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 on: September 08, 2017, 08:52:11 AM 
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The Three Appearings of Christ

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)
 
The wonderful promise of this text actually refers to the third appearing of Christ. The New Testament speaks of His past appearing, His present appearing, and His future appearing. These three appearings are all set forth in one fascinating passage of Scripture, Hebrews 9:24-28, where three different Greek words are used in reference to the three appearings.
 
1. His past appearing. “Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Here the Greek word is phaneroo, meaning “become apparent after being hidden.” His appearing had been prophesied since the beginning of the world (Luke 1:67-70), and finally He had come.
 
2. His present appearing. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24). The Greek word here is emphanizo, which means “manifest or declare openly.” He is now our “advocate with the Father” (1 John 2:1), where He “also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).
 
3. His future appearing. “Unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). The Greek in this case is optomai, meaning “gaze at face to face.”
 
Our text (Colossians 3:4) speaks of His future appearing at the Second Coming. However, here the Greek for “appear” is again phaneroo, the same as used for His past appearing in Hebrews 9:26, as discussed above. This usage assures us that His future appearing will be just as real to us as His past appearing was to His first disciples. And when He shall appear, we shall appear with Him in glory! HMM

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 on: September 07, 2017, 05:37:45 PM 
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Faith Amnesia
by Pastor Kevin Sadler


    “Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread…And when Jesus knew it, He saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?…When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto Him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?” (Mark 8:14a,17a,19-21).

John W. Moore is credited with saying, “Age hasn’t affected my memory a bit. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I forgot something.” 1 When reading the four Gospels, sometimes one has to wonder if the disciples suffered from memory loss. They definitely experienced faith amnesia.

Mark 6:31-44 is the account of the Lord feeding the five thousand by multiplying five loaves and two fishes. In Mark 8:1-9, they were again in the wilderness with a great multitude of four thousand men present. In Mark 8:2, the Lord said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat.” In response to this, you’d think the disciples would’ve said, “Lord, simple, just do that miracle again and multiply and create some loaves and fishes like You did the last time!”

Instead they say, “From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?” (Mark 8:4). In other words, “Where could anyone find enough bread in this wilderness? Where could we possibly go in this desolate place to find food to satisfy all these people?” They’re immediately frustrated and dismayed at the impossible task of feeding such a crowd. They’re telling the Lord what He knew, that this was a barren area. Cities were far away. There weren’t even villages nearby. Finding food for this many people just wasn’t feasible nor realistic.

The disciples had already seen Christ feed an even greater crowd, but they were still at a loss when a similar problem arose. We can’t be too hard on them though, because we do the exact same thing. We forget what the Lord has done for us in the past, and we doubt, and our faith gives way when difficult circumstances come into our lives. 14 Berean Searchlight The disciples had to be taught and learn the same lesson again, that of recognizing their own insufficiency in an impossible situation, and their need to depend on the Lord. We often get faith amnesia and are thick-skulled like this. We too have to learn the same lesson over and over again before it gets through to us in our Christian lives.

After the Lord multiplied the loaves and fishes and fed the four thousand, it gets even more amazing and somewhat humorous as you read on in Mark 8. While leaving to cross the Sea of Galilee again, the Lord began telling them to beware of the leaven (or corrupting doctrine) of the Pharisees and of Herod, causing the disciples to be reminded that they had forgotten to bring bread except for the one loaf they had with them. These same disciples, who had barely gotten done handing out the multiplied bread to the four thousand, started worrying and whispering among themselves, saying that the Lord spoke of leaven because they hadn’t brought enough bread (Mark 8:13-16). Perceiving their discussion and thoughts, in Matthew’s account, the Lord incredulously asks, “O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?” (16:8.).

He then asked them, “Don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They sheepishly replied, “Twelve.” “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of leftovers did you pick up?” They awkwardly admitted, “Seven.” So He said to them, “How is it that ye do not understand?” (Mark 8:21). Or, “How is it that you don’t get it yet? You don’t have to worry about bread. Just trust Me.”

