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December 31st The D. L. Moody Year Book

With long life will I satisfy him.—Psalm 91:16.

I GET a good deal of comfort out of that promise. I don’t think that means a short life down here, seventy years, eighty years, ninety years, or one hundred years. Do you think that any man living would be satisfied if they could live to be one hundred years old and then have to die? Not by a good deal. Suppose Adam had lived until to-day and had to die to-night, would he be satisfied? Not a bit of it! Not if he had lived a million years, and then had to die.

You know we are all the time coming to the end of things here,—the end of the week, the end of the month, the end of the year, the end of school days. It is end, end, end all the time. But, thank God, He is going to satisfy us with long life; no end to it, an endless life.

Life is very sweet. I never liked death; I like life. It would be a pretty dark world if death was eternal, and when our loved ones die we are to be eternally separated from them. Thank God, it is not so; we shall be reunited. It is just moving out of this house into a better one; stepping up higher, and living on and on forever.[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. 234). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

The Babylon Bee’s Predictions For 2021 | The Babylon Bee

It’s official: 2020 was the worst year ever, except for almost all the other years in human history! Will 2021 be a better year? Take a look at the Babylon Bee’s official list of infallible predictions for next year and decide for yourself!

January 1 – New Year resolutions begin

January 5 – New Year resolutions downgraded

January 20 – Biden sworn in

January 21 – Biden dies of natural causes

January 22 – Trump announces 2024 presidential run

January 23 – 2024 Campaign kicks off

January 25 – Obama releases new memoir

January 27 – Feminists finally begin to reverse Handmaid’s Tale

February 1 – All remaining Trump supporters hunted down and executed

February 2 – Electoral college, First Amendment, Second Amendment, churches, and capitalism eliminated

February 3 – Democrats announce return to unity

February 29 – China officially annexes United States

March 1 – Pronouns must be tattooed on forehead or hand

March 3 – Space Force training exercise accidentally blows up the moon

March 6 – Elon Musk fixes moon

March 10 – Obama releases new memoir

March 21 – COVID 20 arrives

March 25 – FDA approves first permanent mask facial implant

April 1 – Cuomo hunts down remaining elderly in New York

April 19 – Steven Furtick announces he is the Messiah

May 5 – Elon Musk accepts Christ

May 6 – Joel Osteen accepts Christ

May 10 – Obama releases new memoir

June 6 – AOC tweets something dumb

July 3 – Kamala Harris forces gulag prisoners to make bricks without straw

August 15 – Netflix releases Cuties 2

September 5 – CHAZ 2 founded

September 6 – CHAZ 2 dismantled

October 1 – Beth Moore becomes Head Pastor of Christianity

October 8 – Obama releases new memoir

October 11 – ISIS takes over all of Canada

November 17 – Development complete on Cyberpunk 2077

December 10th – We finally find out what the squirrels have been up to

December 25 – Kamala Harris outlaws Christmas and becomes Empress of The World

December 27 – Obama releases new memoir

December 30 – Sydney Powell announces Kraken will finally be released next week

December 31 – Jesus returns

Yikes– looks like 2021 will be another doozy! Happy New Year!


Source: The Babylon Bee’s Predictions For 2021

December 31 Life-Changing Moments With God

The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.

Father God, You bore me on eagles’ wings and brought me to Yourself. In Your love and in Your pity You redeemed me; and You bore me and carried me all the days of old. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so You alone led me.

Even to my old age, You are He, and even to gray hairs You will carry me! You have made, and You will bear; You will carry, and will deliver me. This is You, God, my God forever and ever; You will be my guide even to death.

I cast my burden on You, Lord, and You shall sustain me. I do not worry about my life, what I will eat or what I will drink; nor about my body, what I will put on. For You, my heavenly Father, know that I need all these things.

Thus far You, Lord God, have helped me.

Great is Your faithfulness. Immeasurable is Your love. Infinite is Your grace. I am blessed to be Your child!

