Daily Archives: September 3, 2018

September 3: The Discomfort of Scripture

Hosea 6:1–7:16; Acts 2:42–3:26; Job 15:21–35

Most of the Western world operates in the spirit of individualism. Christianity does not, though we often attempt to adapt it and make it more comfortable. It’s much easier to think about “God’s role in my life” than to reflect on “my role in God’s plan” to help others and share the gospel.

When we attempt to shape our faith to fit our needs, we’re bound to run into Scripture that makes us squirm. Some people perform interpretive backflips to wriggle out of passages such as Acts 2:42–47. Verse 44 says, “And all who believed were in the same place, and had everything in common.” A fear of socialism serves as a convenient excuse to sidestep this verse, but it doesn’t speak to socialism. It speaks to voluntarily joining a movement of people who care more about the betterment of the group than they do about their individual gain.

The truth is that God’s Word should make us uncomfortable because we are the ones who need to conform. None of us wants to accept Acts 2:44 unless the Spirit has worked within us. Acting out our faith means we must be willing to donate what we have to help others: time, material goods, money—whatever God calls us to give. Self-sacrifice is not easy for anyone, but it becomes easier when the Spirit prompts our hearts to see the needs of others as more important than our wants.

Most people in the Western world choose the sin of selfishness over selfless service to others. Do we need to buy a coffee every morning, or could we make a cup at home? Do we need to live in a larger house, or could we downsize? Nearly all of us can find ways to give more by living with less. And we might find the motive we need when the Spirit speaks to us through the discomfort of Scripture.

How can you give what you have to help others? What sacrifice can you make today, this week, or this month? Who do you know who’s in need?

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.

September 3 Your Resources in Christ

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:10–11).

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In Christ you have every resource necessary for spiritual victory.

Satan opposes God and wants to prevent believers from glorifying Him. One way he does that is by convincing them that he is either so formidable they could never defeat him, or so weak they can fight him in their own strength.

Second Corinthians 10:4 says, “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” Human resources alone can never defeat a spiritual enemy, but divine resources can. That’s why it’s crucial to understand the resources you have in Christ that ensure spiritual victory.

In Ephesians 1:3 Paul says you have received all the blessings of Heaven through Christ. That includes being forgiven and redeemed (vv. 6–7) and receiving knowledge, understanding, and wisdom (vv. 17–18). Within you resides the Holy Spirit (v. 13), who strengthens you and accomplishes more than you can ask or think (3:16, 20).

Believers represent the awesome power of God in this world—the same power that raised Christ from the dead, seated Him at the right hand of the Father, and subjected all things under His feet (Eph. 1:19–22). He is the Sovereign Lord against whom no one can successfully stand. That’s why Paul exhorted us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Eph. 6:10, emphasis added). We find this strength by putting on the armor He has supplied: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word, and using it all with prayer. Then, no matter what direction the enemy approaches from or how subtle his attacks may be, we’ll be able to stand firm.

Satan’s attacks are complex and subtle. His ways of working in this world are cunning and deceitful. Since it’s impossible to analyze and anticipate his every offense, focus on strengthening your defenses by understanding your spiritual resources and using them each day.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to increase your understanding of spiritual warfare. ✧ Seek wisdom in applying your resources in the most effective ways. ✧ When you face spiritual battles, confide in a Christian friend who will pray with you and encourage you.

For Further Study: According to Matthew 4:1–11, how did Jesus deal with Satan’s attacks?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 259). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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SEPTEMBER 3 HOLINESS NOT AN OPTION

He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Romans 14:18

Many believers in our day seem to consider the expression of true Christian holiness to be just a matter of personal option: “I have looked it over and considered it, but I don’t buy it!”

But the Apostle Peter clearly exhorts every Christian to holiness of life and conversation: God’s children ought to be holy because God Himself is holy! I am of the opinion that New Testament Christians do not have the privilege of ignoring such apostolic injunctions.

There is something basically wrong with our Christianity and our spirituality if we can carelessly presume that if we do not like a biblical doctrine and choose to ignore it, there is no harm done. God has never instructed us that we should weigh His desires for us and His commandments to us in the balance of our own judgments—and then decide what we want to do about them.

