Daily Archives: October 28, 2018

OCTOBER 28 GOD IS ON OUR SIDE

Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul.

Psalm 71:13

It was a gracious revelation to my human spirit when I discovered that the Word of God was actually on my side, operating in my behalf!

I was reading Psalm 71 and I came to this amazing statement: “Thou hast given commandment to save me!” (71:3). My heart has been warmed with that realization ever since. I believe that the Word of the living God has gone throughout all the earth to save me and keep me! Let the theological experts raise their eyebrows—I do not care! The living Word has charged Himself with responsibility to forgive, to cleanse and to keep me!

Let us not be guilty of underrating the Word of God operating on our behalf. I dare to say that there is not an uncontrolled stroke or force anywhere in all of God’s mighty universe that can take eternal life away from a trusting, believing, obedient child of God.

Let us thank God for the Word! It is living and powerful and sharper than any twoedged sword (see Hebrews 4:12)!

Lord, it is so obvious that the truth of Your Word, which is alive and powerful, is one of the keys to world evangelization. Help me and other Christians to spread Your Word among our personal spheres of influence.[1]


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

OCTOBER 28 THE GLORY OF GOD HAS DEPARTED

Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

—Ezekiel 10:18

The world is evil, the times are waxing late, and the glory of God has departed from the Church as the fiery cloud once lifted from the door of the Temple in the sight of Ezekiel the prophet.

The God of Abraham has withdrawn His conscious Presence from us, and another god whom our fathers knew not is making himself at home among us. This god we have made and because we have made him we can understand him; because we have created him he can never surprise us, never overwhelm us, nor astonish us, nor transcend us.

The God of glory sometimes revealed Himself like a sun to warm and bless, indeed, but often to astonish, overwhelm, and blind before He healed and bestowed permanent sight. This God of our fathers wills to be the God of their succeeding race. We have only to prepare Him a habitation in love and faith and humility. We have but to want Him badly enough, and He will come and manifest Himself to us. KOH067-068

Come once again in all Your glory, great God. We’ve lost so much in losing Your presence among us. Come once more and manifest Yourself clearly to us. Amen. [1]


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

Apostate Laodicean ‘Faith Leaders’ To Hold Service Asking God To Bless Planned Parenthood Baby Murder Mill In Ohio Next Month — Now The End Begins

During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center

A sickening new trend in the apostate Laodicean church is the blessing of abortion clinics where ‘christian’ pastors and priests go to a Planned Parenthood clinic and pray to God, asking for His blessing on the murdering of babies within its walls. This happened for this first time in Ohio 3 years ago when a group of 15 Christian ministers and rabbis came together outside of the Preterm clinic to pray that the baby killing center would be a ‘beacon of hope’.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

Planned Parenthood is now calling their murder mills a ‘sacred space of decision’, where they say that deciding to abort your child is a ‘good and godly decision’. And the lukewarm apostate Laodicean church is walking in lockstep with them, exactly as Revelation 3 predicted they would.

Here is the official notice from Planned Parenthood:

Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision

Featuring a message from  Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: East Columbus Surgical Center 3255 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43213

Please join Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, faith leaders, and honored guests for an interfaith gathering. Reception to follow. Registration and photo IDs are required for this event.

Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God. Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and godly decisions.

During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center.

In celebration of conscience and moral decision making, this event will include interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care. This clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion. source

God does not and will not ‘bless’ abortion of unborn babies

Please go back and reread Planned Parenthood’s announcement, and pay careful attention to the choice of words they used. No longer content with promoting abortion as ‘health care’ or woman’s ‘right to choose’, they now attempt to make the case that God not only approves of the murder of unborn babies but actually blesses it.

Nothing could be further from the truth, make no mistake about that. In the Old Testament, people would kill their babies by offering them to the false idol Moloch, in our day Planned Parenthood fulfills exists to carry on the work of Molech.

The unchanging word of God called it an abomination back then, and still calls it an abomination in 2018.

