Daily Archives: March 28, 2021

How Did We Miss This? On February 4th, The United Nations Codified Chrislam With First Annual International Day of Human Fraternity Celebration — Now The End Begins

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 4 February as the International Day of Human Fraternity, with resolution 75/200. Welcome to Global Chrislam.

There is so much happening on the front lines of bible prophecy, that it is literally impossible to keep track of all of it. Last month, the United Nations declared February 4th as the first annual International Day Of Human Fraternity, a day to celebrate the One World Religion of Chrislam created by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi. Now we’re getting somewhere. The seeds planted last century by Billy Graham are finally bearing fruit.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11,12 (KJB)

From the ‘humble beginnings’ of Roman Catholic apologist Rick Warren who was the first to sow the seeds of Chrislam starting back in 2003, up to the moment he handed the ball off to Pope Francis in 2013, the One World Religion of Chrislam has been growing and expanding with apocalyptic fervor and urgency. Now the United Nations has declared the first International Day of Human Fraternity, the glorification of man outside of Almighty God, and the Chrislam religion of Antichrist, who is just around corner waiting to be revealed.

2019: POPE FRANCIS SIGNS ‘DECLARATION OF HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE’ COVENANT WITH MUSLIM IMAM CREATING THE ONE WORLD RELIGION OF CHRISLAM

The seeds of Chrislam and the Declaration of Human Fraternity first took root with the ministry of evangelical sellout Billy Graham. Without Graham priming the pump for the Laodicean Church age, the work of Rick Warren and Pope Francis would not have been possible. For over 60 years, Billy Graham told his followers that the Roman Catholic Church was Christian, and that the Roman pope John Paul II was ‘someone with real authority’, and was a great ‘spiritual and moral leader’. Billy Graham himself stated one more than one occasion that he, Graham, was “more Catholic than Protestant”. And as Billy deceived the world, he set the stage for Chrislam, he prepared the way for Antichrist.

WATCH AND LISTEN AS BILLY GRAHAM IN HIS OWN WORDS SHOWS STEADY SLIDE INTO LAODICEAN APOSTASY

International Day of Human Fraternity 4 February

FROM THE UNITED NATIONS: This year, for the very first time, we are celebrating the International Day of Human Fraternity in the context of World Interfaith Harmony Week, providing an opportunity to highlight the principles and values included in the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and living Together” and explore good practices towards its implementation as a pathway to the future, as we rebuild a better world. The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to the UN, as well as the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, is organizing an event titled “A Pathway to the Future” to celebrate this international day.

Following the devastation of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. One of its purposes is to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems, including by promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.

In 1999, The General-Assembly adopted, by resolution 53/243, the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, which serves as the universal mandate for the international community, particularly the United Nations system, to promote a culture of peace and non-violence that benefits all of humanity, including future generations.

The declaration came about as a result of the long-held and cherished concept — contained within the Constitution of UNESCO — that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” The Declaration embraces the principle that peace is not merely the absence of conflict, but also requires a positive, dynamic participatory process, in which dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are resolved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation.

On 20 October 2010, the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/65/5 pointed out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. It further recognized the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people.

At the core of all the faith systems and traditions is the recognition that we are all in this together and that we need to love and support one another to live in harmony and peace in an environmentally sustainable world. Our world continues to be beset by conflict and intolerance with rising number of refugees and the internally displaced in a hostile and unwelcoming world around them. We are also, unfortunately, witnessing messages of hate spreading discord among people. The need for spiritual guidance has never been greater. It is imperative that we double our efforts to spread the message of good neighborliness based on our common humanity, a message shared by all faith traditions.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 4 February as the International Day of Human Fraternity, with resolution 75/200READ MORE

Rick Warren Calls Apostate Roman Catholic Pope Francis “Our Pope”

Rick Warren is seen slyly referring to Pope Francis as “our pope”, and then going on to brag about what a great job he is doing. He wants you to blithely assume that of course Pope Francis is the “spiritual head” over all of Christianity and not simply over the Roman Catholic corporation. He slips it in like that’s what everyone already thinks and believes. This is nothing more than mental conditioning. A bible believing Christian under no circumstances ever would acknowledge that any pope in the Roman system had any sort of rule over them of any kind. 

04 February 2021 International Day of Human Fraternity Pope Francis

Virtual Chrislam meeting for the International Day of Human Fraternity

How Did We Miss This? On February 4th, The United Nations Codified Chrislam With First Annual International Day of Human Fraternity Celebration — Now The End Begins

Dr. Charles Stanley- The Foreknowledge of God — Truthbomb Apologetics

The Foreknowledge of God –: Predestination. Election. Foreknowledge. These teachings have been the topics of seemingly endless debate and even disagreements among God’s people. But what do these words mean? And do they matter outside a seminary classroom? The points and counterpoints about what God knows, whom He chooses, and what man decides, are all very complex. In this message, Dr. Stanley helps us examine some key truths from Scripture about God’s foreknowledge and its relationship to predestination, election, and salvation.

Dr. Charles Stanley- The Foreknowledge of God — Truthbomb Apologetics

A Biblical Guide to the Sovereignty of God — The Messed Up Church

Is God sovereign over His entire creation? Is He sovereign over even the tiniest details, down to the smallest molecule? The Bible makes it very clear that He is. Throughout Scripture, we see that God is sovereign over life and death, sickness and health, wealth and poverty, war and peace, sin and evil, and even our salvation, including faith and repentance. 

However, many in the Word of Faith/NAR movement are teaching the exact opposite. They say that God is not in control, and to believe that He is, is to believe a lie! Some even go so far as to say that this teaching isn’t even in the Bible. 

God is sovereign. When tragedy, sickness and persecution strike, we can take comfort in knowing that nothing has escaped our ever-present, all-knowing, all-seeing, sovereign God. He is in control and promises that “for those who love God all things work together for good,” Rom. 8:28. 

In this video we look at what teachers like Todd White and Bill Johnson say about the sovereignty of God, then we take a look at what the Bible actually says. 

I’ve also included a downloadable PDF file that has over 130 passages of Scripture that give evidence of God’s absolute sovereignty. The link to the PDF is under the video.

 “Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.”

— Psalm 135:6

 “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”

— Proverbs 16:4

 “The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.”

— 1 Samual 2:6-8

 “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”

— Job 12:10

 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way towards Him and find Him.”

— Acts 17:26-27

 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

— Matthew 6:26

 “While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

— John 17:12

 “For he 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 depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. ”

— Romans 9:15-18

Scriptural Evidence of Divine Sovereinty PDF

A Biblical Guide to the Sovereignty of God — The Messed Up Church

During His Parade, He Cries — Unfathomable Grace

Look at Jesus. He is none other than the Second Person of the Godhead. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of all men. He is the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King. He calls himself the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the Great Physician. He is the Great I Am. He is David’s Greatest Son, and here he is, getting ready to enter his Holy City.

Look at Jesus. He is one who consistently walks away from crowds wishing to enthrone him, but not on this Sunday. Today, he choreographs his own regal parade. Fulfilling the prophetic utterance of Zechariah, he rides into town on a donkey, amidst the palm branches and praises of his disciples, in the face of his enemies. 

Look at Jesus. He is the God-Man. He is fully man. He has the purest of emotions, and he is not afraid to display them. Therefore, in the middle of his parade, Jesus pauses and weeps. Luke records his sentiments:

Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.  (Luke 19:42-44)

So, why does the Son of God weep? I believe Jesus sees sin and its effects in and upon his countrymen, and it breaks his heart. All his relatives and neighbors, they are consumed and corrupted by sin. They are …

  • Spiritually cursed – they are at enmity with God
  • Relationally cursed – they are learning to love themselves and hate their neighbors
  • Vocationally cursed – they are not at ease in making a living and reproducing disciples
  • Environmentally cursed – they dwell on a planet that is deteriorating and increasingly dangerous
  • Emotionally cursed – they are lacking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, contentment, etc ..
  • Physically cursed – their bodies are plagued by disability, disease, and death
  • Nationally cursed – God is about to “lower the boom” on Israel and Jerusalem
  • Eternally cursed – they are in danger of God’s holy judgment and the Lake of Fire
  • Generationally cursed – they are passing on their condition and curses to their children

And even now, Jesus is their only hope. He represents the love, mercy, and grace of God. He is their only means of salvation, and they are about to stiff-arm God and slaughter his Beloved Son. This is not right. This is not how it should be. His neighborhood and nation are under the sway of the Evil One, and it breaks his perfectly compassionate heart. And so he cries.


So how ought we to worship on Palm Sunday?

I think we should worship with loud hosannas and hallelujahs. Jesus is the victorious King of Kings. Let’s approach the throne-room of heaven and give him the regal praise he deserves.

I think we should worship with angry tears. Since Christ dwells within, and since we have new hearts with new affections, let us love righteousness and hate Satan, sin, and its consequences. Then, let’s cry a river of tears over our own fallings, our family, our neighbors, and our nation. Look at the pain sin causes those about us. Look at the wrath poured out upon the shoulders of Christ. As Christians, we are not called to be emotionally apathetic. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, let us have hearts full of heavenly anger and eyes full of Christlike tears.

I think we should worship with sacrificial grace. Following his tears, Jesus continues his march into Jerusalem. And why does he do so? He enters the Holy City because it is his mission field. It is in Jerusalem where sin-sick people are found. It is in Jerusalem where sin-sick people are to be covered. It is in the Holy City, his Holy City, that he is going to love, serve, grace, and die. Therefore, let us respond accordingly. Motivated from within, let us serve Christ, our family, our neighbors, and our nation through acts of sacrificial grace. Freshly energized by Christ and his Spirit, let us follow our minds, wills, and emotions and cry out for our neighbors while crying out to our neighbors. This is the logical thing to do by those of us who find ourselves shedding angry tears.

