Daily Archives: August 20, 2018

August 20: The Pursuit of Failures

Isaiah 41:1–42:9; Luke 15:1–32; Job 9:20–24

Often, when we focus too much on our own failures, we don’t reach the point where grace changes us. That’s why the parable of the Prodigal Son is so comforting for people who are caught up and brought down by their failures. In this parable it’s not the younger son’s humility or the elder brother’s jealousy in the limelight. It’s the father’s pursuit of both his sons.

After living selfishly and squandering his inheritance, the younger son realized how foolish his actions had been. He realized that even his father’s hired hands received more love and attention than he had received after leaving his father’s house. Deciding to plead for mercy, the younger son rehearsed his request to the father: “I will set out and go to my father and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight! I am no longer worthy to be called your son! Make me like one of your hired workers.’ ” (Luke 15:18–19).

But his plan was interrupted. Before the son even finished his request, his father kissed him, put a robe around his neck, and ordered the fattened calf to be killed. And then the father repeated this action. When the elder son refused to attend the party in his brother’s honor, the father again went out to meet his son, imploring him to rejoice as well (Luke 15:28, 31–32).

God pursues failures of all types. It’s His grace extended to us that works in our hearts to prompt change in us. Even when we neglect Him, He pursues us. Even when we don’t return His attentions, He pursues us. Instead of focusing on our failures, then, we should focus on His love.

How do you take joy in God’s grace to you through His Son? How does His love change the way you relate to Him?

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 20 Godly Anger versus Selfish Anger

“[Love] is not provoked” (1 Cor. 13:5).


Self-centered anger cannot coexist with love.

The great eighteenth-century preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards had a daughter with an uncontrollable temper. When a young man asked Dr. Edwards for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he said no. The young man was crushed. “But I love her, and she loves me,” he pleaded. “That makes no difference,” Edwards replied; “she isn’t worthy of you.” “But she is a Christian, isn’t she?” the young man argued. “Yes,” said Edwards, “but the grace of God can live with some people with whom no one else could ever live.”

That may seem harsh, but Jonathan Edwards knew what his would-be son-in-law hadn’t yet learned: the presence of selfish anger indicates the absence of genuine love. “Love,” said Paul, “is not provoked.” It isn’t given to sudden outbursts of emotion or action. It doesn’t respond in anger to offenses committed against it.

Paul wasn’t talking about anger over sin and its terrible consequences. That’s righteous indignation, which Christians are expected to have. When Jesus drove the merchants and moneychangers out of the Temple (John 2:14–15), He was genuinely angry because His Father’s house was being desecrated. But He never reacted that way when He was personally attacked or maligned. In the same way, it’s right for you to be angry when others are mistreated, when God is offended, or when His Word is misrepresented. But love always bears up under personal attacks.

Such graciousness is foreign to our society, which teaches us to fight for our personal rights and to retaliate when we don’t get what we think we deserve. That has produced greedy and loveless people who want little more than personal success and comfort. Anyone who dares to stand in their way is in danger of incurring their wrath.

As a Christian, you must resist such influences by focusing on your spiritual duty rather than on your rights. If you expect nothing from the world, you won’t be angered or disappointed when nothing comes. Remember, God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). So humble yourself before Him, and He will exalt you at the proper time (James 4:10).


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God for the grace to forgive those who wrong you.

For Further Study: According to Ephesians 4:26–27, how should you deal with anger?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 245). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


Be ye…followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love as Christ also hath loved us.

Ephesians 5:1–2

Why should we have to accept the idea held in some Christian circles that new converts will soon lose their first zeal and settle down to a life of dull religious routine? I believe that I carry the welfare of the saints in my heart, and it disturbs me that some Christians are satisfied to accept the title of “dead average.”

What happens? Can it be that the person who has held a joyful conversion becomes enamored of his experience, failing to keep his eyes fixed on the Lord?

Only engrossment with God can maintain perpetual spiritual enthusiasm because only God can supply everlasting novelty. In God every moment is new and nothing ever gets old. Of things religious we may become tired, even prayer may weary us; but God never!

Brothers and sisters, nothing can preserve the sweet savor of our first experience except to be preoccupied with God Himself! Let the new convert know that if he would grow instead of shrink, he must spend his nights and his days in communion with the triune God!

Lord, I pray this morning that the activities of the day ahead will be anything but routine as I converse with You. I pray that I will experience spiritual enthusiasm as I live in the light of Your constant presence.[1]

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

Hah! President Trump Dares John Brennan to Sue Him -“I Hope John Brennan, the Worst CIA Director in Country’s History, Brings a Lawsuit” — The Gateway Pundit

Former New York City Mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures yesterday morning.

Rudy went off on John Brennan accusing him of launching the fraudulent Russian conspiracy against Donald Trump.

Rudy added that he would like to be the person to depose John Brennan for the president if Brennan moves ahead with his threats to sue President Trump.

The discovery process would be devastating for John Brennan.

On Monday President Trump echoed Rudy and dared John Brennan to sue.

President Trump: I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He won’t sue!

via Hah! President Trump Dares John Brennan to Sue Him -“I Hope John Brennan, the Worst CIA Director in Country’s History, Brings a Lawsuit” — The Gateway Pundit

August 20, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


This Wednesday, the S&P 500’s bull-market run will turn 3,453 days old, which in some market watchers’ eyes will make it the longest such streak in history. The bull was born in the ashes of the financial crisis and carried along through much of its rise by $3.5 trillion of asset purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The debate now is over when, not if, its run will come to an end.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs.

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people.

The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara came under brief gunfire early on Monday but nobody was hurt in the incident, which coincides with increased tensions between the two NATO allies over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday an attack on Turkey’s economy was no different from a strike against its flag or the Islamic call to prayer, responding to a recent currency sell-off in stark religious and nationalist terms ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela’s government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN’s Spanish service on Sunday night.

About 90 families from North and South Korea wept and embraced on Monday as the neighbors held their first reunion events in three years for relatives wrenched apart by the Korean War for more than six decades.

Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria’s reconstruction.

Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out “this culture of death” and vowing there would be no more cover ups.

AP Top Stories

A powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean near the islands of Fiji and Tonga on Sunday morning local time, according to the USGS.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in the sea 75 miles north-northeast of the holiday island of Lombok, Indonesia, on Sunday at a very shallow depth of 1 km, the USGS said.

A magnitude 6.0 quake struck southern Costa Rica on Friday, close to the border with Panama, the USGS said.

Despite weakening and taking a track south of the Big Island, Major Hurricane Lane will still stir dangerous seas across the Hawaiian Islands this week.

More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change.

There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world on Saturday after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan.

Minnesota Democrats are standing behind U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his bid for state attorney general, with the state party giving him an endorsement Saturday amid an allegation of domestic abuse from an ex-girlfriend.

Brazil will send troops to its border with Venezuela on Monday after residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima drove out Venezuelan immigrants from their improvised camps, amid growing regional tensions.

Donald Trump denounced the treatment of Republicans and conservatives by social media companies, claiming right-wing voices were being censored.

Israel closed Sunday its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip except for humanitarian cases after weekend border clashes, the latest tightening of its blockade on the Palestinian enclave despite truce efforts.

Russia’s military forces in the country’s east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.


Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths.

Greece has successfully completed a three-year Eurozone emergency loan program worth €61.9bn to tackle its debt crisis. It was part of the biggest bailout in global financial history, totaling some €289bn, which will take the country decades to repay.

About 150 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan.


The majority of young millennial women reject unrestricted abortion, refuse a “feminist” identity, and indicate trust issues with the media – according to a poll by the media.

A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant.

The University of Iowa has backed down on its planned ban of religious student organizations.

News – 8/20/2018

America Is Overdue for Another Economic Disaster
The durable market rise that began March 6, 2009, is as intoxicating as the Lehman anniversary should be sobering: Nothing lasts. Those who see no Lehman-like episode on the horizon did not see the last one.

Ebola cases in DR Congo rise to 78, 44 dead
Seventy-eight cases of Ebola have been recorded in an outbreak in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, claiming 44 lives, DRC officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. “In all, 78 cases of haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, of which 51 are confirmed and 27 probable” while “24 suspect cases are under investigation”, according to reports from Congolese authorities and the WHO.

