Daily Archives: August 31, 2018

About That AP Report on Bruce Ohr: Skip the Headline, Look at Detail Hidden Mid-Way… — The Last Refuge

There’s an Associated Press reportpublished today presenting a ridiculously slanted version of the Bruce Ohr testimony from the perspective of two leaking democrat congressional staffers who were present. However, if you fly passed the nonsense narrative engineering, and go way down in the article you might note this (emphasis mine):

[…] One of the meetings he recounted was a Washington breakfast attended by Steele, a Steele associate and Ohr. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, who worked for the political research firm, Fusion GPS, that hired Steele, attended at least part of it.

[…] That breakfast took place amid ongoing FBI concerns about Russian election interference and possible communication with Trump associates.

[…] That revelation prompted the FBI to open the counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016, one day after the breakfast but based on entirely different information.  (link)

Breakfast with “a Steele associate” on July 30th, 2016.

“A Steele associate”?

What, like the media doesn’t know who that was? Why do they need to hide an otherwise innocuous detail….  think about the tortured mindset needing to write that way.

We know who that is.

Based on travel, connections, congressional testimony and prior information from the year-long review… It’s virtually guaranteed to be Glenn Simpson.

So why not just say: DOJ Official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr had breakfast with Glenn Simpson (her boss) and Christopher Steele (the dossier co-author) on July 30th 2016.

Think about it, and read it again:

Bruce and Nellie Ohr had breakfast with Glenn Simpson and Chris Steele in Washington DC on Saturday July 30th, 2016.

That sentence alone exposes the scheme.

Honestly, I’m getting bored/frustrated exposing this nonsense.

via About That AP Report on Bruce Ohr: Skip the Headline, Look at Detail Hidden Mid-Way… — The Last Refuge

August 31: Walking with Jesus

Isaiah 65:1–66:24; Luke 24:13–53; Job 14:11–22

Imagine encountering Jesus on the road to Emmaus. It would be a surreal experience. You’re walking to the next town, and you start a conversation with a man beside you, only to find out later that you’ve been talking with the resurrected Son of God. Even more surreal, the topic of conversation up to your moment of discovery has been the death of the man walking with you (Luke 24:13–35).

I have often wondered what it would be like to meet Jesus face to face—to have Him explain to me how He exists in the biblical text from Moses, in all the prophets, and in all Scripture (Luke 24:27). How different would my life be after that experience? Would I rethink everything I had known and heard—perhaps everything I do?

Asking these questions is not only healthy, it also turns on our spiritual GPS. Are we on the path God has called us to? Have we strayed in one direction or another? Are we caught in some odd roundabout where we’re explaining to Jesus what His coming means?

Many Christians—not just scholars and preachers—complicate matters of salvation. We overthink God’s work or place it at a distance from our daily lives. Like the old saying, we become “too big for our britches,” forgetting that, ultimately, the entire Bible points to Jesus and His redeeming work.

Jesus’ work is real and surreal. In the Bible, He is present everywhere. In our lives, He is present in every aspect and every moment. We need only to acknowledge Him and act upon the truth of His message. That simple idea is what it means to walk the road with our Savior.

How can you walk more aligned with the Savior?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Enneagram: New Age Practice Spreading Like Wildfire Among Christians

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Sometimes I just have to shake my head in disbelief.

What exactly is Enneagram of Personalities?

The author of the book entitled “The Sacred Enneagram” Christopher Heuertz explains Enneagram this way:

“The Enneagram illustrates the nine archetypal human character structures, the nine beautifully flawed ways of being us.”

Beautifully flawed?  I believe that the Bible is quite clear when it calls our “flaws”  by their proper name:  SIN.

Mr. Heuertz said that a friend of his put it this way:

“One of my teachers, Russ Hudson says, “Type isn’t a ‘type’ of person, but a path to God.” I believe it’s sacred because as a map of our soul it’s a compassionate sketch of possibilities. The Enneagram is less about nine “types of people” and more about nine paths back to our true selves and nine paths to divine love.”

Nine paths to divine love?  Can it be any…

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August 31 Rejecting the World

“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).

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The world is opposed to everything God stands for.

Loving the world begins with thinking that God doesn’t know what’s best for you and is trying to cheat you out of something you deserve. That thought soon blossoms into a willingness to disregard God’s warnings altogether and take whatever Satan has to offer.

Love of the world started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day. Genesis 3:6 says, “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” What made them think the fruit was good for food or able to make them wise? God didn’t tell them that. In fact, He warned them that they would die if they ate the fruit (Gen. 2:17). But Eve believed the serpent’s lie, and Adam followed suit.

Satan continues to propagate his lies, but you needn’t fall prey to them if you love God and remember that the world is opposed to everything He stands for. It is spiritually dead, void of the Spirit (John 14:17), morally defiled, and dominated by pride, greed, and evil desires. It produces wrong opinions, selfish aims, sinful pleasures, demoralizing influences, corrupt politics, empty honors, and fickle love.

You can’t love the world and God at the same time, because love knows no rivals. It gives its object first place. If you love God, He will have first place in your life. If you love the world, the love of the Father isn’t in you (1 John 2:15).

Galatians 1:3–5 explains that Jesus “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore.” Christ died to deliver us from Satan’s evil system. What greater motivation could there be to reject the world and live to God’s glory?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God for greater wisdom and for grace to resist the world’s influences.

For Further Study: According to Ephesians 6:10–18, how can you as a believer protect yourself against Satan’s evil system?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 256). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Slouching To Ancient Rome — TruthXchange

I’ve just finished reading a description of how Christians were treated in ancient Rome. It was a reality check. It made me think again[1] about Revoice’s well-meaning empathy to the gay culture. A touch of historical realism is in order. This aspect of the Revoice phenomenon must be thoughtfully examined. I believe it can only accelerate a cultural decline into paganism. It is worrisome to see orthodox Christianity somehow implicated in this sad process, when it should be standing firmly against it. As we watch our culture increasingly reject the God of Scripture, and embrace various forms of paganism (of which open homosexuality has always been a part),[2] ancient Rome can serve as a stunning example and a needful warning.

The founder of Revoice, Nate Collins, in his introduction to the Revoice conference, used terms that show that “Christian” gays like him feel a strong rapport with the larger gay community. He uses social justice terminology to speak of “minority issues” as in “gender and sexual minorities” and calls for the end to “straight privilege.” Though I’m sure he wants to represent the gospel to lost and wandering gays, he also sees himself as a spokesman and facilitator for the general “gay community” in relation to straight Christians. In doing so, he seems to make common cause with them. (This was visually indicated by the attendees who wore rainbow bracelets and body piercings, rainbow-colored shoelaces, and rainbow Ichthus pendants, etc.) He specifically calls on the church to adopt a “non-discrimination,” pro-gay policy in secular culture.[3] Does this non-discrimination endorse gay dorms in Christian colleges, pro-gay educational programs in grade schools, or drag queens reading to little ones in public libraries? What about California’s AB 2943, which criminalizes as consumer fraud counselors who help homosexuals overcome unwanted same sex attraction? What about the recent New Planned Parenthood guidelines for children, which state: “Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl. It doesn’t matter too much what parts someone has.”

Collins affirms that: “[I]t’s possible to show support for increased civil protections for LGBT people while maintaining a commitment to traditional views on sex and marriage.”[4] Is he naïve in assuming that gay culture will respect and tolerate the biblical view of sexuality and marriage?

What kind of a culture will appear when the heterosexual “image of God” (Genesis 1:27–28) is virtually obliterated from human consciousness? Will we not find ourselves living in full-orbed paganism, like that of pagan Rome? In spite of Collins’s optimism, the gay community seems determined to silence the Christian voice on sexuality and marriage. For instance, Jack Philips, the baker who won a United States Supreme Court case this year (after refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding) has been sued again for refusing to make a blue and pink cake for a man celebrating his transition into a woman.

Here is an honest appraisal of the Roman culture. It serves as a solemn warning to us:

Rome was [both] the political powerhouse, and a socio-religious [reality], embracing a range of domestic and foreign deities. Temples to the divinities were not only places of veneration but also hubs of economic activity; cultural and political elites were inseparably linked to the religious milieu. In one’s own household, ethnicity was garbed in ancestral gods and mystical lineages, adding a familial dynamic to the spiritual world. Mystery schools and oracles, Egyptian and Mithraic influences, public festivals to honor the gods, and imperial cults and Emperor worship—all were part of the mix. Spiritual exports and imports ebbed and flowed across the Empire, re-transmitting cultic traditions and Roman ideals. [5]

Pagan views of sex were essential to a smooth-flowing culture. Not only would one need to esteem the sexual behavior of the emperor and his leading politicians, but the integration of slavery, so crucial to pagan Rome’s economy, depended on hetero—and homosexual dominance of slaves by their owners. Teichrib fleshes this out:

To be a follower of Jesus Christ without giving fidelity to the accepted religious and moral order of the day was considered disruptive to the greater community. Viewed by Roman authorities with mistrust and charged as superstitious, early Christians lived under constant suspicion, contempt, and hostility. Conspicuous by their absence at the great Roman civic festivals, early Christians were often viewed with suspicion and mistrust.[6]

This need for social conformity may explain how the intellectual and respected Roman Senator and historian Tacitus (AD 56–120), in his Annals (44:2-4; c. 116), speaks of Christianity as a “destructive superstition,” and of Christians as “infamous for their abominations” justly punished for their crime of “hatred of the human race.” Christian “hate speech” (i.e. Gospel clarity) was unacceptable.

What will gay pagans do today? Even if Revoice homosexuals would not necessarily favor it, why will the gay agenda not include committed incestuous relationships between a father and a son, or a wife and daughter, since there would be no natural children and thus no deformed children? A favorite among contemporary gay thinkers is Harry Hay considered a spiritual authority on the value of “third gender people” who spiritually “manage the frontiers between the seen and the unseen, the known and the unknown.”[7] It is well known that Hay consistently advocated the inclusion of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) in gay-pride parades, [8] that is, paedophila—as in ancient Rome.

In spite of the vast call for the generous application of modern day “values” for the good of all, this gay agenda demands society, by welcoming “stable, sanctified same-sex relationships” as a spiritual good,[9] implicitly to adopt unrestrained immoral paganism. It is exactly such paganism that biblical faith has always sought to counter, from the Roman Empire to the present time, for the well-being of humanity and for the honor of the true and living God.

It would be dreadfully ironic if the normalization of homosexuality presented via pagan-inspired pornographic sex education curricula now being taught in thousands of public schools across the United States, deeply affecting the thinking of future generations of our children, and reinforced by television programs and movies, proposing that “gay is normal,” was aided and abetted by Reformed and Evangelical believers.