God had intervened miraculously and worked in their lives, but when the next difficult issue arose, their current situation and problem overwhelmed them, and the past goodness and working of God in their lives were then forgotten. They struggled with the idea that Christ could supply their needs and provide for them. They struggled with remembering what God had done for them in the past and that He is willing and able. They simply struggled with just trusting Him. And truthfully, we too all struggle with these things at one time or another in our Christian lives. Admitting that our faith always has room for growth is important for God, by His Word and the circumstances of our lives, to “perfect that which is lacking in your faith” (1 Thes. 3:10). May we have the same honesty of the man who pleaded for the deliverance of his demon-possessed son: “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

Notes:

1    John W. Moore, from the website of Kent Crockett, accessed December 4, 2016, www. kentcrockett.com/cgi-bin/illustrations/index.cgi?topic=Forgetting

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 on: September 07, 2017, 05:36:09 PM 
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Their greatest obstacle in the way of spiritual growth and transformed character

(J.R. Miller, "The Transfigured Life!" 1893)

Nothing helps more to develop the transfigured life in us, than work. Some people chafe because they have so much to do. Their days are filled from morning to night with dreary, monotonous task-work. With men it is the never-ending work of the farm, the office, the store, the shop, the mill. With women it is the thousand duties of the household, the care of the home, the tending of children, the weary chores of domestic life.

There are many people who think their greatest obstacle in the way of spiritual growth and transformed character--is in the drudgeries to which they are indentured by their condition. They imagine that if they could be freed from these and could have leisure for reading, for study, and for fellowship--then they would grow into far more radiant beauty of character.

But this is a mistaken impression. The only one perfect life the world has ever known, was not spent with a book--but with a hammer and a saw! The school of common taskwork, with its perpetual round of dreary duties--is the best place in the world in which to attain noble spiritual culture. There is no other way in which one's life will be so surely, so quickly transfigured--as in the faithful, cheerful doing of every-day tasks.

We need to remember that this world is not so much a place for doing things--as for developing character. Household life is not primarily a sphere for good cooking, tidy keeping of rooms, thorough sweeping and dusting, careful nursing and training of children, hospitable entertainment of friends, and the thousand things that must be done each day; it is a sphere for transforming women's souls into radiant beauty.

The shop, the mill, the factory, the store, the office, the farm--are not primarily places for making machines, selling goods, weaving cloths, building engines, and growing crops; they are, first of all, places for making men, building character, growing souls.

Right in the midst of what some people call drudgery--is the very best place to get the transformed, transfigured life! The doing of common tasks patiently, promptly, faithfully, cheerfully--makes the character beautiful and bright!

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 on: September 07, 2017, 05:34:10 PM 
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Democrats have said they favor lowering the corporate tax rate. In 2008, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “America has one of the highest corporate tax rates among industrialized nations and [Treasury] Secretary [Hank] Paulson has repeatedly spoken of the need to eliminate unfair tax preferences in the code to allow for a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 30.5% or below. Reducing the corporate tax rate would help keep our companies competitive internationally.” In 2014, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) stated, “I think we all want to lower corporate tax rates.” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) two weeks ago said, “I think we need to lower the corporate tax rate. We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth. We’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth.”

Democrats have connected lowering the corporate tax rate to incentivizing businesses to come back to American soil. In 2013, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stated, “Corporate tax reform is necessary to ensure the American economy is the most desirable place in the world for U.S.-based companies to invest. We can do that by closing down tax havens that cost our country revenue and cost American workers jobs. Lowering the corporate tax rate would put companies on a level playing field with foreign competitors and reduce the incentive for them to shift jobs and profits overseas.”

Democrats have called for tax relief for the American middle class by eliminating tax loopholes. Nancy Pelosi in 2015 urged “closing special interest loopholes” and “tax reform that ensured all Americans pay their fair share.” In 2013, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said that reform was needed “by closing special interest loopholes and by no longer favoring wealth over work in our tax code.” And just days ago Sen. Heidi Heitcamp (D-ND) stated, “I’ve been pushing for both sides of the aisle to work together in Congress toward permanent, comprehensive solutions that will do away with loopholes and handouts for special interests and instead promote our small businesses, farm economy and energy industries with the fiscally responsible reforms they need to grow and expand.”

Will Democrats stand by their words, or will they continue to play the politics of obstruction opposing Trump at every turn? We’ll find out soon.

