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  • News From ChristianPost.com 8 December 2016



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    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

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    Title: Teacher defends right to answer a question LINK

    Description: A teacher in the United Kingdom has successfully protected her rights after being punished for answering a question.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Can we define 'evil' 75 years after it attacked? LINK

    Description:

    Author: Billy Davis,Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Dems looking to sabotage Trump picks LINK

    Description: Senate Democrats are reportedly plotting a course to either delay or put a stop to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Christian healthcare under attack at SCOTUS LINK

    Description: Several former students of a Mississippi university have reportedly put a stop to efforts there to make the school a sanctuary campus for illegal immigrants.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Indonesia's anti-Christian trend seen in protests LINK

    Description: While tensions continue to rise over Jakarta's first Chinese-Christian governor, Christians in Indonesia fear an increase in violence among radical Islamists.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Poll: Israelis excited about a Trump presidency LINK

    Description: An American-born Israeli author and former politician is confident that the arrival of the Trump administration will bode well for United States-Israeli relations.      

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: The role of HB 2 in McCrory's defeat LINK

    Description: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the election to his Democratic opponent – and while Charlotte's controversial "bathroom bill" may have had something to do with it, it may not be as some thought.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Pro-life advocate unhappy with suicide survey LINK

    Description: A prominent opponent of assisted suicide is taking exception to research on doctor-assisted suicide. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Muslim reformer on 'vetting': Ideology DOES matter LINK

    Description: An Islamic scholar who is trying to reform his religion says he doesn't have a problem with vetting Islamic refugees who might be terrorists.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: AFA defends news website defending itself LINK

    Description: Pro-family group American Family Association is defending a right-wing news website and its pushback against a major corporation.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Carson's intelligence a plus for HUD LINK

    Description: A clothing company that's throwing millions of dollars at environmental causes is failing to understand how the real world works, says an environmental analyst.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Yes, Trump knew what he was doing LINK

    Description: A conservative activist says President-elect Donald Trump strengthened the hand of the United States, and sent a signal to China, when he picked up the phone last week. 

    Author: Chad Groening,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: French ban video of smiling, happy people LINK

    Description: Smiling, happy children, teens, and adults with Down Syndrome apparently are offensive to media officials in France – and therefore they've decided no one else in the country should be able to see them.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Media ignoring an abortion story not breaking news LINK

    Description: New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show a drop in abortions in the U.S. – but don't expect to hear that from the mainstream media.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: 'Blue Dog' blue over Pelosi's continuation LINK

    Description: A former Democratic congressman says his party will continue to suffer unless it returns to the traditional beliefs he says it was known for in the past.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Retailer inflexible about controversial policy LINK

    Description: Macy'sA well-known chain of department stores won't surrender on its transgender policy, compelling a national organization to issue a warning – especially to women and children.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Teacher defends right to answer a question LINK

    Description: A teacher in the United Kingdom has successfully protected her rights after being punished for answering a question.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Can we define 'evil' 75 years after it attacked? LINK

    Description:

    Author: Billy Davis,Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Dems looking to sabotage Trump picks LINK

    Description: Senate Democrats are reportedly plotting a course to either delay or put a stop to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Christian healthcare under attack at SCOTUS LINK

    Description: Several former students of a Mississippi university have reportedly put a stop to efforts there to make the school a sanctuary campus for illegal immigrants.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Indonesia's anti-Christian trend seen in protests LINK

    Description: While tensions continue to rise over Jakarta's first Chinese-Christian governor, Christians in Indonesia fear an increase in violence among radical Islamists.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Poll: Israelis excited about a Trump presidency LINK

    Description: An American-born Israeli author and former politician is confident that the arrival of the Trump administration will bode well for United States-Israeli relations.      

