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11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not afraid, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, and help thee, and will sustain thee with the right hand of my justice.
11 Behold, all they that provoke thee, shall be ashamed, and confounded: they shall be as nothing, and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them and shalt not find them: to wit, the men of thy strife, for they shall be as nothing, and the men that war against thee, as a thing of nought.
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee.
18 For he hath despised the oath, and broken the covenant (yet lo, he had given his hand) because he hath done all these things, he shall not escape.
19 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, As I live, I will surely bring mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, upon his own head.
20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my net, and I will bring him to Babel, and will enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath committed against me.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor wantons, nor buggerers,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
A family owned bakery has been ordered to make wedding cakes for gay couples and guarantee that its staff be given comprehensive training on Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws after the state’s Civil Rights Commission determined the Christian baker violated the law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado was directed to change his store policies immediately and force his staff to attend the training sessions. For the next two years, Phillips will also be required to submit quarterly reports to the commission to confirm that he has not turned away customers based on their sexual orientation.
Think of it as reverse conversion therapy (or straight man’s rehab) so that the state can mandate diversity through conformity.
The plight of Jack Phillips and his family is something I write about in my new book, “God Less America.” His story of religious persecution is one of many that I document.
Nicolle Martin, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, called the ruling Orwellian and said they are considering an appeal.
“They are turning people of faith into religious refugees,” Martin told me. “Is this the society that we want to live in – where people of faith are driven out of business?”
As I was growing up, I learned that the citizens of this country had certain inalienable rights, one of which was to freely practice their religion, and that they would not be forced to compromise their faith. In today’s society, I guess that 1st Amendment is no longer applicable.
Nearly 80% of American identify as Christians, of various denominations, yet a very small minority is taking the initiative to destroy as many God given rights as possible. If there are so many more Christians than there are ‘others’, then why, pray tell, are those 80% not standing up against the bullies?
It is my opinion that there are very few true Christians who are willing to stand up. The watered down version of American Christianity is to blame. It’s past time we put down the iPads, iPods, iPhones, etc., and pick up the Bible and learn just what our faith is really all about, and it’s not the ‘comfort zone’ we find in our churches.
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
~ Martin Niemöller ~
God hears the silence as well as the prayers.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for, for such things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not therefore companions with them.
8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light.
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth.)
10 Approving that which is pleasing to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but even reprove them rather.
12 For it is shame even to speak of the things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things when they are reproved of the light, are manifest: for it is light that maketh all things manifest.
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastisest, O Lord, and teachest him in thy Law,
13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, while the pit is dug for the wicked.
14 Surely the Lord will not fail his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 For judgment shall return to justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow after it.
16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked? or who will take my part against the workers of iniquity?
I get a lot of email. It actually drives me nuts. I have no idea how many of these people get my email address, but it’s ok, there’s that ‘delete button. Depending on the subject line, most get put in that little ‘trash can’ . However, sometimes, I keep one or two when the subject catches my eye. One such email ended up getting lost at the bottom, and this morning, I finally came across it again, and read the link, to another link, to another link for the full column. An impressive take on the cult of liberalism. The title, How Liberalism Violates All 10 Commandments, by Matt Barber, is what caught my eye, and my interest. I’m sorry I didn’t read it sooner, but some days…. Anyway, here is a snippet:
1. Thou Shalt Have No Gods Before Me.
At worst, liberalism denies the very existence of God in the forms of atheism and secularism, while, at best, it adopts that wonderfully “inclusive” blasphemy called religious pluralism. Pluralism presumes to give the false gods of false religions equal footing and denies Christ as He defined Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Liberal “Christianity” falls under this category. It’s pluralism with a Christian stamp.
Secular humanism, liberalism’s prevailing false religion, denies God altogether and crowns man as king over himself and the measure of all things. “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Graven Images.
We’re talking idolatry here. Liberalism is built on it. First, there’s literal idolatry (the worship of man-made idols, animals or inanimate objects) enjoyed by our New Age friends. And then there’s everything else: pantheistic environmentalism, the idols of “reproductive freedom,” “sexual liberation and equality,” etc.
Essentially, liberalism worships the created over the Creator. Liberalism also worships the sins of the flesh (see Commandments No. 1, 6 and 7).
I assure you, it is well worth your time to go read the entire column.
I have always known that the liberal ideology was anti-God, but have never been able to put it into the right words to relay these feelings. I’m glad someone with a better grasp on the English language has done so.
Many liberals attend church, sit in the pew, pray, etc., then go out into the world proclaiming ‘God is dead’, by their actions. The two don’t mix. You either are a Christian and you follow the teachings, or you do not. There is no in-between. Cherry picking the parts you like, and ignoring the parts you don’t like, doesn’t make you a Christian.
We are all guilty of sin. We’re human, it’s in our nature. I too, am just as guilty, and have broken many of the commandments, but I finally realized the damage I had done in my life, and to others, and asked forgiveness. Yes, I am forgiven for the sins of the past. Now, I TRY my best not to repeat those same sins. Some are a given. Others, well, I do tend to cuss now and then, but don’t use one phrase unless extremely angry, and it slips. If I am that mad, then move, cuz the tornado is just getting started. I don’t get that mad very often. I think it’s been a few years, actually.
We were given ten simple rules to follow, and have failed miserably.
Brenda R posted this in our prayer group on FB, and I thought it should be shared.
The Twenty-Third Psalm Explained
- The Lord is my Shepherd—that’s Relationship!
- I shall not want—that’s Supply!
- He maketh me to lie down in green pastures—that’s Rest!
- He leadeth me beside the still waters—that’s Refreshment!
- He restoreth my soul—that’s Healing!
- He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness—that’s Guidance!
- For His name sake—that’s Purpose!
- Yea,though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death—that’s Testing!
- I will fear no evil—that’s Protection!
- For Thou art with me—that’s Faithfulness!
- Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me—that’s Discipline!
- Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies—that’s Hope!
- Thou annointest my head with oil—that’s Consecration!
- My cup runneth over—that’s Abundance!
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life—that’s Blessing!
- And I will dwell in the house of the Lord—that’s Security!
- Forever—that’s Eternity!