This link will take you to a reading I did of Communion with God by non-conformist preacher Matthew Barker. Matthew Barker lived from 1619-1698. https://anchor.fm/david-bennett48/episodes/Communion-with-God-e140a1f
I am so glad there were WISHY WASHY “Christian book authors published by Zondervan” who opposed the God Bless the USA Bible https://religionunplugged.com/news/2021/5/25/why-were-glad-our-publisher-isnt-backing-this-bible which was going to use the Westcott and Hort Critical Text New Testament based New International version! That opposition led to the project using the ENGLISH BIBLE translated from the Masoretic Hebrew and Recieved Greek Text known as the KING JAMES BIBLE or the AUTHORIZED BIBLE! Their website says “This bible has been designed so that it delivers an easy reading experience in the trusted King James Version translation. This large print Bible will be perfect to take to church, a bible study, to work, travel, etc.”https://godblesstheusabible.com/
Well, anyway ‘The controversial God Bless the USA Bible is still on track, with a little help from a long-dead British king.
A Nashville-based marketing firm had planned to publish a New International Version Bible that paired the Christian Scriptures with the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Pledge of Allegiance, along with lyrics to “God Bless the U.S.A.,” the 1984 patriotic anthem from country singer Lee Greenwood.
Hugh Kirkpatrick of Nashville-based Elite Source Pro said he had reached an agreement with HarperCollins, whose subsidiary Zondervan is licensed to publish the NIV, to produce 1,000 copies of the Bible and already had more than 500 orders.
After news about the Bible was reported by ReligionUnplugged, an online magazine, several Christian book authors published by Zondervan objected. More than 800 people also signed an online petition as well.
Kirkpatrick said HarperCollins then contacted him and backed out of the project, which he said was disappointing. But that’s the way things go, he said.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Kirkpatrick told Religion News Service. “I believe that from a business perspective, they have the freedom to make their own decisions.”
Kirkpatrick said his contacts at HarperCollins had already done some design work on the God Bless the USA Bible. He’s now taken those files, along with the text of the King James Version of the Bible — which is in the public domain — and sent them to several printers. He hopes to finalize plans for printing the Bibles, which will have an imitation leather cover, this week.
Kirkpatrick, who is 58, described himself as a nondenominational Christian who loves America. He said the audience for the Bible is people like him — who care about their country and spirituality. He worries our current political divides have made it difficult for people to appreciate the country’s heritage.
The flag on the Bible’s cover represents America — not former President Donald Trump, he said.
For him, the God Bless the USA Bible is a patriotic book, not a sign of Christian nationalism. Kirkpatrick also believes the nation’s Founding Fathers were inspired by the words in the Bible and that it will be helpful to have both the Scripture and the Constitution in the same book.
Kirkpatrick believes America was once a Christian country but it has been “sliding away from that.” And he does worry about the future.
“The Bible and the Constitution someday could be a banned item in the United States,” he said. “That sounds odd even to say but there are other countries around the world that you can’t have a Bible.”’https://julieroys.com/god-bless-usa-bible-king-james/?mc_cid=d62fc418bf&mc_eid=b13d34ad49
Perhaps some unsaved Patriot will come to faith in the Saviour through their purchase of this Bible!
Now wth the Fake President and the other Leftists in the Government seemingly taking the nation deeper and deeper into the CCP cesspool this song still strikes a cord that brings tears to a Patriot’s eyes and a lump in the throat.
‘Johnny Hudson was born September 30, 1977 without arms, his left leg, and half of his right leg. His right foot was where the knee would be. After he was born, the doctors took him away and recommended his parents sign him over to the state as he would not live a ‘normal’ life. Instead, his parents kept him and raised him.
His parents raised him no different than his older sister, Rebecca. Despite the opinions of the doctors, by age 4, he was picking up skills like taking notes and flipping through a book with his foot. God even gave him the ability to climb up the stairs.
