Handling Criticism in Marriage Part 1: Don’t defend yourself too quickly

August 2, 2019 by SLIMJIM

Handling Criticism in Marriage Part 1: Don’t defend yourself too quickly

Selected Scripture

 

Establish the Need: When your spouse criticize you, how do you respond?  Have you seen anyone who can’t handle criticism well and are too quick to defend themselves?  If so, what does it look like and do you think this trait of an individual help them handle criticism?  How do you think it affects the quality of their marriage and family?  Do you realize you need God’s help so that you don’t defend yourself too quickly when you face criticism?  If so this message is for you!

 

Purpose: In this session we want to consider some commands and perspectives from the Bible so that you won’t defend yourself too quickly in order to help us handle criticism biblically in our marriage.

  • You need to know God’s Commands that require you not to defend yourself too quickly
  • You need to have biblical perspectives to motivate yourself not to defend yourself too quickly

 

1. You need to know God’s Commands that require you not to defend yourself too quickly

  1. Command #1: God command we are to be quick to hear: “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear…” (James 1:19)
    1. Sometimes when we are quick to defend ourselves it is because we don’t like to listen to others.
    2. But here God makes it clear we are to listen.
    3. We not only are to listen but are to be quick about it: not reluctantly but eagerly!
  2. Command #2: God command we are to be slow to speak: “slow to speak…” (James 1:19)
    1. Sometimes when we are quick to defend ourselves it is because we are fast to talk. We might have a tendency to interrupt others or hijack conversations to go our way.
    2. But here God makes it clear we are to be slow to speak.
  3. Command #3: God command we are to be slow to anger: “slow to anger” (James 1:19)
    1. Sometimes when we are quick to defend ourselves it is because we are quickly angered.
    2. But here God makes it clear we are to be slow to anger.
  4. Practice:
    1. How do you know if you are too quick to defend yourself when faced with criticism? Be honest with yourself:
      1. Are you quick to hear?
      2. Are you slow to speak?
      3. Are you slow to anger?
    2. Which one of these commands are you inclined to disobey that might contribute to you defending yourself too quickly when facing criticism?
    3. Here is now an opportunity to practice handling criticisms biblically in marriage: Ask your spouse the same questions above. Listen to what they say is your problem.
    4. Confess your sins to God and ask Him for grace to put these commands into practice, especially in the area of handling criticisms.
    5. Also consider obeying these commands out of the motivation of loving obedience to Jesus who have shown you so much grace and mercy by dying for your sins!

 

2. You need to have biblical perspectives to motivate yourself not to defend yourself too quickly

  1. Perspective #1: Remember you are a sinner
    1. Scripture teaches that we have a sin nature even as believers
      1. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want” (Romans 7:18-19)= Here Paul makes it clear that we have a sinful nature even after we become a Christian.
      2. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner [q]of the law of sin which is in my members.” (Romans 7:22-23)= Again Paul makes it clear that we have a sinful nature even after we become a Christian.
    2. Preacher Joel Beeke makes the point that we make so many decisions we WOULD sin and make mistakes. And of course some of those sins would be noticed by others and brought to our attention, whether by our spouse or others.
    3. So then let us be not defend ourselves too quickly when we face criticism.
  2. Perspective #2: Our sinful heart is deceptive
    1. The Bible is clear that our hearts are deceitful: “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
    2. Since we have this deep-seated moral “blindspot,” we ought to be careful not to be too quick to defend ourselves.
  3. Perspective #3: It is wise to consider reproof: “He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.” (Proverbs 15:31)
  4. Perspective #4: Consider the source of the criticism
    1. If you have a hard time not to quickly defend yourself then ask yourself this question: Who is giving you the criticism? Your spouse who very likely loves you!
    2. Remember your spouse is a gift from the Lord: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22)
    3. Have you dwelled on the truth that the one giving you criticism is someone God has given to you and who have the intention of meaning well for you? Take the criticism seriously!
  5. Perspective #5: There’s value of criticism from a friend: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:6)
    1. From reason 5 onwards we consider perspective of being slow to respond to criticism in light of it being painful.
    2. Your spouse would know more about you than any ordinary friend; consider even more the value of rightful criticism about your faults, even if it hurts!
  6. Perspective #6: Anger does not achieve the righteousness of God: “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20)
    1. Sometimes when people react negatively to criticism they get angry.
    2. Yet consider this truth that the anger of man doesn’t achieve much righteousness typically.
  7. Perspective #7: Reacting angrily is foolish: “A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.” (Proverbs 29:11)
    1. It is foolishness to lose one’s temper.
    2. Notice one who is wise holds back anger.
  8. Perspective #8: Be careful of attacking back hypocritically
    1. Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5)
      1. This is Jesus’ words.
      2. Notice Jesus said we should not be like the person who complain about the speck of someone’s eye when we have a log in verses 3-4.
      3. Notice Jesus taught the importance of removing one’s own sins before pointing out the sins of others in verse 5.
    2. Paul also talked about this: “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” (Romans 2:1)
  9. Perspective #9: Having a bad reaction to criticisms only generate more criticisms
    1. Now the criticism is about the reactions.
    2. It thus perpetuate a cycle.
  10. Perspective #10: Why not be wrong? ” Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?” (1 Corinthians 6:7b)
      1. Sometimes when we are quick to respond to criticism it is because we felt the criticism is incorrect or unfair. We feel wronged by the other person.
      2. Yet why not be wronged?
      3. Only way we can endure being wronged and not have it result in a “blow up” is looking towards Christ: He who was silent to the Cross in the greatest injustice, being totally innocent yet being crucified.
      4. He was crucified to save sinners! Are you saved?  He saved and died for you!
      5. Let that move you to obedience!
  11. Practice:
    1. Review these perspectives. Review them regularly.
    2. Also have a spirit of being willing to accept responsibility. This outlook would change the way you handle criticism and also life!

