Daily Archives: January 1, 2019

January 1 The Pathway of Faith

Scripture Reading: Romans 4

Key Verse: Romans 4:18

Who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

Hannah Whitall Smith once wrote, “Sight is not faith, and hearing is not faith, neither is feeling faith; but believing when we neither see, hear, nor feel is faith … Therefore, we must believe before we feel, and often against our feelings if we would honor God by our faith.”

As you read the account of Abram’s life, you realize he was a man of faith. God asked him to do something most of us would find very difficult, and that was to leave his family and friends and go to an unfamiliar land.

Yet God’s reassuring words lessened Abram’s fear: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you” (Gen. 12:2–3 nasb).

Abram, or Abraham as he was later called by God, gave little thought to the fact that his name would be made great. The most important thing to him was the exercise of his faith through obedience.

Anytime God calls you to step out in faith, He will provide the reassurance you need to go forward by faith. Your only responsibility is to obey and follow Him. Abraham left everything simply because God said, “Go.”

Are you willing to obey Him even if it means letting go of something you care for dearly? Pray that your response to the Lord is always one of faith, love, and devotion.

Heavenly Father, help me to believe, even when I do not see. Help me to trust when I do not hear Your voice. Give me the reassurance to step out in faith, even if it means letting go of something I care for dearly.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

5 Reasons You Can Have Hope in the New Year

This year on the True Woman blog, you’re going to be hearing a lot about hope. It’s our theme for 2019: True Hope in Christ.

It seems fitting for this new year, doesn’t it?

I don’t know about you, but all around, I see reasons not to hope:

  • Relational conflicts.
  • Struggles with mental and emotional health.
  • Battles with sin and temptation.
  • Feelings of loneliness.
  • Fears for the future.
  • A loved one declining from dementia.
  • Friends that are struggling in ministry.
  • Loved ones that have walked away from the Lord.
  • The opioid and foster care crises and homelessness in my community.
  • Friends that are struggling with their sexuality or gender.
  • Racial tensions in my nation and city.
  • Political turmoil.

I don’t say these things to receive concern or pity but just to say this is a broken world, and I’m feeling it.

Are you there, too? Perhaps you can sympathize with the psalmist.

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. . . . My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” . . . I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” (Ps. 42:1, 3, 9).

Is this your story, too? Do you look around and see nothing but oppression? Do you feel nothing but longing? Are you losing sleep over the brokenness around you? Do you think God has forgotten you? Is the new year looking like it’s just going to be more of the same pain?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, friend, there is True Hope in Jesus for you today. Your list of worries may look like mine (or be even longer), but God’s mercy list is endless still and constantly refreshing itself (Lam. 3:22–23). Let me tell you a few items on His list.

Reasons for True Hope

1. Hope is a choice.

If you believe in and belong to Jesus Christ, His grace and Holy Spirit are yours for the taking. You don’t have to despair. He has given you all you need to choose hope (2 Peter 1:3–4).

Our psalmist friend did just that—speaking to his own heart about what is true:

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Ps. 42:5–6).

And what did he tell his heart? Truth about the character of God and the future that He has promised is coming. Our next points will help us counsel ourselves in the same way.

2. God is your salvation.

We’ve already read in Psalm 42 that God is our salvation. But what does that mean?

The word here for salvation comes from one of the same root words that Jesus’ Hebrew name comes from. And as the angel told Joseph, Jesus’ name means “the Lord saves.”

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).

And this Jesus, the one we worship, is that Lord—the almighty, eternal, all-sufficient God who saves us from sin. Though the psalmist did not know it fully yet, salvation was coming in the person of Jesus.

Take hope in this Truth. Jesus, God the Son, has saved and is saving you. And not just from your sins or from this earth when you die (which are also wonderful truths!), but also from the curse of sin laid upon this earth and our bodies.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.. . .And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.For in this hope we were saved (Rom. 8:20–21, 23–24, emphasis added).

