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The VPZD Show
Ep. 19: Less Is More Medicine (w/Dr. Rita Redberg)

The VPZD Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 96:17


We talk with Dr. Rita Redberg (professor of medicine & cardiologist at UCSF) about how very often less is more in medical care. We cover cancer screening (PSA, mammograms, blood testing, colonoscopy, CT screening for lung cancer), the utility or lack thereof of genetic testing, medical devices, statins, hypertension guidelines and treatment, and much more! This episode also is on video: zdoggmd.com/less-is-more Dr. Prasad's "Plenary Session" podcast: vinayakkprasad.com/plenarysession Dr. Damania's "ZDoggMD Show" podcast: zdoggmd.com/z-blogg More info for Vinay and Zubin at https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd and vinayakkprasad.com/bio

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
A Role Model for Believers

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 29:50


     There's a wonderful passage in the book of Ezra that tells us something about this righteous man that God used to bless others. We learn, “Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). The Hebrew verb כּוּן kun, translated set, means “to prepare, make ready…to erect, set up…determine, to fix something.”[1] Other translations render the verb as determined (CSB), dedicated (NET), and devoted (NIV). This determination speaks of an inward decision by Ezra to do three things: 1) to study the law of the LORD, 2) to practice it, and 3) to teach it to others. Laney states, “The order is significant. A person cannot practice what he has not thoroughly studied; and he should not teach principles he has not carefully applied.”[2]      As a priest, Ezra was modeling God's intention for him, “For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts” (Mal 2:7). There is direct relevance for us as Christians, for Jesus “has made us to be a kingdom, to serve as priests to His God and Father” (Rev 1:6). Righteousness is a choice to learn God's Word, to live God's Word, and to instruct others to do the same.      Learn God's Word. First, “Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD.” To study the law of the LORD is simply to study His written Word. This kind of devotion and study lasts a lifetime, for one cannot adequately grasp God's Word in a few lessons. A devoted life of studying God's Word was held by others in the Old Testament. David writes of the godly person, whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night” (Psa 1:2). And the benefit of such activity is that the dedicated person “will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psa 1:3). Another psalmist wrote, “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psa 119:97). Paul told Timothy, “Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15 KJV). A little further on in his letter, Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17).      Live God's Word. Second, Ezra sought “to practice” what he'd learned from God's Word. There's an axiom that we cannot live what we do not know, and learning God's Word necessarily precedes living His will. Of course, it is possible to study God's Word and never apply it. This is why James wrote, saying, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (Jam 1:22). Biblical wisdom is the application of God's Word to everyday life. Jesus communicated this, saying, “everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt 7:24). Learning and doing. That's the order. Warren Wiersbe writes, “If our knowledge of the truth doesn't result in obedience, then we end up with a big head instead of a burning heart (1 Cor 8:1; Luke 24:32); and truth becomes a toy to play with, not a tool to build with. Instead of building our Christian character, we only deceive ourselves and try to deceive others (1 John 1:5–10).”[3]      Share God's Word. Ezra went a third step, as he sought “to teach” other believers how to live the truth of God's Word. If the next generation of believers are to be effective, they need to know God's Word and how to live it. This was true in Ezra's day, and it's certainly true in ours. But such biblical communication should not be limited to the church pulpit or seminary classroom. Sharing God's Word should be something practiced by all growing Christians. What's interesting is that the apostle Paul built on what Timothy's mother and grandmother had taught him in the home. Paul said to Timothy, “I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well...and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 1:5; 3:15).      In closing, may we all model this simple formula for godliness and success, diligently studying the Scriptures, applying what we learn as we grow, and sharing that knowledge with others. This is what Paul hoped Timothy would do, as he encouraged him to “Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you” (2 Tim 1:13-14). Not only was Timothy to retain and guard the treasure of God's Word in his heart, but he was to pass it on to others, as Paul stated, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2).   [1] Ludwig Koehler et al., The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994–2000), 465. [2] Robert B. Hughes and J. Carl Laney, Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, The Tyndale Reference Library (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001), 169. [3] Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Heroic, “Be” Commentary Series (Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub., 1997), 38–39.

Trylove
Episode 174: GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964)

Trylove

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 86:09


Like much of the GODZILLA franchise, GHIDORAH: THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER is more focused on the fun of watching giant monsters duke it out and the innate humor in their skyborne rivalries. While the story is less about Godzilla himself, it's a superb example of what made mid-career GODZILLA movies so special and worth discussing: Like a great martial arts movie, it's a case study in integrating humor into physical performance, and how it can open up an unsuspecting audience to a movie's conceptual and thematic content. Links: - Buy tickets to “ISHIRÔ HONDA'S GODZILLA” (May 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/ishiro-hondas-godzilla/ - Buy tickets to “AGNÈS VARDA: DIEU DU CINÉMA” (May 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/agnes-varda-dieu-du-cinema/ - Buy tickets to “NIC CAGE, NATIONAL TREASURE” (June - Aug 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/national-treasure/ Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/. Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Closing song: "Call Happiness" written by Hiroshi Miyagawa and performed by The Peanuts from the GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER soundtrack. Timestamps 0:00 - Episode 174: GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964) 3:49 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary 6:20 - How mid-career GODZILLA movies normalized kaiju 17:13 - Old GODZILLA vs. evolving GODZILLA 26:38 - The other kaiju 33:29 - What Godzilla 'meant' by 1964 42:49 - Liberating Godzilla with camp 50:42 - The Junk Drawer 58:09 - Cody's Noteys: King Nineteen Sixty-Four-ah

Malcolm Cox
S2: "How to hear God's voice" | 1 Samuel 3vv1-11 | Malcolm Cox

Malcolm Cox

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 27:12


A sermon for the Watford church of Christ In preparation for today's lesson I re-read the Dallas Willard book “Hearing God: developing a conversational relationship with God". As with all of Willard's books, it is about much more than the actual title or theme. It's really about what it means to know Christ and to live for him in this world. He sets up the book by noting that God wants a friendship with us. He references the Scriptures below. Take some time to read them and, as you do so, ask yourself what they are telling you about God's desire for the kind of relationship he wants to have with you. Ex. 29:43-46 “…there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory. “So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.” Ex. 33:11 “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” Psa. 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me  all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Is. 41:8  “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend…” John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do what I command.” Heb. 13:5-6 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?””  Take some time to meditate on one or more of these Scriptures. How does it make you feel knowing that God wants this for you? The fact that it is God's desire for you to have a conversational relationship with him is more important than what we want. Hearing God is more about his heart than our techniques. It's about relationship. Part of that is about hearing God. Our goal is not to ‘hear' from God as such. Our goal must be to understand and learn what it means to be in a conversational relationship with God and to enjoy hearing from him in whatever way he decides is best. Is this important? Willard says this, "Today there is a desperate need for large numbers of people throughout our various social groupings who are competent and confident in their own practice of life in Christ and in hearing his voice." 12 I agree. The world does not need diffident, insecure and unconfident Christians. What kind of God would that reveal to the world? No, the world needs confident Christians. That confidence must be in God, and not tainted by religious arrogance. That is why hearing from God is fundamentally about our submission and not our worthiness. That submission is something we will look at in the lesson today. “So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”” 1 Sam 3:9-10 The word ‘listening' is the Hebrew word שָׁמַע, or, šāmaꜥ meaning to hear, listen and obey. The intention to obey is contained within the listening action. Listening to obey is one way we tune in to God's wavelength. It is how we find the sound of his voice. Every Sunday our guitarists tune their instruments to the piano. It takes active listening to match the pitch of the guitar to that of the piano. Passive listening will not do it. In his book, “Letters by a Modern Mystic”, Frank Laubach says this about his progress to being a good God-listener: “I feel like one who has had his violin out of tune with the orchestra and at last is in harmony with the music of the universe." Ideas and Questions for Reflection  1. In what ways do you think God might ‘speak' to you? 2. How do you feel about developing a conversational relationship with God? 3. What part does submission play in developing that kind of relationship with God? Please add your comments on this week's topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Here's the email: [malcolm@malcolmcox.org](mailto:malcolm@malcolmcox.org).  Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review.  God bless, Malcolm

Semester at Sea Wavelengths Podcast
Highlights From The Past w/ Skye Fitzgerald

Semester at Sea Wavelengths Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 34:31


This week we will first hear an interview with Skye Fitzgerald, a 2 time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker, from an interview conducted with multi-time voyager Cindy Zomchek.  The second segment this week features a number of student reflections following their in-port time in Myanmar. The show will close out with a PSA from a certain celebrity comedian and SAS 2003 alum; hope you enjoy!   If you or someone you know wishes to apply please visit: https://www.semesteratsea.org/apply/   To donate to this world shifting experience, please visit: https://give.semesteratsea.org/ 

Neostalgia
Episode 89: A Traditional Bonebread

Neostalgia

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 74:37


We've got a brand new episode for you, with our hot takes on the new pet colors, Neopian Times editorial highlights, and a recap of the charity art auction. Plus: a listener email takes us through the rollercoaster of DUCK trading, an important PSA about Flash games, and we reminisce about some favorite childhood books.Links:User designs for Toy petsLatest Neopian Times editorial (#960)Neopets Charity Auction (Jellyneo post)Fruit Machine avatar mockup

This Week in MTG
Episode 138: Something Something Mouth Ready

This Week in MTG

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 83:55


THIS WEEK IN MTG Welcome Magic Folk, to This Week in MTG. Your aggregate news source for all things Magic: The Gathering. Whether you are a new listener or a returning one, we are glad that you are here! Below we have all the important links that you will need. This is where you can find us online linktr.ee/ThisWeekinMTG Please check out our AMAZING sponsor, JWW Sports Cards and Gaming! They have you covered on all things Magic supplies and product. They also ship all across America and can help get your cards graded through PSA or Beckett. Hit them up with any questions and let them know that we sent you! Intro and outro Music: Higher Up by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com. EVENTS: Arena Play-In NRG Minneapolis JWW Trios NEWS: Explorer B&R Where to Find Previews Good Morning Magic Baldur's Gate Three Pre-Beats in a Trench Coat Battle of Wits Fundraiser FINANCE: Weekly Winners tcgSniper.com

The Rare Elements Sports Cards Podcast
Episode 41: The Backyardigans Get Lubered Up...

The Rare Elements Sports Cards Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 106:22


In this weeks episode we chop up the Josh Luber/Backyard Breaks situation, Gary Vee stealing some Vee Friend characters, PSA opening up Economy service, the Pikes Peak Card Show and so much more! Come and holler at us in our socials and throw us a great review!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rare_elements1/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RareElements1Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RareElements1Email: rareelements719@gmail.com

Kevin & Sonia
Ep 355 – Special Guests Lilly Singh & Howie Mandel! 5 Things To STOP Doing At Weddings, And Kevin's Being Haunted By Targeted Ads For _____

Kevin & Sonia

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 41:32


PSA: 5 Things We Should Stop Doing at Weddings, Lilly Singh & Howie Mandel join us for the Canada's Got Talent Finale & secrets from the show, WHATCHAMACALLIT, why does Kevin keep getting foot fungus targeted ads, Sonia's life hack of the day, Bieber Balls are back at Tim Horton's on June 6th, the Doritos campfire life hack and more...Find us on Instagram: @KevinLimOnAir & @SoniaSid w/ Producer @ItsJordanDaniels

RNZ: Morning Report
Equity settlement sees clerical health staff pay rise

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 6:09


Some clerical health staff will earn 20,000 dollars more a year to recitify years of being underpaid. District health boards have reached a gender pay settlement with 10,000 administration staff, 90 percent of whom are women. This is the first pay equity settlement under the new Equal Pay Act. PSA union delegates and affected workers Nancy McShane and Nia Bartley spoke to Susie Ferguson.

Earth's Mightiest Podcasts
MwaP Episode 124: Plus Samurai

Earth's Mightiest Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 140:30


124! The boys are back! In this episode Scott talks about how he keeps watching Outbreak Company at Anime Conventions and then goes off on Crunchyroll's interface. Meanwhile Corwin talks about his disdain for Megacon and gets into the idea of a Red Ranger Isekai. Brace yourselves, there are actual books with Deadpool in them for the boys to review. In Past-O-Vision the boys get introduced to the 2007 hidden gem movie Pathfinder, as well as start the Team Up Phase of Cable & Deadpool. For the final Get in the Review they discussed the last Evangelion movie. And as always Uncle Franky drops some truth bombs in a new PSA.   0:02:39 Anime Talk 0:12:01 Con Report Zenkaikon 2022 0:28:42 News 0:30:46 Secret History of the War on Weed (2022) 0:32:59 Wolverine (2020) #20 0:37:43 Deadpool Samurai (2022) Vol #1 Past-O-Vision 0:52:02 Cable & Deadpool (2004) #43 0:58:35 Retro Ads 1:06:37 Cable & Deadpool (2004) #44 1:11:09 Retro Ads 1:18:44 Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 [MwaP RSS] Subscribe [RSS All] Subscribe [Google Podcasts] Subscribe [Apple Podcasts] Subscribe   Music by Jenki Girls of Los Angeles Email: HipsterDaken@gmail.com Website: http://www.EarthsMightiestPodcast.comFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/MercWithaPodcast/ Episodes #1-26 can be found @ Cultural Wormhole.com The Merc Report has now joined the EMP family of podcasts and has now become The Merc With a Podcast! -EXPLICIT CONTENT

Don't Take It Personal

PSA by ETC Productions

The Best Little Horror House in Philly
Cure (1997) with Katie Rife

The Best Little Horror House in Philly

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 77:44


When you've got best little horror house fever, there's only one cure... and that's Cure! Katie Rife (Rolling Stone, Polygon, Vulture, & RogerEbert.com) is here to talk about the chilling meditation on alienation and anti-smoking PSA precursor to the j-horror movement that will having you saying "who are you?" MK Ultra, the isolation of the internet age, and much more! Is the cure worse than the disease? Listen now to find out!!    Twitter: @LittleHorrorPHL  PLUS: Check out the BLHHiP Patreon to get bonus episodes and more!  

