Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

OCTOBER 22 PROBLEMS AND PRESSURES

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:35

Jesus did not promise any of us that consistent Christian living would be easy!

He did not promise a release from daily problems and pressures. He did not promise to take us to our heavenly home on a fluffy pink cloud!

We live our lives in the knowledge of the grace of God, but we dare not forget that our Lord came to die for us and to express the never-changing moral and redemptive will of God for His people.

Before we condemn the Jews of Bible history for their failures, we must be sure that we are not overlooking spiritual and moral shortcomings of our own!

As Christian believers, you and I must be careful about the reasons we give for not heeding God’s Word and God’s warning from heaven.

Have we taken His grace seriously enough that we have sought forgiveness for spiritual carelessness, indifference and apathy?

I praise You, Lord, that You have equipped Your true followers to live a moral life in an immoral world. Help me make each day count for Your kingdom, Lord.[1]


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

OCTOBER 22 LITTLE NEED FOR GOD

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

—Luke 12:19

It does not take great wisdom to perceive that we live in a generation of completely self-confident men and women. We are doing so well and flourishing in so many ways that we feel little need for God….

It is my judgment that every one of us should be sure we have had that all-important encounter with God. It is an experience that leaves us delighted in our love for Him. Like Abraham, we become satisfied with the revelation that only God matters.

If you are living only to buy and sell and get gain, that is not enough. If you are living only to sleep and work, that is not enough. If you are living only to prosper and marry and raise a family, that is not enough.

If you live only to get old and die, and never find forgiveness and the daily sense of God’s presence in your life, you have missed God’s great purpose for you. MMG030, 032

Oh, Lord, give me a sense not only of my own mortality, but of the importance of an eternal perspective. Give me a keen sense of forgiveness and of Your presence in my life today. Amen. [1]


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

Percentage of Female Clergy Doubles, Triples in Latest Study — Pulpit & Pen

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. – 1 Timothy 2:12

Two factors correspond directly with the decline of American mainstream denominations. The first factor is the prominence and growth of youth ministry, which is a topic better left to another time. The second factor that corresponds directly with the decline of American Protestantism is the ordination of women. To put it simply, the more women who are ordained to the ministry, the smaller those churches have become. Statistically this corresponding relationship between female ordination and the death of Christianity is more akin to a law than a rule. And yet, studies are demonstrating that more and more women are being ordained to an office that Biblically is reserved only for qualified men.

A new study has been revealed which demonstrates a radical and steady increase in female clergy in American mainline denominations. Published by Eileen Campbell Reed, the study entitled, “The State of Clergywomen in the U.S.: A Statistical Update,” reveals that more women than ever are standing behind the pulpit each Sunday.

The new statistics show:

  • In 1960 women were 2.3% of U.S. clergy. In 2016 women are 20.7% of U.S. clergy.
  • In most Mainline denominations, the percentage of clergywomen has doubled or tripled since 1994.
  • Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ clergywomen have reached numerical equity with clergymen.
  • More women of color and fewer white women are going to seminary to earn MDivs since 2008.

Consider the following graphic.

Here’s another graphic.

Maranatha.

Percentage of Female Clergy Doubles, Triples in Latest Study — Pulpit & Pen

Are prophecy and tongues still for today? — Denny Burk

Yesterday at our church, I took a break from verse-by-verse exposition of 1 Corinthians in order to address an important question about prophecy and tongues. The sermon has three points:

  1. What Is the Gift of Prophecy?
  2. What Is the Gift of Tongues?
  3. Are Prophecy and Tongues for Today?

My answer to the last question is “no.” My contention is that prophecy and tongues are revelatory gifts that are foundational to the church but that are no longer operative within the church (Eph. 2:20). You can download the sermon here or listen below.


