“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
The World Needs a Guide to Perform Its Actions Psalm 14:1; 53:1
None can imagine a ship to be orderly conducted without a pilot, nor the parts of the world to perform their several functions without a wise guide, considering the members of the body cannot perform theirs without the active presence of the soul. The atheist then is a fool to deny that which every creature in his constitution asserts, and thereby renders himself unable to give a satisfactory account of that constant uniformity in the motions of the creatures.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Saints Should Prepare to Suffer John 15:18–20; 16:33; Romans 5:3–5; 2 Corinthians 6:3–10; 12:11; Colossians 1:24; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4:14
All whom the Lord has chosen and honored with admission into the society of his saints ought to prepare themselves for a hard, laborious, and unquiet life, replete with numerous and various calamities. It is the will of their heavenly Father to exercise them in this manner, so that he may have a certain proof of those who belong to him. Having begun with Christ his first-begotten Son, he pursues this method toward all his children.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
29:14who are my people Compared to the greatness and sovereignty of God, David recognizes their humble position. He acknowledges their place as sojourners in God’s creation and recognizes their mortality.
29:14 — “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.”
We give nothing to God that He has not first given to us.
Ver. 14. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly?—The impossibility of creature-merit:—
No point in theology requires to be oftener stated, or more carefully established, than the impossibility that a creature should merit at the hands of the Creator. Each one of us, if he have ever probed his own heart, will confess himself prone to the persuasion, that the creature can lay the Creator under obligation. If one being merit of another, it must perform some action which it was not obliged to perform, and by which that other is advantaged. If either of these conditions fail, merit must vanish.
I. We are, in the first place, to speak on the stated fact that all things come of God.
II. The inference is—that we can give to God nothing which is not already His. If one creature give a thing to another, he ceases to have property in the gift, and cannot again claim it as his own. If a man make me a present he virtually cedes all title to the thing given; and if I were afterwards to restore him the whole, or a part, it would be of mine own that I gave him. But if I were reduced to utter poverty, with no means whatsoever of earning a livelihood, and if a generous individual came forward and gave me capital, and set me up in trade, and if, in mine after prosperity, I should bring my benefactor some offering expressive of gratitude, it is clear that I might, with the strictest truth say, “Of thine own do I give thee.” I should be indebted to my benefactor for what I was able to give; and, of course, that for which I stood indebted to him might be declared to be his. But even this comes far short of the Creator and the creature. This will show that there is no merit in the commonly-presumed instances of human desert.
3. Works. (H. Melvill, B.D.)
One of his gifts to his native town consisted of twenty-four beautiful and commodious almshouses, which were built and endowed by Sir Francis, “as a testimony of his gratitude to Almighty God, and with a view of benefiting those of his fellow-townsmen who may be in need of assistance.” Over the second-floor window of the central almshouse, along with the arms of Sir Francis, is the text, from 1 Chron. 29:14, “Of Thine own have we given Thee.” Each of the inmates receives from the endowment of the founder a weekly allowance sufficient to keep him from want. (Memoirs of Sir Francis Crossley.)
All belongs to God:—
There is no portion of time that is our time, and the rest God’s; there is no portion of money that is our money, and the rest God’s money. It is all His; He owns it all, gives it all, and He has simply trusted it to us for His service. A servant has two purses, the master’s and his own; but we have only one. (A. Monod.)
Our obligations to God:—
A merchant in America, whom the Lord had greatly prospered, was a member of a Church where the congregation was mainly composed of very poor people, and therefore he had the privilege of contributing very largely to the upkeep of the Church, and toward the minister’s salary. One of the members of the Church was travelling, and in conversation with a clergyman whom he met, he mentioned the case of Mr. D——, and extolled his great liberality. The minister, without denying the praiseworthiness of the action, said, “Now, you are a merchant?” “Yes.” “Well, I suppose you employ a clerk to serve your goods, and a schoolmaster to educate your children. Now, suppose the fees due to the schoolmaster had become due, and you give your clerk instructions to pay these, what would you think if that clerk were to receive great praise for having disbursed the money according to your instructions?” “I should think it very absurd.” “Well, do you not see that the case of your liberal-hearted friend and that hypothetical case of mine are almost analagous? God employs him as His steward or clerk to trade for Him; and out of the money which God has given him he is commanded to pay the schoolmaster of God’s children. The merchant is quite as much under obligation to trade for God as is the preacher to preach for God.” We should remember that all things should be done to the glory of God. (J. King.)
