Daily Archives: October 3, 2018

OCTOBER 3 A CHRISTIAN VIRTUE

Let brotherly love continue.

Hebrews 13:1

I am being very frank about this and I hope I am being helpful: Do not ever say you are not right with God because you like some people better than others!

I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. It is easy to love those who are friendly; others rub us the wrong way or perhaps they cut us down.

The writer to the Hebrews has appealed to us as Christian believers to “let brotherly love continue”—in other words, “never stop loving one another in the Lord.”

Here is what I have found: It is possible to love people in the Lord even though you may not like their boorish or distasteful human traits. We still love them for Jesus’ sake!

Yes, I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. Our admonition is to love them in a larger and more comprehensive way because we are all one in Christ Jesus. This kind of love is indeed a Christian virtue!

Father, help me to love people for Jesus’ sake even when they do or say things that annoy or hurt me.[1]


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

OCTOBER 3 GOD DID IT!

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

—Zechariah 4:6

He says, “I will do it for you. Why do you worry? I will do it for you. I am God. I am Jehovah. I am your righteousness. I am your provider. I am your healer. I am your banner of victory. I am your shepherd. I am your peace. I am your everything.”

If God is all this to us, then there is no reason why anybody should be downhearted in this hour. If God could make a world out of nothing, why can’t He make anything He wants now for His people? God invites us to see Him work….

If we will unite our hearts and intentions and dare to believe it, we will see God begin to move in great strength and in great power. We will see coming down from heaven that which we so desperately struggled to bring in from the outside. We will see the great God do it and then it will not be said, “This man did it,” or “That woman did it.” But we can all say together, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). RRR148, 150

Lord, may I always dare to believe that You are more than enough to provide my needs. I ask You to do great works in Your world as I trust and watch. Amen. [1]


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

October 3 Daily Help

CHRISTIANS are not to be praised for neglected duties under the pretense of having secret fellowship with Jesus: it is not sitting, but sitting at Jesus’ feet, which is commendable. Do not think that activity is in itself an evil: it is a great blessing and a means of grace to us. Those who have most fellowship with Christ are not recluses or hermits, but indefatigable laborers who are toiling for Jesus; and who, in their toil, have him side by side with them, so that they are workers together with God. Let us remember, then, in anything we have to do for Jesus, that we can do it, and should do it, in close communion with him.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 280). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Confidence in Pope Francis Down Sharply in U.S. — Christian Research Network

By a two-to-one margin, American Catholics now give Francis negative marks for his handling of the sex abuse scandal

(Pew Research Center) As allegations and investigations of sex abuse in the Catholic Church become more widespread, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the crisis has plummeted among U.S. Catholics. Just three-in-ten Catholic adults say Francis is doing an “excellent” or a “good” job addressing the issue, which is down 24 points since 2015 and 14 points from when Pew Research Center last asked the question in January of this year.

While seven-in-ten American Catholics say their overall opinion of Pope Francis is favorable, six-in-ten now say he is doing an “only fair” or “poor” job handling the sex abuse scandal, including 36% who say his efforts on this front have been poor. This is nearly double the share who said he was doing a poor job at the beginning of this year, and triple the share who said this in 2015.

The declining confidence in Francis’ handling of the sex abuse crisis is broad-based, occurring across a wide variety of subgroups of U.S. Catholics. Since 2015, for instance, the share who give the pope “excellent” or “good” ratings for his handling of the issue declined by 24 points among Catholic men and 23 points among Catholic women. Similarly, both younger and older Catholics have grown increasingly critical of the pontiff’s handling of the situation.

Even among Catholics who say they attend Mass weekly, the share who give Francis positive marks for his handling of the sex abuse crisis has been cut in half since 2015; 34% in this group now give Francis “excellent” or “good” ratings for his handling of the issue, whereas 67% gave him a positive evaluation in 2015.  View article →

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October 3, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6  For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7  Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Is 9:6–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


9:6–7. The joys described in vv. 1–5 are grounded in the birth of a child within the Davidic line. The child’s birth will bring deliverance, and the titles bestowed upon him are impressive. The first given is that of Wonderful Counselor. The word Wonderful (extraordinary to the point of being miraculous) is not meant in the colloquial usage of contemporary society. Rather it refers to the supernatural work of God. A good example is its usage in Jdg 13:15–21, wherein the angel of the Lord does a “wonderful” thing (v. 18) and ascends to heaven in the flame of Manoah’s sacrifice (v. 20).

The title of Counselor does not carry the same sense as the modern English word, which is often associated with a therapist or social worker. Instead, the word means “one who advises, who serves as a consultant to help and lead others.” The title here must be construed as denoting this child’s capacity to guide the people of the nation, particularly with reference to military endeavors. Though the child’s guidance of the nation would not be limited to warfare, it does suggest that his skill in making decisions for the nation exhibits a divine or miraculous character that would not be possible through simply human devices (Smith, Isaiah 1–39, 240). The word “wonderful” stands in epexegetical construct to “counselor,” and could be translated “a wonder of a counselor” or “a wonder-counselor.”

The second title, Mighty God, is repeated in Is 10:21 and applied to God Himself. Although the Hebrew word for Mighty can refer to a valiant warrior, this close usage to 10:21 seems to indicate a reference to deity. The word means “valiant military hero” or “champion.” Similar phrases are also used in Dt 10:17 and Jr 32:18 with reference to God. Oswalt notes, “This king will have God’s true might about him,” being so powerful so as to be able to absorb all evil and defeat it (Oswalt, The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1–39, 247).

The child is also called Eternal Father. Filial relationships, such as father and son, were emphasized in the ancient Near East. The king was generally the son in such relationships and the deity the father (John H. Walton, et al., IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament [Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2000], 518). Kings, however, also claimed to be the “father” of those they ruled (Oswalt, Isaiah 1–39, 247). The notion of a human king as father of his people is not foreign to the OT. Note, for instance, 1Sm 24:12 in which David calls Saul his father. But this one is not merely the royal father of His people. The adjective Eternal speaks to the idea of one who is forever or eternal. He is the “Father of eternity,” indicating that He is the author or creator of time. The child born here is not to be confused with the Father in the triune Godhead. Rather, the Son of God is the creator of time, the author of eternity.

The final title given to the child is Prince of Peace. This child will have a reign characterized by peace. There will be no more war under this king. Instead, the child will usher in an era of rest from conflict that is noted in 2Sm 7:10–11.

Some have suggested that these titles are merely a theophoric name, a name that embeds God’s name in a human name. Hence, “Isaiah” (“The Lord saves”) is theophoric, but does not indicate that Isaiah is deity. If this is so here, then the child is not necessarily deity, but rather a royal human figure with a long name, similar to Maher-shalal-hash-baz (“Swift is the booty, fast is the prey,” Is 8:1), containing names of deity. They translate this as “A wonderful counselor is the Mighty God, the eternal Father is the Prince of Peace.”

This explanation is unlikely for three reasons. (1) The name in 8:3 is dependent on 8:1 and is not parallel syntactically to 9:6. All the words in 9:6 are substantives that do not have subjects and predicates. (2) Titles such as this one frequently reflect the nature of the person (cf. 2Sm 12:24–25; Is 1:26; Hs 1:10). (3) Frequently, the verb “call” with a name indicates the nature of the one named, either by a play on words (cf. Gn 5:29) or direct meaning (cf. Is 1:26). Hence, this usage in v. 6 indicates that the names are related to the nature of the child born. Robert Reymond is correct in stating that there is no reason, “except dogmatic prejudice,” to prohibit the conclusion that Isaiah meant nothing other than unabridged deity here (Robert L. Reymond, Jesus, Divine Messiah: The OT Witness [Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications. 1990], 51).