Bird flu kills one in Vietnam
Virus H5N1 was detected in the post-mortem blood tests of the 60-year-old victim who died Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Xinhua reported, citing provincial health officials. In a statement, Pasteur Institute said six separate H5N1 cases have been identified in Vietnam’s south.

Turkey, US to conduct joint patrols in Syria’s Manbij
Turkey and United States will begin “joint patrols” in northern Syria’s Manbij to stabilize the region under a roadmap that focuses on the withdrawal of PKK-affiliated YPG terror group, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage
On Monday, the pilgrims will ascend Mount Arafat, where Prophet Muhammad delivered his sermon to pilgrims during his last Hajj, at the climax of the soul-searching ritual, asking for God’s forgiveness and mercy.

Is Now the Time to Return the Temple Mount to God’s Intent: A House of Prayer for All Nations?
In the Bible, the Temple Mount is considered a place of prayer for all nations and is commonly understood to be a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. In Isaiah 56, it is written that, “foreigners Who attach themselves to Hashem” will be brought to his sacred mount to rejoice in his house of prayer:

Bolton, Netanyahu trash ‘wretched’ Iran nuclear deal
“I believe that the president’s decision to leave the disastrous Iran deal was nothing less than a hinge of history. Israel applauds the Trump administration’s determination to reimpose tough sanctions on Iran.”

Pope writes to Catholics on clergy sexual abuse, vows no more cover up
Pope Francis, facing simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries, on Monday wrote an unprecedented letter to all the world’s Catholics promising that no effort will be spared to prevent abuse and its cover up.

Judge Says Government Does Not Have To Accept New DACA Requests
U.S. District Judge John Bates said the government does not have to accept new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests, on Friday, going back on his initial order from Aug. 3. Illegal immigrants who were brought over as children, known as “Dreamers,” can renew their DACA applications, but no new requests will be processed….

Feds Offering $20,000 Reward for Suspect Accused of Threatening Trump
Officials are conducting a nationwide manhunt to search for Shawn Christy, 27, of McAdoo, who allegedly threatened to “put a bullet” in Trump’s head in a now-deleted post on social media, and is wanted on several arrest warrants in Pennsylvania—including burglary, violating probation, and failing to appear in court for an aggravated assault case.

Bolton: U.S.’s highest priority is Iran never getting nuclear capabilities
The United States is working with European countries to convince them of the need to take stronger steps against the Iranian nuclear weapons program, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday. Bolton was speaking at the Prime Minister’s Office prior to a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his second meeting since arriving in Israel Sunday.

Palestinians react to Abbas’ call for ‘popular resistance’
The Palestinian leadership appears to be changing tactics in its effort to establish a state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. At a closed-door meeting this weekend of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an increase in “popular resistance,” which he described as having its own value in “fighting the Israeli occupation.”

Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease
About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased. Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of the worst hit areas. Helicopters also brought much-needed supplies to communities cut-off by two weeks of incessant rain.

Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of bus passengers near Kunduz
About 150 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesman said they were targeting security forces travelling on the buses, adding the civilians would be released. It comes a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered a conditional three-month ceasefire to the Taliban.

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it
When Patrick McMullan wants a Diet Dr Pepper while he’s at work, he pays for it with a wave of his hand. McMullan has a microchip implanted between his thumb and forefinger, and the vending machine immediately deducts money from his account. At his office, he’s one of dozens of employees who have been doing likewise for a year now.

China shifts to Iranian tankers to keep oil flowing amid U.S. sanctions – sources
Chinese buyers of Iranian oil are starting to shift their cargoes to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) for nearly all of their imports to keep supply flowing amid the re-imposition of economic sanctions by the United States. The shift demonstrates that China, Iran’s biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions…

China’s vaccine scandal explodes as one million doses now found to be maiming Chinese children… total cover-up by the media
The Chinese government has admitted that hundreds of thousands more doses of children’s vaccines are faulty, bringing the total number of vaccines known to be defective there to nearly one million.

Fresh 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia’s Lombok
A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok Sunday, two weeks after a quake killed more than 480 people on the island and hours after another tremor triggered landslides, damaged buildings and sent people fleeing.

Three People Shot, One Assaulted at ‘Peace Picnic’ in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago
Three people were shot and another individual was assaulted at a “peace picnic” in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D) Chicago on Saturday night.

Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack
Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these “sleeper cell” agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.

BREAKING: America First Media Names Public Officials at Hospital the Morning of Seth Rich Shooting
America First Media has brought forth new findings in their investigation into the 2016 homicide of DNC employee Seth Rich. An inside source with knowledge of what occurred at the hospital on the early morning of July 10, 2016 has revealed former DNC Chairperson Donna Brazile and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser arrived shortly after EMTs had delivered the injured victim for emergency treatment of two gunshot wounds to the torso.

Powerful typhoon on course to hit Korea this week
Powerful typhoon Soulik is on course to strike the Korean Peninsula this week, the state weather agency said Sunday, warning people on Jeju Island and in southern coastal areas to prepare.

T-shirts saying ‘stand for the flag, kneel for the cross’ draw protest at school
You would be hard-pressed to find anybody in Dodge County, Georgia who does not stand for the national anthem or take a knee to pray. That’s just how it is. So when the Dodge County High School cheerleaders started selling T-shirts that read, “In Dodge County, we stand for the flag, kneel for the cross,” nobody thought it would cause a controversy.

In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him
The idea came to Bill Rauch in the early 1990s: What if he directed a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” where the lovers were same-sex couples?

IDF code crackers help decipher absurdly complex wheat genome
Long thought impossible, scientists present complete sequence of bread wheat genome, hoping it will help feed world’s growing population • Professor Tzion Fahima: To meet projected food consumption needs in 2050, wheat production must increase at double current rate.

CNN: Antifa Violence Against Trump Supporters is ‘Right’
CNN’s Chris Cuomo announced that the news network will not condemn violence against President Trump’s supporters, but rather justified physical attacks.

Top Bishop: I’ll Release FULL List Of Pedophile Priests Accused In Diocese
A Top Bishop has vowed to release the name of every single name listed in the grand jury report which accuses over 300 pedophile priests of sex abuse.

Will Embedded Chinese Soldiers Attack America Before the Midterm Elections
The fight for the control of America is underway. It would seem that there are multiple plots involving several entities and almost everyone has a say but the American people.

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Jackie Alnor – Entertaining Devils Unawares

Patricia King dismisses the 12 Apostles in favor of the New Apostolic Reformation

Tennessee megachurch blasted by PETA for using wild animals in sermon

Jesus Told Billye Brim’s Ex-Muslim Friend That Trump Would Become President

Hundreds Baptized by Osteen Broadcast Live on Facebook

Judge Rules Self-Styled Prophet, Brian Carn’s Business Partner Can’t Keep Identity Secret in Paternity Suit

John MacArthur’s The Masters University Placed On Probation By Regional Accrediting Organization

Horror moment US pastor is bitten by a deadly snake during a service leaving him drenched in blood

Nadia Bolz-Weber Steps Down from Pastorate: Replaced by Gay Man Married to Drag Queen

Pastor faces eviction for hosting home Bible study

UK – The first humanist lead chaplain in the NHS

Mexican Pastor Survives Assassination Attempt

Headlines – 8/20/2018

Trump said to tell Jordan king: Israel will have a PM named Mohammed if no peace deal

Defense minister says Abbas trying to sabotage deal with Hamas

Abbas rejection of possible Israel-Hamas truce said to create tension with Egypt

Defense minister: Israel’s ‘endgame’ in Gaza is the toppling of Hamas

Arson balloons from Gaza spark two fires in southern Israel

Israel’s ‘super-charged’ questioning of U.S. Jews at border crossings exposes deeper rift

Israeli Arabs, Palestinian Authority to Mark Nation-state Law With ‘Apartheid’ Day

