Author and pastor Erwin Lutzer recounts a story about television show host Art Linkletter and a little boy who was drawing a picture of God. Amused, Linkletter said, “You can’t do that because nobody knows what God looks like.”
“They will when I get through!” the boy declared.
“The clearer we see God, the clearer we see ourselves.” Erwin Lutzer
Taken from “Our Daily Bread” devotional, Saturday, September 9, 2017
Lutheran, Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy: “We Stand With Planned Parenthood” Abortion Biz
A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter…to state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood publicly.
The letter, published in the Des Moines Register on [March 15], included signatures from seven women pastors from the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, Christian Church (Disciple of Christ), and Unity Church….
The pastors praised Planned Parenthood’s work and blasted a state bill that would defund the abortion group and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that don’t provide abortions….
In February, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 2 to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups in the state. The legislation would direct taxpayer funding to federally qualified health centers that provide more comprehensive healthcare but not abortions. The bill currently is being considered in the state house.
In their letter, the pastors described the bill as “dangerous” and “extreme” legislation that “threatens access to basic healthcare for low-income women.”
Dangerous Trends 2017
College Students Believe Muslims Should Have Religious Freedom Rights – but Not Christians
Editor’s Comments: Liberal indoctrination produces such warped views.
Two Mothers Go on the Offensive Because Islam Being Taught to Seventh Graders
Homosexual Santa Claus Book Coming Out This Coming Season
Students Don’t Want Chick-fil-A on Their Campus
Imam’s Invocation Condemned on Delaware Senate Floor
Planned Parenthood Will Give Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton “Champion of the Century” Award
Maryland Public Libraries Offering Sex-Ed Classes to Minors Taught by Lesbian
We take our faith for granted; and what we take for granted, we never take seriously. -Vance Havner
Make honesty a part of your character. Fight never to yield to the temptation to be dishonest. Sometimes the truth hurts; but in the long run, it never hurts as badly as being dishonest. -Curtis Hutson
No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless. -John R. Rice
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
This court seems incapable of admitting that some matters- any matters- are none of its business. -Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Even the feeblest knock on Heaven’s door is heard.
May our eyes be no keener when we look upon the faults of others than when we survey our own.
“If one does not understand brokenness, then they do not understand the Bible, salvation, or Christian growth and discipleship.” Pastor Steve
A Few Biblical Examples Of Brokenness:
1)The Apostle Paul
2)The Life Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, Especially His Experience From Gethsemane To Golgotha, Leading To Our Opportunity For Salvation
3)Old Testament Joseph
5)The Prodigal Son Verses His Elder Brother
6)The Contrast Of The Publican And The Pharisee Praying In The Temple
7)Job’s Amazing Suffering
1 Peter 4:12-19 King James Version (KJV)
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
King James Version (KJV)
Life Principles Bible Notes
China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day
Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.
The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people. But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.
Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world. Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China. -LifeNews.com
Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line
After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.
According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…” (townhall.com).
Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.
What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world? -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity
We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain. -Vance Havner
Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you. How long has God taken care of you? quarter of the journey of life? half of the journey of life? Can you not trust Him the rest of the way? -T. Dewitt Talmage
It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people. -Richard Henry Lee
I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity. -John Wesley
How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message. -J.W. Alexander
Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism. -Herbert Hoover
Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power. Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high. -Charles Spurgeon
Sword Of The Lord ~ February 24, 2017
The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a soul-winning diet. -T.J. Bach
It is utterly false to suppose that the Word of the Lord, preached by a coldhearted, unanointed preacher who preaches in human wisdom and for selfish purposes, will bring in proper fruit the same as if preached by one whose heart is set aflame by the Holy Spirit. It takes the power of God to preach the Word of God. The Word of God is not a sword of man; it is the Sword of the Spirit. -John R. Rice
The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it. -George Washington
Samson with the Holy Spirit upon him could take the jawbone of an ass and lay dead a thousand Philistines. Samson without the Holy Spirit was as weak as a newborn babe. And so it is with the church. Without the Holy Spirit, you are as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals, simply four walls and a roof, a pipe organ and a preacher to do a little stunt on Sunday morning and evening. -Billy Sunday
There is one thing worse than not coming to church, and that is to come and do nothing about the message one hears. James tells us that hearing without doing means self-deception. (1:22) -Vance Havner
I am very profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book on reason that you can and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. -Abraham Lincoln
He who is God’s enemy should not be your friend.
“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
We cannot always trace God’s hand, But we can always trust God’s heart. -Charles Spurgeon
It is not mine to amend or adapt the Gospel. What! Shall we attempt to improve upon what God has revealed? The Infinitely Wise-is He to be corrected by creatures of a day? Is the infallible revelation of the infallible Jehovah to be shaped, moderated and toned down to the fashions and fancies of the hour? God forgive us if we have ever altered His Word unwittingly; wittingly we have not done so, nor will we. -Charles Spurgeon
There is a world of difference between…getting things off your chest and pouring out your heart. -Vance Havner
Something about us religious humans makes us want to add to the Gospel. We want to help God with our salvation. If we can’t help Him save us, we want to help keep ourselves saved. -Curtis Hutson
It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. -Henry W. Longfellow
“What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt”-I had rather speak these three phrases from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe. -John Newton
Esau wept because he had lost the blessing, not because he had sold his birthright. Men mourn for the evil that sin brings, not for the sin which brings the evil. -D.L. Moody
The best medals are pinned on those who go beyond the call of duty. -Robert E. Lee
Temptation is the Devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in. -Billy Sunday
There was a man , though some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had. -John Bunyan
Sin is the greatest of all detectives; be sure it will find you out.
Dangerous Trends 2017
NFL Now Has a Homosexual Ad
The ad “Fans of love/Love Has No Labels” relies on the kiss cam at the January 29 Pro Bowl to show various couples kissing each other or hugging, including two homosexual men and two lesbian women. The ad also posts screen graphics informing people that “love has no gender,” among other slogans. -WND.com
Editor’s Comments: Since the flap over refusing to salute the American flag by Colin Kaepernick and the NFL’s positioning itself as an advocate of the homosexual lobby, viewership has dropped eight percent nationwide. I know a lot of people seem pretty “crazy” about football, but I’m confident many fans are not going to support this “crazy” stuff.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church:
A man who hadn’t lived the best kind of life passed away. At the funeral, the preacher gave a flowery description of the man, telling what a good husband and father he had been. Finally, the wife leaned over to her little boy and whispered, “Go up and see if that’s your daddy in that coffin.”
A homiletics student asked his professor if a good beginning and a good ending were the markings of a good sermon. The professor replied, “Yes, if they come close enough together!”
The sermon had gone on a long, long time. A visitor leaned over to the person next to him and whispered, “How long has he been preaching?” The reply, “Almost thirty years.” “Oh,” said the stranger, “I guess I’ll stay. He ought to be through soon.”
Two weeks before the 2016 election I had dinner with Lance Wallnau. He told me he believed he had heard the Lord say that Donald Trump would win the presidency-and that “Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness in America.”
David Lane ~ American Renewal Conference
Ironically, many of our nation’s leaders tell us that Political Correctness (PC) will lead to the downfall of our nation. I have heard this statement from six or eight speakers at conferences that I have attended over the last several years. I would not trust any man or woman from either side of the aisle (Republican or Democrat), to lead us away from the PC mentality. Donald Trump is his own man and the man for the hour, who will circumnavigate the liberals who desire to destroy this country. There is really no one else who I see, who could emulate him as he is. I believe the Lord placed him in office as an answer to our prayers. Pastor Steve