“And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination…” Jeremiah 32:25 (KJV)

Abortion Giant Planned Parenthood Honored Hillary Clinton With ‘Champion Of The Century’ Award

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Hillary Clinton received the award in New York City on May 2, 2016 at a “once-in-a-lifetime Gala, 100 Years Strong,” an event that continues the abortion business’s centennial celebration.

Planned Parenthood endorsed Clinton in the 2016 Democrat primary and election. In turn, Clinton referred to the abortion industry giant as her “Planned Parenthood family” when she gave her first address after clinching her party’s nomination.

“I know that for a century Planned Parenthood has worked to make sure that women, men, young people who count on you can lead their best lives healthy, safe and free to follow their dreams,” Clinton said to the organization, vowing, “I will always have your back.”

The Laodicean Apostate Church Fulfilling Revelation 3

This is a sick and ever-darkening world that we live in, and rapidly getting worse with each passing day. The apostate professing Christian church is not only not standing for biblical truth, they are defecting in ever-larger numbers and joining the lost on the opposition side.

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:14-16 (KJV)

The only consolation is any of this is that in watching these apostate ‘faith leaders’ fulfilling Jesus prophecy of the lukewarm Christian church, we know how very close we are to the event that comes after, the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.

Come and get us, Lord Jesus, we are due and overdue to meet You in the air.

via Apostate Laodicean ‘Faith Leaders’ To Hold Service Asking God To Bless Planned Parenthood Baby Murder Mill In Ohio Next Month — Now The End Begins

Sunday Talks: Homeland Security Oversight Chairman Ron Johnson Discusses Mail IED’s, Synagogue Shooting and Migrant Caravan… — The Last Refuge

Senator Ron Johnson is Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee with direct oversight over the Department of Homeland Security.  Chairman Johnson is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on current events including the Central American migrant caravan moving toward the southern U.S. border; and the vulnerabilities with Chinese cyber-hacking.

via Sunday Talks: Homeland Security Oversight Chairman Ron Johnson Discusses Mail IED’s, Synagogue Shooting and Migrant Caravan… — The Last Refuge

New Migrant Caravan Headed to US From El Salvador — The Gateway Pundit

A new caravan of migrants formed in El Salvador this weekend and is headed to the United States. The caravan is being promoted on Facebook with the phrase, “El Salvador emigra por un futuro mejor” (El Salvador emigrates for a better future).

The caravan started with around 300 people early Sunday morning, reported Reuters stringer Amndré Rentería via Twitter. Another report by ElSalvador.com put the number at 500. Like the other two larger caravans headed to the U.S. from Honduras (one now in Mexico the other in Guatemala), this one will likely grow in numbers as it comes up through Central America.

The migrants say they are fleeing poverty, crime and corruption.

A “tour guide map” with migrant routes through Mexico to the United States.

Caravan on the move (EEUU is Spanish shorthand for Estados Unidos–United States.)

With police escort (at end of video clip).

Some migrants getting rides.

Photos of the caravan. One shows a leader with raised fist addressing the migrants.

More photos.

U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes posted a video on Friday imploring El Salvadorans to not immigrate illegally.

 

via New Migrant Caravan Headed to US From El Salvador — The Gateway Pundit

Mainstream Media Ignore Over 5,000 Urging Americans to #WalkAway from Democrat Party — The Gateway Pundit

Thousands of former Democrats marched at the #WalkAway rally in Washington D.C. Saturday, urging leftists to leave the Democrat Party and support Trump and Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.

Despite frigid weather and pouring rain, participants dressed in red, white, and blue and Make America Great again hats waving American flags as they marched from John Marshall Park near the Capitol to Freedom Plaza near the White House.

#WalkAway transformed pussy hats, made infamous during the Women’s March, into Trump-supporting headgear.

The mile-long march along Pennsylvania Avenue symbolizes a “walk away from the Democratic Party and literally walking toward freedom,” founder of the Walk Away movement Brandon Straka told The Gateway Pundit.

Before walking away, Straka said he believed the media’s lies about Republicans and conservatives.

“I thought the GOP sucked before I walked away. I bought into a lot of media lies – ‘racists, bigots, monsters,” he said. “I have been showered with love by conservatives and Republicans. It is such nonsense. It sure beats being on the left and crying every night about the president.”

