Daily Archives: November 15, 2018

NOVEMBER 15 SET ASIDE THE AGENDA

Then all the multitude … gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

—Acts 15:12

When we compare our present carefully programmed meetings with the New Testament we are reminded of the remark of a famous literary critic after he had read Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey: “It is a beautiful poem, but it is not Homer.” So the fast-paced, highly spiced, entertaining service of today may be a beautiful example of masterful programming—but it is not a Christian service. The two are leagues apart in almost every essential. About the only thing they have in common is the presence of a number of persons in one room. There the similarity ends and glaring dissimilarities begin….

Throughout the New Testament after Pentecost one marked characteristic of all Christian meetings was the believers’ preoccupation with their risen Lord. Even the first Church Council … was conducted in an atmosphere of great dignity and deep reverence…. It is of course unthinkable that such a meeting could have been held without some kind of agenda. Someone had to know what they had gathered to discuss. The important point to be noticed, however, is that proceedings were carried on in an atmosphere of Christian worship. They lost sight of the program in the greater glory of a Presence. ROR105-107

Thank You, Father, for the commitment to excellence in many churches. But don’t let us lose sight of the glory of Your presence, which is so much more important. Amen. [1]


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

November 15 An Anchor of Confidence

In you, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness.

Psalm 31:1

As today’s verse indicates, David trusted God mightily in the midst of severe hardship. He also said, “For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength” (Ps. 31:3–4). His trust rested in the character of God. An adequate knowledge of God is essential for spiritual stability. And the only way to know God is through what He has chosen to reveal of Himself in Scripture.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 344). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

November 15, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump intends to nominate luxury handbag designer Lana Marks as the new ambassador to South Africa, the White House said, almost two years after the last ambassador left under Barack Obama.

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday gave voters in Florida whose signatures on ballots were rejected by county election officials until Saturday afternoon to resolve the challenges as a recount continues in close-fought races for a U.S. Senate seat and governor of the state.

A Republican U.S. representative of Utah who is trailing her Democratic challenger filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to halt vote counting while two incumbent Republican congressmen in California and New Jersey conceded, more than a week after the U.S. midterm elections.

President Donald Trump endorsed a bipartisan U.S. House bill on Wednesday intended to reform the federal prison system and help inmates prepare for life after release, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was “absolutely legal” and justified, and that it was improving military readiness.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his office said on Thursday, as the kingdom tries to contain its biggest political crisis in a generation.

Sri Lanka appeared to be politically rudderless on Thursday as the speaker of parliament declared there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet after a no-confidence vote the previous day.

U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in October as purchases of motor vehicles and building materials surged, likely driven by recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Florence.

AP Top Stories

California’s wildfires have steadily become larger, more destructive and more frequent. Experts say the devastating trend will continue as a result of many factors, including forest mismanagement and anthropogenic global warming.

At least 56 people have been killed in the devastating Camp fire in Northern California and 130 people are still missing, authorities said on Wednesday evening.

A Wisconsin family-owned company decided to forgo traditional cash bonuses this holiday season and, instead, opted to reward their employees’ good performance with firearms. Ben Wolfgram, a co-owner of BenShot LLC, a glass manufacturer known for using bullets in their designs, gave each of its employees a gift card with which to purchase a gun rather than hand them the weapon. In doing so, Wolfgram says he made sure the unconventional gift complied with state law.

A knife-wielding Palestinian attacker sneaked into a Jerusalem police station and lightly wounded four police officers before he was shot and captured, Israeli police said Thursday.

Groups aligned with the Islamic state have warned of further attacks on Australia and other Western nations in online posters featuring the deadly lone wolf stabbing rampage in Melbourne last week.

President Donald Trump has nominated retired Army Gen. John Abizaid to fill the long-vacant job of U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia amid tensions over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on four people linked to Lebanon’s Hezbollah who coordinate the Iran-backed group’s activities in Iraq and designated the son of the group’s leader as a global terrorist.

The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report Wednesday.

Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara ethnic minority have fled their homes in the central province of Ghazni as the Taliban have pressed into two previously safe districts, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions.

BBC

The Mayor of Paris has plans to pedestrianize the center of the French capital, which includes landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, reports said. The plans would severely restrict traffic in the city’s first four districts, known as arrondissements, with electric shuttles brought in as an alternative, AFP reported.

Denmark is withholding $9.8m in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister said. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief has been arrested amid investigations into corruption and human rights abuses committed by the security forces.

Japan’s new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer.

WND

A Republican congressman from Florida – where a Senate and a gubernatorial race remain undecided amid charges of elections-law violations in Democratic-majority counties – contends Democrats are “stress-testing the integrity of our election system” to build a “road-map on how to steal the election from Donald Trump in 2020.”

Tulsa, Okla. is offering remote workers $10,000 to move there. The city is joining the ranks of other locations in the U.S. including Vermont and Maine advertising incentives for relocating.


News – 11/15/2018

Merkel echoes France’s call for Europe to create its own army
A common European army would show the world that there will never again be war between European countries,” she said. Merkel said she envisioned a European army that would function in parallel with NATO and come under a European Security Council, centralizing the continent’s defense structure. “Europe must take our fate into our own hands if we want to protect our community,” Merkel said. Her comments came a week after Macron called for a European army that would give Europe greater independence from the United States as well as defend the continent against such possible aggressors as Russia and China.

State Dept. puts Hezbollah leader’s son on global terrorist list
The U.S. has officially applied sanctions and a terrorist designation to the son of Hezbollah’s leader. The designation was applied to Jawad Nasrallah, who is the son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, according to a statement by the U.S. State Department on Tuesday. In the same announcement, the Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB) group was also designated and sanctioned for their connections to Hezbollah and terror plots.

China’s as-yet unveiled stealth bomber could alter US defense calculus in Pacific
For almost two decades, China has been designing and building its answer to America’s B-2 long-range stealth bomber, and Chinese state media have recently hinted that the Hong-20 will soon undergo trial flights. Although little is known about its specifications, some Western defense analysts suggest the introduction of this new generation of stealth bomber could usher in a sea change for U.S. military operations in the Pacific region.

‘Alarming’ Study Claiming Global Warming Heating Up Oceans Based on Math Error
A highly circulated study claiming oceans are warming at a much higher rate due to global warming contains “key errors,” forcing researchers to issue a correction. The study published by the journal Nature on Oct. 31 by researchers at Princeton University and UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography claimed the oceans were warming at a rate 60 percent higher than previously thought. However, a mathematical error discovered by independent climate scientist Nic Lewis after he perused the study’s first page has led the journal to retract its key finding.

Saudi prosecutors indict 11 in slaying of reporter Jamal Khashoggi
Five of nearly a dozen suspects charged in the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi face the death penalty, Saudi prosecutors announced Thursday. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported 21 suspects have been identified and 11 have been indicted for Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Spaniard Sues Google Over Alleged Failure to Block Anti-Semitic Content
The plaintiff discovered the material cited in the lawsuit after conducting a Google search in Spanish using the search terms “Holocaust” and “truth.” The results included defamation against Jews, labeling them as “degenerate” and the “embodiment of evil.” The results in question belong to a Nazi website with a significant following across the Spanish-speaking world — not only in Spain, but also South America.

Kahlon tells Netanyahu it’s time for an election
It would be best for Israel to go to an election as soon as possible, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. “In the current situation, the right thing for the citizens of Israel and the Israeli economy is to go to an election as soon as possible,” Kahlon said.

Brexit: Dominic Raab and Esther McVey among ministers to quit over EU agreement
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned saying he “cannot in good conscience support” the UK’s draft Brexit agreement with the EU. He was swiftly followed out of the door by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey and junior Brexit minister Suella Braverman. It comes hours after Theresa May announced that she had secured the backing of her cabinet for the deal.

Migrant caravan: Hundreds reach Tijuana on US border
Hundreds of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US have reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The group of 400, who include LGBTQ migrants, broke away from the larger caravan of 5,000 people in Mexico City. US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he would go to the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, his first visit since thousands of troops were deployed.

Campi Flegrei: Magma Building Beneath Dangerous Supervolcano Could Be a Signal of a Huge Eruption
One of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes appears to be accumulating magma as it transitions to a pre-eruption state, a study has found. Scientists do not say that a large eruption is imminent—but they do suggest that current conditions at Campi Flegrei indicate one could happen at “some undetermined point in the future.”

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling. It’s a different technology than today’s controversial “genetically modified” foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition…

China sends written response to U.S. trade reform demands – U.S. government sources
China has delivered a written response to U.S. demands for wide-ranging trade reforms, three U.S. government sources said on Wednesday, a move that could trigger more formal negotiations to resolve a withering trade war between the world’s top economies. U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to force concessions from Beijing on the list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries.

U.S. state spending exceeds $2 trillion in fiscal 2018: report
U.S. state spending topped $2 trillion for the first time in fiscal 2018, with Medicaid expenditures rising the most along with a significant increase in transportation spending, according to a report released on Thursday. Total expenditures grew an estimated 4.8 percent compared to 3.8 percent in fiscal 2017, the National Association of State Budget Officers’ (NASBO) annual state expenditure report said.

World War 3 threat as China shows off missile firepower in SABRE-RATTLING stunt
Four brand new J-20 aircraft blitzed through the air above Zhuhai in southern China with their missile bay doors wide open, each showing off six giant rockets.

US tech company becomes first to microchip employees
A tech company in Wisconsin has announced that it will become the first business in the US to microchip its employees.

HOLY LAND MIRACLE: About 50 IDF soldiers are alive today because of an overt miracle by the Hand of G-d in Israel
…Deeply shaken, the driver was barely able to speak. He did, however, manage to talk to a trauma specialist. “God loves the Jews. Minutes before my bus was hit, 50 Israeli soldiers de-boarded; they all would have died; its a miracle.”

THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES: A special army preparing for the final war of Gog and Magog
The IDF represents Israel’s multicultural nature but underneath the wrinkled green uniform is a special army preparing for the very special war that precedes the Messianic era. Three rabbis weigh in on how this prophetic mandate affects every aspect of the IDF and Israel’s wars.

Outrage as radical liberal NGO’s are teaching Muslim to lie and say they’re Christians in order to gain asylum status all over Europe
Make no mistake, the OIC-driven U.N. is complicit in this. And this will make it even more difficult for real Christians suffering under the boot of Islam. The implications of such immigration is far reaching. Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components begin to creep in as well.

Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets
Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets.

Missouri Teacher Suspended After Student Wore KKK Costume In Class, School Says
A Missouri school district said a teacher was suspended indefinitely after a student wore a Ku Klux Klan costume for a class presentation.

Surprise! Christian church lets atheist keep pastoring
She doesn’t believe in God or Jesus Christ, but an atheist minister is being allowed to keep her position at a church that calls itself Christian.

They Were Weeping Their Abortions, Not Shouting Them
I’ve been doing daily talk radio for more than 10 years, which means well over 2,000 radio broadcasts. But the show on Tuesday, November 13, was different. In fact, I was barely able to keep myself composed as some of the callers wept and sobbed.

The Fight for America’s Survival Begins When the Caravans Arrive
Before the real invasion of the United States commences, there are going to have be 5th column forces who are absolutely dedicated to establishment of LaRaza’s pipe dream of a taking several states from the United States and creating their own nation.

Ilhan Omar Shows Dems Aren’t Interested In Confronting Anti-Semitism
Ilhan Omar, one of the first of two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic. Ideologically progressive. Widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics. She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their ‘evil”.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

Flake’s Final Anti-Trump Virtue Signal

The outgoing senator refuses to vote on judicial nominees without legislation to protect Mueller.

Contrary to Predictions, U.S. Nears Energy Independence

Prediction: “The U.S. will account for 75% of the growth in global oil production through 2025.”

Nationalism Is Despised — By Multinationalists

The debate over nationalism, patriotism, and racism is being framed by proponents of globalism.

Correcting Overheated Math in Alarming Ocean-Warmth Study

Researchers greatly overstated the problem, which reflects poorly on the peer-review process.

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San Fran Bilks Corporations to ‘Help the Homeless’

Bay Area voters pass Proposition C, raising the largest tax hike in the city’s history.

Video: Is SNL Apology to Navy SEAL Best Sketch Ever?

Scott Ott, Steve Green, and Bill Whittle discuss the moving skit about forgiveness.

Video: The Truth About the Caravan

Ami Horowitz asked migrants a simple question: “Why are you coming to America?”