We can take hope in that no matter what is causing our grief and groaning today—whether our bodies, relationship issues, or our own sin—if we believe the gospel, Jesus, our salvation, will set us free one day. The glory on the other side of His return is our hope. He will make all things new. Isn’t that amazing?

3. God has made you His own.

And if the coming redemption wasn’t enough, today, believer in Jesus, you belong to Him. You’re not just saved (if that wasn’t amazing enough), you’re loved. The psalmist could call the Lord “my God” because the Lord had chosen him. And in Christ, the Father looks at all believers and says, “You are mine” (Isa. 43:1; John 17:10), “I have chosen you” (1 Peter 2:9), and “you are my beloved child” (Eph. 5:1).

Have you ever sung that old hymn “I Am His, and He is Mine”? The last verse says this:

His forever, only His;
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart!
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee,
Firstborn light in gloom decline;
But while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.

This is our hope. We can sing this song in truth, because even in the darkest hour, when everyone abandons us and we feel like misfits on this earth, we belong to God.

The Heidelberg Catechism puts it this way:

Q.  What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

Let me say it again: If you are a believer in Christ for salvation, this is your sure hope. He is your Savior, you are His child, and you belong to Him both in life and death.

4. God’s love is steadfast.

Verse 8 of Psalm 42 tells us that “the LORD commands his steadfast love.” That word “command” means giving orders and ordaining. This means our sovereign Lord chooses to exercise His authority in love and toward love. He could do anything, but He graciously uses His power to show loving-kindness toward us, His children.

And not only that, His love is steadfast. This “steadfast love” is His cheçed love—His covenant-keeping, special love for His people. As we saw earlier, He has chosen you. And in His kingly authority, He has made a promise (a covenant) that His choice to love you will not end. So beloved, take hope in that truth. No matter what this new year holds, He will be faithful as your Father to carry you through to the end.

5. God will bring joy again.

We touched on this earlier—our state of trouble in the here and now is not forever. A day is coming when the Lord will make all things right, and with that, He will bring eternal, unending joy. And with that in mind, we can choose to sing in the night (Ps. 42:8), knowing that He will help us praise Him again (v. 5).

Yes, by God’s grace, we do get little tastes of joy on this earth—in the laugh of a child, in a delicious meal, in the feeling of belonging to people who love you, in the beauty of a meteor shower. But those glimpses are only an infinitesimal drop in the bucket. The joy we’re looking forward to is “inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8) and unending, and by God’s grace, we get to experience it a bit in the here and now.

So today, as you choose hope based on these truths, look around for and choose joy. Even if that joy feels half-hearted and transient as you look at your list of troubles, take heart and believe: Someday, your heart will be overwhelmed and complete in the fully-realized joy of your great King.

Source: 5 Reasons You Can Have Hope in the New Year

How Do You Want to Grow Spiritually in 2019?

How do you want to grow in your faith, studies, or ministry this year?

If you’re like most Christians, you fall into at least one of these four groups:

  • You want to read the Bible more consistently
  • You want to explore God’s Word more deeply
  • You want a new theological challenge
  • You want to grow as a leader

To kick off the new year, we’ve handpicked resources for each of those goals and put them on sale.

Go pick your goal, and browse resources that will help you get there—and go deeper in Scripture than simply crossing off the reading plan.

Goal 1: Be more consistent in the Word

Check out study Bibles and devotionals, including:

  • The Pursuit of Holiness
  • CSB Spurgeon Study Notes
  • My Utmost for His Highest

Browse sale items for this goal.

Goal 2: Understand the Bible better

All of us fit into this category, which is one reason we’re featuring Logos 8 for this goal—especially the new Workflows feature. (Workflows are step-by-step study guides for common Bible study processes.)

Browse Logos 8 packages to get workflows that match your needs:

  • Devotions
  • Bible study
  • Exegesis
  • Sermon prep

And to help you go the extra mile, we’ve put together library expansions from Logos 7 to round out your library.

Browse sale items for this goal.

