Daily Archives: October 1, 2018

OCTOBER 1 “I WILL ARISE AND GO”

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned.

Luke 15:18

When Jesus told the story of the Prodigal Son, He was giving our lost society a graphic picture of more than a willful son or a backslidden man.

Years ago I spent time alone with God in prayer and supplication, asking the Spirit of God to aid me in the comprehension of the parable of the Prodigal Son. I have relied upon the understanding which I believe God gave me.

I believe the Prodigal Son is God’s clear-cut picture to us of the entire human race that went out to the pigsty in Adam—and came back to the Father in Christ!

The most telling part of the parable is the fact that the errant son “came to himself”—and that speaks to us of the reality and necessity of repentance. He could repent and turn and seek forgiveness because he knew that his Father had not changed. He knew the character of his Father. Except for that knowledge, he could never have said: “I will arise and go to my Father!”

Brethren, all of us who have come back to God by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ have found, as did the prodigal, that the Father in heaven has not changed at all!

I praise You, Lord, that nothing about You has changed. And nothing that has happened in this world has caught You by surprise. You are our faithful, loving and just Father.[1]


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

OCTOBER 1 IN CASE GOD FAILS

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

—Deuteronomy 31:6

To many Christians Christ is little more than an idea, or at best an ideal; He is not a fact. Millions of professed believers talk as if He were real and act as if He were not. And always our actual position is to be discovered by the way we act, not by the way we talk….

Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications. We fix things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it. We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Pseudo-faith always arranges a way out to serve in case God fails it. Real faith knows only one way and gladly allows itself to be stripped of any second ways or makeshift substitutes. For true faith, it is either God or total collapse. And not since Adam first stood up on the earth has God failed a single man or woman who trusted Him. PON012-013

Thank You, Father, that my faith rests in an unfailing God. Help me remember that I don’t need a backup plan, “just in case.” I rest in Your faithfulness today. Amen. [1]


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

October 1 Daily Help

WHat is your desire this day? Is it set upon heavenly things? Do you desire liberty in close communion with God? Do you aspire to know the heights, and depths, and lengths, and breadths? Then you must draw near to Jesus; you must get a clear sight of him in his preciousness and completeness. He who understands Christ, receives an anointing from the Holy One, by which he knows all things. Are you saying, “O that he would dwell in my bosom?” “Would that he would make my heart his dwelling-place forever?” Open the door, beloved, and he will come into your souls. He has long been knocking, and he will sup with you, and you with him.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 278). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

October 1, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump hailed Canada on Monday after the two countries forged a last-minute deal to salvage their trilateral NAFTA accord with Mexico, marking a key victory in the U.S. leader’s effort to shake up global trade.

Democratic U.S. senators expressed concern on Sunday over reports the White House was working with Republicans to narrow the scope of an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

California will require publicly listed companies with headquarters in the state to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by end of 2019, under a bill signed into law on Sunday.

Indonesia scrambled on Monday to get help into quake-hit Sulawesi Island as survivors streamed away from their ruined homes and accounts of devastation filtered out of remote areas, including the death of 34 children at a Christian camp.

Islamabad has cut the size of the biggest Chinese “Silk Road” project in Pakistan by $2 billion, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Monday, citing government concerns about the country’s debt levels.

The United States, Sweden and Italy have filed bids to supply Bulgaria with eight fighter jets aimed at replacing its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s, in a tender estimated at $1 billion.

Electric cars are poised to arrive en masse in European showrooms after years of hyped concept-car launches and billions in investment by automakers and suppliers.

American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for game-changing discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer.

AP Top Stories

North Korea’s foreign minister on Saturday told the United Nations there was “no way” that his country would disarm first as long as the United States continued to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Some of the largest known mosquitoes in the world (three times larger than regular mosquitos) are creating a buzz across parts of North Carolina, and residents have Hurricane Florence to thank for it.

Special courts in Iran set up to deal with financial crimes have sentenced three suspects to death over corruption, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

Syria’s top diplomat told the world Saturday that his country’s “battle against terrorism is almost over” after more than seven years of civil war, as an envoy from another of the planet’s most troubled spots – North Korea – prepared to address the U.N. General Assembly.

Cameroon’s president says Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago.

German police have arrested seven men on suspicion of forming a “far-right terrorist organization” in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planning to carry out attacks against foreigners and political enemies, officials said Monday.

The United States announced on Friday it will effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran and Iran-backed militia, including rocket fire.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry says it believes North Korea has begun removing land mines from two sites at the rivals’ heavily fortified border.

More than 400 people were confirmed killed, many swept away as tsunami waves triggered by a massive earthquake crashed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and authorities expected the toll to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas.

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday that it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants the force blames for a recent attack on a military parade.

BBC

The US military has suffered the first crash in its hugely expensive F-35 fighter jet program. An F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries.

Facebook says almost 50 million of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people’s accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday.

