Daily Archives: May 26, 2018

May 26: A Longsuffering God

1 Chronicles 18:1–20:8; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Psalm 85

God is longsuffering, but sometimes we take this for granted. How often have we given into temptation, expecting to be obedient at a later date?

Psalm 85 gives a testimony of God’s faithfulness in the past: “O Yahweh, you favored your land. You restored the fortunes of Jacob. You took away the guilt of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your burning anger” (Psa 85:1–3).

As he experiences that judgment, the psalmist remembers God’s past restoration, and he hopes for it once more: “I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, because he will speak peace to his people, even his faithful ones”; he also sets a condition: “but let them not return to folly” (Psa 85:8).

Do we wait until bad times before we realize God’s amazing grace for us?

God’s faithfulness is also expressed in surprising moments in the New Testament, like Paul’s exhortation to Timothy. Paul tells him to be strong in grace and offers comfort while presenting a challenge: “For if we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are unfaithful, he remains faithful—he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim 2:11–13).

These passages portray a God who is incredibly patient. But they also present a sense of urgency and demand a response. If we acknowledge our sin and seek Him, He is faithful to forgive us. But we shouldn’t use His faithfulness as an excuse to delay our response. He wants our complete loyalty.

How are you responding to God’s calling in your life?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

May 26 Receiving Christ’s Word (Thaddaeus)

The twelve apostles included “Thaddaeus” (Matt. 10:3).

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If you love Christ, you will receive His Word and obey it.

Radio signals are fascinating. At any given moment every room in your house is filled with voices, music, and numerous other sounds; yet you can’t hear them unless your radio is tuned to their frequency. That’s a modern parallel to a spiritual truth Jesus taught in John 14:21: “He who has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.” In effect Jesus was saying, “I reveal Myself to those who love Me—those whose spiritual receivers are tuned to My frequency. They receive My Word and obey it.”

In the Biblical record Thaddaeus is a man of few words. His question in John 14:22 is the only thing he ever said that is recorded in Scripture. It was prompted by his perplexity over Jesus’ statement in verse 21 to disclose Himself only to those who love Him. Thaddaeus asked, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Thaddaeus didn’t understand Christ’s statement because it wasn’t consistent with his concept of the Messiah. Like the other disciples, he expected Jesus imminently to vanquish Roman oppression, free God’s people, and establish an earthly kingdom wherein He would sit on the throne of David, reigning as Lord and Savior. How could He do that without revealing who He was to everyone?

In verse 23 Jesus responds by reiterating that only those who love Him will be able to perceive Him, and they are the ones within whom He and the Father would dwell.

That brief conversation between the Lord and Thaddaeus addresses the very heart of Christianity. It isn’t those who say they love God who are true believers, but those who receive Christ and obey His Word. As Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (v. 23).

Does obedience to the Word characterize your life? I pray it does. Remember, your obedience to Christ is the measure of your love for Him.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for His Word, by which the Spirit instructs you and empowers you to live an obedient life.

For Further Study: Read John 8:31–47. ✧ To whom was Jesus speaking? ✧ Why were they seeking to kill Him? ✧ How did Jesus characterize the Devil?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 159). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

POTUS Trump Unleashes on #Spygate ‘Why Didn’t the FBI Contact Me About the Russia Problem?’ — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump brought another punishing round to the Deep State over the FBI infiltration of his campaign on Saturday.

The President asked a very simple yet powerful question, “Why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or “Justice” contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?”

The answer to that is simple. The spies implanted in Trump’s campaign were there to gather information and pass it onto Hillary Clinton.

The notion that an informant was buzzing around Trump’s camp to protect him as Clapper and the fake news claim is absurd.

Trump tweeted: With Spies, or “Informants” as the Democrats like to call them because it sounds less sinister (but it’s not), all over my campaign, even from a very early date, why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or “Justice” contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

With Spies, or “Informants” as the Democrats like to call them because it sounds less sinister (but it’s not), all over my campaign, even from a very early date, why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or “Justice” contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?

Trump slammed Crooked Hillary in round two.

Trump tweeted: This whole Russia Probe is Rigged. Just an excuse as to why the Dems and Crooked Hillary lost the Election and States that haven’t been lost in decades. 13 Angry Democrats, and all Dems if you include the people who worked for Obama for 8 years. #SPYGATE & CONFLICTS OF INTEREST!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

This whole Russia Probe is Rigged. Just an excuse as to why the Dems and Crooked Hillary lost the Election and States that haven’t been lost in decades. 13 Angry Democrats, and all Dems if you include the people who worked for Obama for 8 years. & CONFLICTS OF INTEREST!

President Trump is taking the fight to the Deep State head on demanding the DOJ hand over classified documents relating to Spygate.

