Pastors Watch Over God Flocks; His People
The Word of the Lord to you.
“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD. “Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.…Jeremiah 23:1-3 NASB
Exodus 32:34 “But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
For the shepherds have become stupid And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered.
But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.
“Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep?
O house of David, thus says the LORD: “Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.
“So the LORD was no longer able to endure it, because of the evil of your deeds, because of the abominations which you have committed; thus your land has become a ruin, an object of horror and a curse, without an inhabitant, as it is this day.
“They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.
“For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hoofs.
God bless all His Ministers in the name of Jesus the Christ.
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 1Peter 3:10
Jesus said in Matthew 12:35-37
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
God tells us in His Word that the tongue has incredible power. We can use our tongue to bring blessings and life or curses and death. The saying “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is simply not true. Our tongues can be the most difficult thing to control and leave us with great regret if we use our words to hurt. There is hope! The Bible tells us that with the help of the Holy Spirit we can have power and control over our tongue. Read the below Bible verses about the tongue and be encouraged to start speaking words of life and healing today!
- Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Ephesians 4:29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Matthew 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Psalms 118:5 – I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place.
Psalms 141:3 – Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Proverbs 15:28 – The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Philippians 2:14 – Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Proverbs 13:3 – He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Child-Sacrifice, Divination, and Magic Prohibited
When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations. No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord; it is because of such abhorrent practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You must remain completely loyal to the Lord your God. Although these nations that you are about to dispossess do give heed to soothsayers and diviners, as for you, the Lord your God does not permit you to do so. Deuteronomy 18:9-14
New York Daily News
KING: Rapist Brock Turner and lenient judge embody the worst of American justice system
If we didn’t have a vulgarity policy here at the Daily News, this entire column would be 1,000 cuss words with the name Brock Turner in the middle.
If you haven’t heard, he’s the human piece of … swimmer from Stanford University who took an incapacitated, intoxicated, fully unconscious woman behind a dumpster and raped her after midnight on January 18, 2015. That’s not speculation. Two men caught him in the act, chased him down, called the police, and kept him there until the authorities showed up.
He should be in prison for the maximum possible time for such crimes — at least a decade, but a combination of wealth, position, and good old white skin privilege basically got this man off of serving genuine hard time.
Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner guilty of rape
Brock Turner (l.), a former Stanford University swim team member, was charged with five different felonies.
Brock Turner (l.), a former Stanford University swim team member, was charged with five different felonies. (KNTV-TV)
Brock Turner was charged with five different felonies — one count of raping an unconscious person, one count of raping an intoxicated person, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, and one count of assault while attempting to commit rape.
He was eventually convicted of three sexual assault charges.
Turner could’ve received a maximum sentence of fourteen years, but prosecutors recommended that he receive a six-year prison sentence, which is far too little for what he did, but Judge Aaron Persky, who stated, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him” and that “I think he will not be a danger to others” gave this man 6 months. He is only expected to serve three…
Brock Turner (r.) makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dan Honda/AP)
He will literally be home in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Do you know how many young black boys and girls, sometimes as young as 13 and 14 years old, are tried as adults in court rooms all across America and given mandatory minimums of 10 years and 20 years and even life in prison? Thousands. Tens of thousands.
When I was sophomore at Morehouse College in 1999, one of my friends from childhood from Kentucky sexually assaulted a woman much like this. It’s reprehensible. He deserved to have the book thrown at him. Being black and poor all but guaranteed such a thing would happen.
He was 19 at the time, addicted to drugs, and had become a violent, ugly mess of a man. His father was never around and his mother died of cancer when we were in second grade together.
My mother and I loved him dearly as a child. By the time I graduated high school, I hardly knew him, but was devastated by what he did, what it cost his victim, and what it would ultimately cost him.
He was just released this year, 17 years later. While he was in prison, his beloved grandmother passed away and his only brother died of a sudden illness. I would often look at his photos online to see if he looked the way I remembered him. Sometimes, in his photos, it was clear that he had been assaulted. An eye would be swollen shut, cuts would be on his face. He served hard time. You’ll never hear me say he didn’t deserve it.
Somehow, though, the judge looked at Brock Turner, knowing full well what he did to his victim, and determined that he was too young to serve hard time. He was too good of a kid to be thrown in to prison. He was too nice to have to truly pay the price for his crimes.
After all, he was white and likes to swim — so surely, in the words of Persky, “he will not be a danger to others.”
I just had to scream into a damn pillow. Of course the man is a danger to others — he took an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and brutally raped her. He is the exact type of man who is dangerous to others.
My good friend Brandon Garner was given 10 years in prison for selling marijuana. Ten years. He’s not scheduled to be released until 2023.
Brandon was a brilliant full-time barber, a father, and a beloved friend to hundreds. I’ve known him since I was 5 years old. He’s a good guy who got caught up doing the wrong thing to make money.
He’s black, though, so no judge in America was going to look at him and think sweet nothings like Judge Aaron Persky did to Brock Turner. Meanwhile, Brock’s father was found saying that his son shouldn’t have to serve hard time for “twenty minutes of action.”
I just screamed into a pillow again. Then I punched it.
I like to say it like this — our criminal justice system isn’t broken. Nah. It’s functioning just that way it was designed to work — on the backs of people of color and poor folk all over this country.
Brock Turner’s not even going to a real prison. He’s going to serve time in the local jail for a few months. Hell, it’ll still be summer when he gets out — he might be able start back at school somewhere in the fall.
This isn’t right — not even a little bit.
This judge, this so-called justice system, and this rapist Brock Turner embody the worst of America.
I’ve attached the statement from the victim of this case below and hope you’ll read it and understand the depth of injustice that has happened here. I won’t quote her. Her words are best read in their entirety. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-rapist-brock-turner-judge-embody-worst-america-article-1.2662841
In Spanish and English
In Spanish and English
No Other Gospel
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:6-10NIV
Jesus and Beelzebul (Matthew 12:22-37NIV)
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”