During His Parade, He Cries — Unfathomable Grace

A Week To Encounter and Respond to Christ — Christianity 201

John 14 (The Voice)

Philip: Lord, all I am asking is that You show us the Father.

Jesus (to Philip)I have lived with you all this time, and you still don’t know who I am? If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. How can you keep asking to see the Father? 10 Don’t you believe Me when I say I abide in the Father and the Father dwells in Me? I’m not making this up as I go along. The Father has given Me these truths that I have been speaking to you, and He empowers all My actions. 11 Accept these truths: I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me. If you have trouble believing based on My words, believe because of the things I have done. 12 I tell you the truth: whoever believes in Me will be able to do what I have done, but they will do even greater things, because I will return to be with the Father. 13 Whatever you ask for in My name, I will do it so that the Father will get glory from the Son.

Jesus is telling his disciples that if they can’t trust his words, they can at least see that his actions back up what he is saying. And then he goes one step further, and tells them that if they believe they will be able to do even greater things. While that’s a treasured promise from the text, it also simultaneously suggests that some of his disciples were still not committed 100%; something that would change after the resurrection…

Everyone we meet, and we ourselves, needs to respond to the story that crosses our path this week: The Passion Week narrative. The song featured below asks the question — and it’s one of the most powerful songs I’ve come across — how do we respond to Christ incarnate? Will we recognize him as the Messiah? Will we make him Lord of our lives?

Jesus asked them this question as well.

As the Pharisees were regrouping, Jesus caught them off balance with his own test question: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said, “David’s son.” – Matthew 22:42 MSG

Before moving out of Toronto, we lived near a church which had this question on a neon sign, which read, using the KJV text, “What think ye of Christ?” It is after all the make-or-break question; how we respond to Jesus. I devoted entire blog post that sign’s question here in 2017

As any worship leader will tell you, Easter offers us music which best captures the essence of our faith; best captures the essence of the gospel. All worship should be ‘Christo-centric,’ but at this time of year the intensity of our worship seems so much better focused.

This is not a congregational song, but a performance piece called “How Could You Say ‘No?’” written by Mickey Cates and performed by Julie Miller. When my wife had a soundtrack for this, we were repeatedly asked to do it each year at the church we were attending; later on we did it with live music. There’s something about it that touches people at a heart level.

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The song asks the question: How can you see what Christ did for us on the cross and then just walk away, knowing it was your sin that put him there; knowing that he did this for you?

Take the next four minutes just to focus on this song and all that it means.

Thorns on His head, spear in His side
Yet it was a heartache that made Him cry
He gave His life so you would understand
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

If Christ Himself were standing here
Face full of glory and eyes full tears
And he held out His arms and His nail-printed hands
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

How could you look in His tear-stained eyes
Knowing it’s you He’s thinking of?
Could you tell Him you’re not ready to give Him your life?
Could you say you don’t think you need His love?

Jesus is here with His arms open wide
You can see with your heart
If you’ll stop looking with your eyes
He’s left it up to you, He’s done all He can
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

How could you look in His tear-stained eyes
Knowing it’s you He’s thinking of?
Could you tell Him you’re not ready to give Him your life?
Could you say you don’t think you need His love?

Thorns on His head, your life is in His hands
Is there any way you could say no to this Man?

Oh, is there any way you could say no to this Man?

A Week To Encounter and Respond to Christ — Christianity 201

Non-Stop Christian Persecution — CultureWatch

The persecution of Christians worldwide continues to get worse:

If you have ever wondered what is the surest way to face persecution, torture and death in so many places around the world, we fully know the answer to that: simply be a committed follower of Jesus Christ and this WILL be the likely result.

Persecution is a fact of life for millions of Christians worldwide, and it seems to be getting worse each year. Not a day goes by where we do not learn about even more atrocities that Christians undergo. They are routinely and repeatedly being targeted. Consider just one such news headline:

Two attackers believed to be members of a militant network that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group blew themselves up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, wounding at least 20 people, police said. nypost.com/2021/03/28/suicide-bomb-hits-palm-sunday-mass-in-indonesia/

Open Doors is one of the leading international organisations carefully monitoring the global persecution of Christians. Each year it releases its “World Watch” report on the state of this persecution. It makes for grim reading. Here is how their latest report begins:

The World Watch List 2021 has been released. It is the most authoritative list of its kind, studying the most dangerous places to be a Christian. This year, we have seen that persecution has only grown, both in likelihood and severity. Here are some trends in persecution and discrimination as revealed by the World Watch List.

1 In 8 Christians Are Persecuted For Their Faith

For the first time ever, all countries ranked in the World Watch List top 50 score at least “very high” levels of persecution and discrimination. 12 countries saw “extreme” levels of persecution and discrimination, another increase on last year’s list. Persecution has intensified and reaches at least 340 million Christians today. That’s 1 in 8 worldwide, 1 in 6 in Africa, 2 out of 5 in Asia, and 1 in 12 in Latin America.

COVID-19 Changes The Face Of Persecution 

COVID-19 has transformed the face of persecution like never before. Authorities across Asia have restricted Christians from accessing medical treatment and supplies. In fact, 80% of those that received emergency relief from Open Doors in India were first excluded from official distribution.

Across the Middle East, the enforcement of quarantine laws has forced Christians back into the homes of those who persecute them (often, their own family members). In countries like Iran, some Christian doctors and nurses were forced to run COVID-19 clinics with no PPE as their governments believe that Christians are expendable.

North Korea Remains Number One

North Korea has been ranked as the most dangerous country for Christians since 2002. Experts say there is no sign of any improvement in the lives of the estimated 200,000 – 400,000 Christians remaining in the country. Right now, around 50,000 – 70,000 Christians are believed to be imprisoned in labour camps. http://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/blog/1-in-8-christians-persecuted-for-their-faith-world-watch-list/

And looking at the top ten nations involved in the persecution of Christians, except for North Korea at #1, and India at #10, seven of the other eight nations are Muslim countries. In fact, 33 of the top 50 nations are Islamic. As such, Islam remains the greatest persecutor of Christians globally. http://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/world-watch-list/

Another recent report from Open Doors begins with these ominous words:

The list has revealed that over 340 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. That’s 1 in 8 worldwide. This marks an increase of 80 million persecuted Christians from the previous year. In 2021, for the first time in the World Watch List’s history, only countries scoring ‘extreme’ or ‘very high’ levels of persecution featured on the top 50, indicating a rise in persecution levels around the world.

COVID-19 has been a particular catalyst for the increase of Christian persecution and discrimination. In India (#10 on the World Watch List 2021), 100,000 Christians received emergency relief from partners of Open Doors. 80% of these believers, reported they had been dismissed from food distribution points because of their faith. The worldwide pandemic also fuelled the growth of Islamic extremism across sub-Saharan Africa. Churches faced 30% higher levels of violence compared to the 2020 reporting period.

Advancements in technology have also presented opportunities for authorities to monitor Christians closer than ever before. Surveillance cameras, facial recognition and biometric-based technology have been used in places like China (#17). China has an estimated 570 million CCTV cameras, many of which are installed around religious venues. http://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/prayer/world-watch-list-2021-1-in-8-christians-persecuted/

And another report offers further details on all this:

Open Doors’ 2021 report revealed two important persecution trends in 2020. The number of Christians killed has increased by 60% this year, mostly because of Islamic violence against Nigerian Christians. Secondly, anti-Christian governments around the world use COVID-19 restrictions to persecute Christians.

“This past year 2020 has been a year of uncertainty and fear. We’ve been all fighting a virus that we cannot see with the naked eye. Less known but equally as viral has been the discrimination, isolation and violence against Christians by using COVID-19 as a leverage and as justification,” Open Doors President and CEO David Curry told the conference.

In Nigeria, over 2,200 Christians were murdered by radical Islamists. This number makes up slightly less than half of the 4,761 Christians killed for their faith worldwide, according to Open Doors statistics. Most of the Christians killed in 2020 gave up their lives to extremist groups, not governments, Curry said.

“Extremists […] are emboldened by government weakened by COVID-19 restrictions, knowing that they can steal food and medical supplies from already embattled Christian communities around the world,” he said.

Violence by Islamists in Nigeria amounts to genocide, Curry said. Attacks have spilled over into neighboring countries. Across Africa, even countries with sizeable Christian majorities like Mozambique and Burkina Faso have suffered from Islamic persecution. It only takes a few extremists to commit violence against Christians. http://www.christianpost.com/news/open-doors-finds-60-rise-in-christians-killed-worldwide-in-2020.html

It is indeed frightening that the virus has been enlisted as an aid in persecution of Christians. And even though such discrimination and bigotry seems to be especially reserved for believers, it is not just Christians on the receiving end of this. Another article speaks further to how COVID-19 has become weaponised in the hands of the State to deal with those who dare to differ:

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the militant policing of others’ thoughts and behaviour to a whole new level. Anyone making their own decisions about their life amid this global fiasco has been shamed for wrong-think, in a page taken straight from George Orwell’s ‘1984’, written in 1949, in which a character is executed for thoughtcrime. It’s not uncommon for workers nowadays to be fired from their jobs if the company feels the individual has violated what it considers to be proper conduct in the Covid-19 era. It’s not quite the same as Orwell’s imagined punishment by ‘vaporization’, but we seem to be getting there. Woke citizens who are completely intolerant of anyone whose views and behaviour diverges from theirs amid the pandemic are already in hysterics over people choosing not to wear face masks or electing where to wear them, or opting to go about their daily life as normally as possible.