https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/handling-criticism-in-marriage-part-1-dont-defend-yourself-too-quickly/

Powerful New Photos Show Women Who Desperately Regret Their Abortions But Found Christ’s Forgiveness

MICAIAH BILGER AUG 6, 2019

Angela Forker is giving a voice to women in a society that increasingly is trying to silence their stories.

Her new photography project, After The Abortion, uses powerful images and quotes to share post-abortive women’s testimonies. Through the photos, Forker shows the women’s struggles, their pain and grief, and their journey to healing.

“Something is happening in America, and those who are in the middle, they need to make a choice,” Forker told LifeNews.com.

At a time when women are encouraged to brag about how good their abortions were and silenced if they regret them, Forker said she hopes the After The Abortion project will “touch hearts and show them the truth behind abortion. Who can argue with their experience?”

Forker said her background is in baby photography and missions. She and her husband used to serve as missionaries in Germany and Italy before they returned to the United States a number of years ago.

Earlier this year, she said she felt God calling her to begin the After The Abortion project.

But she hesitated.

Forker said she had been praying that God would use her photography to help people come to Him. But the answer was not what she had expected.

“He stretched me in a way I never thought possible,” she said. “He told me to photograph post-abortive women and tell their stories, I basically said no to God. I argued with Him because I was doing baby photography.”

Between her photography business, ministry work and her Precious Baby project (another one of her pro-life ministries), Forker felt too busy to start something new. She also confessed that she was worried that people would think that she had had an abortion.

“In an instant, God showed me His great heart of love and compassion for these women, and I just started crying,” she remembered. “I asked Him to forgive me, and promised to do it for Him.”

Since February, Forker has completed about a dozen photography sessions with women who have had abortions. In each case, the women contact her about participating.

To begin, she asks the women to share their stories with her, and then she creates unique photo sessions around their experiences. Some women tell her of struggles with depression or denial, others with substance abuse, broken relationships or suicidal thoughts. Some of her sessions involve the fathers of the unborn babies, too – because abortions affect every member of the family.

Their stories tell of bitterness and grief and the realization that they aborted their own children. But Forker believes they also are a testament to the healing power of Jesus.

My  abortion almost killed me,” one woman, Meg, told Forker. “I had an acute awareness of my daughter’s soul leaving the room. And, as if in a cartoon, a black cloud moved over me. Guilt. Shame.”

Another woman, Jenna, told Forker that she carries a walnut with her to remind her of her unborn baby. When she had the abortion, Jenna said she felt her baby, about the size of a walnut, pass out of her body.

“Something in my head said, ‘Don’t forget about me,’” Jenna remembered. “I won’t ever forget. There was nothing worse than killing your own child.”

During each session, Forker also prays with the women. She said she asks that their stories will help other mothers choose life and other post-abortive mothers and fathers find healing and forgiveness.

After she is finished, she posts them on her public Facebook page, After The Abortion. Each is a unique piece of art, a series of photos and quotes that poignantly capture each woman’s experience.

In just a few months, their stories have reached thousands of people across the world. Forker said she has received many messages from women asking how they also can find forgiveness and healing after their abortions. She directs them to post-abortion healing ministries like Rachel’s Vineyard and Surrendering the Secret.

Her project speaks to a time where women are encouraged to “shout” their abortions, where the abortion industry tells women that aborting an unborn baby is “normal.” Post-abortive women who experience profound grief and regret often feel silenced and alone — as if they are the only ones who feel that way. But they are not.

The stories told through Forker’s project remind our culture that abortions are not normal or brag-worthy. They are damaging, destructive. They kill unborn babies and leave countless mothers and fathers struggling with an immense weight of grief and pain.

But there is hope.

Women facing unplanned pregnancies can find help and support. Women and men who have lost their unborn babies to abortion can find healing in Christ. These are the messages that Forker hopes to reach the world with.

“It’s just been incredible,” Forker told LifeNews. “It has touched so many lives around the world. And I’m just blown away.”

To be considered for the project, email Angela Forker at preciousbabyphotography@outlook.com.

