September 20, 2017: Verse of the day

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22 Prospect for life, good or bad. An individual’s prospects in life are determined by his wisdom. Here is another antithetical saying. “Understanding” (śēkel) is a “fountain of life” (see 10:11; 13:14; 14:27; 18:4), but “folly” (ʾiwwelet) brings “punishment” to fools. This “punishment” (mûsar) is essentially requital for sin. Once again Proverbs affirms that there is little that can be done for or with the fool. Alden, 129, astutely notes, “It is highly unlikely that Solomon would accept the idea that all men are created equal and thus deserve education at government expense.”[1]


16:22 / Antithetic and juxtapositional. Fountain of life is a common metaphor (cf. 10:11; 13:14; 14:27) and indicates the blessings which wisdom brings. The meaning of verse 22b is that folly itself is the chastisement for fools. Any teaching simply compounds their innate folly (cf. 15:10).[2]


16:22 Understanding serves as a wellspring of life and refreshment to its possessor, whereas folly is like a whiplash to fools. They are punished by their own folly. “Folly is the chastisement of fools” (Berkeley).[3]


16:22 fountain of life. See note on 10:11. The advice of the understanding person brings blessing, while the correction offered by a fool is useless.[4]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, pp. 150–151). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 82). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 833). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 16:22). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Progressive Criticizes Jesus For Not Being Very Christlike

SEATTLE, WA—After reading several chapters from the gospels over the weekend, local progressive believer Wendy Butler reportedly published a Patheos blog post in which she criticized Jesus of Nazareth for “not being very Christlike.” The blog post took Jesus to task for His “unloving and problematic” teachings. “He devotes entire sections of His sermons to […]

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The Briefing 09-19-17

Why a Catholic theologian’s cancellation at a Catholic seminary should have our attention

The LGBT revolution is inevitably a theological revolution

China no longer harvesting organs of prisoners, which it said it never did

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Jim Bakker Claims ‘Every Prophecy I’ve Made Has Come True. Also, Donald Trump Watches His Show.

Pulpit & Pen News has the story and a couple of videos to watch:

A few things you’ll learn from this clip.

First, Bakker claims that Trump watches the Jim Bakker Program.

Secondly, Bakker claims Trump admires Bakker for “getting back up.”

Third, the applause you hear after Bakker says the above is a sound effect. You can hear the few (25-30) people in the audience clap and then you’ll hear an added-in applause sound effect added in post-production to make it sound like hundreds are in the audience. Listen closely; you can hear it. It’s pretty obvious.

Fourth, Bakker claims he might get shot for wearing a cross hat. Okay.

Fifth, while extolling the religious virtue of Donald Trump, Bakker claims that all of his prophecies have come true.

“Everything God’s ever spoken to me has come to pass. And everything…you give minutes, almost. Your prophecies – the words God has brought  – you’ve given us to the minute…what this book is going to reveal to you is the warfare we are in.”

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September 19, 2017: Verse of the day

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23    If you turn at my reproof,

behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;

I will make my words known to you. [1]


23 The invitation takes the form of a conditional clause—“If only you’d respond” (NEB). Wisdom is firmly resolved to pour out her words (lit., “my breath,” a metonymy for words spoken, and not in the sense of “my spirit”) on those who respond. Like a copious spring she will gush forth to them.[2]


Wisdom promises blessing to those who repent (v. 23)

There is hope, however, that fools can change if they will only heed the voice of Wisdom, who offers to pour out her spirit upon the listener. Who would refuse such a wonderful and gracious invitation? Do you realize that you have been a fool? If so, you are well on your way to wisdom. Seek wisdom from God who will not refuse you (James 1:5).[3]


1:23 This verse may be understood in two ways. First, it may mean,

Since you won’t listen to my invitation, now turn and listen to my rebuke. I will pour out my spirit in words of judgment, and will tell you what lies ahead for you.

According to this interpretation, verses 24–27 are the words which describe their fate.

The second possible meaning is this:

Turn and repent when I reprove you. If you do, then I will pour out my spirit on you in blessing, and make my words of wisdom known to you.

The word “spirit” here probably means “thoughts” or “mind.” While it is true that Christ pours out the Holy Spirit on those who answer His call, this truth was not as clearly stated in the OT as it is in the NT.[4]


1:23 reproof. God’s wisdom brings to bear against the sinner indictments for sin that demand repentance. To the one who does repent, God promises the spirit or essence of true wisdom linked to divine revelation.[5]


1:23 my spirit. Proverbs recognizes wisdom as both a divine gift and a human task. The former is seen in 1:7, where the fear of the Lord grows from the grace of God in redemption. Redemption involves renewal of the mind as well as regeneration of the soul (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Cor. 1:18–2:6).[6]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 1:23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 55). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (p. 40). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 794). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 1:23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 874). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

September 18, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump, who derided the United Nations as a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time” after his election, is surprising veterans of the global body by leaning on it to help carry out his foreign policy agenda.

Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in France, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41 -year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor’s office and the students’ school said.

Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well-trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton.

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

France is “vigilant” about Iran’s compliance with its nuclear accord but “all signs are that it’s respecting its commitments,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The U.S. seeks a peaceful resolution but is prepared to use military force if diplomatic efforts fail to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed.

India is poised to emerge as an economic superpower, driven in part by its young population, while China and the Asian Tigers age rapidly, according to Deloitte LLP.