Goal 3: Take on a new theological challenge

Maybe you’re solid when it comes to studying the Word, but you sense it’s time to dig deeper into theological and original language studies.

Browse theology and exegesis bundles and courses, like:

  • Trinitarian Theology (3 hr course)
  • Lexham Press Pauline Studies Bundle (34 vols.)
  • Logos 7 Hebrew Studies Library Expansion

Browse sale items for this goal.

Goal 4: Grow as a ministry leader

Maybe this year you need to sharpen the saw a bit on certain ministry skills.

Browse ministry resources, such as:

  • Biblical Counseling Collection
  • Pastoral Care Bundle
  • Broadman & Holman Preaching Resources Collection

Browse sale items for this goal.


Wherever you’re headed in the new year, we pray you go with God’s Word. Browse resources to help you get there.

Source: How Do You Want to Grow Spiritually in 2019?

January 1 The Life Before You

scripture reading:   Hebrews 12:1–10  
key verse:   Hebrews 12:1  

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

The new year will be full of surprises. As diligently as you may plan, tomorrow, next week, or next month is a puzzle to all but God. Yet the Bible places the responsibility on you to plan, pray, and trust God for each day so that you may run the course that He has sovereignly designed.

Your supreme purpose then for this year is to walk in harmony with His predetermined will by employing three essential disciplines:

First, lay aside every encumbrance and sin. Willful sin or unproductive habits hinder your spiritual growth. You know several areas of your life that keep you from reaching God’s potential. By His grace ask Him to help you abandon these unnecessary weights.

Second, concentrate on endurance. As events unfold in the coming year, you will need perseverance to plod through the difficult, strenuous times. Do not let disappointments or setbacks take you out of the race. Accept that they, too, are part of the course God has divinely planned.

Third, focus on Jesus. Turn away from all that distracts. Look by faith steadfastly to Him. Cast your burdens on Him. Seek His face daily through personal prayer and sustained intake of His Word.

A fixed focus of faith on Jesus Christ will lighten your load, equip you to handle the tough times, and guide you into His will for your life in this new year.

Dear Lord, give me the confidence to face the future. Help me lay aside every sin and focus on You. Give me the strength I need for difficult times. Equip me to handle the tough times that may lie ahead.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

No Room In The Inn For Asia Bibi This Christmas

Like Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing the murderous King Herod, Asia Bibi and her family will spend Christmas dodging murderous Muslim mobs in Pakistan. Not a single Western country has made room in the immigration inn for the world’s most famous persecuted Christian.

Theresa May, Britain’s Christian PM, has opened Britain’s Intersectional Inn to Syrian Muslims, hate preachers, returning jihadis and gays hounded for being homosexual. But the door of May’s Intersectional Inn remains shut to a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for the crime of blasphemy.

Intersectionality is the West’s new religion. Your value depends on how many victim groups you belong to. A one-eyed, black, lesbian, Palestinian, Muslim woman gets the gold medal. A heterosexual, black, woman, is awarded silver. A white, gay, American male is at the bottom with a bronze medal.

The religion of identity politics has a great commandment—love your neighbour depending on their position on the totem pole of intersectionality.

The high priests of this religion are innkeepers holding the keys to the doors to the Intersectional Inn. On merit alone, Asia Bibi should be accorded a red carpet welcome in the Intersectional Inn. Bibi is a coloured (20 points) woman (20 points), who has been brutalised by Pakistan’s patriarchy (25 points). She is a low-class (10 points) and low-caste (20 points) farm labourer (15 points). She has rotted on death row facing the death penalty (30 points) for eight years for a crime she did not commit (15 points).

That’s a whopping 155 points on Bibi’s scorecard. Taking a leaf from the Jim Acosta School of Journalism, the Messiahs of Migration should be snatching media megaphones and demanding open borders for Asia Bibi and her family.

