The War on Thanksgiving (and other resources)

The War on Thanksgiving

The War on Thanksgiving

Will Americans still be celebrating Thanksgiving 100 years from now?

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in America. The moment, which deserved wider recognition, was celebrated in an excellent speech by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

“A great American anniversary is upon us,” Cotton said on Nov. 18. “Regrettably, we haven’t heard much about this anniversary of the Mayflower; I suppose the Pilgrims have fallen out of favor in fashionable circles these days. I’d therefore like to take a few minutes to reflect on the Pilgrim story and its living legacy for our nation.”

Cotton delivered a fitting tribute to the Pilgrims and their story of faith and perseverance, which is so intertwined with the Thanksgiving holiday and the values we cherish most.

Perhaps predictably, the speech was attacked by media outlets and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who hurled an ad hominem attack at Cotton on Twitter...

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7 Ways the 2005 Carter-Baker Report Could Have Averted Problems With 2020 Election

7 Ways the 2005 Carter-Baker Report Could Have Averted Problems With 2020 Election

7 Ways the 2005 Carter-Baker Report Could Have Averted Problems With 2020 Election

They called on states to increase voter ID requirements; to be leery of mail-in voting; to halt ballot harvesting; to maintain voter lists, in part to ensure dead people are promptly removed from them; to allow election observers to monitor ballot counting; and to make sure voting machines are working properly. 

They also wanted the media to refrain from calling elections too early and from touting exit polls. 

All of this may sound eerily similar to the issues in the prolonged presidential election battle of 2020. But these were among the 87 recommendations from the 2005 report of the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, known informally as the Carter-Baker Commission….

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Sunday Sermon Series – Revival of Holiness

Northwest Baptist Church: Oklahoma City, OK > Pastors' Roundtable

Ezra 9-10


CONTEXT

Ezra being informed, by some of the princes who complained unto him, of the marriages of many of the Israelites with the people of the land, the Canaanites and others, was greatly grieved and distressed, Ezra 9:1-5, upon which he made a confession of their sins to God, with great shame, sorrow, and contrition, and deprecated the evils which they deserved, Ezra 9:6-15.

Upon Ezra’s prayer and confession, it was proposed by Shechaniah, that those who had married strange wives should put them away with their children, which they swore to do, Ezra 10:1-5, and proclamation was made throughout the land for all to meet at Jerusalem in three days’ time, and accordingly they did, Ezra 10:6-9 when, at the exhortation of Ezra, all agreed to it, and persons were appointed to see it done, and the work was finished in the space of three months, Ezra 10:10-17 and a list of the names of those is given who had married such wives, and now put them away; of the priests, Ezra 10:18-22, of the Levites, Ezra 10:23,24, of the other Israelites, Ezra 10:24-44.  – John Gill’s Commentary


SERMON

A Revival of Holiness – Ezra 9 &10

Other Resources

If you enjoy Pastor Sills sermon, here is a link to the rest of his series on Ezra. https://christchurchfareham.co.uk/our-sermons/sermon-series-ezra-spiritual-restoration-in-jerusalem-and-fareham/

 

Geoff Thomas Sermon on Ezra 9 man of Prayer

 

Devotional Thought For Today – 11/20/2020

Psalm 52: A Prayer for District 52 – HRA 18AMP and RVR 1960

Olive Tree in the House of God? 


CONTEXT: This Psalm was written during the events described in 1 Samuel 21 & 22.  David having fled from Saul, came to Ahimelech the priest at Nob, and desired bread and a sword of him, (unawares of his true identity) which were given him. Doeg the Edomite being present at the same time was a unscrupulous fellow and when the opportunity arose he came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Of course Saul quickly accused all in the house of Ahimelech of aiding and abetting David. When Saul’s guard refused to kill off the house of Ahimelech, Doeg quickly stepped up and did the dirty deed.  In response David pens this passionate expression of grief.

There are only 9 verses in this very powerful Psalm all worthy of reading and repeating but I will comment on only a few:

v.1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?  Just an observation but did you ever notice that the most evil people in the world are usually the most boastful. I wonder if is because they are trying to cover up or deflect attention from their real inadequacies and evil intent?

Why doth he glory in malice that is mighty? that is, he that in malice is mighty, why doth he glory? There is need that a man be mighty, but in goodness, not in malice. Is it any great thing to glory in malice? To build a house belong to few men, any ignorant man you please can pull down. To sow wheat, to dress the crop, to wait until it ripen, and in that fruit on which one has laboured to rejoice, doth belong to few men: with one spark any man you please can burn all the crop. . . . What art thou about to do, O, mighty man, what are thou about to do, boasting thyself much? Thou art about to kill a man: this thing also a scorpion, this also a fever, this also a poisonous fungus can do. To this is thy mightiness reduced, that it be made equal to a poisonous fungus! Augustine.

v.5 But God will break you down forever;  The fate of all evil is this, God’s righteous judgement will prevail and in that we can take comfort even in the midst of the very worst of storms. 

When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength. -Matthew Henry CC

V.8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;  Olives were prized for their oil and other properties in the Old Testament times. Even today one can pay a very hefty sum for quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. David here uses the analogy the he is like that prized possession in the House of God. 