 

Original here


Narrow Path Ministries is in the process of opening an orphanage. An Endowment fund has been established  to fund the orphanage.


We Love and Loathe God

If we can’t admit that, we won’t make much headway.
MARK GALLI| JULY 24, 2019

We Love and Loathe God

With this essay, I will stop introducing chapters of the book that will come out in the spring, When Did We Forget God? (Tyndale). The essays I’ve published here have been mostly critical in nature—it’s my inner prophet coming to the surface. Or maybe just my inner Scrooge. I have a couple more chapters analyzing the horizontal temptation in how we read the Bible and the small-groups movement, and the imaginative reader can probably guess what I might say in such chapters. Let’s just say the temptation to make our faith about ourselves and our feelings is with us always, even to the end of this moral, therapeutic, deist age.

But it would be irresponsible to not at least point some way forward, and the third part of the book attempts to do just that. But now that I’ve finished it, I realize I need to do a lot more reading and thinking about desire, and especially desire for God. So the third part is really just a few forays into a very complex topic.

This column will continue, but it will be more on an occasional basis. As I’ve been preparing these essays for online, I’ve been taking notes on topics that I have not addressed in the book but that might make for good reflections here. But I don’t think I’m smart enough to have something worth reading each and every week, so from this point on, this series will appear as the Lord inspires, or as hubris makes me think he’s doing so.

For now, here is a chapter from the third part of the book.

The Beginning of Desire

The writer of Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear he refers to is a healthy reverence and awe. But there is another type of fear we have to wrestle with in our relationship with God. In terms of that fear, I’d put it like this: The fear of God is the beginning of longing for him.

I ended the last chapter noting that we do,in fact, long to know and love God at some deep level. We do desire God. In spite of all the ways we have forgotten him, that is, marginalized God in our flurry of horizontal activity, we still want God. This appears to contradict what I’ve been arguing. Not really.

If I were to turn now and say all we have to do is make up our minds to start desiring God, I will have moved from hyperbole to fiction.

I have drawn a stark contrast between the vertical and horizontal dimensions of faith to bring some clarity and urgency to the problem. Such stark contrast is hyperbole, using language in a dramatic way to drive home a point. But if I were to turn now and say all we have to do is make up our minds to start desiring God, I will have moved from hyperbole to fiction. Because it’s not that simple.

Deep down we desire God still, yes, despite all the focus on the horizontal. And yet the reason for the horizontal focus is not just that we have forgotten God—as if we just got distracted, like going to the store to buy milk, then filling the shopping cart but going home without what we came for. No, we have forgotten God because we deliberately try to erase him from our memory. That’s because sometimes God is like a bad dream that leaves us confused and anxious.

It is crucial that we recognize this dimension of our relationship with God. If God doesn’t at times leave us confused and anxious, we have not yet met the living God.

Just ask Abraham, who could not for his life figure out how God was going to produce a great nation from his aged loins.

Ask Moses, whose whole purpose in life was to lead the people into the Promised Land, only to be denied entry himself.

Ask David, who in many a psalm complained that the Lord did not hear him.

Ask Jeremiah, who was furious with God for prodding him to preach.

Ask Jesus, who felt as if God had forsaken him on the cross.

Every believer sooner or later knows it is a fearsome thing to fall into the hands of this God. Which is why any believer worth his or her salt is deeply ambivalent about God. Yes, we yearn to be ruled by Unfailing Wisdom—and yet we resent having to submit to anyone or anything. We crave intimacy with Pure Benevolence—but we fear the loss of independence. We resent the one we long for, and we are afraid of the One we desire. In short, we love God and we hate God.

One reason we resent God and just as soon forget about him is that he refuses to come to us in the way we think we need him to come to us.

We can make no progress in the spiritual life until we acknowledge this. If we think we really do love God simply, and all we need is a gentle reminder to put him back on the throne of our lives, we’re kidding ourselves. We’re living a fantasy faith. That is simply not the sordid and splendid reality of the human heart.

One large reason we resent God and just as soon forget about him is that he refuses to come to us in the way we think we need him to come to us. We reason like this: God is magnificent and wondrous, who knows no limits; thus he will come to us in unmistakable splendor. Yet our prayers waft into the silent beyond. Worship feels like a mud puddle of words. We ask for healing and we end up paying medical bills. We long for love and file for divorce.

Where is the God of miracle and wonder when we need him? He does not seem very dependable. And rather than look to him and be disappointed time and again, we decide to forget the vertical and focus on the horizontal. We’re sensible enough not to abandon Christian faith because in spite of our confusion we still believe it the way to eternal life. Just don’t ask us to take seriously the presence of God.

Maybe the glorious God shows up other people’s lives. Maybe back in the Bible days. Maybe once in our life a long, long time ago. But not today, not here, not in the foreseeable future.

The God of miracle and wonder, of course, is in large part a figment of our imagination. It’s the way we want God to be. It’s not the way he is day to day, eternity to eternity.

