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1  Theology / Bible Study / The Importance of the Local Church - Part 5 on: August 13, 2018, 02:15:59 PM
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The Importance of the Local Church - Part 5
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psa. 10:4).

Although God doesn’t reside in the thoughts of the unbeliever, the Psalmist strongly implies that He does or should fill all the thoughts of the believer. I rarely, if ever, thought of God when I was in unbelief. If I did, I turned my attention to other things so I didn’t have to ponder my lost condition. I was blinded by the things of the world.

Since my conversion to Christ, my how things have changed! He now fills my thoughts throughout the day. Every time I see a sunrise or sunset that graces the horizon I marvel at the beauty of His creation. I was sitting in the doctor’s office recently for my yearly physical; on the wall was a picture of the human anatomy, which reminded me of the handiwork of God. Like David, I was led to praise Him that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

The other day my wife and I had the privilege of watching the grandkids. These opportunities have given me a much greater appreciation for those people they call referees! About midday little Katie informed Nana that Pap-pap was taking a nap in his chair (I wasn’t on duty). By the end of the day as we collapsed into bed, the last thing I remember was offering thanks to God for each of the grandkids and the little addition on the way. He fills the thoughts of those who love Him!

Paul says in Romans that we should present our bodies a living sacrifice “holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” This, too, should be done daily. The Old Testament saints worshipped God by offering burnt offerings. As the aroma of the sacrifice rose heavenward it was well-pleasing to the Lord. Under grace we worship Him by offering ourselves a living sacrifice on the altar of service. This is what is acceptable to God today. But sometimes the fire on the altar needs to be stirred up to remind us that the “things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:18). More on this next month!

As you can see our worship of God should not be limited to Sunday morning, as the above demonstrates. Our lives should be filled with these types of acts of worship everyday as we humble ourselves before Him who is worthy of our praise and adoration.

THE PLACE OF WORSHIP

Seeing that worshipping God is a spiritual experience, our worship of Him is not confined to a “church” building. But it is pleasing to God when we join with others of like-precious faith to worship together as a group. In fact, we are instructed not to forsake the assembling of ourselves, which some are inclined to do. When we gather with other believers in worship it gives us an opportunity to fellowship together around the Word, rightly divided, and encourage one another in the faith. The Lord has given each of us different gifts and abilities that when brought together result in a symphony of praise to the One whom we’ve gathered to worship. In addition, interaction with other believers will help you have more of a balance in your Christian life.

As we stated in a previous article, it is important to attend a Grace assembly where you know the truth of Paul’s gospel will be proclaimed. This will ensure that your relationship with Christ is resting upon the right message. But what if there isn’t a local Grace assembly in your area? The concept of the church today is large buildings, with stained glass windows, and grand pianos. While there is nothing innately wrong with large facilities, the church is not brick and mortar; it is the Lord’s people. Wherever believers in Christ choose to meet together, we have a local assembly of the true Church, which is His Body.

    “And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue. And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house” (Acts 18:7,8).

After the unbelieving Jews failed to heed Paul’s warning at Corinth, he walked out of the synagogue, leaving Judaism behind, and went next door to the house of Justus and established a Grace church. Initially the assembly at Corinth was few in number, but God honored it. The church that meets in someone’s house is on equal footing with the assembly which has two hundred in attendance.

I’ve led worship services in the home where I ministered the Word, we sang, gave testimonies, and had a wonderful time of fellowship. Since it was an informal setting everyone took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, and we even addressed a few thorny issues. But what if there isn’t someone to teach the Word? Beloved ones, we have enough taped messages and literature from our Grace organizations and churches to keep you under the sound of the Word until the Rapture. You may be surprised to learn that many of our Grace assemblies originally started in someone’s home.

Whether your local assembly meets in a “church” building or in a house, those who come among us to worship are usually searching for the truth. They are dissatisfied with what they perceive to be the failure of denominationalism to meet their spiritual needs. They have been ministered to, to a point, but they desire to have a fuller understanding of His will. The Lord’s people want to hear the Word of God. We have something to offer them that the denominations have no desire to offer—the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery. Paul’s apostleship and message freed me from the legalistic ways of men and it will free you too!

It is one thing, however, to know the grace of God, but it is an entirely different matter to make an application of it in our lives. One of the perils of having an understanding of the Word, rightly divided, is that it can become an academic exercise, leaving assemblies cold and indifferent. And many times they are totally unaware of the problem. We talk about grace, but do we practice it? At Thessalonica Paul not only preached grace, he demonstrated it!

    “But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us….Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children” (I Thes. 2:7-11).

