Daily Archives: August 13, 2018

August 13: Haunted by Leviathan

Isaiah 27:1–28:29; Luke 9:28–62; Job 6:14–30

Indiana Jones isn’t afraid of anything—until a snake shows up on the scene. Then we hear him mutter, “I hate snakes” and “Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?” Everyone is afraid of something. Even now your greatest fear is probably creeping through your mind—something completely irrational, like heights, spiders or dolls.

Like Indy and like us, the ancients had fears as well: They hated snakes. In ancient literature the serpent Leviathan was a symbol of chaos—a great monster to be subdued. When a god subdued Leviathan in the ancient stories, it showed his supremacy.

Isaiah uses the same metaphor to proclaim that Yahweh can destroy all fears: “On that day, Yahweh will punish with his cruel, great and strong sword Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and Leviathan, the twisting serpent, and he will kill the sea monster that is in the sea” (Isa 27:1). Yahweh Himself mentions Leviathan when He responds to Job, who had suffered the loss of all he had: “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or can you tie down its mouth with a cord?” (Job 41:1).

When we struggle, it’s easy to focus on the Leviathans in our life, but God wants us to focus on His majesty. God can provide what we need. He can bring goodness in the midst of heartbreak (Isa 27:6). Perhaps this is why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to see Him in His glory (Luke 9:28–35). He knew that they needed to understand that His glory was more powerful than anything they feared. Perhaps this is also why Jesus repeatedly pushed back the powers of darkness in front of His followers (e.g., Luke 9:37–43); He showed them that He could subdue anything He encountered.

When the Lord of the universe, who crushes the head of the great Leviathan, is in our corner, we have nothing to fear. All powers of darkness should tremble, for He is creating a great vineyard for us out of the chaos (Isa 27:2). If only Indy had known.

What goodness is God making out of the fear in 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.

August 13 Winning Through Non-retaliation

“Love is patient” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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Love does not retaliate.

We usually think of patience as the ability to wait or endure without complaint—either regarding people or circumstances. But the Greek word translated “patience” in 1 Corinthians 13:4 refers specifically to patience with people. It literally means “to be long-tempered,” and it speaks of one who could easily retaliate when wronged but chooses not to.

That kind of patience is a spiritual virtue reflective of God Himself (cf. Gal. 5:22). It can’t be duplicated on a purely human level. But for Christians, it’s to be a way of life. Paul said, “I … entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love” (Eph. 4:1–2).

God Himself is the supreme example of patience. Peter said, “[He] is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Those who reject His grace are despising “the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience” (Rom. 2:4).

In the Greco-Roman world of Paul’s day, retaliating for a personal insult or injury was considered a virtue. Non-retaliation was interpreted as a sign of weakness. Our society is much the same. Our heroes tend to be those who fight back with physical strength or litigation. But that isn’t God’s perspective, nor was it Christ’s in praying for His killers: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

As you consider your own patience, remember that retaliation isn’t always blatant and forceful. It’s often subtle—like withholding affection from your spouse when he or she has wronged you, or withdrawing from a friend who has hurt you. But godly love never retaliates. It cares more for the feelings of others than for its own.

Remember the Lord’s patience toward you, and allow His Spirit to produce similar patience in you.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If you are harboring resentment toward someone who has wronged you, confess it to the Lord, and do everything you can to reconcile with that person.

For Further Study: Read Genesis 50:15–21. ✧ What fear did Joseph’s brothers have? ✧ How did Joseph react to their plea for forgiveness? ✧ How did God use Joseph’s brothers’ sin to accomplish His own purposes?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 238). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Finally Fired From FBI…. — The Last Refuge

FBI Agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the building June 15th, two months ago, and his employment has been in administrative limbo -during a review- ever since.  Today it is discovered that Strzok was fired last Friday, August 10th.