Top Headlines13

    15 states sue Trump administration over decision to end DACA (National Review14)

    Funding for sanctuary cities stripped in late House vote (Washington Examiner15)

    Collusion! Facebook sold 2016 election-related ads to “shadowy Russian company” (ArsTechnica16)

    Democratic IT staffer who fled the country strikes deal to return, face charges (Washington Examiner17)

    Book by Hillary Clinton’s pastor will be pulled from shelves due to extensive plagiarism — she wrote the foreword (The Washington Post18.)

    Conservatives sign letter warning media against using Southern Poverty Law Center19 as a source (Fox News20)

    EPA workforce approaching lowest levels since Reagan (The Washington Free Beacon21)

    Black parents sue school, claim bullies abuse daughter for “acting white” (PJ Media22)

    National Cathedral: Time for Confederate windows to go (Hot Air23)

    Reports: Israel bombs Assad regime chemical weapons facility (CNS News24)

    Policy: A DACA deal should include real enforcement (Investor’s Business Daily25)

    Policy: Waiting to raise interest rates is a mistake (U.S. News & World Report26)

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    Just War or False Peace?30 — Well-meaning peace advocates do not recognize the truth of Ronald Reagan’s slogan, “Peace Through Strength.”
    Hillary’s Blaming Bernie31 — “His attacks caused lasting damage … paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”
    Elected Democrats’ Anti-Christian Bias Is Troubling32 — Dianne Feinstein grills one of Trump’s judicial nominees for the gross sin of being a Catholic.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Victor Davis Hanson: Beware of Narratives and Misinformation33
    Cal Thomas: On Taxes and Immigration: Look to Hungary34
    Hans von Spakovsky: Andrea Mitchell Is Wrong About the Term ‘Illegal Aliens’35

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Hans von Spakovsky: “In her ‘reporting’ on the ending of the DACA program, Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC asserted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was wrong to use the term ‘illegal alien,’ which she deemed both ‘offensive’ and ‘not correct.’ But ‘illegal alien’ is in fact the correct legal term. … The politically correct term ‘undocumented immigrant’ that she and others insist on using is a made-up term used by progressive groups and media sources to extinguish the line between legal immigrants and illegal aliens. That makes it easier for them to claim that anyone who wants our immigration laws enforced is ‘anti-immigrant.’ As civil-rights icon Barbara Jordan (who chaired Bill Clinton’s Commission on Immigration Reform) aptly said, ‘We disagree with those who would label efforts to control immigration as being inherently anti-immigrant. It is both a right and responsibility for a democratic society to manage immigration so it serves the national interest…. Unless this country does a better job in curbing illegal immigration, we risk irreparably undermining our commitment to legal immigration.’”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “It was recently disclosed that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security had warned the Obama administration in 2016 that antifa was a domestic terrorist organization that aimed to incite violence during street protests. That stark assessment and antifa’s subsequent violence make the recent nonchalance of local police departments with regard to antifa thuggery seem like an abject dereliction of duty.” —Victor Davis Hanson

For the record: “Another argument the Left raises appeals to our sense of fairness. ‘These kids didn’t break the law, their parents did. We don’t hold children responsible for their parents,’ progressives say. Oh, but they do. They are holding an entire generation responsible for the sins of their grandparents and great grandparents, especially if they happened to live in a southern state. Those kids are routinely told that they are benefiting from white privilege, and they must make amends for that ‘original sin.’” —Gary Bauer

Demo-gogues: “This is the first president in modern time, in the lives of these Dreamers, who has been anti-immigration, rejecting the idea that immigration is the life blood of our country.” —Nancy Pelosi

Braying Jenny: “Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation.” —Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood (Well, not EVERYONE…)

Alpha Jackass: “Our legal system is structured to favor private property. … If I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio effectively endorsing the end of private property

And last… “It is remarkable to find Obama condemning Trump for ending a program Trump has not actually ended, while simultaneously defending DACA on prosecutorial discretion principles, which Obama invoked but did not follow, and which Trump is actually following while preserving Obama’s unconstitutional program. Perfect.” —Andrew McCarthy

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 on: September 07, 2017, 05:32:57 PM 
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump strikes a bargain with Pelosi and Schumer, leaving Republicans frustrated.
    Someone once argued the opposite of Obama on immigration. His name was Bill Clinton.
    Democrats used to support just the kind of tax reform Trump proposes. Do they still?
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Art of the Debt-Ceiling Deal1


By Lewis Morris

Republicans already have their work cut out for them this fall in trying to salvage what has largely been a disappointing year. Failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare and the shrinking promise of tax reform have left little confidence in the majority party’s ability to govern. The debt-ceiling deal2 President Donald Trump cut with the Democrat leadership Wednesday is all part of the game of chess, but it sure doesn’t seem helpful.

