Aug 21 2014

GOD waits for Man

Tag: The Bible: Inspired WordSage @ 6:40 pm

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For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest ye shall be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of Judgment: blessed are they that wait for Him.

Here God offered deliverance to Judah if they would only return to Him and rest and be saved; but they would not. They said that instead of trusting in God they would flee, so destruction was determined upon them [v15-17]. At both destructions-the one by Nebuchadnezzar [2 Kings 25:1-10 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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] and the other by the Romans in 70 A.D. – people did flee from Jerusalem and were destroyed.[Lk. 21:12-24 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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]. This section [v 18-33] has a millennial fulfillment.

The doctrine of Jehovah waiting on man is prominent throughout Scripture, not always expressed, but plainly implied. Here it is expressed that He waits for man and that He will wait for Judah to come to repentance, so He can fulfill with them the everlasting covenant made with their fathers; and then they shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem and weep no more [v 18-19].

God would have fulfilled the covenants made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and others in the past if Israel had only obeyed and met the terms of the covenant to fulfill righteousness so that He could bless them; BUT THEY REFUSED WHILE HE WAITED.

He has even waited over 1,928 years since Christ died and He will continue to wait until the 2nd Advent of Christ to bless the Jews [v 18-33; 66:19-21; Zech. 12:10-14 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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:21; Matt. 23 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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: 37-39; Rom. 11:25-29 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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].

God waits to be gracious and merciful to all who will turn to Him [v 18].
Why can He not be gracious and merciful at any and all times?
Because, He must wait for man to repent and surrender to Him for His blessing.

God will not force His grace and mercy on people, but will give them to anyone who meets His terms of repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ [Jn. 1:11-12 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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; 3:16-18].

Jehovah is a God of Judgment, so He cannot bless men contrary to His Word; but He will bless them to the letter of the Word when they fulfill righteousness.-Dake’s A.R.B. – Page 703.

Reader, is God waiting for you? If you meet the terms of His conditions He will fulfill to the letter of the Word the promises in the Bible.

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Aug 21 2014

Russia at Bay

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 4:53 pm

From American Thinker.Com

No nation in world history has destroyed its relationships with the outside world as rapidly or decisively as Vladimir Putin’s Russia has done in 2014. Yet the Obama administration has failed to galvanize world opposition in defense of Ukraine and American values in post-Soviet space, and its failure is particularly odious where Eastern Europe is concerned.

For instance, Greece is one of only four nations other than Russia out of 44 surveyed by the Pew Foundation to have a majority-positive view of Russia. Greek empathy for Russia stems, of course, from the fact that both nations practice the Eastern Orthodox faith. This led Russia to actively support Greece in its war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, and even today Greece is a substantial consumer of Russian weapons as well as a substantial recipient of Russian investment.

In bizarre fashion, however, Russia has not exempted Greece from its tit-for-tat boycott on EU goods coming into Russia, a response that most believe will do far more to harm Russians than to harm the EU. The Greeks are already complaining that their feeble economy has suffered a devastating blow in being denied the ability to export fruit to Russia. But where is the Obama administration’s policy designed to soften the blow for Greece and help it wake up to the menace that is Putin’s Russia? Nowhere to be seen.

Before 2014, Netherlands was the No. 1 export destination for Russia in 2013, including 29 billion Euros worth of oil and gas sold on to other countries. Fuel imports from Russia to the Netherlands soared from a mere $974 million in 1995 to a whopping $26 billion last year. But Russian complicity in the downing of the civilian passenger airliner MH17 has changed all that, to say the least. Louise van Schaik of Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, a leading think tank, states: “The idea that we could do business with Putin even though he was a Machiavellian politician, is gone.”

And that‘s to say nothing of Ukraine itself, a nation once literally joined at the hip with Russia as part of the USSR that Russia has now permanently poisoned against it and transformed into a hardened enemy eager to embrace NATO and the EU.

Indeed, the Pew Foundation data stunningly shows that Russia in 2014 is as isolated as it has ever been in its history. Only five of the 44 nations surveyed had majority-positive views of Russia, and one of those five was Russia itself. And it would be a mistake to think that it is only Russia’s barbaric aggression in Ukraine and Georgia that has poisoned world opinion: Russia’s behavior has been just as barbaric in flouting its obligations under nuclear arms limitations treaties and in persecuting opponents of Putin (including lengthy jail terms and outright killings).