For more reading on this, I recommend two books, both of which I rely on heavily in this message:

via Are prophecy and tongues still for today? — Denny Burk

George Soros Vows To Lead Migrant Caravan Into Promised Land

MEXICO—Raising his arms and staff high above his head, a robed George Soros vowed to lead the thousands-strong migrant caravan marching toward the United States into the Promised Land of America.

While the people were initially reluctant to make the long journey on foot, Soros encouraged them with inspiring words, miraculous signs, and lots of money.

Adversity came quickly after the group left on its long exodus. When confronted by Mexican authorities, Soros shouted, “Let my people go!” and threw bags of money at the police, who then left the caravan alone, causing the group’s faith in their leader to increase.

Soros has also reportedly parted several rushing rivers and one large lake, allowing the caravan to move forward on dry land, drowning pursuing authorities behind him as the waves came crashing back down.

Early this morning, the caravan ran out of food, causing grumbling. “We should have stayed in Guatemala,” said one migrant. But Soros urged his followers not to lose heart and used his vast wealth and connections to have gourmet meals dropped from a helicopter each morning. The caravan also ran out of water, but Soros was able to use his iPhone to call in for more after hitting it against a rock several times in an attempt to get service out in the middle of nowhere.

“We will yet see the Promised Land!” he assured his followers as they marched on through the wilderness.

Source: George Soros Vows To Lead Migrant Caravan Into Promised Land

ARMY INVASION: Honduran Caravan Includes Military-Aged Male Migrants From Bangladesh, Haiti and Congo — The Gateway Pundit

Honduran caravan full of military-aged males, photo via Sara Carter

The migrant caravan from Honduras has been infiltrated by people from Bangladesh, Haiti, Congo and Sri Lanka, according to embedded reporters.

Thousands of military-aged, virile mostly Honduran males breached the Guatemala border gate over the weekend and stormed the Mexican border bridge; Mexican authorities ultimately let the caravan through.

A second caravan of 2,000 migrants formed on Sunday and started marching to Guatemala with a plan to reach the U.S. as their final destination.

According to a Univision correspondent, Bangladeshis joined the migrant caravan before it crossed from Guatemala into Mexico.

The Daily Caller reported:

A Spanish language reporter who has spent weeks embedded with the migrant caravan said in a Friday report that people from Bangladesh had joined the mass of people trying to cross from Guatemala into Mexico.

The Bangladeshis, he said, were detained in an immigration facility, though it’s not clear what happened to them after their detention.

This is especially troubling because Bangladesh has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world with a very high rate of Islamic terrorism and barbarism.

Also, according to Judicial Watch, who has a reporter embedded in Guatemala, migrants from Haiti, Congo, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, and Bangladesh latched onto the caravan.

Approximately 1,700 migrants turned around Monday back into Honduras at one checkpoint (Chiquimula), coming in on buses, said Tom Fitton.

Investigative reporter Sara Carter is currently embedded and reporting live from Guatemala.

Sara Carter says, “it’s mostly men crossing the Guatemalan border.”

President Trump declared a national emergency Monday morning and announced that he will begin cutting off aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala as the migrant caravan marches through Mexico up to the U.S. border.

President Trump was right to declare a national emergency and alert the military and border patrol.

We have no idea who these people are. The migrant caravan is sure to be filled with ISIS fighters, MS-13 gang members and people with exotic diseases, not to mention the financial strain they will cause as they leech off the U.S. welfare system.

via ARMY INVASION: Honduran Caravan Includes Military-Aged Male Migrants From Bangladesh, Haiti and Congo — The Gateway Pundit

October 22 Daily Help

Why go I mourning?”—Psalm 42:9.

CANST thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed to winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! for God fails thee not.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 299). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Did the Holy Spirit Indwell or Regenerate Old Testament Saints before the Resurrection? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

There is only one way of salvation. In this Q&A video from our 2016 National Conference, W. Robert Godfrey and Albert Mohler explain that the Old Testament saints were saved the same way we are: by faith alone.