Trump agreed with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to fund the government for just three months and temporarily raise the debt ceiling, which is due to reach its limit on September 30. Republican leaders wanted an extension through the 2018 election with fiscal reforms attached. Then Trump invited vulnerable Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to ride Air Force One and campaign with him in North Dakota.

According to3 leftist Politico, “Republicans left the Oval Office Wednesday stunned,” while “Democrats were gleeful.” Understandable.

Trump’s flip-flop on the debt ceiling goes against his campaign promise to bring an end to the fiscal chaos that has left the government with a $20 trillion debt. It also puts into jeopardy any leverage Republicans had in crafting a long-term debt solution and pushing the remainder of their legislative agenda for 2017. The Wall Street Journal explains4, “Republicans will now have to take at least two difficult votes to raise the debt ceiling, while Democratic leverage will increase when the day of reckoning comes.”

As if GOP leadership needed another excuse to fail.

We say this is a game of chess because Trump almost surely made this debt deal with Democrats for strategic reasons far beyond the question of extending the ceiling for three months, six months, or 18 months. The media is stuck playing checkers. The GOP has failed to push through various priorities, and Trump may be calculating he’s going to need Democrat help — or at least less opposition.

House and Senate Republicans have about 60 days left in the session to deliver on a list of proposals that even optimistic policy watchers say is unlikely to happen. Tax reform, hurricane relief, immigration and a whole host of appropriations bills are at the top of the list.

A nearly $8 billion relief package for Hurricane Harvey victims cleared Congress Wednesday, with a promise of more money to follow now that Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida.

Tax reform5 will have a more difficult path6. Trump has offered little guidance on what the tax package might look like, and Republican lawmakers have yet to agree on a proposal that will offset much-needed tax cuts for individual and corporate earners with spending cuts. Mark Zandi, a top economist with Moody’s Analytics, noted that there is little expectation in the markets that any meaningful reform will happen. “There’s no evidence that investors or anyone else are expecting any kind of tax reform or tax relief,” he said.

Again, Republicans had hoped to use the impending debt ceiling as an opportunity to push for broader tax relief and impose spending reforms that break the seemingly endless cycle of last-minute spending measures and debt-ceiling hikes that keep the government running. The recurring drama of avoiding default and the addiction to short-term spending resolutions have kept Congress from passing comprehensive budgets for years. It has also led to bad fiscal management in Washington, where lawmakers can never seem to look beyond the next stopgap measure. It was hoped that Trump’s tough talk on getting the government’s fiscal house in order would lead to a plan that would bring an end to this madness. His deal with “Chuck and Nancy,” as he jovially referred to the Democrat leadership Wednesday, indicates otherwise.

Trump further weakened the Republican position by leaving the door open with Democrats for DACA legislation later in the year. When he rescinded7 Barack Obama’s executive order earlier this week, Trump left the door open for Congress to come up with a permanent solution to the issue of so-called “Dreamers.” But his chumminess with Democrats Wednesday indicated he was willing to accept a solution that did not include any enforcement provision. This was welcome news to the open-borders crowd; disheartening news for anyone seeking meaningful immigration reform.

All is not lost for Republicans, and, notwithstanding the ObamaCare failure, they should not be viewed as having completely fumbled their opportunities for 2017. There have been some bright spots, including confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the rolling back of several Obama executive actions that will save Americans billions of dollars in regulatory costs.

These small victories will mean little, however, unless Trump and congressional Republicans can put together meaningful budget reforms. Instead of buddying up with tax-and-spend Democrats, Trump should repair his frayed relations with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Together they can bring sanity to Washington’s rudderless fiscal policy and make a lasting impact that will boost the Republican agenda and, thus, the country.