Oh yes, there are miracles and wonders in the Bible. To be sure, some have experienced the power and the glory of God today. No question about it. But these are not nearly as obvious as we sometimes think. Remember that many saw and heard the resurrected Lord right before their very eyes and ears, and yet they still doubted (Matt. 28:17).

We are wiser to think of miracle and wonder as God’s defibrillator. We are sometimes so dead to God we need an electric shock to the heart to wake us up. But after that, things return to normal, and God returns to his normal mode of address. Man does not live by divine defibrillator alone, for a life of miracle and wonder would kill us. Instead, God comes to us as silently and subtly as the steady beating of our hearts.

If the first step in desiring God is to recognize how much we resent his presence, the second step is to accept how, in fact, he has chosen to be with us. We have to know what it is we desire. If we desire miracles, we will never find God. If we desire God, we must give up miracles and look for him in the mundane.

In the human and inadequate words of the preacher.

In the confusing language and idioms of the Bible.

In the bread and wine of Communion.

In the water of baptism.

In the gathering or two or three come together for prayer.

In the everyday experience of mystery, of not knowing, of wonder, of the perplexing—of which life is chock full.

If we look for God in any place but the mundane, we will not find him, because it is there that he comes and dwells among us, full of grace and truth.

Mark Galli is editor in chief of Christianity Today.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/july-web-only/we-love-and-loathe-god.html

 

Faith, The Link Between God & Man

Hello my dear friend! How are you all? I hope and pray everything is well. I’m so happy and grateful to God could have time post my own article. This is a re-post from a writing that I’ve posted in 2013.  According to my blog tagline “Living by faith”, once again this post is about faith. An explanation about faith in an interesting and unique way. When someone ask and tries to make us doubt about the God’s presence and His existence, faith plays important role is restoring our beliefs in God’s existence in our lives. Not too biblical but deep enough to go into substance of faith. The conversation between a professor and his student below refers to the following the Bible verses,

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

For we live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

 

Professor: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?

Student: Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD?

Student: Absolutely, sir.

Professor: Is GOD good?

Student: Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful?

Student: Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

 (Student was silent)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student: Yes.

Professor: Is Satan good?

Student: No.

Professor: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From . . . GOD . . .

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student: Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student: Yes.

Professor: So, who created evil?

 (Student did not answer)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student: Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them?

 (Student had no answer)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student: No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student: No, sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.

Professor: According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student: No, sir. There isn’t.

 (The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, super heat, mega heat, white heat, a little    heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

 (There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So, what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

 (The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

 (The class was in uproar)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

 (The class broke out into laughter)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

 (The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir . . . Exactly! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

 By the way, that student was Einstein. 🙂

 

Karina – Living by faith.

Image source: Google Images

https://karinasussanto.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/faith-the-link-between-god-man/

The 7 Feasts and God’s Prophetic Calendar, Feasts and Festivals of Israel, Procedures

The 7 Feasts and God’s Prophetic Calendar

Leviticus 23:4 – These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.  

Colossians 2:17 – Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 

This chart reveals the seven feasts of the LORD and their prophetic fulfillment in the calendar of God’s redemptive workthrough the Jewish Messiah. The feasts were never referred to as feasts of Israel but were actually “divinely appointed times” (Heb. Moaid) with the LORD, and they were not only historical in Israel’s history but they are prophetic and speak of the redemptive work through Jesus Christ. Although there were other holidays that were observed by the Israelites (for example: Purim and Hanukkah), only seven were prescribed by the LORD. According to Leviticus 23 they were: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Notice that in Lev. 23:4 it says that the feasts would happen “in their seasons.” There were only two seasons in ancient Israel (warmer months and rainy months). The first four feasts took place at the beginning of the warmer months (April), and the last three feasts took place at the beginning of the rainy months (October). The prophetic message that is taught in the New Testament is that the first 4 feasts speak of the death (Feast of Passover), burial (Feast of Unleavened Bread), and resurrection (Feast of First Fruits) of Jesus Christ, and the birth of the Church 50 days later (Feast of Pentecost). Then there was a long interval which is the Church Age. After that the last 3 feasts took place which speak of the end of the church age and the regathering of Israel (Feast of Trumpets), and then the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, also referred to as the Great Tribulation (Feast of Atonement). The last feast speaks of the Kingdom of the Messiah (Feast of Tabernacles) which will never pass away.

Leviticus 23 reveals the seven feasts of the LORD and not only do they teach that God is in control of the times and seasons, but according to the New Testament they also present a prophetic picture of the calendar of events from the cross of Jesus to his millennial kingdom which will never pass away.

1 Corinthians 10:11 – Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Below is a list of the 7 Feasts in the Old Testament with Prophecy Calendar and Scriptures.

