Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary

USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour
USS Arizona Memorial

“Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, that was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.”1

“On December 8th, President Roosevelt gave a speech in which he famously called the attack on Pearl Harbor “a date which will live in infamy,” while Congress quickly passed a declaration of war on Japan. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The War Department completely reorganized itself, as key positions shifted to various trusted officers in order to prepare for the new conflict.

Prior to Pearl Harbor, the United States had sent large amounts of financial aid and military equipment to the Allied cause. The Japanese attack launched the U.S. into a complete struggle against Axis powers and brought American soldiers into the war for the first time. It also united the country, as a Gallup poll conducted during the days after Pearl Harbor showed that 97% of Americans approved of the declaration of war.

Thousands of young men rushed to serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. A New York Times article from December 9th reported that the armed forces were “receiving applicants in numbers unprecedented in the history of the nation” and that “many of the men had been in line [at recruiting stations] the whole night.” The Times added the next day that the Army had received 2,684 applications in the two days since declaring war on Japan.”2

These men and women, 16 Million in all, rightly earned the title the greatest generation.3 May we NEVER FORGET their sacrifice.4


1 https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

2 https://www.atomicheritage.org/history/attack-pearl-harbor-1941

3 https://www.familysearch.org/en/blog/greatest-generation-years-characteristics

4 https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/wwii-veteran-statistics

Devotional Thought for Today – 12/06/21

Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Either sin must drown in the tears of repentance –  or the soul must burn in hell.”

PSALM 51

CONTEXT: First we will look at C.H. Spurgeon’s explanation:

TITLE. To the Chief Musician. Therefore not written for private meditation only, but for the public service of song. Suitable for the loneliness of individual penitence, this matchless Psalm is equally well adapted for an assembly of the poor in spirit. A Psalm of David. It is a marvel, but nevertheless a fact, that writers have been found to deny David’s authorship of this Psalm, but their objections are frivolous, the Psalm is David like all over. It would be far easier to imitate Milton, Shakespeare, or Tennyson, than David. His style is altogether sui generis, and it is as easily distinguished as the touch of Rafaelle or the colouring of Rubens. “When Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” When the divine message had aroused his dormant conscience and made him see the greatness of his guilt, he wrote this Psalm. He had forgotten his psalmody while he was indulging his flesh, but he returned to his harp when his spiritual nature was awakened, and he poured out his song to the accompaniment of sighs and tears. The great sin of David is not to be excused, but it is well to remember that his case has an exceptional collection of specialities in it. He was a man of very strong passions, a soldier, and an Oriental monarch having despotic power; no other king of his time would have felt any compunction for having acted as he did, and hence there were not around him those restraints of custom and association which, when broken through, render the offence the more monstrous. He never hints at any form of extenuation, nor do we mention these facts in order to apologize for his sin, which was detestable to the last degree; but for the warning of others, that they reflect that the licentiousness in themselves at this day might have even a graver guilt in it than in the erring King of Israel. When we remember his sin, let us dwell most upon his penitence, and upon the long series of chastisements which rendered the after part of his life such a mournful history.

DIVISION. It will be simplest to note in the first twelve verses the penitent’s confessions and plea for pardon, and then in the last seven his anticipatory gratitude, and the way in which he resolves to display it.

Also I think it beneficial to look at Matthew Henry for verse breakdown of this Psalm:

 In this psalm, I. He confesses his sin (v. 3-6). II. He prays earnestly for the pardon of his sin (v. 1, 2, 7, 9). III. For peace of conscience (v. 8, 12). IV. For grace to go and sin no more (v. 10, 11, 14). V. For liberty of access to God (v. 15). IV. He promises to do what he could for the good of the souls of others (v. 13) and for the glory of God (v. 16, 17, 19). And, lastly, concludes with a prayer for Zion and Jerusalem (v. 18). Those whose consciences charge them with any gross sin should, with a believing regard to Jesus Christ, the Mediator, again and again pray over this psalm; nay, though we have not been guilty of adultery and murder, or any the like enormous crime, yet in singing it, and praying over it, we may very sensibly apply it all to ourselves, which if we do with suitable affections we shall, through Christ, find mercy to pardon and grace for seasonable help.

