David Murray: Why Are We Flushing 
Thousands of Years Down the Toilet?
As the President, the Democrats, and their allies in the courts and the media sweep away the basics of traditional marriage, and now the societal foundation of male/female identity, we are left with our heads in our hands, asking “Why?” Why are they doing this? Why would anyone think this is a good idea? What possible motive is behind it? Some sins and follies we can kind of understand — there’s a kind of rationale behind them. But to legalize gay marriage, to punish opponents of gay marriage, and now to abolish the male-female distinction in bathrooms, changing rooms, and shower rooms. It’s just unfathomable and seems completely irrational. What good can possibly come — and how much evil will definitely come — from putting grown men in women’s bathrooms? Let’s be brutally frank here — young girls, teens, and women are going to enter a private room, away from security cameras, and take their pants down; and President Obama has just decreed that sexually confused and twisted men be allowed to follow them and take their pants down just inches away from the women and girls. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?...
Headlines & Articles For Weekend, May 28th-29th, 2016
Bruce Walker: The Meaning of Memorial Day
America will celebrate Memorial Day in 2016 with the two presidential candidates, for the first time ever, having never been part of those armed services whose sacrifice we honor on that holiday. What causes young men to bleed and to die in another hemisphere?  What led brave men to fight and die in the Civil War or in our War of Independence? ...
High School Students Defy Atheists, Recite Lord's Prayer at Graduation
....Just after the valedictorian welcomed the crowd, the seniors stood to their feet and began committing an act of disobedience.  “Our Father which art in Heaven…”   “I was very proud to see the youth, our future leaders, decide to stand up for what they believed in,” Mr. Hill said. “I can’t lie—I teared up.” It was an emotional moment – a poignant example of Americans standing up for what they know to be right......
LA Weekly: Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 In L.A.
June is a time of celebration. Graduations take place. Father's Day is observed. And summer officially begins. It's also when the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles has scheduled festivities for a revered day in the diabolic community — 6/6/16....The group, which has 12 members, says it's heading to Lancaster on June 6 to take part in a "satanic ritual," according to a statement. The schedule is secret, but the appearances will be designed to raise awareness of the religion, organizer Thuc Nguyen told us.  .....
David Mathis: We Are Not Entitled To the World’s Respect
Winning arguments is not the same as winning souls. Very few, if any, have lost a quarrel and found themselves converted. But we all know the impulse deep down, when engaging with unbelief, to lash out in an effort to show ourselves right rather than win the unbeliever. If we genuinely are willing to take our cues from the New Testament, rather than instinct, we might be surprised to find the way the apostles would have us to engage with our society. Paul points to kindness, patience, and gentle correction (2 Timothy 2:24–26), and Peter lays out the way of “gentleness and respect” and compelling hope. ...
Plans To Create an EU Army 'Kept Secret' From Voters
British voters are being “conned” by Brussels officials who are keeping plans for a European army secret until after the referendum, leading Tories have claimed. Liam Fox, the former defence secretary who served under David Cameron, told The Telegraph that the ambitions showed the EU is wedded to the “dangerous fantasy” of creating a single defence force. Another eurosceptic Tory MP said voters were being “deceived” and “hoodwinked” about the true scale of the EU’s drive to create a single army.   ...
Muslim Mob Torches Christians' Homes in Egypt, Strip Elderly Woman Naked in Streets
An Orthodox Coptic church south of Cairo has reported that seven Christian homes were torched and ransacked by an angry Muslim mob who also humiliated a Christian mother by stripping her naked after her son was allegedly involved in an affair with a Muslim woman......
UMC Regional Bodies Deny Breaking Rules by Accepting Openly Gay Clergy
Regional bodies of the United Methodist Church do not believe they are violating denominational rules on ordination by no longer questioning clergy candidates on matters of their sexual orientation or gender identity.....
Tim Challies: Three Priorities for Christian Parents
What’s a parent to do? We know that God tells us to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord—we get that. But what does that actually look like? How can we flesh out that simple framework?  .....
 Richard D. Phillips: What Should Christians Think About Cremation?
....It is always the case that our views of the afterlife will influence how we handle the bodies of those who have died. This is true not just of Christians but of everybody else. Our theology will shape the way we approach all of life's great events, be they childbirth, marriage, the coming of the annual harvest, etc.  ...
Vance Christie: Actively Serving Christ In Older Age
One of the characteristics that has always impressed me about highly committed servants of Jesus Christ is that they continue to actively serve Him to the very end of their lives. Long after others have retired from their vocations and various forms of Christian service, these deeply dedicated Christian servants continue right on actively ministering for the Lord in whatever ways they are able.   .....
American Conservative: Don’t Dismiss Housework
The work of a stay-at-home mom—as well as the labor done by many domestic workers—is often disdained by our society because it fixates on and around the home. Yet traditionally, the home was not a place to be despised. Being a housewife was not degrading, either: as the gardener, cook, cleaner, and housekeeper, a woman was vital to the health and sustenance of her entire household—as well as, often, the other families surrounding her. Proverbs 31 speaks of a diligent housewife (who is also an entrepreneur and local benefactor) who is “praised in the city gates”: the place where the leaders of the city would traditionally gather.  Being a housewife required craftsmanship, skill, and prowess. ...
Betsy Childs Howard: You Can’t Buy Manna at Costco
.....It’s a great feeling when you can stock up on food and paper products at a wholesale store and know you won’t have to go back for months. But God doesn’t allow us to stock up on his grace. He gives it to us one day at a time, just as he gave his people manna. And just as they waited for daily bread for 40 years, we wait on daily grace for a lifetime.  .....
Stacy Reaoch: Submission Is a Mark of Maturity
....I knew full-well that my call as a wife was to submit to my husband. That had never been a problem. That is, until he no longer wanted what I wanted. I knew what the Bible said. And that’s what brought me so much fear and anxiety. Sadly, I dealt with my misplaced feelings through a lot of tears and whining. The amount of time we were not on the same page was probably only a couple weeks, but the intensity of the decision made it feel like an eternity.  In our own sinful, independent spirit we think we know better.   .....