So why has Britain refused Asia Bibi asylum? The Home Office told Pakistani Christians campaigning on her behalf that Bibi’s “moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists”.[1]

Islam is a religion of peace, isn’t it? Why, then, is our Islamophiliac Home Office so terrified? Is it because protestors in Pakistan have already caused damage in the region of £900 million, bringing the country to a standstill? Or is it because a Chamberlain, not a Churchill, heads our government?

When Fiona Bruce MP asked Mrs May about Pakistan’s Supreme Court verdict overturning Bibi’s death sentence, with adroit subterfuge the PM replied that the UK was committed to the global abolition of the death penalty. Note, she did not say we were committed to the abolition of Islam’s reprehensible blasphemy law.

Because May, a globalist, favours the European Court of Human Rights, which recently maintained it was a crime to call Muhammad a paedophile. Traitor Theresa is a female Faust who trades what is left of Britain’s Christian soul with the Muslim Mephistopheles in exchange for her political survival.

What then, of the progressive brigade and their first cousins in the Church of England? Do we see women bishops wearing ‘pussy hats’ and demanding justice for Bibi? Why has Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, not flung open Lambeth Palace to this Christian refugee? A couple of years ago Welby persuaded the Home Office to get a Muslim Syrian refugee family into his studio flat. “Jesus was a refugee!” bellowed Welby. Cat got your tongue now, Archbishop?

In 2016, the Home Office gave visas to Muslim clerics Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman who began their tour by visiting Welby at Lambeth Palace for “interfaith relations”. In Pakistan, the duo is infamous for promoting Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Taseer wanted to end Pakistan’s blasphemy law. He specifically opposed Asia Bibi’s execution. Perhaps Judas Iscariot could take correspondence courses from you, eh Archbishop?

And why have lesbian activist Jayne Ozanne and her pals like Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, not rushed to Bibi’s advocacy? The Ozanne Foundation works “with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to celebrate the equality and diversity of all”. Could it be because Asia Bibi is not a lesbian, Jayne?

Bishp Bayes proudly marches for Gay Pride. When it comes being proud of persecuted Christians we haven’t heard a peep from this social justice warrior. The only person proud to be a Christian in this comedy of intersectional errors is Asia Bibi. “I will not convert. I believe in my religion and Jesus Christ. And why should I be the one to convert and not you?” Asia Bibi boldly asks staring her executioners in the face.

Now you can understand why the Left doesn’t want Bibi in the Intersectional Inn. Bibi believes in Jesus Christ. She confesses Jesus as the only way to salvation. For Bibi, Jesus and Muhammad are not interchangeable. For Bibi, Jesus is God’s Son; Muhammad is a mere man. Her exclusive belief in Jesus as her Saviour excludes her from the hierarchy of intersectionality.

Why? First, the belief that all religions are basically the same and one religion is no better than another is a cardinal doctrine of progressivism. Asia Bibi must be blamed for her stubbornness in not converting to the religion of peace!

Second, Muslims are at peak of the pyramid in the hierarchy of intersectionality. Not surprisingly, Britain was quick to offer asylum to Malala Yousufzai, the teenage Muslim girl shot by the Taliban. The Big Lie is that Muslims are victims and Christians are oppressors. Since it was wicked Western missionaries who took the gospel to Pakistanis—Asia Bibi must renounce her Christianity and return to Islam.

Third, being a Christian is equivalent to having white privilege. This is a dogma that stands on feet of clay because, (a) Christianity is originally an Asian religion, and, (b) the truth is that the persecution facing Christians is the largest human rights violation issue in the world today.

Fourth, by definition, a biblical Christian betrays the fraternity of victimhood. Unlike Jayne Ozanne, Asia Bibi does not regard herself a victim. She believes she is a victor in Christ because by his death and resurrection Christ has conquered Satan, sin and death. No wonder she’s held to her faith for eight years while in a Pakistani prison where even the guards are waiting to poison her food.