The child will fulfill the promise of the Davidic covenant (cf. 2Sm 7:12–16), and establish the messianic kingdom through justice and righteousness. This kingdom will not be the outworking of a king with human wisdom and power. The child will rule with the wisdom, power, and peace of God. The final statement in v. 7 notes that the Lord will accomplish all that has been described. Isaiah again underscores that trust in the Lord is the key to receiving the promised blessing.[1]


9:6–7. Here Isaiah recorded five things about the coming Messiah.

  1. He was to be born a Child. The implication, given in parallel style, is that this Child, a Son, was to be born into the nation of Israel (to us) as one of the covenant people.
  2. He will rule over God’s people (cf. Micah 5:2) and the world (Zech. 14:9). The government will be on His shoulders figuratively refers to the kingly robe to be worn by the Messiah. As King, He will be responsible to govern the nation. In Isaiah’s day Judah’s leaders were incompetent in governing the people. But the Messiah will govern properly.
  3. He will have four descriptive names that will reveal His character. He will be the nation’s Wonderful (this could be trans. “exceptional” or “distinguished”) Counselor, and the people will gladly listen to Him as the authoritative One. In the kingdom many people will be anxious to hear the Messiah teach God’s ways (2:3). He is also the Mighty God (cf. 10:21). Some have suggested that this simply means “a godlike person” or hero. But Isaiah meant more than that, for he had already spoken of the Messiah doing what no other person had been able to do (e.g., 9:2–5). Isaiah understood that the Messiah was to be God in some sense of the term.

This Deliverer will also be called the Everlasting Father. Many people are puzzled by this title because the Messiah, God’s Son, is distinguished in the Trinity from God the Father. How can the Son be the Father? Several things must be noted in this regard. First, the Messiah, being the second Person of the Trinity, is in His essence, God. Therefore He has all the attributes of God including eternality. Since God is One (even though He exists in three Persons), the Messiah is God. Second, the title “Everlasting Father” is an idiom used to describe the Messiah’s relationship to time, not His relationship to the other Members of the Trinity. He is said to be everlasting, just as God (the Father) is called “the Ancient of Days” (Dan. 7:9). The Messiah will be a “fatherly” Ruler. Third, perhaps Isaiah had in mind the promise to David (2 Sam. 7:16) about the “foreverness” of the kingdom which God promised would come through David’s line. The Messiah, a Descendant of David, will fulfill this promise for which the nation had been waiting.

The Messiah is also called the Prince of Peace, the One who will bring in and maintain the time of millennial peace when the nation will be properly related to the Lord. Together, these four titles give a beautiful picture of the coming Messiah’s character (Isa. 9:6 includes the first of Isaiah’s 25 references to peace.)

  1. The Messiah, seated on David’s throne (Luke 1:32–33), will have an eternal rule of peace and justice. His rule will have no end; it will go on forever (cf. Dan. 7:14, 27; Micah 4:7; Luke 1:33; Rev. 11:15). Following the kingdom on earth, He will rule for eternity. He will maintain righteousness (cf. Jer. 23:5), as His rule will conform to God’s holy character and demands.
  2. This will all be accomplished by the zeal of the Lord Almighty. The coming of the millennial kingdom depends on God, not Israel. The Messiah will rule because God promised it and will zealously see that the kingdom comes. Without His sovereign intervention there would be no kingdom for Israel.

Apparently Isaiah assumed that the messianic Child, Jesus Christ, would establish His reign in one Advent, that when the Child grew up He would rule in triumph. Like the other prophets, Isaiah was not aware of the great time gap between Messiah’s two Advents (cf. 1 Peter 1:10–12; and see comments on Isa. 61:1–2).[2]


9:6 The First Advent is described in verse 6a: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” The first clause speaks of His humanity, the second of His deity. The next part of the verse points forward to the Second Advent:

the government will be upon His shoulder—He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The rest of the verse describes His personal glories:

His name will be called Wonderfulthis name is a noun, not an adjective, and speaks of His Person and work.

Counselor—His wisdom in government.

Mighty God—the omnipotent, supreme Ruler.

Everlasting Father—or better, the Father (or “Source”) of eternity. Eternal Himself, He confers eternal life on those who believe in Him. Vine comments: “There is a twofold revelation in this: (1) He inhabits and possesses eternity (57:15); (2) He is loving, tender, compassionate, an all wise Instructor, Trainer, and Provider.”

Prince of Peace (Sar-Shālôm)—the One who will at last bring peace to this troubled world.

9:7 His government will be far-flung, peaceful, and endless. Sitting upon the throne of David, He will rule with judgment and justice. How will all this be brought about? The Lord’s jealous care for His people will perform this.[3]


9:6 Born speaks of the Child’s humanity and given of His deity. Wonderful, Counselor is one name, meaning “wonderful divine Counselor” (11:1–5). Mighty God indicates that the Lord is a powerful Warrior (10:21). Everlasting Father describes a King and Father who provides for and protects His people forever (40:9–11; Matt. 11:27–30). Thus the word Father is used here of the Savior’s role as an ideal king. Prince of Peace is the climactic title (2:4; 11:6–9; 53:5; Luke 2:14; Rom. 5:1). The Child is the true Prince—the One who has the right to reign and who will usher in peace. The four double names combine aspects of Jesus’ deity and His humanity. Together, these four double names assert the dual nature of the Savior: He is God become man.[4]


9:6 child … son. These terms elaborate further on Immanuel, the child to be born to the virgin (7:14). The virgin’s child will also be the royal Son of David, with rights to the Davidic throne (9:7; cf. Mt 1:21; Lk 1:31–33; 2:7, 11). government. In fulfillment of this verse and Ps 2:9, the Son will rule the nations of the world (Rev 2:27; 19:15). Wonderful Counselor. In contrast to Ahaz, this King will implement supernatural wisdom in discharging His office (cf. 2Sa 16:23; 1Ki 3:28). Mighty God. As a powerful warrior, the Messiah will accomplish the military exploits mentioned in 9:3–5 (cf. 10:21; Dt 10:17; Ne 9:32). Eternal Father. The Messiah will be a Father to His people eternally. As Davidic King, He will compassionately care for and discipline them (40:11; 63:16; 64:8; Pss 68:5, 6; 103:13; Pr 3:12). Prince of Peace. The government of Immanuel will procure and perpetuate peace among the nations of the world (2:4; 11:6–9; Mic 4:3).

9:7 throne of David. The virgin’s Son will be the rightful heir to David’s throne and will inherit the promises of the Davidic Covenant (2Sa 7:12–16; cf. Ps 89:1–37; Mt 1:1).[5]


9:6 to us. A gift of divine grace to sinners. a child … a son. This is the invincible figure striding across the world stage, taking gracious command, according to vv. 4–5 (cf. Ps. 2:7–9; Luke 1:32). Isaiah presents the events as if it were the time of the child’s arrival, with an expectation of what he will achieve (Isa. 9:7). Wonderful Counselor. A “counselor” is one who is able to make wise plans (cf. 11:2). He is a ruler whose wisdom is beyond merely human capabilities, unlike intelligent but foolish Ahaz (cf. 28:29). Mighty God. A title of the Lord himself (10:20–21; Deut. 10:17; Neh. 9:32; Jer. 32:18). Everlasting Father. A “father” here is a benevolent protector (cf. Isa. 22:21; Job 29:16), which is the task of the ideal king and is also the way God himself cares for his people (cf. Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Ps. 103:13). (That is, this is not using the Trinitarian title “Father” for the Messiah; rather, it is portraying him as a king.) Prince of Peace. He is the ruler whose reign will bring about peace because the nations will rely on his just decisions in their disputes (cf. Isa. 2:4; 11:6–9; 42:4; 49:7; 52:15). This kind of king contrasts with even the best of the Davidic line that Judah has experienced so far, because these titles show that this king will be divine. Thus this cannot refer to, say, Hezekiah (whose father Ahaz was king at the time), who for all his piety was nevertheless flawed (cf. 39:5–8) and only human.