Although Paul was already a spiritual giant by this time he was not condescending with these dear saints. Instead he nurtured them in the faith like a loving mother who nurses her children. Grace is patient! He received each of them, without prejudice, celebrating the fact that they were fellow members of Christ’s Body. They were all dear to him. Grace is thoughtful! Like a father, Paul took a personal interest in them. He knew who needed a word of encouragement and who was brokenhearted and needed to be consoled. Grace is understanding! These characteristics of grace should exemplify every Grace assembly. As the hymn writer so eloquently said, “Grace `tis a charming sound, harmonious to the ear.”

Notes:

1    1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, Edited by Michael P. Green, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pg. 168.
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WORSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

    “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11).

When man was created in the beginning God instilled in him the desire to worship. Man was designed to worship God. According to the Scriptures, God rested on the seventh day after He completed all of His creative acts. Although the Sabbath, as we have come to know it, was not introduced until Moses, the seventh day gave man his first opportunity to worship His Creator. Before the fall, Adam and Eve naturally sought out the presence of God when He entered the garden in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8). Think of it, they communed daily with their Creator face to face in all His glory!

After Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, to their dismay their eyes were opened—they had sinned against their Creator with devastating consequences! As they fled from the presence of God they hid themselves among the trees of the garden, and ever since that day long ago the natural man has been running and hiding from God. It is telling that our first parents sought to conceal their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together to make themselves aprons (Gen. 3:7). By the works of their hands they were attempting to cover themselves in order to be acceptable before God. This is the first religious act recorded in the Scriptures, which was unacceptable to God because without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6). Thus, the fig tree is often a symbol in the Scriptures of meaningless religious acts.

The desire of man to willingly worship the Creator was corrupted by sin. Sadly, grave damage was done that can only be corrected through redemption. The natural man hates God and the things of God, but ironically he is inherently religious. Ancient history bears witness to man’s insatiable desire to worship the “gods of the universe.” The Egyptians, for example, worshipped a pantheon of gods—Re, the sun god; Osiris, the god of the Nile; Ptah, the god of Artificers; these are just a few of the hundreds of gods to whom they paid homage. The Canaanites worshipped the gods of fertility, and Baal, the god of thunder. In the days of the Judges the Philistines paid homage to Dagon, the god of the sea (fish) and Ashtaroth, the goddess of propagation. All these nations knew about the true and living God, but chose to defy Him and worship the creation rather than the Creator.

    “Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female….And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (Deut. 4:16,19).

God, in His infinite foreknowledge, foreknew that fallen mankind would have a propensity to worship the heavens (Psa. 147:5 cf. I Pet. 1:18-20). This would be especially true of the sun seeing that it appears to sustain life upon the earth. Interestingly, God chose not to create the sun until the fourth day of creation, which more effectively accomplished His purpose. He demonstrated to the ages that He is greater than the sun and, therefore, able to sustain life upon the earth apart from this heavenly body. God transcends His creation!

The finished work of Christ at Calvary is the answer to the sin question. Those who place their faith in Him are transformed from being worshippers of self to true worshippers of God. Only the believer in Christ can worship God in spirit and in truth.

THE MAJESTY OF GOD

In 1715, Louis XIV of France died. Louis, who called himself “the Great,” was the monarch who made the infamous statement: “I am the State!” His court was the most magnificent in Europe, and his funeral was spectacular. His body lay in a golden coffin. To dramatize the deceased king’s greatness, orders had been given that the cathedral should be very dimly lighted, with only one special candle set above his coffin. Thousands waited in hushed silence. Then Bishop Massilon began to speak. Slowly reaching down, he snuffed out the candle, saying, “Only God is great!” 1

Amen!! Only God is great and greatly to be praised for the things He has done! Sadly, Christendom has moved far away from a proper view of the majesty of God. The attempt of some to water down the attributes of God has robbed believers of an accurate understanding of His true essence. The Church at large has sought to humanize God, to conform Him to their way of thinking. But the Lord has this to say about this type of reasoning:

    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8,9).

The magnificence of God goes far beyond our human comprehension; therefore, we bow before Him in humble adoration. He is God! He deserves all the glory and honor that is rightfully due Him! Consider for a moment, God simply spoke and worlds supernaturally came into being! He is the Creator and Sustainer of heaven and earth and all things visible and invisible.

Astronomers who turn their telescopes to the heavens readily admit they cannot number the stars of heaven. It has been said: “The total number of stars in the observable universe is estimated to be 1025 (1 followed by 25 zeros). Nobody knows the actual number.” But God has not only numbered them, He has also named each and every one of them (Psa. 147:4). We marvel, as did David, that “such knowledge is high.” Infinite!!

He parted the waters of the Red Sea with the breath of His nostrils so that they stood upright as a heap, which provided safe passage for His own, but death for the Egyptians. Outside of creation itself, perhaps the greatest demonstration of His power was when He raised His only begotten Son from the dead. Such power is infinite (Psa. 147:5; Eph. 1:19,20).