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: The role of HB 2 in McCrory's defeat LINK

    Description: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the election to his Democratic opponent – and while Charlotte's controversial "bathroom bill" may have had something to do with it, it may not be as some thought.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Pro-life advocate unhappy with suicide survey LINK

    Description: A prominent opponent of assisted suicide is taking exception to research on doctor-assisted suicide. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Muslim reformer on 'vetting': Ideology DOES matter LINK

    Description: An Islamic scholar who is trying to reform his religion says he doesn't have a problem with vetting Islamic refugees who might be terrorists.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: AFA defends news website defending itself LINK

    Description: Pro-family group American Family Association is defending a right-wing news website and its pushback against a major corporation.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Carson's intelligence a plus for HUD LINK

    Description: A clothing company that's throwing millions of dollars at environmental causes is failing to understand how the real world works, says an environmental analyst.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Yes, Trump knew what he was doing LINK

    Description: A conservative activist says President-elect Donald Trump strengthened the hand of the United States, and sent a signal to China, when he picked up the phone last week. 

    Author: Chad Groening,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: French ban video of smiling, happy people LINK

    Description: Smiling, happy children, teens, and adults with Down Syndrome apparently are offensive to media officials in France – and therefore they've decided no one else in the country should be able to see them.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Media ignoring an abortion story not breaking news LINK

    Description: New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show a drop in abortions in the U.S. – but don't expect to hear that from the mainstream media.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: 'Blue Dog' blue over Pelosi's continuation LINK

    Description: A former Democratic congressman says his party will continue to suffer unless it returns to the traditional beliefs he says it was known for in the past.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Retailer inflexible about controversial policy LINK

    Description: Macy'sA well-known chain of department stores won't surrender on its transgender policy, compelling a national organization to issue a warning – especially to women and children.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: OneNewsNow.com Front Page Stories LINK

    Description: Front Page Stories


    Title: Teacher defends right to answer a question LINK

    Description: A teacher in the United Kingdom has successfully protected her rights after being punished for answering a question.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Can we define 'evil' 75 years after it attacked? LINK

    Description:

    Author: Billy Davis,Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Dems looking to sabotage Trump picks LINK

    Description: Senate Democrats are reportedly plotting a course to either delay or put a stop to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.

    Author: Michael F. Haverluck
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Christian healthcare under attack at SCOTUS LINK

    Description: Several former students of a Mississippi university have reportedly put a stop to efforts there to make the school a sanctuary campus for illegal immigrants.

    Author: Bob Kellogg
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Indonesia's anti-Christian trend seen in protests LINK

    Description: While tensions continue to rise over Jakarta's first Chinese-Christian governor, Christians in Indonesia fear an increase in violence among radical Islamists.

    Author: Bill Bumpas
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Poll: Israelis excited about a Trump presidency LINK

    Description: An American-born Israeli author and former politician is confident that the arrival of the Trump administration will bode well for United States-Israeli relations.      

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: The role of HB 2 in McCrory's defeat LINK

    Description: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the election to his Democratic opponent – and while Charlotte's controversial "bathroom bill" may have had something to do with it, it may not be as some thought.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Pro-life advocate unhappy with suicide survey LINK

    Description: A prominent opponent of assisted suicide is taking exception to research on doctor-assisted suicide. 

    Author: Charlie Butts,Billy Davis
    Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016

    Title: Muslim reformer on 'vetting': Ideology DOES matter LINK

    Description: An Islamic scholar who is trying to reform his religion says he doesn't have a problem with vetting Islamic refugees who might be terrorists.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: AFA defends news website defending itself LINK

    Description: Pro-family group American Family Association is defending a right-wing news website and its pushback against a major corporation.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Carson's intelligence a plus for HUD LINK

    Description: A clothing company that's throwing millions of dollars at environmental causes is failing to understand how the real world works, says an environmental analyst.

    Author: Chris Woodward,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Yes, Trump knew what he was doing LINK

    Description: A conservative activist says President-elect Donald Trump strengthened the hand of the United States, and sent a signal to China, when he picked up the phone last week. 

    Author: Chad Groening,Billy Davis
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: French ban video of smiling, happy people LINK

    Description: Smiling, happy children, teens, and adults with Down Syndrome apparently are offensive to media officials in France – and therefore they've decided no one else in the country should be able to see them.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Media ignoring an abortion story not breaking news LINK

    Description: New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show a drop in abortions in the U.S. – but don't expect to hear that from the mainstream media.

