Archive for January, 2017

“I’ve Noticed Everyone for Abortion Has Already Been Born.”

January 31, 2017

When I think about the 60 million + babies that have been  killed in the womb in the U.S.A.  since the dreadful Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, it sickens me to the core of my being!

I have found that those who support abortion on demand are so adamant about their position and beliefs that they refuse to even consider the FACT that it is an act of murdering a baby in the womb!  Decades ago, the claim that “it’s just a blob of tissue” may have worked in convincing the uneducated of such a lie.  But today, we know that the cell is not just “tissue” because each cell contains the DNA of life!   With modern science and 3-D ultrasounds available to see a live baby forming and moving around in the womb, such “it’s just a blog of tissue” claims have been steadfastly and unequivocally proven to be a lie.

The Daily Signal has a pictorial essay which shows the kinds of signs that were held by pro-life marchers at the event. [Note: Whenever you hear the “code word” of anti-abortion, understand that opponents use that term to psychologically take away the fact that abortion is the murder of a baby in the womb. The news outlets that utilize that term are basically putting forth the idea that they are agreeing with the death-to-babies-in-the-womb crowd.]

Excerpt:

The annual March for Life on Friday brought tens of thousands of people from around the country to Washington, D.C.

Here are 24 pro-life signs held by the numerous families, students, and organizations who attended the event to stand up for life.

Here are just a few of the prolific* signs:

(Photo: Caleb Ecarma)

The unplanned pregnancy sign in the photo refers to the birth of Jesus Christ – Lord and Savior of the world.  Of course, that pregnancy was planned by God and prophecied in the Old Testament.**  But the point of the sign is a good one in regards to Mary, who one could say had an “unplanned pregnancy,” when she was told by the angel that she would bear the Child who would save people from their sins.

 

 

*Word Origin and History for pro-lif-ic 

adj.
1640s, from French prolifique (16c.), from Medieval Latin prolificus, from Latin proles “offspring” + root of facere “to make” (see factitious ). Latin proles is contracted from *pro-oles, from PIE *pro-al-, from *pro- “forth” (see pro- ) + *al- “to grow, nourish” (see old ). Related: Prolifical (c.1600).

**
Isa 7:14

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[fn]

[fn](7:14)

Literally God-With-Us

***See also Matthew 1:1-25

Mat 1:18

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Mat 1:21

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

More signs from the March For Life:

(Photo: Caleb Ecarma)

“I’ve noticed everyone for abortion has already been born.”

(Photo: Caleb Ecarma)

(Photo: Caleb Ecarma)

Notice the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

The quote from President Abraham Lincoln, “No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.”

(Photo: Caleb Ecarma)

The sign reads, “I too have a DREAM.  It’s in my genes.  How can the dream survive if we MURDER the CHILDREN?” – Dr. Alveda King, niece of MLK Jr.

Choose life – your mother did!

Hat tips to all links and photos shared here.

 

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The War Against America’s Safety: Soros Pays His “New Bolsheviks” to Stage Phony Airport Demonstrations

January 30, 2017

GeorgEVIL Soros is one nefarious, sick, cruel and demon-led billionaire who takes pride in using his money and influence to cause havoc here in America and around the world. When will our nation’s leaders finally expose him for what he is and ban him (like some other nations have already intelligently done) from influencing our elections, political ideology and endeavors? The leftists here are either ignorant, greedy, or just as evil as he is! I guess that too many politicians love the money they get from him more than sharing in what NORMAL Americans want! Those of us who love our nation and our people see the poison this man has spread and IT NEEDS TO STOP, NOW! I hope and pray that President Donald J. Trump will do what no politician has ever been willing to do! Expose, reject, and banish SoroSATAN from our beloved nation!

~ Christine
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The year is 1903, The Russian Social Democratic Party is meeting in London. All the intellectuals in their party have been arguing since the end of the 1800’s as to the direction the party should take. One year earlier, in 1902, a man named Lenin, living in exile, wrote a paper entitled, “What Is To Be Done”.

The work was smuggled into Russia and spelled out his views regarding what the Social Democrats should be doing as a party. Lenin attacked party members who “were content to wait while history took its predetermined course.” Rather than wait, Lenin wanted to kick-start the issue he believed in to get things done rather than wait on intellectuals sitting around refuting each other’s ideas. The meeting resulted in a Party split creating the Mentsheviks and the Bolsheviks. The two factions reunited under Lenin in April 1905. Lenin went on to organize the November…

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Imam at Trump’s Prayer Service Recited a Condemnation of Jews and Christians

January 26, 2017

Why am I not surprised at this?  Because when someone speaks in a different language and a majority of the listening audience does not know the language (or the meaning of the “verses” from the Koran), an Islamic Imam can get away with such condemnation unsuspected and undetected until someone with knowledge of what was being said translates it for the public.

