Daily Archives: July 19, 2018

July 19: Vengeance versus Blessing

2 Samuel 3:1–4:12; 1 Peter 3:8–22; Psalm 135:1–21

Comparing the passages of 2 Sam 3:1–4:12 and 1 Pet 3:8–22 teaches us that all Scripture can be used for instruction: Some passages provide wisdom on how to become more like Christ, while others are best regarded as “things not to do.”

Peter’s first letter tells us, “be harmonious, sympathetic, showing mutual affection, compassionate, humble, not repaying evil for evil or insult for insult, but [instead] blessing others, because for this reason you were called, so that you could inherit a blessing” (1 Pet 3:8–9). We can find the same lesson, told a different way, in 2 Sam 3:1–4:12. The violence of the war between David and Saul’s houses vividly portrays how acts of vengeance rob us of harmony and blessing.

Some passages in the Bible are beautiful, while others are barbaric. Both teach us we’re not meant to live in vengeance, like the houses of David and Saul. While we realize these individuals often acted against God’s will, we should still recognize their love for God (when it’s present) and their desire to follow Him (when it appears authentic) and live in those ways. Jesus is the only leader in the Bible we can look to as a supreme example of righteousness. Every other person in the Bible is flawed in their humanity, but that gives us hope: God can use us, like He used them—despite their mistakes.

If we could live up to Peter’s ideals of living in harmony and showing sympathy to others, the world would certainly be a better place, but we can’t do so without depending on God. In the midst of chaos, or when we give in to ego, it’s hard to live the way we should, even when we are people of faith. But when we learn to follow God in being compassionate, humble, and a blessing to people, we create opportunity for Him to bring harmony and sympathy. If David and Saul’s men had put vengeance aside to seek God, their story would certainly have been less barbaric and far more beautiful.

How can you incorporate humility, compassion, and the practice of blessing into your life?

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.

July 19 Receiving Compassion

“You once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10).

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Because of God’s compassion, He withholds the just punishment of your sin.

Hosea had a unique role among the prophets. God used him and his adulterous wife, Gomer, as living illustrations of His love for unfaithful Israel. When Gomer gave birth to a daughter, the Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah, which means “No mercy,” because His mercy for Israel would soon come to an end. When Gomer later gave birth to a son, the Lord said to call him Lo-ammi, which means “Not mine,” for He no longer considered Israel His people. Yet He offered this hope, saying, “It will come about that, in the place where it is said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ it will be said to them, ‘You are the sons of the living God’” (Hos. 1:10).

In our Scripture for today, Peter applied that Old Testament text to the New Testament church, just as Paul did in Romans 9:25–26: “‘I will call those who were not My people, “My people,” and her who was not beloved, “Beloved.” And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, “You are not My people,” there they shall be called sons of the living God.’” God rejected unbelieving Israel but extended His compassion to anyone willing to trust in Christ. It is particularly true that Gentiles in the church were once not the people of God but now have received mercy and are God’s beloved children.

God’s mercy includes His general providential care for all mankind, but Hosea, Peter, and Paul were speaking of His special compassion—first in salvation, then in daily blessings—for those who belong to Him. By it He withholds the punishment we deserve for our sins and grants us His lovingkindness instead.

As you reflect on God’s mercy in your own life, let Psalm 136:1 be the song of your heart: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever” (kjv).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Memorize Psalm 59:16–17. Recite it often in praise to the Lord.

For Further Study: What do the following verses teach about God’s mercy? Psalm 103:11; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Titus 3:5.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 213). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Dirty Cop Mueller Releases 500 Pieces of Evidence in Manafort Show Trial… AND NOT ONE Deals With Collusion=> SHUT IT DOWN — The Gateway Pundit

Dirty Cop Robert Mueller released 500 pieces of evidence against Paul Manafort today.

Deep State officials are keeping Paul Manafort in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
Paul Manafort was President Trump’s campaign manager.
Today he sits in prison because of the Deep State coup against the duly elected president.

Mueller is suspected of giving the Podesta brothers immunityin order to indict Paul Manafort. Mueller is hiding this from the American public.

In the 500 items of evidence presented today by the Mueller witch hunt — NOT ONE deals with Trump-Russia collusion.

The US is quickly becoming a banana republic.

The Hill has the latest on the Deep State witch hunt:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Wednesday released an itemized list of evidence prosecutors are considering for use against Paul Manafort as the former Trump aide’s Washington D.C. trial approaches.

The list, first reported by Politico, contains about 500 items ranging from immunity agreements to texts between Manafort, Ukraine’s former president and a fellow U.S. political consultant.

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Other items on the list include photographs and documents of expensive purchases prosecutors say Manafort made with money he attempted to hide from U.S. authorities after working for pro-Russia political parties in Ukraine.

Manafort is charged with a number of financial crimes, including bank fraud and money laundering.

via Dirty Cop Mueller Releases 500 Pieces of Evidence in Manafort Show Trial… AND NOT ONE Deals With Collusion=> SHUT IT DOWN — The Gateway Pundit

I’m Saved, So Why Do I Still Keep Sinning?

Jack Wellman

Why do some believer’s struggle with overcoming sin more than others? Why do we keep sinning after salvation?