The Flagship Baseball Cards Podcast
Episode 36: Is the Market Crashing? The next top 100 prospects, Corbin Carroll, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Wander Franco, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Flagship Baseball Cards Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 37:29


Rob talks about the big market drop and wonders if it's an opportunity or a sign to get out, then talks about MLB opportunities and warning signs, including Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Wander Franco, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Then some predictions for the new top 100 prospect list, with some special notes on Corbin Carroll and Pete Crow-Armstrong.Special thanks to gemrate.com for their help in accumulating market cap dataCheck out MySlabs for 1% seller fees on slabsPlease Hit Subscribe!MLB ISOBP can be found here: MLB ISOBPMiLB ISOBP can be found here: MiLB ISOBPConnect with Rob on twitter @FlagshipPodcast or email: rob@flagshipbaseball.comFollow on InstagramCheck out the YouTube channelThanks to Hanna Kent for her invaluable contributions to the podcast. If you'd like to see more of her work, she can be found at: hannakentvo.comCheck out the website: flagshipbaseball.comSupport the show

Christ Community Church of Pembroke Pines
Compassion of the Christ

Christ Community Church of Pembroke Pines

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 37:35


The Servant of God “Compassion of the Christ” Ma. 10:46-52 Persistence of Faith (vv.46-48) For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18) So, I won't hesitate to tell you that an entire life here in physical blindness isn't nearly as bad- as dangerous as being spiritually blind for a lifetime. Physical blindness may be difficult- spiritual blindness damns. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Lu. 1:32-33). Obedience of Faith (vv.49-50) Deliverance of Faith (vv.51-52) The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; (Psa 146:8) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; (Isa. 35:5) “If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.” - D.A. Carson -