Christ, the author of blessings ministered through His servants:—
Florence Nightingale, having gone like an angel of mercy among the hospitals in the Crimea, until her name was enshrined in every soldier’s heart, asked to be excused from having her picture taken, as thousands begged, that she might drop out and be forgotten, and that Christ alone might be remembered as the author of the blessings her hands had ministered. That is the true Christian spirit. (J. R. Miller, D.D.)
No room for God:—
It is said of Hadrian VI. that, having built a stately college at Louvain, he set this inscription on the front in golden letters: “Trajectum plantavit, Lovanium rigavit, sed Cæsar dedit incrementum” (“Utrecht planted me, Louvain watered me, but Cæsar gave the increase”). A passenger, reproving his folly, underwrote: “Hic Deus nihil fecit” (“Here was no room for God to do anything.”) (Parens.)
The building of the temple:—
I call your attention—
I. To the hallowed work in which we are engaged; to build the temple, the Church of God, the house of prayer for all the people.
1. The temple was to be a house for the holy name of God.
2. The temple was the place of authorised and accepted sacrifice.
3. The temple was the place of united worship and of united blessing.
4. It was the place of actual communion between God and man.
II. The sentiments of deep abasement with which the circumstance of being permitted to take a part in it impressed the mind of David. The honour of being employed in a work of God ought to be deeply abasing to man. “Who am I, and what is my people?” These questions suggest three views.
1. What are we with reference to our former selves? We are, at best, but pardoned criminals; and have a long and sad retrospect of ingratitude and disobedience.
2. What are we in reference to our associates in this work?
3. What are we in reference to our actual contributions to this work?
III. To a consideration calculated powerfully to quicken our exertions in every department of the work of God, which may by His mercy be assigned to us. “We are strangers before Thee,” &c. This reminds us—
1. That what we do we must do quickly.
2. That what we do for others we must do quickly.
3. That short and uncertain as life is, within its narrow space works of infinite importance may nevertheless be done. Apply this—
(1) To your own personal conduct.
(2) To the great work of building the temple of God in distant lands.
IV. In all works undertaken for God, we are taught by the text to be mindful of the principle from which they flow. “In the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things.” To be upright in a moral sense signifies to be conformable to the will or law of God. That law, with reference to the exercises of religious charity, has various parts, and taken together, they constitute uprightness. There is—
1. The law of sincere intention.
2. The law of grateful return.
3. The law of faithfulness.
4. The law of liberality.
5. The law of cheerful distribution.
6. The law of perseverance.
V. The joyous and benevolent feelings of the aged monarch when he saw the people assembled so willingly to offer in so blessed a work. It is a joyful night.
1. As a declaration of faith.
2. As a declaration of lofty and truly Christian benevolence.
3. As it opens the gate of the most splendid and delightful hopes. (R. Watson.)
Christian liberality in God’s cause:—
I. Liberality in the cause of God is worthy of all men.
1. Our infinite obligations demand it.
(1) How royally He gives to us—
(a) The protecting care of His providence;
(b) the blessings of life.
(2) The earth and all things in it are His. How He opens His hand and satisfies the wants of every living thing
(3) The gifts of His grace,
(a) The unspeakable gift of His Son;
(b) the promise of eternal glory.
2. Liberality in His cause is only the return to Him of part of that which He has given to us (ver. 12).
(1) His gifts are trusts.
(2) We are stewards, not absolute owners.
(3) We are to occupy till He comes.
3. To withhold from Him is to lose His blessing on what we retain. To give to Him ever brings richer gifts, if only in the spiritual graces it calls forth.
4. Liberality in the cause of God is urged by our interest in the best welfare of our fellow-men.
II. Liberality is not only a duty, but a privilege.
1. It is a grateful recognition of being so blessed as to be able to give.
2. The willingness to give is a ground of thankfulness.
III. The liberality of David and his people a lesson.
1. We should cherish liberality for God, for the good it does our own souls. The gratitude, love, zeal, of which it is the expression, and which it directly fosters.
2. For the good it does our fellow-men.
3. We should measure our gifts by what we retain.
(1) How much do we give to God in comparison with what we give to ourselves?
(2) Have we ever made any real sacrifice for Him? Matthew and the other apostles.
