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‘Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning’

God knows it’s hard to be optimistic, striving toward things that can’t be seen as yet while the things that we do see are–well, you know what the world is like today.

So here, and we need it, is the Wells Cathedral Choir singing Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning… His reign on earth began in a manger, and every day takes us closer to His glorious return.


The Science of… Loneliness?

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Can you take a pill that will cure loneliness?

Researchers at the University of Chicago Brain Dynamics Lab think they’ve found a hormone that may “reduce an exaggerated threat response similar to the kind of hyper vigilance lonely people feel” (https://nationalpost.com/health/all-the-lonely-people). It seems to work in mice–although how they can tell when a mouse is feeling lonely is more than I can say.

They got into this study because some of the researchers themselves were feeling lonely, they “felt their relationships seemed superficial and forced.” They say they are not trying to “cure loneliness with a pill.” What they are trying to do, well, search me.

In a fallen world, everybody has a time in life when they feel lonely, sad, unable to connect. You can feel that way even if you’re surrounded by other people. For most of us those times are something that passes. For a few, they don’t. Some continue to feel lonely even when family and friends who love them and care about them try to reach out to them: it doesn’t seem to help. I once had a friend like that, many years ago. We were toddlers together. But his life fell into a bad way, his family couldn’t help him, he seemed to lose interest in his real friends, and the story had a tragic conclusion.

We were young and didn’t understand or appreciate the power of prayer. It never even occurred to me at the time. I wish it had.

In a world stocked to the gills with false prophets, preposterous ideologies, rampant immorality and selfishness, lying as a means of communication, fake nooze and foolish public figures shouting doom and gloom, it’s a wonder there isn’t more loneliness.

God labors to preserve us in spite of ourselves. He sees something in us that a lot of us will never see–His own image, ransomed and saved by Jesus Christ.

“…And He shall win the battle.”   –Martin Luther


Philippians 2:5-11 KJV and more Blessings!!

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(Philippians 2:5-11 KJV ) “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua: Who, being in the Form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be Equal with GOD: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon HIM the Form of a Servant, and was Made in the Likeness of men: And being Found in fashion as a man, HE Humbled Himself, and became Obedient unto Death, even the Death of the Cross. Wherefore GOD also hath Highly Exalted HIM, and Given HIM a Name which is Above Every Name: That at the Name of Jesus every Knee should Bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every Tongue should Confess that Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah is LORD, to the Glory of GOD the FATHER.”!!

Romans…

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Rushdoony: ‘The Dark Ages Defined’

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The “Dark Ages”? Really?

R.J. Rushdoony wrote this timeless piece in 2001.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-dark-ages-defined

And what is the answer to the question he posed: If Christ is not our King, then how can He be our Savior?

Something to think about, indeed.


‘Gaudete’ (in July!)

Yes, I know this is a Christmas hymn, and I know it’s July; but when I hymn comes barreling into my head over supper, I take that as a sign that I ought to use it.

Gaudete means “rejoice”–rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior, Jesus Christ our king. And there is no day in all the year when it’s wrong to do so.


Our Right to Hate

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If you can set aside the boiling hypocrisy of the most hate-filled, angry people in the world railing against “hate”–what? You couldn’t set it aside? Oh, well, neither can I.

C.S. Lewis wisely observed that the robber takes what he wants and then goes away, you’re done with him; but the utopian busybody is never done with you.

So we have government busybodies and Big Tech busybodies and corporate busybodies whose main idea seems to be, “You don’t have God because there is no God, but you do have us!” They don’t understand what a lousy trade-off that is.

The point is: These prating schmendricks have no right to tell us what we ought to be; they have no right to tell us we can’t hate.

Hate is natural to us. It’s a part of us. A person without any capacity for hate would be emotionally incomplete. Not only do Far Left fumblers have no right to stop us from hating: it’s also impossible. That’s where the hypocrisy comes in. All they have to do, to understand that it’s impossible to get rid of hate, is look in the mirror. Hey! If you hated anyone as maniacally as the Loving Left hates Donald Trump, your family would urge you to seek help.

Watch these anti-haters go full-ballistic if you dare to say anything against “gay marriage,” transgender, Climbit Change, Obama, or any other of their multitude of sacred cows.