Hat tip to Truth 2 Freedom’s blog for leading me to the original post over at PJMedia!

Excerpt:

The Saturday prayer service was a modern “interfaith event” which included (as described here, p.11, and seen in this video clip) a recitation by Sajid Tarar, an advisor at Medina Masjid of Baltimore.

He recited the Koran’s very brief first sura, or chapter: the so-called “Fatiha,” or “Opening,” consisting of seven short verses (verses 1-6; verse 7).

As I noted in a tweet shortly after viewing Saturday’s event, regarding verse 7:

“At Natl Cathedral Today ,1/21/17, Koran 1:7, A Curse on Jews, & Rebuke of Christians Recited in Front of Pres Trump.”

This high-profile ecumenical event illustrates starkly the conundrum of mainstream Islamic practice within our free, multi-confessional, but overwhelmingly non-Muslim society. Pious Muslims repeat the Fatiha, including verse 7, up to 17 times per day during their five requisite prayer sessions, and the accompanying “subunits” of prayer (see pp.49-50). While verses 1-6 are confined to Muslims re-affirming their personal devotion to the Islamic creed, and its deity, Allah, verse 7 launches into open condemnation of other faiths — specifically Judaism and Christianity.

Read it all at PJMedia.

More reasons not to trust Muslims in the next article:

Why Were Women Protesters Wearing Hijabs?

Excerpt:

Cheri Berens saw it first hand.

From her vantage point, “The entire coffee shop gasped in disbelief at the vision of American women donning the headscarf.”

Berens is an American who has lived in Cairo for years working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She witnessed the violence that preceded the takeover of the country by the radical Muslim Brotherhood and the counter-revolution that removed it from power.

Berens is author of “Cheri’s Memoir: An American Woman Living in Egypt” and is working on her next book, “The Cultural History of Egypt.”

And, in an essay on her blog titled “Women’s March to Islam?” she chronicled how for everyday Egyptians watching on television, packed into “every coffee shop in Cairo that had a satellite dish,” the scenes in the streets of Washington, D.C., were disturbingly familiar.

They recognized the same methods the Muslim Brotherhood used for decades to finally seize control in Egypt playing out in the American capital.

“First we saw protesters smashing windows and torching cars,” wrote Berens.

“Hushed murmuring began around me as every single Egyptian in the coffee shop could be heard saying the words: ‘Muslim Brotherhood.’”

She observed: “The images we were watching could have been taken right from a street in Egypt. It is exactly what we had experienced on a daily basis for more than a year.”

While the violence stunned the Egyptians, it was American women wearing hijabs that evoked agitation and even anger.

“We have been fighting to remove the headscarf. Why are these the stupid women putting them on?” asked an Egyptian woman within earshot of Berens.

Indeed, it is a question many have asked: Why would American women, and even the homosexual community, make common cause with those who would strip them of their rights and civil liberties?

WND put that question to former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who once introduced legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and who observed that the question of why collaboration occurs among disparate causes comes up often.

“People understand Islam abhors homosexuality, yet they often join forces in protests with gay activists,” she told WND. “The answer is simple, Black Lives Matters, the gay agenda, as well as Islamic supremacism, all seek domination over American freedoms.”

Still, why collaborate?

“They cannot reach their aims separately, but they can realize the fall of individual liberties if they work together. Once liberties fall, the groups break with each other in a race to impose their particular views on the American populace,” Bachmann explained.

“Causing liberties to fall is a long-term project, and they will use whatever allies they can get to realize that phase of their goals,” she concluded.

That strategy seemed apparent in what Berens observed.

Berens remarked how no one would ever think of damaging someone’s car or business before 2012, the year the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt.

But after that, “mobs of Muslim brotherhood would ‘protest’ in the streets, ripping apart public and private property and disabling normal activity – just as we were now watching on TV.”

“Some of the ‘protesters’ even covered their faces in the exact same way the Muslim brotherhood do.”

The Muslim Brotherhood organization in America lost its power when BHO left the presidency.  I’m sure that they (and the many organizations run by GeorgEVIL Soros) are blisteringly angry!  The “women’s” demonstration held on the day after the inauguration was planned months in advance.  As a side note, one blogger made a comment that maybe all of these women (or most) had booked their hotel rooms and plane flights, convinced that Hillary Clinton would win the election.  Sounds plausible, but who knows for sure?

Anyway, the far leftist ploys being planned will go on and on, in order to try and destroy Trump’s presidency.

As was mentioned in one of the articles, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” mantra is alive and well when it comes to Islamist influence combining with other leftist causes.  Trouble is, history has shown that the taqiyya method of Islamists “partnering” with certain groups that don’t adhere (or agree with) sharia law usually end up battling each other.  Just take a look at the horrible damage being done in Germany because of unfettered Islamic immigration.  The warring factions in Syria is another example.  History has shown (and the experts – like Cherie Berens), have reported accurately on these issues.  Americans need to heed her (and other experts) warnings about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood here in our nation as well as around the world.

