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Q. (3) Are there then other gods besides the God of the Christians?
A. There is none other true God but HE; but because they want the grace of Christians, therefore they choose not him, but such gods as will suit with and countenance their lusts.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

    It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

    Revelation 21:1–4

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

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    Q. 144  What does the third request mean?
    A. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” means, Help us and all people to reject our own wills and to obey your will without any back talk.  Your will alone is good.  Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to, as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.

    Matt. 7:21; 16:24-26; Luke 22:42; Rom. 12:1-2; Tit. 2:11-12
    1 Cor. 7:17-24; Eph. 6:5-9
    Ps. 103:20-21

    Q. 145 What does the fourth request mean?
    A. “Give us today our daily bread” means, Do take care of all our physical needs so that we come to know that you are the only source of everything good, and that neither our work and worry nor your gifts can do us any good without your blessing. And so help us to give up our trust in creatures and to put trust in you alone.

    Ps. 104:27-30; 145:15-16; Matt. 6:25-34
    Acts 14:17; 17:25; James 1:17
    Deut. 8:3; Ps. 37:16; 127:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:58
    Ps. 55:22; 62; 146; Jer. 17:5-8; Heb. 13:5-6

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    Q. 21 What is true faith?
    A.  True faith is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything that God reveals in his Word is true; it is also a deep-rooted assurance, created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel, that, out f sheer grace earned for us by Christ, not only others, but I too have had my sins forgiven, have been made forever right with God, and have been granted salvation.

    John 17:3,17; Heb. 11:1-3; James 2:19

    Rom. 4:18-21; 5:1; 10:10; Heb.4:14-16

    Matt. 16:15-17; John 3:5; Acts 16:14

    Rom. 1:16; 10:17; 1Cor. 1:21

    Rom. 3:21-26; Gal. 2:16;  Eph. 2:8-10

    Gal. 2:20

    Rom. 1:17; Heb. 10:10

    Q.22 What then must a Christian believe?
    A.  Everything God promises us in the gospel.  That gospel is summarized for us in the articles of our Christian faith–a creed beyond doubt, and confessed throughout the world.

    Matt. 28:18-20; John 20:30-31

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    Q.9 But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do?
    A.No, God created humans with the ability to keep the law. They,however, tempted by the devil, in reckless disobedience, robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.
    Gen. 1:31; Eph. 4:2
    Gen. 3:13; John 8:44
    Gen.3:6
    Rom. 5:12, 18, 19

    Q.10 Will God permit such disobedience to go unpunished?
    A. Certainly not. He is terribly angry about the sin we are born withas well as the sins we personally commit. As a just judge hepunishes them now and in eternity. He has declared: “Cursed iseveryone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law

    Ex. 34:7; Ps. 5:4-6; Nah. 1:2; Rom. 1:18; Eph. 5:6; Heb. 9:27
    Gal. 3:10; Deut. 27:26

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    Q. 111. What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?

    A. The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, “Our Father, which art in heaven,” teaches us to draw near to God, with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us, and that we should pray with and for others.

     Pray then like this:

    “Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9

    If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:13

     For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15

    So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.  Acts 12:5

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 1Timothy 2:1-3

     

    Frenetic Friday: Heresy, Orthodox, and Other Stuff


    So today has been interesting the President of the United States has been busy going to fund raisers while people are asking what he is going to do about MH#17 with no definite answer forth coming.  Hopefully this will change as it is obvious that this is getting out of hand.

    However, in my news feed has been a variety of articles and video regarding people who have gone from orthodox Christianity to heresy.

    Case in point here is Brian McLaren someone who went from orthodox teaching to heresy talking with Frank Schaeffer son of the late Francis Schaeffer  who has come out against his father and his teachings.  Here in the video Frank Schaeffer talks about his new book Why I am an Atheist who believes in God.

    Next we have the first baptist church in Kentucky who has decided to hold a same-sex wedding.  The two men in question have been regular attenders at the church and the pastor and the deacons have decided that if they can allow the two gay men to become members in the church then they must also allow them to marry each other.  No bible was consulted in this decision.

