Devotional Thought for Today – 11/27/21

John Calvin quote: When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them...

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. 15The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 9

CONTEXT: Form C.H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David: The strain so continually changes, that it is difficult to give an outline of it methodically arranged: we give the best we can make. From verses 1 to 6 is a song of jubilant thanksgiving; from 7 to 12, there is a continued declaration of faith as to the future. Prayer closes the first great division of the Psalm in verses 13 and 14. The second portion of this triumphal ode, although much shorter, is parallel in all its parts to the first portion, and is a sort of rehearsal of it. Observe the song for past judgments, verses 15, 16; the declaration of trust in future justice, 17, 18; and the closing prayer, 19, 20. Let us celebrate the conquests of the Redeemer as we read this Psalm, and it cannot but be a delightful task if the Holy Ghost be with us.

The main text v.16 is appropriate for Calvin’s quote and for many nations today. Spurgeon noted on this: Verse 16. Jehovah is known by the judgment which he executeth; his holiness and abhorrence of sin is thus displayed. A ruler who winked at evil would soon be known by all his subjects to be evil himself, and he, on the other hand, who is severely just in judgment reveals his own nature thereby. So long as our God is God, he will not, he cannot spare the guilty; except through that one glorious way in which he is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. We must notice, secondly, that the manner of his judgment is singularly wise, and indisputably just. He makes the wicked become their own executioners. “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made,” etc. Like cunning hunters they prepared a pitfall for the godly and fell into it themselves: the foot of the victim escaped their crafty snares, but the toils surrounded themselves: the cruel snare was laboriously manufactured, and it proved its efficacy by snaring its own maker. Persecutors and oppressors are often ruined by their own malicious projects. “Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves;” the contentious are involved in ruinous costs; the vicious are devoured with fierce diseases; the envious eat their own hearts; and blasphemers curse their own souls. Thus, men may read their sin in their punishment. They sowed the seed of sin, and the ripe fruit of damnation is the natural result

We are believers need to pray that all men, all nations will come to the understanding that David pronounced in v.20: Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men, and repent of their evil ways.

Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

This is what a water down Gospel gets you, the failure to PREACH from the pulpit has ruined the Biblical understanding of these folks. I have said it many times, Jesus was the most dogmatic person ever, His declaration in John 14:6 makes it plain and clear (backed by the whole of scripture). Those who would deny this are not true believers.

A poll of born-again Christian believers found that an overwhelming major believe all roads lead to Heaven, a belief that Christian thinkers consider unbiblical and terribly illogical…

SOURCE: Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/26/21

When God Said “Do Not Pray” | Thinking on Scripture

If you are like most evangelical Christians this banner is probably disconcerting right now. After all, we have been taught from the beginning of our conversion that we are to Pray without ceasing, and commanded to pray for everything.

Yet there are three incidents in the Bible when God says or implies “Do not Pray.” The first is when Mosses is banned from crossing the Jordon, the last is in 1John 5:16, and then in the middle, we find Jeremiah 7.

Jeremiah 7

CONTEXT: In Matthew Henry’s Commentary we find: The prophet having in God’s name reproved the people for their sins, and given them warning of the judgments of God that were coming upon them, in this chapter prosecutes the same intention for their humiliation and awakening. I. He shows them the invalidity of the plea they so much relied on, that they had the temple of God among them and constantly attended the service of it, and endeavours to take them off from their confidence in their external privileges and performances (v. 1-11). II. He reminds them of the desolations of Shiloh, and foretels that such should be the desolations of Jerusalem (v. 12-16). III. He represents to the prophet their abominable idolatries, for which he was thus incensed against them (v. 17-20). IV. He sets before the people that fundamental maxim of religion that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Sa. 15:22), and that God would not accept the sacrifices of those that obstinately persisted in disobedience (v. 21-28). V. He threatens to lay the land utterly waste for their idolatry and impiety, and to multiply their slain as they had multiplied their sin (v. 29-34).

In our text for today the key verse is verse 16, where God tells Jeremiah to stop praying for Judah:

“Therefore, do not pray for this people [of Judah] or lift up a cry or entreaty for them or make intercession to Me, for I do not hear you.