Winning Elections the Democrat Way

“The more time that passes since Election Day, the better things keep looking for Democrats.” —Demo Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Thursday Short Cuts

Braying Jackass: “If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it.” —Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Thursday Top Headlines

Business optimism, more millionaires, prison reform, Florida vote, Saudi Arabia, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Tony Perkins
House Dems Out to Get Religion
Cal Thomas
The Shame of the Catholic Church
Joe Bastardi
Stage Being Set for Climate Change Hearings
Victor Davis Hanson
Maybe We Could Use a Civic Hippocratic Oath
Gary Bauer
Rubio Embraces Nationalism

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon


Headlines – 11/15/2018

Defense Minister Liberman resigns, says Israel ‘capitulated to terror’ in Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Resigns, Threatening Netanyahu’s Grip on Power

Opposition slams Netanyahu, calls for elections after Liberman exit

Poll: 74 Percent of Israelis Dissatisfied With Netanyahu’s Performance in Gaza Crisis

Israelis aren’t happy with Netanyahu, but still look mainly to him to solve Gaza

Why Netanyahu may be quietly celebrating the loss of his defense minister

Netanyahu huddles with party heads as coalition teeters after resignation

Netanyahu trying to avoid snap election after Liberman quits

Jewish Home in ultimatum to Netanyahu: Give us Defense Ministry or we leave

Hamas head says Liberman resignation an ‘admission of defeat’ by Israel

Claiming victory in 2-day rocket barrage, Hamas backers rally across Gaza

In Hebron, mourning a Palestinian killed in Ashkelon by a rocket fired from Gaza

As rockets multiplied, racing first responders struggled to keep up

4 policemen lightly hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility sparked by massacre

Armed clashes renewed in Libyan capital threatening security plan

In Egypt, fake news becomes weapon of choice to crush dissent

Israeli satellite firm: Images indicate Syrian S-300 not yet operational

US envoy: Fight against ISIS in Syria may end soon, Iran still a threat

Iraq to exchange food for Iranian gas, seeks US approval

Afghan officials: Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province

Pence says US committed to Indo-Pacific, Trump ready for second summit with Kim Jong Un

U.S. military in ‘crisis,’ could lose a war to Russia and China, report warns

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

Pence says ’empire and aggression’ have no place in Indo-Pacific

Mattis visits border troops, defends use of military on U.S.-Mexico line

The first group of migrants in the caravan have arrived at U.S.-Mexico border; more expected in coming days

22 Buses with 900 Caravan Migrants Nears U.S. Border

Parties barrel toward clash over Trump’s border wall

Record Number Of U.S. Citizens Sought Asylum In Canada In 2017: Report

Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence Allegations

Republican senator threatens to vote against judges after GOP blocks vote on Mueller protection bill

Trump responds to CNN, says no First Amendment right to enter White House

Melania Trump, in Unprecedented Move, Pushes Husband to Fire National Security Official

Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady

Florida’s Palm Beach County voting machines overheat, forcing another recount of about 175K early votes

Republican activists claim 15 ballot box tags as proof of Florida election fraud

Federal prosecutors reviewing altered election documents tied to Florida Democrats

Trump calls for Florida election official to be fired: ‘She’s a disaster’

Both sides trade accusations of electoral theft in Georgia’s still-undecided Abrams-Kemp race

Report: To quiet critics, Facebook hired GOP firm that tied protesters to Soros

Google wants its virtual assistant in every room of your house

These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables

Stock-Market Supercomputer to Launch With Glitches

America first: 878,000 millionaires added in last 12 months, ‘Trump effect … relentless’

The world economy is looking awfully shaky all of a sudden

UK’s May secures cabinet backing for Brexit deal as critics rage

Russia reveals nuclear spaceship that will fly to Mars ‘in very near future’

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Mamasa, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

5.2 mangitude earthquake hits near Fais, Micronesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bualu, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erutps to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

An Italian volcano’s massive eruptions fit a pattern – and the cycle may have restarted

Kuwait suspends all departure flights, redirects arrivals to neighboring cities due to heavy rains

Snow-vember! The earliest Houston snowfall ever just happened!

Cold San Antonio weather ‘shatters’ 102-year-old record

ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution, Vows ‘You Will See More Fires’

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

California wildfires polluting air more than 100 miles away prompt statewide health emergency

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

Tickborne diseases such as Lyme hit record highs in the U.S., CDC says

Series of War Zone Attacks Puts DRC Ebola Outbreak On ‘Edge of Crisis’

The mystery viruses far worse than flue

India’s sepsis babies: The struggle to save newborns from superbugs

Trump Administration May Halt $100 Million in Fetal Tissue Research

‘You Have to Look at the Way She Was Dressed’: Outrage as Teen Girl’s Underwear Used in Rape Trial

U.S. Catholic bishops leave Baltimore conference without acting on sex abuse reforms

How the World’s First Male Supermodel Escaped an Abusive Doomsday Sex Cult

U.S. House Approves Resolution Condemning Pittsburgh Massacre as ‘anti-Semitic Attack’

Police arrest white nationalist who called Pittsburgh shooting a ‘dry run’

Republican Governor Blames Mass Shootings on Zombies, Abortions, US ‘Culture of Death’ – Not Guns


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Daniel Mann – The Self-Help Movement: How We Think is How We feel

Answering prominent Rabbis on impending Gog and Magog War

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Money Crusade at Baal – Literally

Liberty University Professor Charged With Attempted Murder of Wife

Harvest Bible Chapel’s Chief Information Officer Allegedly Stole $270K

Trump Announces Support for Prison Reform Bill After Major Evangelical Backing

Trump Administration May Halt $100 Million in Fetal Tissue Research

India: Christians’ Homes Destroyed by Extremists, Families Convert Back to Tribal Hinduism Amid Fears


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Democrat Michael Avenatti made famous by CNN arrested for domestic violence

WINTERY KNIGHT

Michael Avenatti is the lawyer connected to one of Trump’s accusers (Swetnick) who is now under FBI criminal investigation for “potentially false statements”. He appeared many times on CNN and MSNBC during the Kavanaugh hearings. He calls himself “an advocate for women’s rights”.

Here is the latest reported by The Federalist, and confirmed by tweets by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Excerpt:

Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman reportedly filed felony domestic violence charges against him following an incident that allegedly occurred between the two on Tuesday, then a second confrontation the next day.

“We’re told her face was ‘swollen and bruised’ with ‘red marks’ on both cheeks,” TMZ reports.

We’re told security brought her inside the building, took her upstairs and Michael showed up 5 minutes later and ran into the building. He screamed repeatedly, ‘She hit me first.’

[…]Cops showed up and escorted Avenatti into a corner…

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The Present American Revolution — Christian Research Network

Almost everything we have seen in just the last three months — the Kavanaugh chaos, the “caravan,” the ongoing Mueller octopus, recounting election results until they are deemed “correct,” the Beto and Gillum neo-socialism craziness, the swarming of a Fox News anchor’s home, driving public officials out of restaurants, the media circus at presidential press conferences — are symptoms of revolutionary America.

(Victor Davis Hanson – National Review)  The revolution of 1776 sought to turn a colony of Great Britain into a new independent republic based on constitutionally protected freedom. It succeeded with the creation of the United States.

The failed revolution of 1861, by a slave-owning South declaring its independence from the Union, sought to bifurcate the country, More than 600,000 dead later, slavery was abolished, a Confederacy was in in ruins, and the South was forced back into the United States largely on the conditions and terms of the victorious North.

The 1960s saw efforts to create a new progressive nation by swarming democratic and republican institutions. The sheer force of a left-wing cultural revolution would supposedly transform a nation, in everything from jeans, long hair, and pot to rock music and sexual “liberation.” It was eventually diffused by popular weariness with the extremism and violence of the radical revolutionaries, and the establishment’s agreements to end the Vietnam War, give 18-year-olds the right to vote, phase out the draft, expand civil rights to include reparatory action, legalize abortion, radicalize the university, and vastly increase the administrative state to wage a war on poverty, a war on pollution, and a war on inequality.

Our present revolution is more multifaceted. It is a war on the very Constitution of the United States that has not yet brought the Left its Holy Grail: a state-mandated equality of result overseen by an omnipotent and omniscient elite. The problem for today’s leftists is that they are not fighting Bourbon France, a reactionary Europe of 1848, or Czarist Russia, but an affluent, culturally uninhibited, and wildly free United States, where never in the history of civilization has a people attained such affluence and leisure.

Poverty is not existential as it once was, given high technology and government redistribution. The grievance is not that America is destitute (indeed, obesity not famine is our national epidemic). The poorer do not lack access to material goods (everything from iPhones to high-priced sneakers is in the reach of about everyone).  View article →

via The Present American Revolution — Christian Research Network

Singer Céline Dion Launches Gender-Neutral Clothing Line In Creepy Ad Promoting The New World Order — Now The End Begins

 

Céline Dion says she hopes to “encourage a dialogue of equality and possibility” by launching a gender-neutral children’s clothing line.

There is so much going on in this commercial, it’s hard to know where to look first as your eyes are drawn all over the place. In a nutshell, Céline Dion has launched a new line of clothing for babies, the outstanding feature of which is that it is gender neutral. But it is much more than that. The commercial makes great fanfare of doing away with the traditional, and might I add, festive colors of pink for girls and blue for boys. But what does Dion replace that with?

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 (KJV)

She replaces it with a very sinister looking black and white theme, as black crosses swing on ropes from the ceiling. As the camera pans over the babies wearing the new gender neutral outfits, it lingers for a moment on one that has the words ‘NEW ORDER’ emblazoned across the front. A nice confirmation that all this gender neutral confusion being pushed by the LGBTQP is actually coming from the New World Order.

I am actually surprised that this commercial did not also feature the babies receiving microchips along with their new outfits, but I am sure that’s not very far behind.

Céline Dion Launches A Gender-Neutral Clothing Line For Kids

FROM HUFF POST: The five-time Grammy winner unveiled the CELINUNUNU collection late Tuesday with a quirky, James Bond-style ad. In it, she’s chased by security guards as she attempts to escape from the maternity ward of a hospital. In it, she’s shown in the maternity ward of a hospital, blowing a handful of sparkling confetti over a group of infants and, as if by magic, replacing their traditional pink and blue sleepwear is replaced by black and white, non-gender-specific ensembles. She’s later chased out of the ward by security guards as she attempts to escape before being hauled off to jail.

“We miss the past. They dream of tomorrow,” Dion says in the below video clip. “We may thrust them forward into the future, but the course will always be theirs to choose.”

The CELINUNUNU collection features more than 70 stereotype-free styles for kids aged 0 to 14 years and was created with the children’s boutique brand NUNUNU, which specializes in unisex designs.

“I’ve always loved NUNUNU and what they represent,” Dion wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Partnering with [founders Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg] to encourage a dialogue of equality and possibility makes so much sense.”

In a Wednesday interview with HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Dion said she’s tried to stay away from gender stereotypes when raising her 8-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson, and 17-year-old son, René-Charles.

As for the CELINUNUNU line itself, Dion said, “The message I’m trying to get across is you raise your children the way you want to raise your children. You have to decide what’s right for them. We’re just proposing another way to take away the stereotype.” READ MORE

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President Trump RIPS Dirty Cop Robert Mueller and His Team of ‘Angry Democrats’ in Epic Tweetstorm — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm attacking the Deep State criminals and Robert Mueller Thursday morning.

The president accused Mueller’s team of angry Democrats of being in total disarray.

Trump said Mueller’s team is desperate to come up with crimes to pin on his administration so they are screaming at people and threatening them to “come up with the answers they want.”

“They are a disgrace to our nation and don’t care how many lives they ruin,” Trump added.

TRUMP: The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want. They are a disgrace to our Nation and don’t…

TRUMP: ….care how many lives the ruin. These are Angry People, including the highly conflicted Bob Mueller, who worked for Obama for 8 years. They won’t even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side. A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

TRUMP: Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved) Bob Mueller and his gang of Democrat thugs have done to destroy people. Why is he protecting Crooked Hillary, Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page & her lover, Peter S, and all of his friends on the other side?

President Trump pointed out that the FBI didn’t take the DNC server and they still don’t have it so we don’t even know if the server was even hacked, and if hacked, by whom?

TRUMP: The only “Collusion” is that of the Democrats with Russia and many others. Why didn’t the FBI take the Server from the DNC? They still don’t have it. Check out how biased Facebook, Google and Twitter are in favor of the Democrats. That’s the real Collusion!