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

New Age and Alien Deceptions (1) (Audio) David Eells - 5/15/22 Dream of Mars Discovery Deception Garrett Crawford - 4/24/22 (David's notes in red)   I had a dream that a discovery was made on Mars. It was something that the world and the unsaved celebrated. They could not contain their excitement. I could tell this was something that would reshape world history and greatly change the course of the future in respect to beliefs and possibly religion itself. (Those who are just religious and don't know the real Jesus or have the discernment and wisdom of the Holy Spirit will be deceived by the New Age alien deception. The ‘discovery' lie that other beings were created by God and other worlds exist would create an existential crisis for many, especially Christians, and shake their belief systems to the core.) For the longest time in the dream I was not allowed to see what it was. It was a secret guarded by a select few, but eventually a few of this group of people "in the know" gave me a viewing device to see what in fact this discovery was. When I looked into it I saw a photo of the surface of Mars. It showed 3 distinct, yet very aged and weathered faces, carved into a mountainside. Although the faces looked ancient, I could clearly tell they had been carved into the mountain. Almost like an ancient and primitive Mount Rushmore.  Although it did not shake my faith in the least, I could tell that would not be the case for countless others around the world once this was revealed to the public. Then I woke up. I told my wife about the dream of the 3 faces carved into the mountain on Mars. Then this afternoon, as a seeming confirmation for my dream, my wife went to read our daughter a children's book. She opened to a random page and the image she saw was a cartoon drawing of Mt. Rushmore. It was the first time she has even opened the book.   MSM Propaganda Deception: ‘Something's Coming': Is America Finally Ready to Take UFOs Seriously? Article by The Guardian - 2/5/22 (David's notes in red)   Last year was a breakthrough time for UFOs, as a landmark government report prompted the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors to finally be taken seriously by everyone from senators, to a former president, to the Pentagon. But 2022 could be even more profound, experts say, as the clamor for UFO disclosure and discovery continues to grow, and as new scientific projects bring us closer than ever to – potentially – discovering non-Earth life. (When I was a child I saw a full disclosure of a flying saucer that was reverse engineered. I read a story about such a saucer diving into a body of water near Russia when radar was locked onto it. They expected to find wreckage of it but never found anything. It is believed that they can move freely under water. As far as the supernatural type aliens; these are demons. As far as a man-made alien they have these too.) In June, the Pentagon released a highly anticipated report on unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), the now preferred nomenclature by some in the extraterrestrial community, which found more than 140 instances of UAPs that could not be explained. The report came after leaked military footage documented seemingly otherworldly happenings in the sky, and after testimony from navy pilots helped to somewhat de-stigmatize a subject that has long been defined by conspiracy theories and dubious sightings. All in all, the newly sincere approach to UFOs has longtime sky-watchers excited. “I'm confident that 2022 is going to be a seismic year for UFOs,” said Nick Pope, who spent the early 1990s investigating UFOs for the British ministry of defence. In Congress, where a bipartisan group of senators has been pushing for years for the government to release more information on UFOs, and from the US defense department and intelligence community, Pope said he senses “a genuine desire to grip the issue”. “I think we'll see congressional hearings on UFOs,” Pope said. “I also think we'll see the release of more US military photos and videos of UFOs, and associated documents. Some of this may come via whistleblowers, but much of it may be released by the government itself, either proactively, or in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. “Finally, I think we'll see more high-calibre witnesses coming forward, including commercial airline pilots, military aircrew, radar operators, and intelligence officers with direct knowledge of this subject.” It was a group of pilots who brought the issue to the fore in 2021. In a breakthrough interview with 60 Minutes, members of the US Navy lined up to recall their experiences of encountering UFOs on America's coasts. It happened so frequently that the encounters became commonplace, Ryan Graves, a retired navy pilot, told the CBS show. “Every day,” Graves said. “Every day for at least a couple years.” For years, pilots had refused to share tales of their UFO experiences, worried of being labeled kooks or being passed over for promotion. The account of the navy pilots was given credibility, however, by leaked military footage which showed an oval flying object near a US navy ship off San Diego, and separate videos which showed triangular-shaped objects buzzing around in the sky. The US government's UFO report, released in June 2021, fueled more interest. The Pentagon studied 144 incidents reported by military pilots between 2004 and 2021 in preparing the report. Officials were able to explain one of the incidents – it was a balloon – but the rest remain a mystery. Since then the Pentagon, pushed by US senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Marco Rubio, has launched a new office for reporting and analyzing UFO reports, although some in the UFO community suspect the government to be less than forthcoming with its findings. (The government has been dealing with, what they believe to be aliens for many years. A personal friend who was a colonel related to me how he saw these aliens in their underground facility. He said they could pass through walls and could eat children. They had a working relationship with the military.) Still, as the clamor for information has grown, so has interest from the scientific community, and in 2022 a slew of new projects will launch, specifically aimed at detecting alien life… “We've got to start thinking we're not alone. It's: how crowded is it up there?” A frequent backdrop to any discussion of alien life is how it would affect humans here on earth. Some speculate that religions could be shaken to their core, or that there could be a mass existential crisis... which would represent an equally devastating blow to the human sense of self-importance...   Aliens Are Demons Manifested in Flesh Garrett Crawford - 06/15/10 (David's notes in red) There are many people convinced of "aliens" or "guides" that they feel are friendly to humanity, which is a strong delusion because all of the aliens are demons, as the Scripture says. Have you noticed that many of the Planet X / Nibiru researchers have fallen for what they read the ancients said of aliens showing up when Planet X did? They were deceived by demons as a type for our day. We should not to be deceived; they are being released by God to deceive. {Jud.5} Now I desire to put you in remembrance, though ye know all things once for all, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. {6} And angels that kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. It is possible they will play the good alien / bad alien game to drive the multitudes into the camp of the so-called "good aliens" but they are all demons. In my dream, I was outside in a populated area, maybe in a park or something. It was nighttime and it seemed like any other summer night. All of a sudden, a lot of strange lights started appearing in the sky. First, it seemed like hundreds of shooting stars falling to Earth; then, as the light became more illuminated, the objects took the shape of spacecraft. The night sky was lit up like the Fourth of July! Everyone was shocked and amazed; from east to west the sky filled with this armada of craft entering Earth's atmosphere. (What the ancients believed were aliens, who showed up during the time of Planet X, according to their writings, were in fact demons who are fallen angels and can take on the appearance of physical bodies, just like God's angels, but for the purpose of deception. The Tribulation covenant could be made under cover of catastrophes, even Planet X / Nibiru. Just as the Woman is going into the wilderness, there is a war in heaven and Satan and his fallen angels are cast to earth to deceive the whole world. {Rev.12:9} And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. Belinda had a dream of a bright star falling from heaven and received Isaiah 14 where Satan is falling from heaven. Isa 14:12-13  How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations!  13  And thou saidst in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north; 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.  15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to Sheol, to the uttermost parts of the pit.) Satan deceives men into thinking he is God and he is pleased with unregenerate falsely called, “good men” which is the doctrine of the New Agers. {2Co.11:13} For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. {14} And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. {15} It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works. Babylon U.S. is partner in this deception of the nations. {Rev.18:23} and the light of a lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the princes of the earth; for with thy sorcery were all the nations deceived. I was very skeptical, even while seeing this with my own two eyes. I confidently told everyone, "Don't be fooled; it's a hologram! " (Which is one of the theories.) I thought these sights were just a crafty trick (which is true but not as a false vision) but then the ships started to get closer to the ground and they ultimately landed. By this time, I was starting to get bewildered; I didn't know what to think. I was really caught off guard. I thought for sure it was all some sort of illusion by the evil rulers of the world. (They are Satanists and are in on the plan of "strong delusion", which is according to God's will. {2Th.2:8} And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; {9} even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, {10} and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. {11} And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: {12} that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. It appears in this dream the fallen angels' deception is so strong that God's people will be tested to see who really believes. {Mar.13:22} for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, the elect.) Once the craft landed, the door opened and some humanoid beings walked out. Everyone was amazed and startled at the same time. I couldn't believe my eyes. Still believing this was a hologram, I ran over to the ship to touch it and realized it was real. (Satan and his angels are very technological, if they have to be, and have the ability to manifest and interact with the physical realm. They gave men atomic bombs and anti-gravity flying saucers.) I swallowed hard, realizing I was wrong and I ran back to the crowd.  The humanoid beings dressed in Star Trek-type apparel, were being led out by a blond-haired woman. (There is a woman who has introduced many to speaking and hearing from aliens. This is no different than a seance which is speaking to aliens called familiar spirits.) I, being overwhelmed and slightly intimidated, ran up to her and began to rebuke her in my tongue language. (I often do this in dreams when I feel physically or mentally helpless against an enemy; it often gets me results.)  I thought for sure she would shrivel up in a puddle of goop, like something out of The Wizard of Oz. But, to my astonishment, she just kind of pushed me out of the way, without even acknowledging me. I was perplexed. (The answer to this is, when God sends a delusion to deceive the evil world, we cannot cast it down nor should we try to. 2Th. 2:11 And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: {12} that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. As you can see, we only have authority to help the believers.) I watched the group of beings disperse into the crowd. It seemed like they had specific orders and didn't even stop to talk to anyone; they just went about whatever it is they were sent here for. I remember being surrounded by hundreds of people like me -- everyone just totally in awe of what they saw. After some time, I started to see the beings again, but now they did not look like humans. They had glass faces, like ice. It was like they were wearing a mask, but they weren't -- I could see through their heads and nothing was inside. They had hideous, clown-like faces with big smiles, like jack-o-lanterns. (Thinking these beings to be mere humans while in fact they are demon-possessed is more common than we think. But the whole world outside of Christ will be deceived and possessed.) They were now corralling people like cattle in different areas (FEMA camps). The adults were forced to separate from the children and were taken to a designated area. The children were all taken to another area and placed in long lines, all of which led into a large circus-like tent. (This alien disclosure will bring much confusion and distraction as well as cause people to give up their faith the One True God and falling into the hands of the DS.) None of the children quite knew what was happening; they were all a little less concerned than the adults. I remember leaving the adult group and running over to see what was happening to the children. After seeing what was taking place, I immediately woke up.   The Death Bed Confessions of Werner von Braun, Elon Musk's Father? Deb sent this: "We are also seeing a big split in the ranks of the ruling oligarchy in the US.  Elon Musk, of Tesla, has apparently gotten off the fence and is now openly supporting the white hats. This is significant because Musk is the son of a prominent Nazi rocket-scientist Werner von Braun, according to Japanese intelligence and confirmed by US space force sources.  Von Braun, who is widely credited as being the brains of the US space program, made some interesting confessions as he was dying of cancer. He said the US would attempt to control the world by building space-based weapons. They would justify the massive expenditure by conjuring up fake enemies. First, the Russians, then terrorists, then third world crazies, then asteroids and finally, “the funniest one of all, aliens; extraterrestrials, that would be the final card and all of it is a lie,” he said. Here is video of the woman whom he gave his confession to: https://youtu.be/gP8ftWzFYI4  CIA sources tell us Elon Musk's public life story is a giant lie and that he was set up from the beginning to be a frontman for commercializing Nazi high tech. Sources linked to Musk provided us with evidence that electric car technology has been suppressed for a long time. Here we see electric cars being charged in 1917.  https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2022/05/benjamin-fulford-may-2nd-2022-frb-fenced-off-and-deutsche-bank-raided-in-move-to-strangle-km-funding/ Clip from Operation Disclosure: In 1921 Nikola Tesla's Pierce-Arrow electric car ran on pure etheric electricity – a self recharging car that did not run on batteries, oil or gas. Electric vehicles have been around for much longer than most people realize. This is not even a myth, just a cover up of our lost technology so that they could bill us every step of the way, and have a complete control over us. Free energy = Independence, freedom from the matrix, freedom to go wherever you want, live off grid, have heat and electricity, and live your life happily without government interferences.   I Met Satan :o) Garrett Crawford - 4/19/11 (David's notes in red) I would like to share a dream I had that confirms we should not fear Satan or evil. Evil is not as powerful as our minds sometimes imagine and Satan is no different. I dreamed that I was with an unknown person in this dream that I believe was an angel. I could tell he knew a lot more of what was going on than I did. I accompanied him everywhere he went. I was like an observer. Toward the end of the dream, we entered an elevator. This elevator took us deep inside the earth. I was told we were going to Hell to see Satan. The ride took a long time and my mind was wondering about how Satan would really appear. I was thinking, “Would he be intimidating? Would he be scary? How would I react to seeing him?" Once we arrived at the very bottom, the door opened. I looked around and we were inside a very large, dark cave. Hell was just like I'd imagined it: Big, dark and cavernous. I looked out of the area we were in and looked out into the larger opening. I saw armies and very sophisticated weapons. There was violence taking place and fire was everywhere; it was almost like a war itself. One of the weapons spotted us as we came out of the elevator and fired a missile at us, but it missed and exploded against the wall. My companion, the angel, was never frightened; it was like he knew nothing could hurt him. As he walked, I followed; he knew right where he was walking. He came to a door off in a dark corner in the cave. I realized this was Satan's office. Behind the door was the evil one himself. My heart was racing, not from fear but from the suspense. The angel I was with opened the door and there sat Satan in a chair behind a desk. But to my amazement, Satan was not a seven-foot giant with goats horns. He was a clown. Yes, a clown. And a cartoon clown at that. I was shocked and a little disappointed. I was expecting something more terrifying. Clearly the Lord is saying that Satan and his demons are not to be feared. {Luk.10:17} And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in thy name. {18} And he said unto them, I beheld Satan fallen as lightning from heaven. {19} Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you. The angel then revealed to me that Satan is planning something big for earth. During our trip back up in the elevator, I saw all these green vines shooting up through the elevator shaft from Hell and they were headed straight to Earth. There were a lot of them, like something from Jack and the Beanstalk. But instead of reaching from Earth to the heavens, they were going from Hell to the earth above. Then I woke up. (According to the follow up dream that Father gave Garrett recently, the vines represent the alien deception that satan is sending to earth from the pit of hell.)   Garrett said, “Below is a continuation from the dream above from 2011 called. “I Met Satan". It has the green vines connection where there were green vines growing up from hell and the angel told me "Satan is planning something big for earth.” Well it seems the green vines finally made it to earth and the plan is revealed....   Satan is Planning Something Big for Earth Garrett Crawford - 5/13/22 (David's notes in red) Garrett said, "For a little context; many years ago I worked for mortgage companies securing and repairing vacant foreclosures." I dreamed that me and my dad had been given a work order to secure and inspect a foreclosed home in Los Angeles, California. (Los Angeles means, “The angels.”) It was a big house in a nice neighborhood. It was owned by a black husband and wife in their 50's or 60's. (UFO's and aliens were big in the 50's and 60's. The black couple owning the house could represent that this is a house of sinners submitted to darkness.) (I gathered this information by looking at their family photos still left at the property.) I thought these folks looked very successful from the photos. It didn't make sense to me how they could lose their house to foreclosure. (Foreclosure means that they can't pay their debt so the house is taken back. The debt for our house has been paid by faith in Jesus. If it's not paid because there is no faith then it belongs to the devil.) I thought maybe one or both of them died. But I wasn't sure. I just knew something was amiss. (When one loses their house to the devil, their soul is his too.) We proceeded through the large house taking photos with a camera I had rented at a local camera shop. These photos were to be provided to the bank. Then we walked into the basement and to our utter amazement we saw a small alien infant tangled up in green vines that appeared to be growing from the floor of the basement. (And according to the previous dream they came straight out of hell. This represents the alien deception.)  The vines were attached to the wall and the infant was wrapped up in them. He had a large brown head with 2 large eyes. When we saw him and approached him he became aggressive and hissed at us. (The aliens/demons hate Christians.) I remember taking the rented camera and snapping pictures of him. Even though I was astonished at this I was not overly distracted by it. I proceeded with my work at the property. My dad and I decided not to show the photos to anyone as it would become a distraction to the public. (Could this represent the Father hiding things from the wise and prudent and revealing it unto babes?) I knew people would not be ready to see this. I downloaded the photos off the camera and told my dad to return the camera to the shop. Later, I had sent my report and inspection photos to the bank. The next day I was out and about and realized the whole world was aware of the alien we had found! They had our photos! They were in every publication and on every news station. I had no idea how this had leaked. (True Christians will recognize this as a deception while the rest of the world will swallow the lie, like the waters out of the mouth of the Dragon.) I assumed it was because we returned the camera and the camera shop found the photos on the device and released them. I knew we had discovered it but no one would ever know our identity. I was ok with that, but I was a little disturbed how and why they were released. The world was in a frenzy to say the least. A few days had passed and I was sent back to the same home by the bank to remove the small area of vines growing in the basement. When I got back to the house the alien child was gone but the basement dining room was now absolutely full of green vines. (This will be a world wide deception that will be ‘fed' to all the people and has been planned by the DS for many years.)  The walls and ceiling were now covered. I was supposed to remove them, and it was a daunting task. Then, my dad showed up and we were talking about the alien. The next thing I knew, I stumbled across the rented camera in the basement. I got so upset at my dad because he returned the case but not the camera. (Honestly, I was worried about the late fees. Lol) He said he forgot to look inside the case when he returned it. I realized something strange had happened. How did the world know of the alien if we never took the camera back? Who released the photos? Then I woke up.  (2Th 2:8-12  And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming;  9  even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  10  and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  11  And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie:  12  that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.)   If They Lied Once They Will Lie Again Clips from Operation Disclosure: White Hat Intelligence: “If we didn't go to the Moon, where did all the money go that we spent to supposedly get there? 50 years ago NASA supposedly had the technology in Shuttle crafts to travel 230,000 miles away to the moon. This Shuttle needed only one tank of gas and could easily (supposedly) travel through the Van Allen Radiation Belt with no problems. Today [they NASA] can and has ONLY traveled 1/thousandth of the distance since 50 years ago. Back then [they] had technology that was only 1/millionth as strong and capable of today's Smart phone. Today all evidence of Apollo 11 Shuttle craft/ blue prints and original videos have been destroyed. Nothing has been saved from this historic journey and records. All that remains are edited videos of a moon landing that shows three different shadows from the different lighting sources in some clips. No stars in the back ground (later added). Only one photo of Earth was made public for 50 years. The astronauts were warned not to give interviews and seldom do. If NASA did go to moon 50 years ago they would have technology and videos to this day of life traveling to Mars and beyond by now. But NASA can't even duplicate their  Apollo 11 journey, even with the most sophisticated computers and technology to this day that is 1 million times stronger than in 1969. All Apollo 11 equipment was destroyed. All original video tapes destroyed. All original blue prints destroyed. No one would ever do this destruction of a historical land mark and journey in U.S. world history unless they were destroying evidence. Today you can't get good phone service in the forest or far from the city in high terrains or canyons or the oceans, but evidently back in 1969 you had perfect technology to speak with astronauts 150,000 miles away? There is footage coming out by NASA whistleblowers who have leaked the fake videos of Apollo 11 Astronauts  pretending to be traveling half way to the moon. The Radiation Field between the Earth and moon is 25,000 miles thick. To this day they don't have the technology to travel through the Radiation Belt. NASA Astronauts Col. Terry Virts, Dr. Kathleen Rubins and Dr. Kelly Smith (NASA Engineer) say in official NASA videos that no one has gone beyond low Earth orbit through the Van Allen Belts of dangerous radiation yet. This means no one has landed on the Moon yet. (Now all three NASA employees are banned from talking to the public). Think: How can a small Space Shuttle leave the Earth, which is spinning 1,000 miles an hour on it's axis and flying through the Universe at four times the speed of a bullet? How does a NASA shuttle leave Earth to travel a half million miles round trip on a tank of gas, make it through 25,000 miles of a Radiation Belt, have perfect radio communication in 1969 when NASA only had less than 1/millionth of computing power of today's Smart Phone and why was all evidence of Apollo 11 destroyed? (Ooh! Good Question!)   Alien / Demon DisclosureOld Gods and New - Imminent Disclosure? By Gary Stearman (David's notes in red) The definition of Disclosure is, ... the revealing of something long held secret. For important reasons, we now need to be sensitive to this word. In the coming days, it is likely to be resounding through the public media. Of late, this term has been used of several governments around the world ... France and England, to name two ... which have "disclosed" that they have been concealing years of detailed records concerning their interaction with unidentified flying objects ... UFOs.. After decades of fanatical secrecy, they are beginning to reveal that both the phenomenon and the beings associated with it are real. What's more, they are now hinting that they have had various relationships (including technology trades) with alien intelligences. In August of 2009, the U. K. government released thousands of pages of historical UFO documents, kept during the years 1981-1996. They are now online and have also been made available in the public domain. They reportedly detail many close encounters, purported abductions and especially, in-depth documentation about what has been called "Britain's Roswell", the Rendlesham Forest Air Base event that took place in Suffolk. Up to now, the major world media have been reluctant to touch this subject. However, a number of news sources at the edge of society have begun to document the back-channel chatter about our dealings with aliens, reportedly taking place at high levels in our government. One such source is datelined October 21, 2009, published by examiner.com and reporter Michael Salia, PhD. He writes: "An official announcement by the Obama administration disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life is imminent. (I pray Obama never gets to see these aliens up close in their natural habitat.) For several months, senior administration officials have been quietly deliberating behind closed doors about how much to disclose to the world about extraterrestrial life. (This is such a topic of interest because many have not found intelligent life on this planet yet!)  Dissatisfaction among powerful institutions such as the U.S. Navy over the decades-long secrecy policy has given a boost to efforts to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life and technology. "The impending disclosure announcement follows upon the secret implementation of a year-long openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Over the period February 12-14, 2008, the United Nations held closed doors discussions where approximately 30 nations secretly agree on a new openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in 2009.  The openness policy was implemented but never publicly announced due to threats against UN diplomats to not disclose details of the secret agreement. The secret UN agreement was based on two conditions. First, UFOs would continue to appear around the world; and second, the openness policy would not lead to social unrest in liberal democracies. Both conditions have been satisfied making it possible for the next stage to begin - official disclosure of extraterrestrial life".   Extraterrestrials? No. What is behind the current UFO phenomenon? Certainly, it involves advanced super-vehicles and visiting aliens. But just as certainly, the visitors are not sci-fi space travelers. Our guide to truth, the Bible, simply does not speak of travelers from the stars, coming here in the latter days to guide mankind into a new age of peace and enlightenment. In Gen. 6:2 the "sons of God” are not fallen angels who descended from heaven to take human wives, resulting in the corruption of mankind as we shall see:   Flesh is Born of Flesh and not DemonsExcerpt from: Sons of God, Aliens and GiantsDavid Eells God said in John 3:6,  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. So Demons cannot birth Children through humans. Demons can infest humans with lying spirits. (Gen.6:1) And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, (2) that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. Believers are the sons of God mentioned here and in the rest of Scriptures (Ps.82:6; Dt.14:1,2; Hos.1:10; Isa.43:6; etc.). Notice this was "when men began to multiply" not angels. Jesus quoted Psa.82:6 to His people: (82:6) I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High. To be a son you must be born of God, not created, as the angels. Adam was called a son of God and he was born of God when He breathed into him the breath or Spirit (same Hebrew word) of life. Only his flesh was created from the earth and so was ours, which came from his. God specifically says that He never called an angel His son nor are they born of Him. (Heb.1:5) For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, This day have I begotten (Greek: "born") thee?.... God specifically says their spirits were created. (7) And of the angels he saith, Who maketh (created) his angels winds (Greek: "spirits"). The proponents of this false doctrine say that Satan came among the angels in Job who were said to be sons of God. It does not say that. Satan, the highest fallen angel, was not a son of God but only came among them to be their accuser as he did with Job. (Job 1:6) Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Jehovah, that Satan also came among them. He immediately begins to accuse them to God. (11) But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will renounce thee to thy face. Here is the same case. (Zec.3:1) And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary. (2) And Jehovah said unto Satan, Jehovah rebuke thee, O Satan; yea, Jehovah that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee. (3) Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. {4} And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take the filthy garments from off him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with rich apparel. Joshua, the Hebrew word for Jesus, and Jerusalem represent the same thing here, the body of Christ who are being accused by Satan. Paul said the heavenly Jerusalem was "the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven" (Heb.12:23). We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We as the sons of God present ourselves before him constantly and Satan comes among us to accuse us. We are never out of God's presence. You will notice that God separated the line of Seth and the line of Cain in Gen.4 and 5, just as he separated Israel from the Gentiles and commanded them to not cross. In the New Testament Christians are forbidden to marry unbelievers (1 Cor.7:39), although if you are married to one do not leave them for God can save them (7:12-14). Notice in all three of these cases we are talking about crossing the sons of God and the sons of the Devil, or men, which is strictly forbidden (1 Cor.7:39; Ezra 9:2; 10:10; 2 Cor.6:14-18). In all of these cases when the sons of God fell away they began to have fellowship with fallen angels which we call demons (Psa.78:49, called here "angels of evil"; 2 Cor.12:7; Greek: "angel of Satan") Demons did not directly create giants because they cannot. The Scripture teaches that each seed brings forth after its own kind. Jesus said, "that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit". Therefore, spirits cannot bring forth flesh. Some would argue that Jesus was born of God. Jesus' spirit was born of God but His flesh was born of David through Mary; "the seed of the woman". {Rom.1:3} concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, {4} who was declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Spirits can inhabit bodies of men that can procreate but they cannot have anything to do with making giants through marrying the daughters of men. (Mat.22:29) But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (30) For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven. Fallen angels do not procreate man's flesh but his spirit and soul. Spirits sow a spiritual seed, not a physical one. Jesus is the Word, who in Matthew 13 sowed the seed of the Word in His people's heart to bring forth His fruit in them, 30, 60, and 100 fold. In Mat.13:24,27,32 the word for seed in Greek is "sperma". Demons also sow their "sperm" in mankind's hearts to bring forth their evil fruit but this is their spiritual man and not their flesh. Seth, the son of God, is mentioned in the spiritual lineage of Jesus. (Luk.3:38) the [son] of Enos, the [son] of Seth, the [son] of Adam, the [son] of God You will notice that God mentions all of Cain's wicked descendants in Gen.4:16-24. After this we are told, (Gen. 4:25) And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth. For, [said she], God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him. (26) And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh. Then began men to call upon the name of Lord.  Notice after all that evil seed God gave one to replace Abel the righteous seed. Why didn't any of Cain's seed replace Abel as a righteous seed? Obviously his seed were evil. (1 Jn.3:12) not as Cain was of the evil one. Only after Seth and his son were born did the scripture say "men (plural) began to call on the name of the Lord". Obviously Cain and his tribe did not call on the Lord. They were sons and daughters of men and as such called on the devil. After Adam there was not another son of God born until Seth; skipping over all of the seed of Cain. (Gen.5:3) And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image (a son of God) ; and called his name Seth. Notice none of Cain's descendants were sons of God but were of men. How then were the giants made? Seth and Cain's lineages stayed separate for hundreds of years. They inbred within their lines, which was not against the command of God at this time. In nature, especially after the curse, this deteriorates the line. They became weaker, smaller, and less intelligent. Wherever there has been inbreeding today, the descendants are sickly in mind and body. When the sons of God began to fall away some became inhabited by demons. This also happened in Israel and Christianity because history always repeats. (Ecc.1:9) That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  When after years of inbreeding the fallen sons of God and the sons of men crossed, making what is called in nature hybrids. The "Nephilim" were bigger, stronger, and more intelligent because as hybrids they end up with the better physical characteristics of both lines. Later in the Law God forbid inbreeding, at least with close relatives. Now even cousins are a no-no because the farther from Adam we go the stronger the curse has become.  The serpent obviously walked on legs in the Garden because God cursed him to crawl on his belly. That curse was gradual and increased as time went by. Even in Job's day, which was in Jacob's day, he was seeing dinosaurs in Job 40:15 - 41:34. You have to ignore translator's silly notes calling them hippopotamus and crocodile. We have never seen a hippo with a tail like a cedar tree or a croc that stood so tall that a multitude of men with spears and arrows dared not even approach him. The dinosaurs were serpents with legs. Even today some serpents have vestiges of legs beneath their skin. The fire-breathing dragon in Job 41:18-21 was a tyrannosaurus. This was one type of the serpent in that time but it was cast down by the curse to crawl on its belly. {Rev.12:9} And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent...The increasing curse made it more and more improbable for giants, human or beast, to be bred. Back to Gary's text: Satan and his fallen angels who came to be worshiped by men. Later, idols were erected in their names: Baal, Moloch, Dagon and others. The Egyptian solar disc called Ra was surrounded by Isis, Osiris and a retinue of immortals. Fallen angels were the source of Greek and Roman demigods and goddesses ... Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, Artemis ... super-beings with super knowledge. (Some of these are not separate gods but are their names in different cultures. These are titles and traditions of the original false gods and virgin birth story of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tamuz. This story was familiar to these cultures from Babel before they were separated and spread throughout the earth by God.) To put it bluntly, they were man's earliest contact with "aliens from outer space". Since Christ's first coming, accompanied by the general dispensation of the Holy Spirit, they have quietly receded into the background. But just as prophesied for the latter days, they have risen to prominence once again. Given their transdimensional origins, they have the ability to appear in the guise most easily accepted by contemporary society. In the current case, they simply meet man's expectations that there is life on other planets. So they pose as extraterrestrial visitors, bringing advanced technology. But make no mistake, they are one and the same people as the ancient gods. And their goal is the same, namely, to corrupt man to such an extent that Christ's redemption is rendered null and void.   Old Gods and New In the book of Deuteronomy's Song of Moses, Israel is rebuked for having worshiped these false gods: Deu. 32:16,17 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. "They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.  Moses' song is an extended prophecy for the latter days, predicting the events that will characterize Israel's beliefs and behaviors in the period leading up to and including the judgments of the Tribulation. Here, he recalls Israel's past involvement with the false gods, their graven images and idols. These, we now identify as fallen angels and their demonic subordinates. They have emerged once again to prepare the way for the world of the Antichrist. (See Hidden Manna for the End Times for the true nature of Antichrist Beast that so few understand.) But take note especially of the future reference to the "new gods that came newly up". Here, Moses prophesies that entirely new gods of the same genre as the old gods will make their appearance in the latter days. Are we seeing these today, masquerading as space travelers?… (The new age people are in contact with these demons and report their words to the world. The new age people are their prophets.) Though we cannot be dogmatic on the issue, it is nevertheless compelling that this prophecy refers to new gods, unknown to the patriarchs of ancient Israel. It appears that contemporary men of science and technology are now worshiping these new gods, as they bring their gifts of advanced knowledge from the stars. Such tokens are welcomed by those who worship science rather than God. (Many point out that, "As were the days of Noah, so it shall be in the coming of the son of man". So we have to have the same problem today with giants. But they're not the giants that we have the type and the shadow for in the Old Testament. We can't make gossip into doctrine. There are people that say they've seen these giants. In fact, I heard a story about giants that were seen and disappeared in front of them. Well, that lets you know that they weren't fleshly giants. And these giants in the Bible were flesh. They died. They were killed. The flood wiped them out. Doesn't sound much like man crossed with angels. If they were, they didn't have much angel in them did they? They all died. Normal sized humans in the Bible killed these giants. So just how much angel could they have had in them?  Just one angel in the Bible killed 185,000 men. You don't want to mess with them. Now, if we had two or three witnesses, fine, but what we really have is a whole bunch of fables that the Christians are passing on just like the Jews did. Any giants that disappear are just like the aliens; they're just demonic manifestations, not men.  In a Bible Code search for these things, Fabrice found a matrix which said, "The Aliens / All are Seraphim / Many are [the] UFOs / All are demons / The Wicked ones". Remember that angels manifested in the appearance of men in the Bible and so can demons. We also have on our site a testimony by a man who became a Christian when researching alien abductions and finding out that when many Christians were abducted and used the name of Jesus on the aliens, they found themselves in their bed and the aliens were nowhere to be seen. The same colonel that I spoke of earlier was forced to sign a pledge to not speak the name of Jesus around the aliens in the DS underground cities.) Also read: Aliens Are Demons Manifested in Flesh Alien Demons Bow to Jesus' Name Sons of God, Aliens & Giants Of course if aliens planted life on this planet some would say, “God is old fashioned.” This is the whole point the devil wants to make. And also, these aliens will do everything they can to destroy the Bible and belief in God.   “Added Books of the Bible" Disproven by God David Eells - 4-27-22 The people are wrong who say: "There were other books of the Bible that should have been included or the apocryphal books should not have been taken out. Saying we only had 66 of them, while many were missing. The White Hats retrieved all of them from the basement of the Vatican.” Who made these people experts on the anointed words which they have never followed? There have been many books hidden at the Vatican but numerics is a pattern in every letter of the original Greek and Hebrew; parts of which are shown in various ancient manuscripts. Every manuscript can be proven as to where this pattern is or isn't, showing the original text.  This pattern was designed by God to prove that only the 66 books are inspired by Him. No other book has been found to have this complete pattern in every letter and its position. The Catholics added their apocryphal books that were proven not to have this pattern. The original KJV had these books in it. Satan and his "aliens" want desperately to pollute the Bible. The "New Agers” throw out the book of Revelations, which has this perfect pattern disproving their 1000 years of peace. Where the original "Numeric Greek New Testament" is used Bible skip sequence codes will show up all through the text. God pronounces a curse at the end of the true Bible on all who add to or take from its Words. Rev 22:18-21  I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book:  19  and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.  66 Books Proven by Math Science Proves the Bible Numeric English New Testament The Holy Bible, Wholly True Numerics and the KJV Numeric Materials       Select LanguageAfrikaansAlbanianAmharicArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBengaliBosnianBulgarianCatalanCebuanoChichewaChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CorsicanCroatianCzechDanishDutchEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchFrisianGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHausaHawaiianHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIcelandicIgboIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseJavaneseKannadaKazakhKhmerKinyarwandaKoreanKurdish (Kurmanji)KyrgyzLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianLuxembourgishMacedonianMalagasyMalayMalayalamMalteseMaoriMarathiMongolianMyanmar (Burmese)NepaliNorwegianOdia (Oriya)PashtoPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanianRussianSamoanScots GaelicSerbianSesothoShonaSindhiSinhalaSlovakSlovenianSomaliSpanishSundaneseSwahiliSwedishTajikTamilTatarTeluguThaiTurkishTurkmenUkrainianUrduUyghurUzbekVietnameseWelshXhosaYiddishYorubaZulu Powered by Translate Printer-friendly version

