And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2 Responses to God's Word

Response 1
Now when they heard this,
they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles,
Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:37
Response 2
When they heard that,
they were cut to the heart,
and took counsel to slay them.
Acts 5:33

IN the NEWS - Harry Potter & ITCHING EARS

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:3
ITCHING EARS for the Church of Harry Potter?.....
"Mark Kennedy grew up a Catholic, and a Harry Potter fanatic. Only one stuck.
I considered myself a non-spiritual person,” he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”

The podcast told him that the Harry Potter series — the books that he always turned to for solace when he was angry or stressed or in need of an escape — could be a source of spiritual sustenance.
I feel like I’m born again,” he said.
On Tuesday night, Kennedy came to an event space at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District with hundreds of fellow fans of the podcast, who have found a surprising spirituality in the magical fiction series, which turns 20 years old this year.
Hosted by Harvard Divinity School graduates Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan, the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” became the number-two podcast in America on iTunes soon after it debuted last summer. It has inspired face-to-face Potter text reading groups, akin to Bible study more than book club, in cities across the country. In Harvard Square, ter Kuile and Zoltan host a weekly church-like service for the secular focused on a Potter text’s meaning.
Touring the country this summer, the podcasters have been met night after night by adoring, mostly millennial crowds who want to soak up their secular meaning-making. For the growing slice of Americans who label themselves “spiritual but not religious,” Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan are kind of pop stars.
The irony is, the pair are skeptical about secularism.
It doesn’t speak to people’s hearts and souls,” Zoltan said during a recent interview. “I get that people get connection and meaning from Soul Cycle, but will [those people] visit you when your mom is dying?”
Zoltan and ter Kuile are complicated evangelists for their own cause. Even as their following grows, they are still pondering some big questions: Can non-traditional types of meaning-making build community? Can texts that are deeply moving to readers truly hold them to account in the way Scripture has among the God-fearing?" WashingtonPost

ARCHAEOLOGY: Naboth's Vineyard

"An archaeologist in Israel has shared an exciting new discovery that seems to validate the Bible’s
account of a man named Naboth and his ownership of a vineyard.
The Christian Post reports that Dr. Norma Franklin, one of the leaders of the Jezreel Expedition, confirmed that the Jezreel Valley was a wine-producing region, as the Bible says it is.
The Jezreel Expedition team used laser technology to analyze the region and found several wine and olive presses, as well as over 100 bottle-shaped pits carved into the stone of the region. Franklin believes these hewn-out imprints were used to store wine in ancient times.
This discovery confirms the Biblical account of Naboth and his vineyard in I Kings 21. There, the Bible tells the story of a man named Naboth who owned a vineyard. Israel’s king at the time, the wicked King Ahab, coveted Naboth’s beautiful vineyard and ended up having Naboth killed so he could take the vineyard for himself.
Although Franklin is not a believer, she acknowledged that the discovery does seem to validate the biblical account." BCN
And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard,
which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
1 Kings 21:1

From whence the Heresy of Christ in "hell"?

..... but the dead know not any thing,.... Ecclesiastes 9:5
"This idea that Jesus died and went to Hell stems from an old heresy that is prominent in Word of Faith circles that teach that Jesus died spiritually, and was “born again” after defeating Satan in Hell. Popular teachers of this false teaching are Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, and Creflo Dollar. Joyce Meyer writes in her book, The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make, the
Jesus paid on the cross and went to hell in my place. Then as God had promised, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The scene in the spirit realm went something like this: God rose up from his throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless son of God, “let him go.” Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. On earth his grave where they had buried him was filled with light as the power of God filled his body. He was resurrected from the dead–the first born again man.
And Kenneth Copeland similarly writes:
For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer. Some people don’t want to believe that. They want to believe that after His death, Jesus just stayed in that upper region of Sheol that the Bible calls paradise, but they’re mistaken! If He had simply stayed there, there would have been no price paid for sin.
This flies right in the face of biblical truth that Christ’s death on the cross was victorious over sin. Jesus proclaimed victory in his final breath on the cross. Jesus had no need to go to Hell to finish any work, and he certainly did not die spiritually." Pulpit&Pen

Crying & Craving for Manna

The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot.
Genesis 8:9
"READER, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is vain.

