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  • December 5 - Measuring Progress: Revealing and Concealing - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    12/05/2022 5:27:44 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him’” (Matthew 13:12). Just prior to this statement, Jesus told the disciples the twofold reason for His using parables: “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted” (Matt. 13:11). To believers, parables reveal kingdom truth; to unbelievers, they conceal it. Those to whom God has sovereignly given eternal life through Christ are the true citizens of...
  • December 4 - The Kingdom of Heaven - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    12/04/2022 1:16:23 PM PST · by metmom · 12 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 13:11). In the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:10) we see two aspects of the kingdom of heaven. “On earth” refers to the present kingdom, mediated through God’s servants, and “in heaven” refers to God’s universal, direct reign. Through the centuries the present kingdom has attracted both true and false citizens. Only God can infallibly distinguish true citizens (the redeemed) from false ones. Jesus shows that many branches that seem to belong to the vine actually do not. The spurious ones will be pruned away and...
  • Megachurch Christmas Extravaganza With ‘Flying Drummers’ Sparks Backlash After Clip Goes Viral

    12/04/2022 2:11:14 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | December 4, 2022 | Josh Shepherd
    Flying drummers, flying angels, live animals, and a 1,000-member cast. It’s all part of a Christmas extravaganza at a Dallas-area megachurch — which recently sparked backlash, after a clip from a show rehearsal went viral on TikTok. “A nice humble place of worship,” commented one TikTok user about the production at Prestonwood Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in Plano, Texas, pastored by Jack Graham, founder of PowerPoint Ministries. Many of the clip’s more than 14,000 other comments follow a similar snarky tone. “I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m in awe and I’m turned off at the...
  • December 3 - To Speak in Parables - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    12/03/2022 4:53:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He spoke many things to them in parables” (Matthew 13:3). The parable was one of the staple teaching tools the Lord Jesus used to convey spiritual truth in an understandable way. The word parable contains the idea of placing something alongside something else to make a comparison. In this way, Jesus would place a moral truth alongside a physical example that people could more easily grasp. By this common form of Jewish teaching, He used a common object or practice to elucidate an intangible truth or principle. From His earliest teaching sessions, Christ used graphic analogies to instruct on divine...
  • December 2 - Meekness from Jesus, Comfort for the Weak - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    12/02/2022 8:25:11 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out’” (Matthew 12:19–20). The Lord Jesus did not cajole or browbeat people with the gospel like some inflammatory demagogue who stirs up his listeners by pandering to their emotions and prejudices. Christ always spoke plainly, with dignity and control—His only persuasive technique was the truth. He never resorted to the lies and scheming of His enemies. As the Son of God and Messiah, He never attempted to gain...
  • December 1 - Jesus’ Message Is for Everyone - Devotional

    12/01/2022 2:51:12 PM PST · by metmom · 18 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John Macarthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles’” (Matthew 12:18). Contrary to Jewish thinking and expectations, the Messiah would be the Redeemer for all nationalities, not just the Jews. In fact, the Jews were to be the ones to proclaim God’s grace to the rest of the world. God told Abraham, “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). It is therefore rather ironic that the Jews would resist the concept that God’s good news was for all peoples. The reality that Jesus’ message would be for all mankind was readily apparent early in His...
  • November 30 - Jesus Commissioned by the Holy Spirit - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    11/30/2022 7:54:33 AM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘I will put My Spirit upon Him’” (Matthew 12:18). The prophet promised that God would put His Holy Spirit upon Messiah in a special way, and the Spirit did descend on Jesus at His baptism (Matt. 3:16). But that was not when the Spirit first indwelt Him, because the Holy Spirit conceived Him (Matt. 1:20). Yet, if Jesus was the preexistent Son, eternally a member of the Godhead, why would the Spirit need to come upon Him during His incarnation? First, the Spirit needed to empower Jesus’ human nature. Our Lord was fully human, even to the extent of being...
  • Headmaster of Classical Christian Academy Out After Racist Tweets Uncovered

    11/30/2022 12:38:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | November 29, 2022 | Sarah Einselen
    The headmaster of a private classical Christian academy is out of his job after revelations he wrote racist comments under a pseudonym. Thomas Achord, an author, podcaster, and the former headmaster of Sequitur Classical Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, parted ways with the school Nov. 23, Achord said in a Nov. 25 statement. In that statement, Achord denied responsibility for the racist comments made under the name “Tulius Aadland.” But Achord retracted his denial Monday in a follow-up statement, acknowledging that the Tulius Aadland account on Twitter was indeed his. The Roys Report has accessed the Twitter account but is...
  • November 29 - Jesus Commended by His Father - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    11/29/2022 12:37:34 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased’” (Matthew 12:18). Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate Servant, the one and only Son chosen by the Father to die for fallen sinners. The divine commendation here is a modified quotation of Isaiah 42:1–4, one of the most beautiful descriptions of our Lord anywhere in the Bible. The Father’s choice of Jesus to be His Servant was decisive and irrevocable—Christ was the one and only person perfectly qualified for the work of redemption. As the perfect choice of God, Jesus is also completely pleasing in His...
  • Former Vineyard Anaheim Members Sue, Accusing New Pastors of $62 Million Fraud

