Daily Archives: July 29, 2018

July 29: When It’s Really Urgent

2 Samuel 20:1–21:22; 2 Peter 3:14–18; Psalm 146:1–10

The urgency of God’s work is easily lost on us. But to the early church, Jesus’ return seemed imminent. We get a sense of this urgency in Peter’s second letter, where he writes that every moment between now and when Jesus returns is a moment of grace; therefore, believers must work harder than ever to bring others to Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.

Peter remarks, “Therefore, dear friends, because you are waiting for [Christ to return], make every effort to be found at peace, spotless and unblemished in him. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation” (2 Pet 3:14–15). God wants to see more people come to Him—that is why He has not returned. When we feel like Peter’s audience does, wondering why Jesus hasn’t returned, Peter’s explanation can help us refocus and remember that it’s not really about us; it’s about others.

The Christian life is marked by a focus on God and our neighbors. The more we love Him, the more we learn to love our neighbors. And the more we love our neighbors, the more we become like Christ. We get closer to God with each act of love, and each act of love brings someone else closer to Him as well.

Peter continues, “Therefore, dear friends, because you know this beforehand, guard yourselves so that you do not lose your own safe position because you have been led away by the error of lawless persons. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:17–18). For Peter, the major issue is whether his audience will stay focused on Jesus or be led astray by false teachers. If the false teachers are able to sway his audience’s beliefs, then perhaps they never believed at all. By disavowing the assertions of false teachers, enduring persecution, and dedicating themselves to Christ’s grace, his audience shows their true faith. The act of defying evil readies God’s people for His return.

When all of our lives are focused on God’s eternal work, the questions about priorities, how we show love, and what matters to God suddenly have answers. God’s urgency becomes our priority.

What priorities has God given you? Are you living as if the end could be around any corner?

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.

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1 (NASB) 

Being Reformed in my theology, I adhere to the Sovereignty of God in all things. He keeps remnants of believers even in the most apostate of times. He always has pockets of genuine believers who know their Lord by His grace through the faith He gives no matter what darkness is attacking the Church. According the the passage I placed at the top of this post (1 Timothy 4:1), we see what the source is of the false doctrines propagated by apostate “Christian” leaders. That source, of course, is that they have been seduced by evil spirits and now they are following and teaching the doctrines of demons or devils. In this post we will look at the…

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July 29 The Joy of Anticipated Reward

“… that the proof of your faith … may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).

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Your future reward is directly related to your present service.

The joy you experience after your faith has been tested and proven genuine is largely due to your present blessings and assurance of salvation. But there’s a future aspect as well—the joy of anticipating the reward you’ll receive from Jesus when you see Him face to face and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matt. 25:21, niv). Peter described it as the “praise and glory and honor [you’ll receive] at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).

“Praise” in that text speaks of verbal commendation. To receive “glory” is to be made like Christ. Jesus is the incarnation of God’s glory (John 1:14), and we know that when He appears, “we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2). Paul spoke of those who “by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality” (Rom. 2:7). As a result they will receive what they seek (v. 10).

Peter probably used “honor” as a synonym for rewards, which God will grant to all who faithfully serve Him. I believe those rewards are various capacities for heavenly service and are directly related to the believer’s service in this life. Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Rev. 22:12, emphasis added). Paul said, “He who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Cor. 3:8, emphasis added).

God alone is worthy of praise, glory, and honor, but He will give you all three because you’ll be in the image of Jesus Christ—sinless and fully glorified (1 John 3:2). Until that time, “watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 8).

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Praise the Lord for the joy of anticipating your future reward.

For Further Study: Peter spoke of a time when Jesus will reward believers. What do the following verses teach about that time? Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 1:7–8; 2 Thessalonians 1:5–10; 1 Peter 4:10–13.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 223). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

President Trump Goes For It: Blasts Robert Mueller in Series of Tweets — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump went for it on Sunday and blasted dirty cop Robert Mueller in a series of tweets.

The President pointed out the witch hunt was started by a fraudulent, Hillary-funded dossier, therefore the whole investigation is an illegal scam.

Please, Mr. President, don’t stop tweeting!

Trump tweeted: There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!

President Trump brought up Mueller’s obvious conflicts of interest. 

Round two: Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..

Round three: ….Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama….And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?

via President Trump Goes For It: Blasts Robert Mueller in Series of Tweets — The Gateway Pundit

James Dobson sounds urgent alarm for Christians

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Dr. James Dobson

Barack Obama, shortly after his first election, was quoted saying “elections have consequences.”

He promptly set out on an agenda promoting abortion, gay and transgender rights, government control of health care and other progressive causes.

Now James Dobson, the noted Christian psychologist and founder of FamilyTalk Radio and the James Dobson Family Institute, has expressed agreement.

