Heavenly Adorning

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Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:3-4

The charms that consist only in the outward apparel are shallow and changeable; no dependence can be placed upon them. The adorning which Christ enjoins upon His followers will never fade. . . . If half the time spent by the youth in making themselves attractive in outward appearance were given to soul culture, to the inward adorning, what a difference would be seen in their deportment, words, and actions!

Those who are truly seeking to follow Christ will have conscientious scruples in regard to the dress they wear; they will strive to meet the requirements … so plainly given by the Lord. Many dress like the world to have an influence. They spend hours that are worse than thrown away, in studying this or that fashion to decorate the poor, mortal body. But here they make a sad and fatal mistake. If they would have a saving influence, if they would have their lives tell in favor of the truth, let them imitate the humble Pattern.

Let them show their faith by righteous works, and make the distinction broad between themselves and the world. The words, the dress, and the actions should tell for God. Then a holy influence will be shed upon all, and all will take knowledge of them, that they have been with Jesus. Unbelievers will see that faith in Christ’s coming affects the character. . . . The external appearance is an index to the heart. When hearts are affected by the truth there will be a death to the world, and those who are dead to the world will not be moved by the laugh, the jeer, and the scorn of unbelievers.

They will feel an anxious desire to be like their Master, separate from the world. They will not imitate its fashions or customs. The noble object will be ever before them, to glorify God and gain the immortal inheritance, and in comparison with this everything of an earthly nature will sink into insignificance.


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Pushing Free Condoms Doesn’t Reduce Teen Pregnancy

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Liberals champion distribution of free condoms in high schools to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. But distribution of free condoms seems to be related to a significant increase in these things. Though liberals tried to explain away these findings from a recent study, the facts remain.

Liberals will now argue that the problem is not with the distribution of condoms. It’s that we didn’t offer enough sex education with them. But this has not borne out either. Jonathan Zimmerman noted in his 2015 work, “Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education,” there’s “scant evidence” that sex education “affects teen pregnancy or venereal disease rates.”

Other liberal morals are also in question. Nobel Laureate George Akerlof and current Fed chair Janet Yellen wrote a paper in 1996. They wrote, “Although many observers expected liberalized abortion and contraception to lead to fewer out-of-wedlock births, the opposite happened.”

Why not just follow the principles of God’s law? Liberals do not want to acknowledge that God’s way is the best way and will go to any lengths to do away with it.

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry…” Colossians 3:5.

“God will cleanse the earth from it moral corruption, not by a sea of water as in Noah’s day, but by a sea of fire that cannot be quenched by any human devising.” Christ’s Object Lessons, page 179.

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Happiness in Obedience

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Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:12-13

Our future eternal happiness depends upon having our humanity, with all its capabilities and powers, brought into obedience to God and placed under the control of Divinity. Many have no faith in Jesus Christ. They say, “It was easy for Christ to obey the will of His Father, for He was divine.” But His Word declares He was “in all points tempted like as we are” (Heb. 4:15).

He was tempted according to and in proportion to His elevation of mind, but He would not weaken or cripple His divine power by yielding to temptation. In His life on earth Christ was a representative of what humanity may be through the privileges and opportunities granted them in Him. . . . When Satan tempted our first parents . . . he tried to flatter them into believing that they should be raised above the sphere of humanity. But Christ, by the example He has set before us, encourages the members of the human family to be men, obeying the Word of God within the sphere of their humanity.

He Himself became a man–not a bond-slave to Satan to work out his attributes, but a man in moral power, obedient to the law of God, which is a transcript of His character. Those who would rebel against subjection to a wise and good law emanating from God are slaves to an apostate power. Jesus became a man that He might mediate between man and God, . . . that He might restore to man the original mind which he lost in Eden through Satan’s alluring temptation. . . . Disobedience is not in accordance with the nature which God gave to man in Eden.