Now we’re starting to see these same militant sanitary authoritarians wanting to dictate to others whether they should be forced to be vaccinated. And governments are playing along, with several nations evoking the notion of vaccine passports for travel or simply to enter certain indoor venues. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for example, has raised the possibility of British pub owners having the option of reserving the right of access to their establishment to those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Similarly, it appears that even higher education may soon be something reserved for the vaccinated class, with Rutgers University in New Jersey setting the tone for the next school year by requiring that students be vaccinated in order to attend. 

Will others follow suit? How about mass transit, gyms, libraries, restaurants, movie theatres, shopping malls, swimming pools? Are we currently witnessing the beginning of the segregation of society based on vaccination? If so, it’ll be to the detriment of anyone skeptical about turning their body over to Big Pharma lest they find themselves barred from what most would consider normal life.

Yet there are people cheering for exactly that. The mere thought of people who think and behave differently to them is intolerable. The authoritarian policing of other people’s lives – the sort of extremism that used to be relegated to science fiction – is now nearly a fait accompli. And authoritarian wokeness disguised as benevolence is exactly how we ended up here. http://www.rt.com/op-ed/519284-covid19-pandemic-wokeness-religion/

But Christians are the main objects of statist persecution. As noted at the beginning of this piece, you will likely have far less to fear from the oppressive state if you are not a committed Christian. When Jesus told his would-be followers to count the cost of discipleship, he certainly meant it.

And we are seeing this fully being played out in so much of the world today. Please pray for these persecuted Christians, and please support groups like Open Doors.

Non-Stop Christian Persecution — CultureWatch

March 28 Evening Quotes of The Day

Temptations Are Like Samson’s Lion
Judges 14:5–9

Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them, we shall find a nest of honey within them.

JOHN BUNYAN

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Justified by Christ’s Righteousness
Romans 3:22; 5:16–19; Galatians 2:15–21; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9

It is entirely by the intervention of Christ’s righteousness that we obtain justification before God. This is equivalent to saying that man is not just in himself, but that the righteousness of Christ is communicated to him by imputation, while he is strictly deserving of punishment.

JOHN CALVIN

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

10 creative ways to make this Easter the most memorable | The Christian Post

Patti Garibay is the Founder and Executive Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG) | Courtesy of Patti Garibay

Many families across the world may be celebrating the Easter season from home again this year instead of attending church services and family gatherings. While we know that Christ is always with us, some parents may need to look for ways to help their family celebrate Christ’s resurrection and hope in Him a little differently on this year’s significant Resurrection Sunday. As a parent, you play a part in shaping your children’s memories – make them full of hope and togetherness. Stuck on where to start? Check out this list for a few of our favorite ideas to make this Easter the most meaningful and memorable ever.

1. Study Scripture together. Reading the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection with your family is an obvious choice. Does your church have a Scripture reading plan for Easter Week? If not, here are the verse references in each of the Gospels: Matthew Chapter 21 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 26-28; Mark Chapter 11 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 14-16; Luke Chapter 19 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 22-24; and John Chapter 12 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 18-20. Keep reading through John 21 for more stories of what Jesus did after his Resurrection.

Encourage your older children to make a study of the different accounts of Easter in the four Gospels. What are the similarities and the differences? What special characteristics does each account have, and which details would we miss if we only had one account? Which account seems most interesting or meaningful to them?

2. Get crafty. Make palms for Palm Sunday! What do you have around the house that you could make palms with? Construction paper? Newspaper? And what do palms look like? Find pictures and figure out how to recreate them! This is a great chance to talk to your child about the events of Palm Sunday. What does the word “hosanna” even mean?

3. Take to the kitchen. There are oodles of Easter-themed baked goods from which to choose! Empty Tomb CakesResurrection Rolls, and Hot Cross Buns are some of our favorites. Let your children use their creativity to figure out how to decorate their treats and enjoy the sweet time together in the kitchen.

4. Make a playlist. Psalm 147:1, NIV tells us: “How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” Task each member of your family with choosing his or her favorite worship song to create a playlist. Come Easter morning, turn up the volume and have a sing-a-long praise fest together!

5. Start a garden or flower pot. Planting something and watching it grow is something to look forward to every day and builds our hope. Look through bulbs and seeds sales online to see what your family might want to plant. The possibilities are endless, and gardening is a wonderful way to grow kids who are Helpful, Perseverant, Responsible, and Resourceful.

6. Reinvent Sunday School. Use Resurrection Eggs to teach the story of Easter to your younger children! Resurrection eggs are a set of plastic Easter eggs that each have a little symbol inside that tells part of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. If you don’t have time to order a set, go on a family scavenger hunt! What can you find around the house to fill your eggs? (If you’re really stuck, a quick internet search on “Resurrection Eggs” will give you plenty of ideas.)

7. Decorate your house or yard. What do you have that you can use to decorate for Easter? Can you use your Christmas lights to decorate for Easter? Hang Easter eggs from your tree branches? Use window paint on your windows or chalk on your driveway? Hang colorful paper chains? Get the whole family outside with a project you can work on together!

8. Start a family Prayer Book or Prayer Jar. As a family, write your prayer requests on pieces of paper and put them in a jar, or write them down in a book. Once a month, go back through your prayers as a family and praise God for the ways that he has answered them. Throughout the Bible, we see that remembering the miracles God has performed and the prayers He has answered renews the strength, hope, and courage of His people. The Raising Godly Girls  Blog on the American Heritage Girls website has resources for Easter themed devotional posts and audio features on prayer and Christian values.

9. Seek out signs of Spring. If possible, go for an Easter morning walk through the neighborhood or a hike in the woods and look for signs of spring! How many can you spot? Some regions of the country are just starting to bud out, while others are in full bloom. Do you have a family member or friend you’re missing who you could send pictures to or video chat with? Exercise helps lift the spirit and burns some of that cooped-up energy!

10. Watch some Easter videos on Right Now Media. There’s something for every age group. Run a search on the keyword “Easter” to see everything that’s available, but here are our favorites:

  • Behind the Easter Story is a two-part documentary, about an hour total, on what Jerusalem was like in the days of Jesus. It shows the sites of his activities during the events of the Holy Week and beyond, leading to his Ascension on the Mount of Olives. Good for Explorers through Adults.
  • 5-Minute Family Devotionals for Easter Week! These eight animated videos tell the story of Easter, and are designed for families to watch one episode each day starting on Palm Sunday and running through Easter Sunday. They include discussion questions for families at the end. Great for small children and Pathfinders.
  • Seeds of Easter is a series of Scripturally-based worship songs to help families hide God’s Word in their hearts. Great for families to use together!
  • Yancy’s Little Praise Party is another great way for younger kids to worship God and make the joy of the Lord their strength! Best for small children and Pathfinders, but the songs are catchy—you and your older girls might find yourselves humming along!

For more than two decades, Patti Garibay has been at the forefront of countering the culture by leading girls and women to creating lives of integrity. She is the Founder and Executive Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG), a national Christ-centered leadership and character-development program. She helps thousands of girls discover their true identity and purpose in Christ through AHG’s transformative programming.  Patti is the author of Why Curse the Darkness When You Can Light A Candle?, which is a story of trust and obedience to inspire those who desire to make Kingdom impact yet struggle with the fear of inadequacy

Source: 10 creative ways to make this Easter the most memorable

A battle cry for a dead church | The Christian Post

Note: Although this article is mainly directed toward leaders, we all need to hear what is being said. My hope is that you would share this with Christian leaders in your sphere of influence.

As I recently stated, America’s stage-four cancer is progressing at an alarming rate (you can read the prognosis here). The warning is dire, and the outcome looks hopeless. The signs of impending death are most evident in our pulpits and our pews:

  • weakness and exhaustion from not obeying God’s Word.
  • spiritually asleep, often spending most of the day consuming social media, Netflix, or the latest popular TV show.
  • the loss of spiritual disciplines: Fasting is old-school, prayer is passé, church is outdated, and holiness is weird.
  • minimal or no appetite for God; difficulty eating or swallowing absolute truth.

But be encouraged — God can heal our land, as well as our families and our churches, if we prepare the soil of our hearts. God heals and restores those who are “contrite and lowly in spirit” (Isaiah 57:15).

Healing Is Costly

Photo: Shane Idleman

As with most things, there is a price to pay; there is a cost, and this cost often begins in the pulpit. Pastor, it may cost you popularity, status, and recognition. Prophetic voices are rarely popular, but they are powerful. God uses them to awaken a dead church.

A quote often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville helps to clarify my point. Even if you’d heard it before, you may need to hear it again. In short, de Tocqueville looked throughout America to find where her greatness originated — from her harbors and shorelines to her fertile fields and gold mines — but it was not there. In his words, “It was not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her success. America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” The pulpit greatly affects the pew and regulates the spiritual climate of our nation. It’s where the battle cry must begin.

Sugar-Coated Preaching Isn’t Healthy

I so appreciate pastors. For those who are truly called, it’s one of the hardest labors  that man has never known. They carry the weight of the world on their shoulders as well as the burden of the Lord in their hearts. However, like addicts on a sugar binge, we have satisfied our carnal nature with candy-coated preaching, and we are paying the price with poor spiritual health. As with diabetes, the symptoms are clear: extreme hunger for the wrong things, unexplained spiritual weight loss, lethargy in seeking God, and blurred vision when it comes to biblical truth.

