Daily Archives: October 6, 2018


Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

2 Timothy 3:5

Millions of men and women refuse to face up to the fact that religion, in and of itself, is not enough for the sinner’s need.

It is amazing how many things religious people want to do to you. They can start with infant baptism and end up with the last rites when you are 108 years old—and all of that time they will manipulate you, maul you and sweet massage your soul. When it is all done, you are just what you were. You are just a decorated and massaged sinner—a sinner who did not eat meat, or on the other hand, a sinner who did eat fish!

When religion has done all it can, you are still a sinner who either went to church or did not go to church. Religion can put us on the roll and educate us and train us and instruct us. But after all that, there is still something within our beings that cries, “Eternity is in my heart and I have not found anything to satisfy it!”

Only our Lord Jesus Christ is enough to satisfy the eternal longing in our souls.

Lord, deepening my relationship with You is more important than my involvement in “religious traditions” that have nothing to do with my eternal destiny. I love You, Lord Jesus.[1]

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


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

—Galatians 2:20

Few sights are more depressing than that of a professed Christian defending his or her supposed rights and bitterly resisting any attempt to violate them. Such a Christian has never accepted the way of the cross….

The only cure for this sort of thing is to die to self and rise with Christ into newness of life. The man or woman who sets the will of God as his or her goal will reach that goal not by self-defense but by self-abnegation. Then no matter what sort of treatment that person receives from other people, he or she will be altogether at peace. The will of God has been done—this Christian does not care whether it comes with curses or compliments, for he or she does not seek one or the other, but wants to do the will of God at any cost. Then, whether riding the crest of public favor or wallowing in the depths of obscurity, he or she will be content. If there be some who take pleasure in holding this Christian down, still he or she will not resent them, for he or she seeks not advancement but the will of God. TWP090

I repeat, Lord, my first-prayed commitment to be crucified with Christ, allowing Christ to live through me, so that You are glorified in my life. Amen. [1]

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

Video: “The Sword of the Spirit, Part Two” by Alistair Begg

God’s Word—the “Sword of the Spirit”—is necessary not only when we come to faith in Christ, but also as we continue in the Christian life and contend for the faith. Alistair Begg describes the vital role that the Bible plays in the perseverance of all believers, enabling us to respond to Satan’s accusations, hope in times of discouragement, and stay steady in times of doubt. The Sword of the Spirit is suited for the hand of every Christian without distinction, and it is with unashamed confidence in this Word that we make it our aim to persuade others of the hope that we have.

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Source: Video: “The Sword of the Spirit, Part Two” by Alistair Begg

Sen. Collins Flooded with Abusive Tweets Threatening Death, Violence — Twitter Does Nothing

Twitter drags its feed on violence and abuse directed at Republicans. The latest target is Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Source: Sen. Collins Flooded with Abusive Tweets Threatening Death, Violence — Twitter Does Nothing

The wind blows

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)

I lived in Maine for almost 30 years. It’s cold. It’s windy. A fun trip we’d take was to the top of Mt. Washington Observatory in the White Mountains of nearby New Hampshire. That is a place known for its wild and erratic weather, and for holding the record for most of the 20th century for highest ever recorded wind speed of 231 mph.

When you live in and near the mountains and there is a lot of wind, you notice that many of the trees are stunted. It’s hard for them to grow in severe conditions. There’s actually a “tree line”, the line where trees stop growing and at…

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October 6 Daily Help

MY soul, hearken to the voice of thy God. He is always ready to speak with thee when thou art prepared to hear. If there be any slowness to commune, it is not on his part, but altogether on thine own; for he stands at the door and knocks, and if his people will but open, he rejoices to enter. But in what state is my heart, which is my Lord’s garden? May I venture to hope that it is bringing forth fruit fit for him? If not, he will have much to reprove; but still I pray him to come unto me, for nothing can so certainly bring my heart into a right condition as the presence of the Sun of Righteousness, who brings healing in his wings.[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 283). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

October 6, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

12 Worldliness, its destruction. Vice is a course of action that leads to ruin. One should be careful that any evil activity that seems successful and safe could take any number of turns to destruction (the expression is in the plural—“roads of death”). This proverb recalls the ways of the adulterous woman in chs. 1–9. The first half of the verse does not state that the way that seems right is a vice, but the second half clarifies that meaning. The image used is of a traveler on a straight road; it seems safe, but it is fatal, for the destination is wrong. “Death” signifies mortal ruin (see 7:27; 16:25; also Mt 7:13–14). The LXX adds “Hades,” but the verse seems to be concerned with this life’s events. The issue, then, is how deceptive evil is. It may promise and deliver happiness, power, and the good life, but it cannot sustain what it gives.[1]