Elections, indeed, have consequences.

In fact, it may be the only thing on which he agrees with Obama, since he once famously, in defiance of Obama’s demands that Christian ministries pay for abortions for employees, told the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”

Now, in the August edition of his newsletter, Dobson warns that liberty-loving Americans who ignore the upcoming midterm elections imperil the nation’s future.

“More than half of Americans, including the majority of Christians, don’t even bother to vote,” he writes. “Shame on them all! Don’t they know that tyranny for us and our children is only one generation, or even one election, away?

“We must vote, vote, vote to elect leaders who will defend what has been purchased with the blood of patriots who died to protect our liberty. We owe it to the memory of their sacrifice to preserve what they did for us. We must not fritter it away on our watch!”

Citing Obama’s famous “fundamental change” slogan, he warns: “If any politician tells you he will ‘fundamentally change’ this nation, what he means is that he plans to undermine our Constitution and take away our heritage of freedom. Run from him or her!”

The exhortation comes as Democrats seek to recapture the majority in the U.S. House, where they already have laid plans to impeach President Trump.

While Trump’s conservative agenda has been fiercely opposed by the left, he has had considerable success, particularly with the judiciary.

Dobson points out some of the negative consequences of having progressives on the bench, including the decision from the 9th Circuit Court ordering pro-life centers “to promote abortions with their patients.”

That ruling was ultimately overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on the single vote of Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.

“How close the court came to decimating freedom of speech in those clinics,” Dobson writes. “So many other critical issues related to the Bill of Rights have been decided by a single vote.”

The court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” in 2015 is one such case.

“The decision was 5 to 4 and it eliminated the exclusivity of marriage between a man and woman in 31 states,” he says. “These five unelected and imperious justices imposed a cultural disaster on America. … The family will never be the same. … By a single vote, an arrogant, imperious, unelected justice and four colleagues on the Supreme Court overrode the will of the people and swept away collective decisions of the populous.”

If more people had turned out to vote against Obama, who appointed two Supreme Court justices, the marriage decision might have turned out differently.

But there is encouraging news in the darkness of “horrendous rulings,” he writes.

“For the first time since the courts began to run things in the 1960s, the judiciary is changing dramatically. It is true!” he says. “Some good things are starting to happen.”

He cites the recent Supreme Court decision affirming Colorado baker Jack Phillips freedom to decline to create a cake for a same-sex wedding, which again illustrated the importance of elections.

“So far, President Trump has nominated 44 judges who have been confirmed to the bench, and there are many others (88) in the pipeline. There is hope for additional conservative and common-sense decisions to be handed down in the future,” writes Dobson.

“This is a matter for sincere prayer among those of us who have longed for relief from judicial tyranny.”

He points to Canada as an example of how far wrong things can go.

“The Parliament of Canada, our neighbor to the north, passed an act into law on June 19, 2017. It is called the Transgender Rights Bill, and it imposes jail time and fines on anyone who uses inappropriate pronouns with regard to gender identity, gender expression, race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction of an offense for which a pardon has been granted,” he writes.

“Forget laws protecting freedom of speech. Violations of this act are considered to be hate crimes in Canada’s Criminal Code. Its passage has been lauded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as ‘another step toward quality.’

“No! It is a step toward tyranny for our Canadian friends.”

Dobson says that while America is “not experiencing Nazi-like tyranny yet,” Americans “are steadily being expected to think, speak, write, and act in a prescribed manner in conformity with what is now called ‘political correctness.’”

“The mainstream media has become a tool to influence elections and spread this belief system.”

In danger are the protections established in the Bill of Rights.

“We dare not let officious justices, judges, legislators, or politicians take even one of them away from us. But some liberals today are diligently trying to do just that.

“We must stop them, but how? Our rights are being trampled every day.

“The only way to defend our liberties is at the ballot box,” he says. “Ours can be a lonely vigil unless defenders of the Constitution, and particularly conservative Christians, will stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this struggle for righteousness. We and other people of faith are winning in the public square. This is no time to go wobbly.”

Dobson has counseled five presidents, written dozens of books and guided Christian families in negotiating the intricate pathways of fatherhood and motherhood for decades.

He now serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board.

He been called by the New York Times “the most influential evangelical leader in the country.”

He also co-founded the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, two organizations with high profiles in the battles for religious rights and America’s Christian heritage.

Last summer, he warned that Iceland was sliding toward Nazi-era eugenics by eliminating Down syndrome babies through abortion.

Dobson, who was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years, said a child born with a chromosome defect is no less made in the image of God than anyone else.

He was joined at the time by actress Patricia Heaton in condemning the practice.

“Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference,” Heaton said.