UK’s Labour head Corbyn sat on panel alongside Hamas terror leaders in 2012

Meeting Netanyahu, Bolton says Iran tops list of challenges facing US, world

Iranian ballistic missile program tops agenda as Bolton meets Netanyahu

Iran says U.S. ‘action group’ will fail to overthrow Iranian state

Iranian Regime Leaders Vexed by European Union Stance on US Sanctions

Europe must ‘pay price’ to save nuclear deal: Iran FM Zarif

Iran says no OPEC member can take over its share of oil exports

Gunshots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkey, no casualties

Spokesman: US forces to stay in Iraq as long as needed

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rains

China’s Xi to make first official visit to Pyongyang for North Korea’s 70th anniversary

Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years

Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

Trump adviser says Iran, China may also be meddling in elections

Facebook apologizes over removal of conservative site’s web videos

Apple Pulls 25,000 Apps From China Amid a Barrage of State-Media Criticism

Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it

Fleeing Venezuelans face suspicion and hostility as migration crisis worsens

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

Venezuela on edge as Maduro unveils raft of economic reforms

WH Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: Trump ‘fundamentally changing the way we create wealth in this country’

Oil Prices Are Down. Nobody Told the Gas Pumps

Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes

6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Belanting, Indonesia

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Sembalunbumbung, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Sembalunbumbung, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Sambelia, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Labuhanmapin, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sambelia, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Sambelia, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Haruniye, Turkey

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sambelia, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 31,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Hurricane Lane May Generate Large & Dangerous Surf for Hawaii

Cold Atlantic Water Means Less Hurricane Activity As Peak Approaches

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle

Drought reveals remains of German ‘Atlantis’

‘Abrupt thaw’ of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models

Nearly 800,000 displaced in flooding in south India

Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

India flood death toll jumps to 357 amid fears of disease in camps

Galilee tourism hit by leptospirosis outbreak

Bed bug outbreak hits British cities

More people died from opioid overdoses than by guns or car crashes in 2017, preliminary data shows

‘The devil’s aspirin’: why do so many celebrities blame Ambien?

Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid teen who made sex assault claim

Amidst ‘summer from hell for Catholic Church,’ a renewed crisis of faith

Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals

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Church Replaces Boring Old Hymns With Same Four Songs Every Sunday

LANDEN, OH—According to insiders at Front Street Lutheran Church, church leadership confirmed Monday that the congregation’s old, stale traditional hymns would finally be discarded due to their archaic nature. The “boring” and “rote” liturgical selection of hymns is being replaced with exactly four modern worship songs that will be played in the same order every […] The post Church Replaces Boring Old Hymns With Same Four Songs Every Sunday appeared first on The Babylon Bee .

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Facebook joins Twitter, Google and YouTube in deliberately purging conservative voices


Facebook, Google, Youtube, Twitter purging conservative speech (Source: The Stream) Facebook, Google, Youtube, Twitter purging conservatives (Source: The Stream)

The November mid-term elections are almost here, and progressives are doing what they can to win. Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube are composed entirely of secular leftists. These companies apparently only hire hardcore radical leftists, (remember James Damore?). Do these big corporations act any differently from the big government fascists in Venezuela and North Korea?

Consider this article from the Daily Caller:

Facebook is censoring PragerU videos for violating its speech codes that prohibit so-called “hate speech” and shadow banning its posts, PragerU wrote on Twitter Friday.

“We’re being heavily censored on @Facebook. Our last 9 posts are reaching 0 of our 3 million followers. At least two videos were deleted last night for ‘hate speech’ including our recent video with @ConservativeMillen,” PragerU tweeted.

The official PragerU Facebook page is still up on Facebook at the time of publication…

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August 20, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

divine power

seeing that His divine power has granted to us (1:3a)

Whatever spiritual sufficiency believers have is not because of any power they possess in themselves (cf. Matt. 19:26; Rom. 9:20–21; Eph. 1:19; Phil. 3:7–11; 1 Tim. 1:12–16; Titus 3:5) but derives from His divine power. Paul expressed it this way: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Eph. 3:20). The power that operates in believers is of the same divine nature as that which resurrected Christ (cf. Rom. 1:4; 1 Cor. 6:14; 15:16–17; 2 Cor. 13:4; Col. 2:12). That power enables saints to do works that please and glorify God (cf. 1 Cor. 3:6–8; Eph. 3:7) and accomplish spiritual things they cannot even imagine (see again Eph. 3:20).

His refers back to the Lord Jesus. If the personal pronoun modified God, Peter probably would not have used the descriptive word divine since deity is inherent in God’s name. His use of divine pointing to the Son underscores that Jesus is truly God (cf. John 10:30; 12:45; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:16; 2:9; Heb. 1:3) and also refutes any lingering doubt some readers may have had concerning that reality (cf. 1 John 5:20). Peter himself had been an eyewitness to Christ’s divine power (1:16; cf. Mark 5:30; Luke 4:14; 5:17).

God’s supply of spiritual power for believers never fails. They may distance themselves from the divine source through sin, or fail to minister and use what is available, but from the moment they experienced faith in Jesus Christ, God has granted His power to them. Has granted (dedōrēmenēs) is a perfect, passive participle meaning that in the past, with continuing results in the present, God permanently bestowed His power on believers.

divine provision

everything pertaining to life and godliness, (1:3b)

Because of their constant sins and failures as Christians, many find it hard not to think that even after salvation something is missing in the sanctification process. This faulty idea causes believers to seek “second blessings,” “spirit baptisms,” tongues, mystical experiences, special psychological insights, private revelations, “self crucifixion,” the “deeper life,” heightened emotions, demon bindings, and combinations of various ones of all those in an attempt to attain what is supposedly missing from their spiritual resources. All manner of ignorance and Scripture twisting accompanies those foolish pursuits, which at their corrupt roots are failures to understand exactly what Peter says here. Christians have received everything in the form of divine power necessary to equip them for sanctification—they have no lack at all. In view of that reality, the Lord holds all believers responsible to obey all the commands of Scripture. Christians cannot claim that their sins and failures are the result of God’s limited provision. There is no temptation and no assault of Satan and demons that is beyond their resources to overcome (1 Cor. 10:13; 12:13; 1 Peter 5:10). To stress the extent of the divine power given each believer, Peter makes the amazing statement that saints have received from God everything pertaining to life and godliness. Syntactically, the term everything is in the emphatic position because the Holy Spirit through Peter is stressing the extent of believers’ self-sufficiency.

The great power that gave Christians spiritual life will sustain that life in all its fullness. Without asking for more, they already have every spiritual resource needed to persevere in holy living. Life and godliness define the realm of sanctification, the living of the Christian life on earth to the glory of God—between initial salvation and final glorification. With the gift of new life in Christ (John 3:15–16; 5:24; 6:47; Titus 3:7; 1 John 2:25) came everything related to sustaining that life, all the way to glorification. That is why believers are eternally secure (John 6:35–40; 10:28–29; 2 Cor. 5:1; 1 John 5:13; Jude 1, 24–25) and can be assured God will empower them to persevere to the end (Matt. 24:13; John 8:31; Heb. 3:6, 14; Rev. 2:10), through all temptations, sins, failures, vicissitudes, struggles, and trials of life.

The word translated godliness (eusebeia) encompasses both true reverence in worship and its companion—active obedience. Saints should never question God’s sufficiency, because His grace that is so powerful to save is equally powerful to sustain them and empower them to righteous conduct (Rom. 8:29–30; Phil. 1:6).

divine procurement

through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. (1:3c)

In light of the divine power and provision available to Christians, the question then arises, “How does one experience those to the fullest?” The apostle indicates that it is through the true knowledge of Him. Knowledge (epignōsis) refers to a knowledge that is deep and genuine. The word is sometimes used interchangeably with the more basic term gnōsis, which means simply knowledge. But Peter is referring to more than a superficial knowledge of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Christ Himself warned of the peril of an inadequate knowledge of Him, even for those who minister in His name:

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matt. 7:21–23; cf. Luke 6:46)

Personal saving knowledge of the Lord is the obvious beginning point for believers, and as with everything in the Christian life, it comes from Him who called them (John 3:27; Rom. 2:4; 1 Cor. 4:7; cf. Jonah 2:9). Theologically, God’s call comprises two aspects: the general call and the effectual call. Theologian Charles M. Horne succinctly defined the two aspects as follows:

The general call is a call which comes through the proclamation of the gospel: it is a call which urges sinners to accept salvation. “On the last day, the great day, of the feast, Jesus stood and cried aloud, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink’ ” (Jn 7:37, Williams; cf. Mt 11:28; Is 45:22; etc.).

