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 on: Today at 08:27:41 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
 Memory and the Holy Spirit

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

John wrote his detailed discourses of Jesus (almost half of the verses in John’s gospel consist of His words) approximately 50 years after Christ spoke them, yet John was able to report them verbatim because of the supernatural memory of them brought back by the Holy Spirit. The same must have been true for the other biblical writers as they recalled words and events of years before.

In a real, though different, sense, the Holy Spirit also can “bring to our remembrance” the words of Scriptures just when they are especially needed in witnessing or for personal guidance or some other need. This will only be operational, of course, if they have first been stored in our memory, either by direct memorization or by such frequent reading and studying of the Bible as to make it a part of our subconscious memory.

Recall how the unlearned fisherman Peter was able to quote long passages of Scripture when he needed them (see, for example, Acts 2:16-21, 25-28, 34-35). He had apparently spent much time in studying and even memorizing key portions of the Old Testament. Jesus, of course, frequently quoted Scripture in His conversations, and Paul quoted Scripture abundantly in his epistles. Should we not do the same?

Scripture memorization has been a great blessing to many Christians over the years but seems to have become almost a lost art in this day and age. Nevertheless, Christ has promised answered prayer “if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you” (John 15:7). So, as Paul urged, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). HMM

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 on: Today at 08:26:35 AM 
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 The Gospel of Peace

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7)

Surprisingly, there are more verses containing the word “peace” in the Old Testament book of Isaiah (King James Version) than in any other book of the Bible. The central occurrence (15 before, 15 after) is in our text, speaking of those whose feet travel with the beautiful gospel (that is, “good tidings,” mentioned twice in this verse) of peace. The one proclaiming this gospel is said to be publishing salvation, announcing the imminent reign of God the Savior over all the earth.

The first mention of “peace” in Isaiah speaks of the coming King and His reign, and so does the final occurrence. First, “the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called . . . The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Then, in Isaiah’s last chapter we read, “For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to [Zion] like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream” (Isaiah 66:12).

This wonderful gospel of peace is specifically mentioned just twice in the New Testament. The first is a direct quotation from our text. “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15).

The second is in connection with the Christian’s spiritual armor. The “beautiful feet” that are to carry the good tidings are, most appropriately, to be “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). It is our high privilege to be among those whose feet travel upon the mountains, and across the plains, and over the seas with the beautiful gospel of peace and salvation. HMM

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 on: May 22, 2018, 04:33:22 PM 
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The Census and the Great Multitude!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1873



        "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" (Revelation 7:9-10)

        Some time ago the census of this country was taken. Every house was visited, and every person reckoned, rich and poor, old and young, all of every class and age—as far as care and pains could do the work. It is over now, and people are no longer thinking of it. It was but the thought of a day; other things have arisen since; so quickly, in this life, does one thing put another out of the mind. Yet let us not part with the subject so quickly. A census is not an every-day thing; it comes but once in ten years. It may teach us a special lesson.

        The passage of Scripture at the head of this chapter is a very solemn one. Let us look at it and at the census together—bringing the two to bear on each other.

        1. It was a great multitude that was numbered in the census—many millions—but here is a greater multitude. Great as the population of the country is—it has been counted; and that probably not very far from the exact truth.

        But here is a multitude, of which it is said that "no man could number" it. It is all gathered together, it is all seen at one view; the eye cannot count the vast concourse; the mind cannot conceive how many there are.

        2. Our census was all of one nation, our own country—but this multitude is "of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues." Yet our census did not bring all the people together. No place could have held them all; no gathering together of these millions was possible. Men had to go, several thousands of them, from house to house throughout the land, and thousands of separate lists were added together to make the whole.

        But here this countless multitude from every land is all together, all seen at once. What a sight! How solemn and overpowering!

        3. But we find another stronger difference. Think of the clothing worn by the millions of this country. They who took the census must have seen a vast variety of dress. But here there is no variety; this great multitude is all clothed alike; this countless assembly from every country is all clad in white.

        The outward difference represents something far more important—an inward difference, a difference of character.

        In the census were numbered people of every character. The good and the bad, the holy and the unholy, the believer and the unbeliever, the Christian and the skeptic—all found a place in that list. If their outward appearance was different—then their characters were more different still.