    Author: Steve Jordahl
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: 'Blue Dog' blue over Pelosi's continuation LINK

    Description: A former Democratic congressman says his party will continue to suffer unless it returns to the traditional beliefs he says it was known for in the past.

    Author: Chad Groening
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    Title: Retailer inflexible about controversial policy LINK

    Description: Macy'sA well-known chain of department stores won't surrender on its transgender policy, compelling a national organization to issue a warning – especially to women and children.

    Author: Charlie Butts
    Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016

    News from Christian News Wire 8 December 2016



    Christian Newswire: Religious Liberties / Persecution
    LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

    Diversity = Intolerance
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Counter to Atheist Group Attacks on Christmas Display
    LINK Contact: Liberty Counsel, 800-671-1776, Media@LC.org, Press Kit  ST. BERNARD, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Liberty Counsel countered an atheist group and has offered to provide pro bono assistance to the city of St. Bernard against a demand from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which wrongfully claims that a Nativity display be removed from the lawn of the City Hall.

    Atheists and Satanists -- One and the Same
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Suspect Circumstances Lead to Activist's Death, Family Demands Autopsy
    LINK Contact: ChinaAid Media Team, 432-553-1080 cell, 888-889-7757, 432-689-6985, media@chinaaid.org  MIDLAND, Texas, Dec. 6, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family members are demanding an independently-conducted autopsy following the mysterious death of an imprisoned Christian and veteran human rights activist on Tuesday.Peng Ming, a pro-democracy dissident known for establishing the China Development Union (also known as the China Development Federation) and publishing a work offe Source: China Aid Association, Inc.

    HSLDA Sues New York City Over Homeschool Hang-ups
    LINK Contact: Michael Farris, Jr., Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), 540-338-5600, mfarrisjr@hslda.org

    Nativity Scenes Belong In NYC Schools
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Christmas According to Marx and Lenin, by Ronald Reagan
    LINK Contact: Liberty Counsel, 800-671-1776, Media@LC.org, Press Kit  ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Between his campaign against President Gerald Ford in 1975-76 and his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan delivered more than 1,000 radio broadcasts. In fact, Mr. Reagan wrote most of those three-minute broadcasts himself. In one broadcast during the Christmas season, Reagan shared a story about Christmas in the Ukraine before and after communism.

    Censoring and Neutering Christmas
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Criminal Charges Filed Against Anglican Priest Arrested at San Bernardino Planned Parenthood
    LINK Contact: Contact: Allison Aranda, Life Legal Defense Foundation, 707-227-6675

    Evangelical Ministers Speak Out and Call on President-elect Trump to Protect and Safeguard Religious Freedom
    LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ministers ask that Mr. Trump clarify his position on a Muslim Database and ensure that no one is targeted or forced to register because of their religious beliefs.Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of the American experience and everyone should have the right to worship according to the dictates of their conscience without government intimidation or harassment.Establishing a Muslim Datab Source: Christian Defense Coalition

    Hijacking Christmas Turns Ugly
    LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    'Bad Santa 2' is a Cultural Marker
    LINK Contact: Catholic League,

    Conservative vs. YouTube
    LINK Conservative YouTube Channel Creator's Lawsuit against YouTube Well Underway

    Pastor Prescribes Faith to Millennials Struggling to Reconcile Their Feelings after the Presidential Election
    LINK Pastor Ellis D. Powell Aims to Build Bridges between the Church and Millennials, and Cultivate a Ministry That Is Plugged into Today's Mobile-Driven Culture

    Christmas Films Past and Present
    LINK Contact: Catholic League, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    National Bible Week Commemorating 75th Anniversary with Special Reading of the Bible on Floor of the US House of Representatives
    LINK National Bible Association with Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO) host bi-partisan event to include readings from the Bible on Tuesday November 15th, 2016.

