Daily Archives: September 14, 2018

September 14: Going Your Own Way

Jonah 1:1–4:11; Acts 13:1–12; Job 22:1–13

I work hard to make my disobedience socially acceptable: “I have a stubborn streak,” I explain, or “I’m just like my dad.” But the truth is that my weaknesses aren’t cute or transitory—and they’re not anyone else’s fault. Instead, my disobedience is a deep-rooted, rebellious tendency to follow my own path when I should be humbling myself, seeking wisdom, or obeying leaders who know better.

The book of Jonah illustrates these opposing responses to God’s will. We can easily identify with Jonah’s stubborn character. When God tells Jonah to warn Nineveh of its coming judgment, Jonah not only disobeys, but he sets off in the opposite direction. As Jonah’s story progresses, however, we see God orchestrate a reversal. In His incredible mercy, He breaks Jonah’s stubborn streak and replaces it with humility. God also has mercy on the Ninevites—a “people who do not know right from left”—and they repent in sackcloth and ashes (Jonah 4:11).

It’s easy to diminish or rationalize our persistent faults. Yet when we’re faced with circumstances or people who hold up a mirror and show us who we truly are, we have the opportunity to change. God is molding us into people who want to follow His will, and He’ll provide opportunities to shape us to that end. We just have to respond to His calling.

How are you stubbornly insisting on your own way? How can you respond in a way that honors God?

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.

09/14/2018 — Wretched

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•Your questions answered
•Why haven’t the Copelands rebuked Hurricane Florence?
•Where does weather fit into God’s will?
•Disappointing news from Andrew Klavan
•How do Christian teachers deal with gender issues?
•Should Christians stop evangelizing when they sin?
•The Reformation and the important of definitions
•Kevin DeYoung defines Social Justice and “Gospel Issue”
•Nashville has been reclaimed
•Social Justice and disputes over genealogies
•Is Todd undignified?
•A door knocking pastor checks in
•Where have Godly men gone?

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Blasts John Kerry’s Intervention in Iran: “literally unprecedented”…. — The Last Refuge

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference today reacting to how Obama administration officials were intentionally undermining current U.S. policy.  Those actions include former Secretary of State John Kerry traveling to various hostile nations, specifically Iran, and telling our adversaries to “wait out the Trump administration”.

There’s a bigger, biggger picture here, that few are paying attention to.  We shall outline that in greater detail.  However, for now here’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responding to John Kerry’s intervention(s).  WATCH:

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This is in keeping with a pattern.  Obama instructed Trudeau (Canada) to oppose Trump on trade and wait-out the mid-terms.  Obama officials have instructed China to oppose Trump on trade and wait-out the mid-terms.  Now John Kerry is not only instructing Iran to wait-out mid-terms, he is instructing Europe to rebuke U.S. sanctions on Iran and wait out the mid-terms.  Hopefully, everyone can see what is happening here.

My advice to POTUS would be to review the legal processes to revoke former official’s passports; and use all tools available to monitor the communications of former officials who are engaged in conversations with foreign entities hostile to current U.S. policy.

More will follow on this…. This is beyond serious.

via Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Blasts John Kerry’s Intervention in Iran: “literally unprecedented”…. — The Last Refuge

September 14 Guarding Your Mind and Emotions

“Stand firm therefore … having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph. 6:14).

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True righteousness begins with a right relationship with God.

A Roman soldier would often engage his enemy in hand-to-hand combat. At such times, the weapon of choice was the short sword, with which he sought to penetrate his opponent’s vital organs. For his own protection he wore a molded metal breastplate that extended from the base of his neck to the top of his thighs. It helped deflect any attacks aimed at his heart and abdomen.

The Roman breastplate has great symbolism in Paul’s analogy because to the Jewish people the heart represented man’s mind and thinking processes; the intestinal area or bowels represented the seat of feelings and emotions. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (kjv). Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jesus added, “From within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts” (Mark 7:21).

During spiritual warfare, Satan’s primary attacks target your thinking and emotions. If he can condition you to think and feel contrary to God’s Word, he has won a significant victory. That’s why he attempts to fill your mind with lies, immorality, false doctrine, and half-truths. He tries to blur the line between righteousness and sin by surrounding you with evil influences that increase your tolerance for sin. He clothes offensive sin in the blinding garment of entertainment. He puts it to music and masks it in humor to confuse you and deaden your spiritual senses. Satan wants to corrupt your emotions and draw you into sinful desires.