Police in Zambia arrested two Chinese nationals over the weekend over allegations that they were giving illegal military training to members of a local security firm.

At a workshop organized by Cern, Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University said that “physics was invented and built by men, it’s not by invitation”. He said male scientists were being discriminated against because of ideology rather than merit.

WND

Most people under 21 won’t be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday. It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns.

Back after a hiatus of 15 years, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” is now the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” – leaving nothing to the imagination in a show targeted for teen girls. It’s dark, Satanic, with plenty of blood and gore, maggots and Baphomet – just in case parents didn’t have enough to worry about.

Sydney’s iconic St Mary’s Cathedral in Hyde Park is revolutionizing how its congregation can donate money. It launched a trial of a specially designed tap-and-go card payment machine during its weekend services. The collection plate allows churchgoers to donate a minimum of $10, or multiple $10 donations, via card, as well as make cash payments.


News – 10/1/2018

CIVIL WAR ALERT: Leftists openly plot mass executions of conservatives as Democrats release home addresses of Republican Senators
As Leftists continue to lose political power in America due to elections (President Trump) and Supreme Court nominations (Brett Kavanaugh), their activists are becoming more militant and extremist. Now, we’ve learned that left-wing groups are openly discussing mass executions and planned murders of prominent conservatives, and they’re using Twitter to carry out the attacks.

Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics
Cosmic rays emanating from the south polar ice cap could lead to new physics. There’s something mysterious coming up from the frozen ground in Antarctica, and it could break physics as we know it. Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. But they do know it’s some sort of cosmic ray—a high-energy particle that’s blasted its way through space, into the Earth, and back out again…scientists began to wonder whether these mysterious beams are made of particles never seen before.

Mitchell says she would not bring criminal charges against Kavanaugh in memo
Rachel Mitchell, the sex-crimes prosecutor who questioned Dr. Christine Blasey Ford last week, wrote in a memo released late Sunday that there were inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony and that– given the information at hand– she would not bring criminal charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She identified Ford’s case as an example of “he said, she said,” and said her case is “even weaker than that.”

As Chinese influence grows, Japanese warship visits Sri Lanka
Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes.

Saudi Arabia embraces yoga
Instructor spearheads efforts to normalize yoga in Saudi Arabia. ‘Five years ago, this would have been impossible.’ In a sparse, wood-floored studio, Saudi women squat, lunge and do headstands. Even a year ago, teaching these yoga postures could have rendered them outlaws in the Islamic kingdom.

North Korea, South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified border
Troops from North and South Korea began removing some landmines along their heavily fortified border on Monday, the South’s defense ministry said, as part of a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula.

Powerful typhoon kills two, snarls transport for thousands in Japan
Typhoon Trami made landfall in western Japan on Sunday evening and threatened heavy rains, strong winds and landslides on the northern-most main island of Hokkaido, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The island was hit by a deadly earthquake last month.

Strange Mist Covers Temple Mount
On the sixth day of Sukkot, a group of Jews praying on the Mount of Olives witnessed a strange mist rising up out of the ground on the Temple Mount, enshrouding the holy site and obscuring the base of the Dome of the Rock. The mist remained for approximately half an hour, remaining close to the ground and confined to the Temple Mount Compound.

For First Time Since Second Temple: Golden Vessel Used In Libation Ceremony
On Thursday, a bit of the former glory of the Temple was witnessed by three hundred people who took part in the full-dress reenactment of the Sukkot water-libation ceremony. The Kohanim wore vestments that were made according to Biblical standards for use in the Temple and several played long silver trumpets that had been prepared by the Temple Institute for use in the Third Temple. One Kohen carried a silver vessel used for the libation while the High Priest carried a spectacular gold vessel prepared this year for this year’s service.

Thousands Feared Dead in Indonesian Tsunami
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday morning generating a six-meter tall tsunami that swept through the region. The death toll is currently at 832 but is expected to rise sharply as more reports come in. 821 of the deaths reported occurred in the city of Palu. “The death toll is believed to be still increasing since many bodies were still under the wreckage, while many have not been reached,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said a mass burial would be held Sunday for health reasons.

Iran fires ballistic missiles at Syria as revenge for Ahvaz attack
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired six ballistic missiles “east of the Euphrates” in Syria to retaliate for an attack on the IRGC in Ahvaz on September 22. The attack shows Iran’s reach throughout the region and that Iran is willing to strike wherever it pleases and knows that air defense systems in Iraq and those by the Coalition in eastern Syria will not interdict it.

How seriously should Israel take Syria’s Golan Heights threat?
Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday with a focus on what the regime intends to do about the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. He declared that Damascus aims to recapture the territory from Israel after Syrian regime forces have retaken areas opposite the Israeli border during a recent Russian-backed offensive.