On Friday evening, President Trump’s Attorney Rudy Giuliani says the Trump legal team wants to be briefed on the Obama FBI campaign spying scandal.

via POTUS Trump Unleashes on #Spygate ‘Why Didn’t the FBI Contact Me About the Russia Problem?’ — The Gateway Pundi

Huckabee Goes After Media Under Obama: Not A Watchdog But A ‘Lapdog’

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee went after the media under Obama, calling them a “lapdog” for the former president on Saturday.

Source: Huckabee Goes After Media Under Obama: Not A Watchdog But A ‘Lapdog’

With Clintons Out of Power, Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd Bravely Trash Bill Clinton for Ruining Monica Lewinsky’s Life — The Gateway Pundit

NBC News’ Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and CNN’s The Lead host Jake Tapper, both of whom started out as Democrat operatives in the 1990s before moving on to “reporting”, took a decades-late brave stand on Thursday against former President Bill Clinton on over his abuse of White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.

Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd, image via YouTube screengrab.

Todd and Tapper waited decades, until Bill and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton were finally out of the possibility of holding high political office with Hillary losing her second and final presidential run in 2016, to boldly denounce Bill Clinton for ruining Lewinsky’s life by having a sexual affair with her in the White House when she was in her early twenties and not even having the decency to apologize to her.

News of the comments by Todd and Tapper were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon’s Conor Beck who transcribed part of the discussion from Todd’s 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast from Thursday. Beck also posted a video clip to YouTube.

Excerpt from Beck’s transcript:

…”From Monica Lewinsky’s public statements, you sense that she’s just now coming to grips with the relevance of her story to the #MeToo movement,” Tapper added.

“It galls me that the former president hasn’t even simply apologized to her for ruining her life,” Todd responded.

“It’s crazy, it’s crazy,” Tapper agreed.

“Her life is never the same,” Todd continued. “He ruined it. He got to move on. I’ve never understood why he couldn’t simply apologize to her.”…

End excerpt, please read Conor Beck’s complete report at the Free Beacon.

Note: Jake Tapper dated Monica Lewinsky before the Clinton scandal broke in early 1998. Tapper rose to prominence after writing about it in the Washington City Paper.

Clinton’s efforts to cover-up his affair with Lewinsky to keep it from being exposed during a sexual harassment lawsuit by Paula Jones accusing Clinton of similar ‘drop-trou’ in the workplace when he was Arkansas governor led to Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives in late 1998. Clinton was not convicted by the Senate after a fixed trial in early 19999 and finished his second term. In the days before he left office, Clinton made a plea agreement with Independent Counsel Robert Ray that made Clinton, a lawyer, the first president to be suspended from practicing law while in office. Clinton later quit the Supreme Court bar in the face of a disbarment proceeding. Clinton also paid over $100,000 in various fines and paid Paula Jones $850,000.

via With Clintons Out of Power, Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd Bravely Trash Bill Clinton for Ruining Monica Lewinsky’s Life — The Gateway Pundit

The SBC, JD Greear, and Reformation: a Polite Polemic and Michelle Lesley — Pulpit & Pen

I really like Michelle Lesley and her work at michellelesley.com.  I cite her often.  Michelle is the type of (female) author the SBC needs but, unfortunately, as LifeWay sales indicate, not the type of author the SBC wants.  As a minister’s wife and long-time Baptist, Michelle is well aware of the desperate need of reform in the SBC. Yesterday, she published an article entitled “It’s time for Reformation in the SBC – 3 Issues We Need to Set Right.” In it, Michelle assesses the mindset of those Southern Baptists who have chosen to walk away from the Convention:

“for some individual Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches, the biblical error and other problems pervading the SBC have become too much to bear, and they have deemed it time to walk away from what they see as a system damaged beyond repair, seeking refuge in ARBCA, Bible, Independent, or non-denominational churches and networks instead.”

Michelle herself is not ready to walk away.  She holds out hope for reform in her denomination.  The three issues that need to be set right, according to Michelle, are:

  1. The Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture
  2. False Doctrine and False Teachers (with emphasis on the problems of LifeWay, Beth Moore, Sarah Young, and Priscilla Shirer)
  3. Disfellowshipping Errant Churches

I agree with Michelle’s identification of the problems.  For example, there are a number of errant churches that have abandoned Baptist church polity as defined in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.  Article VI of that document states:

“A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation.”

A number of the SBC’s largest churches have abandoned the concept of the local church and implemented a “multi-site” model where satellite campuses in other towns are controlled by a mother church.  This number not only includes nominally affiliated SBC churches like NewSpring and Elevation but the churches of several recent SBC Presidents. Bellevue Baptist Church, Cross Church, and the First Baptist Church of Woodstock have all adopted the multi-site model.  These megachurches, led by megapastors, effectively become their own denominations. All the while, their leadership, maintains control of the Southern Baptist Convention. To state the matter plainly, the top leadership of the SBC (Steve Gaines, Ronnie Floyd, Johnny Hunt et al) is composed of pastors whose churches are considered “errant” by a plain reading of the Baptist Faith and Message.  Lesley condemns none of these pastors in her article. Rather she condemns Elevation and NewSpring, churches which are barely involved with denominational affairs. The SBC is not being corrupted by churches (NewSpring and Elevation) which have almost nothing to do with denominational leadership. While these churches are embarrassments to the denomination, their leaders are not among those steering the SBC ship.