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November 15, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The General Instruction

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (6:18)

The four alls introduce the five emphases Paul makes regarding the general character of the believer’s prayer life: the variety, the frequency, the power, the manner, and the objects of prayer.

the variety of prayer

Proseuchē (prayer) refers to general requests, while deēsis (petition) refers to those that are specific. The use of both words points to the idea that we are to be involved in all kinds of prayer, every form of prayer that is appropriate. Scriptural precept and allowance suggest we may pray publicly or privately; in loud cries, in soft whispers, or silently; deliberately and planned or spontaneously; while sitting, standing, kneeling, or even lying down; at home or in church; while working or while traveling; with hands folded or raised; with eyes open or closed; with head bowed or erect. The New Testament, like the Old, mentions many forms, circumstances, and postures for prayer but prescribes none. Jesus prayed while standing, while sitting, while kneeling, and quite probably in other positions as well. We can pray wherever we are and in whatever situation we are in. “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray” (1 Tim. 2:8), Paul said. For the faithful, Spirit-filled Christian, every place becomes a place of prayer.

the frequency of prayer

The Jewish people of Paul’s day had several prescribed times for daily prayer, but the coming of the New Covenant and the birth of the church brought a new dimension to prayer as it did to everything else. Jesus said, “Keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place” (Luke 21:36). Among other things, the earliest Christians in Jerusalem “were continually devoting themselves … to prayer” (Acts 2:42). The God-fearing Cornelius, to whom the Lord sent Peter with the message of salvation, “prayed to God continually” (Acts 10:2). In many of his letters Paul urged his readers to regularly devote themselves to prayer (Rom. 12:12; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17). The apostle assured Timothy, his beloved son in the Lord, that he prayed for him “night and day” (2 Tim. 1:3). The early church knew the importance of prayer, and God honored their prayers, even when faith was sometimes weak—as in the case of those who were praying for Peter’s release from prison but did not believe Rhoda when she reported that he was knocking at the door (Acts 12:12–15).

David said, “Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice, … God will hear and answer” (Ps. 55:17, 19). There is no time when we do not need to pray and no time when God will not hear our prayers. In many ways prayer is even more important than knowledge about God. In fact, only through a regular and sincere prayer life can God’s Holy Spirit add spiritual wisdom to our knowledge. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “our ultimate position as Christians is tested by the character of our prayer life.” A person may be a Bible school or seminary graduate, a pastor or a missionary, but his deep knowledge of and relationship to God are measured by his prayer life. If knowledge about God and the things of God do not drive us to know Him more personally, we can be sure that our true motivation and commitment are centered in ourselves rather than Him. Jesus’ deepest prayer for His disciples was not that they simply know the truth about God but that “they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Studying and learning God’s Word in the right spirit will always drive the believer to know Him more intimately and to commune with Him more faithfully in prayer.

To pray at all times obviously does not mean we are to pray in formal or noticeable ways every waking moment of our lives. Jesus did not do that, nor did the apostles. And it certainly does not mean we are to devote ourselves to ritualistic patterns and forms of prayer that are recited mechanically from a prayer book or while counting beads. That amounts to no more than the “meaningless repetition” that characterizes pagan worship (Matt. 6:7).

To pray at all times is to live in continual God consciousness, where everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. To obey this exhortation means that, when we are tempted, we hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When we experience something good and beautiful, we immediately thank the Lord for it. When we see evil around us, we pray that God will make it right and be willing to be used of Him to that end. When we meet someone who does not know Christ, we pray for God to draw that person to Himself and to use us to be a faithful witness. When we encounter trouble, we turn to God as our Deliverer. In other words, our life becomes a continually ascending prayer, a perpetual communing with our heavenly Father. To pray at all times is to constantly set our minds “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2).

The ultimate purpose of our salvation is to glorify God and to bring us into intimate, rich fellowship with Him; and to fail to come to God in prayer is to the deny that purpose. “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also,” John said, “that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven. God’s greatest desire, and our greatest need, is to be in constant fellowship with Him now, and there is no greater expression or experience of fellowship than prayer.

the power of prayer

The most important and pervasive thought Paul gives about prayer is that it should be in the Spirit. This supreme qualification for prayer has nothing to do with speaking in tongues or in some other ecstatic or dramatic manner. To pray in the Spirit is to pray in the name of Christ, to pray consistent with His nature and will. To pray in the Spirit is to pray in concert with the Spirit, who “helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:26–27). As the “Spirit of grace and of supplication” (Zech. 12:10), the Holy Spirit continually prays for us; and for us to pray rightly is to pray as He prays, to join our petitions to His and our will to His. It is to line up our minds and desires with His mind and desires, which are consistent with the will of the Father and the Son.

To be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18) and to walk in His leading and power is to be made able to pray in the Spirit, because our prayer will then be in harmony with His. As we submit to the Holy Spirit, obeying His Word and relying on His leading and strength, we will be drawn into close and deep fellowship with the Father and the Son.

the manner of prayer

Whenever he prays, the believer should be on the alert with all perseverance and petition. Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray (Matt. 26:41; Mark 13:33; cf. Luke. 18:1). Paul counseled the Colossians to “devote [themselves] to prayer” (Col. 4:2). The Greek verb behind “devote” (proskartereō) means to be steadfast, constant, and persevering. It is used of Moses’ faithful endurance when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt (Heb. 11:27). To be devoted to prayer is to earnestly, courageously, and persistently bring everything in our lives before God.

The parables of the persistent neighbor and the importunate widow were both told by Jesus to illustrate the manner in which His followers should pray. At the end of the first parable He said, “And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9). At the end of the other parable He explained, “Now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily” (Luke 18:7–8).

To dispersed and persecuted Christians in the early church, Peter wrote, “Be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer” (1 Pet. 4:7). To pray in the right manner is to pray sensibly, with our minds and our understanding as well as our hearts and spirits. “I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also” (1 Cor. 14:15), Paul said.

To pray in the right manner also involves praying specifically. “Whatever you ask in My name,” Jesus promised, “that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13). God answers prayer in order to put His power on display, and when we do not pray specifically, He cannot answer specifically and thereby clearly display His power and His love for His children. To pray, as young children often do, “God bless the whole world,” is really not to pray at all. We must think about particular people, particular problems, particular needs, and then pray about those things specifically and earnestly, so that we can see God’s answer and offer Him our thankful praise.

Most Christians never get serious about prayer until a problem arises in their own life or in the life of someone they love. Then they are inclined to pray intently, specifically, and persistently. Yet that is the way Christians should always pray. Sensitivity to the problems and needs of others, especially other believers who are facing trials or hardships, will lead us to pray for them “night and day” as Paul did for Timothy (2 Tim. 1:3).

Because the greatest problems are always spiritual, our greatest prayer concern and concentration—whether for ourselves or for others—should be for spiritual protection, strength, and healing. It is certainly appropriate to bring physical needs before our heavenly Father, but our greatest focus should be for spiritual needs—for victory over temptation, for forgiveness and cleansing of sins already committed, for unbelievers to trust in Christ for salvation, and for believers to have greater dependence on Him. The context of Paul’s call to prayer is that of spiritual warfare, and the Christian’s prayer should, above all, be about that warfare. Our greatest concern for ourselves and for other believers should be for victory in the battle against the enemy of our souls. Our deepest prayers for our spouse, our children, our brothers and sisters, our fellow church members, our pastor, our missionaries, and all others would be that they win the spiritual battle against Satan. Examining the prayers of Paul throughout his epistles yields the insight that he prayed for the spiritual well-being of the people of God (see, e.g., 1 Cor. 1:4–7; Phil. 1:9–11; Col. 1:9–11; 2 Thess. 1:11–12).

Many years ago a saint of God prayed:

O Lord, in prayer I launch far out into the eternal world, and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs over all evils on the shores of mortality. Time, with its amusements and cruel disappointments, never appears so inconsiderate as then. In prayer, O God, I see myself as nothing. I find my heart going after Thee with intensity, and I long with vehement thirst to live with Thee. Blessed be the strong winds of the Spirit that speed me on my way to the new Jerusalem. In prayer all things here below vanish and nothing seems important but holiness of heart and the salvation of others. In prayer all my worldly cares and fears and anxieties disappear and are as little in significance as a puff of wind. In prayer my soul inwardly exalts with thoughts of what Thou art doing for Thy church, and I long that Thou shouldest get Thyself a great name from sinners returning to Thee. In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life to taste the heavenly joys. Entering into the eternal world I can give myself to Thee with all my heart forever. In prayer I can place all my concerns in Thy hands to be entirely at Thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. In prayer I can intercede for my friends, ministers, sinners, the church, Thy kingdom, with greatest freedom and brightest hope as a son to his Father and as a lover to his beloved. And so, O God, help me to pray always and never to cease.

the objects of prayer

Elsewhere Paul commands us to pray for unbelievers, for government leaders, and for others, but here the focus is on all the saints. It is only saints, Christian believers, who are involved in the spiritual warfare for which God provides the armor Paul has just been describing and who are able to pray in the Spirit.

It is not inappropriate to pray for ourselves any more than it is inappropriate to pray for physical needs. But just as the Bible primarily calls us to pray about spiritual needs rather than physical, it primarily calls us to pray for others rather than ourselves. Even when he was concerned about his own needs, Paul does not mention that he prayed for himself but that he asked other believers to pray on his behalf, as he does in the next two verses (Eph. 6:19–20). The greatest thing we can do for another believer, or that he can do for us, is to pray. That is the way the Body of Christ grows spiritually as well as in love. When one member of the Body is weak, wounded, or cannot function, the other members compensate by supporting and helping strengthen it. Samuel said to the people of Israel, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23). With God’s own Holy Spirit to indwell us and help us even when we do not know how to pray (Rom. 8:26), how much more do we as Christians sin against God when we fail to pray for fellow saints?

The spiritually healthy person is devoted to the welfare of others, especially fellow believers. On the other hand, the root of both psychological and spiritual sickness is preoccupation with self. Ironically, the believer who is consumed with his own problems—even his own spiritual problems—to the exclusion of concern for other believers, suffers from a destructive self-centeredness that not only is the cause of, but is the supreme barrier to the solution of, his own problems. Usually such selfishness isolates him from the other believers, who if they were intimately involved in fellowship with him, would be regularly praying for his spiritual welfare.

Praying for others with sincerity and perseverance is, in God’s immeasurable grace, a great blessing and strength to our own souls. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reported that before the outbreak of the Spanish civil war that country was experiencing such an epidemic of neuroses that psychiatrists could hardly handle them all. But the war, terrible and destructive as it was in most respects, had the unexpected effect of “curing” many of Spain’s thousands of neurotics. When they became concerned about the welfare of their families, friends, and country instead of their own, their neuroses disappeared and hospitals and clinics were almost emptied of such cases. “These neurotic people were suddenly cured by a greater anxiety,” an anxiety that reached beyond their own selfish welfare. (The Christian Soldier [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1977], pp. 357–58.)[1]


18 Abandoning the metaphor of the soldier’s equipment, Paul now instructs the believers to engage in prayer “on all occasions” and “with all kinds of prayers and requests.” The formidable nature of the battle against the evil powers underscores the need for prayer. Prayer is a key weapon in the battle; it gets more attention in Paul’s summary than the other weapons do. Yoder Neufeld, 305, observes, “Prayer is ‘militarized’ and drawn into the struggle with the powers.” Paul employs the common verb for prayer, proseuchomai (GK 4667), which means “to petition the deity.” The tense of the verb “pray” is present: believers are to keep on praying. “All kinds of prayers and requests” (the two terms are roughly synonymous) should accompany this continual praying. They ought to pray “on all occasions” or at every appropriate time (kairos, GK 2789); recall Paul’s use of kairos in the phrase “making the most of every opportunity” (5:16). And they ought to pray “in the Spirit,” suggesting prayers that are consistent with the Spirit’s desires and are energized by the Spirit. Schnackenburg, 282, puts it well: “Our human praying only achieves power and effectiveness in the strength of the divine Spirit.”

What is more, believers ought to pray in a continually watchful mode (“be alert”); alertness ought to rouse their prayers into action. Jesus also connected these ideas: “Be always on the watch, and pray” (Lk 21:36). Who knows what will require urgent prayers and petitions? The enemy will not let up. Watch and pray! This alert praying should be accompanied by, literally, “all perseverance” (en pasē proskarterēsei [GK 4675], NIV, “keep on”). This noun, another hapax, means “firm persistence” (BDAG, 881). Do not be quitters; discipline yourselves in prayer.