We have the power within us to reject God’s instruction—but where else shall we go? If we turn away from the authority of God’s Word, to whose authority do we yield?

Dear Lord, I truly desire to obey all of Your commandments. Yet in my flesh I sometimes waver and fall short of Your holy standard. Forgive me, Lord. Empower me by Your Spirit to gain victory over my weak areas.[1]


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

‘No Wonder She Wasn’t Elected’: Twitter on Clinton’s ‘Unpaid Internships’

The former Democratic Party presidential candidate has a record of offering no monetary compensation to campaign staff during elections, despite enjoying large campaign war chests.

Source: ‘No Wonder She Wasn’t Elected’: Twitter on Clinton’s ‘Unpaid Internships’

Town now ‘desperate’ after restaurant kicked out Sarah Sanders

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Perhaps it’s a lesson in simple economics: Don’t enrage your customers, especially with politics.

In the wake of the June incident in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for President Trump, the local area is suffering a serious financial slump.

Now, officials with Rockbridge Regional Tourism Board have approved a measure to bolster the marketing of the area after the Red Hen ouster sparked a national fury.

Members from Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County met with the Lexington City Council, and “each locality agreed the region was in desperate need of positive coverage after The Red Hen incident,” reported the Roanoke Times.

The paper noted: “Director of Marketing Patty Williams said the area is still feeling effects from the controversy – the tourism office received a letter Thursday from a family in Georgia who said they would never come back to the area because of what happened. And during the immediate aftermath of the incident, the tourism office received thousands of phone calls and emails.”

Williams said, “For a town our size, it was a significant impact.”

An additional $5,000 per month is being spent from the tourism board’s emergency fund to help improve local traffic.

As WND previously reported, the Virginia restaurant owner who kicked out Sanders didn’t stop her political activism after Sarah and her family left, according to Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee told Laura Ingraham on her radio show that Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of The Red Hen, followed family members to a restaurant across the street, where she organized a protest.

Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Huckabee explained that his daughter and her husband went home after they were kicked out of The Red Hen – “they had had enough” – but the rest of the accompanying family members went across the street to a different restaurant.

“The owner of The Red Hen then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest, yelling and screaming at them from outside the other restaurant and creating this scene,” he told Ingraham.

Huckabee noted that most of her husband’s family members – not her parents in-law – are “liberal,” and “one of them walked out and said, ‘Look, I don’t like Trump. I’m not a supporter, I’m considered liberal, but you guys are embarrassing me, and you’re not helping the cause.”

The family member pointed out that Sarah Sanders wasn’t even present.

“This is what the left has been reduced to,” Huckabee said. “It’s really tragic. And it is dangerous.”

At the time, Democrats and establishment media had been fiercely protesting a policy in effect under the Obama administration that requires children to be temporarily separated from parents who are being prosecuted for crossing the U.S. border illegally. Trump issued an executive order in June to ensure the children stay with their families while urging Congress to come up with a permanent solution.

‘The restaurant has certain standards’

Ingraham cited news reports saying Wilkinson decided to boot Sanders from her restaurant after taking a vote of employees, some of whom are gay.

Wilkinson said she asked Sanders and her husband to step outside after they already had started eating appetizers.

“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion and cooperation.

“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”

Wilkinson said he didn’t know how Sanders would react.

According to the restaurant owner, Sanders immediately responded, “That’s fine. I’ll go.”

Sanders tweeted at the time: “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

President Trump reacted to Sanders’ expulsion in a tweet.

“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Trump wrote.

Source: Town now ‘desperate’ after restaurant kicked out Sarah Sanders

California Now Requires Companies To Have At Least One Gang Member On Executive Board — The Babylon Bee

SACRAMENTO, CA—In a move to encourage inclusion and diversity, a new California law now requires companies to hire at least one gang member to serve on their executive board.

Legislators will reportedly also accept undocumented immigrants or a homeless person if a violent gang member can’t be found.

