Just read an article in word magazine re: trumps atlantic city empire where several of his casinos went bankrupt ..first his business capitalized on the gullability of the poor of atlantic city secondly how many small businesses, suppliers, and employees were left hanging for their money when he bailed? Want to make America great again? Pay your bills like everyone else!!!
(From 1st link) Genesis 4:8-12 In this passage, Scripture records the first murder wherein Cain killed Abel. That Cain must have used some sort of weapon to kill Abel is evidenced by the fact that Abel was bleeding (he was not strangled). Notice how God responded to the killing. He did not institute some sort of weapon-control, rather, He punished the one who committed the crime.
Exodus 20 and following In His holy Law, which God decreed at Sinai, nowhere do you see God outlawing weapons in regards to the various crimes which He prohibited in His legislation. He always punishes the perpetrator. He never disarms the citizenry.
Exodus 22:2 In this verse, God declares that if someone breaks into your house at night and you kill him, you are not guilty of murder. This verse makes clear that you have a God-given right to defend yourself and to defend your family.
Deuteronomy 22:23-27 This passage deals with rape. Notice that verse 27 ends with the words "but there was no one to save her." What is the implication of such a statement? The implication is that had someone been around to hear her cry out, they had a moral duty to intervene and protect her from being raped. To stand by would be immoral. We have a God-given right to defend not only ourselves, but also others.
Just because we have a lock on our door or a gun in our closet does not mean we are trusting in them to protect us with the same trust with which weâ€™re to trust the Lord.
Rather, we simply see the wisdom and prudence of having such things in order to be good stewards in protecting our belongings and our families.
The psalmist understood that there was no contradiction. The psalmist (David) who said in verse one of Psalm 144 "Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle" said in verse two of Psalm 144 "My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the one in whom I take refugee.
Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple with a whip and overturned their tables (John 2:15). The book of Revelation defines Him as a King who does what? "Judges and makes war" (Revelation 19:11). The Scripture declares that Jesus Christ is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Godâ€™s character? not a pacifist.
Solid and Sound Great investments are made in meeting physical needs. Too often, spiritual needs go unacknowledged. Sinners need to be saved. It's an offensive message to many. The gospel message is essentially simple but pride often blocks a response.
Barry from KY wrote: Thank you so much watch, these statements are so true. Maybe, we are in this pickle BECAUSE the churches got overtly involved in politics and quit preaching the Word. Going out and hawking for any candidate or party IS NOT spreading the gospel message...
Barry, thx. Michael, ...duly noted. JL, hello.
Around 1980, some American Christian churches began to move away from English "R" words like ruin, redemption, regeneration, repentance, return of Christ and give more attention to "R" words like Ronald Reagan, Rush, Religious Right, Republican Party.
The Jesus Movement Revival of the 1970's was sustained during the Presidencies of Nixon, Ford and Carter. Presidents Nixon and Ford were not overly Christian.
Around the time that Ronald Reagan (and Rush Limbaugh) ascended into political prominence, I would say that the revival came to an end. Around the same time, use of the NASB Bible declined and use of the NIV expanded.
In my view, the revival was expressed most fully in Southern California and the Calvary Chapel churches (and churches most influenced by the Calvary Chapels). For better or worse, Christian contemporary music largely replaced more traditional Christian hymns around that time. The evangelistic focus and focus on the spiritual new birth from that era have largely been lost. Prayer and the Spirit of God can provide revival and religious awakening. Partisan politics and legislative enactments cannot provide church revival and religious awakening.
The most overtly Christian occupant of the office of US President in recent history was a Democrat named Jimmy Carter.
Despite expectations, Presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush did not bring in anything resembling a golden age of evangelical Christianity. President GWB even denied that Christianity was different from other religions (and oversaw a new constitution in Iraq that affirmed Islam rather than freedom of religion or separation of church and state).
As affirmed from Scripture in Handel's Messiah and the Hallelujah chorus, the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our LORD and of his Christ...and He shall reign forever and ever. Seek ye first God's kingdom which is forever.
Liberty and freedom are desirable everywhere. Tyranny and oppression are threats everywhere. Revival and growth for the Kingdom of God should be a goal for Christians from every nation for every nation.
Related to this topic, Oz Guiness has a recent book called: The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity.
"The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty." - Dante Alighieri, De Monarchia, 1559
We are all better off when we all enjoy freedom to deliberate and debate and to seek to influence others through reasoned persuasion (rather than having control be directed through tyranny and coercion).
Freedom of relgion, conscience and expression are essential for all. Let there also be justice. Almighty God will judge in the end. He will reward and He will repay.
Jesus was a multi-lingual, cross-cultural missionary. The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ reached beyond the Jews. The travels of Jesus included places in Phoenicia (modern Lebanon) like Tyre and Sidon. In the Old Testament, Jonah preached to the Ninevites who repented and Namaan the Syrian was healed of his leprosy. Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king gave remarkable testimony as recorded in Daniel 4.
Old Testament prophets and the Lord Jesus Christ spoke more languages that Hebrew alone.
Ever year, Joseph and Mary went up to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover (Luke 2:41). When Jesus studied in the temple for multiple days at twelve years old, there it is likely that he spoke Hebrew.
"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." (Luke 2:46â€“47)