Jerusalem: Searching for Significance

The King James Version of the Bible mentions this city 767 times, the New Living Translation count is 1,027. Rockwall, the greatest city on all the earth is not mentioned even once. Bummer.

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Using the GIS [geographic information system], one researcher estimates the centroid [median point, that point where the medians of a triangle intersect] to be on the eastern coast of Romania.

Ezekiel 5:5 KJV says “This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.” Text of the NLT places Jerusalem “at the center of the nations“.

One can surmise the Bible does not say Jerusalem is precisely in the center of the nations, but pretty doggone close to it.

Mexico City, at almost 22 million residents, reigns as the most populous city on earth while Jerusalem’s headcount runs well under one million.

No ethnic group or nation vies for control of Mexico City. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is the target of all but one of the 15 member nations of the UN Security Council.

One year ago, on December 13, under the administration of Barack Hussein Obama, 14 members of the Security Council voted to condemn Israeli settlements in Jerusalem. One nation, the US, abstained, meaning a sitting US president voted against Israel, the apple of God’s eye [Zechariah 2:8]

Thankfully, in September of this year [2017], President Donald Trump met with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in NY City where our president declared Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. By the way, this was not a partisan issue. NY Senator Chuck Schumer agreed with President Trump, saying, “Whatever one’s views are on settlements, anyone who cares about the future of Israel and peace in the region knows that the UN, with its one-sidedness, is exactly the wrong forum to bring about peace. I have spoken directly to the [Obama] Administration numerous times … and in the strongest terms possible urged them to veto this resolution. I am strongly opposed to the UN putting pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. An abstention is not good enough. The Administration must veto this resolution.”

Senator Schumer and President Trump are on the same page, with respect to the ownership of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is significant to Israelis. It’s also significant to the entire world.
Psalm 122:6 in our Holy Scripture says, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.”

Daily, I pray for peace in Jerusalem. Is this a point for your morning devotionals?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Gun Control? You actually need a good lawyer.

According to the CDC, 33,736 persons die annually due to automobile accidents. This compares with annual deaths by firearms at 33,594 per year. [Ref. http://bit.ly/2mt7fRg]

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Overall, there are 199,752 deaths due to all injuries, an average of 547 per day. The CDC says there are 2,626,418 total deaths from all causes, an average of 7,195 PER DAY. [Ref. http://bit.ly/2hohQxq]

Out of the total deaths per year, Heart disease kills 633,842, cancer 595,930. 13 years ago, a heart attack came close to my becoming a death statistic.

There is much clamor from liberals for gun control that would severely restrict purchases and ownership of firearms. Texas Sen. John Cornyn even leads the left by introducing more laws toward the end of gun control.

The above numbers come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Fast Facts.

Here’s is the fast fact all mankind needs to know: YOU WILL ALL DIE. Then what happens? What legislation could Senator Cornyn propose to prevent over two million deaths per year?

This is what happens immediately after each death: judgement before God himself. Believe me, when I say, you are going to need a very good lawyer, the best you can find.

Looking ahead, I have already retained the best lawyer in all the universe. I’m good to go. Anytime.

1 John 2:1-2 is where you can find the name of my lawyer.

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, there is One Who will go between him and the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One Who is right with God. He paid for our sins with His own blood. He did not pay for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.”

Jesus Christ is the name and saving clients from a life in hell is his game. His track record is absolutely amazing.

For many years it was considered taboo for a lawyer to advertise his services. Disregarding human traditions, my heavenly lawyer first put out his shingle and started practice as an advocate for sinners almost 2,000 years ago.

The Law Office of Jesus Christ is open to new clients 24/7/365, but not accessible immediately following your death, regardless the cause.

His rates are more than reasonable. In fact, he serves each client pro bono. You won’t find a telephone number on the internet, but you should know he hears everything you say and sees all you do. You can call him any moment you wish.

The address of his law office is Romans 10:13. The slogan on the door says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Resolving Grief over the Premature Deaths of Children

Macbeth’s cynical response is familiar to fans of Shakespeare.

Out, out, brief candle. Life is nothing more than an illusion. It’s like a poor actor who struts and worries for his hour on the stage and then is never heard from again. Life is a story told by an idiot, full of noise and emotional disturbance but devoid of meaning.”

