Daily Archives: September 6, 2018

September 6: Faith for Every Moment

Hosea 13:1–14:9; Acts 6:1–15; Job 17:1–16

Sometimes it’s tempting to imagine ourselves as the hero of a dramatic scene where we’re called upon to give an account of our faith. But in real life, every action and every moment of our lives is a witness—even the ordinary ones. Stephen, a leader in the early church, knew this to be true.

Stephen was appointed by the apostles to care for widows in need because he was “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). People recognized his witness because he was faithful when no one was watching. His devotion brought him to a place of influence and leadership in the community.

But Stephen didn’t limit his witness to one area of leadership. In the next verses, we find him witnessing about Christ by performing great wonders and signs. That’s when he came under fire, and his response was above reproach: “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking” (Acts 6:10). His opponents could not find a way to accuse him, so they resorted to spreading rumors (Acts 6:11). But even when Stephen stood accused before the Sanhedrin, he remained firm. Luke describes him as having “the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15), signifying that a sense of peace permeated his witness, where others might have been fearful or defensive.

It’s easy to think our witness matters only for world-changing events, but we’re in the spotlight all the time. Knowing this, we should be intentional about the way we interact in the small things and in the present time. Pray to be faithful, wise, and full of the Spirit for every moment.

How do you need to change your perspective on your witness?

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 6 Standing Firm

“Stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).


Keep your spiritual armor on at all times.

Every battle has an offensive and defensive strategy. Paul outlines the Christian’s offensive strategy in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5: “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Our defensive strategy is to rely on Christ’s strength and put on our spiritual armor (Eph. 6:10–11). Paul was probably chained to a Roman soldier when he wrote to the Ephesians; so he had a ready illustration of spiritual armament at hand. But unlike Roman soldiers, who removed their armor when off-duty, Christians must remain fully protected at all times. That thought is captured in the Greek word translated “put on” in Ephesians 6:11, which carries the idea of permanence—putting it on once and for all.

“Stand firm” in verse 11 translates a military term that speaks of holding your ground while under attack. When properly employed, your spiritual armor serves as a lifelong companion that enables you to fight against the forces of evil and to do so without retreat. Just as Jesus personally instructed the churches in Thyatira and Philadelphia to hold fast until He returns (Rev. 2:25; 3:11), so He also instructs us to stand our ground without wavering.

Similar New Testament exhortations call us to hold fast to Biblical truth (1 Cor. 15:2), to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21), to our confidence in Christ (Heb. 3:6), and to our confession of faith (Heb. 4:14). Those are marks of a strong and stable believer against whom the schemes of Satan have little effect.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Is there an area of your Christian life in which you’re not standing as firm as you should—perhaps prayer, Bible study, or personal ministry? If so, confess it to the Lord, and begin to strengthen that area today. Don’t give Satan a weakness to attack.

For Further Study: Memorize 1 John 4:4 as a reminder of God’s power in your life.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 262). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Profiles in Treason: Robert Mueller – The Long History Of This Crooked Cop…

– And Remember, Mueller Had All Mention Of Islam Purged From FBI Terror Training Manuals!

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Another Deep State proponent that has created havoc over the past two years is Robert Swan Mueller III. An impressive name for the present Special council whose sole purpose is to do whatever is possible to take down Donald Trump. He works tirelessly, but not for the truth that the American people need to know, but for the opportunity of impeachment of our sitting President. It is an investigation looking for a crime where none exists based on a dossier that was never verified or corroborated and was used to lie to the FISA court without any hearings on its validity.

Melania Trump accuses anonymous op-ed writer of ‘sabotaging’ US

First lady Melania Trump on Thursday criticized the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed critical of President Trump, accusing them of “sabotaging” the country.

“If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves,” Melania Trump said in a statement to The Hill.

“To the writer of the [op-ed] — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” she added.

The first lady joined a slew of other high-ranking aides

in pushing back against the op-ed, in which a senior administration official bashed President Trump and described a group of “unsung heroes” who have fought the president’s “worst inclinations.”