Our Nature

It is human nature for us to sin. If you took a fish out of the water, they’d be out of their environment because they’re not capable of surviving without being submerged in water. That’s the way fish were created, so it’s their nature, but it’s also our nature to sin, even when we know what it’s wrong. After a person is brought to repentance (2 Tim 2:25-26) and faith in Christ, they still have part of their old nature still living in them, as I do, but Christians are not alone. Some of the greatest figures in the Bible struggled with obedience, even after they knew God, so it’s a struggle that’s common to all of us, and not just believers. For many, that’s somehow comforting. The Bible tells us the truth about human nature and shows us the heroes of the faith, warts and all. The Bible doesn’t hide the fact that some of the greatest biblical figures we know have committed some of the worst sins there are. King David is a great example, but God granted forgiveness as we see in what may be the greatest prayer of repentance in the Bible (Psalm 51). His guilt was “ever before him,” so he couldn’t help but cry out to God for His forgiveness, and God was merciful. Just as Jesus said, “he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47), so those who are forgiven much are loved much. Even after David committed adultery with his wife and conspired to have Uriah murdered, David was later called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

The Struggle

I believe if someone is concerned that they’re still sinning, at least they care enough about to be concerned. That’s a good thing. For one, it’s an honest assessment of us all (Rom 3:23, 1 John 1:8, 10). We all sin, even after conversion, but if there’s a struggle to live an obedient life, at least the Holy Spirit is working in that person’s life. I would be more concerned if they were still sinning and not giving it a second thought. When someone is concerned that they are still sinning after being saved, it’s comforting to me, in a strange sort of way, because at least I know I’m not alone in this struggle. The Bible is full of people who struggled with sin. The Apostle Paul said, “I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Rom 7:18), and who among us doesn’t wrestle with this? Paul desired to do the right thing but didn’t always do it. Welcome to the club. For the body of Christ, which still has sinners and yet saints, that’s the paradox of it. It’s called sanctification…or growing in holiness. We are still very capable of sinning, but at least we strive to avoid it. We are saved from sin but still fall into sin. The difference might be we don’t dive in and swim around in it like we did before conversion. We fall and get back up, but God expects us to fall. He knows our nature as only our Creator would. Solomon acknowledged that “the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity” (Prov 24:16), so even “though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:24). We will never be sinless this side of the veil, but we should be sinning less…over time, and it should be noticeable to others and ourselves after a set amount of time, however each of us grow in holiness at different rates. I’m not sure why, but some struggle more than others, but there’s strength in the struggle. At least you’re in the fight and resisting the Devil, otherwise you couldn’t care less about sin, and that’s not the heart of a believer (1 John 3).

Expect It

The Apostle Paul preaching in Athens. Raphael, 1515

If you are expecting to be sinless after salvation, you need to read the Bible. Sorry if that seems blunt, but we had one man come to our church and say he was bothered by people praying for forgiveness. He said, “I’m no longer a sinner.” I asked, “Do you still sin?” He said, “Yes, but I am not called a sinner anymore.” I said, “Yes, we’re now called saints, but we still sin…all of us” (1 Kings 8:46; 1 John 1:8, 10). He finally told our elder that he was leaving because he didn’t like asking for forgiveness all the time. I wonder how that works at home with his wife. By the same reasoning he’s using, I supposed he doesn’t need forgiveness anymore in his marriage…or among his friends…or anywhere since he doesn’t sin anymore. I can tell you from experience, that’s not going to turn out well in a marriage or in a relationship. Even the spiritual giant, the Apostle Paul, declared himself to be the foremost of sinners (1 Tim 1:15), writing, “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor 15:9), but hey, we’re all unworthy. Paul knew that. It is only because of Christ that we can be declared righteousness in God’s sight (2 Cor 5:21), but everyone will still sin, even after conversion. If they say they don’t sin anymore (like one man told me), I ask, “Why you aren’t in heaven then?”

Conclusion

The Apostle John wrote, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister” (1 John 3:10b), and “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him” (1 John 3:15). He adds that, “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him” (1 John 3:6), because “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8a). Notice he said, they “practice…sinning,” meaning it’s a regular custom or routine for them. He’s not referring to believers because John knows they (and I) will still sin (1 John 1:8, 10), but they don’t make a practice of it. If you play sports, you practice sport, and that means you intentionally practice over periods of time, practicing again and again, but Christians are not to sin intentionally, and even though they (and I) do, they repent of that and confess it to God and try to resist the same temptation next time. That’s not the case with the lost. We all fall short, and not one of us are good in and of ourselves (Rom 3:10-12), but the good news is, we are saved by a very good God.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2018/07/18/im-saved-so-why-do-i-still-keep-sinning/

Progressive Immediately Attacked By Online Mob After Suggesting Liberals Should Be More Civil — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—After progressive filmmaker Mark Duplass took to Twitter to suggest being more civil in discussions with those of differing political viewpoints, the man was almost immediately assaulted by mobs of liberals on the internet for his “offensive, problematic” tweet. The offending tweet is reproduced in its entirety below (trigger warning for those uncomfortable with friendly,…

via Progressive Immediately Attacked By Online Mob After Suggesting Liberals Should Be More Civil — The Babylon Bee

JULY 19 OBEDIENCE IS BETTER

Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.