RNZ: Morning Report
Health workers industrial action a last resort - Organiser

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 3:45


The 10,000 health workers not at work today include dental assistants, alcohol and drug counsellors and anaesthetic and laboratory technicians. The industrial action will disrupt several services. PSA organiser Will Matthews says the industrial action was a last resort. He spoke to Corin Dann.

Cornerstone Wylie Sermons
Transform Your Mind (Romans 12:1-2)

Cornerstone Wylie Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022


Speaker: Justin WheelerSeries: Revelation Contents Spurgeon on Joshua 1.7. From Morning and Evening, May 11................... 2 Spurgeon on Hebrews 12.2. From Morning and Evening, June 28.............. 3 Conformity to the world. From the letters of John Newton........................ 4 The Bruised Reed, chapter 2, by Richard Sibbes (1631)............................ 7 J C Ryle on assurance. From Holiness.................................................... 11 Spurgeon on Joshua 1.7. From Morning and Evening, May 11 "Only be thou strong and very courageous." Joshua 1:7 Our God's tender love for His servants makes Him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into the king's court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still He would have us put off the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much reason to rejoice. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic which soon spreads amongst the Lord's flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, "be thou strong, and very courageous." Spurgeon on Hebrews 12.2. From Morning and Evening, June 28 "Looking unto Jesus." Hebrews 12:2 It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in all." Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee- it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee- it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument- it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking unto Jesus." Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee. "My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesu's blood and righteousness: I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesu's name." Conformity to the world. From the letters of John Newton. Conformity to the world "Be not conformed to this world." Romans 12:2 Dear Sir, You will perhaps be surprised to see my thoughts on your query in print, rather than to receive them by the post, as you expected. But as the subject of it is of general concern, I hope you will not be displeased that I have taken this method. It might be of considerable service in the present day, clearly to explain the force of the Apostle's precept, "Be not conformed to this world;" and to state the just boundary between a sinful compliance with the world, and that scrupulous singularity which springs from a self-righteous principle, and a contracted view of the spirit and liberty of the Gospel. To treat this point accurately, would require a treatise rather than a letter: I only undertake to offer you a few hints; and indeed, when the mind is formed to a spiritual taste, a simple desire to be guided by the Word and Spirit of God, together with a due attention to our own experience, will, in most practical cases, supersede the necessity of long and elaborate disquisitions. By the world, in the passage alluded to, Rom. 12:2, I suppose the Apostle means conformity to the men of the world, in distinction from believers: these, not having the love of God in their hearts, or his fear before their eyes, are of course engaged in such pursuits and practices as are inconsistent with our holy calling, and in which we cannot imitate or comply with them, without hurting our peace and our profession. We are therefore bound to avoid conformity to them in all such instances; but we are not obliged to decline all interaction with the world, or to impose restraints upon ourselves, when the Scripture does not restrain us, in order to make us as unlike the world as possible. To instance in a few particulars. It is not necessary, perhaps it is not lawful, wholly to renounce the society of the world. A mistake of this kind took place in the early ages of Christianity, and men (at first, perhaps, with a sincere desire of serving God without distraction) withdrew into deserts and uninhabited places, and wasted their lives at a distance from their fellow-creatures. But unless we could flee from ourselves likewise, this would afford us no advantage; so long as we carry our own wicked hearts with us, we shall be exposed to temptation, go where we will. Besides, this would be thwarting the end of our vocation. Christians are to be the salt and the lights of the world, conspicuous as cities set upon a hill; they are commanded to "let their light shine before men, that they, beholding their good works, may glorify their Father who is in heaven." This injudicious deviation from the paths of nature and providence, gave occasion at length to the vilest abominations; and men who withdrew from the world, under pretense of retirement, became the more wicked and abandoned as they lived more out of public view and observation. Nor are we at liberty, much less are we enjoined, to renounce the duties of relative life, so as to become careless in the discharge of them. Allowances should, indeed, be made for the distresses of people newly awakened, or under the power of temptation, which may for a time so much engross their thoughts as greatly to indispose them for their bounded duty. But, in general, the proper evidence of true Christians is, not merely that they can talk about Divine things, but that, by the grace of God, they live and act agreeable to the rules of his word, in the state in which his providence has placed them, whether as masters or servants, husbands or wives, parents or children; bearing rule, or yielding obedience, as in his sight. Diligence and fidelity in the management of temporal concernments, though observable in the practice of many worldly men, may be maintained without a sinful conformity to the world. Neither are we required to refuse a moderate use of the comforts and conveniences of life, suitable to the station which God has appointed us in the world. The spirit of self-righteousness and will-worship works much in this way, and supposes that there is something excellent in long fasting, in abstaining from pleasant food, in wearing coarser clothes than is customary with those in the same rank of life, and in many other austerities and singularities not commanded by the word of God. And many people, who are in the main sincere, are grievously burdened with scruples respecting the use of lawful things. It is true, there is need of a constant watch, lest what is lawful in itself becomes hurtful to us by its abuse. But these outward strictnesses may be carried to great lengths, without a spark of true grace, and even without the knowledge of the true God. The mortifications and austerities practiced by the Bramins in India are vastly more severe than the most zealous effects of modern superstition in our country. There is a strictness which arises rather from ignorance than knowledge, is wholly taken up with externals, and gratifies the spirit of self as much in one way, as it seems to retrench it in another. A man may almost starve his body to feed his pride: but to those who fear and serve the Lord, every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. Notwithstanding these limitations, the precept is very extensive and important. "Be not conformed to the world." As believers, we are strangers and pilgrims upon earth. Heaven is our country, and the Lord is our King. We are to be known and noticed as his subjects; and therefore it is his pleasure, that we do not speak the sinful language, or adopt the sinful customs, of the land in which we sojourn. We are not to conform to the world, as we did in the days of our ignorance. And though we have received the principles of grace, and have tasted of the goodness of the Lord, the admonition is still needful; for we are renewed but in part, and are liable to be drawn aside to our hurt by the prevalence of evil examples and customs around us. We must not conform to the spirit of the world. As members of society, we have a part to act in it, in common with others. But if our business is the same, our principles and ends are to be entirely different. Diligence in our respective callings is, as I have already observed, commendable, and our duty; but not with the same views which stimulate the activity of the men of the world. If they rise early, and take rest late, their endeavors spring from and terminate in self, to establish and increase their own importance, to add house to house, and field to field, that, like the builders of Babel, they may get themselves a name, or provide means for the gratification of their sinful passions. If they succeed, they sacrifice to themselves; if they are crossed in their designs, they are filled with anxiety and impatience; they either murmur or despond. But a Christian is to pursue his lawful calling with an eye to the providence of God, and with submission to his wisdom. Thus, so far as he acts in the exercise of faith, he cannot be disappointed. He casts his care upon his Heavenly Father, who has promised to take care of him. What God gives, he receives with thankfulness, and is careful as a faithful steward to improve it for the furtherance of the cause of God, and the good of mankind. And if he meets with losses and crosses, he is not disconcerted, knowing that all his concerns are under a Divine direction; that the Lord whom he serves, chooses for him better than he could choose for himself; and that his best treasure is safe, out of the reach of the various changes to which all things in the present state are liable. We must not conform to the maxims of the world. The world in various instances calls evil good, and good evil. But we are to have recourse to the law and to the testimony, and to judge of things by the unerring word of God, uninfluenced by the determination of the great, or the many. We are to obey God rather than man, though upon this account we may expect to be despised or reviled, to be made a gazingstock or a laughing-stock to those who set his authority at defiance. We must bear our testimony to the truth as it is in Jesus, avow the cause of his despised people, and walk in the practice of universal obedience, patiently endure reproaches, and labor to overcome evil with good. Thus we shall show that we are not ashamed of Him. And there is an hour coming when he will not be ashamed of us, who have followed him, and borne his cross in the midst of a perverse generation, but will own our worthless names before the assembled world. We must not conform to the world in their amusements and diversions. We are to mix with the world so far as our necessary and providential connections engage us, so far as we have a reasonable expectation of doing or getting good, and no farther. "What fellowship has light with darkness, or what concord has Christ with Belial?" What does a believer have to do into those places and companies, where everything tends to promote a spirit of dissipation; where the fear of God has no place; where things are purposely disposed to inflame or indulge corrupt and sinful appetites and passions, and to banish all serious thoughts of God and ourselves? If it is our duty to redeem time, to walk with God, to do all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to follow the example which he set us when he was upon earth, and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling; it must of course be our duty to avoid a conformity with the world in those vain and sensual amusements, which stand in as direct contradiction to a spiritual frame of mind, as darkness to light. The leading desires of every person under the influence of Gospel principles, will be, to maintain an habitual communion with God in his own soul, and to manifest the power of his grace in the sight of men. So far as a Christian is infected by a conformity to the spirit, maxims, and sinful customs of the world, these desires will be disappointed. Fire and water are not more opposite, than that peace of God which passes all understanding, and that poor precarious pleasure which is sought in a compliance with the world; a pleasure (if worthy the name) which grieves the Spirit of God, and stultifies the heart. Whoever, after having tasted that the Lord is gracious, has been prevailed on to make the experiment, and to mingle with the world's vanities, has certainly thereby brought a damp upon his experience, and indisposed himself for the exercise of prayer, and the contemplation of Divine truths. And if any are not sensible of a difference in this respect, it is because the poison has taken a still deeper effect, so as to benumb their spiritual senses. Conformity to the world is the bane of many professors in this day. They have found a way, as they think, to serve both God and Mammon. But because they are double-minded, they are unstable; they make no progress; and, notwithstanding their frequent attendance upon ordinances, they are lean from day to day; a form of godliness, a scheme of orthodox notions, they may attain to, but they will remain destitute of the life, power, and comfort of piety, so long as they cleave to those things which are incompatible with it. Conformity to the world is equally an obstruction in the way of those who profess a desire of glorifying God in the sight of men. Such professors do rather dishonor him. By their conduct, as far as in them lies, they declare, that they do not find the religion of the Gospel answer their expectations; that it does not afford them the satisfaction they once hoped for from it; and that therefore they are forced to seek relief from the world. They grieve the people of God by their compliances, and oftentimes they mislead the weak, and by their examples encourage them to venture upon the like liberties, which otherwise they dared not have attempted. They embolden the wicked likewise in their evil ways, while they see a manifest inconsistency between their avowed principles and their practice; and thus they cause the ways of truth to be evil spoken of. The length of this paper constrains me to conclude abruptly. May the Lord enable you and I to lay this subject to heart, and to pray that we may, on the one hand, rightly understand and prize our Christian liberty; and, on the other hand, be preserved from that growing evil—a sinful conformity to the world! The Bruised Reed, chapter 2, by Richard Sibbes (1631) IN PURSUING HIS CALLING, Christ will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, in which more is meant than spoken, for he will not only not break nor quench, but he will cherish those with whom he so deals. CHRIST'S DEALINGS WITH THE BRUISED REED Physicians, though they put their patients to much pain, will not destroy nature, but raise it up by degrees. Surgeons will lance and cut, but not dismember. A mother who has a sick and self willed child will not therefore cast it away. And shall there be more mercy in the stream than in the spring? Shall we think there is more mercy in ourselves than in God, who plants the affection of mercy in us? But for further declaration of Christ's mercy to all bruised reeds, consider the comfortable relationships he has taken upon himself of husband, shepherd and brother, which he will discharge to the utmost. Shall others by his grace fulfill what he calls them unto, and not he who, out of his love, has taken upon him these relationships, so thoroughly founded upon his Father's assignment, and his own voluntary undertaking? Consider the names he has borrowed from the mildest creatures, such as lamb and hen, to show his tender care. Consider his very name Jesus, a Saviour, given him by God himself. Consider his office answerable to his name, which is that he should ‘bind up the broken hearted' (Isa. 61:1). At his baptism the Holy Ghost rested on him in the shape of a dove, to show that he should be a dove like, gentle Mediator. See the gracious way he executes his offices. As a prophet, he came with blessing in his mouth, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit' (Matt. 5:3), and invited those to come to him whose hearts suggested most exceptions against themselves, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' (Matt. 11:28). How did his heart yearn when he saw the people ‘as sheep having no shepherd' (Matt. 9:36)! He never turned any back again that came to him, though some went away of themselves. He came to die as a priest for his enemies. In the days of his flesh he dictated a form of prayer unto his disciples, and put petitions unto God into their mouths, and his Spirit to intercede in their hearts. He shed tears for those that shed his blood, and now he makes intercession in heaven for weak Christians, standing between them and God's anger. He is a meek king; he will admit mourners into his presence, a king of poor and afflicted persons. As he has beams of majesty, so he has a heart of mercy and compassion. He is the prince of peace (Isa. 9:6). Why was he tempted, but that he might ‘succor them that are tempted' (Heb. 2:18)? What mercy may we not expect from so gracious a Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) who took our nature upon him that he might be gracious? He is a physician good at all diseases, especially at the binding up of a broken heart. He died that he might heal our souls with a plaster of his own blood, and by that death save us, which we were the procurers of ourselves, by our own sins. And has he not the same heart in heaven? ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?' cried the Head in heaven, when the foot on earth was trodden on (Acts 9:4). His advancement has not made him forget his own flesh. Though it has freed him from passion, yet not from compassion towards us. The lion of the tribe of Judah will only tear in pieces those that ‘will not have him rule over them' (Luke 19:14). He will not show his strength against those who prostrate themselves before him. FOR OURSELVES 1. What should we learn from this, but to ‘come boldly to the throne of grace' (Heb. 4:16) in all our grievances? Shall our sins discourage us, when he appears there only for sinners? Are you bruised? Be of good comfort, he calls you. Conceal not your wounds, open all before him and take not Satan's counsel. Go to Christ, although trembling, as the poor woman who said, ‘If I may but touch his garment' (Matt. 9:21). We shall be healed and have a gracious answer. Go boldly to God in our flesh; he is flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone for this reason, that we might go boldly to him. Never fear to go to God, since we have such a Mediator with him, who is not only our friend but our brother and husband. Well might the angel proclaim from heaven, ‘Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy' (Luke 2:10). Well might the apostle stir us up to ‘rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice' (Phil. 4:4). Paul was well advised upon what grounds he did it. Peace and joy are two main fruits of Christ's kingdom. Let the world be as it will, if we cannot rejoice in the world, yet we may rejoice in the Lord. His presence makes any condition comfortable. ‘Be not afraid,' says he to his disciples, when they were afraid, as if they had seen a ghost, ‘It is I' (Matt. 14:27), as if there were no cause of fear where he was present. 2. Let this support us when we feel ourselves bruised. Christ's way is first to wound, then to heal. No sound, whole soul shall ever enter into heaven. Think when in temptation, Christ was tempted for me; according to my trials will be my graces and comforts. If Christ be so merciful as not to break me, I will not break myself by despair, nor yield myself over to the roaring lion, Satan, to break me in pieces. 3. See the contrary disposition of Christ on the one hand and Satan and his instruments on the other. Satan sets upon us when we are weakest, as Simeon and Levi upon the Shechemites, ‘when they were sore' (Gen. 34:25), but Christ will make up in us all the breaches which sin and Satan have made. He ‘binds up the broken hearted' (Isa. 61:1). As a mother is tenderest to the most diseased and weakest child, so does Christ most mercifully incline to the weakest. Likewise he puts an instinct into the weakest things to rely upon something stronger than themselves for support. The vine stays itself upon the elm, and the weakest creatures often have the strongest shelters. The consciousness of the church's weakness makes her willing to lean on her beloved, and to hide herself under his wing. WHO ARE THE BRUISED REEDS? But how shall we know whether we are such as may expect mercy? Answer: (1) By the bruised here is not meant those that are brought low only by crosses, but such as, by them, are brought to see their sin, which bruises most of all. When conscience is under the guilt of sin, then every judgment brings a report of God's anger to the soul, and all lesser troubles run into this great trouble of conscience for sin. As all corrupt humours run to the diseased and bruised part of the body, and as every creditor falls upon the debtor when he is once arrested, so when conscience is once awakened, all former sins and present crosses join together to make the bruise the more painful. Now, he that is thus bruised will be content with nothing but with mercy from him who has bruised him. He has wounded, and he must heal (Hos. 6:1). The Lord who has bruised me deservedly for my sins must bind up my heart again. (2) Again, a man truly bruised judges sin the greatest evil, and the favor of God the greatest good. (3) He would rather hear of mercy than of a kingdom. (4) He has poor opinions of himself, and thinks that he is not worth the earth he treads on. (5) Towards others he is not censorious, as being taken up at home, but is full of sympathy and compassion to those who are under God's hand. (6) He thinks that those who walk in the comforts of God's Spirit are the happiest men in the world. (7) He trembles at the Word of God (Isa. 66:2), and honours the very feet of those blessed instruments that bring peace unto him (Rom. 10:15). (8) He is more taken up with the inward exercises of a broken heart than with formality, and is yet careful to use all sanctified means to convey comfort. But how shall we come to this state of mind? Answer: First, we must conceive of bruising either as a state into which God brings us, or as a duty to be performed by us. Both are here meant. We must join with God in bruising ourselves. When he humbles us, let us humble ourselves, and not stand out against him, for then he will redouble his strokes. Let us justify Christ in all his chastisements, knowing that all his dealing towards us is to cause us to return into our own hearts. His work in bruising tends to our work in bruising ourselves. Let us lament our own perversity, and say: Lord, what a heart have I that needs all this, that none of this could be spared! We must lay siege to the hardness of our own hearts, and aggravate sin all we can. We must look on Christ, who was bruised for us, look on him whom we have pierced with our sins. But all directions will not prevail, unless God by his Spirit convinces us deeply, setting our sins before us, and driving us to a standstill. Then we will cry out for mercy. Conviction will breed contrition, and this leads to humiliation. Therefore desire God that he would bring a clear