Daily Archives: September 26, 2018

SEPTEMBER 26 ROOT OF BITTERNESS

Looking diligently…lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you.

Hebrews 12:15

It is on record that Charles Spurgeon made this comment about a man who was well-known for his bitter and resentful spirit: “May the grass grow green on his grave when he dies, for nothing ever grew around him while he lived!”

The sad and depressing bitter soul will compile a list of slights at which it takes offense and will watch over itself like a mother bear over her cubs. And the figure is apt, for the resentful heart is always surly and suspicious like a she-bear!

In our Christian fellowship, what can be more depressing than to find a professed Christian defending his or her supposed rights and bitterly resisting any attempt to violate them? Such a Christian has never accepted the way of the cross. The sweet graces of meekness and humility are unknown to that person. Every day he or she grows harder and more acrimonious, trying to defend reputation, right, ministry, against imagined foes.

Is there a cure for this? Yes! The cure is to die to self and rise with Christ into newness of life!

Lord, if there is any unpleasantness or bitterness inside me, please eradicate it so that my immature behavior will not be a stumbling block to those who are seeking You.[1]


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

SEPTEMBER 26 DISTRACTIONS

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

—Matthew 6:6

Among the enemies to devotion none is so harmful as distractions. Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or shifts our life focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us—that is a distraction; and the world is full of them. Our science-based civilization has given us many benefits but it has multiplied our distractions and so taken away far more than it has given….

The remedy for distractions is the same now as it was in earlier and simpler times, viz., prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the inner life. The psalmist said, “Be still, and know” (Psalm 46:10), and Christ told us to enter into our closet, shut the door and pray unto the Father. It still works….

Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity; let us want fewer things; let us walk in the Spirit; let us fill our minds with the Word of God and our hearts with praise. In that way we can live in peace even in such a distraught world as this. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). SOS130-132

Lord, it is difficult to find that “closet” where I can commune with You in unhurried, uncluttered quiet. Calm me now as I seek that peaceful meditation. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Full Text–Brett Kavanaugh’s Prepared Senate Testimony: ‘I Am Innocent of This Charge’ | Breitbart

The following statement is Brett Kavanaugh’s prepared written testimony, which the Supreme Court nominee will deliver in a Thursday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
— Read on www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/26/full-text-brett-kavanaughs-prepared-senate-testimony-i-am-innocent-of-this-charge/

The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why by Pete Garcia

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however, possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews 10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting, just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44). 

We are to be actively watching and waiting for the Lord’s soon return (Luke 12:37). This does not mean we sell all of our belongings and move to a mountaintop to idly wait, but to live our lives recognizing that our departure is soon at hand. We are to hold loosely to the things of this life, and to understand the temporary nature of our…

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September 26 Daily Help

ENDEAVOR to know the Father; bury your head in his bosom in deep repentance, and confess that you are not worthy to be called his son; receive the kiss of his love; let the ring which is the token of his eternal faithfulness be on your finger; sit at his table and let your heart make merry in his grace. Then press forward and seek to know much of the Son of God; know him as eternal God, and yet suffering, finite man; follow him as he walks the waters with the tread of deity, and as he sits upon the well in the weariness of humanity. Be not satisfied unless you know much of Jesus Christ as your Friend, your Brother, your Husband, your all.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 273). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Albert Mohler on Kavanaugh Allegations: When the Truth No Longer Matters

Many of you have been tracking with the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s nominee to the Supreme court.

A number of voices have said—some even explicitly—that Judge Kavanaugh should step aside even if the allegations are not true, if these events just plausibly could have happened.

If—as a society—we begin to accept that it really doesn’t matter if an allegation is truthful, then we are just going to destroy one another with claim and counterclaim in which the only issue is the effect of the claim, not the truth of the claim.

In fact: Everything does hinge—or should hinge, anyway—on whether or not something did or didn’t happen.

A society that gives up on the objectivity and the knowability of truth and the mandate of truth is a society bent on moral and intellectual suicide.

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Source: Albert Mohler on Kavanaugh Allegations: When the Truth No Longer Matters

Lindsey Graham Summarizes The Kavanaugh Chaos: “If An Accusation Is Enough, God Help Us All”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) laid out his position on Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, telling reporters that he isn’t going to deny him a seat on the Supreme Court based on flimsy allegations, and that he is going to “apply the rule of law” as his standard.

What are they supposed to do, interview everyone in Maryland from the summer of 1982?

We’re talking about appointing someone to be in charge of the rule of law. I’m going to adopt the rule of law as my standard. If this were a criminal allegation you would never get out of the batter’s box, because you can’t tell the accused where it happened and when it happened, and there’s no corroboration outside the accusation itself. You couldn’t sue in civil court for the same reason – you could not even get a warrant.

So I will respectfully listen to Dr. Ford, but here’s the question for me and others; what is the standard? What is it going to be? Are you really innocent or guilty based on the accusation? Is there any presumption of innocence left in the confirmation process?

If the accusation is enough, God help us all. It’s OK to challenge the accuser.

I will respectfully listen, but if there’s nothing new, I am not going to deny him a promotion to the Supreme Court based on a 35-year-old accusation where all of the facts that we do know about seem to suggest it didn’t happen the way it was described. 

If this is enough to deny a person a seat on the Supreme Court who has otherwise lived a good life, then I don’t know where this ends.

Watch:

On Sunday, Graham asked Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace: “What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy’s life based on an accusation?” adding: “I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know where it happened. And everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen. I’m just being honest. Unless there’s something more, no I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.”

But she should come forward, she should have her say. She will be respectfully treated,” he added.

Graham repeatedly expressed doubt about the allegation during the interview Sunday based on the amount of time that has passed since the alleged assault and the lack of evidence.

“This accusation has to be looked at in terms of our legal system, Graham said.

“Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh goes against this allegation,” he continued. “I want to listen to Dr. Ford. I feel sorry for her. I think she’s being used here.” –USA Today

Graham also said he think that people are taking advantage of Ford:

Both Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Source: Lindsey Graham Summarizes The Kavanaugh Chaos: “If An Accusation Is Enough, God Help Us All”

10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault, From an Employment Lawyer

This morning the Federalist published an excellent analysis that exposes 10 red flags about sexual assault allegations that everyone should know. These directly apply to the accusations being leveled against Brett Kavanaugh. As you go through this list notice how many of these red flags apply to Blasey-Ford’s accusations: When the complaint is “he said/she…

Source: 10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault, From an Employment Lawyer

Alexander: The Demo Assault on Kavanaugh and Our Constitution

These Democrat tactics are the “ends justify the means” standards of “justice” upon which totalitarian regimes are built.

