Daily Archives: October 29, 2018

OCTOBER 29 “TOP SIDE OF THE SOUL”

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.

Acts 26:18

It is certainly a reality in our day that too few men and women are willing to keep the “top side” of their souls open to God and to His light from heaven.

You may wonder about such expression as the “top side” of the soul, but I do think it is in line with Bible teaching, and certainly in line with all Christian experience.

The heart and soul are open to God in some people’s lives but certainly not in others.

We should be aware that man’s forgiveness is not always like God’s. When a man makes a mistake and has to be forgiven, the shadow may still hang over him among his fellows.

But when God forgives, He begins the new page right away. Then when the devil runs up and says, “What about his past?” God replies, “What past? He has been forgiven!”

Now, I think that kind of forgiveness and justification and acceptance with God depends upon a person’s willingness to keep the “top side” of the soul open to God and His saving grace!

Dear Lord, there are people at work and in my community whose hearts are not open to Your offer of forgiveness. I pray that each one will open his soul to God to receive His saving grace.[1]


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

10/26/2018 – Wretched

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•Your questions and conundrums
•Who are the preachers and ministries I can trust?
•Wretched listeners are seeing the depression epidemic first-hand
•Should my rock band play in bars?
•Is the Church’s primary role Love or Evangelism?
•Kevin DeYoung has an answer for Andy Stanley
•Why John Frith was willing to die over the Lord’s Supper
•Help, my Christian brother is committing insurance fraud

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OCTOBER 29 THE SEEKING HEART FINDS GOD

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

—Jeremiah 29:13

God being who He is must have obedience from His creatures. Man being who he is must render that obedience. And he owes God complete obedience whether or not he feels for Him the faintest trace of love in his heart. It is a question of the sovereign right of God to require His creatures to obey Him. Man’s first and basic sin was disobedience. When he disobeyed God he violated the claims of divine love with the result that love for God died within him. Now, what can he do to restore that love to his heart again? The answer to that question is given in one word: Repent.

The heart that mourns its coldness toward God needs only to repent its sins, and a new, warm and satisfying love will flood into it. For the act of repentance will bring a corresponding act of God in self-revelation and intimate communion. Once the seeking heart finds God in personal experience there will be no further problem about loving Him. To know Him is to love Him and to know Him better is to love Him more. ROR165

Lord, I mourn my coldness toward You and repent, that I may enter into a loving, intimate relationship with You. Amen. [1]


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

Poll: Majority of Americans Blame Obama, Not Trump, for State of Health Care Ahead of 2018 Midterms | Breitbart

A majority of Americans blame former President Barack Obama, not President Donald J. Trump, for the current state of health care and Obamacare, according to a poll released on Friday
— Read on www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/10/29/poll-majority-of-americans-blame-obama-not-trump-for-state-of-health-care-ahead-of-2018-midterms/amp/

Trump Criticized For Using US Military For Bizarre Purpose Of Defending Nation’s Borders | The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump is under heavy criticism after announcing the deployment of thousands of troops to the United States-Mexico border, with critics slamming him for using the military for the bizarre purpose of defending the country.

The Trump administration’s decision to deploy the military for the nearly unheard-of purpose of defending US soil was widely panned by pundits.

No one is sure where Trump got this strange idea that the military is supposed to be used to secure the nation’s borders. “He must have read about it in an old document or something,” said Sarah Sanders at this morning’s White House briefing, shrugging her shoulders. “Frankly I never know what’s going through his head.”

The nation’s servicemembers were also nonplussed by the move. “I signed up to occupy Afghanistan, not defend the country,” said one soldier. “When I said I’d defend Americans’ freedoms, I meant I’d defend them abroad, not defend them at home.”

One MSNBC commentator called the move “unheard of and unprecedented,” further elaborating that a president who redirects US military resources from occupying other countries to defending the country is “one step away from using the tactics of Adolf Hitler.”