Finally Paul adds an object for their prayers: “for all the saints.” “Saints” comprise God’s people—those who belong to him (see commentary at 1:1; 15; 2:19; cf. 1 Co 1:2). Perhaps to counter the normal tendency to pray mostly for their own concerns, Paul reminds his readers that they need to remember the entire body of Christ in their prayers. Pray for other believers, particularly those in the thick of the spiritual battles.[2]


6:18 / Although the military imagery continues into this verse—arm yourselves and be alert—the prayer to which the readers are summoned should not be taken as a seventh piece of the Christian’s armor. God has given his splendid armor to the believer, but the “putting on” and the utilization of that armor in battle calls for discipline in prayer in the Spirit. According to Stott, “Equipping ourselves with God’s armor is not a mechanical preparation; it is itself an expression of our dependence on God, in other words, of prayer” (p. 283).

The prayer that the believers are admonished to utter has some significant qualities about it. First, it is to be unceasing: pray … on all occasions. The Christian warrior, although heavily armed, can only stand firm against the enemy through the agency of prayer. Praying is done in the Spirit. To do so is not to be transposed into some ecstatic or euphoric condition beyond the senses but to live in the realization that the Spirit is the believer’s helper (5:18) and intercessor (Rom. 8:15, 16, 26, 27). “It is an approach to God relying not on our own piety, but on the help which God in his Spirit offers to us” (Mitton, p. 228).

The Greek, and most English translations (rsv, niv), employ the two expressions prayers (proseuchē and “supplication” or requests (deēsis). Most commentators feel that “prayer” always addresses God, whereas “supplication” may be used to address either God or humankind. The gnb “asking for God’s help” takes the Greek as a request to God and not as intercession on behalf of human beings.

Second, prayer is to be intense. Be alert and always keep on praying. In other words, maintain a spirit of watchfulness and perseverance. A Christian warrior must not be caught off guard. This exhortation toward constancy and watchfulness in prayer and the Christian life is common to the nt (Luke 18:1; Rom. 12:12; 1 Cor. 16:13; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Pet. 5:8). But since this phrase falls between two other exhortations, it is not entirely clear where “perseverance” (keep on praying) belongs. Should it go with the idea of praying constantly with all alertness, or does it relate to the following phrase, in which believers are summoned to intercede for others? Beare suggests that alertness refers to the believer’s spiritual conflict but that this, in turn, leads to “persevering intercession on behalf of all his comrades in the fight” (p. 746).

Third, prayer is unlimited. Always keep on praying for all the saints. Since all believers are involved in a spiritual battle, prayer must transcend its narrow individualism and encompass the entire body of Christ. As members of an army, believers must manifest a concern for all who are fighting along with them. Here the apostle’s concerns are not unlike those in 1 Peter, where, in a similar context of warning his readers about the devil, Peter writes: “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings” (5:9).[3]


18. by means of all prayer and supplication,

praying at all times in the Spirit,

and with a view to this, being on the alert in all perseverance and supplication,

for all the saints.

In his own power the soldier can do nothing against so great a foe. Hence, as he takes and puts on each piece of his armor and as he makes use of it in the battle he must pray for God’s blessing.

  1. The Variety of Prayer: “all prayer and supplication”

The apostle makes a special point of it that the soldier’s communion with his General—the believer’s fellowship with his God—should not be of just one kind. Some people are always asking for things. Their entire prayer-life consists of that. But prayer—the first word is very general—should include not only cries for help but also confession of sin, profession of faith, adoration, thanksgiving, intercession. Moreover, prayer-life should be definite, not just “O Lord, bless all that awaits thy blessing,” which is a big order, but “supplication” or “petition” for the fulfilment of definite needs, a request for specific benefits. This means that the man who prays should become acquainted with concrete situations all over, at least not limited to his own contracted horizon, situations in connection with which help is needed. He should set aside, perhaps, today to stress this need, tomorrow to remember another.

  1. The “when” and the “where” of Prayer: “at all times … in the Spirit.”

Prayer in time of “great calamity” or “catastrophe” has long been in vogue. For many people, however, “Thanksgiving Day” comes just once a year. It is the day set aside by the national government. The apostle admonishes the addressed to take hold on God “at every occasion.” “In all thy ways acknowledge him” (Prov. 3:6).

As to the “where” of prayer, it is not to be confined either to “Jerusalem” or to “this mountain” but should always be “in (the sphere of) the Spirit,” that is, “with his help” and “in harmony with his will” as revealed in the Word which he inspired.

  1. The Manner of Prayer: “being on the alert in all perseverance and supplication.” Cf. Col. 4:2.

Those who are not “alert” but listless and indifferent to what is going on in their homes, in the streets of their city, in their state or province, in their country, in their church, in their denomination, or in the world at large will have a very restricted prayer-life. Those who do not know the will of God because they devote so little time to the study of the Word will fail to harvest the fruits of prayer. Those who do not know the promises cannot be expected to “go to the deeps of God’s promise” in their devotions. They will not partake of a deep and satisfying communion with God. Consequently, they will perhaps pray now and then only. There will be no “perseverance” and little “supplication” (petition for definite benefits).

  1. The Indirect Objects of Prayer: “for all the saints”

Christ during his sojourn on earth evaluated intercessory prayer (“prayer for others”) very highly, as is shown by many incidents (Matt. 9:18–26; 15:21–28; 17:14–21; etc.). So did Paul. The heart of our Great Intercessor who not only intercedes for us but actually lives in order to do so (Heb. 7:25) is deeply touched by such petitions! Thus the fellowship of saints is kept alive and real.

In this fellowship of prayer the Jewish convert must not forget the Gentile convert, the old must not ignore the young, the free must not neglect those in bondage, nor vice versa. It must be prayer “for all the saints.” With God there is no partiality.

Up to this point the apostle has said very little about his own physical circumstances. He is not a complainer. He has made brief mention of the fact that he was writing as a prisoner (3:1; 4:1), and has also urged the Ephesians “not to lose heart” over what he was suffering for them (3:13). But that was all; and even in the given passages he was thinking not of himself so much as of the welfare of those addressed.[4]


18 διὰ πάσης προσευχῆς καὶ δεήσεως προσευχόμενοι ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ ἐν πνεύματι, καὶ εἰς αὐτὸ ἀγρυπνοῦντες ἐν πάσῃ προσκαρτερήσει καὶ δεήσει περὶ πάντων τῶν ἀγίων, “through every prayer and petition, praying at all times in the Spirit, and to this end keeping alert in all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” Standing ready for combat is to be combined with prayer. The participles “praying” and “keeping alert” are probably to be connected with the verb of the main exhortation in v 14, στῆτε οὖν, “stand therefore,” rather than with the intervening δέξασθε, “receive,” in v 17, which should be seen as subordinate to στῆτε (cf. also Meyer, 341; Abbott, 187). But prayer is not the seventh piece of spiritual armor as some claim (pace Schlier, 298, 300; Gaugler, 228). The military metaphors are limited to vv 14–17. Instead, the close link between the material on prayer and what has preceded, through the participles and διά, “through,”underlines the spiritual nature of believers’ combat. This is more than a worldly or a human conflict. The writer has taken over material from Col 4:2–4 and employed it differently as an elaboration on what it means for the Christian soldier to stand firm and be strong in the Lord. Putting on, taking up, and receiving God’s armor all require an attitude of dependence on God. Prayer for strengthening from God can be seen as a major way in which believers appropriate the divine armor and are enabled to stand. The expression for prayer is a double one, using the two terms προσευχή and δέησις. Paul had also used this twofold expression in Phil 4:6, “in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (cf. also LXX 3 Kgdms 8:45; 2 Chron 6:19 [twice]; 1 Tim 2:1; 5:5; Ign. Magn. 7.1). They are employed together here primarily for the sake of intensification, but usually the former term has a more general and comprehensive reference, while the latter indicates more specifically the request or petition aspect of prayer. In this verse, the two elements are taken up separately: first, “praying at all times in the Spirit,” and then “to this end keeping alert in all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

The need to pray “at all times” is a theme found frequently in the Pauline writings, though the expression may vary (cf. πάντοτε, “always,” in Phil 1:4; Col 1:3; 4:12; 2 Thess 1:11, and ἀδιαλείπτως, “’unceasingly,’ ” in 1 Thess 5:17; Rom 1:9, 10). Earlier in Eph 5:20, giving thanks is also an activity which is to take place always (πάντοτε). The writer has demonstrated the importance he attaches to prayer, and particularly prayer for awareness of divine power and strengthening through that power, in his own prayers for the readers reported in 1:15–23 and 3:14–21. The immediate context of the battle against evil powers only makes all the clearer the constant need for calling on divine aid. Praying “in the Spirit” has reference to the Holy Spirit (cf. also Jude 20, “Pray in the Holy Spirit”) rather than to the human spirit (pace Westcott, 97). In Paul’s thought, the Spirit is intimately involved in believers’ prayers (Rom 8:15, 16) and enables them to repeat the prayer of Jesus to the Father, “Abbe” (Gal 4:6; Rom 8:15, 16). Jones (RevRel 27 [1976] 128–39) rightly sees a connection with 2:18 and access to the Father in the one Spirit, but pushes this too far when he interprets 6:18 as also about unity between Jew and Gentile because of its association with the preceding allusion to Isa 59:17, which in its context is tied to the notion of God’s salvation of the nations (cf. also Schnackenburg, 288 n. 740). The writer is calling for prayer inspired, guided, and made effective through the Spirit. Those who are united in their access to the Father through the Spirit (2:18), who are built into God’s dwelling place in the Spirit (2:22), and who are being filled with the Spirit (5:18) can and should pray constantly in and through this Spirit (for further discussion of “prayer in the Spirit,” see Adai, Der Heilige Geist, 237–43).

To give oneself to this sort of prayer, it is essential to keep alert. This is underlined by the prepositional phrases which surround ἀγρυπνοῦντες, “keeping alert.” The preceding εἰς αὐτό, “to this end,” stresses that the purpose of keeping alert is to pray constantly, and the following ἐν πάσῃ προσκαρτερήσει καὶ δεήσει makes clear that this watchfulness is to be accompanied by perseverance and prayer. The exhortation to watch and pray was part of early Christian paraenetic tradition, and either ἀγρυπνεῖν or γρηγορεῖν, which are found as synonyms in the LXX and the NT, can be employed for the former concept. In Mark 14:38 Jesus in Gethsemane tells the sleeping Peter to watch (γρηγορεῖν) and pray. This had been preceded by the threefold call to the disciples to watch (once with ἀγρυπνεῖν and twice with γρηγορεῖν) in Mark 13:33–37. Luke makes this watching a constant activity and links it with prayer for strengthening: “But watch [ἀγρυπνεῖν] at all times, praying that you may have strength” (Luke 21:36). (On this traditional association of watching and praying, see further E. Lövestam, Spiritual Wakefulness in the New Testament [Lund: Gleerup, 1963] 64–77.) To be alert involves renouncing the spiritual sleep of the darkness of this age (cf. also 1 Pet 4:7). As Lövestam (Spiritual Wakefulness, 75) observes: “For the one who fails to keep awake … but is entangled and absorbed in this world and age, this becomes hindering and devastating for the prayer life.” The notions of perseverance and prayer come together elsewhere, although Eph 6:18 is the only place in the NT that the noun προσκαρτέρησις, “perseverance,” is used rather than the cognate verb (cf. the exhortations to persevere in prayer in Rom 12:12 and Col 4:2; cf. also Acts 1:14; 2:42; 6:4). If earlier in the passage much emphasis has been given to God’s provision of resources, there is now also stress on the need for effort and self-discipline on the part of believers, in order to avoid spiritual complacency and fatigue and pursue a life of prayer.

The petitions believers offer as part of this life of prayer are to be “for all the saints.” The writer has earlier reminded his readers of their links with all the saints (cf. 1:15; 3:18), and this consciousness of fellowship with all believers, of being part of a universal Church, which he has attempted to instill should bear fruit in the breadth of their concerns and prayers. The fourfold use of πᾶς “all,” in this verse is both typical of the writer’s plerophory of style and indicative of the significance he attaches to prayer. As Barth (778) comments, “Nothing less is suggested than that the life and strife of the saints be one great prayer to God, that this prayer be offered in ever new forms, however good or bad the circumstances, and that this prayer not be self-centered but express the need and hope of all the saints.”[5]


18. Praying always with all prayer. Having instructed the Ephesians to put on their armour, he now enjoins them to fight by prayer. This is the true method. To call upon God is the chief exercise of faith and hope; and it is in this way that we obtain from God every blessing. Prayer and supplication are not greatly different from each other, except that supplication is only one branch of prayer.