When the false prophets sought to deceive Israel, supposing that God was inattentive and really didn’t care, He inquired of them: “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD” (Jer. 23:24). Amazing! As the old saying goes, “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

If you read the history of the Church it is evident that reverence for God and the things of God are at a low tide today. We are living in a day when our worship services are more like social gatherings. While there are exceptions, many church services begin with the chatter of brethren trying to work out a business deal or someone catching up on the news in the community. Usually the volume is such that the one leading the service has to make two or three attempts to get everyone’s attention. The song selections are oftentimes unknown by those present and could probably be sung at a worldly concert with little or no objection. If there is time to open the Scriptures, the best you can hope for is a devotional message. Now we are not advocating that the worship service should be like a funeral dirge. What we are saying is that when we gather to worship there should be a reverence for the things of the Lord.

The English word “worship” means to attribute worth to someone or something. In the biblical sense, God is worthy of our adoration, reverence, praise, and thanksgiving because of who He is and what He has accomplished. We are to acknowledge the supremacy of God who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. The heart of our worship is the living Word of God. As we gather together on the first day of the week it is to be challenged by a capable teacher of the Scriptures that we might grow in grace and praise Him for all of His benefits. This is why regular attendance at your assembly is so important. It is essential for your spiritual growth.

Our worship of God, however, is not to be limited to a Sunday morning worship service. This is a good beginning, but it is not meant to be an end in itself. We should be in a continual attitude of worship every day of the week. This means studying the Scriptures daily that we might know the Lord in a fuller and deeper sense (Phil. 3:10). I was doing this very thing one evening when I came across a passage in the Book of Psalms that caused me to pause, and say, “Wow, how true!”
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It's No Contest!
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


During his recent visit to the United States, the pope stirred up quite a bit of controversy when he canonized an 18th-century friar named Junipero Serra. The pontiff sought to recognize the friar for his work in bringing Catholicism to California, but there are some who claim he treated Native Americans harshly. This explains why a statue of Serra was vandalized after his elevation to sainthood was announced. As you can see, when your sainthood depends on your conduct, there will always be someone who will stand up to contest it.

How different it is with the saints mentioned in Scripture! The Corinthians were known for their carnality (I Cor. 3:1), yet Paul calls them “saints” (I Cor. 1:2). If you are wondering how this could be, it is because Paul knew that the verb form of the noun “saint” is sanctify, and while the Corinthians were carnal in their conduct, they were “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (I Cor. 1:2). In the Bible, men are “sanctified by the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 15:16), not by any earthly church. They are “sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ” (Heb. 10:10), and not by their behavior. Rome awards sainthood to men who are known for good works, but the Lord says that men are “sanctified by faith that is in Me” (Acts 26:18).

So it is that while the canonicity of all Rome’s saints can be contested by men, not even the devil himself can contest the sainthood of the believer in Christ. It’s no contest! Just remember, sainthood is a high calling, so make sure “that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Eph. 4:1).
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His discipline is sharp--but the end is sweet!

(Thomas Case, "The Rod and the Word, A Treatise on Afflictions" 1653)

"No chastening seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

"Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6

God will rather fetch blood--than lose one of His sons!

See and admire the wisdom, power and goodness of God--who can make His people better by their sufferings!

Behold, I show you a gospel mystery! God can . . .
  extract gold, out of clay;
  draw the richest wine, out of gall and wormwood;
  turn the greatest misery of the body, into the greatest good of the soul;
  turn the chastening itself, into a blessing;
  make the withered rod of affliction, to bud into a harvest of righteousness and peace!

The almond tree is said to be made fruitful by driving nails into it, thereby letting out a noxious gum which hinders its fruitfulness. In the same way, God never intends more good to his children, than when He seems to deal most severely with them! His discipline is sharp--but the end is sweet!

O that the children of God in affliction, or entering upon sufferings--would sit down and dwell upon the fruit and advantage which God knows how to bring out of all their sorrows.

"Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty." Job 5:17

"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your Word." Psalm 119:67

"It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn Your decrees." Psalm 119:71
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On Aug 5 in Berkeley, California, antifa thugs smashed32 the windows of a Marine Corps recruiting post, damaged 21 city vehicles, tossed explosives at Berkeley Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office officers, and clashed with alt-right protesters. Twenty arrests were made33 and dozens of weapons were confiscated.

These leftist groups invariably justify their violence with the same assertion: Those who engage in “hate speech” must be silenced, even if it requires breaking the law to do so.

Thus on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, and yesterday in Washington, DC, police maintained a heavy presence to prevent a similar outbreak of violence that occurred2 in Charlottesville last year. Violence the ACLU says34 was abided by police ordered to “not intervene until given command to do so.”