9:6 The Messiah is both human (from the line of David) and divine (see John 1:14; Col. 2:9).

9:7 God called Abraham to be the channel of blessing to the whole world (Gen. 12:1–3), and this was the purpose of Israel’s life in their land (Ex. 19:5–6). Isaiah focuses the messianic hope on an heir of David who would extend his rule from Israel to include all the Gentiles, and thus finally to bring to them the blessing of knowing the true God (Gen. 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:8–16). Of the increase … no end. The empire of grace will forever expand, and every moment will be better than the last. the throne of David. Cf. Luke 1:32. with justice and with righteousness. Unlike apostate Ahaz (cf. Jer. 33:15–16). zeal. The final victory is a miracle, accomplished with a passionate intensity of which only the Lord of hosts is capable (cf. Isa. 42:13; 59:15–19; 63:15).

9:7 The Messiah establishes his rule in justice (Rom. 3:26; Eph. 1:20–22) and peace (John 16:33).[6]


9:6 a son has been given to us The promise of hope through a future Davidic king. Attempts to connect this promise to a ruler of Isaiah’s day usually focus on Hezekiah, son and successor of Ahaz, the king to whom Isaiah delivered his warnings and who rejected his offer to provide a sign in Isa 7:12.

The sign provided in 7:14 and the prediction of a future ideal Davidic ruler point ultimately to the Messiah, but immediate hopes for Judah’s future would have been directed at the Davidic line, continued through Hezekiah. However, Hezekiah was likely already born during the Syro-Ephraimite conflict that forms the historical backdrop of this part of Isaiah.

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God This list of titles or attributes for the future king include divine titles that would be unusual if referring to a human Davidic king. For example, “Mighty God” clearly refers to Yahweh Himself in 10:21.[7]


9:6 child … son. The good news is the birth of Jesus Christ. The four royal names express His divine and human qualities, giving assurance that He is indeed “Immanuel” (7:14).

born … given. The verbs are consistent with His humanity and deity respectively.

Mighty God. As a warrior, God protects His people (10:21; Deut. 10:17; Jer. 32:18).

Everlasting Father. The Father and King cares for His subjects (40:9–11; 65:17–25; Matt. 18:12–14; 23:9–12; Rom. 8:15–17).

Prince of Peace. His government brings peace (2:4; 11:6–9; Ps. 72:7; Zech. 9:10; Luke 2:14).

9:7 throne of David. He is a descendant of David (11:1 note), who will establish the kingdom of God in “justice and with righteousness” (1:21 note).

zeal. God guarantees that this will be fulfilled (37:32; 42:13; Zech. 1:14).[8]


9:6 “Wonderful, Counselor” is actually one name instead of two. Government was considered a burden and thus was often described as being borne on the back or shoulders. “Mighty God” (˒el gibbor, Heb.) is literally “God Hero,” i.e., “an heroic God,” an emphasis upon the deity of the Messiah. The word “Father” describes the relationship God is to have with His people (63:16; Ps. 103:13), while “Everlasting” defines the type of fatherhood, forever guarding and sustaining. He establishes a peace beyond the temporary cessation of warfare. Taken together, the four names of the coming Messiah are an extension of the name “Immanuel.” They are not names in the modern sense but rather attributes of the One to whom they are given (cf. 7:14, note).[9]


9:6 Although Mt 4:16 applies the passage as a whole (vv. 2–7) to Jesus Christ by implication, the NT does not specifically apply to Him the names, or titles, listed in this verse. Some commentators believe Isaiah was describing a Judean ruler to come during his own time; thus, these names were applied to the reigns of Hezekiah, Josiah, and even Ahaz. But even if the names do not recur, as such, in the NT, they fit the ministry and messianic role of Jesus. As a “Wonderful Counselor,” He is a doer of “miracles, wonders, and signs” (Acts 2:22) who sends the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to continue His work (Jn 14:26). Hailed as “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28) in His resurrection, Jesus has been given “all authority … in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18). As one with the Father (Jn 10:30), He is eternal—“alive forever and ever” (Rv 1:18). As a member of David’s royal line (Rm 1:3) He is the Prince who brings peace between Jew and non-Jew (Eph 2:14), whose rule over all kingdoms (Rv 1:5) brings an end to wars.[10]


9:6 Although Mt 4:16 applies the passage as a whole (vv. 2–7) to Jesus Christ by implication, the NT does not specifically apply to Him the names, or titles, listed in this verse. Some commentators believe Isaiah was describing a Judean ruler to come during his own time; thus, these names were applied to the reigns of Hezekiah, Josiah, and even Ahaz. But even if the names do not recur, as such, in the NT, they fit the ministry and messianic role of Jesus. As a “Wonderful Counselor,” He is a doer of “miracles, wonders, and signs” (Acts 2:22) who sends the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to continue His work (Jn 14:26). Hailed as “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28) in His resurrection, Jesus has been given “all authority … in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18). As one with the Father (Jn 10:30), He is eternal—“alive forever and ever” (Rv 1:18). As a member of David’s royal line (Rm 1:3) He is the Prince who brings peace between Jew and non-Jew (Eph 2:14), whose rule over all kingdoms (Rv 1:5) brings an end to wars.[11]


9:6–7 Twice earlier in this section of Isaiah, the birth of children has been described as having prophetic significance (7:14; 8:1–4). For a third time, the reader learns of a future birth. Some commentators believe the text means that this future royal child will be a purely human descendant of David who will be proclaimed king and lead God’s people to a new level of freedom and prosperity. Both Hezekiah and Josiah have been identified as this child. However, the titles given to this child and the description of his kingdom far surpass anything applicable to Hezekiah or Josiah. The only feasible interpretation of this passage is messianic. This child will be given names that signify his character. He will be a sage characterized by extraordinary wisdom (Wonderful Counselor). He will have life that is never ending (Eternal Father). He will bring peace (Prince of Peace). But the most extraordinary thing of all that confirms he is simply not to be identified with a Hezekiah or a Josiah is his title, Mighty God (cp. 8:21). In the NT, Jesus is identified as the Davidic descendant who fulfilled this great promise (Mt 1:1, 22–23).[12]


[1] Rydelnik, M. A., & Spencer, J. (2014). Isaiah. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (pp. 1024–1025). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Martin, J. A. (1985). Isaiah. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 1053–1054). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 947). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 818–819). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 9:6–7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 1257–1258). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 9:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 963). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] 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., Is 9:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1006). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[11] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1006). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[12] Longman, T., III. (2017). Isaiah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1056). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

October 3, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that allegations of sexual misconduct against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, showed that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America” who now may be presumed guilty even when innocent.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is donating $20 million to help Democratic candidates running for the U.S. Senate, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Venezuela’s largest maternity hospital is asking mothers to care for non-critical premature babies with skin-to-skin contact known as “kangaroo care” rather than in incubators, as wards struggle with a lack of equipment.

Indian police bussed seven Rohingya Muslims to the border on Wednesday to be deported to neighboring Myanmar for illegal entry, officials and activists said, the first such move against the community.

A gangster who escaped from a French prison by helicopter with the help of an armed commando team was captured by police in a tower-block apartment early on Wednesday, ending another chapter in the life of a criminal known as the “jailbreak king”.

Two Americans and a Briton won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for harnessing the power of evolution to produce novel proteins used in everything from environmentally friendly detergents and biofuels to cancer drugs.

Less than five weeks before elections that will determine control of the U.S. Congress for the next two years, about a third of registered voters do not know the name of their party’s candidate for office, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found.

The Federal Reserve painted a picture of the U.S. economy that was almost too good to be true at its last meeting, with inflation seen contained in the near future despite the lowest unemployment rate in 20 years.