Typhoon Trami: Powerful storm hits Japan, killing two
Two people have been killed after a powerful typhoon struck Japan. Typhoon Trami made landfall on Sunday at 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT) near the western city of Osaka, with gusts of up to 216 km/h (134 mph). The storm caused widespread disruption, with many flights and trains cancelled. More than 750,000 homes lost power. At least 120 people were injured.

US and Canada reach new trade deal to replace Nafta
The US and Canada have reached a new trade deal, along with Mexico, to replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) gives the US greater access to Canada’s dairy market and allows extra imports of Canadian cars. The deal has 34 chapters and governs more than $1tn (£767bn) in trade.

Will China’s new laser satellite become the ‘Death Star’ for submarines?
China is developing a satellite with a powerful laser for anti-submarine warfare that researchers hope will be able to pinpoint a target as far as 500 metres below the surface. It is the latest addition to the country’s expanding deep-sea surveillance programme, and aside from targeting submarines – most operate at a depth of less than 500 metres – it could also be used to collect data on the world’s oceans.

China cancels security talks with United States
China has canceled a security meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis that had been planned for October, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, days after a top Chinese official said there was no reason to panic over tensions between the countries. The official, who is involved in China policy and spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was not clear if or when the meeting would be rescheduled.

Glimpse: How Electronic Tattoos Will Change The World — And Ourselves
t’s the stuff of cyberpunk science fiction — tattoos adorned with flashing lights and sophisticated circuitry. They’ll monitor our vitals, we’re told, and feed us personalized health advice in real time. They’ll wire our biology to the web, and put the internet of things at — on, in — our fingertips. They’ll enhance our five senses, and perhaps even give us new ones.

ICYMI: A California Judge Ruled That The Sanctuary State Law Is Unconstitutional
California gave the Trump White a huge middle finger when they decided to become a sanctuary state. The whole state would be a haven for illegal aliens.

Abbas to UN: No Peace Without Palestinian State With East Jerusalem as Its Capital, Including Holy Sites
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that there would be no peace without a “an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and not some place in East Jerusalem as its capital, and with all of its holy sites.”

China Forbids Children From Churches as Religious Rights Diminish
Since introducing new religious regulations in February to align “religion with Chinese characteristics,” Chinese President Xi Jinping and his regime continue to tighten their grip on religious rights in the name of unification of the country.

Death toll from massive earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia jumps to 1,203
The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of the island of Sulawesi has risen to 1,203 – with the total number expected to climb higher still.

US Warship Sails Near Disputed Islands Claimed by China
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a U.S. official told Reuters, potentially angering Beijing at a time of tense relations between the two countries.

After Beyoncé Mass, Grace Episcopal Church Holds Climate Change Interfaith ‘Worship Service’ Featuring Giant Tree People
Grace Cathedral of San Francisco held an interfaith worship service last week that was part of the multi-day Global Climate Action Summit. In addition to different religious groups participating in the service, a group of people portraying tall Ent-like creatures were part of the ceremony, including the closing processional.

‘Google manipulates 25% of world’s elections’
Throughout history totalitarianism has been associated with storm troopers, blitzkriegs and superiorfirepower, but a bestselling author and filmmaker says it’s creeping into American culture, subverting privacy rights, instituting censorship, imposing speech codes and threatening free elections – without a government action or a shot being fired.

UK: Over 100,000 Pounds of Onions Destroyed After Illegal Migrants Found in Delivery Lorries
British authorities were forced to destroy over 100,000 pounds of onions which were “contaminated” by illegal migrants discovered hiding in delivery lorries.

You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads
Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising.

Merkel Fights For Globalism, Warns Trump Against ‘Destroying’ UN
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned U.S. President Donald Trump against “destroying” the United Nations.

China Removes Crosses from Churches, Replaces Jesus with President
A massive crackdown against religion in China is now in full swing as many crosses from Christian churches are removed and replaced with portraits of the country’s President Xi Jinping and former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong.

Mike Adams WARNS conservative Senators, Supreme Court justices: The unhinged left is planning “kill team” home invasions to execute you and your families
The hysterical, deceitful fake news reporting by the left-wing media is driving left-wing activists to violence and bloodshed.

Call To Prayer And Fasting: For Such A Time As This; Calling All Believers In Jesus Christ, To Pray And Fast For The Kavanaugh Family And Appointment
Never before has it been more important than this week to call upon the living God in prayer, personal repentance and fasting for our nation. That God would arise and scatter our enemies that seek our country’s demise and our personal destruction as Christians and followers of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In 3 years, Russian strikes on Syria said to kill 18,000, half of them civilians
More than 18,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes on Syria since Moscow began its game-changing intervention three years ago, a monitor said Sunday.

