Welcome to the March 2015 blog!
The Word for today
“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15 AMP).
“Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?” (Proverbs 22:20,21 NIV11).
The world’s affirmation
Ah, the lights, the celebrity figures who long ago sold their soul, the red carpet, the statuary awards—all set in the atmosphere of demonic celebration. What is the applause and acclamation of that crowd worth? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world[’s affirmation and accolades], and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
The rhetorical question posed by Jesus Himself has a built-in answer that every man really knows in his heart. Therefore, to encourage our youth to take their cues from the world and attempt to compete with them in their carnival of carnality is to almost guarantee souls are lost in the process.
If some celebrity happens to see positive Apostolic Christianity expressed in a biblical way, fine. If they like our singing, power to them; but if not, fine. Why should idolatrous, atheistic heathens judge our worship? If we express our faith in the contexts of uber carnality with borrowed styles and copied craze, the only result can be more carnality. How can we be sure of that? Well, in an old black-backed Book it says, “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (II Timothy 2:16). Paul’s word bebelous in this verse means “to cross a threshold” [of worldliness] (Vines). If the promotion of Satan and pure evil at the Grammys doesn’t cross a threshold of idolatry and vile depravation, nothing does. (Google Satan at the Grammys) They even handed out devil horns to authenticate their loyalties. Regardless of the English rendering of the original Greek, folks know when they see and hear “profane and vain babblings” today. The Word says “shun” them, not run to where they are gushing. Our Apostolic youth deserve better than the trends leaning in that direction.
In discussing the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, reviewers and Christians who have a problem with the movie are charged with “judging.” You’d expect something like that from hypocritical celebrities and world-loving preachers who want to pacify the collective conscience of their congregation, but when you hear it from within the ranks of conservative Christians, it is disturbing. Why is the plain truth about judging virtually ignored by our constituency and left to a handful of folks out there who still care about biblical principles?
Here’s what Landon Chapman on WorldviewWeekend said in his review:
“The whole idea of ‘judge not’ and the torturous mangling of Matthew 7 is something the Evangelical church must purge itself of immediately. Briefly, we are directed to judge rightly those within the faith. The lack of such judgment inside the American Evangelical church is the exact reason why unrepentant sin and pulpit silliness exist.
“We choose not to judge others rightly because we don’t want to be judged rightly by them. Again, this creates the undiscerning and undisciplined atmosphere in our congregations that allows false teachings, false doctrine, and abject heresies to invade.”
Well spoken, Mr. Chapman.
Posted by Tim Challies 2/8/13
Some words are written down and are here for a day and then gone. Other words are so pointed, so perfect, that they stand for many years. J.C. Ryle is a man who wrote many books and pamphlets and sermons that are as powerful and relevant today as they were in the 19th century. His description of jellyfish Christianity could as easily have been written here in the 21st century.
[Dislike of dogma] is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and specially among young people. It produces what I must venture to call a “jelly-fish” Christianity in the land: that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power.
A jellyfish is a pretty and graceful object when it floats in the sea, contracting and expanding like a little, delicate, transparent umbrella. Yet the same jellyfish, when cast on the shore, is a mere helpless lump, without capacity for movement, self-defense, or self-preservation. Alas! It is a vivid type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is, “No dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine.”
We have hundreds of “jellyfish” clergymen, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity. They have not definite opinions; they belong to no school or party; they are so afraid of “extreme views” that they have no views at all.
We have thousands of “jellyfish” sermons preached every year, sermons without an edge, or a point, or a corner, smooth as billiard balls, awakening no sinner, and edifying no saint.
We have legions of “jellyfish” young men annually turned out from our universities, armed with a few scraps of second-hand philosophy, who think it a mark of cleverness and intellect to have no decided opinions about anything in religion, and to be utterly unable to make up their minds as to what is Christian truth. They live apparently in a state of suspense, like Mohamet’s fabled coffin, hanging between heaven and earth.
Worst of all, we have myriads of “jelly-fish” worshippers—respectable church-going people, who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology. They cannot discern things that differ, any more than color-blind people can distinguish colors. They think everybody is right and nobody wrong, everything is true and nothing is false, all sermons are good and none are bad, every clergyman is sound and no clergyman is unsound. They are “tossed to and fro, like children, by every wind of doctrine”; often carried away by any new excitement and sensational movement; ever ready for new things, because they have no firm grasp on the old; and utterly unable to “render a reason of the hope that is in them.”
Never was it so important for laymen to hold systematic views of truth, and for ordained ministers to “enunciate dogma” very clearly and distinctly in their teaching.
If I were the Devil
Every preacher and every politician should listen to this presentation by the greatest newscaster of all time at least once a year. Here is your shot for 2015.
Obama meets privately with Muslims
The nation’s largest Muslim group is inviting President Barack Obama to visit an American mosque, enthusiastically embracing the president’s controversial comments at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, comparing past Christian misdeeds to the Islamic State.
“We thank President Obama for clearly separating the brutal actions of ISIS from the faith of Islam and for reminding us all that violence and injustice are not part of any faith,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, in a statement Friday. ”We invite the president to show public support for American Muslims by making the symbolic but significant gesture of visiting an American mosque in this time of growing Islamophobia.”