        But here, in this great multitude, all are of one kind. Their robes were washed "and made white in the blood of the Lamb." They are all Christians, all holy.

        4. Notwithstanding all the care that was taken, some names were certainly left out of the census. No human skill and pains could do such a work perfectly. Doubtless we came near to the truth, but we cannot pretend to have reckoned every man, woman, and child in the country.

        But there will be no mistake with regard to this "great multitude." Not one will be left out, who ought to be there. Not one will be there, who has no rightful place there. For it is not man who brings this multitude together, but God. He knows every person there; each one is precious in His sight; He will leave out none; not one of the redeemed will be missing.

        Alas, where are all the rest of the race of man? For even this countless multitude, takes in only the redeemed. Where are the wicked? Where are the impenitent? Where are those who have lived and died without God? Where are the lost?

        They are reckoned too, though not in this multitude; they are gathered together, but not here. Not one is left out; not one can remain unnoticed; not one can escape. They have to do with an all-seeing Eye, and with infinite knowledge and power.

        5. A census is taken every ten years, but this great gathering will be made only once—once for all.

        But is no notice taken of men, no account kept of them, until then? There is a strict account kept already; even now the all-seeing Eye notices us. Not once in ten years only—but every day, every hour, every moment, God visits our houses, sees into our conduct, listens to our words, and observes our hearts. Nothing is secret from Him.

        The census officers may be deceived—a false name may be given, or a wrong age set down. But there is no deceiving God. He knows the whole truth about us all—the name, the age, the character, the life. Nay more, He knows what no census can ever ascertain—He knows our future. The census can but set down what we are and where we are, today. God knows what lies before us tomorrow. He not only knows it, but ordains and orders it. We are entirely subject to His will.

        6. The census was taken but lately—yet already the number is altered. Even while the officers were calling at our houses for the papers, some whose names were set down in them had already passed away. And by this time many changes have happened: many children have been born into the world; many people have been taken from it by death. They have gone into that eternal state which is here set before us.

        Some have gone who will form part of the "great multitude" in white—some to a state of eternal punishment. But all who have been called away from this world have passed into another world, from which there is no return. Hardly was the ink dry upon the census paper, when one here and there was already gone. So ceaseless is the change that is going on—so near are we to the eternal world!

        7. Your name was written in the census list—you were numbered among the population of this country.

        Oh, look to it that your name be found in the Book of Life! In a short time, your name will appear no more in the census; but if only it be written above, it will never be wiped out. Let everything else come second with you to this. Seek first the kingdom of God; part with all—for the Pearl of great price; win Christ, and be found in Him; make sure of a part in His everlasting salvation. Do not put off this great concern; this is a matter which will not bear delay. "Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation."

        In this present day of grace, so precious and so fleeting, seek God by Jesus Christ. Then a bright and blessed prospect will lie before you. Then, while yet you live here below, you will have a Savior, a Father, a Sanctifier—and then you will have the sure hope of standing one day before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white and with the palm of victory in your hand, and of joining your voice to the voices of that great multitude who will cry, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

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 on: May 22, 2018, 04:31:45 PM 
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Do the Work of an Evangelist
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Paul’s farewell exhortations to Timothy were written with great urgency. The time of the apostle’s departure by cruel martyrdom was now at hand and ere long his testimony would be sealed with his life’s blood. It was with this in view that, rather than thinking of himself or now simply “leaving everything with the Lord,” he still kept planning for the future, still occupied with the ministry which the glorified Lord had committed to him many years previous. There was still so much to be done, so many souls to be won, and Timothy must now carry on the work with renewed vigor. Thus it is that we read in II Timothy 4:5:

    “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

There is much confusion about evangelism these days.

First, there are some who have concluded from Ephesians 4:11 that the evangelist necessarily belongs to a different category from “pastors and teachers,” or “teaching pastors.” It is true that, according to this verse, some of God’s servants are specially gifted and specially productive as evangelists, but have we read too much into this passage?

