Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

September 4: Utopian Truth for Today

Hosea 8:1–10:15; Acts 4:1–37; Job 16:1–9

Wealth often tempts us to materialism, as our possessions make us feel secure, valued, and comfortable. But sometimes the lack of these assets allows this temptation to exert even more power over us, driving us to spend our lives chasing the higher salary, the bigger house, or the new car. Our pursuit of this illusion makes it easy to dismiss passages like Acts 4 as utopian fantasy—ideal for difficult times, perhaps, but hardly realistic.

“Now the group of those who believed were one heart and soul, and no one said anything of what belonged to him was his own, but all things were theirs in common. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. For there was not even anyone needy among them, because all those who were owners of plots of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds of the things that were sold” (Acts 4:32–34).

We too easily find ways to distance ourselves from the selfless acts of the early believers. Sell plots of land or houses? Give it all away? That doesn’t seem reasonable. Won’t people take advantage of us? Won’t they grow lazy and begin to feel entitled?

The early church responded differently. They responded to the testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with concrete acts of faith. They saw Christ as Lord over all they previously regarded as their personal possessions. They were so united in purpose and prayer that the things they owned mattered little unless they could be used in service to others—in doing the work of Christ.

No matter where we stand financially, we need a new mindset. If it’s difficult to imagine changing our lifestyle to help someone in need, then we need to examine our hearts. If we cling to the belief that our possessions give us security, value, and comfort, then we need to examine our faith. Either way, we have to assess our possessions, talents, and time, consider the people in our lives, and make decisions that are governed by the values of a new kingdom.

How can you better use your money, possessions, time, and talents to serve others?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]

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

September 4 The Balanced Approach to Spiritual Victory

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:10–11).


Spiritual victory is not passive; it involves the discipline of daily obedience to Christ and His Word.

When I was a child, my father and I watched a boxing match on television. After going through the ritual of punching the air, kicking his feet, and putting rosin on his shoes, one of the fighters knelt in the corner and crossed himself. I asked my dad if that helped. He said, “It does if he can punch. If he can’t punch, it doesn’t help at all.”

That illustrates a point we touched on yesterday and will explore further today: God’s part and our part in spiritual warfare. Many Christians believe spiritual victory comes simply by surrendering more completely to God. They quote verses like 2 Chronicles 20:15 to support their view: “The battle is not yours but God’s.” “Stop struggling and striving,” they say. “Instead, yield and completely surrender yourself to God. He alone does the fighting and gives the victory.”

Such people are often called “Quietists” because they view the Christian’s role in spiritual warfare as passive or quiet. Their anthem is, “Let go and let God.”

But Scripture gives a very different view of the believer’s role. It pictures the Christian life as a war, a race, and a fight. We depend on God’s energy, power, and strength, but we are by no means passive. We’re commanded to apply ourselves to good deeds, resist the Devil, bring our bodies under subjection, walk in wisdom, press toward the prize, cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and perfect holiness in the fear of God. Those are calls to fervent action.

In Ephesians 6:10–11 Paul says, “Be strong in the … strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God.” That’s the balance. God supplies the resources; we supply the effort.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the strength He gives for spiritual victory. ✧ Ask for His wisdom in living a balanced Christian life.

For Further Study: Read 2 Peter 1:3–7. ✧ What does God supply for Christian living? ✧ What must you as a believer supply?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 260). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Targeting Black Babies for Abortion is Not Racist? — David Fiorazo

Referring to black people and the propaganda of the birth control agenda, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King made this compelling statement:

“When we said we will no longer sit in the back of the bus, a place was being reserved for us down at the abortion clinic.”

Has the conscience of our nation become so desensitized that there’s no outcry when a movement encouraging black women to abort their babies is practically ignored? Isn’t it racism to promote the selective extermination of the offspring of a people group? Wake up, America, your apathy is showing.

They sell abortion like just another form of birth control. But like slavery, just because something is legal does not make it moral. Through history in the pages of the Bible, pregnancy is seen as a blessing to be enjoyed, not a problem to be eliminated. But even though Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), culture is always changing.

One hundred years ago, at a time when abortion was still seen as taking innocent life in a mother’s womb, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger coined the term, “birth control.” The deception has now become public policy, and what was once spoken of in hushes and whispers is now openly and proudly promoted.

Even Oprah got behind the “Shout Your Abortion” movement as its founder, Ameilia Bonow, was recently featured in Winfrey’s O Magazine.

But a new billboard in Texas actually takes this darkness to a new level. In large capital letters, the sign reads: “ABORTION IS SELF-CARE” which follows the astonishing statement:

“Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves.”