14:12. A man may judge a particular path to be right (yashar). Since this term can also mean “straight” or “smooth,” it is probably intentionally ambiguous, referring to a way that seems ethical and/or prudent. That is, the path one chooses may seem to be the easiest path or the best way to success or morally acceptable. But in the end it leads to death. Since a foolish, immoral path can appear to be neither foolish nor immoral, the wise man will not lean on his own understanding but trust in the Lord, seeking His insight and wisdom (cf. 3:5–6).[2]

14:12. This verse is repeated verbatim in 16:25. A path (way of life) may seem right (level or straight) to some people. But because it leads to death it is the way of sin and folly (cf. 5:5, 23; 7:27; 9:18; 11:19; 21:25). Man cannot get away with sin.[3]

14:12 The way which seems right to men is salvation by good works or good character. More people go down to hell laboring under that misconception than under any other. (See also 16:25.)

In a broader sense, the way which seems right to a man is his own way, the path of self-will that scorns divine guidance or human counsel. It can end only in disaster and spiritual death.[4]

14:12 Only when it is too late does the deluded person discover that he is on the crowded highway to death. The implication is not that he was tricked, but that he relied too heavily on his own “wisdom” rather than turning in humility to God. a way … the way: Many proverbs put their message in terms of two ways—one that leads to life and another that leads to death (16:25).[5]

[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 134). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Finkbeiner, D. (2014). Proverbs. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 922). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[3] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 935). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 825–826). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 759). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

UPDATE: Soros Elevator Activist and Illegal Alien Ana Maria Archila Made $178,071 in 2016 as a Far Left Activist — The Gateway Pundit

A week ago on Friday Senator Jeff Flake announced he would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh out of the Judiciary Committee.

Then he got cornered in an elevator by screaming leftists for 4 minutes.

About an hour later and after several private talks with Democrats Jeff Flake came out and announced he would only vote for Brett Kavanaugh if an investigation continued on the man for another week.

This was exactly what Democrats were hoping for!

The women who were screaming at Senator Jeff Flake in the elevator are Soros-funded astroturfed activists.

Their names are Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila.

They celebrated after Flake caved!
And they raised over $30,000 on CrowdPac for their elevator antics.

Ana Maria Archila (on right in picture above) is from Colombia where she says she was sexually abused as a child.

She was screaming at Jeff Flake in a elevator on Capitol Hill.

Earlier this week, thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we discovered Ana Maria Archila is an illegal alien.

So we now have illegal alien Soros-paid activists influencing the Supreme Court confirmation process.

Now this…

Mike Cernovich discovered that illegal alien elevator activist Ana Marian Archila made $176,071 in 2016 as a far left activist.

via UPDATE: Soros Elevator Activist and Illegal Alien Ana Maria Archila Made $178,071 in 2016 as a Far Left Activist — The Gateway Pundit

Humor: Niche Churches Are Popping Up All Over

Niche churches are starting up across the country to satisfy the needs of worshippers who aren’t happy in a traditional setting. Here are some of the more interesting variants we’ve recently heard about:

Mighty Oak Christian Fellowship: This service-oriented church focuses on raking and removing leaves for elderly homeowners every fall and delivering garden compost in the spring. It’s a God-centered “circle-of-life” church. The “Big Three” evangelistic outreaches—Christmas, Easter, and Arbor Day.

Second Amendment Church of Christ: Don’t miss the weekly potluck dinner (“bring a critter to share”) and midweek target practice.

Supreme Bean Christian Church: There are 23.2 baristas per 100 in average weekly worship attendance (highest among our churches, according to Kent Fillinger).

Man’s Best Friend Christian Community: Dogs are welcome (of course). There is concern the church teaches a form of universalism; its website, under BELIEFS, states, “All dogs go to Heaven.”

King James Church of Christ: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one church, one book, one translation.

“Crying in the Chapel” Fellowship: A Las Vegas church featuring Elvis impersonators who lead a weekly song service of some of the King’s best gospel numbers. (Late word: After meeting for just five weeks, breakaway Elvis impersonators started “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” Church, believing it to be more seeker-sensitive.)

Handyman Church of Christ: Nearly every member serves on the House Committee. (This church is surprisingly popular with single mothers and widows.)

Family Tree Christian Church: If you’re not a member of the Smith family, you should stay away.