Law enforcement officials’ seeming disinterest in protecting the “wrong” Americans, or allowing the “right” ones to riot, hasn’t been confined to Charlottesville. Police backed off35 during a 2017 antifa protest in Berkeley, and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is allowing36 a lawsuit to proceed against the San Jose Police Department and the city for allegedly endangering the lives of Trump supporters at a 2016 rally at the McEnery Convention Center. Despite several exits being available, police allegedly directed rally attendees to leave from a single exit where anti-Trump thugs were waiting. And despite Trump supporters being beaten or struck by objects, no one was arrested except three people who assaulted the police.

All of these incidents pale in comparison to the machinations37 of Portland Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler. For 38 days, a mob was allowed to maintain a makeshift camp from which they emerged to lead protests against ICE and demand the agency’s abolition. Signs were displayed calling ICE employees “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” Vandals wrote the names of staffers on a wall and encouraged others to publish agents’ private info online. One staffer was followed when he went to pick up his daughter, and protesters showed up at his home. Both ICE officials and area locals were harassed38, including a 53-year-old disabled resident whose wheelchair was damaged.

Wheeler’s response? “I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track,” tweeted the mayor, who conveniently doubles as the city’s police commissioner. “If [ICE is] looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place.”

Even when federal police mobilized from out of state moved to reopen the office on June 28, Wheeler remained defiant. “I join those outraged by ICE actions separating parents from their children, and support peaceful protest to give voice to our collective moral conscience,” he asserted in a statement.

Collective moral conscience? Try government-endorsed thuggery.

One might think such overt lawlessness would elicit a response by the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, the DOJ is headed by a seemingly comatose Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Thus, as the Left moves seamlessly from law-defying sanctuary cities to consequence-free actions against ICE employees — employees whose 911 calls were deliberately ignored39 — one is left to conclude similar incidents will be forthcoming.

And while the nation waits, the “get in their faces” exhortations40 of a reliably unhinged Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) remain the order of the day.

Americans need to ask themselves why a “blue wave” might even be a possibility when 54% of Democrats41 support giving illegal aliens the right to vote, party leaders have called42 for abolishing ICE, and Democrat officials openly embrace43 socialism and tacitly embrace44 anti-Semitism.

In other words, where is the GOP? One gets the disquieting sense Republicans are either rank cynics who believe being the lesser of two really odious evils is good enough to maintain their congressional majority absent an all-out effort to do so, or insufferable hypocrites willing to lose that majority as a “reasonable” trade-off for reinstating the status quo upended by Trump’s America First agenda. And if GOP losses in November enable an impeachment-addicted Democrat Party to upend Trump’s presidency as well?

You have to break a few nationalist, patriotic eggs to remake a globalist, Ruling Class omelette.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57618-anarchys-cast-of-enablers

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Why We Should Oppose Andrew Cuomo45 — His anti-NRA crusade shows that a tyrannical government is possible unless voters stand for Liberty.
The Death Penalty and Christianity46 — Pope Francis declared to the world that the death penalty is never an appropriate punishment.
Video: What Was the Cold War?47 — It was cold only in the sense that the Russians and the Americans never came to direct blows.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Burt Prelutsky: “Mark Twain is credited with being the first person to say that rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated. In the case of God, it’s Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th-century German wisenheimer, who first spread the rumor of His demise. It’s alleged that God replied, ‘I happen to be alive, but you’re kaput.’ Be that as it may, religion is definitely on the decline in the West. Both here and in Europe, young people are saying they refuse to believe in fairy tales or in things they can’t see. What makes it so odd is that a majority of the youngsters voice their belief in socialism, the biggest fairy tale of all. In many parts of the world, children have gone to sleep while their parents read to them tales of big rock candy mountains with soda pop streams and cotton candy trees only to wake up in Russia, China, Cuba, and Venezuela to find their legs and brains in shackles. These poor souls claim, in their rejection of God and all His trappings, that they are of a scientific bent, prepared to believe only what they can see with their own two eyes. But they then turn around and insist there are more than two genders, thus proving they don’t even believe what they can see.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.”

Braying Jackass: “We’re not supposed to be the story; that’s not why I’m out there.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta, who routinely makes himself the story

Censorship: “Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.” —Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Haters gonna hate: “Look, I think these guys are bad guys. … And if they went away, you know, I would offer my thoughts and prayers.” —New York Demo Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the NRA

Yep, he’s tone-deaf: “Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen, a Harvard University-educated man worth up to $358 million and the owner of five homes, has diagnosed his party with an ‘elitist’ problem.” —The Washington Free Beacon

Huh? “The whole country is further left than Congress. The whole country. The electorate is way further left than Congress, and we have low voter turnout.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non Compos Mentis: “Americans have the sticker shock of health care as it is, and what we’re also not talking about is why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can’t afford access to health care? That is part of the cost of our system.” —Ocasio-Cortez

