Daily Archives: June 24, 2018

June 24: It’s Simple

Nehemiah 7:66–8:18; 1 John 5:6–12; Psalm 110:1–7

I tend to complicate matters. Determined to understand the nuances of a problem, I spend more time constructing a solution than I need to. Often, delaying a simple solution is my way of avoiding action that requires me to be courageous, intentional, or perhaps admit I’m wrong.

John’s first letter addresses a complication of the gospel message. False teachers were causing division in the community by spreading incorrect doctrines about Christ’s humanity and divinity. Without understanding that Christ is both man and God, some people in the community were in danger of diminishing Christ’s saving work and confusing the gospel. John spends the greater portion of the letter guiding his readers through the murky doctrines the false teachers had introduced.

However, John’s climactic point at the close of his letter is far from complex. First John 5:11–12 contains a statement about belief that is both simple and decisive: “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” As John leads the doubting recipients of his letter back to the truth, he shows them the simplicity of the solution: Through the Son, God has provided a way out of sin. This simple truth requires a simple response: belief in the Son.

Where in your life do you complicate an obedient response to God?

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.

June 24 Transgressing the Royal Law

“If you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not commit murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:9–11).

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You sin when you fall short of God’s holy standard or go beyond the limits of His law.

Many people attempt to justify their sinfulness by categorizing sins according to their apparent severity. For example, telling a “little white lie” isn’t as serious to them as committing perjury; cheating on their income tax isn’t as serious as robbing a bank. Others see God’s law as a series of detached injunctions and assume they can gain credit with God by keeping one law even if they break the others. In the final analysis, if the laws they don’t break outweigh the laws they do, they think everything will be OK.

Apparently some of those to whom James wrote had the same misconceptions, believing sins like prejudice, partiality, and indifference to the poor weren’t as serious as sins like murder and adultery. Or perhaps they believed they could make up for their favoritism by keeping God’s law in other areas.

Both of those views are erroneous and potentially damning because God’s law isn’t a series of detached injunctions or a way of gaining credit with God. It’s a unified representation of His holy nature. Even though all sins aren’t equally heinous or damaging, from God’s perspective every sin violates His standard. When you break one law, you break them all and are characterized as a sinner and transgressor.

“Sin” in verse 9 speaks of missing the mark and falling short of God’s holy standard. “Transgressors” refers to going beyond the accepted limits. One says you’ve fallen short; the other says you’ve gone too far. Both are equal violations of God’s holiness. You must see all sin as an affront to Him and must never compound your sin by attempting to hide it, justify it, or counterbalance it with good works.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize 1 John 1:9, and always confess your sin whenever you violate God’s holy law. ✧ Praise God for pitying our plight as sinners and for providing a Savior.

For Further Study: Read Galatians 3:10–29, noting the purpose of God’s law.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 188). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Fake News Backfires on Dems – Obama-Era Photos of Illegal Alien Children in Cages Deter Immigrants From Illegally Crossing Into US — The Gateway Pundit

Obama caged illegal immigrant children.

The Democrats and their liberal media have been ranting nonstop since photos first surfaced several weeks ago of illegal immigrant children in cages.

The photos in a “First Look” article by AZ Central were first published back in 2014 when Obama was president.

This was a regular practice during the Bush and Obama years.
But Democrats and their liberal media are hoping to make this the issue of the year.

Fake News TIME Mag took it to the next level and exploited a little Honduran girl who was photographed crying after her mother kidnapped her and dragged her across the US border illegally.

The photo of the ‘crying girl’ spread like wildfire on social media.

TIME lied and said the little girl was separated from her mother by border patrol agents. She was never separated from her mother. All lies.

It’s all lies. It’s all fake.

The fake news backfired on the Dems because the Obama-era photos of illegal alien children in cages circulating social media are deterring immigrants from crossing into the US illegally.

Immigrants in Tijuana, Mexico are having second thoughts about illegally crossing into the US. “I don’t want to lose my kids.”

“If it comes to a choice where I have to choose between my kids and crossing, I’ll keep my kids,” said a woman at the Tijuana-California border.