If you profess to be a Christian,
yet find full satisfaction in worldly pleasures and pursuits,
your profession is false.

If your soul can stretch herself at rest,
and find the bed long enough,
then you are a hypocrite,
and far enough from any right thoughts of Christ or perception of His preciousness.

But if thou art still crying after
and craving after something better,
Christ has not forgotten thee,
for thou hast not quite forgotten Him.
The believer cannot do without his Lord;
words are inadequate to express his thoughts of Him.

We cannot live on the sands of the wilderness,
we want the manna which drops from on high."
Charles Spurgeon

SDA News - Carson Removed from List

"The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization known for labeling organizations opposed to same-sex marriage as "hate groups," announced Wednesday that they're finally removing Dr. Ben Carson from their "extremist files" list.
In the online statement, the SPLC offered an apology for having Carson on a list that also includes
white supremacists, Neo-Confederates, and anti-Semites.
"This week, as we've come under intense criticism for doing so, we've reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it," stated SPLC.
Recently, conservative blogs, websites, and pundits caught wind of Carson's listing on the extremist files and denounced it, accusing the SPLC of playing politics with hate classification.
In response to the controversy, Carson himself called for "true tolerance" and denounced the SPLC deeming his criticism of gay marriage as hatred.
"When embracing traditional Christian values is equated to hatred, we are approaching the stage where wrong is called right and right is called wrong," stated Carson." CP
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil...
Isaiah 5:20

Papal Notes - "joint political, educational and religious effort"...

"Respect, responsibility and relationship are the three  themes highlighted by Pope Francis in a message addressed to the “Laudato Sì & Big Cities” conference taking place in Rio de Janeiro.

The 3-day event is organized by the “Antoni Gaudí Foundation for Big Cities” that aims to contribute to the humanization of large urban centers in a world in which a growing 52% of the global population lives in highly populated urban centres.

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Sì” is being used as a focal point of discussion and reference regarding environmental, ethical and management issues pertaining to big cities.

Respecting Creation is one of our "core tasksPope Francis writes in his strongly worded message to conference participants, and he reaffirms, as he did in his encyclical – to which the Rio conference is dedicated - that we “cannot just remain on the sidelines when we notice a serious degeneration in the quality of the air or an increase in the production of waste that is not adequately disposed of ".

Situations such as these, the Pope warns, "are the result of an irresponsible form of exploitation of creation and demand that we act responsibly for the good of all”.

The Pope goes on to say that “this passivity proves that man has lost his sense of responsibility” and thus it is ever more urgent that governments adopt policies that encourage responsible behavior for the respect of the environment in which we all live.

Focusing his message on three points: “respect, responsibility and relationship", Francis points out that respect for Creation is a duty we also have towards future generations and says that “We must teach and pass on the need to care” for the planet. 

The Pope finally shines the light on the importance of human relationships that, in big cities – he says - appear to be getting more and more difficult. 
Sometimes people become closed-in and live not trusting their neighbor”. This mistrust, Francis says, produces isolation that in turn generates poverty. That is why, he concludes, a joint political, educational and religious effort is
needed to “create human relationships” that “break down the walls” that marginalize people."
.......... and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:3

Creation Moment 7/21/2017 - Evolution coming to Naught

It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer:
Proverbs 20:14
"His book, Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has
Failed to Explain It, underlines that Turner is not an “anti-Darwinist.” On the contrary, he explains that “I want deeply for it” – meaning the modern theory of Darwinian evolution – “to make sense.”