    Survey Finds 60 Percent of Trump Voters Were Impacted by Pro-life, Pro-Religious Liberty GOP Platform
    LINK Survey also Finds Majority Support for Ability of Churches to Engage in Political SpeechContact: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, Family Research Council, 866-372-6397 WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family Research Council today released the results of a commissioned survey conducted by WPA Opinion Research showing that nearly 60 percent of Trump voters agreed that their vote was impacted by the Republican Party platform's "strong positions on unborn human life a Source: Family Research Council

    Macy's is Sliding
    LINK Contact: Catholic League, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

    Election 2016: Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
    LINK (See video message here.)

    Pastor Defends Speech in US Against International Law Claim
    LINK Contact: Liberty Counsel, 800-671-1776, Media@LC.org, Press Kit  SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 8, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Tomorrow Liberty Counsel will present oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) against Pastor Scott Lively, in which SMUG seeks to silence and impose significant financial penalties against Lively for speech about homosexuality in Uganda. The hearing concerns Lively's request for summary judgment to put an end to SMUG's egregious a Source: Liberty Counsel

    News from Christian Headlines:


    Title: ChristianHeadlines.com LINK

    Title: Provide Gifts to Proclaim Freedom to the Captives with Christian Aid Mission’s Christmas Catalog
    Description: This Christmas you can give a gift that can offer freedom to those living in darkness with Christian Aid Mission’s Christmas catalog.

    LINK

    Title: Crack-Down on Christians in Nepal Hits Snag as Eight Are Acquittted
    Description: Court drops proselytism case against grief counselors.

    LINK

    Title: Christian Artists Natalie Grant, Shirley Caesar and Hillary Scott Nominated for Multiple Grammys
    Description: A number of Christian artists have been nominated to receive multiple Grammy Awards this year.

    LINK

    Title: Bible Translators Face Opposition through Spiritual Warfare
    Description: Christian persecution around the world has been increasing, and Bible translators in particular are facing a fierce onslaught of spiritual warfare.

    LINK

    Title: Indonesia: At Least 97 Killed in Devastating Earthquake
    Description: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia on Wednesday morning, killing at least 97 people and injuring 73 others.

    LINK

    Title: Publisher Refuses to Cancel Tullian Tchividjian Book Deal Despite Scandal
    Description: But even despite the new accounts, Tchividjian’s book publisher, David C. Cook, has said they will still publish his new book, which is slated to be about grace.

    LINK

    Title: Employees of Christian Healthcare Facilities in Danger of Losing Benefits
    Description: Several non-profit religious healthcare facilities are in danger of losing pension plans for their employees. They are being sued and their cases will be heard by the Supreme Court.

    LINK

    Title: Ohio Passes Bill Banning Abortions after 6 Weeks
    Description: Lawmakers in Ohio have passed a bill, that, if signed by the state’s governor, John Kasich, would ban most abortions after six weeks.

    LINK

    Title: Dec. 7 Marks 75th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Description: To honor this momentous occasion, and specifically those who served and sacrificed their lives to ensure our present freedoms, Pearl Harbor is hosting its 75th Commemoration of the attack.

    LINK

    Title: Jesus Vs. Santa Board Game Draws Criticism
    Description: A Christmas board game that pits Jesus against Santa is receiving criticism for being offensive and even blasphemous.

    LINK

    Title: Daughter of Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson Gets Married
    Description: Rebecca Robertson, an adopted daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of Duck Dynasty, was married last Saturday to John Reed Loflin.

    LINK

    Title: Chip Gaines Tells Fans to Respect Buzzfeed Reporter
    Description: Despite Buzzfeed’s recent article criticizing them for allegedly being anti-gay, Chip and Joanna Gaines are refusing to retaliate and have instead asked their fans to respect the author of the article. LINK

    Title: Abortion Rate in NYC is 60 Percent of Birth Rate
    Description: New York City's abortion rate is the highest abortion rate in the country, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    LINK

    Title: Pastors and Friends of Tullian Tchividjian Say He is Permanently Disqualified from Ministry
    Description: Pastors and friends of former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Tullian Tchividjian have released a statement saying that Tchividjian should be disqualified from ministry due to his extramarital affairs and his apparent lack of repentance.

    LINK

    Title: Gilmore Girls Creator: ‘If Show Continued, Rory Would Probably Have an Abortion’
    Description: According to the creator of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, one of the show’s characters would likely have made a decision that would be disappointing for many Christian viewers.