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Headlines & Articles For Friday, May 27th, 2016
Jerry Newcombe: The Other Side of the Vietnam Story
Another Memorial Day is upon us. Interestingly, President Obama just visited Vietnam to help solidify our formerly strained relations. The Vietnam War still brings up many painful memories for those who served. No doubt it all turned out tragically, but there is a side of that war we rarely hear about---and that is, a word of thanks for even trying to keep that nation free from the scourge of Communism. When Vietnam veterans came home, they were often vilified. They were spat upon. They were called "baby killers." They were shunned. They were not thanked, but treated badly. And all they did was go and serve when their country called them....He also said, “Most of the G.I.'s who returned from Vietnam came into a very hostile society…This was the 1960's. It was mini-skirts and free love and great fun. And these guys came in, and they were a bother.” He said that through the years, thousands of returning Vietnam veterans ended up killing themselves. And he added, “I think America owes them an enormous debt to this day.” ...
CBN News: Christian School a Target of Liberal Efforts for LGBT Laws
Due to federal policy changes, private Christian schools may soon have serious decisions to make.  One example is the Pre-K through 8th grade church-affiliated St. John's Lutheran School in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It has 147 students and 10 teachers. It accepts federal money to provide subsidized school lunches, bus services, and other programs for its students. Since President Barack Obama's recent policy changes concerning Title IX on restrooms, St. John's is now faced with the choice to reject federal money or change its policies. ...
Inspector General Finds Hillary Clinton Violated Federal Records Act By Deleting Emails
The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review.   .....
Communists Cheer for Hillary and Bernie
The Communist Party (CPUSA) has been broadcasting its support for the national Democratic Party and both of its candidates. But for some reason, our media have failed to take notice. Since 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected President, the CPUSA—which was then funded by Moscow—has been organizing what it calls an “all-people’s front” against the “extreme right,” and it usually depends on the Democratic Party as its preferred electoral vehicle.   .....
CBN News: Eleven States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Directive
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with attorneys general in 10 other states, are suing the Obama administration over the president's directive to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom that matches their gender preference. The lawsuit is an attempt to make sure states can ignore the federal government's mandate. The 10 other states joining the lawsuit include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama.......
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd: Why I Agreed to Meet With Donald Trump
.....While I have no intention of endorsing Donald Trump -- or any other candidate for that matter -- I believe it is incumbent upon me to learn all I can about each candidate and their platform. Therefore, it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to meet with Mr. Trump.  Of course, as with many conservative evangelicals I have struggled with where we see matters today. Some of Mr. Trump’s comments about women, minorities and immigrants are concerning.  At the same time, what do we do? Stay at home? ...
ABC News: Muslim Mob Attacks Christian Homes In Egyptian Province 
An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.  .....
Spectator (UK): Great Britain Really Is Ceasing To Be a Christian Country
A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in Britain. Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian, 8 per cent follow another religion and 48 per cent follow none. The decline of Christianity is perhaps the biggest single change in Britain over the past century. For some time, it has been a stretch to describe Britain as a Christian country. We can  be described now as a secular nation with fading Christian institutions.....
Crosses For Fallen Soldiers are Now Back Up After City Meeting
Crosses placed in a field to remember fallen soldiers for Memorial Day in Hiram, Georgia, were quickly taken down after a single complaint, and then were put back up on Wednesday. After complaints on social media and a city council meeting Tuesday night, the crosses were put back into place...Seventy-nine white, handmade crosses were placed along State Highway 92 as part of the city's Memorial Day plans.  .....
Star Parker: Religious Freedom In an Age of Secularism