Saudi Arabia is considering a plan to phase out subsidies for gasoline and jet fuel in November at the latest, as the world’s biggest oil exporter pushes a program to curtail spending after a global slump in prices. At current levels, this could result in a hike of about 80 percent.

AP Top Stories

Hurricane Maria strengthened into a Category 2 storm on Monday and pushed toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday.

Thousands of Florida residents are being urged to evacuate a week after Hurricane Irma’s rains are overflowing the Withlacoochee River.

As the devastated Florida Keys began reopening to residents who fled Hurricane Irma, officials warned the returning islanders to bring enough supplies to sustain them for a while, because no one yet knows when water and power will be fully restored.

Texas Representative Joe Barton, a Republican politician who opposed funding for Hurricane Harvey relief is now in charge of Congressional efforts to help Texas recover from the storm.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act is back on the agenda, with Republicans suddenly talking about a bill that, until recently, few people in either party had taken all that seriously.

Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

British police made progress Sunday in their frantic pursuit of suspects and evidence connected to the bomb that partially exploded on a packed London subway, leading counter-terrorism officials to lower the country’s threat level because they no longer considered a fresh attack to be imminent.

A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they occupied parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and called for prayers Monday after escaping.

BBC

In a strongly-worded statement, North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear program.

US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.

A Chinese company offering sex dolls for rent has withdrawn its services just days after launching.

China and India may have defused a potential border conflict but the stand-off seems to have led to dispute over another contentious issue: water.

The prime minister of Serbia has become the first head of government in a Balkan country to take part in a gay pride march. Ana Brnabic is the first gay person, as well as the first woman, to lead Serbia.

WND

ISIS has involved children in war like no other movement in recent years. It has been known to sell Iraqi children as sex slaves and routinely conducts mass executions of children. Now the Jerusalem Post reports that the Islamic supremacist movement’s practices mean any children it deploys for war could be considered targets by opposing forces. “If children are holding a gun then direct participation in hostilities rules apply to children … children might be targets and not just victims.”

One of the biggest critics of the after-school Satanist clubs that have been promoted to schools around the country says a club in Tacoma, Washington, was a dismal flop, attracting the interest of only one person, and has been shut down.

The revelation of a massive data breach at credit giant Equifax is a a textbook example of poor protection and even worse public relations, but a leading cybersecurity expert says it leaves tens of millions of people vulnerable to fraud and identity theft for the rest of their lives.


The Briefing 09-18-17

Why atheists don’t trust other atheists and what this reveals about moral intuition

Looking back on the Summer of Love and the cultural revolution, 50 years later

Were The Beatles right, is love really all you need?

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News – 9/18/2017

‘Be Ready’: Famed Evangelist Warns of ‘Biblical Signs Before Christ’s Return’ Amid Wildfires, Violent Hurricanes and Earthquakes
With natural disasters raging across America, Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, is warning Christians to “be ready” for Jesus’ return, as the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse shared a plethora of Bible verses about the biblical end times.

Hurricane Maria nearing already battered Caribbean islands
A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday. Maria swiftly grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the coming hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Egyptian court sentences ex-President Morsi to 25 years for spy case
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Supports Free Speech, Opposes SPLC, Antifa, Soros Efforts to Restrict It
By a margin of 85 percent to 8 percent, respondents said that, in the aftermath of the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, “all Americans are entitled to free speech,” not “just some of us.”

Peace talks take back seat on Trump’s UN agenda
The Trump administration’s push for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will not feature prominently this week at the UN General Assembly, where the president, on his first trip there, will prioritize more pressing national security concerns, officials told The Jerusalem Post…President Donald Trump is expected to focus more on his showdown with North Korea, Iran’s nuclear program and the broad threat of violent religious extremism.

Israel to amend adoption law, give same-sex couples equal rights
The Israeli government said it would amend adoption law in the country to give same-sex couples equal rights. The state made the announcement Sunday during a hearing at the Supreme Court in response to a petition regarding adoption by same-sex and common-law couples filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.

US says it is considering closing its embassy in Cuba
The US is considering closing its embassy in Cuba after diplomatic staff reported health problems which Washington blames on a “sonic attack”. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a decision whether to shut to the mission in Havana was “under evaluation”. More than 20 staff suffered conditions ranging from mild brain trauma and hearing loss to dizziness and nausea.

Paris climate deal: Trump open to staying in, Tillerson says
Donald Trump is open to staying in the Paris accord on climate change, his secretary of state has said, just hours after the White House insisted there would be “no change” to US policy. Rex Tillerson said the US would stay in the agreement “if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair”. His comments come despite the White House earlier denying reports it was softening its stance on the accord.

Why Obamacare’s Much-Criticized Individual Mandate Is Likely to Endure (for Now)
The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now. In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged federal lawmakers to retain the mandate to help stabilize insurance markets.

Battered St. Martin residents fight to survive, struggle to decide whether to remain
Ten days after Hurricane Irma turned St. Martin into a jigsaw of ripped metal and shattered wood, residents were still struggling with an existential question: Should they cling to an island that can barely support life or start over elsewhere? Irma hit the shared Dutch and French Caribbean island as a Category 5 hurricane with winds in excess of 200 miles an hour, turning the picturesque tourist haven into a sweltering trash heap without power, water or communications.