Putting on the breastplate of righteousness begins with a right relationship with God, who is the source of true righteousness. From that relationship flows the commitment to cultivate righteousness in your own life by learning and applying His Word. Therein lies the protection you need to safeguard your mind and emotions from Satanic deceptions.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Focus on strengthening your relationship with God today. Commune with Him in prayer. Meditate on His Word. Seek His grace in responding thoughtfully and righteously to the temptations you face.

For Further Study: Read Proverbs 10, noting Solomon’s description of righteous people.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 270). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

CrossTalk: Civic Breakdown?

With the advent of the Trump presidency much has been said about America’s cultural wars, even a new civil war. The country is clearly divided. But Trump didn’t do this on his own. There are two Americas. Can both co-exist? CrossTalking with Steve Malzberg, Gregory Copley, and Andrew Langer.

Dr. Al Mohler Addresses Social Justice — SBC Voices

In a Q&A at a chapel service at Southern Seminary, Dr. Mohler took questions from students. One, not surprisingly, was about social justice. The question comes at about the 24 minute mark and his answer runs nearly 40 minutes.

However, it is biblically, theologically, and historically sound. It is collegial but direct. He details two main reasons why he did not sign and was uncomfortable with the Social Justice statement coming from the MacArthur camp.

He gives a detailed explanation of the difference between liberal “critical theory” social justice and biblical social justice, explains what “gospel issue” means and the danger of using the term.

I believe that, from now on, those who ask for questions and specifics will simply be referred to this clip. It is well worth about 37 minutes of your time.

One more observation. SBTS needs a dress code. The next question after the social justice question was one about the ReVoice conference and that guy’s shirt – well, c’mon man! That ain’t right.

 

via Dr. Al Mohler Addresses Social Justice — SBC Voices

Chelsea Clinton: It Would Be ‘Unchristian’ To Believe In God, Read Bible — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—In a SiriusXM interview Friday, Chelsea Clinton stated it would be “unchristian” if she were to believe in God, read her Bible, or otherwise act in a way consistent with faith in God as the ultimate Judge and Ruler of the universe.

She said, “Believing in God and reading the Bible are representative of oppressive systemic structures that bring so much pain to people, it’s just unconscionable to me that some people think we should do those things, believe those things.”

Clinton claimed the sincere, biblical conviction that believing in God and reading His Word are necessary aspects of the Christian life is a belief that reveals evangelicals’ hatred toward women. “I’m a devout Christian, but suggesting that I need to believe Christian things that would go against my political platform is the very definition of the war on women.”

“As a deeply religious person, it’s very unchristian to suggest we have to believe in God, study His Word, and allow those things to influence our opinions and positions on things like abortion.”

“I know I’m going to get hate for this, but I have to stand firm in my Christian beliefs that fly in the face of Christianity,” she added.

via Chelsea Clinton: It Would Be ‘Unchristian’ To Believe In God, Read Bible — The Babylon Bee

New York Times Pushes Blatantly False “Hit Piece” on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley – Forced To Retract… — The Last Refuge

There are moments when the professional narrative engineers go so far with falsehoods even their ideological co-horts have to admit they’ve gone to far.  Such is the case today with a New York Times article written to criticize U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley:

(Via New York Times) The State Department spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki R. Haley’s official residence as ambassador to the United Nations, just as the department was undergoing deep budget cuts and had frozen hiring.

The residence, in a new building on First Avenue, has spectacular views, and Ms. Haley is the first ambassador to live in it. For decades, her predecessors lived in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. But after the hotel was purchased by a Chinese insurance company with a murky ownership structure, the State Department decided in 2016 to find a new home for its top New York diplomat because of security concerns.

The government leased the apartment, just blocks from the delegation’s offices, with an option to buy, according to Patrick Kennedy, the top management official at the State Department during the Obama administration. The full-floor penthouse, with handsome hardwood floors covering large open spaces stretching nearly 6,000 square feet, was listed at $58,000 a month. (read more)

Except there’s a problem here.  This was all done by President Obama, Secretary John Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.  Nikki Haley had nothing to do with it.