Dobson once labeled Obama the “abortion president.”

Source: James Dobson sounds urgent alarm for Christians

JULY 29 MAKING CHRIST WAIT

If any man…consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ…he is proud, knowing nothing.

1 Timothy 6:3–4

First I become indignant and then I become sad when a person to whom I am trying to give spiritual counsel tells me: “Well, I am trying to make up my mind whether or not I should accept Christ.”

This scene is taking place in our society over and over again, as proud Adamic sinners argue within themselves: “I don’t know whether I should accept Christ or not.” So, in this view, our poor Lord Christ stands hat in hand, shifting from one foot to the other, looking for a job—wondering whether He will be accepted!

Is it possible that we proud humans do not know that the Christ we are putting off is the eternal Son, the Lord who made the heavens and the earth and all things that are therein? He is indeed the One, the Mighty One!

Thankfully, He has promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be. But the idea that we can make Him stand while we render the verdict of whether He is worthy is a frightful calumny—and we ought to get rid of it!

Dear Lord, thank You for Your wonderful promise to receive us just as we are—warts and all. You are entirely trustworthy, Lord.[1]


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

Laughing All The Way to the Bank: Zuckerberg, Facebook Insiders Dumped Billions Worth of Shares Since Massive Scandal — The Gateway Pundit

When aiming to gain insight about which stocks are strong and which are weak, sophisticated investors often examine insider buying and selling reports. When the executives of publicly traded companies buy or sell shares in their own businesses, they are required to report those transactions in public disclosures.

As pointed out by Bloomberg and YourNewsWire, Mark Zuckerberg, among other Facebook executives, has been one of the most steadfast sellers of Facebook stock since the Cambridge Analytica scandal surfaced mid-March.

Zuckerberg’s selloff accounted for 90% of the total as part of a planned announcement last fall.

Mark Zuckerberg was not the only Facebook executive has had recently dumped shares. Jan Koum, the creator of WhatsApp, sold off almost half-a-billion dollars worth of stock and Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO known for promising assistance from Facebook to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, sold $77 Million worth of her Facebook holdings.

It’s impossible to know exactly why the Facebook executives sold their stocks, as the insider-activity disclosures do not require executives to list a specific reason for buying and selling shares.

via Laughing All The Way to the Bank: Zuckerberg, Facebook Insiders Dumped Billions Worth of Shares Since Massive Scandal — The Gateway Pundit

July 29, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

she is to be modest

Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (3:3–6)

This text does not prohibit wives from styling their hair, wearing jewelry or lovely clothing, which is why the translators added merely. The bride in Song of Solomon was beautifully adorned, e.g., Song of Solomon 1:10; 4:11; 7:1. The point is that this was not to be the preoccupation or main concern in the matter of drawing an unsaved husband to Christ. In the Greco-Roman culture, women were devoted to superficial adornment, often wearing the best cosmetics, dying their hair outlandish colors, braiding it elaborately, and wearing—especially on their heads—costly jewelry to crown their elegant clothing. But braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses made no contribution to spiritual transformation. Such surface concerns still consume women in the present media dominated culture. Christian women, however, especially those whose husbands are not saved, are still under this mandate.

Long before Peter’s time God, through Isaiah the prophet, pronounced judgment on women’s obsessive, ostentatious attention to outward adornment:

Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud and walk with heads held high and seductive eyes, and go along with mincing steps and tinkle the bangles on their feet, therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, and the Lord will make their foreheads bare.” In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, finger rings, nose rings, festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils. Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp; instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty. (Isa. 3:16–24; cf. Jer. 2:32)

Instead of being consumed with their external appearance, Christian wives must be devoted to beautifying the hidden person of the heart. (Person is the translation of anthrōpos, “man,” demonstrating the biblical use of the masculine gender to describe even a woman.) They should manifest the inner beauty of spiritual virtue. Paul commanded believing women “to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness” (1 Tim. 2:9–10; for commentary on these verses, see John MacArthur, 1 Timothy, MacArthur New Testament Commentary [Chicago: Moody, 1995], 78–82).

In particular, a believing wife should be characterized not by passing earthly fashions, here today and gone tomorrow, but by literally the imperishable (quality is implied), translated “incorruptible” in 1:4, kjv where it describes the believer’s eternal inheritance in heaven. Christian wives should be devoted, not to temporal beauty, but the lovely adornments of godliness. Gentle comes from a word referring to a humble and meek attitude, expressed in patient submissiveness; quiet is “still” or “tranquil.” Such character in the spirit of a believing wife is the true inner beauty that is precious in the sight of God and effective in making her not only valuable and attractive to her husband, but demonstrating the beauty and value of regeneration.