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?
As conventional microchip design reaches its limits, DARPA is pouring money into the specialty chips that might power tomorrow’s autonomous machines. The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips…That poses a big problem for the Defense Department. In 2014, Defense One asked DARPA director Arati Prabhakar about it…

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City
Fox 13 News received several calls and messages about a series of strange lights in the sky above Salt Lake City Saturday night, and it appears the lights were likely part of the pregame festivities for Utah’s game vs San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Several videos shot just before 8 p.m. near Salt Lake City show the lights in the sky, with one video appearing to show a single point of light breaking up into smaller objects.

Top 5 Revealed Biblical Prophecies of 5777
As Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, approaches this week, it is customary to look back and reflect on the previous year. Between Sunday and Wednesday, Breaking Israel News will present a series of Top Lists recalling some of the most significant Biblical and Israel stories of 5777.

2,000-Year-Old Murder Mystery of 1st tury Jews Solved With Secret Burial Ceremony
“I have no doubt that these people were murdered in the first revolt in 69 CE at the hands of the Romans,” Dr. Stripling told Breaking Israel News. “It was a 2,000-year-old mass-murder mystery that was solved, and we now can tell their story.” “Many of the bones were disarticulated and jumbled, perhaps by animals, but we were able to determine that one of the women was arthritic and elderly, and one was a six-year-old child. Most of the skeletons belonged to young women.”

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Alaska, British Columbia
A Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Alaska about 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the state’s capital city Juneau. Coincidentally, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Disaster Preparedness Expo was winding down as the earthquake hit Saturday afternoon. No damage was immediately reported.

‘Don’t ever compare settlements to terror – terrorism is murder’
US Ambassador slams Obama admin for comparing Israeli housing projects to terror, says Obama ‘showed his true face’ to Israel with UN vote.

Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit
The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year. At the event, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who head the Wiesenthal Center, revealed the king’s pronouncements made to them during their visit to Manama, Bahrain’s capital city…

 Hurricane Maria to become major storm as it nears Caribbean
Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center says.

Pension Storm Coming: “This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime”
This issue is going to set neighbor against neighbor and retirees against taxpayers. It will become one of the most heated battles of my lifetime. It will make the Trump-Clinton campaigns look like a school kids’ tiddlywinks smackdown.

THE FOURTH REICH: U.N. to Publish ‘Blacklist’ of Jewish Companies in latest slap in the face to Israel and the Jews
The U.N. Human Rights Council, despite international outrage and pressures, will go forward with a publication of a list of companies that do business outside of the borders established in 1967 — a “blacklist” of sorts, aimed at squashing Israel’s economy.

Jim Rogers Warns “If Trump Starts A Trade War With China, It Will End US Hegemony”
“…In his mind, he wants to do it, he is ready to do it. Some of his advisors are very much in favor of a trade war. It may very well happen. If it happens, it is going to be very bad for the world and it is going to be worse for America than for other people.”

Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Crashes to Career Low $8M
This is a catastrophe for Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most stridently bigoted (former) stars. The Oscar-winner’s hateful attacks on Christians, conservatives, President Trump and his supporters have chipped away at her popularity going back to 2014, but no one expected this, expected anything close to $8 million, to single digits. At worst, Mother! was projected to squeak in at $12 million.

United Nations has ‘exhausted’ options on North Korea, says top US diplomat
The UN has run out of options for confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, presenting a unified front with Trump administration officials who continue to float a military option ahead of this week’s summit in New York.


Rick Warren, Calif. Bishop Hail Unity as Model for Evangelicals and Catholics to Follow

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and California Roman Catholic Bishop Kevin Vann recently opened up about their years-long friendship and cooperation as a model for evangelicals and Catholics around the world to follow.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 18, 2017

Constitution Day 2017

Celebrate the enduring legacy of Liberty enshrined in our Constitution.

The Foundation

“In the formation of our constitution the wisdom of all ages is collected — the legislators of antiquity are consulted, as well as the opinions and interests of the millions who are concerned. It short, it is an empire of reason.” —Noah Webster (1787)

September 14, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Despite the election of President Trump, which seemed to momentarily disrupt Democratic Party plans for total control, conservatives are losing politically. Trump’s basic failure was the inability to seize control of the Pentagon and intelligence agencies away from Obama and his holdovers. Conservatives that Trump tried to put in were systematically purged. He’s the ultimate target. It’s unclear whether he can save himself…. (more)


September 14, 2017
THE HILL — Anti-fascist activists, or “antifa,” increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism…. (more)

September 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — South Korea is assembling a “decapitation unit” in its military in a thinly veiled threat to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and his top aides as they escalate a nuclear missile program, The New York Times reported…. (more)

September 14, 2017
DAILY CALLER — Democrats are “fearful” that the Trump dossier is “a piece of fiction,” one that the FBI used to form the basis of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. That’s one theory that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is proposing for why Democrats are pushing back so hard against a GOP effort to get answers about the dossier from the FBI and Justice Department…. (more)

September 12, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Faith-based groups – – Christian nonprofits, specifically – – have been busy bees of late, providing more aid to hurricane victims than even FEMA, the federal agency that’s supposed to swoop to the scenes of natural disasters, assess the situation and speed the recovery and rebuilding process…. (more)


