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  1. 052 Matt Chambers shares his families stuggles

    Matt Chambers is a farmer from Iowa that talks about an accident that changed his family for ever. It’s an heartbreaking story, but you wont believe what happens at the 40 minute mark.   Please follow our advertisers on Twitter  @BASFAgProducts @HalesBells82

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  2. AUDIO: Bradbury 13 – “The Veldt” | Ghost Radio

    Another episode of "Bradbury 13" in tribute to Ray Bradbury.  This one is the fan favorite story "The Veldt".  It originally aired on April 16, 1984.

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  3. Southeast AgNET » Archive Ethanol Discussed by Georgia Legislature - Southeast AgNET

    Ethanol was one of the issues discussed during the Georgia Legislative session this week, as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains. To learn m

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  4. AFBF Strongly Endorses Ag Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

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  5. What Will Be The Hot-Button Issues Of The 2017 Legislative Session? | Georgia Public Broadcasting

    Today on "Political Rewind," in a few short weeks state lawmakers will convene under the gold dome for the 2017 legislative session. Topics are sure to

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  6. MILO at UW-Milwaukee: “Master Baiters: The Liberals Keeping America’s Race War Alive”


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  7. John Roderick, The Long Winters/Roderick on the Line - XOXO Festival (2016)

    A frequent guest at XOXO, John Roderick is the frontman and songwriter of The Long Winters, the receiving end of Merlin Mann’s weekly phone calls for Roderick on the Line, and one of our favorite storytellers of all time.

    Follow John on Twitter: Roderick on the Line: The Long Winters: And his official site:

    Recorded in September 2016 at XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit

    Introductory music: "Flaws Run Deep" by Jim Guthrie. Video production by brytCAST. Video thumbnail by Searle Video. Captions by White Coat Captioning.

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  8. WordPress vs Drupal | Lullabot

    Matt and Mike sit down with a number of cross-functional Drupal and WordPress developers to talk about the differences and similarities between the platforms, concepts, and communities.

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  9. God Sanctifies His People | Desiring God

    May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and

    may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at

    the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who called you is faithful,

    and he will do it.

    Introduction: The Necessity of Holy Living

    How can you have the assurance of salvation if holiness is


    Vast portions of the Christian church today in America seek

    assurance by making holiness of life unnecessary. If holiness of

    life is not necessary to get to heaven, then an unholy person can

    have assurance that he will get there. They don’t just deny that

    perfection is not required for entering heaven (which is true; we

    do not attain practical perfection in this life); but they go

    beyond that and say that no degree of obedience or holiness or

    purity or goodness or love or repentance or transformation is

    required for entering heaven. They say that if God required any

    measure of practical obedience or holiness, it would do three

    terrible things: 1) nullify grace and 2) contradict justification

    by faith alone and 3) destroy assurance.

    But that is not true. The Bible teaches that none of those

    things happen when the biblical necessity for holy living is

    rightly understood. There is a glorious assurance in the Christian

    life! But it is not found by denying the demand for holiness.

    1. Does Not Nullify Grace

    The necessity of holy living does not nullify


    It is based squarely on the pardon of grace. And it demonstrates

    the power of grace. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul said, "By the grace

    of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain but

    I worked harder than any of them. Nevertheless it was not I but the

    grace of God which is with me." Grace is not only the pardon that

    passes over our badness; it is also the power that produces our

    goodness. If God says that it’s necessary for grace to do that, it

    is not a nullifying of grace when we agree with him.

    1. Does Not Contradict Justification by Faith Alone

    The necessity of holy living does not contradict

    justification by faith alone.

    Three weeks ago

    I tried to show that all the sins of God’s

    people, past, present, and future, are forgiven because of the death

    of Christ once for all. I said that this justification on the basis

    of Christ’s death for us is the foundation of sanctification—not

    the other way around. I put it like this: the only sin we can fight

    against successfully is a forgiven sin. Without a once-for-all

    justification through Christ, the only thing that our striving for

    holiness produces is despair or self-righteousness.

    But I did not say that the work of God in justification makes

    the work of God in sanctification optional. I didn’t say (the Bible

    doesn’t say) that forgiveness makes holiness optional. It doesn’t

    make it optional, it makes it possible. What we will see today is

    that the God who justifies also sanctifies. The faith that

    justifies also satisfies—it satisfies the human heart and frees it

    from the deceptive satisfactions of sin. Faith is the expulsive

    power of a new affection (Thomas Chalmers). That is why

    justification and the process of sanctification always go together.

