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Sproul

I will always remember the sermon from Pastor Sproul on the holiness of God from Isaiah 6. It was life-changing and shifted my perspective on the God who people are both terrified and fascinated with. His holiness drove me into insights on sin, justice, and grace that I was quite cognizant of but was not really challenged on to dig deeper. About eight years have passed–I still remember it.  Check out the series.  I pray that it will revive your heart: Holiness of God Series.

Now this man of God who was used to impact my life on the holiness of God is near the entrance of Heaven that far supersedes in splendor to the fictitious halls of Vahalla. As the Puritan prayers say, in Heaven,

“There is joy without sorrow,
comfort without suffering,
love without inconstancy,
rest without weariness.”

Though nowhere close to the magnitude of Moses’ departure, the passing of Dr. Sproul provides me with some small glimpse of the great mourning of Moses by the children of Israel.  The leader who led them out of the bondage of slavery was no longer with them.  Moses was there when giants and enemies roamed the ancient and frightening land.  When he went to glory,  he left a lasting legacy for the children of Israel.  A legacy that pointed the people to the eternal God.  In the 21st century for me, Dr. Sproul was a titanic figure in evangelicalism.  He was an astute reformed theological sage that helped mined systematic theology, the character of God, and the doctrine of justification for so many.  He fought vigorously for the Gospel and denounced the 1994 ecumenical document signed by leading Evangelical and Roman Catholic scholars in the United States.  He saw it as a compromise.  See more here: A Tribute to My Friend. Although he is gone, his legacy is still imprinted.

Once the tears dry-up, I pray that the memories of this slave of Christ will drive others to look to Christ whom Pastor Sproul love to point people to.

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Note: This is a scheduled post.  By the time you read this online I am away and might not have internet access where I’m at.  Feel free to share your comments though I would be delayed in responding.A short devotional with two quick questions.

First what part of us as a human person is involved with loving God?

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The Palestinian Muslims came out to celebrate the massacre of the Fogel family which includes a 3-month-old baby.

The family of the Fogel family released the pictures of the murdered family and asked to publish it.

Udi and his 3-month old daughter.

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The whole family were murdered by Muslims while they slept. The father, Udi Fogel (36), his wife Ruth (34), 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad and 3-month old Hadas. Their young daughter, Tamar, returned home to find their bodies.

The Muslims who massacred the family believe in what the Quran teaches,

  • “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. … lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way …” (9:5)
  • “Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of God; whether he dies or triumphs, We shall richly reward him. … The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. Fight then against the friends of Satan …” (4:74,76)
  • “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme” (8:39)
  • “Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given … and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (9:29)

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Juan Williams, a former NPR political analyst was fired for his comments on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. The President and CEO of NPR (National Public Radio) stated that Williams was not fired for that particular incident, but for offering his controversial opinions on several occasions, which she deemed a breach of journalistic ethics for an NPR analyst. Schiller intensified the existing controversy over Williams’ dismissal when she added that Williams should have kept his Muslim comments between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist—take your pick.”

Ron Schiller, the man in the video who is the Vice-President of one NPR’s department voiced his true beliefs about Christians, Tea Party, Republicans, America, Jews and Islam. The video is part of an undercover operation where Ron Schiller was recorded heavily criticizing Conservative groups such as the Tea Party movement, describing them as “fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamentally Christian—I wouldn’t even call it Christian…basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people”. He also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding”, defended the firing of Juan Williams, and criticized “anti-intellectual” elements within the Republican Party.

Should they re-hire Juan Williams back now?

Nothing is neutral, not even news. Everyone has a bias.

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