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Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. God gave Israel laws and commandments. These rules would bring their success. Sure they would fail, but even in failure, He would make a way of success for them through sacrifice. The sacrifices would be an animal that would be their substitute. This substitute would represent Jesus who died for all on the cross. Notice that obedience brought blessings. That means that disobedience would rob them of the benefits and bring them to a place of hurt. We think that God wants to take from us. We hear that if you serve God, you have to give up so much but that is not the teaching of the Word of God at all. He blesses. We lose blessings because we choose not to listen and obey. Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash
Today's category: LawyersLawyer Quiz Q: Why won't sharks attack lawyers? A: Professional courtesy. Q: When lawyers die, why are they buried in a hole 24 feet deep? A: Because deep down, they are all nice guys! Q: Have you heard about the lawyers' word processor? A: No matter what font you select, everything come out in fine print. Q: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer? A: An offer you can't understand. Q: What would happen if you lock a cannibal in a room full of lawyers? A: He would starve to death. Q: Did you hear about the terrorist that hijacked a 747 full of lawyers? A: He threatened to release one every hour if his demands weren't met. Q: What is the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo? A: The lawyer charges more. Q: Did you hear about the new microwave lawyer? A: You spend eight minutes in his office and get billed as if you'd been there eight hours. Jury: Twelve men and women trying to decide which party has the best lawyer.View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
Link: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/if-god-is-loving-why-does...Format: Web PageTopic(s): ForgivenessThe Simplicity of GodAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Le Ann Trees
Link: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-simple-daily-prayersFormat: Web PageTopic(s): DevotionalAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Marshall Segal
Last year, Bryan Osborne traveled to Zambia, a country in the southern part of Africa, to speak to over 500 pastors, students, and other Christian leaders.
It's hard to find STEM resources that affirm the truth of God's Word. That's why we're thrilled about a creation apologetics STEM camp, Camp Infinity.
President Ronald Reagan once said, “To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: the First Amendment to the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values, it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”Yesterday was Religious Freedom Day, and in recognition of this important day to celebrate this indispensable freedom, FRC hosted a Washington Watch Special Report with Tony Perkins. The first guest, Senator James Lankford (R-Ok.), pointed out that it’s currently an “odd season” for Christians who want to live out their faith. “Religious freedom and the free expression of your faith has been a given throughout American history, and now for some reason, people of this country and in this cultural time are becoming afraid of faith and afraid of people of faith.” He went on to emphasize that there cannot be a “wall of separation” between one’s faith and the public square that they participate in through their job or through recreation, echoing Reagan’s proper interpretation of the First Amendment.An unfortunate tendency in our culture today is for many people of faith to assume that there must be a “wall of separation” between their public and private faith lives. But as Senator Lankford underscored, that’s not the proper understanding of a truly lived faith: “If church and faith is only something you do on the weekend, that’s not a faith, that’s a hobby … A faith permeates everything that you do.”Next, former Congressman Frank Wolf joined Tony to discuss international religious liberty issues. He declared religious liberty to be at greater risk today than it was 40 years ago, with 5.5 billion people currently living in religiously repressive nations. He also pointed out the outrageous fact that Squire Patton Boggs, one of the most powerful law firms in Washington, D.C., represents persecutors of religious freedom like Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, an indicted war criminal, as well as China, which imprisons and executes Christians, Buddhists, and Uyghurs.Wolf also issued a strong challenge to pastors and churches to stand up more forcefully for those being persecuted around the world for their faith. “I think we need some men like Martin Luther King. I think we need pastors to go to jail. I am disappointed in the church. There are exceptions … but overall the church has fundamentally failed.” Wolf also mentioned the current anti-Semitism phenomenon happening on college campuses, and how the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement is in reality thinly-veiled anti-Semitism. When asked what we can all do to fight religious persecution, Wolf emphasized the fundamental importance of prayer, supporting groups like Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors and Samaritan’s Purse, contacting congressmen and senators about religious liberty legislation, and hosting a “religious freedom day” at your church.Dr. Alveda King was the show’s next guest, and she pointed out that religious liberty issues are particularly relevant to her personally in light of a recent incident in which Facebook blocked ads from being displayed advertising a movie about Roe v. Wade that she served as an executive producer for. She quoted her uncle Martin Luther King who said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Ryan Bomberger, who is a tireless advocate for the unborn and for equal justice through his Radiance Foundation, closed out the show, noting that he himself was the target of a free speech lawsuit filed by the NAACP, who didn’t like the fact that he was unafraid to point out the organization’s support for the abortion of black children. He also underscored the need for Christians to be fearless in living out their faith: “What good is religious liberty if we are silent? What good is that freedom if we are complacent?” He also noted how fundamental these issues are: “Without religious freedom, America no longer matters. Without life, nothing else matters. So for me, those two issues [religious freedom and the right to life] go hand in hand, and that’s why the Radiance Foundation really sees these things as so imperative, and why we have to fight for both.”Tony and Ryan both emphasized the need for more courage among Christians to boldly stand up against injustice and live out their faith without fear. This could mean something as simple as posting an article about the importance of religious freedom on Facebook without being afraid of the negative comments. As Ryan succinctly put it, “At the heart of Christianity is self-sacrifice. Self-sacrifice unleashes purpose. When we’re courageous, we enable opportunities to happen that allow others to be set free.”Be sure to listen to the entire Washington Watch Special Report or watch the archived Facebook webcast.
