Daily Archives: July 22, 2018

July 22: Showing Kindness to a Stranger

2 Samuel 9:1–10:19; 1 Peter 5:1–14; Psalm 138:1–8

When I was a teenager, I became serious about showing unsolicited kindness while working through a 30-day intensive devotional. The devotional required me to record an act of kindness each day. My efforts included things as mundane as taking out the trash before being asked and closing schoolmates’ lockers to prevent them from becoming the victims of pranks. Although the acts were simple, and mostly meaningless, the effort taught me a discipline. Kindness should be intentional, not random. But what if your kindness stems from guilt?

In 2 Samuel 9, King David shows intentional kindness to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, by offering them Saul’s land after Saul and Jonathan have died. It’s hard to know why David does this, especially since it puts him at risk—his association with the previous regime could anger his warriors, who fought against Saul. Is David merely being a good guy? Does he feel guilty because Jonathan, who had been so loyal to him, died in battle? Is he trying to establish that he is a merciful ruler? Does he have other political motives? The question of David’s motive evokes another one: Why do we treat others well?

Peter addressed this question of motive in his first letter, in which he exhorts ministers to “Shepherd the flock of God among you [being the people of the church], exercising oversight not by compulsion but willingly, in accordance with God” (1 Pet 5:2). He points out that if we are moved by compulsion, our motives are probably wrong.

There are times I wonder whether I treat others well because I subconsciously think that it will earn me points with them or with God. I battle this—it’s something we should all fight against. The state of the heart when helping others is every bit as important as the act itself.

What motivates your acts of kindness? What pure, kind, and intentional act can you perform today?

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.

Andrew McCarthy Discusses The Stunningly Scant and Manipulated FISA Application…. — The Last Refuge

Andrew McCarthy appears on Fox weekend to discuss the released FISA Court application used to obtain and conduct Title-1 active surveillance on U.S. Person Carter Page. McCarthy’s response is worth watching because he only recently (May) red-pilled himself and realized how corrupt the DOJ and FBI had actually become. Prior to May of this year […]

via Andrew McCarthy Discusses The Stunningly Scant and Manipulated FISA Application…. — The Last Refuge

July 22 Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3).

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God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise.

The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our “blessed” God (1 Peter 1:3). The Greek word translated “blessed” in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter’s praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son (v. 4).

“Father” to the Jewish people of Peter’s day was a new designation for God. The most common Jewish blessings emphasized God as Creator of all things and Redeemer or Deliverer of His people from Egypt, but not as Father (e.g., Gen. 14:20; 24:27; Ex. 18:10). Yet now through Christ we “have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! [Daddy!] Father!’” (Rom. 8:15).

As wonderful a reality as the Fatherhood of God is, Peter’s reference was not primarily to God as our Father but as Christ’s Father. Their unique relationship affirms Christ’s deity (cf. John 10:30–33). God is the Father of believers in a secondary sense because He has redeemed us through Christ and has adopted us into His family (Gal. 4:4–6).

In referring to Christ as “our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3), Peter amplifies His redemptive work. “Lord” speaks of His sovereign rulership; “Jesus” is His name as God in human flesh; and “Christ” identifies Him as the Messiah, the anointed King.

Peter’s final description of Christ is seen in the pronoun “our.” He is “our Lord Jesus Christ,” a personal Lord and Savior—not some distant, impersonal deity. He created and redeemed you because He loves you and wants to be intimately involved in every aspect of your life.

What a glorious God we serve! Worship Him today as He deserves to be worshiped.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Bless God, who is your Father, your Redeemer, your constant companion, and the source of your eternal inheritance.

For Further Study: Read John 4:1–26. What did Jesus say about the Fatherhood of God?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 216). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Judge Jeanine thanks Whoopi for book surge

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro thanked Whoopi Goldberg and the other ladies of “The View” for helping to make her book number one on the best-seller lists for Amazon and Barnes & Noble after a contentious interview. “I do want to thank Whoopi and the ladies [of] ‘The View’ for helping to make my book No. 1 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Source: Judge Jeanine thanks Whoopi for book surge

Gowdy SHREDS Schiff and Mueller’s Pathetic ‘Investigation’ in One BRILLIANT Swipe!

Trey Gowdy unleashed on the Dems top “Russia Conspiracy theorist” Adam Schiff, and in doing so, brought up a very valid and good point.

Gowdy said, that after over a year of an intense investigation if there were any Russian collusion, Adam Schiff would have leaked it by now.

We agree, there’s no way this type of “bombshell” could or would stay hidden.

Shut down the witch-hunt!

From Daily Caller

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that, after 18 months of congressional investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, he has yet to see a “scintilla” of evidence showing that there was coordination between the two sides.

The Republican also said it is unlikely that any Democrat has seen evidence of collusion because if they had, California Rep. Adam Schiff would have already leaked it.

“I have not seen one scintilla of evidence that this president colluded, conspired, confederated with Russia, and neither has anyone else, or you may rest assured Adam Schiff would have leaked it,” Gowdy said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“That’s why they’ve moved off of collusion onto obstruction of justice, which is now their current preoccupation,” he added.

Gowdy, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and chairman of the Committee on House Oversight & Government Reform, said he has likely seen more government documents related to the collusion investigation than anyone in Congress.

Source: Gowdy SHREDS Schiff and Mueller’s Pathetic ‘Investigation’ in One BRILLIANT Swipe!