It is certainly possible for a woman’s appearance to be so unkempt and unadorned as to embarrass and discourage her husband, to whom such indifference in the name of Christ would make the gospel offensive and be just as spiritually detrimental as too much attention given to externals. The Lord is most pleased when a believing woman’s modest yet thoughtful and lovely adornment reflects the inner beauty Christ has fashioned in her.

In former times (Old Testament days) many believing women (holy women) exemplified these principles of submissive and modest godliness (cf. Ruth 3:11; Prov. 31:10–31). Peter says they used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands. Thus his call for such behavior is not unprecedented, and he specifically cites Sarah as an illustration, noting that she obeyed Abraham, going so far as calling him lord (master). Calling him (kalousa) is a present participle, which indicates Sarah’s continual attitude of respect toward her husband Abraham—she treated him as her lord or master.

When Paul wrote that by faith all saints are children of Abraham, he was saying that all who believe have followed the same path Abraham took. He is the Old Testament model for believing God’s Word, and all after him who do the same belong to the same family of faith (Rom. 4:1–16; Gal. 3:7–29). Similarly, all believing wives who follow Sarah’s example of submission and modesty have in that sense become her children. Wives who follow Sarah’s pattern have made the commitment to do what is right or good, even though they might nevertheless have some serious fears as to where such submission under an unsaved husband could lead. The Greek word for fear is ptoēsis, a strong word meaning “frightening,” or “terrifying.” Instead of succumbing to such terrors (cf. Ps. 27:1; Prov. 1:33; 29:25; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:18), those who are faithful to submit because it is good and right can be used by the Lord in the salvation of their husbands.[1]


3–6 A woman’s attractiveness is magnified in Peter’s argument by means of a contrast between inner and outer beauty. To the pagan, virtue is praiseworthy. Believing wives have a model in this regard—Sarah in her relationship to Abraham—and should thus aspire to be “her daughters” in doing “what is right.” In contrast to an “outward adornment” that is characterized, for example, by “braided hair” (cf. 1 Ti 2:9), “the wearing of gold jewelry,” and donning “fine clothes,” authentic beauty subsists in the attractiveness of the “inner self”—in a beauty that is “unfading” (aphthartos, GK 915, also used in 1:4 regarding the saints’ inheritance and 1:23 denoting the word of God). This inner beauty, it is pointed out, shows itself in “a gentle and quiet spirit,” which is said to be “of great worth in God’s sight.”

Just as Peter has alluded to Jesus as a model of not returning evil for evil, so he cites “holy women” of the OT as an example to follow (v. 5). They are exemplary because they “put their hope in God” and were accustomed to adorning themselves by being “submissive toward their husbands.” Sarah is singled out as one such model or type (v. 6). It is specifically noted of Sarah that she “obeyed Abraham and called him her master,” an allusion to Genesis 18:12 and Sarah’s response to childbearing in spite of her age. While nothing in the Genesis narrative suggests exemplary obedience, rabbinic tradition developed the idea of Sarah’s obedience and submission to Abraham. Peter appears to be borrowing from extrabiblical tradition in his weaving together of several important subthemes in the letter—holiness (1:2, 5, 19, 22; 2:5), hope (1:3, 21; 3:15), and respect undergirded by humility (2:13–3:12). Sarah is useful in weaving these strands together.

Christian wives who model Sarah’s attitude become “her daughters” to the extent that they “do what is right” and “do not give way to fear.” This image of Sarah seems a counterpart to Abraham, who is a model (cf. Ro 4:12). Doing right and not being governed by fear constitute a call to be active, constructive, and hopeful in the married relationship rather than being passively acquiescent, to which many might be inclined. From the Genesis narrative it can be reasonably asserted that Sarah was “forced” to trust the Lord; i.e., the path on which the Lord was directing her was not of her own choosing; nevertheless, it was a path she ultimately embraced by faith (Heb 11:11). Further, Peter’s admonitions to wives resist modern interpreters’ attempts to read into the text the notion that 1 Peter is oppressive. The writer is attuned to the difficulties women would have experienced in the domestic context, particularly in a mixed marriage.[2]


3:4 / On the contrary, instead of ostentatious outward show, what really matters is the attractiveness of the inner self: that inward lovely light which shines through the window of the human frame. Even unbelievers are able to recognize this beauty, even if they cannot appreciate its source. It is a beauty which is unfading: there is nothing superficial about it, since it is the fruit of a spiritual life that is ageless, “a beauty that the years cannot wither” (Barclay). Neither is it transient, like all that belongs to the world and its fleeting fashions and fads. This is the inner loveliness that is born of a gentle and quiet spirit, and it is that which counts in God’s eyes as being of real value in setting forward his work—in this instance, of winning unbelieving husbands to faith in Christ.[3]


3:3–4. These verses do not ban grooming or beauty aids, but they do put these adornments in proper perspective. If a woman relies only on these kinds of things to make her beautiful, she will miss the greater value of inner beauty. She must not go overboard patching up the externals while ignoring the internal character. Seneca, the Roman philosopher, referred to women in this time period who wore two or three fortunes in their ears. Peter encourages Christian women not to lose their sense of value. They are to recognize the beauty of character that is far more vital and important than external beauty. This beauty, available to all women, is much deeper and more valued by God. This beautiful character is described as having a gentle and quiet spirit.