“It’s high time that gang members start being included in the management of successful companies,” Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement. “Far too many companies simply choose the best person for the job, rather than allow people who might not be qualified because of their criminal activity to have a chance at running a business.”

Scrambling to comply with the new law, hundreds of HR department reps were seen combing the streets of LA, San Francisco, and San Diego looking for members of MS-13, Bloods, or Crips to recruit for their leadership boards.

At publishing time, Brown had begun building a wall to keep corporations from leaving the state.

via California Now Requires Companies To Have At Least One Gang Member On Executive Board — The Babylon Bee

Hilarious: What Happens Every Time Democrats Try to Take Down Trump

The hilarious cartoon below shows exactly what happens every single time Democrat try and take down President Trump.

Coyote and roadrunner style:

That cartoon sums it up brilliantly.

Every time Democrats try to take down the President it ends up backfiring on them and will ultimately cost them everything they hold dear.

Here’s the most recent example of how Democrats work overtime to try and take down Trump.

This time the Democrat allied media published a fake poll showing record disapproval for the President:

Last Week’s Poll Showing Record Trump Disapproval is BOGUS; Here’s Why…

The mainstream media today once again proved they are nothing more than an adjunct to the Democrat party by running a bogus poll that showed President Trump as having record disapproval rate and a record number support impeachment.

Turns out that poll was not meant to inform, but as the Daily Caller reports, to deceive and manipulate the American people ahead of the mid-term elections.

The Washington Post on Friday led with: “Trump’s disapproval rating hits a high point in new poll”.

Scott Clement, who runs the Washington Post’s “independent” in-house pollster (how does that work, when WaPo is clear about its agenda?) reports that “a majority of the public has turned against Trump and is on guard against his efforts to influence the Justice Department and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging probe.”

Here’s why they’re wrong … again:

‘Independent’

The poll isn’t independent. Let’s be clear about that. While Clement and WaPo might have the visage of neutrality to some, the firms they use to do the behind-the-scenes magic simply aren’t. As I’ve mentioned before, WaPo uses a company called Abt Associates.

Abt counts its board members as staffers that have worked for Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood, the World Bank, and Deloitte. I described it previously as a “microcosm of Davos”.

Anne Marie Slaughter — one of their two board members with a focus on the political side of things — was President Obama’s Director of Policy Planning in the U.S. State Department.

Random Digit Dialing

There aren’t a lot of low-cost options to get around this, so most pollsters trying to reach people on the telephone use it. WaPo discloses this if you bother to go and read through the data sets (which most news consumers don’t).

They state:

“A dual-frame landline and cell phone telephone sample was generated using Random Digit Dialing procedures by Survey Sampling International (SSI). Interviewers called landlines and cellular mobile phone numbers, first requesting to speak with the youngest adult male or female at home. The final sample included 350 interviews completed on landlines and 653 interviews completed via cellular phones, including 422 with adults in cell-phone-only households.”

Well, who do you think you’re going to reach more of if you dominate your samples with cell phones and cell-phone-only households? Younger people. But just to make sure of it, they also then ask for the youngest person in the household — who trend more liberal.

More Democrats/ Independents

It doesn’t really matter how young or old the respondents are if you’re dominating your samples with leftists, anyway.

That’s why Clements will point to the crosstabs in the poll and say, ‘No, look, older people don’t like Trump either!’ Because WaPo/Abt has stacked the deck with moderate and leftists.

Their data reveals that out of 1,003 adults they spoke with, 33 percent identified as Democrats, 37 percent identified as Independents, and just 25 percent identified as Republicans.

You’d think after 2016 — when pollsters were left humiliated by failing to speak to people who identified as Republican or with conservative values — they’d have learned their lessons. Apparently not.

Perhaps it is for these reasons and more that Christopher Hitchens once decried so much public polling as junk used “not to interpret the world but to change it.”

Be aware and ignore the polls that come from the “resistance” media.

Source: Hilarious: What Happens Every Time Democrats Try to Take Down Trump

Labor Day: Truth About Labor Unions They Don’t Teach in School

Here is the truth about labor unions that they no longer teach in public schools:

Capitalism is what works. Labor unions don’t!