“Yeahbut, yeahbut, Jesus never hated!” (people who hate Christianity advising us how to be Christians)

Oh, yeah? Revelation 2: 20-23–

“[T]hou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death…”

We see from His words to John that Our Lord Jesus Christ hates fornication and idolatry, hates for them to be brought into His church, and if those who do it don’t stop doing it, and repent… He will destroy them.

The difference between Jesus and ourselves is that He hates what certain people do, and what they stand for, while we drift over into hating those persons themselves–forgetting that God will forgive them if they stop doing those things. God will wash them clean.

Well, we can’t do that. If we could, we wouldn’t have needed a Savior and God wouldn’t have sent us one. He knows our frailties.

Remember–many people have surely put “love” to improper uses, but nobody on NPR talks about abolishing love. There are those who’ve been destroyed by what they’ve made of love. But love is part of our humanity and cannot be removed.

If the busybodies could actually worm their way into our minds and scrub out all the thoughts and emotions that they think we shouldn’t have, they would surely do it.

But God, who could have done it if He pleased, has too much love and respect for us to take away our free will.

For that you need liberals.


Did Jesus ‘Hate’?

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In contrast to the popular modern view of Jesus Christ, the King of kings, as a species of woose who approves of and affirms everything done by anybody, we have these two verses in Revelation, in which Christ the Lord speaks directly to His servant, John.

“But this thou [the church in Ephesus] hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Rev. 2:6)

“So hast thou [the church in Pergamos] also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” (Rev. 2:15)

Clearly, Jesus hates what the Nicolaitanes do and hates what they stand for. And He most emphatically does not approve of His churches playing footsie with them. Their doctrine, their deeds, had no place in Christian churches.

Is that beginning to sound familiar?

We don’t know exactly what the Nicolaitanes did, but some Bible scholars think they ate food sacrificed to idols and taught that it was permissible to do so, and they practiced fornication (https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/nicolaitans/). Very little information about them has survived the 2,000 years intervening.

But hey! What happened to the hippie Jesus who is cool with you no matter what you do? Like, it’s okay, man, whatever you want to do… It’s hardly necessary for me to list the abominations which today’s Nicolaitanes have brought into the churches.

And it’s okay to hate that stuff! Jesus didn’t want it in His churches.

And we shouldn’t let it infect ours.


Book Review: ‘Jesus on Trial’ (2015)

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In case you missed it the first time around, on Chalcedon’s website and in our print magazine, here’s my review of Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/jesus-on-trial-a-lawyer-affirms-the-truth-of-the-gospel-by-david-limbaugh

Reason isn’t everything, but it is something; and our faith is very often attacked on the grounds that it is not reasonable to believe in Jesus Christ, or to believe the Bible at all. David Limbaugh’s achievement is to show that it is. It is reasonable to believe. He writes as a Christian who fell away from the faith for years but then came back.

That description could be applied to many of us, couldn’t it?


‘More Religious Neutrality: NY Times Bans “Jesus on Trial” from Best Seller List’

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Remember this, from 2014? David Limbaugh’s book, Jesus on Trial, was the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon, which would have placed it No. 4 on the New York Times’ list… if the Times hadn’t chosen to pretend it didn’t exist.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/22/more-religious-neutrality-ny-times-bans-jesus-on-trial-from-best-seller-list/

Having read the book myself, I can’t explain why the Times banned it from its list. It’s just a book about Jesus by a Christian who believes in Him. Uh, wait a minute, I think I might’ve just answered my own question….


‘Jesus Said, “It Is Not For You to Know”‘ (2016)

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One sure-fire way to identify false prophets: their prophecies don’t come true. Like the “lady” who got her name in the news by prophesying that New York City was going to be nuked to stop that night’s presidential debate.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/09/26/jesus-said-it-is-not-for-you-to-know/

Remember Y2K? “Sell everything you own, convert it into cash, and hide in the deepest mine-shaft you can find!” Uh, what were you going to buy with your cash, after the world ended? Someone didn’t think this through.

Some of the people in Jesus’ time thought He was all about “restoring the kingdom to Israel,” and they wanted God’s timetable. God does not give out that information, Jesus taught us. Unambiguously. God does not experience time as we experience it. He is not subject to it.

Which makes it very hard for us, prisoners of time, to second-guess Him.


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