God did the greatest work in Johnny’s life on October 4, 1995. During a week-long revival, Johnny accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, and surrendered to preach God’s Word.’ https://www.familybiblemd.com/our-pastor
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world
My personal opinion is that America finds itself with a Biden administration because churches and professing Christians are trying to fit into an anti-Christian society. One of the things many professing Christens have accepted is the use of alcoholic beverages and this article is where the rubber meets the road. ‘It’s obvious in scripture that some wine is permissible to drink and other is not. This relates to alcohol. Scripture prohibits alcohol (Proverbs 23:29-35). However, all wine and strong drink is prohibited to the priesthood in the performance of their duties. I’m reading through the Bible twice this year and moving through it the first time, I arrived at Leviticus 10:8-11 earlier this week:
8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
It was so important for Aaron and his sons not to be under the influence of alcohol that they were to take extra precautions by refraining from any wine or strong drink. What does drinking any alcohol do? If they were to be drinking alcohol of any amount, it would threaten their ability to do their job as a priest.
The drinking of alcohol could result in the execution of the priest by God like Nadab and Abihu were killed by God earlier in the chapter. God commands Aaron and his sons not to drink wine or strong drink, so that they would not be punished with death by God Himself. Leon Hyatt writes in his commentary on Leviticus:
Obeying this command would assure that they would not die for performing their duties incorrectly, but that assurance definitely implies that they would die if they disobeyed the command. The same stern penalty would result from disobedience to this command as from any other deviation from the instructions of Jehovah to the priests.
Refraining from alcohol would save the lives of the priests, but it would also enable them to “put difference between holy and unholy.” Drinking alcohol effects discernment. Any alcohol at all could impede a priest from discerning between what is unholy and holy. The mixing of the two is disastrous, a great offense to God, who is holy.
Lastly, abstaining from alcohol was a necessity to ensure the priest might teach the children of Israel all of God’s statutes, part of the job of the priest. God is saying that alcohol would get in the way of doing that. The passage doesn’t say “alcohol,” but since wine and strong drink could become alcoholic, the priest in his role could not even drink what might be non-alcoholic out of safety for not being influenced by alcohol in a detrimental way in his duties.
Is there a priesthood today? Every believer is a priest before God, the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer. Usually people like to focus on the benefits of being a priest, but not the responsibilities. If we look to the example of the Old Testament priest for lessons on the New Testament priesthood of the believer, we should acknowledge that the responsibilities outweigh the benefits. The responsibility should be the focus. We never stop our priestly duties.
Today we know when a beverage is alcoholic, because it is plainly labeled. No believer should drink alcohol. It impairs him from his duties. He loses discernment for what is holy and unholy. Alcohol results in a multitude of unholy thoughts, motives, and actions. It keeps a believer from being filled with the Spirit. The Apostle Paul commanded, be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. Excess is riotousness. The wine possesses or contains riotousness. When it is alcoholic it is riotous. That is seen in Proverbs 23:29-35.
Our entire nation prohibited alcohol at one time for believers and unbelievers. Now professing believers advocate for and promote alcohol, serving it themselves. Habakkuk 2:15 warns:
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
Professing believers attempt to attract unbelievers and accommodate them by serving them alcohol, this sin a way to fit in. I’ve read recently of a group of professing believers bringing people over on the Lord’s Day and serving mimosas for brunch. God gave the threat of death to Aaron and his sons for drinking alcohol. Habakkuk directs a “woe,” a severe judgment from God toward those who serve it to others. Do not mock God by ignoring, rebelling against, or scorning what He says about this.
Alexander MacLaren writes on this passage:
Nothing has more power to blur the sharpness of moral and religious insight than even a small amount of alcohol. God must be worshipped with clear brain and naturally beating heart. Not the fumes of wine, in which there lurks almost necessarily the tendency to ‘excess,’ but the being ‘filled with the Spirit’ supplies the only legitimate stimulus to devotion. Besides the personal reason for abstinence, there was another,-namely, that only so could the priests teach the people ‘the statutes’ of Jehovah. Lips stained from the wine-cup would not be fit to speak holy words. Words spoken by such would carry no power. God’s servants can never impress on the sluggish conscience of society their solemn messages from God, unless they are conspicuously free from self-indulgence, and show by their example the gulf, wide as between heaven and hell, which parts cleanness from uncleanness. Our lives must witness to the eternal distinction between good and evil, if we are to draw men to ‘abhor that which is evil, and cleave to that which is good.’