List of the Seven Feasts of the LORD and God’s Calendar
Feasts and Festivals God’s Prophetic Calendar New Testament Scriptures
Feast of Passover 
(Heb. Pesakh)Ex 12:13 – “when I see the blood, I will pass over you”God passed over the Hebrews when he saw the blood of the lamb. God also passes over our sins when he sees the the blood of Christ.
The Death of Jesus

Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God who came and gave his life so that we could have eternal life.

1 Cor 5:7 – “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us”

Jn 1:29 – “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Feast of Unleavened Bread 
(Heb. Matsoth)Ex 13:7 – Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.Just as the Hebrews ate bread with no leaven, and also removed all leaven from their dwellings, so is all sin removed from the believer in Jesus…past, present, and future.
The Burial of Jesus and our Sin

As the ceremony of Baptism implies, we were buried with Jesus and our sins were buried with him. When he rose, we also rose with him.

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

1 Cor 5:8 – Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Feast of First Fruits 
(Heb. Yom Havikurim)Leviticus 23:10, 11 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.The children of Israel were commanded to bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of the barley harvest on the first day of the week (the day of resurrection) and wave it before the LORD. Not one ear but a sheaf, and this first sheaf represented the entire harvest.
The Resurrection of Jesus

In Old Testament times the promised land was a picture of the kingdom of the Messiah. Jesus was the first to rise from the dead, and after him all that are Christ’s. The resurrection of the believer in Jesus is God’s promise.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 – But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
(Heb. Shavuot)Leviticus 23:15-16 – And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number the fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.The children of Israel were to count 50 days after the firstfruits sheaf of barley was waved. Then they were to offer a new wheat offering: 2 loaves of fine flour from the new harvest of wheat, baked with leaven and waved by the priest.
The Birth of the Church

50 days after Jesus rose from the dead, on the Day of Pentecost the Church was born. This marked the end of the “Jewish Era” and the beginning of the “Church Age” where both Jews and gentiles (2 loaves) could confess Jesus as LORD and be saved.

Acts 2:1-4 – And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit.

Long Period of Time The Church Age
The first four feasts happened in Nissan (April and May) and then there was a long period of time before the last three feasts which took place in Tishri (September and October according to our calendar). The middle interim is known in God’s calendar as the “Church Age” when both Jews and Gentiles will confess Jesus as LORD. During this time the Jewish nation will have blinders on their eyes (Romans 11:10) until God removes the blinders through great tribulation. Once the Church Age ends the prophecy of the last three feasts begins.

Romans 11:25 – “I don’t desire you to be ignorant brothers of this mystery… that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”

According to Daniel 9 the Jewish Messiah would be “cut off” and die, and then there would be a long period of time before the 70th Week also known as the “tribulation” would begin. This would be the last “7 year period” and in that time God will pour out his wrath and purge Israel of their unbelief. After this Jesus will return and set up his kingdom which will never be destroyed (Dan. 7:13-14). Hebrews 3:15 – Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 13:37 – He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man, The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Feast of Trumpets 
(Heb. Yom Tiruah)Leviticus 23:24 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.Trumpets were used to call the children of Israel to assemble together for a meeting with the LORD. The prophecy is about Israel being gathered into their land and after they are purged of their unbelief, after great tribulation Jesus their LORD will come again and they will receive Him, and mourn over his death.
The Announcement of Jesus’ Return

Joel 2:1 – Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand;

The Feast of Trumpets speaks of a time when the trumpet of the LORD will sound and all who are in Christ will rise to heaven. Israel will be gathered into their land and there will be great tribulation as never before in the world. Then the LORD Jesus will return to receive his kingdom.

Matthew 24:31 – And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Feast of Atonement 
(Heb. Yom Kippur)Leviticus 23:27 – Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.This feast was the only day that required fasting, and they were to afflict their souls, and when the high priest sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat the sins of Israel were covered for another year. This was Israel’s greatest day of the year, but its true significance was pointing to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ who would die on the cross for all mankind.

Afflicting their Souls speaks about the day when there will be great mourning over piercing their Messiah:Zechariah 12:10 – and they will look to Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.

The Purging of Israel’s Unbelief

Jeremiah 30:7 – Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble.

The rulers of Israel did not recognize the LORD when he came, as was predicted by all the prophets, and in their rejection of their Messiah the “Day of Atonement” was pointing to a future day of purging, called by Jeremiah “the time of Jacob’s trouble” when they would learn by “great tribulation” to say “blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.” This is also referred to as the 70th Week of Daniel. After they “afflict their souls” he will save them.

Matthew 24:30 – and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 23:39 – For I tell you, you will not see me from now on, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hebrews 9:11-12 – But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption.

Feast of Tabernacles(Booths)
(Heb. Sukkoth)Leviticus 23:34 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.The  Feast of Tabernacles was the last of the LORD’s feasts and it commemorates the ingathering of the harvest at the years end. It was a season of great joy and rejoicing over God’s abundance. The prophetic fulfillment of this feast is the Millennium, the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

Deuteronomy 16:13-15 – Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that [are] within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice

The Coming of Jesus and his Kingdom

The  Feast of Tabernacles speaks of a time when Jesus will return and set up his kingdom on the earth. He will reign in Jerusalem for 1,000 years. Satan will be bound and the joy of the LORD will fill the whole earth.