CIBC, A Huge Canadian Bank, Was Offline All Day, Proving Again The Dangers of a Cashless Society
Yesterday, CIBC reported a “systems issue” that prevented customers from logging in to their accounts online for the entire business day. CIBC, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, is one of the five biggest banks in Canada. Yesterday just happened to be the day that people receiving welfare, unemployment benefits, social insurance payments (like American social security), Canada Pension payments, and disability payments landed in the accounts of recipients.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Ray Stedman – Our Present Sufferings

Tim Keller, the Marxist

Alleged prophet Mark Taylor says Trump used weather technology to downgrade hurricane Florence

Poll: 48% of white evangelicals would support Kavanaugh even if the allegations against him were true

Former Lutheran pastor charged with child enticement after reported citizen-led sting

China Trying to ‘Rewrite the Bible,’ Force Churches to Sing Communist Anthems


Headlines – 10/1/2018

Hamas says Abbas is pushing Israel to launch a new war in Gaza

Explosives hurled at Israeli soldiers in late-night Gaza clashes

UN envoy to Mideast: ‘Gaza has not been forgotten’

Iranian FM: Holocaust no excuse for Israel’s ‘apartheid policy in Palestine’

Zarif: Holocaust doesn’t justify taking Palestinian lands

Norway mediating between Israel, Hamas for return of soldiers’ bodies

Palestinians, Arab Israelis begin general protest strike over nation-state law

Netanyahu At Odds With Trump Over Two-State Solution

Iran fires missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria to retaliate for military parade attack

In 3 years, Russian strikes on Syria said to kill 18,000, half of them civilians

Syrian rebels reject Russia presence in planned demilitarized zone

Kurds in Iraq hold critical election amid competing visions of the autonomous region

Kurdish PUK party says it will not recognize poll result

Murders of trailblazing Iraqi women spark conspiracy fears

UK’s Johnson brands Theresa May’s Brexit plan ‘deranged’

Trump, at UN General Assembly, signs major trade deal with South Korea, reveals possible Kim Jong Un meeting ‘soon’

U.S. and Canada Reach Trade Deal to Keep Nafta Trilateral

Arch of Baal Erected in DC the Day Before Brett Kavanaugh Testified to Congress

Trump: Democrats trying to take power ‘by any means necessary’

Sen. Hirono doesn’t answer when asked whether Dems leaked Christine Ford’s letter on Kavanaugh

Cotton says Feinstein will be investigated over leaked letter by Kavanaugh accuser

GOP senators demand probe of Feinstein’s office after Kavanaugh accusations

Graham rips Dems on Kavanaugh, says he’ll ‘get to the bottom of’ FBI probe

House could investigate Kavanaugh if he’s confirmed, Nadler says

Scope of FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe Reignites Tensions

Comey blasts Kavanaugh probe deadline, says FBI shouldn’t have ‘shot clock’

3rd Kavanaugh Accuser Was Sued for Sexual Harassment

Yale classmate says Kavanaugh misled Congress on his drinking habits

Jeff Flake: ‘Not a chance’ I would have suggested FBI investigation into Kavanaugh if seeking re-election

Kavanaugh sounded like he was ‘wrongly accused’ at hearing, Flake says

Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson claims Kavanaugh allegations are part of a centuries old socialist plot

Clarence Thomas: The Case To Impeach Supreme Court Justice Over His Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway: ‘I’m a victim of sexual assault’

Newt Gingrich: Blue wave of liberal cash from California and New York flooding Georgia governor’s race

What Oil at $100 a Barrel Would Mean for the Global Economy

Indonesia Tsunami Toll Climbs Above 800. ‘It Is Very Bad.’

Apocalyptic scenes in Indonesia after earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi

Scientists Surprised by Power of Indonesia Tsunami

Indonesians Loot Markets After Tsunami Creates Shortage Of Food, Water

Indonesia seeks global help after quake-tsunami, mass prison breaks confirmed

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lae, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Ebeko volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 14,000ft

Powerful Typhoon Trami hits Japan, injuring dozens

Super typhoon Trami leaves two dead, travel chaos after battering Japan

Trami leaves dozens injured as Japan faces new threat from Typhoon Kong-rey

Hurricane Rosa Threatening Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City With Flash Flooding (Drought Areas May Benefit)

Powerful ‘Medicane’ Storm Strikes Greece; Three People Missing

Breathing problems and eye irritation shut down South Florida beaches. Is it red tide?

Norfolk “smart” playgrounds harness the creative power of augmented reality

UGA physician tracks tuberculosis using cellphone records

Catholic minister says he was fired over Facebook post about friends’ gay marriage


Truth2Freedom Blog Disclaimer

This post was originally posted on: https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com

(Alternative News, Apologetics, Current Events, Commentary, Opinion, Theology, Discernment Blog, Devotionals, Christian Internet Evangelism & Missions Activist).

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

— Augustine

This blog is an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will keep people informed about current trends, current events, discussions and movements taking place within our church and culture.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107,material here is distributed without profit for research and educational purposes.

A headline link on this blog post doesn’t necessarily mean that there is agreement or approval with all the views and opinions expressed within the headline linked article. Caution is also warranted with regards to the advertisements and links that are embedded within the headline linked article.