Answers in Acts Church of Christ: If it’s not in Acts, you’re asking the wrong question.

“Madam, I’m Adam” Fellowship: This church sought to attract those appreciative of sophisticated wordplay but has since become popular with singles.

Time Will Tell Christian Church: This laid-back gathering lays out its beliefs but refrains from arguing. Members promise never to say “I told you so” in this life or the next.

Devil Take the Hindmost Fellowship: A church for people who enjoy running on Sunday mornings. A short devotional is offered before each run. On the monthly “devil” runs, the last-place person is eliminated (“ensnared by the devil”) after every lap around the church property. Church slogan: “Be Fast; Don’t Be Last.”

Craft Beer Church: Meets only on Friday and Saturday nights (but most members come to both). Is considering adding a Thursday-night service.

C&E Christian Church: This twice-yearly gathering (“Christmas & Easter”) caters to three groups: nominal Christians, people who fear commitment, and folks who suffer from ecclesiophobia.


Christian Standard is just kidding.

Source: Niche Churches Are Popping Up All Over

Iraqi Women That Defy Islamic Conservatives Keep Getting Murdered | Frantzman at Jerusalem Post

by Seth Frantzman
Jerusalem Post
September 30, 2018


Originally posted under the headline “Iraqis Channel ‘MeToo’ After High Profile Women Murdered.”

One of her last Instagram posts shows her with green angelic wings, a crown and wrapped in glowing coils. Tara Fares was gunned down on Thursday, September 27, as she drove in Baghdad. A motorcycle with the perpetrators sped off. “We belong to God and to him we return,” reads a memorial post on her Instagram.

Tara Fares (Instagram)

Fares was the latest in a string of women to be murdered mysteriously in Baghdad and southern Iraq in what locals fear is a growing trend of intimidation against outspoken women. Fares was a described as a model and beauty queen, but her real impact was online with her 2.8 million Instagram followers. She also had an active fan club (@tarafaressfans) that posted her photos online.

Some have pointed a finger at Islamic State, with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claiming she received threats from ISIS. An article at the Kurdish media network Rudaw noted that the Christian community of Iraq from which Fares came “has suffered repeated persecution for their faith at the hands of different Iraqi regimes.”

Her murder is seen as connected to the targeted killings of others. Rafeel al-Yaseri and Rasha al-Hassan, who were involved in the beauty industry and plastic surgery in Iraq, were killed in August. An activist in Basra named Suad al-Ali was also murdered this month. Last year, a male model named Karar Nushi was also murdered in Baghdad.

Rasha al-Hassan was killed in August (Facebook)

Fares lived in Erbil in the Kurdistan region but had gone to Baghdad from time to time, and was targeted on her recent trip. Erbil is considered safer, and many Christians have fled areas such as the Nineveh plains for the security of the Kurdish region.

Rasha al-Aqeedi, who is from Mosul and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, asked, “How desperate, insecure do you have to be that Tara was a threat to you? The fragile masculinity of those who have access to arms in Iraq is staggering.”

She connected it to the recent Brett Kavanaugh hearing in the US. “As the world watches Christine Blasey Ford’s courageous testimony, another social media figure in Iraq was gunned down,” she said.

But who is killing the women, ask Iraqis. Many privately suggest it is not a simplistic story about ISIS or shadowy “fanatics” but rather a more complex motive.

“In one of her videos she cursed a Shia clergyman,” one source said. According to a video posted online after her death, she had complained after a Shi’ite clergy proposed a “temporary marriage” and had claimed politicians in Iraq had robbed the country. Temporary marriage is often used as a euphemism for prostitution in neighboring Iran, and the proposal to her implies she was being harassed and propositioned.

Iraqis express pessimism that the murder will lead to change. Even though one woman has been nominated for the presidency of Iraq this year, it is not seen as an advancement amid the killings. An employee of Al-Iraqiya TV, who worked at the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq called Fares a “whore,” causing further outrage and calls for his dismissal.

Amid the outpouring of remembrances for Fares and the international coverage, the government has said it will act. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Baghdad said that the prime minister had ordered the creation of a special committee to bring the perpetrators to justice. In a private message, one man who knew Fares said that she had lived near him and she was warned not to go to Baghdad. He said people spread rumors that she worked as a prostitute and “this is the reason why they killed her.”

Fares is seen as a kind of symbol for many Iraqis to speak out about the growing sense that far-right conservative extremists are targeting women. Arayish Barzinjee-Martsch, who was born in Erbil and follows politics in Iraq, wrote that up to five women have been recently killed, and although Baghdad is calling for an investigation, Iranian influence may be to blame.