 

Could solidarity and identification with the gay population, as Nate Collins suggests, have saved the early Christians from persecution? It is most unlikely, granted the interlocking power of the pagan worldview of politics, spirituality and sexuality, once it takes hold. About the time Paul went to gay Rome, Nero was marrying two men, Sporus and Pythagorus, one as his wife and the other as his husband. Paul did not hesitate to explain how such sexual deformation could take place: “for this reason,” he boldly says. What is his reason? That people were sinfully worshiping creation rather than the Creator (Rom 1:25–26). Honoring God as Creator includes honoring the distinctions he places in creation. This is part of the gospel of which Paul was not ashamed (Rom 1:16). He can make no place for homosexuality, even a certain kind of “inoffensive homosexuality of the mind” à la Revoice. Paul always makes obedience a matter of the heart; of desire. He insists on radical, positive obedience on the basis of our identity in Christ, reached by the power of the risen Christ within us. He certainly does not recommend, for the sake of openness to the Gospel, a general non-discriminatory acceptance of cultural homosexuality in the Roman or Israeli cultures of the day.

Christians are always out of sync with the larger pagan community. Pliny the Younger, a pagan Roman magistrate, explained in a letter to Emperor Trajan (c. AD 111) how he handled Christians: They were to renounce Christ by paying homage to the gods and by offering wine and incense to them. Refusal brought execution. Pliny was disturbed by the fact that local commerce, intimately tied to the pagan temples, as in Ephesus with the temple to Artemis, was being obstructed by the Gospel. Christians did not fit within Rome’s all-embracing world order. California’s AB2943 shockingly denies therapeutic counseling for homosexuals. California Christians are realizing that we may suffer fines or worse for selling a Bible or holding a conference on sexuality. Our fears are nothing compared with what the original Roman Christians faced! And one can find such persecution around the world, in every age. We must be prepared and active.

If ancient Rome is an indication of our cultural future, Collins may be surprised to find that it will not be a love-in for all. We cannot expect fairness or tolerance, once a pagan worldview takes control. That control is often increased by our theological naïveté.

Sinner as I am, I do not stand in judgment on anyone, but I am constrained to cry out to God’s people: Stand firm in the clarity of the created differences God has put in the world. Stand firm in declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even if we stand firm, we are not guaranteed peace. The freedom Christians have to maintain our commitment to heterosexual marriage (which, for the moment, Collins defends) may be wiped out in an instant, classed as Christian discrimination. So much for “non-discrimination”! Any culture based on the Lie is not committed to the truth and will eventually lead to surroundings like those of ancient Rome, of Noah, Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the period of the Judges. Materialism, pride, violence, and gross sexual immorality prevailed and the worship of God was abandoned (Matt 24:12; Luke 17:26–30). How many will be saved in the day of God’s wrath?

The most loving thing we can do is to preach the Gospel in its fullness, in light of the future consequences of human sinfulness. We declare the good news that God, the good and holy Creator, the Just and Mighty Judge, came down to rescue sinners through the righteous life and atoning death of Jesus, to have fellowship with them by His Holy Spirit, who gives power to be born again in the image of Jesus Christ and thus to overcome sin by his grace.

 

 

 

[1] Peter Jones, “Revoice: Sliding Into Heresy,” TruthXChange (August 3, 2018).

[2] Jones, “Androgyny: The Pagan Sexual Ideal,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43 (2000).

[3] Nate Collins, All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017), 76.

[4] Collins, All But Invisible, 71.

[5] Carl Teichrib, unpublished manuscript.

[6] Teichrib, unpublished manuscript.

[7] Jay Michaelson, God vs. Gay? (2011), 159.

[8] Michael Bronski, “The Real Harry Hay,” Boston Phoenix, Oct 31–Nov 7, 2002.

[9] Michaelson,  God vs. Gay?  88.

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08/31/2018 — Wretched

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Democrats Turn To Tried And True Strategy Of Boycotting Delicious Fast Food — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—As midterms rapidly approach, Democrats are turning to a sound strategy that’s worked wonders for them in the past: declaring boycotts of beloved restaurants serving delicious food.

While liberal activists have previously called for boycotts of Chick-fil-A, a move that proved to endear Americans to their cause, Eric Bauman, the chair of California’s Democratic Party, decided to take things one step further and boycott In-N-Out, a maneuver that’s sure to win over the hearts and minds of the American people.

“This has always worked wonders for us in the past,” Bauman said. “There’s nothing that makes our cause look more appealing than declaring beloved American pastimes like tasty burgers and fries as problematic the instant we catch a whiff of a restaurant not being on board with the platform of the Party.”

Millions of Americans rallied to the cause right away, proving that the move was a savvy political maneuver and definitely not a case of petty virtue-signalling.

At publishing time, Democrats had called for a boycott of Chevrolet, baseball, and apple pie.

via Democrats Turn To Tried And True Strategy Of Boycotting Delicious Fast Food — The Babylon Bee

John MacArthur on “Social Justice” — Reformed Baptist Blog

John MacArthurIn a recent series of blog posts, John MacArthur helpfully addressed the issue of “social justice” from the standpoint of Scripture. In the first of these posts, John stresses the importance of confronting this issue:

Evangelicalism’s newfound obsession with the notion of “social justice” is a significant shift—and I’m convinced it’s a shift that is moving many people (including some key evangelical leaders) off message, and onto a trajectory that many other movements and denominations have taken before, always with spiritually disastrous results.

Over the years, I’ve fought a number of polemical battles against ideas that threaten the gospel. This recent (and surprisingly sudden) detour in quest of “social justice” is, I believe, the most subtle and dangerous threat so far.

I highly recommend reading this series of posts here:

Social Injustice and the Gospel

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 1

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 2

Is the Controversy over “Social Justice” Really Necessary?

As usual, our brother hits the nail on the head as he explains why it is so crucial not to succumb to the current deception of the “social gospel.” As he adds further posts in the series, I will, of course, update this post to include the new links.

See also this older article by Cameron Buettel: Frequently Abused Verses: Is the Social Gospel the Whole Gospel?

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AUGUST 31 THE HALFWAY CHRISTIAN LIFE

If any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

John 12:26

The word mediocre comes from two Latin words and literally means “halfway to the peak.” This makes it an apt description of the progress of many Christians. They are halfway up to the peak. They are not halfway to heaven but halfway up to where they ought to be, halfway between the valley and the peak. They are morally above the hardened sinner but they are spiritually beneath the shining saint.

Many have settled down right there, and the tragedy is that years ago some of you said, “I am not going to fail God. I am going to push my way up the mountain until I am at the top of the peak, at the highest possible point of experience with God in this mortal life!”

But you have done nothing about it. If anything, you have lost spiritual ground since that day. You are now a halfway Christian! You are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. You are halfway up to the peak, halfway to where you could have been if you had pressed on.

Do we really think that this halfway Christian life is the best that Christ offers—the best that we can know? In the face of what Christ offers us, how can we settle for so little?

Dear Lord, when I meet You at the gate of heaven, I don’t want my name to be listed under the column entitled: “Halfway Christians.” I want You next to me, encouraging and exhorting me, as we scale the peak together.[1]


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

Weekly Watchman for 08/31/2018

Hitch Your Faith to the Reliability of the Scriptures

One of the problems with the American church today is a lack of solid foundation built on the Scriptures and on Christ alone. Research from Barna, Pew, and others have backed up the fact that one of our biggest problems is biblical illiteracy. There are many reasons for this including our love of entertainment, but watered-down teachings are certainly a factor as well as the infestation of the cult of liberalism within modern Christianity.

One thing we seem to have lost is our love for the truth of God’s Word, for spiritual things, for Israel, and particularly for the Old Testament. With many mega-church pastors preaching seeker-sensitive sermons and some ignoring or even criticizing the Old Testament, it’s easy to understand part of the reason we are where we are today. We now live in a country where culture has more influence on the church than the church does on culture.

THIS MUST CHANGE. But how? Let’s start by looking at the evidence from archeology, history, prophecy, and by reinforcing the inspiration and reliability of the Bible.

Our guest today is pastor and teacher, John Haller.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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A Man After God’s Own Heart

Which of us does not struggle with King David being called “a man after God’s own heart” when he later committed adultery and murder? How can a man with such grievous sins be given such a high title?

Author Jeff Middleton joins us this morning to discuss his new book “The Treasured King”, which looks at the life of King David and explores the life of a simple shepherd boy who went on the be Israel’s greatest King.

In our final segments, Mike and David look at more stories of verbal and legal intimidation of Christians simply trying to exercise their freedom of religious expression and discuss how long it might be before the true church in America is driven under ground.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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The Garden of Eden Is A Real Historical Place

Today’s guest is Pastor Carl Gallups with a brand new book out: Gods of Ground Zero. He explains the importance of the Garden of Eden and how it is related to the holy mountain. Gallups points to the pivotal chapter of Genesis chapter 3.

Much of the real message of the Garden of Eden has been adjusted over time. Think of the eternal ramifications of that truth. Literally everything wrong with the world and our own personal lives, as well as the continual deluge of filth that you read in today’s headlines is directly linked to the Garden of Eden. Why is it then that we so frequently insist upon turning that vital chapter into an almost childlike bedtime story?

Mike and David also cover more of the disturbing trend of demonizing anyone who dares uphold a biblical view of sexuality. This time, Chicago Cubs’ pro baseball player, Daniel Murphy is coming under fire for comments he made back in 2015.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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More Church Scandals

Our guest today is Thomas Meyer, author of the new Memorization Study Bible. We discuss the importance of knowing and memorizing Scripture which will help us apply what we know. The Word of God also helps us during trials as well as allows us to be prepared to respond to others with biblical truth in our conversations. We also talk with Thomas about – not only the benefits – but the importance of memorizing Scripture.

From the Amazon page: “Technology has information at our fingertips. But our relationship with God needs to be one of the heart, not the smartphone. Get engaged with the Word of God in a refreshing and amazing new way! Memorize verses, chapters, and even whole books of the New Testament using the Bible Memory Man Prof. Tom Meyer’s powerful techniques that he learned while studying in Jerusalem, Israel. Go deeper into Scripture and command a greater knowledge, insight, and understanding of God!

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This ‘n’ That for August 31, 2018

  • A great reminder that we must keep our mind on more than our immediate circumstances.
  • Savor the everyday blessings.
  • Some interesting insight into the man who is sixth in line for the throne of England.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Life under the Son.
  • This is cool even if Legos and cars aren’t your thing.
  • Duh. Now, if only the powers that be in those chilly office environments would realize this!
God’s wisdom in creation amazes the eye. His wisdom in providence astonishes the mind. But his wisdom in redemption awes us and it leaves us lost in wonder, love, and praise. It is centered in Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God. —S. Lewis Johnson

August 31, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Confusion

Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (6:34–40)

The crowd’s second request (cf. vv. 30–31) again reveals their spiritual blindness. Completely missing Jesus’ point in verses 32 and 33, they eagerly said to Him, “Lord, always give us this (physical) bread.” Their continuing desire to use Jesus for their physical needs is evident from this demand and a clear indication of their superficial interest. It still marks the shallow, temporary followers of Jesus who fill churches looking for their needs and desires to be met. There are always churches that accommodate them. Today they are often the places that draw the largest crowds, but have the lowest percentage of true believers. Having first insisted that He prove Himself, they now insisted that He give them what they wanted. Kurios (Lord) would be better understood as their way to say, “Sir” (as it is in 4:11, 15, 19, 49; 5:7; 12:21; 20:15; Matt. 13:27; 21:30; 27:63; Luke 13:8), since it is clear from verse 36 that the crowd did not truly believe in Jesus. They were still focused on having their physical needs met (cf. 4:15), as with the provision of manna (Ex. 16:35). In their obtuseness, they exhibited the fact that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor. 2:14).