The World Court ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran, due to be tightened next month, do not affect humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.

North American orders for Class 8 semi-trucks jumped 92 percent in September as trucking companies continued to struggle with tight capacity in a booming U.S. freight market, FTR, a company that tracks the industry, said on Wednesday.

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Earthquakes continued to rattle Indonesia Tuesday, with fresh tremors registered in disaster-wracked Sulawesi and in another island to the south, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The latest jolts come four days after a powerful quake and tsunami claimed at least 1,234 lives, officials say.

Pope Francis opened a gathering of bishops on Wednesday with the Catholic Church in a swirling state of crisis over sex abuse, urging its leaders not to let the next generation’s faith be snuffed out “by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins”.

As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be on the clock to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government. A missed deadline could be costly, even if it’s not directly the fault of the affected community.

Weekend fighting between rival ethnic groups in western Ethiopia killed at least 44 people, state affiliated media reported Tuesday.

A suicide bomber struck an election rally in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding around 40, a provincial official said.

Adel Abdel Mahdi, the veteran tapped to become Iraq’s next prime minister, is seen as an independent capable of bringing together rivals on the country’s fractious political scene. A Shiite and native of Baghdad, the 76-year-old has been handed the difficult task of navigating Iraq’s tangled politics to form a government within 30 days.

Russia has delivered an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria, it said on Tuesday, in defiance of Israeli and US concerns that the arms sale would embolden Iran and escalate the Syrian war.

Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters? Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged-after colliding with a bird.

A bottle of Scotch whisky fetched $1.1 million, at an auction on Wednesday smashing the world record. Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old, referred to as “The Holy Grail of whisky.”

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after pulling out a nuclear deal last year. The US argued the court had no jurisdiction in the case as it concerned its national security. The rulings of the ICJ – which is based in The Hague – are binding but the court has no power to enforce them.

Japan’s space agency (Jaxa) has put another lander on the surface of asteroid 162173, or Ryugu.

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North Korea may have obtained anything from 20 up to 60 nuclear weapons, a top South Korean official has revealed in what appears to be Seoul’s first public assessment of its neighbor’s stockpile.

In a meta-analysis of studies, researchers found violent video games are associated with small increases of physical aggression despite dueling research and theories.


News – 10/3/2018

US NATO Ambassador Warns Of Military Strike If Russia Doesn’t Halt Development Of Banned Missile
Speaking at a news conference in Brussels, Kay Bailey Hutchison warned that Washington would “take out” an intermediate-range cruise missile system known as the 9M729 if a diplomatic resolution cannot be reached.

Sen. Kennedy On Dems’ Kavanaugh Tactics: ‘I’m Not Sure They Have A Soul’
“I think there are some Democrats in good faith but I think some of their colleagues it isn’t about searching for the truth, it’s about winning. Just win, baby, win. It doesn’t matter who gets destroyed,” Kennedy stated. “These are people, I’m not going to name names but I’m not sure they have a soul. I don’t think their mother breast-fed them, I think they went right to raw meat.” “I predict Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed. They think he’s a smoked turkey. You watch, I think you’ll be confirmed and I think he’ll be confirmed within the next week,” he continued.

Ellison referred for further investigation
The Minnesota DFL on Monday referred an internal report on a domestic abuse claim against Keith Ellison to local authorities for further investigation, after an attorney hired by the party found the claim could not be substantiated.

In NPR Interview, Netanyahu Calls for a Demilitarized Palestinian State
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he does not want Palestinians to become Israeli citizens or subjects of Israel. This development comes a few days after the leader’s speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly. “I don’t want them either as citizens of Israel or subjects of Israel,” Netanyahu said …

Two monster tropical cyclones are raging in the Pacific Ocean
For the first time in more than a decade, Earth fueled two Category-5-equivalent storms early Tuesday. These two behemoths are located on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean basin: Hurricane Walaka to the northeast and Super Typhoon Kong Rey to the west. Early Tuesday, both tempests packed winds over 157 mph, becoming the first duo to achieve Category 5 winds simultaneously since 2005.

World Court orders U.S. to lift Iran sanctions linked to humanitarian aid
The International Court of Justice on Wednesday issued an interim order to the US to lift Iran sanctions linked to medicine, food and civil aviation pending resolution of the Islamic Republic’s case against it. The decision is a provisional ruling designed to prevent irreparable harm to Iran while the case is pending and does not foreshadow necessarily whether the ICJ will rule for the US or Iran.

Majority of Democratic Congress members plea to restore UNWRA aid
Almost two-thirds of Democratic congressmen, 112 members of the House of Representatives and 34 senators, sent a letter…to President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse the decision to “end vital United States contributions to the United National Relief Works Agency (UNRWA).” …the letter expressed concern regarding the administration’s decisions to pressure Palestinian leadership back to the negotiating table…furthering the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island of Sulawesi as earlier quake
A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island as an earlier earthquake and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province spewed ash 6000 meters into the sky Wednesday morning. The eruption status was raised from an alert to standby 4 kilometres from the summit and up to 6.5km to the west-southwest.

With an eye on Russia, U.S. pledges to use cyber capabilities on behalf of NATO
The United States is expected to announce in the coming days that it will use offensive and defensive cyber capabilities on behalf of NATO if asked, a senior Pentagon official said, amid concerns about Russia’s increasingly assertive use of its cyber capabilities. The 29-nation NATO alliance recognized cyber as a domain of warfare, along with land, air and sea, in 2014, but has not outlined in detail what that entails.

Packages Delivered to Pentagon Mail Facility Test Positive for Ricin, Ted Cruz’ Office Hit Too
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance Monday on two pieces of mail at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility, according to a US defense official….the mail initially tested positive for ricin. The mail facility is located in a separate building on the grounds of the Pentagon. Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) campaign office in Houston was also hit with a threatening powdery substance. Staffers opened an envelope containing white powder.

In NPR Interview, Netanyahu Calls for a Demilitarized Palestinian State
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he does not want Palestinians to become Israeli citizens or subjects of Israel. This development comes a few days after the leader’s speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly. “I don’t want them either as citizens of Israel or subjects of Israel,” Netanyahu said …

Christine Blasey Ford ex-boyfriend says she helped friend prep for potential polygraph; Grassley sounds alarm
The former boyfriend, whose name was redacted in the declaration, also said Ford neither mentioned Kavanaugh nor mentioned she was a victim of sexual misconduct during the time they were dating from about 1992 to 1998. He said he saw Ford going to great lengths to help a woman he believed was her “life-long best friend” prepare for a potential polygraph test. He added that the woman, Monica McLean, had been interviewing for jobs with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office.

Israel to use F-35I stealth fighters in Syria
The decision comes after Syria began receiving on Tuesday its new S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. The new system, sold to Syria by Russia, is intended to stop enemy planes – including Israeli planes – from attacking.

Russia completes delivery of S-300 missile system to Syria
“We have completed the delivery of S-300 systems. It included 49 pieces of equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted by Russia’s TASS News Agency.

Dismissing Ancient Jew-Hatred, Sanhedrin Rebuts Criticism
Ron Cantor, a Messianic Jewish spokesman actively involved in attempts to convert Jews in Israel, accused the nascent Sanhedrin of preparing the way for the Third Jewish Temple. According to Cantor’s assessment it will be a temple to the Antichrist. “While I love the fact that evangelicals are establishing relationships with Orthodox Jews, it seems that some of it is coming at the cost of compromising our most holy commission — to spread the message of Yeshua to all nations. And, of course, that includes Israel. Christians, while absolutely having a calling to reach out with love to the Jewish people, should never assume that Judaism without Yeshua is acceptable.”

