SCOTUS Fails to Blaze a Trial on Election Reform

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SCOTUS Fails to Blaze a Trial on Election Reform

“Befuddling.” “Inexplicable.” “Baffling.” Those are just three of the words Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used to describe his colleagues’ latest response to the 2020 election. After three months of mixed signals, the justices finally turned down a case that had most conservatives holding their breaths — a lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s expanded mail-in balloting order. The issue, many said, was moot. But the dangers of lawlessness, Thomas fired back, is not…

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Daily Devitonal – Before the Foundaton

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JOHN 17


CONTEXT 

As many of you know our other ministry Faith Builders deals in foundations work quite a bit. So today’s bible verse was especially of interest to me. 

This is the last of Jesus’s prayers before he sets off for Gestenime. It is often addressed as the High Priestly Prayer.  The prayer can be broken down as  follows:

Christ begins by praying for Himself – v.1-6

Jesus prays for His followers –  v.6-19

Jesus expands His prayer to include all who will come to faith in Him – v.20-26

It is the final part v.20-26, which we will look at today, as it is most applicable to us today. 


BREAKDOWN

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  Jesus extends His prayer to not only those who have heard Him directly but those who will hear Him through the teachings of the Apostles and the Preaching of the Word of God. 

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  Christ prays for Unity of Faith,  so that those not yet saved may not be discouraged by disunity.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  Glory here has been misused to be said that Christ gave diety (even a smaller version) but that is falsely interpreting the Greek here.  Christ instead is saying the strength, the honor the ability to relay the Good News Gospel Message,  the Father gave me, I have passed on to them. 

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Christ and His TRUE followers are one, this gives them the advantage that the world can never have. 

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. The doctrine of God’s Eternal Nature is clearly seen here as well as a glimpse of the doctrine of election.  God’s Grace has been extended to us from eternity past. Just when that was, can not be said the bible only refers to it in the manner above. 

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  Jesus makes it clear those of the “world” know not God, but He does and the Apostles (and by context those that follow) know Him, His only begotten Son.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. Love, John later writes in 1 John 4:8, that God is Love. It is that Agape love, unconditional Love of a Father to Son, that Jesus declares will indwell His followers setting them apart from all mankind. 


APPLICATION

Prayer is always a good thing. Prayer should not always be about asking for something for yourself or others. Sometimes it should just be about acknowledging God’s Greatness:

Acknowledge God’s Eternality 

 

Particularly in my adorations, I must acknowledge:

That he is an eternal God, immutable, without beginning of days or end of life or change of time.

You are the King of ages, immortal, invisible. 1 Timothy 1:17(ESV)

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are GodPsalm 90:2(ESV) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8(ESV)

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no end. Psalm 102:25-27(ESV)

You are God and do not change; therefore I am not consumedMalachi 3:6(ESV)

Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? Habakkuk 1:12(ESV) You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who does not faint or grow weary, whose understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28(ESV)

Loyalty and the Supreme Court: Why Evangelicals stick with Trump

“We’re not electing a pastor, we’re electing a president,” said Laszlo Pasztor, an Evangelical Christian and Trump supporter.

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER the annual 40 Days for Life event began Wednesday September 23rd in Jackson, MS and many cities across America. It ends November 1st

212 LIVES SAVED

FROM ABORTION SINCE SEPTEMBER 23

Please join us in some manner of  40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Pray, that the women will know the child growing inside them is a creation the Lord has made and that child has a purpose. 

To find out more in the greater Jackson area contact Pro-Life Mississippi  or at  (601) 956-8636.  Or the national 40 Days for Life Organization for a location near you.

Also read the latest Pro-Life Mississippi (PLM) Newsletter Here: Pro-Life MS Sept 2020 News

YOUR VOTE COUNTS:

#1 Please sign the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge.

As pro-life Americans, we will never vote for a pro-abortion presidential candidate. And we pledge not to vote for pro-abortion Joe Biden. Sign your name to this pledge today!

#2 Share the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge
 by email or social media with your friends and family!


SIGN THE National Petition to Defund Planned Parenthood

SIGN HERE


Pro-Life News Report

To read these stories and more visit:  LifeNews.com

Top Stories 

 Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “I Believe in the Power of Prayer.” Thank You for “Praying for Me”
 Senate Democrats Trash Amy Coney Barrett: The Right to Kill Babies in Abortions “is at Stake”
 Catholic Bishop Asks Joe Biden: How Will You Explain Supporting Abortions to God?
 Biden Considering Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General Despite Killing 15,000 Nursing Home Residents

More Pro-Life News 

 Joy Behar: Amy Barrett Supporters are Racists, Sexists. They Have a “Male White Panic”
 Senator Slams Democrats’ Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett’s Christian Faith: It’s “Demeaning to Women”
 Planned Parenthood CEO: Amy Coney Barrett is a “Vocal Threat” to Abortion
 Feminists Trash Amy Coney Barrett’s Large Family: She Has a “Clown Car Vagina”