Deuteronomy 1:31; Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 63:9; Deuteronomy 32:11–12; Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 55:22; Matthew 6:25, 32; 1 Samuel 7:12[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 390). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.


A World Health Organization chief scientist has said that there is no evidence that any of the approved vaccines will prevent a person from getting infected with COVID-19.  This scamdemic is never-ending and the hoax is becoming more apparent by the day.

The comments were made by WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan during what appears to have been a virtual press conference held Monday. Swaminathan said there is “no evidence to be confident shots prevent transmission” and that people who receive the vaccine should continue wearing masks and following all social distancing and travel guidelines. She’s not the only tyrant to suggest the vaccine is worthless, yet you should get it anyway and still wear your ritualistic shame muzzle signaling your submission to the New World Order cult. 


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Fauci: Take The Vaccine, Or Wear The Submission Muzzle Forever

“At the moment, I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines, to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from getting the infection and passing it on,” she said.

Of course, a close look at the research released by Pfizer and Moderna shows the studies haven’t actually tested whether the vaccines actually prevent transmission of the virus; the goal of the trials was to see whether vaccinated patients presented with COVID symptoms at a rate that was substantially less frequent than individuals who hadn’t been vaccinated. That’s pretty much it, according to a report by ZeroHedge Though the data might hint at lowering transmission rates, that’s still to be determined, apparently.

Are there still people lining up to get this thing? If they can only get only 5% of the population to agree to take this vaccine, it will eventually disappear, but not without a massive propaganda push to get the public injected.

The time to stand against this tyranny is now. Forcing something (anything, not just a vaccine) into another person’s body is one the biggest human rights violations you can commit. Wake up and stand on some kind of morals, because as we’ve seen, the ruling class will not.

Courtesy of SHTFplan


December 31, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

11:17 who was I to be able to hinder God Peter’s language and reasoning here seem to echo Gamaliel’s argument to the Sanhedrin that if God is indeed behind the Church’s message and mission, then no one will be able to stop it (5:38–39).[1]

11:17 stand in God’s way. Here Peter used the same word (Gk. kōlyō) as in the earlier account of Cornelius’s conversion (10:47, “withhold”), and the Ethiopian eunuch used the same word at the time of his conversion (8:36). As these three examples demonstrate, God was expanding the church to include Gentiles, and no one should try to “prevent” or “stand in the way” of that. Though Peter did not explicitly refer to baptism, it was probably implicit in the use of this word: Peter knew he could not refuse to allow these new believers to be baptized and thereby give outward evidence that they were full members of the church.[2]

11:17 — “If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”

Once we recognize a clear move of God, we are wise to join it or stay out of the way. It may not be what we expected, or even what we hoped for, but He calls the shots, not us.[3]

11:17 the same gift: The Holy Spirit given to Jewish believers at Pentecost (2:4; 15:8). It is clear from vv. 15–17 that Peter considered Cornelius and his household to have become believers in the same sense as had Jesus’ followers, who were filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.[4]

11:17. He now draws the conclusion: “God gave the Gentiles the same gift” they (as Jewish believers) received when they “believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peter’s choice of words reflects both the single condition for salvation—belief in Jesus—and the bestowal of the accompanying gift of the Spirit.[5]

11:17 Then Peter faced the circumcision party with this question: If therefore God chose to pour out the Spirit on the Gentiles, as He had done previously on the Jews who believed …, who was Peter that he should withstand God?[6]

11:17. Peter’s defense did not rest on what he himself did, but on what God did. God had made no distinction between Jew and Gentile, so how could Peter?[7]

11:17 “if” This is a FIRST CLASS CONDITIONAL sentence which is assumed to be true from the author’s perspective or for his purposes.

“God gave to them the same gift” This, like v. 15, refers to the Pentecost (cf. 2:1–4; 8:15; 10:46; 15:8). Salvation, like the Spirit, is also a gift from God (cf. Rom. 3:24; 5:15–17: 6:23; Eph. 2:8).