Are the deaths of children truly devoid of meaning? One of my adult children passed away last Spring. What of those children – babies slaughtered by a hate-filled madman in the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church? Were their lives of little or no value?

Heart-wrenching abortion statistics and the testimony of a woman who underwent the abortion of her first child stirred the hearts of participants in the Texas Right to Life banquet yesterday evening in Dallas. Tens of thousands of Texas children face premature death-by-abortionists each year. Are, were, the lives of the victims of abortion meaningless?

In a podcast titled EVERY LIFE IS LONG ENOUGH (16/11/2017), Max Lucado dispelsmax lucado Macbeth’s cynical worldview.

“We speak of a short life, but compared to eternity, who has a long one? A person’s days on earth may seem like a thimbleful. But compared to the Pacific of eternity, even the years of Methuselah filled no more than a glass.

James was not speaking just to the young when he said, “Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away” (James 4:14). In God’s plan every life is long enough and every death is timely. And though you and I might wish for a longer life, God knows better.

And this is important. Though you and I may wish a longer life for our loved ones who’ve gone to glory before us, they don’t. Ironically, the first to accept God’s decision of death is the one who dies. While we’re mourning at a grave, they’re marveling at heaven. While we’re questioning God, they’re praising God!”

King David’s mourning-to-joy transformation on learning about the death of his seven-day-old newborn child serves to validate Max Lucado on this subject of premature death. Read the full story in 2 Samuel chapter 12.

Do you think me dismissive of premature death? Rest assured, this is not the case. My desire is to more fully understand God’s Big Idea. Understanding the majestic mind of God, the creator of the universe is beyond the grasp of the human mind. For now.

My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT

All human life is precious to God, from the moment of conception to the last beat of the heart.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Have faith in God.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Would banning guns have prevented recent mass murders?

 

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Image source: The Daily Beast

 

The four cities with the most stringent gun-control laws – Washington D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, and Detroit – also have the most murders by firearms.

Overall, the U.S.A. ranks third from the top in murders. However, when discounting murders committed in the four cities named above, the U.S.A. ranks third from the bottom. In all the world.

Why all the murders?

The Sixth of the Ten Commandments prohibits murder. However, incidents of murder over thousands of years are recorded in the Bible. In one day, Abimelek son of Jerub-Baal murdered in premeditated, cold blood 70 of his brothers.

What is the cause of murder?

Jesus Christ makes very clear the motivation to murder. He says it’s not what you consume – not drugs, alcohol, or food – that causes one person to murder others.
Jesus says, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” [Mark 7:20-23 NLT]

What do we now know about Devin Patrick Kelley who slaughtered 26 persons and wounded as many more inside a San Antonio-area church?

According to a The Daily Beast news story, Kelley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2009 after graduating from high school. “Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014, according to Defense Department records. Kelley was court-martialed in November 2012 for assaulting his wife and their child. A judge sentenced him with a bad-conduct discharge, 12 months confinement, and two reductions in rank to basic airman, according to an appeals court decision in 2013 that affirmed the decision against Kelley.” [link to story http://thebea.st/2AbV41l ]

Can we outlaw evil hearts? Well, God did that thousands of years ago when he inscribed those Ten Commandments and almost 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus spoke to the issue of murder in 1 John 3:15: “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”

What’s the cure? Can prohibiting all manner of weapons, including guns, knives, cars, and clubs, prevent murders?

The Apostle Paul, a foremost authority on God’s mindset, was a hateful persecutor of Christians who could have easily become a Devin Patrick Kelley, but he didn’t because he surrendered to the grace of God.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

There is hope for everyone, even murderers. As per Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The solution to ending murders is not gun control but heart control.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Calling Out the Called Out

What is glory? Glory is the exhibition of the design and blueprint of what Heaven has made you to be, the uninhibited, unadulterated, unedited exhibition of the fullness of who you are meant to be, not more than you were meant to be, that would be ambition, not less than you were meant to be, because that would be a lack of development, but the fullness.Lance Wallnau, Bible Study 3/11/2017


Sinclair Ferguson, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary says the church in this century and in Western society is a far greater threat to Christianity than is Islam. “The church is the greatest threat to real Christianity in the world. God help us.” – Independent Journal Review, 11/1/2017

God’s blueprint specifies the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) on earth, but we contemporary believers, the ecclesia, submit to an unholy (read this Satan’s) design.