Hat tips to all links.

Strife in this World. Where Are You? Where Are You Going?

January 24, 2017

I recently listened to one of the Dave Matthews Band’s greatest hits entitled, “Where Are You Going.”

You can watch the video here:

YouTube: Dave Matthews Band: Where Are You Going? [Lyrics below post]

I have always liked this singer’s voice and many of the band’s songs. Matthew’s singing style is often very calm and soothing. In this particular song, Dave Matthews  asks  the “where are you going?” question.  At certain spots in the song, he (sadly) states that he “has no answers for you.” But he does state, “where you go is where I wanta be.”

So, where does one look for the ultimate answer to “where are you going?” Where do YOU ultimately want to be and with Whom?

Before we get to those important questions, let’s look at a few words that describe what most of us go through at times in this life.

The first word is “strife.”

The meaning of the word “strife:”

noun
1. vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism:
to be at strife.

2. a quarrel, struggle, or clash:
armed strife.

3. competition or rivalry:
the strife of the marketplace.

4. Archaic. strenuous effort.
– Dictionary.com

The Bible utilizes the term “tribulation” [“trouble” in some versions]

noun

1.  grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering.

2.  an instance of this; an affliction, trouble, etc.

tribulation in the Bible:

trouble or affliction of any kind (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 13:21; 2 Cor. 7:4). In Rom. 2:9 “tribulation and anguish” are the penal sufferings that shall overtake the wicked. In Matt. 24:21, 29, the word denotes the calamities that were to attend the destruction of Jerusalem.
Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary
– Dictionary.com

The NKJV at the Blue Letter Bible website informs us that the term “tribulation” occurs 22 times in 22 verses.

The plural version of “tribulations” occurs 8 times in 8 verses.

I encourage readers to click on the individual verses and read the surrounding Scripture. It always helps to clarify the content and keep it in proper context.

When we read this portion of a verse in 2 Thessalonians, one could accidentally take it out of context.

2Th 1:6

since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

Reading all of 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 reveals what we are to be, do, and endure on this earth. There will come a time when those who wrought trouble upon believers in Jesus Christ will be “repaid with tribulation” by God Himself.

Did anyone reading here today hear about the recent clash between a female anti-Trump passenger and a male passenger sitting next to her on a plane?

You can view the video clip HERE.

In the video clip, Martha McCallum also interviews the man who was verbally attacked, and you might be surprised at what he says near the end of the interview. He didn’t want to press charges against her, saying that “maybe they were just having a bad day, or something.” And he ended the interview by saying, “I just wanted to show them the love of Jesus.”

Perhaps the Christian man heard that the woman and her husband were flying back from the funeral of her mother-in-law? Now THAT would have been a very bad day for anyone! If the woman and her husband were not kicked off of the plane, perhaps he could have shared the Good News of the Gospel with her.

Maybe not…

But this man showed grace towards two individuals – one was silent (the husband) while the other verbally abused and cursed at him (the cursing part isn’t in the video clip, but several witnesses said he was cursed at during this encounter).

Jesus warned us that “in this world, we would have tribulation (or trouble).”

Matthew 24 describes it vividly, and we learn that such trouble and strife will increase the closer we get to the end times.

Mat 24:7

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[fn] and earthquakes in various places.

Mat 24:8

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

Mat 24:10

“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another

Mat 24:11

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Mat 24:12

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

I am seeing a huge increase in “the love of many will grow cold.” Even relatives, friends, and acquaintances are turning on each other over the election results last month! It’s truly sad…

Matthew 24 informs us:

Mat 24:13

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Mat 24:14

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The truth contained in the Bible knows no equal! We are told that Christians are going to be persecuted. Notice that “the fruit of the Spirit” contains the term “longsuffering.”

Gal 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23

gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Longsuffering is why Christians are told (in Matthew 24:13)  to endure till the end.

What are we seeing since the election (as well as before it)? A huge increase in the following as described in Galatians:

Gal 5:19

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[fn] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

Gal 5:20

idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

Gal 5:21

envy, murders,[fn] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

No matter what is thrown against us, we have the promises of Jesus Christ to sustain us through it all.

Jesus tells us:

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.”

Paul reiterates this in Romans:

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.

Our true and ultimate home:

Jhn 14:2

“In My Father’s house are many mansions;[fn] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[fn

 

Jhn 14:3

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

NKJV Footnotes

(14:2)

Literally dwellings

Hat tips to all links and graphics.

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Lyrics to “Where Are You Going” by the Dave Matthews Band.

