Apprehended By God

12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12 (NASB) 

The Apostle Paul often used the analogy of a runner to describe our spiritual growth. Unlike a race that has an ending with one runner reaching the goal and attaining the prize of victory, our spiritual race will continue as long as we live. We will never reach the goal of Christlikeness, but like the runner in a race we must continue to pursue that goal. Continue reading

Politically Correct Lies – the Big Bang Theory, Evolution, and There is NO God

“How about this? Most people want to believe in something higher than themselves, this occurs throughout the world and all throughout time. People have and do worship trees, the sun, the moon, the stars, nature, the divine mother, guiding spirits (demons), animals, and the list goes on. How is it that this need to believe in someone or something higher than ourselves, and to worship this entity came to be in almost all people, in every location on the earth?”

(Greg Holt – News With Views)  It’s funny how many people will grasp at straws and see reason in completely illogical thought processes. People will believe outright lies and falsehood rather than believe the truth…. Continue reading

The Top Ten Epic Moments During the House Judiciary Committee Hearing With AG Barr

“What makes me concerned for the country…the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts”

(Matt Margolis – PJ Media)  House Judiciary Committee Democrats found themselves outmatched by Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday, as they lobbed all sorts of allegations at him, asking him loaded questions and then refusing to let him answer them. The Democrat-run hearing was a complete circus, but the attorney general was a force to be reckoned with, not letting the Democrats get the best of him with their absurd allegations and false statements, and calling them out for it. Continue reading

Rebels in Training at School Sex Clubs

Another GSA Network page is “Pride and Protest—Safety Tips for LGBTQ Youth” with students pictured in “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts. It’s a protest guide for students who are, don’t forget, middle and high schoolers. They are warned to expect police brutality. If arrested during a protest, gender confused students are told they have the right to insist that police use their preferred names and pronouns, and they don’t have to reveal their biological sex. This advice is needed because, “Police often violate the rights of LGBTQ+ people during arrests or jail booking.”  

(Linda Harvey – Mission: America) Why are public schools in America hosting clubs that teach kids to hate the police? Continue reading

Video: John MacArthur Interviewed on Tucker Carlson To Discuss Opening Church+ Defying Gov’t

(PNP)  Grace Community Church Senior Pastor John MacArthur appeared on Tucker Carlson’s top-rated show to discuss his decision to open for service on Sunday and defy California’s church ban by having a packed house.

When asked why he believes he should re-open, Pastor MacArthur said:

First of all, and foremost, it’s a first amendment right. This is United States of America and the government can’t intrude in worship…. Continue reading

The Keys to Biblical Evangelism

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. 5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:4-5 (NASB) 

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.”…. Continue reading

Head of CDC Admits Lockdown Killing Way More Americans Than COVID! Urges Masks. When Will These People Be Held Accountable for the Carnage They’ve Caused?

“The CDC’s press release also skipped over the inconvenient fact that, just like the deadly state-enforced social isolation they pushed, even if masks do slow down the spread of COVID-19, they still won’t do a thing to decrease the number of people ultimately infected.”

(Michael Thau – RedState)  CDC director Robert Redfield dropped some bombshell news during a talk he gave two weeks ago. But despite its significance, hardly anyone knows about the sickening bit of data he let slip: Continue reading

Missing links in today’s articles – 2nd try

The links don’t appear in the post I just sent…???  Hopefully this time the links will work for you. If not, visit CRN to read the articles.

Thank you for your patience.

Marsha


Here’s what I sent earlier:

You may have noticed that “Read more of this post” is missing in the articles you received earlier today. Not sure why or what to do about it. Clicking on the headline will take you to the article.  However, to make it easier for you to get to them, here’s the links:

NAR HERETIC, TODD WHITE, EXPERIENCES GENUINE MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT? 