The word gentle has a caress in it; yet behind gentleness stands the strength of steel. The supreme characteristic of the “gentle” woman is that she lives under perfect control. She is not given to panic, but exudes great strength. “Quiet,” too, suggests being under control. It also means “to evidence a calming influence.” Together, the two words speak of strength of character, strong self-control, describing a person of quiet elegance and dignity.[4]


3. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

“Beauty is only skin deep,” says the well-known proverb. Note that in counseling the married women of his time, Peter grasps the meaning of this proverb. He is not so much concerned about their outward beauty as about their inner charm.

  • “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.” We ought to read verses 3 and 4 as a unit and see the comparison Peter makes. He compares the outward beauty of a woman with her inner grace. And he teaches that the latter is much more important than the former.

Peter does not say that a woman should refrain from adorning herself. He writes no prohibition against using cosmetics or wearing attractive apparel. “Peter’s emphasis is not on prohibition but on a proper sense of values.”

  • “Such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.” Peter provides three examples of outward adornment: hair, jewelry, and clothes. He is not saying that women should neglect their outward appearance; he does not intend that they have unkempt hair, or wear no ornaments, or dress in shabby clothes. Like Isaiah in the Old Testament period (Isa. 3:18–24), Peter objects to the excesses of make-up and dress that were common among the wealthy ladies in the church and society of his day (see also 1 Tim. 2:9). J. N. D. Kelly comments, “The elaboration in hair-styles, make-up, dress and personal jewellery in the [first] and [second] cent[urie]s is eloquently attested by the literature and art of the period.”

If we paraphrase Peter’s words to capture the intent of the Greek, we hear him say, “I object to the work of elaborately braiding your hair, the ostentatious wearing of gold ornaments, and the undue effort of dressing yourself in expensive clothes.” Peter does not address slave women who lacked the means to wear expensive garments and gold jewelry. On the contrary, he admonishes the wealthy ladies in the Christian community not to stress outward appearance but to develop the inward beauty of a gentle spirit. He says,

  • “Instead, it should be that of your inner self.” The contrast is clear. In place of “outward adornment” Peter stresses “the inner self.” A literal translation of the Greek is “the hidden person of the heart.” Whereas hairstyles, jewelry, and expensive clothes are meant for display, the inner self is hidden from view (compare 1 Cor. 14:25; Eph. 3:16). Peter gives the reader a description of this inner self:
  • “The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” The translators of the New International Version have supplied the word beauty, which is needed to complete the sentence. The descriptive phrase unfading beauty contrasts with ever-changing hairstyles, jewelry, and clothes. The beauty of the inner self does not lose its luster but is lasting and stable because of “a gentle and quiet spirit.” The Greek word which is translated “gentle” occurs only four times in the New Testament; two instances are self-descriptions of Jesus (Matt. 11:29; 21:5); one is a beatitude spoken by Jesus (“Blessed are the meek [gentle],” Matt. 5:5); and the last one is Peter’s exhortation in 3:4. Peter exhorts the female readers to display the same gentle spirit Jesus had during his earthly ministry.

Furthermore, the Christian woman must have a “quiet” spirit. A woman with a meek and quiet spirit ought never to be underestimated, for meekness is not the same as weakness, and quietness is not synonymous with dullness. The most effective women are those who possess the inner qualities of gentleness and quietness. Because of these qualities, Christian women receive favor in God’s sight.

  • “Which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Not man’s evaluation of a meek and quiet spirit counts, but God’s. Peter employs the term of great worth when he mentions the inner qualities of a gentle and quiet spirit. This term is the same Greek word Paul uses to describe “expensive” clothes (1 Tim. 2:9). God, then, highly values these qualities in God-fearing women.[5]

3:4 The clothing which makes a believer genuinely attractive is the beauty of the hidden person. Fashionable coiffures, costly jewelry, and fine clothing are perishable. In presenting this vivid contrast, Peter challenges us to make a choice. F. B. Meyer notes: “Plenty are there whose outward body is richly decked, but whose inner being is clothed in rags; whilst others, whose garments are worn and threadbare, are all glorious within.”