Just for the record, we’ll give the last word to Ted Cruz, who had this to say on the campaign trail in 2016: “If as a voter, you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with … Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump is your guy.”

IN BRIEF

Clinton vs. Obama on ‘Self-Defeating’ Immigration Policy8


There was a specific term Barack Obama used in his 844-word Facebook diatribe9 against his successor’s DACA reversal7 that demonstrates just how far down the lawless path today’s leftists have fallen. One of them is a phrase found in a 1995 speech10 by a man who, at the time, sounded much like Donald Trump does today. According to Democrat Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address, “It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”

That phrase “self-defeating” was echoed by another Democrat, Barack Obama, this week. In his wet blanket response to Trump’s DACA declaration, he asserts, “It is self-defeating.” Of course, Obama throughout his remarks exploited the innocence of Dreamers to distract from the fact that DACA is unconstitutional. His retort is chock-full of emotional blackmail that lacks sound reasoning in its entirety. There’s a rational argument in favor of Dreamers remaining here in America, but that’s not the debate. The debate is over Barack Obama’s breaking the law. Twenty-two years ago, even Clinton understood that the “abuse of our immigration laws” is “ultimately self-defeating.” So is leftist orthodoxy that contradicts itself.

Dems Support Trump’s Tax Reform — Or at Least They Did11

When Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform, he highlighted four areas for specific focus. First, simply making the tax code “fair and easy to understand.” Second, lower the corporate tax rate — currently at 35%, the highest in the developed world — down to a reasonable and competitive rate of 15%. Third, via the incentive of a lower corporate tax rate, bring businesses back to American soil, which brings in trillions of dollars and in turn spurs greater economic investment and job growth. Fourth and finally, lower taxes on middle-class Americans.

None of these tax reform proposals are unreasonable or controversial. In fact, Democrats have been suggesting these reforms for years.

Democrats have promoted simplifying the tax code. In 2011, Barack Obama said in his State of the Union speech12, “I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the [tax] system.” Also in 2011 Sen. John Tester (D-MT) stated, “You know, I will tell you I think tax reform needs to be part of the equation. And I think we can simplify the tax code.” And everyone’s favorite non-Indian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), this past April introduced legislation aimed at simplifying the tax code and filing process. Declaring support for Warren’s bill, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said, “If Washington would finally act on common sense reforms at the IRS, we can simplify tax filing and make it less expensive for taxpayers.” And this statement just two weeks ago from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH): “I think we need to simplify the tax code.”

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 on: September 07, 2017, 09:20:45 AM 
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Preaching Against False Teachers

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)
 
Jude, an earthly brother of our Lord, had become a leader in the early church by the time he wrote his epistle. He had intended “to write unto you of the common salvation” but instead was compelled by God’s Spirit to write and “exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3) against the onslaught of false teachers. He writes “to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:15).
 
Few categories of people are so summarily denounced in Scripture as false teachers, those who teach error from within. Nearly every biblical writer echoes God’s hatred of them and their work. Here, Jude refers to Enoch’s ancient teaching to demonstrate the fact that God has always hated false teachers and has warned them of their doom. Unfortunately, many of today’s pulpits and “Christian” airwaves are filled with false teachers and their teaching, leading many astray.
 
But this is also a lesson to be learned by any who would teach, even born-again, God-gifted teachers. Error is a serious thing in God’s eyes, and a Bible teacher must continually submit to God’s Word and Spirit to discern and teach only truth. Evidently, it would be better for those teachers, seminarians, and others who espouse errors such as humanism, evolution, and other false concepts that a millstone were hung about their necks and that they drowned in the depth of the sea than to lead astray those “little ones” in their influence. JDM

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 on: September 06, 2017, 05:05:16 PM 
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Sick-bed Vows
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1864



        Psalm 78:34-42.
        "Whenever God slew them — then they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer. But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power —  the day he redeemed them from the oppressor."


        This Psalm is about the people of Israel. It sets forth God's dealings with them and the return which they made; it declares, on the one hand, the wonderful things which He did for them: His kindness and long-suffering, His chastisements and His forgiveness; and, on the other hand, their many backslidings, their repeated ingratitude and rebellion. In this particular part of the Psalm we see how the people turned to God when He laid His hand upon them in affliction, but forgot Him again when His hand was removed. This happened again and again. Many a time did they seem to repent, and yet they again returned to their sins. Many a time did God forgive their backslidings.

