Daily Archives: July 15, 2018

July 15: Reframe It

1 Samuel 26:1–27:12; 1 Peter 2:1–12; Psalm 128:1–129:8

“ ‘Too often they have attacked me from my youth.’ Let Israel say, ‘Too often they have attacked me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me’ ” (Psa 129:1–2). As these verses show, sometimes problems can be solved by simply reframing the issue at hand.

Peter makes a “reframing” move in his first letter. He could have focused on the people’s sin and their general need to repent, but then their attention would be on the problem, not solving it. So he shifts the focus: “Therefore, ridding yourselves of all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn infants long for the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation” (1 Pet 2:1–2). Peter calls them to approach their relationship with Christ like a newborn would milk. They must make Christ such a priority that He becomes something they need and long for. And as they long, their sinful behavior will be resolved.

Similarly, Peter addresses the people’s conflict with their culture as an opportunity for God to make them strong, like the stones used to build strong foundations: “And you yourselves, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 2:5).

We can always choose where to place our attention. Often, we turn our attention toward preventing something (sin) at the cost of actually doing something good (growing in the Lord). If we keep our focus on our relationship with Christ, we can rise above our circumstances and find victory. “The blessing of Yahweh be upon you. We bless you in the name of Yahweh” (Psa 129:8). Reframing our lives makes way for blessing—it gives God room to do transformative work.

What is God asking you to reframe? Where is your focus?

John D. Barry[1]


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

President Trump In Europe Sends A Clear Signal To EU That America Is No Longer Bowing Or ‘Leading From Behind’ — Now The End Begins

Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America’s closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

If you are one of the 63 million of American patriots who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, then this has been an absolute fantastic week for you. President Trump has blown through Europe like the wrecking ball that God intends for him to be. We have always said that Barack Obama was God’s judgment on America, and Donald Trump is God’s judgment on the world order.

So many great things happened already it’s hard to know which was my favorite. But if I had to pick one, it would be President Trump’s refusal to bow to the Queen of England, but rather extend his hand to her as an equal.

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Donald Trump has sparked online criticism for his ‘disrespectful’ failure to follow royal protocol when he met the Queen on Friday. The president was late for his first meeting the 92-year-old monarch who was waiting at Windsor Castle for between 12 and 15 minutes in the 80 degree F heat when he was late for their meeting on Friday. The Queen can be seen in the footage checking her watch as she waited for the President and his First Lady. And when the first couple’s black Range Rover did finally pull up to Windsor Castle, Trump almost immediately breached rigid royal protocol. READ MORE

During the 8 years of the Obama administration, Americans got used to the idea that America is really nothing special, and that the America president is not really the most powerful person on the face of the earth. Obama as president bowed to just about everyone, but not so in Trump’s America. President Trump shook hands with the Queen of England because in 1776 America decided to throw off the shackles of English suppression.

The Trump Train rolls into Europe and then rolls over it

Obama sure did bow a lot

“I think the European Union is a foe,” Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki

Now as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Putin in Helsinki, he tells news outlets that he views the European Union as ‘a foe’. Seriously, does it get any better than this? On one night, I can understand the apoplectic reactions from the fake news media. They had gotten used to a second-rate America for 8 long years, and like a drug addict coming off a heroin, they are being forced to come to grips that America is coming back from our sequester. Obama bowed to Saudi kings, he bowed to Pope Francis, he bowed to just about everybody including a Japanese robot!

New day, new sheriff.

FROM CBS NEWS: In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union — comprising some of America’s oldest allies — when asked to identify his “biggest foe globally right now.” “Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive,” Mr. Trump said at his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland. “I respect the leaders of those countries. But, in a trade sense, they’ve really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren’t paying their bills,” he added. READ MORE

And through it all, the fake news Far Left media makes prediction after gloomy prediction about President Trump, and wind up being wrong virtually every time. From the election itself, to the economy, all the way  up to North Korea, the fake news media could not be more consistently wrong.

I was very proud of our president this week, and I know that when he meets Putin, the Trump Train will continue its upwards trajectory.

via President Trump In Europe Sends A Clear Signal To EU That America Is No Longer Bowing Or ‘Leading From Behind’ — Now The End Begins

July 15 Sharing Christ’s Dominion

“You are … a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9).

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Christians serve the King and will someday reign with Him in His Kingdom.

In Exodus 19:5–6 God says to Israel, “If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples … and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” They were to be both priests and royalty, but they violated the covenant and forfeited those privileges. Now, according to Peter, Christians are the royal priesthood of God.