Tropical Storm Leslie’s Path, Forecast: Predicted to Become Hurricane, Where is it Headed?
Bermuda, the Bahamas and parts of the southeastern United States could be facing hurricane-force winds and rain if Tropical Storm Leslie fulfills forecasters’ predictions and turns into a hurricane.

Report: 93 Gazans injured during seaside protest
Some 7,000 Gazan protesters were confronted by the Israeli Navy when they gathered on the shores on the Norther Gaza Strip in protest of the Nation-State Law.

India’s Biometric ID System Has Led To Starvation For Some Poor, Advocates Say
…the Indian government rolled out the biggest biometric ID system in the world. It’s voluntary, but in just eight years, India has managed to collect the fingerprints, photos and iris scans of more than 1.2 billion people.

‘African swine fever’ spreading in Europe and Asia
Global health officials are preparing for African swine fever, which has been spreading in pigs across borders since 2014, reaching Western Europe last week.

CERN Fires Physicist Who Gave ‘Highly Offensive’ Talk About Gender Differences
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has suspended a physicist for giving a “highly offensive” talk about gender differences, which also questioned whether there was as much discrimination against women in the industry as frequently claimed, and highlighted discrimination against men.

Trump leads fight against humanitarian crisis for 18 million
‘Food, medicine, vaccinations, emergency obstetrics, blankets, pots, pans’ more

Deadly Poison Mailed to Pentagon, Powdery Substance Sent to Ted Cruz’s Office
Authorities at the Pentagon found at least two packages suspected of containing ricin, a spokesman said Tuesday, with the news coming amid a scare at Sen. Ted Cruz’s office in Houston involving a “white powdery substance” that turned out to not be hazardous.

Uranium One: FBI Refuses To Release Three-Dozen Secret Memos Involving Clintons, Russia And Obama
The FBI has refused to declassify 37 pages of materials related to the Uranium One deal, citing national security and the privacy issues, reports The Hill‘s John Solomon. The documents are thought to contain information regarding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement, as well as the Obama administration’s knowledge of the controversial deal.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of mind control research funded by foundation linked to “computational psychosomatics” neuro-hijacking (UPDATE 1)
In another stunning bombshell about the hoax accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, we’ve now learned and confirmed that Christine Blasey Ford co-authored a science paper that involves her carrying out mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of a mind control program that cites methods to “create artificial situations.”

Iran claims they have the world’s swiftest missile platforms, and they’re designed for one purpose…the destruction of Israel
The Times of Israel reports: The Iranian Navy on Saturday boasted that it possessed airships capable of carrying out the swiftest missile strikes in the world against enemy targets.

SUPER Typhoon Kong-rey Heads towards Japan Just Days after Typhoon Trami
Another Typhoon is rapidly gathering pace as it heads towards Japanese lands literally days after Typhoon Trami wreaked havoc on the country.

Planned Parenthood Contributed $126,886 to Democrats on Judiciary Committee; $0 to Republicans
Planned Parenthood’s political action committees, employees and family members of employees have contributed $126,886 to Democrats currently sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and $0 to Republican senators on the committee, according to data from The Center for Responsive Politics, which includes campaign contributions from 1990 through 2018.

Russia completes delivery of S-300 air defense system to Syria
Russia said Tuesday it had completed delivering its S-300 advanced anti-aircraft system to Syria, weeks after it blamed Israel for the downing of one of its spy planes by a Syrian air defense missile.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Launches Ballistic Missile Strikes On Militants In Syria While Chanting ‘Death To America’
Monday’s strike was the second missile attack by Iran in a month’s time, and came as tensions rise ahead of renewed U.S. sanctions targeting Tehran’s oil industry that will take effect in early November. The missiles had enough range to strike regional U.S. military bases and targets inside both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

California Gov Jerry Brown Signs Law Allowing People to Kill Their Family in Assisted Suicides 
California governor Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday a bill (SB 282) that allows any person to “aid, advise, and encourage” suicide under the state’s assisted suicide law. Until now, these actions were felonies, as the state had a longstanding policy to protect people from self-harm.


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The Purpose-Driven Industrial Complex Defends Andy Stanley

Former pastor charged in federal child porn case sent for psych exam

California Gov Jerry Brown Signs Law Allowing People to Kill Their Family in Assisted Suicides

Lesbians Sue Christian Senior Center Over Biblically-Based Policy Banning Same-Sex Cohabitation

‘I’ve Picked Up Fetuses’: Former Stericycle Driver Confirms Medical Waste Giant’s Disposal of Aborted Babies


Headlines – 10/3/2018

Blocked in a car by a mob, kept from their HQ: Why UNRWA staff had to flee Gaza

UN workers strike in Gaza to protest layoffs amid funding woes

Indonesia VP says he talked peace with Netanyahu at UN after bumping into him

Israel, which offered disaster aid to Iran, strangely unhelpful to Indonesia

Liberman: We have info on other nuclear sites in Iran and Lebanon

Hitting back, Netanyahu says nuke watchdog hasn’t checked Iran site he revealed

Iran’s Zarif: EU support for deal better than expected

Iran praises Europe for taking ‘big step’ to keep business with Tehran

UN court orders US to halt ‘humanitarian’ Iran sanctions in blow for Trump

As Merkel comes to Israel, Netanyahu seeks tougher Iran policy

Iran asks France for talks to clear bomb plot ‘misunderstanding’

Amid missile row, Lebanon president vows to ‘confront Israeli aggression’

US: Russian sale of S-300s to Syria ‘a serious escalation’

U.S. to Offer Cyberwar Capabilities to NATO Allies, Acting to Counter Russia

US NATO envoy warns Russia to halt new missile development

U.S. Threatens to Destroy Banned Russian Warheads if Necessary

Russia Blasts ‘Dangerous’ U.S. Threat on Missiles as Trump NATO Envoy Walks Back Comments

Putin says he wants all foreign forces to eventually quit Syria

Syria’s Assad says ‘understanding’ reached with Arab states

Mattis: Number of US diplomats doubled in Syria as ISIS nears defeat

ISIS Says One of Its Leaders in Egypt’s Sinai Has Been Killed

US pastor held in Turkey appeals to country’s highest court

Trump: I Told Saudi King Salman He Wouldn’t Last for Two Weeks Without U.S. Military Backing

Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

Amid trade spat, US-China military tensions soar

US State Department: Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in North Korea on Sunday

Suspected Ricin-Laced Mail Sent to U.S. Defense Secretary

Two Hospitalized After Ted Cruz’s Houston Campaign Office Received Envelope With White Powder

Bloomberg to donate $20 million to bolster Democrats in Senate fight

Donna Brazile: Dems on cusp of ‘historic year’

Christine Blasey Ford ex-boyfriend says she helped friend prep for potential polygraph; Grassley sounds alarm

Text messages between Brett Kavanaugh and his classmates seem to contradict his Senate testimony

My sinister battle with Brett Kavanaugh over the truth – by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters accosting senators have ties to Soros

Woman Who Ambushed Flake in Elevator Is Director of Soros-Funded Group

Ford Co-Authored Paper Pushing Hypnosis, Using To Enhance Memory

Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford, says ‘I’ve had so many false accusations’

Hillary Clinton laughs at Kavanaugh’s claim of ‘revenge’

Hundreds of law professors sign letters rejecting Kavanaugh nomination

Georgetown professor suspended by Twitter after call for ‘deaths’ of GOP senators, Kavanaugh

Vandalism suspect says he’s ‘happy’ about damage outside local Republican Party headquarters

Kavanaugh clash reopens stolen valor allegations against Sen. Blumenthal

Mueller shedding more attorneys in Russia investigation

NYT: Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

New York state tax department reviewing fraud allegations involving Trump in NYT article

New Balance Gets Political And Throws Support Behind Trump

Dow jumps more than 100 points to all-time high, rallies for a second day to start fourth quarter