    John MacArthur of Grace To You has something to say regarding this:  They are Satan”s Church

    “They have no allegiance to the Bible,” he said. “You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.”

    Lastly we have a comment from Michael Avramovich from the Touchstone Blog who asks:  After  Homosexual “Marriage” are  Pedophilia and Incest Acceptance  Next?

    As a regular reader of Salvo magazine, I have seen the articles on efforts to “normalize” pedophilia.  But I have noticed that there have been some accelerating steps regarding the acceptance of pedophilia, and I wonder whether my readers have noticed.  First, there is the academic foundation for pedophilia acceptance.  Read more here

    Next let’s turn to news from the world of Marvel Comics.  Seems Thor son of Odin is about to become Thor daughter of Odin.  Yes the current Thor isn’t worthy enough to hold the mighty Mjölnir so a woman will take up the mantle and become Thor.  Because Marvel is owned by Disney this was announced on The View where Whoppi Goldberg said: “Thor he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”

    So just a thought here let’s do a little syllogism:

    Marvel is owned by Disney

    Odin is a King

    Thor is a prince

    That means Thor is now a Disney Princess!

    This may be a sign of Ragnarök  I am not sure.

    Do you want to see the blackest black?  Well here is a picture of the blackest black.

    vantablack
    Vantablack

    This is called vantablack it is a substance created by Surrey Nanosystems it reflects 0.04 percent of the light that shines on it.  It is the closest thing to seeing a black hole here on earth.  (From the Nerdist) But here is the coolest thing ever the Gaboon Pit Viper’s black scales do the same thing as vantablack!  Granted the viper’s scales aren’t as efficient as vantablack but even so it is still amazing.

    And now for something completely different:  A man puts on his pants without using his hands.

    Seriously who sits down and thinks about how to do these things?  I mean really was he sitting on his couch in his bvds thinking I wonder if I can get my pants on with out my hands.  And then film it.

    That is it for this Friday.  Come back again next week.

     

     

     

     

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    Q. 93. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

    A. 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.

    But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
    Hebrews 10:39

    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
    John 1:12

    And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith Philippians 3:9

    We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
    Galatians 2:15-16

    Saturday Special Part 2


    So technology it is a wonderful thing truly.  Except when it decides to strike back.  Case in point my Friday post just didn’t make it out so settle back grab a beverage of your choice and get ready.

    Remember Boko Haram?  Terrorist jihadists that kidnapped over 250 young girls.  Then there was that whole hashtag thing on Twitter that worked out real well didn’t it?   But did you know that we have our very own Boko Haram here in the good old US of A?  Yeah neither did I, but according to Mike Greer a retired baptist missionary the Southern Baptists are the same as Boko Haram!  And how did he come to this conclusion?  Why it is because the Southern Baptist denomination holds to complementarianism.  So what is complementarianism?  Complementarianism is the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. <cit. Theopedia>  Yes because Southern Baptists don’t allow women to be pastors (which is what it really boils down to ultimately) they are the same as jihadists.  Fortunately Dr. Paul Chitwood executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention has provided a well thought out response to Mike Greer entitled:  Southern Baptist Terrorists?  A response to Mike Greer.  Please take a moment to read Dr. Chitwood’s response it is well worth it.

    Speaking of the Religion of Peace, let’s say you want to go to a Christian seminary, what do you suppose the rules should be?  Well there is those rules that in my opinion make no sense like no smoking or drinking (Charles Spurgeon couldn’t get in with those rules) but how about Christian?  Well wouldn’t you just have egg on your face!  Because Southwestern Baptist Seminary has accepted Palestinian student Ghassan Nagagreh to its archeology doctoral program in 2012.  What 2012?  So for two years Southwestern has been keeping him on the down low?  Southwestern has said that allowing a Sunni Muslim is a one time thing and doesn’t mean it’s changing the policy about “a mature Christian character” and “evidence [of] a desire for Christian ministry,”  Nagagreh is participating in a local congregation and is abiding by the school’s moral code.  No information about whether he still prays to Mecca five times a day or if the school has given him a place to do so.