The Greek word translated “royal” in 1 Peter 2:9 was used of a royal palace, sovereignty, crown, or monarchy. In this context it refers to royalty in general. We speak of the royal house of England or France, meaning not a building but a sphere of dominion. So it is with God’s “spiritual house” (v. 5). Believers serve the King and will also reign with Him in His sphere of dominion.

That is affirmed elsewhere in Scripture. In the book of Revelation we read, “Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth” (Rev. 5:10); and, “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him” (Rev. 20:6).

Your royal position has some practical implications for the way you live each day. For example, when dealing with the problem of litigation among Christians, Paul said: “Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, matters of this life?” (1 Cor. 6:1–3).

Never forget who you are in Christ, and don’t let sin or the world distract you from your priestly role.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize 1 Timothy 4:12. Ask God to make you a better example of one who represents His royal priesthood.

For Further Study: Read Genesis 14:18–20 and Hebrews 7:1–17. Who was Melchizedek, and what was unique about his priesthood?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 209). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

JULY 15 REPENTANCE IS RARE

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 15:10

Humans, deceived by the devil and charmed by their own pride and abilities, deny that our world is a rebel province in God’s universe. They deny that human society has willfully pulled loose from God’s rule and the rest of God’s domain.

In fact, they deny that men and women are the creation of God. They deny even that they owe any allegiance to God, their Creator!

The Bible is the record of how God deals with mankind, and we can draw but one conclusion: All people are morally obligated to repent and to ask forgiveness of God. Failing to do so, they will perish.

How rare it is in our day to hear of genuine repentance. We live amid a proud, selfish and self-sufficient people. Even in our Christian churches there are those who want nothing more than to be known as “respectable church members”! When repentance is real and faith is genuine, the atoning death of Jesus Christ is effective for pardon and forgiveness and regeneration.

Dear Lord, the idea of people perishing—being separated from God for eternity—is a frightening thought. Will you help today’s churches grasp this dreadful fact so that they will redouble their efforts to share the gospel with lost people?[1]


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

July 15, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Commended by the Father

Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; (12:18a)

Pais (Servant) is not the usual word for “servant” and is often translated “son.” In secular Greek it was used of an especially intimate servant who was trusted and loved like a son. In the ancient Greek edition of the Old Testament (the Septuagint), pais is used of Abraham’s chief servant (Gen. 24:2), of Pharaoh’s royal servants (41:10, 38), and of angels as the Lord’s supernatural servants (Job 4:18).

Jesus Christ is God’s supreme Servant, His only Son whom He has chosen to redeem the world. The Greek phrase translated I have chosen (from hairetizō) indicates a firm and determined decision and is used nowhere else in the New Testament. It was used in secular Greek of irrevocably adopting a child into the family as an heir who could never be disenfranchised. The Father had irrevocably chosen His beloved Son to be His divine Servant, the only One qualified for the task of redemption.

Because the prophets frequently spoke of God’s choosing the Messiah, He was often referred to as “The Chosen One.” At Jesus’ crucifixion, “the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ [Messiah] of God, His Chosen One’ ” (Luke 23:35). The fact that they knew so much truth about the Messiah made them all the more culpable for rejecting Him.

Jesus is the Father’s beloved, in whom His soul is well-pleased. It is through the grace of God “which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved,” that “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Eph. 1:6–7). The One who is hated and rejected by the world, including His own people, is beloved by God, who is well-pleased. Against the testimony of Israel and of the world is the testimony of the Father. Jesus said, “If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true … the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me” (John 5:31–32, 36–37).

At Jesus’ baptism the Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17), and at the transfiguration He declared again, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him” (17:5).

It is not possible for men to be well-pleasing to God unless they come to Him through His Son, with whom He is well-pleased. “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God,” Paul tells us. “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Rom. 8:8–9). God is well-pleased with believers because He sees them as He sees His own Son.

Commissioned by the Holy Spirit

will put My Spirit upon Him, (12:18b)

Through Isaiah, God promised that He would put His Spirit upon the Messiah in a unique way, and at Jesus’ baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove (Matt. 3:16). But that was not when He was indwelt by the Spirit. Unique to all mankind, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20); and if John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit from His mother’s womb (Luke 1:15), how much more so was Jesus.

