Daily Archives: August 14, 2018

August 14: Being Busy

Isaiah 29:1–30:17; Luke 10:1–42; Job 7:1–10

Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with quiet. For most people, chaos, deadlines, managing multiple schedules, and being “so busy” are a way of life. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we like it. Busyness implies we are special and valued and the work we’re doing is necessary. And we have a desperate need to be valued.

When others failed to recognize Martha’s work—when Mary didn’t hold to the same values—she complained to Jesus. He responded by rebuking her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing, for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42).

What is the “better part”? Mary “sat at the feet of Jesus and was listening to his teaching” (Luke 10:39), and Jesus praised her desire to listen and learn. Mary was captivated by the “one thing” that would change the world: Jesus and the kingdom He was ushering in. Jesus showed Martha that she should also give Him this reception—being willing to learn, not anxious about her busy schedule. He asked her to shift her perspective.

Choosing the “better part” doesn’t invalidate the things we’re busy with; indeed, Martha’s work served the needs of others. But the things we do shouldn’t shape our identity. The “one thing” that should shape our identity—the one thing we really need—is Jesus. Ultimately, it’s the desire to know Him and serve Him that should shape our lives. And whatever is not dedicated to that service is not among “the few things [that] are necessary.”

What things are you busy with? Why?

Rebecca Van Noord[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 14 Showing Kindness

“Love is kind” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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Kindness repays evil with good.

Two men going opposite directions on a narrow mountain trail met each other head-on. With a steep cliff on one side and sheer rock on the other, they were unable to pass. The harder they tried to squeeze past one another, the more frustrated they became. The situation seemed hopeless until one of them, without saying a word, simply laid down on the trail, allowing the other man to walk over him. That illustrates kindness, which doesn’t mind getting walked on if it benefits someone else.

The Greek word translated “kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4 literally means “useful,” “serving,” or “gracious.” It isn’t simply the sweet attitude we usually associate with kindness; it’s the idea of being useful to others. It’s the flip side of patience. Patience endures abuses from others; kindness repays them with good deeds.

God committed the supreme act of kindness when He provided salvation for lost sinners. Titus 3:3–5 says, “We also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us.”

Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matt. 11:29–30). The Greek word translated “easy” is translated “kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4. Jesus was saying, “Trust in Me, and I’ll redeem you and show you My kindness.”

Since “you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:3), you should be anxious to show kindness to others. That’s what Paul wanted the Corinthian believers to do. He knew they had the capacity, but they needed to repent of their selfish ways and allow love to dominate their lives.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  The evil world in which we live gives abundant opportunity for you to express kindness to others. Ask the Lord to help you take full advantage of every opportunity to do so today.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 5:38–48, noting the practical expressions of kindness Jesus instructed His followers to pursue.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 239). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

CLAIM: Barack Obama and John Brennan may be facing imminent criminal indictments – NaturalNews.com

(Natural News) It’s been confirmed that President 44 has formally retained legal counsel in response to multiple potential criminal indictments that both he and former CIA Director John Brennan could very soon be facing.

Insiders familiar with what’s going on claim that Barack Obama is on the verge of being charged with the following crimes:

• “Material Support of Terrorism” for his involvement with trying to overthrow the current Syrian government.

• Creating, funding, and arming the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also sometimes referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which facilitated a litany of “war crimes and crimes against humanity including numerous murders (some by public beheading), torture, rape, theft of oil from Iraq and from Syria, laundering of money from sale of stolen oil, destruction of historical antiquities and … conspiracy to commit such acts with” … leaders of other foreign nations.

• “Shielding drug trafficking by Hezbollah,” as well as making unlawful payments of ransom money as part of his effort to secure a deal with Iran on nuclear inspections.

• “Bribery” for any money he took in from the Uranium-One conspiracy, which involved selling 20 percent of United States uranium to a Russia-controlled country.