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    kjv@Matthew:13:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This understanding is not a matter left to human intelligence, it is plain and evident to persons of all IQ's/literacy/backgrounds. Satan is not omnipresent so he utilizes man's sheep like pack and conforming nature. He will twist and distort ones intentions and honest curiosity, even God's own words to produce doubt and apparent contradiction to foster rejection and rebellion. It is not understood because the heart has fattened and calloused against it. A mans own peers become the fowls of the air as much as any demon.

    kjv@Matthew:13:20-21 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: From whom does the most pressure/persecution come from? Those just described as the wayside. Those here now without root expect peace and pleasantry. If the gospel is obvious to them it should be obvious to others they presume, and yet it is not obvious, ridiculed, divisive, persecuted against, even deadly. The young fledgling becomes disheartened, embarrassed, offended. A process - sunlight that is supposed to bring about growth instead kills off the plant. Though passive from ther out typically by number they are used by the wayside (therefore Satan) to increase the pressure on the remaining believers.

    kjv@Matthew:13:22 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: A believer that overcomes the first two elements must also contend with the cares of this world. It may not matter what others believe or think or behave, the believer is settled and assured in this part of his faith. However, the real issues of life and family and citizen present a constant drain on his time and energies causing anxiety and fatigue and over extension. The productive fruit of his life gets chocked out without him barely realizing it. I speak from experience.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: For the few strong that remain all of this process works to produce fruit in them 30 60 100 fold; supernatural returns. Fruit like this would not be possible if it were not for the entire process the necessitated it and brought it about. We should not consider it odd that these many things go into producing spiritual fruit. It is producers like these that the Lord wants with Him in His Kingdom. These souls are basically the humble and meek He spoke of in the Beatitudes that His light and Spirit have shown through, His redemption has fashioned, branches abiding in His vine, created unto good works; they are the blessed.

    kjv@Matthew:13:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The Lord sows a very particular seed expecting later a very particular fruit, a fruit worthy of the kingdom from which it was born, worthy of acceptance into the kingdom to which it is harvested. It is a supernatural fruit that comes forth in supernatural numbers; the fruit itself that bares more of this particular seed. The process it takes to produce from seed to root to a plant to fruit is deliberate and unavoidable as sunshine. Understanding this parable is to understand such spiritual process. Is this the fruit that I am producing?

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This parable is to be placed beside the parable of the sower for direct comparison, one extends the other. The first is a look at the process of the individual believer and what he must overcome. The second is a picture of the field (world) of all. The enemy has come in and planted a false believer with every appearance of the true believer except in final fruit. To remove the false believer at this time would also uproot the true believer, so the two are left to grow together. Both parables work together to draw a broader and deeper picture. The Disciples will shortly ask Jesus to explain this further.

    kjv@Matthew:13:24-30 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This is not to say that the Devil has created his own humans and planted them amongst God's. This is better explained by whom the God created human becomes moral agent of/to. The Kingdom of Heaven becomes firmly planted into one and the false kingdom of heaven becomes established in the other. The differences nearly indistinguishable until the fruit from each is bore out.

    kjv@Matthew:13:37 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: f[NT-GOSPEL@Son of man] speaks largely of His betrayal cruxifiction and return.

    kjv@Matthew:14:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: This passage almost reads backwards. At some point earlier the disciples of the Baptist told Jesus and His disciples the outcome of John's imprisonment - beheading. The crew is aware of the circumstances therein. What is happening now that Herod Antipas is associating Jesus with as a haunting of John. We do not know how this becomes known (perhaps one of Herod's servants) but, it does.

    kjv@Matthew:16:28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Could this be referring to John and the visions of the Book of Revelations?

    kjv@Matthew:16:21-28 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The comment about the leaven of the Pharisees is just as much a observation of what is currently transpiring against Him as it is a doctrinal fidelity teaching. Jesus sees what is developing and the rage mounting against Him so He checks to see how far along the Disciples hearts are in the revelation process. They are currently far enough to know that He is Christ but, not so far as to know what Christ must suffer for them in the very near future. Until they grasp this further more complete revelation they will not grasp their own future pathway - the baring of their own cross for Him in His absence up until His return.