Iran is trying to turn Baghdad into a sort of religious center or something,” he said. “In my opinion, they are making examples of these prominent women to quiet others who want to break the mold.” It is about enforcing social norms, more than politics, he said.

Another source from southern Iraq thought the attack was carried out by Iranian-funded members of the Hashd al-Shaabi group of Shi’ite militias. But he argued it was not likely carried out by militias loyal to Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, rather those closer to Tehran.

“Iranian aligned parties are not happy with the state of civil society activities after the Basra protests.” The protests in the city of Basra have targeted Iranian-backed parties.

It wasn’t about her being Christian, but her behavior, drinking in public and how she dressed, another Iraqi who asked to remain anonymous argued.

“This is what happens after thousands of young men go to war under religious banners and come back to cities,” he said, referring to the Shi’ite militias who fought ISIS and have now come home to places like Basra and Baghdad.

Online the discussion has turned to a kind of ‘Me Too’ moment. “The recent assassinations of female public figures in Iraq have prompted commentators to voice their concerns,” writes one woman who goes by the handle @Observer46664. “Iraqi women who live here have ALWAYS been painfully aware of their vulnerability and fragile social status.” The “proud Iraqi feminist,” wrote on Twitter that “I am an Iraqi woman who lived in Baghdad and my work allows me to see women and girls daily, the sheer horrors that I have been seeing and hearing is beyond disheartening.” She says that it is difficult to reconcile her love for the country with the patriarchal culture “holding back Iraqi women.” And the oppressors are not just a small minority, but “are products of a dominant culture that puts men first.”

With each killing, the chances that another woman will take the victim’s place and try to persevere and challenge the system decreases. With the protests in Basra and uncertainty over who will run Iraq next, including a continued ISIS threat, there is a sense that the country faces yet another crossroads. The killing of Fares was symbolic, another attempt to silence an open-minded voice in a country that sought to leave behind the dark days of ISIS and emerge stronger. Instead, locals feel that militias and clerics will continue their overbearing influence. “The killings will continue, the government didn’t even call this terrorism,” a man in Mosul wrote.

Seth Frantzman is The Jerusalem Post’s op-ed editor, a Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a founder of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. 

How To Fight A Besetting Sin

A Ruby In The Rough

py3ak on the Puritan Board:

How do you fight any sin? From an attitude of dependence on God (Psam 127), you take steps to avoid it (2 Timothy 2:2), kill it (Colossians 3:5), and replace it with something godly (Romans 13:14). In more concrete terms, you confess this sin to the Lord and ask for his forgiving and cleansing grace; you stay out of situations where you’re more prone to feel it, indulge it, or act on it; when it appears you reject it promptly, and as promptly turn to something that fills your mind with better things (Scripture, a sermon, conversation with a reliably Christian friend, singing Psalms; the work you have in hand is also good, and a brisk walk can be a helpful supplement to thinking about praiseworthy things). Cultivate love to Christ, trust God to work in you what is…

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Agents of Betrayal In The Church — Christian Research Network

“After the Trump victory over 16 primary rivals and Hillary to capture of the White House in 2016, Russell Moore and Tim Keller continue to efforts to undermine the conservative Christian base through article after article. Meanwhile, as they have ramped up the rhetoric, Moore/ Keller have doubled down criticism of conservative voters to hopefully spark a sudden flash point among American conservatism.” 

(Thomas Littleton – Thirty Pieces of Silver) The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission President Russell Moore, pictured on the right, is a primary operative in the evangelical betrayal and remains one of the more shameless infiltrators totally insulated from accountability.


A deeply divided climate remains in the American cultural and political landscape as we approach the horizon of the midterm elections. To the shock of many conservative voters, the leaders of the evangelical right have continued to live and work in the echo chamber they created by their “Never Trump” mantras during the 2016 Presidential season. Vocal leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and high stakes global operator, Timothy Keller of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and co-founder of progressive emergent movement among pastors called The Gospel Coalition, have proven to be well-endowed “agents of change” embedded deep within the conservative Christian right. Moore and Keller fill our headlines with progressive verbiage to shame and convict conservative Christian voters for Trump and other conservative candidates. The new gospel they pitch has progressive social justice equality replacing once solidified evangelical values like pro-life- pro family and pro America policy. Second tier players like Ed Stetzer who spent years at Lifeway Research and writing for TGC and Christianity Today along with a stable of authors with coordinated messages working with TGC under the directive of editors like Joe Carter and gay Priest Sam Allberry have primed the church for the dulling of Biblical clarity and conviction translating into salt and light in the public square. Collectively this group have overwhelmed most conversations and have further spread the leaven of leftist progressivism masked in a historic theological packaging. Sad to say trusted outlets like World Magazine have become more often echoes of Social Justice than alternative news outlets for Christians. One of the new arrivals on the scene in the SBC is Nate Collins of the Revoice organization /conference advocating for “LGBTQUI+ flourishing in historic Christian tradition “ such as Southern Baptist and conservative Presbyterians churches. Unthinkable yet true- this is where the wave of false teaching by key leaders has brought to the conservative church today. View article →