These are just a few of the many crimes that not only Obama but also Brennan and many others may be found guilty of committing following the unsealing of their believed-to-be indictments. Hal Turner discussed this on a recent episode of his “The Hal Turner Radio Show,” which you can access at this link.

Remember all those sealed indictments? They’re about to start being unsealed, according to some

On his show “Operation Freedom,” Dr. Dave Janda from USAWatchdog.com has been covering what’s been going on with Brennan as well, revealing that it’s almost time for the first wave of indictments to be brought to light – and that Brennan is likely included in this sweep.

“Everybody who is a freedom fighter is tired of hearing it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, and nothing is happening,” says Dr. Janda.

“What I am told and have been told, and it’s been consistently told to me, is you are going to start to see movement on the indictments after the primaries are over. The primaries are over on August 7 … I think there is going to be restoration of the rule of law. That means serving of indictments.”

While some say that there are now over 40,000 sealed indictments, Dr. Janda believes that only a small fraction of these are going to be unsealed and implemented, at least initially. Some of these indictments are expected to be high-profile names like Brennan’s, which could come as a shock, especially to deranged liberals.

“My understanding is they are not going to dump 1,000 sealed indictments at a shot,” adds Dr. Janda.

“It is going to come in sections and in waves … I think one of the prime players that is going to get dropped in the indictments is John Brennan, former Director of the CIA. I have been told that John Brennan is going to be held accountable for his past actions.”

This is believed to have been one of the subjects discussed between Presidents Putin and Trump during their recent meeting in Helsinki. Dr. Janda says that the two, concerned about deep state spying and meddling, actually met secretly on Air Force One to discuss what’s about to be revealed.

“This is why there was such a hysterical reaction after the summit,” Dr. Janda says.

“They were whisked off and actually went to Air Force One because they felt that was the most secure environment where no surveillance could be implemented. This is the third meeting that nobody talks about that was held on Air Force One where information was handed over from Trump to Putin and from Putin to Trump about Deep State players and activities that were occurring in their respective countries around the world.”

Be sure to check out Dr. Janda’s videos, one of which discusses the 12-plus attempts on President Trump’s life that the mainstream media has ignored.

Sources for this article include:

HalTurnerRadioShow.com

NaturalNews.com

USAWatchdog.com
— Read on www.naturalnews.com/2018-08-14-barack-obama-john-brennan-facing-imminent-criminal-indictments.html

CNN Falls To The History Channel In Primetime Ratings | The Daily Caller

CNN suffered another humiliating defeat in the cable ratings during the week of August 6 through August 12, according to Nielsen Media Research. Cable news competitors Fox News and MSNBC wiped the floor with CNN, with FNC finishing first in average primetime viewers and more than doubling CNN’s primetime ratings. (RELATED: MSNBC Joins CNN In […]
— Read on dailycaller.com/2018/08/14/cnn-history-channel-ratings/

AUGUST 14 OUR INNER SIGHTS

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling.

Ephesians 1:18

Revival and blessing come to the church when we stop looking at a picture of God and look at God Himself! Revival comes when, no longer satisfied to know about a God in history, we meet the conditions of finding Him in living, personal experience.

Conversely, revival cannot come if we are far removed from God. It cannot come if, instead of hearing His voice, we are content with only an echo!

Put those deficiencies together and you have the reason why we are dissatisfied and empty. You have the reason why there is so little of vivid, vibrant joy in the things of God.

I hold fast to the opinion that our God is ever trying to reveal Himself to us. There is no way for sinful men and women to find their way into God’s presence unless He reveals Himself and appears to us. I do not mean that God is trying to appear to our physical eyesight. Rather, He is trying to appear to the eye of our soul through an inner consciousness. Never apologize for your inner eyes! They are the real eyes for discerning the nature of issues important to God.

Lord, there are so many difficult but important decisions to make in life. Sharpen the eyes of my inner soul to be able to discern Your presence and guidance in my life.[1]


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