Hebrews 6:1

The writer to the Hebrews long ago pointed out that some professed Christians were marking time and getting nowhere! They had had opportunity to grow—but they had not grown. They had had sufficient time to mature, yet they were still babes.

So, he plainly exhorted them to leave their meaningless religious round and press on to perfection.

It is possible to have motion without progress, and this describes much of the activity among Christians today. It is simply lost motion! It boils down to this—it is possible that we may attend church for a lifetime and be none the better for it. I think we can say that most Christians have no clear end toward which they are striving. On the endless religious merry-go-round they continue to waste time and energy.

A Christian cannot hope for the true manifestation of God while he lives in a state of disobedience. Let a man refuse to obey God on some clear point, and the rest of his religious activity will be wasted. The instructed and obedient Christian will yield to God as the clay yields to the potter and will relish every moment in church!

Lord, help me to clearly understand Your calling and purpose for my life. I don’t want to spin my wheels; I want to serve You effectively.[1]


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

Putin Says “Pathetic Anti-Russian Cabal” Is Trying To Undermine Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has already raised doubts about Russia’s ability to materially impact the US election with what was, by all accounts, a poorly-funded, half-assed campaign to spread ridiculous far-left memes. And today, Putin again alluded to what the New York Times described as an “anti-Russia cabal” lurking within the US government – a cabal that is desperately trying to undermine President Trump.

Speaking to a group of US ambassadors, Putin referred to a group of “powerful” people who can “force-feed people their stories that would be hard to digest.”

“We see that there are forces in the United States that put their own group and narrow partisan interests above the national ones,” Mr. Putin said. “Our renowned satirists once wrote very well about such people: ‘Pathetic, paltry people.’ But this is not so in this particular case: These people are not pathetic and not paltry. On the contrary, they are quite powerful and strong if they can, excuse my crudeness, force-feed millions of their people various stories that are hard to digest in normal logic.”

He added that it would be “naive” to think that “years-old problems” could be solved in the space of a few hours. Still, progress had been made at the summit, Putin said, adding that it’s important for Trump and he to “talk directly.”

“The path to positive changes has all the same begun,” Putin said, according to Reuters. “It’s important that a full-scale meeting has finally taken place allowing us to talk directly.”

According to CNBC, Putin’s comments were “some of the most extensive to date” about his view of the Washington establishment.

Trump has been hectored by Democrats and Republicans alike since the summit, and this morning unleashed another rant about the “fake news” media, which has been bashing him with around-the-clock coverage for the past two days. Trump accused them of “making up stories without any backup, sources or proof”.

Of course, the more Trump lashes out, the more the media covers him lashing out. And around and around we go…

Source: Putin Says “Pathetic Anti-Russian Cabal” Is Trying To Undermine Trump

July 19, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Christian Witness Is from the Father

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father (15:26a)

The ultimate witness to Jesus Christ is God the Father (cf. 5:37; 6:27; 8:18), who testified to the Son in several ways. First, God spoke in the Hebrew Scriptures (Heb. 1:1–2) and the theme of His revelation is the Lord Jesus Christ. In John 5:39 Jesus said to His opponents, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me,” while in Luke 24:44 He told the disciples, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Revelation 19:10 notes that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

A second way the Father testified to the Son was through the divine works that Jesus did. In John 5:36 Jesus told His adversaries, “The works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.” “The works that I do in My Father’s name,” He declared in 10:25, “these testify of Me”; in verse 37 He challenged His opponents, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me.” Peter affirmed that Jesus was “attested … by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him” (Acts 2:22; cf. 10:38).

The Father’s direct statements also testified to the Son. At Christ’s baptism, and again at the transfiguration, the Father’s “voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased’ ” (Matt. 3:17; 17:5). Reflecting on his dramatic experience at the transfiguration, Peter would later write:

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”—and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16–18)

Finally, the Father testified to the Son by sending the Helper … that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father. In his first epistle John wrote, “It is the Spirit who testifies [about Jesus Christ], because the Spirit is the truth” (1 John 5:6). In Acts 5:32 the apostles declared to the Sanhedrin, “We are witnesses of these things [concerning Christ]; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” The writer of Hebrews also connects the Holy Spirit with the apostles’ testimony to Christ:

How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. (Heb. 2:3–4)

Christian Witness Is about the Son

He will testify about Me (15:26b)

The Holy Spirit’s primary ministry to the lost world is to testify about Jesus. Likewise, the message of the church is not political activism, social reform, or psychological self-fulfillment but Jesus Christ. In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter boldly declared, “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:32), a truth he repeated in his second recorded sermon (3:15). The apostles fearlessly declared to the Sanhedrin,

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him. (5:30–32; cf. 10:38–41; 13:31; 22:15, 20; 23:11; 26:16)

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2; cf. 15:15), and Peter described himself as a “witness of the sufferings of Christ” (1 Peter 5:1). The apostle John was exiled to “the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1:9). The Lord commended Antipas as “My witness, My faithful one” (Rev. 2:13), and the martyred tribulation saints are called “the witnesses of Jesus” (Rev. 17:6).