This message (kerygma), which is to be authoritatively proclaimed—not optionally debated—contains three essential elements: (1) It is a story of historical occurrences—an historical proclamation: Christ died, was buried, and rose (1 Co 15:3–4). (2) It is an authoritative interpretation of these events—a theological evaluation. Christ died for our sins. (3) It is an offer of salvation to whosoever will—an ethical summons. Repent! Believe!

The general call is to be freely and universally offered. “Jesus came up … and said, ‘Full authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations’ ” (Mt 28:18–19, Williams).

The effectual call is efficacious; that is, it always results in salvation. This is a creative calling which accompanies the external proclamation of the gospel; it is invested with the power to deliver one to the divinely intended destination. “It is very striking that in the New Testament the terms for calling, when used specifically with reference to salvation, are almost uniformly applied, not to the universal call of the gospel, but to the call that ushers men into a state of salvation and is therefore effectual.” [John Murray, Redemption—Accomplished and Applied (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1955), p. 88.]

Perhaps the classic passage on the effectual call is found in Romans 8:30: “Whom he did predestinate, them he also called” (kjv). Other pertinent references include: Romans 1:6–7; 1 Corinthians 1:9, 26; 2 Peter 1:10.

The efficacious call is immutable, thereby insuring our perseverance. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Ro 11:29, nasb). (Salvation [Chicago: Moody, 1971], 47–48; italics in original. See also these other New Testament references: John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 6:37, 44–45, 64–65; Acts 16:14; Eph. 2:1, 5, 10; Col. 2:13; 1 Thess. 1:4–5; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5.)

As in all appearances of this call in the epistles, Peter’s use of called here clearly refers to the effectual and irresistible call to salvation.

God effects His saving call through the revealed majesty of His own Son. Sinners are drawn by the glory and excellence of Jesus Christ. In Scripture glory always belongs to God alone (cf. Ex. 15:11; Deut. 28:58; Pss. 8:1; 19:1; 57:5; 93:1; 104:1; 138:5; 145:5; Isa. 6:3; 42:8, 12; 48:11; 59:19; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 21:11, 23). Thus when sinners see the glory of Christ they are witnessing His deity (cf. Luke 9:27–36; John 1:3–5, 14). Unless through the preaching of the gospel (Rom. 10:14–17) they realize who Christ is (the glorious Son of God who is Savior; cf. John 20:30–31; 2 Peter 1:16–18), and understand their need for repentance, so as to come to Him in faith, pleading for salvation, sinners cannot escape hell and enter heaven.

So, when God draws sinners to Himself, they see not only Christ’s glory as God, but also His excellence as man. That refers to His morally virtuous life and His perfect humanity (cf. Matt. 20:28; Luke 2:52; 22:27; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:17; 4:15; 7:26; 1 Peter 2:21–23; 1 John 3:3). All salvation blessings, power, and provision come only to those who see and believe the words and acts of the sinless God/Man (cf. John 14:7–10; Acts 2:22; 1 Cor. 15:47; 1 John 1:1–2; 5:20).[1]

To know God (v. 3)

The greatest need for any person in the world is to be given the power to know God personally. What type of power is being considered here?

In New Testament Greek, the word we have translated here as ‘power’ is dunamis, from which the word dynamite is derived. Care must be taken, though, lest a wrong impression is gained, for the Word of God is not destructive even though it is explosive. The power to live as Christian believers is through a knowledge of God that is personal and intimate.

At times it is tempting to ask the question: ‘Is God strong enough to save and keep me, both now and for evermore?’ The answer according to Peter is a resounding ‘Yes!’ for God displays dunamis, dynamic power, to save and protect those who are his both now in time and on into eternity.

A misuse of the Bible

Peter the Hermit was a charismatic preacher from Picardy, France, who claimed to have a letter from heaven authorizing the First Crusade to the Holy Land in 1096. He held out the promise of spiritual reward and the cleansing of sin for all who took part, and coupled with the thought of adventure this proved to be a heady mix. Married men, however, were forbidden to leave without their wives’ permission. One woman was so determined to stop her husband hearing this preacher that she locked him in the home; but when he heard through an open window what was on offer, he jumped out and joined the crusade.

Alas, such foolishness does not lead to powerful living for God; for the one who is truly in tune with God lives a godly life in accordance with God’s Word, empowered by his Spirit.

The need to trust God

God has used his great power in giving and preserving his Word, the Bible, and it is full of ‘great and precious promises’ (v. 4). Peter encourages not only a knowledge and love of the Scriptures, but also a living experience of God’s promises in the everyday life of his readers.

Jesus promised that he would live with his people (John 14:23), enabling them to become increasingly Christlike (2 Cor. 3:18). So the Word of God transforms the people of God so that they become living letters, testifying to the promises of God (see 2 Cor. 3:2–3).

This is all possible because participation in the divine nature—being part of the body of Christ—means that the corrupting influences of the world are removed, and godliness instead of godlessness becomes the motivating factor. This will ultimately lead to the restoration of perfect fellowship with God in the life to come.

A good question!

Some may ask, ‘Why has God gone to all this trouble?’ He has done so to enable those who have been created in his image, but who fell because of sin and disobedience, to escape hell for all eternity. Out of gratitude these people are now to live victorious Christian lives in a difficult world through the power of the Holy Spirit, as a testimony to God’s love.

John Bunyan, in The Pilgrim’s Progress, pictures the two pilgrims, Christian and Hopeful, languishing in the dungeon of Doubting Castle, which is owned by Giant Despair. Bunyan wrote:

Christian said to Hopeful, ‘What a fool I am, to lie here in this stinking Dungeon when I might walk free on the highway to glory!’

Then Christian took the key of Promise and pushed it into the lock of the dungeon door. The bolt fell back and the door came open. They walked out into the castle. Then they went to the door leading to the castle yard. The key opened that door also. Now they came to the great iron gate leading outside. The lock to the gate was exceedingly difficult, yet they unlocked it and pushed open the gate to make their escape. But the gate made such a creaking sound that it woke the giant, who jumped out of bed to pursue his prisoners. Then he was seized by one of his fits and lost the use of his limbs. The prisoners ran to the King’s highway, where they were safely beyond Giant Despair’s jurisdiction.

Peter desired that all of God’s people should be kept from doubt and despair by standing on the promises of Christ their Lord, a truth outlined in the following hymn:

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let his praises ring;

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;

Standing, standing,

I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,

Resting in my Saviour as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.[2]

1:3 / After the conventional opening, Peter launches straight into his message. First, he sets out the Christian truths on which he is going to base his argument. Peter picks up the theme of “the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” included in his greeting (v. 2) and expounds what that means.

His divine power, i.e., the power of God shared by and active through Jesus, has given us, has bestowed upon us, everything we need for life and godliness. The last phrase is a hendiadys for “a godly life” (for hendiadys, see Additional Note on 1 Pet. 2:25). All that is needful for the believer to live the life that God intends is available in Christ (John 10:10; 2 Cor. 12:9).

The divine provision of everything we need for living a godly life is initially the free gift of God’s unmerited grace. But we have to cooperate with God by taking it up from there and “make every effort” (v. 5). Bengel refers to the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1–13) and remarks: “The flame is that which is imparted to us by God and from God, without any labour on our part; but the oil is that which man ought to add by his own diligence and faithfulness, that the flame may be fed and increased. Thus the matter is set forth without a parable in this passage of Peter: in verses 3 and 4 we have the flame; but in verses 5 and 6, and those which follow, we have that which man himself ought to add [lit. to pour upon it], the presence of divine grace being presupposed” See Bengel, Gnomen, vol. 5, pp. 85–86.