You may have a big church, but Hollywood also has a big audience. You may have tremendous growth, but false religions are also growing exponentially. You may have a huge budget, but the wicked also prosper. Growth can be good and God-given, but it’s not the main indicator of spiritual health. It can also be a warning sign that there is cancer in the body.

How are you gauging spiritual success? Is prayer an absolute passion and worship a must? Is there a desire to fast and starve the fleshly appetites that have you in bondage? We must begin with self-examination. Personal revival begins when we stop “doing” and “trying” and turn completely to Christ, admitting that we cannot do it in our own strength. Without Him we can do nothing (cf. John 15).

Avoid Travesty by Finding the Balance

The pulpits must be aflame with righteousness again, and leaders must be filled boldly with the Spirit if we are to awaken the spiritually dead. Let me illustrate this with a story from David Ravenhill’s book, Surviving the Anointing:

Duncan Campbell, a key figure in the New Hebrides revival, had a dream where a large crowd gathered to hear the preaching of the Word. As he got closer, he could hear the Word of God being proclaimed, but he didn’t recognize the preacher. After a while it dawned on him that this was no ordinary preacher; this was the Devil. Finally the crowd dispersed, and in his dream he went up to the Devil and said, “You’re the Devil, aren’t you?” “Yes I am,” he replied.

Duncan Campbell then asked, “Why are you preaching the gospel? Why are you preaching the Word of God?” And the Devil responded, saying, “Duncan Campbell, don’t you know that the greatest weapon I have is the preaching of the Word of God without the anointing of the Spirit? You see, the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

The truth is that many are not filled with the boldness of the Spirit but rather with cowardliness and complacency. Ironically, the more time we spend with God, the bolder we become.

Pastors, we need uplifting messages from time to time, but if you’re not balancing hope and encouragement with warnings and calls to repentance, you are committing the greatest travesty known to man: leading people straight to their graves without telling them of their need to turn from their sins.

Repent or Change Your Title

Where are the Isaiahs calling the nation to repentance? “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (58:1). Even Jesus said to go and preach repentance (Luke 13:3-5).

If you’re not doing this consistently, you are not a pastor, watchman, or a steward of the Word of God — you are a motivational speaker. Either repent, or change your title. I don’t say that flippantly or judgmentally, but it needs to be said. If we are to be awakened from our spiritual slumber, America needs to hear the voice crying in the wilderness.

My hope is that the Lord will spark another awakening  in the pulpit as well as the pew that results in deep repentance, sincere humility, full surrender, and passionate, effective prayer. These are the true signs of spiritual health.

What Will It Take?

How many more mass shootings, teen suicides, and broken families will it take? How much more deaths by addiction and perverted legislation will we endure? Dire times call for dire measures! God says that if you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. Partial obedience doesn’t accomplish anything (see Jeremiah 29:13). Whenever I read old biographies from John Bunyan, John Wesley, David Brainerd, George Whitefield, Duncan Campbell, and the like, I think often of that verse.

I was recently captivated by this account from Wesley: “At about three in the morning, as we were continuing in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried out for exceeding joy.” Yes, you heard that correctly — 3 a.m. They were desperate to experience God. Are you?

Duncan Campbell also writes about a time when they fasted and prayed in an old barn until well past midnight and the Spirit of God fell in such a profound way that an enormous spiritual awakening occurred and the town was set ablaze with the fire of God. It’s not the time of day that ushers in a mighty awakening, it’s the priority of seeking God. Sadly, people are so sick spiritually that they won’t attend a prayer meeting even at a convenient time of day. We must awaken from our death-like slumber.

Join me in praying this today: Oh God, our cry is that you would come down again and rip the heavens open so that even the mountains tremble in Your presence (Isaiah 64:1)! And let it start in me.

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, just North of Los Angeles. Shane’s sermons, articles, books, and radio program can all be found at shaneidleman.com or wcfav.org. He is the author of Feasting & FastingIf My PeopleDesperate for More of God, and Help! I’m Addicted. Follow him on Facebook at: facebook.com/confusedchurch. You can also follow Pastor Shane on the new free speech platform Parler https://parler.com/profile/ShaneIdleman/posts.

Source: A battle cry for a dead church

March 28 Evening Verse of The Day

10:11 Jesus is the good shepherd (see note at 6:35, 48). In the OT, God as the true shepherd is contrasted with unfaithful shepherds whom God will judge (Jr 23:1–4; Ezk 34; Zch 11:4–17). David (or the Davidic Messiah) was also depicted as a good shepherd (2Sm 5:2; Ps 78:70–72; Ezk 37:24; Mc 5:4), as was Moses (Is 63:11; cp. Ps 77:20). The reference to the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep calls to mind young David (1Sm 17:34–37).[1]

10:11 good shepherd. Jesus now returns to the illustration with which the chapter started (vv. 2–5).

lays down his life. Jesus as Shepherd does more than risk His life (cf. 1 Sam. 17:34–36), He gives His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners. This is intimated in the name “Lamb of God” declared by John the Baptist (1:29) and in other statements by Jesus Himself (2:19; 3:14; 6:51).

for the sheep. This sacrifice is for “the sheep.” It is for those whom the Father has given Him (17:2, 6, 24), the elect. It is they who through the death of Jesus Christ on their behalf will be justified and enjoy fellowship with God.[2]

10:11 I am the good shepherd Jesus fulfills the messianic role of the shepherd. This role in Ezekiel is depicted as fulfilled by God; Jesus makes the claim that He (as God in flesh) is the one fulfilling it (see note on Ezek 34:23). On the “I am” saying, see note on John 6:35.

       The Parable of the Good Shepherd Devotional

       Jesus’ ‘I Am’ Statements Table

lays down his life Evoking imagery of the young shepherd, David, risking his life to keep his sheep safe (see 1 Sam 17:34–37). In addition to fulfilling God’s role with His people as shepherd, Jesus fulfills David’s role as their king.[3]

10:11 I am the good shepherd. Another “I am” saying; see note on 6:35. In the OT, God as the true shepherd is contrasted with unfaithful shepherds who will be judged by him (Psalm 23; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 23:1–4; Ezekiel 34; Zech. 11:4–17; see note on John 10:8). But David or the Davidic Messiah is also depicted as a (good) shepherd (2 Sam. 5:2; Ps. 78:70–72; Ezek. 37:24; Mic. 5:4), as is Moses (Isa. 63:11; cf. Ps. 77:20). Jesus as God and man is the fulfillment of both of these themes. The reference to the “good shepherd” who lays down his life for the sheep calls to mind young David, who literally risked his life for his sheep (1 Sam. 17:34–37). But Jesus surpassed David in that he gave his life on the cross for his sheep. See also John 10:15.[4]

10:11 lays down His life for the sheep. This is a reference to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross. Cf. v. 15; 6:51; 11:50, 51; 17:19; 18:14.[5]

10:11 — “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

If Jesus willingly gave His life to save ours, how can we think He would ever keep back from us anything that would truly benefit us? He is the good shepherd, not the stingy shepherd or the tightfisted shepherd.[6]

10:11 Jesus is the good shepherd who gives His life for the sheep (3:16; 1 John 3:16), as opposed to the wicked thief who takes their lives. While life in v. 10 refers to eternal life, life here refers to physical life. Jesus laid down His physical life in order to give us eternal life.[7]

10:11. This is the fourth “I am” saying in John: “I am the good shepherd [who] gives His life [psychē] for the sheep.” Giving His life refers to His approaching substitutionary death, though few if any in the crowd probably understood that at this time.[8]

10:11 Many times the Lord Jesus used the expression “I am,” one of the titles of Deity. Each time He was making a claim to equality with God the Father. Here he presented Himself as the good shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep. Ordinarily, the sheep were called upon to lay down their lives for the shepherd. But the Lord Jesus died for the flock.

When blood from a victim must flow,

This Shepherd by pity was led,

To stand between us and the foe,

And willingly died in our stead.

Thomas Kelly[9]

10:11. Jesus then developed the sheep/shepherd figure in a third way. When evening settled over the land of Palestine, danger lurked. In Bible times lions, wolves, jackals, panthers, leopards, bears, and hyenas were common in the countryside. The life of a shepherd could be dangerous as illustrated by David’s fights with at least one lion and one bear (1 Sam. 17:34–35, 37). Jacob also experienced the labor and toil of being a faithful shepherd (Gen. 31:38–40). Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd (cf. John 10:14). In the Old Testament, God is called the Shepherd of His people (Pss. 23:1; 80:1–2; Ecc. 12:11; Isa. 40:11; Jer. 31:10). Jesus is this to His people, and He came to give His life for their benefit (cf. John 10:14, 17–18; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:2, 25; Heb. 9:14). He is also the “Great Shepherd” (Heb. 13:20–21) and “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4).[10]

10:11. This verse provides the key to our passage and another one of the famous “I Am” statements of this Gospel. The good shepherd does not just lie across the opening of the pen to frighten away dangerous predators; if necessary he lays down his life for the sheep. Unlike the “worthless” shepherd of Zechariah 11:17, the good shepherd makes the supreme sacrifice.

The word kalos (good) emphasizes genuineness, value, and truth. This verse shows us how the good shepherd differs from other shepherds. They might risk their lives for the sheep as David did in fighting off lions and bears, but they would never intentionally die for the sheep as the good shepherd will do. This passage describes substitutionary atonement for sin, the supreme sacrifice of Calvary.

