Apr 162014
 

obama-prayer-breakfastjpeg-03f85_s160x212World Net Daily: “When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment.

The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!”

Opinion: Our Christian president just seems to go out of his way to poke a finger in the eye of Christians. And somebody needs to read the third commandment to Rev. Robinson.

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Mar 302014
 

My Utmost for His Highest’

“He calls his own … by name …” John 10:3

Does He Know Me . . . ?

When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never ridicule was the fact that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her (see Luke 8:2); yet His blessings were nothing to her in comparison with knowing Jesus Himself. “. . . she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. . . . Jesus said to her, ’Mary!’ ” (John 20:14, 16). Once He called Mary by her name, she immediately knew that she had a personal history with the One who spoke. “She turned and said to Him, ’Rabboni!’ ” (John 20:16).

When I have stubbornly doubted? (see John 20:24-29). Have I been doubting something about Jesus— maybe an experience to which others testify, but which I have not yet experienced? The other disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord” (John 20:25). But Thomas doubted, saying, “Unless I see . . . I will not believe” (John 20:25). Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus. When His touches will come we never know, but when they do come they are indescribably precious. “Thomas . . . said to Him, ’My Lord and my God!’ ” (John 20:28).

When I have selfishly denied Him? (see John 21:15-17). Peter denied Jesus Christ with oaths and curses (see Matthew 26:69-75), and yet after His resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter alone. Jesus restored Peter in private, and then He restored him publicly before the others. And Peter said to Him, “Lord . . . You know that I love You” (John 21:17).

Do I have a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one true sign of discipleship is intimate oneness with Him— a knowledge of Jesus that nothing can shake.

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Mar 152014
 

Scroll of EstherThe Book of Esther records the story of Purim

We are told that HAMAN, (a descendant of Amalek, who was the illegitimate grandson of Esau), wished to annihilate the Jewish people. He was the Hitler of his day.

He influenced King Ahasuerus of Persia (Iran) and offered him a large sum of money for the right to obliterate the Jews: ‘to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in a single day and to plunder their possessions’. Haman spent considerable money and effort to get this issued as law (Esther 3:8-14).

If not for the strange circumstances and hidden miracles – which came to be known as Purim– he would have gotten away with it. It was Haman’s suggestion, but Ahasuerus had no problem passing a law that all Jews be slaughtered (Esther 3:10).

Ahasuerus,_Haman_and_Esther

In an effort to reverse the decree, Esther invited him and the King to two banquets (Esther 5:4, 7-8) – causing him to let his guard down, and thus, becoming vulnerable to Esther’s (and Mordechai’s) plan.

Had it not been for the miracle of Purim, this evil decree would have wiped out the entire Jewish nation, because at that time, all the Jewish people lived under this King’s rule.

Purim commemorates the greatest miracle in Jewish history - salvation from total annihilation.

In the same type of anti-Semitism today, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out the legal and religious license to attack Jews around the world and destroy the State of Israel – declaring “jurisprudential justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”

While a nuclear exchange with Israel could cost Iran 15 million people, Iranian leaders have said they regard that as a “small sacrifice” for wiping out Israel’s 6 million Jews.

Purim teaches that God always provides a savior for “such a time as this”; the Bible teaches that the next savior will be the last Savior: Jesus Christ, Messiah and King.

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Feb 072014
 
Obama Reveals What He Believes Is the ‘Ultimate Betrayal of God’s Will’

The Blaze: “History, Obama said, has shown that countries that “hold up the rights of their people” are usually more successful; those that do not, he said, breed anger and violence. “We sometimes see religion twisted … hatred [is waged] against people because of who they are, or how they pray, or who they love,”

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Feb 022014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Place of Ministry

Sometimes during times of turmoil, it can seem as if God is not responding to our plight. We seek His help, we know He sees our difficulty, yet our situation doesn’t appear to improve. What are we to do? Oswald Chambers wrote a powerful devotional addressing this issue. We must fix our concentration on His power alone while accepting

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Jan 262014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Tap on the Shoulder

Peter Marshall, May 27, 1902 – January 26, 1949 Pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. In 1946 he was appointed as U.S. Senate Chaplain, serving from January 4, 1947 until his sudden death of a heart attack just over two years later. “As a matter of fact, as I think

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Jan 242014
 
The 10 Most and Least ‘Bible-Minded’ Cities in America: Did Yours Make the List?

The Blaze: “The American Bible Society and the Barna Group are back with an updated list showing where residents in 100 U.S. cities rank when it comes to Bible-mindedness. The top contender for the city most in tune with the holy book? Chattanooga, Tenn. The least? Providence, R.I., coming in the 100th slot as America’s

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