Yet, if Jesus was the preexistent Son, eternally one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in what way could the Spirit have come upon Him during His humanity? First of all, the coming of the Spirit upon Jesus was a bestowing of power to His human nature. His divine nature was already one with the Spirit and did not require special assistance, but His human nature did. Jesus was fully human, even to the point of being tempted in the same ways every human being is, yet without sinning (Heb. 4:15). As a child, He grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). He had human feelings and human emotions. He was hungry and thirsty, and He became tired and felt pain and sorrow. His humanness received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in order for it to function in concert with His deity. Therefore “God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38).

Second, Jesus required the anointing of the Spirit in order to attest to His royal service as the Messiah. For thirty years He had lived in obscurity, but when His ministry began He was given a special attestation of authority and approval by the Father. A prophecy of the Messiah was quoted by Jesus and applied to Himself as He taught in the synagogue at Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18–19). After He sat down, Jesus explained, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (v. 21).

As the perfect submissive Servant, Jesus functioned not only in the Father’s will and by the Father’s commendation but in the power of the Father’s Spirit.

Communicating the Message

and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. (12:18c)

Isaiah prophesied that the Lord’s beloved Servant would proclaim a message of truth and justice even to the Gentiles; and that is what Jesus did. Contrary to the thinking and expectations of most Jews, the Messiah was to be the Redeemer of the whole world, not just of Israel. Israel was, in fact, to be the channel of God’s grace to the rest of the world. In His first great promise to Abraham, God declared, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen 12:3). Israel was called to be God’s agency for reaching the world for Himself; and when the Jews as a nation rejected God, He had to raise up a new agent, the church, to accomplish that purpose.

The first woman to whom Jesus revealed His messiahship was a Samaritan, half Jew and half Gentile (John 4:26). Early in His ministry He had Gentile followers from Idumea, the Trans-Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon (Mark 3:8). Of the Gentile centurion whose servant He healed, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel” (Matt. 8:10).

But the Jews resented Jesus’ giving any attention to Gentiles, and especially His treating them equally with Jews. And the idea of the Messiah coming to redeem Gentiles was anathema. When Paul was defending himself before a large group of Jews in Jerusalem, he managed to keep their attention as he recounted his former life, his conversion experience, and his vision in the Temple. But when he reported that God told him, “ ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles,’ … they listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, ‘Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!’ ” They were so uncontrollably incensed that “they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air” (Acts 22:21–23). Almost no truth of the gospel was as hard for Jews to accept as the truth that salvation and fellowship with God were for Gentiles as well as Jews. The notion was utterly inconceivable to them, and, as is clear from the account just mentioned, they considered it a form of blasphemy.

But God’s plan for redemption had always included the Gentiles, and to them the Messiah was to proclaim justice and deliverance from sin just as to the Jews.[1]


18. Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,

My beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.

I will put my Spirit upon him,

And he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

It is clear from the entire context that when Matthew in his own way quotes Isa. 42:1–4 he refers this prophecy directly to Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son, the Mediator between God and man. Matthew interprets Isa. 42 as Philip the evangelist and as the apostles John and Peter interpreted Isa. 53 (Acts 8:26–35; John 12:37–43; 1 Peter 2:24). In fact, Isa. 42 cannot be separated from Isa. 53. Because of 42:6, 7 (cf. 9:2, 6) it is simply impossible to intepret Isa. 42:1–4 intelligibly except as referring to and being fulfilled in Christ. Moreover, as to the marvelous things said about “the Servant of Jehovah” in Isa. 49:6; 53 (the entire chapter); and 55:3–5, to whom could such statements refer if not to the Son of God who is also the Son of man? Those who refer such passages to Israel forget that 53:6 draws a sharp distinction between a. the people who have gone astray and b. the Servant upon whom Jehovah places the burden of their iniquity (see also verses 4, 5, 8, and 12).

Matthew, then, draws a sharp contrast between a. Christ’s wicked opponents, in this case the Pharisees, who are seeking to destroy him (12:14), and b. Christ himself, the Father’s beloved Son (Matt. 3:17; Luke 9:35; Col. 1:13; 2 Peter 1:17, 18; cf. Ps. 2:6–12), ever eager to do the will of his Sender (John 4:34; 5:30, 36; 17:4).