Through the moral power Christ has brought to man, we may give thanks unto God who hath made us meet for the inheritance with the saints in light. Through Jesus Christ every man may overcome in his own behalf and on his own account, standing in his own individuality of character.


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Is the USA Headed to a Cashless Society?

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While Sweden is the most advanced nation toward a cashless society, America, though far behind, is moving in that direction. Increasing numbers of restaurants and retailers are now snubbing the lowly dollar bill. SweetGreen, a salad chain, for instance, refused cash and telling customers they can only pay with mobile payments or cards. Also, some newer vending machines only take a card or a mobile wallet.

Though the U.S. Treasury is fine with cashless, and allows businesses to set their own policies, some states, like Massachusetts still require businesses to accept cash.

“What we’ve seen is a push toward electric payments because of convenience, especially for Generations X and Y and onward,” said Greg Burch, vice president of strategic initiatives as Ingenico Group, which makes payment systems for merchants. “The phone has become more personal than the wallet has.”

While cashless is still at the “experimental level” in the U.S., more stores will be adding mobile payment options and payment apps. Merchants like cashless because they don’t have the cost of storing and transporting bills and coins. It also reduces the risk of physical theft. The main downside is the loss of anonymity of consumers. There is no paper trail with cash. Also, with one out of 13 Americans not having a bank account, stores that refuse cash may be effectively shutting out many lower-income customers who rely on cash.

Though cash isn’t going away any time soon, some people think the U.S. should get rid of its cash. It costs the U.S. taxpayer $200 billion each year to keep cash in circulation, according to a Tufts University study. Plus the U.S. is “digitally ready” for cashless. Perhaps there is something in the psyche of Americans makes them less willing to give up their cash. After all, there is a time coming when the Bible prophecy about religious laws that prevent buying and selling will be fulfilled. There is no way to 100% prevent anyone from buying or selling unless there is no cash as tender in society.

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:17.

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I have prayed for thee

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But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luke 22:32

To every Christian comes the word that was addressed to Peter, “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31, 32). Thank God we are not left alone. This is our safety. Satan can never touch with eternal disaster one whom Christ has prepared for temptation by His previous intercession, for grace is provided in Christ for every soul, and a way of escape has been made, so that no one need fall under the power of the enemy.

Satan is preparing many and strong temptations with which to assail the people of God. He is represented as walking to and fro like a roaring lion, seeking for some unguarded soul whom he may be successful in deceiving through his subtlety, and may finally destroy. We are not safe without Christ for a single step. But what comfort is treasured for us in the words, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not”! Satan does not sift chaff; it is the wheat that he desires to have in his hands.

Then let us take courage and pray at all times. Christ offers our prayers to the Father, mingled with the merit of His sacrifice, and they come up before God as sweet incense. . . . Whenever you are tempted to sin remember that Christ’s eye is upon you, and that Satan desires to have you that he may sift you as wheat. Remember to send your petitions heavenward, and see Jesus making intercession for you. Send up an earnest cry to God, “Lord, save me; I perish,” and you will not be overcome; you will not enter into sin. Take your stand firmly on the words of Paul, and in the strength of Jesus say, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37-39).


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Is 2016 Mekudeshet Festival leading to a One-World Religion?

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The 2016 Mekudeshet Festival might accurately be dubbed a predecessor of the one world religion. Christians, Jews and Muslims are flocking to the Holy City for a “spiritual gathering” dubbed Amen—A House of Prayer For All Believers.

The goal of the event is to create “a single home for the world’s three major religions to harness the city’s ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times.”

“We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality,” says Mekudeshet artistic director Itay Mautner.

Although we should seek opportunities to love people of all faiths, events like Amen typically breed compromise in the name of unity… Amen appears to be nothing more than an attempt to redefine religion.”

“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways,” says Pope Francis when speaking to a similar audience recently. “In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty we have for all: We are all children of God.”

The Bible teaches that there’s only one way to the Father – through Jesus Christ. To suggest anything else causes confusion and deceives.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8.

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