there are sub-sub-cultures that exist within Evangelicalism and, as they are studied, the more confusing everything seems to get. One of the sub-sub-cultures of Evangelicalism is conservative Christianity and, today, the conservative Christian network can be difficult for people to navigate, especially as denominations become less important to the average Christian. This article exists to give an overview of that flavor of Christianity, providing an up-to-date analysis of what exactly is going on. It’s a bit sad that things are so political in the church, yet we do well to be aware. Disclaimers: This article is primarily informational, kind of like a reference sheet. I love to attempt to take big concepts and put them in perspective — that’s what I’m attempting to do here. When I make reference to conservative Christianity, I have in mind a faith that is based on a high view of Scripture, presupposing its inspiration and authority. The conclusions drawn here are my own. Some generalizations have been made and if there is any proof that contradicts what I have said here, I’m very much willing to accept it and adjust the article accordingly.

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via The State of the Conservative Christian Union — Christian Research Network