At publishing time, President Obama had come out hard against the deployment, saying that he favors drone striking civilians on the other side of the globe as the best way to secure our nation.
— Read on babylonbee.com/news/trump-criticized-for-using-us-military-for-bizarre-purpose-of-defending-nations-borders

Church’s Haunted House Just Two Hours Of Greeting Time | The Babylon Bee

REINER, SD—Many evangelical churches put on “hell house” attractions, attempting to use the imagery of Halloween to scare children into the Kingdom, just like the Bible tells us to. But one local church may have taken things too far: First Baptist Church put on a spooky haunted house that was just two hours of church small talk.

Horrified visitors from the community entered the haunted house and were paralyzed with fear upon discovering it wasn’t filled with ghosts, goblins, or witches, but with extroverted people trying to shake your hand and ask about your week.

The church even locked the doors behind hapless haunted house attendees, ensuring they would be compelled to make small talk for hours on end. After they were finally let free, visitors were given a gospel tract and the opportunity to accept Christ and attend the church’s remote streaming services, so they never have to talk to anybody again.

“We knew these things could be scary, but we wouldn’t have gone in if we’d known it would just be a time of forced church greetings,” said one mother from the surrounding neighborhood. “My kids are going to be scarred for life. Who on earth thought this was a good idea?” Several visitors even fainted and had to be transported to a local hospital after one too many church folk asked them about “this fine weather we’re having.”

Director Scott Derrickson is expected to make a feature film covering the extremely horrifying haunted house shortly after Doctor Strange 2 wraps. “The supernatural is real, and it can be terrifying,” he said. “If you thought Emily Rose or Sinister was scary, just wait until you see unsuspecting victims forced into an awkward half-hug for hours. Truly chilling.”
— Read on babylonbee.com/news/churchs-haunted-house-just-2-hours-of-greeting-time

Too Wretched For Radio 10/29/2018 — Wretched

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•Todd and Phil discuss Andy Stanley during a Facebook Live event

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10/29/2018 — Wretched

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•Please put distance between yourself and your phone
•Voddie Baucham explains human dominion over nature
•American unhappiness and the opioid epidemic
•Sex-change regret is on the rise
•Dr. Phil scolds a young black woman for being a white racist
•Steve Lawson shares the role of Martin Luther in the Reformation
•When Christian music doesn’t offend Ellen Degeneres
•Bono, Benjamin Watson, and Paige Patterson

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53% of US undergrads afraid to disagree with outspoken professors on political, social issues — poll

US college campuses have traditionally been known as havens of free speech among students, but now professors are increasingly sharing their opinions — and many undergraduates are afraid to disagree with them, a new survey found.

Source: 53% of US undergrads afraid to disagree with outspoken professors on political, social issues — poll

CNN’s White House Activist Jim Acosta Begs Sarah Sanders to Name Which Outlets Are the ‘Enemy of the People’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

CNN’s resident White House activist attempted to make a spectacle during the White House briefing once again, begging Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to name which journalists or publications President Donald Trump considers to be an “enemy of the people.”

Acosta must have been going through attention withdrawal since there hadn’t been an official briefing for him to cause a scene in since October 3.

“If the president is going to say the fake news media are the enemy of the people and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say there are some journalists and news outlets in this country that meet that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?” Acosta asked during Monday’s briefing.

Sanders had explained that the president isn’t referring to all news outlets when he discusses fake news.

“I’m not going to go through a list — but I think those individuals probably know who they are,” Sanders said.

The whiny activist-reporter then demanded to know if that includes his outlet, and brought up the undetonated bomb that had been sent to CNN.

“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization, like yours, to blame responsibility for a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president — not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration — for those heinous acts. I think that is outrageous and I think it’s irresponsible,” Sanders said.

Acosta continued to try and keep the spotlight on himself, but Sanders asserted that she had already given him three questions and was done responding to him.

CNN’s White House Activist Jim Acosta Begs Sarah Sanders to Name Which Outlets Are the ‘Enemy of the People’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Old Man Crucified: The Basics – Place for Truth

In Romans 6:6, the Apostle Paul writes, “We know that our old self [or old man] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” As we engage a series on “the old man,” we want to ask the basic question: what is the old man crucified?