This divine provision, Peter reminds his readers, comes through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. The call of Christ is initially to personal faith in him. But it is a call repeated all through the believer’s life, a call to a deeper and richer understanding of the Person of Christ, and of his demands for spiritual growth and service. That first call to faith, which resulted in the conversion of the readers, came by means of Christ’s own (idia, unique) glory and goodness. The niv translation goodness for aretē is mild. Basically, aretē is that which expresses worth. Applied to human beings, it means moral goodness (as in 1:5; “virtue” in kjv). Applied to God (as here in v. 3), it means that which manifests divine miracle-working power for good.[3]

The power of Jesus Christ (1:3)

This is one of the relatively few occasions on which the New Testament actually calls Jesus divine, and it is for a reason. Even people with no religious commitment may speak of their religious experiences, and some church people affirm these as genuine encounters with God. Peter will not rest with such diplomatic generalizations, because he wants to anchor everything to Jesus Christ, who uniquely has divine power. The idea of God’s power is a frequent one in the Bible, covering every major stage in the history of God’s people. Peter wants to make that link between Jesus and the great acts of God in the past, and to remind us of the power that accompanied Jesus’ ministry. But two clues show that he is also working within a secular environment. First, although the phrase ‘divine power’ does not echo any particular phrase in the Bible, it was very frequent in contemporary secular writing. Secondly, although the word ‘divine’ is confined in the New Testament to this letter and Paul’s speech in Athens, it was common currency outside.9 It is repeated in verse 4 in the phrase divine nature, and the two phrases form a bracket around this paragraph. The word, theios, could be used by the apostles either in order to put their thoughts into words that non-Christians would understand or, as here, to show how some of the Christians’ ideas were shading off into paganism.

For the first time the question is becoming clear, and it is one that is not confined to Peter’s time. Is the power of Jesus Christ sufficient on its own to strengthen the resolve of anxious and tempted Christians in a tough and attractively pagan world? Peter’s answer is that Jesus’ power is more than adequate, for Jesus not only sets the highest standards for Christians to live up to, he also gives the resources to meet those standards, and in the end he will defeat the forces who oppose him. Everything hangs on that last point, for if Jesus does not have the ultimate power to enforce his rightful rule, then it is really no power at all. People look back to Jesus’ remarkable teaching and miracles, and rightly think that they see there the great power of God. But Peter sees a greater working of Jesus’ divine power in the seemingly unimpressive reality of men and women able to live lives that honour Jesus. People look back to the Jewish carpenter friend of Peter, whose dreams led to the cross in weakness; but Peter looked forward as well, to Jesus’ mighty return as King and Judge. ‘The dunamis, power and authority of Christ, is the sword which St Peter holds over the head of the false teachers.’

  • Jesus Christ sets the challenge for us

Jesus Christ sets high standards in life and godliness, which are best thought of not as two things but one, a ‘godly life’. Those high standards were apparent throughout his life and teaching, and nowhere more clearly than in the Sermon on the Mount. There he said that ‘unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven’.12 We are so used to hearing Jesus’ religious contemporaries marked low for their standards that it comes as something of a shock to realize that Jesus meant this as an awesome warning. The people to whom he spoke assumed that the Pharisees and teachers of the law were the very model of scrupulous perfection, and to be required to exceed that standard was breathtakingly ambitious and radical. Jesus had shown that those Pharisees who were spiritually open enough to want to learn from him had to go further. The Pharisee Nicodemus had to be ‘born again’, and the teacher of the law who agreed with Jesus on God’s standards was told only that he was ‘not far from the kingdom of God’. Jesus taught that the Pharisees’ perfection was inadequate because it was built on reconstructing the law so as to demand the least of themselves. He reconstructed it to demand the most, and he made that standard irrevocable. That level of positive perfection is the godly life.

Such a standard seems hopelessly naïve, because ordinary human beings are not necessarily noble or altruistic. Some suggest a lower standard that more people can reach. But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is not setting out a new and more demanding code of ethics that only a few disciplined ascetics can achieve. Rather, he is redefining the people of God. They are the people who recognize him as their lawgiver, who come to him not on the basis of their perfection or strength but in their imperfection and weakness. They are men and women who ask for forgiveness, not approval, and their perfection is not interior and invisible, but worked out in everyday life.

The word translated godliness is eusebeia, the word ordinary non-Christians would use to describe what they would hope to be the results of their religious practices in observable holiness. It spoke of decency, honesty, trust and integrity, and could mean something that a religious person has earned or deserved. Peter had encountered that misunderstanding in the first few months of Christian leadership, when a man’s miraculous healing was causing a stir. The people were thinking that Peter must be a very good man, since God used him in this way. Instead, Peter directs them to Jesus. ‘Why do you stare at us as if by our own power (dynamis) or godliness (eusebeia) we had made this man walk?’ Because it has this overtone of man-made piety, it is a word the New Testament normally avoids;16 but it has a sharp significance in an environment where non-Christians were becoming scandalized at the immorality of church leaders (2:2). The ordinary Christian, faced with a battle against sin, could easily give in to despair. Are we to follow those who claim to be our leaders but clearly lead us into sin? Are they right in teaching us that fighting sin is an outdated battle? Peter says that the quality of a Christian’s discipleship should be so evident that non-Christians should be able to watch us reaching, and even surpassing, their highest standards of life and godliness.

  • Jesus Christ meets the challenge for us

If the high expectations of the New Testament are not watered down, the average Christian is left feeling massively daunted. Peter’s answer to that inadequacy is that Jesus Christ has given us everything we need for life and godliness. This is a slight under-translation, because has given renders dōreomai, which can mean a generous imperial gift, or even volunteering for service. It underlines the graciousness and generosity of the giver. Jesus Christ has generously given all that could ever be required to be godly. Merely by being Christians, we are in touch with everything we need to live a godly life. That supremely important word ‘everything’ is both a tremendous encouragement and a tremendous warning.

It is encouragement because it means that there is nothing extra to find out or gain access to than we have already obtained just through being Christians. The gospel is sufficient for us to meet God’s requirements. If there is a major scientific, artistic, moral or philosophical question, or even a matter of personal decision-making, which the Bible does not address, then we have to assume that although it may be intriguing and important from a human perspective, it is irrelevant to the quest for a godly life. God has made his directions for life perfectly clear and sufficient, for he has given us everything we need, and that provides a clear view on what is centrally important in his plan and what is relatively trivial.

There will always be people who want to supplement the work of Christ with extra teaching, and convince us that we are living less than Christian lives, while their particular form of teaching is the ingredient missing from traditional Christianity. It takes different forms: Christ plus healing, Christ plus success, Christ plus prosperity, Christ plus counselling, Christ plus an overwhelming experience. Anxious Christians may spend many years going through these, searching for an assurance that is already theirs in Christ. Simply by being Christians we have access to everything we need to live a life that pleases God. Those who want to add to that are false teachers.

That sufficiency of Christ is good news. But the tremendous warning these words contain is that we have to face up to our accountability to him. We cannot blame God for not making us godly enough or not making his will clear enough, for we already have everything we need. A godly life is not something that only a few super-saints are destined to achieve, for Peter says it is well within the reach of the ordinary Christian. There is no point in seeking a special secret of sanctification that will transform us into godly people in a faster way than ordinary Christian obedience. There is no other way. If there were, it would mean that the death of Christ is sufficient to save but insufficient to sanctify. Peter will lay out later how to live a godly life (verses 5–11), and it will be a matter of hard submission to God’s Word. The Christian who is not godly has only one person to blame.

We gain access to the remarkable resource that will enable us to meet this daunting challenge through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. This is again the knowledge of Jesus Christ that comes when we are converted (‘epignōsis knowledge’), and which is the birthright of every Christian. We are not to look for the source of that knowledge in our experience of conversion, however, for Peter ties it back to the ministry of Jesus. All the apostles had an especially clear memory of being called by Jesus, but the we and us must mean that Peter remembered a moment when Jesus called all Christians. Perhaps he recollected the occasion on which Jesus gave the invitation, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’20 We may remember having responded to that invitation at a particular time, but it would be wrong to identify that event with the moment we were called. We have a vital link with the historical Jesus.

