Welcome to the JUNE 2014 blog!
The Word for today
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
In the beginning God spoke and it was. His words created something out of nothing. While our words are not as powerful as God’s, Proverbs declares that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (18:21a). Once we accept the power of our words, we must decide on their purpose.
Words can be as useful as a strong horse ploughing a field or a spark used to start a warm fire on a winter night. They can also rage uncontrollably, destroying what lies in their path. Caring words of support create a safe and intimate friendship. Truthful words spoken in love can offer a friend the opportunity to grow, but spiteful words destroy friendships, and vindictive truth discourages the hearer instead of inspiring them to grow.
Within seconds thoughts become words that slip off our tongue and into the world. Pausing before we speak may seem cumbersome, but it allows us to decide: Is this helpful? Does this need to be said now? What is the best way to say this?
Our words reveal what we care about and they influence others. Is there someone you can encourage today? – David Jeremiah
Indoctrination of high school students
Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory czar, called by some “the most dangerous man in America, writes in a recent column for Bloomberg View about the success of the Chinese education system that seemingly proves curriculums can be “explicitly designed to transform students’ political views.” In his column entitled, “Open Brain, Insert Ideology,” Sunstein questions whether such reforms could be effective in the United States. Given who he is and what he believes, you know that is what he wants to see happen. Read his full article HERE.
What is so unusual about all of this? Not much, since the indoctrination of our primary and middle school students has already plied them with socialism and anti-American “education” for a decade, particularly in the big city schools.
Another reason to get our kids out of government schools and into home schools or Apostolic church schools.
Democrat congressman explains that “communism works”
You really don’t have to wonder where some of our politicians are going. They are taking off their masks and extolling the virtues of socialism and even communism, especially to constituencies that are mostly immigrants from socialistic countries.
Listen to Joe Garcia (D-FL) HERE explain the virtues of “everyone having a government job.” In communist countries everyone basically works for the government. Goodbye, America, we hardly knew ye.
By Michael Paterniti
Leonid S. is eight and a half feet tall, and he is still growing. He is 34 years old, weighs 480 pounds, and he is still growing. He can’t fit in a car, wears size 26 EEEEE shoes, can pick apples eleven feet off the ground standing flat-footed, and yes, he is still growing. Michael Paterniti journeyed 9,000 miles to a tiny village in the Ukraine to learn from the world’s tallest man.
The story was of the variety that appears from time to time, offering a brief snapshot of the oldest/smallest/fattest person on earth, a genre in which I take a keen interest. But there was something else about this one. The giant was reported to be 33 years old, residing in a small village with no plumbing in a very poor region of the Ukraine. He lived with his mother and sister, who happened to be tiny. How he’d gotten so huge wasn’t entirely known, because the giant wasn’t interested in seeing doctors anymore. Something inside of him had been broken or left open, like a faucet, pulsing out hormones as if his body presumed that it still belonged to that of a proliferating pubescent boy. This apparently was the result of an operation he’d had as a child. Under the knife that saved him from a blood clot in his brain, his pituitary gland had been nicked.
Now he was over eight feet tall—and still growing.
In the article, the giant was pictured sitting at his small dining-room table, reaching up to change a lightbulb at a height that a normal-size person couldn’t have reached standing. Another picture captured the giant in an unguarded moment, staring in astonishment at his hand, as if he’d just picked an exotic, oversize starfish from a coral reef. He said that his happiest hours were spent in his garden because only the apples and beets don’t care what size you are.
-From Mark Galli newsletter; photographs by Oliviero Toscani
Do as I say…
Obama has spent a staggering $456 million flying Air Force One while in office— mostly to political fundraisers and vacation junkets. He has racked up more flight hours for his time in office than any previous president. In fact, his recent trip to New York marked his 1,000th flight on Air Force One. Obama’s lavish ways are incredibly hypocritical after his incessant condemnation of business executives for using corporate jets. Do as he says, not as he does. https://patriotpost.us/posts/25785
Keep talking, Bill
Bill Clinton came to his wife’s defense after being asked about the seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s concussion in 2012. He told an audience at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, “They went to all this trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over. It’s something she never low-balled with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn’t happen.” So the fact that it took six months to recover is supposed to assure us? But he continued: “Now they’re trying to say she has brain damage. If she does, I must be in really tough shape because she’s still quicker than I am.”
Is he really helping?
Toddlers on ADHD Drugs?