But despite the clear biblical emphasis on being witnesses of Jesus Christ, much of today’s evangelistic methodology focuses on meeting people’s felt needs. It also downplays the essential biblical emphasis on the glory of the person and work of the Savior and the crucial importance of confronting unbelievers with their sin and its consequences unless they are rescued by faith in the atoning accomplishment of Jesus Christ. Any inadequate presentation of Christ and His death for sin can leave the sinner in his love of iniquity and ignorance of the truth of justification by faith and produce a false and temporary confession. Evangelism is as basic and unchanged as when Paul said

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Cor. 2:1–5)

The preaching of Christ and the cross is still the power of God for salvation (1 Cor. 1:18–25).

In addition to the truth of Christ, repentance is at the heart of the biblical message of salvation. Christ’s forerunner, John the Baptist, challenged his hearers to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.… bear fruit in keeping with repentance,” and told them, “I baptize you with water for repentance” (Matt. 3:2, 8, 11). From the outset of His public ministry, Jesus’ message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). He rebuked the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida for refusing to repent (Matt. 11:20–21), and commended those of Nineveh because they did repent (Matt. 12:41). When they were sent out by the Lord Jesus, the Twelve “preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12). When the scribes and Pharisees took Him to task for hobnobbing with the riffraff of society, Jesus replied, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). The Lord shocked those who told Him of Pilate’s massacre of some Galileans by bluntly telling them,

Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:2–5)

Christ also described the rejoicing in heaven that takes place when sinners repent (Luke 15:7, 10). After His resurrection He declared that “repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

The early church obeyed the Lord’s command and preached a message of repentance. At the conclusion of the first sermon in the church’s history, Peter exhorted his hearers, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Peter sounded the same theme in his second recorded sermon: “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (3:19). Standing before the Sanhedrin, the apostles boldly asserted of Jesus, “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (5:31). After hearing Peter’s report of what took place at Cornelius’s house, the believers in Jerusalem “glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life’ ” (11:18). Paul declared to the pagan philosophers at Athens, “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (17:30). The apostle described his ministry as one of “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (20:21), and his message was that people “should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance” (26:20).

The Bible demands that sinners be broken over their sin and forsake all to come to Christ (Luke 9:23–24; 14:26–33). Many contemporary evangelism methods, however, by emphasizing meeting felt needs, make it sound like following Jesus is easy. (Some, proponents of the now popular “wider mercy” view, even argue that people do not have to know the gospel or believe in Jesus to be saved. But the Bible unequivocally teaches that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ [John 3:36; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 3:11; Gal. 1:8–9; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 5:11–12; 2 John 9–11].) Jesus, in contrast, taught that it was hard for sinners to believe. He even went so far as to say that, humanly speaking, salvation is impossible (Luke 18:27).

A memorable illustration of the Lord’s evangelistic methodology in action is His encounter with a rich synagogue ruler in Luke 18:18–27. This man seemed to be the ideal prospect for evangelism. Although he was an outwardly devout, religious man, he knew something was lacking in his life. That prompted his question, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (v. 18). This was no abstract theological question; he not only recognized his need, but also felt it deeply. This young man was also diligent in his pursuit of an answer. Mark records that, oblivious to what the crowd might think, he “ran up to [Jesus] and knelt before Him” (Mark 10:17). He also came to the right source, since Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal life (John 14:6; 1 John 5:20). Finally, he asked the right question, how he might personally take possession of eternal life.

But to his sorrow (Matt. 19:22) and the crowd’s astonishment (v. 25), this seemingly surefire prospect went away unsaved. Proud and self-righteous, he treasured his earthly possessions more than the promise of heavenly riches. His shallow, superficial faith was not sufficient for him to confess his sin and forsake all to enter the kingdom of heaven; he wanted eternal life on his own terms, but they were not God’s terms.

As this account reveals, far from seeking to remove barriers that might hinder the lost from coming to Him, Christ instead raised new ones. The Lord refused to ignore real spiritual issues for the sake of expediency. The church must not ignore them either. People are sinners, facing God’s eternal judgment unless they repent and believe solely and submissively in Jesus Christ for salvation. Those truths cannot be watered down; the stumbling block of the cross cannot be removed (Gal. 5:11). Those who in any way tamper with the reality of sin and the true person and work of the Savior are purveyors of a false gospel (Gal. 1:8–9).[1]


He Will … You Will

John 15:26–27

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.”

Could anything be more exciting than being a coworker with God? I hardly think so. Yet this is what is promised to every faithful Christian in the pages of God’s Word. If your boss should call you up tomorrow morning and say, “I have been watching your work and have been very satisfied with it; I would like you to become a partner with me in directing the affairs of the company,” you would be thrilled. You would be even more thrilled if the call should come from the President of the United States asking you to be a member of his cabinet or a special counsel in the area of your expertise. How much more delighted should we be, then, that the sovereign and eternal God has appointed us coworkers with him in carrying the gospel of salvation to this world!

Where does God say that we are appointed coworkers with him or with Jesus Christ in this ministry? The passage I am thinking of as I use that word is 2 Corinthians 6:1, in which Paul says, “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.”

The idea also occurs in the words of Christ in the midst of the final discourses as he instructs his disciples concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit. Here Christ says, “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you … he will testify about me. And you also must testify” (John 15:26–27). He will testify … you must testify. It is the combination of these two testimonies, however strange it may seem, that God uses to exalt Christ and draw men and women to him. And yet, lest we get too carried away in thinking about being coworkers with God, we need to note that the Lord mentions the Spirit’s witness first and only after this does he mention our own. Our witness is necessary, but it is powerless without the presence and supernatural activity of God’s own Spirit. Only he can illuminate the unregenerate mind and move the rebellious will of man to embrace our Savior.