Some have read into it that the evangelist need not be a teacher of the Word. He need not be well-grounded in the Scriptures if only he can tell people that Christ died for their sins. This reminds us of the converted performer who, contrary to I Timothy 5:22, was immediately pushed forward by Christian leaders as an evangelist. It cost heavily to secure his services, but it was worth it: he could get crowds! He was barely grounded in the Scriptures, but what matter? He has such a way with him: he could tell such interesting stories and had written several popular gospel songs. He was able to induce many hearers to make “decisions” for Christ just because he had come to the pulpit straight from show business. To quote his own words, “I leave doctrine to the theologians. I preach Christ.”

But the question immediately arises: “Christ who?” “What Christ?” It makes a great difference whether one preaches the Christ of Palestine or the glorified Christ proclaimed by Paul. And it makes a greater difference whether he preaches that Christ of Liberalism or the Christ of the Bible.

A similar notion prevails that foreign missionaries (also actually evangelists) need not be thoroughly grounded in the Word to do justice to their ministries. But all this is unscriptural and wrong, and the churches established by such missionaries cannot be spiritually strong.

St. Paul was doubtless the greatest evangelist that ever lived and he won the lost to Christ by teaching the great doctrines of alienation, reconciliation, justification, etc. And today the evangelist, no less than any minister of God, must be well-grounded in the Word, for souls are saved only as the Spirit uses the Word (I Pet. 1:12-25).

Thus the proclamation of the gospel is not to be separated from the Word. Those who are saved — and many are not truly saved — through hearing no more than a verse or two from the Scripture, presented along with an emotional and psychological appeal, are often easily swayed and must at best be spiritually weak. But when the great doctrines of salvation are taught from the Scripture, those who hear and believe begin already to be established in the faith. Nor will they be easily shaken, for nothing so grips the heart of man like the Word, understood and believed. This writer will never cease to thank God that he was saved through the teaching of the Word. One blessed result of this is that, never once since that day forty-four years ago, has he ever doubted His eternal security in Christ.

To look at this subject from the other side, there are some who suppose that the pastor or Bible teacher need not be an evangelist. He can always have gospel literature ready to hand to interested persons and can from time to time call in evangelists for special service. As one pastor said to this writer, “Some of us simply are not evangelists and we should not try to be.” But the pastor was wrong, dead wrong, for as we have seen, Paul wrote to Timothy, the pastor and Bible teacher at Ephesus: “Do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

Does not this clearly imply that the pastor, the Bible teacher, who does not do the work of an evangelist, is inefficient in his ministry? For one thing, such a pastor shows a shameful lack of concern for the lost, for he fails to press home to the hearts of his unsaved hearers the urgency of many of the very Scripture truths which he discusses in his sermons. For another thing, he disobeys God, who says, “Do the work of an evangelist”; indeed, who has committed to us all “the ministry of reconciliation” to be fulfilled as “the love of Christ constraineth us” (II Cor 5:14-21).

If pastors and Bible teachers were more faithful in doing “the work of an evangelist,” the general public would not be so readily taken in by the unscriptural and God-dishonoring methods of evangelism so popular in our day, methods which create much interest and make statistics but also do much to confuse both the lost and the saved and to make void the Word of God.

Finally, does not Paul’s Spirit-inspired injunction apply indirectly to every believer in Christ? Are not our pastors simply our leaders in the work of the Lord? Shall the congregation sit idly by as the pastor alone does “the work of an evangelist?” God forbid! The pastor is rather to be an example to his flock to go and do likewise. How well this writer recalls the days of the so-called Darby-Scofield movement, when multitudes all over the country thronged to hear Bible teachers like Gaebelein, Gray, Gregg, Ottman, Chafer, and Newell. These able men of God expounded the Word as the “blessed hope” of the Lord’s return was being recovered. But these Bible teachers were evangelists too, in the truest sense of the word, and their evangelism was contagious.

In those days almost all premillenarians, including the young people, carried New Testaments in their pockets wherever they went. Why? They hoped and prayed for opportunities to testify to others about God’s plan of salvation through Christ and they wanted to show them the way from Scripture. In those days if a Christian failed to have a New Testament with him, he was apt to be reproved with the words: “What, a soldier without a sword!” By contrast, few believers carry New Testaments about with them today, and they certainly don’t carry Bibles! Here at Berean Bible Society, we still sell many Bibles for use at home and church, but rarely does a New Testament go out the door.