3. Have we only given of our superfluity? (Cunningham Geikie, D.D.)
God the bestower of all good gifts:—
I. The ability and the disposition to give to God come alike from Himself.
II. We ought to be more profoundly thankful for the possession of the disposition than of the ability to give.
III. The ability and the disposition to give are never more nobly employed than in erecting temples for the worship of God. (H. Stowell, A.M.)
A voluntary gift under the law:—
I. The nature of the gift. I do not dwell on the extent. I refer rather to its essential nature. It was a gift distinctly for the public good. What is called public spirit is surely one of the divinest things extant among men. God keeps alive this will to serve and sacrifice for the public as the great antidote to the innate selfishness of mankind. Public spirit rises in importance and dignity as man rises in intelligence, and is able to take wise counsel about the welfare of his fellows. If he is able to take heavenly counsel, to know what God is seeking for man and to supply it, there you have in the highest form the servant of his generation according to the will of God. This glory is theirs who take counsel and work for the religious culture and elevation of men. They are the men who key the arch of progress and make it firm and sure.
II. The source of David’s and the people’s joy.
1. Living under the constraint of love is the most joyful exercise of the human powers. Man’s selfishness is not native. It is the devil’s poison in his blood. Divine charity expels it. The soul conscious of health again, and breaks out into praise.
2. The joy man takes in the accomplishment of a noble public object is the purest and loftiest of all human joys.
3. I suppose a vision passed before David’s sight of what that work would be to man, and would do for man, through ages.
4. Concord in good works realises perhaps more than anything in our experience the angelic benediction, “Peace on earth and goodwill to men.”
III. The reason of the praise.
1. It is God’s inspiration. Of Thine own, of the strength and joy which Thine own hand has inspired, have we given Thee.
2. Praise and bless the Lord who inspires this spirit, for it commands an abounding blessing. (Baldwin Brown, B.A.)
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Ch 29:14). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
My readings for today included the 23rd Psalm. It is probably the most used passage in the Bible. On one of my mission trips into the Ukraine I took a scientist with me to speak to a group of leaders. When he got up to speak he simply rephrased the 23rd Psalm, read it and sat down. I was a bit shocked at first but then had one of the other speakers close with a gospel presentation. Many leaders prayed that day, accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What a blessing and what a lesson.
And so my prayer for you this week is the 23rd Psalm as he rephrased it.
The LORD is your shepherd; you shall not be in want. He makes you lie down in green pastures, he leads you beside quiet waters, He restores your soul. He guides you in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, You will fear no evil, for He is with you; His rod and His staff, they comfort you. He prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. He anoints your head with oil; your cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
It was the end of a long day. The team of 46 students and chaperones had arrived safely in Costa Rica for a week long mission trip. I had not really slept the night before, as one can relate to the night before a big adventure and I had counted to 46 more times than imaginable as every teacher could understand. But there we were, safe and sound in our matching bright yellow t-shirts armed with our Bibles and markers. Markers? Yes, we were finishing the day with a prayer and devotion and I had given everyone a marker. I asked the students before our prayer time to sign each other’s shirts. In just a few minutes the shoulders, back, and sleeves of the yellow shirts were covered with the signatures of each team member. Those signatures were designed to serve as a reminder that throughout the week we were one team with one purpose in sharing the love of Christ. Signing the shirt signified that no matter what, we had each other’s backs!
I ran across a picture of this team recently in those bright yellow signature covered shirts and was reminded of all the Lord did on that trip. I am all the more reminded of how many times not only do I feel supported by the brothers and sisters I have in Christ who surround me on a daily basis, but that the God of the Universe, my Lord and Savior watches over me. Isaiah the prophet spoke of this truth when speaking to the Hebrew people on their commission when they were released from captivity.
“For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard” Isaiah 52:12,( ESV).
As members of the body of Christ may we write our names on each other’s bright yellow t-shirts as a commitment to support each other as we pursue kingdom work. All the while knowing our loving and gracious Lord goes before us and is truly our rear guard.