But how can a black woman – or any woman – start a family unless a baby in the womb is allowed to be born? What lies! The left calls abortion “reproductive justice,” but they’re not at all concerned about justice for the innocent lives being wiped out.

And we just go on with our lives. Have our hearts become that hardened? Abortion is legalized brutality against a pre-born human being.

Nationally-syndicated talk show host, Stacey Washington tweeted:

WOW. So for BLACK women, killing our offspring is like a day at the spa. They don’t market this way to any other group. @PlannedParenthood still operating on behalf of Margaret Sanger.

What Adolf Hitler did to millions of Jews through eugenics and sterilization, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger has dwarfed by pioneering a movement leading to the abortion of over one hundred million babies in the United States. Just as disturbing, the horrendous Roe V Wade decision in 1973 seemed to justify the evil of Sanger’s worldview.

A native New Yorker, Margaret Sanger is still celebrated by feminists and liberals today including Hillary Clinton who once said she was in awe of Sanger. Is it just a coincidence approximately 78% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities?

Margaret Sanger’s publication, The Birth Control Review, was founded in 1917 and through the years, she often published articles from eugenicists such as Ernst Rudin. Rudin was a psychiatrist who worked as Adolf Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and founded the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene (Germany’s racial purity program).

Ernst Rudin’s article, “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” was also published in 1932 in Sanger’s Birth Control Review journal. The fol­lowing year, Rudin drafted the Nazi Sterilization Law in Germany. Rudin publicly praised Hitler for making his “more than thirty-year-old dream a reality” by imposing “racial hygiene.” It was only one year after Sanger delivered her infamous Peace Plan that Hitler signed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring.

There is an abortion every 26 seconds in America, and minority populations are taking the hit. More black babies are aborted than born in New York City. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers indicate the horrific fact that nearly 72% of black babies are aborted in Mississippi.

It appears the original vision and eugenic work of Margaret Sanger has become a reality. Sanger even spoke to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey in 1926, and just three years later, her American Birth Control League laid the groundwork for Sanger’s first clinic in Harlem.

Sanger worked closely with William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Col­ored People (NAACP). Prior to World War II, she was outspoken about her views on race, and used the influence of prominent blacks to promote abortion as “compassion.”

Du Bois helped Sanger with the “Negro Project,” for which Sanger invited black leaders includ­ing physicians, ministers and journalists, to form an advisory council to help direct the Harlem clinic and control births in the community.

In a 1932 essay in Sanger’s Birth Control Review, ‘W.E.B.’ Du Bois, wrote:

“The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disas­trously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”

The warped propaganda campaigns worked. The billion dollar-business of abortion is not only a Sacrament to the Democrat Party, a new study reveals nearly 75% of women now feel unwanted pressure to kill their babies.

That public pressure did not suddenly appear overnight, but it’s now the reality young women face. Billboards promoting abortion are offensive and wrong. If we truly care, we must not be silent. We need to work and pray to change hearts and minds about the value of every human life – regardless of its location.

So many verses in Scripture support life in the womb, but I’ll leave you with Psalm 106:37-38, which may well be a description of America’s genocide:

“They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with the blood.”

*Originally published by Freedom Project Media

One Nation Under Apathy: the Devaluing of Human Life

via Targeting Black Babies for Abortion is Not Racist? — David Fiorazo

RenewAmerica Newsletter for September 4, 2018

September 3, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Judge Denise Casper has ruled against a Christian’s access to a program that routinely hoists privately owned flags over a city building, concluding that other flags are acceptable because they’re not religious. “The city’s policy of excluding non-secular flags is viewpoint neutral because it excludes religion as a subject matter of speech on the flagpole……. (more)

September 3, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The Catholic Church would not be able to function as a criminal enterprise without the financial contributions of its members. Unless Catholic parishioners restricted their contributions to the local poor, their largesse was at least partly going toward underwriting the activities of pedophile priests and cover-ups through the Catholic bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. and Rome. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, should be asked about this growing scandal during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Has he been implicated in the scandal through his donations to the church?… (more)

September 3, 2018
JOHN FUND — The past week has featured so much extravagant praise of John McCain that Jill Abramson, the former editor of the New York Times, had to admit “McCain would cringe over some of the glowing tributes pouring in.”… (more)

September 3, 2018
PJ MEDIA — As the fall elections approach, it’s clear that the Left side of the aisle is getting nuttier by the day. The public spectacles of the two funerals, Aretha Franklin’s and John McCain’s, brought forth the usual characters from our long-running American sitcom-cum-political soap opera, including a lecherous Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan in Detroit; and the leading lights of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman, in Washington, almost all of whom seemed not to have the dearly departed on their minds, but their bete noire in the White House, Donald Trump…. (more)