Peter underlines that truth by saying that the way Jesus called us was by his own glory and goodness (and perhaps again it is right to combine the two words and talk of Jesus’ ‘glorious goodness’). What has attracted men and women to Jesus Christ for nearly two thousand years is his unique ability to reflect the glory and goodness of the invisible God22 into our visible and fallen world. Goodness, aretē, is another common word from Greek religion, which also makes Old Testament appearances, partnered, as it is here, by the word glory. The two words could be merely synonyms. But ‘goodness’ here probably means ‘a manifestation of divine power, [a] miracle’.24 Peter does not want to focus on Jesus’ goodness in the abstract, but in the reality of what God has done and achieved. That forces us back to Jesus’ life, teaching, example and miracles, and to his transfiguration, which will be so central to this letter. Above all, it forces us back to the great manifestation of God’s power in Jesus’ death and resurrection. In other words, people may seem to become Christians because they find Jesus’ ministry deeply attractive, but underneath that, Peter says, is the saving work of Christ which has called us into fellowship with the Father, and it is only through the cross that we have knowledge of him.

  • Who fails the challenge?

The false teachers threatening the churches to which Peter is writing found this idea of high standards an unnecessary burden. They collected followers by ‘appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature’ instead (2:18). The reason, which will become clearer in chapter 2, is that they denied that Jesus Christ has any power to judge, in which case there is no reason to live up to his exacting standards. They saw non-Christians all around them living a life which was the total opposite of Jesus’ standards and yet thoroughly enjoying themselves, and that made them feel privately envious. They began to wish that Christians did not have to stand out from the crowd. They had started to argue that Christian theology and morality should develop and grow over time, and that it should lose some of what they might have called its primitive judgmentalism. Peter is firm in reply. No, he says, the Jesus who will return to judge will measure us by the standards he has left us and which he has equipped us to fulfil.[4]

1:3. The same one who calls us, that is, who invites us by grace to be a part of his kingdom, also enables us to change or to grow spiritually. Life and godliness together are best understood as referring to a godly life. This is the destination toward which the transformation will take a follower of Christ. A godly life includes two primary ideas. First, it describes an attitude of reverence in the presence of one who is majestic and divine. Secondly, a godly life describes actions of obedience. At the heart of godly living and spiritual transformation is an attitude of reverence toward God and actions of obedience.

The source of strength that enables the believer to move in this direction is His divine power. These words describe the work of God’s Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. He provides the believer with gifts and the ability to use those gifts. God’s design is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the believer is assisted in living a godly life.

This process is assisted through our knowledge of him who called us. As in verse 2, this refers to the believer’s personal knowledge of Jesus Christ and to a growing relationship with him. The more we come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way, the more we begin to understand who he really is and what he has done for us. As we grow in this kind of understanding, we begin to appreciate his divine power that assists us in growing spiritually.[5]

3. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Some translations, including the New International Version, omit the first Greek word in this verse. The versions that translate this word have the reading according as (KJV), seeing that (NASB), as (NKJV), or for (MLB). These translators use it as a bridge between the salutation (v. 2) and this verse.

  • “His divine power has given us everything we need.” To whom is Peter referring when he writes, “his divine power”? Commentators have different opinions. Some say that this is a reference to God, but that the pronouns him (“knowledge of him”) and his (“his own glory”) relate to Christ. Others say that Peter is thinking of Christ; first, because Jesus is mentioned in the preceding text, and second, because the entire epistle is an exposition of Jesus’ deity (e.g., see v. 1). Perhaps we can say that in this verse Peter fails to present a clear distinction between God and Jesus and, therefore, that we ought to refrain from being dogmatic.

The words divine power describe “the godhead and everything that belongs to it.” They are an example of the Hebrew fondness for using a circumlocution to avoid mentioning the name of God. Because of his divine power, God has given us everything we need. This is an amazing statement! In fact, in this introductory verse of the epistle we encounter a wonderful cheerfulness.20 Peter exclaims that he and the readers are the recipients of untold blessings; the word everything sums up this idea.

  • “For life and godliness.” Observe that God has granted and continues to grant us “everything for life and godliness.” He wants us to live in harmony with his Word by honoring, loving, and serving him. Eternal life is not an ideal that becomes reality when we depart from this earthly scene. On the contrary, we possess eternal life through our daily exercise of living for God and our fellow man. By obeying God’s will in our lives we practice godliness and experience the possession of eternal life.
  • “Through our knowledge of him who called us.” Peter tells the readers of his epistle that God grants them everything they need to enjoy life in his service. He indicates that God grants his gifts liberally “through our knowledge of him.” Once again Peter speaks of knowledge (see v. 2) and informs us that God makes his gifts available to us when we come to know him. Knowledge is a basic concept in Peter’s epistle.

The question is whether the phrase knowledge of him applies to God or to Christ. If we understand the pronoun to refer to Christ, then we have to conclude that the word us refers to the apostles. But the pronoun us in the first part of verse 3 is all-inclusive, for Peter speaks of himself and the readers. Should we interpret the pronoun to apply only to the apostles and not to the readers, we would negate the statements on equality within the church, which Peter teaches by implication in the first two verses of this epistle. We expect, however, that Peter is consistent in the use of this pronoun. Accordingly, we understand the word him to point to God and not to Christ. John Calvin observes that Peter “makes God the author of this knowledge, because we never go to him except when called.” God has called us, through Christ, to salvation (compare Rom. 8:28, 30; 1 Peter 1:15; 2:9; 5:10). And last, in the broader context of this chapter, Peter once more mentions the calling of the readers; he writes, “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure” (v. 10).

  • “By his own glory and goodness.” The act of calling us is a demonstration of God’s own glory and goodness. These two characteristics are highly personal; the adjective own modifies both terms. Moreover, the two terms, although in a sense synonymous, differ. We are able to observe glory with our eyes (compare John 1:14), and we become aware of goodness (praise) with our minds and hearts. Conclusively, God reveals his essential being through visible glory and he displays his goodness in his deeds.[6]

1:3 This passage should be of immense interest to every Christian because it tells how we can keep from falling in this life and how we can be assured of a triumphal entry into the next.

First we are assured that God has made full provision for us to have a life of holiness. This provision is said to be an evidence of His power: His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Just as His power saves us in the first place, so His power energizes us to live holy lives from then on. The order is—first life, then godliness. The gospel is the power of God to save from the penalty of sin and from its power, from damnation and from defilement.

The all things that pertain to life and godliness include the high priestly work of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the activity of angelic agencies on our behalf, the new life we receive at conversion, and the instruction of the word of God.

The power to live a holy life comes through the knowledge of Him who called us. Just as His divine power is the source of holiness, so the knowledge of Him is the channel. To know Him is eternal life (John 17:3) and progress in knowing Him is progress in holiness. The better we get to know Him, the more we become like Him.

Our calling is one of Peter’s favorite themes. He reminds us that: (1) We have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9). (2) We have been called to follow Christ in a pathway of suffering (1 Pet. 2:21). (3) We have been called to return blessing for reviling (1 Pet. 3:9). (4) We have been called to his eternal glory (1 Pet. 5:10). (5) We have been called by glory and virtue (2 Pet. 1:3). This last reference means that He called us by revealing to us the wonders of His Person. Saul of Tarsus was called on the road to Damascus when he saw the glory of God. A later disciple testified, “I looked into His face and was forever spoiled for anything that was unlike Him.” He was called by His glory and excellence.[7]

3 By his own glory and goodness refers to the divine character and high moral quality of the life and person of Jesus which drew Peter to follow him and formed the basis of preaching to those who had not seen Jesus in the flesh. Some translations read ‘to his own glory …’ seeing this as the purpose for which we are called, but this is less likely. Peter may be thinking of the transfiguration when he speaks of the glory of Jesus, and of his own call (Lk. 5:1–11) when he mentions his goodness, but it is more likely that he has in mind the total impact of Jesus on anyone coming to faith (cf. Jn. 1:14). The same word is used in this sense in 1 Pet. 2:9 where it is translated ‘praises’.[8]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2005). 2 Peter and Jude (pp. 26–30). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Anderson, C. (2007). Opening up 2 Peter (pp. 20–24). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 160–161). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Lucas, R. C., & Green, C. (1995). The message of 2 Peter & Jude: the promise of His coming (pp. 45–50). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[5] Walls, D., & Anders, M. (1999). I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude (Vol. 11, pp. 108–109). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 245–247). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2287–2288). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Wheaton, D. H. (1994). 2 Peter. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1389). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

August 20 Jairus’s Sense of Need

A synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.”—Matt. 9:18

The accounts of this incident by Mark (5:22) and Luke (8:41) identify the synagogue official as Jairus. And everything he did in this encounter with Jesus demonstrated his humility and sincerity. His request of the Lord was a selfless one for something humanly impossible, and by making it he respected Christ’s power, compassion, and grace. Seemingly unworried about the reaction of his fellow religious leaders, he knew that only Jesus could help his daughter who had just died.