One of the nations Russia is hoping will help it fight back against NATO and EU sanctions relating to Ukraine is NATO member Turkey. Unfortunately for Russia, only two nations on the list of 44 have more harshly negative view of Russia than Turkey. Those two nations are Poland and Pakistan. Just 16% of Turks said they had a positive attitude towards Russia, while 73% said their attitude was negative. So Russians may have less luck with the Turks than they imagine.

Another nation Russia is looking to as a potential sanctions-buster is Argentina. Only six world nations have a harsher anti-Russian view than Argentina does (besides Turkey, Poland and Pakistan the others are Germany, the U.S.A. and Spain). So Russia had better look elsewhere.

And Russians (to say nothing of the French government) had better be careful if they think they can count on France to stab its NATO allies in the back. France is creating controversy by threatening to sell two dangerous warships, used for precisely the type of invasion activity that Russia may be planning in Ukraine, to Russia. Only 26% of Frenchmen have a positive attitude towards Russia while 73% see it in a negative light.

The French government knows this, of course, and doesn’t want to sell warships to the hated Russians. Clearly, their threat is designed to prompt NATO to purchase the warships itself and help France avoid a large economic loss, yet Obama has not responded in any way to this overture. The US, EU or NATO could easily purchase the ships from France and resolve the issue, yet Obama only dithers.

Who are Russia’s bosom buddies, those four nations it has the best chance of being able to turn to for assistance in beating Western sanctions? They are Vietnam, China, Greece, and Bangladesh. Kenya, Tanzania, and Thailand are just outside the majority threshold. In such circles to the “mighty” Russians move these days.

China’s sympathy for Russia is just as easy to understand as Greece’s, since Russia and China share another kind of religion, one that is far more prevalent and powerful in Russia than Eastern Orthodoxy, namely hatred of America and all she stands for. Working to split Russia and China ought to be a major focus of Obama’s foreign policy, yet one wonders if he even understands the issue.

But if Russia thinks it can blithely count on China because of Obama‘s incompetence, it will need to think again.

China has not recognized either Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine or its partition of Ossetia from Georgia. Doing so would contradict China’s pathological obsession with maintaining sway over Taiwan and Mongolia. The last thing in the world China supports is parts of countries breaking off and going their own way. Moreover, China and Russia are not allies in the Far East but competitors and rivals. Russia has vast swaths of unpopulated land in the region, and China has hoards of people looking for elbow room. China want to control the raw materials available in this area, and Russia knows it.

In short, it should be easy for the Obama administration to organize a concerted effort to block Russian aggression in Ukraine, yet once again the American president has shown himself woefully unable to carry out his basic duties.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how economic blowback on Eastern Europe from Obama’s one feeble gesture of support for Ukraine, economic sanctions, is being felt in places like Poland, Hungary, and the Baltics and being ignored by Obama. The Journal reveals that, predictably, these nations have taken hits in their equities market as skittish investors have run for cover. The small size of the economies at issue mean that NATO and EU assistance could be readily provided, yet Obama is taking no leadership stance on this issue. Just as he did on ballistic missile defense, Obama is throwing the nations of Eastern Europe under the bus.

The U.S. should be sending military and financial aid directly to Kiev, and its failure to do so is shameful. But even worse is allowing NATO allies like Poland to suffer disproportionate economic harm as a result of Obama’s sanctions. It will be a permanent stain on America’s international reputation if the U.S. does not step up to the plate and help offset these impacts.

Follow Kim Zigfeld on Twitter @larussophobe.

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Aug 21 2014

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon - 21st August

Tag: Verse of the DaySage @ 3:57 pm

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“He that watereth shall be watered also himself.” / Proverbs 11:25 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How?

Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord’s battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears, and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So that watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life. The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet’s wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.

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“I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain.” / Isaiah 45:19 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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We may gain much solace by considering what God has not said. What he has said is inexpressibly full of comfort and delight; what he has not said is scarcely less rich in consolation. It was one of these “said nots” which preserved the kingdom of Israel in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, for “the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven.” 2 Kings 14:27 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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. In our text we have an assurance that God will answer prayer, because he hath “not said unto the seed of Israel, Seek ye me in vain.” You who write bitter things against yourselves should remember that, let your doubts and fears say what they will, if God has not cut you off from mercy, there is no room for despair: even the voice of conscience is of little weight if it be not seconded by the voice of God. What God has said, tremble at! But suffer not your vain imaginings to overwhelm you with despondency and sinful despair.