The reasons for his disillusion, which he outlines in this fascinating contribution to the evolution debate, turn upon long-ignored problems with the theory, and counterevidence from the mysterious nature of life itself.
Turner writes:
For the longest time, we’ve been able to fudge these problems, carried along on the faith that, to paraphrase the punch line of an old joke, there had to be a pony in there somewhere. But the dread possibility is beginning to rear its head; what if the pony isn’t there?
The problem for modern Darwinism is, I argue, that we lack a coherent theory of the core Darwinian concept of adaptation.
It all unravels from there, thanks to unexpected insights from Biology’s Second Law – homeostasis – and the great 19th-century French physiologist Claude Bernard, writing just six years after Darwin’s Origin of Species. After some delay, the crisis for the evolutionary biologist is at hand." EN&V

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cleansing the Sanctuary Sermon SERIES by Doug Batchelor

Cleansing the Sanctuary Sermon SERIES
(by Doug Batchelor)
For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you,
to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
Leviticus 16:30
Part 1
Part 2

Sound "Mind"

"Many are not doing the greatest amount of good because they
exercise the intellect in one direction and neglect to give careful attention to those things for which they think they are not adapted.

Some faculties that are weak are thus allowed to lie dormant because the work that should call them into exercise, and consequently give them strength, is not pleasant.

All the powers of the mind should be exercised,
all the faculties cultivated.
*and all the reasoning powers
should have equal strength in order that minds may be well balanced.  

If certain faculties are used to the neglect of others, the design of God is not fully carried out in us; for all the faculties have a bearing and are dependent, in a great measure, upon one another."
Testimonies For the Church vol.3,p.33 E.G.W.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of
*and of love,
*and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

IN the NEWS - Museum of the Bible opening Nov. 2017

In the beginning... Genesis 1:1

 The 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible is currently under construction in Washington, D.C. but this digital fly-through gives you some perspective on just what the eight floors will entail.

History of the Bible

Galleries on this floor follow the Bible from its origins as a series of writings accessible to only a small group of people, through many changes in form and adoption by multiple faith traditions, to the most widely read text in history.

Narratives of the Bible

On this floor, visitors will walk through the narratives of the Hebrew text from Genesis to Chronicles and then through first-century Nazareth, ending with the story of the New Testament.

Impact of the Bible

This floor will explore the Bible’s impact over time on cultures, civilizations, and daily life, including its profound influence on fine arts, science, government, music, film and more.

Bronze Doors

This grand entrance has a height of 40 feet and will be flanked by an architectural re-creation of the
printing bed of the first page of Genesis from the Gutenberg Bible, and is made of large bronze panels.

Digital Guide

State-of-the-art handheld museum navigation created exclusively for Museum of the Bible. Includes group tour coordination, restaurant reservations, personalized individual or family-guided tours.

Courageous Pages

Courage is the overriding theme of the kid’s area, packed with biblical stories of people who dug deep and did what they believed was right, even in the face of fear or opposition.

Digital Lobby Ceiling

Creating an awe-inspiring welcome for the museum guests, the 140-foot digital canvas will rotate throughout the day and set the tone for guest’s entire experience at Museum of the Bible.

Performing Arts Theater

This 500-seat performance theater will utilize digital mapping technology to surround audiences in an
environment that enhances what they are viewing on the stage.

Restaurant and Biblical Garden

In the spirit of the festive Middle Eastern outdoor marketplace, this restaurant will highlight the foods of the Bible. Guests can enjoy display kitchen viewing and take a stroll through a rooftop biblical garden.

Tour by Judge Jeanine (Link Below)

IN the NEWS - Melania & Brigitte

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens,
 his spirit was stirred in him,
when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.

Acts 17:16
"After accompanying Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron on Thursday to visit Les Invalides and
the tombs of Napoleon I and Marshal Foch, their wives turned their steps towards the Ile de la Cité and the Gothic vault of Notre-Dame de Paris. But beyond its strictly protocolary dimension, the meeting of Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron was the opportunity to witness an unexpected scene.

Guided by Bishop Patrick Chauvet, rector of the cathedral, the two women were led before the Holy Crown of Thorns, the precious relic which was acquired by St. Louis IX in the thirteenth century, during the crusades, and preserved in Notre
Dame since the 19th century, after having been venerated for a long time at the Sainte Chapelle, which the very same Saint and King built to house the relic. With a diameter of 21 centimeters, its thorns having been distributed in many sanctuaries, this crown would have been, according to tradition, the one Christ wore during His Passion.