        How often may this be seen still! "When He slew them — then would seek Him." When a man feels the hand of God upon him in sickness or trouble, then he seeks God. His pride is brought down, he is careless no longer; for his strength is gone from him, and outward comforts are fled, and perhaps death itself seems near. Now he seems in earnest. He shows much zeal in inquiring after God, and pays attention to reading and prayer. His thoughts go back to the past. He remembers God's dealings with him — he thinks over his life, counts up the mercies he has received, considers how he has been borne with in his carelessness, and how the means of grace have not been withheld from him, though he has made so poor an use of them. He sees now the vanity of the world. He remembers that God is his Rock, and the most high God is his Redeemer. He will be a different man for the future. He will never again live as he has lived. If it pleases God to raise him up, he will never more forget Him, but will strive to serve Him truly all his days.

        These are his thoughts and purposes. Suppose it please God to restore that man to health and prosperity — does he still remain in the same mind? Does he really lead a new life and care for his soul and serve God? Alas, not in every case. Often the sick-bed vow is broken — and the sick-bed thoughts are forgotten. With returning health, old thoughts come back, and old ways are followed. There is little change.

        The words come true, " But then they would flatter Him with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues." Not that they did not mean what they said. The people of Israel were sincere perhaps at the moment; but "their heart was not right with Him, neither were they steadfast in His covenant." There was no depth in their repentance, no steadfastness in their purposes — and so, as soon as God's afflicting hand was removed, they provoked Him afresh.

        In like manner, the man who forgets his sick-bed vows was no hypocrite perhaps when he made them. He did not say one thing — and mean another. He meant to keep to what he said, and thought that he would. But he did not know his own heart, his weakness, his proneness to forget God, his need of grace. He did not know that the Holy Spirit alone could work a real change in him and make his heart right with God and lead him to be steadfast in His covenant. Had he but known this, and sought the Spirit accordingly — how different would his after-life have been!

        Affliction, pain, and sickness — do not in themselves work a change of heart. They are often used as instruments by God, but they are only instruments — the power is His. It is only sanctified affliction which leaves a blessing behind it. We should pray therefore, when we are sick or in trouble, that the Holy Spirit may be given to us, and that our affliction may be sanctified and turned to the good of our souls.

        Prayer is the way by which afflictions may be turned into blessings. Prayer will give us cause to say with David, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted!" (Psalm 119:71). God is full of compassion and mercy.

        Though Israel so often sinned again — yet God repeatedly forgave them. He is still the same — the same to us, as He was to them. He looks in mercy upon our shortcomings and backslidings, our broken vows and forgotten resolutions. He remembers that we are but flesh — poor, weak, sinful creatures. The precious blood of Christ has been shed for us, and "He ever lives to make intercession for us" (Hebrews 7:15).

        For His sake, God is still ready to receive us; and, notwithstanding all that is past, He will forgive and save all who seek Him through Jesus Christ. Thus He is indeed their Rock and their Redeemer. Happy are all who seek Him and know Him thus!

        But let none presume on God's compassion and mercy and think that because He bears long and forgives often — they may go on in their sins and yet escape. It cannot be. There is every encouragement to turn to God in Christ now. No one shall now be refused; no one shall now find the door of mercy shut.

        But the time will come when that door will be closed forever, and when those who have slighted God's warnings and turned a deaf ear to His invitations — will find too late that they have let the day of salvation slip by. Now is the time to profit by God's chastisements, to turn to Him and to seek Him. Even while His hand is upon us and we hear His gracious voice calling us in His Word — let us turn unto Him who smites us; let us seek the Lord Almighty! (Isaiah 9:13).

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Growing Old Gracefully
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


Scripture Reference:

    “Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”
    — I Timothy 5:1,2

The Apostle Paul deals with many different types of relationships in his epistles, but perhaps the most delicate relationship is with those who are older in years. Like the seasons of the year, each of us gradually grow older until we find ourselves in the winter of our lives. The first 70 years are normally filled with vim and vigor as we fulfill the desires of our heart. But if by reason of strength we survive beyond this point the Scriptures indicate that the days ahead are going to be filled with labor and sorrow. Labor, in the sense that even the mundane things of life, such as rising from a chair, becomes burdensome.