Their dullness and lack of understanding prompted Jesus to declare unambiguously to them, “I am the bread of life.” The Lord had not been referring to actual bread, as they mistakenly thought, but to Himself; He is the very bread He earlier promised to give (v. 27). No bread, not even manna, or the fish and bread Jesus had just created the evening before (6:1–13), could permanently cure physical hunger. Thus, when the Lord declared that those who come to Him will never again hunger or thirst, He had to be speaking not of the body, but of the soul. Here, as in Matthew 5:6, the human need to know God is expressed metaphorically as hungering and thirsting (cf. Pss. 42:1–2; 63:1).

Two simple verbs in verse 35 define man’s part in the salvation process: comes and believes. To come to Christ is to forsake the old life of sin and rebellion and submit to Him as Lord. Though John does not use the term “repentance” in his gospel, the concept is clearly implied in the idea of coming to Christ (cf. 1 Thess. 1:9). As Charles Spurgeon put it, “You and your sins must separate, or you and your God will never come together” (“Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 21 [Pasadena, Tex.: Pilgrim, 1980], 88). To believe in Christ is to trust completely in Him as the Messiah and Son of God, and to acknowledge that salvation comes solely through faith in Him (14:6; Acts 4:12). Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin; to repent is to turn from sin, and to believe is to turn to the Savior. They are inseparable.

This is the first of seven highly significant statements in John’s gospel where “I am” is joined with metaphors expressing Christ’s work as Savior. In addition to the bread of life, Jesus also used “I am” to describe Himself as “the Light of the world” (8:12), “the door of the sheep” (10:7, 9), “the good shepherd” (10:11, 14), “the resurrection and the life” (11:25), “the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6), and “the true vine” (15:1, 5). Jesus also used egō eimi (“I am”) in an absolute, unqualified sense (4:26; 8:24, 28, 58; 13:19; 18:5–8) to appropriate for Himself the Old Testament name of God (Ex. 3:14).

Having declared that He was the Bread of Life, Jesus rebuked His hearers for their unbelief (note the similar rebuke of the Judeans in 5:38–40), adding the indictment, “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.” The specific rebuke to which Jesus was referring (when He said this to them in the past) is not known, but clearly their unbelief was in the face of His self-revelation, so their rejection was inexcusable. Alla (but) indicates a sharp contrast between the crowd’s actual response and the one Jesus desired (cf. Matt. 23:37). Although they had seen Him, they failed to grasp the significance of His miracles, and missed the point of His teaching. As was the case with their forefathers in the wilderness, “The word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard” (Heb. 4:2). The miracles they had seen merely whetted their appetite for more miracles; they were intrigued by what Jesus could do to ease the difficulties of life, but they were not willing to believe in Him as their Messiah and Lord.

In spite of the crowd’s response, Jesus was not discouraged. His confidence in the success of His mission was firmly rooted in the omnipotent sovereignty of God. He knew that all those whom the Father gives to Him (cf. v. 39; 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9, 24) will come to Him. The neuter singular form of pas (all) views those whom God gives to Jesus as a collective body, those chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). This profound reality teaches us that all who are saved are a love gift from the Father to the Son. The whole history of redemption is the gathering of this redeemed body—or the calling of a bride for the Son as a love gift from the Father. The Son views every soul given by the Father to Him as an expression of the Father’s irresistible love, so that all whom He gives will come to Christ.

From the standpoint of human responsibility, “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30; cf. Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12), and “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13; cf. John 3:15–16). Yet salvation does not depend on the human will. The redeemed are those “who were born, not … of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Salvation “does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Rom. 9:16). Both repentance (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25) and faith (Eph. 2:8–9; Phil. 1:29; cf. Acts 16:14) are granted by God. Otherwise no one would ever come to Him, since “there is none who seeks for God” (Rom. 3:11; cf. 8:7–8; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:1–3).

That God is absolutely sovereign in salvation is foundational to the Christian faith. Those errant theological systems (i.e., Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, and Arminianism) that make salvation dependent on man’s will in effect dethrone God, and are contrary to the clear statements of Scripture:

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. (v. 44)

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” (v. 65)

For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matt. 22:14)

Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. (Mark 13:20)

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Rom. 8:28–30)

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Eph. 1:4)

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col. 3:12)

Knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you. (1 Thess. 1:4)

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thess. 2:13)

Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. (2 Tim. 1:9)

For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. (2 Tim. 2:10)

Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. (Titus 1:1)

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. (1 Peter 1:1–2)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

The unbelief of spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1) sinners cannot thwart the saving work of God. Having chosen them in eternity past, He graciously and irresistibly calls them to Himself.

Lest any seeking souls should fear that they might not be among the elect, Jesus described the one whom the Father gave to the Son as none other than the one who comes to Me. From God’s view, we are given by His sovereign power to the Son. From our view, we come to Christ. And, of course, our Lord would never reject one who comes as a love gift from the Father. So Jesus added, I will certainly not cast that one out. The strong double negative ou mē states emphatically that Christ will not reject anyone who sincerely and submissively comes to Him. True saving faith can never be exercised in vain, but only at the prompting of the Father (v. 44).

Here again is the incomprehensible (to the human mind) interplay between divine sovereignty and human responsibility: only those given to the Son by the Father will come to Him, yet all who are “thirsty [may] come” and anyone “who wishes [may] take the water of life without cost” (Rev. 22:17). Though they seem impossible to harmonize, there is no conflict between those two truths in the infinite mind of God (Deut. 29:29). (God’s sovereignty in salvation does not negate the believer’s responsibility to evangelize the lost—Matt. 24:14; 26:13; 28:19; Mark 13:10; cf. Acts 8:25, 40; 14:7, 15, 21; 16:10; Rom. 1:15; 15:19–20; 1 Cor. 1:17; 9:16, 18; 15:1; 2 Cor. 10:16; 11:7; Gal. 1:8–9, 11; 2:2; Phil. 4:15; 1 Peter 1:12).

Certainly, the Son would never reject any part of the Father’s gift to Him. Such disunity within the Trinity is utterly inconceivable, as Jesus’ next statement, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me,” made clear. The Lord came to earth for one purpose: to perfectly obey the will of the Father who sent Him. To the disciples Jesus declared, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (4:34). Later He added, “I can do nothing on My own initiative … because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (5:30; cf. Matt. 26:39). “So that the world may know that I love the Father,” He affirmed in 14:31, “I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” In His High Priestly Prayer Jesus said to the Father, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (17:4).

The reality that Jesus came to do the will of the Father who sent Him (vv. 39–40) guarantees the salvation of the elect and their eternal security. It is the Father’s will that of all that He has given to the Son, the Son should lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. As in verse 37, the neuter form of the pronoun pas (all) views the elect as a collective unit. No part of that group, which the Father assigned to Christ in eternity past and gives to Him in time, will be lost; the fourfold promise that the Son will raise it up intact on the last day (40, 44, 54) constitutes an ironclad guarantee of eternal salvation to all true believers. Jesus reiterated that truth in the strongest terms when He declared in John 10:27–30,

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

In His High Priestly Prayer He said to the Father, “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot, who was not one of those given to Christ by the Father; cf. 6:64, 70–71], so that the Scripture would be fulfilled” (17:12).

The rest of the New Testament echoes the Lord’s teaching regarding the perseverance and protection of the saints. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:29–30,

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

The repeated phrase “He also” links the entire salvation process from eternity past to eternity future in an unbreakable chain. All whom God foreknew will be predestined, called, justified, and glorified; no one will be lost along the way (cf. 8:31–39). In Philippians 1:6 Paul expressed his confidence that “He who began a good work in [believers] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” To the Colossians he wrote, “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Col. 3:3–4). All who are united with Christ in His death will return with Him in glory (cf. Rev. 19:14). In his first epistle Peter wrote that those who are

chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood … [will] obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for [them], [because they] are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:1–2, 4–5)

In the introduction to his epistle Jude described believers as “those who are the called … kept for Jesus Christ” (Jude 1). He concluded his letter with the marvelous benediction, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (vv. 24–25).

The blessing of eternal security or the preservation and perseverance of believers is never apart from personal repentance and faith, so our Lord affirms that heaven belongs to everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him. It is they who will have eternal life (vv. 47, 54; 3:15–16, 36; 5:24; 10:28), which by its very nature can never end (3:16; 10:28; Matt. 25:46). That fact further reinforces the protection and security of believers taught in verses 37–39. The eternal life that comes through Jesus, the Bread of Life, should be sought with far more zeal than the physical bread the crowd selfishly sought.[1]


“I Am the Bread of Life”

John 6:30–35

So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

In the early years of my ministry, when I was still doing graduate work, I had opportunity to study the Book of Amos in detail. I remember from those studies a passage that gripped me then and that still grips me whenever I remember it. Amos is speaking of a day when God’s judgment will be such that there will be no one to preach true doctrine and when men and women will wander up and down and will not be able to find it. He casts the situation under the image of a famine and says, “ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it’ ” (Amos 8:11–12).

This is a horrible prophecy. But in some ways it is even more horrible to have the Lord Jesus Christ, the bread of life, available (as he is today) and yet have men refuse to come to him. Men have great hunger—a hunger for truth, righteousness, peace, joy, spiritual satisfaction, and other things. Jesus is the answer to this hunger. Yet the tragedy is that men will not come to him.

Jesus showed the wisdom of coming when he told the people who had followed him to Capernaum in Galilee, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (6:35).

Manipulation

Jesus had been talking to people who had been present on the other side of the Sea of Galilee when he had multiplied the loaves and fish. They were interested in having the miracle repeated. They had been taught by their rabbis that when the Messiah would come he would duplicate the miracle of the giving of manna that had been given originally by Moses. Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah. They could see that. Why, then, should they not expect him to duplicate Moses’ miracle, particularly that aspect of the miracle that had to do with his repeating it six times a week for the entire forty years of desert wandering?

The Jewish writings said, “You shall not find the manna in this age, but you shall find it in the age that is coming” (Midrash Mekilta on Exod. 16:25). “For whom has the manna been prepared? For the righteous in the age that is coming” (Midrash Tanchuma, Beshallach 21:66). “What did the first redeemer do? He brought down the manna. The last redeemer will also bring down manna” (Midrash Rabba on Eccles. 1:9).

No doubt the people had heard such sayings as these and had them in their minds. But as I study the story of this conversation it seems to me more and more that they were far less desirous of that age of messianic blessing than they were of a successful outcome to their efforts to manipulate Jesus into doing what they wanted. Manipulation! That is the real clue to their questions. Jesus had spoken of the fact that he was God’s gift to men and that God desired men to believe in him. They replied, in effect, that they would not believe unless they received a sign. We find it hard to imagine how they could overlook the sign they already had received. But they were actually saying something like this, “We admit, Jesus, that you did a wonderful thing yesterday. But before we believe in you as the Messiah we want to see a real sign. What you did was interesting, but we are Jews and we cannot forget that when Moses fed the people he did so for forty years. We will believe in you if you can do what Moses did and feed us now.”