After contemplating the Crown of Thorns, Melania Trump made an offering to the cathedral, lit a candle and signed the guest book. “At the end of her visit, Mrs. Trump wanted to light two candles. I do not know what she prayed for. But she wanted to entrust all this to Notre-Dame de Paris,” confided Monsignor Chauvet to Famille Chrétienne." Aleteia

SDA News - Adventist Teen Survives Bear Attack

Adventist Teen Survives Bear Attack at Glacier View Ranch
"Teen staffer Dylan, who teaches wilderness survival at the Seventh-day Adventist Rocky Mountain camp in Ward, Colorado, fought off a bear after waking up to find the animal biting his head and
trying to drag him away. The teen told KMGH-TV that the bear dragged him ten to 12 feet before he was able to free himself. The 19-year-old woke up at around 4 a.m. to a "crunching sound" with his head inside the mouth of the bear which was trying to pull him out of his sleeping bag as he slept outside at Glacier View Ranch 48 miles (77 kilometers) northwest of Denver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said. The teen punched and hit it and other staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the bear which eventually left, she said. Dylan and the other staffers were near teepees where 12- and 13-year-old campers were sleeping. None of them were hurt. From The Gazette, “Teen bit in head by bear wakes up to crunching sound.”
Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
Psalm 6:4

Book Review: A Nation in God's Hands

(short) Book Review: a book that may be of some interest... 
(Review by ABC)

 A Nation in God's Hands
by Jud Lake
 464 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2017                   

Ellen White’s writings on the subject of the American Civil War reflect only four visions/testimonies—all contained in thirty pages. In fact her response to the war was almost total
silence. Yet that does not mean that what she did say was unimportant or insignificant. By the time the civil war began, Ellen White was in her 17th year of prophetic ministry to the Adventist people, and they found a source of insight and encouragement in her visions.
In this fast-flowing and comprehensive treatment, author Jud Lake indicates that White’s views, when seen against the backdrop of contemporary events, were both insightful and pertinent. Supported by the well-substantiated understanding in both the North and the South that the civil war was permeated by religious motivations, A Nation in God’s Hands, analyzes White’s war visions in their historical context and provides a theological interpretation of the war through her prophetic lens.
White was not alone in predicting the coming of the civil war; her uniqueness, however, was that she provided theological commentary on the war as it unfolded. She never conceived of herself as a prophetic voice to the nation. She only sought to mentor her church, brace it for the trials ahead, and prepare a people for the second coming of Christ.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:16

SDA Issues - October 2017

....where is the flock that was given thee,
thy beautiful flock?
Jeremiah 13:20

"The women's ordination debate has managed to completely fracture the SDA Church within 10 years’ time - we have been warned in advance.  In October 2011, a time bomb was laid under the foundations of our church and now, going into the Annual Council in October 2017, that thing is about to go off.

The unity is now openly being threatened by statements made by often retired, former church leaders who unite in lobbying bulwarks of influence.

This discussion is none other than a power clash at the top levels of the Church – and with this I specifically mean the conference and union presidents's level – not the people at the headquarters in Silver Spring.

If we should come to the conclusion now, that all is said that could be said, (between 1973 and 2016 there were twenty official decisions on this issue, and not counting Division resolutions); if we should conclude that all studies are done that could be done, If we decide that we don't want to be another Church, don't want to be governed by the inclinations of a few,

Lets get it over with

Let's be brave and vote on removing from position and disfellowshipping those who damage the Church as we did with Desmond Ford." Fulcrum7

Creation Moment 7/20/2017 - PAY CLOSE ATTENTION

Listen, ..., ye people, from far;
Isaiah 49:1
Hey....Listen to Science Daily have a moment of HONESTY about close attention to what you read below....

"The aquatic ape theory has been disregarded because there is no fossil evidence that can prove it or disprove it.

But fossils of apes rarely give us clear answers about evolution, because they are extremely rare. How rare? Consider the
chimpanzee and the gorilla. There are currently a few hundred thousand of them living in Africa...Yet, only one fossil of either of these species has ever been reported: 3 teeth from a chimpanzee.

