Stretch Out Your Hand

December 13, 2017

 

When a person refuses to discuss his or her grievances in person and/or refuses to hear the other side of an argument that has developed during a conflict that has arisen,  what can be done?

I don’t think that anything can be done until the person refusing to talk it out is willing to sit down and discuss the grievances that exist.  Silence is not a solution.  Staying angry, playing games of trite types of communication (e.g. emailing someone, getting a reply from that person, then not replying back for several days or weeks) isn’t helpful; it’s harmful.  Continuing to ignore the requests for conversation with the hope for conflict resolution with the people involved is not a solution.

Someone I know tried to re-establish communications with her son through her daughter-in-law.  Apparently, both of them have been ignoring her plea (as well as the pleas from her husband and their daughter, the son’s sister) for dialogue for five weeks now.  The mom thought that if she could touch the heart of her daughter-in-law, maybe her son would consider speaking with his mom again.  Here is what she wrote (with name changes as requested):

Dear Aurora,

Since Carey has blocked me (on text, email, phone calls and Facebook) I am appealing to you to encourage him to talk with us.  His request to avoid “unhealthy communication” and to not cross certain “boundaries” can easily be discussed and resolved, but not when communication of any kind is completely cut off.  In the spirit of the celebration of our dear Savior’s birth, it is my prayer and hope that you and Carey can forgive us and be willing to start healing.

I pray you will join me in claiming 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18.  When people intentionally or unintentionally hurt us, as Christians we are not to repay by hurting them back, but rather to “always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.”  Verse 5:18 says, “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

God bless and hope to see you and Carey soon.

In Jesus,

Mom 

Unfortunately, the mom thinks that maybe her daughter-in-law also blocked her on email, phone, text, and Facebook; so that message didn’t make it through.

What can be done when there is no modicum for respect left for this mom, dad, and the rest of the family?

The term “anger” appears in the NKJV of the Bible 233 times in 228 verses.  In the New Testament we are told:

I think that one of the most interesting accounts regarding “anger” and one that can be a lesson for the “hardness of hearts” that can happen within family disputes, is in Mark 3:1-6. This portion of Scripture is about Jesus healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. Take special note of what the Pharisees did as a result of the healing.

Mar 3:1


And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

Mar 3:2
So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

Mar 3:3
And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

Mar 3:4
Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

Mar 3:5
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.[fn]

Mar 3:6
Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

The Pharisees hated Jesus, and despite the miracle that they had just witnessed, their anger towards God’s Son made their hearts so hardened that all they wanted to do was to plot how they might destroy Him!  See how easily anger can be turned into sin?

David Guzik’s commentary on this portion of Scripture gives us more insight.

Here is a relevant part of the commentary:

Quote:

a. A man was there who had a withered hand: “The man’s hand was withered, but God’s mercy had still preserved to him the use of his feet: he uses them to bring him to the public worship of God, and Jesus meets and heals him there. How true is the proverb – It is never so all with us, but it might be much worse!” (Clarke)

b. They watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath: The critics of Jesus expected Him to heal this man with the withered hand. By their expectation, they admitted that Jesus had the power of God to work miracles. Knowing this, they watched Him closely… so that they might accuse Him. They knew what Jesus could do, yet their knowledge didn’t draw them to Jesus. It was as if a man could fly, but the authorities wanted to know if he had a pilot’s license.

i. The religious leaders watched Jesus closely but with no heart of love for Him. They knew about Jesus, but they did not know Him.

ii. They also knew Jesus would do something when He saw this man in need. In this sense, these critics had more faith than many of us, because we sometimes doubt that Jesus wants to meet the needs of others.

c. Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill? In His question to the religious leaders, Jesus emphasized the truth about the Sabbath: there is never a wrong day to do something truly good.

i. According to their Sabbath traditions, if you cut your finger, you could stop the bleeding – but you could not put ointment on the cut. You could stop it from getting worse, but you weren’t allowed to make it better.

d. He had looked around them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts: This is one of the few places where Jesus is described as having anger, and He was angry at the hardness of men’s hearts.

i. Jesus was angry because this was a perfect opportunity for these critics of His to change their minds about Him and their traditions. But they refused to change their minds, and rejected Jesus instead. In this we can see that Jesus deliberately used this occasion to provoke a response. Jesus could have done this the next day. Jesus could have done it privately. But He chose to do it at this time and place.

e. Stretch out your hand: In this, Jesus commanded the man with the withered hand to do something impossible – to move his paralyzed hand. But as the man put forth effort, God did the rest. God never commands us without enabling us.

i. “This man might have reasoned thus: ‘Lord, my hand is withered; how then can I stretch it out? Make it whole first, and afterwards I will do as thou commandest.’ This may appear reasonable, but in his case it would have been foolishness. At the command of the Lord he made the effort, and in making it the cure was effected!” (Clarke)

f. The Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him: Jesus did nothing but a wonderful miracle. In response, two parties of former enemies (the Pharisees and the Herodians) agreed together in one cause: to destroy Jesus.

i. “The Herodians were not a religious party; they were a group of Jews who were sympathetic to King Herod and supported his rule.” (Wiersbe) /unquote

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So, how does this relate to the anger of the son towards his family for “unhealthy communications” and crossing “boundaries?”

In this way.  The son, just like the man with the withered hand, must make the first move to reap the rewards of healing.

Note, again:

e. Stretch out your hand: In this, Jesus commanded the man with the withered hand to do something impossible – to move his paralyzed hand. But as the man put forth effort, God did the rest. God never commands us without enabling us.

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Choices: The undermining daughter-in-law dilemma

December 10, 2017

I wasn’t aware of how pervasive this problem is until I read the article linked below. It was very disheartening to read, “The dynamics of a family can be torn apart by selfish choices made by adult children.”

In the past, I thought that the Millennial adult children of Baby-Boomer parents often got “a bad rap” when it comes to discussions of their behavior towards their parents.  Many of these grown-up adult children are married and having children of their own.  Those adult children who have been brought up in a Christian home, generally still have much love, respect, and gratefulness for their now-aging parents; and all are enjoying the great relationships being developed between parents, grandparents and grandchildren.