It was decided, well before the election in 2016, that the US Ambassador’s residence would move from the Waldorf to its new location. The new location was unfurnished/unfinished.

In June of 2016 it was decided that the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations would outfit the new residence (this is standard operating procedure for Ambassadors’ residences across the globe).  Bottom line: “Ambassador. Haley had no choice in the location of the residence or what curtains were picked out that summer.”

Which led to the following New York Times correction:

(Link to re-re-re-revised article)

In order words, Fake News!

via New York Times Pushes Blatantly False “Hit Piece” on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley – Forced To Retract… — The Last Refuge

We only want to hear or read opinions that agree with our biases

The fact is that generally, we only want to hear or read opinions that agree with our biases. Studies have shown that oftentimes, you can’t even pay people to read opinions differing from their own. That said, it’s a good reminder for us in the world of apologetics that people often have unspoken biases that will often prevent them seeing the evidence that we provide as evidence for God’s existence in the same manner we do. —Misty Callahan (from, Check Your Blind Spot )

Source: We only want to hear or read opinions that agree with our biases

Fake hurricane Florence image depicts Sharknado scenario

Ever wonder what happens to the thousands of evacuees who flee the state to wait out an impending natural disaster, while fretting about what will be waiting for them when they return? Why they create fake news, of course.

Source: Fake hurricane Florence image depicts Sharknado scenario

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SEPTEMBER 14 LONGING TO SEE JESUS

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 3:11

There is no doubt in my mind that millions of Christians in our day yearn within themselves to be ready to see the Lord Jesus when He appears. These are the saints of God who have a real understanding that what our Lord Jesus Christ is to us in our personal lives, moment by moment, is more important than merely dwelling on “what He did for us”!

I say this because a great segment of Christian theology emphasizes the “utility” of the cross on which Jesus died, rather than the Person who died on that cross for our sins.

Because of that view, many really have no emotional yearning for the return of Jesus. The best hope they know is a kind of intellectual, theological hope. But an intellectual knowledge of what the New Testament teaches about the return of Christ is surely a poor substitute for a love-inflamed desire to look on His face!

While we await Him, our Lord expects us to love one another, to worship Him together and to send this gracious gospel to the ends of the earth.

Lord Jesus, what You did on the cross for us is mind-staggering, but to know that the “story” doesn’t end there is cause for great exulting! I know that You are risen, because You live in me today![1]


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

3 Killed And Scores Wounded As 12,000 Palestinians Riot On Gaza Strip Border With Israel, Burn Tires And Hurl Rocks At Israeli Soldiers — Now The End Begins

Around 12,000 Palestinians participated in weekly demonstrations along the Gaza Strip border with Israel Friday evening. The army said rioters burned tires and hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded according to open-fire regulations.

FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: Palestinians have been rioting on the Gaza Strip border with Israel nearly every Friday since March, and today was no different. IDF soldiers responded to the multiple arson attacks with live-fire, with 3 Palestinians dying and 30 others injured in the process.

In several incidents grenades and bombs were hurled at the troops. Shrapnel from one pipe bomb lightly injured an IDF officer who was treated at the scene. In response the military said an aircraft and a tank struck two Hamas posts.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministrysaid three people were killed by IDF fire during the rallies, including a 14-year-old teenager shot east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza. The second man was said to have been shot in the Khan Younis area in central Gaza, and the third was hit east of Bureij in central Gaza. The ministry said at least 30 people were injured, of which 11 were hit by live fire.

Two fires also broke out in Israeli communities near the border due to incendiary balloons. Firefighters managed to gain control of the blazes.

Earlier in the day the Israeli military found and destroyed an improvised explosive device along the southern Gaza border, the second such case in two days. In addition, a cluster of balloons carrying an unlit explosive detonator, which was apparently launched from Gaza, landed in a playground in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat.

A surge of violence in Gaza began in March with a series of protests along the border that were dubbed the “March of Return.” The clashes, which Israel says are being orchestrated by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, have included regular rock and Molotov cocktail attacks on troops, as well as shooting and IED attacks aimed at IDF soldiers and attempts to breach the border fence.

