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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalm #34

by Dr. D ~ June 26th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #34:

34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.  …(KJV)

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #33

by Dr. D ~ June 25th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #33:

33 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

9 For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to naught: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. …(KJV)

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #32

by Dr. D ~ June 24th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #32:

32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.

Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.

Selah.

6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Selah.

8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.  (KJV)

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-Supreme Court: WWI Memorial Cross Stays

by Dr. D ~ June 21st, 2019

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Yesterday (6/20/19) SCOTUS ruled that a WWI memorial cross on state land in Bladensburg, Maryland could stay where it was. From Christianity Today:

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of allowing a memorial cross to remain on a state-owned median in Bladensburg, Maryland, and declared that government efforts to maintain the landmark do not violate the religion clause of the Constitution.

     “The fact that the cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol should not blind one to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent: a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home, a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices for this Nation, and a historical landmark,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito, in the majority opinion.

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Response: It is important to note that the cross was not ruled a ‘secular symbol’ like the lawyer for the state of Maryland was suggesting as a possible resolution of this case. By a 7-2 majority the memorial cross was not considered to be a violation of church and state but well within the original intent of the First Amendment.

Atheists had brought the lawsuit against the cross claiming that the 83 year old peace memorial was a violation of the Constitution. The Supreme Court justices acknowledged that while the cross was a symbol of Christianity the memorial had a long history that should be respected and allowed to stay on state supported land.

All across America are similar crosses that are under some kind of legal action and dispute. Hopefully this ruling shows the way forward toward resolving the hundreds of battles over historical crosses on public lands and in national cemeteries like Arlington and Gettysburg.               *Top

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #31

by Dr. D ~ June 20th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #31:

31 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me.

3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

9 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. …(KJV)

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-Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling Against Christian Bakers

by Dr. D ~ June 19th, 2019

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The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a ruling against a Christian couple in Oregon who were fined for not baking a cake for a gay wedding. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

… the high court vacated an earlier ruling against Aaron and Melissa Klein, a Christian couple from Oregon who lost their bakery and were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2013.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the Court of Appeals of Oregon “for further consideration” due to the 2018 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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Response: We have been following this case for some time. The Christian couple had lost their bakery and were in danger of losing everything if they were forced to actually pay the huge fine levied against them for upholding their religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court threw the Oregon ruling out based upon their own ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop of Colorado case which was similar. The rulings of the present SCOTUS court continue to demonstrate substantial support for religious freedom. It will be interesting to see how the Appeals courts respond.

This ruling reminds us how important presidential elections can be. The two Supreme Court justices appointed by President Trump played a major part in preserving religious freedom in these two ‘cake’ cases. It is not hard to imagine that the vote might have been far less supportive if Hillary Clinton had won and had made two very different appointments to the high court.               *Top

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #30

by Dr. D ~ June 19th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #30:

30 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

7 Lord, by thy favor thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.

9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.  (KJV)

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #29

by Dr. D ~ June 18th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #29:

29 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.

11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.  (KJV)

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-Devotion and Prayer for the Day: Psalms #28

by Dr. D ~ June 17th, 2019

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Join us in today’s prayer and devotion: -Praying Thru the Psalms: #28:

28 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.

4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever.  (KJV)

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-Harvard Study: Religious Upbringing Better for Health and Well-Being of Children

by Dr. D ~ June 15th, 2019

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Here’s a study from 2018 showing that raising children in a religion and attending weekly religious services produces young adults with greater overall happiness and well-being. From Charisma:

The study, conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and released last month (October 2018), shows a link between a religious upbringing and better physical and mental health in young adults.

Researchers found that people who attended religious services weekly or who practiced prayer or meditation daily in their youth reported having a higher life satisfaction and positivity in their 20s.

Individuals were found less likely to smoke, have symptoms of depression, use illicit drugs or have sexually transmitted infections than people who engaged in less regular spiritual practices.

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Response: This research supports what most Christian families have believed and experienced for years. One can bet that these were not the results that the university researchers were expecting or maybe even going for.

This research runs counter to the prevailing academic notion that religious training leads to problematic conservative views and maladjusted students and adults ill-equipped to be part of the 21st century and the ‘progressive’ American culture. 

Many in academic circles today are trying to combat the religious training of their students which they consider to be dangerous and something to be overcome. In fact, quite a few are pushing for finding ways to prohibit parents from raising children in a religious environment, particularly traditional Christianity which they believe produces ‘haters’ and bigots.

Fortunately, we still have freedom of religion in this country but already parents are being over-ridden in what their children are being taught in school. Particularly in California where children are being instructed to accept homosexuality and transgenderism starting as early as First Grade. Also, in that state, children are free to choose their own gender any given day without any parental notification or consent.

There have also been instances in America where children have been taken away from their parents by authorities who considered the religious training to be unhealthy ‘child abuse.’  Last year in Ohio, the legal custody of a 17 year old girl was taken away from her Christian parents because they blocked her from taking transgender treatments to become a boy and ‘forced’ her to attend Bible studies and ‘Christian therapy.’  Also in Canada, a Christian couple was recently rejected as potential foster parents because of their ‘outdated Biblical beliefs.’             *Top

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