The Lord Jesus Christ does not stoop to answer this type of arrogant question on the part of sinful men. Thus, he simply overlooked the suggestion and instead directed his remarks to the real, spiritual issue. He said two things about Moses. First, Moses did not give manna. God gave it. It was God’s miracle. Second, the manna that was given was not the true bread from the true heaven. It was only earthly bread from a visible sky. He then turned away from the person of Moses entirely and instead pointed to himself as that true bread which alone satisfies the real hunger of the human soul.

“I am the bread of life!” This solemn saying is the first of seven such sayings in John’s Gospel: “I am the bread of life” (6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5); “I am the gate” (10:7, 9); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11, 14); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6); “I am the true vine” (15:1, 5). So we take this first saying, spoken in this significant context, and we look at it for what it teaches about Christ and our condition.

The Message

It is obvious that when the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of himself as the bread, he was using an image about which everybody knew. So we turn to what people knew about bread for his meaning. What is important about bread? The first answer is that bread is necessary for life. When I was in the process of preparing this chapter I asked the following question at the dining room table one evening as a number of us were gathered around: “What makes bread important?” This was the answer I received: “Bread is necessary for life.” What is more, as we talked about it we saw that in Christ’s day bread was even more essential than in our own time, for it was the only staple in most persons’ diets. Without bread, men died. If you see that, then you also see that Jesus was claiming to be the One whom men and women could not do without.

Are you trying to do without him? Are you going your way saying, “I’ll take care of myself. I can get by. I live in an affluent age. I have a house, a car, plenty to eat, a good job, a wife, a family. I don’t need Jesus”? What if everything in this entire life should go well for you, but you should lose your soul? Would that be a gain? Would you consider it a good bargain to do without Jesus forever?

You cannot do without him. You can manage after a fashion, for a time, but you cannot survive. In another of the “I am” sayings Jesus declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (14:6). He is the life. You will remain dead spiritually without him.

Second, bread is suited for everyone. Not everyone can eat everything. Some people can never eat sweets. Others cannot eat shellfish. Some cannot eat certain kinds of meat. The nursery rhyme says, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat; his wife could eat no lean.” But bread is suited for everyone. In the same way, the Lord Jesus Christ is perfectly suited to the needs of all men. Sometimes people tell me, “Jesus may be all right for the kinds of people you talk to, but he is not for me.” That is not at all uncommon. If a person is of more than average intelligence, he tends to think that Christ is only for the dull. If he is dull, he thinks that Christ is only for the intelligent. If he is sophisticated, he thinks that Jesus is only for the common people, and so on. But Jesus is for all. He is for you. He is the Savior of the world, and that includes the peasant as well as the king on his throne. Jesus Christ is great enough and glorious enough so that you will never exhaust him either in this life or in eternity. He has what you need. What is more, he knows you and he knows how to meet that need.

Our Daily Bread

Third, bread should be eaten daily. This brings us into a whole new area, the area of the Christian life. Everything before this has had to do with trusting Christ initially. But when a person trusts Christ as Savior this is hardly the end. Actually, it is the beginning, for it brings him into a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in which he is to grow by feeding upon him day by day.

This point puts us in mind of that phrase in the Lord’s Prayer that says, “Give us today our daily bread.” There is a great emphasis upon the words “today” or “daily” in this prayer simply because by means of them the idea of a repeated fulfillment of a request occurs twice. The Lord’s Prayer has only sixty-five words (seventy-two in Greek). So anything that is repeated twice is important.

But why is it important? For many years commentators on this prayer simply did not know the exact meaning of the Greek word that is translated “daily,” for this is the only place where it occurs. They had a rough idea. The word is translated in our Bibles. Still, no one could be quite certain what precise shade of meaning to give to it. In fairly recent times, however, scholars have discovered a piece of Egyptian papyrus that seems to contain most of this word. It is part of an account book and contains the reading: “_ obol for epious—.” The writing breaks off at this point. But the word epious seems to be the Greek word epiousios (daily) minus the last three letters. The reference seems to be to something like a daily ration.

Interestingly enough, this meaning now seems to be supported by a seemingly parallel inscription in Latin found at Pompeii. This, too, is a list of expenditures, and it contains the phrase “five assess for diaria” (a term based on the Latin word for “day”). Since both these phrases seem to be part of lists itemizing what we would call a day’s supply of something for a person or group of persons, it seems right to take both words in the same sense and refer them to rations.

Put these two texts together—“Give us today our daily bread” and “I am the bread of life”—and think of the truths that emerge from them. One truth is that God cares for our bodies. The Lord’s Prayer is certainly speaking of this. Unfortunately, there always have been some in the Christian church who have tried to minimize the importance of the body on the mistaken conviction that by doing so they were somehow becoming more spiritual. But that is not right. Christianity is the only religion in the world that takes the body with full seriousness. It teaches that God gave the body as well as the soul, and that a redemption of the body as well as a redemption of the soul is part of the divine plan. Therefore, it is right to pray for this world’s needs, for food, homes, clothing, and other necessities. We have an illustration of the Lord’s concern for physical needs in the fact that he fed the multitude.

On the other hand, there is also the truth that God is able and willing to provide for our spiritual needs, and this is far more important. We have spiritual needs as well as physical needs, though in our fallen state we may not be so conscious of them. Will we allow Jesus to satisfy those needs also? All we need to do is come to him, and come daily.

Tragically, many Christians allow the love of things to intrude between themselves and Jesus and, therefore, go on being spiritually hungry. In the Old Testament we are told that this happened repeatedly with the people of Israel. We are told that they desired things instead of God. Therefore, God gave them “things” but “sent a wasting disease upon them” (Ps. 106:15). We do the same thing today. One of our hymns describes us in the terms of God’s description of the Jewish people in Old Testament times—“rich in things, but poor in soul.” Is that your condition? Perhaps you have devoted most of your life to satisfying your hunger for objects, and yet you have never looked to God in order to be fed spiritually. You pray, “Give me my physical needs.” But you have never made a habit of praying, “Give me that spiritual bread that comes down from heaven.”

Most of our hungers are all right in themselves, of course, although we often get them out of proportion. They have been put within us by God. We have a valid desire for achievement, happiness, friendship, love, and success. But it is tragic that many Christians attempt to satisfy these hungers in the world’s way while neglecting the truly satisfying task of spending time with God.

Fourth, bread also produces growth. We need to grow. The church of Jesus Christ is weak in our age, and it is weak simply because the individuals who compose it are not strong. Where are the great churches of a former age, churches filled with men and women who knew the great doctrines of the faith and were not afraid to trumpet them to a sleeping world? Where are the Augustines, the Luthers, the Calvins, and the Wesleys of our time? I do see some hopeful signs. The fact that some conservative churches are growing is hopeful. The Jesus movement is another hopeful sign. So are the great evangelistic crusades. But we do not have a strong church today. What we have is a weak, anemic Christianity, a lot of easy believism coupled with morality—and I include evangelical churches in that characterization. What is the reason for our sickly Christian postures? Undoubtedly, the reason is our deep failure to feed upon Jesus Christ who alone can make us grow.

The True Bread

Would you like to see such growth—in your church, in you personally? If so, you must feed on Jesus. This means, in the first place, that you must not look to other people as the source of your nourishment. That is what the people who had been talking to Jesus were doing. They were looking to the current teaching of their rabbis and to Moses. They were saying, “We are people of tradition. We look to what has been passed on to us by Moses through history.” Do not look to the past. Do not look to men as the source of your teaching. I know that others can be the channels of good teaching. I am trying to be that myself for many people. But it would be terrible if a person should go away from hearing sound teaching and say, “But Dr. So and So said …” when you should go out declaring, “The Lord Jesus Christ has spoken thus.” There is no power in the name of a human teacher. But there is power in that blessed name of Jesus, that name that is above all earthly names. Before him, every head shall bow and all knees bend.

In the second place, we must not look to earthly things for our satisfaction. The people of Christ’s day were doing this. Are you looking only for your earthly needs to be granted? God will satisfy your earthly needs. He has promised to do it. But if that is the whole of your desire, even your major desire, then you are never going to see a great moving of the Holy Spirit of God in your life. We need to get our minds off ourselves and our needs, and we need to focus instead on the Lord Jesus Christ and his glory. And what great glory! What a great Lord!

Have you ever thought about all that grain must pass through before it becomes bread? It must first be planted and then grow. When it is ripe it must be cut down, winnowed, ground into flour. Finally, it must be subjected to the fiery heat of the oven. Only by this process does it become able to sustain life. This is what happened to the Lord Jesus Christ in order that he might become your bread. He was born into this world. He was bruised. He was cut down by sinful men. He passed through the fires of God’s holy wrath as he took your place in judgment. This is his glory. He suffered this for you. How, then, can you refuse to feed upon him? Come to him! Draw from his fullness, and grow strong.[2]


The Bread of Life

John 6:30–36

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

As recounted in Matthew’s Gospel, the conclusion to Jesus’ Galilean ministry took place outside the city of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus brought his disciples to that center of pagan worship and asked them, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). The disciples went through the various rumors they had heard: “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (16:14). This led to Jesus’ deeper question: “But who do you say that I am?” (16:15). Peter’s answer forms the turning point in Matthew’s Gospel, known as the Great Confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (16:16).

That episode occurred shortly after the events of John 6, and corresponds with the purpose of John’s Gospel. The most important question that anyone can face is Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?”

John’s Gospel does not record that episode, but provides answers to the question through Jesus’ famous “I am” statements, the first of which occurs in John 6:35. These seven statements are worth remembering for two reasons. First, Jesus identifies himself with an expression that is awkward in the Greek language, but that makes an important point. In Greek, one may say “I am” with one of two words: ego (the pronoun for I) or eimi (the verb I am). But Jesus makes a point of using both of them, which is a redundant way of speaking. He says not ego or eimi, but ego eimi, or “I, I am.”

Ego eimi deliberately restates the words given to Moses at the burning bush. Moses had just been commissioned as Israel’s redeemer. When he asked for God’s name to tell to the people, the voice from the bush replied, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you’ ” (Ex. 3:14). The Hebrew for this name is Jehovah or Yahweh. But in the Septuagint—the Greek Old Testament widely used in Jesus’ day—it was translated as ego eimi. By applying this holy name to himself, Jesus staked an unmistakable claim to his deity.

The “I am” sayings are also important because they vividly summarize Jesus’ saving mission: “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12); “I am the door” (10:7); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6); and “I am the true vine” (15:1). To believe and prayerfully reflect on these sayings is to be nurtured into a deep, trusting faith in Christ.

Seeing but Not Believing

Powerful as Jesus’ teaching about himself was, most people reacted in unbelief. A remarkable instance of this took place in the aftermath of his miraculous feeding. Jesus had rebuked the crowd for seeking only material blessings and urged them, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (John 6:27). The people therefore asked what they should do, and Jesus taught them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (6:29).

