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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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.”

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