September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Three Texas churches that sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency when they were banned from participating in federal hurricane recovery programs because of their faith now are getting support from President Trump as well as at least one member of Congress…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers, Axios reported…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The administration imposed visa sanctions Tuesday on four countries that have refused to cooperate in taking back their immigrants whom the U.S. wants to deport, making good on one of President Trump’s campaign promises…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BYRON YORK — President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was only hours old when the Democratic attorneys general of 15 states filed a lawsuit to stop him. The president’s move is “cruel, short-sighted, inhumane, and potentially devastating to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and millions of people who work with, study with, love, and care for them,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told a campaign-style rally at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice…. (more)


September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday he endorsed Judge Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Alabama Senate runoff election in part because of the way the Republican establishment worked against fellow HFC member Rep. Mo Brooks during the August primary…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The international wire service Associated Press has been called out for “pushing the Democratic Party’s line” in a story about Republican Congress members planning to retire. John Hinderaker, at the popular Powerline blog, noted the AP “gleefully” headlined its story “Republicans jumping ship amid dissatisfaction in Trump era.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission Tuesday…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ART MOORE — When the FBI was asked to release files related to Hillary Clinton’s famous 33,000 deleted emails, the bureau insisted the former secretary of state and presidential candidate’s privacy outweighed the “public interest” in disclosing the information…. (more)


September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — According to local media in Charlottesville, about 100 students, faculty and local residents shrouded the statue in black and hung a banner on it saying “Black Lives Matter” and that “White Supremacy” should commit a sexual act. Others in the small rainy-night crowd carried signs reading “Thomas Jefferson is a racist and a rapist” and chanted “No Trump, No KKK, no racist UVa.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ken Burns had promised himself there would be no more war films. After documentaries on the Civil War and World War II, the filmmaker famous for his exhaustive, multipart deep dives into history was looking forward to more films along the lines of his “Jazz” and “Baseball” works…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE — Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements doesn’t lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen. On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying about their radical political agenda. She says that they don’t want to access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and eventually eliminate it…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MEDICAL KIDNAP — A law professor at the oldest law school in the nation believes that there is no inherent right to parent one’s own children. In an interview for CRTV about homeschooling, Professor James G. Dwyer told syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin that: The reason that parent-child relationship exists is because the state confers legal parenthood on people through its paternity and maternity laws…. (more)


September 12, 2017
LLOYD MARCUS — Moving to a tiny town in the hills of West Virginia took me out of the loop for about a month – – no TV or internet with horrible cell phone service and too much static on the radio to listen to Rush. Upon finally getting back on line, I learned that the airways have been dominated by a bunch of scumbag haters calling themselves Antifa…. (more)

September 12, 2017
JIM TERRY — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, recently said that Confederate monuments are propaganda. If that is the case, they are propaganda of the supporters of slavery, the supporters of the KKK, the supporters of Jim Crow laws, the supporters of anarchy. In other words, they are the propaganda of the Democrat Party. Those, and many more dubious qualities, are what the Democrat party has stood for historically and stands for today…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MICHAEL BRESCIANI — This year makes an even fifty years that I have been studying the subject of Biblical prophecy. I have watched as some of the best biblical expositors on this subject have arisen to help guide the believers and some of the worst as well…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'” (President Trump’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation)… (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The war against Islamic terrorism has not “really” changed in the 16 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday, but he’s not “particularly surprised” by that…. (more)


September 12, 2017
BLOOMBERG — Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up…. (more)


September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever – – rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported…. (more)

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Headlines – 9/18/2017

Khamenei says Tehran won’t bow to US ‘bullying’ on nuclear deal

Iran supreme leader warns US against any ‘wrong moves’

Israel claims UN ignored intel on secret Iran nuke sites

Mossad chief said pushing to ‘act now’ to prevent Iranian nuclear bomb

Using an extended hand of ‘peace’, Hamas backs Abbas into a corner

In shadow of Israel-Diaspora Western Wall crisis, PM meets US Jewish leaders

Ultra-Orthodox protesters arrested in violent clash in Jerusalem

Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit

In the Ukrainian city of Uman, businesses and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims

Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed fighters in Syria

PM to urge UN to prepare for day after ISIS defeat

UN chief: Northern Iraq vote would detract from ISIS fight

Aid officials ‘gravely concerned’ over fate of relocated IS families in Iraq

Iran warns Iraq Kurds independence means end to border deals

UN chief comes out against Kurdish independence referendum

‘We will kill you all’ – Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage

Ethiopia: 55,000 people displaced amid ethnic clashes

Bomb scare forces BA flight evacuation in Paris

UK lowers official terrorist threat level after 2nd arrest

France: Acid attack on 4 US students not seen as terror act

Kuwait orders North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month

Mystery Shocks at North Korea’s Sacred Volcano Trigger Eruption Fears After Nuclear Test

North Korea secretly building nuclear submarine to deploy within 3 years: report

Haley says UN has exhausted options on North Korea

Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as ‘Rocket Man’

Trump to Address World Leaders at U.N. as North Korea Threat Looms

As Trump visits U.N., New York prepares for ‘Super Bowl’ of security

Russian warship enters the Mediterranean

Cyprus ‘selling’ EU citizenship to super rich of Russia and Ukraine

Trump’s eldest son set to testify publicly on Russia

Emmys Go Political in First Minute: Colbert’s Opener Has Trump Treason, ‘Confederate’ Jokes – and Male Handmaids

McMaster: Trump better without Bannon, others who pushed their ‘own narrow agendas’

US may close Cuba embassy after ‘attacks’ on diplomats

Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City

NASA’s Doomsday Warning That ‘Planet X’ Is Headed On Straight Trajectory For Earth Is Fake News

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Two strong earthquakes in Bardarbunga volcano

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Tropical Storm Jose upgrades to hurricane; potential tropical storm watches in US

Tropical Storm Maria strengthens into hurricane

Irma-battered Caribbean islands brace for Hurricane Maria’s flooding, damaging winds

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

Texas Cities Struggle to House Thousands Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Climate Change Hype Doesn’t Help – The bigger issue than global warming is that more people are choosing to live in coastal areas

Swine flu cases in Gujarat cross 7,000-mark; 415 deaths

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Infant dies after routine shots, hosp blames kin

Mega Church Uses ACDC in Worship to Promote Financial Sheep Beating

Rick Warren Affirms Roman Catholic Idolaters as Recipients of God’s Grace

The Jim Jones ‘Judge-Not’ Jingle?