We have seen that David was enabled, by the exercise of faith, to look down upon the worldly grandeur of Doeg with a holy contempt; and now we find him rising superior to all that was presently afflictive in his own condition. Though, to appearance, he more resembled the withered trunk of a tree which rots upon the ground, he compares himself, in the confidence of coming prosperity, to a green olive… From his language, it appears that he could conceive of no higher felicity in his condition than being admitted amongst the number of the worshippers of God, and engaging in the exercises of devotion. This was characteristic of his spirit. We have already had occasion to see that he felt his banishment from the sanctuary of God more keenly than separation from his consort, the loss of worldly substance, or the dangers and hardships of the wilderness. The idea of an allusion being here made, by way of contrast, to Doeg, who came to the tabernacle of the Lord merely as a spy, and under hypocritical pretexts, is strained and far-fetched. It is more natural to suppose that David distinguishes himself from all his enemies, without exception, intimating that, though he was presently removed from the tabernacle, he would soon be restored to it; and that they who boasted of possessing, or rather monopolizing, the house of God, would be rooted out of it with disgrace. And here let us engrave the useful lesson upon our hearts, that we should consider it the great end of our existence to be found numbered amongst the worshippers of God; and that we should avail ourselves of the inestimable privilege of the stated assemblies of the Church, which are necessary helps to our infirmity, and means of mutual excitement and encouragement.- Calvin 

Toady many Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Like David they are forced to run, hide and put their unconditional trust in God. Just because you are not being chased or physically persecuted does not mean you do not have enemies of the truth around you. With liberalism invading our government, media, and schools we are more and more becoming surrounded by lies and deceit.  The question today is will you be an Olive Tree in the House of God? 

Senate Demands Techs and Balances

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“Smaller companies don’t have the resources” to “prevent the next Trump situation,” a Big Tech exec said to an undercover reporter last summer. Google, Twitter, and Facebook, she bragged, do. One year, thousands of censored posts, and a presidential election later, Americans are starting to understand just how far Big Tech will go to manipulate the democratic process

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A Fancy Dinner Isn’t a Moral Failure

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Colson Center for Christian Worldview 

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A Fancy Dinner Isn’t a Moral Failure

JOHN STONESTREET WITH MARIA BAER

Earlier this month, when celebrity chef Thomas Keller was interviewed by NPR about his new cookbook, his interviewer wasn’t all that interested in the recipes. Instead, he wanted to talk about the $850-per-plate price tag at Keller’s recently reopened San Francisco restaurant.

With so many people struggling financially due to the pandemic, asked the reporter, is it really “fair” to charge that much per plate? Or is it, to use his words, “tone deaf.”

That an interview, which was likely intended to be a puff piece, turned into a social justice diatribe is further proof that worldview affects everything.

To be clear, I cannot imagine ever spending $850 for a meal, but the reporter’s problem had nothing to do with prudence or financial stewardship. The problem with the price tag, according to the reporter, is not that some people would not have access to food, but that everyone would not have equal access to Thomas Keller’s food. In other words, his was a problem with the free market. And, of course, having a problem with the free market is all the rage these days…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 11/18/2020

Legalism and Smoking. - One Christian Dad


The other day I was having a conversation with a good friend and somehow we got into a discussion on prayer. He mentioned that a while back he had been asked to give the closing prayer at a meeting of his churches leadership and when he finished one of the deacons leaned over and said ‘you did that wrong, you forgot “In Jesus Name”.’ 

I hope y’all can immediately see the twofold problem with that comment.  First “In Jesus Name” is not some mystic, magical, saying that is mandatory at the end of every prayer.  Second, demanding such a thing is unbiblical and legalistic. 

Neither the word legalism or legalist are found in the bible; yet sadly they are found in many evangelical churches today. 

A legalist or legalism appears in the church when someone:

      • Places more emphasis upon God’s Laws than upon fellowship with God himself
      •  Keeping the letter of the Law but ignoring the Spirit of the Law 
      • Adding to the Laws of God with man’s rules or traditions 
      • Tries to keep the Law to obtain Salvation
      • Tries to maintain salvation by good works (keeping the law)
      • Finds contempt in others who do not have the same holiness (law keeping ability) as them 

Legalism is a sin. Yet it is overlook in most all churches. A newcomer to the church may arrive with baggage (ex-convict, recently divorced, etc.) and they will be looked upon as different for their past by the legalist but woe to anyone who questions the legalist motives. 

Jesus had no use for legalists and called them out, telling them Luke 11:37-54 their day of judgement was coming.  Do you know a legalist in your church? Pray for them, for woe unto them on judgement day.


RESOURCES: 

Legalism Defined

3 Types of Legalism – Ligonier Ministries

What does the Bible say about legalism?

What is Legalism and Why is it so Bad?

 

“My COUNTRY ’tis of Thee, Sweet LAND of LIBERTY”

American Minute with Bill Federer

Marxist/Socialist tactics to overthrow a country involve sowing division. Proverbs 6:16-19 states: “The Lord hates … he that soweth discord among brethren.”

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Today’s BreakPoint: Chris Nikic (who has Down Syndrome) Completes Ironman

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Today’s BreakPoint: Chris Nikic (who has Down Syndrome) Completes Ironman

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More Importantly, He Bears God’s Image

 

This past weekend in Florida, 21-year-old Chris Nikic completed one of the most challenging feats in all of sports. The Ironman triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride, topped off by a full marathon, a 26.2 mile run. At one point, Nikic fell off his bike. During a nutrition stop, he was attacked by ants. Still, he completed the race in 16 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds, 14 minutes under cutoff time. Oh, and Chris is the first athlete with Down Syndrome to finish an Ironman competition…

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Religious Liberty

The Mayflower Compact and the Foundations of Religious Liberty

The Mayflower Compact and the Foundations of Religious Liberty

By Angela Sailor

Out of necessity, the Mayflower Compact brought those of different religious backgrounds together into one community, in a solemn agreement under God.

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Religious Liberty on Trial in Supreme Court’s Foster Care Case

Religious Liberty on Trial in Supreme Court's Foster Care Case

By Virginia Allen

Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan T. Anderson hosts a discussion breaking down the case and why it is a critical battle for thousands of foster children and religious liberty in America.

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