Fed’s Powell sees ‘remarkably positive outlook’ for economy that may be ‘too good to be true’

Skyrocketing Deficit? So What, Says New Washington Consensus

The Facebook Hack Exposes an Internet-Wide Failure

Huge Facebook breach leaves thousands of other apps vulnerable

Your next job interview could be with a robot

Half of ‘Star Wars Last Jedi’ Haters Were Politically Motivated Bots

Japanese spacecraft drops robot onto asteroid to hunt for the origin of the solar system

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nggongi Satu, Indonesia

Time running out for earthquake survivors as Indonesia death toll tops 1,400

Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 29,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

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

Typhoon Kong-rey: Potential threat to life as storm with gusts of up to 175mph moves towards Japan and South Korea

Tropical Storm Rosa threatens 12 million with flooding as southwest US braces for ‘life-threatening’ conditions

Leslie becomes the Atlantic basin’s newest hurricane

Deaths from Florence rise by 2 in North Carolina; at least 49 dead

Mega mosquitoes, up to 20 times larger than normal, follow Florence flooding

Dead Trees and Dry Springs: Impact of Drought Felt in Israel

Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics

Increased Crime By Mentally Ill Homeless Worries San Francisco North Beach Residents

Trump administration halts visas for unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats

Confidence in Pope Francis down sharply in U.S. for his handling of the sex abuse scandal


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Will Christine Ford be charged with perjury after her ex-boyfriend’s sworn testimony?

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

Christine Ford’s ex-boyfriend told the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that he witnessed her coaching a friend on how to take a polygraph. So what? Well, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “NEVER” (her words) coached anyone else about polygraphs. Looks like someone is going to be facing perjury charges all right, and not about farting or drinking beer!

First, The Federalist recalls how Ford answered questions about her polygraph at her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:

At last week’s hearing, Ford was specifically asked by Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor who was hired by the committee to question Ford and Kavanaugh, whether she had advised anyone on how to take a polygraph.

“Have you ever had discussions with anyone, beside your attorneys, on how to take a polygraph?” Mitchell asked.

“Never,” Ford responded.

“And I don’t just mean countermeasures,” Mitchell said, “but I…

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Senator ‘Spartacus’ Cory Booker Admits He Doesn’t Care If Kavanaugh Is Innocent or Guilty – It’s Time to Move on (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) spoke with reporters on Tuesday. The far left senator and self-proclaimed ‘Spartacus’ told reporters he really didn’t care if Judge Kavanaugh was innocent of the sex abuse and ice tossing charges against him.

Senator Cory Booker: So my hope is beyond the vicious partisan rancor that is going on, beyond the accusations, we don’t lose sight to what this moral moment is about in this country and ultimately ask the question, is this the right person to sit on the highest court in the land for a lifetime appointment when their credibility has been challenged by intimates, people who knew the candidate well as a classmate; when his temperament has been revealed in an emotional moment when he used language that frankly shocked a lot of us. And ultimately — not whether he’s innocent or guilty, this is not a trial — but ultimately have enough questions been raised that we should not move on to another candidate?”

 

via Senator ‘Spartacus’ Cory Booker Admits He Doesn’t Care If Kavanaugh Is Innocent or Guilty – It’s Time to Move on (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

BRANDON STRAKA: #WalkAway Campaign is SURGING Following Vicious Attacks on Judge Kavanaugh (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Walkaway Movement founder Brandon Straka went on with Stuart Varney on Wednesday morning.

Straka told Varney the Walkaway Movment is surging in numbers following the vicious attacks on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The #WalkAway movement is a grassroots organizaion of former Democrats who have are turned off by the violent and dishonest practices of the Democrat Party. Straka says he was turned off by how the Democrat Party operates.

Says Straka, “It really opened my eyes to how they are manipulating minority groups, manipulating African-Americans, gay people and I wanted to do something about it so I started something called the Walkaway Campaign.”

Brandon says their numbers are surging following the vicious, last minute attacks on Judge Brett Kavanaugh by Democrat politicians and activists.

via BRANDON STRAKA: #WalkAway Campaign is SURGING Following Vicious Attacks on Judge Kavanaugh (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

October 3 No Fool’s Paradise

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.

Psalm 23:4

We have to realize that God is going to allow us to go through tests and that He is working all things out for His own holy purpose (Rom. 8:28). I know we all dream of a perfect environment of comfort and tranquility. Although any temporary rest from trials may lead us into believing we might find permanent exemption from them, our lives on earth will never be free from trials. We can live in a fool’s paradise, never forecasting any trouble and predicting a future of ease, but that is a fantasy. Christ warned His disciples and all who follow in His footsteps to expect trials in this life (John 15:18–16:6).

Puritan Thomas Manton once observed that God had one Son without sin, but no Son without a cross. As Christians, we can be assured that we will have trials. But our confidence is that we will have victory over them through the presence of God. Trials will come, but God’s grace will meet us in our time of need.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 300). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

October 3 The Importance of Confession

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

1 John 1:10

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Confession is the first step toward defeating sin.

It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11–13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it out of existence. They do so, motivated by their innate awareness that there is a moral law and that there are consequences for violating it (Rom. 1:32).

But God’s people have always recognized the necessity of confession. After committing the terrible sins of adultery and murder, David acknowledged to Nathan the prophet, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Sam. 12:13). Later he cried out to God, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight” (Ps. 51:3–4). Faced with a vision of the awesome majesty and holiness of God, Isaiah declared, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isa. 6:5). Daniel was a man of unparalleled integrity, yet part of his prayer life involved confessing his sin (Dan. 9:20). Peter, the acknowledged leader of the apostles, said to Jesus, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). The apostle Paul, the godliest man who ever lived (except for Jesus Christ), wrote this about himself: “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all” (1 Tim. 1:15).

The examples of those godly men illustrate a fundamental biblical truth: constant confession of sin characterizes true Christians (1 John 1:9). Those who claim to be believers but refuse to confess their sins deceive themselves (1 John 1:8) and make God a liar (1 John 1:10).

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Suggestions for Prayer: Confess and forsake your sins today, and experience the blessedness of God’s forgiveness (Prov. 28:13).

For Further Study: Read and meditate on Nehemiah’s masterful prayer of confession in Nehemiah 1.[1]


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

Evangelical Belief in Reincarnation and Astrology Shockingly High, Survey Finds – Michael Foust

Roughly half of self-identified evangelicals affirm at least one New Age belief, including a third who believe in psychics and one in five who believe in reincarnation or astrology, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.
— Read on www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/evangelical-belief-reincarnation-astrology-shockingly-high.html

October 3 All Authority from the Father

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.—John 3:35–36

Because of His love for the Son, the Father has given Him supreme authority over all things on earth and in heaven (Matt. 11:27; 28:18; Phil. 2:9–11). That supremacy is a clear indicator of His deity.

John’s affirmation of Jesus’ absolute authority demonstrated his humble attitude, even as his own heralding ministry faded into the background. Having fulfilled his mission on earth, John realized that his work would soon be finished.

But before he faded from the scene, John gave a warning and invitation that forms a fitting climax to his ministry: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” The blessed truth of salvation is that the one “who believes in the Son has eternal life” as a present possession, not merely as a future hope.

But on the other hand, the one “who does not obey the Son will not see life.” The fearful reality is that “the wrath of God” continually “abides on” disobedient sinners who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. Condemnation is their present condition. The idea here is not that God will one day condemn sinners for their disobedient unbelief; they are already in a state of condemnation (3:18; 2 Peter 2:9) from which only saving faith in Jesus Christ can deliver them.