With all perseverance. We are exhorted to persevere in prayer. Every tendency to weariness must be counteracted by a cheerful performance of the duty. With unabated ardour we must continue our prayers, though we do not immediately obtain what we desire. If, instead of with all perseverance, some would render it, with all earnestness, I would have no objection to the change.

But what is the meaning of always? Having already spoken of continued application, does he twice repeat the same thing? I think not. When everything flows on prosperously,—when we are easy and cheerful, we seldom feel any strong excitement to prayer,—or rather, we never flee to God, but when we are driven by some kind of distress. Paul therefore desires us to allow no opportunity to pass,—on no occasion to neglect prayer; so that praying always is the same thing with praying both in prosperity and in adversity.

For all saints. There is not a moment of our life at which the duty of prayer may not be urged by our own wants. But unremitting prayer may likewise be enforced by the consideration, that the necessities of our brethren ought to move our sympathy. And when is it that some members of the church are not suffering distress, and needing our assistance? If, at any time, we are colder or more indifferent about prayer than we ought to be, because we do not feel the pressure of immediate necessity,—let us instantly reflect how many of our brethren are worn out by varied and heavy afflictions,—are weighed down by sore perplexity, or are reduced to the lowest distress. If reflections like these do not rouse us from our lethargy, we must have hearts of stone. But are we to pray for believers only? Though the apostle states the claims of the godly, he does not exclude others. And yet in prayer, as in all other kind offices, our first care unquestionably is due to the saints.[6]


Ver. 18. With all prayer and supplication praying.—[The connection of this verse is with στῆτε (ver. 15), not with δέξασθε, which is a subordinate thought referring to a definite act, hence inconsistent with the “all,” “always” of this verse (Meyer). Meyer is scarcely justifiable in disconnecting διὰ πάσης προσευχῆς καὶ δεήσεως from προσευχόμενοι on the ground of tautology and logical difficulty. Each phrase expresses a proper qualification of the participle, and to pray always with every form of prayer involves no contradiction. Hodge seems to have been led into Meyer’s view. Conybeare improperly takes the participle as an imperative and begins a new paragraph with this verse.—R.]

The participle (προσευχόμενοι) is closely connected with the summons to the conflict and the putting on of the armor. The summons to prayer did not appear independently. Prayer is rather to be regarded as attending the taking up of the weapons and the conflict, as the present strongly indicates. The phrase: διὰ πάσης προσευχῆς καὶ δεήσεως, placed first, only requires, that prayer should not be neglected and that constant prayer of every form be earnestly offered up. The first term means prayer in general, the second the special request. [So Harless, Meyer, Fritzsche, Trench (Syn. II., § 1), Ellicott, Alford and most recent commentators.—R.] The opinion [Grotius] is untenable, that the former refers to the bestowment of a blessing, the latter to the averting of an evil (Jas. 5:16, 17).

At all times in the Spirit.—Ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ gives prominence to the prayer as persevering, despite all change of relations and circumstances, at every opportunity, ἐν πνεύματι to prayer, as fervent and Christian occurring in the impulse of the Holy Ghost. Bengel: Quoties cunque oratis, orate in Spiritu, quippe qui nullo tempore excluditur.

Intercession in general. And watching there unto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.—With reference to the already described prayer (εἰς αὐτό) there should also enter (καί), “watching” (ἀγρυπνοῦντες, from ἅϋπνος, Mark 13:33; Luke 21:36), which is elsewhere also joined with prayer (Matt. 26:41; Mark 14:38; Col. 4:2). [Alford: “continual habits of prayer cannot be kept up without watchfulness to that very end.”—R.] This should take place: “in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” The feeling of fellowship in the conflict finds its immediate expression in the supplication for all the fellow-combatants, whose standing fast is strength and assistance to their neighbor. The Christian should have a clear view about him, to the companions in conflict at other positions, in other places, and besides continue constant in such supplication. [“Perseverance and supplication” here amounts to “persevering supplication,” though it is not a grammatical Hendiadys, since the order would be inverted in that case. Ellicott says it is “a virtual or what might be termed a contextual ε͂ν διὰ δυοῖν.” Eadie: “In praying for themselves they were uniformly to blend petitions for all the saints.”—R.] How much depends on this is exemplified in what follows.[7]


6:18 — … praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints .…

None of us can long survive, let alone prosper, without the sincere prayers of others offered on our behalf. God has designed the Christian life as a community event, not as a solo endeavor.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1986). Ephesians (pp. 378–383). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Klein, W. W. (2006). Ephesians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 169). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 290–291). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Ephesians (Vol. 7, pp. 280–282). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] Lincoln, A. T. (1990). Ephesians (Vol. 42, pp. 451–453). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[6] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (pp. 340–341). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Braune, K., & Riddle, M. B. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures (pp. 225–226). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Eph 6:18). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

November 15 The Qualities of True Wisdom

“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

James 3:17

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True wisdom is evident in a person’s behavior.

What is true wisdom? James answers that question in verse 17 by pointing out the characteristics or qualities of true wisdom. After purity, the next quality is “peaceable,” which means “peace loving” or “peace promoting.” It refers to someone who doesn’t create confusion or disorder. He doesn’t promote himself or compromise truth but makes peace.

True wisdom is also “gentle.” A gentle person will submit to dishonor, disgrace, mistreatment, and persecution with an attitude of humility, courteousness, kindness, patience, and consideration. He will not display hatred, malice, or revenge.

True wisdom is also characterized as “reasonable.” It refers to someone who is willing to yield, who is easily persuaded, teachable, and compliant. It was used of a person who willingly submitted to military discipline or who observed legal and moral standards in life and willingly submitted to them. A wise person manifests such “reasonable” traits concerning God’s standards for life.

“Full of mercy” refers to someone who shows concern for people who suffer and is quick to forgive. He demonstrates kindness and compassion toward others.

“Good fruits“ refer to all good works in general or a wide variety of spiritual deeds. The Christian demonstrates the genuineness of his salvation through his good deeds—works that are produced by faith (James 2:14–20) and are called “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22–23) or “the fruit of righteousness” (Phil. 1:11).

“Unwavering” refers to someone who is consistent and doesn’t vacillate. He is undivided in his commitment, doesn’t make unfair distinctions, and is sincere in his faithfulness to God.

“Without hypocrisy” is the climax of true wisdom and speaks of someone who is utterly genuine. He isn’t a phony or fake. A truly wise person manifests sincere behavior.

If true wisdom is part of your life, it will be evident in your behavior. Make it your aim to reflect the qualities of true wisdom so that others may see Christ in you.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to help you develop the qualities of true wisdom in your life. But before you do, make sure you’re being motivated by a pure heart.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 5:1–16, noting how the words of Christ parallel James 3:17.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

November 15 Daily Help

THERE is no elevation of grace, no attainment of spirituality, no clearness of assurance, no post of duty, which is not open to you if you have but the power to believe. Lay aside your sackcloth and ashes, and rise to the dignity of your true position. The golden throne of assurance is waiting for you! The crown of communion with Jesus is ready to bedeck your brow. Wrap yourself in scarlet and fine linen and fare sumptuously every day; for, if thou believest, thy land shall flow with milk and honey, and thy soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Gather golden sheaves of grace, for they await thee in the fields of faith. “All things are possible to him that believeth.”[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 323). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

November 15 Rebuking the World

“By faith Noah … condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Heb. 11:7).

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Your actions and words should rebuke our godless society.

Genesis 6:5 says, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Before moving in judgment against the most evil and corrupt society in history, God appointed Noah to build an ark, which became a symbol of life and salvation to all who believed God. For those who disbelieved, it represented impending death and judgment.

Concurrent with constructing the ark, Noah preached about coming judgment. Peter called him “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), and every board he cut and every nail he drove in was a living illustration of the urgency of his message.

God’s warning was stern and His message horrifying, but His patience and mercy prevailed for 120 years. As Peter said, “The patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark” (1 Peter 3:20). The people had ample warning of judgment, but they chose to disregard Noah’s message.

As sad as the account of Noah’s day is, perhaps the greatest tragedy is that man’s attitude toward God hasn’t changed since then. Jesus said, “The coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37–39).

Like Noah, you are to proclaim righteousness to an evil and perverse generation by your works and by your life. Be faithful to do so even if people don’t want to listen. After 120 years of diligent work and faithful preaching by Noah, only eight people entered the ark. But God’s purposes were accomplished, and the human race was preserved.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Sometimes you’ll encounter people who scoff at God’s judgment and mock your testimony. Don’t be discouraged. Pray for them, and be available to minister to them whenever possible.

For Further Study: Read 2 Peter 3. What effect should the prospect of future judgment have on your present behavior?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 332). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Gaza Aftershocks: Hamas fires 460 rockets. Netanyahu chooses cease-fire rather than invasion. Israeli Defense Minister resigns. Now, early elections look imminent. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — It’s been a dramatic week here in the Holy Land. But buckle up. Far more drama lies ahead. Here are the highlights, followed by some analysis.

MONDAY:

TUESDAY

  • The terrorist group, the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, fires 460 rockets at Jewish civilians in southern Israel in less than 24 hours.
  • Never have so many rockets been fired at Israel in a single day — at times, they are being fired one per minute.
  • Thankfully, the Iron Dome system shoots down many of the incoming rockets. Others fall harmlessly in empty fields…

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WWUTT: What Does it Mean to Be Born Again?

In John 3:3, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus replied, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

What does it mean to be born again? You’ve probably heard this term your whole life. You may have even called yourself a “born again Christian.” But have you considered what it means?

Everyone is born physically alive, but we are spiritually dead. As descendants of Adam, we have inherited his sin nature, separated from God. And the only way we can be right with God is to be born from above. We need the life of God in the soul of an otherwise dead man.

When you hear the gopel, that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the grave, and you repent and put your faith in Jesus, He will raise your spirit from the dead and give you new life, a Spirit-filled life, that loves God and desires His will. And you are born again.

Ephesians 2:4-6 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved, and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places.”

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). In Him we are born “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). So no longer live in your old dead ways, but according to the new birth you have been given, when we understand the text.
— Read on www.wwutt.com/2018/11/what-does-it-mean-to-be-born-again.html

Thursday Briefing Nov. 15, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

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Transgender rights trump protecting women as Anchorage women’s homeless shelter comes under fire

The death of free speech in Berkeley: Students call for resignation of student senator who dared to challenge transgender orthodoxy 

Liberalism beyond the classroom: New study reveals administrators are even more liberal than professors on college campuses 

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November 15, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

The Poverty That Made Us Rich

(2 Corinthians 8:9)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (8:9)

The story is told of a Persian monarch who reigned in opulence and splendor, living amid the wealth and comfort of the royal palace. Yet his concern for the common people frequently drove him to dress as a poor man, leave the palace, and mingle with the lowliest of his subjects.

One day he visited a fireman, whose job was to heat the water in the bathhouse. Dressed in tattered clothes, the shah descended a long flight of steps down to the tiny cellar where the fireman sat on a pile of ashes, tending the fire. The ruler sat beside him, and the two men began to talk. At lunchtime, the fireman shared his humble meal of coarse bread and water with his guest. Eventually, the shah left, but he returned again and again, his heart filled with sympathy for the lonely man. The fireman opened his heart to his kind, compassionate friend, who gave him wise counsel.

Finally, the shah could not bear to keep up the pretense any longer and decided to reveal his true identity to his friend. He then asked the poor fireman to name a gift he could give him. To his surprise, the man said nothing, but merely sat looking at him with love and wonder. Thinking he had not understood him, the shah offered to make the fireman rich, elevate him to the nobility, or make him ruler over a city. But he replied, “Yes, my lord, I understood you. But leaving your palace to sit here with me, partake of my humble food, and listen to the troubles of my heart—even you could give me no more precious gift than that. You may have given rich gifts to others, but to me you gave yourself. I only ask that you never withdraw your friendship from me.”

That parable illustrates the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, heaven’s King who left His glorious throne to become the friend of sinners. As the writer of the hymn, “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” eloquently expressed it,

Thou didst leave Thy throne

And Thy kingly crown

When Thou camest to earth for me;

But in Bethlehem’s home

Was there found no room

For Thy holy nativity.