VIDEO:

via Fake News Backfires on Dems – Obama-Era Photos of Illegal Alien Children in Cages Deter Immigrants From Illegally Crossing Into US — The Gateway Pundit

WATCH: Obama’s DHS chief admits they detained children, ‘we believed it was necessary’

Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, threw a wrench in the progressive narrative on Sunday, which contends that detainment of families, and the possible separation of children from their parents, is wholly unnecessary.

Instead, Johnson freely admitted the Obama administration did exactly what the Trump administration is being criticized for — and they “believed it was necessary.”

What did Johnson say?

During an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Johnson admitted they expanded immigrant detention in the Obama administration.

“Without a doubt the images, and the reality, from 2014, just like 2018, are not pretty,” Johnson said.

“We expanded it, I freely admit it was controversial, we believed it was necessary at the time, I still believe it is necessary to remain a certain capability for families,” Johnson explained. “We can’t have catch-and-release.”

Catch-and-release was a controversy policy from the Obama-era where immigrants who traveled to the U.S. for asylum would be released until their cases could be processed.

Johnson also boasted that the Obama administration “deported or repatriated” more than 1 million illegal immigrants. Indeed, in 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union blasted the Obama administration for its immigration policies.

Source: WATCH: Obama’s DHS chief admits they detained children, ‘we believed it was necessary’

Mayor DeBlasio Visits TX Facility to See ‘Abused’ Illegal Immigrant Children — Ignores 2 in 5 Kids Living in Poverty in NYC — The Gateway Pundit

 

The Democrat Party continued to rally for open borders and free-roaming illegals on Sunday.

Several top Democrats including New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Mayor Eric Garcetti from Los Angeles, and Democrat senators visited the Tornillo facility.

The leftists were expecting to see abused children at the Tornillo facility.

Instead they saw kids playing soccer.

These shameless Democrats pretend to be concerned about these immigrant children but SAID NOTHING when children were being separated from their parents during the Obama years.

While Mayor De Blasio poses for the cameras in Texas — 2 out of 5 children in New York City continue to suffer in poverty.

While Mayor Eric Garcetti mugs for the cameras in Texas — 8.9% of children in Los Angeles live in DEEP poverty.

via Mayor DeBlasio Visits TX Facility to See ‘Abused’ Illegal Immigrant Children — Ignores 2 in 5 Kids Living in Poverty in NYC — The Gateway Pundit

The Power of Music: JESUS CULTURE Knows That Power and Uses It For Evil

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I remember the first time I listened to music from Jesus Culture. I had no idea who these people were.  I did know that the feeling which overcame me was not uplifting and I felt sure that God was not being glorified.

In a word – it was creepy.

Anointed music has the opposite effect on those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. We know when we hear pleasing music to our God.

Here is a song that I think is so Anointed. Whenever I hear it, I feel so close to the Lord.  And I believe that He receives this as true worship:

From handlingthewordoftruth.org

A Closer Look at a Modern Day Trojan Horse:  Jesus Culture

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if…

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JUNE 24 THE SPIRIT’S GIFTS

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1 Corinthians 12:7

In our Christian fellowship, we must recognize that the blessed Holy Spirit of God desires to take men and women and control them, and use them as instruments through which He can express Himself in the Body of Christ.

Someone may try to give me credit for something they think I have done for God—but in actuality, God is doing it through His Holy Spirit—and using me as an instrument. There is no real sense in which we are able to do spiritual work of any kind without the Holy Spirit.

We do know that the Apostle Paul said: “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). But he also exhorted those early believers not to ignore the Spirit’s gifts and to “covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). It is still important for us to fulfill the Spirit-given functions and capabilities which are the spiritual birthright of every regenerated believer.

We should not be looking around for some other way. God has given us in His Holy Spirit every gift and power and help that we need to serve Him!

