Daily Archives: January 2, 2019

January 2 Faith Defined

Scripture Reading: Psalm 24

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

What is faith? Faith is not a power or force that we can use to manipulate God to fit into our agenda. We’re not that smart. Faith is not just confidence. It is not believing in yourself or feeling sure about the outcome of a certain event.

For example, you could visit the bleachers in a ball game, and each side would be confident its team would win. This is not biblical faith.

Faith is not confusing or complicated. It is not the domain of educated men but is meant to be sought and applied by everyday folk in everyday life. Faith is not connected to circumstance. When all is well, we often think our faith is intact. But when foul conditions set in, what happens to our trust? As long as our faith is no deeper than our circumstance, we’re set up for failure.

Authentic faith is simply this: God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. Our faith is in the person of Jesus Christ, in His character and attributes. It is completely trusting in the faithfulness of God to do what is right.

Is this the kind of faith that is deposited in your heart? If not, rid yourself of all false notions, and tell God that you are trusting Him as your all-sufficient Savior, Lord, and Life. It doesn’t necessarily mean all will go well, but it will be very well with your soul.

Dear Lord, give me authentic faith. I believe You are who You say You are, and You will do what You say You will do. My faith rests in Your faithfulness to do what is right in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hillary Clinton Invites Elizabeth Warren To Remote Location With No Witnesses In Order To Congratulate Her On Running For President — The Babylon Bee

OLD ABANDONED GAS STATION SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS—In order to offer her sincere congratulations on Elizabeth Warren’s decision to run for president in 2020, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Warren and asked if she’d meet in person at a remote location out on the plains of Texas “where there are no witnesses or law enforcement officers who could get in the way of my heartfelt words.”

“I’d like to congratulate you in person,” Clinton said over the phone. “Why don’t we meet a few miles south of Highway 20, out near the old abandoned gas station where no one can hear any of our conversation or any potential screams that might happen?”

“Screams of happiness from the congratulating, I mean,” she quickly added. “Yep, the one out by the old mineshaft. See you there, Liz!”

Warren claimed to already know where the old gas station is, as her Native American tribe has a reservation near the meeting location.

“It’s real nice of Hill to offer to meet somewhere private, where no help can be summoned for miles and miles,” she said. “It just goes to show she isn’t in it for the fame or photo op, but she just genuinely wants a few minutes alone where she can offer me some support and encouragement miles away from civilization and the police.”

At publishing time, Warren was still waiting for Hillary to show up, though she claimed she felt like she was being watched: “It’s the rocks and the trees, probably—sometimes my Indian blood feels the spirit of the earth watching, like a person ready to pounce.”

Hillary Clinton Invites Elizabeth Warren To Remote Location With No Witnesses In Order To Congratulate Her On Running For President — The Babylon Bee

Ocasio-Cortez Continues To Claim She Grew Up On The Hard-Knock Streets Of Mos Eisley — The Babylon Bee

Ocasio-Cortez Continues To Claim She Grew Up On The Hard-Knock Streets Of Mos Eisley

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Despite scrutiny from critics, incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to claim she grew up on the hard-knock streets of Mos Eisley, the thriving hub of the seedy underworld of the desert planet Tatooine.

“I’m still Alex from the most wretched hive of scum and villainy,” she tweeted along with a picture of her new congressional office. “You can take me out of the dangerous, crime-ridden spaceport, but you can’t take the dangerous, crime-ridden spaceport out of me.”

She also added that growing up in a place full of criminals should help her adjust to Washington, D.C. life quickly.

Critics were quick to point out that Mos Eisley is a fictional spaceport from the Star Wars universe, but Ocasio-Cortez hit them with the perfect clapback, accusing her critics of “mansplaining” and “catcalling” her. “Just because Mos Eisley is fictional, doesn’t mean it’s not real,” she said.

At publishing time, Ocasio-Cortez had admitted she actually grew up on the upper levels of Coruscant, but it was “close enough” to qualify as living in the streets of Mos Eisley.

via Ocasio-Cortez Continues To Claim She Grew Up On The Hard-Knock Streets Of Mos Eisley — The Babylon Bee

01/02/2019 — Wretched

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• Witness Wednesday at a Christian College:
• What are these people learning in chapel?
• Do we need to fish for people with rap?
• Todd fights through a fog of lingo.
• Salvation by location, or Salvation by affiliation?

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via 01/02/2019 — Wretched

Local Man Sets More Realistic Goal Of Reading Bible Until He Gets To Leviticus — The Babylon Bee

AUSTIN, TX—In an attempt to be more realistic and honest with himself with his Bible reading goals this year, local man Mike Pattson resolved to read Genesis and Exodus this year and then “peter out around Leviticus chapter 2.”

The believer usually attempts to read the entire Bible, but only makes it through Genesis and part of Exodus before he gets bored with God’s inspired Word. This year, he says, things are going to be different, as he’s sure to accomplish his much more achievable goal of making it to Leviticus and then tucking away his Bible until next January.

“I will read the Bible until the moment the going gets tough this year, and then I will bow out,” the realist wrote on his Facebook page yesterday. “Usually, that’s around Leviticus. Genesis and Exodus are exciting, for the most part, but Leviticus has details and lots of words and stuff, and that’s not what I’m looking for in a book covering the history of God’s people.”

Pattson is reportedly going to supplement his Old Testament reading with a few passages from the New Testament, such as John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13. “I’ll read those couple of verses, but if you think I’m gonna tackle a whole gospel or epistle, dream on. That takes like, fifteen minutes to an hour.”

via Local Man Sets More Realistic Goal Of Reading Bible Until He Gets To Leviticus — The Babylon Bee