Some are telling us today that this brand of fundamentalism is out of date and ineffective in these fast-changing times. We reply that all of us ought to get back to this brand of fundamentalism, this earnest effort to personally win souls to Christ by showing them God’s plan of salvation from the Scriptures.

God help His people in general and our spiritual leaders in particular, to “do the work of an evangelist.”

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 on: May 22, 2018, 04:29:59 PM 
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This alone is the vexed soul's refuge!

(Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889)

"In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!" Colossians 2:3

The one true resting-place where doubt and weariness, the stings of a pricking conscience, and the longings of an unsatisfied soul would all be quieted--is Christ Himself!

Not the church, but Christ.

Not doctrine, but Christ.

Not religious forms and ceremonies, but Christ.

Christ the God-man . . .
  giving His life for ours,
  sealing the everlasting covenant, and
  making peace for us through the blood of His cross!

Christ the divine storehouse of all light and truth, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!

Christ the infinite vessel--the enlightener, the teacher, the quickener, the comforter--so that out of His fullness we may receive grace upon grace.

This, this alone is the vexed soul's refuge, its rock to build on, its home to abide in--until the great tempter is bound and every conflict ended in victory.

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 on: May 22, 2018, 04:27:31 PM 
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To its credit, the editorial in question does note that the latest temperature drop could be entirely meaningless. However, a little basic research would have precluded the editorial altogether. As meteorologist Joe Bastardi12 said in an email to The Patriot Post, “This is like saying you scored a couple of touchdowns and instead of being down 56-0 you are now losing only 56-14.” He added, “The point is that until temperatures return to or below normal, what is all the hoopla about? The other side can rightly point to a two-year post-El Niño record high.” The mainstream media should be criticized for how it handles reporting global warming. Conservative media should avoid falling into the same trap.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56101-yes-a-drop-in-global-temperatures-but-dot-dot-dot

Top Headlines13

    China makes massive cut to car tariffs after truce with Trump (Bloomberg14)
    U.S., China near deal that would ease off ZTE ban (MarketWatch15)
    White House to convene GOP lawmakers to review classified information on FBI source (The Washington Post16)
    Grassley requests DOJ documents on Bruce Ohr dealings with Christopher Steele on anti-Trump dossier (Fox News17)
    Nunes: No more talks with DOJ until it turns over documents (National Review18.)
    Barack, Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix (The Washington Times19)
    Hillary Clinton decries a “more polarized than ever” America; whips out Russian hat (CNS News20)
    Trump administration condemns “sham” election in Venezuela, imposes new sanctions (The Washington Free Beacon21)
    “Party Like It’s 1776” theme too offensive for New Jersey school prom (The Daily Signal22)
    Village idiots: High school students pull “prank” mass shooting at school (The Daily Wire23)
    Policy: Evidence-based legislation will best protect our students (Real Clear Policy24)
    Policy: Why China represents such a global threat (The Daily Signal25)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56110-tuesday-top-headlines

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    SCOTUS: Contracts Mean What They Say31 — The Left-Right divide on the Court was once again the theme of a case that shouldn’t have been hard.
    Pompeo Announces New Hardline Against Iran32 — The secretary of state’s warning message for Iran is ultimately aimed at Europe.
    Video: Playing the Black Card33 — No — not the one from Visa or American Express. This one is much more valuable.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Dennis Prager: Why the Left Won’t Call Anyone ‘Animals’34
    Tony Perkins: Santa Fe, the Human Heart, and the Need for God35
    James Shott: Equality of Results Is an Unachievable Goal, So Stop Already!36
    E. Calvin Beisner: Now’s the Time to Restore Integrity to EPA Regulatory Science37
    Jeff Jacoby: Want to Fire Your Congressman? There’s a Fund for That38