DC is so corrupt, you can see the fingerprints of media coordination even in the firing.  Notice how ‘no-leaks’ from Friday to Monday in either June or today’s event.  During the June three-day-delay/prep; Strzok coordinated the USA Today op-ed.  During the current 3-day delay/prep; team Strzok put together a Trust Fund and Go Fund Me to take advantage of Peter Strzok’s martyrdom.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch was the official who fired Strzok. Following tradition, and because this is an FBI/Intelligence matter, the corrupt team around Strzok will be giving their side of events to the Washington Post.  So the WaPo article has more details:

[…] Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building in June and effectively relieved of work responsibilities, though he technically remained an FBI employee as he and his attorney challenged the effort to dismiss him. On July 24, they made a final pitch to Candice M. Will, who leads the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Goelman said Will ultimately decided that Strzok face a demotion and 60-day suspension and be subjected to a “last chance agreement.” That would have put him on thin ice if he were commit another offense. But Goelman said Bowdich overruled that decision and ordered Strzok’s termination.

During a June congressional hearing, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Strzok had been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility — which he referred to as the bureau’s “independent disciplinary arm” — and that officials would “not hesitate to hold people strictly accountable.” Wray promised that process would be “done by the book.”

Strzok is the third high-ranking FBI official involved in the Clinton and Russia investigations to be fired amid an intensely political backdrop. Trump removed Comey as the bureau’s director and said he did so thinking of the Russia case. Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed Comey’s deputy, McCabe, after the inspector general alleged he lied about a media disclosure related to Clinton.  (read more)

via FBI Agent Peter Strzok Finally Fired From FBI…. — The Last Refuge

CNN Panel Erupts After Contributor Slams Network for ‘Peddling Lies’ About Blacks Who Work for Trump

Liberal Hypocrisy

Conservative pundit (above, right) easily names those of color who are employed by the administration — others don’t like it

Paris Dennard, a frequent conservative political commentator on CNN (pictured above right), is known to push back on that network’s highly biased narrative and reliably unfair take about all things President Donald Trump.

“Given the political role that race has played in this administration, Dennard presents a remarkably unique point of view,” noted Mediaite of Dennard, “a man of color who defends President Donald Trump, often on issues of race.”

During CNN’s “New Day” program on Monday morning — just a day after former senior Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman spent time on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to promote her book, “Unhinged,” along with snippets of audiotape of her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly — Dennard was challenged to list people of color who worked in the Trump administration.

He immediately did so with ease, rattling off a number of individuals.

When he sensed he was being cut off “for time,” Dennard called out the program on it.

He said, “You want to wrap up the time because this is not important to you because you want to peddle the lies of Bakari Sellers [a former Democratic state representative in South Carolina-turned-pundit] and others, saying that there aren’t blacks in this administration.” (Sellers is shown above left.)

Related: CNN Columnist Pushes Dangerous View: ‘Hate Speech’ Is Form of ‘Terrorism’

The claim that CNN was “peddling lies” was met with a “palpable wince” from Dennard’s fellow panelists, CNN senior political analyst John Avlon and Sellers himself, according to Mediaite.

Host John Berman quickly went to commercial. That’s the go-to for a host who doesn’t like hearing the truth when it runs counter to the popular and continuous leftist narrative.

Watch the video of this compelling exchange:

Paris Dennard Says CNN is Peddling Lies

Source: CNN Panel Erupts After Contributor Slams Network for ‘Peddling Lies’ About Blacks Who Work for Trump

How Should I Share the Gospel When It Could Cost Me My Job? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Should I share the gospel with my coworkers? From our 2017 National Conference, John MacArthur provides guidance on when to speak and when to stay silent in the workplace. When you have biblical and theological questions, just ask Ligonier.

via How Should I Share the Gospel When It Could Cost Me My Job? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

AUGUST 13 HOW DO WE KNOW HIM?

I know whom I have believed.

2 Timothy 1:12

I must ask this question in the context of today’s modern Christianity: “Is it not true that for most of us who call ourselves Christians there is no real experience?”

We have substituted theological ideas for an arresting encounter; we are full of religious notions, but our great weakness is that for our hearts there is no one there!

Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experience must always include a genuine encounter with God. Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of reality, a cheap copy of an original once enjoyed by someone else of whom we have heard.

It cannot but be a major tragedy in the life of any man or woman to live in a church from childhood to old age and know nothing more real than some synthetic god compounded of theology and logic, but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear—and no heart to love!