Do Not Worry about the Time of Your Conversion John 3:3–6; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22–24
[Satan] will ask the Christian what was the time of his conversion; “Are you a Christian,” will he say, “and do you not know when you commenced?” Now keep the plains, and content yourself with this, that you see the streams of grace, though the time of your conversion be like the head of Nilus, not to be found. God often comes early, before gross sins have deflowered the soul, and steals into the creature’s bosom without much noise. In such a case Satan does but abuse you, when he sends you on his errand. You may know the sun is up, though you did not observe when it rose.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Blessed Is the Servant Who Is Not Envious Matthew 23:12; 1 Corinthians 3:3; 13:4; Galatians 5:26
Blessed is that servant who is not more puffed up because of the good the Lord says and works through him than because of that which He says and works through others. A man sins who wishes to receive more from his neighbor than he is himself willing to give to the Lord God.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
April 18 Joshua 16:1-18:28 Luke 19:1-27 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 13:11
Joshua 17:16, 18 – Similar to Judges 1:19. Charles Spurgeon preached a great message on Chariots of Iron.
Joshua 18:1 – The tabernacle setup at Shiloh. In 1 Samuel 1:3, the tabernacle is still at Shiloh during the time of Samuel. Jeremiah tells that it was the first place where God set His name (Jeremiah 7:12).
Luke 19:10 – From Earl Martin
Luke 19:2 – Zacchaeus‘ story is only found in Luke.
A pastor shared with me a simple outline for preaching on this passage:
Jesus sees me (Luke 19:5)
Jesus knows me (Luke 19:5)
Jesus saves me (Luke 19:9)
Luke 19:13 – Occupy till I come. How are you doing occupying? Or are you burying your talent?
Psalm 87:2,3,5 – If you have never been to Jerusalem or the Holy Land – make plans to go! You’ll never read the Bible the same way again! John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace, used Psalm 87:3 to inspire the hymn Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken. Instead of an English rendition, here’s a Korean rendition so you can see the worldwide impact of Godly music.
US pressuring Israel to stop commenting on Iran – report The Biden administration has turned to Israel several times in the past few days, asking that it stops commenting on Iran, N12 reported Friday evening. According to the report, the Biden administration feels “uneasy” regarding the recent Israeli operation in Natanz, referring to recent Israeli chatter regarding the attack as “dangerous” and “embarrassing.”
US imposes visa restrictions over Ugandan election The United States is imposing visa restrictions on Ugandan officials who it accuses of undermining democracy. The announcement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken follows the arrests of hundreds of opposition supporters in Uganda. “There are consequences for interfering in the democratic process,” he tweeted.
Brexit: UK-EU talks on Northern Ireland ‘to intensify’ The UK and the EU have said they will intensify talks on NI following a meeting of their chief negotiators. The UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost and EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic held discussions in Brussels on Thursday night. Mr Sefcovic said that a EU legal action over the UK’s alleged breach of the Northern Ireland deal would continue “as long as necessary”.
Raúl Castro steps down as Cuban Communist Party leader Raúl Castro says he is resigning as Cuban Communist Party leader, ending his family’s six decades in power. Mr Castro, 89, told a party congress that he is handing over the leadership to a younger generation “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit”. His successor will be voted in at the end of the four-day congress.
Israel says it will ‘definitely’ stop Iran from getting bomb Israel’s foreign minister said Friday that his country was determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon, after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process. “We will do whatever it takes to prevent the extremists (in Iran) from succeeding, and definitely will prevent this regime from having a nuclear weapon,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters on a visit to Cyprus.
U.S. Navy controls inventions that claim to change “fabric of reality” The U.S. Navy controls patents for some futuristic and outlandish technologies, some of which, dubbed “the UFO patents,” came to life recently. Of particular note are inventions by the somewhat mysterious Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais, whose tech claims to be able to “engineer reality.” His slate of highly-ambitious, borderline sci-fi designs meant for use by the U.S. government range from gravitational wave generators and compact fusion reactors to next-gen hybrid aerospace-underwater crafts with revolutionary propulsion systems, and beyond.
Conservative House Republicans to Form ‘America First’ Caucus, Release Trump-Inspired Platform Conservative House of Representatives Republicans plan to form an “America First” caucus to promote the policies of ex-President Donald Trump and said on Friday the group would soon release a policy platform. The platform promotes “a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and advocates for infrastructure with esthetic value that “befits the progeny of European architecture,”
Poland expels three Russian diplomats over ‘hostile actions’ Poland expelled on Thursday three Russian diplomats accused of “hostile actions,” the Polish Foreign Ministry said. The move comes after the US expelled 10 Russian diplomats earlier on Thursday and imposed sanctions against dozens of companies and people.