Fifth, the cult of cultural Marxism, which includes progressive Christians, hates orthodox Christianity. That’s why it has structured its Olympics of Oppression to exclude Christianity by default. Written into its rulebook is the statue: Christianity cannot be a category of oppression. You may be black or gay but coming out of the closet as a confessing Christian disqualifies you by default.

Persecuted Christians, be they black or brown, will never be accepted in Theresa May’s (or, for that matter, Justin Trudeau’s) Intersectional Inn—which stands exposed by Bibi’s exclusion as one gigantic fraud. The only Western leaders to welcome persecuted Christians are so-called far right, racist, nationalist, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-open border, populists like Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who has offered Asia Bibi asylum in Italy.

May God bless the populists and may their popularity increase!

Source: No Room In The Inn For Asia Bibi This Christmas

Ron Paul On 2019: Rough Times Ahead, But Liberty Can Still Win

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

While Congress and the president fight over funding a border wall, they continue to ignore the coming economic tsunami caused by the approximately 22 trillion dollars (and rapidly increasing) federal debt. President Trump may not be troubled by the debt’s effect on the economy because he believes he will be out of office before it becomes a major problem. However, the crisis may come sooner than he, or most people in DC, expects.

The constituency for limited government, while growing, is still far outnumbered by those wanting government to provide economic and personal security. From lower-income Americans who rely on food stamps, public housing, and other government programs, to middle-class Americans who live in homes they could not afford without assistance from federal agencies like Fannies Mae and Freddie Mac, to college students reliant on government-subsidized student loans, to senior citizens reliant on Social Security and Medicare, to billionaire CEOs whose companies rely on bailouts, subsidies, laws and regulations written to benefit politically-powerful businesses, and government contracts, most Americans are reliant on at least one federal program. Many programs are designed to force individuals to accept government aid. For example, it is almost impossible for a senior citizen to obtain health insurance outside of Medicare.

The welfare state is fueled by the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies, which are also responsible for the boom-and-bust cycle that plagues our economy. The Federal Reserve’s policies do not just distort our economy, they also distort our values, as the Fed’s dollar depreciation causes individuals to forgo savings and hard work in favor of immediate gratification. This has helped create an explosion of business and individual debt. There has been a proliferation of bubbles, including in credit card debt, auto loans, and student loans. There is even a new housing bubble.

An economy built on fiat currency and public and private debt is unsustainable. Eventually the bubbles will burst. The most likely outcome will be the rejection of the dollar’s world reserve currency status due to government debt and the Federal Reserve’s monetization of debt. When the bubbles pop, the result will be an economic crisis that will likely dwarf the Great Depression.

The fall of the dollar and the accompanying economic downturn will make it impossible for the government to continue running up huge debts to finance a massive welfare-warfare state. Thus, Congress will be forced to raise taxes and cut benefits. Cowardly politicians will likely outsource the job of raising taxes and cutting benefits to the Federal Reserve. This will cause a dramatic increase in the most insidious of taxes: the inflation tax.

As the Federal Reserve erodes the value of the dollar, thus reducing the value of both earned paychecks and government-provided welfare benefits, a large number of Americans who believe they are entitled to economic security will react by engaging in acts of violence. Politicians will use this violence to further crack down on civil liberties. The resulting economic and civil unrest will further the growth of authoritarian political movements.

Fortunately, the liberty movement continues to grow. This movement counters the authoritarian lies with the truths of Austrian economics and the non-aggression principle. While the years ahead may be tough, if those of us who know the truth work hard to educate others, the cause of liberty can prevail.