Both the Hebrew and Greek words for wine in the Old and New Testaments are permissible for drinking, except when they are alcoholic. Drinking becomes impermissible is when the beverage is alcoholic. In that day, one didn’t know exactly to what degree a product of the vine or the tree was alcoholic. One had to be careful at all times, but the priest couldn’t drink it at all. It was forbidden, because if it was alcoholic, it would impair judgment necessary in the most important work in the world, the worship of God.’https://kentbrandenburg.blogspot.com/2021/01/leviticus-108-11-and-its-conformity-to.html
‘These are momentous days when we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide ‘discipline’ or warning from God, calling us to acknowledge and seek Him. And although we shrink from the thought, this is the reason for all unexpected catastrophes, whether epidemics, floods or vast fires. The Bible says these things will come more often in the ‘last days’, when atheism abounds and people generally have no thought or prayer to their Creator.
A warning from God is not like the last judgement, because it is an expression of God’s love, urging people to turn to Him, whereas the last judgement will finally close the door of mercy for those who turn away from Him. A warning is not permanent, and God has also given mankind the skill to control it, eventually. But a warning catastrophe pulls us up and humbles us, reminding us that we are only people, and that we are in God’s hands and accountable to Him.
Coronavirus has certainly shaken us more than any other catastrophe of recent generations. The relatively gentle approach of our UK scientific elite soon gave way to radical measures as the virus defied all predictions. Mighty China shook with alarm; the grim regime of Iran was stunned; Europe was soon sent scurrying to lock-down, and the all-powerful USA was brought to cower like everyone else.
As the pandemic proceeds, significant features become apparent. It is the elderly (like the writer of this) who are most at risk – those who have had a lifetime of opportunity to honour their Creator (and may have refused). The virus seems to say to the younger people – ‘you have some opportunity left: don’t despise the longsuffering of the Lord.’ Remember that while God is love, He is also holy and just.
This may not be the last warning or discipline, although its full ‘indignation’ has not yet unfolded. Christians are praying for relief and healing for those suffering, and we are witnessing many acts of kindness among people, but it is vital that we heed the message and meaning of this pandemic. Its purpose is to call us to forgiveness and reconciliation with God, by coming to the Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord, who has opened a way of salvation by suffering and dying for sinful people on Calvary’s cross. To trust in Him, repent of sin, and yield your life to Him, is to receive from Him a new and eternal life.’https://www.metropolitantabernacle.org/Articles/God-s-Love-in-a-Pandemic
JANUARY 24 — AM
“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” — Psalm 91:3
God delivers His people from the snare of the fowler in two senses. From, and out of. First, He delivers them from the snare — does not let them enter it; and secondly, if they should be caught therein, He delivers them out of it. The first promise is the most precious to some; the second is the best to others.
“He shall deliver thee from the snare.” How? Trouble is often the means whereby God delivers us. God knows that our backsliding will soon end in our destruction, and He in mercy sends the rod. We say, “Lord, why is this?” not knowing that our trouble has been the means of delivering us from far greater evil. Many have been thus saved from ruin by their sorrows and their crosses; these have frightened the birds from the net. At other times, God keeps His people from the snare of the fowler by giving them great spiritual strength, so that when they are tempted to do evil they say, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” But what a blessed thing it is that if the believer shall, in an evil hour, come into the net, yet God will bring him out of it! O backslider, be cast down, but do not despair. Wanderer though thou hast been, hear what thy Redeemer saith — ”Return, O backsliding children; I will have mercy upon you.” But you say you cannot return, for you are a captive. Then listen to the promise — ”Surely He shall deliver thee out of the snare of the fowler.” Thou shalt yet be brought out of all evil into which thou hast fallen, and though thou shalt never cease to repent of thy ways, yet He that hath loved thee will not cast thee away; He will receive thee, and give thee joy and gladness, that the bones which He has broken may rejoice. No bird of paradise shall die in the fowler’s net.
JANUARY 24 — PM
“Martha was cumbered about much serving.” — Luke 10:40
Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We cannot do too much. Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart, and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service. It was no fault of hers that she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement. Her fault was that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” so that she forgot Him, and only remembered the service. She allowed service to override communion, and so presented one duty stained with the blood of another. We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time. For this we need great grace. It is easier to serve than to commune. Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it. The choicest fruits are the hardest to rear: the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to cultivate. Beloved, while we do not neglect external things, which are good enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living, personal fellowship with Jesus. See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing Him service. The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for His glory, and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world.