Report: China may send peacekeeping force to Afghanistan after US troops leave China may consider sending a force of peacekeeping troops into nearby Afghanistan after President Joe Biden announced U.S. troops will leave the country by September of this year. Sun Qi, a security analyst who spoke with the South China Morning Post, suggested China may deploy peacekeeping forces to prevent security threats in Afghanistan from spilling over into its western Xinjiang province.
Pentagon confirms video of pyramid UFO stalking US warship is real On Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of recent viral footage showing pyramid-shaped unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that stalked the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell off the coast of California in July 2019. “I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough told Fox News. “The UAPTF [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force] has included these incidents in their ongoing examinations.”
Franklin Graham: ‘God’s judgment is coming’ “God’s judgment is coming,” warns Franklin Graham, the CEO of the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse. “What’s happened politically in our country is a disgrace, what took place in the last election. It’s wrong but it’s happened. But I just believe that the only hope for our nation is God,” he said. “Christians need to get on their knees and pray that God would intervene and somehow save this nation or give us more time because I believe God’s judgment is coming,” he said. “It just seems like the whole country is upside down right now. We just need to pray that not only will God bring his voice … but that people would listen to him and seek His face and call on Him because our country is in great trouble.”
Russia, retaliating against Washington, asks 10 U.S. diplomats to leave Russia on Friday asked 10 U.S. diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats over alleged malign activity and suggested the U.S. ambassador return home for consultations. The measures, part of a broader retaliatory package, were approved by President Vladimir Putin, as a response to an array of U.S. government sanctions imposed on Moscow a day earlier, including curbs to its sovereign debt market.
The IDF attack was carried out in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier tonight. Rocket sirens were sounded in Sde Avraham, Holit, the Southern Gaza Strip border, Friday evening. This comes after a rocket landed in an open area in Israeli territory earlier on Friday evening, setting off rocket sirens in Sderot, Ibim and Nir Am in southern Israel. An IDF spokesperson said late on Friday night that fighter jets and aircraft attacked a number of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to the rocket which was launched earlier that night.
Astronomers detect new frequencies from mysterious fast radio bursts The mystery of fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space may be a step closer to being solved. Astronomers studying a repeating signal from a nearby galaxy have detected radiation at the lowest frequency of any FRB found so far, providing new potential hints about their origin.
FDA Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Aborted Baby Body Parts From Dealer Last week, legal accountability group Judicial Watch dropped a bombshell: a nearly 600-page report proving the U.S. government has been buying and trafficking “fresh” aborted baby body parts. These body parts, purchased by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “humanize” mice and test biologic drugs in scientific experiments, came from babies up to 24-weeks-old gestation, just weeks from being born.
Jurassic Coast sees biggest rockfall in 60 years, UK A huge portion of a cliff along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast in southern England, UK, has collapsed into the sea on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. It was the biggest rockfall in the area in 60 years, blocking a 300 m (984 feet) stretch of beach between Seatown and Eype, with more rock movements and falls expected.
New: Unsealed Records detail FBI/DOJ Jeffrey Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell cover-up They always knew. Today, the DOJ published records unsealed by court order in the Ghislaine Maxwell case. These included a motion and numerous exhibits detailing what the FBI/DOJ – and in particular, the Southern District of New York – knew about the criminal activities of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell back in 2016.
Argentinian pro-abortion leader dies during abortion procedure Spanish language media reported last Sunday that radical pro-abortion supporter Maria de Valle Gonzalez Lopez died during what she labeled her “dream” abortion operation. She was 23 years old and was the leader of the Radical Youth in the La Paz municipality in the province of Mendoza. Her death has sparked a fierce debate about abortion in Argentina and led for calls for women to know that the procedure can sometimes carry serious risks.
Court orders inspection into possible counterfeit ballots in Georgia Agreement by all parties on a detailed plan for maintaining the secrecy and security of absentee ballots cast in Fulton County Georgia has seen the Fulton County Superior Court on April 13 give the go-ahead for the images of some 140000 to 1500000 absentee ballot papers in Fulton County to be produced within 5 days for examination by two experts nominated by the Petitioners in proceedings commenced under Civil Action 2020CV343938 (“Civil Action”).
Exclusive: Florida Gov. DeSantis Says Lockdowns Were a ‘Huge Mistake’ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 1 last year locking down the Sunshine State for 30 days amid a global panic about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak. Sitting in his office exactly a year later, he told The Epoch Times that the lockdowns were a “huge mistake,” including in his own state.