“after believing in the Lord” It must be received (cf. 11:1; John 1:12; Eph. 2:8–9). There are several PREPOSITIONS in the NT used to describe faith in Jesus:

  1. epi = on (here)
  2. eis = into
  3. en = in
  4. hoti = statement about Jesus

This variety seems to imply that there was no specific grammatical form connected to “believe” (pisteuō). Usually the personal, volitional aspect is emphasized (except for hoti, which means the content of the gospel or doctrines). Jesus is a person to be welcomed![8]

17. Who was I? Now do we see to what end Peter made that narration; to wit, that he might declare that God was the author and governor of all the whole matter; therefore, the state of the question consisteth in [turneth upon] the authority of God, whether meat be not of more weight than men’s counsels. Peter affirmeth that he did nothing but that which was rightly and orderly done, because he obeyed God; he showeth that he preached the doctrine of the gospel, neither amiss, neither rashly, where Christ bestowed the graces of his Spirit. The approbation of our doctrine, and also our deeds, must be brought to this rule so often as men call us to an account; for whosoever stayeth himself upon the commandment of God, he hath defence enough. If men be not content, there is no cause why he should pass for their judgments any more.3 And hereby we gather that the faithful ministers of God’s word may in such sort give an account of their doctrine, that they may no whit impair the credit and certainty thereof; to wit, if they show that it was given them by God: but if they shall deal with unjust men, who will not be enforced with the reverence of God to yield, let us let them alone with their obstinacy, appealing unto the day of the Lord.

And we must also note, that we do not only resist God by striving against him, but also by lingering, if we do not that which our calling requireth, and which is proper to it. For Peter saith that he cannot deny baptism and brotherly fellowship to the Gentiles, but that he should be [without being] an enemy to God. But he should have essayed nothing which was manifestly contrary to the grace of God. That is true indeed; but he which doth not receive those whom God offereth, and shutteth the gate which God openeth, he hindereth the work of God so much as in him lieth; as we say at this day, that those men make war against God who are set against the baptizing of infants; because they most cruelly exclude those out of the Church whom God hath adopted into the Church, and they deprive those of the outward sign whom God vouchsafeth to call his children. Like unto this is that kind of resisting, in that many dissemblers, who, whilst they be magistrates, ought to assist, according to their office, the martyrs of Christ, go about to stop their mouths, and to take from them their liberty. For because they hate the truth, they would have it suppressed.[9]

[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ac 11:17). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2105). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ac 11:17). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1390). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Acts of the Apostles. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 541). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1615). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Toussaint, S. D. (1985). Acts. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 382). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] Utley, R. J. (2003). Luke the Historian: The Book of Acts (Vol. Volume 3B, pp. 144–145). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[9] Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (2010). Commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 1, pp. 462–463). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

December—31 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.—2 Cor. 13:14.

Here, my soul, set up thy pillar. Baptized as thou hast been into the joint name, love, praise, and adoration, of the holy Three in One; and blessed as thou hast been, and art, in their joint mercies, grace, and favour; here every day, and all the day, seek thy portion and blessing, as the united source of all thy salvation. End the year, and begin the year, under those precious tokens of God in Christ; and daily keep up a lively communion and friendship with each, as the blessed cause of all thine happiness. Jehovah, in his Trinity of Persons, is engaged to perfect what he hath begun; and it is, and should be thy happiness to be for ever viewing the testimonies of it, in the holy scriptures of truth. God thy Father hath so loved the Church in Jesus, as to give him to the Church, and the Church to him: and God the Son hath so loved the Church, as to give himself for it; zeal for his Father’s honour, and longing for the salvation of his people, led him through all the work of redemption, and now engageth his heart until he hath brought home all his redeemed to glory; and God the Holy Ghost is unceasingly engaged to render the whole effectual, by taking of the things of Christ, and showing them to his people. See to it, then, my soul, that every day, and all the day, thou hast the love-tokens of each person of the Godhead; for this will make thee blessed upon earth, and blessed to all eternity. Hail! holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Bless both him that writes, and him that reads, with thy grace, and open and close the year with grace, until grace be consummated in everlasting glory. Amen and Amen.[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 355). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