Where are you going
With your long face
Pullin’ down
Don’t hide away,
Like an ocean
That you can’t see
But you can smell
And the sound of waves crash down.
I am no superman
I have no reasons for you.
I am no hero,
Aw that for sure,
But I do know one thing,
That’s where you are is where I belong.
I do know
Where you go,
Is where I wanta be.

Where are you going,
Where do you go.
Are you looking for answers,
To questions, under the stars
Well if along the way,
You are grown weary,
You can rest with me
Until a brighter day
When you ok.

I am no superman,
I have no answers for you.
I am no hero,
And that’s for sure.
But I know one thing,
That’s where you are, is where I belong.
I do know
Where you go,
Is where I want to be.

Where are you going
Where do you go.

Where do you go.
Where are you going,
Where do you go.

I am no Superman
I have no answers,
For you.
I am no hero,
Aw that’s for sure.
But I do know one thing,
That’s where are,
Is where I belong.
I do know
Where you go,
Is where I wanta be.

Where are you going
Where do you go.

And a where are you going.
Where…lets go!

Songwriters
HARRISON, GAVIN RICHARD / BYER, RICARDO A.

Published by
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Read more: Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going Lyrics | MetroLyrics

President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration Speech

January 21, 2017

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.


We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.


Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.


Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.


The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.


And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.


Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

 

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;


We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;


And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.


We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

 

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.


From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

 

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

 

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

 

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” *
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.


When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

 

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.


Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again.

Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

— Written and spoken by Donald J. Trump on January 20th, 2017.

45th President of the United States of America.

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*Psa 133:1

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

When we include the additional verses in Psalm 133, it gives more descriptive meaning to the first verse.

Psa 133:2

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.

Psa 133:3

It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Notes from Dr. David Jeremiah’s NKJV Bible:

133:1  Pleasant means “lovely, charming, attractive” –things that fill the mind with delight.  God’s people derive this delight from unity within the body of Christ (John 17).

133:2  Priests were anointed with oil when they took office as a sign of God’s blessing on them (Ex. 30:22-33).  God lavishes His blessing when there is unity among His children.

Notes from Life Application Bible, NIV version:

133:3  Mount Hermon is the tallest mountain in Palestine, located northeast of the Sea of Galilee.

Matthew Henry’s commentary of Psalm 133 is very informative!  I will highlight some of it here:

(1.) This ointment was holy. So must our brotherly love be, with a pure heart, devoted to God. We must love those that are begotten for his sake that begat, 1 Jn. 5:1.
(2.) This ointment was a composition made up by a divine dispensatory; God appointed the ingredients and the quantities. Thus believers are taught of God to love one another; it is a grace of his working in us.
(3.) It was very precious, and the like to it was not to be made for any common use. Thus holy love is, in the sight of God, of great price; and that is precious indeed which is so in God’s sight.
(4.) It was grateful both to Aaron himself and to all about him. So is holy love; it is like ointment and perfume which rejoice the heart. Christ’s love to mankind was part of that oil of gladness with which he was anointed above his fellows.
(5.) Aaron and his sons were not admitted to minister unto the Lord till they were anointed with this ointment, nor are our services acceptable to God without this holy love; if we have it not we are nothing, 1 Co. 13:1, 2.

[…]

2. They are everlastingly blessed. The blessing which God commands on those that dwell in love is life for evermore; that is the blessing of blessings. Those that dwell in love not only dwell in God, but do already dwell in heaven. As the perfection of love is the blessedness of heaven, so the sincerity of love is the earnest of that blessedness. Those that live in love and peace shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall be with him shortly, with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace. How good then is it, and how pleasant!

What is Stored Up In You?

January 19, 2017

As I witness the continual, never-ending calamity going on within our political system, I decided to find out the truth behind it all.   The reasons for my search include the following:

  1. The horrible rhetoric that comes from certain individuals in Congress.
  2. The pundits on TV who agree with such harmful words (and their motives behind it all).
  3. The hatred spewed daily by the Hollyweird crowd.
  4. The radical and dangerous groups that have chosen to do evil and plot schemes to cause disruption and outright harm to the Americans attending the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States.What is the underlying cause?

    I decided to go to the Bible to help me figure out and understand why many persons on the far left choose to be so vicious against (and highly disparaging of) their opponents (especially Christians!) on the right.

Those words spoken by Jesus in John 16:33 are a continual comfort to me!  We are to expect trouble and tribulation in this temporal world, but Jesus has overcome the world!  As believers and followers of Him, what could be better than all of His promises to us?

When addressing the Pharisees in Matthew 12:22-37 (who accused Jesus of casting out demons through the power of Satan) in Matthew 12:22-37,  Jesus said, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”  Matthew 12:35 NIV

 

Jesus was telling us that what we say reveals what is in our hearts.  What comes out of the mouth is an indication of what your heart is really like.