Lance Wallnau, in his exposition of the word ecclesia, explains the role of the church as a ruling body, not simply grass-munching, chased-about-like-sheep congregants on Sunday mornings.

The word ecclesia was in use long before the birth of Jesus Christ. Meriam-Webster defines ecclesia:

a political assembly of citizens of ancient Greek states; the periodic meeting of the Athenian citizens for conducting public business and for considering affairs proposed by the council

City Councils and County Commissioners Courts are contemporary examples of ecclesia. Does the conspicuous absence of community leadership from our churches trouble you?

Throughout the years of the American Revolution, pastors were at the forefront of leadership. The British called the pastors of that time the Black-Robed Regiment. From the Library of Congress, the topic Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: “Ministers served the American cause in many capacities during the Revolution: as military chaplains, as penmen for committees of correspondence, and as members of state legislatures, constitutional conventions and the national Congress. Some even took up arms, leading Continental troops in battle“.

The first exchange of gunfire of the American Revolution was in the city of Lexington, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. 46-year-old Captain John Parker’s orders to his 77 Minutemen were “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” The Brits fired the first shot and the rest is history.

Before, during, and after the Revolution, pastors (ministers) were at the forefront Sermon-Battle-of-Lexington-1776-Pastor-Jonas-Clarkencouraging American colonialists to fight their British oppressors.

On July 30, 1956, Congress passed Public Law 84-140 which President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law establishing our national motto.

IN GOD WE TRUST

Two years earlier, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX) was up for re-election and two not-for-profit organizations supported his opponent. Johnson proposed an amendment to prohibit not-for-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates. The amendment was accepted without debate or discussion.

The Johnson Amendment was not and is not constitutional because it abridges the freedom of speech and prohibits the free exercise of religion, two of five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.

Church leaders have been cowed by the Johnson Amendment, thereby abandoning God-ordained leadership to unholy men and women who distort our history, defame our Creator, and trample the First Amendment.

Perhaps we Christians have forgotten our mandate is to make disciples, not build congregations of snowflakes. God’s blueprint for his church is for us to rule and reign, not to hide and watch.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Fairness vs. Justice

Fair?? I sometimes experience a gag reflex when I hear this word in a political context.

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One dictionary provides TEN definitions of the word ‘fair’; only one definition worth considering: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

I suggest we narrow the focus a bit from the broad-spectrum definitions of ‘fair’ and think instead on a very precise definition, the definition of ‘justice’.

Now, this focus on ‘justice’ is not to be misconstrued as the brand of justice witnessed in courts of law where justice and courts-of-law tend to be oxymoronic. Is my viewpoint Biblical? Read for yourself Matthew 5:25-26.

So, what is justice? Justice defined: the quality of being just;
righteousness, fairness, or moral rightness

In the 21st century lexicon, fairness is a socialist ideal that demands everyone receive the same rewards and benefits, regardless personal productivity.

Modern English Bibles like the NLT and the TLB use the words fair and fairness, but such translations do not put forth the Biblical concept of ‘just’ and ‘justice’.

Because God is just, he never shows partiality or favoritism and therefore does not practice fairness.

Fairness is an expression of equality or inequality among persons. Justice is an expression of merit or demerit of a person with respect to God himself. This is why courtroom justice which is based on human opinions is not the same as God’s just nature which is immutable and eternal.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Now John McCain Lambastes Nationalism?

Headline in The Hill: McCain blasts ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism‘ in emotional speech

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Image: screenshot of The Hill 10/16/2017

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.” – The Hill

Correction, Senator John McCain: Our great nation was based on Biblical principles. The 1,196,554 military personnel who died in defense of our nation shed 1,495,692 gallons, paid the price of our freedoms.

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Image: PBS News Hour 5/24/2015

Nationalism defined: devotion and loyalty to one’s own nation; patriotism

It was former Vice President Joe Biden who presented the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal to Senator McCain. How significant is this award? Previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Democratic presidential nominee what-does-it-matter-now Hillary Clinton and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

Yes, John McCain, a new spirit of nationalism arises throughout the land and for this I thank God. It’s not spurious and yes, it is half-baked, but I can smell the finished product that’s coming out of the oven.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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