Source: Ron Paul On 2019: Rough Times Ahead, But Liberty Can Still Win

January 1, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

10 Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ch 29:10–15). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

29:11–13 David praised the Lord by declaring who he is and what he had done.[1]

29:10–15 David responds to the phenomenal offering expressing amazing sacrifices of wealth with praise in which he acknowledges that all things belong to and come from God. He concludes that God is everything and that man is nothing, much like Ps 8. This magnificent prayer of thanks gives God all credit, even for the people’s generosity (v. 14).[2]

29:12–14 David confessed that the riches and honor he enjoyed had come from God’s generosity. The offerings he and his people had just made were possible only because God first had given to them. able to offer so willingly: Not only the ability to give, but the willingness to give, is a gift of God (2 Cor. 9:7, 8).[3]

29:10–13. David’s response to the generosity of the people was a prayer of thanksgiving (v. 13). “This magnificent prayer demonstrates beyond contradiction that Chronicles’ priority is with the heart of worship rather than its form” (Selman, 1 Chronicles, 259).

The prayer opened with a blessing on the Lord before the assembly (v. 10a). David’s address—O Lord God of Israel—established the solemnity. The words our father refer to Israel (see v. 18).

David began the prayer with theologically rich declarations concerning God. The terms are not a list of divine attributes noted at random. They are the attributes of a Sovereign. The sovereignty of the Lord is the main idea: Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all (v. 11). In addition, David acknowledged the benevolence of the Lord. All the blessings of life he knows and his very kingdom come from God (v. 12). For all this God was to be thanked and praised (v. 13).[4]

You are blessed! (vv. 10–14)

David picks up where he left off in chapter 16 as he begins to pray: blessing the ‘Lord, the God of Israel’ (16:36; 29:10). He starts, just as our Saviour taught us, by hallowing his name and recognizing that the kingdom is his (vv. 10–11). He moves on to acknowledge that this God is a giving God, and praise turns to thanksgiving as he begins to think about what he and his people have received from this blessed, bountiful God (vv. 12–13). As he surveys what God has done, his reaction is the same as when he received the covenant promises from God back in chapter 17: ‘But who am I …?’ (v. 14; see 17:16).

This time, though, he also asks, on behalf of ‘all Israel’, ‘Who are we?’ (see v. 14). This is the natural response to grace. Grace, in the Bible, means ‘free, undeserved favour’. If we’ve understood God’s grace we will no longer ask sullenly, when we face difficulties, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ Instead, we will use the same words as a statement of uncomprehending wonder at all that we receive from the Lord: ‘What have I done to deserve this!’ And when we surprise ourselves by doing something that we know we would never have done if God hadn’t been at work in our lives, like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:8 we’ll say, ‘Behold, Lord!’ too. We won’t mean, ‘Look at me, Lord!’ in a proud way, but, ‘Look at what you’ve done in me!’ in a profoundly humble way. That is what David does here. When it comes to sin in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to me’, but when it comes to evidence of God’s grace at work in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to you’. It’s frighteningly easy to do quite the reverse![5]

[1] Corduan, W. (2017). 1 Chronicles. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 641). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Ch 29:10–15). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 530). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Zuber, K. D. (2014). 1 Chronicles. In The moody bible commentary (pp. 580–581). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[5] Thomson, A. (2011). Opening Up 1 Chronicles (pp. 108–109). Leominster: Day One Publications.

RenewAmerica Newsletter for January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019
ALAN KEYES — During the 2016 election, I doubted the sincerity of some of the positions candidate Trump staked out to ingratiate himself to conservatives disgusted and angry over the GOP leadership’s continual betrayals of the principles and policies espoused in the party’s platform since the election in 1980 that put Ronald Reagan in the White House…. (more)

January 1, 2019
CLIFF KINCAID — The new leader of the anti-Trump resistance in the Senate, Mitt Romney, will take the oath of office January 3. The former Massachusetts governor and failed GOP presidential candidate represents what could be called the reemergent Rockefeller wing of the GOP…. (more)

December 31, 2018
DENNIS PRAGER — I rarely make predictions – – whether of election results or anything else. My policy has always been to say what I believe should be done, not what will be done. I am making an exception with regard to America in 2019. 2019 will be a dark year in America…. (more)

December 31, 2018
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — New House majority leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly spent the holidays at the Fairmont Orchid on Kona, contemplating future climate-change legislation and still adamant in opposing the supposed vanity border wall…. (more)