Nabeel Qureshi Passes into Glory

NAR Apostle Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Says Latino Church Will Save American Christianity

Christians Outpace FEMA in Aid to Hurricane Victims

UK Speaker: Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be ‘Proper’ Until Churches Can’t Opt Out

After-School Satanists Club Flops, Closes Down

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:55 AM PDT

One of the biggest critics of the after-school Satanist clubs that have been promoted to schools around the country says a club in Tacoma, Washington, was a dismal flop, attracting the interest of only one person, and has been shut down. “Atheists masquerading as a so-called Satanist Temple group” ended an after-school program at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma,” according to Liberty Counsel.

“The After-School Satan Club ceased meeting soon after teachers from the Seattle Satanic Temple offered their first meeting in December 2016. Apparently, only one child joined the club.” Satanist clubs have been offered in some of the schools where Christian Good News Clubs already were meeting. The Christian groups are sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, which won a landmark 2001 case in the U.S. Supreme Court for equal access to school facilities. READ MORE

FALLING AWAY: Death Spiral For The Anglican Church As Massive Numbers Leave The Church

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:31 AM PDT

The Church of England’s membership is now declining so swiftly and steadily that it can hardly be considered anything less than a death spiral as millions drop out of the ranks of the faithful.  Instead of relying solely on the official figures provided by the Church, which still claims to have over 85 million members, many are now taking a closer look at the British Social Attitudes Survey, conducted every year since 1983.
In 2016, the survey was given to 2,942 adults between July and October and respondents replied, not with an official church affiliation that may be found on a certificate or registry, but instead, they described their actual beliefs, religious identities, and behavior.  The results could hardly be worse for the Church of England and Christianity in general. READ MORE

 

Pastor Running for Governor of Oklahoma says ‘It Is Time to Abolish Human Abortion’

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:26 AM PDT

A pastor and former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who is currently running for the governor of Oklahoma declared in a video posted online this week that if elected, he would abolish abortion in the state. “Tragically, some 250,000 preborn Oklahomans have been deprived of their right to life since the U.S. Supreme legitimized the slaughter in 1973,” lamented Dan Fisher, pastor of Liberty Church in Yukon. “And that’s not even counting those killed by various abortifacient drugs and devices.”

He said that while pro-life bills have been passed in the state with regularity, they only seek to regulate killing unborn children, and do not attempt to end abortion altogether. “For example, pro-lifers have passed laws requiring that a mother must wait 72 hours before she has her baby killed,” Fisher outlined. “Pro-life legislators have passed laws requiring the abortionist to perform an ultrasound, which the mother may look at—or not.” READ MORE

Russia cannot allow military conflict with N. Korea near its borders

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Moscow can’t allow the US or other countries to provoke North Korea into a military conflict as that could mean the use of weapons of mass destruction near Russian borders, the head of the upper house Committee for International Relations says. “The United States is in a more convenient position because its territory is on a significant distance [from North Korea] and they can afford, excuse me for using this expression, the luxury of experiments. And we, as a country that has a common border with North Korea,

are not into jokes. “We cannot allow the United States or any other nation to hold this sort of experiments with North Korea,” Senator Konstantin Kosachev said in comments with Izvestia daily. He also noted that North Korean leadership will do anything to protect itself from external threats and because of that, work on the nuclear program would not stop while the United States and its allies allow the scenario of foreign intervention and forceful displacement on Pyongyang regime. READ MORE

Kim Jong-Un threatens to turn US into ‘sea of flames’ with surprise attack

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Tyrant dictator Kim Jong-un has taunted Donald Trump boasting “America’s fate is in hands of North Korea” by vowing to turn US into a “sea of flames”. The threat came just a day after the North carried out yet another successful ballistic missile over Japan claiming America is now in “mortal fear” after proving it has the military power to strike US territory. A spokesman for NK’s ruling party said: “Through the two

successful ICBM test-launches the DPRK has put the whole U.S. mainland in its striking range and clearly showed that it can turn the American empire into a sea in flames through sudden surprise attack from any region and area. “Whatever means and methods the U.S. may employ, they will never work on the DPRK. The U.S. fate is in the hands of the DPRK. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Hurricane Maria Likely to Strengthen to Category 4

Posted: 18 Sep 2017 05:54 AM PDT

Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. “Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane before it moves through the Leeward Islands,” according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update. In its 5 a.m. update, the

hurricane center placed Maria about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Martinique and about 130 miles (215 east-southeast) of Dominica. The storm is currently a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 mph. “Maria is likely to be at category 3 or 4 intensity by the time it moves into the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea,” the center said in its forecast. READ MORE

6 Times the Devil Loves to Attack You

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 04:00 PM PDT

(By Ben Godwin) When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him. Then God the Father spoke audibly, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). What a divine endorsement and spectacular display of the supernatural! Notice what happened next: The snake showed up. Jesus was led into the wilderness to endure 40 days of intense temptation by the devil.