    They both come from the same faith. Perfection comes at the end of

    life when we die or when Christ returns, but the pursuit of holy

    living begins with the first mustard seed of faith. That’s the

    nature of saving faith. It finds satisfaction in Christ and so is

    weaned away from the satisfactions of sin.

    1. Does Not Destroy Assurance

    The necessity of holy living does not destroy


    The human mind might reason like this: if some measure of holy

    living is required and if it cannot be precisely quantified—if you

    can’t tell me exactly how much is necessary—then that requirement

    will always leave me unsure if I have enough. So any requirement

    for holiness or obedience at all destroys assurance.

    But this is simply not the reasoning of the Bible. The Bible

    shows abundantly that there is a "holiness without which we will

    not see the Lord" and we are told in Hebrews 12:14 to "pursue" it.

    But it does not imply that this destroys assurance. And the reason

    it doesn’t is what today’s sermon is about. Namely, God’s

    commitment to sanctify us—to make us as holy as we need to be in

    this life—is as sure as his election and his predestination and

    his justification and his call. What gives us assurance in this

    matter is not primarily focusing on the measure of our holiness,

    but on the measure of God’s faithfulness to do the sanctifying work

    he promises to do. There’s the key.

    Exposition: God’s Commitment to Sanctify Us

    So let’s look at this in our text. Notice three things: the

    commandments, the prayer, and the promise.

    1. The Commandments

    Paul has just finished giving a string of commandments in verses

    14–22 which comes to an end in verse 22, "Abstain from every form

    of evil." So we know that God uses commandments and incentives in

    the way he sanctifies us. He does not say: "I am the one who

    sanctifies you, so I have nothing to tell you to do." The way he

    sanctifies is not merely subconscious. He deals with our minds and

    our motives. That’s the first thing to notice.

    1. The Prayer

    Then in verse 23 Paul shifts from exhorting or commanding us to

    be holy to asking God to make us holy: "May the God of peace

    himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body

    be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus

    Christ." So not only does God use commands and incentives in the

    way he makes us holy, he also uses the prayers of his people. He

    not only deals with your mind and motives in the way he makes you

    holy; he deals with the minds and motives of others so that they

    pray for you.

    1. The Promise

    Notice not only the commandments and the prayer, but most

    important the promise of God. After commanding us to pursue holy

    living in verses 14–22 and praying that God would sanctify us in

    verse 23, Paul says the decisive thing in verse 24: "He who called

    you is faithful, and he will do it."

    This is the way Paul handles the assurance problem. Let it shape

    your thinking this morning. It is mere human reasoning and not God

    that says: "Well, he is commanding us to abstain from evil, so it

    must be up to us to get holy, and therefore it’s not assured." It

    is mere human reasoning and not God that says: "Well, he is praying

    for God to sanctify me, so it depends on Paul’s prayer and God may

    or may not answer, and so it is not assured." All that is wrong

    thinking. It’s not what the text says. Right thinking moves on to

    verse 24 and says: God’s faithfulness combined with God’s call

    proves he WILL do it! "He who calls you is faithful, and he WILL do

    it." What’s the IT? The "it" is what Paul’s been commanding and

    what he’s been praying for, namely, sanctification. God will do


    That is the foundation for full assurance. Paul did not say that

    you have to make holy living unnecessary to have assurance. He said

    that God is faithful and he WILL do it. The issue of assurance is:

    will we trust him not only for the grace to forgive our sins, but

    also for the grace to make headway in overcoming our sins? Will we

    believe what verse 24 says: "God is faithful; he will do it"?

    When Will God Do It? 

    Now if you are looking at verse 23 carefully, you may have the

    question I had: When Paul prays that God would sanctify us and keep

    us blameless "at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ," does he mean

    that God will change us then in the twinkling of an eye when Jesus

    comes, or does he mean that he will work in us now so that we will

    be holy when Jesus comes? Are verses 23 and 24 a prayer and a

    promise for what God will do all at once only when Jesus comes? Or

    are they a prayer and a promise for what God will do now in the

    lives of believers to prepare them for that day in holiness?

    My answer is that it’s a prayer and a promise for God to do what

    needs to be done now. My reason for this is not only that

    sanctification usually refers to the process of becoming holy now,

    but also the parallel in chapter 3:12–13 shows that this is what

    Paul means.