Many timid persons have been vexed by the suspicion that there may be something in God’s decree which shuts them out from hope, but here is a complete refutation to that troublesome fear, for no true seeker can be decreed to wrath. “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I have not said,” even in the secret of my unsearchable decree, “Seek ye me in vain.” God has clearly revealed that he will hear the prayer of those who call upon him, and that declaration cannot be contravened. He has so firmly, so truthfully, so righteously spoken, that there can be no room for doubt. He does not reveal his mind in unintelligible words, but he speaks plainly and positively, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” Believe, O trembler, this sure truth–that prayer must and shall be heard, and that never, even in the secrets of eternity, has the Lord said unto any living soul, “Seek ye me in vain.”

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Aug 21 2014

Preparatory grace

Tag: Sermons - Charles SpurgeonSage @ 3:51 pm

‘When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me.’ Galatians 1:15 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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Dr Gifford once went to see a woman in prison who had been a very gross offender. She was such a hardened reprobate, that the doctor began by discoursing with her about the judgments of God, and the punishments of hell, but she only laughed him to scorn, and called him opprobrious names. The doctor burst into tears, and said, ‘And yet, poor soul, there is mercy for you, even for such as you are, though you have laughed in the face of him who would do you good. Christ is able to forgive you, bad though you are; and I hope that he will yet take you to dwell with him at his right hand.’ In a moment the woman stopped her laughing, sat down quietly, burst into tears, and said, ‘Don’t talk to me in that way: I have always been told that I should be damned, and I made up my mind to be; I knew there was no chance, and so I have gone on from one sin to another: but if there is a hope of mercy for me, that is another thing: if there is a possibility of my being forgiven, that is another thing.’ The doctor at once opened his Bible, and began to read to her these words, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.’

The greatest brokenness of heart followed. In subsequent visits the doctor was gratified to find that she was brought to Christ; and though she had to undergo a sentence of transportation for many years at that time, yet in after days the godly man saw her walking honestly and uprightly as a believer in Jesus Christ. Sinner, I wish that thought would bring you to Christ!

For meditation: Those who win souls are wise (Proverbs 11:30 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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) and must speak wisely to win souls. A soft answer is more likely to have the desired effect than harsh words (Proverbs 15:1 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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). Jesus said ‘Come unto me … and I will give you rest …; I am meek and lowly in heart’ (Matthew 11:28 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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–29). He died to enable sinners to come to God through him. Can you still harden your heart against him?

Sermon no. 656 / 21 August (Undated Sermon) —   Charles Spurgeon

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Aug 21 2014

Faith illustrated

Tag: Sermons - Charles SpurgeonSage @ 3:45 pm

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not

ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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Joab, when he fled from the sword of Solomon, laid hold on the horns of the altar, thinking that surely when he had laid hold on the altar he was safe.

His was vain confidence, for he was dragged from the horns of the altar and slain. But if you can lay hold on the horns of the altar of God, even Christ, you are most surely safe, and no sword of vengeance can ever reach you. I saw the other day a remarkable picture, which I shall use as an illustration of the way of salvation by faith in Jesus. An offender had committed a crime for which he must die, but it was in the olden time when churches were considered to be sanctuaries in which criminals might hide themselves and so escape. See the transgressor—he rushes towards the church, the guards pursue him with their drawn swords, all athirst for his blood, they pursue him even to the church door. He rushes up the steps, and just as they are about to overtake him and hew him in pieces on the threshhold of the church, out comes the Bishop, and holding up the crucifix he cries, “Back, back! Stain not the precincts of God’s house with blood! Stand back!” and the guards at once respect the emblem and stand back, while the poor fugitive hides himself behind the robes of the priest. It is even so with Christ. The guilty sinner flies to the cross—flies straight away to Jesus, and though Justice pursues him, Christ lifts up his wounded hands and cries to Justice, “Stand back!

Stand back! I shelter this sinner; in the secret place of my tabernacle do I hide him; I will not suffer him to perish, for he puts his trust in me.”

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).

Sermon no. 271 / 21 August (1859)—Charles Spurgeon

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Aug 21 2014

C.S. Lewis Daily - TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the need to cry; on the need to remember God’s past mercies; on the suitability of his Ransom trilogy, especially That Hideous Strength, for children; and on the kinds of snobbery.