Heaven’s arches rang

When the angels sang,

Proclaiming Thy royal degree;

But of lowly birth

Didst Thou come to earth,

And in greatest humility.

Tucked away in this very practical, pragmatic section of the discussion of giving is a profound doctrinal treasure. Like 5:21, this verse is a Christological gem of incalculable value, a many-faceted diamond that far outshines all the other jewels around it. The wonder of this verse is captivating. Its vast scope, profundity, and impact transcend the simplicity of the twenty-one Greek words that comprise it. Its truth is not couched in technical theological language; its words are not complex or confusing. And though its message may be grasped in one reading, the truth it contains may not be fully comprehended throughout eternity. It describes Christ’s descent from riches to poverty so that believers might ascend from poverty to riches.

As noted in the previous chapter of this volume, the theme of chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians is Christian giving. In this section, Paul discussed the offering he was collecting for the poor saints in Jerusalem. To stimulate the Corinthians’ giving, he pointed out the example of the Macedonians, who gave generously and sacrificially despite their deep poverty (8:1–8).

But as the apostle thought about the reality that love manifests itself in sacrificial giving, his mind was irresistibly drawn to the greatest example of such love and sacrifice the world has ever known—the Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike the rich of this world, who rarely if ever impoverish themselves by their giving, He, the worthy One, became poor to make unworthy ones rich.

For links this verse to verse 8, where Paul wrote, “I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.” The apostle did not need to command the Corinthians to give because they knew the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. They may have been unaware of the Macedonians’ giving, but they knew that Christ came down from heaven and gave His life as a sacrifice for sinners. That magnanimous gift eclipses all others as the example for all Christians to follow.

The apostle used the term grace to refer to Christ’s giving because His self-giving was motivated by unmerited, spontaneous kindness to undeserving sinners stemming from pure and uninfluenced love. That act of the Savior defines grace giving at its purest level.

Paul refers to Him using the full name of the Incarnate God, the Lord Jesus Christ. That rich title encompasses the fullness of His person and work. Lord is the name above every name that was given Him by the Father because He accomplished the work of redemption (Phil. 2:9); Jesus depicts Him as the Savior of His people (Matt. 1:21); Christ describes Him as the anointed Messiah and King (Matt. 27:11; John 18:37).

The many facets of truth contained in this verse may be categorized under three headings: the riches of Christ, the poverty of Christ, and the gift of Christ.

The Riches of Christ

that though He was rich, (8:9a)

Though as God Jesus owns everything in heaven and on earth (Ex. 19:5; Deut. 10:14; Job 41:11; Pss. 24:1; 50:12; 1 Cor. 10:26), His riches do not consist primarily of what is material. The riches in view here are those of Christ’s supernatural glory, His position as God the Son, and His eternal attributes. The eternity of Jesus Christ is the most crucial truth in all of Christology, and therefore the most crucial truth of the gospel as well. If He is not eternal, He must have had a beginning, and would therefore be a created being. The eternality of Christ offers clear, powerful, and irrefutable proof of His deity, for it is an attribute only God possesses.

Despite the false claims of heretics throughout history, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is not merely preexistent to human history, but eternal. He does not depend on anything outside of Himself for His existence, nor was there ever a time when the second person of the Trinity came into being. Jesus is not an emanation, demigod, Michael the archangel, a spirit created by God, or an exalted man; He is the Creator (John 1:3, 10; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2), not a creature.

In a prophecy predicting His birthplace, Micah 5:2 says of Him, “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” Isaiah 9:6 describes Jesus as the “Eternal Father” of His people. John’s gospel opens with the truth that “in the beginning [of creation; cf. Gen. 1:1] was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus Christ existed from all eternity, because when the universe was created and time began, He already existed. In John 8:58 Jesus declared His eternal existence to the unbelieving Jews: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” Had He merely been claiming to have preexisted, He would have said, “I was,” instead of, “I am.” In John 17:5 He prayed, “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

As the eternal second person of the Trinity, Jesus is as rich as God the Father. To the Colossians Paul wrote, “For in Him [Jesus] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9), and “[Jesus] is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Heb. 1:3). Arguments for Christeternity and deity are inseparable. Since the Scriptures reveal Him to be eternal, and only God can be eternal, Jesus must be God. Therefore, He owns the universe and everything in it, possesses all power and authority (Matt. 28:18), and is to be glorified and honored (John 5:23; Phil. 2:9–11). The eminent nineteenth-century theologian Charles Hodge wrote,

All divine names and titles are applied to Him. He is called God, the mighty God, the great God, God over all; Jehovah; Lord; the Lord of lords and the King of kings. All divine attributes are ascribed to Him. He is declared to be omnipresent, omniscient, almighty, and immutable, the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. He is set forth as the creator and upholder and ruler of the universe. All things were created by Him and for Him; and by Him all things consist. He is the object of worship to all intelligent creatures, even the highest; all the angels (i.e., all creatures between man and God) are commanded to prostrate themselves before Him. He is the object of all the religious sentiments; of reverence, love, faith, and devotion. To Him men and angels are responsible for their character and conduct. He required that men should honour Him as they honoured the Father; that they should exercise the same faith in Him that they do in God. He declares that He and the Father are one; that those who had seen Him had seen the Father also. He calls all men unto Him; promises to forgive their sins; to send them the Holy Spirit; to give them rest and peace; to raise them up at the last day; and to give them eternal life. God is not more, and cannot promise more, or do more than Christ is said to be, to promise, and to do. He has, therefore, been the Christian’s God from the beginning, in all ages and in all places. (Systematic Theology, [Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979], 2:382)

The Poverty of Christ

yet for your sake He became poor, (8:9b)

Though Jesus possessed all the riches of God from all eternity, yet for believers’ sake He became poor. Some have understood that statement as a reference to Christ’s financial poverty during His earthly life. Augustine challenged his readers to imitate Christ’s virtues, including poverty, citing this verse as proof of Christ’s poverty (Of Holy Virginity, para. 28). In his sermon, On the Words of the Gospel, Luke 14:16, “A Certain Man Made a Great Supper,” Etc. Augustine said, “Let the beggars come, for He inviteth them, ‘who, though He was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we beggars through His poverty might be enriched’ ” (para. 8). John Calvin, commenting on this verse, wrote

We see what destitution and lack of all things awaited Him right from His mother’s womb and we hear what He Himself says, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head” (Luke 9:58). Thus He sanctified poverty in His own person, so that believers should no longer shrink from it, and by His poverty He has enriched us so that we should not find it hard to take from our abundance what we may expend on behalf of our brethren. (The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians and the Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon [Reprint; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1973], 111)

Many connect this alleged reference to Jesus’ poverty with the gospel, as if eliciting sympathy for Jesus’ poverty has some redemptive value.

But this verse is not a commentary on Jesus’ economic status or the material circumstances of His life. Fred B. Craddock notes, “The gospel can no more be equated with the financial poverty of Jesus than it can be equated with the pain he endured on the cross” (“The Poverty of Christ,” Interpretation 22 [Apr. 1968], 162). The Lord’s true impoverishment did not consist in the lowly circumstances in which He lived but in the reality that “although He existed in the form of God, [He] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6–7).

In reality, Jesus did not live His life in abject poverty:

As far as Jesus’ experience is concerned, it is true that Luke highlights the lowly circumstances of his birth, but this is not an indication of the poverty of the holy family, but rather of the overcrowded conditions in Bethlehem at the time of the census (Lk. 2:7). The offering that Mary made for her purification was that permitted to those who could not afford a lamb (Lk. 2:24; cf. Lv. 12:6–8), and this indicates the family were not well off. Jesus was known as “the carpenter, the son of Mary” (Mk. 6:3), and as a craftsman he would not be numbered among the abject poor. During his Galilean ministry he did remind a would-be disciple that “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head” (Lk. 9:58). However, this must not be taken to mean that as an itinerant preacher Jesus was continually in dire economic circumstances. The indications are that the costs of Jesus’ itinerant ministry and the support for his followers were provided by a number of well-off sympathizers who had been the recipients of his healing ministry (Lk. 8:1–3). In addition it was a custom among the Jews to provide hospitality for travelling preachers (cf. Mt. 10:9–13) and Jesus enjoyed such hospitality at a number of homes, and especially at that of Mary and Martha (Lk. 10:38–42; Jn. 12:1–3.). On the evidence, then, Jesus was no poorer than most first-century Palestinian Jews, and better off than some (e.g., those reduced to beggary). Indeed Jesus and his band of disciples had sufficient money to be able to provide help for those worse off than themselves (cf. Jn. 12:3–6; 13:27–29). (Colin Kruse, The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995], 154)

The Lord did not make believers spiritually rich by becoming economically poor. Paul used the terms “rich” and “poor” in this verse in a spiritual sense, as he did when he described himself as “poor yet making many rich” (2 Cor. 6:10).

The Lord Jesus Christ became poor in His incarnation, when He was “born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4); “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3); “a descendant of David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3); and “made … for a little while lower than the angels” (Heb. 2:7, 9). He left heaven’s glory (John 17:5) and laid aside the free use of His divine prerogatives. In the most profound theological description of the Incarnation in Scripture Paul wrote that,

although [Jesus] existed in the form of God, [He] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:6–11)

Though He existed eternally “in the form of God,” possessing all the riches of deity, Jesus “emptied Himself,” becoming poor by “taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” He suffered human weaknesses and limitations, becoming hungry (Matt. 4:2; 21:18), thirsty (John 4:7; 19:28), and tired (Mark 4:38; John 4:6). In addition, He was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). So completely did Jesus identify with His people as their faithful high priest that “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.”

Ephesians 4:8–10 gives another view of Christ’ impoverishing Himself in the Incarnation:

Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)

Paul’s quote from Psalm 68:18, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men,” describes Christ’s triumphant return to heaven after His victory over the forces of hell on Calvary. Through His sacrificial death, He freed sinners who had been captives to sin and Satan. After His ascension, He dispensed the spoils won by His death and resurrection and “gave gifts to men.” But Christ’s triumph on Calvary was only possible because He had first “descended into the lower parts of the earth.” He left the glory of heaven and entered a world of suffering and death. Jesus’ descent reached its deepest point when He went between His death and resurrection to the prison where the most wicked of the fallen angels are incarcerated. There he proclaimed to them His triumph over the forces of hell (cf. Col. 2:15; 1 Peter 3:18–19).

In the incarnation of Christ, the eternal God became poor by taking on human flesh and humbling Himself even to the point of death on the cross. By doing so, He defeated the powers of hell, accomplished the work of redemption God assigned Him, and gave His people the priceless riches of salvation.

The Gift of Christ

so that you through His poverty might become rich. (8:9c)

The purpose of Christ’s condescension was that through His poverty poor sinners might become rich. He did not make them materially rich but gave them all the blessings of salvation—forgiveness, joy, peace, eternal life, light, and glory. Peter described those riches as “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for [believers]” (1 Peter 1:4).

Sinners desperately need the riches of Christ because they are spiritually destitute. They are the “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3), beggars with nothing to commend themselves. But through salvation, believers are made “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), sharing His riches because they are made “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). The ultimate goal of their salvation is to be made like Him (1 John 3:2), to reflect His glory in heaven, “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7).

This was not the first time Paul described their riches in Christ to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 1:4–5 he wrote, “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him,” while in 3:22 he added, “Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you.”

The glorious truth that Christians have been “blessed … with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3) through His self-emptying, self-sacrificial love should elicit gratitude from them. More than that, however, it should also motivate them to give freely, sacrificially, and generously to others. They must follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, who became poor to make others rich. How can Christians receive all the riches Christ impoverished Himself to give them, yet be unwilling to meet the needs of others? James wrote, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” (James 2:15–16). The apostle John added, “Whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17).

