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The Holiness of God – R.C. Sproul

Some years ago I was blessed to hear this after my friend and sister in the Lord, Helen, loaned me the CD. Over the last 34 years I’ve heard a number of sermons preached on the topic of God’s Holiness, but this one stirred me like no other. If time permits I pray you will turn off your phone, lean back and listen to R.C. Sproul teach on the Holiness of God. You will be blessed.

In the year that King Uzzi′ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:

‘Hear and hear, but do not understand;
see and see, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people fat,
    and their ears heavy,
    and shut their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
    and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
    and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”

And he said:

“Until cities lie waste
    without inhabitant,
and houses without men,
    and the land is utterly desolate,
12 and the Lord removes men far away,
    and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 And though a tenth remain in it,
    it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak,
    whose stump remains standing
    when it is felled.”
The holy seed is its stump.

(Isaiah 6)

 

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The Year in Photos: Palestine-Israel in 2014

Nothing speaks like a photo.

Take a couple minutes to check these out.

Images help shape the way we understand the world. A powerful image can resonate in the minds of millions and affect the public agenda, leading to increased awareness, activism and policy initiatives. This year we witnessed the worst attack on Gaza in decades, endless violence and hostility in Jerusalem, housing struggles inside Israel, ongoing home demolitions in Bedouin villages and in the Jordan Valley, as well as the continuing struggle for freedom by the community of African asylum seekers. Activestills selects the most powerful, important and moving images of 2014 — presented in chronological order.

View at 972 Magazine: The Year in Photos: Palestine-Israel in 2014

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Lindsey Graham to Netanyahu “I’m here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Congress will follow your lead”

This latest news article should deeply concern every citizen of the United States of America. As I commented at the source:

quote; “I’m here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Congress will follow your lead,” Graham said.

That statement should not only enrage every US citizen, but frighten the bejeebers out of you. When i voted i did so to send representatives to Washington to work on MY behalf: a United States tax-paying citizen; NOT to sit up in Washington and put the welfare of a foreign nation before the welfare of the citizens of the United States of America. Nor to have our country’s representatives taking orders from the leader of a foreign State. Israel ultimately wants war with Iran—so i guess because they want to bomb Iran, the stupid idiots in Washington will follow suit. Israel will be the downfall of America.

I stand by my comment.

See story at Lindsey Graham assures Netanyahu that Congress works for Israel

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Who Is A True Israelite?

securedownloadAny understanding of Israel apart from the Messiah Jesus Christ is flawed. Only by possessing the faith of Abraham and being transformed into a new creation in Christ–that is, becoming one with Christ–can a person be considered a member of Israel.

Regardless of racial or ethnic background, no one can rightly claim citizenship in/of Israel without first bowing the knee to Israel’s legitimate King, the Lord Jesus Christ, “the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt.1:1) ~ Basile Sakkas: The Orthodox Faith 

“Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith…… The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ”

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” – (Galatians 3)

*Also, I encourage you to read Adam’s newest post at Pursuing Truth: “Why I Believe Israel Is the Apple of God’s Eye”

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How much of our foreign policy is a subchapter of our Israel policy?

Question asked and answered in this revealing article at Mondoweiss:

In the last week, two conversations on television suggest that the idea that the Iraq war was undertaken because of concern for Israel’s security is now conventional wisdom among the chattering classes…..

See: Hillary Clinton’s decision to support Iraq war was driven by Israel concern, Chris Matthews says 

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“If The Foundations Be Destroyed…?”

While there are any number of messages I’ve encouraged readers here to listen to and/or read, all of them excellent, this is one I have no problem with saying is truly prophetic. Sensing this in my spirit as strongly as I do, friends I do encourage you to read the intro and listen to this message, for it is a true word for the Church today.

quotes (from the introduction)

downloadIf the roof is blown off of your house in a tornado, it will cause you trouble, grief, and expense. But there is no cause for despair. If one of the walls of this building were to be torn off in a storm, it would require our time, labor, and money to replace it. But it could be replaced soon enough. Indeed, we once saw building collapse, like a pile of toothpicks, during a winter storm. It was a frustrating and costly ordeal. But soon the walls were again raised. However, if by some terrible earthquake, the foundations of the building were broken up and destroyed, then all would be hopelessly lost and ruined.