And last… “Hey, by the way, a group of Muslims set up a compound in an American state where they trained a bunch of kids to carry out school shootings. This actually happened in real life and should be the biggest news story of the month, if not the year.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57620-monday-short-cuts

Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher
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THE FOUNDATION

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

The Leftmedia drummed up the so-called “alt-right” to promote a race narrative.
Alex Jones may not be worth listening to, but silencing him is wrong.
Antifa thugs caused serious trouble around the nation in recent days.
Opposing Andrew Cuomo’s anti-NRA crusade.
Pope Francis declared the death penalty unjust. Is he correct?
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
MSM Makes Mountain Out of White Nationalist Molehill1

Thomas Gallatin

Leading up to the nothingburger of a white supremacist rally that saw less than two dozen white nationalists show up in Washington, DC, on Sunday, the mainstream media sought to inflate the significance of the event in an attempt to further its long-running “Donald Trump is a racist” narrative. Prior to the event, which was intentionally scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riot2, Trump issued a statement condemning all racism: “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!” That wasn’t good enough for the Leftmedia, which stoked division anyway.

Also showing up for the poorly named “Unite the Right II” rally — poorly named because it serves the MSM’s conflation of white racism with conservatism — were thousands of counterprotesters who stood shouting down both the white supremacists and Trump. The leftist, violence-seeking agitators known as antifa3 also showed up clearly prepared for a fight. They screamed chants such as, “Any time, any place, punch a Nazi in the face.” Fortunately, the strong police presence combined with the minuscule size of the white-nationalist contingent proved to thwart their efforts.

Meanwhile in Charlottesville, hundreds of leftist activists took to the streets to ostensibly protest white nationalism and racism — a protest in which no white supremacists were given permission to rally and none showed up. It became increasingly apparent that protesting the police was also on the menu, as numerous protesters chanted, “Cops and Klan go hand in hand,” while others toted a banner that read, “Behind Every Cop, A Klansman.” The irony was that unlike last year, when police presence was severely limited and much fighting was allowed to occur unchecked, the police presence this year was heavy and clearly aimed at preventing any violence.

If anything, this past weekend demonstrates just how vacuous is the MSM’s assertion of Trump’s presidency being responsible for stoking latent masses of white racists. The identity politics of promoting and provoking racial grievances is embraced by Democrats and the Left. It is clearly not popular with conservatives and the vast majority of Trump supporters, no matter how much the Leftmedia claims otherwise.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57621-msm-makes-mountain-out-of-white-nationalist-molehill

Social Media Hive Mind Eliminates Jones4
Nate Jackson

The social media censors were at it again last week. Facebook deleted four pages operated by provocateur Alex Jones, while Apple, YouTube, Vimeo, and Spotify all scrubbed the Infowars host’s content. Why the sudden crackdown and why this particular target?

Right up front, we’ll say that Jones falls into the category of what we call 10% substance and 90% fragrance. His conspiracy theories are as legendary as they are loony, and some are downright offensive (like his accusing Sandy Hook victims of being “crisis actors5”). He occasionally starts with legitimate stories or concerns, but he often blows them so far out of proportion that they become falsehood. Other times, his rantings are so phony they don’t deserve the time of day. His own lawyer described him as “a performance artist” who’s “playing a character.” That’s his bread and butter.

But that wasn’t the reason social media thought police gave for their censorship; rather, each platform categorized Jones’s content as “hate speech.” That made for an interesting setup to the hype about the so-called — and grossly misnamed — “alt-right” rallies over the weekend. After all, Jones’s listeners tend to fall on the conservative end of the political spectrum, which Big Tech and the Leftmedia are incessantly endeavoring to cast as uniformly racist bigots. Working in concert, the Leftmedia can now cite as “evidence” the censorship of their allies in Silicon Valley.

We aren’t arguing that private companies can’t set rules for use of their systems. The First Amendment does not force companies into subserviently providing a platform for any speech. But the tech giants have engaged in a documented pattern of suppressing conservative speech, and they’re using leftist smear machines like the Southern Poverty Law Center6 to justify it. “Hate speech” = anything leftists don’t like.

Meanwhile, elected Democrats are cheering them on. “These companies must do more than take down one website,” declared Sen. Chris Murphy (C-CT). “The survival of our democracy depends on it.” Using the government’s power to curtail speech — even advocating it as Murphy does — crosses the First Amendment line. If no one speaks up for Jones, when will they speak up? Or will they be able to?

