Apr 182014
 

9 AM

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Psalm 22

This Psalm, more than any other startled me some 10 years ago. I was a few years into discovering a life with Jesus Christ when I came across it. I had never understood why Jesus asked the Father why He had been forsaken. After all, He was God’s Son and He knew that He would die for the sins of man.

But what I didn’t know was that at that moment the Father turned away. At that moment, He was separated from the Father so that He could descend into hell and take the punishment we deserve.

On an earthly level it made sense. I remember craving my father’s attention, and I remember when he disciplined me how empty I would feel until he would make everything all right.

It’s a Dad thing.

Click here for Psalm 22:1-31, a Psalm of David.

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Apr 182014
 

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. Christians the world over reflect on the love that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ showed for His children. Leviticus 17:14 says that blood is the life of all flesh. He shed His blood for us.  John 15:13 says that “Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for a friend.” Today’s posts will be all about that love. The next one will be at 9 AM when Christ was nailed to the cross, followed by another at 3:00 PM when Jesus died.

 

Thursday
11:00 PM Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

Friday
12:30 AM Jesus is Betrayed By Judas and Arrested

1:00 AM Jesus is Interrogated by Annas

1:00 AM Peter Denies Knowing Jesus

1:30 AM Peter Denies Knowing Jesus a Second Time

2:00 AM Jesus is Tried by Caiaphas. He is Mocked, Hit & Spat On

4:00 AM Peter Denies Jesus for the Third Time

4:00 AM Jesus is Imprisoned

5:00 AM The Sanhedrin Sentence Jesus to Die

5:30 AM Jesus is Taken to Pilate

6:00 AM Judas Hangs Himself

6:00 AM Pilate Hears the Case Against Jesus

6:30 AM Jesus is Taken to Herod to Be Tried

7:00 AM Pilate Resumes Jesus’ Trial

7:30 AM Jesus Is Beaten and Given a Crown of Thorns

8:00 AM Jesus is Sentenced to Die and Beaten

8:30 AM Jesus Carries Cross

9:00 AM Jesus is Crucified

9:00 AM Jesus Asks God to Forgive Us

9:30 AM The Soldiers Cast Lots for Jesus’ Clothing

10:00 AM Jesus is Insulted and Mocked

10:30 AM Jesus Tells One of The Crucified Criminals That He Will Be in Paradise with Jesus

11:30 AM Jesus Speaks to Mary and John, at Noon Darkness Covers the Land

1:00 PM Jesus Cries Out to the Father, Asking Why He Has Been Forsaken

2:30 PM Jesus Says He Is Thirsty

2:50 PM Jesus Says “It is Finished”

2:55 PM Jesus Prays “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

3:00 PM Jesus Dies

3:00 PM An Earthquake Occurs

3:00 PM The Huge Temple Curtain Tears in Half Opening The Holy of Holies

3:10 PM The Roman Centurion Exclaims “Surely He was the Son of God!”

3:15 PM The Soldiers Break the Thieves’ Legs

3:20 PM The Soldier Pierces Jesus’ Side

4:00 PM Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Thanks to my brother in Christ, Tom, for sending this in and to Brian for doing the work on the timeline.

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Apr 172014
 

lerner_0-450x300Front Page Mag: “A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax-exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013, following the agency’s stonewall of four FOIA requests dating back to the previous May.

Opinion: President Obama’s famous “not even a smidgen of corruption’ line when speaking to Bill O’Reilly is getting commonplace in the new world order. Is it possible that the public prefers the lies?

Yes Virginia, and it is Biblical: “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

John Walvoord (Bible Knowledge Commentary) explains: “Paul was telling the brethren that God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. But when people refuse to entertain the truth, He let’s them experience the consequences of falsehood. In fact, God as the judge of men begins this judgment at the moment of their rebellion and subjects them to powerful delusion which comes from choosing error over truth.”

 

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Apr 172014
 

Joel Rosenberg: “Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

Donetsk is the site of an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia.”

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Apr 172014
 

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The New American: “Among the many problems facing the city, the most serious are those concerning its three pension plans: for fire and police, for its workers, and for those working for the Department of Water and Power (DWP). One of those plans earned 14 percent on its invested assets last year (half of what the S&P 500 Index made but twice the plan’s assumptions), and yet that plan remains a staggering $5 billion underfunded. Altogether the three retirement plans have less than 10 percent of the funds necessary to pay their benefits. Said the commission:

Los Angeles is sinking into a future in which it no longer can provide the public services to which our people’s taxes entitle them and where the promises made to public employees about a decent and secure retirement simply cannot be kept.

  • The only conceivable way LA can meet its pension obligations is to reduce them
  • Given that unions will not negotiate, the only conceivable way to reduce them is bankruptcy

Opinion: A recent Pew report shows the list of American cities facing pension defaults is growing.

Here are the top 10 cities with the lowest percentage of funding for pension:

  • Charleston, W. Va. – $270 million – 24% funded
  • Omaha, Neb.- $1.43 billion – 43% funded
  • Portland, Ore. – $5.46 billion – 50% funded
  • Chicago, Ill. – 24.97 billion – 52% funded
  • Little Rock, Ark. – $498 million – 59% funded
  • Wilmington, Del. – $364 million – 59% funded
  • Boston, Mass. – $2.54  billion – 60% funded
  • Atlanta, Ga. – $3.17 billion – 60 % funded
  • Manchester, N.H. – $436 million – 60% funded
  • New Orleans, La.$1.99 billion – 61% funded

Unfunded pension debt is a time bomb of Detroit-style proportions.

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Apr 172014
 

Gazans waving Hamas flags at a rally on Monday, April 14, 2014. (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The Times Of Israel: “The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.

Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.”

Opinion: The terror and treachery from the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza has roots back to Abraham’s tent and plays out in the book of Obadiah, the smallest book (one chapter) in the Bible.

Obadiah 1:1 begins with this: “Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom.” Edom (Hebrew for red) was the name given to Esau, the twin brother of Jacob.

After Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob, he did what God commanded the Jews not to do - marry Canaanite women. In fact these marriages were documented in the book of Genesis 26:35 and Ezra 9.

Ezra 9:2 admonished the Jews for marrying outside the line and mixing the seed of Abraham with idol-worshiping Gentiles: “For they have taken some of their daughters (Canaanite) as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is mixed with the peoples of those lands.”

Edom’s followers are called Edomites. The tribe settled in Judea and southern Israel while the Jews were being carried off to Babylon. The descendants of Esau are the same people who inhabit Judea and Gaza, and are called the Palestinians of today.

Obadiah 1:11:  ”In the day that you [Edomites] stood on the other side—In the day that strangers carried captive his [Jacob] forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem—Even you were as one of them.”

God was dealing with the disobedience of the Jews for not submitting to the Sabbath rest of the land. God had warned the Jews that the land must lie fallow every 7th year, even promising a triple harvest in the 6th year. The Jews ignored the prophecies of Moses (Leviticus 26:34-35), Isaiah 39:6 and Jeremiah 6:20 and were sent packing for 70 years.

Obadiah 1:12: “But you [Edomites] should not have gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah In the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly In the day of distress.”

You see, nothing has changed. The descendants of Esau are still at enmity with the descendants of Jacob. The blood feud began 4000 years ago and the only one that can end it is – God Himself.

Obadiah 1:15 brings judgment: “ For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.”

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