When Jesus began his ministry on earth, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17b

We know that well-known people (i.e. athletes, celebrities, politicians, even religious leaders) make public apologies.  However, it begs the question:  Are they truly sorry or sorry they were found out?

Only God knows, of course.  We could phrase it another way and say if people (including us) are sorry for sins, shouldn’t they (we) come forth on their (our) own before they (we) are called out?

In 2 Corinthians 7:9 we are shown the fruit of genuine sorrow.

“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance.  For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.”

We recognize that “godly sorrow produces repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10).  That is, when we are truly sorry about something, it will be evidenced by our repentance–which includes confession, asking forgiveness, and restitution where it is needed.

The NIV version of 2 Corinthians 7:10 reads:

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

We could contrast the obvious godly sorrow that Peter felt when he denied Jesus three times (which Jesus predicted he would do even before it happened!) vs. the worldly sorrow that Judas felt when he tossed the 30 pieces of silver back to the Pharisees and then ended up hanging himself.

Compare Peter’s remorse and repentance with Judas’s bitterness and act of suicide.  Both disowned Christ.  One repented and was restored to faith and service, the other took his own life.  Worldly sorrow leads to death.  Not only death in this earthly life, but also eternal death.

Another example is the two thieves on either side of Christ as he hung on the cross.

Luk 23:39

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[fn] save Yourself and us.

Luk 23:40

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?

Luk 23:41

“And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

Luk 23:42

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[fn] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

Luk 23:43

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

It is never too late to repent!  Right before the thief’s death, he acknowledged his sin and asked Jesus to remember him when He comes into His kingdom!

Paul told us that there is a false kind of sorrow–the “sorrow of the world.”  And that sorrow leads not to repentance but to “death.”  Yes, sins and errors of judgment are embarrassing and sometimes shameful.  But when their magnitude is truly realized, godly sorrow always leads to repentance–a change of mind and direction.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote:

“Christianity starts with repentance.”

Very true!  The term “repent” appears in the Bible 33 times in 32 verses.

John the Baptist, who was prophesied in Isaiah 40:3 urged people to repent:

Mat 3:1

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Mat 3:2

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Mat 3:3

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.’ ”[fn – Isaiah 40:3]

More prophecy fulfilled from (4:16)

Isaiah 9:1, 2

 

Mat 4:12

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.

Mat 4:13

And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali,

Mat 4:14

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

Mat 4:15

“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles:

Mat 4:16

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”[fn]

Mat 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

There is a Proverb that reads:

For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.  Proverbs 24:16

There is another Proverb that reads:

Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.   Proverbs 24:1-2

Since there is none who are righteous (see Isaiah 64:6 and Romans 3) God sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins and reside in our hearts (through the Holy Spirit)  as His righteousness within us!

Jesus’ shed blood at the cross was the propitiation for our sins; and believing in Him, confessing and repenting of our sins, is the only way back to God.

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News That Readers Need to Know!

January 13, 2017

There is SO MUCH going on behind the scenes in our government and intelligence agencies that it can literally make Americans truly frightened! What is being learned as of late could make one’s head ache…but those who do the research and share it with others are doing our beloved nation and We The People a great service.

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Today I am recommending that EVERYONE read the following links (including the comments!) in order to understand the “Shadow Government” that is being exposed and the warring factions within the intelligence community (e.g. FBI is pro-Trump while the CIA is against him)!

These posts and links are by no means the total content of what is now known and being shared, but they are a good start for those of us who may not have even known what is going on in the “war of power and control” being hurled our way, which IMHO, is designed to kill, steal, and destroy America as we know it!

Start here, with a video of Tucker Carlson’s amazingly informative interview of Glenn Greenwald (who is not a conservative and doesn’t like Trump!) who exposes “Shadowy foes at war with Trump as Dems cheer.”

Fox News: Tucker Carlson interviews Glenn Greenwald.

Jan. 12, 2017 – 6:30 – Co-founding editor of The Intercept says opponents have used the media in open warfare against the President-elect, and the CIA wanted Hillary Clinton to win the presidency #Tucker

Also see the video of Sean Hannity’s opening monologue from last night’s show:

Sean Hannity: BuzzFeed is a propaganda arm of Democratic Party.

Jan. 12, 2017 – 4:49 – A giant media swamp is working together to carry out a biased agenda.

For one of the best explanations of what the “Shadow Government” means, is doing, and has done, read:

The Last Refuge: Glenn Greenwald Discusses “The Deep State” With Tucker Carlson…

Excerpt:

While it might be disconcerting for some, and Glenn Greenwald is not a political ally, we hold no reservations about exposing the UniParty’s connections to Deep State constructs whenever it surfaces.