Having witnessed this miracle and having been called to faith by Jesus in person, the crowd, remarkably, responded by demanding another sign: “So they said to him, ‘Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?’ ” (John 6:30).

It would be hard to imagine a more vivid testimonial to the depravity of the human heart than this. Even after Jesus replies with the first of his “I am” sayings, he ends up complaining, “I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe” (John 6:36). How are we to account for this astonishing unbelief?

First, according to the Bible, a reason that people do not believe is the spiritual inability arising from their sinful condition. Paul explains, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Here, man’s inability is ascribed to spiritual deadness. In another place, Paul says, “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law, indeed, it cannot” (Rom. 8:7). Here, unbelief is explained by man’s rebellious hostility to God and his ways. Until they are born again, all people are spiritually dead and hostile to God.

The second of these reasons is on display in John 6. The people asked for a sign not because the miraculous feeding was insufficiently revealing. They asked because they didn’t like what Jesus was saying; their demand for another sign was just a way of putting him off. Jesus had called on them to change their attitude. Since they did not want to do that, they sought to justify their unbelief. How often this happens today! People spend their entire lives in a world that manifestly displays the glory of God. And they receive testimonies both from Christians and from the Bible sufficient to persuade them about any other matter. Yet they respond to the gospel with one objection after another.

At its root, man’s unwillingness to accept Jesus is really a moral and spiritual inability. People love their sin, they love their pride, and they especially love their own lordship over their lives. Like fallen Lucifer in Milton’s Paradise Lost, they hard-heartedly declare, “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n.” Cornelius Van Til states the truth about both this crowd and the persistent skeptic today: “These men are sinners. They have ‘an axe to grind.’ They want to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. They will employ their reason for that purpose.”3 Determined to be their own god, their own savior, and their own lord, they find reason after reason to reject Jesus Christ.

This unbelieving crowd proves that the adage “Seeing is believing” is not true. They had seen proof positive of Christ’s deity, but still would not believe. The reality is that when it comes to spiritual matters, we need to reverse the principle: we must believe in order to see. This is as important to the believer as to the unbeliever. How many Christians doubt God’s loving care whenever a trial comes, despite having seen abundant proofs of his faithfulness. Like the unbelieving crowd, we demand for God to give a sign, despite knowing that he has sent his own Son to die for our sin and innumerable other mercies. “O you of little faith!” Jesus often told his disciples. If we will believe his Word and trust him at all times, our eyes will be open to see the sovereign hands that uphold us in every affliction.

Faith comes not from seeing but from believing the Word of God. It is through God’s Word that we are born again (1 Peter 1:23), and the result of being born again is that we believe and understand God’s Word. But if we will not believe the Word of Christ, then no multitude of signs, evidences, or reasons will ever penetrate our foolish hearts.

The Manna from Heaven

If the crowd would not consider the salvation that Jesus offered, then what specifically did they have in mind? They answered: “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat’ ” (John 6:31).

These were religious unbelievers. They knew their Bibles—or at least they thought they did. And since the miracle of multiplying the loaves so obviously recalled the great miracle of the exodus, when God provided for Israel in the desert by sending manna from heaven, they thought this would be a good way for Jesus to satisfy their doubts. After all, if he was going to claim to be greater than Moses, then he ought to at least do what Moses did. Jesus had fed them only one meal, but Moses had fed Israel for forty years!

As with many religious unbelievers today, the problem was that they did not really know their Bibles. Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven” (John 6:32). The book of Exodus reveals that it was not Moses who sent the manna from heaven. Moses was only God’s messenger. When the people had complained about their fears of hunger, God said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day” (Ex. 16:4). This warns us against our tendency to focus on God’s human instruments—famous preachers and great leaders—instead of realizing that all our blessings come only from God. This also pointed out the difference between Moses and Jesus, who by God’s power had fed the five thousand from his own hands.

If this explanation was not enough, Jesus followed it up with a bold and open claim to his own deity: “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). Not only did Jesus perform the miracle by God’s power, but he adds that God’s great provision for the world’s need was his own coming into the world. Jesus came into the world “down from heaven”—that alone is a bold claim to his deity—and, as bread gives life to the body, Jesus gives “life to the world.”

The True Bread

If we ever grow impatient in our witnessing, Jesus’ example helps us to persevere. Not able to think on a higher realm than the material, and unmindful of their greater spiritual needs, the crowd responded, “Sir, give us this bread always” (John 6:34). We can easily imagine Jesus’ throwing up his hands and giving up on these people, but instead he appealed to them with the first of his great “I am” sayings: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst’ ” (6:35).

Jesus is the “true bread” that the Father gives (John 6:32). This shows the relationship between the Old Testament signs and the New Testament reality in Christ. The manna given in the exodus was real—it actually fed the people—but Jesus was the true fulfillment of what it represented. This is the case with all the Old Testament symbols, or “types,” of Christ. Israel had Moses as a redeemer, but Jesus is the true Redeemer. Jerusalem had a temple, but Jesus is the true temple where God meets with man. John obviously wants us to realize this relationship, because he frequently brings up Old Testament figures that are fulfilled in Christ. The first was Jacob’s ladder, which showed “heaven opened,” with “angels of God ascending and descending” (1:51). Jesus is the true stairway to heaven. The second was the bronze serpent that Moses lifted up to save those dying from snakebite (3:14). But it is truly by looking to the cross of Christ that we are saved from the curse of sin. Likewise, God sent manna to care for the people’s needs, but Jesus is the true Bread that meets our greatest need.

There is another sense in which Jesus is the true Bread. Bread speaks of fulfillment and satisfaction, and Jesus is the One who gives these truly. This is one of the greatest lessons we can ever learn in a world that fails to deliver on its promises. An example comes from the life of William Somerset Maugham, one of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century. His novel Of Human Bondage is a recognized classic, and his play The Constant Wife has had thousands of stagings. He enjoyed incredible popularity, receiving an average of three hundred fan letters a week, and he had fabulous wealth. But his wildest dreams of success failed to satisfy him. His nephew, Robin Maugham, visited him shortly before his death in his villa on the Mediterranean Sea, filled with valuable furniture and works of art and served by eleven servants, including a cook who was the envy of all the other millionaires on the Riviera.

Robin was a Christian and had sent his uncle a Bible. When he arrived, he found him reading Jesus’ words, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Maugham said, “I must tell you, my dear Robin, that the text used to hang opposite my bed when I was a child.… Of course, it’s all a lot of bunk. But the thought is quite interesting all the same.” But that evening after dinner, Maugham flung himself down onto the sofa: “Oh, Robin, I’m so tired.” Burying his face in his hands, he went on, “I’ve been a failure the whole way through my life.” Robin tried to encourage him: “You’re the most famous writer alive. Surely that means something?” “I wish I’d never written a single word,” he answered. “It’s brought me nothing but misery.… And now it’s too late to change. It’s too late.…” At that point his face contorted with fear, and staring into space with horror, he shrieked, “Go away! I’m not ready.… I’m not dead yet.… I’m not dead yet, I tell you.…” Then he began to gasp hysterically. Shortly after Robin’s visit, his uncle died.

Maugham’s problem was that he possessed a soul. And none of the bread of this world was suited to feed his soul. But Jesus is the true Bread. In the way that bread gathers up the life found in the natural world so that the body that eats it takes in that life, Jesus contains the life of God. He said, “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself” (John 5:26). Therefore, the soul that receives Jesus by faith is fed with the very life of God.

The Bread “of Life”

Jesus said that he is the Bread “of life.” He came “down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). A. W. Pink explains, “The Father’s provision for a dying world was to send from heaven His only begotten Son.”

From this first “I am” statement, we can make several important observations. First, in the same way that our bodies depend on bread, Jesus is necessary for the life of our souls. J. C. Ryle comments, “We can manage tolerably well without many things on our table, but not without bread. So it is with Christ. We must have Christ, or die in our own sins.” Are you trying to live without Christ? You might satisfy your ego with success. You might satisfy your material needs with money or your desires with pleasure. But you will never satisfy the inescapable needs of your soul without Jesus Christ.

Second, Jesus, like bread, is suited for everyone. Caviar is not a food that pleases all. In the words of the nursery rhyme, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat; his wife could eat no lean.” But there is a reason why restaurants serve bread to everyone before they even order from the menu. James Montgomery Boice applies this truth: “Jesus is for all. He is for you. He is the Savior of the world, and that includes the peasant as well as the king on his throne.… He has what you need. What is more, he knows you and he knows how to meet that need.”

Third, just as bread is eaten daily, Jesus is our daily need. It is not enough to meet with Jesus one day a week. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us … our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11), and so it is with him. Pink writes, “If the Christian fails to feed on Christ daily … he will be weak and sickly.”

Fourth, just as bread must be chewed and swallowed, Christians must feed on Jesus by faith. Jesus especially applied this principle to his Word. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). The hearts of children are fed by the kind and loving words of their parents. An army feeds on the brave words of its leaders. A nation feeds on the inspiring speeches of its best politicians. But nothing compares to the Word of God to feed the soul of every man, woman, and child. In the same way, a church is well fed and grows spiritually through the bread of God’s Word as it brings us in faith to Jesus Christ.

If we are living in a weak age of the church, the reason is found here. Christians are feeding on the world instead of on the Word. Biblical doctrine is considered irrelevant. Surveys show that a majority of evangelical Christians cannot list the Ten Commandments. Detailed knowledge of the Psalms, the Sermon on the Mount, the “I ams” of Christ, and the so-called Romans Road were staples of earlier generations that won their world for the gospel. If we find that the influence of our lives is weak, that our witness is weak, and that our collective impact on society is weak, it can only be because we are weak through neglecting the bread of God’s Word.

Fifth, Jesus must have thought of the miracle he had just performed. Matthew 14:19 records that after he had given thanks to the Father, he “broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples.” Likewise, Jesus is the Bread of Life because he was broken on the cross for our sins. He made this explicit when he instituted the Lord’s Supper. Paul tells us that he “took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you’ ” (1 Cor. 11:23–24).

“How,” you may ask, “can Jesus be the Bread of Life for the world?” The answer is that he died to pay the penalty of our sins, so that through faith in him we might be restored to fellowship with God. He rose from the dead to usher in a new kind of life for those who believe. Then, having ascended into heaven, he lives even now to send life through the Holy Spirit to those who believe.

Coming to Jesus

It cannot be an accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” Those who came to witness his birth were fed in their hearts. This crowd that came to Jesus was likewise fed. This shows that if Jesus is the Bread of Life, we must come to him. He said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Jesus combines two whoever statements that tell us what it means to come to him. He joins “whoever comes to me” with “whoever believes in me.” We come to Jesus by believing in him. Have you done that? Or do you persist with new demands, just as the crowd asked for yet another sign? If you do not come—if you do not believe—you will hunger until your spirit finally dies.

But look at Jesus’ promise: “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” This means that in coming to Jesus, we will always be watered and fed. We will be weak, but coming to Jesus will make us strong. In turmoil, we will find peace. In grief, we will gain comfort. In confusion, we will see truth. Coming to Jesus is the answer to all our spiritual needs, and Jesus promises always to provide.