As Carson observes, “The shepherd does not die for his sheep to serve as an example, throwing himself off a cliff in a grotesque and futile display while bellowing, ‘See how much I love you!’ No, the assumption is that the sheep are in mortal danger; that in their defense the shepherd loses his life; and by his death they are saved. That, and that alone, is what makes him the good shepherd” (Carson, p. 386).[11]

11. For Jesus to bring life to the full for his followers there was a cost, as he explained: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. This is the fourth of the seven ‘I am’ sayings with predicates in the Gospel of John (6:35, 48, 51; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). The background imagery is still shepherding in the open country. There the shepherd has to put his own life on the line to protect his sheep from wild animals. Jesus presented himself as a good shepherd who was prepared to do likewise. A shepherd would rarely if ever actually die in protection of his sheep (to do so would leave the sheep defenceless). Jesus was extending the imagery beyond its normal limits and pointing forward to the time when he would in fact lay down his life for the sake of his people.[12]

10:11 / Lays down his life [lit., “soul”]. The meaning is that a good shepherd will risk his life (we might say he “puts his life on the line”) for his sheep.

The same idiom in vv. 15, 17 (“lay down my life”) and v. 18 (“lay it down”) refers to actual death (the death of Jesus on the cross), not the mere danger of death.[13]

11 Abruptly changing the metaphor, Jesus continues, “I am the good Shepherd.” Why “the good Shepherd”? Why not simply “the Shepherd of the sheep” (as in v. 2), corresponding to “the Door of the sheep” (v. 7)? Jesus seems to use the adjective “good” in much the same way that the adjective “true” is used in other instances (see, for example, 1:9, “the true Light”; 6:32, “the true bread”; 15:1, “the true Vine”), to refer to what is “real” or “genuine” in God’s sight, the very model or prototype of what a shepherd should be. What makes a shepherd “good” is that he “lays down his life for the sheep,” that is, he puts his very life on the line to protect his flock. With this, Jesus leaves behind the imagery of the opening parable (vv. 1–5), with its picture of the shepherd entering through the door and leading the sheep out to pasture. Instead, we see the shepherd and the sheep in the fields outside the courtyard, facing the possible attacks of predators.

In the translation, I capitalized “Shepherd” in “I am the good Shepherd,” but not in the next sentence, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The reason is that in the second instance the definite article appears to be generic (like “the doorkeeper” in v. 3, “the thief” in v. 10, or “the hireling” in v. 12). Jesus is speaking of what any “good shepherd” (as opposed to a “hireling”) would do for his sheep. “Life” (literally, “soul”) refers here not to the “spiritual” or immaterial side of a person’s being, but, quite the contrary, to a person’s physical life in this world (see 12:25), in contrast to the eternal and abundant “life”77 that Jesus gives (v. 10). The point initially is not that a good shepherd dies for his sheep (that would hardly benefit them),79 but that he puts himself in danger in order to ensure their safety. Yet the metaphor is moving toward a reality a few verses later in which Jesus as “the good Shepherd” actually “lays down his life” in death to gain for his sheep eternal life (see vv. 15, 17–18; 15:13).[14]

11 Now comes another of Jesus’ resounding declarations. For the “I am” sayings see on 6:35. That he is the Good Shepherd37 has meant much to every generation of Christians. It makes an instant appeal to the depths of our being, even though many of us are city dwellers and have never seen a shepherd in our lives. But the thought of care for the sheep that is involved in the title is plain enough. We should notice that, while a shepherd does many things for his flock, when Jesus speaks of himself in his capacity as Good Shepherd he immediately goes on, “The good shepherd lays down his life for39 the sheep.” This must have been a rare occurrence among Palestinian shepherds. But it is characteristic for Jesus. It is that for which the metaphor is chosen. The great act of care for the sheep that he is impressing on his hearers by this figure is that of laying down his life. Moreover, when the Palestinian shepherd did die in defense of his sheep that was an accident. He planned to live for them, not die for them. With Jesus, however, death for his sheep was his set purpose.41 There is an element of voluntary acceptance of death in the expression “lays down his life for the sheep” that ought not to be missed (cf. v. 18). One may cavil at Moffatt’s translation, “a” good shepherd (Lindars also takes the article as generic, “I am a good shepherd”), for Jesus is not classing himself as one among many shepherds. He is speaking of his own distinctive activity. “A” good shepherd does not characteristically give his life for the sheep; “the” Good Shepherd does. Moreover, the death of the Palestinian shepherd meant disaster for his sheep. The death of the Good Shepherd means life for his sheep.[15]

11 Jesus now gets around to identifying himself as “the good shepherd.” The adjective is kalos (GK 2819), which means “good” in the sense of “beautiful” or “excellent.” In the context of his sacrificial life and death, the term stresses the beauty of what he did for those who by faith have entered his fold. His goodness as a shepherd is clearly seen in the fact that he “lays down his life for the sheep.” That the verb is present tense (tithēsin, GK 5502; also in vv. 15, 17, 18) suggests that Jesus is speaking primarily of his entire life (not simply his death) as sacrificial. The incarnation in its entirety was an act of unbelievable condescension. The eternal Son laid down his life by becoming a man and living among us. Because he was a good shepherd, his life and death as the ideal leader of the flock is a model beautiful to behold.

Attention is often drawn to the preposition hyper (“for”) in the phrase “for the sheep.” In such passages as Mark 14:24; Luke 22:19–20; and Romans 5:6–8, it has definite sacrificial overtones. It was on behalf of the sheep, for their benefit, that the good shepherd laid down his life. Commentators have pointed out that the death of a Palestinian shepherd meant disaster for the sheep, but the death of the good shepherd meant life for his sheep. Hendriksen, 2:111, finds limited atonement in this passage, but building a theological edifice on a figure of speech is risky, to say the least.[16]


[1] Wellum, S. J. (2017). Incarnation and Christology. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1687). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1531). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jn 10:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2043). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jn 10:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jn 10:11). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1340). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The Gospel according to John. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 420). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1525). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 310). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[11] Gangel, K. O. (2000). John (Vol. 4, p. 197). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[12] Kruse, C. G. (2017). John: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Second edition, Vol. 4, pp. 270–271). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[13] Michaels, J. R. (2011). John (p. 183). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[14] Michaels, J. R. (2010). The Gospel of John (pp. 585–586). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[15] Morris, L. (1995). The Gospel according to John (pp. 453–454). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[16] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 502–503). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Last Days of Jesus: Digging Deeply into the Sources | TaborBlog

 

Once again “Holy Week” has arrived. Today is Palm Sunday, with Easter one week away. It is also the first day of Passover–or more properly speaking, the “days of unleavened bread” that also last seven days (see Exodus 12:14-20). So one might say this week is “doubly holy,” in that it binds together what Jesus as a Jew would have been intimately familiar with his entire life–Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread–and the final week of his life.

Just about everything about this week is controversial. Did Jesus eat his last Supper on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night? Was that last meal a Passover or a meal the night before Passover? What day of the week was Jesus’ crucifixion–Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. What day was the tomb found empty–Saturday night or early Sunday morning. I think all these questions can be answered clearly and rather definitely–as well as the year of the crucifixion–which ranges from 29-33 CE in various views. Here is my take on this cluster of questions with links to much much more–including the very nature of the Last Supper–which I think was a creative development of Paul as it is practiced today. If you are interested in these matters read on, and whether you agree or disagree I think you will learn something new.

Yesterday, Saturday, March 27th was the 14th of the Jewish month of Nisan, with the festival of Passover beginning at sundown as the 15th of Nisan begins. Jews around the world gathered to solemnly remember and celebrate the LORD God who brought enslaved Israel out of Egypt that night with a strong Hand (Exodus 13:9; Deut 4:7; 16:1). Increasingly, thousands of Christians, most of whom are not Jewish or of Jewish background,  join in the celebration, convinced that the “Last Supper,” on the night Jesus was betrayed, was in fact a Passover meal. Many Jews are not too happy about the ways in which Christians have begun to celebrate “Passover,” but with entirely different meanings than those reflected in the Torah, stirring a bit of controversy in some Jewish circles, see here and here.

Leaving our contemporary scene aside for now, if you would like to delve deeply into the  historical side of things, particularly what was going on in the year 30 CE, in Jerusalem, beginning on Palm Sunday, and leading up to the night Jesus was betrayed, his crucifixion, and what followed, here is a series of posts that will take you through the week, touching on many of the mysteries and controversies this convergence of Jewish and Christian traditions and memories of Jesus’ Last Days in Jerusalem have stirred. You are welcome to share these links on social media and with others. There is a lot here, but I would love for my readers to consider all of these posts, as the cumulative effect is pretty remarkable:

The Making of a Messiah: Did Jesus Claim to be the Messiah and Anticipate His Suffering and Death?

The Last Winter: A Jesus Hideout in Jordan

Last Days of Jesus: A Decisive Confrontation

Last Days of Jesus: A Final Messianic Meal

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Passover Meal?

Eat My Body, Drink my Blood: Did Jesus Every Really Say This?

Jesus Died on a Thursday not a Friday

Standing Again with Jesus: Ecce Homo Revisited

Locating Golgotha

The Strange Ending of Mark and Why it Makes All the Difference

The Most Important Ten Verses of the Gospels to Read Easter Morning

What Really Happened Easter Morning?

The Surprise Ending of the Lost Gospel of Peter

What Did Paul Claim to Have Seen? “Last of All He Appeared to Me”

Why a “Spiritual” Resurrection is the Only Sensible Option

How Faith in Jesus’ Resurrection Developed: An Old New Hypothesis

The Jesus Tomb Story: Does the Evidence Add Up?