Fossils of extinct apes, mostly fragments and none of them complete, have been given names such as Java Man, Homo erectus, Piltdown Man, Taung Child, Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Lucy, Lucy's Baby, and Turkana Boy.

There is great uncertainty and disagreement as to how they are related to each other. But paleoanthropologists have believed that they were the ancestors of humans. Such claims have advanced the academic careers of scientists, helped argue against creationism, and satisfied the educated public. But the scientific evidence is too scanty and too irreproducible to verify these claims. These apes may be unrelated to each other and to humans."---BINGO-there it is...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Secret to Enoch's "Walk" with God

Can two walk together,
except they be agreed?
Amos 3:3
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Genesis 5:22
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death;
 and was not found, because God had translated him:
for before his translation he had this testimony,
 that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5

Papal Notes - When 2 Little Horns Fight

What happens when 2 "Little Horns" fight? Apparently ex-pope Benedict took a swipe at Francis.... pass the popcorn....who is more stout?...this might get interesting in the future...
The city of confusion is broken down:
Isaiah 24:10
"Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal's ability to "live out of a deep conviction that the Lord
does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing."
The Church "stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination," Pope Benedict said.
Meisner, who was 83, was one of the four cardinals who sent Pope Francisdubia asking if Amoris
Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality. He died still awaiting the pope's response. Although Pope Francis hasn't answered the dubia, he has given his approval to interpretations of the controversial exhortation that say those living in adulterous unions may receive Holy Communion.
Canon lawyer Kurt Martens said Pope Benedict's message was an "amazing yet diplomatic form of support for [the] dubia Cardinals."

Health Note - Lettuce

I wish above all things that thou in health,..
3 John 1:2


"Some of the health benefits of lettuce include lowering cholesterol levels, cancer control, protection of neurons, sleep induction, anxiety control, lowering inflammation, and providing a supply of antioxidants.

Lettuce, scientifically known as  Lactuca sativa, was first cultivated by the Egyptians thousands of years ago.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Lettuce possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling inflammation.
Protects Neuronal Cells: Neurons are brain cells that form physical connections to make up
memory. The death of neurons in particular connections or circuits can result in the loss of memory. In some extreme cases, significant neuronal death can result in the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s. The extracts from lettuce showed considerable control of neuron cell death due to its role in glucose/serum deprivation (GSD).
Lowers Cholesterol Levels: Lettuce can be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels that often lead to cardiovascular disease and other dangerous conditions. High cholesterol levels, particularly LDL or bad cholesterol levels, are harmful and can cause heart attacks and strokes. A study was conducted on mice to test the impact of lettuce consumption on fat and cholesterol. The results indicated a significant reduction of cholesterol levels compared to mice that weren’t fed lettuce.
Induces Sleep: One of the major traditional uses of lettuce in Unani medicine was its use as a sleep inducer. Research into the extracts of lettuce resulted in the isolation of a depressant chemical. This chemical, when administered in experimental animals, showed significant sedative effects.

Antioxidant Properties: Studies have shown that lettuce possesses antioxidants with significant free radical-scavenging capabilities. Antioxidants are a wide range of bio-chemicals that are mostly found in our diet; they are also very necessary for human health. Antioxidants act as barriers to free radicals, which are produced during cellular metabolism. These free radicals attack healthy tissues, cells and the DNA inside them. They can often cause healthy cells to mutate into cancer cells. The result is the development of various diseases. Antioxidants on the other hand, counteract these free radicals and neutralize them before the free radical attacks take place.
Controls Anxiety: The neurological properties of lettuce have long been suggested and exploited during ancient times and the Middle Ages in medical treaties such as the Unani system. Detailed research in recent times has led to the conclusion that lettuce possesses anxiolytic properties. When lab animals were given lettuce extracts, their locomotive activity was reduced, suggesting considerable anxiolysis."