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

My wife, Ann, is traveling with friends in the Northeast this week, walking in the footprints of Patriots at Lexington and Concord. She sent me a text message with a photo of a plaque engraved with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words immortalizing “The Shot Heard Round the World.” Her accompanying message was simple: “God Bless America.”

In a follow-up conversation, she described the contrast of being at that place where Patriots were willing to fight and die for Liberty — their own and generations to follow — while she simultaneously felt besieged by the current progressive assault on our Constitution and its principles.

“What struck me most was the very sad and stark contrast between those Patriots who took to the field in Concord, charging against an enemy and an empire to defend Liberty, versus the current crop of politicians who are engaging in an appalling game to destroy a good man, and by extension, our Constitution and the Liberty it ensures. I am very discouraged by their antics. As our son is serving our nation as a Marine, abiding by his oath to our Constitution, I expect our nation’s leaders to honor his service and that of all those like him who are risking their lives to defend Liberty. These politicians can do so by honoring their own constitutional oaths.”

I asked that she not be discouraged, noting that while the battle for Liberty began at that old bridge in Concord, it did not end in 1783 with cessation of hostilities. And it requires constant vigilance every day.

It’s no small irony that the hallowed ground at Lexington and Concord is now surrounded by a Democrat corridor where the majority of residents (though certainly not all) support the same statist tyranny that, in principle, those early Patriots were fighting against.

It’s likewise ironic that a mere 30 miles from Concord is the town of Salem, notorious for a shameful series of colonial “trials” of more than 200 people who were accused of witchcraft and were presumed guilty — unless they could establish their innocence. Many of the accused were executed.

It is from that disgraceful chapter in English colonial history that the term “witch hunt” was derived.

Today’s campaign by Democrats and their media brethren to “destroy a good man” is nothing less than a modern-day witch hunt. Ancient, unsubstantiated accusations have been put forth and, just as in 17th-century Salem, the accused is being required to prove his innocence.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got underway, I wrote about the Democrats’ efforts to stop the nomination: “Obstruction of Justice: The Kavanaugh Blockade.”

After the hearings concluded, ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) delivered a vicious late hit on Kavanaugh with uncorroborated allegations of an assault by the nominee some 36 years ago. I have covered the formulation and execution of Feinstein’s scripted charade in great detail in my column, “Judging Kavanaugh — Feinstein’s ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ Strategy.”

There is now evidence backing up the assertion that Feinstein cooked up this collusion and obstruction strategy in July, even timing the drop of the alleged victim’s letter after the Kavanaugh hearings closed. Coinciding with Feinstein’s receipt of that letter was a conference call to Democrats about the Kavanaugh nomination from leftist strategist Ricki Seidman (who is now one of the accuser’s “advisers”). In that conference call, Seidman said, “Over the coming days and weeks there will be a strategy that will emerge, and I think it’s possible that that strategy might ultimately defeat [Kavanaugh].”

(Hypocrisy alert: These spurious charges are coming from the party of serial sexual assailant Bill Clinton and his chief defender and enabler Hillary Clinton, and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison. Somebody get Juanita Broaddrick and Clinton’s other victims on the line…)

Feinstein’s complainant is one Christine Blasey Ford, a leftist Bernie Sanders-supporting California college professor, who alleges that she was subject to some kind of assault, maybe in the summer of 1982, at some location she can’t recall, by then-17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans won’t tolerate Feinstein’s absurd standard of justice in the Senate. Instead, they’ll afford Judge Kavanaugh a full measure of self-defense while Feinstein and her Demo colluders adjudicate their “guilty until proven innocent” standard in the court of public opinion, in which the loudest voice is their Leftmedia propaganda machine.

This week, after the Judiciary Committee had set a date for Feinstein’s alleged victim to testify, the fourth and final person that Ford claimed had direct knowledge of her alleged assault, a lifelong friend, declared she also had no knowledge of the assault. And what did the Democrats do? They trotted out another, even less credible individual alleging in a New Yorker article that she had also been assaulted — though even the hard-left New York Times refused to run her story. That sequence of accusations and denials is covered in detail in “Destroying Kavanaugh, One Scripted Attack at a Time.”

Predictably, as the Feinstein/Ford fortunes began to fade, attorney and self-promoting provocateur Michael Avenatti emerged from his rat hole hoping to steal some thunder from the Feinstein/Ford charade. Avenatti produced allegations from another woman who claims she was sexually assaulted at a party roughly 36 years ago. She does not claim Kavanaugh was involved in the assault but that he and his friend Mark Judge were at the party.

You know, Kavanaugh, that “party animal.”

If a salacious claim has Avenatti’s brand on it, you can trust it’s all about Avenatti.

The accumulation of unsubstantiated and uncorroborated charges aside, allow me to focus on two aspects of how Democrats have responded to these allegations: the insistence that the complainant should be believed regardless of the truth, and the insistence that Judge Kavanaugh is “guilty until proven innocent.”

These are the “ends justify the means” standards of “justice” upon which totalitarian regimes are built.

What follows are a few excerpts from the last week that demonstrate leftists’ relentless effort to turn Rule of Law on end, and to replace it with their own rule.

Consider some shameful remarks from Hawaii’s junior senator, Mazie Hirono — remarks that best frame the Demos’ assertion that Ford should be believed regardless and that Kavanaugh is guilty until proven innocent.

Hirono is leading the #MeToo chorus, insisting, “Women like Dr. Ford … need to be believed. They need to be believed. I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.” Others are echoing that “believe her” mantra.

In response, noted Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley (a Democrat) observed, “Democrats have insisted Ford has a ‘right to be believed.’ There are basic principles of due process that establish a right to be heard, not a right to be believed.”