The president’s remarks at the prayer breakfast: “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Obama met with 15 Muslim leaders at the White House recently, and is scheduled to meet with the president of Qatar in a few days. But he refuses to meet with Netanyahu. Do you wonder why? You probably already know the answer to that question.
Infosource: The Blaze
The biggest picture ever taken
“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for the use of words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish,” or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” A competition to see who can come up with the best contribution is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year’s winning submission is posted at the very end.
- When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
- A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
- When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
- The batteries were given out free of charge.
- A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
- A will is a dead giveaway.
- With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
- A boiled egg is hard to beat.
- When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.
- Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
- Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
- A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.
- When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
- He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
- When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she’d dye.
- Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.
And the cream of the twisted crop:
- Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine.
Have you been chipped?
Is this how Antichrist might operate? It is not a particularly new idea. It has been bandied about for a decade or two. But it is now becoming a reality. Here is a report from the BBC:
Felicio de Costa, who works in the complex, told BBC News: “We already interact with technology all the time. Today it’s a bit messy—we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.”
Radio-frequency identification chips now allow employees in Sweden access to their office buildings. The technology implants are about the size of a grain of rice and can open doors and access the photocopier with a wave of the hand. The building plans to explore using the chips for other things, such as paying for food in the cafe.
Employees are not required to have the technology implanted — they can choose to stick with regular badges if they prefer.
Developer Hannes Sjoblad suggested the implants are a step ahead of other companies and even governments.
“We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped—the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,” Sjoblad said.
BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones got a first-hand look at how the technology works. Take a look:
A forgotten executive order
Republicans could remind people that it was anti-communist Democratic President Harry Truman who started the first loyalty program. He issued executive order 9835 establishing the program in 1947.
The executive order said that “each employee of the Government of the United States is endowed with a measure of trusteeship over the democratic processes which are at the heart and sinew of the United States,” and declared that “the presence within the Government service of any disloyal or subversive person constitutes a threat to our democratic processes….”
It is time for a background check on the President of the United States. Does he pass the loyalty test?
Source: Cliff Kincaid @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t remember who sent this list to me, but they do represent the strange situations we find ourselves in today.
The definition of the word conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
For example: Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. (Think this one over and over…makes sense!)
“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.”
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer—yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
These following three short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money! What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.
Last but not least:
- Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.
Am I the only one missing something?
Why writers and editors have short lifespans
Sewing machine for sale…
(Monday) FOR SALE – R. D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Phone BR-5490 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Keely who lives with him cheap.
(Tuesday) NOTICE – We regret having erred in R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read: Sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone BR-5490 and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him after 7 p.m.
(Wednesday) R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in his classified ad yesterday. His ad stands corrected as follows:
FOR SALE – R. D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone BR-5490 after 7 p.m. Ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.
(Thursday) NOTICE – I, R. D. Jones, do not sewing machine for sale; I SMASHED IT! Don’t call BR-5490 because the telephone has been taken out. I have NOT been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly! Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she quit!
It’s all in perspective
I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks.
I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop ticking me off.
Old age is coming at a really bad time.
I don’t have gray hair. I have “wisdom highlights”.
The biggest lie I tell myself is: “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.
My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance for idiots that needs work.
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.
I’ve lost my mind and I’m pretty sure my kids took it.
Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound.
Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?
Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree. That makes it a plant which means chocolate is salad.
Irena bypassed for Obama
Irena Sender died on May 12, 2008 at age 98 in Warsaw, Poland. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.
Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazis broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for simply being the first black president.
How pathetic and superficial our world has become.
Through The Storm God is Faithful
When a surgeon says he is going to perform brain surgery to remove a large tumor, then spells out the potential results, what goes through one’s mind? It is easy at a time like this to think that God has forgotten your address. However, when you find yourself in the middle of a storm you can rest assured that He has not forgotten you, nor will he leave you to go through it alone He has promised never to leave us alone and He will remain faithful.
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Meds in print
“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” – George Washington (1793)
Qur’an 4:89 – “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.”
- You already knew this. In a recent interview, David Axelrod, President Obama’s former chief advisor, admitted that on his advice, Obama misled America about his stand on same sex marriage. To smooth that over, Axelrod said, “It’s a virtue that he was uncomfortable in doing so.” Wow. That “virtuous”individual is who we have with the reins of government in his hands. Feel better, now?
- Someone asked Helen Keller: “Isn’t it terrible to be blind?” Her response: “Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”
- Why make a big deal about Governor Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree when no one has even seen Barack Hussein Obama’s college records?!
- If you think America is still the bastion of free speech, check with Rudy Guiliani, former mayor of NYC.
• An article worth reading: ADHD Definitely Doesn’t Exist, But If It Did I Would Have it. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/adhd-definitely-doesnt-exist-but-if-it-did-i-would-have-it/
“They” say if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. I trust that encourages the “many who are cold and few who are frozen” in the frigid north. Have a spot of tea and hope for April. Thanks for visiting.