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion39.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne: ‘It’s never right to call other human beings "animals.” It’s not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path.’ … Anyone who refuses to ‘dehumanize’ the Nazi physicians — who, with no anesthesia, froze naked people for hours and then dropped them in boiling water to rewarm them; put people in depressurized rooms where their eardrums burst, driving them out of their minds from pain; rubbed wood shavings and ground glass into infected wounds, etc. — is, to put it very gently, profoundly morally confused. … Leftism consists almost entirely of moral-sounding platitudes — statements meant to make the person making them feel morally sophisticated. But based on their relative reactions to the sadists of the MS-13 gangs, I trust Donald Trump’s moral compass more than E. J. Dionne’s. … I once asked Rabbi Leon Radzik, a Holocaust survivor who had been in Auschwitz, what word he would use to characterize the sadistic guards in the camp. I will never forget his response: ‘They were monsters with a human face.’ Incredibly, Dionne would not agree with him.“

SHORT CUTS

For the record: "Family breakdown is probably a factor; out of the 27 deadliest mass shootings in the United States, 26 of the perpetrators were not raised by their biological fathers. But this by itself doesn’t explain it, because a lot of boys lack a father in the picture and don’t turn out to be mass shooters.” —Jim Geraghty

Observations: “Clinton’s [presidential] bid was saved, not destroyed, by Obama’s law-enforcement agencies, which tanked a criminal case on which she should have been indicted. And the hush-hush approach taken to the counterintelligence case against Donald Trump was not intended to protect the Republican candidate; it was intended to protect the Obama administration from the specter of a Watergate-level scandal had its spying on the opposition party’s presidential campaign been revealed.” —Andrew McCarthy

Campus anti-Semitism: “Last week, [New York City’s Beacon School] held a moment of silence for 62 Gazans killed during rioting along the Israeli border. At least 50 of them were members of the terrorist group Hamas. If Hamas had succeeded in breaking through the security fence and killed 62 Israeli civilians, would the Beacon School’s administration have called for a moment of silence for dead Israelis? I doubt it. There is a growing faction on the Left that has a high degree of tolerance for dead Jews.” —Gary Bauer

Alpha Jackass: “You’re doing well but you’re a mean, mad, white man.” —Michael Dyson disparaging Jordan Peterson

And last… “There doesn’t seem to be a real concrete intelligence origin for this investigation, and without a foundation, one wonders what did we spend an entire year on? … I spent a year fighting this thing with Ken Starr and I think this thing is just plain wrong and it’s got to be ended and stopped. … We’ve seen that the less [Mueller and his team] come up with, the more they investigate instead of the opposite.” —Mark Penn

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56109-tuesday-short-cuts

Join us 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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 on: May 22, 2018, 04:26:21 PM 
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May 22, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/56113-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Obama’s education secretary wants kids to quit school until gun laws pass.
    Trump doubles down on calling MS-13 gang members “animals.”
    Yes, there was a drop in global temperatures, but there’s more to it.
    SCOTUS rules that contracts mean what they say. Four leftists dissent.
    Pompeo warns Iran of the consequences of messing around.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

IN BRIEF

Boycott Schools Over Lack of Anti-Gun Legislation?1


Once again a Democrat blames the lack of new legislation (albeit with the same old policies) for another school atrocity. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), the self-proclaimed “moral” authority on guns after Sandy Hook, proclaimed, “Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement.” Contrary to Murphy’s assertion, the fact is that none of the Democrats’ proposed gun laws, specifically the call to ban “assault” weapons, would have prevented the Santa Fe High School attack2.

In this case, the 17-year-old attacker was underage for legally purchasing any firearm, so an expansion of background checks would not have applied. The weapons he used were a shotgun and a .38 revolver, neither of which has been included in any of the Democrats’ proposed gun bans. The fact that no AR-15 was used might also explain why the mainstream media has not given this latest school attack nearly as much coverage as Parkland — it fails to move forward the narrative on the supposed pandemic danger posed by “assault” rifles. Democrats don’t care about children3 unless their political agenda can be advanced.

Obviously, despite what Democrats like Murphy claim, their real agenda is the repeal of the Second Amendment4.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to force Congress to act on anti-firearm legislation, Barack Obama’s former secretary of education, Arne Duncan, made an outright ridiculous call to action. “Do we just keep letting innocent children be killed, or do we want to do something to keep them safe?” he asked. “If we choose the latter, we must think radically, because everything we have done so far has failed.” What does “radically” mean? Duncan offered, “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe? My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?”

