The world, the flesh, and the devil.

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We are to reckon the sinful nature dead to our threefold enemy (the world, the flesh, and the devil) as it hangs with Christ on the cross of Calvary. However, to effectively do this, we need the assistance of the Ten Commandments to kill our sinful nature (see Rom. 7:10,11). The Law sends us to the cross and keeps us there. “You shall not commit adultery” keeps our heart from lust. “You shall not covet” keeps our eyes off this attractive world, etc. See Rom. 13:8–10 for what the Commandments do for the godly.

2 Samuel 18:14 Then Joab said, “I cannot linger with you.” And he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through Absalom’s heart, while he was still alive in the midst of the terebinth tree. 15 And ten young men who bore Joab’s armor surrounded Absalom, and struck and killed him. 16 So Joab…

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Happy Chanukah from The Joshua Fund! (Here are some resources for your family to learn about this important Jewish festival)

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chanukah-candlesOn behalf of the entire staff and Board of The Joshua Fund, allow me to wish all of our Jewish friends — in Israel and around the world — a happy and blessed Chanukah holiday season. ‘Tis the season to remember the miracle of what the Lord did to protect the Jewish people from her enemies in ancient times, and give her light when it seemed that the light was about to be extinguished.

As many of you know, I’ve just returned from two weeks in Israel with several of our Joshua Fund team. I look forward to reporting soon on some of the key things I learned and heard on that trip. For now, though, I just want to express my thanksgiving for your faithful prayers and financial support of this ministry. We are seeing so many Jews and Arabs blessed and encouraged in so many practical and personal…

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“No one can pluck us from the Father’s hand…”

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No one can pluck us from the Father’s hand (see John 10:29). This is not the “once saved, always saved” concept that gives assurance to any who merely walk an aisle, raise a hand, or recite a prayer to “ask Jesus into their heart.” It is an assurance that if you are a good-soil hearer, truly repentant and trusting in Christ alone (soundly saved), then God will keep you from stumbling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy (see Jude 24).

Isaiah 43:13 Indeed before the day was, am He;
And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
I work, and who will reverse it?”

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U.S. now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized: “Technical details have yet to be worked out, State Department says, meaning six-month countdown to permanent deal hasn’t started and Iran isn’t bound by any new terms.”

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(Washington, D.C.) — “Iran is currently enjoying a ‘window’ of time before the six-month deal signed in Geneva early Sunday goes into effect, during which it is not bound to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon, the State Department acknowledged Tuesday,” reported the Times of Israel. “State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the six-month interim period, during which Iran would take steps to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, has not yet begun. Furthermore, there are still a number of details to be worked out, she said, without specifying what points had yet to be finalized.”

“Her comments created confusion as to whether the much-touted interim deal, supposedly reached by P5+1 powers and Iran in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning, had actually been completed as claimed,” noted the Times. “Iran on Tuesday accused the US of…

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Analyzing “the deal”: As Iran & White House claim victory, what will Israel & the Saudis do now?

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UPDATED WITH NEW ARTICLES & COMMENTARY: (Washington, D.C.) —  The deal is done. The Iranian leaders are claiming victory. The White House is claiming victory. Most European governments, as well as Russia, are claiming victory.

The Israeli government, meanwhile, is horrified. They, and many of their citizens, feel more isolated than ever. As I reported from Jerusalem, this was true before the deal was struck. It is even more true now. 

“One [Israeli] radio host on Sunday repeatedly played clips of President Obama, during his visit here in March, reassuring Israelis, in Hebrew, that ‘you are not alone,’ and then said ominously, ‘We are in fact alone,'” reported the New York Times.  

Below, you’ll find a selection of key articles I’ve found helpful over the past 72 hours in understanding the deal and the reaction to it from various quarters. Above all, I encourage you to read the full text of the…

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The Iranian nuclear deal is done. Here’s what it says. Full text.

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irandeal-infographic(Washington, D.C.) — “A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out,” reported CNN. “The agreement — described as an ‘initial, six-month’ deal — includes ‘substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon,’ U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address. The deal, which capped days of marathon talks, addresses Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran’s ‘ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor,’ according to a statement released by the White House.”