Pro-Abortion Senator Ironically Claims Amy Barrett’s Confirmation Will Set Back Women 

Writer: Pro-Life People Voting for Biden Prove They Hate Trump More Than They Hate Abortion


Stand 4 Life

Miracle preemie twins finally come home: ‘They had a 10% chance to live and they did it’

Vice President Mike Pence: “I’m Pro-Life, I Don’t Apologize for It”

Supreme Court refuses to rule on FDA request to keep abortion pill safeguards in place

Democrats Focus on Abortion in Barrett Hearing at Their Peril | National Review

Justice Alito on Court’s Bizarre Inconsistency in Failing to Block District-Court Injunction on FDA Rules on Abortion Drugs | National Review

Religious Groups Hit Biden on Abortion, Religious Liberty – Washington Free Beacon

5 Ways America Will Fundamentally Change If Biden Packs The Court

Catholic Bishop Asks Joe Biden: How Will You Explain Supporting Abortions to God?

Pro-life activist shares remarkable scan of 12-week-old preborn baby’s brain

WATCH: Leftist students, encouraged by College Dems leader, destroy pro-life display in broad daylight

Babies Are Being Left To Die. Trump Just Helped More Of Them Live

American Medical Association asks Supreme Court to strike Trump abortion rule

The doctor called her ‘it’: Parents recall horrible Down syndrome diagnosis experiences

‘You’ll Know…When The Election Is Over’: Biden Refuses Again To Say Whether He Will Pack The Court

Joe Biden: Incoherent and Indefensible on Abortion | National Review

House Democrats Want to Force You to Pay for Abortion | National Review

 

 

 

Pro-Life Updates (Various Sources)

REMINDER the annual 40 Days for Life event began Wednesday September 23rd in Jackson, MS and many cities across America.

Please join us in some manner of  40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Pray, that the women will know the child growing inside them is a creation the Lord has made and that child has a purpose. 

To find out more in the greater Jackson area contact Pro-Life Mississippi  or at  (601) 956-8636.  Or the national 40 Days for Life Organization for a location near you.

Also read the latest Pro-Life Mississippi (PLM) Newsletter Here: Pro-Life MS Sept 2020 News

YOUR VOTE COUNTS:

#1 Please sign the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge.

As pro-life Americans, we will never vote for a pro-abortion presidential candidate. And we pledge not to vote for pro-abortion Joe Biden. Sign your name to this pledge today!

#2 Share the We Can’t Vote for Pro-Abortion Joe Biden pledge
 by email or social media with your friends and family!


SIGN THE National Petition to Defund Planned Parenthood

SIGN HERE


Stand 4 Life

Babies Are Being Left To Die. Trump Just Helped More Of Them Live

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Has Saved 102 Babies From Abortions, So Far

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Has Saved 102 Babies From Abortions, So Far

Amnesty International calls for ‘universal right to abortion’

Barrett’s Confirmation Would Not Mean The Immediate End Of Abortion

WATCH: Leftist students, encouraged by College Dems leader, destroy pro-life display in broad daylight

Just Defund Planned Parenthood Already — Here’s How | National Review

WIN: Abortions in Ohio have plummeted 30% since 2009

Tammy Duckworth Accuses Amy Coney Barrett Of Wanting To Ban IVF

Phony Brouhaha over Barrett Endorsement of Right-to-Life Statement | National Review

American Medical Association asks Supreme Court to strike Trump abortion rule

Democrats Are Lying About Amy Coney Barrett’s Abortion Record

The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women

How A Pro-Life President Saves Tens Of Thousands Of Lives

44 years of the Hyde Amendment amounts to millions of lives saved

Corporate Coverage Of SCOTUS Battle Shows Reporters Are Extremely Pro-Abortion

In a Sane World, America Would Have Just Fallen in Love with the Barrett Family | National Review


Pro-Life News Report

To read these stories and more visit:  LifeNews.com

Top Stories
 Joe Biden Opposes Death Penalty for Terrorists, Supports It For Unborn Babies
 President Trump: “Every Child, Born and Unborn, is Made in the Holy Image of God”
 White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive For Coronavirus
 President Trump Heading Home to White House: “Don’t be Afraid of COVID”

More Pro-Life News
 From His Hospital Room, President Trump Urges Americans to “Vote Pro-Life!”
 Trump Admin Issues Pro-Life Statement to UN Affirming the “Dignity of All Persons”
 Amy Coney Barrett is a Reminder That We Need to Re-Elect President Donald Trump
 Charlotte Pence: “Abortion is a Violation of Providing Life to a Human Being”

Joe Biden Tells Christians He’s the “Clear Moral Choice,” But He Backs Abortions Up to Birth