Likewise, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz (also a Democrat) protests: “The most disturbing thing is these people who are on television, some people I know and respect, [who say] ‘I believe her.’ You’ve never met her. You don’t know anything about her. Are women born with a special gene for telling the truth and men with a special gene for lying? … I want to hear both sides of the story and make a determination. That’s what the American system of justice is all about.”

Hirono was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Doesn’t Kavanaugh have the same presumption of innocence as anyone else in America?”

She responded, “I put his denial in the context of everything I know about him. … His credibility is already very questionable in my mind and in the minds of a lot of my fellow Judiciary Committee members — the, um, Democrats.”

On her refusal to answer the question, Turley noted, “What’s really troubling is that it’s an easy answer. The answer is, ‘Of course. In any nation which values the Rule of Law there is a presumption of innocence.’ The fact that she had to demur on that question is quite troubling.”

Hirono is now spinning this yarn: “Look, we’re not in a court of law. We’re actually in a court of credibility…”

Got that? Witch hunt.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) insists: “[These charges] are serious and credible, and now the person with the most knowledge about them, namely Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has a responsibility to come forward with evidence to rebut them.”

So Kavanaugh is “the person with the most knowledge” about the charges who must prove his innocence? Witch hunt.

As a condition of her testimony, Ford and her lawyers brazenly insisted that Kavanaugh testify first.

Dershowitz noted that this demand is “the most absurd, anti-due process, anti-American concept.” He added, “Every civil libertarian in the country, liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, led by the Civil Libertarian Union should be outraged. … It is insane to ask an accused person to deny the accusation before he has heard the accusation being made and cross-examined.”

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has doubled down, declaring that the hearings are “standard operating procedure.” He added, “There is no presumption of innocence…” Witch hunt.

Yesterday, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) insisted, “Kavanaugh has not asked for the FBI to review these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not.” Witch hunt.

Responding to Gillibrand’s assertions, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said, “There is a presumption of innocence and you do not have to prove your innocence. … Judge Kavanaugh does not have the burden of proving his innocence. … The government has the burden of proof in a criminal case. … The FBI has no jurisdiction in this matter.”

For the record, recall that in the nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) rebuffed committee calls for an FBI investigation into Anita Hill’s spurious accusations: “The next person that refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything. [The] FBI explicitly does not, in this or any other case, reach a conclusion. Period. The reason why we cannot rely on the FBI report — you wouldn’t like it if we did — is because it is inconclusive. They say ‘He said, she said, and they said.’ Period. So when people are waving [an] FBI report before you, understand they do not, they do not, they do not reach conclusions.”

Of course, Feinstein, Hirono, and Gillibrand know that there’s no due process in the court of public opinion, which is precisely why they’ve cast it there.

So what’s next?

Democrats continue to throw up obstacles to Ford’s testimony.

Feinstein wants to have Republican members of her committee question the alleged victim, because the optics of older white men questioning a female “attempted assault victim” would provide plenty of video and sound bites going into the midterm elections. But Republicans appear to be holding firm in their intent to have an experienced prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, question Kavanaugh’s accuser.

Recall last week, responding to Ford’s initial refusal to testify, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) responded, “It raises the question: Do they want to have the hearing or not?”

Good question.

Given that the alleged victim’s claims are now fully discredited by those she insisted could corroborate them, she may be a no-show on Thursday — in which case she and her Democrat handlers will claim that the conditions were “hostile” and “unfair” while at the same time denying Judge Kavanaugh a chance to defend his good name against specific charges.

Anticipating a no-show, Grassley has scheduled a vote on the Kavanaugh nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Of course, the Avenetti client claims will, by design, throw a wrench into the works, invoking a familiar refrain from Democrats insisting the Kavanaugh nomination “should be withdrawn.”

According to Blumenthal, “This nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh … it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably.”

No, it is Feinstein’s Democrat Party farce that is casting shadows and stains. It is likely much of that shadow will fall on the Democrats she has enlisted to participate in this farce, and the stain will be on the United States Senate.

Ford’s lack of credibility notwithstanding, it is Feinstein, et al., who have lost ALL credibility. Of their deeply cynical strategy, Donald Trump declared, “It’s a very dangerous game for our country.”

Indeed, it is.

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President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge “a con game being played by the Democrats.”

Leading internet search engine Google will acknowledge that it has made “mistakes” on privacy issues in testimony an executive of the Alphabet Inc unit will deliver to a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

A U.S. Justice Department “listening session” with state attorneys general on Tuesday focused on protecting consumer privacy when big technology companies amass vast troves of data, but came to no immediate conclusions, three participants said after the meeting.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians, will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington.

India’s Supreme Court decided on Wednesday it would start live-streaming some of its cases in a bid to increase transparency and prevent overcrowding in the courtrooms.

President Trump said he wanted a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the clearest expression yet of his administration’s support for such an outcome.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States and North Korea have “a wonderful relationship going” and that he would be announcing the timing and location of his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the “very near future.”

A Russian detained in Norway on suspicion of illegal intelligence activities at the Norwegian parliament can be held for two weeks, a Norwegian court ruled on Wednesday.

President Trump said he would be willing to meet with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro if that would help Venezuela and that all options were on the table.

AP Top Stories

Hong Kong’s firebrand Cardinal Joseph Zen warned Wednesday the Vatican would abandon official ties with Taiwan after sealing a historic accord with China.

A Texas man suspected of killing three people and seriously injuring four in a string of attacks on sleeping Southern California men – most of them homeless – had a long criminal history and had been deported from the United States six times, immigration officials said Tuesday night.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday Israel would continue its military operations in Syria, after Russia announced it would supply an advanced anti-aircraft system to its Syrian ally.

San Francisco – The so-called “Grand Central of the West” is closed out of safety concerns after workers discovered a crack in a support beam of the $2 billion transit terminal that opened just last month.

A Chinese national who came to the US on a student visa and later enlisted in the army reserves was arrested Tuesday in Chicago and accused of helping Beijing attempt to recruit American scientists and engineers.

The European Union’s plans for a “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran’s oil exports is deeply counterproductive, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of “severe damage” to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply.

BBC

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy. However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services. More than a billion Indians are enrolled.

A former Google employee has warned of the firm’s “disturbing” plans in China, in a letter to US lawmakers. Google’s work on a Chinese product – codenamed Dragonfly – would aid Beijing’s efforts to censor and monitor its citizens online.