September 3, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, tweeted for the first time in more than two years to honor the late Sen. John McCain on Sunday. In the tweet, Abedin hearkened back to how the Arizona Republican defended her years ago against unsubstantiated allegations by House Republicans that she was part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government…. (more)

September 3, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The litany has been repeated so often that it’s easy to recite: The walls are closing in on Donald Trump, person x or y or z is going to bring him down, it’s only a matter of time before he is caught or exposed or loses his base of support and driven from public life. The phrases sound out from our cable channels. We see them in newspaper headlines and in our Twitter timelines. This time Trump has gone too far. The end is near. Take that, Drumpf!… (more)

September 3, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — The “progressives”‘ game plan to re-acquire power in Washington and make it permanent has been shockingly obvious for some time: Import millions of illegal immigrants, hook them on government aid and turn them into voters – – legally or illegally. Two Democrats running for Congress in Texas have come out for decriminalizing illegal immigration, along with Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat. Virtually all Democratic office holders oppose voter ID laws…. (more)

September 3, 2018
BYRON YORK — Obama appointee Sally Yates was acting attorney general under President Trump for just 10 days – – from Jan. 20, 2017 until Jan. 30, 2017 – – but by any measure they were consequential days. Even now, two issues from Yates’ brief tenure are still of interest to congressional investigators. One was the series of events that led Yates, in charge of the Justice Department, to reject the president’s executive order temporarily suspending the admittance into the United States of people from some Muslim nations…. (more)

September 3, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — It had to happen sometime. The Southern Poverty Law Center has made so many vile, unjustified, hysterical, and hateful accusations over the years, it was bound to pay a price. When it did, the bill due was $3.375 million. Such was the amount the SPLC agreed to pay the British Muslim Maajid Nawaz and his think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, after smearing them in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”… (more)

September 3, 2018
PJ MEDIA — In an interview this week, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò challenged journalists to investigate what happened to the “cache of documents” Benedict XVI delivered to Pope Francis after his election. Some sexual abuse victims and journalists seem to have heeded the call, demanding the documents outside the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C…. (more)

September 3, 2018
‘It was a significant impact’
JOE KOVACS — 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…. (more)

September 3, 2018
Schools no longer teaching the needed skills?
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Big companies like Google, Apple, and IBM are no longer requiring applicants to hold a college degree. This is a significant change. Historically, employers have required a college degree whether or not it was necessary to do the job. Is this because colleges are no longer teaching the needed skills, or because there are so many job openings to fill that standards are dropping? Could it be that vocational training and self-taught skills are enough for certain jobs in the modern-day economy?… (more)

September 3, 2018
WORLDNETDAILY — An explosive new Ivy League university study is being suppressed because it concludes that today’s exceptionally rapid growth in cases of transgenderism among children and teens is very likely a result of “social contagion.” The Brown University study is titled “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports.”… (more)

September 1, 2018
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett: ‘This should effectively end Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation’
ART MOORE — Republican Congress members who questioned Bruce Ohr behind closed doors Tuesday learned the former top Justice Department official had regular contact in 2016 with Andrew Weissmann – – who is now Robert Mueller’s top deputy – – regarding the dubious, anti-Trump dossier of unverified claims that became a major premise for launching the special counsel investigation…. (more)

September 1, 2018
U.N. agency perpetuating Palestinian problem called ‘irredeemably flawed operation’
WORLDNETDAILY — The Trump administration on Friday canceled scheduled payments of hundreds of millions of dollars to an “irredeemably flawed” United Nations agency that was making payments to convicted terrorists and their families in the Middle East…. (more)

September 1, 2018
BRIETBART — Donald Trump criticized Democratic Socialists on Thursday for promising leftist dreams of universal health care through Medicare. “They want to raid Medicare to pay for socialism,” Trump said during his rally in Indiana, as the crowd booed…. (more)

September 1, 2018
Thomas, Gorsuch, Alito dissent
WORLDNETDAILY — An emergency plea from families helping Philadelphia’s neediest children through a Catholic Social Services foster care program has been given a thumbs by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined Thursday to intervene in a lawsuit over the charity’s refusal to place children with same-sex couples…. (more)

September 1, 2018
Vatican envoy faces heat for charging Francis knew of sex abuse
ART MOORE — The explosive charge by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that Pope Francis covered up sexual abuse by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick should be taken seriously, contend Catholic leaders who know Viganò, a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. capital…. (more)

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
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)