Tag: C.S. Lewis: Mere ChristianitySage @ 3:37 pm

C.S. Lewis Daily

TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On the need to cry; on the need to remember God’s past mercies; on the suitability of his Ransom trilogy, especially That Hideous Strength, for children; and on the kinds of snobbery. Lewis asks if he may dedicate The Magician’s Nephew to her friends.

22 February 1954

I am very sorry indeed to hear that anxieties again assail you. (By the way, don’t ‘weep inwardly’ and get a sore throat. If you must weep, weep: a good honest howl! I suspect we—and especially, my sex—don’t cry enough nowadays.

Aeneas and Hector and Beowulf and Roland and Lancelot blubbered like school-girls, so why shouldn’t we?) You were wonderfully supported in your worries last time: I shall indeed pray that it may be so again.

Would the Kilmer family like to have the next story but one dedicated to them?

Let me know: the site is still vacant.

I didn’t object to the family reading the trilogy on the ground that it would be too difficult—that would do no harm—but because in the last one there is so much evil, in a form not, I think, suitable for their age, and many specifically sexual problems which it would do them no good to think of at present. I daresay the Silent Planet is alright: Perelandra, little less so:

T.H.S. most unsuitable.

I don’t think that an appreciation of ancient and noble blood is ‘snobbery’ at all. What is snobbery is a greedy desire to know those who have it, or a mean desire to flatter them, or a conceited desire to boast of their acquaintance.

I think it quite legitimate to feel that such things give an added interest to a person who is nice on other grounds, just as a hotel which was nice on other grounds would have an added charm for me if it was also a building with ‘historic interest’.

I write in great haste—I can’t, like you, do it in working hours! But you’re nothing to [Charles] Lamb: as far as I can make out all his letters, which now fill two volumes, were written in the office. Happy days those.

Well I hope I shall have better news in your next. God bless you.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III

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Aug 21 2014

PJ Media: News Index - 21st August 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:24 pm

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Several Perry Grand Jurors Broke the Law to Explain Why They Think Perry Broke the Law
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By Texas law, grand jurors are not supposed to talk to the media about their cases.

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Texas Democrats are now fundraising off their prized mug shot of Rick Perry. Is it over for the governor? You won’t want to miss what the Trifecta crew has to say!
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Aug 21 2014

Jihad Watch: News Index - 21st August 2014

Tag: Global CommentarySage @ 3:15 pm

From Jihad Watch.Org

Foley first kidnapped by Obama-funded “moderate” Free Syrian Army group

Aug 20, 2014 10:05 pm | Robert Spencer

Then he was turned over to the Islamic State as a token of this Free Syrian Army group’s allegiance to the new caliphate. The Free Syrian Army are the “moderates” to whom the Obama Administration has given weapons in Syria. Thus the incoherence of the Obama foreign policy is laid bare: he is funding what […]

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“Palestinians” list slain adult jihadi as 13-year-old civilian

Aug 20, 2014 09:55 pm | Robert Spencer

The “Palestinian” jihad terrorists are waging a propaganda war against Israel that has been extraordinarily effective, bringing condemnation to Israel from the UN and the White House and innocent Jews attacked worldwide. In reality, Israel does its best to avoid civilian casualties. But no matter what Israel does, the “Palestinians” will portray them as killing […]

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Temple U: Students for Justice in Palestine members punch Jewish student in face, call him “kike”

Aug 20, 2014 09:15 pm | Robert Spencer

Anti-Semitism is increasingly violent, open and unapologetic worldwide. It is not clear from this report whether these Students for Justice in Palestine members were Muslims or useful idiot Leftists, but in any case, their support for jihad terror against Israel is leading them to emulate their heroes in committing acts of violence against Jews. This […]

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MPAC, Hamas-linked CAIR, ISNA, Muslim leaders condemn Islamic State

Aug 20, 2014 05:59 pm | Robert Spencer

Here yet again we see Muslims condemning an act of jihad terrorism — in this case, the murder of James Foley by jihadis of the Islamic State — without addressing the Qur’anic case justifying the atrocity. Consequently, it is hard to see how any member or supporter of the Islamic State could watch this video […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti denounces Islamic State as “enemy number one of Islam”

Aug 20, 2014 04:27 pm | Robert Spencer

“Although senior Wahhabi clerics endorse execution by beheading for offences that include apostasy, adultery and sorcery, oppose women driving or working and describe Shi’ites as heretics, they differ from al Qaeda and Islamic State militants in opposing violent revolt.” That is the closest this report gets to what this is really about. The Grand Mufti […]