*Please note that the preceding blog post content is formed by my personal conviction, values, worldview and opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We live in a world that needs awakening. What is awakening? It is a powerful movement of the Spirit of God to convert many people to Christ and to renew in His church a zeal for His truth, for spiritual growth, and for missions. This was R.C. Sproul’s passion, and in the final years of his life, he was constantly in prayer for awakening. He prayed and labored to see nonbelievers and the church itself awakened to the true character of God. So vital is this concern to Ligonier Ministries, we made awakening the theme of our 2018 National Conference and dedicated the entire year to pray for awakening.

When just two men–Paul and Silas–prayed, the earth itself shook (Acts 16:25–26). To help as many people as possible, we produced this free prayer guide. Download it today at PrayForAwakening.com, find it in the PrayerMate app, or order the prayer booklet in packs of ten to share with your friends, family, and church community.

To use the guide, find the prayer that corresponds to the current week. Each week of the month focuses on a different group to pray for, starting with you and your family and expanding to larger communities. Please share your desire to #PrayForAwakening on social media.

OCTOBER PRAYER FOCUS:

  • Week 1: Pray that you and your family would offer yourselves to God as living sacrifices, wholly committed to His will. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Rom. 12:1)
  • Week 2: Pray that you would be willing to speak God’s Word to the people in your life and that God would supply opportunities to do so. “You shall teach [God’s commandments] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deut. 6:7)
  • Week 3: Pray that God would bring the leaders of your city and your nation to faith in Christ. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” (Prov. 21:1)
  • Week 4: Pray that the church around the world, especially in countries where it is severely persecuted, would faithfully declare the glory and works of God. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (1 Chron. 16:23–24)

We hope this prayer guide encourages you this year and in future years. Join us in praying fervently for a mighty movement of God’s Spirit today, thankful that He has graciously promised to hear us, and confident that He will answer our prayers according to His will.

via Will You Pray for Awakening? Download Your Free Prayer Guide — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The Purpose of Suffering — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

Yesterday I preached from Romans 5:3-5 on the subject of suffering as we continue to work our way through Romans. As Paul develops his thought, he points out the fact that we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God—and we likewise rejoice in our sufferings for following Christ. Paul uses the word “καυχάομαι” which means to boast, brag, or pride oneself in. How many people do you know who are boasting in their suffering for following Jesus? What is the purpose of such suffering?

Suffering Produces Endurance

First of all, we have a promise that suffering will occur at some level for following Jesus. It could be oppression on the workplace, marginalization at school, loss of friendships, division among families, and even physical suffering and death. In each situation—God is absolutely sovereign over how it plays out. In the same way that God was sovereign over the way the cross played out, in the same way, every detail of the suffering of his people is used for his glory and to bring about the endurance of his people.

The word endurance “ὑπομονή” has in mind “the capacity to hold out or bear up in the face of difficulty. It also can mean patience, endurance, fortitude, steadfastness, perseverance.” In other words, suffering produces endurance that allows the believer to stand firm in the midst of the pain. Rather than giving up, the true believer endures to the end and goes through the suffering.

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Endurance Produces Character

In the ESV the word “δοκιμή” is translated “character” but if you look at the NASB, you will see it rendered, “proven character.” The word here is one that indicates or reveals the results of being tested. This is proof that a person has passed the test in life. The Christian life is filled with testing. This testing produces proven character. It’s through the fire that we are proven.

Romans 8:29 – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

James 1:2–4 – Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Perfect = “τέλειος” – to meeting the highest standard, mature.

With that in mind – that goal – consider why it is that God provides you with pastors who labor for your soul.

Character Produces Hope

Hope “ἐλπίς” has in mind the idea of  “looking forward to something with some reason for confidence in the sure fulfillment.” Here we find that Paul goes full circle in his teaching of the Christian life. In verse 2, he mentions the “hope of the glory of God.” Here, he returns to the idea of hope and we must understand what he means. He is not suggesting that we hope that the promises rooted in Christ will come to pass. Instead, he is making the point that all of the promises rooted in Christ will come to pass. This is our absolute hope!

Romans 8:24–25 – For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Our salvation is both already accomplished (remember Jesus cried out in his dying hour, “It is finished) and our hope has been secured and we have obtained our inheritance and our justification has already been granted by faith. However, there is so much yet to come. We long for that day when our Lord will return and will make all things new. He will judge the living and the dead – separate the sheep and the goats.

Until then, we have this hope that is brought to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit who has poured out the love of God in our hearts. In all of the pain of this life and the suffering we endure—we have absolute confidence that our God is sovereign, he has a plan, and it will be accomplished for his glory.

via The Purpose of Suffering — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

I had no idea that there were so many people making decisions based on feelings

WINTERY KNIGHT

Brett Kavanaugh, his wife, and his two daughters Brett Kavanaugh, his wife, and his two daughters

I’ve been reading about Christine Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh a lot. Ford hasn’t been able to provide any specific details about when and where this assault happened, or who was present, or how she got to and from the place where it happened.  I listened to a few debates on the facts of the case, and no one on Ford’s side could produce any evidence to back up her story.