ASK YOURSELF

In what ways is the wrath of God evident in the lives of unbelievers? How do you hear it in their voice, see it in their eyes, notice it in their countenance, observe it in their families? Some of these folks seem so nice and easy-going. What are the more subtle forms of dissatisfaction they carry within them?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 285). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

Wednesday Briefing Oct 3, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

Is there any limit to the redefinition of marriage? Non-married couples will now receive access to civil partnerships in England and Wales

The moral revolutionaries don’t just want to win, they want to win big, win now, and win everywhere

What a declining divorce rate reveals about the ‘The Millennial Success Sequence’ and America’s growing inequality

Unification Church adapts to the age as members increasingly select their own spouse or are matched by parents

There’s No Evidence for God? | Stand to Reason

Greg responds to the claim that “there’s no evidence for Christianity” then answers questions about ghosts, arguing civilly, comforting the sick, and materials for teaching conversational apologetics.

Topics:

  1. What is Christianity’s position on ghosts? If there are spirits in this world, why are they not in Heaven or Hell? (0:22)

  2. How can you deal with people’s presuppositions that Christianity is wrong in a civil way? (0:31)

  3. How should I comfort someone who is sick when I no longer believe God will heal everyone if they have enough faith? (0:47)

  4. What materials would you recommend for teaching conversational apologetics to an adult Sunday school class? (0:52)

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October 3, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

Love from God

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (9:7)

It is hard to imagine a more precious promise than to be the personal object of God’s love. All the world’s acclaim, honor, and rewards given to all philanthropists put together does not come close to this privilege of being loved by God. Yet that is what He promises the cheerful giver. God loves the world in a general sense (John 3:16), but He has a deeper, more wonderful love for His own (John 13:1; 1 John 4:16), and a special love for each one of His who gives cheerfully.

Cheerful giving comes from inside, from the heart, rather than from external coercion. It begins by giving just as one has purposed in his heart. Once again, Paul stressed the truth that Christian giving is strictly voluntary (see the discussion of 8:3 in chapter 21 of this volume). But though it is not forced, neither is it casual, careless, or a mere afterthought. Proaireō (purposed), used only here in the New Testament, has the idea of predetermination. Though there is spontaneous joy in giving, it is still to be planned and systematic (1 Cor. 16:2), not impulsive and sporadic. Nor is giving to be done grudgingly. Lupē (grudgingly) literally means, “sorrow,” “grief,” or “pain.” Giving is not to be done with an attitude of remorse, regret, or reluctance, of mourning over parting with what is given. And, as noted above, it is not to be under compulsion from any legalistic external pressure.

The giving that God approves of comes from a cheerful giver. Cheerful translates hilaros, from which the English word hilarious derives. Happy, joyous givers, who are joyous in view of the privilege of giving, are the special objects of God’s love.[1]


6 To emphasize the rewards of generous giving (v. 5) Paul cites what appears to be a proverb: “scanty sowing, scanty harvest; plentiful sowing, plentiful harvest” (TCNT). No exact parallel to this maxim is extant, but a similar sentiment is expressed in several places in Proverbs (e.g., 11:24–25; 19:17; 22:8–9), in Luke 6:38 (where Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you.… For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”), and in Galatians 6:7 (“A man reaps what he sows”).

7 The image of the harvest naturally suggests the freedom of sowers to plant as much seed as they choose—whether “sparingly” or “generously” (v. 6). Similarly, each person is responsible first to decide in his or her heart what to give (cf. Ac 11:29; 1 Co 16:2) and then to give it. Giving should result from inward resolve, not from impulsive or casual decision. Once the amount to be given has been determined, says Paul, the gift should be given cheerfully (since the cheerful giver always receives God’s approval—agapa, gnomic present, “loves”; cf. Pr 22:8, LXX), “not reluctantly [as though all giving were painful; cf. Tob 4:7] or under compulsion” (because there seems to be no alternative or because pressure has been exerted).[2]


9:6 / The argument begins in verse 6 with the concept of metaphorically reaping what is sown, which is part of the common stock of ot and Jewish wisdom tradition (cf. Prov. 22:8; Job 4:8; Sir. 7:3; Philo, On the Confusion of Tongues 21, 152; On the Change of Names 268–269; On Dreams 2.76; On the Embassy to Gaius 293). The prophetic tradition challenges the direct relationship between reaping and sowing by announcing that there can be an inverse relationship: those who sow wheat can reap thorns (Jer. 12:13), and those who sow in tears can reap with shouts of joy (Ps. 125:5). Paul partakes of the wisdom tradition when he states in Galatians 6:7–8: “A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Likewise in the present context, Paul applies the wisdom principle to the matter of giving generously to the collection for Jerusalem (cf. Prov. 11:24).

9:7 / With this principle in mind, Paul exhorts the Achaians to give. Paul does not want to imply that the wisdom tradition that he uses in verse 6 reflects a merely mechanical process of sowing and reaping. He wants to emphasize that the wisdom tradition itself regards giving as a matter of the heart, and only cheerful giving is acceptable (cf. Sir. 35:8–9). As we have seen, the freewill offering for building the tabernacle is a prime example of giving that one decides in the heart (cf. Exod. 25:2; 35:5, 21, 22, 26, 29). Likewise, 1 Chronicles 29:16–22 speaks of a freewill offering for the temple that is given freely and joyously. Someone who gives grudgingly cannot expect a blessing from God in accordance with the wisdom principle. To establish this point, Paul gives a modified citation of Proverbs 22:8 lxx: “God blesses a cheerful and generous man.” In the previous line, this same proverb states that “he who sows wickedness shall reap evils.”[3]


9:6. The NIV translates the opening phrase touto de as remember this, but a variety of translations are possible. Literally, Paul said, “and this,” which may be elliptical for something like “now consider this” or “now this is important.”

The apostle began with what was probably a common agricultural proverb which taught that sowing sparingly results in a poor harvest and that generous sowing results in a plentiful harvest. It is also possible that Paul alluded to Proverbs 11:24–25; 22:9. Paul used a similar analogy in Galatians 6:7, 9. This analogy encouraged generous giving. Just as farmers should not expect a large harvest unless they sow generously, so Christians should not expect many blessings from God unless they bless others in a generous way.

9:7. In light of this wise saying, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to give. As before, he did not want them to give beyond their means, and the exact amount was a matter of conscience. The reliance on inward conviction in this matter is particularly important because Paul had no directive from God. As in every ethical choice that believers must make, there comes a point when the inward conviction of the Spirit must guide specific actions. Decisions of the heart must not violate the revelation of God, but they are necessary for practical application of the principles derived from the Old and New Testaments.

Acting according to conscience was very important in this situation. Paul wanted the Corinthians to receive God’s blessings in response to their generosity, but this would not occur if they gave reluctantly or under compulsion because God loves a cheerful giver. Once again, Paul relied on proverbial wisdom. This proverb probably circulated widely among Jewish rabbis and early Christian teachers because Paul used it freely as justification for his view. Paul believed that God’s love extends to all who are in Christ, but he had in mind here a special affection or approval that leads to significant blessings in the life of the believer.[4]


6. The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously will also reap generously.

Translations of the first clause vary because Paul’s statement is brief. It literally says, “And this,” so that we have to supply a word or phrase to complete the thought. Here are a few examples:

“Remember” or “Remember this” (NEB, REB, NCV)

“But this I say” (KJV, NKJV, NASB)

“Let me say this much” (NAB)

“Do not forget” (JB)

Although we do not doubt that Paul could have taught the truth of this verse at an earlier occasion, the present context suggests that we should state either “this I say” or “the point is this” (RSV, NRSV). The stress falls on the following saying, of which the first part may have been an agricultural proverb in that day: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously will also reap generously.” We do not know whether Paul was thinking of a verse in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty” (11:24).