The army said the improvised explosive device had been hidden underneath a pile of dirt next to the security fence, east of Khan Younis. It had a receiver attached to it, allowing the device to be set off remotely, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The device was detonated by IDF troops in a controlled blast, the army said. READ MORE

via 3 Killed And Scores Wounded As 12,000 Palestinians Riot On Gaza Strip Border With Israel, Burn Tires And Hurl Rocks At Israeli Soldiers — Now The End Begins

Russophobia Digest Part 9: Spy sex, no evidence, and the Manafort trial charade goes on

This week’s slice of Russophobia has it all, a sex scandal, parliamentary intrigue, a lack of evidence and the possible end of season cliffhanger we all saw coming in the Paul Manafort trial.

Source: Russophobia Digest Part 9: Spy sex, no evidence, and the Manafort trial charade goes on

This ‘n’ That for September 14, 2018 — Do Not Be Surprised…

  • I found this link on Twitter and if you ask me, Twitter needs more stuff like this.
  • Okay, now I really wish I still had my green VW Beetle!
  • I enjoyed this lecture from Dr. Michael Kruger on women in early Christianity.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The gospel changes everything.
  • Here is positive proof of that! Do not miss this testimony!
  • It seems to me that this is slipping under the radar, but I’m not sure it should.
  • How can we argue against someone’s experience?
  • Some people try to renovate the narrow gate.
  • So, if you’re seeing any dots to connect between faith and climate change, you might want to have your eyes checked, because those dots don’t exist.
‘Be still, and know that I am God’. We must not interpret that ‘Be still’ in a sentimental manner. Some regard it as a kind of exhortation to us to be silent; but it is nothing of the sort. It means, ‘Give up (or ‘Give in’) and admit I am God. God is addressing people who are opposed to Him. 
—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

via This ‘n’ That — Do Not Be Surprised…

Trump Slams John Kerry For ‘Illegal Meetings’ With Iran: ‘Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?’ — The Gateway Pundit

As we pointed out yesterday, it’s now been confirmed that John Kerry had meetings with Iran where he was basically trying to undercut the Trump administration. He had no business doing it and Trump has taken notice.

FOX News reports:

Trump blasts John Kerry for ‘illegal meetings’ with Iranian regime

President Trump blasted John Kerry for having “illegal meetings” with members of the Iranian Regime and questioned whether the former secretary of state was registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!” Trump tweeted Thursday night.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a disclosure statement that requires a person acting as an agent of a foreign principal in a political or quasi-political capacity to make public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal.

Kerry’s meetings do not appear to violate FARA, but some have suggested they could be in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government without authorization, though no one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law.

Just try to imagine the reaction from Democrats and their media allies if a State Department official from the Bush administration had done something like this to Obama. It would have been considered an international scandal and a high crime. But for Kerry? Crickets.

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via Trump Slams John Kerry For ‘Illegal Meetings’ With Iran: ‘Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?’ — The Gateway Pundit

Weekly Watchman for 09/14/2018

Comments Discussed, Questions Answered

Today we answer the questions and read the comments from you our listeners. We discuss the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, the crisis at Willow Creek, and what does unity in the body of Christ really look like?

Here are the topics our listeners want to cover today:

Are you concerned about Hillsong and others that put out some decent music but have some very questionable theological statements and positions.

Where do you draw the line between worship and entertainment. Even Christian music and the church has been compromised lyrically. Is this a result of record labels in Nashville and also wanting to be like the world?

Why do most Catholics seem more loyal to that Church than they do the Word of God?

Is seems the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is already quite vast as is the cover-up by church leaders, but since over 80% of young abuse victims are boys, the systemic problem seems to be homosexuality. Because of this, the media will not report the whole truth so do you think there will be true repentance and change in the RCC?

My friend thinks you guys are dividing the church instead of uniting Christians over issues of morality and doctrine. I think you guys have said it is wrong to elevate unity as more important than doctrine and truth.

Thank you for the show about public school teaching evolution as fact and how to equip our children with truth, Scripture, and science that affirms Scripture.

What are issues to divide or break fellowship over (within the Christian church) and which are ones we can respectfully agree to disagree on?

When we question the faith of fellow believers, aren’t we judging them? Doesn’t the Bible tell us not to judge?

You can connect with us a couple ways: email your questions and comments to comments@standupforthetruth.com; or text the key word “speak up” to 90100.