Witness of the Spirit

How does the Holy Spirit bear his witness? Or, to put it in slightly different words, in what does the testimony of the Holy Spirit consist? There are two answers. One is the work of the Holy Spirit in directing the writing of the books of our Bible. The other is the Spirit’s work in bringing those objective truths home to the subjective experience of the individual Christian.

The witness of the Spirit in directing the writing of the Bible is clearly involved in this section, for the next chapter goes on to speak of it explicitly. “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (16:13–14). “The truth” that was to be revealed is the truth of the Christian gospel, centering in Jesus’ ministry. It involved the past (“he will remind you,” 14:26) and future (“he will tell you what is yet to come,” 16:13). In this ministry there is special reference to the official role of the apostles as the recipients of the witness.

This is taught at several other key places in the Bible. Second Timothy 3:16 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” This verse teaches that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the result of the direct breathing out of God and that the vehicle of that divine “spiration” was the Holy Spirit.

Similarly, 2 Peter 1:21 teaches that the Holy Spirit directed the human writers of the Bible so that the work they produced, while still in one sense the work of men, was nevertheless precisely what God himself desired. The verse says, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

This puts the Bible in a category of its own, for it is not like other books. It is true, if we speak only on a human level, that from time to time human authors are what we may choose to call inspired. That is, they are wrestling with a problem and then suddenly are confronted with a great solution or with an exceptional way of stating what they desire to say. They write it. Later, when we come to what they have done, we are so impressed that we say, “Well, he must certainly have been inspired when he wrote that.” But this is a loose use of language, and it is not what we are speaking about when we say that the Bible is inspired. When we speak of the Bible being inspired we mean that in a unique way the Holy Spirit came upon the human authors so that what they produced was what God desired, both in the whole and in its parts. It is this that makes the Bible distinct.

The Internal Witness

There is also a second way in which the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. He continues to bear a witness (present tense) by speaking through the Bible to carry the truths of the Bible home to the individual human mind and heart.

The experience of this truth is what lay at the heart of, and was fundamentally new in, the Protestant Reformation. When the Reformers spoke of the unique authority of the Scriptures they spoke of sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”). But this meant more to them than the simple idea that God had revealed himself to men through the Bible. The new element was not that the Bible, being given by God and through the channel of his Holy Spirit, speaks with God’s own authority. The Roman Church held to that as well as the Reformers. The new element was the Reformers’ belief, substantiated by the explicit teaching of Scripture and by their own personal experience of Bible study, that the Bible interprets itself to God’s people from within, due to the fact that the Holy Spirit has not ceased to speak through it to their hearts. It was this discovery that freed them from an improper and debilitating dependence upon traditions and the decrees of church councils. These may have had value, but they were ultimately unnecessary, for God is not only able to teach but also does teach his people without them.

What is this activity of God’s Spirit? The Reformers called it “the internal witness of the Holy Spirit,” for they wished to stress that it was the subjective or internal counterpart of the objective or external revelation embodied in the pages of the written Word of God.

Their own experience of Bible study taught them this, but they also noticed that this particular function of the Holy Spirit is repeatedly revealed in God’s Word. For example, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Or again, from the last discourses, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). Similarly, in his first epistle John writes of this, extending the principle from that special ministry of the Spirit toward the apostles to a more general ministry for all believers, “But you have an annointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. … As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him” (2:20, 27). Later in the same letter John adds, “It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth” (5:6).

Paul writes of the same reality. “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in words” (1 Cor. 2:12–13).

Comprehension, Conviction, Commitment

We may break this down a bit by asking, “When we say that the Holy Spirit speaks through the Bible to the individual heart, precisely what does the Holy Spirit do? What are the results of his ministry?” There are several answers.

First, the Holy Spirit gives comprehension. Apart from the ministry of the Holy Spirit there is no understanding of spiritual things. The Bible is taught, but men and women do not comprehend it. The gospel is proclaimed forcefully, but the unregenerate consider it nonsense. What is wrong? Is it the nature of the Bible or the inability of the preacher? What is wrong is that the Holy Spirit has not yet granted understanding. This is what Paul is speaking about in 1 Corinthians 2 when he says, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (v. 14). Without the internal witness of the Holy Spirit, the unregenerate comprehend nothing of the gospel. On the other hand, where the Holy Spirit is at work, understanding follows. This is true regardless of the obstacles to comprehension.

In his discussion of this theme, R. A. Torrey refers to it as the explanation of something that every experienced Christian worker has noticed. He speaks of sitting down beside a person who has expressed a desire to know more about salvation through Christ and of trying to explain the gospel. The Bible is opened. Texts that speak of Jesus as the atoning, risen, and returning Savior are shown, but the inquirer does not see it. The truths are those the person needs to see and believe in order to be saved, but he stares blankly. He sees nothing. The worker goes over it again, but still there is no understanding. A third time! Suddenly, with face lighted up, the person exclaims, “Oh, I see it. I see it. Jesus is God, and he died for me. I only have to believe it to be saved.” He does believe it, and he is saved. What has happened? Torrey writes, “Simply this, the Holy Spirit has borne his testimony and what was dark as midnight before is as clear as day now. This explains also why it is that one who has been long in darkness concerning Jesus Christ so quickly comes to see the truth when he surrenders his will to God and seeks light from him.”