    kjv@Matthew:17:1-13 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: We see that the focus of Christ's work with the disciples has sharply turned towards His Cross and is being confirmed from above with the types of signs that the Pharisees had asked for earlier. The disciples believed but, had not asked. The Pharisees did not believe and yet had asked. Which do you think were allowed a sign? Now that they've seen it they are kept from telling anyone of it. Worse than a non-believer not believing and not receiving a demanded sign is a non-believer disbelieving all the more after seeing a believer that has seen the sign by invitation.

    kjv@Matthew:18:1 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The subject 'greatest' is often brought up and is often tied to child like qualities. Not child like as in play, but, child like as in service/respect to others. Perhaps one can be playful and imaginative in service, but, certainly not the other way around serving child play/imagination.

    kjv@Matthew:18:7 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Recently, we have heard of the influences of a faithless wicked generation being at the root of a failed exorcism and now a world from which offenses/entrapments toward humble child like servants must/do come. The forces and momentums Jesus fights against are considerably larger than just you and I. We must also be aware of their effect and influence as well. They exist even amongst our own ranks!

    kjv@Matthew:19:1-12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: What would Jesus know about marriage fidelity? Funny you should ask. Who is Jesus married to (future tense)? The Church Israel/Gentile. Has She been faithful? Is She unblemished? Has there not been cause for a writ of divorcement? Continuously. Why then has He not? What is it in Her that He sees in Her future and is willing to go to His grave for? What God has joined together... let no man put asunder. The principal is true as a church. It is true as a couple. Is Christ righteous in not serving us His papers? Is He merciful in this? Shouldn't we likewise be?

    kjv@Matthew:21:12 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: There is the physical temple and there is a temple of individual men's hearts. Where a man's heart is there will be his treasure. There are men who treasure making money from the religious needs of many. There are men who treasure peace that do not confront them. There are men who treasure their position in the church that allow for even profit from such allowance. There are men who treasure the way things just the way they are, the way things have long time been. There are those who treasure their own ideals of the temple and not the ill image it projects to those it mistreats. These are the types of men who would be displeased by Jesus' message carried out in the temple for they do not treasure Him. When we look as individuals upon a collective temple such as this we look upon men's collective hearts. The object is not to avoid coming to the collective temple, it is to call upon all men's hearts by a higher calling; to call upon all men to come observe the most holy heart of our Lord and Savior; to meet with Him by His grace then and there. And if need be, shake a few tables of our own.

    kjv@Matthew:21:19 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: Additional natural info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_fig

    kjv@Matthew:19:23 @ @ p[RandyP] comments: The rich man will not be of the same mindset if he does enter.

    kjv@Psalms:60 @ Psalms:60 @ p[RandyP] comments: By the time of son Solomon's reign, God had used David as an instrument of bringing Israel from the pits of "hard things" to a nation with all enemies subjected to it. It was a time like never before and never again for Israel. David from the start believed in God's promise and God's ability. These neighboring nations were to be overcome by God's hand if only there be a leader such as David faithful and fully expectant. It is a hard lesson to learn when we go about electing our own way and our own man, going about by our own resource as they had done in the reign of Saul. Israel was taught in hardship that it really didn't have it's own resource and had little ability to stand against such hardened external/internal foes. It is also taught by prosperous times that God can bring about a great many essentials outside of their normal resource to surround faithful leaders such as David. Battles begun being won for the cherished nation that by their own strength would have undoubtedly been lost (or not even pursued) largely by the faith and petition of a God fearing/seeking man. God surely teaches by the hard times and by the prosperous times; the message either way is much the same. This lesson unfortunitely would have to be relearned every few short generations.

    RecentComments @ Acts:2:42 @ p[RandyP] comments: Chuck Smith calls this verse the 4 essentials of the church. This must occur to proceed towards the great commission. The teaching of doctrine, the fellowship/oneness/unity of believers, the communion with Christ amongst each other, prayer. The Lord added daily to this essential functioning church.


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