The Holy Spirit had obviously already worked in Jairus’s heart to bring him to this point. His request shows absolute faith that Jesus was able to do what was asked: “come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” Jairus’s sense of need was so urgent that he swallowed his fear and pride and came to Jesus without hesitation or doubt.

Often some tragedy such as this drives a person to Jesus Christ. Those who, unlike Jairus, are unaware of need in their lives will usually have no hunger for God. That’s why in evangelism, it is important to show someone their need of salvation and therefore of Christ as the only way to receive it. Jairus saw the emptiness of human resources in this situation and now knew Jesus was his last best hope. He may not have approached the Lord out of the purest motive, because his prime concern was his daughter’s life and his own despair. So his first thought was not solely to glorify Christ, but he did trust Jesus for help in bringing his child back—and he found Him truly accessible.


What needs do those around you have, perhaps without even knowing it? Identify several of them. As you go about your day, be aware of the needs they’re expressing. And as opportunities for spiritual conversation arise, show them the answer to their need in Christ Jesus.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 241). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness….


Today more than ever we Christians need to learn how to sanctify the ordinary!

In this cynical generation, people have been overstimulated to the place where their nerves are jaded and their tastes corrupted. Everything is common and almost everything boring. The sacred has been secularized, the holy vulgarized and worship converted into a form of entertainment.

Like it or not, that is the world in which we find ourselves and we are charged with the responsibility to live soberly, righteously and godly right in the middle of it! The danger is that we allow ourselves to be too much affected by the degenerate tastes and low views of the Hittites and Jebusites among whom we dwell and so learn the ways of the nations, to our own undoing, as Israel did before us.

When the whole moral and psychological atmosphere is secular and common how can we escape its deadly effects? How can we sanctify the ordinary and find true spiritual meaning in the common things of life?

The answer is plainly apparent but to some of us it will seem too tame and ordinary. It is to consecrate the whole of life to Christ and begin to do everything in His name and for His sake. That just means that we begin to do for Christ’s sake what we had formerly been doing for our own![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

The Classical God and the Insanity of Atheism, Part 2 — Credo Magazine

Is western atheism a novel movement? How has the atheism of today misunderstood the metaphysics of the doctrine of God? Is the classical understanding of God articulated by Eastern and Western Fathers a better antidote to contemporary atheism than the modern, relational view of God? Why is the Christian God the first cause, that being who is the necessary and absolute being? Is God the ontological source of the goodness and bliss we so desperately search for?

In part 2 of this two-part conversation, Matthew Barrett is joined by David Bentley Hart to answer these difficult questions. David Bentley Hart is the Assistant Director of Undergrad Research Assistants at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. He earned his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 1997. Dr. Hart has published over 450 articles and a number of books including Atheist DelusionsThe Experience of God, and The Hidden and the Manifest. In 2011, he was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize of the Church of England.

Also, do not miss Part 1 of this two-part conversation.

via The Classical God and the Insanity of Atheism, Part 2 — Credo Magazine

Brennan: I didn’t mean that Trump committed treason when I said his actions are ‘nothing short of treasonous’

Plain English is apparently a second language for Brennan.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/brennan_i_didnt_mean_that_trump_committed_treason_when_i_said_his_actions_are_nothing_short_of_treasonous.html

Chelsea Clinton tries to worm her way out of her abortion claims, in Twitter exchange with Dinesh D’Souza

She told D’Souza on Twitter that she never said the things she actually said.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/chelsea_clinton_tries_to_worm_her_way_out_of_her_abortion_claims_in_twitter_exchange_with_dinesh_dsouza.html

5 Trends Christian Millennials Must Stop Doing — Juicy Ecumenism

Today’s guest author is John Wesley Reid, a Christian blogger and political analyst based in Washington, D.C.  Reid served in the United States Marines and received a degree in political science from Biola Universiy before pursuing seminary at Liberty University. This blog post originally appeared on his personal blogReposted with permission. 

This piece is a response to young Christian millennials who often sacrifice their Christian values for the sake of being relevant to the world. I will remind you, oh beloved children of God, that Jesus himself said that the world will hate you because of your love for Him. You can love the world like Jesus loves the world and still be hated. It’s not your fault, so don’t change your method. Your advocacy for Christ should never come at the expense of your relationship with Him. Here are 5 ways that many Christian millennials are hurting their delivery of the gospel to a world that desperately needs it.

1) Tolerance

Tolerance flies in the face of the gospel because it is apathetic both to brokenness and holiness, and when we don’t recognize our brokenness then we will never recognize our need for holiness…and thus Jesus becomes, at best, superfluous. Many millennials have it in their minds that affirming the individual means affirming their sin. This message is due in part to the poison of church progressivism, and many young Christian millennials sing the same tune. Instead of hating sin for the separation that it causes between us and God, they accept the sins of others in the name of “loving them for who they are.”

But the problem with tolerance is that when we accept people for who they WANT to be, we neglect the people that Jesus MADE them to be.

Jesus was the prime example of love, but never does He display an ounce of tolerance. Indeed the cross was proof of His intolerance. What type of tolerance prompts a king to step off his throne to die for his people? Tolerance was never part of the story!

The gospel does not boast “come as you are, stay as you are” but rather “come as you are TO BE RESTORED!” We don’t get to make up the narrative here, folks! The story has already been written- and it is beautiful! 

2) Neglecting Theology

Consider the etymology of the word theology; theo- God, logy-study: the study of God. A trendy message among young Christians these days is “I don’t need theology, I just need Jesus.” The problem here is that the two are not mutually exclusive. Not only are they not mutually exclusive but rather they are dependent on each other. The more we know Jesus, the more we love Him and the more we love Him the more we want to know Him and so the cycle continues. Our desire to know Him (theology) should be an implication for our love for Him. And the more this continues the more we will desire to live like Him and thus love His people AS HE loves them.

To say you love Jesus but don’t need theology is like a husband telling his wife, “I love you, poopsies. But I don’t care to know your heart, your character, your desires, your attributes,” etc.

But when theology is neglected, the ramifications are made known in the way we treat others. Even with a Christian label we only love on them with a wishy-washy love that promotes no agenda for change and restoration. When theology is neglected Christian millennials succumb to weak cultural ideas and defective scriptural interpretation such as “Jesus just said to love people, so why should we be opposed to gay marriage?” and “the Bible says not to judge, so don’t tell me that I shouldn’t be sleeping with my boyfriend!” when the Bible actually tells Christians to judge each other (Matthew 7:24, I Corinthians 5:9-13). A good theology will inform the individual that not only are they wrong in their sin, but that Jesus wants so much MORE for them; more joy, purity and intimacy with Him.

3) Separation from the World

You are not of the world, so don’t act like you are (Romans 12:1-2). “But John, Jesus partied, so I can party!” Well, sure I guess you can say he partied because He did attend parties and even contribute wine to one (and yes, I affirm that this wine was alcoholic). But the above quote is used in a defense of a partying style that is NOT consistent with Jesus’ partying style, and those who make the argument know that full well. As Christians, we are to be light and salt to the world (Matthew 5:14). Salt gives flavor to bland food, light gives vision in darkness. See the analogy there? We are to be different and we are to be good. Good in behavior and good in our advocacy for Christ. Does this mean we can’t drink? Not necessarily. Does it mean we can’t get drunk and cuss and make poor decisions with people that we likely wouldn’t have without the influence of alcohol? Yes, it absolutely does if our agenda is to represent Christianity.