The movement caught President Trump’s attention. He tweeted about the event before it began.

 

Yet, the mainstream media completely ignored the thousands of Americans who took to the streets to disavow the Democrat party. Neither CNN or MSNBC covered the weekend’s events.

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CNN has accused the #WalkAway movement of being a disinformation campaign orchestrated by Republicans and a Russian ploy to divide key Democrat voting blocs.

“Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too,” CNN commentator David A. Love wrote. “The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party’s alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party.”

Straka, a former Democrat, spearheaded the #WalkAway movement five months ago when he posted a video on his Facebook page urging others who are fed up with the failed policies and mob rule mentality of today’s Democrat Party to leave it.

The rally on the national mall featured various speakers including Dinesh D’Souza, Stacey Dash, Joy Villa, Mason Weaver, Buzz Patterson, and others.

via Mainstream Media Ignore Over 5,000 Urging Americans to #WalkAway from Democrat Party — The Gateway Pundit

October 28 Daily Help

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.”—Psalm 65:11.

ALL the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon his children with beams of love. Like a river, his loving-kindness is always flowing with a fulness inexhaustible as his own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element, they live, and move, and have their being.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 305). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Rand Paul: Saudis Fund ‘Worldwide Terrorism’

Reminding a Montana Republican rally that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ripped the kingdom – long considered a U.S. ally – for being the reason “we have worldwide terrorism.”…

Source: Rand Paul: Saudis Fund ‘Worldwide Terrorism’

After Synagogue Massacre, Democrats Must Denounce Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and Apologize for Associating With Him and Nation of Islam — The Gateway Pundit

For too long the Democratic Party has been given a pass for associating with notorious Jew hater Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. As part of the renewed battle against anti-Semitism in the wake of the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre it is time that Democrats permanently denounce Farrakhan, apologize for associating with him and the Nation of Islam and promise to never again have anything to do with Farrakhan or the Nation of Islam.

Photographs and video over the decades show Democrat presidents, presidential candidates and other elected Democrats standing side by side with Farrakhan. As recently as two months ago Farrakhan shared the stage at the funeral for Aretha Franklin with former President Bill Clinton and two former Democratic Party presidential candidates Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Jackson and Sharpton both have histories of anti-Semitism.

Earlier this year a photo from 2005 surfaced of then Senator Barack Obama  standing and smiling with Farrakhan at a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. The photo was kept secret to protect Obama’s political future.

2006 video of Farrakhan meeting with Democrat members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Isolated clip of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) hugging Farrakhan.

Video from 1993. YouTube poster description reads, ” The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan addresses a panel on Race in America at the first Town Hall Meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus, The Panel also included Rep. Kwesi Mfume, Rev. Ben Chavis, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rev. Jesse Jackson and ABC News anchor Carol Simpson served as the moderator. The event was held in Washington,DC on September 16, 1993.”

On October 16, 2018, Farrakhan posted to Twitter an excerpt of a speech that he captioned, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”

The Democrats should denounce the anti-Semitic Farrakhan and Nation of Islam, apologize and never associate with them again. Will they?

via After Synagogue Massacre, Democrats Must Denounce Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and Apologize for Associating With Him and Nation of Islam — The Gateway Pundit

#Walkaway Rally in D.C. Has Dems Shaking in Their Boots [Video]

The #walkaway movement held a rally in Washington D.C. yesterday and it was a resounding success:

A newly created political movement urging liberals to leave the Democratic Party held a march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

The five-month-old #WalkAway movement advocates that those who feel disillusioned with the party — which some say uses scare tactics and identity politics — to come out publicly against it.

Straka spearheaded the movement after posting an online video in May explaining why he was abandoning the Democratic Party.

“People are fed up with what’s happening on the left,” he said, adding that interest skyrocketed after the hearings into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanauagh. “These were really the kind of die-hard loyalists. People in their 60s and 70s who had been Democrats their whole life who said ‘This was the final straw for me.’”

Scores of video testimonials posted to the #WalkAway Campaign Facebook page give a variety of reasons for switching political allegiances.