and a strong light into all the corners of our souls, and accompany it with a spirit of power to lay our hearts low. A set measure of bruising of ourselves cannot be prescribed, but it must be so far as (1) that we may prize Christ above all, and see that a Saviour must be had; and (2) that we reform that which is amiss, though it be to the cutting off of our right hand, or pulling out of our right eye. There is a dangerous slighting of the work of humiliation, some alleging this for a pretence for their casual dealing with their own hearts, that Christ will not break the bruised reed; but such must know that every sudden terror and short grief is not that which makes us bruised reeds; not a little ‘bowing down our heads like a bulrush' (Isa. 58:5), but a working our hearts to such a grief as will make sin more odious unto us than punishment, until we offer a ‘holy violence' against it. Else, favouring ourselves, we make work for God to bruise us, and for sharp repentance afterwards. It is dangerous, I confess, in some cases, with some spirits, to press too much and too long this bruising, because they may die under the wound and burden before they be raised up again. Therefore it is good in mixed assemblies to mingle comfort that every soul may have its due portion. But if we have this for a foundation truth, that there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us, there can be no danger in thorough dealing. It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell. Therefore let us not take off ourselves too soon, nor pull off the plaster before the cure be wrought, but keep ourselves under this work till sin be the sourest, and Christ the sweetest, of all things. And when God's hand is upon us in any way, it is good to divert our sorrow for other things to the root of all, which is sin. Let our grief run most in that channel, that as sin bred grief, so grief may consume sin. But are we not bruised unless we grieve more for sin than we do for punishment? Answer: Sometimes our grief from outward grievances may lie heavier upon the soul than grief for God's displeasure, because, in such cases, the grief works upon the whole man, both outward and inward, and has nothing to support it, but a little spark of faith. This faith, by reason of the violent impression of the grievance, is suspended in the exercises of it. This is most felt in sudden distresses which come upon the soul as a torrent or land flood, and especially in bodily sicknesses which, by reason of the sympathy between the soul and the body, work upon the soul so far as to hinder not only the spiritual, but often the natural acts. Therefore, James wishes us in affliction to pray ourselves, but in case of sickness to ‘send for the elders' (James 5:14). These may, as those in the Gospels, offer up to God in their prayers the sick person who is unable to present his own case. Hereupon God admits of such a plea from the sharpness and bitterness of the grievance, as in David (Psa. 6). The Lord knows our frame; he remembers that we are but dust (Psa. 103:14), that our strength is not the strength of steel. This is a branch of his faithfulness to us as his creatures, whence he is called ‘a faithful Creator' (1 Pet. 4:19). ‘God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able' (1 Cor. 10:13). There were certain commandments which the Jews called the hedges of the law. So as to fence men off from cruelty, God commanded that they should not take the dame with the young, nor ‘seethe a kid in his mother's milk' (Exod. 23:19), nor ‘muzzle the mouth of the ox' (1 Cor. 9:9). Does God take care of beasts, and not of his more noble creature? And therefore we ought to judge charitably of the complaints of God's people which are wrung from them in such cases. Job had the esteem with God of a patient man, notwithstanding those passionate complaints. Faith overborne for the present will gain ground again; and grief for sin, although it come short of grief for misery in terms of violence, yet it goes beyond it in constancy; as a running stream fed with a spring holds out, when a sudden swelling brook fails. For the concluding of this point, and our encouragement to a thorough work of bruising, and patience under God's bruising of us, let all know that none are fitter for comfort than those that think themselves furthest off. Men, for the most part, are not lost enough in their own feeling for a Saviour. A holy despair in ourselves is the ground of true hope. In God the fatherless find mercy (Hos. 14:3); if men were more fatherless, they should feel more God's fatherly affection from heaven, for the God who dwells in the highest heavens dwells likewise in the lowest soul (Isa. 57:15). Christ's sheep are weak sheep, and lacking in something or other; he therefore applies himself to the necessities of every sheep. He seeks that which was lost, and brings again that which was driven out of the way, and binds up that which was broken, and strengthens the weak (Ezek. 34:16). His tenderest care is over the weakest. The lambs he carries in his bosom (Isa. 40:11). He says to Peter, ‘Feed my lambs' (John 21:15). He was most familiar and open to troubled souls. How careful he was that Peter and the rest of the apostles should not be too much dejected after his resurrection! ‘Go your way, tell his disciples and Peter' (Mark 16:7). Christ knew that guilt of their unkindness in leaving of him had dejected their spirits. How gently did he endure the unbelief of Thomas and stooped so far unto his weakness, as to suffer him to thrust his hand into his side. J C Ryle on assurance. From Holiness. 4. Some probable causes why an assured hope is so seldom attained This is a very serious question and ought to raise in all of us great searchings of heart. Few, certainly, of Christ's people seem to reach up to this blessed spirit of assurance. Many comparatively believe, but few are persuaded. Many comparatively have saving faith, but few that glorious confidence which shines forth in the language of St. Paul. That such is the case, I think we must all allow. Now, why is this so? Why is a thing, which two apostles have strongly enjoined us to seek after, a thing of which few believers have any experimental knowledge in these latter days? Why is an assured hope so rare? I desire to offer a few suggestions on this point, with all humility. I know that many have never attained assurance, at whose feet I would gladly sit both in earth and heaven. Perhaps the Lord sees something in the natural temperament of some of His children which makes assurance not good for them. Perhaps, in order to be kept in spiritual health, they need to be kept very low. God only knows. Still, after every allowance, I fear there are many believers without an assured hope, whose case may too often be explained by causes such as these. 1. One most common cause, I suspect, is a defective view of the doctrine of justification. I am inclined to think that justification and sanctification are insensibly confused together in the minds of many believers. They receive the gospel truth, that there must be something done in us as well as something done for us, if we are true members of Christ: and so far they are right. But then, without being aware of it, perhaps, they seem to imbibe the idea that their justification is, in some degree, affected by something within themselves. They do not clearly see that Christ's work, not their own work—either in whole or in part, either directly or indirectly—is the only ground of our acceptance with God: that justification is a thing entirely without us, for which nothing whatever is needful on our part but simple faith and that the weakest believer is as fully and completely justified as the strongest. Many appear to forget that we are saved and justified as sinners, and only sinners, and that we never can attain to anything higher, if we live to the age of Methuselah. Redeemed sinners, justified sinners and renewed sinners doubtless we must be—but sinners, sinners, sinners, we shall be always to the very last. They do not seem to comprehend that there is a wide difference between our justification and our sanctification. Our justification is a perfect finished work and admits of no degrees. Our sanctification is imperfect and incomplete and will be so to the last hour of our life. They appear to expect that a believer may at some period of his life be in a measure free from corruption, and attain to a kind of inward perfection. And not finding this angelic state of things in their own hearts, they at once conclude there must be something very wrong in their state. And so they go mourning all their days, oppressed with fears that they have no part or lot in Christ, and refusing to be comforted. Let us weigh this point well. If any believing soul desires assurance and has not got it, let him ask himself, first of all, if he is quite sure he is sound in the faith, if he knows how to distinguish things that differ and if his eyes are thoroughly clear in the matter of justification. He must know what it is simply to believe and to be justified by faith before he can expect to feel assured. In this matter, as well as in many others, the old Galatian heresy is the most fertile source of error, both in doctrine and in practice. People ought to seek clearer views of Christ and what Christ has done for them. Happy is the man who really understands "justification by faith without the deeds of the law." 2. Another common cause of the absence of assurance is slothfulness about growth in grace. I suspect many true believers hold dangerous and unscriptural views on this point; I do not, of course, mean intentionally, but they do hold them. Many appear to think that, once converted, they have little more to attend to, and that a state of salvation is a kind of easy chair in which they may just sit still, lie back and be happy. They seem to fancy that grace is given them that they may enjoy it; and they forget that it is given, like a talent, to be used, employed and improved. Such persons lose sight of the many direct injunctions to increase, to grow, to abound more and more, to add to our faith, and the like; and in this little–doing condition, this sitting–still state of mind, I never marvel that they miss assurance. I believe it ought to be our continual aim and desire to go forward, and our watchword on every returning birthday and at the beginning of every year should be "more and more" (1 Thess. 4:1): more knowledge, more faith, more obedience, more love. If we have brought forth thirty-fold, we should seek to bring forth sixty; and if we have brought forth sixty, we should strive to bring forth a hundred. The will of the Lord is our sanctification, and it ought to be our will too (Matt. 13:23; 1 Thess. 4:3). One thing, at all events, we may depend upon—there is an inseparable connection between diligence and assurance. "Give diligence," says Peter, "to make your calling and election sure" (2 Pet. 1:10). "We desire," says Paul, "that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end" (Heb. 6:11). "The soul of the diligent," says Solomon, "shall be made fat" (Prov. 13:4). There is much truth in the old maxim of the Puritans: "Faith of adherence comes by hearing, but faith of assurance comes not without doing." Is any reader of this message one of those who desire assurance, but have not got it? Mark my words. You will never get it without diligence, however much you may desire it. There are no gains without pains in spiritual things, any more than in temporal. "The soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing" (Prov. 13:4). 3. Another common cause of a want of assurance is an inconsistent walk in life. With grief and sorrow I feel constrained to say that I fear nothing more frequently prevents men attaining an assured hope than this. The stream of professing Christianity in this day is far wider than it formerly was, and I am afraid we must admit at the same time it is much less deep. Inconsistency of life is utterly destructive of peace of conscience. The two things are incompatible. They cannot and they will not go together. If you will have your besetting sins and cannot make up your minds to give them up, if you will shrink from cutting off the right hand and plucking out the right eye when occasion requires it, I will engage you will have no assurance. A vacillating walk, a backwardness to take a bold and decided line, a readiness to conform to the world, a hesitating witness for Christ, a lingering tone of religion, a clinching from a high standard of holiness and spiritual life, all these make up a sure receipt for bringing a blight upon the garden of your soul. It is vain to suppose you will feel assured and persuaded of your own pardon and acceptance with God, unless you count all God's commandments concerning all things to be right, and hate every sin, whether great or small (Ps. 119:128). One Achan allowed in the camp of your heart will weaken your hands and lay your consolations low in the dust. You must be daily sowing to the Spirit, if you are to reap the witness of the Spirit. You will not find and feel that all the Lord's ways are ways of pleasantness unless you labor in all your ways to please the Lord. I bless God that our salvation in no wise depends on our own works. By grace we are saved—not by works of righteousness—through faith, without the deeds of the law. But I never would have any believer for a moment forget that our sense of salvation depends much on the manner of our living. Inconsistency will dim our eyes and bring clouds between us and the sun. The sun is the same behind the clouds, but you will not be able to see its brightness or enjoy its warmth; and your soul will be gloomy and cold. It is in the path of well–doing that the dayspring of assurance will visit you and shine down upon your heart. "The secret of the Lord," says David, "is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant" (Ps. 25:14). "To him that orders his conversation aright, will I show the salvation of God" (Ps. 50:23). "Great peace have they which love Your law, and nothing shall offend them" (Ps. 119:165). "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another" (1 John 1:7). "Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth; and hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him" (1 John 3:18, 19). "Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments" (1 John 2:3). Paul was a man who exercised himself to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward man (Acts 24:16). He could say with boldness, "I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith." I do not therefore wonder that the Lord enabled him to add with confidence, "Henceforth there is a crown laid up for me, and the Lord shall give it me at that day." If any believer in the Lord Jesus desires assurance and has not got it, let him think over this point also. Let him look at his own heart, look at his own conscience, look at his own life, look at his own ways, look at his own home. And perhaps when he has done that, he will be able to say, "There is a cause why I have no assured hope." I leave the three matters I have just mentioned to the private consideration of every reader of this message. I am sure they are worth examining. May we examine them honestly. And may the Lord give us understanding in all things. 1. And now in closing this important inquiry, let me speak first to those readers who have not yet given themselves to the Lord, who have not yet come out from the world, chosen the good part and followed Christ. I ask you then to learn from this subject the privileges and comforts of a true Christian. I would not have you judge of the Lord Jesus Christ by His people. The best of servants can give you but a faint idea of that glorious Master. Neither would I have you judge of the privileges of His kingdom by the measure of comfort to which many of His people attain. Alas, we are most of us poor creatures! We come short, very short, of the blessedness we might enjoy. But, depend upon it, there are glorious things in the city of our God, which they who have an assured hope taste, even in their lifetime. There are lengths and breadths of peace and consolation there, which it has not entered into your heart to conceive. There is bread enough and to spare in our Father's house, though many of us certainly eat but little of it, and continue weak. But the fault must not be laid to our Master's charge: it is all our own. And, after all, the weakest child of God has a mine of comforts within him, of which you know nothing. You see the conflicts and tossings of the surface of his heart, but you see not the pearls of great price which are hidden in the depths below. The feeblest member of Christ would not change conditions with you. The believer who possesses the least assurance is far better off than you are. He has a hope, however faint, but you have none at all. He has a portion that will never be taken from him, a Savior that will never forsake him, a treasure that fades not away, however little he may realize it all at present. But, as for you, if you die as you are, your expectations will all perish. Oh, that you were wise! Oh, that you understood these things! Oh, that you would consider your latter end! I feel deeply for you in these latter days of the world, if I ever did. I feel deeply for those whose treasure is all on earth and whose hopes are all on this side of the grave. Yes! When I see old kingdoms and dynasties shaking to the very foundation; when I see, as we all saw a few years ago, kings and princes and rich men and great men fleeing for their lives and scarce knowing where to hide their heads; when I see property dependent on public confidence melting like snow in spring, and public stocks and funds losing their value—when I see these things, I feel deeply for those who have no better portion than this world can give them and no place in that kingdom which cannot be removed. Take advice of a minister of Christ this very day. Seek durable riches, a treasure that cannot be taken from you, a city which has lasting foundations. Do as the apostle Paul did. Give yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and seek that incorruptible crown He is ready to bestow. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him. Come away from a world which will never really satisfy you and from sin which will bite like a serpent, if you cleave to it, at last. Come to the Lord Jesus as lowly sinners; and He will receive you, pardon you, give you His renewing Spirit, fill you with peace. This shall give you more real comfort than the world has ever done. There is a gulf in your heart which nothing but the peace of Christ can fill. Enter in and share our privileges. Come with us, and sit down by our side. 2. Lastly, let me turn to all believers who read these pages and speak to them a few words of brotherly counsel. The main thing that I urge upon you is this: if you have not got an assured hope of your own acceptance in Christ, resolve this day to seek it. Labor for it. Strive after it. Pray for it. Give the Lord no rest until you "know whom you have believed." I feel, indeed, that the small amount of assurance in this day, among those who are reckoned God's children, is a shame and a reproach. "It is a thing to be heavily bewailed," says old Traill, "that many Christians have lived twenty or forty years since Christ called them by His grace, yet doubting in their life." Let us call to mind the earnest "desire" Paul expresses, that "every one" of the Hebrews should seek after full assurance; and let us endeavor, by God's blessing, to roll this reproach away (Heb. 6:11). Believing reader, do you really mean to say that you have no desire to exchange hope for confidence, trust for persuasion, uncertainty for knowledge? Because weak faith will save you, will you therefore rest content with it? Because assurance is not essential to your entrance into heaven, will you therefore be satisfied without it upon earth? Alas, this is not a healthy state of soul to be in; this is not the mind of the apostolic day! Arise at once and go forward. Stick not at the foundations of religion: go on to perfection. Be not content with a day of small things. Never despise it in others, but never be content with it yourself. Believe me, believe me, assurance is worth the seeking. You forsake your own mercies when you rest content without it. The things I speak are for your peace. If it is good to be sure in earthly things, how much better is it to be sure in heavenly things! Your salvation is a fixed and certain thing. God knows it. Why should not you seek to know it too? There is nothing unscriptural in this. Paul never saw the book of life, and yet Paul says, "I know and am persuaded." Make it then your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. According to your faith will be your peace. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God's blessing, you may hope to have the flower. You may not perhaps attain to full assurance all at once. It is good sometimes to be kept waiting: we do not value things which we get without trouble. But though it tarry, wait for it. Seek on, and expect to find. There is one thing, however, of which I would not have you ignorant: you must not be surprised if you have occasional doubts after you have got assurance. You must not forget you are on earth, and not yet in heaven. You are still in the body and have indwelling sin; the flesh will lust against the spirit to the very end. The leprosy will never be out of the walls of the old house until death takes it down. And there is a devil, too, and a strong devil—a devil who tempted the Lord Jesus, and gave Peter a fall, and he will take care you know it. Some doubts there always will be. He who never doubts has nothing to lose. He who never fears possesses nothing truly valuable. He who is never jealous knows little of deep love. But be not discouraged: you shall be more than conqueror through Him that loved you. Finally, do not forget that assurance is a thing which may be lost for a season, even by the brightest Christians, unless they take care. Assurance is a most delicate plant. It needs daily, hourly watching, watering, tending, cherishing. So watch and pray the more when you have got it. As Rutherford says, "Make much of assurance." Be always upon your guard. When Christian slept in the arbor, in Pilgrim's Progress, he lost his certificate. Keep that in mind. David lost assurance for many months by falling into transgression. Peter lost it when he denied his Lord. Each found it again undoubtedly, but not until after bitter tears. Spiritual darkness comes on horseback and goes away on foot. It is upon us before we know that it is coming. It leaves us slowly, gradually, and not until after many days. It is easy to run downhill. It is hard work to climb up. So remember my caution—when you have the joy of the Lord, watch and pray. Above all, grieve not the Spirit. Quench not the Spirit. Vex not the Spirit. Drive Him not to a distance by tampering with small bad habits and little sins. Little jarrings between husbands and wives make unhappy homes; and petty inconsistencies, known and allowed, will bring in a strangeness between you and the Spirit. Hear the conclusion of the whole matter—the man who walks with God in Christ most closely will generally be kept in the greatest peace. The believer who follows the Lord most fully and aims at the highest degree of holiness will ordinarily enjoy the most assured hope and have the clearest persuasion of his own salvation. Permalink