 

When God moves, you can count on it, the devil moves too. He tries to undermine what God is doing and steal our spiritual momentum. Remember, it is not a sin to be tempted. It just means you’re human (welcome to the club). Shakespeare said, “This one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.” Martin Luther observed, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” READ MORE

Hackers Now Have Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:47 PM PDT

(By Michael Snyder) Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even driver’s license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen

anything like this before, and to say that this will be “disastrous” for the credit industry would be a massive understatement. What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between “mid-May and July of this year”… Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. READ MORE

 

Passion of the Christ actor will star in new film based on Paul the Apostle

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:40 PM PDT

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, will play St. Luke in a new movie about the apostle St. Paul. Paul, Apostle of Christ is slated to be released from AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony, and ODB Films, in 2018. It began shooting in Malta recently, Variety reported. The “inspirational drama” will tell the story of St. Paul, who went “from the most infamous persecutor[s] of

Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle,” according to the producers’ description. It will take place primarily during Paul’s last days, when he was imprisoned and about to be executed. James Faulkner of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones will play Paul.  “Paul changed from murdering Christians to becoming their unlikely leader. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Maria strengthens to category 1 Hurricane, Following same path as Irma

Posted: 17 Sep 2017 03:33 PM PDT

Hurricane Maria was upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated less than two weeks ago by Hurricane Irma. As of Sunday afternoon, Maria was about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east-northeast of Barbados, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, hurling winds of 75 mph, and is forecast to continue

moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 15 mph. “Maria has strengthened to a hurricane and could be near major hurricane intensity which it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards,” the hurricane center said. Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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Defining Orthodoxy in Our Modern World

Recently a manifesto was released by the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhoodknown as the Nashville Statement (NS). The manifesto proclaims that traditional sexual morality is based on the clear teaching of Scripture, not on the whims of an ever changing culture.  Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a signatory to NS, declared that the statement was released by “Christians who believe that it is our responsibility to speak clearly to issues of gender and sex and sexuality and biblical morality in a time when these issues are commonly confused.”

Peter Jones, Executive Director of truthxchange, also signed NS. He believes the manifesto raises two crucial questions: 1. What is God-honoring sexuality? and 2. Who is truly Christian?

Dr. Jones tells us that Progressive Christians accuse evangelical orthodoxy of resisting the Spirit’s leading and clinging to the dogmas and traditions that, in their view (which is decidedly liberal), God is calling us to rethink and reform Christianity.  “For these ‘Christians’” says Jones, “’Evangelical orthodoxy’ is a heresy.”

Dr. Jones has no problem naming names and lists several progressive “Christians” who deny the authority of Scripture; moreover, they twist Scripture into a pretzel so that it fits a very “progressive” (liberal) agenda. Jones writes:

This is the oddest time for me to be writing a book that warns the church that the affirmation of homosexuality will lead many Evangelicals into liberalism. The recent Nashville Statement on Sexuality (made public August 25, 2017), has, oddly enough, provoked an embarrassment of riches for my research into the decline of evangelicalism.

The internet is rocking with responses of “Christians” denouncing with righteous anger the Scripture-honoring Nashville Statement. Written and endorsed by leading evangelical theologians (such as J. I. Packer and Al Mohler) this statement is dismissed by “Christian” movements as a hateful attack on people with variant sexual identities. So the Nashville Statement raises two crucial questions: 1. What is God-honoring sexuality? and 2. Who is truly Christian?

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Source: Defining Orthodoxy in Our Modern World

What Is Biblical Meditation?

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

What is meditation?

The concept has been corrupted in modern thought. In the minds of many Christians, meditation is associated with eastern religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism – belief systems that don’t acknowledge God as Father or Jesus as Savior and Lord. This association leads many to believe that meditation in any form opens the mind to evil spirits or untrue teaching.

But that robs us of an important way of interacting with Scripture.

When I began staying home with my kids, I was overwhelmed. While I suspected such an endeavor would be hard, I wasn’t prepared for the ways it challenged me. My daily time in the Bible kept me rooted in Christ; my weekly Bible study kept me digging into Scripture; but the thing that reassured me that I was in Jesus’ hands was meditation on his holy Word.

What the Bible Says About Meditation

Since the concept of meditation has been appropriated by other religions, we’ve lost an important and meaningful way of interacting with Scripture. The Bible mentions 23 occurrences of some translation of meditate: 19 of them appear in the Psalms, and of the 23, 20 refer specifically to meditating on the Lord in some way. We are told to meditate on his actions, law, or testimonies – all of which are found within his Word.

There are several words in the Bible that translate as a form of meditate, depending on their context, including speakutterstudyimagine, and muse. (There is even one instance of it being translated as sing, my personal favorite.) The Bible uses meditation as deep contemplation, a turning over and around in the mind to gain greater understanding and be changed by God’s truth.

True, meditation is a tool of learning that can be abused. Yet, instead of avoiding it, we should use it with care, biblical understanding, and respect.