This psalm is universally accepted as a Psalm of repentance. It is also a guide for what true repentance is all about. Let me break it down:

v.1-3 Sin must be identified and acknowledged – what do I mean, look at the extent David goes to identify his sin:

  • blot out my transgressions
  • from mine iniquity
  • and my sin is

we must know our sin to confess our sin

v.1,2, 7, and 9 repentance requires pleading with God – David understood the severity of his situation and only with sincerity and begging God for forgiveness would it be rectified.

v.4 Understand against whom we have sinned – Even though we like David may have committed sins against others, in the end it is really God alone against whom it matters. for it is God’s standards, God’s mercy and God’s propitiation.

v.7-8 True repentance requires purification – Note two things in these verses, first the purging with hyssop signifies the OT blood sacrifice and the Blood of Christ. Next note that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice signifies that once crushed and broken under the weight of sin one can now rejoice.

v.11 Understand the need for the indwelling Holy Spirit – Long before the New Testament was written with these words; 1 Corinthians 3:16, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? David penned these take not thy holy spirit from me. Christ gave us the Holy Spirit to guide and convict us.

Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.”

v.12-15 True repentance leads to evangelism – David says; Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…Then will I teach transgressors thy ways… A fully restore heart is one that wants to share the Good News.


OTHER RESOURCES:

Boys Replacing Girls in Sports – Feminists Yawn

Women’s sports are again under attack. Decades ago, it was due to tradition and patriarchy, with funding and attention lavished primarily on men’s sports. Title IX came in 1972, leveling the playing field. At the time, there were just over …

Source: Boys Replacing Girls in Sports – Feminists Yawn

What Does the Bible Say about Evangelism?

This article is part of the What Does the Bible Say? series.

Included in This Article

Definitions and Summary

In a Nutshell — Evangelism is teaching or preaching the gospel with the aim to persuade. That’s it. I’m lifting that definition from 2 Corinthians 5:11 where Paul describes what we do as ambassadors for Christ…

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Any Room For Jesus ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your home today . . .
will you merrily welcome Him
into your life to stay?

Or will you be too busy,
in the CHRISTmas rush
so that to His presence
you give Him the brush?

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your heart this year
will you joyfully welcome Him
with gladness and cheer?

Or will you be too frazzled,
with all you must go and do
so to have no space for Him
til the holidays are through?