There comes a time in the history of every nation where they decide that they are greater than He who created them. In our text, Judah had again forsaken God, and God was fed up, resolute in His determination to punish that nation he tells the prophet to stop praying for their benevolence.

We in America and many other “civilized” countries around the world are on that threshold, where God will forsake us, where He will give us over, to our own reprobate minds. Are we there yet? I do not think so and it is incumbent upon every believer to pray for our nation until such time as God clearly says “Do not Pray.” Below is a list of prayers for your nation that you may find helpful.

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Healing of your Nation’s Unhappy Divisions and Success Against your Nation’s Enemies

Pray for your Head of State

Pray for the Educational Institutions and Common Citizens of your Nation

Pray for the Continuance of your Nation’s Outward Peace and Tranquility

Pray Earnestly for National Mercies and the Blessing of the Gospel Ministry in your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

Pray for the Safe and Righteous Continuation of your Civil Government

Pray for all who are Employed in the Conduct of Public Affairs

Pray for your Judges and Judicial Rulers

A challenge to climate alarmists

The climate is the most complex system on Earth. Is it really possible to project with any precision what it will be like 20, 40, or even 100 years from now? Steve Koonin, former Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration, challenges the confident assumptions of climate alarmists. 

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Education in America – Various Sources – 11/26/21

With the increase number of verbal attacks on parents and the all out assault (indoctrination) of our children (grandchildren in our case here at FSM) we thought this an appropriate topic to follow.

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  1. Parents Warn of Their Children Being Subjected to Transgender Indoctrination
  2. Is the Public School System Constitutional?
  3. NSBA apologizes for letter calling parents ‘domestic terrorists’
    1. National School Boards Association Issues ‘Weak’ Apology for Letter Likening Parents’ Actions to ‘Domestic Terrorism’
    2. Bad Call: Authors of Anti-Parent Letter Phonying It in
  4.  It’s Madness to Quarantine Schoolchildren
  5. After High School Goes Viral For Massive Brawl, Community Dads Organize To Help Fatherless Students
  6. Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards
  7. Woke School District Accused of Mishandling Vicious Bullying, Beating of 15-Year-Old

Pro-Life News – Various Sources – 11/26/21

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Heartbeat Case on November 1
  1. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Heartbeat Case on November 1
  2. DC Cops Say Department Pressured Them To Have Abortions
  3. St. Louis Mayor: I Like Abortion Because Our City Makes Money
  4. Wisconsin Senate Passes Four Pro-Life Bills to Defund Planned Parenthood and Save Babies From Abortion
  5. Thousands of People are Praying for Nancy Pelosi to Have a Change of Heart on Abortion
  6. Court Rules Hippos are People, But It’s OK to Kill Unborn Babies in Abortions
  7. Mom Says Raising Her Son With Down Syndrome is “My Greatest Pro-Life Work”
  8. Here’s the Truth Feminists Refuse to Admit: Women Regret Abortions
  9. After Abortion at Planned Parenthood Fails, Mother Decides to Keep Her Baby
  10. An open letter to a young Texan: Above all, you are precious
  11. PolitiFact misleads with ‘half true’ rating on claim that Roe v. Wade ended abortion deaths
  12. An oasis of Hope: the HOPE Pregnancy Center
  13. The unborn child is a patient, not a disease, though pro-abortionists couldn’t care less
  14. Do Babies Know the Difference Between Good and Evil?
  15. When it comes to abortion, pro-lifers agree with Biden: “What am I doing here?”
  16. Oklahoma strongly defends three pro-life laws in brief to state Supreme Court
  17. AG asks Kansas Supreme Court to pause abortion case pending vote on “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment
  18. Abortion Pill Reversal’s “record of safety and efficacy” means real choice for women who started and regretted having an abortion
  19. Pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe wants to use YOUR tax dollars to pay for abortion on Demand.
  20. Hey Pope Francis, If Abortion is “Murder” Then Rebuke Joe Biden for Promoting It
  21. MSNBC Says Concerned Parents are a “Radicalized Far Right Threat” That Must be Stopped
  22. Elizabeth Warren: It’s “Extremist” to Protect Babies From Being Killed in Abortions
  23. Catholic Bishop Urges Pro-Life Americans to Pray to End Abortion
  24. Mother and Daughter Both Scheduled to Have Abortions at Planned Parenthood Choose Life
  25. Abortion is Wrong Because It Kills a Human Being Who is Very Much Alive
  26. Teacher on Peacock Show “One of Us Is Lying” Helps Student Get Secret Abortion Without Her Parents Knowing
  27. Florida City Passes Pro-Abortion Resolution Condemning Texas for Saving Babies’ Lives