Finally, an irony: By literally conspiring to suppress Jones’s speech, these tech giants are bolstering his conspiracy-theory brand and rallying his followers even more to his flag. Or maybe Jones conspired with social media to achieve just that result, and they’re all having a grand laugh.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57619-social-media-hive-mind-eliminates-jones

Top Headlines7

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Anarchy’s Cast of Enablers29

Arnold Ahlert

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” —John Adams, 1798

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” —Barack Obama, 2008

Next November, Americans can either vote for preserving our founding principles or abet the continuing cultural degradation, promoted as “social justice,” that energizes the American Left. These leftists increasingly embrace outbursts of violence and intimidation they and their increasingly corrupt media allies legitimize by calling it “The Resistance.”

Anarchy is more like it.

Leftist thugs rioted in three American cities in recent days. On Aug. 3 in Providence, Rhode Island, a conservative group calling itself “Resist Marxism” staged a “Providence Freedom Rally” at the Rhode Island State House. It was met by leftist thugs who assaulted the attendees, damaged their equipment, and prevented Rhode Island congressional candidate Daniel Guilmette from speaking.

On Aug. 4 in Portland, Oregon, hundreds of “alt-right” protesters were attacked30 by antifa counterprotesters throwing rocks and bottles. Four days later, left-wing thugs protesting police brutality at that rally stormed Portland City Hall, assaulting31 one security guard and fighting with several others.
7  Theology / Bible Study / Why Paul's Ministry Was So Effective on: August 12, 2018, 03:40:36 PM
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Why Paul's Ministry Was So Effective
by Pastor John Fredericksen


We have Christian friends who have a close relationship with an outstanding Bible teacher. They tell the story of going on a cruise with this teacher. At the time, the husband knew Christ as Savior, but the wife was still unsaved and somewhat leery of letting go of the doctrines learned as a child in her church. The teacher disarmed this lady by seeking her out, sharing a meal with them, being very personable, and lovingly sharing the Scriptures she needed. The end result was that this lady trusted Christ as her Savior, became a vibrant believer, and the couple became lifelong friends with this teacher who had been so used of the Lord in their lives.

Have you ever wondered how the Apostle Paul had such an effective ministry with so many during his lifetime? He gives his testimony about this in the Scriptures. It began with a genuine burden for lost souls. Paul tells us “That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren…” (Rom. 9:2,3). Lost souls seem to be able to sense when one deeply cares for their spiritual welfare. Paul was ready to share the eternal life-giving gospel “in season, out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2). No matter where he was, from prison to the palace, he was constantly giving out the message of salvation by grace alone. He sowed the seed of the gospel frequently enough that many were saved. Paul said, “I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more” (1 Cor. 9:19). His attitude was one of surrendering as a willing bond slave to the Savior; then, he served others, in a spiritual sense, willingly and humbly attending to their needs. Paul approached the lost in a personable way, finding common ground with the lost so he’d have greater credibility when presenting the gospel. He says: “…unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews…To them that are without law, as without law…I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some…” (1 Cor. 9:20-22). Paul was also tireless, working “night and day” (Acts 20:31; 1 Thes. 2:9), in his care and prayer for those he led to Christ.

If you’d like to be more greatly used of the Lord, follow this pattern used by the Apostle Paul and the teacher who reached our friend.
8  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Rich in meditation--rich in grace! on: August 12, 2018, 03:37:39 PM
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Rich in meditation--rich in grace!

(Thomas Case, "The Rod and the Word, A Treatise on Afflictions" 1653)

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:1-2

Take heed of feeding your heart's corruption with thoughts of the sweetness that is in sin.

Take heed also, of starving grace by withdrawing from it suitable nourishment.

Meditate much upon . . .
  the sinfulness of sin,
  the vanity of the creature,
  the fullness of Christ,
  the exquisiteness of His sufferings,
  the finality of the judgment,
  the torments of Hell,
  the joys of Heaven,
  the infinite perfections of the divine nature,
  and the solemnity of eternity!

Rich in meditation--rich in grace!

"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8

   ~  ~  ~  ~

"When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches." Psalm 63:6

"I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds." Psalm 77:12

"I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways." Psalm 119:15

"Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119:97

"My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises." Psalm 119:148
9  Theology / Bible Study / Demon Possession on: August 11, 2018, 04:41:50 PM
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Demon Possession
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The modern revival of E.S.P., fortune telling, astrology, magic, the Ouija board, the spirit seance and a score of other occult practices have caused many to wonder whether human beings may be possessed or controlled by evil spirits.

Many Christian people recall the cases of demon possession recorded in the Bible in connection with our Lord’s earthly ministry.

There is indeed much evidence that there was a great outbreak of demon activity when Christ was on earth. This outbreak seems to have abated soon after the Lord’s ascension to heaven, but many are asking: Has another such epidemic broken out?

Whatever the answer to this question, the Scriptures clearly indicate that the best defense against the activity of Satan and his hosts is sincere faith in Christ, of whom we read that, “having vanquished” the powers of evil at Calvary, “He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15). It is on the basis of Christ’s finished work of redemption that St. Paul joins believers in…

    “Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:12,13).