    May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one

    another and to all men, as we do to you; so that he may establish

    your hearts unblamable in holiness [that’s what Paul prays for

    in 5:23] before God our Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus

    Christ [same phrase as in 5:23] with all his saints.

    So what Paul is praying is that God would do something NOW,

    namely, make us increase and abound in love. And the goal of this

    progressive work in us NOW is that when the end comes, we might be

    established before God in holiness, because love is the essence of

    human holiness.

    So my conclusion is that 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 really does

    teach that God is the one who sanctifies NOW. He does it through

    commandments and incentives that appeal to our minds and our

    motives. He does it through prayer. But however he does it, and

    however slowly it comes, and however imperfect we feel, the main

    thing is that GOD does it, and he WILL do it. That is the ground of

    our assurance. "He who calls you is faithful. He will do it."

    Assurance does not come from making holiness optional. It comes


    knowing God is faithful.

    Why God’s Call Guarantees His Sanctifying Work 

    But why is it that the faithfulness of God commits him to

    sanctify us? The key is the connection between the other parts of

    our salvation and God’s work of sanctification. You can see this

    clearly in verse 24. Paul says, "He who calls you is faithful. He

    will do it." It’s as if Paul said, "He called you! Don’t you see?

    He called you! And if he called you, then he WILL sanctify you.

    That’s what his faithfulness means. Don’t you get it?"

    And you scratch your head and say, "Why does the fact that he

    called us mean that he has to sanctify us?" And Paul says, "It’s

    because his purpose in calling you was that you might become holy.

    Holiness is the invincible purpose of God in your call. He would be

    unfaithful to his purpose if he just called and didn’t sanctify.

    That’s what I said back in 4:7, "God has not called you for

    uncleanness, but in holiness." "God called you with a holy calling"

    (2 Timothy 1:9). His purpose in calling you is your holiness. He will

    do it. He’s faithful.

    I hope you begin to feel what this means for the foundations of

    your assurance. It means that every successive step of your

    salvation is rooted in the certainty of all the steps that have

    gone before. Your sanctification is rooted in your call and

    guaranteed by your call. Your call is rooted in the death of Christ

    for sinners. The death of Christ is rooted in predestination and

    predestination is rooted in election. Once you feel yourself caught

    up in this great, objective, God-wrought salvation, you know

    yourself loved with an omnipotent, everlasting, electing,

    predestining, atoning, calling, sanctifying, saving love. And you

    sing, "God is faithful. He will do it!"

    God’s Sure Purpose for Your Holiness 

    But not only that, the aim of God in your election was your

    holiness. Ephesians 1:4, "God chose us in him before the foundation

    of the world that we might be holy and blameless before him in

    love" (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:13). Your holiness is as sure as your


    Not only that, the aim of God in your predestination was your

    holiness. Romans 8:29, "Those whom he foreknew he predestined to be

    conformed to the image of his Son." Becoming like Jesus is as sure

    as God’s purpose of predestination.

    Not only that, the aim of God in the death of his Son was your

    holiness. Ephesians 5:26, "Christ loved the church and gave himself

    up for her that he might sanctify her"—make her holy. Your

    becoming holy is as sure as God’s invincible purpose in the death

    of his Son.

    In choosing you his purpose was your holiness. In predestining

    you his purpose was your holiness. In dying for you his purpose was

    your holiness. In calling you his purpose was your holiness. And so

    we can say with Paul in verse 24 not only, "He who called you is

    faithful, he will do it—he will sanctify you," but also, "He who

    chose you is faithful, he will do it. He who predestined you is

    faithful, he will do it. He who sent his Son to die for you is

    faithful, he will do it.

    2 Thessalonians 2:13 says, "God chose you from the beginning to

    be saved through sanctification"—not apart from sanctification.

    Salvation comes through sanctification, and no other way (cf.

    Romans 6:22). We have a great and glorious ground of assurance not

    because holiness is superfluous, but because God is faithful. He

    will do it.


    Note: See "Letter to a Friend Concerning the So-Called

    ‘Lordship Salvation’"

    for a list of texts

    showing the necessity of holiness and the way this fits together

    with justification by faith and the freeness of grace and the

    reality of assurance.

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  10. Butter v. Margarine | Stuff You Missed in History

    Industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine way before it was made with the hydrogenated oils that led to its unhealthy reputation in more recent years. There’s even bootlegging involved.

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