IN the NEWS - Malta Joins the Global Rebellion

"The predominantly Roman Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize gay marriage, joining
much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.”
The Catholic Church had opposed the legislation, which the Labor government promised to introduce as its first law after winning a second term last month and which both opposition parties support. The only question heading into Wednesday’s parliamentary vote was whether there would be any votes against.
The aim of the law, piloted by Equality Minister Helena Dalli, is to “modernize the institution of marriage” to extend it to all consenting adult couples.
Its passage is the latest evidence of the transformation of the once conservative island nation of about 440,000 people, where divorce was illegal until 2011."
For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck:
Deuteronomy 31:27

IN the NEWS - 10 Most "Post-Christian" cities in the U.S.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:6
"The top 10 most "post-Christian" cities in America, where residents are least likely to believe in God, or say that the Bible and Jesus are perfect, have been ranked in a study by Barna Group.

Eight of the most post-Christian cities are in the Northeast with Portland-Auburn, Maine, topping the list, according to Barna's report Tuesday.

In order to qualify as "post-Christian," respondents in the cities had to meet nine or more identifying factors from a set list. The list included categories such as "Do not believe in God," "identify as atheist or agnostic," "have never made a commitment to Jesus," "have not prayed to God (in the last week)," "agree that Jesus committed sins," and "disagree the Bible is accurate," among others.
Barna explained that the type of questions it used went beyond simply asking people to check a box for whether they are Christian or not, and delved into the core of what they actually believe.
Barna included a top 100 ranking of such cities, with the top 10 listed as follows:
  1. Portland-Auburn, ME (57 percent)
  2. Boston, MA-Manchester, NH (56 percent)
  3. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (54 percent)
  4. Providence, RI-New Bedford, MA (53 percent)
  5. Burlington, VT-Plattsburgh, NY (53 percent)
  6. Hartford-New Haven, CT (52 percent)
  7. New York, NY (51 percent)
  8. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA (50 percent)
  9. Seattle-Tacoma (50 percent)
  10. Buffalo, NY (50 percent)" CP

Craetion Moment 7/19/2017 - Soil of Evolution

"In short, if there was no literal sin, no literal Fall of man, and no
curse of death because of that sin, then we literally don’t need to be saved from anything.

But unfortunately many Christians wrongly perceive that the creation vs. evolution debate is just one of those many ‘controversial problems’ facing the church like gay marriage, abortion, or euthanasia.

The Lord Jesus spoke a lot about trees and their fruit. For example, in Matthew 7:16–19, He said, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Note the soil in which these two trees are planted. The tree of secular humanism (which means that man determines truth for himself) is planted in the soil of evolution.
Evolution has a materialistic foundation, meaning that only material causes for our existence are allowed. Thus, there is no role for a Creator-God, who only exists in the minds of the religious. No one therefore sets the rules, and you can make up your own rules about life; truth is simply what you decide, or what society establishes.

So, the major ‘problems’ that many think are facing the church today, like abortion and gay marriage, are not really the problems. They are simply the fruit (or the symptoms of an underlying problem) of humanism rooted in the soil of evolution. For example, if one believes that humanity is the product of time and chance, then who’s to say it’s wrong to kill unborn children in the womb?" CMI

Monday, July 17, 2017

Death Penalty for the "Common Good"?

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would
 not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 13:15

"Historically, Catholic theologians have given three main arguments in favor of the death penalty.
The first is that justice demands it for certain offences. Every injustice creates an imbalance, and justice, say the theologians, demands that the imbalance must be corrected.

Second, the Church has taught that the death penalty is expiatory. Expiation is an attempt to redress, through penance and other forms of mortification, some wrongdoing. Catholics are taught that we must achieve expiation either here or in the cleansing fire of purgatory.
As Pope Pius XII said: “It is reserved then to the public power to deprive the condemned man of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his crime, he has dispossessed himself of the right to life.”
Third, the death penalty can sometimes support the common good. St Thomas Aquinas makes this point: “Therefore if a man be dangerous and infectious to the community, on account of some sin, it is praiseworthy and advantageous that he be killed in order to safeguard the common good.”
It is no coincidence that the increasing rejection of the death penalty has coincided with a decline in religious practice and belief in an afterlife. If there is no God, and no punishment or purgation in the afterlife, then there is no need for expiation, and injustice becomes not a cosmic imbalance with implications that spread to eternity but a simple transaction payable only in this one terminable lifetime." Catholic Herald