Fox host Tucker Carlson invites The Intercept’s Glen Greenwald to discuss why the intelligence agencies appear to be in conflict with President Elect Donald Trump. Glenn Greenwald breaks down how the recently leaked 35-page-dossier could have only been injected into the media narrative from one of the intel agencies at odds with, and at risk from, President Trump.

Mounting evidence supports the ongoing thesis the Department of Defense has actually seceded from the political elites; and with the election of President Donald Trump, they are poised on the horizon to reconstruct a nationalist-minded defense, intelligence and security apparatus.

This is the fundamental paradigm shift many have discussed, yet few imagined possible.

But that excerpt is just the beginning of what readers need to know!  Go over and read it all, including the very informative comments,  links to videos, other blog posts and articles about what is being exposed!

One such link is from The Gateway Pundit:

The Gateway Pundit: CIA Coup? Ex-Spook: Langley ‘Taking Traitor Trump Out Now’

People…this is frightening stuff!!! But it explains A LOT about why the left thought that HiLIARy’s win was almost guaranteed and what a political shock-wave it was when she lost the election!

Those political elites who are members of the Uniparty were shocked and dismayed as well! The so-called “conservatives” (like John McCain and Lindsey Graham) are actually members of the Republican elites within the Uniparty who not-so-secretly [now!] have tried everything to take down Donald Trump! [Please see my former post which links to a Lame Cherry post at the end and paints McCain in a bad light…to say the least!]

Patriots are coming out (even against their own political party at times!) and sharing views that counter what the political elites desire!

See Tucker’s interview with Tulsi Gabbard:

Fox News video: Behind Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ bill.

Jan. 13, 2017 – 4:44 – Congresswoman, one of the first Democrats to meet with President-elect Trump, explains her bill to stop the government from directly or indirectly arming, funding terror groups who are enemies of US but would help overthrow the Syrian government #Tucker

 

Pressed for time today, but I welcome readers to include additional information about this very important topic in the comment section!

~  Christine

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Despite all of the very disturbing and scary information shared above, we can still live our lives through joy in the Lord Jesus Christ because of His promises!

Verse for the day:

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.

Leaders Can Be Either a Blessing or a Punishment

January 12, 2017

Yesterday, I had some time in the morning to watch the hearing on Rex Tillerson’s appointment to be the next Secretary of State.  I wasn’t able to watch all of it (had to go for a follow-up root canal appointment…ugh!), but what I did watch and then observe through news broadcasts later made me both proud of Tillerson and absolutely cringe at his detractors!  It was expected that the Dems would try to trip up Rex and rip his nomination bid apart.  But when a GOPe harpylike devourer Rubio comes along and tries to act more intelligent than the nominee (but then gets destroyed by Tillerson’s great response) it’s even more painful to watch.

Marco Rubio needs to grow up…A LOT…before he ever runs for president again. On second thought, I don’t think he should ever run for president!

Tillerson’s response to all of his detractors yesterday (at least the ones I saw before I watched Trump’s press conference) were all brilliant!
I wonder…how many readers here and others are noticing what I have noticed? I now see many (not all) politicians as ignorant or definitely biased in either their thinking or ideology; whereas those who have been successful in business (like Trump and Tillerson) have much more intelligence, savvy, knowledge and proper demeanor on how the world REALLY is and how to work successfully with our allies! They also have the smarts to not jump to conclusions regarding our enemies and are more thoughtful and wise in how to deal with them.

Perhaps it has been the eight long years of hubris and deceit under Barry’s BADministration that has caused many politicians to lose their minds?!  But I think that it probably is more likely that they were really on the other side and “secretly” agreed with Barry and HiLIARy.  Unconscionable…to say the least!

God saw fit to enable Trump to win the presidency.  However, should we go so far as this man (now deceased – God rest his soul) did in his “prophetic” ideas regarding Trump?

See: WND: Did This Man Predict Trump Presidency in 2007?

I liked one response written by “Informed” to the article that reads:

Informed • an hour ago

God is sovereign. He grants us leaders to be a blessing and a punishment. Whether Trump is more blessing or more punishment will not be known for a long time. I pray he brings much more respect for God’s moral truth, some good sense and efficiency to our delusional, self worshiping, wasteful and inefficient federal government.

Yes.  We will have to wait and see whether Trump will be “more a blessing or more punishment.”  We have already experienced punishment via the outgoing BADministration!  I second “Informed’s” prayer and sentiment!

It will be very interesting to see what an ordinary American businessman can achieve in the position of President of the United States.  A majority of Americans are absolutely fed up with career politicians who make promises that they don’t ever intend to keep!