Rob Tracinski posted an interesting article at The Federalist. He had been engaging with many people who “believed” in Ford’s story on Twitter.

He writes:

There is only one fundamental dividing line in the reaction to the televised hearings about accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, and it’s not solely a partisan one. It’s the line between those who judged the hearing based on emotions and those who judged it based on…

View original post 1,214 more words

Prosecutor Who Questioned Ford Shreds Her Case In Five-Page Memo — Christian Research Network

#9 – The activities of congressional Democrats and Dr. Ford’s attorneys likely affected Dr. Ford’s account

(Ryan Saavedra – Daily Wire)  Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor who questioned Christine Blasey Ford last week during a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a five-page memo that was released on Sunday that outlines why she would not bring criminal charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mitchell’s memo notes nine significant problems with Ford’s testimony and underscores that her case is “even weaker” than a “he said, she said” case.

“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove,” Mitchell states. “But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.”

Here are the nine problems outlined in Mitchell’s memo:

1. Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of when the alleged assault happened:

  • In a July 6 text to the Washington Post, she said it happened in the “mid 1980s.”
  • In her July 30 letter to Senator Feinstein, she said it happened in the “early 80s.”
  • Her August 7 statement to the polygrapher said that it happened one “high school summer in early 80’s,” but she crossed out the word “early” for reasons she did not explain.
  • A September 16 Washington Post article reported that Dr. Ford said it happened in the “summer of 1982.”
  • Similarly, the September 16 article reported that notes from an individual therapy session in 2013 show her describing the assault as occurring in her “late teens.” But she told the Post and the Committee that she was 15 when the assault allegedly occurred. She has not turned over her therapy records for the Committee to review.
  • While it is common for victims to be uncertain about dates, Dr. Ford failed to explain how she was suddenly able to narrow the timeframe to a particular season and particular year

2. Dr. Ford has struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name:

  • No name was given in her 2012 marriage therapy notes.
  • No name was given in her 2013 individual therapy notes.
  • Dr. Ford’s husband claims to recall that she identified Judge Kavanaugh by name in 2012. At that point, Judge Kavanaugh’s name was widely reported in the press as a potential Supreme Court nominee if Governor Romney won the presidential election.
  • In any event, it took Dr. Ford over thirty years to name her assailant. Delayed disclosure of abuse is common so this is not dispositive.  View article →

via Prosecutor Who Questioned Ford Shreds Her Case In Five-Page Memo — Christian Research Network

‘LGBTQ’ Activists at ‘Devoted’ Youth Pastor Conference — Christian Research Network

“The “Devoted” conference will be held in Cincinnati October 30. It should move to October 31— Halloween — since this event is a profane masquerade of authentic Christian faith. The posture of a “gay-chaste-identity” is a huge scam. Public shamelessness in the name of God signals profound double-mindedness. To even adopt an open “orientation” of sexual sin reveals a level of submission to evil, depraved desires—what is called an “abomination” in Scripture, let’s not forget.”

(Linda Harvey – Mission America)  The priest or evangelical minister who claims an “LGBTQ” identity, but pledges to remain celibate, cannot be trusted to do so.

Can I repeat that? We cannot trust them. Such foolish tolerance should never be the policy in evangelical churches, and as we can now see, clinging to such identities should never have been allowed in the Catholic church.

When an irate dad in an Oregon courtroom leaped over the railing to punch out the pedophile youth pastor who had secretly filmed two of his daughters showering, many people thought he was justified, even though he was charged with assault. A GoFundMe page was set up to collect donations to his defense. So far, this page has collected over $16,000.

Congregations and especially parents are understandably outraged when men (or women) of the cloth violate their children. But when congregations and denominations readily accept frameworks that enable abuse, they have only themselves to blame.

Blessing “LGBTQ” identities for pastors, congregants and now, minor children, is a recipe for disaster.

So why is nominally evangelical Cincinnati Crossroads Church hosting a conference for youth pastors promoting “LGBTQ” behaviors, featuring one presenter affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign?

Yes, it’s that same Human Rights Campaign that hosted former Vice President Joe Biden at its recent annual gala, cheering when he called those who “use religion as a license to discriminate” the “dregs of society.” He’s talking about those who object to homosexuality. ( Listen to his bigoted rant here beginning at around 20:12.) View article →

Research:

Homosexual Agenda

Discernment

via ‘LGBTQ’ Activists at ‘Devoted’ Youth Pastor Conference — Christian Research Network

October 1, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

1  God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3  though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 46:1–3). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


46:1–3 / This Song of Zion begins with a confession familiar from the individual prayer psalms that God is a refuge. At the outset attention is drawn to God, not the city of Zion itself. While the psalms of Zion speak of the city as a virtual sacrament (48:12–14), the symbol is never allowed to overshadow the reality to which it points. While the symbol is there before the worshipers’ eyes, these psalms are phrased in such a way as to attribute to God, not to the symbol, the power to bestow blessing.