The second thing the Holy Spirit brings is conviction. This is necessary too because it is not enough merely to have a comprehension of spiritual things. Comprehension is necessary. But if we have a proper comprehension, this will involve an understanding of our own sin and we will need to be convicted of our sin. The next chapter speaks of this, for Jesus says, speaking of the Spirit, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:8–11).

America will never experience a great revival until there is a deep and disturbing recognition and confession of both personal and national sin. It is the Holy Spirit’s work to bring such conviction.

Third, the Holy Spirit will also bring commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Having comprehended the gospel and having been convicted of sin to the point of repentance, the one to whom the Holy Spirit bears his witness then commits himself to Christ as Lord and Savior.

We have an example of this in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer. The Ethiopian had been to Jerusalem to worship God and while there had apparently bought a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He was sincere in his search, but he did not understand spiritual things, so he was puzzled by what he read on his way back to Ethiopia. God sent Philip to him. When Philip arrived, the Ethiopian had come to Isaiah 53: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth” (Acts 8:32–33; cf. Isa. 53:7–8). He wanted to know of whom the prophet was speaking.

Philip taught him about Jesus and how he died for our sin, as Isaiah indicates. At this point, having been given understanding and having been convicted of his own sin, the Ethiopian asked to be baptized as a sign of his commitment. He said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (v. 37). This is what happens when the Holy Spirit is at work.

Is he at work in your heart? Do you know that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, as he claimed to be, and do you understand that he died in your place, the just for the unjust, that he might save you from sin? Are you convicted of sin so that you are sorry for sin and willing to turn from it? Have you reached the point of committing yourself to Jesus? If you have, say, “Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner, but I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died for me. Accept me now as one of your children and help me to follow you faithfully until my life’s end.”

Human Witness

Finally, there is a word here for those who have heard the witness of the Spirit and responded to it. The Holy Spirit is witnessing, but you must also bear witness, and it is only because of his witness that yours has promise of succeeding. This is why Jesus, immediately after he has said, “The Spirit … will testify about me,” goes on to add, “and you also must testify” (v. 27).

Moreover, there is a reminder of what constitutes an effective human witness. There are three elements. First, there must be assurance that the gospel is indeed true. This is suggested in Christ’s reference to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth, for if the Spirit of truth has borne his witness to your mind and heart, one of the inevitable results will be your conviction that what he has testified to you concerning Christ is factual. There can be no true witness on your part without that, just as there can be no true conversion without it. John R. W. Stott, Rector Emeritus of All Souls’ Church in London, has said correctly, “No man or woman is truly converted who is not intellectually converted.” So, too, there is no true witness that is not at its heart a proclamation of facts that the witness knows beyond any doubt to be true.

Second, there must be a personal experience of that truth. In other words, it is not enough merely to be intellectually convinced of something, important as that may be. It is also necessary to have entered into the reality of it personally. This, Jesus indicates when he says, referring to the witness of the apostles, “And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” Today neither you nor I can reenact the experience of the apostles. But it is not altogether different to say that we must experience the Lord Jesus Christ as they did. Certainly we must spend time with him through our periods of personal Bible study and prayer. And we must attempt to put into practice what we learn of him in those sessions.

Finally, there must be a verbalized testimony. That is, you must speak about these things to others. It is not enough merely to be convinced of the truth of the Christian faith and have experienced it yourself. You must seek to tell others what you have known and experienced.[2]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2008). John 12–21 (pp. 181–185). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 1195–1200). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

July 19 Jesus’ Reality Check on Salvation

I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.—Matt. 8:11–12

Jesus’ words to the Jews in Capernaum shattered their proud spiritual worldview, contradicting everything the rabbis had taught about salvation. Their apocryphal literature pictured a great heavenly feast in which only Jews would be present in the end.

Jesus, however, drastically revised that scene and declared that many Gentiles would be included and many Jews excluded. His Jewish listeners thought they still had exclusive possession of God’s kingdom promises and privileges. But because many of them rejected Messiah when He came, they disqualified themselves from salvation blessings and destined themselves to the condemnation of outer darkness. (Part of the frightening supernatural quality of hell is that it is a place of pain, torment, and fire that lasts for eternity in total darkness—a combination not found in the present world.)

The Jews enjoyed many blessings (Rom. 3:1–2), but being physical descendants of Abraham did not guarantee salvation. True salvation is for all who are children of Abraham’s spiritual faith, those whom God adopts as His children (Rom. 8:14–17; Gal. 3:7–9, 26–29). When many Jews, especially the leaders, rejected Jesus as Messiah, they proved they were not true, spiritual children of Abraham, but actually children of the devil (John 8:42–44). As such, Jesus in effect said, they forfeited God’s promised blessings and any hopes of entering heaven, unless they repented. That was the radical, sobering clarification Christ brought to the Jews’ profound misunderstanding of the nature of salvation.

ASK YOURSELF

Again, we must look within to isolate any self-righteous tendencies that place others in categories and inflate our inherent worth before God. Ask Him to bring such sins of pride and presumption to the surface, where they can be identified and disposed of.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 209). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JULY 19 GOD’S TRUE PROPHETS NEVER APPLIED FOR THE JOB

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

EXODUS 3:11

The true minister of the Gospel is one not by his own choice but by the sovereign commission of God!