Progressive (Social Justice) “Christianity”

via Agents of Betrayal In The Church — Christian Research Network

Syrian refugee: Most refugees want to dominate Europe and destroy Christianity

• Voice of Europe In an interview with a German opinion magazine, a Syrian refugee speaks out about the real intentions of the refugees that came to Germany. The German editor changed his name to “Paul” for his protection.


And at the very top, in their importance, is at some point the capture of the Vatican to see the flag of Islam flying over the dome of St. Peter


“In fact, most of those refugees came to Europe in general and to Germany in particular, not because their lives were threatened, not because they were suppressed, persecuted, oppressed or because of racial or sectarian discrimination, (…) They came here for many other reasons,” Paul says.

When asked what he means by that, he answers:
“The first reason is clearly religious. The second reason financial. They came to Germany with the absolute certainty that it is wanted by their God, the only God (Allah).

Their God, the Muslim God, because they believe God’s religion is Islam, and that all other religions’ followers are infidels and deserve to be killed.”

“From a religious point of view, everything is wanted. Religion allows a man to marry up to four women and have many children. It is also no secret that most of the refugees are Sunni Muslims,” he adds.

“They make a simple calculation, they are convinced that the situation here in two to three decades will be completely changed, and who will stand behind them.”

The moderate Muslims barely raise their voices against the conservative Muslims – out of fear

According to Paul it’s all about dominating and destroying Christianity:

“They are convinced that they have a mandate to spread their faith, Islam, in Europe, and open the doors wide, which they hardly need, because the doors are already wide open.

And at the very top, in their importance, is at some point the capture of the Vatican to see the flag of Islam flying over the dome of St. Peter, and to extinguish everything that is reminiscent of Christians or Christianity.”

McConnell: ‘The Mob Was Not Able to Intimidate the Senate’; Vows Susan Collins ‘Will Be Well Funded’ for Re-Election

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said pending confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh of Supreme Court associate justice proved that “the mob” was unable to intimidate Republican members of the U.S. Senate. McConnell touted the effort and applauded his caucus for making the confirmation possible. “I think the main point is the mob was not able to intimidate the Senate,” McConnell said. “We stood up to the mob. We did the right thing for a good man that filled a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. There is a lot to celebrate today. I couldn’t be prouder of all my members. Senator Collins was outstanding.” When host Laura Ingraham asked about potential challengers to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who was a late-breaking vote to clinch the nomination and what Democratic challengers that could inspire to run against Collins, McConnell assured Ingraham that Collins’ re-election finances would be handled properly. “Senator Collins will be well funded, I assure you,” McConnell replied. “Look, there’s a lot of enthusiasm on our side, too. You may or may not have noticed the rising enthusiasm among Republican voters.

Source: McConnell: ‘The Mob Was Not Able to Intimidate the Senate’; Vows Susan Collins ‘Will Be Well Funded’ for Re-Election

Lindsey Graham: Susan Collins ‘Saved the Senate and the Judiciary from Sliding into the Abyss’

Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) applauded his Republican colleague Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) for her speech outlining why she was going to vote in the affirmative for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Graham’s called Collins’ speech “historic” and credited her with thwarting the deterioration of the U.S. Senate and the country’s judiciary. “It’s historic. It changed the trajectory of where we’re headed in the Senate in terms of confirming judges. She adopted the rule of law, rejected the rule of the mob. And if I had to tell somebody a good reason to vote for Judge Kavanaugh, I would ask them to look at Susan’s speech. It was incredible in detail, forcefully delivered. She didn’t look like she was pained. She hated what happened to the process, but she was confident that Judge Kavanaugh was the right guy at the right time. So, I think she saved the Senate and the judiciary from sliding into the abyss. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Source: Lindsey Graham: Susan Collins ‘Saved the Senate and the Judiciary from Sliding into the Abyss’