Men think jewels are precious; God considers precious the jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit.[6]


3:4 the hidden person of the heart: The Christian wife is to be concerned with developing those intangible aspects of her life which are not flashy, but which are interwoven throughout all life. Incorruptible beauty involves inner qualities that do not decay or fade like makeup, jewelry, and clothes (v. 3). gentle and quiet spirit: Peter encourages Christian wives to exhibit attitudes that do not demand personal rights, attitudes that are not harsh and grating but are soothing and tranquil.[7]


3:4 — … let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

What would happen in our spiritual lives if we spent as much time working on our souls as we do on our bodies? Our bodies are not unimportant, but they will die; our spirits, however, will live forever.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 179–181). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 328). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 93–94). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, p. 49). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 119–121). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2268). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1683). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (1 Pe 3:4). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

WH Attacked for Barring CNN Reporter, Gave Obama Rousing Applause for Doing the Same

In case you haven’t been following politics this week, the latest Biggest Outrage Ever™ is the fact that the Trump administration barred a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden event after her behavior earlier at the White House. Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for President Donald Trump’s favorite “fake news” target, was kicked out…

Source: WH Attacked for Barring CNN Reporter, Gave Obama Rousing Applause for Doing the Same

Finally, Democrats start renouncing Franklin Roosevelt, who sold out Eastern Europe…

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“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president,” sneered crooked ex-FBI director (and Crooked Prosecutor Bob Mueller’s butt buddy) Lying James Comey, last week.

Well, about time Democrat partisans disavowed the president who handed over all of Eastern Europe to 48 years of Soviet tyranny, explaining “I have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of a man. . . . I think that if I give him everything I possibly can and ask for nothing from him in return, noblesse oblige, he won’t try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace.”

‘Deep State social media meddles in US elections’ – Kim Dotcom slams ‘Zuckerspy & Jack the Ripper’

Kim Dotcom has slammed ‘deep state’ Facebook and Twitter for meddling in US elections, warning they do ‘100 times’ more damage to democracy than all foreign meddlers combined.

Source: ‘Deep State social media meddles in US elections’ – Kim Dotcom slams ‘Zuckerspy & Jack the Ripper’

Putin: Christianity is foundation of Russian state

(The Province) Vladimir Putin says the adoption of Christianity more than 1,000 years ago in territory that later became Russia marked the starting point for forming the Russian nation itself. Putin’s comments came Saturday in a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption by Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state.

Source: Putin: Christianity is foundation of Russian state

Chasing Russian Ghosts, While Ignoring Modern Threats

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/www.kremlin.ru)Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit

After almost two years of an investigation initiated with a false campaign hit piece, the Democrat party continues its valiant quest to slay a dragon that doesn’t exist. In fairness, when your party’s midterm campaign strategy is rooted in the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), what else do you have to go on?

The inception of the fake Russia collusion investigation immediately following the election of President Donald Trump was infuriating, but unsurprising. How else would the Democrat party and mainstream media (one in the same) explain away the all-out rejection of their narrative and worldview?

While the idea of Donald Trump becoming president was initially met with humor within the leftist bubbles of D.C., Manhattan and Los Angeles, come election night in 2016, the joke was on them.

Suddenly the humor and self-importance leftist politicians and pundits enjoyed on a nightly basis while mocking, slandering and ridiculing then-candidate Trump was transformed into embarrassment and anger. The solution? Apparently, blame it on Russia.

Wait, Russia? Why Russia? To quote Barack Obama, “The Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Is Russia the only country “meddling” in our political system? Hardly.

As Tucker Carlson recently pointed out, Mexico has been far more successful at “meddling” in U.S elections than Russia has by encouraging its citizens to illegally enter the United States.

As Mexico’s President-elect Lopez-Obrador stated during his campaign, he believes migrating to the United States is “a human right we will defend.”

But the so-called “meddling” done by Russia or Mexico pales in comparison to the explicit infiltration of our political system by the terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and most sophisticated Islamic terrorist organization in the world, with devotees including Osama bin Laden, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and current al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The Brotherhood devised a plan to destroy the United States not from abroad, but from within, and have successfully done so through front groups that currently yield enormous power on Capitol Hill, most notably the Council for American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America.

Both CAIR and ISNA enjoy legitimacy from politicians in both parties, as well as the mainstream media, despite both having proven financial ties to the Palestinian terrorist network Hamas.

In fact, in 2008, both were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorist financing trial in world history known as the Holy Land Foundation trial.

Source: Chasing Russian Ghosts, While Ignoring Modern Threats

Filmmaker blasts ‘gangster-ization’ of Democratic Party

Dinesh D’Souza

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza contends American politics are at their most combustible since just before the Civil War, and he says President Trump must lead the effort to destroy “plantation politics” and end the practice of using the power of government to punish political enemies.