Deuteronomy 1:22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. God had promised them the land. He had told them it was good and He would give them the victory. They wanted to know more about the area before they entered. They went to Moses and asked to send spies into the land first. Their excuses weren't that bad. They would go in and consider the plan of attack. They would look at where they should go first and how they should take the land. God had been directing them. God had shown them the way and made provision for the entire journey. Now they needed to check out what “they” were to do. There is the problem. Israel stopped trusting Jesus and started considering how they would accomplish His will and plan for their lives. You know that they will go into the land and find out that they can't take the land. They will see that it is a land of […]
Yes, the Temple has been completed! And as God would have it, the time of the year the Building’s dedication coincided with Passover month! “And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, […]
by J. Gresham Machen“The truth of Christianity cannot be established by the intellect unless an important part of the argument is based upon the fact of sin which is revealed by the law of God; the beauty of Jesus, which attracts the gaze of men, cannot be appreciated without a knowledge of the holiness upon which it is based; the companionship of Jesus is possible only to those who say first, in deep contrition; “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord”; the example of Jesus is powerless to those who are in the bondage of evil habit, and it is not even a perfect example unless He be the divine Redeemer that He claimed to be. The true schoolmaster to bring men to Christ is found, therefore, now and always in the law of God— the law of God that gives to men the consciousness of sin.A new and more powerful proclamation of that law is perhaps the most pressing need of the hour; men would have little difficulty with the gospel if they had only learned the lesson of the law. As it is, they are turning aside from the Christian pathway; they are turning to the village of Morality, and to the house of Mr. Legality, who is reported to be very skillful in relieving men of their burdens. Mr. Legality has indeed in our day disguised himself somewhat, but he is the same deceiver as the one of whom Bunyan wrote.“Making Christ Master” in the life, putting into practice “the principles of Christ” by one’s own efforts these are merely new ways of earning salvation by one’s own obedience to God’s commands. And they are undertaken because of a lax view of what those commands are. So it always is: a low view of law always brings legalism in religion; a high view of law makes a man a seeker after grace. (J. Gresham Machen, What Is Faith?, p. 141-142)
Numbers 35:21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him. Moses was giving the laws of first and second-degree murder. An accidental murder or killing didn't deserve the death penalty. The difference was intention or what was in the heart. If there was hatred in the heart of the killer, then it was not an accident even if he made it appear to be one! What is in your heart when you say or do the things that hurt and wound your friend or brother? We might say we didn't mean to hurt, but the truth is that our heart attitude will betray us. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. I love how Moses gave good laws in what we might perceive to be primitive times. They had precise ways to determine if it was an accidental death or if it was murder. They weren't savages that had no idea of right and wrong. The truths that they knew they got from the Lord God who […]
Link: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-problems-downplaying-divine-wrath/Format: Web PageTopic(s): The Wrath of GodAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Gavin Ortlund
Link: http://samstorms.com/enjoying-god-blog/post/a-big-god-calls-for-really-really-bi...Format: Web PageTopic(s): Essays on PrayerAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Sam Storms
Dear Friends,Over and over, the New Testament gives us a “simple” commandment: love one another (John 13:34, 15:12, 1 John 3:11, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, etc.). It sounds simple, but we all know that putting this commandment into practice is anything but.When we are reminded to love one another, it’s easy to get discouraged by thinking of all the times we have failed to show love to our neighbor. C.S. Lewis provides an insightful way to think about how we can develop a habit of love by using the metaphor of mathematics. When we study math, we don’t begin by trying to understand calculus—we start with basic addition. In the same way, we learn to love by first loving our family—the basic unit of society from which we come from. This plays out in small, everyday acts of love, like forgiving your spouse for leaving the sink piled high with dirty dishes, or forgiving your child for blurting out an insult.Once we gain this habit of love in our families, we can more easily transfer the habit to everyone we meet in our everyday lives. But it is still quite difficult, as we all know, because unloving feelings seem to naturally bubble up within us out of nowhere, and they are often difficult to shake. One example is when we are driving on a highway, and we are abruptly cut off by another driver who changes lanes right in front of us, forcing us to slow down. The immediate reaction is one of resentment, and we are often tempted to react in equal measure, perhaps by speeding up to tailgate them. But this is a failure to love one another. As C.S. Lewis has written, “The feeling of resentment, the desire for payback, must be simply killed. It is hard work, but the attempt is not impossible.”When we feel the inklings of resentment building up within us, we must stop them before they become worse. Instead of letting your anger rise, take a deep breath and ask Jesus for the grace to forgive the person who has wronged you. Say a prayer for the person, asking the Lord to help them see the truth. When we begin to form this kind of habit of forgiveness and practice it over and over again, it will with time blossom into a way of life. When God sees our attempts at love, however small they may be, He pours His grace into our lives, giving us continued strength to persevere in love.On this Martin Luther King Day, let us be especially mindful of the importance of loving one another in order to bring about increased harmony between those of different ethnicities and cultures.