Some may view Paul’s inclusion of this verse, with its profound theological truth, in the context of giving as incongruous. But that loses sight of the fact that theological truth does not exist in isolation from everyday life, as Fred B. Craddock notes:

There is nothing mundane and outside the concern and responsibility of the Christian. There are not two worlds; there is but one. Money for the relief of the poor is as “spiritual” as prayer.… The offering for the saints in Judea was for Paul a definite implication of the Incarnation. It is no surprise that the discussion of the one should bring to mind the other. The offering, in fact, provided an occasion for teaching the meaning of Christology, and Christology informed and elicited the offering. (“The Poverty of Christ,” Interpretation 22 [Apr. 1968] 169)

The seemingly mundane issue of the offering was in reality connected to the central truth of Christianity, namely, that Christ’s voluntary poverty makes the spiritually destitute rich.[1]


9 In encouraging the Corinthians to bring their contribution to a satisfactory completion (v. 6), Paul has thus far appealed to the example of the Macedonians (vv. 1–5), to the Corinthians’ own promising beginning (v. 6), to their desire for spiritual excellence (v. 7), and again to the eagerness of the Macedonians (v. 8). Now he turns to the supreme example of Christ. The transition from v. 8 to v. 9 (denoted by gar, “for”) is illuminating because it suggests that Paul saw in Christ the finest example of one who showed eagerness and generosity in giving as a demonstration of his love. If the sacrificial giving of the Macedonians did not stimulate emulation, the example of Christ’s selflessness certainly would. Such doctrinal buttressing of ethical injunctions is typical of Paul (e.g., Ro 15:2–3; Eph 5:2; Col 3:9–10).

Christ “became poor” (eptōcheusen [GK 4776], an ingressive aorist) by the act of incarnation that followed his preincarnate renunciation of heavenly glory (cf. Php 2:6–8)—from wealth to “poverty”! Here Paul depicts the glory of heavenly existence as wealth, in comparison with which the lowliness of earthly existence amounts to “poverty.” Thus it is not possible, from this verse alone, to deduce that Christ’s life on earth was one of indigence. In the context the stress is on his voluntary surrender of glory contrasted with the spiritual wealth derived by others (Eph 1:3) through his gracious act of giving. Unlike the Macedonians, who gave when they were extremely poor (2 Co 8:2), Christ gave when he was incalculably rich. In their present circumstances the Corinthians fit somewhere between these extremes. Like the Macedonians (v. 5), Christ gave himself. The Corinthians would do well to emulate these examples.[2]


8:9 / Paul supplies the christological reason (For, gar) the Corinthians should excel in the grace of giving to the collection for Jerusalem. The illustration turns on the word grace (charis), in the sense of self-sacrificial giving. The Corinthians are to abound in the grace of self-sacrificial giving to the Jerusalem saints, because Christ gave himself. As often elsewhere, Paul’s admonition is based on the example of Christ (e.g., Phil. 2:5–11; 1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Thess. 1:6). Like the Macedonians who gave themselves (2 Cor. 8:5), Christ gave himself for the sake of others. Thus the Corinthians have both the Macedonians and Christ as examples of self-sacrificial giving.

Yet what does it mean that Christ became poor? Does it mean simply that he became a human being? That might be the meaning if we compare Philippians 2:5–11. More to the point is Galatians 3:13–14: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, … so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” On the analogy of this text, that Christ “became poor” means that he came under the curse of the law on behalf of others so that, through his sacrifice, others might know the riches of the Spirit.[3]


8:9. Paul supported his call for demonstrating sincere love by reminding his readers of the sacrificial love of Christ. The Corinthians knew that Christ was rich in his preincarnate state. As the second person of the Trinity, Christ was exalted over all before the humiliation of his incarnation (cf. Phil. 2:5–8). Despite his eternal riches, Christ became poor when he came into the world so believers through his poverty might become rich. Christ’s humiliation culminated in his death on the cross, and through his death came the riches of salvation.

Believers do not become rich through the sacrifice of Christ in the sense that they receive physical wealth in this life. According to Paul, our true wealth is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is the “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14). Yet, as Paul told the Corinthians, in Christ all believers will inherit all the riches of the new world when Christ returns in glory.

The Corinthians were to be motivated by the example of Christ’s love and generosity to give unselfishly to the poor in Jerusalem. Their response to this opportunity tested the sincerity of their love and appreciation for Christ.

Main Idea Review: When believers repent of waywardness, they find positive motivations for further obedience to Christ. Love and gratitude motivate them to express loyalty to Christ.[4]


9. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich he became poor on account of you, so that you might become rich through his poverty.

Note the following points:

  • Knowledge. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The first word, “for,” links this verse to the preceding text and provides a clarification. Paul points his readers not to the churches in Macedonia but to Jesus Christ. He does so by saying, “you know,” which means that they had personally experienced and had come to know the grace that Jesus grants. Indeed, they were able to talk from experience and testify to that knowledge. They belonged to Jesus Christ and received from him untold spiritual and material blessings.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is a liturgical formula that concludes many of Paul’s epistles. Here the focus is on the word grace, which encompasses the full implication of our salvation (see 6:1) proclaimed in the Good News. Grace includes the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Christ’s atoning work, peace with God, remission of sin, and the Lord’s abiding presence (Matt. 28:20). Grace means that we can fully rely on Jesus Christ as our redeemer, brother, friend, and intercessor.

As the Corinthians receive divine grace, so they ought to demonstrate grace to others. They must be a channel through which God’s grace reaches others. They do so with respect to the grace of giving from their material resources to help the needy.

With the possessive personal pronoun our, Paul indicates that he and the readers are one in the Lord. Together they acknowledge him as their Lord and master in all areas of life. The divine names in the liturgical formula point, first, to Jesus’ earthly ministry and, next, to Christ’s title and office in his redemptive task of prophet, priest, and king. The Lord Jesus Christ freely grants his grace to all his people, and he expects them to reflect his grace in their daily lives.

  • Cause. “That though he was rich he became poor on account of you.” Paul gives an explanation of the grace that the Lord Jesus Christ grants to his people. He presents this explanation as a creedal statement that belonged to the liturgy in a worship service. It also echoes Paul’s wording of an early Christian hymn on the status and work of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God

something to be grasped,

but made himself nothing,

taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

[Phil. 2:6–7]

With other New Testament writers, Paul teaches the pre-existence of Jesus Christ with the statement though he was rich. The riches of Christ point not to his earthly existence but to his pre-existent state: God’s Son radiates divine glory, for he is the exact representation of God himself (Heb. 1:3). In his high-priestly prayer, Jesus asked his Father to glorify him with the glory he had before the creation of the world (John 17:5). Even in human form Jesus revealed his glory as the unique Son of God (John 1:14, 18).

Jesus Christ became poor because of you, writes Paul to the Corinthians. But what is the meaning of the expression he became poor? Did he identify with those who are economically deprived? Yes, he did with his statement, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). But during his earthly ministry Jesus did not shun the rich. He dined in their homes, counseled the rich young ruler, and was “with the rich in his death” (Isa. 53:9). Did he relate only to the poor in spirit, the meek who are called the blessed ones? No, because his disciples John and James, whom he called “sons of thunder,” were far from meek and lowly (Luke 9:54). They wanted to sit at his left and right in the kingdom (Matt. 20:21).

Paul contrasts the riches of Christ before Jesus’ birth with the poverty of human existence during his earthly life. It is the dissimilarity of leaving the holiness and glory of heaven to enter the profanity and poverty of earth. It is God’s indescribable gift (9:15) to send his Son to be born, suffer, and die for sinners.

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

—Charles Wesley

The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews teaches that Jesus Christ partook of our humanity to destroy the devil and to deliver his people who were held in the bondage by the fear of death (2:14–15). Paul applies this same teaching directly to the Corinthians and states that Jesus became poor for them. Because of their sins and ours, Jesus voluntarily laid aside his heavenly glory. He became a human being while remaining divine (Rom. 1:3–4). He became materially poor while he remained spiritually rich. He became a debtor to God by being our sinbearer (5:21; Isa. 53:6), yet he himself remained sinless. He assumed our humanity to conquer death for us, and by his resurrection he promises us that we, too, will rise from the dead (1 Cor. 15:21–22).

  • Result. “So that you might become rich through his poverty.” Paul’s teaching is not meant to induce Christians to try to emulate Christ by giving up material possessions to gain spiritual riches. The redemptive work of Christ can never be duplicated, for if this were possible, Jesus would no longer be our Lord and Savior (Luke 2:11). Through his suffering, death, and resurrection, we are heirs and co-heirs with him (Rom. 8:17). We are children of the light, filled with joy and happiness, and partakers of his glory. Through Christ’s death on the cross, we have “become the righteousness of God” (5:21). We already are spiritually rich in this life and rich beyond comparison in the world to come.

If, then, the Corinthians are rich in Christ, they should express their love and thankfulness to him by helping the needy saints in Judea. Paul’s theological message should inspire all believers everywhere to be generous in their giving to alleviate the needs of the poor.[5]


8:9 It is at this point that the Apostle Paul introduces one of the greatest verses in this grand letter. Against a background of the petty circumstances of life in Macedonia and in Corinth he paints a lovely portrait of the most generous Person who ever lived.

The word grace is used in a variety of ways in the NT, but here the meaning is unmistakably that of generosity. How generous was the Lord Jesus? He was so generous that He gave all He had for our sakes that we through His poverty might become eternally rich.

Moorehead comments:

He was rich in possessions, power, homage, fellowship, happiness. He became poor in station, circumstances, in His relations with men. We are urged to give a little money, clothing, food. He gave Himself.

This verse teaches the pre-existence of the Lord Jesus. When was He rich? Certainly not when He came into the world as the Babe of Bethlehem! And certainly not during His thirty-three years of wandering “as a homeless stranger in the world His hands had made.” He was rich in a bygone eternity, dwelling with the Father in the courts of heaven. But He became poor. This refers not only to Bethlehem but to Nazareth, Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha. And it was all for our sakes, that we through His poverty might become rich.

If this is true, and it certainly is, then it should be our greatest joy to give all that we are and have to Him. No argument could be more forceful than this in the midst of Paul’s discussion of Christian giving.[6]


8:9 The Corinthians did not need a command (v. 8), because the example of Christ taught them about sacrificial giving. He was rich: See John 17:5; Col. 1:16. He became poor: See Phil. 2:7, 8 for an eloquent description of all that Jesus gave up to come to this earth. You … might become rich refers to the spiritual riches that Jesus gives to all who place their trust in Him: He offers forgiveness, justification, regeneration, eternal life, and glorification. Jesus purchases us from slavery to sin and makes us children of God. He gives us the right and privilege to approach God with requests and praise.[7]


8:9 — For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

In heaven, Jesus was rich through the love He shared with the Father and the Spirit. On earth, we were poor in our estrangement from God. Jesus emptied Himself on earth so that we might be full in heaven.[8]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 287–295). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 499–500). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Scott, J. M. (2011). 2 Corinthians (p. 179). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Pratt, R. L., Jr. (2000). I & II Corinthians (Vol. 7, pp. 391–392). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 19, pp. 281–283). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1851). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1505). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (2 Co 8:9). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

Fox should have sat this one out

In the Acosta affair, Fox faces a credibility problem, with some questioning where the network’s loyalties stand.     

Today, Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. is to issue his ruling as to whether to temporarily reinstate Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials. Kelly listened to the arguments from the various parties on Wednesday. Acosta asserted, in part, that the Trump administration’s decision to strip him of his press credentials was based solely on objections to the substance of his questions, in violation of his First Amendment rights. The administration pointed to Acosta’s rude behavior/conduct as the reason for its decision. That same day, Fox News announced that the network would back CNN in its lawsuit demanding the restoration of Acosta’s pass. According to Jay Wallace, Fox News president and executive editor:

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

No matter how Kelly rules, Fox should have stayed out of this battle, as the decision to support CNN in this matter shows a lack of loyalty to the network’s most loyal viewers.

Rather than injecting themselves into this matter, Fox could have supported Acosta’s position from the sidelines. After all, Fox had no axe to grind in this battle, which has little to do with the right of the press and more to do with how to conduct yourself like a professional. President Trump has never weaponized White House press passes based on the substance of a reporter’s questions. To the contrary, he has always welcomed tough questions so long as the reporter conducted himself with the proper decorum and respect. According to an article in The Hill, Judge Kelly recognized this distinction:

But Kelly, a Trump appointee, appeared unconvinced that the administration had revoked Acosta’s hard pass solely because it didn’t like the questions he was asking of the president during a press conference last week.

Kelly said the record suggests Acosta’s press pass was revoked because of his behavior, noting that Trump called him “rude” after he refused to yield the microphone to another reporter during a contentious exchange with the president.

The fact that Fox has chosen to publicly support CNN and Acosta will likely not sit well with the network’s fan-base. Putting the legalities of CNN’s case aside, Fox’s decision was seen by many as a betrayal of the president to protect “one of their own.” As a result of this decision, some followers took to Twitter to voice their disapproval and their decision to turn to other conservative channels for the news.         