Some said the Democratic Party has become hate-filled and hostile to opposing points of view while moving further to the left. Others say they were tired of the party’s “politically correct” culture.

Watch this video of the rally:

Here is some footage of the Walkaway March that is being ignored by the Mainstream Media….#walkaway #walkawaymarch #walkawaymovement #votered pic.twitter.com/taFcLKA9k6

— Crane Boss (@CraneBoss17) October 28, 2018

Of course you can count on the lunatics over at CNN to blame the #walkaway movement on Russia:

CNN contributor David Love called the movement fake and a Russian ploy to divide key Democrat voting blocs, the Washington Times reported.

“Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too,” Love wrote. “The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party’s alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party.

Just #walkaway!

Source: #Walkaway Rally in D.C. Has Dems Shaking in Their Boots [Video]

EXCLUSIVE… Joy Villa at the #Walkaway March: “Americans Are Sick of the Mob Mentality of Democrats” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Singer Joy Villa joined Brandon Straka and thousands of former Democrats who celebrated breaking free of the party’s mind control at the #WalkAway march in Washington DC Saturday.

In an interview with the Gateway Pundit, Villa argued that more and more Americans are realizing they’ve been manipulated and lied to by Democrats because of President Trump’s leadership, Villa said.

“Definitely Donald Trump did wake me up. He was the only one that could wake me up,” she said. “I was an independent. I was already sliding towards maybe Bernie, I was already looking for somebody, a populous type of movement. I knew Hillary was wrong. I wasn’t calling myself a liberal. I thought ‘I am an independent, I don’t want to be divisive.’ But I wanted human rights, women’s rights, no racism – all the good things that [Democrats] say they have, but they don’t own. Trump was like, ‘lets bring it back to basics, lets protect our borders, lets protect our citizens – legal citizens, born here or immigrated here. And lets protect our country, lets not go black vs. white.’

Democrats castigate Republicans with accusations of racism, sexism and xenophobia and the Republican party failed at disproving the left until Trump entered the political arena, Villa argued.

“If it wasn’t for Trump, I don’t think I’d tell you right now that I’m a registered Republican because the GOP has an identity problem. They should have been pulling some of the same tricks that, honestly, the liberals have been pulling,” she said. “I get it, we are not about identity politics, but you need to have black speakers. Mia Love, why don’t we know her name? Why isn’t she on TV? Put her on Fox.

“Now it’s a different time, thanks to Trump, because he’s used the media against them, he knows how to work it. But for years the Republicans had the same old soggy guys up there. That’s not going to make anybody walk away.”

Thousands of Americans traveled to the Washington DC and marched in the rain to demonstrate because they are “sick” of the “mob mentality” of Democrats, Villa explained.

“We are not demonizing Democrats – they do that themselves, but we are not here to do that. We are here to show support for people that are sick of the badness that’s out there. Sick of the blame, the destruction, the mob mentality, the threats against our president, against our administration. We are done with that,’ she said. “We are going to be about unity, joining together and love because that is what #WalkAway is about and that what America is about.”

Since becoming conservative, Villa said she realized she was “shackled” by the Democrat party and with her newfound she has more self-respect.

“I have more respect for myself as a woman, as a woman of color, as a family woman, as a married woman, as an artist, as an entrepreneur, as a business woman, as a deeply religious person. Everything about me I feel like is accepted in this movement. Not in spite of it, but because of it – because I am different. And the left is like ‘no, you have to do what we tell you to do, you have to think the way we say and I don’t want to be shackled.

“I have to say to the Democrats, even if you put chains on my wrist, however loose they are, they are still chains. When I was a Democrat, I had very loose chains, because I didn’t fill them too much back in the day. But they started tightening over time as I broke them. I think the future is very bright and its going to get better and better. Compassion, love, unity – that’s what our country is about.”

via EXCLUSIVE… Joy Villa at the #Walkaway March: “Americans Are Sick of the Mob Mentality of Democrats” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Europe’s War On Free Speech Continues

Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

A European court has ruled that people can be fined and prosecuted in criminal court for saying things about religious figures. Specifically, saying things about the Muslim prophet Mohammad is verboten, and state punishment is appropriate:

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a woman convicted by an Austrian court of calling the Prophet Mohammed a paedophile did not have her freedom of speech rights infringed.