An Apple-I computer, the first product made by the computing giant, has sold at auction for $375,000.

South Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet. A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women’s restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men’s section. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world.

Ghana’s disaster management organization (Nadmo) has admitted that Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia handed out expired cooking oil to the victims of recent floods in the north of the country. There are reports of people having stomach upsets after consuming the oil.

The death of a girl hit by a tablet computer in a car accident has raised concerns about the safety of using such devices in moving vehicles. The three-year-old was killed after her mother’s car collided with the back of a school bus in Spain on Monday.

WND

A worrying trend is emerging in schools across the country. With increasing regularity, school districts are tracking students’ mental health and raising flags if a screening shows something amiss. Student mental health tracking is often framed in terms of safety or prevention, arguing that all kids should be screened to identify the few who could potentially serve as a danger to themselves or others.

Scientists have developed a new way of battling Alzheimer’s. In research being hailed as a world first, they aim to target toxic particles that trigger the brain disease. Their work could lead to tests on new drug treatments by 2020.


News – 9/26/2018

Trump Targets Iran at UN Address, Calls for Continued International Isolation
U.S. President Donald Trump called for Iran’s continued international isolation during his combative address at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. It prompted a response from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the United States sought to topple his government. Trump condemned the theocratic leadership of the Islamic Republic for sowing “chaos, death and destruction,” while he defended his controversial decision to tear up an internationally-brokered nuclear deal.

Courageous Faith: More than 300 Chinese Pastors Band Together in Face of Harsh Persecution
“…We believe and are obligated to teach the world that the crucified and risen Jesus is the only Head of the global Church, the sole Savior of all mankind, and the everlasting Ruler and supreme Judge of the universe. To all who repent and believe in Him, God will give eternal life and an eternal Kingdom.” -Excerpt of open letter by Chinese Christians.

McConnell to Dems: ‘Facts matter’ when accusing Kavanaugh
The Senate’s top Republican accused Democrats on Tuesday of railroading Brett Kavanaugh by using decades-old, “vague, unsubstantiated and uncorroborated” claims of sexual misconduct to try sinking his… Supreme Court nomination. “Justice matters. Evidence matters. Facts matter,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as Republican leaders fought to shore up GOP senators’ support for Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations.

Grassley Schedules Kavanaugh Vote For Friday Morning
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled the confirmation vote for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., following Thursday’s planned testimony by both Kavanaugh and accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

President Trump Rebukes Globalism, Touts ‘Doctrine of Patriotism’ in U.N. Speech
President Donald Trump delivered a sharp rebuke to globalism, while touting the virtues of America First, during his highly-anticipated address before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. President Trump said the U.S. rejects “global governance, control, and domination” and honors the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions, adding that it will never tell other nations how to live, work, or worship. In addition to the keynote speech, President Trump is to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the topic of countering nuclear proliferation on Wednesday.

Pence urges Evangelicals to match ‘motivated’ Left
An annual weekend gathering of evangelical activists concluded with a rallying cry, and a warning, from Vice President Mike Pence. “The other side is mobilized and some say they’re motivated as never before,” Pence told the Values Voter Summit. “But I say we must match — in fact, I say we must surpass — the energy of the American left and their enthusiasm. And if we do, we will win.”

IRS on undercover video: Should have been harder on conservatives
An Internal Revenue Service staffer says the agency should have been harder on conservatives during the 2012 election when applications for tax-exempt status were obstructed for political reasons. “Yeah, I don’t give a s— if that is a crime for doing that because … you should give increased scrutiny to those groups….

Bolton: US will be aggressive, unwavering on Iran sanctions
Speaking at a conference, Bolton also said the United States would be “aggressive and unwavering” in enforcing economic sanctions on Iran that are resuming after Washington withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He said the United States would not allow the European Union or anyone else to undermine them.

Erdogan vows Turkey to continue buying Iranian oil despite U.S. sanctions
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will continue to buy natural gas from Iran in line with its long-term supply contract despite Trump’s threats to punish countries doing business with Iran. “We need to be realistic … Am I supposed to let people freeze in winter? …Nobody should be offended. How can I heat my people’s homes if we stop purchasing Iran’s natural gas?,” he said.

Sisi: continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict undermines U.N. credibility
The continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a sign of the United Nations’ failure in conflict resolution, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told the General Assembly at the start of its opening session on Tuesday. “We cannot talk about the peaceful settlement of disputes as a founding principle of the UN and an indicator of its credibility without addressing the Palestinian cause.

King Abdullah: We will protect Jerusalem’s Muslim, Christian character
Jordan will thwart any attempts to change Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian character, King Abdullah II told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. He made an impassioned plea for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 2002 Arab League initiative and warned against a one-state solution to the conflict.

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme
India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy. However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services.

US-Iran: John Bolton warns Iran of ‘hell to pay’ if crossed
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned Iran’s rulers that there will be “hell to pay” if they harm the US, its citizens or allies. His comments came hours after President Donald Trump accused Iran of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” across the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by criticising the Trump administration for its hostility.

WAR GAMES Vladimir Putin tests terrifying new anti-ship missiles by blowing up a fleet of warships in training exercise
VLADIMIR Putin has tested his terrifying new missiles by blowing up a fleet of warships in a training exercise. Footage released by Russia’s defence ministry showed the capabilities of the country’s Kh-35U anti-ship missiles. They were fired from a Su-34 long range strike aircraft and managed to sink a group of ships which were imitating a group of enemy vessels.

U.S. Pulling Some Missile-Defense Systems Out of Mideast
The Pentagon is removing U.S. missile systems from the Middle East next month…a move that will leave American allies with fewer defenses as the White House ramps up its rhetoric against…threats posed by Iran. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pulling four Patriot missile systems out of Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month…as the military steps up its focus on threats from China and Russia, according to multiple senior military officials.

650 Bangladeshi Nationals Arrested in Single Texas Border Sector in 2018
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 650 Bangladeshi nationals this fiscal year. The number could hit near 700 by the end of the month–which concludes Fiscal Year 2018. Laredo Sector agents arrested four who illegally crossed the border on September 21 near the Masterson area of Laredo, Texas. The agents processed the migrants and learned they are illegal immigrants who traveled to the U.S. from Bangladesh, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.