Coming to Jesus starts with realizing the hunger of your soul. Do you not realize how unfulfilling life is apart from fellowship with the Son of God? Do you not realize that your need for new experiences, new thrills, and new achievements merely proves that you were made for something higher? God’s provision for our highest, eternal needs is Jesus Christ, the true Bread whom God has sent into the world.

“Whoever will come” means you. And if you will come to Jesus, you will not need another. You may come to him every day of your life, for unending days in all eternity, and be satisfied again and again. If you come to Jesus, you will say with the Song of Solomon, “He is altogether lovely” (Song 5:16 kjv). And if you walk with Jesus as a disciple, you will come to realize the same truth that Peter did: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).[3]


35 We now encounter the first of the seven famous “I am” statements in the fourth gospel—“I am the bread of life.” The OT background is God’s response to Moses, who has asked him what to tell those who inquire concerning the name of the one who sent him. God reveals his name as “I am who I am.” He chooses to be known and worshiped as “I am” (Ex 3:14). In John 8:58 Jesus applies the name to himself (“before Abraham was born, I am!”). There is a difference of opinion, however, as to the extent to which Jesus is emphasizing his own deity in the seven “I am” statements. Though Brown, 269, says that “egō eimi with a predicate does not reveal Jesus’ essence but reflects his dealings with men,” it is difficult to escape the conclusion that when Jesus uses an “I am” statement, he intends it to be understood in a revelatory sense.

Jesus corrects their misunderstanding. He is not the giver of the bread—God the Father does that—he is the bread itself. The bread of life is the “bread that gives life” (Goodspeed). Ryle, 3:373, says that Jesus “intended to be to the soul what bread is to the body: its food.” It follows that whoever comes to Jesus will “never go [away] hungry” and whoever believes in him will “never be thirsty.” The parallel clauses interpret one another: coming to Jesus (see vv. 37, 44, 45, 65 in ch. 6 alone) is simply another way of portraying what it means to believe. It is more than mental acquiescence; it involves the activity of the will. It is the vital response of the human person to the invitation of God. While it is true that all who believe must be “drawn” to God (6:44, 65), it is equally true that none are forced against their will to go; each must “come.”

It is important to understand what Jesus means by his promise that those who come believing will never be thirsty or go hungry. It does not mean that they will no longer have any desire for spiritual things. What it does mean is well stated by Morris, 366, who says that “it rules out forever the possibility of that unsatisfied hunger.” Or as Carson, 288, puts it, “It does mean there is no longer that core emptiness that the initial encounter with Jesus has met.” Jesus’ promise is sometimes contrasted with Wisdom’s statement in Sirach 24:21, “Those who eat of me will hunger for more, and those who drink of me will thirst for more.” But the two statements are complementary rather than contradictory. Spiritual food both satisfies and creates the desire for more. What is permanently satisfied by eating the bread of life is the deep-seated hunger in the hearts of people created in the image of God. He created us for fellowship with himself, and nothing short of that intimate association will ever satisfy.[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). John 1–11 (pp. 244–251). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2005). The Gospel of John: an expositional commentary (pp. 475–480). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Phillips, R. D. (2014). John. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (1st ed., Vol. 1, pp. 384–392). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[4] Mounce, R. H. (2007). John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 444–445). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for August 31, 2018

August 30, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — As he was preparing to attend a White House dinner of evangelical leaders, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) sent out a fundraising message in support of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. What Perkins didn’t reveal to FRC supporters is that Kavanaugh’s mentor on the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, supported abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage, and that Kavanaugh has promised to uphold Court precedents…. (more)

August 30, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The New York Times’ slogan is famously, “All the news that’s fit to print.” I guess Facebook’s slogan should be, “All the liberal news that’s fit to print.” And not just Facebook, but Google, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and Apple. Look at this variety of recent examples where social media giants are allegedly censoring conservative or Christian content:… (more)

August 30, 2018
‘The only way to clear up this messy saga is for Trump to immediately declassify all the documents — without redactions’
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation – – with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press…. (more)

August 30, 2018
ART MOORE — The former top Justice Department official at the center of the anti-Trump dossier scandal, Bruce Ohr, testified that the FBI was aware when it submitted the dossier as evidence to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign that the document’s author was biased against Trump and that Ohr’s wife worked for the company that produced it…. (more)


August 30, 2018
BRIETBART — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral. Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony…. (more)


August 30, 2018
U.S. rate actually less than 1/10th of that claimed, less than 3% of world’s total
WASHINGTON TIMES — A shock 2016 study argued that the U.S. accounted for nearly one-third of all mass shootings, sparking global headlines about the dangers of an American gun culture. Now another researcher says the original study “botched” the data. John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, crunched the numbers and said his count shows that the U.S. had less than 3 percent of the world’s mass public shootings over a 15-year period…. (more)

August 30, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — According to a new piece in Vox, Nabisco’s just-redesigned animal-crackers box deserves criticism because it does nothing to “dismantle” capitalism. In case you missed the (very important) news, Nabisco listened to pressure from PETA last week and removed the cage from the design on the box of its animal crackers. It was truly a giant step for humanity. I’ve been eating and sleeping better just knowing that these imaginary animals have been freed from their imaginary captivity…. (more)

August 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Larry Klayman on Tuesday told Newsmax TV of his intention to file a class action lawsuit this week against Google, Facebook and other companies for anti-trust violations around censorship of conservative websites…. (more)


August 29, 2018
Officials ‘taking a look’ at how to deal with companies that essentially are monopolies
BOB UNRUH — President Trump’s economic adviser Tuesday revealed that the idea of regulating Google and other social-media monopolies now is under review. Larry Kudlow’s remark came outside the White House just hours after the president unleashed a series of tweets criticizing Google for search results that produce mostly negative assessments of his presidency…. (more)

August 29, 2018
Spending on Facebook, Twitter revealed as industry targets conservative voices
WORLDNETDAILY — Ultra-liberal billionaire George Soros, who is supporting a collaborative effort with Facebook and others to remove President Trump from office, recently made large purchases in social-media stock after bashing the companies…. (more)

August 29, 2018
JOSEPH FARAH — While the Google-Facebook machine claims to fight fake news, these monopolies are actually spreading fake news while censoring alternative, independent news sources. Let me give you an example. Last week, CNN’s Jim Sciutto had two big scoops debunked as false, phony and provably fake news – – not by me, but by his own colleagues. Sciutto is CNN’s chief national security correspondent. He joined the network after serving in Barack Obama’s White House and is an anti-Donald Trump zealot…. (more)


August 29, 2018
Only 11 out of 240 claimed incidents can actually be confirmed
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Education Department official report on the number of incidents involving a school shooting are much higher than can be confirmed, NPR reported on Tuesday. The extremely inaccurate report comes at a time, NPR stated, when the need for clear data on school violence is very pressing as students nationwide return to classes in the aftermath of the most recent mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas…. (more)


August 29, 2018
Conflicts in testimonies of Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page, Fusion GPS chief
ART MOORE — Republican congressmen who questioned senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr on Tuesday about his role in the FBI investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign found his testimony conflicted with the declarations of other key figures, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson…. (more)


August 29, 2018
Jim Brown praises ‘exceptional’ president who cares about country
ART MOORE — After opposition last week to his criticism of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, NFL great Jim Brown said the black community shouldn’t blame the president for its problems, insisting it “has a responsibility” to examine its own performance…. (more)

August 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Passing legislation hasn’t been Rep. Jim Jordan’s strong suit, but that isn’t dampening the spirit of conservatives who are rallying behind his bid to become the 55th speaker of the House. Instead, it is his ability to gum up the works, along with his near-unwavering support for President Trump, that is enchanting tea party and right-wing groups. They say they have been ill-served by a string of deal-making Republican leaders…. (more)

August 28, 2018
NEWSMAX — Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement official said Tuesday the Vatican knew of the alleged cover-up of predator priests – – but stopped short of including the pope. In an interview on Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who issued a bombshell grand jury report revealing that more than 1,000 children were molested by 301 “predator priests” in six dioceses over decades, said “individuals put the reputation” of the church “ahead of people they’re supposed to be protecting.”… (more)


August 28, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Almost everyone is familiar with the expression “War is too important to be left to the generals.” Credited to Georges Clemenceau, the French prime minister at the end of World War I, the aphorism seems simple on its face. Military leaders, embroiled in the tactics and operations of the battlefield, might lose touch with the larger issues at hand – – especially political ones – – in wartime. The quip has been embraced as a principle by civil-military scholars in democracies over the years to bolster the case for civilian control of the military…. (more)

August 27, 2018
ALAN KEYES — In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sex abuse allegations against Catholic clergy, Pope Francis has addressed a letter to “the people of God” in which he says:… (more)

August 27, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — More than one year ago, on May 24, 2017, in a column titled, “Special Counsel Mueller Will Get His Man.” I wrote, “Those who say there is no evidence of a crime in Russia-gate miss the whole point. [Robert] Mueller will produce evidence of a crime out of nothing if he has to.” Hence, we see the forces of legal terrorism being brought to bear on issues and people completely unrelated to Russia. President Trump’s family is now reportedly being targeted…. (more)

August 27, 2018
SF GATE — One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved. Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump’s team? The top legal spokesmen for each side are . . . Rudy Giuliani and Lanny Davis!?… (more)


August 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump acknowledged his respect Monday for the late Sen. John McCain’s service to the nation and ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff, after complaints from veterans groups and others that the White House was snubbing the president’s frequent critic even in death…. (more)

August 27, 2018
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER — In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them…. (more)


August 27, 2018
JOSEPH FARAH — The dark, ugly truth about Google is oozing out It’s up to Republicans in Washington to save Americans’ long-cherished values, like personal privacy, as well as institutions like freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion, but time is short and will is lacking…. (more)

August 27, 2018
Study by psychologist says democracy imperiled by tech-giant bias
WORLDNETDAILY — A study of how Google and Facebook are manipulating the political views of their users shows the internet tech giants have the power to shift “upwards of 12 million votes” in November’s midterm elections, psychologist Robert Epstein told Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson. “We should be extremely concerned,” said Epstein. “Content no longer matters. All that matters is the filtering and ordering of content.”… (more)


August 27, 2018
Engineer recently admitted algorithms target Republicans
ART MOORE — After the Twitter accounts of several Republican lawmakers were “shadow banned,” illustrating widespread reports of the censorship of conservative voices, leaders of the GOP-led House called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify in a hearing…. (more)

 

August 31, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump told a campaign-style rally in Indiana on Thursday that his administration is standing up for free-speech rights, warning that large social media companies could not be allowed to “control what we can and cannot see.”

California lawmakers moved on Thursday toward imposing the nation’s strictest net neutrality laws on internet providers, flying in the face of sweeping new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules seen as a win for the companies.

When a U.S. appeals court last week rejected an Alabama abortion law, one of the court’s judges bemoaned having to base the decision on Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, calling it an “aberration of constitutional law.”