The late Claremont Institute scholar, Harry V. Jaffa, opened an essay he wrote called "The American Founding as the Best Regime," discussing the meaning of the words of the preamble to our Constitution. Included in those words, laying out the purpose of the Constitution is the phrase, to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Jaffa says that "No words of the Constitution reveal the intention of the Constitution," more than these. "What is a blessing?" asks Jaffa. It is "what is good in the eyes of God," he answers....
David Cloud: Law and Liberty In the Church
A principle that has helped me, and a principle that I delight in is that when things aren't spelled out in Scripture, there is liberty for the Lord’s will to be sought and followed in each particular situation.  When the Bible’ teaching is clear, that is law. When the Bible is silent, that is liberty, and there is a lot of liberty.  One man put it like this: There is form and freedom. The form is the words of Scripture rightly interpreted. The freedom is anything beyond the form.   .....
Layton Talbert: Antidote to False Teaching—Stability and Growth in The Knowledge of Christ (2 Peter)
....We refer to it as the “book” of 2 Peter, but Peter did not write this as a “book” of sayings subdivided into chapters and verses. He wrote it as a unified letter. As you read it that way, look for repeated words or phrases that tip you off as to the major subjects he is addressing and the most important things he is trying to emphasize. Try to identify key exhortations or warnings. Use different colored pencils or highlighters to distinguish recurring themes.  .....
Ben Edwards: Christians Don’t Retire
As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the percentage of Americans at retirement age is expected to explode, with about 9000 reaching age 65 each day....For many, retirement holds promises of travel, relaxation, and leisure. God certainly wants His children to enjoy the good gifts He has provided. But He also expects us to live our entire lives for Him, not just our working years. That’s why Christians don’t retire from being Christians—you never cease serving Christ.  .....
Ed Stetzer: The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness
As I see the widespread presence and pain of mental illness, another reality confronts me: oftentimes Christians struggle with talking about and understanding mental illness. There are three points that I want to lay out to encourage all of us to confront effectively the stigma and issues of mental illness. More importantly, let's seek training to care for our brothers, sisters, and even ourselves who suffer with these challenges...
Aaron Menikoff: Is Meek Weak?
What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the title “pastor”? My guess is it’s not “gentle.” The Iron Giant notwithstanding, our popular heroes are not known for their meekness. They tend to accomplish great feats through sheer might, skill, and force of will. They excel in hubris, not humility. I always thought I was gentle. When reading through lists of virtues in the New Testament, gentleness never caught my attention.  As a young man I prayed regularly against lust. I fought pride. I strove to ward off sloth. These deadly sins comprised a three-headed monster I knew I must oppose. But somewhere along the way, while I engaged in a frontal assault against my Cerberus, a sneaky little sin slipped out of my heart and attacked me from the rear. He goes by many names: harshness, brashness, and domineering are some of them....
Tim Challies: Why I Am Not Roman Catholic
.... I came to see that Catholic doctrine really is opposed to Scripture and to the gospel. My convictions about the errors and dangers of Catholicism...overall were sharpened and deepened. I concluded that for a number of reasons I could never be Roman Catholic. Most prominent among them are these three... .....
David Murray: The Old Testament's Message to Our Culture
What can the Old Testament possibly say to our culture? It seems a million miles and sometimes a million years away from our time, our generation, and our problems. How can something so old address all the new challenges of globalization, sex-trafficking, the digital revolution, etc.....So let me give you five ways the Old Testament speaks profitably to our times.........


Robert G.

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Billy Sunday
Broken Down Altars    1 Kng 18:30
Show Thyself a Man     1 Kng 2:2
The Devil's Boomerangs     Ecc 11:9
Teach Us To Pray      Luk 11:1
The Blood of Jesus Christ    Heb 9:13-14

Charles H.
I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9

D. Marytn

A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

T. DeWitt Talmage
The Laughter of the Bible    Psalm 126:2  2:4
The Power of Kindness    Prov. 15:15
Windows Opened Toward Jerusalem   Dan 6:10
The Ministry of Tears    Rev 7:17
The Spider in Palaces    Pro 30:28

G. Campbell
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6

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