Yes, here we have an education secretary telling kids to drop out of school. Never mind that kids are safer in school than out of it5.

Duncan then furthered the absurd notion that Congress’s inaction was to blame, bloviating, “This is not rocket science. This is not a difficult intellectual issue. What we have lacked is political courage, and we need to create the tension that allows us to break through on this issue.”

Beyond the asinine comments about Congress being to blame for this latest crime, the audacity to make claims of intellectually superiority while then suggesting that a boycott of schools will create enough “tension” to “break through” is quite simply laughable. Besides, how many kids want to be in school in the first place? Then again, an increased move toward homeschooling is something we can really get behind…

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56088-boycott-schools-over-lack-of-anti-gun-legislation

Trump’s Not Messing Around With MS-13 ‘Animals’6

Nate Jackson

The Leftmedia went out of its way to peddle a BIG Lie7 about Donald Trump and immigration last week — that he called all illegal aliens “animals” instead of simply the violent thugs of the MS-13 gang. Never one to shy away from a fight, Trump issued a White House statement yesterday titled “What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-138.”

Trump’s statement recounts numerous incidents of “unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.” And he’s right — their crimes include decapitation, dismemberment and savage beatings and stabbings. “President Trump’s entire Administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice,” the statement concludes.

Politically, this accomplishes two things beyond sending a message of law and order to illegal alien thugs. It reassures Trump’s base that he’s serious about addressing the worst elements among immigrants. And it also fires a shot across the Leftmedia’s bow that Trump won’t be intimidated by lies meant to “prove” his supposed racism. “I referred to them as animals,” he said later, “and guess what? I always will.”

Dennis Prager gets to the bottom of the issue9, “Biologically, of course, we are all human. But if ‘human’ is to mean anything moral — anything beyond the purely biological — then some people who have committed particularly heinous acts of evil against other human beings are not to be considered human. Otherwise ‘human’ has no moral being.”

Meanwhile, President Trump is requesting $500 million more10 for the border wall.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56105-trumps-not-messing-around-with-ms-13-animals

Yes, a Drop in Global Temperatures, But…11

Jordan Candler

A recent editorial from a typically reputable conservative publication touted a sharp global temperature drop between February 2016 and February 2018. There’s no disputing the fact that records indicate a temperature drop on a global scale during that time. However, the editorial — the purpose of which was to lambast the nefarious mainstream media for purposefully ignoring this inconvenient fact — did not explain fully what is actually happening. Here’s why:

Global temperature drops are typical after El Niños, which naturally warm the globe. La Niñas do the opposite. Moreover, the last El Niño (2015-16) was exceptionally strong — a.k.a. a Super Niño. Therefore, it only makes sense that a significant global temperature drop would follow, as we’ve just registered back-to-back La Niña years. That being the case, the fact of the matter remains that global temperatures remain above normal two years after the last El Niño and above where they were two years after other El Niños. A higher threshold is seemingly being established following each Super Niño. Before 2015-16, the last one occurred in 1997-98. A pause ensued, but that baseline was higher than the average temperature over the previous 20 years. This doesn’t prove ecofascists’ rationale (not to mention justify their “solutions”) for global warming, but it also doesn’t do conservatives any favors to borrow from the Left’s playbook by cherry-picking statistics simply for the benefit of aiding a narrative.

The cause may have to do with the immense amounts of water vapor that are released during Super Niños. These events result in a longer-lasting effect in Arctic regions years later, as tiny amounts of water vapor most affect temperatures where they are climatologically lowest and the air is driest. A glance at temperatures where most life occurs reveals that temperatures have returned to near normal, but the warmer polar regions are leading to the above-normal global temperatures, primarily during the coldest times of the year. It’s still very cold, but even slight warming there can skew the entire global temperature a few tenths of a degree higher. Regardless, global temperatures are still higher than they were after previous El Niños.

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 on: May 22, 2018, 07:43:58 AM 
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The Opened Heavens

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” (Revelation 19:11)

This is the final climactic reference in the Bible to God’s opened heavens. Sometimes, as in this verse, heaven is opened in judgment; sometimes in blessing. Sometimes it is the atmospheric heaven that is open; sometimes the heaven of heavens where stands the throne of God.