While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs. The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights says according to IMS health, more than 274,000 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs and a staggering 370,000 toddlers…. Read the full article on PR Web here
Teaching on creationism is of ultimate importance today. Our youth are in desperate need of undergirding in their faith in the historicity of Genesis chapters 1-11. Some of the very best is provided by the Institute For Creation Research, an organization founded by Henry M. Morris, a pioneer in modern research that validates the biblical thesis. They publish an amazing, full-color magazine called Acts and Facts—and they will send it to you without subscription cost! Can’t beat the price. You can subscribe at www.icr.org. Do it!
It’s a tsunami stone
Last month we posted this photo to see if anyone knew what it was. No one guessed correctly.
It is a tsunami stone in the Japanese countryside delineating the high water mark of former tsunamis. It was placed there on a hillside by former generations to let people know that anyone living below this marker is in grave danger in case of another tsunami.
What a great illustration when teaching on the Christian lifestyle. Living anywhere below the marker established by the Scriptures—and your current pastor—puts you in grave danger. Those who flout the warning will likely wind up a casualty because another tsunami of judgment is coming!
Was Christ God the Father’s grandson?
Trinitarians say that there are three persons within one God. I realize that does not make sense, but when they say they are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal it goes over the line. They posit a Father, His Son, and another deity called the Holy Spirit as comprising God, evidently all sporting long, effeminate-looking hair.
In the Incarnation, Mary was said to be with child “by the Holy Ghost,” the third person of the Trinity. That would make Him the true father of Christ. But wait, the Holy Spirit is not the Father of the Son Spirit, and God the Father is said to be the Father by virtue of the Son being an eternal divine Son. He is referred to in many places as Christ’s Father. Yet Trinitarians say it was God the Son who actually was incarnated as the earthly Redeemer and Savior, Christ. That would seem to make Him the real Father of the earthly Christ. Therefore, in Trinitarian theory, Christ would be the Grandson of God the Father—the Son of His Son. Or is He the Grandson of the Holy Spirit? Was the heavenly Son the only begotten Son of God the Father, or was the earthly Son the only begotten of the Father? Whose Son was it who was the sacrifice for our sins? Is this confusion why the biggest names in Trinitarian Christianity say the doctrine cannot be understood and must be accepted by faith?
How much simpler to acknowledge one God (Spirit – John 4:24), who manifested Himself in human form, born of Mary by His “overshadowing,” and therefore becoming a “Son” to serve as our Redeemer (I Timothy 3:16). He subsequently sends His Spirit to indwell believers during this dispensation. Let’s don’t complicate God any more than necessary by relating the Incarnation to anyone other than the one God of Deuteronomy 6:4 and Isaiah 43:10-11 who was manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16).
Wash your brain out with this
God’s Antidote for Sinning
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
“When I find myself assailed by temptation,” Martin Luther wrote in his Table Talk, “I forthwith lay hold of some text of the Bible, which Jesus extends to me.”
Luther knew, as we do, that the Bible is our greatest weapon in fighting temptation, for every temptation comes to us via our thoughts. When we lay hold of the texts of the Bible, we’re arming our minds for battle. The best way to fight the temptation of lust is memorizing verses about purity. The finest way to combat greed is by learning verses about stewardship. The strongest antidote to a hot temper is memorizing verses about anger and about patience. The best way to combat depression is learning some of the joy texts of Scripture.
Dwight L. Moody said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” Don’t let sin keep you from the Word of God. If you’re under siege today, spend some time with an open Bible, list a handful of verses to help you, and begin committing them to memory. Hide God’s Word in your heart.
All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. – David Jeremiah
“We aren’t simply relational creatures looking for love in all the wrong places. We are relational creatures who since the Fall have insisted on relationships apart from God. We look for relationships apart from Christ because, in sin, we want relationship on our own terms in ways that satisfy our personal wants and fears.”
“We are sinners. We are all inexorably prone to idolatry, to the very substitutions that need-based psychology suggests, but not because we are simply ignorant or mistreated, but because we are born desiring to substitute almost anything in place of God.”
– Both of the above quotes are from On Relationships by Winston Smith
“If a young man learns to preach before he is a soul winner, he will always look for a pulpit rather than a soul.” – Billy Cole
“Revival will come when prayer is no longer used as a substitute for obedience.” – A. W. Tozer
“Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States?” – Lt. Col. Allen B. West
Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Climate change must be a much bigger issue in the Star Wars universe where all the planets are used to just one climate.”
“I just caught a terrorist!” said no TSA agent ever.
Lest we forget: “There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” –John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
Craziest government on earth
The U.S. government must be the laughingstock of the world. Why are people coming here illegally by the hundreds of thousands? To enjoy a higher level of freedom (soon to be a joke) and to get money, of course. I am sure some have crossed the border to join those building up a stockpile of explosives and arms to harm American infidels, but most merely see us as a huge money tree.
Not to worry, however. Our president states unequivocally that there is “not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.”