Matthew 24:30 – And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 16:27 – For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Fatherwith his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.

Matthew 24:44 – Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come.

Matthew 24:27 – For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 25:23 – “Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Daniel 7:13-14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

John 7:37-38 – Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out,”If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.”

https://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/7-feasts-and-gods-calendar.html


Feasts and Festivals of Israel in the Old Testament

Leviticus 23:2 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 

The Bible reveals that God appointed certain days of the year to be remembered and celebrated by the congregation of Israel. The word “feast” comes from two Hebrew words that mean (Heb. Moaid) “divinely appointed times” and the other (Heb. Khag ) means “festival” from the verb which means “to dance”. There were seven feasts that were observed annually in ancient Israel, and they were celebrated in this order: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. Only three were actual feasts: Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Tabernacles. The other four were appointed times. They were only required to fast on the Day of Atonement. During the special times they would remember great events with God. Three times per year: during the feast of Pentecost, Passover, and Tabernacles all male Israelites were to gather together. This is referred to as the “gathering” or “convocation”. After the exile the Israelites began meeting together on the Sabbath day.

It is commonly believed among Christians that the first four feasts in the spring speak of the first coming of Jesus Christ (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the beginning of the church), and the last three feasts in the fall speak of the second coming of Jesus Christ (The Rapture, Israel receiving her Messiah, and the kingdom is set up on earth).

Below is a list of Feasts and Festivals in the ancient Hebrew Calendar.

List of the Feasts and Festivals in the Old Testament
Feasts and Festivals Hebrew Months Season/Harvest
The Sacred Year
1. Nisan (March and April) Spring
Passover (Heb. Pesakh)  Nisan 14-21 Barley is Ripe
Leviticus 23:5 – In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. 
Description: The Feast of the Passover was instituted by the LORD on the night before the Israelites made their departure from Egypt. Passover was a perpetual reminder of God’s deliverance of the Hebrews by passing over their houses where they applied the blood on the lintel and doorposts of their homes. God spared  their first-born sons, but slew the first-born of the Egyptians. The Feast of Passover began on the 14th day of the month of Abib (Later Nisan), and it lasted for a period of 7 days. It was also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because no leaven was to be eaten. The Paschal Lamb was chosen on the 10th day and sacrificed on the 14th day and the roasted flesh was eaten in haste.
Unleavened Bread (Heb. Matsoth)  Nisan 15 Figs are Blossoming
Leviticus 23:6 – And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 
Description: The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a continuation of the Feast of Passover, and lasted for seven days. Because these two Feasts were so connected they were celebrated as one continued festival of eight days. They are commonly referred to as one festival and both names are used to refer to it. On the last day of the feast a wheat-sheaf of the first fruits of the harvest was offered up in thanks for God’s abundant provision in bringing forth fruit out of the earth.
First Fruits (Heb. Yom Havikurim)  Nisan 16
Leviticus 23:10-11 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 
Description: During the closing of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a wheat-sheaf of the first fruits of the harvest was offered up in thanks for God’s abundant provision in bringing forth fruit out of the earth. The first fruits of every harvest was to be offered to God (Exodus 22:29, Numbers 18:12) before gathering their harvest. They were not to make bread until the first fruits were offered in thanksgiving of the harvest.
2. Iyar (April and May) Barley Harvest
3. Sivan (May and June) Wheat Harvest
Pentecost or Weeks (Heb. Shavuot)  Sivan 6
Leviticus 23:16 – Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 
Description: The Hebrew word shavuot means weeks, and it was called The Feast of Weeks because it was celebrated the day after seven weeks (a week of weeks) after the Feast of Passover. Pentecost is from two Greek words meaning 50 daysand the Feast took place on the 50th day after the Passover. God established the Feast to remember the greatness of God when he gave the Law from Mount Sinai which took place 50 days after their departure from the land of Egypt. During the Feast two sheaves of the firstfruits of the wheat harvest are mingled together into one and waved before the LORD. The New Testament speaks of the birth of the Church when the Day of Pentecost had “fully come”.
4. Tammuz (June and July) Summer Early Vintage
5. Av (July and August) Figs are Ripe
6. Elul (August and September) General Vintage
7. Tishri (September and October) Fall, Plowing and Sowing
Trumpets (Heb. Yom Tiruah) Tishri 1-2
Leviticus 23:24 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first [day] of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 
Description: The Feast of Trumpets was a special time of blowing trumpets and was celebrated on the 1st and 2nd days of the month of Tishri (September/October). The first day of Tishri was also the start of the civil year for the Hebrews.
Atonement (Heb. Yom Kippur) Tishri 10
Leviticus 23:27 – Also on the tenth day of this seventh month [there shall be] a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Description: The Great Day of Atonement happened on the 10th day of the month of Tishri and it was the most important day for holiness, and the only day in which the Hebrews were commanded to fast and “afflict their souls”. The sacrifices on Yom Kippur were the most holy and the main sacrifice was made when the High Priest offered a sacrifice for the sins of the whole nation and entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled the blood on the Mercy Seat above the Ark of the Testimony.
Tabernacles (Heb. Sukkoth) Tishri 15-21
Leviticus 23:34 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 
Description: The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, and lasted for 8 days. During the Feast of Tabernacles the people of Israel would dwell in Tents or Booths made from the branches of trees so that they would always remember the wilderness experiences as they felt the air blowing through the branches. The Feast of Tabernacles was also called the Feast of In-gatherings because the fruits of the land of Israel have been gathered in.
8. Heshvan (October and November) Latter Grapes
9. Chislev (November and December) Winter Snows
10. Tebeth (December and January) Grass after the Rains
11. Shebat (January and February) Winter Figs
12. Adar (February and March) Spring Almonds are Blossoming