Let’s start first with “the old man.” The old man is who we were in our sinful estate and in our slavery to sin. It is the person who is “in Adam” with all the guilt and consequences of Adam’s sin upon them plus their own slavery and bondage to sin. This is the person who is dead in their sins. This “old man” could be described using Ephesians 2:1-3.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

This “old man” is the state of the entirety of humanity apart from union with Christ. In fact, we should say that it is only for the believer that this state is “old.” Paul elsewhere describes this old self/man in Col. 3 and Eph 4:22

Col. 3:5-9 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Eph. 4:22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

The old man is the man enslaved to sin. This enslavement manifests itself all sort of evil and wicked behavior. The “old man” is the man enslaved to the flesh who walks according to the flesh. He does not desire to obey and he is unable to obey God (Rom. 8:5-8).
— Read on www.placefortruth.org/blog/old-man-crucified-basics

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does not blame President Donald Trump for the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, unlike many of his leftist peers.

“I’m not going to sit here and blame the president,” Senator Sanders said on Monday, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.

Like President Trump, Senator Sanders had a derranged fan who used political violence against his percieved enemies — shooting up the Congressional Baseball Game last year and injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others. The shooter had screamed “this is for healthcare” as he opened fire, according to Senator Rand Paul.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made this point today during her press briefing.

“It’s not the president, no more than it was Bernie Sanders’ fault for the individual who shot up a baseball field,” the press secretary asserted during the briefing.

While partisans have been busy pointing fingers, at least there are some who understand that the people responsible for these horrific attacks are the extemists themselves.

Bernie Sanders Goes Against the Democratic Party Line, Says President Trump Isn’t to Blame for Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack — The Gateway Pundit

IT’S A GO: 5,000 US Troops Deploying To Southern Border In Response To Honduran Migrant Caravan — Now The End Begins

Roughly 5,000 U.S. troops will be deploying to the southern border in response to the migrant caravan pushing north through Mexico, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News

Like him or hate him, you have to respect him. President Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do when campaigning in the 2016 election. Now, he is doing whatever necessary to secure and protect America’s borders.

Interestingly, even though Mexico has offered the migrants asylum, schooling, food, clothing and shelter, nearly every single one of them has rejected that offer saying that they only wish to go to the United States. Do you still think this is an ‘organic movement’ of a ‘displaced people’, or a caravan organized by Far Left Liberal agitators like Pueblo Sin Fronteras during an election season? Comment below.

5,000 US troops deploying to southern border in response to migrant caravan

FROM FOX NEWS: Some of the troops will be deploying as early as Tuesday. The reinforcements headed to the U.S.-Mexico border are support troops – not combat troops – and will include engineers, as well as aviation and medical personnel.

The troop deployment, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, had been expected after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved the request last week. But the number of troops is far higher than initial estimates.

President Trump, meanwhile, has called for the caravan to turn back and warned its members that the military “is waiting for you!”

He tweeted Monday: “Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”

Fox News has learned military police will be among those headed to the border, though they will not be acting in a law enforcement role – but rather in a “force protection” mission, guarding any U.S. military personnel supporting the Border Patrol, according to another official.

Combat troops are not being considered, though the bulk of the reinforcements going to the border are active-duty forces.

Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon arrangement. With 5,000 additional troops headed south, there will be roughly the same number of American forces positioned along the southern border as there are deployed to Iraq and Syria combined.

While troops are being deployed, White House officials are continuing to discuss possible executive or regulatory action to prevent people in the caravan from coming across the border. READ MORE

via IT’S A GO: 5,000 US Troops Deploying To Southern Border In Response To Honduran Migrant Caravan — Now The End Begins

CNN Asks Tree of Life Rabbi if Trump is Welcome at Their Synagogue — His Answer Likely Disappointed Them (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump is welcome at their synagogue and would not cave to prodding from an anchor who seemed to want him to say that the president is to blame.

During the interview, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Rabbi Myers if he blames anyone “beyond the gunman” for the deadly attack on his synagogue.

“I don’t really foist blame upon any person. Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It’s not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things,” Rabbi Myers said.

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Unsatisfied with his lack of finger pointing, Camerota asked, “what lights the match of hate?”

“I think you’re raising one of those great questions that people far smarter than I can answer,” Myers responded. “I do recall this: if we look in the Bible after the story of the flood and Noah, God regretfully says to Noah, ‘I have learned that man from his youth is prone to evil,’ which is, you would think, a horrific thing for God to tell us.”