Click HERE to see how it is being done.
If you want a preview of how Obamacare will work out, take a look at the VA medical system. We will all be in the VA system, or one like it, as soon as the Affordable Care Act gets into full swing.
Here are three articles worth one’s time to peruse.
Bishop to divorce his husband
NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, announced plans in May to divorce his husband.
Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.
Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew “for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”
– Curated by Dave Urbanski
Have you ever noticed that it is almost always women who are performing the wedding ceremonies for the gays? Is that of any significance?
Seals of Jeremiah’s captors
The atheists and other naysayers who love to debunk the Scriptures stupidly say there is no proof that many of the Bible characters really existed. One by one the archaeologists have unearthed confirmation that they were indeed living individuals. Let me share yet another example.
The Bible tells us that Jeremiah urged Judea’s King Zedekiah to surrender to the Babylonian armies so that they would live and the city would not be put to the torch. Some berated Jeremiah as seditious and unpatriotic.
In the Book of Jeremiah, his story includes the accusations of two court officials who demanded Jeremiah’s punishment and imprisonment. Fortunately, the Bible gives us their names—Gedaliah, son of Pashur, and Jucal, the son of Shelemiah. Recently, while digging in the City of David area, archaeologists unearthed proof that the Bible is extremely accurate. When the seals of these two men containing their names were found in the rubble of the king’s palace, we cannot but proclaim again that the Bible can be trusted—even in its history!
Above left are the seals. The full story can be found HERE.
In a recent letter, a minister shared his thoughts:
“Dear Elder, do we have to dance to wild loud music every time we go to church? I have some younger minister friends that think that folks must dance and ‘get down’ in every church service. I like lively Apostolic worship but I believe that it must be ‘in spirit and in truth.’ They teach that we should—in our flesh—just get up and start dancing even if there was no motivating unction to do so. They feel that unless we all tear the house down in every service then we did not have church.
Where in the NT Scriptures do we have an example of dancing to loud music or teaching that that is a must? I raise my hands and worship God. I stand and pray. I sing and shout out praises to God. Sometimes I sit and cry before God. I clap my hands. But according to some younger folks that just will not get it.
I worry about folks that believe we must crank up loud music and dance in every service or we don’t have anything. What is your opinion?”
My response: A blog-length article will not do this topic justice, but here goes. There is no example in the New Testament of cranked up loud music and dancing. If the attitude you mention is shared by your entire assembly, you are attending a church that is atypical of Apostolic congregations. However, Pentecostals have always been free with their worship—with their whole being. That does not violate the spirit of the NT. And we were not the first to manifest that in our services. A number of mainline denominations, such as the Presbyterians and Methodists, have “dancing in the Spirit” or other bodily movements in their history, although few, if any, still allow it in their services. Spontaneous joy in worship, sometimes expressed by “dancing in the Spirit” should not be disdained, but dancing about just because certain music is being played, or “practiced dancing” as some groups are encouraging today, is not a sign of true spirituality, nor is it God-glorifying.
NC bans Sharia law
Sharia law is an Islamic code of laws based upon the Qur’an (or Koran whichever you prefer). It allows such things as honor killing and polygamy, female genital mutilation, adolescent marriage and the physical abuse of wives.
As such, Islamic Sharia law is incompatible with United States law and the US Constitution. But some Islamic communities around the country are attempting through political pressure to have Sharia law recognized and practiced in US courts. It is important to recognize that Islam is not merely a religion, but a culture with its own legal system. It is a form of religious, austere, and all-encompassing government.
North Carolina has just become the seventh state to pass a law that prohibits state judges from considering Sharia law, or any foreign laws, in family cases in state court, according to Deseret News. North Carolina joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, according to Religion News Service, in banning Islamic Sharia law. Twenty states have either enacted laws regarding Islam or have it under consideration.
“No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America,” the Rev. Mark Creech said in an article published on the Christian Action League website. “But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution, and not demand enforcement of rules and regulations left behind in other cultures.”
Many Americans tend to view Sharia law as intolerant, with overly harsh, cruel and unusual punishments. As such, most Americans don’t want to see Sharia law being practiced or considered in American courts, since it is incompatible with American law.
The message that many Americans have for those that wish to live under Sharia law is simple and clear. We do not recognize or practice Sharia law in America, so if one insists on living under it, move to a country that already recognizes and implements it.
I wonder: If we moved to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan and attempted to install American constitutional law in their courts, what would happen to us?
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Grin and bear it
If it is racist to ask a voter to show his ID, is it also racist to require an ID when a young-looking person is buying a carton of cigarettes? Or checking out a library book? Or boarding a plane?