What Biblical Meditation Isn’t

Biblical meditation is not:

  • Sitting with an empty mind
  • Mindlessly repeating a single word or phrase to gain some sort of altered state
  • Burning candles, or sitting calmly on a rug, or listening to sonorous music
  • Practicing yoga

Biblical meditation isn’t even primarily for relaxation, although you may find it calming and comforting. It’s not about controlling your breathing, although there may be times when deep breaths are helpful. It’s never mindless; instead meditation means that your mind is focused on God and his Word.

What Biblical Meditation Is

Not only is biblical meditation about focusing on God through contemplation on his Word, it’s about quieting our hearts with Scripture and a deeper intimacy with Jesus.

The particulars of biblical meditation can vary, but the practice isn’t complicated. A meditative practice that helps me is sitting quietly and thinking over a passage piece by piece, breaking it apart and dwelling on each word and line of Scripture. I would not be surprised if many of us, even those who scoff at the concept of meditation, have engaged in it without realizing it:

  • If you’ve ever sat with a Scripture and gone over it repeatedly, trying to understand each word, you’ve meditated.
  • If you’ve ever been compelled by a sermon or passage of Scripture to sit and think over a single attribute or testimony of God, you’ve meditated.
  • If you’ve ever felt tempted and brought a Scripture to mind, going over it repeatedly to gain God’s strength and rest, you’ve meditated.

Meditation implies wonder and thought, remembering the Lord in all his glory and pondering him in his fullness:

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? (Psalm 77:11-13)

The Difference Between Meditation and Reading

When we do our daily Bible reading, we’re acknowledging and strengthening our communion with God. In that regard, our daily reading and Scripture meditation are the same. Bible meditation also shares a similarity with Bible study; like Bible study, it’s meant to take a lingering look into specific aspects and contexts of Scripture.


Bible meditation is learning to savor every morsel of God’s rich, vibrant, life-giving Scripture.
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Where daily reading is our regular nourishment in God’s Word, and Bible study is meant to deepen our understanding of that nourishment, Bible meditation is learning to savor every morsel of God’s rich, vibrant, life-giving Scripture:

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (Psalm 119:14-16)

Think of Bible meditation like slowly enjoying a piece of chocolate, letting it melt in your mouth, paying close attention to every nuance of flavor and texture. Like a thoughtful experience with well-made food, meditation brings delight in God’s holy testimonies and character, and that delight inspires even more meditation on his Word.

While Bible study educates and convinces the mind, Bible meditation persuades and entices the heart. In the hardest times, I mull over what God has said, reminding myself of his justice and goodness; this settles my soul and turns my eyes from my immediate troubles to his eternal grace.

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Seminar — True Betrayal: Overcoming the Betrayal of Your Spouse’s Sexual Sin (Podcasts)

Below are presentations from a live event for “True Betrayal: Overcoming the Betrayal of Your Spouse’s Sexual Sin. For the various counseling options available from this material visit http://www.summitrdu.com/counseling.

  • The True Betrayal seminar is also available in video format.

The complementing study “False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery” is also available in a video and podcast format.


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STEP 1.
PREPARE yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually to face your suffering.

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STEP 2.
ACKNOWLEDGE the specific history and realness of my suffering.

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STEP 3.
UNDERSTAND the impact of my suffering.

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LEARN MY SUFFERING STORY which I used to make sense of my experience.

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STEP 5.
MOURN the wrongness of what happened and receive God’s comfort.

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STEP 6.
LEARN MY GOSPEL STORY by which God gives meaning to my experience.

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STEP 7.
IDENTIFY GOALS that allow me to combat the impact of my suffering.

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STEP 8.
PERSEVERE in the new life and identity to which God has called me.

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STEP 9.
STEWARD all of my life for God’s glory.

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If this post was beneficial for you, then consider reading other blogs from my “Favorite Posts on Adultery” or “Favorite Posts on Pornography” post which address other facets of these subjects.

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September 18, 2017: Verse of the day

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17    I love those who love me,

and those who seek me diligently find me.

18    Riches and honor are with me,

enduring wealth and righteousness.

19    My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,

and my yield than choice silver.

20    I walk in the way of righteousness,

in the paths of justice,

21    granting an inheritance to those who love me,

and filling their treasuries. [1]


17–21 Wisdom rewards those who love her. The emphasis here is that Wisdom not only possesses all these attributes but also makes them accessible to those who seek her. Loving (ʾāhab) and seeking (šāḥar) point up the means of finding (māṣāʾ) Wisdom (v. 17). Those who find it obtain honor and wealth (vv. 18, 21). This honor and wealth come along the way of righteousness (v. 20), for divine blessing is always connected to obedience, i.e., ethical behavior. Earlier the teacher had instructed the disciple to walk in the way of righteousness; now we see that Wisdom walks in this way.[2]


Wisdom and Jesus offer you great rewards (8:17–21)

Wisdom loves and blesses those who love and seek her (v. 17). They enjoy success in their vocations, in their families, with their finances, and in their relationships. Jesus loves and blesses those who seek him (John 14:21; Matt. 7:7–11). Because we are by nature wayward and would never seek him (Rom. 8:7–8), he draws us to himself, giving us new desire for wisdom (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 8:9–11; 1 John 4:19). Just as Wisdom offers great treasure to those who seek her, so Jesus makes all who come to him spiritually rich, at great cost to himself (2 Cor. 8:9; Matt. 6:19–20; Rev. 3:18). In him we have an imperishable heavenly inheritance (1 Peter 1:4–5).[3]


8:14–21 Some of the rewards or benefits of Wisdom are:

Good counsel (v. 14a)

Sound judgment (v. 14b)

Understanding (v. 14c)

Moral strength to do what is right and to resist evil (v. 14d)

Leadership ability (vv. 15a, 16a)

Judicial skill (vv. 15b, 16b)

Affection and companionship (see John 14:21) (v. 17a)

Ready access to those who mean business (v. 17b)

Enduring riches coupled with honor and righteousness (v. 18)

Character that is worth more than fine gold or choice silver (v. 19)

Guidance in paths of righteousness and of justice, bringing wealth in abundance (vv. 20, 21).