However, when a son marries and is then taken in by the influence of say, an undermining daughter-in-law; it can cause huge damage, sorrow, and grief upon the parents that he once may have loved, respected and honored throughout his life. The situation can be especially egregious when this type of daughter-in-law claims to be a Christian.

Excerpt:

Author Anne Kathryn Killinger decided to share her grief with others as well as shed some light on the subject. She contacted numerous grandparents who lamented of similar problems. Killinger shares these stories in her new book, “A Son is a Son Till He Gets a Wife: How Toxic Daughters-in-law Destroy Families.”

Many daughters-in-law today are selfish, possessive and narcissistic, and will not rest until they have divorced their husbands from the parents who raised them. It’s a deceptively gradual process, and half the time, you don’t even realize it has happened until it’s too late. It starts with her taking all of the phone calls for the family, or the canceling of trips to visit family. Soon, phone calls go unreturned, and finally you realize that your son is no longer your son. He’s just some other woman’s husband.”

I read several of the reviews and comments about Killinger’s book.  About 9 were positive, with many readers of the comments indicating that the reviews were helpful.  One estranged mother wrote:

Did your loving son change once he found her? This book will help ease your pain by educating you that your son is the victim of mind control and that you are not alone in your suffering. This book is a start to helping you understand what is happening to your precious son.

There were also some very negative reviews and nasty comments directed at the author.

Each person’s experience is not the same.  Some people choose to remain suffering in silence.  Others, want to find ways to ease the pain.

I have not read the book, but since it was referenced in the article I wanted to let readers know that I can’t recommend it to everyone.  However, for the purposes of this post and those parents who have been blindsided by sudden estrangement and are so grieved and sad that their son will no longer talk with them or see them; perhaps that book might help them see that they are not alone.

Surprisingly, a therapist who was mentioned in the article suggests that, “this trend is another result of the pampered Baby Boomer generation.”

The author of the article says, “Perhaps.”

Yes.  It might depend upon individual upbringing and experiences.

I’m wondering if that therapist is making the claim that the Baby Boomer generation parents coddled their children too much and gave them everything that they needed if they had the means to do so?  Or, could it have been that they were given “their way” too often; even at the expense of allowing them to think that they are more superior than others?  Is that why she is blaming that today’s young people project a certain attitude of superiority, act impatient, are disdainful, and highly critical?

The article takes a look at “impatient tolerance.”

Some daughters-in-law “tolerate” their husband’s family and this impatient tolerance is apparent. It is uncomfortable to be in the presence of someone you feel is only tolerating you.

[Perhaps] power and control are what these controlling daughters-in-law desire, but why do the sons allow this to take place?

Good question!  Why do the sons allow this to take place?  There could be a myriad of reasons.  Perhaps the wife give him an ultimatum like, “it’s either me or your parents.”  Perhaps the wife has parents of her own who have encouraged their daughter to get her husband to abandon his parents, simply because they don’t like them?  One of the worst examples that I have found about reasons why a son could be brain-washed into abandoning his parents is for so-called “religious” reasons.

A family and their daughter who hold to superior “feelings” that their religious beliefs are higher than the son’s family’s religious beliefs can use wretched “counseling” techniques in order to convince him to break his bond with his parents.  If they are a genuine Christian family, then why would they encourage their son-in-law to ignore God’s Commandment to “Honor thy father and they mother?”

For example, note what this mom had to say in her response letter to her son who requested in an email not to be contacted by his parents anymore:

“What you wrote sounds like thoughts that came from someone else; someone with the intention to manipulate you under a false narrative and under the guise of convincing you that they are “counseling” you to realize that all the years spent with your parents have been detrimental for your life. This is what people in a disordered state of mind do in order to make someone like you think that your lifelong relationship with your parents and/or family members are totally bad and need to be completely discarded from their lives!  Reminds me of what a “quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents” would do!”

Someone who thinks of themselves as a “self-taught counselor” who twists Scripture from its truthful and genuine meaning and uses “devious psychological techniques” to control someone is guilty of being a false prophet.  Note what Jesus warns in this verse:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 7:15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

The “quasi-religious organization” quote above is another way to describe a cult!

Let’s go back to the article and reveal a quote from Killinger’s book:

Killinger and her husband John, a minister, believe that over time, withholding daughters-in-law have implemented a form of mind control techniques on their husbands and their children. “The same techniques that apply to the manipulation of a person in a group or cult, according to all the authorities on mind control, apply to individuals with ‘battered person syndrome.'”

Wow!  “Battered person syndrome.”  Could it be that a person may not even recognize when he or she is being battered by someone; especially when it’s someone they love?   I think so.  I have an elderly relative who has chosen to quietly suffer within such a bad relationship for years by her single, angry, and manipulative son.  Yet, when evidence of such abuse is pointed out by others, this particular mom refuses to recognize it.  I’m so sad for her!  However, this has been her choice for many years and apparently, no one can talk her out of it.

Back to the topic.  Sadly, many of the parents of adult married children who have suffered from “withholding daughters-in-law who have implemented a form of mind control technique on their husbands” have also lost access to their grandchildren.

From the article:

“Wives of male children have the supreme power to withhold this access.

This is truly a grievous and very sad state of affairs.

From the article:

“Grandparents provide a balance in grandchildren’s lives that no one else can replicate.  Studies have shown that multi-generational contact between children and their grandparents provide a special unconditional love and nurturing which is healthy for children.”

So, what does God’s Word have to say about all of this?

David Guzik at Blue Letter Bible has a great commentary regarding the fifth commandment of God:

B. Six commandments regarding our conduct before God and man.

1. (Exo 20:12) The fifth commandment: Honor your father and your mother.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

a. Honor your father and your mother: This command is wise and good, because honor for parents is an essential building block for the stability and health of all society. If the younger generations are constantly at war with older generations, the foundations of society will be destroyed.

i. To honor one’s parents includes to prize them, to care for them, and to show respect or reverence to them. The command is given to children, but not for only while they are children. “This is not a popular doctrine in our modern world, where youth is worshipped, and old age dreaded or despised. The result is the folly by which men or women strive to remain eternally youthful, only to find it an impossible task.” (Cole)

ii. Jesus used the way the Pharisees interpreted this commandment as an example of how one might keep the law with a limited interpretation yet violate the spirit of the commandment (Matthew 15:3-6).