Leviticus 23:44 – And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

https://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/feasts-and-festivals.html


Jewish Feasts and Festivals Procedures

Leviticus 23:2 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 

This chart reveals the Scriptures and procedures of the Feast of ancient Israel during the Old Testament era.  The word “feast” comes from two Hebrew words that mean (Heb. Moaid) “divinely appointed times” and the other (Heb. Khag ) means “festival” from the verb which means “to dance”. There were seven feasts that were observed annually in ancient Israel, and they were celebrated in this order: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles.

Below is a list of the Feasts and Festivals with Scriptures and procedures.

List of the Feasts and Festivals with Scriptures and Procedures
Feasts and Festivals Scriptures Procedures
Feast of Passover
(Heb. Pesakh)A memorial feast commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from the bondage in Egypt.
Leviticus 23:5 – In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the LORD’S passover…Numbers 28:16 – And in the fourteenth day of the first month [is] the passover of the LORD…

Deuteronomy 16:1 – Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night…

1. Lamb is slain and roasted
2. Lamb is eaten by family
3. Burnt and sin offerings
Feast of Unleavened Bread
(Heb. Matsoth)Eating unleavened bread was woven into the Passover Feast. Barley was the first harvest in the spring, the first portion was dedicated to God.
Exodus 23:15 – Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)…Leviticus 23:6 – And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread… 1. Unleavened bread eaten for seven days
2. Barley sheaf waved on 2 days
3. Daily burnt offerings
4. On the 1st and 7th offerings were made, holy assembly
Feast of First Fruits
(Heb. Yom Havikurim)An offering of gratitude for the harvest, wheat was the latter harvest and the first portion was dedicated to God. There was no need for a sin offering.
Exodus 23:16 – And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, [which is] in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field… Leviticus 23:10 – Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:.. 

Numbers 29:26 – And on the fifth day nine bullocks, two rams, [and] fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:..

1. Barley sheaf waved
2. Burnt, meal, and drink offerings
3. Nothing to be eaten before this dedication
Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
(Heb. Shavuot)50 days after first fruits marked the end of the barley harvest and time to present the first fruits of the wheat harvest.
Exodus 34:22 – And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.Leviticus 23:15 – And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 

Leviticus 23:16 – Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 

Deuteronomy 16:9 – Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from [such time as] thou beginnest [to put] the sickle to the corn. 

1. Wheat loaves waved
2. Burnt, meal, drink, and sin offerings
3. People rested
Feast of Trumpets
(Heb. Yom Tiruah)Time of celebrating the new (civil) year. Israel would remember mt. Sinai and the giving of the law.
Leviticus 23:24 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first [day] of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Numbers 29:1 – And in the seventh month, on the first [day] of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.  1. Trumpets sound
2. Work ceases
3. Burnt and meal offerings are made
Feast of Atonement
(Heb. Yom Kippur)Day of fasting while their sins are covered for another year. This is Israel’s greatest day of the year.
Leviticus 16:3 – Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offeringLeviticus 23:27 – Also on the tenth day of this seventh month [there shall be] a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Numbers 29:7 – And ye shall have on the tenth [day] of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work [therein]: 

1. The people fast and do not work
2. Burnt and meal offerings
3. Goat and scapegoat are slain
4. Blood is sprinkled within the veil
Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)
(Heb. Sukkoth)This feast remembers the wilderness wanderings. It also commemorates ingathering of fruits at the years end.
Exodus 23:16 – And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, [which is] in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. Leviticus 23:34 – Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 

Numbers 29:12 – And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: 

1. The people dwell in booths made of branches for 7 days
2. Daily burnt and meal offerings
3. On the 8th day the people assemble

Leviticus 23:44 – And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

https://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/feasts-and-festivals-procedures.html


 

Now even the word ‘Christian’ is too hot for YouTube

Described as ‘unacceptable content’

 

Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.”

Many expressions of Christian belief have been censored by YouTube, which is owned by Google.

But on Tuesday, even the word “Christian” ran afoul of the social-media giant.