    So the war on Boys you’ve heard about this well here is some practical suggestions from Prager University to help boys out in schools.

     

    Lastly here is a something from our Robotic Overlords:  Robotic furniture

    Sure now they’re furniture what else are they going to disguise themselves as I wonder?

     

     

    Frenetic Friday


    Smiles everyone smiles welcome to Frenetic Friday!

    First I’d like to give a shout out to Wes Sorrells who pointed out that I had misspelled one of my categories.  I appreciate all the readers of the blog pointing out when I fat finger something.

    And now on with the show.

    In the religion department this one is for my friend the Sidekick even though he has become a Reformed Baptist (good choice, excellent choice!) here is five reasons it might be time to leave the PCA:

    1) A Failure to Exercise Discipline: In 2007 several ministers who were known advocates of Federal Vision (FV) theology drew up and signed what they called, “A Joint Federal Vision Profession” in which they tried to make clear what advocates of the Federal Vision affirmed and denied regarding doctrines at the heart of the Christian faith. This profession was signed by ministers from the CREC (which has become well known as an FV friendly denomination) as well as several ministers from the PCA including Jeff Meyers, Mark Horne, Steve Wilkins, and Peter Leithart. The question of whether these ministers were FV advocates had never really been in question, but their signatures on the Profession certainly removed all question regarding their FV beliefs.

    Read more here

    Now some would ask since I’m a Reformed Baptist do I actually have a dog in this fight? I would say yes, as many of my RB brothers would point out in some places in the country finding a Reformed Baptist church is hard to do. Many of us have to find a similar Presbyterian church that holds to what the scripture teaches. So many of us will then go to an OPC or a PCA church. But if the PCA is in a downgrade situation then where can we go? So it is to our own benefit to help our Presbyterian brethren.

    In case you didn’t know there has been a remake of Rosemary’s Baby on NBC so I have to ask just how much of a coincidence is it that a Satanist group tried to hold a black mass at Harvard.  Yes the operative word is tried because even though the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club had scheduled the ritual for Monday they cancelled it and moved it off campus because of “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.”  I’m sure that it had nothing to do with the sound of John Harvard, the clergyman who bequeathed the original money for the founding of Harvard, turning in his grave.

    And last in our religion category we have this: the Ophel inscription.    What is the Ophel inscription? Well it is a series of 3000 year old characters that was found in July in Israel.  Why is this significant?  Well the text suspected to be an early form of southern Hebrew would mean that  the Jewish people inhabited Jerusalem earlier than it is previously believed and that inhabitation would have coincided with the reign of King Solomon.  So these few letters would help prove that Solomon actually existed.  And of course the is heated debate as to whether this shard of pottery does in fact make that true.  But whatever may come from this it is proof that people 3000 years ago were writing where Jerusalem existed.

    Turning now to  the realm of politics there is a new film out called Blue (Blue Beats Green) which is an answer to the green politics of the current administration here is the trailer:

    Now I haven’t seen the film yet and this was sent to me by a friend whose opinion I respect so if this is playing in your area (and it will be playing in mine) perhaps you’ll take some time to check it out.

    And now transitioning from politics to things that make me scratch my head.  Are you a sandwich cookie dunker?  Does nothing thrill you more than opening a package of cookies, twin disks of chocolate separated by creamy frosting, filling up a talk glass of milk (or the equivalent for our lactose intolerant friends) and plunging the cookie into the milk  then transferring said  cookie dripping with milk to your mouth. Have you thought to yourself this would be perfection itself if I didn’t get my fingers wet from the milk?  Friends I have something for you introducing the dipr the ultimate cookie spoon:

    You know this is like eating Cheetos with chopsticks yes it keeps your fingers clean but really does it really add to experience of cookies and milk?

    And lastly here is another video from our Robotic Overlords showing their ability to play table tennis:

    Timo Boll vs KUKA Robot

    You just know that Timo Boll has been targeted by our Robotic Overlords for beating their champion.