The woman, named only as Mrs. S, 47, from Vienna, was said to have held two seminars in which she discussed the marriage between the Prophet Mohammad and a six-year old girl, Aisha….Mrs S. was later convicted in February 2011 by the Vienna Regional Criminal Court for disparaging religious doctrines and ordered her to pay a fine of 480 euros plus legal fees.

The court’s primary reasoning, it appears, is that the woman’s comments ought to condemned because they might “stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace…” Notably, however, Mrs. S is not accused of saying anything that encourages violence either generally or in any specific way.

In other words, human rights go right out the window if the exercise of those rights might cause other people to feel bad.

This sort of thing is shocking to Americans, of course, but it’s old hat by now in Europe (and Canada) where one can face large fines , and even imprisonment for saying unpopular things.

Just some examples include:

  • A candidate in the European elections was arrested in Britain for quoting a passage from Winston Churchill about Islam.
  • Gert Wilders, a politician in the Netherlands, was tried on five counts including “criminally insulting Muslims because of their religion.”
  • Both Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant were dragged in front of the Canadian Human Rights Commission on charges of being “Islamophobic.”

Moreover, it reflects a larger disdain for private property that is so widespread in Europe. Consider, that the comments made by the woman in question were apparently made at “two seminars.” Presumably, no one who didn’t wish to listen to the ideas of Mrs. S was forced to do so. And there is no claim that Mrs.S trespassed on anyone’s property to express these ideas.

As noted by Murray Rothbard, the right to free speech is not a special right, but is intimately connected to property rights. If Mrs. S was expressing her ideas in a place and in a way that did not violate anyone else’s property rights, then she was acting peacefully and in a way that respects the rights of others.

In other words, it appears that there was no coercion or violence of any sort involved in Mrs S’s expression of her ideas.

The Court, however, has decided that the proper response to her peaceful activities is to use violence — by imposing fines.

Moreover, the court appears to be unconcerned as to whether the facts relayed by Mrs S, relating to Mohammad’s marriage to a young girl, are accurate or not. This would appear to be important to most reasonable people, but presuming that Mrs S comments about Muhammad’s child bride are accurate — which they appear to be — the court is basically taking the position that stating well-known historical facts constitutes some sort of hate speech.

The larger goal, it appears is to pander to certain interest groups at the expense of basic freedoms. One is left wondering, however, if the Court would react with equal enthusiasm to equally disparaging remarks about Christianity or Christians.

State-directed punishments of this sort, of course, ought not be confused with non-governmental efforts at silencing critics. While Americans certainly are fond of launching campaigns to get people fired or ostracized when they say unpopular things, these actions are nonetheless qualitatively different from being hauled into civil or criminal court by government officials, and then threatening the accused with thousands of dollars in fines, or even a jail term.

Source: Europe’s War On Free Speech Continues

October 28, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

30 These words could be the husband’s but may better form the poet’s summation of the matter. In any case, what is valued in the wife are her domestic efficiency and her piety rather than charm and beauty. Physical appearance is not necessarily dismissed—it simply does not endure as do those qualities produced by the fear of the Lord (see Note). Beauty is deceitful, and one who pursues beauty may well be disappointed by the character of the “beautiful” person.[1]


Her beauty is unfading (v. 30)

The world may measure a woman’s worth by outward charm and beauty, but those who are wise look beyond the surface. A flirtatious woman may gather a crowd of suitors, but underneath the charm one may find a rotten character. Likewise, worldly women often have physical beauty while lacking character. ‘As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion’ (11:22). Mere outward beauty does not last in spite of make-up, exercise, and surgery. A marriage based merely upon outward beauty will fail because the body wilts over time like cut flowers. But the godly woman’s inner beauty grows over time. She is adorned by her good works and wise character. A godly man finds his greatest delight in such beauty.