The 1980 Discovery of the East Talpiot “Jesus Tomb”? What We Know Forty Years Later!

New Evidence on the James Ossuary and its Probable Connection to the Talpiot Tomb

 

Source: Last Days of Jesus: Digging Deeply into the Sources

March 28 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Christ like a River
Isaiah 32:2; John 4:10–14; 7:38; Ephesians 4:15–16

Christ is like a river.… A river is continually flowing, there are fresh supplies of water coming from the fountain-head continually, so that a man may live by it, and be supplied with water all his life. So Christ is an ever-flowing fountain; he is continually supplying his people, and the fountain is not spent. They who live upon Christ, may have fresh supplies from him to all eternity; they may have an increase of blessedness that is new, and new still, and which never will come to an end.

JONATHAN EDWARDS

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Using and Misusing Knowledge
1 Samuel 6:19; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Timothy 3:7; 4:2

There are some who desire to know simply for the sake of knowing, and this is shameful curiosity. And there are some who desire to know in order that they may become known themselves, and this is shameful vanity.… And some there are who desire to know in order to trade with their knowledge, bartering it for gold or for honors, and this is shameful traffic. But there are some also who desire to know in order to edify, and this is charity. And some, finally, who desire to know in order to be edified, and this is prudence. Of the above-mentioned classes, the last two alone are free from the guilt of abusing knowledge, for only these seek understanding as a means of well-doing.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Maria Bartiromo: “I Know Biden’s on the Phone All the Time with Obama and I’m Hearing He’s Running Things from Behind the Scenes” (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit

Charlie Kirk and Christian Walker joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning to discuss the increasing radicalism of the Biden administration.

During the conversation Bartiromo mentioned something she’s heard from her sources, “I know Biden’s on the phone all the time with Obama and I’m hearing he’s running things from behind the scenes.”

Of course, this is what we all suspected.
Joe Biden is no condition to order his own meal let alone run the United States.

 

 

Source: Maria Bartiromo: “I Know Biden’s on the Phone All the Time with Obama and I’m Hearing He’s Running Things from Behind the Scenes” (VIDEO)

Chris Wallace Grills Jen Psaki: ‘You Are Being Less Transparent Than The Trump Administration’ | The Daily Wire

Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace directs the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020.
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Fox News host Chris Wallace grilled White House Jen Psaki on Sunday about the Biden administration’s crisis on the southern border, saying that they were being “less transparent” than the Trump administration was about what is happening on the border.

“The president and you have both been in pains over these first two months to talk about how to pledge that you’re going to be transparent with the American people,” Wallace said. “But here’s what he said in his news conference about allowing reporters in to see specifically the facilities that are being run by Customs and Border Patrol.”

Wallace highlighted remarks that Biden made during his press conference last week where Biden said that the media would have “full access to everything once we get this thing moving.” When pressed over what the timeline would look like for that to happen, Biden said, “I don’t know.”

Wallace and Psaki then had the following exchange:

WALLACE: The only way we know how bad conditions are for some 5,000 minors in his Border Patrol facilities is because of these pictures that members of Congress have released on their own. Jen, these kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the president says everything will be fixed. So why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those Border Patrol facilities right now?

PSAKI: Chris, we’re absolutely committed to that, the president is committed to that, I’m committed to that, Secretary Mayorkas is committed to that. Just last week, we had a pool camera —

WALLACE: When?

PSAKI: — including — allowing — providing footage to FOX News just last week into the shelters. We want to provide access into the Border Patrol facilities. We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe. But we — we are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media to the Border Patrol facilities and we’re working to get that done as soon as we can.

WALLACE: But just to clarify, Jen, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here —

PSAKI: Uh-huh.

WALLACE: — are the Border Patrol facilities, the detention cells, you know —

PSAKI: I —

WALLACE: — there is a law — let me just finish — that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours, many of them are there for ten days.

At this point, in terms of allowing access to Border Patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump administration.

WATCH:

 

 

TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED VIA FOX NEWS:

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY ANCHOR: And joining us now, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Jen, welcome back to “FOX News Sunday”.

JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Great to be here, Chris.

WALLACE: Let’s start with the crisis on the border and what President Biden had to say about that this past week. On the surge of illegal immigration across the board, Mr. Biden said this: Nothing has changed. It happens every year.

But your own secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, says: We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border then we have in the last 20 years.

So, who’s wrong? The DHS secretary or the president?

PSAKI: Well, Chris, first, factually, there was an increase of about 31 percent of people coming to the border during the final months of the Trump administration. There’s been about a 29 percent increase since President Biden took office.

But our focus is on solutions. This past week we reopen — or we opened I should say several facilities that will provide almost 7,000 beds so that we can move these children from the Border Patrol facilities into shelters. We’ve also taken steps to expedite processing at the border.

The border remains closed. It is not open, we are turning away the majority of adults but what we’re really talking about here is children and how we’re handling that in the safest and most humane capacity.

WALLACE: You know, you can play with percentages, but in absolute numbers, these are record numbers. There are now 18,000 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody. There are new records being set, 500 to 800 each day.

PSAKI: Well, Chris, our objective is to take a different approach from the last of administration. We are not going to send children under the age of 18, kids under the age of 18, back on this treacherous journey. They are fleeing challenging economic circumstances, hurricanes, prosecution in some scenarios.

It does not mean that they get to stay in the United States. It means their cases are adjudicated and we want to treat them humanely, make sure they are in a safe place while their cases are adjudicated. That’s what we’re talking about here.

WALLACE: The president and you have both been in pains over these first two months to talk about how to pledge that you’re going to be transparent with the American people. But here’s what he said in his news conference about allowing reporters in to see specifically the facilities that are being run by Customs and Border Patrol.

Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOSEPH R. BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is being set up and you have full access to everything once we get this thing moving.

REPORTER: Just to be clear, how soon will that be, Mr. President?

BIDEN: I don’t know.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: The only way we know how bad conditions are for some 5,000 minors in his Border Patrol facilities is because of these pictures that members of Congress have released on their own.

Jen, these kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the president says everything will be fixed.

So why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those Border Patrol facilities right now?

PSAKI: Chris, we’re absolutely committed to that, the president is committed to that, I’m committed to that, Secretary Mayorkas is committed to that.

Just last week, we had a pool camera —

WALLACE: When?

PSAKI: — including — allowing — providing footage to FOX News just last week into the shelters.

We want to provide access into the Border Patrol facilities. We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe.

But we — we are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media to the Border Patrol facilities and we’re working to get that done as soon as we can.

WALLACE: But just to clarify, Jen, you allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here —

PSAKI: Uh-huh.

WALLACE: — are the Border Patrol facilities, the detention cells, you know —

PSAKI: I —

WALLACE: — there is a law — let me just finish — that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours, many of them are there for ten days.

At this point, in terms of allowing access to Border Patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump administration.

PSAKI: Well, first of all, Chris, the Trump administration was turning away kids at the border, sending them back on the treacherous journey, or they were ripping kids from the arms of their parents.

We’re not doing that. We are committed to allowing cameras into the Border Patrol facilities, absolutely.

I would also say we are committed to solutions. That’s why I noted that we reopened or opened three facilities that have almost 7,000 beds to allow for processing these kids more quickly out of the Border Patrol facilities. We absolutely agree these are not places for children and our focus is on solutions and moving them as quickly as possible.

We’re also making sure we are processing kids more quickly at the border. Some of these kids come with a phone number and a pocket. It might be of a parent. We want to make sure we are breaking through the red tape and getting them to their parents as quickly as possible.

WALLACE: Let me switch subjects with you. The president has come out strongly for the voting rights bill that has passed the House and is now being deliberated by the Senate.

But look at some of the things that are in HR-1, the House voting rights bill. It creates public financing of congressional campaigns. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and it opens the door to D.C. becoming a state.

Now, you can argue whether these are good ideas or bad ideas, but to get bipartisan agreement, to get compromise with Republicans, would the president consider supporting taking some of those elements out and focusing just on voting rights?

PSAKI: Well, the president is absolutely open to the idea from Republicans, from Democrats, to make any piece of legislation better and stronger. But what is not going to allow for its efforts to make it more difficult and harder to vote and efforts to do that, people should question whether they have — why they would be doing that? If they have the best ideas, they should make it easier for people to vote. But you know, this is the process of a bill becoming a law —

(CROSSTALK)

PSAKI: Chris, if Republicans want to come to the table have a discussion about what kind of package they can support to make voting more easy, easier and more success accessible, the president is absolutely open to having that discussion.

WALLACE: Some Democrats are urging the president to push to kill the Senate filibuster in order to pass legislation to protect voting rights. Here’s what the president said about that this week.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BIDEN: If there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: But, while the president says that the filibuster is a relic of the Jim Crow era, here’s what Joe Biden said when he was in the Senate himself. Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BIDEN: At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill. It’s about compromise and moderation.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: And just last year, Kamala Harris, when she was in the Senate, led the filibuster against Republican Senator Tim Scott, an African-American, his plan for police reform.

So, is the filibuster racist? Is it wrong?

PSAKI: As the president said just last week, Chris, it’s been abused, and in the first 50 years of the filibuster being around, it was used about 50 times. It was used five times that many last year. The president doesn’t think that’s how the filibuster should be used.

There’s an easy solution here, though, which the president would certainly advocate for, which is Democrats and Republicans, Republicans coming to the table with a willingness and an openness to discussing how we get things done. They want to come the table and talk about how to make voting easier, more accessible, let’s have that conversation. The president is eager to have it.