Not only is the true believer in Christ “delivered… from the power of darkness,” but upon believing he becomes “the temple of the Holy Spirit,” a living shrine where Christ is worshipped. Thus St. Paul says again: “What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 6:19). How then could the Christian’s body also be the dwelling place of an evil spirit?
10  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / They hope that they shall not have two Hells! on: August 11, 2018, 04:39:37 PM
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They hope that they shall not have two Hells!

(Thomas Case, "The Rod and the Word, A Treatise on Afflictions" 1653)

Because men suffer in this world--they assume they shall be freed from sufferings in the world to come.
Because they have a Hell here--they imagine that they shall escape Hell hereafter.

They hope that they shall not have two Hells!

Poor, deluded soul! You may and must have two Hells. Cain, and Judas, and millions of reprobate men and women, have two Hells--one in this life, in torments of body--and another in the life to come, in unquenchable fire.

You may have a prison on earth--and a dungeon in Hell.
You may now lack a crumb of bread--and hereafter lack a drop of water.
You may now be the reproach of men--and hereafter the scorn of God Himself.

Affliction alone is not enough to evidence a man to be a saved man. Blows may sooner break the neck, than the heart! Afflictions are in themselves, the fruit of divine wrath--and therefore cannot possibly of themselves make the least argument of God's love to the soul.

God forbid that a man should take that for his security from Hell--which may be but the foretaste of Hell! Present afflictions, may be the pledge of endless misery.

In many cases it is to be feared that the cup of affliction, is a vial of wrath--and that the plagues of this life, are but some drops of that coming storm of fire and brimstone, wherein impenitent sinners shall be scorched and tormented forever!
11  Theology / Bible Study / Does The Word Of God Contradict Itself? on: August 10, 2018, 05:24:28 PM
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Does The Word Of God Contradict Itself?
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


Satan has sought to undermine the authority of the Word of God since the beginning. He whispered to Eve, “Yea, hath God said,” suggesting God was withholding something from our first parents. But more often than not his attacks are far more subtle. The liberal, for example, would have us believe the Scriptures contradict themselves; therefore they cannot be trusted. This is nothing more than an attempt to cast a shadow of doubt upon the veracity of God’s Word.

Despite the claims of the liberal, God never contradicts Himself. He’s omniscient! He knows the end from the beginning; how could He possibly contradict Himself? When we’re confronted with an alleged contradiction, the problem isn’t with the Word of God; rather, it’s with our understanding of the Scriptures. Most times there is a simple solution to the problem.

The account of Judas’ death is often appealed to as a glaring contradiction:

    “And he [Judas] cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matt. 27:5).

    “Now this man [Judas] purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out” (Acts 1:18).

We believe the Acts record is merely an augmentation of Matthew’s account of Judas’ dishonorable end. After Judas hanged himself, either the limb or rope broke, and since the top part of the body is heavier than the lower extremity, he fell headlong to the bottom of the ravine where his body burst open upon striking the jagged rocks.

Another supposed contradiction is found in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

    “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand” (I Cor. 10:8).

    “And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand” (Num. 25:9).

Once again, Paul’s account of the plague is simply a fuller description of what actually transpired during the wilderness wanderings. The key is found in the apostle’s words, “and fell in one day.” Paul reveals 23,000 died in this judgment on the same day, but according to Numbers, the total number of Israelites that perished, which included the days that followed, was 24,000. The apostle was merely emphasizing the seriousness of committing fornication, by showing how many fell in one day.

While these two purported contradictions are easily resolved, this is not always necessarily the case. In those areas where we are unable to adequately address a discrepancy, we must patiently wait upon the Lord for additional light, which may not be given until eternity.
12  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / That Man of sorrows, is the Savior of the world! on: August 10, 2018, 05:22:10 PM
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That Man of sorrows, is the Savior of the world!

(Gardiner Spring)

O! Who was it that suffered?  What did He suffer?  For whom did He suffer?

Think of Him--the Father's fellow, and the church's Beloved.

Think of the Garden and the Cross, and see how they demonstrate on the one hand, the enormity of our guilt; and on the other, the force of His almighty love.

Think of the debased and abject character of those for whom He died--depraved men, and the enemies of God!

That Man of sorrows, is the Savior of the world!

That naked, bleeding victim--is the mighty Conqueror of death and Hell!

O what triumphs of love and of holiness were there, when . . .
  the earth trembled;
  and the sun grew dark;
  and the veil of the temple was rent in twain;
  and the rocks broke asunder;
  and the graves gave up their dead;
  and Hell itself was moved with terror;
  and the Great Redeemer exclaimed, "It is finished!"

Christ is precious to all who believe!

Abraham "rejoiced to see Christ's day, and he saw it and was glad."