Career politicians (like John McCain) are being revealed for what they are…in government for their own gain!   See Lame Cherry’s latest post about McCain!  Chilling…

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1Pe 2:4

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

1Pe 2:5

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1Pe 2:6

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[fn]

1Pe 2:7

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[fn]

“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”[fn]

1Pe 2:8

and

“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”[fn]
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

1Pe 2:9

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1Pe 2:10

who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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One Thing Remains…

An Example of Evil Destroying Itself

January 4, 2017

Daniel Greenfield’s recent article and a comment that I found there reveals the fact that “the Left ultimately destroys itself.”   Here’s the link to read the article:

How George Soros Destroyed the Democratic Party.

The subtitle says:

“The Left ultimately destroys itself.”

THAT is EXACTLY what evil does…it ultimately destroys itself!.

The comment that really hit the nail on the head is this one:

NancyB > truebearing • 7 days ago

He is a planetary parasite. Soros is absolutely ruthless, amoral, and clever
in his business dealings. His grasp, greed, and gluttony have global reach.
Many years ago, Soros told “The Australian” that the world financial crisis was “stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”

Stimulating. How could anyone have found the multitude of job losses, house foreclosures, and incredible national debt—stimulating?

What we have in Soros is a multi-billionaire, atheist, with skewed moral
values, and a sociopath’s lack of conscience. He considers himself to be a world-class philosopher, despises capitalism, and just loves social engineering. Soros is a real-life version of Dr. Evil—with Obama in the role of Mini-me. Which is not as funny as it might at first sound. In fact, it’s bone-deep chilling.

Back in 2009, Obama promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil, to
give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil, came shortly after Soros invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras). The American Petroleum Institute said it was a very bad deal for the US. They estimated that “oil exploration in the US could create 160,000 new jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while generating greater energy security.” So, the American taxpayers were once again treated like gullible suckers. Soros has been actively working to destroy America from the inside out for a long time now. Soros uses his “philanthropy” to deconstruct the moral values
and attitudes of the Western world and particularly of the American people.

An early & important whistleblower was David Horowitz. His & Richard
Poe’s book “The Shadow Party” outlined in detail how Soros hijacked
the Democratic Party, and how he owns it lock, stock, and barrel. Soros has
been packing the Democratic Party with radicals, and ousting moderate Democrats for a long time.

The Shadow Party became the Shadow Government,which became the Obama Administration. While Soros doesn’t (yet) completely own the Republican Party, his tentacles are spread throughout it. America currently faces the greatest challenge to its existence as a free republic since the Civil War. And as we go, so goes the world. Without Soros, would the Saul Alinsky Chicago machine still be rolling? Would BLM, SJP, SPLC, MoveOn, ANSWER, La Raza, and many more still be pursuing their nefarious actions?

America stands at the brink of an abyss, and that fact is directly attributable to Soros. He has vigorously, cleverly, and insidiously planned the ruination of America. He is immoral, duplicitous, and traitorous. Stripping Soros of his US citizenship should be one of the first steps taken. And trials there must be.

No matter the cost, the nest of vipers on Capitol Hill, and all the traitors
in the government at large, must be held accountable for their behavior, or a
free America is doomed.

Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of my life.” So, 70% of Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly half-million human beings, were
annihilated in that year. They were dying and disappearing all around him, and their numbers no doubt included many whom he knew personally. Yet he gives no sign that this put the slightest damper on his elation, either at the time or even in retrospect. In Steve Kroft’s “Sixty Minute’s” interview Soros was asked about his “best year” and if he had any feeling of guilt. Soros’s response was “No.”

Of course he didn’t feel guilty. Soros has the moral depth of a clam.
Nonetheless, he’s said, “my goal is to become the conscience of the world.” We can imagine the results of this sociopath being “the conscience of the world”. Yicks!

I don’t know why any leader in America would not ban Soros from this country!  Other nations have done that!  The answer must be the usual one:  They DO NOT want to lose the power and money that this reallife “Dr. Evil” affords them!

Unfortunately, it is not only the leftist crazies in Washington D.C. that turn a blind eye to the damage this billionaire has been doing to America and around the world, but some of the GOPe (stands for “establishment Republicans”) are just as guilty!

The term “evil” appears 485 times in 457 verses in the NKJV of the Bible!  Mankind has a conscience given by God so he has NO EXCUSE for not knowing what is evil.  Nor, does he have any excuse for perpetuating evil in life!

In the Old Testament, Aaron described it this way:

Exodus 32:22 So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.

Without God in their lives, mankind is “set on evil.”

Pro 6:18

A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,

Pro 10:23

To do evil is like sport to a fool,
But a man of understanding has wisdom.

Pro 11:19

As righteousness leads to life,
So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.

Pro 11:27

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

There are many, many more verses describing evil in Proverbs!

Mat 12:35

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[fn] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Mar 7:21

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22

“thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

Mar 7:23

“All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Jhn 3:19

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Jhn 3:20

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

There will come a time when evil will bow down to good!