It is upon this divine and human Redeemer that the Father pours out his Spirit, and this “without measure” (Matt. 3:16; John 3:34, 35; cf. Ps. 45:7; Isa. 11:2; 61:1 ff.). As a result (Luke 4:18) the Mediator carries out his prophetic activity, namely, that of proclaiming “justice,” that which is right, in harmony with the will of God: that sinners repent, come to (that is, believe in) the Savior, find salvation in him, and out of gratitude live to the glory of their Benefactor. See further on verse 21.[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 297–299). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 520–521). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The Good:
A very interesting discussion with a Roman Catholic. The author knocks it out of the park against the Papists.
Interesting article about the arrangement and history of the books of the Bible.
Should Christians observe the Torah? Absolutely not, and I’ve previously warned about the false teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement.
A Parent’s guide to the 5 skeptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian.
Jesus is NOT a Democrat. I’ve been saying for years that Jesus would never be a liberal, because liberal ideology is in direct opposition to everything the Bible teaches.
9 Bible verses which teach that sex before marriage is sin — contrary to what modern culture says.
The historic St. Patrick. I’ve previously linked to articles which demonstrate that the Irish Catholics totally misrepresent Patrick’s teachings (here and here).
The Bad and/or Ugly
This is what happens when wolves forget that God calls us to obey the laws of the land that don’t conflict with God’s laws.  If your “pastor” teaches this, run from that church.
With cults, always make sure you define your terms.  A perfect example is the Mormon teaching about Adam and Eve, who certainly aren’t the Adam and Eve of the bible.
I saw a video this past week (to which I can’t link – it was posted on Facebook) with Billy Graham saying he believes in abortion for those who have been raped or if there are diseases that might affect the unborn child.  How sad for a man with such a following to be teaching it is good to murder the unborn!
Sweeping the devil out of the church — more charismatic foolishness.
If this is the type of VBS at your church, you really need to find another church.
Don’t be a “woke” Christian — the ideology is apostate.
Really “ugly” is Hillsong and Christine Caine, as exposed by Pulpit & Pen.
Another excellent examination of false teacher Christine Caine.  Avoid her like the plague. As the author of the article says at his conclusion:
While Christine Caine’s A21 Campaign is most definitely a good work, it cannot be overstated how important it is for fellow believers to mark and avoid her (Romans 16:17). She is a false teacher and heretic who preaches herself, twists Scripture, unashamedly engages in unbiblical practices and flagrantly disobeys God’s Word with her teaching of men. May she repent of her wickedness before it is too late.
The historic St. Patrick.  I’ve previously linked to articles which demonstrate that the Irish Catholics totally misrepresent Patrick’s teachings (here and here).
Meanwhile the United Methodist Church continues its spiral to totally apostate oblivion.
The humorous
I don’t think this will every happen.

via Good, Bad, and Ugly — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

July 15 Jesus’ Touch and Instantaneous Healing

Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.—Matt. 8:3

The Mosaic law forbade the Jews from touching lepers, because they were unclean (Lev. 5:3) and would expose healthy people to ceremonial and physical contamination. But lepers, in their social ostracism, yearned for even a brief, up-close contact with another person besides a fellow leper.

Jesus could have healed this man with just a single word, but He made a point of touching him. This action was truly amazing—not in a spectacular, sensational manner, but simply because the Son of Man would lovingly reach out and reach down to touch an outcast of outcasts as no one else would.

The Lord bestowed instantaneous healing: “immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” When He touched the man’s defiled body, his disease simply disappeared. (Christ could have chosen to heal in stages, as He sometimes did [Mark 8:22–26; John 9:6–7], but there was no necessity to do so.) The picture for the eyewitnesses would have been dramatic. A bent-over, withered derelict, with skin ravaged by scaly, ugly sores, would suddenly stand up. His limbs were now perfectly normal, his face smooth and unscarred, his eyes clear and bright, and his voice strong and confident.

Modern medical science, with all its wonderful expertise and abilities to cure, can never equal the miraculous restoration Jesus provided.

ASK YOURSELF

Are there certain people you are wary of touching—either by physical embrace or even eye contact? What gives us the right of being too good or polished or educated or privileged to look lovingly into the face of another, to offer ourselves and our acceptance?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 205). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JULY 15 BELIEVE IT: CHRIST, THE JUST, DIED FOR THE UNJUST

To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

ROMANS 3:26

The present state of the human race before God is probationary. The world is on trial. The voice of God sounds over the earth, “Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death. Choose you this day!”

The whole question of right and wrong, of moral responsibility, of justice and judgment and reward and punishment, is sharply accented for us by the fact that we are members of a fallen race, occupying a position halfway between heaven and hell, with the knowledge of good and evil inherent within our intricate natures, along with ability to turn toward good and an inborn propensity to turn toward evil.