The secret of her success is that she fears God (v. 30b)

Godly women do not succeed in their own strength. The book of Proverbs ends where it began: ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge’ (1:7). Because of the Fall, virtue does not come naturally. A woman may be tempted to abandon her role as helper and may desire to dominate her husband (Gen. 3:16b). But the woman who turns to God in faith is forgiven her sin and receives a new nature. A common complaint I hear from some women is ‘I’d be an excellent wife if he were a better husband.’ Yet the wise woman’s service to her husband is not based upon his worthiness but Christ’s. The virtuous woman does not put her ultimate trust in a man, not even her husband (29:25; see also Jer. 17:5–6). She serves God in her home with the strength that God supplies (Jer. 17:7–8).[2]


31:30 / Verse 30b is generally rendered as in the niv (cf. nab, nrsv). But the Masoretic vocalization of Hb. yrʾt suggests the feminine construct of Hb. yirʾâ (= the fear of). The customary adjectival translation seems to presuppose the feminine form of the adjective yārēʾ, which one would expect to be vocalized as yerēʾat or yerēʾt. “Fear of the Lord” was read by the Gk. (“an intelligent woman will be praised, but let her praise the fear of the Lord”). It is possible that the original reading was: woman, the fear of the Lord, she (hyʾ) is to be praised. The apposition of woman and fear of the Lord (the beginning of wisdom) would confirm the symbolism of the woman in vv. 10–31. Both Woman Wisdom (in 9:1–6) and Wisdom in 31:10–31 (where “house” occurs four times) are the mistress of a house! See the discussion by McCreesh, “Wife.”[3]


31:30. This wife is praiseworthy from the inside, not just because of external charm and beauty. An attractive outward appearance can be deceitful because it reveals nothing about a person’s true quality and may in fact mask character deficiencies. Moreover, it is vain in any case because it is fleeting. Of course, beauty is not a negative quality, and a husband should find his wife attractive (cf. 5:19–20). But attractiveness is relatively insignificant when compared to the decisive factor making the excellent wife so praiseworthy. What matters most is that she fears the Lord (cf. 1:7; 9:10). Her relationship with the Lord makes her such an exemplar of wisdom and righteousness.[4]


31:30. Her secret is her godly character. She is physically charming and beautiful but those qualities may not last. But as a woman who fears the Lord, she is praised by her husband (v. 28) and others (v. 31). Appropriately here near the end of Proverbs, the book concludes the way it began, by referring to fearing the Lord (1:7).

31:31. The writer urged his readers to recognize and reward the faithful diligence and kindness of such a woman. She along with her husband (v. 23) should be honored publicly. Honoring a woman at the … gate was not normally done in Israel. But an unusual woman called for unusual recognition.

The virtues of a noble wife are those that are extolled throughout the Book of Proverbs: hard work, wise investments, good use of time, planning ahead, care for others, respect for one’s spouse, ability to share godly values with others, wise counsel, and godly fear (worship, trust, service, obedience). As Proverbs has stated repeatedly, these are qualities that lead to honor, praise, success, personal dignity and worth, and enjoyment of life. In the face of the adulteress’ temptations mentioned often in Proverbs, it is fitting that the book concludes by extolling a virtuous wife. Young men and others can learn from this noble woman. By fearing God, they can live wisely and righteously. That is the message of Proverbs.[5]


31:30, 31 The writer now adds his amen to what the husband has just said. It is true. A woman may have charm but no common sense. She may be beautiful but impractical. But a woman who fears the Lord, as described above, is the best kind. Let her be honored for her diligence and noble character. When the town fathers meet at the civic center, let them praise her outstanding accomplishments.