Mazie Hirono: Amy Coney Barrett Can’t be “Objective” Because She’s a Christian

Joe Biden: I’m Guided By “What You Do to the Least of These You Do to Me.” But I Support Abortion

Catholic Bishop: Christians Must Vote Pro-Life to Oppose the “Intrinsic Evil of Abortion”

Here’s a List of Democrats Who Have Attacked Amy Coney Barrett’s Christian Faith 

15th Texas City Bans Abortions, Becomes “Sanctuary for the Unborn”

Life Chain Will Tell Americans Nationwide That Abortion Kills Children

Feminist Claims Pro-Lifers are About “Controlling Women and Taking Away Their Decision-Making”

Daily Devotional – True Christmas Begins With Redemption

The “crown jewel” of 2018’s White House Holiday decorations is the 18-foot Fraser fir located in the Blue Room that serves as the official 2018 White House Christmas tree.
TITUS 2:11-14

 For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that [a]brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [lives with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age, 13 awaiting and confidently expecting the [fulfillment of our] blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who [willingly] gave Himself [to be crucified] on our behalf to redeem us and purchase our freedom from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a chosen and very special people to be His own possession, who are enthusiastic for doing what is good.

 Espanol: RVR 1960

Everyone has there “ideal” Christmas pictured in their mind. Yet most folks celebrating Christmas this year are doing so without the real meaning of Christmas in their thoughts never mind their hearts.

True Christmas is the celebration of God made Flesh in order to redeem mankind. It is not about some baby in a manger (yes that is a part of the story) it is about His deity. It is the story of a Fathers Love John 3:16-17 for His rebellious children Romans 5:8 who deserve death Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 and instead get life. 

Life eternal is available to all those that respond to God’s redemption call Matthew 22:14, but we know that very few will respond. Oh they have the best excuses (in their own minds but as our main text says  For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that [a]brings salvation has appeared to all men and we must not forget Romans 1:19-21 mans excuses hold no validity with God. 

Only the redeemed, the chosen children of God Ephesians 1:3-4, 1 Peter 2:9 can fully appreciate the True meaning of Christmas. For everyone else its just another excuse to party, spend money, eat excessively or otherwise be blinded to the truth 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. 

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How Calvinism (Election) Encourages Evangelism

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    • Is your local church committed to fulfilling the Great Commission? 
    • Is it a place where the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission find common ground?
    • If not it should be.

I have often heard the argument that Reformed theology, sometimes called to Calvinism, or Covenant theology is against Evangelism. NOTHING could be further from the truth. It is true that some reformed churches are seemingly not as active in evangelism as some non-reformed churches but to say they oppose it is just wrong.

I offer the following four MP3’s for your discernment:

Calvin, Evangelism and World Missions

Election and Evangelism

Election and Evangelism, Pt 2

Election and Evangelism, Pt 3

Evangelism the Reformed Way 1 of 2

Evangelism the Reformed Way 2 of 2

 

I suppose they like to choose their own wives!

 

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New Year’s custom in Russia, choosing a bride.
(Charles Spurgeon)

“He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”Ephesians 1:4-5

Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it — there it stands!

Long before time had begun, God loved His chosen ones, and predestined them unto eternal life.

I can never understand why a man should cavil (complain sharply) at another’s being chosen — when he himself does not himself wish to be saved!

Some men cannot endure to hear the doctrine of election. I suppose they like to choose their own wives — but they are not willing that Christ should select His bride, the Church!

Those who cavil at the doctrine of election should answer this question: “Why is it that God has left devils without hope — and yet has sent His Son to redeem mankind? Is not divine sovereignty manifested here?” Answer me, you that deny God’s sovereignty, and hate His election — how is it that angels are condemned to everlasting fire — while to you, the fallen children of Adam, the gospel of Christ is freely preached? The only answer that can possible be given is this: God wills to do it.

If the Lord should choose to show mercy to only one man in the world — He has the perfect right to do so. If He chooses to show mercy to a few, or if He chooses to show mercy to all — He has the right to do so.

How is it that some of us who were once drunkards, swearers, and the like — are now sitting here to praise God this day? Was there anything good in us which moved the heart of God to save us? God forbid that we should indulge the blasphemous thought! I never met with any Christian who ever thought that he deserved to be chosen unto salvation; the very fact of the choice, proves that it must have been all of grace.

Electing love has selected some of the worst — to be made the best!

I shall never understand, even in Heaven — why the Lord Jesus should ever have loved me!

There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election — none more promoting of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. To me, election is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of Revelation — it is one of the highest notes of heavenly music!

The man who is not willing to submit to the electing love and sovereign grace of God, has great reason to question whether he is a Christian at all — for the spirit that kicks against election is the spirit of the devil, and the spirit of the unhumbled, unrenewed heart.