To complicate matters further, sorrow surrounds us like a tattered garment as death robs us of those we love. Little wonder that Paul admonishes us to esteem the senior members of the Body of Christ as fathers and mothers. Their plight deserves our sensitivity and their years of experience our respect. Furthermore, it will serve us well to remember that someday soon we will be the patriarch or matriarch.

In Ecclesiastes wise old Solomon, stricken in years himself, describes the aging process that creeps up on us like the leopard that stalks its prey.

    “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Eccl. 12:1).

Someday the grim reaper will stand at the foot of our deathbed and the “mourners [will] go about the streets” whispering: Has he passed on? Beloved, there are thousands of ways to leave this earthly tabernacle, but perhaps the most common today is when the “pitcher is broken at the fountain.” In short, a fatal heart attack.

    “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (vs. 7).

The sting of death is sin, but thanks be unto God that Christ died for our sins thereby removing its sting. Thus, according to Paul’s epistles death is merely a passage way into eternal life for all those who believe (I Cor. 15:55-57; Heb. 2:14,15). No one looks forward to growing old, but hopefully we will do so gracefully and with dignity. As they say: “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.” The blood of Christ is our eternal life insurance policy which has a rider guaranteeing our future resurrection!

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That time has arrived!

(Arthur Pink)

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to myths." 2 Timothy 4:1-4

That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure "sound doctrine." Those . . .
   who preach the total depravity of man,
   who insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth,
   who set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and
   who warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ,
find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing! Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted.

In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins--and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road which leads to eternal destruction! The multitude is affected with "itching ears" which crave novelty and that which will amuse them.

Not only are many of our Seminaries cesspools of spiritual corruption,
not only are hundreds of our pulpits now filled by traitors to the cause they profess to champion,
not only is every cardinal doctrine of the faith attacked and denied by the very ones paid to defend them--
but the evil effects of such teaching from our religious leaders have influenced multitudes of souls committed to their care.

The man in the pew, following the lead of his teachers, has lost faith in the Bible as a Divine revelation, and in consequence, no longer submits to its authority.

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No, Mr. Obama, it is not Trump who lacks “basic decency” on this issue, it is you. It is you who lack a basic respect for the Rule of Law and the borders that define this great nation, which were designed to protect American citizens first and foremost. It was you, Obama, who thumbed your nose at American citizens and our laws in order to promote your own globalist social agenda. And now you’re upset that Trump wants to restore constitutional order to how laws are made. How pathetically cynical.

Majority of Minorities Suffer No Discrimination10

A recent study11 finds that only 25% of Americans say they have ever experienced discrimination. The study, conducted by Brian Boutwell, a criminology professor from Saint Louis University, surveyed 14,000 Americans across all racial backgrounds. He found that 27% of Hispanics, 31% of blacks, 23% of whites and 18% of Asians surveyed claimed to have experienced discrimination “sometimes” or “often.” The findings suggest that discrimination is less prevalent than is often assumed, especially in light of today’s polarized political climate and raging debate over DACA1 in particular.

Boutwell cautioned, “People have rightly pointed out that 25 percent of the population is a lot of people. That’s still millions of people. That’s far higher than what we’d like to see.” Most people surveyed believed that “race” was the largest motivating factor behind unfair treatment. Boutwell noted that another potentially growing factor may be political beliefs. He states, “If anyone feels that their political alignment creates blowback for them in daily life, that’s one possibility … a reasonable one, given the data on political polarization.”

Certainly Dennis Prager thinks this is true, writing12, “Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear ostracism by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, job loss and the inability to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that coming out as conservative or pro-Trump is not worth the persecution they would endure.”

It’s also worth noting that surveys like this rely on data that is obtained via the subjective perception of individuals’ experiences. What someone perceives may not accurately reflect the reality of what they have experienced. However, contrary to what is preached by race hustlers and social justice warriors, America is a broadly accepting and Liberty-loving nation. Americans’ recent response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey typifies this spirit more than fascist malcontents rioting in the streets.