December 31 – The Curse of the Old Testament, No Curse in the New Testament! — VCY America

December 31
Malachi 3:1-4:6
Revelation 22:1-21
Psalm 150:1-6
Proverbs 31:25-31

Malachi 3:1 – A messenger who shall prepare the way of the LORD? Not preparing the way of a mere prophet, but the way of Yahweh Elohim, the LORD God! When the messenger arrives, behold “He shall come!” This is the same promise that Isaiah 40:3 shares, and was fulfilled by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:2-3, Matthew 11:10, John 1:23).

Malachi 3:5 – Who will He judge? Interesting that its similar to Revelation 21:8 and Revelation 22:15.

Malachi 3:11 – Why was Israel beset with famine? As a judgment for sin (Deuteronomy 28:3-4). Malachi reminds us of the lesson from Elijah in 1 Kings 17:13, if you will trust God with your resources (that came from Him), He will provide all that you need!

Malachi 3:14 – Ever get depressed and wonder what benefit there is to serving God? Demas did (2 Timothy 4:10). It’s ok to be depressed, but don’t let Satan change your beliefs – true, serving the Lord is not the highest dollar return on your time, but are you laying up treasure here or in heaven? (Matthew 6:19-21).

Malachi 4:2 – “Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! / Hail the Son of Righteousness! / Light and life to all He brings / Ris’n with healing in His wings!”

Malachi 4:5-6 – Elijah would come – John denied that he was Elijah (John 1:21), but Luke clarifies that he would come “in the spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:17). Jesus Himself confirmed that John was the very messenger (Matthew 11:10) – “this is he.” And the Old Testament ends warning us that without repentance is “a curse.” (Malachi 4:6).

The Tree of Life”… A print from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations in the possession of Revd. Philip De Vere at St. George’s Court, Kidderminster, England.

Revelation 22:3 – The Old Testament ends with a curse – but the New Testament ends declaring “there shall be no more curse!”

Revelation 22:10 – Notice four promises of the unsealed prophecy:

  1. Reward (Revelation 22:12) – 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us that we will give an account of ourselves to God, and He will reward us (1 Corinthians 3:14-15).
  2. Reception (Revelation 22:14) – Jesus went to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3), and He gave us power to become Sons of God (John 1:12) so we have the right to enter into the gates!
  3. Restrictions (Revelation 22:15) – Not everyone is going to heaven. Sin keeps you from heaven – even just one sin (James 2:10)!
  4. Return (Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20) – Jesus is coming!

Yes – the Wonderful word of the King is that Jesus is coming again!

Revelation 22:16 – Only Jesus can be the root and the offspring – the Father of David (Luke 3:38) and His Son (Luke 3:23)! He is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 22:13).

Revelation 22:17 – The final invitation of the Bible is to you to Come. Take of the water of life freely! Where is the water of life / living water found? Jesus told the woman at the well that He gives living water (John 4:10). If you haven’t come to Jesus yet – come to Jesus before Jesus comes again!

Psalm 150:6 – As we end this year of 2018 – I don’t know if you’ve been as blessed reading Revelation 22 as I have – I’m glad we came to Psalm 150 – Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Proverbs 31:30 – Beauty pageants focus on the wrong aspects of womanhood. Praise is for those who fear the LORD!

December 31 – The Curse of the Old Testament, No Curse in the New Testament! — VCY America

December 31 Do You Have a Dream?

I am focusing all my energies on this one thing.
(Philippians 3:13, NLT)

Before you can set out on your life’s journey, you need a road map. That’s called your dream. For Moses, it was leading God’s children to the promised land. For Florence Nightingale, it was bringing healing and hope to dying soldiers in Crimea. For Thomas Edison, it was illuminating the world. Anyone who’s ever made a difference started with a dream, and eventually it became their life’s obsession. Mine is to put God’s Word into the hands of every person I can, during my lifetime!