December 31, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Last week, California’s strict adherence to “sanctuary city” status caused the death of hero policeman Cpl. Ronil Singh. He was gunned down by a known gang member who was in the United States illegally. The killer’s very illegal status should have led to his removal by ICE before this senseless murder occurred…. (more)

December 31, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — n recent weeks, oil has been moving below $50 a barrel – – owing partly to concerns of oversupply and partly to concerns over a slowing global economy. Petroleum has helped to fuel the global economy for over a century, and its relative abundance today contradicts the doomsayers who feared “peak oil” in the past. Cheap oil is also a problem for the environmentalists, who fear that an oversupply of fossil fuels will undermine the global transition to green energy…. (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — When Melania Trump accompanied her husband President Trump to Iraq this week, it was the first time in more than a decade that a first lady of the United States had visited a war zone. Trump also became the only first lady to have visited Iraq since the war began more than 15 years ago…. (more)

December 29, 2018
CNN, media outlets accuse troops of engaging in political activity
WASHINGTON TIMES — U.S. Air Forces Europe said Thursday that U.S. troops who asked President Trump to sign their red “Make America Great Again” hats violated no military policy. “There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” said USAFE in a statement, as reported by Stars & Stripes…. (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump on Friday threatened to close the southern border if Democrats do not relent in the standoff over border wall funding, which has resulted in a partial government shutdown that has lasted a week. “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president tweeted…. (more)

December 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowed to oppose any spending bill that doesn’t include funding to build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border. Graham’s comments came in a Friday tweet as the partial government shutdown continued due to the impasse between Trump and Democratic lawmakers over wall funding…. (more)

December 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — A caravan of migrants, estimated at up to 15,000 people, is set to depart from Honduras in mid-January a few months after the previous caravan, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “They say they are even bigger and stronger than the last caravan,” said Irma Garrido of Reactiva Tijuana Foundation, which advocates for migrants…. (more)

December 29, 2018
NEWSMAX — The man accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over to investigate if he was driving drunk was captured Friday as he tried to flee to Mexico, authorities said. Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested in Bakersfield in connection with Wednesday’s shooting of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department, said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, whose agency is leading the investigation…. (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Organizers of the Women’s March in Humboldt County, California, announced Friday that they have canceled the local Jan. 19 event because the marchers are overwhelmingly white. In a Facebook statement, the group said it opted to nix the third annual march “after many conversations between local social-change organizations and supporters of the march,” saying they would work on how to “broaden representation in the organizing committee.”… (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A new Rasmussen Reports poll focused on gender politics asked respondents two questions: first, how important is a political candidate’s gender in determining how you vote, and second, would you vote for or against a candidate solely because of their gender?… (more)

December 29, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Libyan authorities have confirmed the existence of a mass grave with 34 Ethiopian Christians slain by ISIS terrorists. The nation’s interior ministry said a farm near the coastal city of Sirte, 170 miles southeast of Misrata, was used to hide the bodies…. (more)

December 27, 2018
Trip ‘in the works for 3 to 4 weeks’ accidentally uncovered by IT expert
FOX 13 — It was a crisp winter morning in Sheffield, England, when amateur photographer and plane enthusiast Alan Meloy looked out his kitchen window and noticed a large trail in the sky. He didn’t know he was about to accidentally help uncover a highly sensitive, secret presidential trip to a conflict zone…. (more)

December 27, 2018
‘These reporters can’t even begin a news account of a presidential visit to a military base without working in a compilation of Trump’s failings’
THE WRAP — The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page offered a feisty Boxing Day piece on Wednesday lashing into the Washington Post over coverage of President Trump’s Christmastime visit to the troops. The Journal focused on this piece by the Post’s Philip Rucker and Paul Sonne, citing the opening two paragraphs and accusing it of needlessly working in unrelated Trump scandals into a piece that did not call for it…. (more)