Coming Live Streamed To Your House: The Vatican’s ‘Anti-God Squad’ Even as Senator Rand Paul has called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be taken off the airwaves for continually “fear mongering”, the Vatican’s upcoming ‘Health Conference’ is giving Fauci the prime spot on what should be called their ‘anti-God Squad’ gathering coming the world’s way on May 6-8.
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Canadian Government Agency Blocks Access to Church Building With Fencing Over Coronavirus Restrictions Apr 10, 2021 12:44 pm (Global News) — RCMP and members of Alberta Health Services were on scene at GraceLife Church west of Edmonton Wednesday morning to “physically close” the facility as temporary fencing was put up around the building. Police were at the Spruce Grove church before 8 a.m. Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as…Continue reading the story
Sixth Circuit Sides With Christian Professor Who Refused to Use Student’s ‘Preferred Pronouns’ Apr 13, 2021 10:13 am (ABA Journal) — The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a First Amendment lawsuit by a public college professor in Ohio who violated school policy by refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns. The 6th Circuit ruled for Shawnee State University philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether in a March 26 opinion by…Continue reading the story
Argentinian Pro-Abortion Leader Dies Days After Having Her Baby Murdered by Abortion Apr 16, 2021 11:33 pm LA PAZ, Argentina (LifeSiteNews) — A 23-year-old woman died in a hospital in San Martin in the Argentinian province of Mendoza last Sunday, four days after having undergone a legal abortion in the neighboring town of La Paz. Maria del Valle Gonzalez Lopez’ death was attributed to hemorrhage and general septicemia according to what is known of her autopsy report….Continue reading the story
Biden Admin Clears the Way To Allow Research on Fetal Tissue From Abortions Apr 17, 2021 12:05 am (The Daily Wire) — On Friday, the Biden administration announced the removal of a previous barrier that restricted certain kinds of research conducted on fetal tissue from elective abortions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement on Friday saying that it was undoing some of the previous administration’s policies regarding research…Continue reading the story
QUOTE OF THE WEEK“About 250,000 people are killed annually due to medical mistakes made by doctors. We don’t riot, loot, or protest doctors. Duante Wright was resisting arrest and the responding officer made a tragic mistake. Why doesn’t society extend police officers any understanding?” —Candace Owens
Prior to certain scientific discoveries, most people thought that the universe had always been here, and no need to ask who or what may have caused it. But today, that’s all changed. Today, the standard model of the origin of the universe is that all the matter and energy in the universe came into being in an event scientists call “The Big Bang”. At the creation event, space and time themselves began to exist, and there is no material reality that preceded them.
So a couple of quotes to show that.
An initial cosmological singularity… forms a past temporal extremity to the universe. We cannot continue physical reasoning, or even the concept of spacetime, through such an extremity… On this view the big bang represents the creation event; the creation not only of all the matter and energy in the universe, but also of spacetime itself.
The Biden-Harris administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is reversing the Trump administration’s decision to end taxpayer funding for experimental research that uses fetal tissue derived from aborted babies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency under the authority of HHS, announced Friday an “Update on Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research”:
On June 5, 2019, HHS announced that NIH intramural research that requires new acquisition of human fetal tissue from elective abortions will not be conducted. Simultaneously, HHS announced new requirements for documentation and review by an Ethics Advisory Board of extramural research applications for NIH grants, cooperative agreements, and R&D contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions…
…This notice informs the extramural research community that HHS is reversing its 2019 decision that all research applications for NIH grants and contracts proposing the use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions will be reviewed by an Ethics Advisory Board. Accordingly, HHS/NIH will not convene another NIH Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board.
What has been the cost of the pandemic? Eventually, it will all be totaled up, placed in nice, neat rows and columns, and historians will be able to tell future generations how much wealth disappeared, how many jobs were lost — dollars, cents, pesos, shekels, yen. Perhaps they will be able to quantify the cost of lost human liberty and personal freedom.
But there’s something that no one will be able to calculate. How can you put a dollar amount on a lost childhood? On millions of lost childhoods?
LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. To learn more about the Catholic Church and its role in helping to bring about a false ecumenical end-time “Christ,” read Roger Oakland’s book, Another Jesus: The eucharist christ and the new evangelization. Other speakers at this Vatican event include meditation advocates Dr. Oz and Dr. Hyman, two of the doctors Rick Warren introduced to the Christian church through his Daniel Plan.