From History.com:

In early 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories.

The policy would be extended to Ford’s office workers the following August.

Henry Ford’s Detroit-based automobile company had broken ground in its labor policies before.

In early 1914, against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and increasing labor unrest, Ford announced that it would pay its male factory workers a minimum wage of $5 per eight-hour day, upped from a previous rate of $2.34 for nine hours (the policy was adopted for female workers in 1916).

The news shocked many in the industry–at the time, $5 per day was nearly double what the average auto worker made–but turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, immediately boosting productivity along the assembly line and building a sense of company loyalty and pride among Ford’s workers.

The decision to reduce the workweek from six to five days had originally been made in 1922.

According to an article published in The New York Times that March, Edsel Ford, Henry’s son and the company’s president, explained that “Every man needs more than one day a week for rest and recreation….The Ford Company always has sought to promote [an] ideal home life for its employees. We believe that in order to live properly every man should have more time to spend with his family.”

Henry Ford said of the decision: “It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either ‘lost time’ or a class privilege.”

At Ford’s own admission, however, the five-day workweek was also instituted in order to increase productivity: Though workers’ time on the job had decreased, they were expected to expend more effort while they were there.

Manufacturers all over the country, and the world, soon followed Ford’s lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice.

Source: Labor Day: Truth About Labor Unions They Don’t Teach in School

The Beatification of John McCain

The eulogies for the recently deceased John McCain, a US Senator for Arizona, have been plentiful, and so far as the American mainstream media is concerned, they have verged on the hagiographic. He has been variously described as a “patriot”, a “war hero” and a “defender of freedom”. Most perplexingly, McCain was lauded as a “warrior for peace”.

But while praise for McCain has been dutifully administered in reverential terms by both liberal and conservative figures, the truth is that there is widespread dissent about McCain’s legacy as a man, as a military officer, as well as a politician. Perhaps, most worrisome is the construction of McCain’s legacy as one of the resolutely principled maverick and insatiable peaceseeker.

On the contrary, McCain operated at the highest echelons of the American Establishment, a closeted world of vested interests comprising a network geared towards the enrichment of the American elite. He was a captive of the defence industry and an unceasingly aggressive spokesperson for the post-Cold War era militarism that has compromised the United States and brought it down low in the eyes of the global community of nations.

So why the almost uncritical eulogising of a controversial life beset by allegations of incompetence, corruption and disloyalty?

Read more: The Beatification of John McCain

Soros’ Role In Social Media Censorship Revealed In Leaked Document

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https://www.wakingtimes.com, by Isaac Davis

Censorship is not the American way, and while people today may think that the ‘other’ side is dead wrong and shouldn’t be allowed to speak up, it takes a special kind of influence to achieve the level of social media and platform banning that we’ve seen in recent weeks.

It turns out, according to a leaked 49 page document, that this special influence may be none other than George Soros himself, the world’s wealthiest liberal political agitator. Soros has long been known to exert influence, via his immense personal wealth, at the grass-roots level of many political struggles around the world.

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15,000 Black Church Leaders Descend On Minneapolis for National Baptist Convention, September 5th-6th

Assistant pastors Nell Collier and her husband, Ron, and Amos Stevenson of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church participated in a Sunday worship service. (Credit: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune)

The Rev. Billy Russell has been pitching the merits of Minneapolis to fellow National Baptist Convention members across the nation for two years, and this week about 15,000 faithful are taking him up on his offer to visit the Twin Cities for the denomination’s annual gathering.

Source: 15,000 Black Church Leaders Descend On Minneapolis for National Baptist Convention, September 5th-6th

Leftist Media Define McCain’s Memorial Service: ‘Biggest Resistance Meeting Yet’

The left-wing media reported that Sen. John McCain’s memorial service on Saturday was a meeting of those resisting Donald Trump’s presidency.

Source: Leftist Media Define McCain’s Memorial Service: ‘Biggest Resistance Meeting Yet’