Syria warns Israel will ‘reconsider’ before attacking again
A senior Syrian official has warned that Israel will need to think twice before attacking Syrian targets, following a Russian announcement that it will be supplying an S-300 anti-missile system to its ally. Moscow made the announcement in response to the downing of the Ilyushin IL-20 Russian spy plane by Syrian air defenses while trying to repel an IAF attack on the coastal city of Latakia.

Planned Parenthood forces cancellation of ‘Gosnell’ screening
Planned Parenthood convinced a hotel in Austin, Texas, to cancel a screening of a new movie about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, according to the film’s producers.

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats afflicted by mental problem
Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday explained why the left creates movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and why they attack Supreme Court nominees like Brett Kavanaugh.

Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial
A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse, appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday as a federal magistrate decided to keep the 80-year-old behind bars pending trial as his accusers in the audience applauded.

Resignations Begin After Google’s ‘Project Dragonfly’ Censorship Program Revealed
In the last few years, Google seems to have been acting against their motto, the simple maxim “don’t be evil.” Persistent stories of their bias and election interference make it hard to believe that is their slogan at all. Now, the company’s own employees are jumping ship after learning about a secretive project in development: Project Dragonfly.

Former Google bigwig launches AI “church” that positions technology as GOD
 It might be tempting to crack jokes about today’s smartphone-obsessed youth seeming to worship their devices, but for one man, the concept of technology as a deity is reaching disturbing heights.

Are all pharmaceuticals designed for population control? 
What’s the fourth leading cause of death in the United States? Don’t guess heart attacks, cancer, respiratory disease, strokes, diabetes, or traffic accidents. It’s death by prescription.

Sea level rise has SLOWED DOWN since 2002, totally contradicting the climate change “science” narrative
We need a new way of viewing global warming — especially in making it the storm in a teacup. Scientists are saying that while ocean levels continue to rise, the rate in which they have increased has actually decelerated by 31 percent since 2002 and 44 percent since 2004 to less than seven inches per century.

German court upholds Kuwait Airways’ barring of Jewish passenger –
A German appeals court on Tuesday ruled that it could not prevent Kuwait Airways from refusing service to Israeli passengers, even though it believed the policy amounted to discrimination.

Two antifa extremists who called for armed violence against ICE have been arrested
According to their twitter account, on Sunday, September 23rd two members of the far-left extremist group, Serve The People – LA were arrested. This is the same group that recently doxed and threatened someone for supporting ICE, called for a “sea of armed masses” to rise up against ICE, and encouraged their social media followers to carry out “revolutionary violence against the local government”.

Kazakhstan Begins Chemical Castration Of Pedophiles, 2000 Injections Lined up
The Kazakhstan government has begun its chemically castrating pedophiles as authorities confirm they have 2,000 injections lined up to carry out on child sex offenders.

Alert: 134 pro-vaccine bills are active in 35 states
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is monitoring 134 vaccine bills that have been launched around the country — and the overwhelming majority of them are seeking to decrease medical freedom. A shocking 35 states have introduced pro-vaccine bills so far in 2017, and there is no guessing what the future will bring.

Instagram Founders RESIGN As White House Prepares To Investigate Big Tech
The two co-founders of social media image sharing platform Instagram have both resigned with no explanation amid the looming White House executive order to investigate big tech companies on antitrust grounds.


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Headlines – 9/26/2018

Full Text: Donald Trump’s Address at the 2018 UN General Assembly

Israel lauds Trump’s ‘impressive’ UN speech, while Palestinians lambast it

Israel’s UN envoy: Trump’s UNGA speech shows he’s on the right side of history

Trump at UNGA: US committed to peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Trump: Peace deal can only be reached by recognizing ‘obvious facts’

Saeb Erekat: Trump has closed the doors to peace

Trump’s scorched-earth tactics and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Macron rebukes Trump’s go-it-alone approach to Mideast peace, Iran

Macron says ‘unilateral initiatives’ won’t bring Israeli-Palestinian peace

Macron at UNGA: There’s no credible alternative to two-state solution

Erdogan accuses Security Council of ignoring ‘massacre’ of Palestinians

Erdogan at UNGA: We will continue to stand by ‘oppressed’ Palestinians

Erdogan at UN: Turkey Stands With Palestinians, World Must Protect Jerusalem

Jordan’s King Abdullah: We will protect Jerusalem’s Muslim, Christian character

Egypt’s Sissi at UN: World Must Guarantee Palestinian State With East Jerusalem as Capital

Sisi at UN: conditions for peace are known

Iran’s president says Israel ‘the most daunting threat’ to world peace

Rohani at UN: Nuclear Israel Is Greatest Threat to the Mideast, Its Treatment of Palestinians Is ‘Apartheid’

At General Assembly, UN chief bemoans ‘endless’ Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Livni to Abbas: Resume talks with US over two-state solution

UNRWA Chief Says Money Will Run Out in October

World Bank report warns Gaza Strip economy is in ‘free fall’

Erdogan vows to defend Jerusalem from Israeli ‘invaders’

Hamas denies collapse of Egypt-brokered truce talks with Israel

UK Labour passes motion calling to ban arms sales to Israel

Russia: We have proof Israel is lying about downing of recon plane

Russia moves S-300 missiles, jamming gear to Syria amid threats to ‘shoot down’ attackers

The true threat of S-300s is not that they’re powerful, but that they’re Russian

Syria warns Israel will ‘reconsider’ before attacking again

Mossad head flies to US with Netanyahu to discuss Russia crisis

Netanyahu: We’ll keep acting in Syria, and meet Russian officials to heal ties

Russia: US being ‘malicious’, electronic gadgets sent to Syria’s Hmeimim

Trump officials make clear troops won’t leave Syria anytime soon

Trump: United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by Assad regime

Russia releases video showing what its newest Kh-35U anti-ship missile can do to a vessel

US to transfer ships to Ukraine amid Russia tensions

Erdogan vows Turkey to continue buying Iranian oil despite U.S. sanctions

US will ensure well-supplied oil market before Iran sanctions

Bolton: US will be aggressive, unwavering on Iran sanctions

Pompeo Slams EU’s ‘Counterproductive’ Measures to Bypass U.S. Sanctions on Iran

UAE minister:Iran trying to drive wedge between US, Europeans

EU, China and Russia in move to sidestep US sanctions on Iran

Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat

Trump, Iran’s Rouhani exchange threats, insults on U.N.’s world stage

Trump Slams Iran at UN: ‘Can’t Allow World’s Leading Terror Sponsor to Possess World’s Most Dangerous Weapons’