 

 

 

b. That your days may be long: In Ephesians 6:2 Paul repeated this command, emphasizing the promise stated here, that your days may be long upon the land. Rebellion is costly, and many have paid a high price personally for their rebellion against their parents.

i. “A good child lengtheneth his father’s days; therefore God promiseth to lengthen his.” (Trapp)

Hat tips to all links.

“The Woman Taken in Adultery” – Truth2Freedom’s Blog

November 28, 2017

Truth 2 Freedom’s blog has a great essay up today on The Woman Taken in Adultery.

I suggest going to the link above and reading the entire essay. Here is just a portion of what is written there:

Sin’s Horror

First, the story reveals sin’s horror. And, of course, I do not mean the sin of the woman. I mean the sin of the rulers. Adultery is sin, certainly. The woman was guilty of adultery. But compared to the sin of the men who were using her in an attempt to trap Jesus, her sin was minimal—a mote in her eye compared to the beams that were in their eyes (Matt. 7:1–5).

To understand precisely what these men were doing we must understand that not only was their approach to Jesus a trap; they actually had already been active in trapping the woman. In fact, it could hardly be otherwise, on the basis of their testimony and in light of the very exacting requirements of Jewish law in this and other capital cases. Under Jewish law, as it was practiced by the rabbis in the time of Christ and later, it was necessary to have multiple witnesses to the act of intercourse before the charge of adultery could be substantiated, and even this was to be under the most exacting of circumstances. Thus, as one scholar points out, “There is absolutely no question of [the witnesses] having seen the couple in a ‘compromising situation,’ for example, coming from a room in which they were alone, or even lying together on the same bed. The actual physical movements of the couple must have been capable of no other explanation, and the witnesses must have seen exactly the same acts at exactly the same time, in the presence of each other, so that their dispositions would be identical in every respect.”

Under these conditions the obtaining of evidence in adultery would be almost impossible were the situation itself not a setup. We are justified in supposing that the liaison had been arranged, perhaps by the very man who committed adultery with the woman. Was he a member of the Sanhedrin? Whatever the case, the arrangement must have involved the posting of witnesses in the room or at the keyhole.

We see the horror of the sin of these men in another way too. For the fact that only the woman was brought to Jesus reveals their dishonesty. If adultery could be proved only by the testimony of witnesses who had seen the couple in the very act of adultery and if this is what the rulers were claiming, as they were, where then was the man in the story? Why was he not brought with the woman? At the least, the rulers allowed the man to escape. At the worst, the man had been in on the plotting and had been granted immunity beforehand. How horrible! Yes, but it is only the old case of the double standard that exists still today. Men should take their stand with the women in such cases, confessing their share of the guilt, which is usually greater anyway. But they do not. The poor woman had to bear the shame alone.

God of Circumstances

The horror of sin is not the only subject these verses introduce, however. They also reveal the mastery by God of all circumstances.

I love that last sentence.  “They also reveal the mastery by God of all circumstances.”

My comment at the link:

Great essay on the encounter with the adulterous woman and how Jesus dealt with it. I learned several new things about this portion of Scripture, especially when you wrote:

Some suggest that this was a symbolic action, intended to remind the accusers of Jeremiah 17:13—“O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust.”

It makes me wonder whether or not any of the accusers in this encounter genuinely saw the need to repent of their sins.   Or, did they just drop the stones because they knew that they were guilty of sin in their lives. The feeling of guilt does not necessarily bring someone to the point where they see their individual need for repentance.

If they were not truly sorrowful for their sins, then what happened was that it probably made them even more bitter towards Jesus for having their sinful guilt pointed out by Him. The prophetic verse of Jeremiah 17:13 applies very well here.

Hat tip:  Truth2Freedom’s Blog

Thanksgiving and Comforting Life Verses

November 22, 2017

For me, “life verses” are those that I hold onto, read often, think about, and apply towards the circumstances that I find myself in; especially when I’m grieving or find myself in a dilemma that requires God moving in my life and/or in the lives of loved ones.

Reading the truth in God’s Word always comforts me and lessens the grief that I may be feeling because of any unforeseen event.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day.  It is a time to celebrate and give thanks to God for all of our blessings.  When certain loved ones are not there, it is normal to feel the loss of their presence; whether they have died, live too far away, or are, unfortunately, estranged from their families.

1Th 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle [fn] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

ESV Footnotes
disorderly, or undisciplined

It is interesting to note that the admonishment is not only for the “idle,” but also for the “disorderly, or undisciplined.”  That covers a LOT of people these days!

1Th 5:15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

It can be very difficult to “seek to do good to” someone (or, people) who intentionally hurt you through their evil acts against you.  But, what’s the point of being a saved Christian if our intention is to “repay evil for evil?”  We can admonish those who do evil against us, but avoid repaying with evil.  Maybe that’s where the idea to “kill them with kindness” came from?

1Th 5:16 Rejoice always
1Th 5:17 pray without ceasing,
1Th 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I like to take these three verses and apply them together.  How can we “rejoice always” when horrible and terrible things happen within families, in our nation, and across the world?

Praying without ceasing means to keep up whatever you are focused on praying for.  I recall praying for the salvation of my own dad since I was a 7-year old little girl.  Decades later, after more than 10 years of studying the Bible, God used me to witness to my dad just 5 months before he passed away from lung cancer.

Notice that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 doesn’t say,  ‘give thanks for all circumstances;’ it says to “give thanks in all circumstances.”  This is a reminder that even if we don’t see the outcome of any circumstance (whether it be positive or negative), God has it in His hands and His Will be done!  “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I can’t even explain, right now, how comforting these verses are for me.  One day, I will share a recent experience which was devastating for me and our family.  In the meantime, I can hold onto another one of my favorite chapters (Romans 8) and the particular life verses shared below from that chapter.