The United Nations refugee agency urged Greece on Friday to speed up transfers of eligible asylum-seekers from Aegean islands to the mainland, saying conditions at an overcrowded Lesbos reception center were “reaching boiling point”.

The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.

The Russian central bank will need to postpone a plan to cut rates due to new U.S. sanctions against Moscow seen taking toll on inflation and the rouble.

Coca-Cola has agreed to buy coffee chain Costa for $5.1 billion to extend its push into healthier drinks and take on the likes of Starbucks and Nestle in the booming global coffee market.

AP Top Stories

The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.

Bank of America is facing backlash over reports that the company has frozen customer accounts over questions about their citizenship status.

Former Sen. Mike Lee chief of staff and Democratic strategist on California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom’s calls for universal health care for illegal immigrants.

Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers even after the withdrawal of the US, the UN’s atomic watchdog said Thursday in a confidential report.

Investigators say a woman was beaten to death and chopped up by her best friend’s boyfriend, while the best friend allegedly helped.

Police in Vietnam have arrested a man accused of being a member of a “terrorist” group and planning attacks in the country, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.

A substance that led to nearly 30 people at an Ohio prison being treated for drug exposure or suspected exposure was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the State Highway Patrol said.

Eleven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday. The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week.

The US Justice Department accused Harvard University Thursday of discriminating against Asian applicants, ramping up the Trump administration’s opposition to widespread policies seeking to manage racial balance among students.

Agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) arrested more than 150 people at a trailer manufacturer in north Texas based on allegations of immigration violations.

Britain and Nigeria signed a security and defense agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa’s most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremists and others linked to the Islamic State organization.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but warned he could “instantly” relaunch the exercises again and they would be “far bigger than ever before.”

Astronauts scrambled Thursday to patch a tiny hole in a Russian capsule that was allowing air to leak from the International Space Station.

Analysts say drivers should expect gas prices to drop less than they usually do in the fall, as looming U.S. sanctions on Iran boost the cost of crude oil.

BBC

The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

The UN says it is alarmed by reports of the mass detention of Uighurs in China and called for the release of those held on a counter terrorism “pretext”. It comes after a UN committee heard reports that up to one million Muslim Uighurs in western Xinjiang region, were held in re-education camps.

The value of Argentina’s peso continued to fall on Thursday, plunging by more than 13% after a 7% drop a day earlier. The decline came despite the central bank’s effort to stabilize the currency by raising a key interest rate from 45% to 60%.

WND

California lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor a bill that would raise the minimum age for buying long guns in the state from 18 to 21.

Chelsea Clinton and Facebook have teamed up to censor any discussion of counseling or therapy options for people who want to overcome their same-sex attractions.

Median household income is up more than 4%, the economy is growing fast, and optimism is at decade’s long highs. Not that you’d know it, since the press is too busy trying to drive President Trump from office.


News – 8/31/2018

Trump: “People Are Angry. I Will Get Involved Unless FBI, DOJ Start Doing Their Job”
President Donald Trump warned on Thursday that the Justice Department and the FBI must “start doing their job and doing it right” or “I will get involved.”

Trump slashes federal pay increase
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced plans to cancel a scheduled pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation’s budget could not sustain the increases. The president made the announcement in a letter to the Senate and House. “In light of our nation’s fiscal situation, federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” he said.

Greece earthquake: Greece hit by TWO ‘extremely strong’ quakes – tremors felt on islands
The first earthquake hit Greece at 8.12am BST, registering 5.1 magnitude. It struck near the town of Kardítsa, 144 miles from the capital of Greece. Just over an hour later another strong earthquake hit the same region. It registered 4.4 magnitude.

Chief U.S. Spy Catcher Says China Using LinkedIn to Recruit Americans
German and British authorities have previously warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time a U.S. official has publicly discussed the challenge in the United States and indicated it is a bigger problem than previously known.

‘Stupid’ versus ‘evil’ in the Age of Trump
“To understand the workings of American politics,” wrote the late, great Charles Krauthammer, “you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” All the while, Rep. Maxine Waters hysterically urges angry Trump-haters to ambush the president’s staffers everywhere, Obama CIA chief John Brennan accuses Trump of treason, Rep. Steve Cohen calls for a military coup to oust the president, antifa members openly brag to video journalists that they would “murder” the president if he showed up at their rally, actor Peter Fonda tweets “We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles,”.

Israel, U.S. form joint task force on Iran sanctions enforcement
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Kahlon, have agreed to form a working group that will monitor and enhance sanctions enforcement against Iran, …

Israeli Police Bust Hamas Crime Ring of Mostly Women
The Israeli Police recently announced the breaking up of a Hamas crime ring in the city of Hebron – comprised mostly of women. Finding a Hamas terrorist cell is not an unusual occurrence, but the size of the cell and its composition were. Hamas and other extremist Islamist organizations do not usually recruit women to plan and carry out terrorist activities.

Remarkable Woman Connecting Arab Nations to Creation Concert
The Sanhedrin has invited the Arab nations to take their place in a concert in Jerusalem celebrating the creation of the world. As improbable as it may seem that nations perceived as the arch-enemies of Israel will attend, the emissary chosen by the Sanhedrin to bear this message is so remarkable that she may be able to succeed where the world’s most prominent politicians have failed.

New images show Iranian surface-to-surface missile facility in Syria
New satellite images of an area in northwestern Syria show the establishment a new Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory which may house weapons capable of striking Israel. The images taken by ImageSat International (ISI) purport to show evidence suggesting that Iran is continuing to build various facilities related to the development and production of surface-to-surface missiles (SSM) in the area of Wadi Jahannam near Baniyas.

Report: Iran moves missiles to Iraq in warning to enemies
Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq and is developing the capacity to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to give it the means to hit regional foes… Any sign that Iran is preparing a more aggressive missile policy in Iraq will exacerbate tensions between Tehran and Washington, already heightened by US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Australia abuse inquiry: Catholic Church rejects call to overhaul confession
The Catholic Church in Australia has formally rejected a landmark inquiry’s recommendation that priests should be forced to report sexual abuse disclosed during confession. The five-year inquiry found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in Australian institutions. The Catholic Church had the most cases. On Friday, Church leaders accepted most of the inquiry’s recommendations.

Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade Organization
President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming it treats his country unfairly. “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” Mr Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News. The WTO was established to provide rules for global trade and resolve disputes between countries.

Consumer spending increases strongly; inflation rising
U.S. consumer spending increased solidly in July, pointing to strong economic growth early in the third quarter, while a measure of underlying inflation hit the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target for the third time this year. The Commerce Department said on Thursday consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, rose 0.4 percent last month after advancing by the same margin in June.

Useful or creepy? Machines suggest Gmail replies
Google is toeing the line between helping you save time and creeping you out as it turns to machines to suggest email replies on your behalf. The customized auto-responses come in the latest version of Gmail on the web and expand on a feature already available on Android devices and iPhones…The responses are automatically created using Google’s artificial intelligence systems. Humans aren’t reading people’s emails, but machines are scanning them.

UN: Ceasefire violations may spark Lebanon-Israel conflict
The UN Security Council warned Thursday that violations of the ceasefire agreement between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict and urged international support for Lebanon’s armed forces and their stepped-up deployment in the south and at sea. The council’s warning against “a new conflict that none of the parties or the region can afford” came in a resolution adopted unanimously extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon…until August 31, 2019.

Palestinian President Abbas’ health seriously deteriorating, report says
Palestinian sources claimed Wednesday evening that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‘ health has seriously deteriorated, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported.

Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak could become ‘worst ever’ in East Africa, IRC warns
A fast-growing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could become “the worst ever seen in East Africa,” a humanitarian aid group warned Wednesday, after the deadly virus spread to an area surrounded by armed militants.

General attacked for Christian faith appeals to Mattis
The actions and rhetoric of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation toward the new commander of Edwards Air Force base shows that despite its name, the atheist group isn’t really concerned about religious freedom, contends a leading non-profit legal group that has come to the general’s defense.

The UN Must Have No Say On U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy sharply criticized the Trump administration’s decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran after the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).

Pope Responds to Abuse Allegations: ‘Christians are Communicating a Lifestyle’
The pope, real name Jorge Bergoglio, posted a tweet Thursday saying “We Christians are not selling a product. We are communicating a lifestyle,” before quickly deleting it following a backlash from Twitter users.

Russia Deploys 25 WARSHIPS In Preparation For US Strike On Syria
Russia has announced the deployment of 25 of its warships including 30 warplanes and long-range bombers, as fears the US is preparing to strike Syria.

Earth Set For a BIG FREEZE, Sun ‘Totally Void’ Of Sun Spots For Majority Of 2018
Scientists now believe the earth is in for a big freeze due to the sun being totally void of sunspots for more than half of 2018.

South Africa Confiscates 300,000 Guns Amid White Farmer Land Grab
South Africa is opening the door to tyranny as it begins confiscating guns following a Constitutional Court ruling that 300,000 gun owners have to relinquish their weapons.

2 California Senators Declare War on the Christian Faith
As California’s AB 2943 is about to become law, some senators are announcing their real sentiments loudly and clearly: Christians do not have the right to practice their faith. To Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and to Senator Ricardo Lara, I ask you plainly: Who appointed you God?

After Bashing Tech Companies, Soros Buys Millions in Facebook, Twitter Stocks
Billionaire George Soros, who earlier this year demanded that the European Union take a more aggressive role and regulate social media giants Facebook and Google claiming that  voters’ minds were being controlled and “manipulated”, recently spent millions purchasing large sums in social-media stock after bashing the companies.

Snapchat Apologizes for Map Labeling New York City ‘Jewtropolis’
Snapchat apologized in a statement on Thursday after the app unintentionally listed New York City as “Jewtropolis” due to its use of a third-party open-source mapping database.

Flashback: Pope Quietly Trims Sanctions for Sex Abusers Seeking Mercy
An Associated Press article dated February 25, 2017,t detailed Pope Francis’ quiet efforts to reduce the penalties and sanctions imposed by his predicessors on sexual abuser priests, including pedophile priests, as part of “his vision of a merciful church.”

Abortion Doctor Jailed For Letting Woman Bleed To Death Gets License Back
Georgia’s medical board reinstated the license of a doctor guilty of medical malpractice, Medicaid fraud and letting an abortion patient bleed uncontrollably and die of cardiac arrest.

ACLJ Comes to Defense of USAF General Under Fire from MRFF for Publicly Professing His Christian Faith
Once again, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) wants to keep God out of our military and is attacking anyone who professes his or her Christian faith. Now MRFF is attacking a respected Air Force General, demanding he be investigated for expressing his Christian faith.

Campus bans Sept. 11 memorial for ‘bias’ against Muslims
Administrators at Ripon College in Wisconsin have ruled that a Sept. 11 memorial cannot take place on campus because it may offend Muslim students.

Here’s the List: The Top Ten Instances where the Deep State FBI, DOJ and CIA Spies Attempted to Set Up the Trump Campaign and Administration

The Deep State flourished under President Obama.  After eight years in office the Deep State wasn’t only spying on the Trump Campaign and anyone related to it, the Deep State was inserting spies into the Trump campaign in efforts to set them up for crimes.