Melania Trump, who has publicly disagreed with her husband on a number of issues in recent months, highlighted the importance of free speech in her statement but lamented the increasing use of anonymous sources.

“Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today’s news,” she said. “People with no names are writing our nation’s history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”

Source: Melania Trump accuses anonymous op-ed writer of ‘sabotaging’ US

1 in 4 Americans & almost half of millennials deleted Facebook in wake of privacy scandals – study

After Facebook was accused of censorship and hammered by privacy scandals, a new study has found that one in four Americans have deleted the app from their phones. Among young people, this number is even higher.

Source: 1 in 4 Americans & almost half of millennials deleted Facebook in wake of privacy scandals – study

Revenge: Trump Threatens “Deep State” With Declassification “To Find Additional Corruption” As GOP Allies Call For Release

One day after the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed alleging that a cabal of “resisters” within the White House is actively subverting the Commander in Chief, President Trump threatened to declassify documents which might uncover “Additional Corruption,” right as his GOP allies on Capitol Hill are calling on him to use his Presidential authority to declassify and release reams documents related to the DOJ’s Russia probe.

The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning, adding: “The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!”

In particular, Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Lee Zeldin have asked Trump to declassify more of the heavily redacted FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in late 2016. They also want Trump to release all of the official notes filed by twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr, whose cozy relationship with former UK spy Christopher Steele has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.

The GOP legislators are also seeking the declassification of “other relevant documents” according to Zeldin’s office.

The GOP lawmakers intend to formally announced [sic] their push on Thursday at a press conference. Trump has long backed his allies’ complaints that the Justice Department has withheld sensitive documents that might expose bias behind the Russia probe, which was launched in July 2016 by the FBI. In January, he agreed to declassify a memo crafted by GOP staff of the House Intelligence Committee that officially confirmed, for the first time, the existence of the Page surveillance warrant. That document had been reported in media but not formally acknowledged by the FBI. –Politico

Wednesday’s anonymous Op-Ed, which the Times claims was written by a “senior official in the Trump administration,” has drawn harsh rebuke from both sides of the aisle and appears to be backfiring spectacularly. While Trump and his supporters have naturally rejected the Op-Ed as everything from “fake news” written by a “coward” (and possibly an outright fabrication by the Times), the editorial has received surprising pushback from notable left-of-center figures.

As we noted Wednesday night, Jessica Roy of the Los Angeles Times responded to the NYT Op-Ed within hours, writing: “No, anonymous Trump official, you’re not ‘part of the resistance.’ You’re a coward” for not going far enough to stop Trump and in fact enabling him.

If they really believe there’s a need to subvert the president to protect the country, they should be getting this person out of the White House. But they’re too cowardly and afraid of the possible implications. They hand-wave the notion thusly:

“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

How is it that utilizing the 25th Amendment of the Constitution would cause a crisis, but admitting to subverting a democratically elected leader wouldn’t?

If you’re reading this, senior White House official, know this: You are not resisting Donald Trump. You are enabling him for your own benefit. That doesn’t make you an unsung hero. It makes you a coward. –LA Times

Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald – the Pulitzer Prize Winning co-founder of The Intercept, also called the author of the op-ed a “coward” whose ideological issues “voters didn’t ratify.” 

Greenwald continues; “The irony in the op-ed from the NYT’s anonymous WH coward is glaring and massive: s/he accuses Trump of being “anti-democratic” while boasting of membership in an unelected cabal that covertly imposes their own ideology with zero democratic accountability, mandate or transparency.

So with the left, right and center all calling the anonymous op-ed a coward, and President Trump suggesting everything from a pure fabrication to the “Deep State” using their “Fake News Media” vehicle against him, one has to wonder exactly what’s stopping him from releasing the very documents which would expose more of what many are convinced has been nothing more than a charade.

Source: Revenge: Trump Threatens “Deep State” With Declassification “To Find Additional Corruption” As GOP Allies Call For Release


Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Hebrews 13:13

The absence of the concept of discipleship from present-day Christianity leaves a vacuum which men and women instinctively try to fill with a variety of substitutes.