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The Wire w/ Joe: May 16, 2022

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Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022


This week on the Monday Wire! Today, Joe fills in for Charlie as host while she is away. Charlie spoke to Action Station on their regular segment, discussing climate accountability this week. Producer Trishil speaks to Larry Green from Gaspy and Dr Selena Sheng from the Business School at the University of Auckland about consistently rising fuel prices. He also speaks to Rich Rowley from Brain Badge and Dane Dougan from Autism NZ about Neurodiversity in the Workplace Joe talks to Cass Thompson, an Organiser from the PSA, who joins us from the Health Worker's Strike today. She speaks about the impact this strike has on the health system and why it is so important. He also speaks to Ricardo Menendez March, the Immigration spokesperson from The Green Party about proposed changes to immigration and how it entrenches discrimination towards low wage migrants.  That's us for the Monday Wire!

95bFM
Health Worker's Strike w/ Cass Thompson: May 16, 2022

95bFM

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022


This week members of the Public Service Association start their industrial action. The action is said to involve a 24-hour strike and wants the DHB's to take on recommendations made by the Employment Relations Authority. Joe spoke with Cass Thompson, an organiser from the PSA, who is attending the Health Worker's Strike today. She speaks about the impact this strike has on the health system and why this strike is so important.

The PSA Pod
Ep. 14 - The most impressive Ken Griffey Jr. collection known to man?

The PSA Pod

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 37:19


This week's episode includes some very exciting news updates from within our operation (10:05), including the full opening of our Economy service level to our PSA Collectors Club members and the new eBay Authentication program that PSA just launched with the marketplace platform involving the sales of slabbed cards. In terms of the cards themselves, the guys spin off of the iconic Flawless LeBron James Triple Logoman that was pulled last week and opine on what mythical cards of that level could generate anywhere close to the same buzz (1:40). Also, PSA/Collectors Director of Product Bassel Abuzayyad joins the show in the NBA Jam Studio (20:30), not only to talk about some major projects he and his team are working on within the operation, but also dive in deep on his unbelievable Ken Griffey Jr. collection - which is also featured in the May issue of PSA Magazine.

Pre Game Proverb
PSalms Chapter 22 Verses 29, 30 & 31

Pre Game Proverb

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 1:43


Psa 22:29  Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust.Psa 22:30  Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.Psa 22:31  His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.

Geekoholics Anonymous Video Game Podcast
Rogue Legacy 2, Nintendo Switch Sports, Steam Deck and more - Geekoholics Anonymous Podcast 353

Geekoholics Anonymous Video Game Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 113:44


On this weeks episode we blab about the following Games and topics: Whatcha Been Playing?   Rogue Legacy 2 Switch Sports Steam Deck News:Cross Platform / PC / Misc. Summer Game Fest 2022 set for June 9 Ubisoft confirms Avatar, Mario Rabbids and Skull and Bones will launch this financial year Sonic 2 Is the Highest Grossing Video Game Movie Ever In the U.S. Square Enix sells off western studios and IP - including Tomb Raider and Deus Ex Call of Duty: Vanguard underperformed because no-one wanted a WW2 game, says Activision E3 2001 iteration of Duke Nukem Forever has leaked Gotham Knights will no longer be released for PS4 and Xbox One Electronic Arts is dropping FIFA branding after 30 years for EA Sports FC PlayStation Sony's CFO insists AAA game quality ‘will deteriorate' if it adopts Game Pass-style strategy Nintendo Here's everything announced during the Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase Zelda: Ocarina of Time is finally in the Video Game Hall of Fame Xbox You can now play Fortnite on iOS, Android, and PC with Xbox Cloud Gaming for Free Microsoft has plans to release an Xbox streaming device within the next 12 months - report PSA's: Epic Games Store Freebies: Prey and Jotun Xbox - May 2022 Games with Gold Free 4 All: Dr. Strange Moon Knight Help support the show: - Subscribe to our Twitch channel http://twitch.tv/geekoholics - Use our Epic Creator Code: GEEKOHOLICS when purchasing items in Fortnite or buying games on the Epic Games Store - Please review the show (bit.ly/geekoholics) on Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and to share with your friends. Reviews help us reach more listeners, and the feedback helps us to produce a better show. Join our Discord server: CLICK HERE Don't forget to follow our Social Media Feeds to keep up to date on our adventures: Youtube TwitterInstagram Facebook Thanks for listening and have a great weekend! You can reach me on Twitter @RicF

The Cass and Anthony Podcast
CASS + ANTHONY PODCAST 5-12-22

The Cass and Anthony Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 57:03


Anthony was in rare form today hot outta Allentown last night after a concert, and Cass was startled at what he sent to her phone in the middle of the night. We talked about Madonna's NFT lady parts and the NFT guy who Anthony met at a bar last night. Cass shares a very important PSA about The Buffalo Zoo, we hear some epic audio from the Wailer show that Anthony captured last night, and Cass shares why her son may be retiring from his T-Ball career after 2 games. Ill-Advised News hits us with some drug dealers from across the pond and the real meaning behind getting leveled. Cass steps on to her soapbox with a rant about The Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, we talk about sharing toothbrushes, and why the “just in case” pee is a bad pee.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Monsters In The Morning
STOP CARRYING RANDOM PILLS IN YOUR POCKETS

Monsters In The Morning

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 40:17


THURSDAY HR 1 Cool weather. Popcorn beef? The wonderful tail of dirty pennies and vitamins PSA. FLORIDA AWESOME

The Flagship Baseball Cards Podcast
Episode 35: 2022 Bowman Baseball (again), Yordan Alvarez, Aaron Judge, Jose Miranda, MJ Melendez

The Flagship Baseball Cards Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 55:34


Apologies for the delay in getting this out. As you'll hear, there are some technical issues. Rob and Tyson tackle 2022 Bowman Baseball (again), Yordan Alvarez, Aaron Judge, Jose Miranda, MJ MelendezCheck out MySlabs for 1% seller fees on slabsTyson's excellent rookie report: https://youtu.be/iAGl8MhLr6oPlease Hit Subscribe!Connect with Rob on twitter @FlagshipPodcast or email: rob@flagshipbaseball.comFollow on InstagramCheck out the YouTube channelThanks to Hanna Kent for her invaluable contributions to the podcast. If you'd like to see more of her work, she can be found at: hannakentvo.comCheck out the website: flagshipbaseball.comSupport the show

Pre Game Proverb
Psalms Chapter 22 Verses 26, 27 & 28

Pre Game Proverb

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 1:30


Psa 22:26  The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the LORD will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.Psa 22:27  The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.Psa 22:28  For royal power belongs to the LORD. He rules all the nations.