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John Kerry: Islamic State is “an ugly insult to the peaceful religion they violate every day with their barbarity”

Aug 20, 2014 03:25 pm | Robert Spencer

The imam Kerry did not explain how the Islamic State is violating the Religion of Peace. He is just sure that they must be doing so. The possibility that they might be acting in accord with the Qur’an never enters his mind, even to be rejected. Even to consider such a possibility would be “Islamophobic.” […]

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Obama: Islamic State “speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”

Aug 20, 2014 03:00 pm | Robert Spencer

The imam Obama has spoken: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” Yet Islamic law mandates death for heretics and apostates, and that is what the Islamic State jihadis consider their Muslim victims to be. Also, the Qur’an teaches: “When you meet the unbelievers, […]

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Robert Spencer in FrontPage Mag: Why Is the Islamic State Behaving This Way?

Aug 20, 2014 02:31 pm | Robert Spencer

Because it’s in the Qur’an, as I explain in FrontPage: The Islamic State is turning into a huge public relations problem for groups like the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies. For years they have insisted that Islam is a religion of peace that has nothing whatsoever to do with the terrorism […]

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British Muslims make up a quarter of foreign Jihadists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

Aug 20, 2014 01:43 pm | Robert Spencer

This is the Britain that the British authorities, and those who elected them, have chosen and created. This is the Britain of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Jacqui Smith, Jack Straw, Theresa May and the rest. This is the Britain that has stigmatized resistance to jihad, banned opponent of jihad terror from the country, […]

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Confronting the Muslim Brotherhood in the American heartland — on The Glazov Gang

Aug 20, 2014 01:34 pm | Robert Spencer

On this week’s Glazov Gang, the intrepid, incisive Glazov was joined by Dr. Mark Christian, the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute. He is the son and nephew of high ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in his home country of Egypt. After his conversion from Islam to Christianity, Dr. Christian dedicated […]

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Raymond Ibrahim: Sharks and Sharia … Equally Misunderstood?

Aug 20, 2014 01:25 pm | Raymond Ibrahim

I recently spent some time watching Shark Week on television.  Being fascinated with large predatory fish, I’ve watched many shark programs throughout the years.  And I’ve reached one conclusion: the “liberal” response one is accustomed to when the topics of Islam, Islamists, and their law, Sharia, come up—that they are misunderstood, that we need to […]

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Switzerland: Muslim protesters attempt to storm synagogue

Aug 20, 2014 12:44 pm | Robert Spencer

Islamic anti-Semitism, aided and abetted by Leftists, is increasingly virulent and violent worldwide. The global “human rights community,” however, is too busy wringing its hands about “Islamophobia” to take much notice. “Switzerland: Muslim Protesters Attempt to Storm Synagogue,” by Ari Soffer, Arutz Sheva, August 20, 2014: Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to force their way into […]

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Obama knew of Islamic State threat to murder journalist, resumed vacation

Aug 20, 2014 12:03 pm | Robert Spencer

And now the White House is “appalled.” It’s just jihad, after all. How appalling! Anyone up for a round of golf? “White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist,” by Arlette Saenz, ABC News, August 20, 2014: ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United […]

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The Left’s romance with Hamas — on The Glazov Gang

Aug 20, 2014 10:53 am | Robert Spencer

This week’s Glazov Gang features our hero along with Michael Hausam, writer at IJReview.com, Monty Morton, a conservative entrepreneur, and Ann-Marie Murrell, the CEO of PolitiChicks.com. The Gang gathered to discuss the Left’s romance with Hamas, analyzing the media’s moral equivalency about a death cult and the target of its terror. The guests also focused […]

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ISIS jihadi who murdered US journalist James Foley looks to be British

Aug 20, 2014 10:11 am | Robert Spencer

Will Theresa May ban this chap from Britain? Or would that be “Islamophobic”? And meanwhile, is anyone looking into where he learned his understanding of Islam, and where this understanding is being spread in Britain? Or would such an inquiry impair “community cohesion”? “ISIS fighter who executed US journalist looks to be British, Defence Secretary […]

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Aug 20 2014

The SOLAR System

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When I consider Thy Heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou has ordained.