 Rom 8:34
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[fn]

Rom 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

Rom 8:36
As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

Rom 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Rom 8:38
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,

Rom 8:39
nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In addition, the following portion of commentary from David Brown at the Blue Letter Bible site are comforting:

(10) “The whole universe, with all that it contains, so far as it is good, is the friend and ally of the Christian; and, so far as it is evil, is more than a conquered foe” ( Rom 8:35-39 ) [HODGE]. (11) Are we who “have tasted that the Lord is gracious,” both “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” ( 1Pe 1:5 ), and embraced in the arms of Invincible Love? Then surely, while “building ourselves up on our most holy faith,” and “praying in the Holy Ghost,” only the more should we feel constrained to “keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” ( Jud 1:20, 21 ).

Trouble In This World

October 27, 2017

Sometimes when I look at the posts in my blog reader list, I shake my head in disbelief as to what is happening in this crazy, corrupt, and vile world.  It seems like so many of the evil perpetrators are not being caught, arrested, tried, and jailed as would be the case in a “perfect world.”  Jesus told us that “in this world, you (we) will have trouble.”  Jesus never minced words and told the utmost truth in all circumstances.  That is why I believe in Him and follow Him.  He is the Living Word and the Bible is the written Word of God.

When the news of the day gets REALLY crazy, I’m so glad that God gave us the ability to have a sense of humor.  It is a kind of relief from many of the cares and troubles of this world.

For instance.

Here are two examples that appeared on my blog news feed over the past few days:

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It is funny to see the faces of people who have, and are, trying to undermine the American people in a swamp, circling the drain.  What is not funny is the realization of the terrible things they believe in, have done, and continue to do that hurt everyday Americans.

As a Christian conservative woman, I understand that people like this hate me, hate my beliefs, hate my advocacy for Jesus Christ and God’s Word, the Bible; and attempt to do everything they can to diminish me and those like me.  The derogatory phrase, “those who cling to their guns, Bibles, and religion” comes to mind.

 

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Now, this one is funny because the fake news “dossier” that we now know that HiLIARy and Podesta devised and paid for, and the minions in the media of mass deception (who all cried when she lost the election and may even scream at the sky once again as the anniversary of the date of her loss approaches), put forth lie after lie after lie over the past 11 months in order to make it appear that President Trump colluded with Russia.  It ended up backfiring…big time!  It just blew up in her face.

Hat tip for the graphic:  Pastor Ward Clinton’s blog.   Also see Hillary Didn’t Know…

Also, recall that Hillary labeled a large portion of Americans as “a basket of deplorables.”

Oh wait…one more!

Fellowship of the Minds: New Amazon service gives contractors a key to your house for deliveries.

One sentence made me laugh:

“What could possibly go wrong???”

Then, even after having a few laughs, the reality of this fallen world creeps in yet again.  I was going to list some here but all one needs to do is to type in any evil proclivity into a search engine and you will get a disgusting eyeful of evidence.

I often write about the topic of “a woman’s right to choose” (code word for acceptance of abortion) at this blog.

My viewpoint?

Choose Life, Your Mother Did!

When someone tells me that I have “no right to tell women what to do with their own bodies” (which is code word for allowance and acceptance for abortion) and claims that it’s not “evil,” “abhorrent,” “murder of a baby in the womb,” etc.; what they are doing is actually advocating for their own fleshly beliefs and desires.  Even some Christians are guilty of this!  They see this particular idea and definition of “choice” as  more important than LIFE, as well as that new spirit that has been created within them by God through being born again in Jesus Christ.

 

It is a war within between the flesh and the spirit.

 

Excerpt from As Seen Through the Eyes of Faith: The War Within

The Bible teaches us that when we come to Christ and are born again, we become “…a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

God creates within us a new spirit, a new man, a new nature, born in His image, in the likeness of the Spirit of God.

He gives us new desires. He gives us a hunger for righteousness and holiness and a longing to please our Heavenly Father.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell within us, the Comforter sent by God helps alongside and empowers our new man to walk after and seek after those things which are right.

However, we still dwell in the same old fleshly body with the same old sin nature. And therein lies the war.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”  (Rom. 7:18-19)

The joy of having the Lord in my life is most important, precisely because every other type of happiness proceeds from it.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

David Jeremiah writes:

It’s not a “positive sentence” [like a typical mantra from man], it is manna from heaven because it is a promise from God.

[Self-control] is a battle that begins in our minds.  Our minds as well as our hearts need to be focused on God and His Word.  Daily Bible reading is the one habit that will make you happier–and holier–every day.

The Bible contains all the information needed for life’s challenges.  Its words provide strategies for every situation we face.  They are life-changing and life-giving.  God’s promises are never-failing, and His truths are infallibly reliable.

Also see:
The Eyes of Faith: Three Spiritual Enemies

Excerpts:

Our enemy is that old deceiver and liar, the devil. But he works with two associates to tempt us and keep us from the victory. These companions of the devil in his endeavors are the world and the flesh.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1John 2:16)

When we become a Christian, the Bible teaches us that God has “…delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (Col. 1:13)

That is why the Bible tells us in 1 Peter that the devil goes about as a “roaring lion” seeking “whom he may devour”.

This is done by understanding the way that the devil uses the world and flesh together to deceive us and draw us into sin and iniquity.

The enemy’s goal is to wound us to the point of losing hope and faith, so that we give up and our sins become presumptuous to the point that we are unable to be used of God.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” (Psalm 66:18)

“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2Ti 2:21)

Hat tips to all links.

Tucker Carlson: Report That Podesta Group Central Figures in Russia Probe, Not Trump

October 25, 2017

The years, even decades worth of corruption that surrounds the Clinton crime family, Obummer, the DNC, and the Podestas is truly sickening.  I hope and pray that more information gets out there (despite the refusal of the media of mass deception to report it) via Fox News, conservative websites, and blogs so that the evil of these people FINALLY sees the light of day.

The truth will set us free!

~ Christine

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The Gateway Pundit: “It’s Out There” Wikileaks Shows Clintons Knew Uranium One Was Major Scandal in 2015

Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton likes to laugh off the Uranium One scandal as a ‘debunked’ right-wing conspiracy, however; internal emails show the Clinton camp was panicking as the conservative media revealed the dirty details of pay-to-play.