If the roof is blown off of your house in a tornado, it will cause you trouble, grief, and expense. But there is no cause for despair. If one of the walls of this building were to be torn off in a storm, it would require our time, labor, and money to replace it. But it could be replaced soon enough. Indeed, we once saw building collapse, like a pile of toothpicks, during a winter storm. It was a frustrating and costly ordeal. But soon the walls were again raised. However, if by some terrible earthquake, the foundations of the building were broken up and destroyed, then all would be hopelessly lost and ruined.

This was the fear David expressed in our text. Perhaps this Psalm was written during the time of Abaslom’s rebellion. I don’t know. But David was experiencing some very terrible ordeal which caused him to fear, not for himself, but for the nation and for the people of God. It appeared to this servant of God that the very foundations of the kingdom were trembling. And he cries out to God, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

 I want us to meditate for a little while tonight upon this question. We are living in troublesome times. Any rational, reasonable man is concerned about the problems facing our nation, and the world at large. The world’s economic system appears to be on the verge of total collapse. We have modern, sophisticated weapons of war which could annihilate nations in only a few moments of time. And there are areas of the world so tense that a third world war could break out at anytime.

Moreover, some of you have personal, domestic trials and difficulties which appear, in your own eyes, to be as great as the trials of the world at large.

And the greatest evils of this age are to be found in the religious world. Spiritual wickedness abounds everywhere. Heresy abounds in the professed church of God. Therefore wickedness abounds in the streets. What the end of these things shall be I simply do not know.

But just suppose that the most fearful tragedy you ever imagined were to actually come to pass. What would you do? What could you do? This is the fearful apprehension David had formed in his mind. And he cries out to God, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Let me briefly point out some foundations which are sure to decay….

  1. The foundation of every CIVIL GOVERNMENT will, sooner or later, be destroyed.

 

          No nation under the sun will stand forever. Neither America, nor England, nor Israel is invincible. Neither the free nations of the world nor the communist nations are God’s representatives in this world.

 

I am no pessimist. But I try to face things as they really are. I am a true blooded American, loyal to the core. But I am afraid the signs of decay are evident in our land.

 

  1. Justice is perverted.
  2. The laws of the land are a farce.
  3. And the moral fabric of our nation is being eroded by those who ought to be building it up. Men call good evil and evil good, and really do not know the difference.

 

  1. The foundation of FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY may be destroyed very rapidly.

 

          Whether you talk about the nation or an individual family, economic stability would be a great blessing. But economic security is an impossibility.

 

  1. I have often seen the foundation of TRUST BETWEEN FRIENDS crumble.

 

          David experienced this. Our Lord experienced it. Paul experienced it. I have known its pain. And you will experience it too.

 

  1. The foundation of DOMESTIC TRANQUILLITY and family happiness, at best, will only endure for a while.

 

  1. The rebellion of a son, or the waywardness of a daughter, will bring a loving father or tender mother terrible grief.

 

Pray you will complete reading the introduction and listen to the audio message at For The Love of His Truth: “If The Foundations Be Destroyed…?”

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SNAKE-HANDLERS, FALSE MESSIAHS, AND A FEW GREAT SOULS: 14 Who Passed in 2014

Interesting article and bio’s.

No other end-of-year list can hope to offer such profound juxtapositions: a groundbreaking female Mennonite pastor alongside an “immortalist” con man; the transcendent wisdom of a civil rights leader alongside one of the most hate-filled religious figures in contemporary memory. But here it is, a connect-the-dots portrait of a powerfully complicated American religious landscape, circa 2014.

At Religion Dispatches: SNAKE-HANDLERS, FALSE MESSIAHS, AND A FEW GREAT SOULS: 14 WHO DIED IN 2014

*Edited to add there are a number of other very interesting “end of 2014″ stories posted today at Religion Dispatches, which  include the two below:

TOP FIVE TOXIC RELIGION STORIES OF 2014

5 SILLIEST RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS CASES IN 2014

 

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