THE PROBLEMATIC MISUSE OF MATTHEW 18:20

BARR TO COME OUT SWINGING ON VIOLENT CRIME, RUSSIA PROBE IN FIRST HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPEARANCE

Have a blessed day,

Marsha West

NAR Heretic, Todd White, Experiences Genuine Move of the Holy Spirit?

He goes on to praise well-respected gospel preachers — old and new — and speaks of how reading them has now helped him understand the gospel better than he ever has before.

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  You may know of Todd White, the well-known New Apostolic Reformation heretic who claims to be a prophet while going around performing parlor tricks such as leg-lengthening to trick people into believing that what he does is a move of the Holy Spirit…. Continue reading

The Problematic Misuse of Matthew 18:20

Taking note of context can avoid theological error and heresy, but it can also help us secure the full blessings of the text. In this case, we can praise God for the promised presence of Christ by His Spirit when God’s people love one another well even while restoring one another from sin.”

(Harry L. Reeder – Tabletalk)  How many times have we heard a pastor quote this verse to affirm the presence of the Lord in a worship service, fellowship gathering, or prayer meeting? “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matt. 18:20). But in quoting this text this way, we misuse it by taking it out of context. Continue reading

Barr to come out swinging on violent crime, Russia probe in first House Judiciary Committee appearance

(Gregg Re – Fox News)  In his first-ever appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr will condemn the “grave abuses” in the “bogus Russiagate scandal,” while also highlighting Black-on-Black violence and defending law enforcement officers in no uncertain terms, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks obtained by Fox News on Monday night.

The attorney general’s unusually aggressive posture will be matched by similarly full-throated arguments from GOP lawmakers on the panel, including ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Fox News is told. Continue reading

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (NASB) 

Have you noticed, have you become aware, how being a Christian in this world makes you a secondary level person? On the other hand, I have paid special attention to the attacks on our faith and they are all made up of a form of a form of debate called a “straw man” attack…. Continue reading

Mark Dever of 9Marks unleashed his own bulldog to pounce on Grace Community Church…and misses the mark entirely

Leeman’s third objection is radically subjective. Maybe, Leeman says, COVID isn’t the right issue for civil disobedience after all. With the LGBTQ issues coming hard and fast, there will be plenty of chance for the church to disobey government mandates. That’s like saying that we should wait until the enemy has us completely surrounded before we fire a shot. By then it will be too late.

(Ed Dingess – Reformation Charlotte)  Every article, podcast, sermon, and blog are written for a reason. The author is attempting to do something with that short moment in time that they have your attention. They are calling you to some sort of action even if that action is restricted to how you think…. Continue reading

Will Authorities Cut Water and Electricity to Churches that Defy Newsom’s Shutdown Order?

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has deemed churches “nonessential” and warned in May that nonessential businesses caught defying shutdown orders could have their water and electricity cut.”

(Paula Bolyard – PJ Media)  On Saturday PJ Media reported that Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., had announced it would not comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s draconian COVID-19 order shuttering churches in counties that represent 80% of the state’s population: Continue reading

DHS Secretary Wolf says Portland protests different from ‘normal criminal activity’

(Fox News) Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf defended on Sunday the federal government’s response to the protests in Portland and criticized local leaders for claiming the demonstrations are peaceful.

Speaking on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Wolf said the protests in Portland were different from the “normal criminal activity” that is being witnessed in cities like Chicago, Kansas City and other metro areas across the country. Continue reading

God is Sovereign

19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22 for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed. Acts 4:19-28 (NASB) Read verses 23-28 on the site.

When we make statements like, “God is Sovereign.” we sometimes include a qualifier in that statement like this, “God is Sovereign over ‘something.” That is a fallacious statement though meant well. God is Sovereign…. Continue reading

John MacArthur: Not An Hour To Fear, But Triumphant Hour For The Church

(Capstone Report)  Pastor John MacArthur threw the gauntlet down to Leftist tyrants telling church members in his congregation and around America that this is not a time to fear.