“The message I get from that is, yes, there is the possibility of hate in all people. But there is also the possibility of good,” he continued.

When asked if the president would be welcome at the synagogue, Myers did not hesitate in saying that he is.

“The President of the United States is always welcome. I am a citizen, he is my president,” Myers quickly responded. “He is always welcome.”

via CNN Asks Tree of Life Rabbi if Trump is Welcome at Their Synagogue — His Answer Likely Disappointed Them (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

How Could Someone Who Does Not Believe in God Judge Him?

by Travis Satterfield

Nonbelievers give many reasons for believing that God does not exist. Some say they cannot reconcile modern scientific thinking with belief in God. Some say that there is not enough historical evidence.

Then there is an entire category of questions about God with a different common theme: judging God’s character and actions. In this category, questions like the following are asked:

These are certainly legitimate questions, which Christian thinkers over the centuries have treated with care. But, notice the common denominator. The real alternatives assumed in these questions are not whether God exists, but whether he is justified in what he does, assuming he exists.

Here’s the thing…

Discussing God’s existence and judging God’s character are two very different endeavors. Yet, people act as though how God exists determines if God exists…

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Trump Calls Out Media: ‘Their Fake & Dishonest Reporting Causing Problems Far Greater than They Understand!’

President Trump called out the establishment media on Sunday, saying “their fake & dishonest reporting” is “causing problems far greater than they understand.”

Source: Trump Calls Out Media: ‘Their Fake & Dishonest Reporting Causing Problems Far Greater than They Understand!’

Obama Says ONLY Voters Can Stop the Hate in America, Franklin Graham’s Answer Is Quite Different

Robert Bowers, Cesar Sayoc, and Gregory Bush, suspects in recent violent attacks in the US

The man accused of sending at least 14 explosive devices to prominent liberal critics of President Trump is appearing in court Monday, facing up to 48-years in prison if he’s found guilty.

Cesar Sayoc is facing five federal charges in connection with mailing bomb-like devices to top Democrats and media personalities. USA Today reports his family says Sayoc showed signs of mental illness and would get angry when his relatives asked him to seek help.

The world is also reeling from the attack against a Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday. An anti-Semitic gunman murdered 11 people as they were attending a religious event at a synagogue.

More than 2,000 mourners packed Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh on Sunday, and thousands more stood outside for the vigil. The suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, told police he wanted to “kill Jews.”

Meanwhile, a Kentucky man faces possible hate crime charges in the killing of two black people at a grocery store in a Louisville suburb last week.

Police say Gregory Bush, who is white, tried to enter a predominantly black church just minutes earlier, but couldn’t get in. New surveillance video shows that 10 to 15 minutes before the shooting, Bush tried to enter First Baptist Church. Police say he then went to a nearby Kroger and opened fire, killing one person in the store and another in the parking lot.

Police have not yet provided a motive, but say Bush did not know the victims. Court documents revealed that Bush has a history of mental illness. The incident is being investigated as a possbile hate crime.

Amidst this disturbing spate of violent, hate-filled attacks, former President Barack Obama told a political rally that the only way stop all the hate is by voting.

“The only check on bad behavior is you and your vote. It’s you,” Obama told the crowd. “You could be saving somebody’s life just by voting. That power rests in your hands.”

Franklin Graham turned to prayer as the key to halting the hate, saying Jesus is the “only” ultimate solution.

And after last week’s bomb scare Graham wrote, “Disagreeing with someone’s politics or their stand on issues does not justify violence, harassment, or intimidation tactics. We can agree to disagree. We can argue our points passionately, but with civility. We are blessed to live in a country where we can still let our voice be heard in the voting booth. This is another reminder of how important it is to pray for our leaders and for healing for our nation. Also pray for all those targeted in these recent acts. Jesus Christ is the only one who can heal the hate in a human heart—He’s the answer for each person, for our families, and for our country.”

Source: Obama Says ONLY Voters Can Stop the Hate in America, Franklin Graham’s Answer Is Quite Different

The New York Post: Happy Halloween! How the food industry tricks you into buying candy, chocolate and soda

Marion Nestle talks about her book, ‘Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.’

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