Deciphering the Truth: How to Tell Real News From ‘Fake News’

The Epoch Times

Remember when you could turn on the evening news with little doubt that the journalists were, to the best of their knowledge, delivering the truth? Whether we were living in ignorant bliss or a more virtuous world, it sure made consuming news less stressful…

SOURCE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/deciphering-the-truth-how-to-tell-real-news-from-fake-news_3544513.html?utm_source=share-btn-copylink

QOTW – Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?

The naysayers love to come up with “cute” ways to trick (Matthew 22:15-45), someone into making a false claim. Of course it is always their understanding of God, (doctrine, theology, etc.) that is false and the basis of the trickery.

Question: “Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?”

Answer: 
This question is frequently asked by skeptics of God, the Bible, Christianity, etc. If God can create a rock that He cannot lift, then God is not omnipotent. If God cannot create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it, then God is not omnipotent. According to this argument, omnipotence is self-contradictory…

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-rock-heavy-lift.html

The Ideology Behind Biden’s Disastrous First Nine Months

Sheer chaos and anarchy on the border? Afghanistan—the most humiliating defeat in recent U.S. military history? A labor-starved supply chain in shambles and holiday shelves emptying out? The worst inflation in 30 years that seems soon ready to match Carter-era levels? Gas hitting $5 a gallon with winter heating fuels soaring? Free-for-all looting in the major cities without consequences? Joe Biden’s policies and Biden himself diving in the polls?[…]

SOURCE: The Ideology Behind Biden’s Disastrous First Nine Months

Citizen’s Guide: Biden’s Justice Department Targeting You

I was hesitant to post this until I watched part of the US Attorney General lie in his testimony before congress yesterday. When asked by Republicans question like did he issue orders that made parents out to be “domestic terrorists” he repeatedly said no. Yet his memo (see below) clearly implies otherwise.

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Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo calling on the FBI to address “violent threats against school officials and teachers.” Garland’s instructions came after a summer of hot national debate in which concerned parents clashed with public school officials at local school board meetings over critical race theory, transgender policies, and classroom mask mandates.

Not only is Garland’s threat an intimidation tactic, but it also serves as a “head nod” from Biden’s radical administration to well-connected “education companies” who promote “culturally responsive training”—including Panorama Education, a company co-founded by Garland’s son-in-law.

Garland’s memo was released with no actual evidence of crimes committed, only making references to a “rise in criminal conduct.” This politicization of the U.S. Justice Department and seeming conflict of interest must be addressed and called out. We must continue to stand with parents and encourage their involvement in public schools and their children’s education. Your voice and values can make a difference!

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Watch the short video, Lawyer to Parents: Don’t Fear Biden’s DOJ Threats, then read The Daily Signal article, Threatening Memo From Attorney General Merrick Garland to Parents Comes With Serious Conflict of Interest. Post either on one or more of your social media accounts using the hashtag #GarlandMemo and #ParentIntimidation. If you do not use social media, email the video or article to 5 of your friends.

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Watch to “The Heritage Explains Live” video, Ask a Lawyer: Biden’s Threats to Parents and Rights. After watching, send the video to a friend who shares your point of view.

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With family or friends, attend your community’s local school board meeting and share your point of view on critical race theory or another subject facing local education. Before attending, research the meeting to learn where and when it is and how to sign up to speak. Visit the Citizen Engagement Series page for more tips.

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