But even the movies we watch and the music we listen to are important. Harry Potter? I’m fine with it but you should read this: (Reasons Why Christians Should NOT Watch Harry Potter). If it has an explicit language sticker on it then there’s really no justification to be listening to it. It needs to be tossed. “But I’m an adult.” Yes, which means you’re a Christian and you’re old enough to know better. Not to mention you’re supposed to be setting the example. Junk in, junk out no matter your age.

We’re quick to sing popular worship songs like “O To Be Like You” and “Jesus, Be the Center Of My Life” but how practical do we allow this to be? We need to be Daniels, Esthers, and Joshuas. We need to be people of faith who love without ceasing and represent without compromise.

Also, I understand that nobody is perfect but it’s one thing to sin and try to justify it while it’s another to sin and repent; confessing and turning away from sin.

Stop flirting with what you can get away with, and instead pursue the holiness that we have through Jesus Christ.

4) Bashing the Church

Christian Millennials are quick to throw the Church under the bus. Blogs are constantly cycling the internet like “3 reasons why I left my youth group” (and of course it’s always the youth group/youth pastor’s fault, not the student who left). While the Church isn’t perfect, I feel it is much more effective to celebrate the good that the Church is doing than the negative, which a lot of times isn’t even negative, it’s rhetoric. For example, it is easy to knock a mega church for putting money into their building but how many mega-church bashers have actually researched the hundreds of thousands of dollars that said mega-church is giving to inner-city and overseas missions?

It’s also important to remember that as Christians we ARE the Church, therefore, we are the imperfection that is, the difference that needs to be, and the good that the Church is doing.

5) Declining Accountability

The same group of Christian millennials will be the first to dish out accountability, usually in the form of Church-bashing, but will be the last to receive it. It’ll be rendered them, but they won’t accept it. If you call them out on wayward behavior they will notoriously accuse you of judging them and use the Bible to support their plight. But indeed the Bible says that Christians ARE to judge each other, as we saw earlier. If you identify as Christian then you, oh beloved, fall within the God-appointed jurisdiction of judgment from your sibling in Christ. To be clear, judgment should be read as corrective counsel in attempts to hold one accountable and thus point towards restoration.

Accountability is not only biblical, but it is wonderful. Repentance is a means of turning from darkness and receiving the gift of restoration that is found in Jesus. It’s easy to read repentance as a scary thing. But Hebrews paints a wonderful, gospel-reflecting image of it:

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace, to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

There is nothing scary about that. If anything it’s overwhelmingly comforting that WE, sinners made pure through Jesus, are not only allowed to but are ENCOURAGED to enter the highest of throne rooms to receive mercy and grace from the Almighty, the one who we have grievously sinned against.

God sees you as His child, beautiful and righteous through His son, Jesus. Let us all remember the love that has been lavished on us and make sure that we go and love likely, in truth and in grace.

via 5 Trends Christian Millennials Must Stop Doing — Juicy Ecumenism

August 20 Bearing True Fruit

Bear fruits worthy of repentance.

Luke 3:8

Your essential character—your inner motives, convictions, loyalties, and ambitions—will eventually show through in what you say and do. Good works do not save you, but every believer is saved for good works. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10; see also Gal. 5:22–23; Col. 1:10).

For the believer, true fruit–bearing occurs with the help of Christ. The apostle Paul speaks of our “being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:11). On the other hand, unbelievers (including those who falsely profess Christ) will eventually demonstrate the bad fruit that their unregenerate lives inevitably produce.

If you are bearing fruit, you will be growing in all the areas Peter lists: faith, virtue, knowledge, self–control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (see 2 Pet. 1:5–9).[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 253). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Monday Briefing Aug 20, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

The theological issues lurking under the headlines in the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal

Philadelphia Inquirer (David Gambacorta) — Priests ran child porn ring in Pittsburgh diocese: state AG’s grand jury report

Who is your priest? Where is your priest? How a debate from the Reformation continues to define today’s news

Catechism of the Catholic Church — The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

When a name isn’t just a name: Why the Mormon Church’s announcement of a name change is actually about a theological assertion

New York Times (Julia Jacobs) — Stop Saying ‘Mormon,’ Church Leader Says. But Is the Real Name Too Long?

Washington Post (Allyson Chiu) — Stop calling the Mormon Church ‘Mormon,’ says church leader. ‘LDS’ is out, too.

— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/08/20/briefing-8-20-18/

I Know What Motivated the Last School Shooter… and What Will Motivate the Next One — Cold Case Christianity

In the days following a recent school shooting (this one in Santa Fe, Texas), family members, friends and investigators found themselves searching for illusive answers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott summarized the effort: “Unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not those types of warning signs. The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.” The shooter’s parents said the media reports of the shooting seemed “incompatible with the boy (they) love,” and the killer’s best friend said the killer was “one of the most responsible people I knew. He didn’t drink or do drugs, to my knowledge… He was academically proactive, making all A’s.” Given the profile that is emerging, investigators have not yet identified the motive for the shooting.

I, however, know precisely why this latest killer did what he did, and I also know what will motivate the next killer to act in a similar way.

Many years ago, as I began investigating high-profile murders in Los Angeles County, I carefully chronicled the motives for every homicide that occurred in our region. You might think there are a million reasons why someone would commit a murder, but there are only three. These motives are the driving force behind every homicide, and they are also responsible for every theft, burglary and robbery. In fact, these three motives lie at the heart of everyconceivable crime or misdeed.

Human misbehavior is motivated by (1) financial greed, (2) sexual – or relational – lust, and (3) the pursuit of power.

You might be wondering if there is a fourth category. There isn’t. What about jealousy? What about anger? Ask yourself the question: What is causingthe jealousy or anger? There are only three answers to this question, and now you know them.

The notorious gang, MS13, inadvertently confirmed these three motives when choosing the motto for their criminal organization: “Mata, roba, viola, controla”’ (kill, steal, rape, control). All murders (“kill”) are motivated by financial greed (“steal”), sexual lust (“rape”) or the pursuit of power (“control”). Sometimes one of these motives is the driving force behind a crime. Sometimes two or more are involved.

The latest school shooting is a good example. While there doesn’t appear to be any financial motive, the killer does appear to have been driven by the other two motivations I’ve described:

Sexual Lust
One of the victims was apparently pursued by the killer in the days and weeks prior to the shooting. Shana Fischer’s mother said the killer “kept making advances on her (daughter) and she (Shana) repeatedly told him no.” According to Shana’s father, “Shana told her mother two weeks ago he (the boy she rebuffed) was going to come and kill her.”

The Pursuit of Power
This form of motivation can be very nuanced and includes one’s sense of respect, authority, embarrassment, prestige or control. For example, as the killer became “more aggressive” in his advances toward Shana (approximately one week prior to the shooting), Shana eventually “stood up to him” and “embarrassed him in class.” In addition, several news outlets have reported that the shooter was bullied and “mistreated at school.” Episodes of perceived disrespect and embarrassment are often the motive for murder. This would also explain why some of the killer’s friends said that he recently “started wearing a trench coat” and telling students he was “buying knives off Amazon.” The shooter incrementally sought the respect (and fear) of others, a classic example of the pursuit of power. During the attack, he even selectively spared students he liked “so he could have his story told.” This effort to elevate his fame and prestige after the fact is consistent with the motive I’ve described.

Only three motives lie behind school shootings like the ones we’ve seen recently, and that’s why I sadly expect to see more shootings in the future. When those shootings occur, you can rest assured that they will be motivated by greed, lust or power. Unless we, as a nation, are willing to embrace and promote a worldview that helps us understand the proper role of money and financial stewardship, promotes sexual purity and restraint, and helps us place the needs of others ahead of our own desires, we can expect more of the same. Those restorative values may sound familiar to you; they used to be part of our collective heritage and our common worldview. They are also our last and greatest hope if we ever expect to minimize and contain the only three reasons anyone commits a crime.

This article first appeared on FoxNews.com

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case DetectiveChristian Case Maker, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and the author of Cold-Case ChristianityCold-Case Christianity for KidsGod’s Crime SceneGod’s Crime Scene for Kids, and Forensic Faith.

via I Know What Motivated the Last School Shooter… and What Will Motivate the Next One — Cold Case Christianity