December 27, 2018
CBS PHILLY — A Christmas day barricade situation ended in an unusual manner after the East Vincent Township SWAT team used a different tactic – – singing a Christmas carol. The incident began when family members called police to the home of 34-year-old Nathaniel Lewis, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard…. (more)

December 27, 2018
NEONNETTLE — Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Boy Scouts of America, the 108-year-old organization synonymous with traditional American values, is on the verge of bankruptcy.A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that a Chicago law firm, Sidley Austin, has been appointed to handle Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.Reports of sinking membership have coincided with various controversies surrounding the organization, including the decision to change its name from Boy Scouts to the more “gender natural” Scouts BSA in a bid to encourage girls and transgenders to sign up as members…. (more)

December 26, 2018
FOX NEWS — President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base. There, he said it’s because of U.S. military gains against the Islamic State terror group that he can withdraw 2,000 forces from Syria…. (more)

December 26, 2018
DAILY CALLER — President Donald Trump revealed Wednesday that he was concerned for the safety of first lady Melania Trump during an unannounced trip to Iraq late Christmas evening to visit with U.S. troops for the holidays…. (more)

December 26, 2018
JOE KOVACS — President Trump has become well-known for blasting the “fake news” media as the “enemy of the people.” Now, the commander in chief has yet another piece of ammunition to back up his claim. Both NBC News and Newsweek ran stories claiming Trump was the first president in many years not to visit U.S. troops during the Christmas holiday period…. (more)

December 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Brit Hume, Fox’s senior political analyst, schooled Soledad O’Brien over her crowing about liberal outlets having forced President Trump’s Wednesday visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, “congratulating” her for noting that Mr. Trump had invented time travel…. (more)

December 26, 2018
‘It’s just sickening’
WORLDNETDAILY — Franklin Graham, the chief of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as the Christian Samaritan’s Purse ministry, on Wednesday charged the “vicious” news media with their “sickening” attacks on President Trump…. (more)

December 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Jon Voight issued a holiday message over the weekend slamming the media’s “slanders and lies” about President Trump. The Oscar-winning actor and outspoken Republican tweeted a video of himself Sunday saying he’s generally a happy person but can’t help but be bothered by people trying to “hurt” the president. “I’m happy all the time actually,” Mr. Voight said. “Except there are things that bother me. Most especially what bothers me is people trying to hurt our president of the United States…. (more)

‘He did nothing wrong’: Giuliani defends Assange’s decision to publish Hillary campaign emails

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did nothing wrong by publishing Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails, just like the US mainstream media wasn’t punished for publishing the Pentagon Papers, ex-NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani said.

Source: ‘He did nothing wrong’: Giuliani defends Assange’s decision to publish Hillary campaign emails

January 1 Intimacy with God

Scripture reading: Matthew 17:1–9

Key verse: Psalm 15:1

Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?

Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

Matthew 17:1–9 is a dramatic example of how God pulls us aside to reveal Himself to us. The Lord had been with His disciples more than two years, and it was time for three of them to rise to a higher spiritual level. Warren Wiersbe explains,

Peter could not understand why the Son of God would submit to evil men and willingly suffer. The Transfiguration was God’s way of teaching Peter that Jesus is glorified when we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.

The world’s philosophy is “Save yourself” but the Christian’s philosophy is “Yield yourself to God!” As He stood there in glory, Jesus proved to the three disciples that surrender always leads to glory. First the suffering, then the glory; first the cross, then the crown.

Each of the three disciples would have a need for this important truth. James would be the first of the disciples to die (Acts 12:1–2). John would be the last of the disciples to die, but he would go through severe persecution on the Isle of Patmos (Revelation 1:9). Peter would experience many occasions of suffering and would, in the end, give his life for Christ (John 21:15–19).

Intimacy, when cultivated, yields an inner strength that is not shaken by trial or tragedy. As you seek to experience God, seek to know His intimate side, the part of Him that longs to experience your closeness.

Having increased intimacy with You, dear Lord. That is my prayer today. My heart and soul cry out for it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 2). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.