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesVoices From The Grave Cry Out For Justice In Iran – Ken BlackwellEvery Vote Really Does Count – Ken BlackwellWill Republicans Finish The Job for Seniors And Small Businesses? – Ken BlackwellChai Feldblum Should Not Be Reappointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Peter SpringWhat You Can Do to Fight Sex Trafficking – Dan HartOregon State Appeals Court Rules Against Aaron and Melissa Klein – Travis WeberHow the New Tax Bill Helps Families – Andrew GuernseyA Pastor’s Take on the Sex Abuse Scandals of 2017 – Andrew HebertThe Rich History of Christmas Traditions – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareIs Your Church Prepared to Handle a Challenge to its Religious Liberty? – Erik Stanley, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionWhat the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover – Michael Berry, The Daily SignalChristian school fights Michigan Township for right to operate out of a church – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionFEMA to Allow Churches to Receive Disaster Relief After Key Policy Change – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostCalif. 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Yes, this is a lesson from the Book of Ezra. But first read with me Psalm 36:6, part of it anyway. The writer there is addressing God … “Thy JUDGMENTS are a great deep: O LORD.” Wow! Job 9:10 adds to this line of thought: “Which (God) doeth great THINGS past finding out; yea, and wonders without […]
Numbers 32:16 And they came near unto him, and said, We will build sheepfolds here for our cattle, and cities for our little ones: Two and a half tribes wanted to settle on the wrong side of Jordan. They wanted what they saw and to not wait to see what God had for them. They felt like a bird in the hand was better than what they didn't yet have! They wanted to make sure their children would be ok. There is a hint of not trusting God to take care of them if they crossed the river. They wanted a place for their stuff, their cattle. God allowed them to do what they asked. It is not His will. He is kind and will allow them to do this if they will go and fight with their brothers. That is how God will often treat us. He will give us what we want, less than His will. We may put ourselves at more risk. We may be doing our best when we could have His best. Why not try complete abandonment and just leave it all in the hands of our God, our Savior, our Father. He will take […]
Link: http://www.isom.vnsalvation.com/Resources%20English/Christian%20Ebooks/Edward%20...Format: PDFTopic(s): The Mercy of GodIsaiahAudio MultimediaAuthor(s)/Speaker(s): Edward Griffin
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Link: https://www.monergism.com/walking-godFormat: Web PageTopic(s): Christian CharacterChapters 03-05 (The Fall)Author(s)/Speaker(s): George Whitefield
Numbers 27:23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses. When God was ready to move the leadership from Moses to Joshua, He instructed Moses to lay hands on Joshua. As he laid hands on Joshua, he was also to give him a charge. It was a symbol of transferring power and authority. Moses charged Joshua to honor God and lead the people as God would direct. This is where we see what we do in our special services of ordination. We recognize that God has called someone to His service. We are challenging that person to honor God and lead as pleases the Lord. We are showing the people that we believe in that person and that we realize that God is calling him to this work.
Numbers 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. The people were angry with God and His man, Moses. They had their list of complaints. They wanted their old lives back. They said that God had brought them out into the wilderness to die. God wasn't meeting their needs as they wanted. They were tired of what He was providing. They weren't satisfied with His daily provision. What a horrible picture of selfishness we see here. As bad as it looks when we think about them, Israel, we must admit that we often have the same attitudes. We complain about everything. We are not satisfied. We want what we want when we want it! We feel like God's plan, and leadership isn't working as it should. It is easy to strike out at the spiritual leader because we can say we aren't speaking against God. We want more than we are getting. We are never satisfied. I want to read this and examine myself right now. How […]
Numbers 19:22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. All the way back in the days of Moses God instructed His people about contamination. If a person touched something unclean, infectious, they would be infected, contaminated, also. They were to separate themselves till the evening. The one who touched the infected item was not to touch others or be near them. I love how God's Word shows that He gave truth to His people long before the scientific world would understand it. If you have doubts about the Bible, this is one of those verses that should make you realize that it is a divine book. God gave truth that man couldn't even understand. There is without a doubt a spiritual application here, but the primary application was that God wanted to stop an infection from spreading among His people. The same can be said about sin but isn't it thrilling to see how Moses knew such a truth when it would be hundreds of years before the medical community would understand these facts. Photo by Lucas Vasques on Unsplash
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