In light of Fox’s decision to support CNN and Acosta, the judge’s decision might not help the network “patch up” relations with some of its viewers. If the judge rules in favor of CNN, some will view Fox as the network that “turned” on its viewers. If the judge rules in Trump’s favor, Fox could face a credibility problem, as some will undoubtedly question where the network’s loyalties stand.    

Fox would have been better off mimicking its behavior earlier this year. According to an op-ed in The Hill, “[m]ore than 300 newspapers published editorials on the dangers of President Trump and his administration’s verbal assault on the press.” Many of these media outlets took exception to the fact that the president referred to them as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people,” and accused the president of engaging in a propaganda war against legitimate news sites. While there is little doubt that Fox disagreed with this label, the network stayed relatively quiet.

Fox should have watched the CNN/Acosta matter from the sidelines. In failing to do so, the network appeared disloyal to the president and to its viewers. As one person said on Twitter, “The time has come to find a new voice for Republicans. FOX news has lost its focus. If I want to hear CNN, I know where to find them, and the rest of the left-wing liberal biased media. Say it ain’t so, FOX.”  

Mr. Hakim’s articles have been published in the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, The Western Journal, American Thinker and other online publications.   

— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/11/fox_should_have_sat_this_one_out.html

The Enemy of the People

Long before Trump, the American people have been manipulated by “fake news” — intentionally misleading reportage — and have complained about press bias.

I have yet to hear anyone explain what Donald Trump means by the “fake news” being the “enemy of the people.” 

I have this dream that Trump will punch back at the media by explaining — maybe in a fireside chat or directly from the Oval Office — that freedom of the press is fundamental to American culture and spirit.  It has allowed this country to overcome political and cultural blemishes and rise above and beyond the Founder’s expectations. With the rest of the Bill of Rights, Freedom of the press has played a significant role in this nation’s maturation into the beacon of hope, liberty, and commercial success it has become.

The press is an unofficial check on all three political branches of government at the local, state, and federal levels.  At its core, it is freedom from Congress making laws abridging freedom of the press.  However, it is not unfettered; it has limits just like our freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly. 

Long before Trump, the American people have been manipulated by “fake news” — intentionally misleading reportage — and have complained about press bias.  When news output was dominated by three networks and a handful of newspapers, people had little choice.  But as more Americans resented being force-fed “fake news,” they turned away from it.  Eventually, talk radio and the internet filled the gap, sprouting nontraditional news delivery systems and giving voice to journalists who refused to toe the Democratic party line.  But for these developments, America would still be a one-horse media town with the news colored by the Democratic-Media Complex. 

Members of the Democratic-Media Complex relentlessly malign Republicans and conservatives as haters, bigots, idiots, uneducated dolts, cowboys, bible clingers, racists, homophobes, xenophobes, misogynists, white supremacists, and Nazis.   Compared to the enlightened, evolved class of ivory tower, self-righteous, paternalistic, feel-gooders, conservatives must be silenced.

At a recent White House press conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta challenged the President’s characterization of the caravan as an invasion.  When President Trump attempted to engage the next reporter, Acosta bombastically continued to speak

The article doesn’t address Acosta’s aggressive posturing and hubris or his repeated interruptions and confrontational attitude towards the President — all of which, together with Acosta’s physical response to the aide, prompted Trump’s “insults” (or candor).

Then the leftwing press accused the video of being doctored.  According to

“There’s no evidence that the video was deliberately sped up… T h[e] video analysis… demonstrates what the GIF conversion process does to video. While it’s not technically “sped up” by intent, it effectively is in practice.”

This is the kind of fake news that permeates the media and impacts hundreds of millions of people daily.

Again, press freedom is not unfettered but curtailed by honesty regarding the reported facts.  Opinion must be identified as such.  Today, opinion masks as real news.  The press has a duty to truthfully report the facts.  Failure to so is a breach of the press’s duty to the people.  When the press advocates for a political party, candidates or elected officials, or promotes the agenda of a particular political party, it becomes an arm of the government or that political party.  It then loses any objectivity and no longer complies with its constitutional duty to the American people, effectively becoming the enemy of the people.

With over 85% of journalists supporting and identifying as Democrats, there is very little one can do to combat the cancer of fake and biased news.  The only treatment is sunlight.  In the past, presidents would take the high road and ignore the sins of the press, believing that Americans would see through the charade, reject traditional news outlets and this decrease in consumption would stop the bias.  While millions did reject the media, the press pushed on with its agenda.  They attacked President George W. Bush as a liar and warmonger; they defamed the Tea Party as radicals and Nazis; they assaulted every Republican candidate from Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney as racists, misogynists, and xenophobes. 

With the election of Trump, this bias has reached hysterical heights.  The press no longer feigns objectivity, but has openly declared war on the Trump administration, contorting the news to suit a narrative.  They feel justified unabashedly lying and misrepresenting facts because they believe Trump is a loathsome person whose policies are bad for America.  They blindly insist they know what’s best.

Trump was elected to fight back against these kinds of abuses and sometimes, it isn’t pretty. In order to protect the freedoms enumerated in our Constitution and restore a robust but truthful freedom of the press, we have to expose and combat the fake news.  The press naturally doesn’t like that because it requires them to put their sports announcer hats on when they really want to be players.  And the Democrats don’t like it because they lose their monopoly and stranglehold on the truth.  If you think making sausage in Congress is messy, exposing the Democrat-Media Complex will continue to unearth the filthiest slop imaginable.

President Trump provides much needed sunlight.  This is the right place to take a stand — it is why he was elected, and it involves his duty to protect the Constitution and to work on behalf of the American people.  Like it or not, as long as the press assaults the truth, it is the enemy of the people.  They are free to challenge the president and criticize his administration, but not to pick and choose which facts to omit in order to promote a particular political agenda or party. 

This is a fight for the essence, the soul of this country by restoring one of our fundamental freedoms to its purest form — the truth.  And none of us should rest until the American people can have faith that when the press speaks, it speaks as a legitimate fourth check on the three branches of government and not as an arm of the Democratic Party or its elected officials.   
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/11/the_enemy_of_the_people.html

Post-Election Blue Wave: Democrats Have Flipped 2 Senate Seats And A Large Number Of House Seats Since Election Night – End Of The American Dream

Initially it did not appear that the much-hyped “blue wave” would be that impressive, but since election night we have seen race after race flip in favor of the Democrats.  In fact, vote totals have moved in favor of the Democratic candidate in almost every race that was not officially settled on November 6th.  As a result, it has now become clear that a “blue wave” has materialized, and Republicans are scrambling to try to save some of the seats that are still being contested.  The biggest prize is the Senate seat in Florida where a recount is currently being conducted.  But there are also a number of House seats that are still up for grabs, and as you will see below, vote totals are rapidly moving in favor of the Democratic candidates in several of those races.

Since November 6th, the political landscape has shifted dramatically.  The following summary of how things have changed since election night comes from Gateway Pundit

Democrats had a decent haul on election night but since Election Day the Democrats have had a spectacular run.

In the US Senate Democrats picked up two seats since Election Day.

** In Montana Senator Jon Tester — who was behind on election day — had a huge haul overnight and won by 5 points.
** In Arizona Taliban-supporting Marxist Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner a week after votes were cast after being behind on election night
** In Florida Democrats have discovered a secret stash of 83,000 votes since election day! Senator Bill Nelson is now surprisingly only 12,000 votes down here.

Democrats have performed even better in the US House. Since election day Democrats have added close to 17 seats from Republicans who were winning on Election Day.

Curiously, there doesn’t seem to be any races where Democrats were leading on election night that have now flipped in favor of Republicans.

If you find one, please let me know.

Of course very few would dispute the fact that Democrats won the popular vote on November 6th.  The following vote totals for the House come from Newsweek

As they took back the House for the first time in eight years, Democrats received 51.2 percent of all votes cast in House races, or more than 51.5 million in total. Republicans, in turn, won more than 47.3 million votes, or 47.1 percent, and lost 28 total seats.

And the vote totals for Senate races were even more impressive for the Democrats

The Senate results were by far more favorable to Democrats, even though they lost two seats and could lose two more. Republicans had 41.5 percent of all votes cast in Senate races, and Democrats 56.9 percent. The GOP received more than 33.5 million votes to the Democrats more than 46 million.

With all other things being equal, you would think that the final results of closely contested races all over the nation would not overwhelmingly favor one party over another.

In other words, you would expect Democrats to win some and Republicans to win some.

But that isn’t happening, and some Republicans are extremely outraged by this.  For example, this is what Ann Coulter is saying…

Election recounts would be more plausible if Democrats occasionally let the Republican win. But they don’t. Ballots miraculously discovered days and weeks after the election — in the back seat of a car, after helpful “corrections” to the ballots by election supervisors, etc. — invariably result in a surprise win for the Democrat.

Voters are just supposed to accept that, unless Republicans win an election by an insuperable margin, the Democrats will steal it.

According to WQAD, there are still nine House races that are up for grabs, and three of them have flipped in favor of the Democratic candidate since election night…

CA-39: Republican Young Kim leads Democrat Gil Cisneros

CA-45: Democrat Katie Porter leads Republican Rep. Mimi Walters (lead has flipped since election night)

CA-48: Democrat Harley Rouda leads Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (lead has grown since election night)

CA-49: Democrat Mike Levin leads Republican Diane Harkey (lead has grown since election night)

GA-7: Republican Rep. Rob Woodall leads Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux

NJ-3: Democrat Andrew Kim leads Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur (lead has flipped since election night)

NM-2: Democrat Xochitl Torres Small leads Republican Yvette Herrell (lead has flipped since election night)

UT-4: Democrat Ben McAdams leads Republican Rep. Mia Love

ME-2: Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin (46.1%) leads Democrat Jared Golden (45.9%) (this race is headed to a ranked-choice runoff)

And you can actually cross NJ-3 off of that list.

The AP has called that race, and as you may have guessed, the Democrat won

Votes are still being counted in several House races. But the AP has now called another race in New Jersey, projecting Democrat Andy Kim the winner in the suburban Philadelphia 3rd Congressional District over incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur.

That means, more than a week after Election Day, Democrats have increased their House gains to a net of 34 seats — and, when all the vote is counted, they may get to 39.

Make no mistake: That is a very big wave.

It is certainly understandable why so many Americans are losing faith in the system and are desperate for a change.  We are supposed to be an example for the rest of the world, and there is no excuse for having elections that are so chaotic.

With all of the advanced technology that we now have available to us, we should be able to have our votes counted quickly, accurately and fairly.

If our founders could see us today they would be disgusted.  The integrity of our elections is of paramount importance, and what is taking place down in Florida right now is absolutely shameful.

We need to get our elections fixed, but unfortunately I do not anticipate that will happen any time soon.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.

— Read on endoftheamericandream.com/archives/post-election-blue-wave-democrats-have-flipped-2-senate-seats-and-a-large-number-of-house-seats-since-election-night

BREAKING: Court Rules Hillary Clinton Must Answer Key Questions About Her Private Server — The Gateway Pundit

 

Once again Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting.

Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court Wednesday on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

The court ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer more questions about the setting up of her private server.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that the court denied their request to unseal the video depositions of Clinton’s aides.

TOM FITTON: Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q’s about the setting up of her email system. Court denied our request to unseal vid depositions of Clinton aides. Great work by Michael Bekesha!

Via Judicial Watch:

In 2016, Hillary Clinton was required to submit, under oath, written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails. Judge Sullivan is considering Judicial Watch’s motion to compel answers to these questions.

In her responses sent to Judicial Watch and the court on October 13, 2016, Clinton refused to answer three questions and responded that she “does not recall” 20 times concerning her non-government clintonemail.com email system. She preceded her responses by eight “general objections” and two “objections to definitions.” The words “object” or “objection” appear 84 times throughout the 23-page document submitted to the court and Judicial Watch.

Thanks to Judicial Watch, the American public was made aware of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Hillary Clinton conducted official business on a non government server so she could hide her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play while she was head of the Department of State.

Clinton lost her security clearance last month.

Tom Fitton says the public has a right to know the truth about Clinton’s private server.

“The public and the media have a right to a full accounting from top officials of the Clinton State Department. In lieu of a much-needed, new and untainted investigation by the FBI, the continued work of Judicial Watch in the courts is clearly the only hope of bringing sunlight into the Clinton email issue and completing the public record,” Fitton said.

BREAKING: Court Rules Hillary Clinton Must Answer Key Questions About Her Private Server — The Gateway Pundit