Chad Robichaux reported an ad for his ministry to veterans was rejected for including the word “Christian.”

Robichaux was instructed to “please remove the unacceptable content to continue.”

Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars said it appears the world’s largest religion is a “dirty word to Silicon Valley.”

Robichaux explained: “We ran a @YouTube ad for our veterans ministry outreach for those in need & it was denied for the word ‘Christian.’ Insane! #Censorship should terrify every American, conservative or liberal, Christian or Muslim. This bias is a dangerous course for America.”

Suggested Watson, “Perhaps if Robichaux had used the term ‘Easter worshippers’ instead of Christian, his ad would have been accepted.”

The snarky comment was in response to Twitter messages from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others referring to the victims of the terrorist bombing at an Easter service in Sri Lanka as “Easter worshippers.”

Columnist and talk-radio host Dennis Prager commented at the time: “Here’s what’s critical: Neither used the word ‘Christians.’ And in order to avoid doing so, they went so far as to make up a new term – ‘Easter worshippers’ – heretofore unknown to any Christian.”

Prager said that when Jews were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Clinton mentioned the synagogue in a tweet.

“But in her post-Sri Lanka tweet, despite the bombing of three churches filled with Christians, Clinton made no mention of church or churches. In a tweet after the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, she wrote that her heart broke for ‘the global Muslim community.’ But in her latest tweet, not a word about Christians or the global Christian community.

“Obama similarly wrote in his tweet about New Zealand that he was grieving with ‘the Muslim community’ over the ‘horrible massacre in the Mosques.’ But in his tweet about Sri Lanka, there is no mention of Christians or churches,” he said.

“These two tweets tell you a lot about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But far more importantly, they tell you a lot about the left.”

Now even the word ‘Christian’ is too hot for YouTube

 

Hammering Cold Steel

by Allen Elston

A few days ago, when I was working on our fence, I needed a piece of “S” shaped metal. I found an old horseshoe and began to hammer it on an anvil. It wasn’t handy for me to heat it, so I started beating on it while holding it bare handed. I did pretty good for a few licks, but when I really hit it hard, it vibrated my hand so hard that I dropped everything, grabbed my hand and danced all around the yard moaning. I remembered what Dad told me as a boy, “If you hammer on cold steel the devil will get you!” I smiled through my pain as that old blacksmith adage came alive to me. I recalled childhood experiences watching Dad shape red hot iron into usable material. It doesn’t take much hammering cold steel to realize it is usually a venture in futility. And, what about the devil’s part? I suppose the penalty for trying to force the issue, where you hurt yourself or ruin the job, is in the devil’s jurisdiction.

You may be able to identify with me in this area of life where you get so involved and feel so strongly about getting the job done, that you get caught up in self effort and drive yourself to countless hours of hammering away but accomplishing little.

Many years of my ministry could be described this way. God’s assignment was beyond me, and the only response to failure that I knew was to work harder, try any different approach, be diligent, and do not give up. There is nothing wrong with this in itself. I can say I was faithful, committed, focused, but very ineffective. The Home Mission Board never pressured me to do ministry a certain way. They only said if I found a way that worked, to be sure and let them know. They too, were resigned to an ineffective ministry in my area.

Faithful, but ineffective! What a convicting thought…hammering cold steel, getting little accomplished, but busy. What about the devil’s jurisdiction in the story? Yes, the penalty of powerlessness does cause hurt and ruin. There is nothing that cuts deeper, and bleeds less, than the feeling in your soul that you are useless, unappreciated and wasted. The Lord does not say it. We do. Others do. “How much longer are you going to stay?” Or, “You could go to a bigger church.” Or, “You are wasting your life here.”

I could identify with the disciples that could not heal the paralytic, and even feel the sting of the Lord’s rebuke, “O unbelieving generation…how long shall I put up with you?” I have cried in desperation, “Lord, that’s not fair. I can defend my record by my faithfulness.” The Lord’s silence to my searching heart pained me as much as the awareness of my impotence convicted me. The Lord knew He could do little to help me until I admitted I was helpless. Sometimes it is easier to keep hammering cold steel than to admit that in our own strength we are powerless. The Peter principle—“Let me be first, Lord. You can count on me. I’ll never do that, Lord”—must run its course. When the Lord catches our searching eye, and in the early hours all alone we cry tears of confession and surrender, then comes the ageless, eternal truth from God, “I love you. I called you and my Spirit within you is adequate to do what I have sent you to do. Trust me with your life. You are accepted and acceptable in Christ Jesus.”

This testimony is a common experience and is shared to encourage those who may be hurting. The whole exchanged life of Christ’s life for our life depends on the statement, “Trust me with your life.” He will not change the message we are to share with the world. He will not remove the challenge of diligence, faithfulness, and commitment. However, He will change our ministry to hammering when the iron is hot.

 

[Retired pastor, Allen Elston, has graciously given me permission to reprint a collection of inspiring newsletter articles he authored from 1994-1996 (like this one). I thank him for his generosity.]

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