One Great Question to Ask a Friend – “If you were the devil, where would you attack yourself?”
Daily prayers sent to your email – Sign up at the link to get some biblical, simple prayers to start your day. These serve as a good reminder and a sort of “jump start” to my prayers. A sample:
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger
Or chasten me in Your wrath.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in distress.
My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:1-3)
Let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, “The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” (Numbers 14:17-18)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Direct my footsteps according to Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133)
Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol or sworn by what is false. (Psalm 24:3-4)
Lord, I thank You for Your beloved Son and for Your unfailing love. I thank You for Your wonderful thoughts, and I ask that I would follow Your word and walk in purity of heart.
Writing Checks to Mel Gibson – I don’t know if the new Son of God movie will be faithful to scripture or not, but let’s not lose sight of how over-hyped the impact of The Passion of the Christ was. If you can use the new movie to point people to scripture, that’s great. But don’t kid yourself and think it will do the work of evangelism for you. The longer I’ve been a Christian the more I trust the word of God to do what it claims. We don’t need gimmicks.
Back in 2004, I was a member of a Southern Baptist church that tried to ride the Passion wave by mimicking just about everything Rick Warren did. The pastors raised tens of thousands of dollars from the congregation, then bought movie passes, booked theaters, distributed tickets, formed small groups, bought Warren’s follow-up curriculum, and waited to transform the city. Giving away the tickets was the easy part—people gladly accepted free movie passes to the film everyone was talking about. All the tickets went, but as far as I know, not a single person—not even one—came to any of the follow-up studies. No one was saved. Nothing happened. All the time, energy and resources gained nothing.
Useful Idiots for Baal — Erick Erickson does a great take down of Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, Donald Miller, Jim Wallis, Joel Osteen and more. We need more of this!
Too many of these people, often hipster prophets, make people comfortable in their sin while trying to sell Jesus. One comfortable in his sin rarely sees the need to embrace one who will extricate him from his sin. These peddlers of pop Christianity are useful idiots for Baal because they claim their faith in Christ without ever making anyone uncomfortable in their here and now. Christ made people uncomfortable.
As a friend noted this passage from Bonhoeffer last night in email:
“The messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time. They will be blamed for all the division which rend cities and homes. Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray; they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Cost of Discipleship,” 1937.
The useful idiots of Baal are not willing to go along for that ride. They’d rather their Jesus bake cakes for gay weddings.
Study: Democrats more likely to think astrology is scientific, less likely to know Earth revolves around the sun – Conservative Republicans were the most likely to get both answers right. Let me know if this gets reported in any Leftist media outlets. Friendly reminder: Liberals fail at basic economics.
Former Planned Parenthood worker: ‘It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work’ – Your tax dollars at work. Not surprising, given that they kill babies for a living, but it is always grisly to hear the details.
Marianne Anderson is a nurse who assisted Planned Parenthood abortionists by partially sedating women who paid extra for that luxury. She told The Criterion newspaper that she saw many women pressured into abortions they did not want, including minor girls.
“One young girl came in with her mom,” Anderson told the paper. “She was about 16. Her mom had made the appointment. That’s not supposed to be how it works. It’s supposed to only be the patient who makes the appointment. I checked her in, and she thought she was there for a prenatal checkup. The mom was pushing it. She blindsided her own daughter.”
Another time, said Anderson, “This guy brought in a Korean girl. I had no doubt in my mind this girl was a sex slave. This guy would not leave her side. They could barely communicate. He wanted to make all the arrangements. During the ultrasound, she told one of the nurses that there were lots of girls in the house, and that the man hits them. She never came back for the abortion. I always wondered what happened to her. One of my co-workers said, ‘You’re better off to just let it go.’”
When women cried during the abortion procedure, Anderson said, abortionist Michael King would shame them. “These girls would start crying on the table, and Dr. King would say, ‘Now you chose to be here. Sit still. I don’t have time for this.’”
“One doctor, when he was in the POC [products of conception] room, would talk to the aborted baby while looking for all the parts. ‘Come on, little arm, I know you’re here! Now you stop hiding from me!’ It just made me sick to my stomach,” Anderson said. “The sound the suction machine made when it turned on still haunts me.”
Anderson told The Criterion she started working at the facility because she believed that as long as women were having abortions, they should be safe about it.
But Anderson quickly abandoned her illusions of safety once she began work at Planned Parenthood. “I started feeling uneasy working there when people came from national in New York City to teach us the conscious sedation process,” Anderson told the paper. “It was disgusting. These two ladies had this chant they would do: ‘Abortion all the time!’ I t
hought, ‘I’ve got to get out of here.’ That was about six to eight months after I started.”
Anderson said the overall experience of working for Planned Parenthood was “absolutely miserable.”
“It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work,” she said. “I was always getting in trouble for talking too long to the girls, asking if they were sure they wanted to do this.”
Venezuela Begins to Ignite, as MSM Looks Away – Doesn’t this seem a little newsworthy? Apparently realities that reflect poorly on Socialism can’t be highlighted.
Over the past week, Venezuelan protesters have been fighting against corruption in the government, high inflation, and a high murder rate.
Former Lesbian Jackie Hill Responds To Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ – Good response.
Pastor David Slautterback expels unrepentant homosexual from congregation – Key word: Unrepentant. That should apply to anyone coming in shaking their fist at God and trying to teach that sin isn’t sin. I hope pastors like him also take the same stand on unrepentant heterosexual sins.
N.T. Wright lectures on the resurrection of Jesus: did Jesus rise from the dead? – Wright is squishy on some topics, but he gets this one right.
To conclude, Wright makes the argument that the best explanation of all of these changes in theology and practice is that God raised Jesus (bodily) from the dead. There is simply no way that this community would have made up the single resurrection of the Messiah – who wasn’t even supposed to die – and then put themselves on the line for that belief.
And remember, the belief in a resurrected Jesus was something that the earliest witnesses could really assess, because they were the ones who saw him killed and then walking around again after his death. They were able to confirm or deny their belief in the resurrection of Jesus based on their own personal experiences with the object of those beliefs.