Wikileaks leaked a Podesta email dated 4/29/2015 with the subject line “It’s out there”. (screenshot below) The original email from Tony Carrk (Hillary’s research director) to Jennifer Palmieri (Hillary’s director of communications) and Brian Fallon (CNN hack and Hillary’s press secretary) linked to a Daily Caller article titled, “Firm Co-Founded By Hillary’s Campaign Chair Lobbies For Russia’s Uranium One”.

The Daily Caller article was then forwarded to then-campaign chairman John Podesta with an “FYI”.

Senate records show that The Podesta Group has lobbied the State Department on behalf of Uranium One — once in 2012, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and once in 2015.

Much more at the link!

Also see:

The Gateway Pundit

Hillary, the Dems, and Obama’s FBI All Paid for Dirt on Trump, While the Actual Collusion Had Already Taken Place Between Hillary and Russia
Weasel Zippers

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Many more could be listed here, but I’m pressed for time today.

Hat tips to all links!

Outwit Infinite Wisdom and Countermine Providence Itself?

October 19, 2017

Kingsjester’s blog is one of my favorites because his posts are very informative and his analyses of what is truly going on in the “hearts of men” are spot on.

His latest post:

Soros Gives $18 Billion to His Open Society Institute to Fund Special Interest Groups Including “The Resistance” does not disappoint, and serves as a warning regarding the evil resistance that Soros continues to perpetuate against our Constitutional Republic.

One day, an unbeliever like Soros will die and realize:

When I returned from babysitting my sweet almost-2-years-old granddaughter yesterday evening, my husband asked me if I heard about the $18 billion dollar donation that the evil billionaire “donated” to his Open Society Institute.   I told him that I heard of it, but didn’t know the details yet.  Kingsjester’s blog gave me the needed details to share in this post.

My comment there:

Very good analysis and explanation of what Soros is all about and the evil that he is continually doing through wreaking havoc upon our nation; as well as the lies he is trying to perpetuate under the fake, dishonest, and anti-God guise of doing “good.”

After reading your essay, this verse came to mind:

Isa 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Soros and his evil minions are perfect examples of this! I truly pity those who have been so blinded by Satan that they think that this horrible man is doing “good.”

Here at my blog, I also want to share part of a commentary from Blue Letter Bible on that particular Bible verse written by Matthew Henry:

Note, Those that willfully persist in sin consider not the power of God’s anger.

  • 3. Who confound and overthrow the distinctions between moral good and evil, who call evil good and moral evil (v. 20), who not only live in the omission of that which is good, but condemn it, argue against it, and, because they will not practice it themselves, run it down in others, and fasten invidious epithets upon it-not only do that which is evil, but justify it, and applaud it, and recommend it to others as safe and good. Note,
    • (1.) Virtue and piety are good, for they are light and sweet, they are pleasant and right; but sin and wickedness are evil; they are darkness, all the fruit of ignorance and mistake, and will be bitterness in the latter end.
    • (2.) Those do a great deal of wrong to God, and religion, and conscience, to their own souls, and to the souls of others, who misrepresent these, and put false colours upon them-who call drunkenness good fellowship, and covetousness good husbandry, and, when they persecute the people of God, think they do him good service-and, on the other hand, who call seriousness ill-nature, and sober singularity ill-breeding, who say all manner of evil falsely concerning the ways of godliness, and do what they can to form in men’s minds prejudices against them, and this in defiance of evidence as plain and convincing as that of sense, by which we distinguish, beyond contradiction, between light and darkness, and between that which to the taste is sweet and that which is bitter.
  • 4. Who though they are guilty of such gross mistakes as these have a great opinion of their own judgments, and value themselves mightily upon their understanding (v. 21): They are wise in their own eyes; they think themselves able to disprove and baffle the reproofs and convictions of God’s word, and to evade and elude both the searches and the reaches of his judgments; they think they can outwit Infinite Wisdom and countermine Providence itself. Or it may be taken more generally: God resists the proud, those particularly who are conceited of their own wisdom and lean to their own understanding; such must become fools, that they may be truly wise, or else, at their end they shall appear to be fools before all the world.

 

Hat tip:  Kingsjester’s Blog, Blue Letter Bible, and graphics page links.

Overcome Discouragement

October 12, 2017

I love to read the encounters that Jesus had with individuals in Matthew 9. What He said back to them contains many examples of priceless wisdom.

In Matthew 9:2, (link above) Jesus saw the faith of those who brought the paralytic to Him.  When Jesus said, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” the paralytic was cured.  However, when the doubting scribes chastised Him through saying out loud, “The Man blasphemes,” Jesus also knew what was in their hearts and said back to them,  “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.  Matthew 9: 4-7

What is interesting to note, is the fact that the “multitudes” had a very positive reaction to this, whereas the ‘scribes’ accused Jesus of blasphemy.

Mat 9:8
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled[fn] and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Further on in the chapter, the Pharisees asked several more questions like, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” and “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,[fn] but Your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus’ answer to them was epic!

Mat 9:15
And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Also, see within these verses (note: some don’t apply) how often Jesus Christ is referred to as the “Bridegroom” and the Church (believers, not any building) is referred to as the “bride.”

All of the continuing turmoil that is going on here in America, as well as around the world can be very discouraging. Hurricanes causing death and destruction, flooding damaging homes, electricity taken away for weeks or months, wildfires in Northern California engulfing over 3,500 homes, the horrible shooting at an open air concert in Las Vegas that killed 48 people and injured 500 others, the threats of nuclear war with North Korea and the ongoing attack of global radical Islamic Jihad!  Adding to the misery are those “hidden culprits” in government (a.k.a. “The Deep State”) and the media of mass deception that continually lies to the public and puts forth propaganda in order to push forward their own evil agenda.  Such awful events can cause heartache, depression, hopelessness; loss of joy in this life, discouragement and no peace.

From the Christian perspective, the truth is that we will never have peace in the world until individuals have peace with God.  The only way to have peace with God is to repent and confess our sins at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, ask for forgiveness, and welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts for the salvation of our souls.

During this time of hatred often being spewed against Christians, conservatives, white people etc. by groups whose goal is to demonize those of us with such beliefs and characteristics; it can be hard to witness to them about Jesus Christ.  Many just don’t want to hear it!  They have put up their hearts of stone against any conversation that they don’t agree with and/or hate, and therefore refuse to listen or even discuss the issues calmly.