He’s not eager to move with destroying the filibuster. He’s eager to get things done for the American people, but he’s also not going to stand by and prevent forward moving progress from happening. So that’s what people heard from him last week.

WALLACE: I just want to point out, because some people noted it after the news conference, if you’re talking about abuse of the filibuster over the last two years, the Democrats were in the minority, so they were the ones abusing it.

I agree, it’s been used by both parties.

I want to move on to the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, in the last couple of weeks, and since then, there has been a new push for gun controls.

But Mr. Biden said, and I mentioned it at the top of the program, that one of the keys to being a successful president is understanding how to prioritize your agenda.

Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BIDEN: The other problems we’re talking about from immigration to guns and the other things you mentioned are long-term problems. They’ve been around a long time.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Some gun control and immigration advocates are — pushed back on that and said, it sounds like the president is saying these are long-term problems, wait your turn.

PSAKI: Well, first, the president has been an advocate for gun safety measures throughout his career. He helped pass the Brady Bill into law, increasing background checks when he was in the Senate. He helped get an assault weapons ban in place. He led the effort in the Obama-Biden administration to put in place a dozen — two dozen executive actions when bipartisan legislation failed.

He’s not new to this issue. It’s an issue he will continue to advocate for.

And, Chris, 90 percent of the public supports universal background checks. That’s something the Senate should be able to move forward on and that the president will continue to push for.

He knows that as president, you’ve got to walk and chew gum. You got to do multiple things at the same time and he’s ready to do that.

WALLACE: Finally, as we said at the top of the program, the president is going to lay out his — the next part of his economic recovery program in a speech in Pittsburgh this week, including infrastructure, education, child care, a number of issues.

Is that going to be just one huge bill, or is it going to be split up into two parts? And how big is the total price tag going to be?

PSAKI: Well, first, Chris, when the president advocated for the American Rescue Plan, he talked about this being two stages: rescue and then recovery. What the American people will hear from him this week is that part of his plan, the first step of his plan towards recovery which will include an investment in infrastructure, we shouldn’t be 13th in the world, I don’t think anyone believes that the wealthiest, most innovative country in the world.

And he’s going to have more to say later in April about the second part of his recovery plan, which will include a number of the pieces you talked about — health care, child care, addressing that. It’s a crisis right now. The number of women who have left the workforce, he wants to help to address that.

The total package we’re still working out, but he’s going to introduce some ways to pay for that, and he’s eager to hear ideas from both parties as well.

WALLACE: So, are we talking about two separate bills? And if so, just briefly, because we’re out of time, is he hoping that infrastructure he can get past with Republican votes, and then he sticks what we’re hearing is going to be $2 trillion in tax cuts in the second package, and then pass that through reconciliation on a straight Democratic Party line vote?

PSAKI: Well, we’re not quite at the legislative strategy yet, Chris, but I will say that I don’t think Republicans in this country think we should be 13th in the world as it relates to infrastructure. Roads, railways, rebuilding them, that’s not a partisan issue. That’s a lot of what the president will talk about this Wednesday.

Then he will have another package, another proposal that he will put forward in just a couple of weeks that will address a lot of issues that American people are struggling with — child care, the cost of health care. So that’s what they can expect to hear from him in April.

WALLACE: But just to lock down, two separate bills, correct?

PSAKI: Two separate proposals and we’ll work with the Senate and the House to see how it should move forward.

WALLACE: Jen, thank you. Thanks for your time this weekend. Please come back.

PSAKI: Thank you, Chris. My pleasure. Thank you.

WALLACE: Up next, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham just back from a trip to our southern border. How does he think we should handle the surge in illegal immigration?

Source: Chris Wallace Grills Jen Psaki: ‘You Are Being Less Transparent Than The Trump Administration’

Satanism embraced with perverse new ‘Satan Shoes,’ manufactured using human blood | WND

You aren’t a musician these days if you don’t have a shoe, particularly if you’re a rapper. Lil Nas X is no exception.

It wasn’t like the 21-year-old rapper and singer doesn’t already qualify in the business. He holds the record for longest time atop the Billboard Hot 100 Single chart (19 weeks for his 2019 country-rap song “Old Town Road,” according to The Associated Press). His new single is titled “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” purportedly a letter to his 14-year-old self.

So to mark the occasion, he’s releasing a limited set of sneakers that fully embraces Satanism, complete with a drop of human blood in them and an exclusive run of only 666 pairs.

He even emblazoned a Bible verse on the sneakers that’s supposed to make Satan look cool. He may want to read it again for context, however.

If this all seems really strange for you, let me explain. Lil Nas X came out as gay in 2019 when “Old Town Road” was at the top of the Billboard charts. This informed “MONTERO,” according to a tweet from Lil Nas X on March 26. The title is a reference to his legal name, Montero Lamar Hill.

“dear 14 year old montero, i wrote a song with our name in it. it’s about a guy i met last summer,” he wrote in a March 26 tweet. “i know we promised to never come out publicly, i know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, i know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.”

WARNING: The following tweet contains graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.

He wrote that people will “say i’m pushing an agenda” with the song, “but the truth is, i am. the agenda to make people stay the f*** out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.”

 

The song wasn’t quite a “positive” letter to his 14-year-old self. Here’s the pre-chorus: “Cocaine and drinkin’ with your friends / You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend / I’m not fazed, only here to sin.”

At least that wasn’t the music video, which involves Lil Nas X getting kicked out of heaven, going down to hell on a stripper pole and giving a lap dance to Satan. That’s about as much as I can describe without you having to put the kids to bed. It’s Milton’s “better to reign in hell than to serve in Heaven” idea updated for the Cardi B generation.

And that’s where we get to the “Satan Shoes.” According to the New York Post, Lil Nas X has partnered in their production with MSCHF, an “edgy” fashion company that makes a whole range of overpriced pseudo-Situationist garbage that’s supposed to make some kind of cultural point for rich hipsters who are profligate enough to drop $3,000 on kitsch like “Jesus Shoes” that contain water from the River Jordan in their soles. (Like walking on water, get it?)

Other products include a rubber-chicken bong that squeaks whenever you inhale marijuana from it or Birkinstocks, Birkenstock-style sandals made out of destroyed Birkin bags. Why do it?

“Our perspective is everything is funny in a nihilistic sort of way,” MSCHF founder and CEO Gabriel Whaley told Insider. “We’re not here to make the world a better place. We’re making light of how much everything sucks.”

Here’s how terrible it is this week:

 

The shoes were modified out of Nike Air Max ’97s, complete with an added drop of human blood and a $1,018 price tag. And they come with a Bible verse on the side, too. It’s Luke 10:18: “He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven.'”

(For the record, Nike itself disclaims any connection of partnership with MSCHF. “Nike did not release nor design these shoes,” the company told the “fact-check” site Snopes in an email.)

If you like Satan iconography and don’t read the Bible, this sounds really cool. It’s not.

Luke 10 is a chapter in which Jesus sends out 7o or 72 (depending on your translation) disciples to the towns in which he was about to go to prepare these places ahead of him. “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me,” Jesus tells the disciples in verse 16.

Verses 17-20: “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And [Jesus] said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’”

In other words, the “lightning” reference alluded to the victory of God over Satan. In fact, if you haven’t read the Bible, here’s a spoiler alert: Satan ends up losing. A lot. And while he wins some battles — arguably starting in the Garden of Eden — he gets trounced over and over again.

Some of those battles may seem appealing as imagery, sure. The imagery used in Luke 10:18 isn’t appealing upon any close reading — but I suspect this wasn’t so close. Someone saw the words “Satan” and “like lightning” used together and thought, “Whoa, that’s dope.”

But the reality is, they’re using a passage about the defeat of the prince of sin himself to make sin look appealing. Of all the passages that could be used to sell Satan from the Bible, they couldn’t have done much worse. It’s the Oatly’s Super Bowl commercial of Satanist advertisements.

Reading any more into this vapid iconography, either on the part of Lil Nas X or MSCHF, isn’t worth anyone’s time. Twenty-four paragraphs into this post, at this point, we’ve all thought about it more than they have. However, while Lil Nas X is lap-dancing with the Devil and MSCHF is walking away with your $1,000 and a lot of free publicity, I’d like them to read another passage about Satan — this one Isaiah 14:12-16:

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!,” it reads.

“How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

“But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms?'”

I’m sure that might go over their heads now, but maybe give it a few years.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Source: Satanism embraced with perverse new ‘Satan Shoes,’ manufactured using human blood

Rapper Lil Nas X’s Nike ‘Satan Shoes’ Spark Outrage, Contain Drop of Human Blood | Christian News Network

 

(KXAN) — Just days after the controversial music video for his new single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” went viral, rapper Lil Nas X is stoking outrage again over the release of a pair of shoes.

Lil Nas X, who rose to fame after his debut single “Old Town Road” became a global phenomenon, created the “Satan Shoes” in collaboration with the MSCHF clothing brand, according to streetwear/culture news outlet SAINT.

The shoes will reportedly contain 66 CCs of red ink and 1 drop of human blood in its sole. Other features of the infernal footwear are a pentagram pendant over the laces and “Luke 10:18” written on the side, a Bible verse about Satan’s fall from heaven.

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Source: Rapper Lil Nas X’s Nike ‘Satan Shoes’ Spark Outrage, Contain Drop of Human Blood

Republican Senator Tim Scott Rips Democrats Over Filibuster Hypocrisy (VIDEO)

Democrats have suddenly decided that the filibuster is racist, despite the fact that they used it over 300 times last year.