If you have a biblical or theological question, just visit Ask.Ligonier.org to ask your question live online.

via Did the Holy Spirit Indwell or Regenerate Old Testament Saints before the Resurrection? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

TED MALLOCH: Meet the Ohrs — The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by: Ted Malloch, author of The Plot to Destroy Trump

Meet the Ohrs — a very special couple in the coup to overthrow a duly elected President of our United States of America.

The Ohrs are NOT the Fockers of comedic movie fame.

Far from it. They are part of an American tragedy.

Recall at a press conference during his campaign for the presidency, Trump once joked to the crowd that he could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and he wouldn’t lose any voters.

Though in jest, there’s truth behind Trump’s joke, and the Democrats knew this.

So, Fusion GPS, working on behalf of the Clinton campaign, knows that to dig up dirt on a man nicknamed “Teflon Don”—to whom no scandal or dirt seems to stick— they’ll need more than just one man on the job.

They task FBI agent Bruce Ohr with the impossible . . .

In June 2016 Bruce Ohr is an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the US Department of Justice. His office is just four doors down from that of his boss, Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General and the number two-justice officer in America.

Ohr’s career is going along swimmingly: for the past decade or so he has been climbing up the political ladder and accruing power. Digging up dirt on Trump will surely bring him one rung higher to the top of the ladder. And Fusion GPS, hedging their bets, contracts another agent for the job.

In a clear case of nepotism and the Deep State at work, Fusion GPS hires Bruce’s wife, Nellie, to conduct oppo research on Trump and any connections to Russia and similar matters.

Nellie is a well-known expert in Russian affairs with an extensive network in that country. She holds a degree in history and Russian literature from Radcliffe/Harvard and an MA and PhD in Russian Affairs from Stanford University.

Throughout her career, Nellie has published extensively on the subject in peer-reviewed journals and worked for the CIA as an open source analyst.

In short, she knows all things Russia-related.

Nellie not only speaks the language but also knows the turf inside out and is an experienced Russia hand.

Perhaps more curiously, her PhD thesis, titled “Collective farms and Russian peasant society, 1933- 1937: the stabilization of the kolkhoz order,” blurs the “revisionist” line as she attempts to defend the millions killed by Stalin as “excesses,” which, according to Ohr, “sometimes represented desperate measures taken by a government that had little real control over the country.”

Is Nellie a Stalin sympathizer?

Seems like Steele, a confirmed socialist since his days in Cambridge, has found the perfect woman to carry out his socialist agenda nearly thirty years in the making. He knows Nellie’s the perfect woman for a crooked mission like this. And she hates Trump as much as he does.

And interestingly, only a few months prior, Nellie obtained her ham radio license, which begs the question, why? Could it be to have secure and confidential contact with Christopher Steele?
Could Nellie be more than just an agent conducting research?

Could she be a co-author of the Steele files?

And more peculiarly, when prompted by the FBI down the line, why does Bruce hide the fact that his wife is involved? Paid?

Is this a conflict of interest? What else is Bruce hiding?

Are the Ohrs the inside track to the Plot to Destroy Trump?

Ohr from inside DOJ and meeting with Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson passing on to his cronies and the FBI computer thumb drives from his own wife—Nellie Ohr?

Over the next few months, Bruce Ohr meets not only with Christopher Steele himself but also with Glenn Simpson numerous times, the founder of Fusion GPS, who hired Steele.

Simpson is the operative behind this whole saga.

Why exactly does Ohr meet with Steele? And how often?

Mr. Ohr has told Congress in a secret oversight committee hearing about his doings.

Simpson said one thing and now is caught in his lie and pleads the Fifth.

And Mrs. (Bruce) Nellie Ohr yesterday invokes the marital privilege clause to avoid talking about her husband.

The walls are finally crashing down!

Time for a second Special Prosecutor or just arrest ALL of them.

via TED MALLOCH: Meet the Ohrs — The Gateway Pundit