The cross of Christ has altered somewhat the position of certain persons before the judgment of God. Toward those who embrace the provisions of mercy that center around the death and resurrection of Christ one phase of judgment is no longer operative. Our Lord stated this truth in this way: “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

When Christ died in the darkness for us men He made it possible for God to remit the penalty of the broken law, reestablish repentant sinners in His favor exactly as if they had never sinned, and do the whole thing without relaxing the severity of the law or compromising the high demands of justice (Rom. 3:24–26). The Just died for the unjust. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

The Forgotten II: The Strange Case of the Missing Russians

What happened to the original group of indicted Russians and Russian companies?  Something very embarrassing and potentially devastating to the Mueller team prosecutors.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/07/the_forgotten_ii_the_strange_case_of_the_missing_russians.html

California Democrats Reject Sen. Feinstein – Endorse Far Left Radical Kevin de Leon Instead — The Gateway Pundit

 

California Democrats rejected Senator Dianne Feinstein on Saturday and gave far left politico Kevin de Leon their endorsement instead.

De Leon, an immigrants rights activist, received 65% of the party elite’s vote.
Feinstein received only 7% of the vote.

This was a stunning turn to the far left for the California Democrat Party.

In 2017 Kevin de Leon famously admitted his family was in the US illegally and using fake social security cards.

The LA Times reported:

California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de León for Senate in a stinging rebuke of Democratic icon Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

De León’s victory reflected the increasing strength of the state party’s liberal activist core, which was energized by the election of Republican President Trump.

The endorsement was an embarrassment for Feinstein, who is running for a fifth full term, and indicates that Democratic activists in California have soured on her reputation for pragmatism and deference to bipartisanship as Trump and a Republican-led Congress are attacking Democratic priorities on immigration, healthcare and environmental protections.

De León, a former state Senate leader from Los Angeles, received 65% of the vote of about 330 members of the state party’s executive board — more than the 60% needed to secure the endorsement. Feinstein, who pleaded with party leaders meeting in Oakland this weekend not to endorse any candidate, received 7%, and 28% voted for “no endorsement.”

via California Democrats Reject Sen. Feinstein – Endorse Far Left Radical Kevin de Leon Instead — The Gateway Pundit

Evolution is a religion

Running The Race

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From the atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse. “Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”

Ruse, M., How evolution became a religion: creationists correct? National Post, pp. B1,B3,B7 May 13, 2000.

Webster defines “religion” as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”. Christianity falls into this category. So do the hundreds of false religions that have plagued mankind for millennia. Matthew 7:13-14 indicates that the majority of people will be deceived. Despite the overwhelming evidence God has given, they will choose to create their own religion, or adhere to a false religion promoted by their society.

A famous event occurred nearly 3,000 years ago, when Elijah found himself confronting 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Ashera. Those false prophets ate at the queen’s table (1 Kings 18:19), indicating that…

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July 15 The Enthusiastic Attitude

Fervent in spirit.

Romans 12:11

One of humanity’s most chronic shortcomings is the lack of individual enthusiasm. Often our failures to achieve what we ought result directly from apathy and lack of commitment. But that should not be true if you’re a Christian.

Enthusiasm requires Spirit–assisted resolve and persistence, not just human–guided good intentions. Henry Martyn, the tireless missionary to India, conducted his ministry with scriptural enthusiasm and fervency. It was his desire to “burn out for God.” And the apostle Paul admonishes us to “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 216). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

July 15, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

7:3, 4 Nathan encouraged the king to follow the leading of his heart and build a temple for the ark. However, he spoke on the basis of his own understanding and not as a word from the Lord. His words the Lord is with you indicate in this context a general blessing and not a specific utterance of God.[1]


7:3 Go, do. Nathan the prophet encouraged David to pursue the noble project he had in mind and assured him of the Lord’s blessing. However, neither David nor Nathan had consulted the Lord.[2]


7:3 Go and do all that is in your heart Nathan initially agrees that something must be done. Yahweh will later give clarification to the prophet on the matter (see 2 Sam 7:4–17).[3]


7:3 Go. David’s plan seems reasonable to Nathan, but he is quick to reverse himself when ordered by the Lord (v. 4). Nathan is no flatterer (12:7–14).[4]


7:3 Nathan is elsewhere called “the prophet Nathan” (1Kg 1:8, 10, 22–23). He apparently believed he did not need to consult the Lord about whether David should build God a temple, so he gave the king his blessing.[5]


[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 398). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (2 Sa 7:3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (2 Sa 7:3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 436). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[5] Beyer, B. E. (2017). 2 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 469). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

July 15 A Decreasing Frequency of Sin

“No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

1 John 3:9

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A decreasing pattern of sin in a believer’s life means his faith is genuine.