From a study of the Scriptures one might conclude that the man God calls seldom or never surrenders to the call without considerable reluctance. The young man who rushes too eagerly into the pulpit at first glance seems to be unusually spiritual, but he may in fact only be revealing his lack of understanding of the sacred nature of the ministry.

The call of God comes with an insistence that will not be denied and can scarcely be resisted. Moses fought his call strenuously and lost to the compulsion of the Spirit within him; and the same may be said of many others in the Bible and since Bible times. Christian biography shows that many who later became great Christian leaders at first tried earnestly to avoid the burden of the ministry; but I cannot offhand recall one single instance of a prophet’s having applied for the job!

The call to witness and serve God comes to every Christian; the call to be a voice to mankind comes only to the man who has the Spirit’s gift and special enabling. We need not fewer men to show mercy, but we need more men who can hear the words of God and translate them into human speech![1]


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

Trump: ‘Reckless’ media pushing for ‘major confrontation with Russia that could lead to war’

Donald Trump says that recent hysteria whipped up by the “Fake News Media” about his summit with Vladimir Putin shows that the US press is eager for a “major confrontation” with Russia, one that could even lead to war.
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/433686-trump-war-russia-media-putin/amp/

Powerful people in US sell their anti-Russian stance to their nation – Putin

There are powerful people in the US who steer the entire country on the path of confrontation with Russia, President Vladimir Putin warned, adding that the Kremlin must take this factor into account.
— Read on www.rt.com/news/433683-putin-us-anti-russian-stance/amp/

Gallup Shows How Much Americans Really Care About The “Situation With Russia” | Zero Hedge

…another reason why there will be no ‘blue wave’ in November.

While ever-hope-filled expectations among the left are for a ‘blue wave’ in the Mid-term elections, we suspect things may not turn out quite as planned given the last week’s “crisis”…

Even before President Trump had set foot in Helsinki, the left and their media lapdogs were banging the drums of war against “the thug” Putin and how he would trump Trump… and once the press conference furore was over, all hell broke loose as the left-leaning world attempted to out-signal one another’s virtue as to the “treasonous”, “surrender” that had occurred.

So much so – in fact – that the internet became ‘full’ of “Trump” and “Treason” chatter – more so even than when he joked in July 2016 about Russia having Hillary’s missing 30,000 emails…

Once again – the “Russia, Russia, Russia” cries drowned out any sane discussion of the end of cold war 2.0.

There’s just one huge problem with The Democrats’ unending focus on Russia and the media’s constant collusion chatter… no one in America gives a shit about it!!! Never have, never will! Because they have real lives in the real economy to worry about.

As the latest survey from Gallup shows: when asked what the most important problem facing the nation is, Russia did not even warrant a 1% – and worse still, it is declining in importance from there

Source: Gallup

So with all that energy expended on pinning the Russia collusion tail on Trump’s campaign donkey, let alone former FBI Director Comey’s insistence that ‘anyone voting Republican is anti-American’, we are reminded of the blinkered view of the world so many suffer from and what Steve Bannon said yesterday at CNBC’s “Delivering Alpha” conference: The Democrats abandoned the American worker.

The meddling was on the margin, and the Democrats need to accept this. The collusion – they haven’t found one shred of evidence.

The Democrats have yet to embrace why they lost…[they] have wanted a do-over since 2:30 am on Nov. 9 – and they’ve lied and they’ve bitched and in November they’ll get their do-over…but on November 6, the deplorables will be plenty jacked up.

But in November, voters will render their decision, and whatever they decide it’ll be on Trump’s platform of economic nationalism, which has boosted economic growth and created jobs.

“It’s an up or down vote, the economy, the tax cuts the whole package. I think the Fed’s going to say in the second quarter it’s at 4%…because of economic nationalism.”

So, will The Left find policies to run on that are not “socialism”?… and are not “not Trump”?

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-19/gallup-shows-how-much-americans-really-care-about-situation-russia

JULY 19 BIBLICAL HOSPITALITY

Given to hospitality.

ROMANS 12:13

True followers of Christ should not only meet the needs of believers and unbelievers whom they encounter, but they should also look for opportunities to help those they don’t know. That is the scriptural definition of hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 instructs us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
You should view any opportunity to demonstrate hospitality as a happy privilege, not a drudging duty (1 Pet. 4:9). Gaius undoubtedly had that sort of righteous attitude in his hospitality toward itinerant teachers, because the apostle John commended him: “Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well” (3 John 5–6).


MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 220). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

July 19, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

Jesus Is Holy

But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. (5:8–10a)

The Lord Jesus Christ had just revealed Himself to be the omniscient, omnipotent God of the universe. When Simon Peter saw the evidence of that in the miraculous catch of fish, he was overwhelmed with the realization that he was face-to-face with Holy God. Peter, fully aware that if he saw deity, deity saw him too, and realizing that the One who could see the depths of the lake could see the depths of his heart, felt exposed. He immediately fell down at Jesus’ feet (lit. His knees), saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” No longer did Peter use the respectful term epistatēs as in v. 5, but kurios, by which he means, “God.” As a devout Jew, Peter knew that God alone was to be worshiped (4:8; Deut. 6:13), yet he fell down before Jesus in the posture of a worshiper. The Lord’s masterful teaching in the synagogue, His power to cast out a demon, and heal his mother-in-law, and above all the stunning catch of fish for which there was no human explanation, had brought Peter to the place where Jesus wanted him—to the recognition of his sinfulness. Whatever he may have thought about Jesus before this incident, Peter had no doubt now that He was God, and he recognized his unworthiness to be in the Lord’s presence. Peter’s attitude was like that of the repentant tax collector who, overwhelmed by his sinfulness, “was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ ” (Luke 18:13).

Peter’s response of fear and penitence is typical of those in the presence of God. Abraham described himself as “dust and ashes” (Gen. 18:27); Job humbly said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5–6); after encountering the angel of the Lord (the pre-incarnate Christ) Samson’s father “Manoah said to his wife, ‘We will surely die, for we have seen God’ ” (Judg. 13:22); when the Israelites “perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain [Mount Sinai] smoking … they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die’ ” (Ex. 20:18–19); after seeing a vision of God in His heavenly temple, Isaiah cried out in terror, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa. 6:5); after he saw a vision of God, Ezekiel fell on his face (Ezek. 1:28); when the apostle John saw the glorified Christ, he “fell at His feet like a dead man” (Rev. 1:17).

The amazement that had seized Peter was shared by all his companions, who were equally overwhelmed by the catch of fish which they had taken. Luke specifically names James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Along with Peter, they would form the inner core group of the apostles. Later, all three would see an even more awe-inspiring revelation of Christ’s divine glory at the transfiguration (Matt. 17:1–6). That incident also traumatized them, and “they fell face down to the ground and were terrified” (v. 6).[1]


8 The Greek ἀμαρτωλός (hamartōlos, “sinner,” GK 283) is one of Luke’s characteristic words. Of twenty-two occurrences in the Synoptics, fifteen are in Luke, mainly in material unique to his gospel and usually assigned to the “L” source. Luke does not use the term pejoratively but compassionately, as a common term applied to those who were isolated from Jewish religious circles because of their open sin, their unacceptable occupation or lifestyle, or their paganism. Luke shows that these sinners are the objects of God’s grace through the ministry of Jesus.[2]


5:8 / Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!: Fitzmyer (p. 567) has correctly noted that Peter is not asking Jesus to get out of the boat, but to “leave the vicinity,” i.e., wherever Peter is. In more fully coming to recognize who Jesus is, Peter is overwhelmed by his own sense of sinfulness and unworthiness; see Tiede, p. 118.[3]


5:8–10a. Instantaneously, spontaneous Peter knew immediately. This revealed divine power placed him in the presence of God. Only God could bring such amazing fishing results. But this meant Peter stood facing God. His was the normal reaction to revelation: confession of sin. The holy purity of deity brings consciousness of the unholy sinfulness of humanity. Peter knew that the unholy cannot stand in the presence of the holy. What fate awaited him? He was not alone in his reaction. His partners shared his amazement at such revelation. Now we learn who the partners were: brothers James and John, the sons of Zebedee.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2009). Luke 1–5 (pp. 307–308). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 117). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 85). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Butler, T. C. (2000). Luke (Vol. 3, p. 76). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Obama gets too, too cute when he warns of dictators and liars

Speaking of dictators and liars…

President Obama is in South Africa for a speech, and somehow, in the speech he gave, he showed himself to be so clueless about that the ‘strongman’ he warned about, that he never realized he described how he ran the U.S. for eight years. Here is what CNN reported:
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/07/obama_gets_too_too_cute_when_he_warns_of_dictators_and_liars.html

FOX NEWS HOST DROPS TRUTH BOMBS: The Main Reason Trump’s Russia Critics Hate Him And How The Deep State Is Working “Overtime” To Destroy America : These Christian Times

It was only a matter of time. The Deep State has made Trump Buckle on Russia. The same indivduals screaming aon tp of the rooftop who calim they want to save America are the same ones trying to destroy it. Tucker Carlson explains about the critics who attack Trump. President Trump’s critics hate the idea of rethinking or correcting any of the countless blunders they’ve made over the years. On the big questions, Trump is indisputably right: The Cold War is over. The world has changed. It is time to rethink America’s alliances, and act in our own interests for once.

— Read on www.thesechristiantimes.com/2018/07/19/fox-news-host-drops-truth-bombs-the-main-reason-trumps-russia-critics-hate-him-and-how-the-deep-state-is-working-overtime-to-destroy-it/

Brannon Howse: July 16, 2018 | Worldview Weekend

Russia’s Multi-Front War on the West (Part 1) Topic: Former Romanian Minister for Communications and Information, Marius Bostan claims that Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the Marxists continue to use the Marxist dialectic of pitting opposites. He warns that in Europe and America Putin is busy with his information operations that increase the left-right fighting for instability and crisis. Topic: The proof Russia is behind increasing the flood of Muslim immigrants into Europe and including among the immigrants––trained ISIS terrorists. Many of these immigrants have made their way to America under President Obama. Topic: The historical proof that the Kremlin has for years trained and funded the Islamic terrorists. Topic: We take your calls.
— Read on www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-july-16-2018