D’Souza latest film, “Death of A Nation,” which opens Aug. 3, contends one of the greatest dangers Americans now face is the Democrats’ weaponization of government to exact political punishment on their enemies.

He believes that’s the reason for the increased polarization in the U.S. and why he received a much harsher sentence for campaign finance violations than most other people.

“I attribute this mainly to the gangster-ization of the Democratic Party. If I can cite my own case as an example. I was charged by the Obama administration for exceeding campaign finance laws. They threw the weight of the federal government against me,” he said.

“Jimmy Carter would not have done that. That was the old Democratic Party. But under Obama and under Hillary, you had this turn in which the weapons of the state are used against political opponents. There’s no way to compromise with that. It’s not like we can have a middle position on that. We actually have to just stop it,” said D’Souza.

 

He says that’s the same conclusion President Abraham Lincoln reached more than 150 years ago when he said he would rather die than give up the election mandate to end slavery.

The Trump campaign is also a denunciation of what D’Souza calls plantation politics, which he says started as “an ethnic scheme” to keep black people in complete dependence.

He says that while slavery has been abolished, Democrats still have the same mindset towards blacks, Latinos and others.

‘The Democrats identify an ethnic group and they say, ‘We’re not going to campaign for your votes as individuals. We want your votes collectively, and we’re going to create an institutional dependency and inter-generational dependency on the Democratic Party. You’ll never get out of poverty, but we’ll take care of you forever and in exchange, you’ll agree to vote for us,’” said D’Souza.

Listen to Greg Corombos’ interview with Dinesh D’Souza:

D’Souza says Democrats like to argue that the two parties have switched roles on race and other issues since Lincoln’s day, but Lincoln argued people have the right to keep the fruit of their labor, and more than 150 years later,  “the Republican Party stands for keeping the fruits of your labor” and the Democratic Party “stands for wealth confiscation.”

“Not a whole lot has changed,” said D’Souza.

He noted his “Death of a Nation” project was well underway before Trump’s decision to pardon him earlier this year.

D’Souza says he’s grateful to have basic rights again such as voting and ownership of a firearm, but he says there are much deeper blessings.

“I feel in a broader sense that there’s lifted a cloud. It has taken this ‘felon’ badge that the left was trying to hang around my neck. It’s lifted that. It’s given me my full American dream back, so for that I’m both exhilarated and grateful,” he said.

Source: Filmmaker blasts ‘gangster-ization’ of Democratic Party

Defining Modern Liberalism

There is a long list of rules one must currently follow before one can be admitted into the club known as modern day liberalism, and a stringent philosophy each member of the club must subscribe to before becoming part of this leftist cult. A cult which is now deeply committed to illogic, virtue signaling and group thought.

Entry into this socialist club is now dependent upon all of its members making a solemn pledge to exist within a state of perpetual childhood. Subscribing to this liberal ideology involves placing the group’s feelings above everything else. Shunning personal responsibility and hoping big government can fill the void is the spiritual quest of modern day liberalism. Being part of the collective and forsaking one’s individualism has become vital. For most liberals, personal liberty is now something which is to be scorned and forgotten.

Liberal ideologues must now totally place their faith in false narratives and illusion while rejecting truth and reality. The current political agenda of the left now includes:

  • Promoting illegal immigration.
  • Embracing open borders.
  • Calling for the abolition of ICE.
  • Bashing law enforcement without pause.
  • Promising “free” college tuition for everybody.
  • Eliminating the Trump tax-cuts.
  • Using the climate change theory and EPA regulations to destroy the US economy.
  • Creating and implementing a government run single-payer health care system.
  • Unleashing more leftist indoctrination/brainwashing methods within the classrooms.
  • Installing more liberal anti-Constitutional judges within our judicial system — ideological leftist activist judges who wish to create law rather than interpret it.
  • Cracking down on freedom of speech everywhere, especially on college campuses and on the internet, making it increasingly more difficult for conservative opinions to be expressed or viewed.
  • Doing away with the Second Amendment.
  • Making private property rights a thing of the past.
  • Calling anybody who dares to oppose any type of leftist view a racist or xenophobe.
  • Installing a new Democrat voting bloc of willfully ignorant and impoverished citizens which will become beholden to cradle to grave big government hand-outs.
  • Oh, and of course we can’t forget: hating President Trump every single second of each waking day.

Read more: Defining Modern Liberalism

July 29 Faith out of Desperation

And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”—Matt. 8:25–26a

Sometimes God has to bring us to a point of desperate need before He can get us to turn to Him. That’s what happened to the disciples when the storm was about to swamp their boat. They had no other human solutions for their emergency and had to come to Jesus with their need. If He could cleanse lepers and heal every other sort of disease, maybe He could control nature.