A sinful life pattern is incompatible with salvation. If you could continue in the same sinful pattern after being saved from sin, that would mean salvation is ineffective. Therefore, 1 John 3 deals with the saving work of Christ and reveals just how effective it is.

Verse 5 says Christ “appeared in order to take away sins.” If you say someone who has had the work of Christ applied to him is continuing in sin just as before, you are denying the purpose for which Christ came. He died to take away the pattern of sin as well as the penalty.

Therefore, if you are truly a believer you will relate to God in a totally new way, because the Christian “abides in Him” (v. 6). You are no longer a perpetual slave to sin, but you now have the option and ability to do good (see Rom. 6:14, 17–18). You will always be acutely sensitive to sin (Rom. 7; 1 John 1:8–9); yet, because of Christ’s abiding in you, your struggle will decrease over the years, and sin will be less and less a pattern in your life.

That brings us to 1 John 3:9, which is a reminder that believers have been born anew by the Holy Spirit. Your new nature or new disposition of life is the “seed” verse 9 speaks of. Just as the seed of a plant, when placed in the soil, produces a distinct kind of life, the divine seed produces a righteous life in you that ends sin’s dominance. And that seed will never die—1 Peter 1:23 says it is “imperishable.”

What does all this mean to you if you’re a genuine believer? It means you will see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life because you now have holy affections. It doesn’t mean sin will be eliminated, because your unredeemed flesh is still present. It means the more you practice righteousness—with its right motives, right desires, right words, and right actions—the less you sin, and the more you can be assured you’re a child of God.

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Suggestions for Prayer: If there is a frequent sin you struggle with, ask God to help you defeat it.

For Further Study: Record at least five truths contained in Romans 6:1–11. ✧ How do they help give victory over sin?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

THE KEYMASTER TO THE DEEP STATE: Rob Rosenstein’s Deep State Secrets Revealed And It Will Shock You

The Deep State is sitting on a mountain of evidence. And the keymaster, Rod Rosenstein is going to be a good stooge and not let anybody see it. You see its all in the interest of National Security that our National Security is subjugated.

Source: THE KEYMASTER TO THE DEEP STATE: Rob Rosenstein’s Deep State Secrets Revealed And It Will Shock You

Alan Dershowitz Discusses Peter Strzok Testimony… – The Last Refuge

Alan Dershowitz and Maria Bartiromo discuss the testimony of FBI Agent Peter Strzok. Dershowitz knows what happened. He can’t admit it openly; but he knows exactly what happened.

— Read on theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/14/alan-dershowitz-discusses-peter-strzok-testimony/amp/

07/15/18 Obscurity — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Micah 5-7*

The village of Bethlehem was small, hardly comparing to the city of Jerusalem — and yet, that is where the Messiah, too, would be born: “though you [Bethlehem Ephrathah] are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel” (Mic. 5:2). This ruler would have ancient origins (indeed, the New Testament would reveal Him as eternal), and yet His kingdom was still to come. Only Jesus the Messiah could meet these specifications.

His earthly origins, though, would be as a baby in a borrowed stable in an unremarkable village. When the world was upside down — children would dishonor their parents, and “a man’s enemies are the members of his own household” (Mic. 7:6) — God would step into that world in a most unimpressive way. That baby would later die on a borrowed cross and be buried in somebody else’s tomb, but He was the Messiah come to die for the sins of the world. Through His death, God “pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance” (Mic. 7:18). Indeed, He reigns over our sins, treading them underfoot and hurling them into the depth of the sea (Mic. 7:19).

A village. A baby.  God in the obscure. The Creator stepping into a small and unexpected place. His lowering Himself to be born among the shepherds so that you and I might become His sheep.

Our God specializes in the small, the unknown, the insignificant, and the least. That’s a good thing, since all of us fit into those categories.

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Praise God that He loves nobodies.
  • In your prayer today, fall at His feet and worship Him.

PRAYER: “Father, I’m a nobody — but You specialize in people like me. Thank you.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Isaiah 18-22

*first published in 2016

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