O Lord, I pray for the people in churches who may think they are Christians because they were raised in a religious environment. What a tragedy it would be if these men and women are not truly saved. Lord, I pray for each one, that they will receive Christ into their hearts.[1]


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

Paul Craig Roberts Blasts Mueller’s ‘Weaponization’ Of The Law

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Robert Mueller is supposed to be investigating Russiagate, which has been shown to be a hoax concocted by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director James Comey, and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. As Russiagate is a hoax, Mueller has not been able to produce a shred of evidence of the alleged Trump/Putin plot to hack Hillary’s emails and influence the last presidential election.

With his investigation unable to produce any evidence of the alleged Russiagate, Mueller concluded that he had to direct attention away from the failed hoax by bringing some sort of case against someone, knowing that the incompetent and corrupt US media and insouciant public would assume that the case had something to do with Russiagate.

Mueller chose Paul Manafort as a target, hoping that faced with fighting false charges, Manafort would make a deal and make up some lies about Trump and Putin in exchange for the case against him being dropped. But Manafort stood his ground, forcing Mueller to go forward with a false case.

Manafort’s career is involved with Republican political campaigns. He is charged with such crimes as paying for NY Yankee baseball tickets with offshore funds not declared to tax authorities and with attempting to get bank loans on the basis of misrepresentation of his financial condition. In the prosecutors’ case, Manafort doesn’t have to have succeeded in getting a loan based on financial misrepresentation, only to be guilty of trying. Two of the people testifying against him have been paid off with dropped charges.

Mueller’s investigation is restricted to Russiagate. In other words, Mueller has no mandate to investigate or bring charges unrelated to Russiagate. In my opinion, Muller gets away with this only because the deputy Attorney General is in on the Russiagate plot against Trump. Mueller and Rosenstein know that they can count on the presstitutes to continue to deceive the public by presenting the Manafort trial as part of Russiagate.

The trial judge has twice criticized the prosecutors, asking them on one occasion if they had any evidence of successful fraud. In other words, the judge can tell the difference between actual fraud and a failed attempt at fraud, a distinction the prosecutors don’t want the jury to consider.

However, prosecutors can frame a judge, just as they are trying to frame the presidents of the United States and Russia. Realizing that, the judge backed off.

What the Manafort trial should tell you is how utterly and totally corrupt the United States is. In my opinion there is nowhere an organization as corrupt as the US Dept of Justice (sic).

That Russiagate continues on its corrupt course should tell you how powerless President Trump is. Trump cannot even influence his own Department of Justice, which is doing its best to destroy him.

Source: Paul Craig Roberts Blasts Mueller’s ‘Weaponization’ Of The Law

TOM FITTON: FBI Has Ignored Our Requests for McCabe Emails — Because They Know They “Will Blow It Wide Open” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch went on FOX News on Monday after news broke that the FBI finally fired corrupt and biased investigator Peter Strzok.

Fitton called Strzok’s firing a “body blow” to the Mueller investigation!

Tom Fitton also dropped another bomb on the Deep State FBI.

Fitton told FOX News the FBI is stalling turning over text messages from Andrew McCabe because they contain as much damning information as the Strzok-Page text messages.

Tom Fitton: We are currently battling the FBI for the text messages of Andrew McCabe, the number two at the FBI, he was corruptly fired. And when you look back at the FBI and the Department of Justice during the Obama administration you have Comey fired for misconduct, Andrew McCabe fired for misconduct, Strzok fired for misconduct. Lisa Page demoted. All who had a hand in this Russia investigation that Mr. Mueller is now running with. Mr. Mueller needs to be questioned frankly about how he used Mr. Strzok and why he was let go and why no one was told about it for months, the reason behind why he was being let go mainly his anti-Trump biases uncovered by the text messages… We are asking for the (McCabe) text messages on behalf of a retired FBI agent, Jeffrey Dannon, about the Clinton email investigation. We suspect he was texting, Andrew McCabe, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page about the Clinton email investigation and we suspect there’s going to be some interesting material there… You can bet they are just like the Strzok and Lisa Page text messages and will blow it wide open.

via TOM FITTON: FBI Has Ignored Our Requests for McCabe Emails — Because They Know They “Will Blow It Wide Open” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Chelsea Clinton: ‘Roe’ Helped Add ‘Three and a Half Trillion Dollars to Our Economy’

Chelsea Clinton (Screenshot)

Abortion has been an important economic stimulus ever since it was legalized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Chelsea Clinton claimed at a “Rise Up for Roe” event on Saturday.