You say, “How can I know my dream is of God?” Because it will always bless and benefit others. If your dream is to live in a castle and accumulate a fortune for yourself—don’t count on God to go into business with you. And, furthermore, your dream is only worth what you’re willing to pay for it. Inspiration without perspiration is only a daydream.

Forty percent of the people you meet have great ideas, but all they do is talk about them. Another forty percent work hard, and they’d be willing to give their all to a great dream, but they don’t have one. The remaining twenty percept have a dream and the faith to make it come true. If you are part of that remarkable twenty percent, there are no guarantees that you’ll succeed—but you’ve got a good chance—better than eighty percent of your friends.


That’s the word for you today.[1]


[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 365). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

What God Requires (Part 1 of 2) | Truth For Life Programs

No one wants to be gripped by fear—yet the events of 2020 have shaken all of us. Listen to Truth For Life as Alistair Begg explains how the world’s brokenness can prompt questions about our knowledge of God and His requirements.


Source: What God Requires (Part 1 of 2)

My Top YouTube Videos for 2020 | Sean McDowell

For years, I have been wanting to focus on producing content on YouTube. When COVID-19 hit, and my public speaking ministry got shut down, I buckled down and started making it happen. With the partnership of Biola Apologeticsmy channel has grown from 8,000 followers in March to nearly 22,000 today. And we’ve got big stuff planned for 2021!

The focus of the channel is on apologetics, worldview, and engaging the next generation. I was fortunate to have some amazing guests, which you will see below. Here’s the top ten in ascending order for 2020:

#10: “The Return of the God Hypothesis: Interview with Stephen Meyer.” Dr. Meyer discusses the emerging scientific evidence that points powerfully towards a cosmic Designer.

#9: “The Death of the Apostles: Sean Responds to a Skeptic.” I offer a point-by-point response to a popular YouTuber who challenged my conclusions about the deaths of the apostles.

#8: “Christians and the LGBTQ Conversation: A Powerful Story of Redemption.” Rachel Gilson shares her story of finding faith at Yale even though she was a same sex attracted atheist and wanted nothing to do with God.

#7: “The Case for the Resurrection: A Conversation with Lee Strobel.” Author Lee Strobel shares the powerful historical evidence that convinced him to become a follower of Jesus.

#6: “The Jesus You May Not Have Known: A Conversation with Abdu Murray.” Abdu Murray shares about how to understand Jesus through the lens of the honor-shame culture of the East.

#5: “A Biblical Response to Social Justice: A Conversation with Thaddeus Williams.” Author Thaddeus Williams shares about his recent book, which offers a Christian view of social justice.

#4: “Has ‘Homosexual” Always Been in the Bible? An Interview with Preston Sprinkle.” Preston and I discuss the popular claim that the Bible should be read as supporting same-sex romantic relationships because the word “homosexual” is a bad translation.

#3: “Avoiding Big Mistakes in Defending the Bible: Interview with Dr. Peter Gurry.” Dr. Gurry and I discuss some of the bad ways that (well-meaning) apologists have defended the Bible, and how we can make a better case for its reliability.

#2: “Why Keep the Faith? Why Leave It? Jon Steingard and Sean McDowell Continue the Conversation.” Jon Steingard (former Hawk Nelson lead singer) and I discuss our different journeys growing up in the church and where we are today in our faith.

#1: “What the Bible Really Teaches about Demons.” In this video, I interview Dr. Michael Heiser about myths and incorrect teachings many Christians have come to believe about supernatural forces.

Source: My Top YouTube Videos for 2020

Anatomy of a Sick Church — 10 Symptoms to Watch — ChurchLeaders

Are you able to recognize the signs of a sick church? There are certain metrics and issues physicians check when we go to the doctor. They want to check our blood pressure and temperature. They do blood tests to see if there are any warning signs. They are looking for symptoms that might indicate real problems exist.