Lord, I pray that I will be a clean vessel, fit for use in Your kingdom work today.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Independent media publisher declares FBI and DOJ “enemy combatants” of America; complete abandonment of the rule of law

(Natural News) An independent media organization says that America currently operates under two systems of justice — one for the elite and one for the rest of us — while the FBI and Justice Department are “enemy combatants” that no longer faithfully follow or enforce the law.

Source: Independent media publisher declares FBI and DOJ “enemy combatants” of America; complete abandonment of the rule of law

FBI Agent Sally Moyer Who Text ‘F*ck Trump’ is Registered Dem – Filtered What Evidence Taken From Hillary’s Devices Could Be Used in Probe — The Gateway Pundit

Earlier this week, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows unmasked two of the previously unidentified, anti-Trump, pro-Hillary FBI investigators referred for investigation by the Inspector General.

These FBI attorneys do not work in “counterintelligence” as the FBI previously claimed as an excuse to withhold their names from the public.

The unnamed FBI officials “Agent 1” and “Agent 5” were involved in the FBI Clinton investigation and were also engaged in a romantic relationship just like fellow FBI lovebirds Strzok and Page.

According to Daily Mail at the time of the texts, Moyer was on the ‘filter team’ for the Clinton probe – a small team of government officials that determines whether information obtained by the FBI is considered ‘privileged’ or if it can be used in the investigation.

And she’s a registered Democrat…

No bias at the FBI though…nothing to see here.

Sperry reported: BREAKING: Sally Moyer, aka “Agent 5,” is a registered Democrat. She rooted for Hillary to win & IM’d “f*ck Trump” when she didn’t. As FBI’s Nat’l Security Law Branch chief, Moyer told agents investigating Hillary which evidence from her devices they could use & which they couldnt

The same FBI officials in charge of Hillary’s sham email investigation migrated to the Trump-Russia probe and even to Mueller’s witch hunt.

Mueller’s team of hack lawyers is a who’s who of corrupt and conflicted Obama and Hillary cronies.

There was not one anti-Hillary text message from FBI agents and lawyers in Horowitz’s report.

But there was no bias in the FBI when it came to Hillary’s sham investigation, says Horowitz.

via FBI Agent Sally Moyer Who Text ‘F*ck Trump’ is Registered Dem – Filtered What Evidence Taken From Hillary’s Devices Could Be Used in Probe — The Gateway Pundit

Time magazine’s fake cover sparks slew of imitators

WASHINGTON – While CNN did a story hailing the latest Time magazine cover as “powerful” for spreading the myth blaming President Trump for separating children from parents at the border, Twitter users have been producing their own alternate covers by the score.

“It’s a telling image,” the CNN report said. “It shows the compassion gap that exists between the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ border policy and the real-life people that are affected.”

The cover image on the original shows Trump towering over a little girls crying juxtaposed with these words: “Welcome to America.”

Alternate covers produced by Twitter users included an image with Hillary Clinton crying with these words: “Life is hard.”

Another cover used these words: “To fix the broken immigration problem that Obama left behind.”

“Everything the media did NOT tell you about this photo,” read another. Mother and daughter were never separated at any point. Mother kidnapped daughter from father. Mother was deported in 2013. They were not escaping violence. Allegedly paid smuggler to cross border.”

 

Other included these captions:

  • “My mommy took me from my daddy. I miss him so much. Now the media is lying about me and posting my picture everywhere. They’re using me for ratings.” Trump responds, “I’m sorry sweetheart but that’s what the media does. I know it all too well.”
  • Nancy Pelosi exclaiming “welcome to America” above a band of MS-13 gangsters.
  • •Trump towering over Hillary, Obama, Chuck Schumer and other Democrats saying: “Welcome to reality.”
  • Another with the words “More lies” over Time’s logo with this explanation below: “The child was never separated from her mother. Mother left her three other children and husband in Honduras, taking the child against his wishes. Mother wanted to live the American Dream. He has a good job in Honduras …”

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the CNN report concludes: “What we do know: Trump isn’t changing. You don’t just suddenly develop an empathy gene. And the Time cover is a stark reminder of how much empathy matters in a president.”

Source: Time magazine’s fake cover sparks slew of imitators