The odds on favorite to be the captain of the sinking ship that is the Southern Baptist Convention is JD Greear, the pastor of The Summit Church.  Greear is to be nominated for the Presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention this June.  His opponent is long-time Southern Baptist statesman Ken Hemphill. A prominent SBC blogger recently told me that he thinks, “Hemphill will get beaten worse than Mondale in ‘84.”  I agree with his assessment. The conservative resurgence is over and the SBC’s next “anointed” leader is Greear, an advocate of the liberal-minded racial reconciliation movement.  The Summit Church is an errant church, having nine different locations, with an errant leader.  Michelle Lesley views the activities of LifeWay (see reformation issue #2) as a major problem SBC life.  Greear is a featured author at LifeWay’s website.  He is not someone Southern Baptists can expect to rebuke Lifeway (along with Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer) and push for the expulsion of errant churches.  He is a LifeWay pusher at an errant church and quite friendly with Beth Moore:

Beth Moore

@BethMooreLPM

I love and believe this to my bones. Thank you, JD. pic.twitter.com/aSkDv3dJFN

J.D. Greear@jdgreear

Thank you, Beth! Hoping that we are entering a new era where we in the complementarian world take all the Word of God seriously–not just the parts about distinction of roles but also re: the tearing down of all hierarchy & his gracious distribution of gifts to all his children!

One would expect Lesley to provide a withering critique of Greear in her call for Reformation.  However, she provides quite the opposite.  Lesley has used her media platform to back Greear:

I suspect that Lesley backs Greear because he is Calvinistic.   His sociological beliefs are a positive.  However, they are overshadowed by his status as one more LifeWay author from an SBC mult-site megachurch.  If Lesley truly wants reformation, she needs to back the right horse.  Frankly speaking, Elevation and NewSpring aren’t the problem. Churches like The Summit are.  Megachurches thrive off of low discernment people who consume the products of the very authors (Moore, Shirer, Young et all) that Michelle Lesley condemns.  Michelle Lesley has proclaimed herself to be a member of #TeamJD.  She needs to decide if she wants reform or more of the same from the SBC power complex.

via The SBC, JD Greear, and Reformation: a Polite Polemic and Michelle Lesley — Pulpit & Pen

WikiLeaks’s Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff ‘there was no collusion’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to meet with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, to prove there was “no collusion,” according to an intermediary who spoke…

Source: WikiLeaks’s Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff ‘there was no collusion’

Obama claims his presidency was scandal-free. But here are all of Obama’s White House scandals.

President Barack Obama claimed this week that his eight-year administration was free of political scandals. His comments came during a technology conference in Las Vegas.

“I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about. But actually, if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It’s a big deal,” Obama said, according to Newsweek.

Unfortunately for Obama, his comments don’t stand up to the facts.

Here are Obama’s political scandals:

  • The ATF-led “Operation Fast & Furious”
  • The 2012 Benghazi attack
  • The Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play scheme
  • Uranium One
  • The Department of Justice’s tracking of journalists, including Fox News’ James Rosen
  • The Veteran’s Affairs scandal
  • The Hillary Clinton private email scandal
  • The IRS targeting of conservative groups
  • The Solyndra scandal
  • NSA spying on Americans and the PRISM program, exposed by whistleblowers
  • Obama’s nuclear Iran deal
  • Obama’s intervention in Syria and subsequent failure to act on his “red line” declaration

Anything else?

Obama and other top members from his administration have made similar claims since President Donald Trump assumed office last January, despite the overwhelming amount of facts that disprove their outright dishonesty.

Even Obama’s messaging has not been consistent. He admitted earlier this year that his administration “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” At that private event, Obama never disputed his administration had scandals, like he did publicly this week.

Source: Obama claims his presidency was scandal-free. But here are all of Obama’s White House scandals.

GOP Leader: No Difference Between FBI Informant & Spy ‘For All Practical Purposes’

Media, Deep State using semantics to downplay severity of scandal.
Republican leader: ‘For all practical purposes’ there’s no difference between an FBI informant and a spy
© Greg Nash

In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Cornyn said that there is no difference between a “confidential informant” and a spy.

“The FBI was involved in a counterintelligence investigation, I presume, and used somebody who had contacted various subjects of their investigation to communicate back to the FBI what they found out,” Cornyn, who is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said. “I guess for all practical purposes, for most people, it wouldn’t be any different.”

Democrats have said the FBI did nothing wrong by using an informant, who reportedly met with at least three Trump advisers during the campaign in 2016.

Source: GOP Leader: No Difference Between FBI Informant & Spy ‘For All Practical Purposes’