David omits the sun here, indicating his meditation was at night. If he had considered the heavens in the day all he could have seen would be the sun and sky, not the moon and stars. These he wished to introduce because of their immense variety and splendor. The sun he describes in Psalm 19 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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Our solar system is about 6,000,000,000 miles across. Our galaxy, called the Milky way, contains roughly 400 billion stars, each with its family of planets.
The nearest star is 26,000,000,000,000 miles away.

It is estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies like the Milky way. This would make 40,000 million, million, million [40 sextillion] stars or suns in space.
If each sun is the center of a solar system there are 40 sextillion solar systems or 1,480,000 million, million, million planets and satellites in space.

Of the 360,000 million, million, million major plants 10% are believed habitable.
The earth is believed to be 5 ½ billion years old and middle-aged by celestial standards.

Further, it is believed that if man ever reaches other planets he may find himself just a primitive and comparatively new in existence considering other beings on other planets.
Planets are invisible to terrestrial telescopes because they are cold masses emitting no light of their own.

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The earth which is about 25,000 miles in circumference has a solid content of 264,544,857,944 cubit miles.
It is small compared to other planets.
The sun is 1,300,000 times as big as the earth: Jupiter 1,400 times: Saturn 1,100 times: and Uranus 800 times, as big.

The sun is 2,777,000 miles in circumference. Its surface is 366,252,303,118,866,128 cubic miles.
Many of the other heavenly bodies are supposed to be much larger.
Comets and many other bodies are bigger than the earth.

The comet of 1811 A.D. had a head 112,000 miles in diameter and a tail 112,000,000 miles long. It is supposed to appear again in 3,000 years.

Mercury is said to be 36,000,000 miles from the sun; Venus 67,250,000; Earth 93,000,000; Jupiter 484,000,000; Saturn 887,000,000; Uranus 1,787,000,000; Neptune 2,797,000,000; and Pluto 3,675,000,000 miles.

A modern 200 inch telescope can see things in space over 600,000,000 light years from earth, or 3,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 [3 sextillion, 600 quintillion miles from earth].

This is how far light can travel in this many years at the rate of 186,324 miles a second.
A light year is about 5,800,000,000,000 miles.

The new Supernova recently discovered is supposed to have 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 [10 septillion] times more energy than the hydrogen bomb.

Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible – Page 618

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Aug 20 2014

Angels in Disguise

Tag: Interesting ReflectionsSage @ 5:00 pm

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When Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angels, and hath delivered me.
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He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
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Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

It is often the case that Heaven’s choicest gifts are wrapped up in darkest trouble. Indeed, sorrow is frequently God’s ambassador in the chosen herald of some special blessing.
At the moment we may be disappointed with the mournful appearance and melancholy uniform of the messenger.
We may be tempted even to close our hearts against his entrance, and reject the message that he bears. We had pictured to ourselves the dazzling brilliance of an archangel, and behold the funeral robes and solemn lineaments of woe ! It is long perhaps before we discover that he is in very truth an angel, but an angel in disguise.
We unfold with trembling, hesitating hand the scroll of destiny. But our tears and sighs are at length changed to songs of joy when we decipher in every word and line the assurance of a Father’s love.-Sel

“I know that trial works for ends
Too high for sense to trace,
That oft in dark attire, He sends
Some embassy of grace.
May none depart till I have gained
The blessing which it bears,
And learn, though late, I entertained
An angel unawares !!
So shall I bless the hour that sent
The mercy of the rod,
And build an altar by the tent
Where I have met with God.

God’s angels do not always come to us, as we are apt to imagine them coming, in radiant dress, with smiling face and gentle voice. Thus artists paint them in their pictures. Thus we fancy them in their ministries.
We think of them as possessing rare and wondrous loveliness. So, no doubt they do as they appear before God and serve in His presence. There is no unloveliness in any angel-face in Heaven; no angel has features of sternness. But as these celestial messengers come to earth on their ministries, they appear sometimes in forms that appall and fill the trembling heart with terror and alarm. Yet many times it is when they come in these very forms that they bring their sweetest messages and their blessings.-J.R. Miller.

All the afflictions of the righteous open into something glorious. The prisoner is not merely delivered, but he finds an angel waiting for him at the door. And with every deliverance comes a specific blessing.
One angel is named faith; another love; another joy; another long-suffering; another gentleness; another goodness; another meekness; another temperance; another peace.
Each of these graces says, “We have come out of great tribulation”.”-George Bowen
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Royal Purposes – E.F. & L. Harvey

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