    11/29/2022 11:46:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    The Roys Report ^ | November 25, 2022 | Sarah Einselen
    In its heyday, Vineyard Anaheim served as the flagship of a worldwide, charismatic movement. Now, the church has left the Vineyard, taking with it $62 million in assets. And according to a lawsuit filed this month by former church members, the exodus was part of a premediated plan by current church leaders to deceive and defraud. In the suit, the widow of Vineyard founder John Wimber and eight other former members of Vineyard Anaheim—now the Dwelling Place—accuse current church pastors and board members of fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty. Named as defendants are Dwelling Place Lead Pastors Alan...
  • November 28 - The Perils of Legalism

    11/28/2022 6:46:49 AM PST · by metmom · 18 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him” (Matthew 12:14). Sometimes neither the most persuasive arguments nor the most convincing deeds will change someone’s hard-hearted opposition. Such was the case for the Pharisees’ challenge to Jesus in considering the proper significance and use of the Sabbath. He had irrefutably connected the divine virtues of benevolence, kindness, mercy, goodness, and compassion with scriptural Sabbath observance. But the Phari-sees stubbornly rejected His exhortations and clung to their legalistic works and self-styled traditions. Not even God’s Word or the powerful demonstration by His Son would...
  • November 27 - The Sabbath in Perspective: An Illustration - Devotional

    11/27/2022 1:31:18 PM PST · by metmom · 30 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John Macarthur, Grace Community Church
    “He said to them, ‘What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’ Then He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand!’ He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other” (Matthew 12:11–13). One of the tragedies of Hinduism in India is its distorted disregard for human welfare. You should not...
  • November 26 - The Sabbath and Acts of Mercy - Devotional

    11/26/2022 7:55:06 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John Macarthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘But if you had known what this means, “I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath’” (Matthew 12:7–8). God has not hesitated to set aside His laws for the sake of mercy toward sinners. Otherwise none of them would be saved or even born, because He would have destroyed them right after they sinned. God’s plan was not to condemn all sinners but to save from its penalty those who believe in His Son. And if a righteous and just God displays that kind...
  • November 25 - The Sabbath and Service to God - Devotional

    11/25/2022 5:54:20 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John Macarthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here’” (Matthew 12:5–6). Seldom would any Christian today, even the most fastidious and rule-oriented among us, consider preaching, teaching Sunday school, leading youth ministry, or other similar work as profaning the Lord’s Day. Yet these activities require much time and effort—on Sunday. Likewise, the most scrupulous of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time viewed the priests as innocent of any Sabbath breaking, even though such...
  • The Father's Love[charismatic caucus]

    11/24/2022 12:41:21 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    You are the anointing oil I bring, Causing my children's hearts to sing, Bringing my Latter Rain, NOTHING will be left the same, Setting wellsprings completely free, So their eyes can clearly see, The two olive trees inside you of my will, My Virtue is what you use to impart and fill, The Power of my love, My messenger supple as a dove, My Glory radiates from you, The oil of gladness dripping down as Herman's dew, You bring my gladness,sword and shield, Causing my enemies to fall at my feet and yield, You are a Perpetual fire 🔥 of...
  • November 24 - The Sabbath and Deeds of Necessity - Devotional

    11/24/2022 9:41:54 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John Macarthur, Grace Community Church
    “But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?’” (Matthew 12:3–4). David the great king, psalmist, and warrior was a true hero of the Jews, even more so than the prophets and patriarchs were. Jesus here reminds the Pharisees of what happened when David and his men sought to escape the vengeful and jealous King Saul south of...
  • November 23 - Grainfields and the Sabbath - Devotional

    11/23/2022 4:41:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath’” (Matthew 12:1–2). Keeping the Sabbath was still a binding ceremonial duty for the Jews of Jesus’ day, but most of them had little idea of God’s original purpose for the day. Instead of being a day of rest, it had become a day of burden with thousands of man-made restrictions. Ironically...
  • Win for Arrested Preacher After Crown Prosecution Claims Parts of Bible ‘No Longer Appropriate in Modern Society’ [UK]

    11/22/2022 6:55:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    A criminal prosecution against a street preacher arrested for an alleged ‘hate crime’ has been dropped in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) argued that parts of the Bible are ‘abusive’ and ‘no longer appropriate in modern society.’ John Dunn, 55, a cancer survivor from Swindon who has served in the British Army’s Special Forces, was interviewed under caution and subsequently summonsed by the police for alleged ‘homophobia’ after preaching on Swindon High Street in November 2020. Mr Dunn, who regularly preaches despite having lost his voice box following throat cancer, is a Bible-believing Christian who preaches in Swindon town...
  • Charge Dropped Against Canadian Pastor Who Kept Church Open During COVID Lockdown

    11/22/2022 6:45:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/17/22 | The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
    'The unjustified intrusions of government into the homes and churches of Canadians in the name of COVID enforcement is a stain on Canada’s free and democratic society.'CRESTON, British Columbia (The Justice for Constitutional Freedoms) — The Justice Centre is pleased that the Crown has dropped the charge against Pastor David Ripley of Grace Christian Fellowship, who was personally ticketed for allegedly violating a provincial health order. The provincial health orders issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry during the final months of 2020 prohibited in-person worship services – entirely. In carefully reading the document, Ripley found a particular clause allowing people to...
  • November 22 - Submission to Jesus Christ - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    11/22/2022 10:14:53 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’” (Matthew 11:29–30). Jesus’ great invitation includes a call to submission, which inherently includes obedience and is symbolized by a yoke. The “yoke” was made of wood and designed to fit comfortably on the neck and shoulders of a work animal to prevent chafing. An ancient aphorism says, “Put your neck under the yoke and let your soul receive instruction.” By analogy, Christ wants His disciples...