By Evita Duffy The Federalist
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture is set to host Chelsea Clinton, Anthony Fauci, [New Age leader] Deepak Chopra, and others for a May conference to explore the “mind, body, and soul” and its role in health care.
The Vatican Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation and the Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation are partnering together to host “the world’s leading physicians, scientists, leaders of faith, ethicists, patient advocates, policymakers, philanthropists and influencers to engage in powerful conversations on the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health care delivery and prevention.” Click here to continue reading.
Emergent Church…aka Emerging and sometimes Emergence
Religious leadership must end its intellectual and imaginative failure to think through what it is doing in the light of the new emerging cosmology, which is hospitable to spirit-matter theories and mindbody experiences. ~ Leonard Sweet
The Emergent/Emerging Church movement is heading towards a crash collision with the New Age movement. In fact, it may already be happening before our very eyes. The Discernment Research Group has reached the inescapable conclusion that this is intentional and it has been planned for over a generation. ~ Sarah Leslie
“A label that has been used to refer to a particular subset of Christians who are rethinking Christianity against the backdrop of Postmodernism.” … “Members of the movement often place a high value on good works or social activism.” (Encyclopedia & Wikipedia)
Emergents “hold to traditional Protestant theological distinctives while rejecting the structures and styles of institutionalized Christianity.”
Emerging Church groups contain some or all of the following elements:
Highly creative approaches to worship and spiritual reflection. This can involve everything from the use of contemporary music and films through to liturgy or other more ancient customs. …
Does not like to spend money on church buildings. Prefer meeting as “house churches” or in temporary structures such as stores and warehouses.
A flexible approach to theology whereby individual differences in belief and morality are accepted within reason.
A more holistic approach to the role of the church in society. This can mean anything from greater emphasis on fellowship in the structure of the group to a higher degree of emphasis on social action, community building or Christian outreach.
A desire to reanalyze the Bible against the context into which it was written…”
A reading list that “consists primarily of Stanley Hauerwas, Henri Nouwen, T. Wright, Stan Grenz, Dallas Willard, Brennan Manning, Jim Wallis, Frederick Buechner, David Bosch, John Howard Yoder, Wendell Berry, Nancy Murphy, John Franke, Walter Winks and Lesslie Newbigin (not to mention McLaren, Pagitt, Bell, etc.).
Political concerns are “poverty, AIDS, imperialism, war-mongering, CEO salaries, consumerism, global warming/climate change, racism, and oppression and not so much with abortion and gay marriage.”
Support women in all levels of ministry including women pastors (egalitarian).
Prefer theology narrative instead of systematic.
Following Jesus is living the right way, not believing in the right things.
Eschatology: Building the kingdom of God on earth.
Lectio Divina a.k.a. spiritual formation…the silence…listening/centering/breath prayer but is best known as Contemplative Prayer (CP). This is a growing trend in evangelical churches. The prayer ritual stems from teaching associated with Catholic mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Ignatius of Loyola, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila. CP was reintroduced by Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Henri Nouwen, William Meninger, Basil Pennington and other mystics. The aim is to achieve an altered-state-of-consciousness)
Leaders (some are now deceased):There are the well-known emergent leaders (some are now deceased):Brian McLaren, Rick Warren, Phyllis Tickle, Marcus Borg, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Leonard Sweet, Bob Buford, Brennon Manning, Eugene Peterson, Donald Miller, Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Richard Rhor, Andy Stanley, John Ortberg, Frank Viola, Laurie Beth Jones, Ruth Haley Barton, Rachel Held Evans, Shane Claiborn, Dan Kimball, Shane Hipps, Spencer Burke, Peter Rollins, Steve Chalke, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jay Bakker, Jen Hatmaker, Karen Ward, Joel McClure, Dieter Xander and many others.
Then there is the next generation; the up-and-coming rookies who now are the prolific young voices at leadership conferences (like Catalyst and many others), that you can’t easily research because they don’t have anything questionable yet attached to their bios. But make no mistake: The leaders of old have not gone away, nor has the movement died. Instead it is shifting into a new or neo mode, making the Neo-Emergent movement even more appealing to a whole new audience of young Christians. It’s the same old “Hath God said” lie repackaged into a slick media marketing formula with programs helping many pastors “plug and play” with sermon topics and programs in their own churches to perpetuate the movement. Most don’t even know they’re doing it.