It is one thing to confess God is our “refuge”; it is another to resolve therefore we will not fear. Confessing what we should believe is easy; bringing our hearts to feel that confessed security is monumental. This is the case especially in view of the magnitude of the threat: though … the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. In the ancient world, the mountains symbolized the pillars of the earth that stabilize it over the chaotic waters (18:7; 104:5–6; Job 9:5–6). A fear that can withstand the collapse of creation is made possible solely by a faith in the Creator. As sublime as the faith represented here is, we must not romanticize it. The psalm dares us to believe in God when the ground falls out from underneath us. To this extent, this psalm of Zion goes beyond the psalms of Yahweh’s kingship, which also allude to the chaotic waters (93:3–4) but assert, in light of his ordering kingship, “The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved” (93:1; 96:10; cf. 24:2; 89:11; 104:5). In these psalms, the stability of the earth is evidence of Yahweh’s kingship, but Psalm 46 challenges worshipers not to fear even in spite of the collapse of this evidence.[1]


Permanence of Divine Refuge (46:1–3)

46:1–3. The depth of God’s concern as the refuge and strength of Israel is stressed by the description of Him as being a very present [i.e., always available] help in trouble. The permanence and inviolability of God as Israel’s help is certain (v. 1). Nothing can happen, though the earth should change—due to earthquakes, avalanches, raging waters, quak[ing] mountains, or any other natural disaster, with all the chaos and emotional turmoil brought about by such disasters, that will ever keep the Lord from being the refuge of Israel (vv. 2–3).[2]


God is the Defense of His saints (46:1–3)

46:1–3. The psalmist declared that God is the Refuge (maḥseh, “shelter from danger”; cf. comments on 14:6) and Strength (cf. comments on 18:1) of believers. In other words they find safety and courage by trusting in Him, who is always present to help them (see comments on 30:10) in their troubles. So the saints need not fear, even if many perils come against them. The language is hyperbolic, to describe how great the perils may be that could come. No matter what happens, those trusting in Him are safe.[3]


46:1–3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. He is also “abundantly available for help in tight places” (NASB marg.). Blessed are we when we realize that our safety and protection lie not in riches or armies but in Jehovah alone!

Imagine the worst that can happen! Suppose the earth itself should melt as if caught in the flow of a gigantic volcano. Suppose an earthquake should toss the mountains into the midst of the sea. Suppose a flood of water should roar and foam over the land, or that the mountains should stagger with wild convulsions of nature.

Or think of the mountains as symbols of empires or cities, and the waters as nations. The very foundations of society are crumbling; kingdoms are toppling and disintegrating. The nations of the world are churning with political, economic and social confusion and trouble of unprecedented intensity is enveloping the world.

But God …! The worst that can happen is no cause for fear. God Himself is still with us![4]


46:1 Our refuge and strength may be rephrased “our impenetrable defense.” The psalms regularly use imagery of a fortress to describe God. In the ancient Middle East, cities were built on heights with high walls for defense. Yet there was no city and no defensive structure that was impenetrable. However, the psalmist describes here the One who is a sure defense.[5]


46:1, 2 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea .…

On some days, we may feel as if our world has been shaken and everything we depend upon will be cast into the sea. But if we put our hope in God, we have no need to fear, because we have a refuge that can never be moved.[6]


46:1 refuge The Hebrew word used here, machseh, which refers to a place of refuge, creates an image of a stronghold or impenetrable fortress (Ps 61:3; 91:2). It emphasizes God’s protection.

strength The Hebrew word used here, oz, emphasizes God’s power to protect or save (21:1; 29:11).

a very sufficient God’s help is always accessible or available to His people.

46:2–3 The psalmist describes natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, stormy waters, and unstable mountains, which symbolized the forces of chaos in the ancient Near East (see note on 18:7–19). These verses recall God’s power over chaos as evidenced in creation (see Gen 1:2 and note). The psalmist declares that he, and those speaking the psalm with him, will not fear the forces of chaos because God is their refuge and strength (Ps 46:1).[7]

[1] Hubbard, R. L. J., & Johnston, R. K. (2012). Foreword. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Psalms (pp. 208–209). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Rydelnik, M., Vanlaningham, M., Barbieri, L. A., Boyle, M., Coakley, J., Dyer, C. H., … Zuber, K. D. (2014). Psalms. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 800). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[3] Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 828). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 621). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 678–679). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 46:1–2). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 46:1–3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

October 1 Job’s Confession

I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

Job 42:3

At difficult times in our lives, God can seem distant or disinterested in our plight. That’s because our human emotions can override trust in God’s truth, and we can come to believe that no desirable outcome to our present situation exists.