The following is the full text of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, as transmitted by CNN:

Joint Plan of…

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Israeli author: “I think this deal makes an Israeli strike inevitable.”

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israel-lineoffighterjets>> Major U.S.-Israeli air exercise — “Blue Flag” — underway for next two weeks

(Washington, D.C.) — This week, an American reporter interviewed Yossi Klein Halevi, “the American-born Israeli author of the masterful [book], Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, who is in the U.S. on a book tour. He had strong words of condemnation for the nuclear deal reached in Geneva with Iran.”

I can’t say I’m sure Halevi is correct, that an Israeli strike is now “inevitable,” but I thought these were comments worth you seeing.

Excerpts from the interview:

  • “I think it’s a betrayal. The Obama administration had to be dragged into supporting sanctions. It took the administration three years to sign up for crippling sanctions. And now, just as they’re starting to work, the administration is beginning to dismantle the system. That’s a betrayal. 
  • “They are laying…

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God’s Name is JEHOVAH, not ‘Yahweh’

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When one does more research, they find that there are a multitude of Biblical names of places and people–even names of kings–that have meanings that center around God. These names begin with Jeho in English (Yeho in Hebrew) and some even include God’s whole name: Jehovah.

People:
Jehozabad = “Jehovah has endowed”
Jehohanan = “Jehovah has graced”
Jehoiada = “Jehovah knows”
Jehoiachin = “Jehovah establishes”
Jehoiakim = “Jehovah raises up”
Jehoiarib = “Jehovah contends”
Jehonadab = “Jehovah is willing”
Jonathan or Jehonathan = “Jehovah has given”
Joseph (Yĕhowceph) = “Jehovah (Yehovah) has added”
Jehoadah = “Jehovah has adorned”
Jehoaddan = “Jehovah delights”
Jehozadak or Josedech = “Jehovah is righteous”
Jehoram or Joram = “Jehovah is exalted”
Jehosheba = “Jehovah has sworn”
Jehoshabeath = “Jehovah is an oath”
Joshua or Jehoshua = “Jehovah is salvation”
Jehoshaphat = “Jehovah has judged”

Places:
Jehovah-jireh = “Jehovah sees”
Jehovah-nissi = “Jehovah is my banner”

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Another Bible Contradiction?

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Some skeptics think that Judges 1:19 contradicts Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” It was Judah, not God, who could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley. The assumption is that because God was with Judah, they were therefore promised victory over their enemies. This is clearly a faulty deduction. It is true that nothing is impossible with God and that He was with Judah, but the problem was their disobedience. Even though they had earlier been assured of victory against their enemies with iron chariots (Josh. 17:18), they apparently became fearful and failed to trust God to give them victory. God is with the believer; nothing is impossible for Him to accomplish through those who obey Him. There is no contradiction.

Judges 1:19 So the Lord was with Judah. And they drove out the mountaineers, but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the…

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“We are not bluffing.” Israel ready to strike Iran alone, says Netanyahu’s outgoing national security advisor.

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Israel's outgoing national security advisor Yaakov Amidror and the Prime Minister, working side by side.

(Jerusalem,  Israel) — The plan is set. The air force has trained. Everything is in place. Should Prime Minister Netanyahu order a full scale attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Israeli Defense Forces are ready to go into battle. They are ready to do so alone, without American or other allied support. And Israel will succeed.

This was the message of Netanyahu’s outgoing national security advisor Yaakov Amidror in recent days, and it has Mideast analysts buzzing.

Amidror, a devout Orthodox Jew and long-experienced intelligence analyst, rarely gives interviews and doesn’t do spin. When he starts speaking publicly about a possible Israeli preemptive strike and says, “We are not bluffing,” heads start turning and ears prick up.

Personally, I believe Netanyahu recruited Amidror to help Israel prepare for this moment.

Readers of this blog may recall that almost precisely three years ago — before Amidror was named national security advisor (February 2011) — he…

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