The truth is that they know the filibuster is keeping them from passing their far left agenda.

Just last spring, Democrats used the filibuster to defeat a police reform bill advanced by Senator Tim Scott.

Scott appeared on FOX News this weekend and slammed the Democrats for their hypocrisy.

From FOX News:

Tim Scott blasts Biden, Democrats for filibuster flip-flop: They cry ‘racist whenever they want to scare you’

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., ripped President Biden and congressional Democrats Friday for changing their view of the Senate filibuster rule, telling “Fox News Primetime” that they are invoking racism in order to scare Republicans.

Scott told host Brian Kilmeade it was both “frustrating and irritating” to see Democrats use the filibuster last year to block a police reform bill he proposed and claimed would have disproportionately helped the Black community.

“Here’s what we know about the Democrats,” Scott said. “They were for the filibuster before they were against the filibuster. I keep asking myself, ‘Will the real Chuck Schumer please stand up?’ Is it the one who was for the filibuster or is it the new one who is now against filibuster?”

Scott added that Democrats “use the word ‘racist’ whenever they are trying to scare people into their corner. It has nothing to do with race. But they don’t care. Winning at all costs means losing at some point.”

See the video below:

Scott has been making similar points on Twitter:

Democrats just want more power. That’s what this is all about.

Source: Republican Senator Tim Scott Rips Democrats Over Filibuster Hypocrisy (VIDEO)

Dartmouth-Brown Study Documents Media’s Stoking “Vicious Circle Of Fear” On COVID | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Brian McGlinchey via Stark Realities,

If you’ve felt the media has heavily emphasized bad news throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, your judgment now has some scholarly corroboration. Dartmouth College and Brown University researchers have analyzed tens of thousands of Covid-19 articles and found major US media outlets have overwhelmingly pushed negative narratives about the virus.

“The most striking fact is that 87 percent of the U.S. stories are classified as negative, whereas 51 percent of the non-US stories are classified as negative,” according to the study by Dartmouth economics professor Bruce Sacerdote, Dartmouth’s Ranjan Sehgal and Brown University’s Molly Cook.

Thwarting Public Clarity About Covid-19

Though the study doesn’t delve deep into the societal implications, there’s little doubt excessive media negativity has contributed to public misunderstanding of the nature of the disease and the actual risk it poses to various segments of society.

Consider one of study’s most glaring findings: Even when Covid-19 cases were falling nationally between April 24 and June 27, major media discussed rising caseloads 5.3 times as frequently as falling ones.

The impact was evident: A June CBS News poll found a record number of Americans felt the fight against coronavirus was going badly. Of course, news of the poll was itself another negative story, feeding a media-facilitated vicious circle of fear.

In July, a Franklin Templeton-Gallup poll found Americans had a poor understanding of the risk of Covid-19 death for different age cohorts:

  • Participants said people aged 55+ accounted for a little over half of the deaths, when the actual share was 92%.
  • Those under age 25 accounted for just 0.2% of deaths—participants overestimated the share by a factor of 50.

The results aren’t surprising, given the media’s compulsion to report rare occasions when teens and twentysomethings do fall victim to the virus.

In June, CNN served up a particularly flagrant example of Covid scaremongering: an article titled Healthy teenager who took precautions died suddenly of Covid-19.

The many who skimmed the headline received an anecdotal infusion of fearful misinformation. The minority who made it to the tenth paragraph would finally learn that doctors treating the purportedly “healthy” yet visibly obese teen found he had Type 1 diabetes with a blood sugar level 10 times the norm.

Two months earlier, the Centers for Disease Control announced that about 90% of those hospitalized with the virus had one or more underlying conditions. Among the most common were obesity (48%) and diabetes (28%). Rather than using this teen’s grim story to enlighten the public about who is at greatest risk, CNN aggressively pushed a perception that nobody is safe.

The media’s failure to foster understanding of Covid-19 also seems evident in the many people still seen today wearing masks while alone outdoorsAccording to Dr. Muge Cevik, an infectious diseases and virology scientist at the University of St Andrews, “outdoor risk is negligible unless it involves close interaction or you are in a crowded or semi-outdoor environment.”

Perceptions of the Virus Influence Policy Opinions

Overly-negative Covid-19 reporting has implications well beyond individual feelings and practices: Those who’ve been led to an exaggerated perception of their personal risk are more prone to supporting strict government policies to counter the virus.

A Pew Research poll released earlier this month confirms that individuals’ perception of the pandemic heavily influences their opinions about various government interventions.

For example, Pew asked if limiting restaurants to carry-out service has been necessary to counter the virus. Among those who think Covid-19 represents a minor threat to the U.S. population, 21% agreed. Support soars to 66% among those who deem the virus a major threat.

Many are likely opining from a position of ignorance: How many know that a New York contact tracing study attributed less than 2% of Covid-19 case transmission to bars and restaurants? (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any polls that test Americans’ understanding of the virus other than the earlier-referenced Franklin Templeton-Gallup poll.)

Negative About Positives

The Dartmouth and Brown researchers found “the negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive developments, including school re-openings and vaccine trials.”

When schools reopen to in-person teaching—a move validated by the experience of European schools—U.S. media has been quick on the scene with a wet blanket: The study found 86% of US mainstream media articles about school reopenings are negative.

The easing of government restrictions reliably attracts negative media. Iowa governor Kim Reynolds’s lifting of the state’s mask mandate in early February sparked a wave of negative reporting and opinion pieces, and the Washington Post actually ran a piece titled “Welcome to Iowa: a state that doesn’t care if you live or die.”

In September, similar derision was heaped on Florida governor Ron DeSantis when he lifted major statewide restrictions. However, when neither Florida nor Iowa experienced negative consequences, there was little media reporting of the good news that government restrictions and mandates may not be so necessary after all.

We see a similar pattern with the media’s never-ending cycle of warning that various holidays and special events will bring a surge in contagion. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to the Super Bowl and spring break, we’re constantly presented headlines stoking fears these occasions will cause major virus spikes.

When predicted surges don’t happen, the media gives little attention to the happy news that their alarms proved false. Instead, they’re apparently hard at work drafting warnings about whatever’s next on the calendar.

It’s as if mainstream journalists feel duty-bound to stoke Covid-19 fear, while paternalistically shielding us from welcome facts that could lead us to “let our guard down.” In doing so, they negligently disregard the collateral harm they do to mental health and our quality of life.

Hope for Greater Media Balance?

The Dartmouth-Brown study on U.S. media negativity prompted The New York Times’ David Leonhardt to call for introspection: “If we’re constantly telling a negative story, we are not giving our audience the most accurate portrait of reality. We are shading it.”

That’s a welcome acknowledgment: Until recently, Leonhardt’s own Times email newsletter has mirrored the negative slant found across U.S. media.

There are hints of a growing balance. For example, in recent weeks, major outlets have finally started acknowledging that Florida’s post-reopening experience conflicts with the media-reinforced notion that shutdowns are an essential counter-virus strategy.

Concluding his review of the study, Leonhardt expressed gratitude to researchers Sacerdote, Cook and Sehgal for “holding up a mirror to our work and giving us a chance to do better.” Let’s hope his sentiment proves highly contagious.

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Biden Official Urged Republican Senator To Delete Photos Of Crowded Border Facility: Report | The Daily Wire

“None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled”

DONNA, TEXAS - MARCH 23: A temporary Customs and Border Protection processing center is seen from a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter on March 23, 2021 in Donna, Texas. A surge of immigrants, including unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States from Mexico is overcrowding such centers in south Texas. (Photo by
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A Republican senator claims a Biden official “asked that he delete his photos” he took as he toured an overcrowded facility at the U.S.-Mexico border last week, according to a new report.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told The Washington Examiner that a Biden aide involved in the tour “asked that he delete his photos. Like others on the trip, he didn’t.”

“There was one of Biden’s representatives,” he told the Examiner. “I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy. None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled,” said Braun, who added that Border Patrol also asked that no photos be taken, but that “they were telling us that because they had to.’”

Members of the party that toured the facility released pictures they took. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and others posted photos of the overcrowded holding facility in Donna, Texas, where Lankford said that “pods” designed to hold 80 children were packed with more than 700.

“I know why President Biden doesn’t want the media to be here – because we do have an open border,” Lankford said on Friday.  “If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. That facility is designed for 80 people in a pod, and they had 709 people… literally wall to wall in every one of the little plexiglass cells that they have, and people flooding out into the hallway,” Lankford said.

After the visit, Braun wrote a letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to visit the border himself.

“The crisis surrounding this surge makes it a moral imperative for you to see firsthand what is happening—and not the sanitized version of the border tour taken by some of my congressional colleagues,” Braun wrote. “Having personally gone this week, I can testify to this being an inhumane, unsustainable, and dangerous situation.”

Braun also said the group met with border agents at the edge of the Rio Grande, where foreigners often cross to enter the U.S. illegally. There, he said, “coyotes” who escort people hoping to enter the country heckled the group in Spanish.

“All of a sudden to hear from the other side of the river taunting from the smugglers and coyotes, most of it in Spanish, telling the border guards that whatever you do, we’re coming,” said Braun. “That kind of hit home in such an anecdotal way because it is one story that kind of is a metaphor for what’s happening all up and down the border,” he added.

Coyotes charge anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000 to escort foreigners across the border. Traffickers bringing men, women, and children across the U.S.-Mexico border made as much as $14 million a day in February, according to a new report published last week.

“Trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry,” former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal told Fox News.

Source: Biden Official Urged Republican Senator To Delete Photos Of Crowded Border Facility: Report