After working with churches for 30 years, I too look for symptoms that might point to greater concerns. The symptoms are not necessarily the problem; they simply provide warnings or cautions of potential issues.

Symptoms of a Sick Church

While there are many potential symptoms of a sick church, I have found 10 to be consistently common. These 10 are not listed in any particular order:

  1. Declining worship attendance. Surprisingly, the majority of church leaders do not monitor worship attendance. I advise leaders to compare each month’s average worship attendance to the same month of previous years.
  2. Decline in frequency of attendance of church members. This symptom is the number one explanation for attendance decline in most churches. Members are not as committed as they once were. Their waning love for their church is reflected in their declining frequency in worship attendance.
  3. Lack of joy and vibrancy in the worship serviceObviously, this symptom is subjective. It is still, however, very important. Most people can sense when a worship service is vibrant, lukewarm or dead.
  4. Little evangelistic fruit. As a general rule, a healthy church will reach at least one non-Christian for every 20 in worship attendance. A church with a worship attendance of 200, for example, should see at least 10 new Christians a year.
  5. Low community impact. In my consultations, I attempt to find clear indicators that a church is making a difference in its respective community. I ask both church leaders and community members for clear examples and indicators.
  6. More meetings than ministry. A sick church will meet about what they should do rather than do it. Some churches have more committees than conversions.
  7. Acrimonious business meetings. Christians can and do disagree. Sick churches have meetings where the disagreements reflect obvious bitterness and anger.
  8. Very few guests in worship services. A vibrant church will attract guests. A sick church will not.
  9. Worship wars. Yes, they still exist in many churches. Those wars are indicators of an inward focus by the members.
  10. Unrealistic expectations of pastoral care. Sick churches view pastors and other staff as hired hands to do all of the work of ministry. Healthy churches view pastors as equippers for the members to do most of the ministry.

None of these symptoms are good, but churches do go through periods where they demonstrate a few of them. The key is to recognize the symptoms and respond early and quickly.

Here is my own subjective health analysis according to the number of symptoms:

1 to 2 symptomsNormal for most churches for a short period of time. Not an indicator of poor health, but the symptoms should be addressed promptly.

3 to 4 symptomsThe church is sick and needs immediate attention.

5 to 6 symptomsThe church is very sick. If significant changes are not made, the congregation is in danger of moving into the phase of terminal illness.

7 to 10 symptomsThe church is in danger of dying in the next five to 10 years. While it is possible for a church to recover from this level of sickness, it is rare. Intervention must be quick, intense and dramatic. The amount of change necessary is often more than most leaders and members are willing to bear.

Give an honest assessment of your own church by these symptom indicators. What do you see? What should you do if there are a number of symptoms? Let me hear from you.

This article originally appeared here.

Anatomy of a Sick Church — 10 Symptoms to Watch — ChurchLeaders


Dear friends, we all have our different upbringings; realities, and perceptions of this world, which are directly affected by our experiences and established by our truths. These truths are legitimized in our minds from what is familiar and from the observations we have made in relation to our families, friends, and the world. We grip onto our beliefs like a powerlifter grips a barbell when performing a lift. A powerlifter uses techniques that are comfortable and work for him. His form and strength have been well established from countless hours of training in the gym and out. He lives his life according to what he knows works for him and makes that his reality. We all do this when faced with different challenges, the weight we have to lift represents our opposition in life. Whether it is financial, relational, spiritual, or in any other aspect. The techniques we use and how we train to lift them depend on the standard in which we were taught. These efforts are challenging and ultimately futile when we train and perform in accordance with how the world thinks (1 JOHN 2:15-17). Dear friends, we are not meant to do the heavy lifting of this life, our precious Jesus is! Our lives do not belong to us but belong to the LORD (PSALM 139:3-16; Gal. 2:20). He knows how we should approach the unliftable weight of our problems and fears, and through His Word; Jesus tells us exactly how to train for and approach the barbells of life (PROV. 3:5-6; MATT. 11:28-30). When we abide by our own truths and not by GOD’S ABSOLUTE TRUTHS, our labors and efforts are vain, insufficient, and meager. (ECCLESIASTES 2:17-26; JOHN. 15:1-7; GAL. 2:20).