Even the greatest believers in redemptive history have wavered in their faith in their most difficult circumstances. The psalmist asked, “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1; cf. 44:22–23). Isaiah even wondered why God seemed not able to help His people: “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago” (Isa. 51:9). Much like the disciples on the lake, the prophet could not see why God was asleep when His people were dying.

God wants people to turn to Him, especially for salvation when it’s a matter of spiritual life and death. We can often get out of dire situations involving finances, health, or family relations without the Lord’s direct intervention. But when it comes to spiritual salvation, there is no other resource but God. After we are saved, the Father still wants to hear from us—in that way we show we have not forgotten Him, even in desperate circumstances.

ASK YOURSELF

What do we forget on ordinary days, times when we feel like we can manage well enough on our own without God’s help or provision? What would desperate faith look like on a typical, average day?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 219). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

You Have Just Entered the Twilight Zone; CNN — Creating Narratives Nightly

CNN isn’t a news organization, per se.

Watching it is like turning the channel to Democratic Television.

If they changed their name to that, it wouldn’t seem in any remote way strange. To me, it would feel way more right (please check out these absolutely unbelievable examples).

Just watch any given 11 seconds of Jim Acosta, and it’s obvious the network has no interest in news. Propaganda is the flavor of the week. Every single week.

The show’s disposition can often be clearly seen in the way its coverage contrasts with that of Fox News. Not just with regard to politicians, but rhetoric in a number of ways.

To quote Rod Serling, “Submitted for your approval:”

There have been three incidences of police officers killed in the line of duty over the past week, and Fox and Friends covered each one.

However, New Day — CNN’s morning program — gave air time to only one instance, spending a total of 11 seconds on the tragedy (better that, than 11 seconds of Jim Acosta).

Compare that to the weekend manifestation of the show, which budgeted more time for an officer driving into a cyclist in Missouri.

On Saturday afternoon’s Newsroom, the program featured two cops who got fired for flipping a coin to determine whether to arrest a female speeder in Georgia.

Check out this video…

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And…

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From July 21st to the 27th, not only did Fox and Friends cover the police slayings in Arizona, Hawaii, and Wisconsin, and a non-lethal shooting of an officer in Florida; they welcomed a panel to discuss a 2018 increase in police being shot:

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Altogether, Fox spent more than ten minutes on officer attacks.

But CNN? 11 seconds.

According to a physicists at Georgia Tech, the average mammal urinates for 21 seconds.

People pee longer than the Clinton News Network’s coverage.

Piss poor, CNN. Piss poor.

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Can you think of any particular examples of CNN’s left-wing narrative? If so, please share them with the group — sound off in the Comments section below. Also, what’s your favorite Twilight Zone episode? Mine is “The Howling Man.”

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Barack Obama exposed as the MASTERMIND behind criminal FISA fraud targeting Trump

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Even more shockingly, the underpinnings of the FISA warrant itself turn out to be utterly fraudulent, based largely on a fictitious “Trump Dossier” which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign to smear Trump. That dossier, combined with the deep state’s own fabricated leaks to the complicit left-wing media, resulted in mainstream media stories which were then cited in the FISA warrant application to further bolster an utterly fraudulent secret spying warrant.

The entire purpose of this charade, of course, was to destroy a duly-elected U.S. President and overthrow the government from within. The real traitors and enemies of America, it turns out, are the deep state operators who are desperately attempting to destroy our democracy. Those people include James ComeyRobert Mueller, Barack Obama, James Clapper, John Brennan, Hillary Clinton, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch and many more. Every single one of these individuals needs to be indicted, arrested and prosecuted for multiple felony crimes, including obstruction of justice, official corruption and sedition.

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Robert Gagnon debates gay activist Jayne Ozanne on Bible vs homosexuality

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I am tempted to say that this is the best podcast I have ever heard on the Unbelievable show. Do anything you have to do in order to listen to this podcast.

Details:

Prof Robert Gagnon has become a well-known voice advocating the traditional biblical view on sexuality. In a highly charged show he debates the scriptural issues on sexuality with Jayne Ozanne, the director of Accepting Evangelicals who came out as gay earlier this year.

The MP3 file is here.

If you can only listen for 15 minutes, then start at 49 minutes in and listen from there.

The following summary is rated MUP for made-up paraphrase. Reader discretion is advised.

Summary:
Intro:

  • Speaker introductions
  • Gagnon: scholars who support gay marriage agree that the Bible doesn’t support it
  • Gagnon: scholars who support gay marriage agree Jesus taught male-female marriage
  • Ozanne: I went to…

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