We have already mentioned that these passages dealing with Wisdom can be fittingly applied to the Lord Jesus, since the NT refers to Him as Wisdom (Matt. 11:19; Luke 11:49; 1 Cor. 1:24, 30; Col. 2:3). Nowhere is the application more clear and beautiful than in the following verses. The Christian Church has consistently regarded this paragraph as referring to the Lord Jesus Christ.

What then do we learn about Christ in “this noble specimen of sacred eloquence?”[4]


8:17 love. Wisdom’s love for the one who receives it is proven by the benefits mentioned in vv. 18–21.[5]


8:17 I love those who love me reinforces the calls to seek wisdom (e.g., 2:1–4; 4:5, 7), for she will show favor and then grant multiplied benefits. Those who seek me diligently find me reinforces the promise that the Lord will give wisdom (e.g., 2:5–11; James 1:5) and its benefits (see Prov. 8:18–21, 35).

8:18–21 Riches and honor come with wisdom (this often happens when a society is functioning justly), but also something even greater: an unspecified kind of enduring wealth and righteousness (v. 18), a fruit that is better than gold and silver (v. 19), and an abundant inheritance (v. 21). While this description would include any material blessings that come to those who seek wisdom, these things cannot compare to the greater value of what is promised here: life and favor from the Lord (see v. 35).[6]


8:17 those who seek me diligently Both statements in this verse aim to motivate the reader to seek wisdom (compare vv. 18–19). The vocabulary of love suggests that in the pursuit of wisdom, there is a need not just for an emotional commitment, not just a pragmatic vision. Its attainment therefore involves heartfelt satisfaction.

8:18 enduring wealth and righteousness The pairings in this verse speak of honorable wealth. While unprincipled people may possess certain characteristics of wisdom, their wealth is not the kind described here because it lacks honor (see v. 20). Wealth and power are neither indications of the kind of wisdom God desires, nor are they necessarily indications of divine blessing. The writer avoids blessing wealth for its own sake.

8:19 My fruit is better than gold Wisdom is often depicted as preferable to gold or other precious metals (3:14–15).

8:20 I walk Indicates a habitual activity.

paths of justice The Hebrew word used here, mishpat, refers to a fair ruling or decision. It is associated with truth and righteousness. See note on 1:3.

8:21 I will fill their treasuries Wisdom promises rewards of permanence and continuity across generations (13:22). See note on 3:2.[7]


8:17 I love those who love me. The statements contrast with wisdom being hidden from fools (1:28, 29). Wisdom cares for her own (4:6, 8, 9).

those who seek me … find me. See 2:4, 5; 3:13–15. This suggests a relationship between wisdom and the grace of God that causes Him to draw near to us (Is. 55:6). Jesus, Himself the final revelation of divine wisdom (1 Cor. 1:24, 30; Col. 2:2, 3), possibly alludes to this verse in Matt. 7:7.

8:18 Riches and honor. See 3:2, 16. Solomon’s early reign was an example of the material and social benefits of wisdom (1 Kin. 10:1–9).

righteousness. This means obedience to God’s law, extending to the cultivation of right relationships between God, people, and creation. See Rom. 12:18; 1 Tim. 2:1–4.[8]


8:17–18. Wisdom, available to all, is acquired only by those who love her (cf. v. 21; 4:6) and seek her (cf. 2:1–4). Those who are wise receive riches and honor (cf. 3:16), enduring wealth (cf. 8:21; 14:24; 15:6; 22:4), and prosperity. “Enduring” is literally “surpassing” or “eminent.” The riches that come to the possessor of wisdom are genuine, not artificial substitutes purchased with silver or gold. Being honored in a community is a product of one’s walk (conduct) rather than one’s wealth by itself. “Prosperity” is literally “righteousness” (cf. v. 20). Godly living is the major benefit from having wisdom.

8:19–21. The word yield (v. 19) is a term used in the marketplace; the verb focuses attention on wisdom’s ability to produce benefits far superior to what fine gold (ḥārûṣ; cf. v. 10) and silver provide. Wisdom goes with righteousness and justice (cf. v. 8). The form of the Hebrew verb walk conveys the idea of walking steadily or continuously. (On the distinction between righteousness and justice see comments on Amos 5:7.)

As in many places in Proverbs, way (s) and paths are used synonymously (see comments on Prov. 2:13). As stated in 8:18, those who love (cf. v. 17) and acquire wisdom gain wealth (cf. 3:16; 14:24; 15:6; 22:4). Like many statements in Proverbs, this one is a generalization to which exceptions should be noted. Material substance is replenishable (keeping one’s treasuries full) because of the skill a wise person has to maintain it.[9]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 8:17–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 99). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (p. 90). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 810–811). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 8:17). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 1148–1149). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 8:17–21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 884). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 922). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.