Dear friends, we are not meant to do the heavy lifting, Our precious Jesus is!

We can be deceived by our own efforts into thinking that we are all-sufficient in what has moved the weight and got us through the tough times. When we do this and do not put God’s rightful Name on it we are actually adding more weight to our bar. The problem may appear as solved but is just a  temporary fix. We are just creating more trials for ourselves down the line because we believe we can do things apart from God (GENESIS 11:1-9; JOHN 15:5, ROM. 1:18-32; PHIL. 4:13). It is so easy today to be self-righteous and in fact, it is encouraged by the world. Everything in this world apart from God is set against God (1 JOHN 2:15-17). Satan is the ruler of this world; he has his hand in EVERYTHING. The subtle things that may seem harmless and enticing are really meant to destroy us (1 PETER 5:8, 1 JOHN 5:19)

Jesus’ love for us is ETERNAL and wants nothing but the best for us. The best is only found in Jesus and that is why our realities need to become His ETERNAL REALITY.

So my friends, how does one discern whether their efforts abide by God’s righteous absolutes? The simple answer is, that we don’t but the cross of Jesus does (JOHN 3:16; 19:30; ROM. 10:2-4)! Everything in this world and everything we do has to answer to Christ. God puts us in situations that we cannot face on our own that will bring us to Him. Jesus’ love for us is ETERNAL and wants nothing but the best for us. The best is only found in Jesus and that is why our realities need to become His ETERNAL REALITY (1 COR. 2:2). So, no matter what background you come from, or ideologies you have been taught, all of that is foolishness apart from Jesus Christ (PHIL. 3:7-10). The ultimate victory is found in Christ and our worldly problems are washed away by His shed blood (PSALM 51:7; 1 JOHN 4:10). My dear friends, may we seek to stop trying to lift the weight of the problems in our lives and give them to Christ to outwork for His ETERNAL glory (MATTHEW 11;28-30).



5 Deadly Sins of the Contemporary Church (Insufficient Faith) — Reformation Charlotte

by Thomas Hill

Matthew 17 records the miraculous healing of a demon possessed boy. It occurred after the disciples had failed to cast out the demon. Upon His descent from the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus healed the boy.

This account gives a clear picture of the Church of Jesus Christ today. The demon possessed boy illustrates the world. The disciples depict the Church.

Their inability to help the sick child portrays the helplessness of the Church to influence the world today. As they failed, so has the Church.

Evidence for the Church’s failure emerges from at least four areas:

  1. the defection from the Church;
  2. the disavowal of cardinal Biblical doctrines;
  3. the difference from the New Testament Church;
  4. the discord of the Church with the commands of Jesus Christ.

Without question or fear of contradiction, the Church desperately needs spiritual revival. Thus, the Church faces a crossroads. It can continue in its present downhill path. Or it can correct from its present path to seek spiritual reformation and revival.

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‘Pelosi Owns A $24,000 Fridge’: Pelosi Laments Vast Disparities In Americans’ Incomes, Hit With Backlash

On Wednesday, at her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi harped on the differences in economic status among Americans, stating that the coronavirus pandemic has “pulled back the curtain to reveal further disparities in our economy and in our society,” while adding, “Clearly, the disparities in income and equity in our country are vast.” […]

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Franklin Graham Warns: Our Future Hangs in the Balance in GA Runoff, Liberals Plan to ‘Vastly Alter America’

The national spotlight is fixed on Georgia where two undecided US Senate races will determine which political party gains control of power. Now evangelist Franklin Graham is warning that the Georgia runoff elections are so critical that the future of our nation hangs in the balance.

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