Malcolm Cox
S2 Ep316: Quiet Time Coaching Episode 316 | “Hearing God Series” | Part 1 | Malcolm Cox

Malcolm Cox

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 8:54


Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God; Dallas Willard Last two weeks have struck a chord with you and me. Therefore I decided to re-read the book “Hearing God: developing a conversational relationship with God" this week. Made notes and decided to do a multipart series - one for each chapter of the book. As with all of Willard's themed books, it is about much more than the actual title or theme in the title. In truth, it's really about what it means to know Christ and to live for him in this world. Today we look at the introduction, or technically the preface. He sets up the book by noting that God wants an intimate friendship with us. He references the following Scriptures: Exodus 29:43-46; 33:11; Psalm 23; Isaiah 41:8; John 15:14; Hebrews 13:5-6. He could have chosen many more. Let me read some of these to us today. As I do so, ask yourself what is telling you about God's desire for the kind of relationship he wants to have with you and me. Ex. 29:43-46 there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory. “So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God. Ex. 33:11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. Psa. 23:1    The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk  through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me  in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me  all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Is. 41:8 “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command. Heb. 13:5-6 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”  Take some time to meditate on one or more of these Scriptures. How does it make you feel knowing that God wants this for you? The fact that it is God's desire do you have a conversational relationship with us is more important than what we want. Hearing God is more about his heart than our techniques. It's about relationship. Part of that is about hearing God. Establishing this at the beginning of this series is important. Our goal is not to ‘hear' from God as such, our goal must be to understand and learn what it means to be in a conversational relationship with God and to enjoy hearing from him in whatever way he decides is best. Is this important? Willard says this, "Today there is a desperate need for large numbers of people throughout our various social groupings who are competent and confident in their own practice of life in Christ and in hearing his voice." 12 I agree. The world does not need diffident, insecure and unconfident Christians. What kind of God does that reveal to the world? No, the world needs confident Christians. That confidence must be in God, and not tainted by religious arrogance. That is why hearing from God is about our submission and not our worthiness. More on that as we proceed.  Next week we will go on to look at chapter 1 of the book which is titled “A paradox about hearing God". Please add your comments on this week's topic. We learn best when we learn in community.  Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here's the email: [malcolm@malcolmcox.org](mailto:malcolm@malcolmcox.org).  If you'd like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://[www.malcolmcox.org](http://www.malcolmcox.org/).  Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review.  “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)  God bless, Malcolm

Trylove
Episode 173: GODZILLA (1954)

Trylove

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 81:43


The original GODZILLA is a lot more up-front about its mission statement than later entries would lead you to believe. It was concepted and written as a metaphor for Japan's traumatic response to nuclear tragedy and fear of another, but it's remembered more for its genre-defining special effects. But with a focus on a melodramatic love triangle and humans who can't decide if they're heroes or horrors, the most frightening thing about GODZILLA is its premonition that the threat of more Hiroshimas would fester and grow for generations. Links: An examination of Akira Ifukube's iconic GODZILLA theme by GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) composer Bear McCreary: https://www.facebook.com/BearMcCrearyOfficial/photos/why-does-the-akira-ifukube-godzilla-march-feel-the-way-it-does-one-of-the-most-i/10156880267742096/ “'Godzilla' was a metaphor for Hiroshima, and Hollywood whitewashed it” by Kimmy Yam for NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/godzilla-was-metaphor-hiroshima-hollywood-whitewashed-it-n1236165 Buy tickets to “AGNÈS VARDA: DIEU DU CINÉMA” (May 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/agnes-varda-dieu-du-cinema/ - Buy tickets to “ISHIRÔ HONDA'S GODZILLA” (May 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/ishiro-hondas-godzilla/ - Buy tickets to “NIC CAGE, NATIONAL TREASURE” (June - Aug 2022 at the Trylon): https://www.trylon.org/films/category/national-treasure/ Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/. Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Closing song: “Godzilla Theme” by Akira Ifukube from the GODZILLA soundtrack. Timestamps 0:00 - Episode 173: GODZILLA (1954) 2:52 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary 7:35 - Finally seeing GODZILLA at the Trylon 10:44 - Learning that Godzilla is more than the bomb 23:02 - The shortcuts people take to understanding Godzilla 26:52 - Godzilla and population density 29:58 - The international implications of Godzilla 45:43 - Godzilla as symbol of hypercapital 48:56 - Godzilla redesigns 50:39 - The Junk Drawer 59:52 - Cody's Noteys: Trylove Feud

Weird Religion
086 THE AIGOD (bringing an imaginary friend to life through AI, and playing God)

Weird Religion

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 30:05


This week, we tell the strange tale, via Twitter thread, of a man who brings his childhood imaginary friend back to life…through AI. The friend happens to be a microwave, who is also a WWI veteran. What could go wrong? (So many things.) Lucas Rizzotto's Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/_LucasRizzotto/status/1516205625662836739 The video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1G5b_2PYj0 Open AI and GPT-3: https://openai.com/api/ A working class supper from the 1800s reenactment video: https://youtu.be/K3DgRm9N3zU Star Wars talking to your kids PSA: https://youtu.be/pCjMGOvMghY Nazarene congregation vibes: https://bit.ly/39edCVKVestel Goodman: https://youtu.be/XxlI1ZRunu0

Pre Game Proverb
Psalms Chapter 22 Verse 25

Pre Game Proverb

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 1:32


Psa 22:25  From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. 

Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever
JF2808: Financing and Investor Acquisitions Insights from a CRE Attorney ft. Ronald Rohde

Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 33:20


Ronald “Ron” Rohde is the founder of a commercial real estate law firm where he primarily focuses on investor acquisitions and helping other investors buy commercial real estate. In this episode, Ron tells us about the importance of getting the right financing, when to consider using an open-ended fund, and the biggest lesson he's learned as an investor himself. Ronald “Ron” Rohde | Real Estate Background Founder of Ronald Rohde Law, a commercial real estate law firm that handles commercial real estate transactions from entity formation, PSA negotiation, and due diligence review through closing. Portfolio: GP of three industrial NNN properties in DFW, over 100,000 sq ft. Based in: Dallas, TX Say hi to him at: ronaldrohdelaw.com Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Best Ever Book: Traction by Gino Wickman Greatest lesson: Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Click here to know more about our sponsors:  Cash Flow Portal | Equity Multiple | Cornell Capital Holdings | PassiveInvesting.com 

We Were On A Break
32 - The Trolls Are Out In Force

We Were On A Break

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 34:32


This week Chris explains why he is a zombie and Geraldine comments on her latest obsession and how it's taking over her life! After a brief PSA from Geraldine the episode kicks off with making connections through social media. Geraldine discusses a recent video she posted and how after a week of positive and relatable comments the tables turned against her and the trolls surface. Check them out: https://linktr.ee/wwoabpodcast

This Week in MTG
Episode 137: Mr. Big G Frizzle Teaches Danny Fractions

This Week in MTG

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 102:40


THIS WEEK IN MTG Welcome Magic Folk, to This Week in MTG. Your aggregate news source for all things Magic: The Gathering. Whether you are a new listener or a returning one, we are glad that you are here! Below we have all the important links that you will need. This is where you can find us online linktr.ee/ThisWeekinMTG Please check out our AMAZING sponsor, JWW Sports Cards and Gaming! They have you covered on all things Magic supplies and product. They also ship all across America and can help get your cards graded through PSA or Beckett. Hit them up with any questions and let them know that we sent you! Intro and outro Music: Higher Up by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com. EVENTS: JWW Trios Arena Open Arena Play-In Events NRG Minneapolis NEWS: Secret Lair Packaging Change Alchemy Rebalancing Arena Patch Notes Prof's Shuffle Up and Play FINANCE: Weekly Winners tcgSniper.com

The Rare Elements Sports Cards Podcast
Episode 40: PSA Fooled By King Kong Of Card Trimmers!

The Rare Elements Sports Cards Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 105:09


In this episode we talk about Kongcards53 slipping a bunch of trimmed cards by PSA, the Sports Card Nonsense Card Shop app, My Slabs deleting 1/1 listings, new releases in the hobby and so much more! Come and holler at us in our socials!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rare_elements1/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RareElements1Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RareElements1Email: rareelements719@gmail.com

Morning Watch Prayercast

For by His loving -favor you have been saved.Eph 2:8, Isa 66:2, 2 Chron 16:9, Isa 53:10, Psa 84:11

Coffee Is For Closers
Top Leadership Tips For Designing the Best Work Culture

Coffee Is For Closers

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 52:57


The reason why the talk on creating the “best workplace culture on earth” has not yet been put to an end is that there isn't a perfect solution. What's crucial is finding a way to keep employees happy and tethered to your business. This week, we dive in on good leadership as a key to creating a winning culture in the workplace! We share what we learned over the last couple of years leading and building Sales Sniper from the ground up. We talk about what the ‘train set' syndrome is and how you can avoid it, how to prevent conflict between two leaders within the office, and so much more! So saddle up and get ready for another mind-blowing episode today on Coffee is for Closers! Episode Highlights: Hey, guys! What's up? [00:00] Fostering the best culture in the workplace [00:53] The difference between leadership vs. management [07:02] The ‘train set' syndrome [08:19] How to avoid the ‘train set' syndrome [13:09] Dealing with split leadership [21:18] Is it better to be feared? Or to be loved? [25:15] Why promotion is better than recruitment for higher positions [29:59] Rewards and punishment in the army and the corporate world [35:18] The formula for a good culture in the army and the workplace [40:25] How you can be a good leader [48:54] About Our Guest: After his 12-year career in the army, Pat Stuart began training dogs full-time, mentored, and coached by the best trainers in Australia and the world. He is a certified NePoPo instructor as well as an active competitor in the PSA. A former special forces K9 Handler, he now has a business called the Operant Canine dedicated to helping dog owners, handlers, and trainers handle and train their dogs better. He also hosts his show The Canine Paradigm. Resources: Sales Sniper Website Closing Code (Sales Coaching Training) Visit our FREE RESOURCES page and find just what you need to boost your sales game! Join the Closing Code Facebook group today! Download the Sales Sniper's holy grail—the Objection Handling Matrix Visit the Sales Sniper merch store!   Connect with Matt and James: YouTube Facebook Instagram Email LinkedIn   If you liked this episode, don't forget to subscribe, tune in, and share this podcast! Thanks for tuning in! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Pre Game Proverb
Psalms Chapter 22 Verses 23 & 24

Pre Game Proverb

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 1:35


Psa 22:23  Praise the LORD, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!Psa 22:24  For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.

WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute
Collecting Gary Carter with Karl Kuhn - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 166

WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 26:58


Karl Kuhn spent the last five years putting together a collection of Gary Carter cards graded PSA 8. He put together the full run of Topps base cards from 1975 - 1989! Today we discuss his love of the Mets, why Gary Carter, why PSA 8, and why did he ultimately sell the collection to me earlier this year. You can connect with Karl on Twitter @MetsRev Sponsors of this Episode: COMC.com Underdog Collectibles The Sports Card Shop @Moco You can also support the show by using the following affiliate links if you are in the market for some cards or supplies! Topps.com Sportlots.com eBay.com Amazon.com Fanatics.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/waxpackhero/support

Amberland
Tape On Elastic Joints

Amberland

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 60:08


This easily could have been an hour-long PSA about the importance of stretching. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/amber-north/support

Pre Game Proverb
Psalms Chapter 22 Verse 22

Pre Game Proverb

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 2:13


Psa 22:22  I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

Jearlyn Steele
As Good A Time to Celebrate

Jearlyn Steele

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 37:38


On this week's edition of Center Stage, Jearlyn gives us her PSA about masking up in the theatre.  Then, she chats with: The Hook & Ladder Theatre director of Curatorial Arts Jackson Buck White Line Darko singer/musician Kenneth Zierman Folk singer/musician Ellen Stanley (a.k.a. Mother Banjo)