Moses esteemed Him more precious than all the treasures of Egypt.

David esteemed Him "fairer than the children of men."

The Church in her divine songs speaks of Him . . .
  as the "rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys;"
  as "the chief among ten thousand and the altogether lovely One;"
  and as the One whom "her soul loves."

The wise men of the East adored Him.

Simeon took Him up in his arms, and said, "Now Lord, let you your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen Your salvation!"

And to holy men wherever found, Jesus is precious!
"The upright love You!"
"Whom having not seen, you love."
"To you who believe, He is precious!"

In all your duties and trials--He will be precious.

When the world loses its charms--He will become more glorious and lovely than ever.

When death invades--He will become its mighty conqueror.

When you sleep beneath the clods of the valley--He will be the resurrection and the life.

When the books shall be opened, and small and great shall stand before God, and the precious Savior shall come in the clouds, and you shall go to be forever with the Lord--He shall be doubly precious, and more and more precious through interminable ages!

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Revelation 5:12
13  Theology / Bible Study / Ashamed on: August 09, 2018, 12:40:43 PM
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Ashamed
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Some time ago, we noticed in the fly-leaf of a young man’s Bible, a list of autographs of “great” preachers.  At the top of the page, one had been scratched out with a penknife.  Our curiosity aroused, we asked him what had happened.

“That was Pastor J. C. O’Hair’s signature,” he answered.

“And you scratched it out!”

“Yes,” he replied, “these other men would never sign with his name there!”

This young man’s heart had once been thrilled with the gospel of the grace of God and the truth of the mystery, but before a few “great” preachers, he had become ashamed of the one whom God had used to open these truths to him.

Popular opinion!  What a powerful enemy to the truth!

Little wonder that some faint-hearted Christians should be ashamed of those who boldly proclaim the mystery when we realize there was danger that even godly young Timothy might be ashamed of Paul!  Let us who mean to be faithful, however, remember that the words of Paul to Timothy are also the Word of God to us:

    “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” (II Tim. 1:8).
14  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / We would be forever contented with the garlic and flesh-pots of Egypt! on: August 09, 2018, 12:38:18 PM
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We would be forever contented with the garlic and flesh-pots of Egypt!

(Thomas Case, "The Rod and the Word, A Treatise on Afflictions" 1653)

One lesson which God teaches us in the school of affliction, is how to prize and long for Heaven. In our prosperity, "when we wash our steps in butter, and the rock pours us out rivers of oil" (Job 29:6)--we could sit down with the present world, and say, "It is good for us to be here; let us build dwellings here."

While life is sweet--then death is bitter.

Heaven itself is no enticement--while the world gives us her alluring baits.

But when poverty and imprisonment, reproach and persecution, sickness and sore diseases--pinch and vex our hearts with a variety of afflictions--then we are not so fond of the creature, and are pleased to parley with death, and take Heaven into our consideration.

God by putting us into the school of affliction, takes off our hearts by degrees from this present world, and makes us look homeward. Being burdened, we groan--and with the dove we return to the ark, when the world is sinking round about us.

We would be forever contented with the garlic and flesh-pots of Egypt--if God did not set cruel taskmasters over us to double our burdens. And when God thus lessens our esteem of the world--He reveals to us the excellency of heavenly comforts, and draws out the desires of the soul to Himself:
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" Psalm 42:1-2
"Even so, come Lord Jesus!" Revelation 22:20

Afflictions make Heaven appear as Heaven indeed!

To the weary, Heaven is rest;
to the banished, it is home;
to the scorned and reproached, it is glory;
to the captive, it is liberty;
to the soldier, it is victory;
to the hungry, it is hidden manna;
to the thirsty, it is the fountain of life;
to the grieved, it is fullness of joy; and
to the mourner, it is pleasures forevermore.
In a word, to those who have lain upon the dunghill of affliction, and walked in holiness--Heaven is the throne on which they shall sit and reign with Christ forever and ever!
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The family disease!

(J.C. Ryle)

"He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous." Luke 18:9

The sin which our Lord here denounces, is "self-righteousness."

We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam. From the highest to the lowest--we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We secretly flatter ourselves that we are not as bad as some, and that we have something to merit the favor of God.

We forget the plain testimony of Scripture:
  "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins."
  "What is man, that he could be pure; or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?"
  "There is no one righteous, not even one!"

The true cure for self-righteousness, is self-knowledge. Once let the eyes of our understanding be opened by the Spirit--and we shall talk no more of our own goodness. Once let us see what sin there is in our own hearts, and what the holy law of God requires--and self-conceit will die. We shall lay our hand on our mouths, and cry with the leper, "Unclean, unclean!" Leviticus  13:45

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32

"Christ died for the ungodly!" Romans 5:6
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