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your life today
or will you also have . . .
no place for Him to stay!

~~~~~~~~~

Luke 2:7

“And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room
for them in the inn.”

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Sunday Sermon Series – 12/05/2021

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If it is 100% true that God “LOVES” everyone the same, how then can we justify Romans 9:13, As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated? Or more importantly what need was there for Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary? Think about it, if God’s “unconditional, all consuming Love was is so great toward everyone, what need had He of propitiation.

In the sense that God is LOVE, and that even while we are sinners God loved us, yes the statement can be construed to be true. HOWEVER, we cannot stop there, we must consider the Whole Counsel of God, that is all of scripture and upon doing so, one quickly realizes there is more to the story.

In this brief clip from our 2017 National Conference, R.C. Sproul answers the question, “Is it biblical to say that God loves everyone?”


SERMON

Jacob and Esau

Sermon (No. 241)

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, January 16th, 1859

by the REV. C. H. Spurgeon, At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.


OTHER RESOURCES:

Does God love everyone or just Christians?

Does God hate?

Devotional Thought for Today – 12/04/2021

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

JOHN 8

CONTEXT: John chapter 8 can be divided into many little sub-topics as follows:

v.1-11 Adulterous Woman
v.12-20 Second I AM declaration
v.21-30 Needs to Die to Sin
v.31-36 KNow the Truth that sets you free
v.37-42 Abraham’s seed
v.43-47 Children of Satan
v.48-55 Jesus a Samaritan
v.56-59 Third I AM Declaration

While Matthew Henry breaks is down as follows: In this chapter we have, I. Christ’s evading the snare which the Jews laid for him, in bringing to him a woman taken in adultery (v. 1-11). II. Divers discourses or conferences of his with the Jews that cavilled at him, and sought occasion against him, and made every thing he said a matter of controversy. 1. Concerning his being the light of the world (v. 12-20). 2. Concerning the ruin of the unbelieving Jews (v. 21-30). 3. Concerning liberty and bondage (v. 31-37). 4. Concerning his Father and their father (v. 38-47). 5. Here is his discourse in answer to their blasphemous reproaches (v. 48-50). 6. Concerning the immortality of believers (v. 51-59). And in all this he endured the contradiction of sinners against himself.

Maybe you are different but when I was a kid, I was scared of the dark. I was convinced the boogeyman or some other awful creature was lurking in the dark shadows just waiting to gobble me up. Sounds silly now as an adult, but adults should be equally afraid of the dark.

Of course I am not speaking about physical darkness (except maybe in the case of the 9th plague on Egypt (Exodus 10:21) which is described as darkness “that may be felt.) but Spiritual.

Spiritual darkness is the sign or symptoms of someone who is Spiritually dead. John 3:18-21, makes it clear folks like the darkside even though they know the light offers much greater benefits.

Calvin comments on this verse:

But we must first ascertain what necessity there is for seeking this light; for men will never present themselves to Christ to be illuminated, until they have known both that this world is darkness, and that they themselves are altogether blind. Let us therefore know that, when the manner of obtaining this light is pointed out to us in Christ, we are all condemned for blindness, and everything else which we consider to be light is compared to darkness, and to a very dark night. For Christ does not speak of it as what belongs to him in common with others, but claims it as being peculiarly his own. Hence it follows, that out of Christ there is not even a spark of true light There may be some appearance of brightness, but it resembles lightning, which only dazzles the eyes. It must also be observed, that the power and office of illuminating is not confined to the personal presence of Christ; for though he is far removed from us with respect to his body, yet he daily sheds his light upon us, by the doctrine of the Gospel, and by the secret power of his Spirit. Yet we have not a full definition of this light, unless we learn that we are illuminated by the Gospel and by the Spirit of Christ, that we may know that the fountain of all knowledge and wisdom is hidden in him.


What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the Light of the World” (John 8:12)?

What does the Bible reveal about…darkness

“How can I forgive those who sin against me?”

Question: “How can I forgive those who sin against me?”

Answer: 
Everyone has been wronged, offended, and sinned against at some point. How are Christians to respond when such offenses occur against them? According to the Bible, we are to forgive others…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/forgiveness.html

Harvard Youth Poll

Harvard, conducts semi-annual polls (you can see the results as far back as 2000. Once a bastion of education and intelligence it is now a breeding ground of leftist ideology.


A national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds released today by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School indicates that a majority of young Americans believe that our democracy is “in trouble” or “failing.” While most young Biden voters are satisfied with their vote, President Biden’s job approval (46%) has dropped 13 percentage points among young Americans since the IOP’s Spring 2021 Poll, including a 10-point drop among young Democrats and 14-point drop among Independents…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 12/03/21

JC-Ryle Quote - Born Again Sanctification
From Puritan Hard Drive

1 THESSALONIANS 2

CONTEXT: Overall as Paul’s letter go this one is pretty upbeat. Paul in the beginning chapters (1-3) makes a case for why he has desired but been unable to visit them. He commends them for their faithfulness. The remainder of the book is about encouragement, faith, and hope in anticipation of the Lord’s return. Matthew Henry comments specifically about Chapter Two as follows: In this chapter the apostle puts the Thessalonians in mind of the manner of his preaching among them (v. 1-6). Then of the manner of his conversation among them (v. 7-12). Afterwards of the success of his ministry, with the effects both on himself and on them (v. 13-16), and then apologizes for his absence (v. 17-20).

 13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

This verse, especially the final phrase sums up the theological doctrine of Sanctification of the Spirit. In its simplest terms sanctification means to be “set apart” so biblically we are being sanctified or set apart for God’s use.

Sanctification is a process, in fact it comes near the end of the Order of Salvation (see God Ordained Below). We come into this world as sinners and although we are forgiven our sin by the Blood of Christ, our sin nature does not disappear, it must be sanctified. reading J.C. Ryle’s quote above makes it apparent that we must be on constant guard against sin.

It is the Holy Spirit’s “work” is to sanctify us, that is to set us apart and make Holy, believers. There is no magic formula, no “special” prayer it is all in the Book. While some try and twist scripture to make it say that only a few folks are baptized by the Holy Spirit, truth is all TRUE BELIEVERS have the Holy Spirit indwelling them.

Instead of me babbling further, I offer the following: THE HOLY SPIRIT, An Experimental and Practical View by Octavius Winslow, known as The Pilgrims Companion, in written and oral form.

“The Sanctification of the Spirit” or “The Necessity and the Nature of True Holiness” From Grace Gems


OTHER RESOURCES/POSTS

Sanctification FSM post

GOD ORDAINED FSM Post

Free Grace Broadcaster 215 – Sanctification – 10 Article on Sanctification