Judge endorses ban on Christian flag
A federal judge in Massachusetts has endorsed a city of Boston program that is censoring the Christian flag because it’s “religious.”

ISIS prepares to make last stand on volcano in southern Syria
The Islamic State (ISIS) is on the verge of defeat in southern Syria after a string of losses to the Syrian Arab Army and their allies this week. According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army has tightened the siege on the Islamic State forces at the Al-Safa Mountain, leaving them virtually nowhere to retreat.


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Anthony Wade – Unemployed Angels — the Result of Lazy Christians and an Impotent God

“Moonwalk” Exorcisms by Prophet Joshua Holmes

Facebook suspends Activist Mommy again for calling gender confusion a mental illness

Dallas Bishop T.D. Jakes to be part of Aretha Franklin’s funeral

Chicago Cardinal – Global Warming, Migrants Are ‘Bigger Agenda’ than Sex Abuse

New Billboard Campaign Markets Abortions to Black Women as “Self-Care.” Like a Day at the Spa


Headlines – 8/31/2018

Rollout of Trump administration’s peace deal ‘not imminent,’ US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says

Palestinian Leader Abbas to Challenge Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ at UN General Assembly

As Abbas appears to soften peace demands, PA officials say his views unchanged

Report: US to announce halt to all UNRWA funding within weeks

PA: We will fight Trump’s threats

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel’s PM, suspected of receiving bribes, police say

UN warns of fresh Israel-Lebanon war as peacekeeping mandate renewed

Liberman: Agreements on ending Syrian civil war don’t apply to Israel

Satellite photos said to show new Iranian missile factory in Syria

UN Fears Chemical Weapons in Syria Battle With ‘10,000 Terrorists’

UN Syria envoy urges evacuating Idlib civilians

Russian navy to hold drills off Syria as Idlib offensive looms

Decade-old interrogation of Iraqi cleric shows Iran’s part in killing US troops

IAEA says Iran continuing to meet nuclear obligations

Iran: Honoring nuclear deal isn’t our only option

French call for more Iran negotiations “bullying and excessive” – Iran foreign ministry

Iran official calls upset citizen ‘ignorant’ for bringing up economic decline

Clashes escalate in Libya’s capital, killing 26

Egypt’s Sissi appoints first-ever Christian woman as governor

Dutch anti-Islamist calls off Mohammad cartoon contest after death threats

Japan’s military seeks record spending to reinforce N.Korea missile defenses

Inside the Swedish military presence on Gotland, the most strategic island for defense against Russian aggression

Venezuela’s Neighbors Join Forces to Contain Crushing Flow of Refugees

Dem rep warns immigration officers following ‘illegal’ Trump orders: ‘You will not be safe’ post Trump

Trump: FBI must start doing its job right or ‘I’ll get involved’

A meticulous legal mind: Democrats’ hunt for dirt on Kavanaugh backfires

Trump rages against fake everything

Head of California Democratic Party calls for In-N-Out boycott over GOP contribution

Commentary: It Shouldn’t Be, but Socialism Is Back on the American Agenda

Trump Says He Will Pull U.S. Out of World Trade Organization ‘If They Don’t Shape Up’

Argentina Hikes Interest Rate To 60 Percent In Bid To Halt Currency’s Fall

Facebook risks being dragged into war crime trials, UN warns

Useful or creepy? Machines suggest Gmail replies

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Morfovounion, Greece

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Nevado De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Super Typhoon Jebi to threaten Japan with damaging winds, flooding next week

Tropical Storm Miriam Forecast to Miss Hawai’i

Tropical storm expected soon in Atlantic; Hurricane Norman winds hold steady at 150 mph

Tropical threat may develop close to Florida while eastern Atlantic springs to life

Tropical wave forecast to move into Gulf next week

Puerto Rico lacked disaster planning, communications strategy, hurricane study found

Carr Fire in Northern California now fully contained, fire officials say

More than 200,000 teens had plastic surgery last year, and social media had a lot to do with it

Franklin Graham on America’s Record-Setting STD Numbers: ‘Sin Always Has a Cost’

Navy drag queen ‘Harpy Daniels’ is serving looks – and the country

Australia’s Catholic Leaders Reject Call to Report Sex Abuse Heard in Confessions


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August 31 Examples of Jesus’ Compassion

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them.—Matt. 9:36a

Examples in the gospels of Jesus’ compassion are notable. When He saw Mary and others weeping for the deceased Lazarus, “He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33) and wept with them (v. 35). The phrase “deeply moved in spirit” connotes physical as well as emotional and spiritual anguish. As He saw Lazarus’s friends and family grieving, He entered into real crying with them.

When arrested in the garden, Christ was more concerned about the disciples than Himself: “If you [soldiers] seek Me, let these go their way” (John 18:8). While on the cross He still had concern for His mother: “He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ ” (19:26).

In one of His most poignant expressions of deep compassion for others, Jesus lamented, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling” (Matt. 23:37; cf. Luke 19:41–42).

Commenting on two familiar verses about Jesus’ compassion and sympathy (Heb. 4:15; 5:8), Paul Brand said,

A stupefying concept: God’s Son learning through His experiences on earth. Before taking on a body, God had no personal experience of physical pain or of the effect of rubbing against needy persons. But God dwelt among us and touched us, and His time spent here allows Him to more fully identify with our pain.

ASK YOURSELF

What does Christ’s compassion inspire in you? How could you be more daring and deliberate about taking His heart with you into your world of need, touching others with the love and mercy of Jesus?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 252). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

AUGUST 31 SIMPLE RULES FOR THE CHRISTIAN IN DISCOURAGEMENT

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid….

ISAIAH 12:2

Christian men and women should be aware that there is danger in a defeated spirit within us, for it can plunge us into discouragement.

Discouragement, by the way, is hardly a sin. But it can lead to any number of sins, for to discourage is to dishearten. In such a case, we may still go to church, but we have little appetite for it. Nothing means anything to us. Hymns are dull and tasteless and the sermon is a bore. I want to give you some rules for the time of discouragement:

First, do not accept the judgment of your own heart about the matter. A discouraged heart will always go astray, so do not think about yourself the way you feel about yourself!

Instead, go to God and Christ. God loves you, and Christ loves you enough to have died for you. He thought you were worth something. Remember that discouraged Gideon was hiding until God sought him out and said, “Get up, thou mighty man of God!”

The second rule is this: make no important decisions while you are discouraged. Don’t resign your job. Don’t sell your property. Get down before God and ask Him to take the defeat out of your spirit and the reverses out of your heart.

Finally, go to the Bible and read the promises of God. Read and claim the promises until your heart leaps with the joy of His promises. Remember that the living God is everything. Our victory cannot enrich God and our defeat cannot impoverish Him. Live on the side where the promises of God are bright![1]


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

Gohmert: FBI ‘deceptive’ over Clinton hacking report

(Washington Examiner) Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, rebuffed the FBI after it issued a denial in response to a report that said an unidentified Chinese company hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server.

In a report published earlier this week, the Daily Caller News Foundation cited sources that said a Chinese-state owned firm located in the Washington, D.C., area had access to Clinton’s emails in real time courtesy of a code embedded in the New York-based server which then made copies of the emails, some of which contained classified information.

In response, an agency spokesman said: “The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised.”

But Gohmert, who told Fox News on Tuesday that a foreign entity had obtained Clinton’s emails but did not identify from which country, put out a statement that emphasized it was not the FBI but rather the intelligence community inspector general that discovered the hack.
— Read on mobile.wnd.com/2018/08/gohmert-fbi-deceptive-over-clinton-hacking-report/

Conservative Facebook employees protest ‘intolerant’ liberal culture – Business Insider

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There’s a potential civil war brewing at Facebook.

Conservative employees are up in arms against what they argue is an “intolerant” liberal culture at the tech company.

A private group on the famously liberal Silicon Valley firm’s internal message board has been set up in protest with more than 160 members, posters are appearing around campus, and Facebook employees are having heated internal debates around the subject, as Business Insider detailed in a recent report.

“‘I disagree of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ We need to channel Voltaire more in the company today,” one employee wrote to his colleagues. “So many viewpoints are summarily dismissed as *ist/*obe because they are not understood.”

The tense atmosphere highlights how even famously liberal Silicon Valley has become sucked into the vortex of America’s chaotic national politics, as companies like Facebook grapple with their political role and influence on the public stage and within the workplace.

“You can…see the dripping of hate off them,” one Facebook employee told Business Insider, describing the way “liberal” employees behave around their outspoken conservative colleagues.

The aggrieved Facebook employees complain that the company doesn’t tolerate non-liberal viewpoints, and many conservatives believe they need to stay “in the closet” about their political beliefs.

The Facebook employee also said conservatives at the company believe they can be fired more easily than others, citing ousted Oculus founder Palmer Luckey as an example: “If you’re conservative at Facebook, you’re already walking on eggshells. You will get fired quicker than if you’re a liberal in seconds.”

Reached for comment, Facebook spokesperson Bertie Thomson referred Business Insider to a statement issued Tuesday: “On Day 1 of Facebook’s new hire orientation in Menlo Park, everyone hears from our Chief Diversity Officer about the importance of diversity and how to have respectful conversations with people who have different viewpoints.”

Read the full report on the culture war exploding at Facebook on BI Prime »
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/conservative-facebook-employees-protest-intolerant-liberal-culture-2018-8

Media eager to believe Russia hacked Hillary’s home brew server, but dismiss report that China did

The media in attack mode on Trump.

President Trump saw a story from the Daily Caller on Fox News that said China hacked Hillary’s non secure computer and instead of actually investigating the media went into attack mode on Trump by saying he had no evidence of the actual hack to protect Hillary, the Justice Department and the intelligence agencies because if true they didn’t do their job.

Trump Says Without Evidence That China Hacked Clinton Email Server

President Trump tweeted early Wednesday that China was behind a hack of former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton’s emails, in an apparent reference to an article published by the conservative Daily Caller website.

President Trump claims that China hacked Hillary Clinton’s email

“Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China,” the president tweeted. “Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!”

U.S. intelligence agencies have pointed to Russia as the nation who orchestrated the hacking of emails of top officials at the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

The FBI rebuked Trump’s comments in a statement Wednesday afternoon to NBC News, saying the bureau “has not found any evidence the servers were compromised.”

Trump, without evidence, blames China for hacking Clinton emails

Now, let’s look at how the media handled the report that Russia hacked the DNC computers. They didn’t seem curious at all that the only source that says that Russia hacked the computers was a private company hired by the DNC. I didn’t see any stories headlined” The DNC, without allowing the government access to their computers, claims, without any evidence other than a firm hired by them, that Russia hacked their computers.

There seemed to be little curiosity by journalists as they protected Hillary and targeted Trump.

Why would the media just take the word of CrowdStrike and DNC without any independent investigations and then spew forth that the report was factual?
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/media_eager_to_believe_russia_hacked_hillarys_home_brew_server_but_dismiss_report_that_china_did.html