The first such mention refers to the world-destroying Flood of Noah’s day when “the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). The second mention, however, speaks of blessing. God had “opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat” (Psalm 78:23-24). The windows of heaven rained down the waters of death, while the doors of heaven rained down the bread of life! Ezekiel also saw the heavens opened in judgment (Ezekiel 1:1), but God told Malachi, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse . . . and prove me now . . . if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

At the baptism of Jesus, the heavens were opened and men heard the great testimony of the Father concerning His beloved Son (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21). Jesus promised Nathanael, “Hereafter ye shall see heaven open” (John 1:51), and Stephen and Peter actually saw the heavens open (Acts 7:56; 10:11).

Finally, the apostle John reported that “a door was opened in heaven” (Revelation 4:1), and he saw the Lord on His throne—12 specific references (four in the Old Testament, eight in the New) to the opened heavens. HMM

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 on: May 21, 2018, 05:07:37 PM 
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Mind Your Words!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1873



        "The tongue has the power of life and death!" Proverbs 18:21

        Many people seem to think that words signify little. They must not do what is wrong—but they may say what they please. So they seem to think.

        Is this right? No, it is quite wrong. What we say signifies as much as what we do. As much good or harm may be done with the tongue, as with any member that we have—perhaps more.

        What harm an angry word may do! If one person says an angry word, it often leads the other to do the like; and then the first is more angry still, and that provokes the other further, and so they go on until they end in cursing or even in fighting! And all from one angry word. Perhaps until that word was spoken, they were friends.

        But what good a kind word may do! One angry word does not always lead to another. Sometimes a man has grace to return a kind answer, like Him "who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten." This does wonders in cooling an angry man. He can hardly go on storming at one who gives him nothing but kind words in return, and often he will own that he has been wrong and ask pardon for what he has said. "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).

        Again, how much good a kind word may do to one in trouble! A friend coming in at such a time and speaking kindly and leading our thoughts to God—does us more good than if he brought us a rich present in his hand. And yet he has given us nothing but words. But they were good words, his heart speaking by his lips; and we feel the better for them long after he has gone.

        The Bible does not make light of words. Our Lord said: "I say unto you that for every idle word that men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37).

        Now words are often spoken hastily and forgotten as soon as spoken. But then a strict account will have to be given of all. Every lie, every oath, every unclean word, every bitter speech—must then be accounted for to God. They will all be found written in His book, not one left out, not one forgotten. Is not this a solemn thought?

        Do not think lightly then of words! They may do much harm—or they may do much good. God does not think lightly of them. They are written in His book, and men will be judged by them at the last day.

        Sins of the tongue, like all other sins, need the blood of Jesus to wash them away. Ask God, for Christ's sake, to forgive you for all your bad words and to give you His Holy Spirit, that you may sin with your tongue no more. When you feel angry with anyone, do not speak until you have prayed. Here is a prayer that will just suit you: "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth! Keep watch over the door of my lips!" (Psalm 141:3).

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 on: May 21, 2018, 05:05:56 PM 
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Series on Grace - Part 4
Undiluted Wrath and Undiluted Grace


by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

WHAT THE GOSPEL IS

The foregoing should help us to understand more fully what the gospel of the grace of God is. It is not a promise that God will be lenient with our sins, or that He will forgive if we are deeply sorry for our sins, or if we repent, or pray, or pay, or say, or do anything whatsoever to make amends for our wrongdoing. It is rather the good news that the infinite penalty for our sins has been paid by Christ at Calvary. In Romans 1:16 the Apostle Paul declares:

    “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth….”

We believers have experienced the blessed truth of this statement, but why is the gospel “the power of God unto salvation”? Wherein lies its mighty power to save? The answer to this question is found in the next verse:

    “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed…” (Ver. 17).

You say: “I thought that the love of God was revealed in the gospel,” and you are right. For this the apostle expresses his gratitude again and again. But what made him so amazed about the gospel is the fact that it tells how Christ died to pay the just penalty for our sins, and therein is the righteousness of God revealed. He could now, “at this time,” declare “His righteousness,” as well as His love, in dealing with sin, “that He might be just, and the Justifier of him that believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And to these words he appropriately adds: “Where is boasting then? It is excluded” (Ver. 27).