Top Headlines13

    North Korea nuclear test furthers EMP bomb (The Washington Free Beacon14)

    Texas churches sue FEMA for relief funds (World15)

    Appeals court reinstates strict Texas voter ID law (The Washington Times16)

    Gowdy says FBI, Justice Department not cooperating on Trump dossier: “We got nothing” (The Washington Times17)

    Justice Department drops defense of Obama OT rule (The Washington Free Beacon18.)

    Law professors celebrate “bourgeois norms,” attacked as racists (The Federalist19)

    Charlottesville Part 2? Council votes to remove “Stonewall” Jackson statue (Fox News20)

    Why U.S. colleges are the world’s best and way too expensive (Washington Examiner21)

    Silicon Valley conservatives report being too afraid to use the industry’s products for political expression (Washington Examiner22)

    Good News? Robots will take only 9% of jobs, not 38% says new study (Reason23)

    Policy: A fair DACA deal. (National Review24)

    Policy: Technology is outsmarting net neutrality. (American Enterprise Institute25)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Where the Battle for America Must Really Be Won27 — Nothing fosters division more than the leftist indoctrination happening in our public schools.
    If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism28 — From Prager University. Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent?

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Rich Lowry: Trump Gets DACA Right29
    Dennis Prager: Conservatives in America — Like Marranos in Medieval Spain12
    Ben Shapiro: If Republicans Don’t Make a Move, They Deserve to Lose30

For more, visit Right Opinion31.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Ben Shapiro: “Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, knowing full well that a Republican president could get rid of it with the stroke of a pen. But he also knew that Republicans would not want to be responsible for changing the status quo — they wouldn’t want to own the political consequences of allowing the deportation of DACA recipients. And Obama was completely right. Republicans promised for years that they would get rid of Obama’s executive amnesty if given power. Finally, President Trump has pledged to get rid of it … in six months. And everyone knows that he is willing to trade away DACA enforcement for border-wall funding. The Democratic status quo will win out, one way or another. Now, quickly: Name the last transformational conservative change Republicans have made — a change to the field of play; any change that would redound to the detriment of Democrats. It’s pretty tough. That’s despite Republican control of the legislature and the presidency from 2002 to 2006; that’s a longer period of unified control than Democrats had from 2008 to 2010. Republicans have unified control of government once again. But they seem less willing to use it than ever, afraid that their tenuous control will dissipate. That must end. If Republicans hope to set a foundation for future victory, they’ll need to do more than act as an impediment to bad Democratic ideas. They’ll need to take political risks in order to shift the playing field itself. If they don’t, they’ll lose quickly. And they’ll deserve to lose.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Democrats love to say that Trump is violating constitutional norms. Well, Obama violated them when he unilaterally implemented DAPA and DACA. The Supreme Court threw out DAPA and — if Gorsuch had been on the court — it probably would have quashed DACA too. By winding down DACA — slowly — and asking Congress to find a legislative fix, Trump is returning us to a constitutional norm. That liberal congressmen are scandalized by being asked to fulfill their constitutional duties tells you more about the expediency of contemporary liberalism than it does about Trump.” —Jonah Goldberg

Confessions: “DACA was [an] executive order. … It is [on shaky legal ground]. That’s why we need to pass a law, and we should do it.” —Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Braying Jenny: “To say nothing of his use of the word illegal aliens, which is offensive to a lot of people, and not correct.” —NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s retort to the DACA announcement (The term “illegal alien” is exactly the correct legal term, and it’s only “offensive” because leftists politicized it.)

Alpha Jackass: “The organizing and activating of these extremists, these white supremacists, really could have a detrimental effect on the entire culture of New Hampshire.” —Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party, on a new voter registration effort aimed at working class New Hampshirites

Pompous Jackass: “When I think about how crime’s gone down for four years, graduation rates up, test scores are up, more jobs than ever in our history — I think, ‘Wow, just that quick profile, any candidate anywhere would want it.’ You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history that we’re living in.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in the same interview bemoaned, “I think Trump is much more than a New Yorker. Trump is a spoiled brat.”

And last… “By the way, does the statue of Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman qualify for removal? He once explained his reluctance to enlist former slaves, writing, ‘I am honest in my belief that it is not fair to our men to count negroes as equals … [but] is not a negro as good as a white man to stop a bullet?’ It’s difficult to determine where this purging of the nation’s history should end.” —Walter Williams

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