It is often my prayer that people who are searching for answers would find this blog and read something here that would help them to at least consider Jesus Christ and encourage them to read the Bible.  After all, the Bible is the best selling book of all time!

Here are some quotes from people who have prayed and asked for supernatural help in loving those who seem “un-lovable” at times; that also helped to remind themselves of all the blessings in life.

“This Joy that I have the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.”

“I have to learn that as long as I have Jesus in my heart, I can find joy in everyday life, no matter how gloomy life may be around me.”

“My joy is dependent on Him, not me or my circumstances and if I am struggling to feel joyful, time in praise and worship – redirects my eyes back to Him, always lifting me up again.”

“God has transformed my life through peace because I was a person that was always stressed, never settled down, worried all the time.  By reading in the Bible, it has helped me to transform and live one day at a time and not to worry about so much.”

When I get discouraged, the following verses always lift me right back up and bring comfort and joy in the midst of whatever is happening in this world:

Rom 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36

As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[fn]

Rom 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Rom 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

Rom 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus speaking:

Jhn 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[fn] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Footage of Stephen Paddock at an Anti-Trump Protest? 3 Updates! Searching for answers? 10/4/17 Further updates in comment section! !

October 2, 2017

I am putting this link up top because it is THE most important update!

Citizen Wells: Mandalay Bay suspect 4th floor video and police report reference, Video authentic?

Be SURE to watch the video! In the video, there is footage of a woman who was driving by the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel at the time of the shooting. She caught, on her cellphone video camera, both video and audio evidence of machine gun shots coming from a 4th floor window of the hotel!

In fact, I am embedding the video here because the person sharing the video wants it shared EVERYWHERE!

Hat tip:  Citizen Wells

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10/3/17  12:28 pm PT

Like everyone else, I am going through the stages of grief over this horrific act of evil. People are searching for reasons why this happened and exactly what really did happen; who is truly responsible for it, the motive for doing this and why it could not have been prevented. Sadly, like everyone else who is grieving, I don’t have the answers to all of those exact questions. However, I do have a post written by Albert Mohler that I think EVERYONE needs to read!

~ Christine

Copy of post:

“An Act of Pure Evil” — Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas” by Albert Mohler

Evil points to a necessary moral judgment made by a moral authority greater than we are — a transcendent and supernatural moral authority: God.

Only the Christian worldview, based in the Bible, can explain why moral facts exist.

Today, most Americans awoke to news from Las Vegas that is nothing less than horrific. For so many in Las Vegas, Sunday night must have seemed like the night that would never end.

In the face of such overwhelming news, we naturally seek after facts. We want to know what happened, and when. We want to know who did it. By mid-morning the facts were staggering. More than fifty people are dead and hundreds wounded after a lone gunman opened fire on a music festival from a perch in a hotel room 32 floors above. The attack was deadly, diabolical, and premeditated.

The shooting is already described as the worst in American history. The gunman, believed to be Stephen Paddock, killed himself as police prepared to storm his hotel room, from which he had aimed his deadly gunfire. The facts emerged slowly, and are still emerging. Paddock had no notable criminal record. He had worked for a defense contractor, owned two private aircraft, and was known to own guns. He was reported to like Las Vegas for its gambling and entertainment. No one seems to have considered him a threat. His brother, contacted after the massacre, said that the family was beyond shock, as if “crushed by an asteroid.”

In Las Vegas and beyond, hundreds of families are crushed by grief and concern. More than fifty human beings, very much alive just hours ago, are now dead, seemingly murdered by random order.

The facts will continue to come as investigations continue. We need facts in order to steady our minds and grapple with understanding. We must have facts, and yet we can be easily overwhelmed by them. Some “facts” will not be facts at all. National Public Radio helpfully and honestly ended its news coverage of the massacre with these words: “This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities. We will update as the situation develops.” I count that as both helpful and honest.

But the facts of who and what and where and how, still unfolding, point to the even more difficult question — why?

Why would anyone kill a fellow human being? Why launch an ambush massacre upon concertgoers listening to country music? Why premeditate a mass killing?

Was he driven by some obsession, fueled by some grievance? Was he sending a signal or political message as an act of terrorism? Is the answer psychiatric or pharmacological? Our minds crave an answer.

Why do we ask why?

We cannot help but ask why because, made in God’s image, we are moral creatures who cannot grasp or understand the world around us without moral categories. We are moral creatures inhabiting a moral universe and our moral sense of meaning is the faculty most perplexed when overwhelmed by horror and grief.

The terror group known as ISIS or the Islamic State claimed that Stephen Paddock was a “lone wolf” attacker who had recently converted to Islam. Law enforcement authorities said there is no evidence of anything related to ISIS or Islam.

Clark County (NV) Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that he was not sure if the massacre was sending a message as a terror attack: “We have to establish what his motivation is first. And there’s motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualties.”

So far as we now know, Paddock left no note and communicated no clear message. The gunfire tells some story, but we do not yet know what the story is. We may never know.

That troubles us, and so it should. Knowing the story and determining the motivation would add rationality to our understanding, but we will never really understand.

A massacre by a lone gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. Another killed 27, mostly children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Yet another killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016. We really do not fully understand any of these attacks, nor countless other outbreaks of evil around the world.

One of the main theological insights about evil is that it is so often absurd. It is ultimately inexplicable, unfathomable, and cannot be resolved by human means.

President Trump has demonstrated little interest in academic disputes over moral philosophy so he probably did not intend to wade into deep theoretical waters when he called the massacre “an act of pure evil.” But he called it right, and he expanded on his judgment. “In times such as these I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness.” He went on to say: “The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.”

That is exactly how a president should speak, and underlining the “act of pure evil” as evil is exactly how a morally sane person should think. The judgment of evil here, real evil, should be beyond dispute.

Evil is a fact, too. And evil is a theological category. The secular worldview cannot use the word with coherence or sense. The acknowledgement of evil requires the affirmation of a moral judgment and a moral reality above human judgment. If we are just accidental beings in an accidental universe, nothing can really be evil. Evil points to a necessary moral judgment made by a moral authority greater than we are — a transcendent and supernatural moral authority: God.