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Lamb Who Was Slain

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 All the inhabitants of the earth will fall down and worship him, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who has been slain [as a willing sacrifice]. Revelation 13:8 (AMP)

Stuck in the middle of a discourse on the beasts that work for “The Antichrist” is this gem of a verse. It assures us that universal homage and worship of the beast will not happen, that a select few, a remnant of believers exist.

They are those whom God chose, His elect whose name was written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life. This Book of Life is no ordinary book for it was purchased of the Lamb who has been slain, that is with the very Blood of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. 

Those who are not in the Book, well that has a different outcome. The Lamb’s Book of Life will be opened at the great white throne judgment, and those whose names are not found written ( those who rejected Christ, follow the beast etc.) they will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12,15).

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary

“The limitation of the devil’s power and success, and that both as to time and persons. He is limited in point of time; his reign is to continue forty-and-two months (v. 5), suitable to the other prophetical characters of the reign of antichrist. He is also limited as to the persons and people that he shall entirely subject his will and power; it will be only those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Christ had a chosen remnant, redeemed by his blood, recorded in his book, sealed by his Spirit; and though the devil and antichrist might overcome their bodily strength, and take away their natural life, they could never conquer their souls, nor prevail with them to forsake their Saviour and revolt to his enemies.”

Is the Holy Spirit pricking your heart? Have you put off repenting of your sins and making Christ Jesus, the Lord and Savior of your Eternal Soul? We know not the day when He will return and the Book will be open.

 

Perseverance of the Saints

Jim Scott OrrickJIM SCOTT ORRICK

Perseverance of the Saints

Perseverance of the Saints

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

The following article is taken from the chapter on Perseverance in Jim
Scott Orrick’s upcoming book, Mere Calvinism. Used by permission.

The Danger of Doctrinal Reduction

The doctrine of perseverance is like a golden crown that adorns the glorious body of God’s sovereign grace. There are more than a few who would say that they believe only one of the Five Points of Calvinism, and the one they believe is this point, the perseverance or preservation of the saints. They want to hold to the crown while rejecting the body of sovereign grace that supports the crown. Such a position leaves the crown mysteriously floating in mid-air. I readily admit that these “one-point-Calvinists” have a substantial reason for holding so tenaciously to this one point: they see that it is taught in the Bible! They rightly take Jesus at His word when He says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27–30). The “one-pointers” at least know the meaning of eternal.

There is, however, a dangerous tendency that is inherent in holding to the crown of perseverance while rejecting the other four points. That dangerous tendency is hinted at in the name the “one-pointers” often call this doctrine. Instead of referring to the doctrine as the Perseverance of the Saints, or the Eternal Security of the Believer, they call it, Once Saved Always Saved. Properly understood, there is nothing wrong with calling it that. It is catchy, memorable, and it is true. The real trouble is not what they call it, but the way they sometimes explain it. Regrettably, some of the one-pointers—not all, but some—who say that they believe in Once Saved Always Saved have woefully deficient ideas of what it means for a person to be saved. For them, a person may “get saved” when he or she merely repeats “The Sinner’s Prayer” (a prayer, by the way, that is not in the Bible). Or a person may “get saved” when he “walks down the aisle” (not in the Bible) or “asks Jesus into her heart” (also not in the Bible) or when she gets baptized. In brief, the person who “gets saved” has not necessarily repented. Perhaps the person has been told that all she need do is to admit that she is a sinner, but merely admitting one’s sin is not repentance.1 Repentance that leads to eternal life is a saving grace, and when a person repents, he has a true sense of his sin, and he has begun to see the mercy of God offered in Christ. He is grieved over sin, he hates sin, and he turns away from sin. At the same time, he turns to God fully intending to and trying to obey God.2 Repentance is much more than admitting that I am a sinner! A superficial understanding of repentance leads to a superficial understanding of salvation.

Similarly, many of those who hold to Once Saved Always Saved have a superficial understanding of saving faith. For them, faith in Jesus Christ may be no more than believing facts about Jesus, or believing that Jesus died for sinners, or even believing that “Jesus died for me.” Nowhere does the Bible say that if you just believe that Jesus died for your sins you will be saved. You must receive the Christ who died for sinners and rose again from the dead. The fact that our church rolls are sometimes swollen with the names of persons who give no evidence of spiritual life is a strong indication that we have often dealt with precious souls in a hurried, slipshod way. I am a Baptist, and we Baptists have historically stood for believer’s baptism, but based on the disparity between the large number of inactive members on our church rolls and the members who faithfully attend our worship services, the evidence is that we have settled for consenter’s baptism. We will baptize anyone who consents to it. Consent to be baptized is not saving faith.

What, then, is saving faith? Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.3 We are saved when we receive Christ—a person—and we are not saved until we receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation…

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