Livni to Abbas: Resume talks with US over two-state solution

Trump criticizes Iran as ‘corrupt dictatorship’ in U.N. speech

Rouhani slams Trump as an “authoritarian” with “Nazi disposition”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards call Trump ‘evil, adventurous’

At UN, Trump urges world to isolate Iran, which sows ‘death and destruction’

The UN General Assembly Turns Into A Fight Between Trump And Iran

Trump: No meeting with Rouhani until Iranians ‘change their tune’

Mattis: It is ‘ridiculous’ for Tehran to allege US involvement in Ahwaz attack

Danon: Iran’s actions spread terror

Iran video threatens missile strikes on Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious new crown prince is reportedly hiding out on his superyacht, ‘fearing for his security’

Saudi Arabia opens high-speed railway linking holy cities

Human Rights Watch accuses Houthis of hostage-taking, torture

Water shortages fuel ongoing protests in Basra, Iraq

Venezuela: Queues of Up to Five Days to Access Gasoline

After sanctions, Trump says situation in Venezuela unacceptable

UN chief warns of technology’s ‘serious dangers’

Trump urges world to reject globalism in UN speech that draws mocking laughter

Trump to UN: ‘We reject globalism and we embrace patriotism’

UN chief cautions against populism as General Assembly opens

Trump at UN: Elites may laugh but Americans can see through the globaloney

Judge Asks If ‘America First’ Is Code for Racial Hostility

Yale study: Illegal immigrant population likely double, possibly triple previous estimates

Kavanaugh hearing once again in question as Christine Ford raises new concerns

Kavanaugh accuser asks Senate to limit press access for hearing

Trump asks supporters to ‘pray’ for Kavanaugh, says Dems playing ‘high level con game’

Trump dismisses ‘drunk’ Kavanaugh accuser as initial Senate vote scheduled

Senate panel schedules Kavanaugh vote for Friday

Collins Says Kavanaugh Is Unlikely to Favor Overturning Roe

Rosenstein eyeing resignation, but his departure would cause a firestorm

EU Justice Commissioner Says Media Must Be Regulated to Prevent ‘Hate’

Twitter to ban ‘dehumanizing’ comments with user help

North Korea Nuke Test Triggered Earthquakes for Eight Months, Scientists Say

W. Virginia’s Decision to Allow Smartphone Voting for Midterms Raises Serious Security Concerns

U.S. powerless to fight drone attacks, top official says

NASA shrinks weather satellites way down to better see inside storms

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Minas de Marcona, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

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

Veniaminof volcano in Alaska erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Super Typhoon Trami: Images show storm from space as it heads for Japan

Tropical Storm Rosa quickly strengthens off Mexico’s Pacific coast, may become hurricane

Remnants of storm Kirk likely to redevelop: National Hurricane Center

A post-Florence tropical disturbance could further soak the Carolinas

How did piles of Haiti’s trash end up on NC beaches? Hurricane Florence is a suspect

View from space: NASA satellite shows polluted Carolina rivers flowing into ocean

An Ebola “perfect storm” is brewing in Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Fears Ebola In DRC Will Spin Out Of Control Due To Political Violence

UT creates device to detect mosquito species common for disease

Malaria ‘breakthrough’: Disease-carrying mosquitoes wiped out in major lab experiment

Gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes, but is it a good idea?

The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking – for a grim reason – Opioid overdose deaths

Gender ‘nonconformity’ takes mental toll on teens

Country’s first ‘robot sex brothel’ set to open in Texas prompts backlash: report

Bill Cosby Now Officially A Sexually Violent Predator; “America’s Dad” Faces Prison For 2004 Rape

Bill Cosby laughs before going into custody

Pope Francis Stonewalls Journalists to Duck Questions on Sex Abuse

Pope Francis Says Sex Abuse Crisis Has Driven Young Catholics Away From The Church

Christian University to Allow Same-Sex Relationships between Students


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Russia Warns West Against New Strikes in Syria Under Far-Fetched Pretexts

Previously, Moscow stated that terrorists in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib attempted to carry out provocations with the use of chemical weapons in order to create a pretext for international strikes against Syrian government forces.

Source: Russia Warns West Against New Strikes in Syria Under Far-Fetched Pretexts

Understanding Who God Is, and Who We Are, Makes Pride Unthinkable

I’ve been reflecting on pride and humility recently. Here are some thoughts:

When we’re prideful, we make God our opponent: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:5-6).

There are many things wrong—not to mention ludicrous—with making God our opponent, but the most obvious one is this: it’s a battle we can never win.

Last spring during track season, I watched Jake, one of my junior high grandsons, shot-put. He’s an excellent athlete. But suppose my grandson thought he was good enough to challenge the 2016 Olympic shot put gold medalist. Ironically, that gold medalist was Ryan Crouser, who attended my high school, a mile from my house, the same school two of my grandsons will go to. In fact, Crouser competed on the same field Jake now does. Jake has no illusions about doing so, but my 14-year-old grandson challenging the reigning Olympic Gold medalist would be far less laughable than any of us challenging God!

Since God says He opposes the proud, anytime we’re proud we may as well hang a sign around our necks that says, “Take me down, God.” Because the Bible clearly says that’s exactly what He will do. And we will be powerless against Him.

Whenever we walk in pride, we are a fall waiting to happen: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). In contrast, God promises the humble that He will give them grace. Pride makes God our foe; humility makes God our friend who pours grace out on us. Instead of exercising His power against us, God wants to give His power to us, and He does that in proportion to our realization of our weakness without Him (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Not only our attitude, but also our actions will demonstrate whether pride or humility is at work in our lives. God is the Audience of One, ever watching, ever knowing. Knowing this will make us acutely aware of our sin and weakness, and humble us accordingly—and then, if we ask Him, He will give us abundant and overflowing grace.

Puritan John Flavel said, “They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud.”