College professors tell us that moral relativism has produced a generation of Americans who resist calling anything evil, and even deny the existence of moral facts. Justin P. McBrayer, who teaches at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, wrote in The New York Times that “many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts.”

That’s truly frightening, but McBrayer argues that by the time students arrive at college, they have already been told over and over again that there are no moral facts — that nothing is objectively right or wrong.

Only the Christian worldview, based in the Bible, can explain why moral facts exist, and how we can know them. Only the biblical worldview explains why sinful humanity commits such horrible moral wrongs. The Christian worldview also promises that God will bring about a final act of moral judgment that will be the final word on right and wrong — as facts, not merely speculation. The Gospel of Christ points us to the only way of rescue from the fact of our own evil and guilt.

Our hearts break for the families and communities now grieving, and we pray for them and for those even now fighting for life.

It is both telling and reassuring that secular people, faced with moral horror as we see now in Las Vegas, can still speak of evil as a moral fact — even if they continue to deny moral facts in the classrooms and courtrooms. No one can deny that the horror in Las Vegas came about by an act that was evil, pure evil, and evil as a fact.

I think of the Prophet Isaiah’s words: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” [Isaiah 5:20, ESV]

[Note from Christine:  People are deeply grieved and searching for answers.  The stats have been very high here.  Therefore, besides sharing what I have found online, I also wanted to share Mr. Mohler’s article, hoping that people who come here read it, take it to heart, and then might consider Christ as Lord and Savior for their lives.  Please, I encourage everyone to read the best selling book of all time…The Bible!]

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Original post on 10/2/17:

I learned about the horrific Las Vegas shooting at the country western music festival outside the Mandalay hotel at 1:00 a.m. this morning.  Awakening at that time and unable to go back to sleep right away, I turned on the news. Oh no…not again!  This time, the details of the attack were so awful and evil, I could not even bear to watch the details.   As grief overcame me, I sent up prayers for the victims, their families, the responders and for our nation as a whole.

There is too much hatred, sin, evil and death as a result of people who ratchet up anger, spur on such deadly events, and then push into madness those who are sick, satanic and uncontrollable… like this perp to do such evil and cause so much death, injury and carnage against innocent people who were just attending a concert!

The Last Refuge has a post up with many details.

Earlier, I started searching for additional online accounts of this terrorist attack (yes…it is terrorism!!!) and found The Gateway Pundit’s coverage.

As I read through the comment section, people were sharing information like this:

1. The Facebook and Twitter accounts of the shooter were deleted.
2. Information was being shared about the shooter and his girlfriend, who some were saying was “out of the country” at the time.
3. The shooter had an arsenal of weapons in the hotel room.
4. Did the shooter act alone? How did he get all those weapons, undetected, up to the room by himself?
5. The shooter was a recent convert to Islam.
6. The shooter was an anti-Trump demonstrator.

I could go on and on with a list of suppositions and information being shared by many commenters.   However, with our current media of mass deception at work continually, will we ever know the facts and truth?

One comment over at “Gateway Pundit” contained a video that could possibly show that the shooter was a rabid anti-Trump demonstrator. The video owner is asking for more videos of this perp’s possible appearances at other anti-Trump protests where a high resolution photograph might be found.

YouTube: Footage of Stephen Paddock at an Anti-Trump Protest?***

[***Update note on 10/3/17:  The video at the link above was removed by YouTube.  See additional links below.]

Some interesting photos and links to photos/videos in this comment section of Free Republic:

Free Republic comment posts*******

UPDATE 10/3/17!  The above video link has since been removed.  Why am I not surprised? Here is another one. Perhaps YouTube can’t shut them down fast enough, but hopefully readers here will be able to view this new one.

Found another video that shows Paddock in a pink hat, wearing a pink “NASA” shirt at an anti-Trump rally.

Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Identified At Anti-Trump Rally

Another video:

Evidence That Vegas Shooter Attended Anti Trump Rally In August, 2017

Commentary under video:
Published on Oct 2, 2017

Regardless of what Buzzfeed would have you believe, video evidence proves that Stephen Paddock was politically active.

The question we all need to ask is why are leftist news organizations trying to hide this evidence?

Another video, which appears to be the same (or similar) to the one that Stephen Haffley originally posted:

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock anti-trump?

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Stephen Haffley writes:

Published on Oct 2, 2017

It is believed the man seen in this video is the las vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, attending an anti-trump protest in Reno Nevada in August 2017.

This video was just sent to the FBI so I guess we’ll know if this was him soon enough. They got much better resources than I do.

The resolution of these videos are not clear enough to say for sure, so what we all need to do to find out for ourselves is search facebook, google, and twitter for the Reno Trump Protest 2017 and see if we can find a high resolution picture with this man who is wearing a pink hat and a pink nasa shirt.

You may upload this video to anywhere you want, use it in any media, etc, you do not need my permission I’m not doing this for personal recognition, I’m doing this to figure out why 250 people were shot for no reason.

Also see:

Marilou Danley Facebook page before it was deleted

Here are a few comments worth reading:

Imperator the Deplorable • 3 hours ago

Here are a couple of tidbits that the media fails to mention:
1. Shooter didn’t know how to use an automatic weapon. If you listen he didn’t use bursting trigger pulls. If it is a M-16 or AK type you would use a 3 round burst trigger pull. From what it sounded like to me is that it is a crew served weapon like an M-60. Those machine guns work best with a 6-9 round burst. If you listen you can hear it loosing gas pressure as the cyclic rate of fire slowed. The pauses were most likely switching weapons or un- jamming the weapon.
2. How did this untrained idiot get his hands on a fully automatic weapon? ATF has rules on these.
3. “Girl friend is Indonesian. Largest Muslim nation in the world.
Those are just a couple of quick observations.

survivor50 > Imperator the Deplorable • 2 hours ago

Having operated an M-60…that ain’t one !!!
And all our M-16’s had a “FUN” switch, not a BURST mode.
Better comment is “WHERE did he get an Automatic” ???
Just try to buy one…paper work from HELL, wait period of ETERNITY, and ATF agent permanently attached to your @$$…

[Note:  Apparently it costs a LOT of money, too!  Was this perp rich?  Or, did he have an evil financier helping him?  Hmmm…]

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Update:

YouTube Video: President Trump Gives Remarks; Words of Comfort and Healing.