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The Onslaught of Darwinism, and Attacks on Franklin Graham

As public education increasingly replaces the truth of God’s Word with the theories of men, students are often subjected to dangerous schools of thought aimed at getting them to conform to a secular worldview. IN order to do this, they must necessarily abandon the biblical worldview. Nothing affirms this better than the way Darwinism is taught as truth rather than theory, even though science continues to confirm the Bible’s account of creation.

Tim Foutz of Ratio Christi Ministries joins us this morning to equip us with the truth to refute Darwinism and evolution, helping us prepare our children for the deception bombarding them in public education.

We also look at the continuing discrimination and persecution of anyone who professes to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Franklin Graham, scheduled to speak at a rally of 30 Christian Churches in England, is facing fierce opposition from Muslims, government officials in England, and even from some LGBTQ affirming churches calling on the government to revoke his visa to come to England and preach.

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15 Biblical People You Need to Know

Mike and David welcome back to the program, Pastor Randy White, as he shares some fascinating insights about people in the Bible that we may not be aware of. By the way, the list of 15 people we need to know includes saints, sinners, judges, a prostitute, and the world’s first humanist and advocate for a one world government. Check out the podcast!

Segment 3: In their passion to block another conservative Supreme Court Justice who is pro-life, Senate Democrats brought in a female Methodist Church pastor to testify against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It is understandable that Americans are divided on Supreme Court nominees, but Christians should not be. It is heresy to claim Jesus would support a woman’s right to abort her child because, “Jesus would advocate for a just society that allows people to live their lives to the fullest.” Apparently that advocacy does not apply to the life of the child hanging in the balance in a mother’s womb. And of course her opinion is backed up by twisting the words of Jesus to say something that was not intended at all.

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Being vs. Having

Too often, we define ourselves by what we own or do, instead of who we are. As truly born-again believers, who are we? Adopted sons and daughters of the King of all creation.

In America however, we often confuse who we are with what we do or what we have. This can lead to confusion and frustration in our lives as we commit to owning more things instead of resting in who we are in Christ Jesus.

Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch joins Mike and David this morning to discuss the important and life-changing distinction between what we do and own versus who we are in Christ.

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Battle in the Spiritual Realm

In Ephesians 6, Paul tells us that while people of the world will hate us because we are disciples of Jesus, our battle is not against them. It is against the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” We are then warned to put on the full armor of God to wage war against these demonic forces.

In our final segment today, Mike and David look at an article on spiritual warfare from pastor Karl Payne discussing the demonic forces behind the division in our nation and how we should live in this world that hates us more and more.

We also visit with Pastor and best selling author Carl Gallups to continue our discussion from last month on his new, provocative book Gods of Ground Zero. Gallups reveals interesting facts and theories regarding the Garden of Eden, tying it in with actual history as well as biblical prophecy.

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

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Congresswoman Accuses Trump, Pence of Shielding Al-Qaeda in Idlib

Speaking on the House floor on September 13, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard accused the Trump administration of protecting al-Qaeda terrorists in Idlib. According to the congresswoman, this amounts to the betrayal of the American people and victims of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks in the US.

Source: Congresswoman Accuses Trump, Pence of Shielding Al-Qaeda in Idlib

World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialist Students — The Babylon Bee

BOSTON, MA—A local university professor began his World History class in earnest this week with a trigger warning for his socialist students, in case any of them might get an anxiety attack at socialism’s bleak, deadly record.

The professor warned students that the conception of socialism they gained through social media is a far cry from the death and destruction wreaked by the economic system throughout the globe in the 20th century.

“Now, just in case there are any socialists in here, I warn you: socialism’s history isn’t pretty,” he said calmly. “If you need to excuse yourselves from class while we talk about socialism’s low standards of living, rampant starvation, and high mortality rate, please feel free.”

“This might get uncomfortable,” he added.

The professor also offered alternate make-up work students could perform instead of learning about socialism’s high failure rate, such as drawing pictures of unicorns and playing with puppies. “If it helps ease your mind and calm you to do something like play with a yo-yo, hacky-sack, or whatever else you kids are into these days, knock yourselves out.”

All but two of his students excused themselves, according to sources.

via World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialist Students — The Babylon Bee