One is a kind of pietism—an enjoyable feeling of affection for the person of our Lord, which is valued for itself and is wholly unrelated to cross bearing.

Another substitute is literalism—which manifests itself among us by insisting on keeping the letter of the Word while ignoring its spirit. It habitually fails to apprehend the inward meaning of Christ’s words and contents itself with external compliance with the text.

A third substitute surely is zealous religious activity. “Working for Christ” has today been accepted as the ultimate test of godliness among all but a few evangelical Christians. Christ has become a project to be promoted or a cause to be served, instead of a Lord to be obeyed! To avoid the snare of unauthorized substitution, I recommend careful and prayerful study of the lordship of Christ and the discipleship of the believer!

Dear Lord, I pray that there will be a growing interest in our churches to implement training strategies that will help believers take their relationship with Christ to a new, higher level.[1]

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

Kavanaugh hearings, Times op-ed, Woodward book make it official — Washington elites have gone mad — Christian Research Network

“What this week reveals is that the Washington elites have gone mad. They have not only lost touch with the real life struggles of the working men and women of America whom they despise.”

(Steve Hilton – Fox News)  If you’ve been living your life rather than following the latest circus in Washington, you may have missed the fact that the Swamp’s chief scribe has a new book coming out. Or maybe you’re unaware that some anonymous, arrogant Trump administration staffer who no one voted for has written in The New York Times about how he or she feels entitled to overrule a president elected by the American people according to the Constitution.

It turns out Bob Woodward doesn’t have a flattering view of President Trump. It also turns out that there really is a deep state conspiracy to thwart President Trump’s agenda, organized by his own administration’s appointees. Stop the presses! I think we knew that already.

What’s more illuminating than Woodward’s gossipy, exploitative book or the pompous, self-important preening of a presidential aide is the D.C. media and political establishment’s obsession with covering its own pathetic palace intrigue.

It certainly reminds us of the very worst of Washington – the focus on style over substance, the personal over policy. But it’s even more serious than that. Political appointees (or civil service bureaucrats, for that matter) who actually take pride in subverting the democratic will of the people exemplify the frightening authoritarianism we face at the hands of an entrenched ruling class determined to cling to power regardless of who wins actual elections.  View article →

via Kavanaugh hearings, Times op-ed, Woodward book make it official — Washington elites have gone mad — Christian Research Network

Student Kicked Out Of Class For Asking Feminist Professor How Women Are Simultaneously ‘Powerful’ And ‘Helpless Victims Of Patriarchy’ — The Babylon Bee

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Tenured professor of Abstract Gender Theory and renowned sociologist, Dr. Caryn M. Richards, was confronted with a puzzling criticism from one of her first-year students.

The inquisitive student, Greg Johnson, was perplexed by what seemed like a contradictory position held by his professor. “One second, she was arguing that women are entirely capable of surviving without men,” Johnson explained. “The next, she was insisting that women are oppressed victims of an ‘inescapable patriarchy.’ So, I asked how both could be true.”

Students in the class describe Dr. Richards’s initial reaction as one of complete shock. “She just stood there with her mouth open and her hands on her hips,” one student told us on the condition of anonymity. After a full sixty seconds of silence, students allege, Dr. Richards “lost it” and yanked Johnson out of his chair.

“Typical intolerant male!” Dr. Richards reportedly yelled as she dragged Johnson from his collar into the hallway. “TOXIC MASCULINITY, BEGONE!”

Johnson regrets voicing his confusion. “I now know when she asks, ‘Have any questions?’ she really means, ‘Don’t say a word unless you accept everything I say without hesitation.’ Lesson learned!” Johnson told reporters as he adjusted his neck brace.

Johnson has since apologized to his professor, his class, as well as the entire student body, claiming that his question came from a place of “subconscious misogyny” and that he won’t let it happen again.

via Student Kicked Out Of Class For Asking Feminist Professor How Women Are Simultaneously ‘Powerful’ And ‘Helpless Victims Of Patriarchy’ — The Babylon Bee