Matthew 17:24-27 (NKJV)
When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the [temple] tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the [temple] tax?”
He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?”
Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
“Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
The story from Matthew regarding the temple tax (beca) and the silver coin (stater) has a deeper Hebrew meaning. Continue reading “God is sufficient – His mercy covers you”
If you give yourself to Jesus, and except him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for his sake you are accounted righteous.
Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned!
Exodus 34:6-7 (NKJV) And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing [the guilty,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
We need to see the full depths of our sinfulness, before we seek wholeheartedly a SAVIOR.
If you think sin is only a willful choice to disobey and a transgression of the law – you will only ask for forgiveness of your sins!
Yes Jesus wants to forgive you for your sins – but Jesus also wants to deal with your selfishness and your rebellious heart, and give you a NEW HEART.
Jesus wants to cut off the roots to the bad fruits that you are producing.
That’s why you need to be born again, but that can only happen if you really want it – and know how to ask for it!
Agenda-setting is the creation of public awareness and concern of certain issues by the news media. Agenda-setting describes the way how media attempts to influence viewers, and to establish a hierarchy of so called ”news” that are ”important”. News stories is not always something that grow on a tree which the mass media picks and serve. Often topics are created as news to serve what you should ”know, think, want, believe, feel and act upon.”
Two basic assumptions underlie most researches on agenda-setting:
– the press and the media do not reflect reality; they filter and shape it;
– media concentration on a few issues and subjects leads the public to perceive those issues as more important than other issues.
Continue reading “What is agenda settings?”