“This is not a problem to be feared. This is a triumphant hour for the church to be the church,” MacArthur said. “Standing for the glory of our Lord is more important in this hour than I’ve ever known it in my life. For His glory, we will stand and meet and worship and preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

MacArthur received a raucous welcome at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California today, Sunday July 26, 2020. MacArthur’s church defied local orders banning the church service—and it appeared a large crowd attended with many of the attenders boldly not wearing a mask…. Continue reading

Escalation: State will fight John MacArthur & Grace Community Church

(Capstone Report) John MacArthur challenges Leftist Tyrants; State promises crackdown.

Conservative Pastor John MacArthur puts the People’s Republic of California on notice: Christ is head of the church and not Caesar.

Johnson says, ‘State & Local leaders plan to cut power to the church’

Compare Leftist love for riots, casinos and Black Lives Matter to how they persecute Christ’s Church. Continue reading

The Holiness of the Ekklesia

9 But you are A chosen race, A royal priesthood, A holy nation, A people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NASB) 

The Church is not a building. No, in the New Testament, written in Koine Greek, our English translations of it where we find the the word “church,” it is a translation of  a form of ἐκκλησία (ekklēsia)…. Continue reading

Getting the Gospel Right

“That message is all about the finished work of Jesus Christ “who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. 1:4). The gospel that Paul preached to them proclaimed salvation by grace alone received through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.”

(Tom Ascol – Founders Ministries) Sometimes, what is not said speaks more loudly than actual words. The silence, as we say, is deafening. In the opening verses of his letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul employs this communication technique to underscore the seriousness of the subject at hand…. Continue reading

Bible left unread during the coronavirus pandemic

The number of people who regularly use the Bible — at least once a week — had held “fairly steady right up to COVID-19, and then COVID-19 has messed everyone up.” 

(Emily McFarland Miller — RNS) People may be reading the news and “doomscrolling” through social media during the coronavirus pandemic.

But what they don’t appear to be reading is the Bible.

That’s according to the 10th annual State of the Bible survey released Wednesday (July 22) by the American Bible Society. Continue reading

They Keep Moving the COVID-19 Goalposts: Will the Next Step Be Masks to Protect From the Flu and the Common Cold?

“There’s risk inherent in living life. Each day we calculate the potential risk and make decisions about what we’ll do and where we’ll go. Most of us climb into a car every day and buckle up knowing that 1.35 million people worldwide die in car crashes each year and our morning commute could be our last. Some choose not to drive because the risk is too high. Others drive faster than the speed limit, making the calculus that the benefits of getting to where they’re going faster outweigh the risks.”

(Paula Bolyard – PJ Media)  How did we go from “flatten the COVID-19 curve” to “shut up and wear the mask—or else” in just a few short months? Back in March, we were told that lockdowns were necessary to ensure COVID-19 cases would not overwhelm hospitals and, in particular, intensive-care units…. Continue reading

‘This Is No Longer About George Floyd’: Portland Police Union Boss Claims Elected Officials Are Condoning ‘Destruction And Chaos’

“It is time to stand up. It is time to tell your elected officials that the city is under siege because of their inaction. Our elected officials have condoned the destruction and chaos of our city. They have invited privilege and entitlement to burn and destroy our buildings, businesses, and livelihoods.”

(Tim Pearce – Daily Wire)  The president of the Portland Police Association ripped elected officials in Oregon for ceding the city’s security to violent rioters and looters. Continue reading

New Vatican Document Blames COVID-19 Pandemic on Man’s Sins Against Mother Nature

(PNP)  The Vatican released a document for church faithful with reflections on COVID-19, and the missive is as devoid of Gospel as one might expect from a Church that is doubly so. The Pontifical Academy for Life produced the document and it was introduced by the Vatican Press with the wordy title ” “Useful information on the Document of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Humana Communitas in the age of pandemic: untimely meditations on life’s rebirth.” Continue reading