Daily Archives: November 1, 2018

NOVEMBER 1 A CAREER—AND CHRIST

A certain woman named Lydia,…of the city of Thyatira…whose heart the Lord opened.

Acts 16:14

It is a beautiful New Testament story that tells us of Lydia of Philippi, a career woman in her own right, long before there were laws and proclamations to set women free.

A seller of purple, Lydia traveled to the market of her day, and undoubtedly she had found freedom and satisfaction in that era when women were not counted at all.

But Lydia heard the Apostle Paul tell of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the Lord opened her heart. In Christ she found an eternal answer, which career and position had never been able to give.

Now, about conditions today. Our society has set women free to be just as bad as the men—and just as miserable. We have set them free to swear and curse and to set their own morals. Politically, women are now free to vote just as blindly as the men do. But I hope women today will find what Lydia found: that their careers will lack the word “eternal” until they find their answer in the eternal Christ, our Lord Jesus!

Lord Jesus, there are many women in our own country and around the world who are being abused and belittled. Some are trapped in desperate situations and cannot escape. Free them, Lord—physically, emotionally and spiritually.[1]


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

NOVEMBER 1 MONDAY MORNING

But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

—Habakkuk 2:20

As God’s people, we are so often confused that we could be known as God’s poor, stumbling, bumbling people. That must be true of a great number of us for we always think of worship as something we do when we go to church.

We call it God’s house. We have dedicated it to Him. So we continue with the confused idea that it must be the only place where we can worship Him.

We come to the Lord’s house, made out of brick and wood and lined with carpeting. We are used to hearing a call to worship: “The Lord is in His holy temple—let us all kneel before Him.”

That is on Sunday and that is in church. Very nice!

But Monday morning comes soon. The Christian layman goes to his office. The Christian school teacher goes to the classroom. The Christian mother is busy with duties in the home….

Actually, none of us has the ability to fool God. Therefore, if we are so engaged in our Saturday pursuits that we are far from His presence and far from a sense of worship on Saturday, we are not in very good shape to worship Him on Sunday. WHT121-122

Lord, I want to kneel before You in worship not only on Sunday, but on Saturday and the rest of the week as well. Accept my entire life as a sacrifice of worship to You, I pray. Amen. [1]


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

New Age Beliefs Common Among Professing Christians

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Well, what shall we say then?  Shall we say that it is okay with God for true Christians to also believe in Doctrines of demons?  As the Apostle Paul would say:

“God forbid it!”

The secular world believes that there are no moral absolutes – no absolute right – no absolute wrong.  They will tell us that everything is relative. What is good for one person may not be good for another.  I have two words for this:

HOG WASH.

As blood-bought, born again believers we know that there ARE moral absolutes. We know this because the Lord told us in His Word. First, He gave us His Commandments.  We who are under Grace know that God gave us these laws to show us His standards – His perfection – His holiness.

We who have been redeemed by the blood of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, understand that we…

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The importance of preaching sound doctrine.

Costi Hinn, nephew of Benny Hinn, is the Executive Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Orange County, CA and a Teaching Fellow for Reformanda Ministries. Due to his background and expertise, he educates churches and organizations around the world on strategies for dealing with the prosperity gospel. He is co-author of “Defining Deception” and his work has been featured on CNN, Christianity Today, and numerous other publications. He resides in Irvine, CA with his wife and three children.

Costi shares his thoughts on the importance of preaching sound doctrine.


Costi writes:

Some years ago we did things a little differently at our church than we do now. We had a band that was filled with hired guns and we paid them to play the lights out every Sunday. To illustrate: our guitarist would tour the world with a famous boy-band, then roll in on Sundays to put on a show for…

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Most Americans Believe Media Is More Divisive than President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

After more than two years of constant attacks against this president a vast majority of Americans believe the media is more divisive than the Trump administration.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the mainstream media is more divisive than President Trump.
A majority of Republican and independent voters say media as done more to divide America than unite America.

92% of the media coverage on President Trump is negative despite the record economy and the outstanding foreign policy successes.

Morning Consult reported:

In the new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 64 percent of registered voters said the press has done more to divide the country than unite it since Trump took office, compared with 56 percent who said the same was true of the president. The poll of 2,543 voters was conducted Oct. 25-30, after news first broke of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc’s attempted acts of politically motivated violence and amid news of a shooting by suspect Robert Bowers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

via Most Americans Believe Media Is More Divisive than President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters Vow Revenge And Ramped-Up Russiagate If Dems Take House

Democratic lawmakers are licking their chops for the opportunity to settle a few scores and ensure that “Russiagate” follows President Trump into the 2020 election.

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told a group of constituents last week what she would do after the November 6th election, which she said “may be the most important one that you’ve ever had to experience.”

The 80-year-old Rep. will chair the Financial Services Committee if Democrats regain control of the House.

“I will be the first African-American, the first woman to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee,” Waters said. “That’s all of Wall Street. That’s all the insurance companies, that’s all the banks. And so, of course, the CEOs of the banks now are saying, ‘What can we do to stop Maxine Waters because if she gets in she’s going to give us a bad time?'”

She then threatened Republicans:

“I have people who are homeless who have never gotten back into a home. What am I going to do to you? What I am going to do to you is fair. I’m going to do to you what you did to us,” Waters vowed.

Adam Schiff and Russia, Russia, Russia

Another California Democrat, Adam Schiff, told CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer last week that if Democrats take back the house he will instigate investigations into Russian money laundering as well as President Trump’s businesses.

Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that Russian money laundering is one area he wants to probe tied to Russia’s 2016 election interference. Schiff said it’s one issue where he didn’t know whether special counsel Robert Mueller had been given authority to look into the matter. –CNN

“The question, though, that I don’t know whether Mueller has been able to answer — because I don’t know whether he’s been given the license to look into it — is were the Russians laundering money through the Trump Organization?” said Schiff.

“And that will be a very high priority to get an answer to. For the reason that if they were doing this, it’s not only a crime, but it’s something provable,” Schiff continued, suggesting that the Russians had found an issue they “could hold over the head” of Trump, and that they “that might be influencing US policy in a way that is against our national interest.”

Schiff added that while the “Republicans walked away from the investigation, the Democratic minority has continued” their investigative efforts, adding “And that work won’t stop when we take the majority.”

Source: Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters Vow Revenge And Ramped-Up Russiagate If Dems Take House

November 1 Daily Help

LET me commend to you a life of trust in God in temporal things. Walk in your path of integrity with steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength which confidence in God alone can confer. Thus you will be delivered from carking care, you will not be troubled with evil tidings, your heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord. How pleasant to float along the stream of providence! There is no more blessed way of living than a life of dependence upon a covenant-keeping God. We have no care, for he careth for us; we have no troubles, because we cast our burdens upon the Lord.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 309). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Spiritual Abuse: When People Tell You, “No Church is Perfect”

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Spiritual Abuse, What Not to Say, Jonathan Hollingsworth

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Being hurt at church is tough, and sometimes it’s a lonely journey. You may have experienced something that other congregants have not experienced. Some people may have good intentions, but say things that are not helpful, and in fact, may be hurtful. This can lead to more isolation as you don’t know who is safe to talk to. This can lead hurt people to stay away from church entirely.

One of the most confusing things about spiritual abuse is that not everyone is able to identify spiritual abuse. I remember dropping hints to people seeing if they would acknowledge my experiences or even add to them. Thankfully, many did, and I didn’t feel alone.

I posted an old article by Jonathan Hollingsworth, What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Been Hurt by the Church, on Twitter and the SSB Facebook page which…

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