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When horrible incidents like this happen, I often turn to the Bible for words of TRUTH and comfort!

Rom 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36

As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[fn]

Rom 8:37

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Rom 8:38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

Rom 8:39

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus speaking:

Jhn 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[fn] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Hat tips to all links.

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity’s Fox News Show

September 29, 2017

In the first part of a two part interview of Rush Limbaugh on “Hannity” last night, Rush reminded us all of the fact that D.C. lobbyists donate money to both R’s and D’s. In order to get that $ for re-election purposes, both members of the Uni-party must “toe the line” in compliance towards what these donors want, or the Reps. and Senators will be out of a job in the next election cycle.

Rush Limbaugh Full Interview With Sean Hannity (9/28/2017)

There are many people who are paying close attention to what is happening in D.C. and who are savvy enough to realize this fact revealed by Rush about the donors and the Uni-party.   But much of the public, sadly, doesn’t. This explains why “just enough R’s” refuse to vote for O-care repeal and replace legislation. It also explains why much of the legislative agenda that President Trump brings forth on the issues doesn’t get through both the House and Senate. President Trump is NOT beholden to the evil swamp creature donors. Therefore, they can’t control him!

Rush also revealed that the “establishment R’s in Congress didn’t expect Trump to win.” They were likely ready to just go along with HiLIARy’s awful agenda.

Bottom line? The Uni-party D.C. swamp creatures side with donors rather than the people. This keeps their jobs intact, and at the same time, keeps We The People under the grip of The Deep State.

It’s awful! But I think that people are waking up to these facts. I continue to hope and pray that the humongous job of destroying the Deep State continues, and that one day our government will once again be for, and about, what our Founders originally created for our nation and will once again pass legislation that We The People want!

Note what is written below Youtube video:

In an exclusive interview, Rush Limbaugh sounded off on media bias, the NFL anthem protests and why he believes the establishment is committed to preventing President Trump’s agenda from succeeding.
Talking with Sean Hannity, Limbaugh said the Washington, D.C., establishment is committed to stopping Trump from fixing what’s broken in government.
“I’m not exaggerating here. … They don’t want [and] they can’t afford for him to succeed with his agenda. They can’t afford it,” the radio host argued.
Limbaugh said if Trump, an outsider with no political experience, is successful, then the establishment will be exposed.
“The joke is revealed if an outsider with no prior political experience can come in and fix messes that people have been promised would be fixed for 30 years. How does that make them look? They can’t allow that to happen,” said Limbaugh.
He said the mainstream media has now been “corrupted by liberalism” and is no longer delivering the news to Americans like they used to.
“They don’t do the news. There is no news. There is the advancement of the Democrat Party agenda, which is ‘get rid of Trump,’ and they are totally devoted to it,” Limbaugh said.

 


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Faith in Jesus Christ is our response to God's elective purpose in our life. These two truths--God's initiative and man's response--co-exist throughout the Bible. The gospel is "the message of truth" because truth is its predominant characteristic. Salvation was conceived by the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); purchased by the Son, who is the truth (John 14:6); and is applied by the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). To know it is to know the truth that sets men free (John 8:32). Believers are people of the truth (John 18:37), who worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), and who obey the Word of truth (John 17:17). People have rejected, neglected, redefined, and opposed God’s truth for centuries. Some cynically deny that truth even exists or that it can be known by men (John 18:38). Others foolishly think that denying truth will somehow make it go away. Truth determines the validity of one's belief. Believing a lie doesn't make it true. Conversely, failing to believe the truth doesn't make it a lie. The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. His resurrection proved the truth of His claims and constitutes the objective basis of our faith (Rom. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:3). Truth is our protection and strength (Eph. 6:14). Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. At the heart of every false religion is the notion that man can come to God by any means he chooses--by meditating, doing good deeds, and so on. But Scripture says, "There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). That name is Jesus Christ, and we come to Him by confessing and repenting of our sin, trusting in His atoning death on the cross, and affirming His bodily resurrection from the grave (cf. Rom. 10:9-10). There is no other way to God. False religious leaders and teachers talk much about God’s love, but not His wrath and holiness; much about how deprived of good things people are, but not about their depravity; much about God’s universal fatherhood toward everyone, but not much about his unique fatherhood toward all who believe in His Son; much about what God wants to give to us, but nothing about the necessity of obedience to Him; much about health and happiness, but nothing about holiness and sacrifice. Their message is full of gaps, the greatest of which leaves out a biblical worldview of the saving gospel and replaces it with the worldview of postmodernism with its dominant ethical system of relativism. The Bible describes mankind in the end times: “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). Spiritual answers cannot be deduced by human reason alone (1 Cor. 2:14). It’s not that spiritual truth is irrational or illogical, but that human wisdom is defective, because it’s tainted by man’s sinfulness, and unable to perceive the things of God. That is why the Bible is so important. It gives us the answers we can’t find on our own. It is God’s Word to mankind. Scripture is divinely revealed truth that fills the vacuum of spiritual ignorance in all of us. Post-truth is the word of the year for 2016 and also the philosophy of the day, 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. In a “post-truth” world, people make choices based on emotion and experience rather than objective fact. So in a post-truth world, truth is irrelevant. What exactly is a post-truth culture? It’s a culture where truth is no longer an objective reality. It has become subjective. It’s what’s true for me—my beliefs, my opinions, determine my truth. So in our post-truth culture, man determines truth. Man makes himself the ultimate authority. This starting point, which rejects God’s Word and the idea of moral absolutes, makes truth subjective. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Christianity is grounded in objective truth. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Objective truth exists because we have God’s Word. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Thy word is truth” (John 17:17), and Paul and James describe the Bible as “the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18). The Psalmist says, “The entirety of your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160). Jesus Himself said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). When Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6), He wasn’t expressing His personal belief or opinion. He was speaking the truth, a fundamental reality that doesn’t change from person to person. It doesn’t matter if our culture thinks all roads lead to God. The truth of the matter is “no one comes to the Father but by [Jesus].” 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

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