Paul's "absent from the body" Comment

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be
absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8

"Very simply, when a Christian dies, their next conscious thought is the resurrection of the dead - the dead in Christ rising which we
find mentioned several times in Scripture. That hasn't happened yet. It is so exceedingly clear from the words of Jesus. He said they will be raised up the last day and again Paul says that at the Lord's coming, the dead in Christ will rise. And again Paul says in 1st Corinthians 15, the dead in Christ will rise at His coming. And so, obviously, they haven't risen yet but for those who are sleeping in the Lord, their next conscious thought is the Presence of the Lord.

The dead sleep a dreamless sleep - so that it's a twinkling of an eye so as far as our loved ones are concerned, when they die their next conscious thought is the Presence of the Lord."

Gideon Sermon SERIES by Doug Batchelor

Gideon Sermon SERIES
(by Doug Batchelor)
And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might,
and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
Judges 6:14
Part 1
Part 2

Gospel Gem: Blind Man of Bethsaida

Synergy of John 9:1-41/Mark 8:22-26
And he cometh to Bethsaida;
and they bring a blind man unto him,
and besought him to touch him.
And his disciples asked him,
Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered,
Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
I must work the works of him that sent me,
while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
And he took the blind man by the hand,
and led him out of the town;
he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle,
and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
he asked him if he saw ought.
And he looked up, and said,
I see men as trees, walking.
After that he put his hands again upon his eyes,
and made him look up: and he was restored,
and saw every man clearly.
And he sent him away to his house, saying,
Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,
(which is by interpretation, Sent.)
The neighbors therefore,
and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said,
Is not this he that sat and begged?
Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
He answered and said,
A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes,
and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash:
and I went and washed, and I received sight.
Then said they unto him,
Where is he? He said, I know not.
They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.
He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
Therefore said some of the Pharisees,
This man is not of God,
because he keepeth not the sabbath day.
Others said,
How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?
And there was a division among them.
They say unto the blind man again,
What sayest thou of him,
that he hath opened thine eyes?
He said, He is a prophet.
But the Jews did not believe concerning him,
that he had been blind, and received his sight,
until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
And they asked them, saying,
Is this your son, who ye say was born blind?
how then doth he now see?
His parents answered them and said,
We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

But by what means he now seeth, we know not;
or who hath opened his eyes, we know not:
he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews:
for the Jews had agreed already,
that if any man did confess that he was Christ,
he should be put out of the synagogue.
Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
Then again called they the man that was blind,
and said unto him,
Give God the praise:
we know that this man is a sinner.
He answered and said,
Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not:
one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
Then said they to him again,
What did he to thee?
how opened he thine eyes?
He answered them,
I have told you already, and ye did not hear:
wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
Then they reviled him, and said,
Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
We know that God spake unto Moses:
as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
The man answered and said unto them,
Why herein is a marvelous thing,
that ye know not from whence he is,
and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
Now we know that God heareth not sinners:
but if any man be a worshipper of God,
and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Since the world began was it not heard
that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
They answered and said unto him,
Thou wast altogether born in sins,
and dost thou teach us?
And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out;
 and when he had found him, he said unto him,
Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
He answered and said,
Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus said unto him,
Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
And he said, Lord, I believe.
And he worshipped him.
And Jesus said,
For judgment I am come into this world,
that they which see not might see;
and that they which see might be made blind.
And some of the Pharisees
which were with him heard these words,
 and said unto him,
Are we blind also?
Jesus said unto them,
If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:
but now ye say, We see;
therefore your sin remaineth.
ISAIAH Adds - And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.
Isaiah 42:16
"On one occasion Christ anointed the eyes of a blind man with clay ..... The cure could be wrought only by the power of the Great Healer, yet Christ made use of the simple agencies of nature. While He did not give countenance to drug medication, He sanctioned the use of simple and natural remedies." Ministry Of Healing p.233 E.G.W.