The Leadership Network has played a pivotal role in the Emerging Church movement. So have Roman Catholic mystics. Beware of Meister Eckhart, Ignatius of Loyola, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Henri Nouwen, William Meninger and Basil Pennington and New Ager Ken Wilbur.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:12-17 (emphasis added)
The Emergent Church movement is a Progressive Christian movement that attempts to elevate experience and feelings on a par with Christian doctrine. Many do not believe man can know absolute truth, and believe God must be experienced outside of traditional biblical doctrines.
Credit: Amy Spreeman & Marsha West – updated 4/15/21
Apostates will often give an ostensible intellectual reason for their apostasy but, in my experience, the root cause is rarely intellectual. It is typically spiritual. Experienced pastors have seen it many times. A person seems to growing in the Lord, sometimes for a considerable period, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, that person renounce the faith and walks away from the church and family. Often times such a person is involved in gross immorality. They are saying one thing with their mouth and another with their actions. Perhaps it is not sexual immorality but idolatry? Perhaps the person loves their career more than anything else? Jesus says, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:18–20; ESV). Perhaps it is that they think that they have committed an unpardonable sin. If so, that is a tragedy—Jesus freely forgives sinners every day. Perhaps it is, however, that people love darkness rather than light. Perhaps they were playing at Christianity and enjoyed the attention and affirmation but they found more of what they wanted in an adulterous relationship? The affair will end and then what? Whatever the case, please do not assume that apostates must have solid intellectual reasons for their decision. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9; AV). Dear apostate. I hope and pray that come to regret your choice. Should the Lord be so gracious as to cause you to regret it, Jesus the Savior of sinners will receive you warmly when you come home (Luke 15:11–32).
“Hopefully, human nature will take over. After allegiance to family, allegiance to a nation is strongest. Most Americans would view national policy dictated by unelected and accountable global organizations, global corporations, and ideologues as a New World Order. That is what The Great Reset and Agenda 2030 are driving and the Biden administration is a willing partner.”
(Stacy Lennox – PJ Media) New World Order used to be the province of conspiracy theorists. However, the phrase is now descriptive of what we see daily in the news. There is tremendous pressure to reorder society in the West, using the pandemic as a pretext. In America, the result has been an assault on our God-given rights on an unprecedented scale….
Political leaders proclaimed they were following the science to protect public health and stripped citizens of their ability to work, to associate, to worship, and even to petition our government.
Big Tech jumped in to help and made sure that no information that contraindicated their favored experts was easily accessible to the public. Using the pretext that the global and national health bureaucracies are the only experts Americans should listen to, they set out to ban or suppress information that contradicted the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. Permissible content changed from day to day because those two agencies often disagreed. View article →
U.S.—After a successful 2020, media organizations have announced a cooperative effort to create at least 25% more racism in the year 2021.
“Racism is our lifeblood, it’s what we live to talk about every single day,” said CNN President Jeff Zucker. “We work diligently to find it everywhere we can– and when we can’t find it, we must create it. This year, we are redoubling our efforts to bathe the American public in racial resentment until everyone is living in despair and agrees how terrible our country is!”
“It’s an important service we provide for the people,” he continued.
Major media companies such as ABC, NBC, and CBS confirmed they will be cooperating to ensure every news story and piece of entertainment is selectively chosen and edited to hide the truth, skew reality, and tell a narrative of racism and discrimination.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said one NBC producer.
Sources confirmed that once racism has successfully caused the dismantling of America’s legal system, they will move on to climate change to dismantle America’s economic system.
The Spirit Unites Christians with One Another and God 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Ephesians 2:18; 4:3–6; Colossians 2:19
We all, receiving one and the same Spirit, I mean the Holy Spirit, are in some sort blended together with one another and with God. For if, we being many, Christ, who is the Spirit of the Father and His own Spirit, dwells in each one of us severally, still the Spirit is one and indivisible, binding together the dissevered spirits of the individualities of one and all of us, as we have a separate being, in His own natural singleness into unity, causing us all to be shown forth in Him, through Himself, and as one. For as the power of His holy flesh makes those in whom it exists to be of the same body, so likewise also the indivisible Spirit of God that abides in all, being one, binds all together into spiritual unity.
CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Love in All Its Forms 1 Corinthians 13:4–8, 13; Galatians 5:22–23
Joy is love exulting; peace is love in repose; long suffering is love on trial; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith, is love on the battlefield; meekness is love at school; and temperance is love in training.
DWIGHT L. MOODY
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.