In the agricultural society of the first century, the activities of sowing and reaping lay close to the hearts of the people. The sower in Jesus’ parable (Matt. 13:3–9 and parallels) did not close his hand when he saw that some kernels would fall on the beaten path, the rocky soil, and the briar patch. He sowed generously as with rhythmic walk he strode across the field. And just as the parable of the sower has a spiritual application, so the words of Paul are analogous to a spiritual truth. He writes elsewhere, “A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7; see also Luke 6:38), which is a law inherent in both physical and spiritual spheres.

When seed falls to the ground, it decays while it germinates. In a sense, the farmer loses the seed he has scattered; he takes the risk of weather conditions, disease, or insects destroying much of the seed. But as he sows, he trusts that God will grant him the satisfaction of reaping a harvest. This is also true spiritually. Missionary James Elliot put it succinctly: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Elliot was slain in an effort to evangelize the Auca Indians of Ecuador, but his death was instrumental in leading them to Christ.

The words of the proverbial saying reveal an inner symmetry that is striking:

he who sows sparingly,

sparingly he will also reap

he who sows blessings,

blessings he will also reap

The Greek text is more precise than our translations. Although the adverb sparingly occurs only here in the New Testament and is self-explanatory, the word blessings has spiritual overtones and without doubt was written by Paul. The second half of the proverbial saying literally reads: “he who sows on the basis of blessings, on the basis of blessings he will also reap.” That is, he who gives by praising God will in turn reap a harvest for which he thanks the Lord. The generous giver responds with thanks and praises to God for the numerous material and spiritual blessings he receives (see Deut. 15:10).

7. Let each one give as he has decided in his mind to give, not reluctantly or out of necessity. For God loves a cheerful giver.

  • “Let each one give as he has decided in his mind to give, not reluctantly or out of necessity.” Paul issues no command, enacts no rule or regulation, and exercises no coercion. He gives the Corinthians complete freedom and tells them to decide in their own hearts what to give. He specifies, however, that the responsibility rests on the individual and not on the church as such. Each person must ponder this matter in his or her own heart and then decide, so that the entire congregation may be united in contributing to the collection.

Paul says that the act of giving must be accomplished neither reluctantly nor grudgingly. Reluctance implies a clinging to possessions that one hardly wants to give; and when they have been given, the giver grieves. Giving grudgingly denotes that external pressures compel one to conform to the rules of society; that is, necessity forces one to comply with the community’s objective. Giving, however, must be voluntary and individually motivated (see 8:3; Philem. 14).

By participating voluntarily, each person testifies to true faith in Jesus. Indeed, by voluntarily giving to the collection, Gentile Christians in Corinth demonstrate equality with the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. They also authenticate their legitimate membership in Christ’s universal church.

  • “For God loves a cheerful giver.” Within the Christian community, this verse is most often quoted in connection with giving. The verse comes from the Greek text of Proverbs 22:8a, “God blesses a cheerful man and giver,” from which Paul has deleted the words man and and has changed the verb blesses to “loves.” The Hebrew text lacks this verse; it is found only in the Greek text of the Septuagint. This saying probably circulated orally as a proverb that Paul quotes from memory.

Why did the apostle write “loves” instead of “blesses”? Did his memory fail him? While writing, could he have had access to a scroll of Proverbs? There are no specific answers, but there are at least two suggestions to explain the substitution. First, in Paul’s epistle the concept love is much more prominent than the family of the word bless. Next, the force of the verb to love is all-encompassing, while that of the verb to bless connotes a beneficent act.

From a theological perspective, Paul discerns the indescribable love that God the Father imparts to his children. Just as he loves them, they must love one another. For this reason, Paul told the Corinthians that he wanted to test the genuineness of their love by considering the grace of Jesus Christ (8:8–9).[5]


9:6. Paul’s final reflection on giving builds on his previous distinction between generous and stingy gifts by identifying the benefits of generous giving. Using an agricultural principle that connects the amount of harvest in direct proportion to the amount of sowing, Paul began a new theme: generous giving produces a generous harvest. This is the first benefit of giving.

9:7. Every person should reflect personally on an amount for the collection. Attitudes of inward reluctance and outward compulsion must be replaced by a cheerfulness that seeks God’s love. God loves a cheerful giver because a cheerful giver gives just as God gives—cheerfully—and thus manifests to the world His graciousness in a way that cannot be duplicated by one who gives grudgingly.[6]


9:6–7. Why should the Corinthians give generously? (v. 5) Paul gave two reasons. (1) A principle holds true in both the natural and the spiritual spheres: the size of a harvest corresponds to the scope of the sowing (cf. Prov. 11:24–26). A man may enjoy all his grain by eating it, or he may “lose” some of it by sowing it and later reaping a bountiful harvest. A spiritual harvest, of course, may differ in kind from the seed sown. Material seed may reap a spiritual harvest (2 Cor. 9:9; cf. 1 Cor. 9:11). (2) Another reason for giving generously is that God loves generosity. God prizes not the size of the gift (cf. Acts 11:29; 1 Cor. 16:2), but the giver’s sincerity (not reluctantly), spontaneity (not under compulsion), and joyful willingness (a cheerful giver).[7]


9:6 In verses 6 through 15 the Apostle Paul lists some of the wonderful rewards and benefits of Christian giving. First, he sets forth the law of the harvest. It is a well-known fact in agriculture that a generous sowing of seed is necessary if there is to be a generous harvest. Perhaps the farmer is ready to put the seed in the ground. Shall he sow liberally or shall he take some of the grain and use it as food during the months ahead? The thought here is that if he sows it liberally, he will also reap out of all proportion to what he sows.

We should remember this with regard to agriculture—the farmer does not reap the exact amount of grain he sows, but much more proportionately. So it is in Christian giving: it is not a question of receiving back exactly what one has given but receiving back far out of proportion to the amount of the gift. Of course, the return is not so much in money as in spiritual blessings.

9:7 Each one is to give as he purposes in his heart. It will be necessary for him to consider what is necessary for his own immediate needs. He will have to think of just obligations which he will incur in the course of normal life. But then above that, he should think of the needs of his fellow Christians, and of the claims of Christ upon him. Taking all these considerations into view, he should give not grudgingly or of necessity. It is possible to give and yet not be happy about it. It is also possible to give under the pressure of emotional appeals or public embarrassment. None of these things will do. God loves a cheerful giver. It has often been pointed out that our word hilarious comes from the word translated cheerful (hilaron).

Does God really need our money? No, the cattle on a thousand hills belong to Him, and if He needed anything, He would not tell us (Psalm 50:10–12). But our heart’s attitude is what is important to Him. He loves to see a Christian who is so filled with the joy of the Lord that he wants to share what he has with others.

God loves a cheerful giver because, as Jowett says:

Cheerful giving is born of love, and therefore it is a lover loving a lover and rejoicing in the communion. Giving is the language of loving; indeed, it has no other speech. “God so loved that He gave!” Love finds its very life in giving itself away. Its only pride in possession is the joy of surrender. If love has all things, it yet possesses nothing.[8]


9:6 reap sparingly: The law of the harvest is referred to repeatedly in Scripture (Prov. 11:24, 25; 19:17; Luke 6:38; Gal. 6:7). Paul applied it to giving. Giving is like sowing seed. The amount of the harvest is determined by the amount of the seed sown.

9:7 Knowing the law of the harvest (v. 6), each believer should give as he purposes in his heart. The believer is to give freely and cheerfully, not out of compulsion, and without regret.[9]


9:7 — So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

In giving, as in all other areas of Christian living, God wants our hearts. He wants willing, joyful, eager participation in His work, not grumbling, halfhearted compliance to a rule, as if we did God a favor by doing so.[10]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 314–315). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 508). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (pp. 186–187). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 404–405). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, pp. 310–313). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] Woodall, D. L. (2014). 2 Corinthians. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 1819). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] Lowery, D. K. (1985). 2 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 575). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1854). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1505). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[10] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (2 Co 9:7). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.