Job, however, shows us that with endurance and patience we can learn whatever lessons God wants us to learn. It was that very trust that caused him to glorify God at the conclusion to his time of suffering: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes”(Job 42:5–6).

As a result of patience and unwavering trust during his long ordeal, Job gained a new understanding of his sovereign God and a greater reassurance of the joys of being dealt with as one of His children.

[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 298). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

October 1 Man’s Biggest Problem

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23

✧✧✧

Sin is pervasive and deadly.

When the early church father Chrysostom remarked, “I fear nothing but sin,” he correctly identified sin as the greatest threat any person faces. Sin mars all the relationships people are involved in: with other people, with themselves, and, most significantly, with God. Sin causes suffering, disease, and death in the physical realm and also causes spiritual death—eternal separation from God in Hell.

Because sin is so deadly, we need to carefully define it, so we can understand and avoid it. First John 3:4 sums up the essence of sin when it says, “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is refusing to obey God’s law; it is rejecting God’s standards; it is, in fact, living as if God did not exist.

In 1 John 5:17, the apostle John adds to his definition of sin, describing it as “unrighteousness.” James defines sin as failing to do what is good (James 4:17). Paul defines it as lack of faith (Rom. 14:23). Sin is the ultimate act of ingratitude toward the God “who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17).

Sin pollutes the sinner, prompting Paul to refer to it as that “defilement of flesh and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1) from which sinners are in desperate need of cleansing. No amount of human effort, however, can cleanse a person of sin. Such self–effort is as futile as attempting to change the color of one’s skin (Jer. 13:23). Only through the death of Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:12), is forgiveness and cleansing available (1 John 1:7).

Sin is the only thing that God hates (cf. Jer. 44:4), and so must believers (Ps. 97:10; Amos 5:15). The great Puritan writer Thomas Watson noted that a prerequisite for sanctification is such hatred for sin. Renew your commitment today to grow in your relationship with the Lord by hating evil (Prov. 8:13).

✧✧✧

Suggestions for Prayer: Pray for yourself and others that you would not be deceived by the subtleness of sin (Heb. 3:13).

For Further Study: Identify the sins you struggle with the most. ✧ Using a concordance and other study tools, find out what the Bible says about those sins. ✧ Form a biblical plan of attack to combat them.[1]


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

New York Times finally admits how Obama screwed up the economy in 2016

You’ll never believe why the Times finally acknowledges the truth of a “little noticed” “mini recession.”

Calling it “The Most Important Least-Noticed Economic Event of the Decade,” the New York Times finality acknowledges the degree to which Barack Obama’s policies were strangling business investment in his final year in office. During the presidential campaign, acknowledging this “mini recession that many missed” was taboo, of course. And among those “many” who “least-noticed” it was the New York Times. So, why is the Times admitting it now? Why, of course, to denigrate the achievements of President Trump in rescuing the economy from the miasma Obama inflicted on it with taxes and regulatory policies. Neil Irwin writes:
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/new_york_times_finally_admits_how_obama_screwed_up_the_economy_in_2016.html

How the American Media Was Destroyed – PaulCraigRoberts.org

How the American Media Was Destroyed

Paul Craig Roberts

In my September 24 column, “Truth Is Evaporating Before Our Eyes,” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/24/truth-is-evaporating-before-our-eyes/ I used the destruction of the CBS news team that broke the Abu Ghraib story and the story of President George W. Bush’s non-performance of his Texas Air Force National Guard duties to demonstrate how accusations alone could destroy a Peabody Award winning, 26 year veteran producer of CBS News, Mary Mapes, and the established news anchor Dan Rather. 

I have many times written that it was President Bill Clinton who destroyed the independent US media when he permitted 90 percent of the US media to be concentrated in six mega-corporations that were in the entertainment and other businesses and not in the news business. This unprecedented concentration of media was against all American tradition and destroyed the reliance that our Founding Fathers placed on a free press to keep government accountable to the people. 

Until I read Mary Mapes book, Truth and Duty(St. Martin’s Press, 2005), I was unaware of how this monopolization of the media in violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act and American tradition had proceeded to destroy honest reporting.
— Read on www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/10/01/how-the-american-media-was-destroyed/

Then to the ungodly, I have this one closing word to say

Reformedontheweb's Blog

Then to the ungodly, I have this one closing word to say. Ever be careful how you speak of the Holy Ghost. I do not know what the unpardonable sin is, and I do not think any man understands it; but it is something like this: “He that speaketh a word against the Holy Ghost, it shall never be forgiven him.” I do not know what that means: but tread carefully! There is danger; there is a pit which our ignorance has covered by sand, tread carefully! you may be in it before the next hour. If there is any strife in your heart to-day, perhaps you will go to the ale-house and forget it. Perhaps there is some voice speaking in your soul, and you will put it away. I do not tell you you will be resisting the Holy Ghost and committing the unpardonable sin; but it is…

View original post 247 more words