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Dr. Albert Mohler provides solid commentary on today’s Supreme Court decision:

Some Supreme Court decisions are considered landmarks, even as they are handed down. Today’sHobby Lobby decision ranks among those. Just consider the fact that had the Court ruled otherwise, religious liberty in America would have taken a very direct hit from which it may well have never recovered. The public debate revealed all over again the fact that we are in a great and enduring battle for religious liberty, for the sanctity of human life, and for an entire range of concerns that are central to biblical conviction. Today’s decision does not settle those issues, but it does represent a much-needed defense of our nation’s cherished “first freedom.”

Mohler talks about the deep divide on our nation’s highest court over the issue of religious liberty.  Read “The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty.”

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“Christianity is not merely a “theological system” — but a person.

It is not only a redemption — but a Redeemer.

What a difference between casting ourselves upon a system, however beautiful — and upon a tender, loving, compassionate Savior!

What a difference between a system of divine principles — and a throbbing bosom on which we may lean, and feel every burden lightened, every pressure relieved, every sorrow softened!

This is what man needs. This is what he will need above everything, when the hour of sorrow, or the hour of death, draws near. Oh, what are systems then, however beautiful — in comparison with the calm consciousness that the arm of Omnipotent Love is thrown around us!

Theological systems are all but as the small dust of the balance — the foam, the dust, the shadow, the air!

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear — but now my eye sees You!” Job 42:5

~ Frederick Whitfield

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Randy Alcorn:

“Some believers become obsessed with everything that’s wrong with the world. We are continually bombarded by “news” (sometimes more sensational than informative) that dwells on the sufferings, tragedies and crises of life. It is easy for this unceasing avalanche of “bad news” to bury the Good News.

I do not favor living in a cave, denying suffering and trying to be “blissfully ignorant” of the world’s woes. Rather, Paul said, we are to focus our thoughts on the true eternal realities God affirms, that better empower us to rejoice.”

Randy shares 5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry.  This was so helpful to me. I would encourage you, if you struggle with worry even a little bit (and who doesn’t) to spend 5 minutes of your day to learn these five reasons to rejoice!

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One Perfect Life by John MacArthur is only $2.99 today.  This is a harmony of the Gospels–taking the events of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and putting them in the order that they occurred.  This book retails for $30 in print (full retail).

And Randy Alcorn’s well-written book on  Heaven is only $0.99 today!  This is a 560 page book that is one of the best contemporary books on this theme and will make you long for heaven while you are living on this earth!

Did you know you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books? You can do it on your computer as well. Check it out (free!) right here.

 

 

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Here are five ways you can encourage someone in your church this week:

1–Point out how you see God working in their lives :  Look for ways in which you see their character, their responses, their words, their affection for God changing and growing!
2—Tell them you are praying for them and do that:  Pray for a few of your fellow believers in the church this week.  Pray through your church directory on a consistent basis! And then let others know with just a short word, “I prayed for you this week!”
3 —Point out ways that they encourage you: they may have encouraged you by their faithfulness in service, a small act of kindness, an insight they shared, a lesson they taught, or a way in which they served the body
4—Share one encouraging Scripture with them or even read a portion of God’s Word together with them:  This is such a simple way to encourage someone, but it is a powerful way!  As you read God’s Word look for verses that encourage and strengthen your faith, love, and obedience. Meditate on them and pray them for others or read them with others.
5—Remind them God is for them and will always be faithful to them.  “If God is for us, who can be against us!”   “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, ESV)

Here’s one more passage to encourage you all today:   “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14–16, ESV)

Now, who will encourage you today?  This week?  Plan for it!  Pray about it!  And go and encourage someone!

 

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This is a question that I have been asked a couple of times in my life.  As we were reading Deuteronomy 7 today, a few other people mentioned that they had either been asked the question by others or pondered how to answer such a question as they read this passage.  In this chapter God tells Israel to kill seven different people groups when they enter the Promised Land.  They are to utterly devote them to destruction.  God addresses this total annihilation warfare again in Deuteronomy 20 and then in the book of Joshua where they actually carry out his instructions.

So how can we reconcile this seemingly act of genocide or ethnic cleansing with the character of God?

Justin Taylor answers this question well in this article.  And Answers in Genesis offers another helpful response to this question. I’d encourage you to take the time to read these because if you haven’t been asked already, you may one day be queried.  It’s best to be prepared beforehand.

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There are some great books on sale at Amazon Kindle store right now!  Most of these are half off what you pay for a hard copy of the book.  And keep this in mind:  Kindle Did you know you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books? You can do it on your computer as well. Check it out (free!) right here
I have no idea how long these specials will last so scoop up a book or two today!
The MacArthur Daily Bible by (I think you can figure out who wrote this) $5
Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard  $4
Active Spirituality  by Brian Hedges  $4
What Do You Think of Me? by Ed Welch  $3
Telling the Truth by D. A. Carson $3.79
A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada (free)
The Gospel According to Jesus   $6 by MacArthur
Twelve Unlikely Heroes $6 by MacArthur
The Grand Weaver $5 by Ravi Zacharias
Walking from East to West  by Ravi Zacharias$6
Who Made God?  by Ravi Zacharias $5
Disciplines of a Godly Man   by Kent Hughes $8
Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes $8
Also there are some great buys at Ligonier $5 Friday deals!  Good only today!

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