At the event promoting opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the former First Daughter of President Bill Clinton credited legalized abortion for helping add trillions of dollars to the U.S economy because women who had abortions were more inclined to enter the labor force:

Source: Chelsea Clinton: ‘Roe’ Helped Add ‘Three and a Half Trillion Dollars to Our Economy’

Trump: Media Covering Up ‘The Biggest Story of Our Time’

President Donald Trump (Photo: Screen capture/White House video)

(CNSNews.com) – President Trump’s long-simmering indignation about the Trump-Russia investigation erupted in a series of tweets over the weekend, many of them quoting other people who agree with Trump that the whole thing is a witch hunt — and that the real story is being ignored.

“Seems like the Department of Justice (and FBI) had a program to keep Donald Trump from becoming President,” Trump quoted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as saying on “Fox & Friends.” “If this had happened to the other side, everybody involved would be in jail. This is a Media coverup of the biggest story of our time,” Trump commented early Sunday morning.

Trump also quoted Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro as saying that the Mueller investigation is “premmised on a Fake Dossier, paid for by Hillary, created by a man who hates Donald Trump & used to con a FISA Court Judge. Bob, I really think it’s time for you to give up your phony investigation,” Trump quoted Pirro as saying. “No Collusion!” Trump commented.

On Saturday, Trump issued four tweets about the investigation, including one slamming Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe:

“Do you believe Nelly worked for Fusion and her husband STILL WORKS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ‘JUSTICE,’ Trump wrote. “I have never seen anything so Rigged in my life. Our A.G. is scared stiff and Missing in Action. It is all starting to be revealed – not pretty. IG Report soon? Witch Hunt!”

In another Saturday tweet, Trump said he may have to declassify some of Andrew McCabe’s text messages if the FBI doesn’t turn them over to Judicial Watch or congressional committees that have subpoenaed them. “FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY),” Trump wrote. “What are they hiding? McCabe wife took big campaign dollars from Hillary people…..”

Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway was asked about Trump’s tweets in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Host Jon Karl asked her if Sessions’ days are numbered as attorney general:

“The president is frustrated that the attorney general recused himself in early March of 2017 from anything having to do with the campaign,” Conway responded.

“And what the president really wants, if you look at all of his tweets and don’t just cherry pick them, the (inaudible) of his tweets, Jon, are that he wants to make sure we’re investigating all sides of the, quote, so-called Russian collusion.

“I’ve noticed that the media is almost silent about these new revelations that Christopher Steele and the number four at the FBI, Peter Ohr and his wife Nellie working for Fusion GPS. I don’t want Americans to get so confused at this convoluted mess to miss the essential point here, was that the pro-Hillary people were so afraid that they needed to prop her up, that she was such a non-compelling, non-persuasive pathetic candidate that they had to dig up dirt on Donald Trump early on–”

Karl interrupted her, asking again if Trump intends to fire Sessions:

“Well, how in the world will I know the answer to that question?” Conway responded. “I’m not answering questions as to who will be in the White House at the end of the year. That’s a crazy question. You just want to roll the tape sometime.

“I think the fundamental point here is that the attorney general is doing great work on law enforcement, on — on pushing back on MS-13 gangs, on his SOS which is his Synthetic Opioid Surge task force, working with the new D.A., acting director. But he has recused himself from this. And the president rightfully wants to — wants America to see that this Mueller investigation comes to a conclusion in a timely fashion. So far no Russia collusion proven. And you know it.

“You know I was the campaign manager for the winning part of the campaign. I never talked to anybody in Russia. I talked to people in the Macomb County, Michigan and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Not Moscow. You know it, there’s no collusion. Paul Manafort’s on trial, has nothing to do with the campaign, Russia, collusion, the judge warned everybody not even to say those words.”

Source: Trump: Media Covering Up ‘The Biggest Story of Our Time’