Daily Archives: January 9, 2019

January 9 The Faithfulness of God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 102

Key Verses: Hebrews 13:5–6

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

At times in our spiritual walk we feel as though all of heaven is shut up before us. We find ourselves wondering whether God has forgotten us or we have done something to disappoint Him. But nothing we do surprises God. He is omniscient and perfectly in tune with our every thought.

God has chosen to love you, even in sin, with an unconditional love. His love is based not on your performance but on His grace. You could never in your own strength perform up to God’s standards. He loves you just as much when you stumble and fall as He does when you closely follow Him. This is not an excuse for sin but an opportunity to learn to love Him better.

Along the pathway of faith each of us can expect to face times of trials and difficulty when it appears that God is distant and removed from us. Yet we walk not by sight but in the reality of the promise that He will never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5–6). Faith always looks beyond the immediate to the eternal.

The times you feel God is doing nothing in your life are usually the very times He is doing His greatest work. Be of good courage; He may simply have you protected under the cover of His hand while He works out the necessary details for your advancement. Trust Him, and you will find Him faithful.

Almighty God, even when I feel You have forgotten me, You are still there. Thank You for Your unconditional love. I know You love me just as much when I stumble and fall as when I follow closely. Thank You for the great work You are doing in my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 10). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

SBC Prez: God Says We Need to Shut Up About the Reformation — Pulpit & Pen

[Reformation Charlotte] The Reformation was our defining moment as Protestants. It’s who we are, it’s our history. It was the moment the gospel was recovered from the grips of the apostasy of the Roman Catholic religion and made available to the common man. It was the wellspring of good theology of which we rest our knowledge of God on. Apart from the Scriptures itself, the Reformation gave birth to the greatest understanding of Jesus Christ and his saving gospel of grace that history has ever seen.

Remember the days of old;
consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you,
your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.

Deuteronomy 32:7-8

However, at the Cross Conference a few days ago, JD Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the multi-campus Summit megachurch in North Carolina, declares that God says we need to “shut up about the Reformation” because He is “not a God of the past.”

Basically what God says through Amos is if you’ll let me put it in colloquial language, “will you shut up about Gilgal and Beersheba?” I’m sick and tired of hearing about those places because I’m not a God who moved in the past. I’m a God who wants to move today in your present. I almost think, I’m on dangerous ground here…I almost think that God is saying to us “shut up about the Reformation.”

However, at the Cross Conference a few days ago, JD Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the multi-campus Summit megachurch in North Carolina, declares that God says we need to “shut up about the Reformation” because He is “not a God of the past.”

Basically what God says through Amos is if you’ll let me put it in colloquial language, “will you shut up about Gilgal and Beersheba?” I’m sick and tired of hearing about those places because I’m not a God who moved in the past. I’m a God who wants to move today in your present. I almost think, I’m on dangerous ground here…I almost think that God is saying to us “shut up about the Reformation.”

For your viewing pleasure, here is a link to the entire sermon.

[Editor’s Note: Over-all, this reeks of the Acts 29-ism of Greear’s homeboys. By the way, Greear is wrong on God’s name being defined simply as “I am.” יהוה, or Yahweh, is an omni tempered verb meaning that it could be rendered, I was that I was, I was that I am, I was that I will be, etc as well as the more traditional I am that I am or I will be what I will be. Also, I would remind Greear that God is the “One who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 1:8). Either way, it is safe to say – as we’ve reported before – Greear is definitely not Reformed and not a Calvinist]

via SBC Prez: God Says We Need to Shut Up About the Reformation — Pulpit & Pen

‘Good Evening,’ Says President Trump, Drawing Immediate Flurry Of Fact Checks — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As President Trump began addressing the nation Tuesday evening, he said, “Good evening” to the camera, drawing an immediate flurry of fact checks from publications all across the country.

The New York Times pointed out that the meaning of the phrase was vague and that Trump could have meant any one of several things by the statement. Finally, they concluded that since Trump stubbornly insists on existing in our plane of reality, the statement that the evening was “good” in any way couldn’t possibly be true:

CNN, meanwhile, fact-checked the concept of “good” altogether. “Hold it right there,” one anchor said, pausing the broadcast to interject his comments. “What is this hateful, absolute, objective idea of good that Trump’s talking about here? Correct me if I’m wrong, Brian, but it seems to me that Trump is advocating for a national religion and the execution of all Muslims with this statement.”

“This is a very grave day in America,” he added solemnly. “We rate this statement ‘Pants on Fire.'”

Fox News rated the statement as a “mixture” of truth and falsehood, since with Trump in the White House, “it’s actually a GREAT evening!”

via ‘Good Evening,’ Says President Trump, Drawing Immediate Flurry Of Fact Checks — The Babylon Bee

Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Into the Spider-Verse!

Source: Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Into the Spider-Verse!