Rom 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Pro 16:6

In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.

Pro 28:10

Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
But the blameless will inherit good.

Pro 29:6

By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.

Our future hope:

Gal 1:1

Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),

Gal 1:2

and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:

Gal 1:3

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

Gal 1:4

who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Gal 1:5

to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

January 1, 2017

Several bloggers have written awesome essays taking note of writers from the past, bringing their knowledge into the present,  and therefore giving us all hope for the future.

2017 is now here and along with it comes hope and optimism – especially after the peaceful “change of the guard” that will occur on January 20, 2017.

The hard-fought election of Donald Trump winning over Hillary Clinton will still, I predict,  have ramifications over the next four years.  Why?  Because when any Republican candidate wins the presidency, the far leftist detractors never give up on their hate and disdain for the candidate.  I have seen this over the course of my lifetime, especially during and after the election and presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Unfortunately, those who merely voted for Trump are already being mocked and are often disdained as well!  Trump isn’t even in office yet!

Heck, people at a recent birthday party that I attended in November wouldn’t even look at me after they learned that I’m a registered Republican who probably voted for Trump.  They are a young couple who at least liked me prior to Hillary losing to Trump.  The initial hug I got from the young woman turned to ignoring me when I tried to include them in a brief cell phone video at the party.  I later learned that they took Hillary’s loss very hard and are still grieving over the election of Trump.

Another person at the party stated that she would never vote for Trump, even if he ran as a Democrat.  We didn’t get into a deep conversation about it but I also learned that she is still grieving about Hillary’s loss and also fears for her granddaughter growing up under a Trump presidency.  She later told me that she isn’t going to let our political differences hurt our friendship.  That was certainly wonderful to hear!

Another young lady, whom I love dearly, texted me the day after the election and wrote, “I don’t know who you voted for, but I’m devastated that Trump won.  He’s a horrible man!”   I wrote back, “I can certainly understand how you feel!  I have been there whenever the candidates of my choice didn’t win.  But honey, the love of God and family is what matters most in this life, so take heart in that!”  She replied, “You’re right!  I will focus on God and my family!”

That’s what I had to do during the horrid 8 years of the 0bama presidency.  I knew from the start that he was bad news for our nation, but with the strength of the liberal tsunami of support for him (which included the Dems, the media of mass deception, Hollyweird, Muslim sympathizers, Socialists and communists; all of the liberals in the Dem states etc.) the warnings of conservatives went unheard and ignored.

I want to look to the future, and not re-hash all the bad of the past 8 years.  However, there are two blog posts that I wanted to share links to because what individuals wrote and the quotes they included explain exactly why I saw the 0bama years as a complete failure and danger to our Constitutional Republic.  I know that Hillary would have continued down that disastrous road, so that is why I was so relieved that she lost the election.

Happy New Year to the followers of this blog (all 79 of you) and any readers who happened to come here through topic searches over the past year! May you and your families be blessed this coming year, and may you know (or come to know) the ultimate saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In Him,
Christine

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Kingsjester Blog: New Year’s Day 2017: More Than Ever…”A Time For Choosing”

Excerpt:

So, are we doomed as a nation to continue to slide down this slippery slope we are traveling on? In the conclusion of “A Time for Choosing”, Ronald Reagan reminded us that the choice was ours to make…

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

Fellowship of the Minds: Happy New Year Deplorables!

Excerpt:

2016 was a hard, hard year, but . . .

with the help of God, we the Deplorables defeated a truly evil woman and her evil minions and supporters, against seemingly insurmountable odds of her having the MSM and Hollywood behind her, the rigged debates, the rigged polls, 3300% greater campaign spending, and the covert collusion of the Republican Establishment.

[Go to this link to read the list of articles that explain exactly why the author there (and I) were Never Hillary voters.]

Despite the horrors that you will read in the list at that link, there is always hope in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Here is a very long article from Truth 2 Freedom’s blog.  The fact that young Jonathan Edwards realized the destructive nature of his sin and chose to live out his life for God’s glory is something that every Christian can strive to do!

4 Christian Principles For Making New Year’s Resolutions.

Excerpt:

The nineteen-year-old Jonathan Edwards knew his weaknesses and was aware of the destructive nature of his sin, so he resolved to make and keep certain resolutions in his effort to live for God’s glory. He helped pave the way for us all as he prefaced his seventy resolutions with these words:

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

These simple, introductory words of Edwards not only provide us with a glimpse into the mind of one of history’s greatest minds, they provide us with a glorious insight into the heart of a young man whose heart had been humbled and mastered by the Lord God Almighty. We would therefore do well to consider Edwards’ prefatory remarks as we seek to glorify God and enjoy Him forever in our churches, our homes, and our hearts.

Amen!

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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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