The way to be humble is to take a good look at God and then a good look at yourself, and notice the difference. When you see Him as He is and yourself as you are, the very thought of being proud or arrogant should be absolutely laughable.

May we as followers of Christ consciously pursue humility and not allow Satan to get an inroad in our lives. When we are praised, we should give praise to Christ, not just to appear humble, but to actually BE humble.

A 3-minute video I recorded on pride and humility:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/50243658?title=0&byline=0

A short article on pride and humility: True Leading Is Serving

And here’s a biblical study on pride.

Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash

Source: Understanding Who God Is, and Who We Are, Makes Pride Unthinkable

When talking to non-believers about the Bible…

Running The Race

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When talking to non-believers about the Bible, it’s important for Christians to remember that God tells us in bold terms that the root problem is often not a non-believer’s view of the Bible but instead, their view of the author of the Bible that keeps them from faith.

All people, despite what they say, know there is a God because He is clearly seen through His creation, and through His moral law that has been written on the hearts of all men (Romans 1:20, 2:15).

Still, non-believers suppress the truth in unrighteousness because their proud hearts are rebellious and they do not want to submit to it (Romans 1:18, 1:21–23, 2:14–15).

When people reject the Bible’s historical accounts of Creation, a global flood, and/or the resurection of Christ, for example, Peter says they are willfully ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). It’s not a matter of evidence; they just don’t want to…

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Kavenaugh: “I did not have sex in high school or for many years thereafter”

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Brett Kavenaugh, his wife, and his two daughters Brett Kavenaugh, his wife, and his two daughters

So, Brett Kavenaugh did an interview where he and his wife answered questions about the vague and unsupported charges being made against him by registered Democrat women. In the interview, he explained that he did not have sex in high school or for many years thereafter, which is what you would expect from a Christian conservative.

Here’s part of the transcript from Daily Wire:

Brett Kavanaugh: […]When I was in high school – and I went to an all boys catholic high school, a judgment (ph) high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all girls Catholic schools.

And yes, there were parties. And the drinking age was 18, and yes, the…

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Common Problems in Atheist/Theist Discussions

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Introduction

In this post I want to point out some of the problems with the discussions with atheists and theists. I am by no means saying that all atheists succumb to some of these issues. So please don’t accuse me of using straw man arguments. I am speaking from first hand experience.

#1: The issue of evidence and proof

First, I want to bring up the issue of equivocation which is both a formal and informal fallacy. It is the misleading use of a term with more than one meaning or sense. Terms like ‘evidence,’ and ‘proof,’ all need clarification. Some atheists (mostly popular atheists and not necessarily academic atheists) like to set the ground rules in that unless you can produce some sort of airtight argument for God’s existence, He just doesn’t exist. And then they call the shots as to what qualifies as evidence. So in many of the discussions…

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September 26, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. 7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’ ”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Zec 4:5–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


4:6–7 / Zerubbabel, the civilian leader of the community and its temple-building efforts, receives a personal word of encouragement from God, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. “Might” (khayil) is a human attribute with a wide range of meanings, including wealth and military force. The wealth of other nations had not begun to flow to Jerusalem as Haggai had promised (Hag. 2:6–9; reiterated in Zech. 14:4), although the Persians had provided support for the building project. The Jews in Yehud had no army. The contrast with Solomon’s circumstances is striking. Solomon’s treasuries overflowed with gold and other precious objects, and his army had been equipped with the most up-to-date arms and chariotry (1 Kgs. 10:14–29). In spite of his poverty and powerlessness, however, Zerubbabel would be able to complete the task by the power of God’s spirit. The possession of wealth and physical power is a strong temptation to forget God, and even to think of oneself as god (Deut. 8:10–18; Gen. 11:1–9). God’s people must remember the Lord, “who gives you the ability (koakh) to produce wealth (khayil)” (Deut. 8:18). The Lord’s word to Zerubbabel strips things down to their source, the divine spirit, by whom the Lord created (Job 26:13; Ps. 33:6), saved (Exod. 15:8, 10), brought judgment (Job 15:30; Isa. 27:8), guided kings (1 Chr. 28:12; cf. Isa. 30:1), and inspired prophets (Neh. 9:30; Ezek. 11:24; 37:1; Zech. 7:12). To complete his task Zerubbabel had to rely on power from the Lord, not on resources from any human source.

The second word is an announcement of judgment against enemies that functions as encouragement for Zerubbabel and the temple-builders. This word addresses O mighty mountain, a symbol of all types of opposition to the temple-building project. The people of Yehud were reluctant to work (Hag. 2:1–5), and the neighboring peoples attempted to put a stop to the building (Ezra 4:1–5, 24). Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground, God’s word tells the opposition. The removal of a mountain of difficulties is a powerful image of salvation (as in Isa. 40:4; 41:15; 49:11). The final victory will be the completion of the temple. Zerubbabel will bring out the capstone of the temple in a ceremony of completion, accompanied by shouts of prayer and praise.[1]


4:6 This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel. The purpose of the vision was to encourage Zerubbabel to complete the temple rebuilding, to assure him of divine enablement for that venture and the endless supply for the future glory of Messiah’s kingdom and temple. The lampstand pictured Israel fully supplied by God to be His light then and in the future. It must be noted that the church has temporarily taken this role presently (cf. Eph 5:8, 9; Rev 1:12, 13, 20), until Israel’s salvation and restoration to covenant blessing and usefulness. Cf. Ro 11:11–24. Not by might … power, but by My Spirit. Neither human might, wealth, or physical stamina would be sufficient to complete the work. Only an abundant supply of the power of the Holy Spirit, pictured by the “bowl” (v. 2) would enable him to carry out the task, and enable Israel in the Messiah’s kingdom to be a light again to the world by the operation of the Spirit (cf. Eze 36:24).

4:7 What are you, O great mountain? Because the outcome is guaranteed (vv. 6, 9), any mountain-like opposition will be leveled by God to become like a flat surface. No obstacle will be able to stop the completion of the temple in Zerubbabel’s time or in the final kingdom of Messiah (cf. Eze 40–48). the top stone. The final stone of the building will be put into place, signifying its completion. Grace, grace to it! This blessing signifying shouts of joy and thanksgiving came to pass (cf. Ezr 3:11–13) over the completion of the temple. Contrast this attitude with that of the people seeing the unfinished temple (Hag 2:3).[2]


4:6 The oracle is addressed to Zerubbabel, the governor, who along with Joshua the high priest had been charged by the prophet Haggai with the task of rebuilding the temple (Ezra 5:2; Hag. 1:1). God’s word to him is a reminder that the obstacles that face him in the rebuilding task will not be overcome by conventional resources of might or power. Instead, the resources will come from an outpouring of God’s Spirit (see Hag. 2:5).