This is why the apostle was so careful “lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect” by “wisdom of words” or by the addition of a religious work once required for salvation (See I Cor. 1:17).

    “For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (Ver. 18.).

It is because the Cross demonstrates the righteousness of God in dealing with sin, that the apostle declares:

    “God forbid that I should glory [boast], save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14).

Paul had nothing to boast of 3—except what our blessed Lord had accomplished at the Cross in dealing justly and completely with the sin question. This is why he calls his message “the preaching of the Cross” (I Cor. 1:18,23).

As we follow Paul in this, thank God, we too can tell the vilest sinner with profound pride: “The sin question has been justly and fully dealt with by the death of Christ at Calvary. All that remains for you to do is to acknowledge Him as your Lord and Savior, accepting eternal life as `the free gift of God.'”

GOD’S GRACE INFINITE

We have already seen that God is infinite in all His attributes, simply because He is infinite. Thus His grace too is infinite in character, scope and extent. This is why Paul’s epistles have so much to say about God’s lavish dealings with believers, whether from among the chosen race or from among the Gentiles whom He had previously “given up” (Rom. 1:24,26,28.).

    “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:12,13).

Thus we read in Ephesians 1:7 that even now, in this present life, we may rejoice that,

    “We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace.”

And in Ephesians 2:7 the apostle looks forward into the distant future and declares that it is God’s purpose:

    “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

It must always be remembered that this present “dispensation of the grace of God” is not mentioned in the prophetic Scriptures. In Ephesians 3 the apostle distinctly states that it was a “mystery” (Vers. 2,3), which “in other ages was not made known” (Ver. 5) and that it was first revealed to him, the chief of sinners saved by grace.

This is why he exults in Verse 8 of the same chapter:

    “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

This too, is why he refers in Colossians 1:26,27 to “the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints” and declares that,

    “God would make known [to His saints, Ver. 26] what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you [Gentiles] the hope of glory.”

How unspeakably sad that so few of God’s people have any real conception of this “mystery” and its “riches of glory,” when God emphatically declares that He would have us understand it!

GOD’S GRACE UNDILUTED

But as God’s grace in dealing with sin is infinite in scope and extent, it is also undiluted and must, in the nature of the case, remain so. It cannot be mixed or watered down with religion or works. Acknowledging our utter depravity and unworthiness, we must accept salvation as the gift of God’s grace alone, and not try to pay Him for it. The apostle is very emphatic about this in Romans 4:5, where he does not merely say that justification is not to him that worketh, but that it is “to him that worketh not.”

    “To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

This means that to be saved we must stop trying. We must come to the end of ourselves and trust in Him alone to take care of the whole matter for us. This is brought out again and again in the epistles of Paul.

As God still lingers in mercy, we pray that He will convict His saints of the importance of proclaiming the pure, powerful “gospel of the grace of God,” as it is found in His Word, rightly divided. Also, we urge those who have not yet accepted salvation by grace, through faith in Christ, to do so without delay. We close this article with a few passages from the Word itself, praying that the Spirit will apply them to each heart. Note as you read, that God’s grace is never mixed with human merit or religion or works. It is always presented to us pure and undiluted.

    “If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom. 11:6).

    “I do not frustrate the grace of God, for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead [has died] in vain” (Gal. 2:21).

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and [His own] grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Tim. 1:9).

Finally, in Ephesians 2 the apostle, by the Spirit, sums it all up beautifully. Making it clear that we were the “full grown sons” [Gr., huios] of disobedience, 4 and therefore “the children [Gr., teknon, born ones] of wrath, even as others” (Vers. 2,3) he goes on to say:

    “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,

    “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved),

    “And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

    “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

    “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:4-9).

Notes:

1    The Apostle Paul, “in all his epistles,” writes of “these things” (II Pet. 3:15,16).
2    Judgment and war are the exact opposite of “grace and peace,” the benediction with which the Apostle Paul opens all the epistles signed by his name.
3    Indeed, he repeatedly mentions those sins of which he is ashamed, freely acknowledging his own unworthiness.
4    I.e., we did not act innocently. We sinned knowingly, wilfully.

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