It is noteworthy and fitting that Proverbs should end on this very positive note about women. Three women have been prominent in this book: the personification of Wisdom, seen as a woman inviting learners to her banquet, the immoral woman or seductress, and finally, the “woman (or wife) of valor,” as the literal translation reads in 31:10 (NKJV margin).[6]


31:30 — Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

The Book of Proverbs ends where it began, with a focus on the fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7). Those who know and worship God for who He really is find both success in life and praise after it.[7]


[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. 251). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (pp. 180–181). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 156). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Finkbeiner, D. (2014). Proverbs. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 969). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[5] Walvoord, J. F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 973). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 871). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Pr 31:30). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

Martin Luther in His Own Words — Ligonier Ministries Blog

After years of struggling with his guilt, Martin Luther finally realized that righteousness is not something he could achieve, but rather a gift of God. In this brief clip, Michael Reeves reads Luther’s account of being born again.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for a donation of any amount this month only, you can also receive a copy of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, a documentary featuring interviews with R.C. Sproul and several Ligonier Teaching Fellows, on DVD. Offer ends 10/31/18.

Transcript

Looking at that verse which says, “the righteous will live by faith” he said; “Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt I was a sinner before God with an extremely disturbed conscious, and I could not believe that God was placated by my satisfaction. Thus, I raged with a fierce and troubled conscious. Nevertheless, I beat importunately upon Paul at that place, Romans 1:17 ardently desiring to know what’s it Paul wanted, and I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous live by a gift of God, mainly by faith. The righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, a passive righteousness by which the merciful God justifies us by faith. Here I felt, I was altogether born again.”

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Sunday’s Hymn: O Day of Rest and Gladness — Rebecca Writes

O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
On thee the high and lowly,
Through ages joined in tune,
Sing Holy, Holy, Holy,
To the great God Triune,

On thee, at the creation,
The light first had its birth;
On thee, for our salvation,
Christ rose from depths of earth;
On thee our Lord, victorious,
The Spirit sent from heav’n;
And thus on thee, most glorious,
A triple light was giv’n.

Thou art a port protected
From storms that round us rise;
A garden intersected
With streams of Paradise;
Thou art a cooling fountain
In life’s dry, dreary sand;
From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain,
We view the promised land.

Today on weary nations
The heav’nly manna falls;
To holy convocations
The silver trumpet calls,
Where gospel light is glowing
With pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing
With soul-refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining
From this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining
To spirits of the blest.
To Holy Ghost be praises,
To Father and to Son;
The church her voice upraises
To thee, blest Three in One.

—Christopher Wordsworth

 

 

 

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Sunday Word of the Week: Fruit of the Spirit, Peace

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

On Sundays I usually post a theological word with its definition, then an explanation, and use it in a verse. I also use a picture to represent the concept. This is my effort to maintain a theological literacy among the brethren and between generations, something I believe is critical. We have to know what we believe, why, and know the words to express it. Words like Justification, Immanence, and Perspicuity have all been a Sunday Word of the Week.

Similarly, when we discuss other words representing the fruit of the Spirit, such as love, peace, and joy, we think we know what they mean, but often times these culturally embedded words have a totally different flavor when used from a biblical context. It is true of the words pertaining to the Fruit of the Spirit. Even these ‘simpler’ biblical words are misunderstood.

Therefore, over the next few…

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October 28 Dealing a Deathblow to Sinful Desires

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

James 1:16

At what point do you deal with sin? Not at the point of behavior—because then it’s too late—but at the point of desire. The person who is able to control his emotional responses is able to deal effectively with sin. When being bombarded by negative emotional responses, a person with a mind that is sanctified can deactivate desires before they are activated by the will. But once they capture the will, their birth is inevitable.

You must deal with lustful emotions if you want to effectively deal with sin in your life. If you expose your emotions to the baited hook, you may find yourself getting hooked unless you take immediate action.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 325). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

What theory of truth should a Bible-believing Christian accept?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Investigation in progress Investigation in progress

I was just thinking to myself this week about why I keep running into people who identify as Christians who are open and unrepentant about habitual sin. Now, I’m not perfect, but you don’t see me out there in public saying that the Bible is wrong. I would not claim that some behavior that was condemned by all previous generations of Christians is suddenly ok.

So, I thought and thought and thought about it, and here is what I came up with. Somehow, people have come to a view of Christianity that tells them that Christianity is not something that is true about the universe out there. Instead, Christianity is “true” in the sense that it “works for them”.

So they aren’t saying that God actually exists or that Jesus actually rose from the dead, because they don’t know if those things are objectively true. They’re just…

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