4:6 The Spirit of Christ gives a permanent supply of power and light (John 16:13–15; Rom. 8:9–13).

4:7 With that assurance of divine aid, the great mountain of difficulties that stands in the way of rebuilding, whether practical, political, or spiritual, is cut down to size. All these obstacles will become a plain in front of Zerubbabel (cf. Isa. 40:4).[3]


4:6 Zerubbabel A descendant of King David (1 Chr 3:17–19; Matt 1:12), as well as the governor of Judah (Hag 1:1) who oversaw the rebuilding of the temple (Ezra 3:2, 8; 5:2; see note on Ezra 3:2).

my Spirit Emphasizing that divine power—not human power—will enable them to overcome the opposition to rebuilding the temple. Throughout the ot, God’s Spirit gives divine empowerment to the individuals God selects (e.g., Exod 31:3; Num 11:25–26; 24:2; Judg 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 1 Sam 10:10; 16:13).

4:7 O great mountain A metaphor for a difficult task. The mountain symbolizes all the challenges that the community will face as they attempt to complete the work that God commanded. The vision serves to reassure them that Yahweh is on their side and will help them overcome the obstacles.

Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground Indicates that Zerubbabel, through the power of God’s Spirit (Zech 4:6), will successfully complete the difficult task Yahweh gave to him.

the top stone Represents the final stone of the temple that Zerubbabel will build (Zech 4:9).

Grace, grace Acknowledges that Yahweh’s Spirit—not human might—was responsible for completing the temple project (v. 6).[4]


4:6 The key verse for understanding the vision.

Zerubbabel. Even though the vision includes Joshua as one of the olive trees, the focus is on Zerubbabel, as is evident from the repetition of his name in vv. 6, 7, 9, 10.

Not by might … power. That is, military strength or any other form of power (apart from God). God’s people were repeatedly told not to depend on military power and foreign alliances to accomplish their calling (Is. 31:1–3; Ps. 20:7–9).

by my Spirit. The Spirit of God is often portrayed in the prophets as the One who enables God’s servants to do God’s work and overcome obstacles. Even the coming Servant of the Lord, the Messiah, is described in such terms (Is. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1).

4:7 the top stone. The last and most important stone, which presumably would ceremonially be put in place in the completed temple.

Grace, grace to it. The temple is completed amid shouts that ask for God’s favor to rest on it. The phrase is repeated for emphasis (Is. 40:1 note).[5]


4:6 This is the key to the interpretation of the vision. Man’s weakness is no hindrance to God, nor is man’s strength an aid to God. He works out His purposes by His Holy Spirit (cf. Hos. 1:7; 2 Cor. 4:7; 12:9, 10). No verse is more germane to the life of today’s affluent church than this one. Nations and churches truly prosper, not as a result of their erudition or financial resources, but only because God’s power is operative.[6]


4:6–7 While Zerubbabel was a legitimate heir to David’s throne, his role was apparently limited to governor, even though he is spoken of in elevated terms (Hg 2:21–23). In hyperbolic language, he would be able to move mountains. But since God deserved all the credit, shouts of grace, grace to the temple were very appropriate. Though God empowers human instruments, his intent is to negate any human claim to strength or might.[7]


[1] Goldingay, J., & Scalise, P. J. (2012). Minor Prophets II. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 224–225). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Zec 4:6–7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1757). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Zec 4:6–7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1331). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Zec 4:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Sandy, D. B. (2017). Zechariah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1455). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

September 26 An Assignment on Love

Know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.

Ephesians 3:19

To pay the debt of love, we can all do several things. Here are some suggestions:

Mend a quarrel.

Call a friend you haven’t seen for a long time.

Replace a suspicion with a trust.

Remove any bitterness in your life.

Write a surprise letter to someone who loves you.

Tell someone you know well how much he or she means to you.

Keep a promise.

Ask God to forgive someone who did something wrong to you, and forget the wrongdoing.

Don’t be overly demanding on the other members of your family.

Express thanks to others throughout the day.

Tell someone you love that you care.

Pray for one of your enemies.

Send a check to someone who has a need.

Ask God to help you to love the way Jesus loved.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 291). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

September 26 The Spirit Brings Understanding

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.”

John 16:25

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We understand truth thanks to the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture makes it clear that the disciples and all subsequent believers would need additional divine assistance to understand all of God’s teachings. Jesus Himself knew that, as we saw in yesterday’s lesson. And the apostle Paul alludes to that fact in 1 Corinthians 2:9: “Just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’ ” Our human minds and senses by themselves can’t give us an understanding of God’s truth. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit.

In John 16:25 Jesus says, “An hour is coming when I … will tell you plainly.” That reference is to the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured forth to permanently indwell the disciples and all other believers. Therefore, Jesus is saying that the Spirit will help us understand God’s truth, even the veiled mysteries and figurative statements in His Word.

We know and understand all that we do about God only because His Spirit is our teacher. The Holy Spirit is the one who knows the mind of God and teaches us the deep things of God from Scripture (1 Cor. 2:10–14). All the New Testament epistles were written to plainly explain Christ’s teachings to us. At times the Spirit teaches us directly through the Word, and other times He uses people to teach us and unveil what was previously a mystery. But it’s all His working, it’s reliable, and we can thank Him every day for granting us spiritual understanding.

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Suggestions for Prayer: If there is a Scripture passage that has been unclear to you, pray that God would clarify it for you as you study it again, or that He would lead you to someone who can help you understand it. ✧ Pray for an unbeliever who has been struggling with accepting God’s truth. Ask the Spirit to draw that person to the Lord and unlock Scripture’s truths.

For Further Study: Read Acts 8:26–38. What does this passage teach about the importance of obeying the Spirit’s direction? ✧ How did Philip and the Ethiopian exhibit different aspects of that obedience?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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